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    100 years since Mr Rolls met Mr Royce

    2 days ago it was 100 hundred years since Hon Charles Stewart Rolls met Frederick Henry Royce from which Rolls-Royce Ltd was formed....they met in the midland hotel in manchester where there is a plaque.

    Henry Edmunds account of the train journey to Manchester
    Charles Rolls
    "Mr. Rolls accompanied me to Manchester, to which I was
    then a frequent visitor, as I had to look after several business concerns there and
    held a traders ticket between London and Manchester.

    I well remember the conversation I had in the Dining - Car of the train
    with Mr. Rolls, who said it was his ambition to have a motor car
    connected with his name, so that in the future it may be a household word,
    just as much as 'Broadwood' or 'Steinway' in connection with pianos; or
    'Chubbs' in connection with safes.I am sure neither of us
    at the time could forsee the wonderful development of the car which
    resulted from my introduction of these two gentlemen to each other.

    Henry Edmunds was to be "umpire" at the meeting between Rolls and Royce
    Letter to Edmunds dated 8th August 1904 from Royce

    " Dear Mr Edmunds,
    with reference to Mr Rolls taking our manufactures, he has at present in his possession an agreement we have got out on these lines, and with reference to his suggestion that you should be named umpire, I should be most happy to agree to this, as I know your anxiety would be for everything to be quite fair on each side. I must thank you for your introduction, which is promising well, and I think we ought to be of great service to each other.
    Yours faithfully

    F. H. ROYCE"

    Rolls and Royce being introduced by Henry Edmunds
    from a painting by Ray Tootal

    Henry Edmunds continues the story of the meeting
    " I think both took to each other at first sight and they eagerly discussed
    the prospects and requirements of the automobile industry which was still
    in its early infancy.
    Mr. Rolls then went to see for himself the Royce car; and after considerable
    discussions and negotiations on both sides it was decided to form a seperate
    concern in which the name of Rolls was conjoined with that of Royce
    forming the compound which is held in the highest regard to-day.
    Eventually they opened thier works at Derby"

    " I recollect the gathering there at the lunch that was given, where there were
    many complimentary and prophetic speeches and all expressed their hopes
    and good wishes for the new organisation; and I had the flattering experience
    of being alluded to as
    'The Godfather of the Rolls-Royce Company.'
    My interest however, did not extend any further beyond the fact that
    as a shareholder of Royce, Ltd., I had received some slight benefit
    from the formation of the new concern."

    Charles Rolls himself wrote of the famous meeting in these terms
    "...You may ask yourselves how it was that I came to be associated with
    Mr. Royce and Mr. Royce with me.
    Well for a considerable number of years I had been actively engaged in the
    sale of foreign cars, and the reason for this was that I wanted to be able to
    recommend and sell the best cars in the world, irrespective of origin,
    and the cars I sold were, I believe, the best that could be got at that time,
    but somehow I always had the feeling that I should prefer to be selling
    English, instead of foreign goods. In addition I could distinctly notice a growing
    desire on the part of my clients to purchase English made cars; yet I was
    disinclined to embark on a factory and manufacture myself, firstly on account
    of my own incompetence and inexperience in such matters, and secondly
    on account of the enormous risks involved, and at the same time I could
    not come across any English-made car that I really liked. Although I had
    numerous offers of sole concessions and sole agencies and so forth,
    on terms which represented a far higher tare than I was working for
    with my foreign cars, yet the majority of British manufacturers at that
    time all seemed to suffer from the same thing,
    what I might call sheer pigheadedness,
    that is to say, they had a deep rooted objection to copying the foreigner who
    had had many years' more experience.
    Eventually, however, I was fortunate enough to make the aquaintance of
    Mr. Royce,
    and in him I found the man I had been looking for for years.

    it makes me proud to be british!!!
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