About canal companies who were trying to stop the building of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.
Michael Longridge was a close friend of George and Robert Stephenson.
"Lord Derby, Lord Sefton and Bradshaw the great Canal Proprietor, whose grounds we go through with the projected railway, have been trying to stop us. The ground is blockaded on every side to prevent us getting on with the survey. Bradshaw fires guns to prevent the surveyors coming in the dark. Lord Sefton says he will have a hundred men against us. The (railway) company thinks these great men have no right to stop a survey."