Cardiff Council Minutes, 1894-1895.
1894 November 9 Friday.
Alderman William Patrick Carey, J.P., elected Mayor; salary
Alderman T. W. Jacobs appointed Deputy Mayor.
Records Committee, 4 December. Resolved That the Town
Clerk prepare a list of the whole of the matters relegated to this
Committee, and send the same to Mr. Hobson Matthews, with
instructions to prepare a report as to what he has done with regard
to each matter, and to submit the same to the Chairman, who will
thereupon convene a meeting of the Sub-Committee.
Resolved That the Mayor, the Chairman and Councillor White
confer with Mr. Hobson Matthews as to his remuneration.
1894 December 10.
The Library Association of the United Kingdom signify their
acceptance of the Corporation's invitation to hold their meeting for
1896 at Cardiff.
The Secretary of the Bath and West of England Agricultural
Society accepts the invitation to hold their Annual Show at Cardiff
Moved by Councillor Harris and Resolved That the time has
now come for the Corporation to arrive at a definite decision regarding the weiring of the river Taff in the centre of the Town, and that
a Special Committee be formed with that object.
Vote of regret and condolence on the death of Sir Morgan
Theatres Committee, after due enquiry, are of opinion that
there is no ground for the complaint of the Actors' Association of
insufficient accommodation for actors and actresses at the Theatre
Sub-Committee appointed to consider the best wood for paving
Town Clerk writes Mr. J. S. Corbett complaining that the Bute
Docks Co. are enclosing part of a highway at the junction of Bute
Street and Stuart Street.
Mr. Corbett agrees to remove the railings at the place in
Resolved That the Town Clerk cause the records of the
Corporation to be searched for the purpose of ascertaining the facts
regarding the laying down of the railway across the end of Bute
1895 January 14.
Common Seal affixed to a Conveyance from the Marquess of Bute
to the Corporation of Cardiff of land at Park Place for the purposes
of a Museum and Art Gallery.
Mr. J. S. Corbett writes repudiating any claim of the Corporation
to a right of way to the landing-place at the Pier Head.
The Town Clerk replies that the right has been immemorially
Property and Markets Sub-Committee. The Town Clerk read a
letter from Mr. J. Hobson Matthews stating that the fullest information
concerning the river Taff and foreshore was contained in the Report
which Mr. Matthews had presented to the Committee.
After a long discussion it was Resolved not to take any further
proceedings in regard to the above matters until after Lord Bute's
Reply to the Statement of Defence had been delivered.
The Committee proceeded to Penarth Road Bridge and inspected
the building now in progress to be used as a pumping-station adjoining
the river Taff, as well as the refuse which has been tipped into the
river at that point. They subsequently visited that part of the Taff
adjoining the Clarence Bridge, where a barge had been sunk by the
Corporation for the purpose of diverting the river and removing the
Resolved That the Town Clerk be desired to prepare a statement
shewing the whole of the facts in relation to the case.
1895 February 18.
Committee appointed to arrange for the presentation of the
Honorary Freedom of the Borough to Sir E. J. Reed, M.P., expenses
in connection therewith not to exceed 100 guineas.
Corporation has purchased Messrs. Brain's old brewery at Jones'
Court, Womanby Street.
Mr. W. H. Andrew, Solicitor, is appointed Assistant Conveyancing and Committee Clerk in the place of Mr. F. C. Lloyd, who
has received the appointment of Town Clerk of Huddersfield.
Property and Markets Sub-Committee. Resolved That Mr. J.
Hobson Matthews be requested to prepare, under the direction of the
Town Clerk, (fn. 1) a full and comprehensive statement of all the facts now
in possession of the Town Clerk regarding the river Taff; such
statement to include details as to the action instituted by Lord Bute,
as well as that proposed to be commenced by the Corporation against
Lord Bute; also a statement of the facts in relation to the Cardiff
Vote of regret and condolence on the death of Councillor W.
E. Vaughan, J.P.
1895 April 8.
Illtyd Thomas, of 22 Saint John's Crescent, Canton, auctioneer,
elected Councillor for the Canton Ward. (D. Lloyd Meyrick, Solicitor,
was the unsuccessful candidate.)
Councillor G. Beynon Harris brought forward a motion in favor
of permitting boating on the Roath Park Lake on Sundays. A Nonconformist deputation attended to protest against the proposal, and the
motion was defeated on division. The only members voting for it
were Councillors Harris and Waring.
In the action Bute v. Corporation, Plaintiff has taken out a
Summons for Affidavit of Documents. A like summons is to issue on
behalf of Defendants; and the Borough Engineer is instructed, in
pursuance of Counsel's Opinion, to remove the barge near Grangetown
1895 April 22.
Resolved That, in consideration of the unsatisfactory estimates
submitted for the ensuing six months by the Finance Committee, a
Special Committee be appointed to ascertain and report to the Council,
with the object of reducing the rate.
Bute v. Corporation. Town Clerk submitted Replies proposed
to be delivered to Plaintiff's Interrogatories, and same were approved.
Victor Tucker appointed a Junior Clerk in the Town Clerk's
Frederick Crowte appointed Shorthand and Engrossing Clerk.
The late house of the Head Constable is to be given over to Mrs.
James, the Hall Keeper's wife.
The old News Room in the Town Hall is to be converted into a
withdrawing-room for the Members of the Council.
The east side of the Free Library is to be set back to widen
1895 May 13.
The Mayor reported that he had appointed John Bulger, of 15
Sandon Road, Cardiff, as Sergeant-at-Mace (vice Charles Pearce
deceased); salary £52 per annum, and uniform.
Records Sub Committee, 8 January, Resolved That the Town
Clerk be requested to hand to the Chairman, for the use of this SubCommittee, the original Report of Mr. Hobson Matthews regarding the
Town Clerk reported that, in accordance with the Resolution
passed by the Records Committee on 4 December, he had prepared a
list of the whole of the matters relegated to the Committee and
forwarded the same to the Expert (Mr. J. Hobson Matthews); and Mr.
Matthews read his Report thereon.
Resolved That the same be presented to the Council in its
present form, and that Mr. Matthews be instructed to proceed with
the work indicated in the above Report.
January 29. Resolved That Mr. Matthews be authorized to
search the Llandaff Probate Registry and examine such Wills as may
be necessary for enabling him to complete his Report.
Resolved that the Town Clerk be desired to place himself in
communication with Messrs. Shirley, asking them to afford Mr.
Matthews facilities for searching their old papers with a view of any
documents relating to Corporation matters being handed over to the
Resolved That Mr. Hobson Matthews be authorized to forward
to the Secretary of the Royal Commission on Land in Wales and
Monmouthshire the information required by the Commission regarding
Manors in and around Cardiff, with their situation and the names of
the present Lords.
May 6. A letter was read from Mr. Rhys Williams (Assistant
Charity Commissioner) asking permission to inspect any notes and
papers relating to the Charities of Glamorganshire in the possession of
the Corporation, to assist him in preparing his Report thereon.
Resolved that the inspection be permitted.
Mr. Hobson Matthews presented his Report on his work and
researches to date.
An extract from the proceedings of the Council was read,
appointing Councillor Illtyd Thomas a member of the Records Committee.
Letter was read from Mr. F. S. Tolputt, Collector of Customs,
stating there was no objection to the Archivist inspecting any old
books in store at his office, provided no extracts were used or published
without first submitting a copy to the Board.
Resolved That the Royal Commission on Land in Wales and
Monmouthshire be asked to reimburse the Corporation the cost,
amounting to about £10, of supplying the information required by
the Commission regarding Manors in and around Cardiff.
1895 May 27.
General District Rate 1s. 6d. in the £.
Broadway Chambers, Westminster,
London, S.W. May 24, 1895.
Dear Mr. Mayor,—I extremely regret the necessity of withdrawing my acceptance of the Freedom of Cardiff, which was tendered
to me by a unanimous vote of the Council some months ago. I
gladly accepted it in the belief that every Councillor who voted for it
did so as a recognition of past services, and as entirely free from all
conditions. I of course understood that it was unanimously tendered
on the occasion of my prospective retirement at the end of the present
Parliament; and had the presentation been carried through in the spirit
in which I understood it to be offered, I should have felt it to be all
but impossible—probably quite impossible—to have yielded to any
solicitations for a renewal of my candidature for the Cardiff seat in
Parliament. But it is one thing to feel and carry out such an understanding in the perfect exercise of that personal freedom which is so
dear to us all, and it is quite another to have that understanding
formulated, pressed upon you by a public debate, and made the subject
of a resolution in the very Council which seemed to be offering a
spontaneous, unequivocal and unconditional distinction. That which
would have been a matter of just pride and real honour, had the
Council carried it through as I had anticipated, would become, in my
eyes, a memorial, not of increased freedom, but of freedom sacrificed
and lost, were I to accept it after the Council, from within itself and
by some of its own members, had been asked to impose upon me
conditions with respect to the future. Your Worship is aware that I
am here only repeating what I privately wrote to you at the very
moment when, on my return from France last week, I became
acquainted with the motion made by the Conservative ex-Mayor, and
with the debate that followed. If my duty in the matter was clear—
as it no doubt was—a resolution of the kind could only have been
thought necessary on the presumption that I might possibly violate
that duty; and that assumption was greatly out of place, I submit, in
connection with the public honour to be conferred by the town. At
any rate that assumption, although proceeding from a political
opponent and for an obvious political purpose, has quenched within
my breast the pride and pleasure with which I had hoped to practically terminate my representation of the great County Borough of
Cardiff, with which I have been so closely and happily identified for
fifteen years past. Under the circumstances I may be permitted to
say that I have received repeated personal honours from the hands of
our Sovereign, and similar honours from other Sovereigns; but in no
case has the bestowal of the honour been connected with anything
but past services, and I should have been amazed indeed had they
associated with it reminders of my future obligations! The exMayor's idea was, I believe, an absolute novelty. I therefore beg
leave to withdraw my acceptance of the proposed honour, and in
doing so to beg you, dear Mr. Mayor, to express to the members of
the Council my extreme regret at finding it necessary to do so,
coupled with my warmest thanks to your Worship and to them for
the kindness in which the matter originated and was being carried
out. As I should not like the money of the ratepayers to be wasted
on a frustrated attempt to do honour to me, I hope you will excuse
me for requesting that I may be allowed to defray such expense as has
been incurred. As a last word permit me to add that, notwithstanding my inability to receive an honour which has unhappily
become associated with suspicion and distrust, I shall never while life
lasts cease to remember the confidence which the people of Cardiff
have so abundantly shown to me, not only in giving me a splendid and
almost unparalleled series of political victories to look back upon, but
likewise at a thousand other times and in a thousand other ways.—I
remain, Dear Mr. Mayor, Always yours very truly.
E. J. Reed.
Records Committee, 17 May. Messrs. Shirley& Sons, Solicitors,
Cardiff, write "As arranged when we saw you to-day, we are sending
you herewith the old Seal of the Bailiffs and Burgesses of Cardiff."
The following description thereof was read by Mr. J. Hobson
"It appears to have been made at the close of the last century, and
has a thick horizontal, oval steel matrix, with a massive ivory handle.
The following is a statement of the design on this seal: Quarterly,
I.& IV. Argent, a Tudor rose; II.& III. De Clare: Or, three
chevronels gules. Supporters: Dexter, a horse bridled. Sinister,
a lion rampant. Crest, on a ducal coronet, a demi-lion rampant.
Motto: Opibus florens et nomine prisco. ('Flourishing with riches
and an ancient name.') Legend around the atchievement: Sigill.
Comm: Bailliv: et Burgens. Cardiff. For the last half-century the
Corporation have used a seal coeval with the above but much
smaller. It has an ivory handle and a round matrix of steel, charged
with the Tudor rose as a badge. This device is no doubt a
memorial of the time when Jasper Tudor and his royal kinsfolk were
Lords of Glamorgan; but there would seem to be no authority or
precedent for the Borough's quartering the above coats. A horse
bridled is the dexter supporter of the escutcheon of the Marquess of
Bute, and a lion (ducally gorged) the sinister supporter of the Earl of
Pembroke's shield. The seal lately recovered is undoubtedly a very
beautiful piece of workmanship, and the heraldic atchievement thereon
is a very sensible and appropriate design. Some people would subject
corporate arms to the rules and jurisdiction of the Herald's College.
This is an error both of theory and practice. I contend that the
chosen devices of Corporations aggregate are from their nature
exempt from such jurisdiction, and that the College's claim to authority
over them is unwarrantable."
Resolved That the best thanks of this Committee be accorded to
Messrs. Shirley for handing over the seal to the Corporation.
Resolved That the Town Clerk forward the seal to the Museum
The Archivist having reported on the work which remained to be
done by him, it was
Resolved That Mr. Matthews be instructed to finish his work on
the Wills at Llandaff, and on the completion thereof to make accurate
copies and translations of the Charters and then to proceed to London
to complete his work at the Record Office.
Resolved That advertisements be inserted in the local papers
and in the principal antiquarian periodicals, with the object of eliciting
information upon the subject of the missing records of the Corporation
or on matters affecting the ancient and local interests of the Borough.
Resolved That a memorial be presented to Her Majesty's
Government, under the Common Seal, through Sir Edward Reed,
K.C.B., M.P., calling the attention of the Government to the cessation
of the work of Mr. Gwenogvryn Evans through lack of funds, and to
the existence at the London Record Office of a vast quantity of Welsh
records, a large portion of which are unarranged and uncalendared,
and asking the Government to take steps to have these Welsh records
examined, arranged and fully calendared, not only for the benefit of
historical science, but also in the several interests of the Local bodies
of the Principality.
Resolved That Copies of the above resolution be forwarded to
the several Welsh Members of Parliament and also to the principal
antiquarian societies and other similar bodies.
Unanimous vote of thanks by the Parks Committee to Lord
Tredegar for presenting the land for Moorland Gardens.
Doncaster Villa, Canton, Cardiff.
24th May 1895.
J. L. Wheatley, Esq., Town Clerk, Cardiff.
Dear Sir,—On my arrival home I find a notice of a Meeting of
the Finance Committee for this afternoon. I take the first opportunity of asking you to attend that Committee and officially to tender
my resignation as Chairman. I have for over twenty years given
an honest effort to serve the town to the best of my ability, how
successfully I must leave a discerning public to judge. I must now
congratulate the Corporation on the financial ability which it has so
suddenly developed, and I only wish that the town's finances may be
managed even as well as they have been by the present Committee,
handicapped as it has been.—I am, dear Mr. Town Clerk, yours
1895 June 10.
Colonel Goldsmid, of the 1st Battalion Welsh Regiment (late
41st Foot), writes the Mayor that this corps, on its march across
South Wales from Pembroke Dock, will encamp in the Barrack Field,
Cardiff, for a few days (previous to embarking for Plymouth).
Resolved unanimously That the Council of this ancient and loyal
Borough of Cardiff, the chief town and first seaport in the Principality
of Wales, desire to place on record the great gratification with which
they and the patriotic inhabitants of Wales have received the intimation that His Royal Highness Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, K.G.,
has graciously accepted the position of Chancellor of the National
University of Wales. The Council also wish to assure His Royal
Highness that they will give him the heartiest welcome whenever, in
the discharge of his duties as Chancellor, he may think fit to visit
General District Rate 1s. 6d. in the £.
Signor A. Durando, the Italian Vice-Consul at Cardiff, writes
enclosing a letter in which the Minister of Marine in Rome regrets
he cannot accept the Corporation's invitation to the Italian squadron
to visit Cardiff.
1895 June 17.
Council accepts the resignations of the members of the late
Special Committee agree to a second Police Court being held in
the Nisi Prius Court three days a week.
The Cardiff Life Boat Saturday Committee are permitted to
launch a life-boat on the Roath Park Lake and charge a fee of 2d. to
view the launch.
Vote of thanks to Lord Bute and Lord Windsor for presenting
the land for Grangetown Gardens.
The Corporation of Weymouth present six of their Royal swans
to the Corporation of Cardiff, for the Roath Park Lake.
The Action of Lord Bute versus the Cardiff Corporation is to be
withdrawn on the following terms:—
Defendants consent to Judgment for the Plaintiff for an Injunction
to restrain them from interfering with the bed of the river Taff.
No order as to costs or damages.
The Corporation, in agreeing as above, admit Plaintiff's claim to
the sole ownership of the bed of the river Taff and Cardiff foreshores,
but do not abandon their claim to be considered Conservators of the
river Taff. The Plaintiff, who denies the validity of such claim, is not
on account of this settlement to be deemed to have in any way
admitted or acknowledged the same.
P. W. Carey, Mayor.
W. Thomas Lewis.
Letter of thanks from the United Kingdom Pilots' Association,
for the hospitality shewn to them at Cardiff by the Corporation.
Mrs. Fulton presents the Corporation with a portrait of Alderman
Fulton, to be hung up in the Council Chamber.
Committee agree to the diversion of the footpath across the
barrack field at Maendy, as proposed by Major Heathcote.
Records Committee, 26 July. Letter from Rhys Williams, esq.,
of the Charity Commission, Whitehall, thanking the Committee for
permission to inspect the Archivist's notes and papers relating to the
Charities of Cardiff and Glamorgan.
Letter from Lleufer Thomas, esq., Secretary to the Welsh Land
"I regret having to state that in my opinion the Treasury
would by no means sanction the payment of a fee to Mr. Hobson
Matthews for the preparation of his valuable Memorandum on Manors.
I venture to submit to your consideration the suggestion that it was
to the interest of the Corporation of Cardiff to have the Commission
supplied with information concerning the manorial rights exercised in
the neighbourhood of Cardiff, so as to enable them to see whether
they could include in their Report any reference to the management of
this kind of property. I may also state that, when I originally invited
Mr. Matthews to favour the Commission with a list of Manors, I
presumed that he had all the necessary material in hand, and that it
would simply mean a re-arrangement of his notes. The Commission
had in this way previously obtained gratuitous assistance of gentlemen in other parts of Wales interested in historical and antiquarian
matters, in preparing memoranda on Manors in their own respective
districts. The Corporation of Cardiff, through yourself, was good
enough to assent to the request that Mr. Matthews should lend the
Commission a similar kind assistance, but, as you will remember,
nothing was then said as to any expected remuneration. I much
regret that anything in the nature of a misunderstanding has arisen;
and I think I might say that if the Commission had control of funds
without requiring the sanction of the Treasury, they would probably
mark their appreciation of Mr. Matthews' work by the offer of some
Committee decline to allow the Minute Books of the Free
Libraries Committee, 1862-1876, to be kept at the Library.
Chairman reported that he had purchased on behalf of the
Corporation, from Mr. Alcwyn Evans, of Carmarthen (through Mr.
Williams) for six guineas a MS. book, one page missing, relating to
Cardiff and containing copies of Charters and Counsel's Opinions,
and had paid Mr. Williams a commission of ten shillings for his trouble
in the matter.
Resolved That the action of the Chairman be approved.
Resolved That the Council be desired to express their appreciation and thanks to Sir William Harcourt for his action in granting the
the sum of £20,000 towards the University College of South Wales
1895 August 12.
His Worship the Mayor presented a portrait of himself, to be
hung up in the Council Chamber. Alderman Jacobs did the like.
Thanks to the Mayor for opening the new Sanatorium, and to his
Lady for her hospitality on that occasion.
1895 September 9.
Alderman Cory presented to the Mayor a silver trowel in commemoration of His Worship's having relaid the old foundation-stone
of the Central Free Library.
Special Committee resolved upon presenting the Freedom of the
Borough to Sir Edward Reed at the Park Hall, Sir Edward's consent
thereto having been given.
On 28 September Sir Edward James Reed, Knight Commander
of the Bath, attended the Council and was admitted an Honorary
Freeman of the Borough of Cardiff. The Mayor (Alderman W. P.
Carey, J.P.) then presented Sir Edward with the scrip of the
Freedom, enclosed in a gold casket. Sir Edward suitably replied,
expressing his gratitude for the honour done him.
Captain F. J. Parry, Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary,
inspected the Police Force of the County Borough of Cardiff, and
expressed himself perfectly satisfied with the general physique of the
men, their proficiency in drill,&c.
Borough Engineer reported that for some time past the river Taff
had been infringing upon the north-east corner of the western
abutment of the Clarence Bridge, thereby scouring out the bed of
the river against the abutment. He had, however, assured himself
that no danger was impending to the bridge until last week, when he
discovered that the scour had reached a depth level with the bottom
of the foundation; whereupon he had the hole filled up with stone.
Mr. James Howell writes that he hopes to get out of his house
(the Judges' Lodgings) in the Walk, in time for Assizes.
Special Committee re Estimates recommend the Uniforms Committee to exercise greater economy in supplying uniforms in future to
A portion of Ely Common has now been railed in to form Ely
Park. Canton Common is also being laid out as a recreation ground.
Park Keepers are not in future to be supplied with boots nor
more than one pair of trousers per annum. The gold is to be omitted
from the badge on their caps.
1895 October 14.
Park Hotel, Cardiff,
29th September 1895.
Dear Mr. Wheatley,—I cannot leave Cardiff to-day without
conveying to the Mayor through you, to you yourself, and to the
Committee who regulated the business of yesterday in which I was so
much concerned, and no less to the entire Council, and to the ratepayers whom you all represent, my formal but very earnest thanks for
the manner in which I was yesterday admitted to the civic honours
and privileges of the town of Cardiff. I know well how much thought
and labour, as well as hearty good will and generous feeling, must
have been at work for weeks and months past to bring about such
results, and I beg you to make yourself the channel of my gratitude to
all concerned. The banquet of last evening, which so happily crowned
the ceremonies of the day, was beyond all expression gratifying to me,
and to my son, who was present on behalf of Lady Reed and our
family. At the table were not only some of my oldest and dearest
political friends and supporters, men of the highest repute and honour,
but in even larger numbers the leading men of the political party to
which at all times I have been opposed, together with the acknowledged heads of the party which in 1886 found it necessary, in their
belief, to withdraw from or oppose me; all conferred upon me in no
measured terms the honour of their praise, apart from politics, for the
manner in which I had for fifteen years endeavoured to serve the
town. I doubt if such a demonstration of friendly and generous
feeling, following a General Election and a great political convulsion,
ever took place in any town before.—Believe me, Dear Mr. Wheatley,
Yours very truly.
E. J. Reed.
Mayor (Alderman P. W. Carey, J.P.)
Daniel Lewis, J.P.,
Richard Cory, J.P.,
Thomas Vaughan Yorath,
Thomas Windsor Jacobs, J.P.
David Edgar Jones, M.D., J.P.,
David Jones, J.P.,
William Saunders, J.P.,
William John Trounce, J.P.
Ebenezer Beavan, J.P.,
Joseph Ramsdale, J.P.,
Thomas Morel, J.P.,
Samuel Arthur Brain,
Tom Hurry Riches,
Edward William Shackel, J.P.,
Francis John Beavan, J.P.,
James Herbert Cory, J.P.
Edward Thomas, J.P.,
John Jenkins, J.P.,
Thomas Andrews, J.P.,
William Smith Crossman,
John Mathias Gerhold,
Charles Edward Waring,
George Beynon Harris,
Charles Albert John Ward,
Joseph Larke Wheatley, Town Clerk.
£12,000 to the School Board.
The following article appears among the bye-laws:—
To prevent games in the streets. No person shall in any street play
at ball, the throwing of stones, or other offensive or dangerous game
likely to cause any injury to persons, animals or property. (Penalty
not exceeding £5).
Records Committee, 23 October. Town Clerk read letters from
the Archivist (Mr. John Hobson Matthews) who is now in London
engaged in examining documents relating to Cardiff at the Record
Office, giving the following account of work done from week to
18 September. Since he came to London had been copying
Inquisitions post mortem of 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, which state
the various territories and public and private rights in and around
Cardiff. The first is dated 1296. Corporation have no copies. Large
portion of the MSS. very faded.
27th September. Examined Ministers' Accounts, Exchequer
Depositions,&c., 39 documents in all. Must look through each
document before he can ascertain its value.
1st October. Could not estimate less than two months for this
work. If he were authorized to search the uncalendared records of
the old Cardiff Court, the Committee would be conferring a service
upon Wales at large. Just possible authorities in London would be
willing to contribute portion of expense.
5th October. Copied long Account of Duchy of Lancaster
possessions in and around Cardiff; it covers 14 sides of demy and
is very interesting. It sets forth in great detail the memorial and
municipal particulars of Cardiff, Roath&c., so far as they concern
the Lord, and contains such curious matters as Owain Glyndwr's
rebellion. The date is 1493.
13 October. Descriptive list of 16 documents.
19 October. Descriptive list of 15 documents.
"I have enquired of Mr. Salisbury whether, as a favour to the
Corporation, he would allow me access to the uncalendared records of
the Cardiff Court which were sent to London about thirty years ago.
Mr. Salisbury has promised to allow me to see them and to give me
every facility for copying them. As I understand it is the wish of the
Committee that I should leave London at the end of this month, it will
not be possible for me in the meantime to have anything like an
adequate search among these uncalendared records; but I will next
week have a sort of preliminary look over them, so as to be able to
form some idea of their nature.
"I lately spent an evening at the British Museum Library, being
in possession of a reader's ticket. A couple of hours at the Catalogue
of MSS. revealed the fact that there are scores, if not hundreds, of
MSS. relating to Cardiff, extending over several centuries. I will have
two or three days among these, so as to form an idea of their general
contents; but there will not be time to copy much. I trust that
the Committee will think well to let me pay another visit to London
at a later date, as there is such a wealth of material here. It is not
necessary to print everything I copy; but the more I obtain the better
choice can be made of matter for printing."
Mr. F. S. Tolputt, Collector of Customs, writes that the Board of
Customs have no objection to any use being made of the extracts taken
from the old records at the Cardiff Custom House.
Resolved (1) That the Chairman (Councillor E. Thomas, J.P.),
Councillor White and the Town Clerk be authorized to proceed
to London in order to examine the work already done by Mr. J.
Hobson Matthews, and to take such steps as may be necessary for
bringing Mr. Matthews' labours to a close on the ninth of November
next, so far as the collection of material is concerned. (2) That the
Council be respectfully requested on or after the 9th November next
to authorize this Committee to instruct Mr. Matthews to prepare and
present a report upon his work and researches to date, with a view to
publication thereof in book form should the Committee so decide.
1895 October 28.
Beginning of the long dispute (and subsequent Action at Law)
respecting the "Jarrahdale Jarrah" wood-blocks supplied for paving
the main streets of Cardiff.
1895 November 2.
Letter of thanks from the Library Association of the United
Kingdom, for the hospitality extended to them by the Corporation on
the occasion of the holding of their Annual General Meeting at
Dispute with the Severn Commission as to the inadequate
representation of the Cardiff Corporation on that Board.