The Curse of Turtledom; An Expose of the Methods and Extravagant Expenditure of the Livery Companies

The Curse of Turtledom; An Expose of the Methods and Extravagant Expenditure of the Livery Companies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...the Charity Commissoners, instigated by the inhabitants of Alderman Dauntsey's native village, intervened, Mr. Watney, the clerk to the Company, is reported to have said that if the Commissioners contended they were entitled to the full value of the property held under the endowment, the Mercers' Company would fight them, but if, on the other hand, they would admit that the Company were bound to pay only 60 per annum, the Company would deal liberally, and offer a fair compromise. The Guild offered the Charity Commissioners 30,000, on condition that they should be allowed to keep the property. The offer evoked strong protest, and eventually the matter was compromised by the Mercers paying 2,000 a-year. This, it is contended, is only a small proportion of the present value of Alderman Dauntsey's property, and it would be interesting to know the exact extentto which the corporate income of the Mercers' Company has benefited since 1634 from the rents of the houses entrusted to the Guild for the purposes of education and charity. And the following quotation from Alderman Dauntsey's will affords some indication of how that worthy gentleman would regard the proceedings of the Mercers were he aliveto-day: " The residue of all my goods, catalls and debts, after my debts and my funeral expenses performed, and these my legacies contained in this my first testament fulfilled, I will that they shall be disposed and distributed bythe discrecions of myn executors to and amongst poure householders and poure people, and in mariage of poure maidens, in releving and comforting of poure prisoners, inrepairing of highe wayes, and in and about suche other works of mercye and charitie as my said executors shall...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236972910
  • 9781236972910