Dec 20th 1830
My dear Sir
In compliance with your wishes we have at a meeting held this morning agreed though not unanimously to give the Contributors 25 instead of 12 and ½ per Cent. for this year only; unless we find by experience from the contributions we can afford to continue it without taking from the relief of the old
and sick and decrepid <sic> who can subscribe nothing and who from their sufferings and helplessness, are without any comparison the first Objects of Charity – We have done this contrary to the practice of the Melksham <2> & other Societies after which it has been formed, and which have been found fully to answer their intention – There is one consequence attending the giving a large return, that persons not in a state of poverty, may lodge their money for the sake of the exorbitant Interest to be received – When seven Magistrates are met together there will always be some difference of opinion, which if the sacrifice is not very material must end in a compromise. Generally, I approve of the Scale we have made for the Poor as a temporary Measure, but I trust there will be some County if not National System adopted without which there will be in some Districts discontents if not convulsion. We are perfectly quiet to which I have no doubt your kind words and kind Acts have greatly contributed – Pray present our best respects to your family and believe me –
Yours very sincerely
John Awdry –
I have added the Sum in hand after about 4£ expences deducted, and the amount of deposits to shew you the impossibility of doubling the money deposited –
|Subscriptions||–||20||– 11||– 0|
|Donations||–||22||– 8||– 0|
|£||42||– 19||– 0|
|Deduct||–||4||– 0||– 0|
Amount of Deposits to the end of Decber 1830 40 – 0 – 0
W: H: Fox Talbot Esqr
No 31 Sackville Street
1. Reybridge, Wiltshire, 1 mi N of Lacock.
2. Melksham, Wiltshire: market town near Lacock, 2 miles S.