New Edinburgh and Leith Water Company. President. The Right Honourable the Earl of Morlay. Vice-Presidents. The Right Honourable Lord Gray, Sir Michael Shaw Stewart, Baronet. Extraordinary Directors... Robert Dundas, Esq. of Arniston, General Maxwell,Alexander Munro, Esq. Prince's Street... Ordinary Directors. Sir John Connell, Judge of the High Court of Admiralty, John Cockburn, Esq. Wine Merchant... Alexander Burn, Esq. Senior Magistrate of Leith. The Directors of the proposed New Edinburgh and Leith Water Company having been appointed at a late General Meeting of the Subscribers, they think it proper to cause this General Notice to be given to the Public, in order to apprise them of the nature of the intended establishment... The Directors cannot conclude, without calling the attention of the Public to the fact, that if the proposed Bill shall be lost in Parliament from a want of support on their part, they will lose, in all likelihood, for ever, that benefit which would immediately accrue by the Bill being passed. Be order of the Directors, Alex. Goldie, Clerk. [On adjacent page:] Edinburgh, 19, Duke Street, 11th January 1826. Sir, I am desired, by the Directors of the Edinburgh and Leith Water Company, to send you the accompanying Statement, and to request, that you will fill, into the enclosed Note, the number of Shares which you wish to take, and return the same to me. I am, Sir, Your most obedient Servant, Alex. Goldie, Clerk. [&] At a General Meeting of the Subscribers to the Edinburgh and Leith Water Company, held at Edinburgh, on the 29th June 1825, it was moved by Thomas Kinnear, Esq. Bank, and seconded by Roger Aytoun, Esq. W.S. that a Remit be made to the Directors to prepare a Report of their proceedings, for the purpose of being circulated, and taken into consideration at an adjourned Meeting of the Company; and which motion was unanimously agreed to, and a Report was directed to be prepared accordingly. [A seven page report follows.]
2 Items: A three-sided statement detailing the Bill. 228 x 184mm. 9 x 7¼"; [&] a seven-sided report of notes taking at the meeting. 342 x 215mm. 13½ x 8½".
A report and bill for the interim Edinburgh and Leith Water Company proposing the construction of a water supply. In 1846, several years after this proposal, the council unanimously agreed to petition Parliament for the formation of a public water supply company in order to ensure an adequate supply of water to the inhabitants. The situation was so bad that people were talking about water famine. During 1850 the first water pipes were laid not by a new water company as the council had initially wanted, but by the Edinburgh Water Company. The first water began to flow in January of 1847.
[Ref: 21073] £120.00