The following is a transcription of a historic newspaper article and may contain occasional errors.
MUNIFICENT GIFT OF MR. BROOK.
At the special meeting of the monthly Board, held on Thursday afternoon, there were present Mr. J.C. Laycock (in the chair), Mr. Jere Kaye, Mr. W.J. Clarke, Mr. John Grist, Mr. A.T. Palmer, Mr. Thos. Chrispin, Dr. Turnbull, Mr. T.S. Bradley, Mr. J.B. Turner, Mr. G.W. Rhodes, and Dr. Scott.
The following letter, which had been addressed to the president, by Charles Brook, jun., Esq., of Enderby Hall, Leicester, was read :—
- Enderby Hall, June 29th, 1868.
- Dear Sir, — Knowing the very kind interest you take in the Huddersfield Infirmary, I beg to make yon the medium oi informing my Huddersfield friends of my intention to carry out some public work for the benefit of the poor of my native town and district. Ever since I came to reside here, I have had such a desire, and I have only been waiting till I got my affairs settled as regards my business at Meltham Mills, and the rather heavy work now completed at this place. After much thought I have fixed upon building a Convalescent Home in connection with the infirmary. For this purpose I propose to give £30,000, part of which sum is to be applied to the erection, and the interest of the remainder towards its support. As to any future arrangements, I am anxious to have the advice of your Board and medical men in carrying out my object. I may add it is my intention to erect the building near Meltham Mills.
On the motion of Dr. Turnbull and seconded by Dr. Scott, it was resolved that the following resolution be communicated to Mr. Brook :—
- That this Board desires to acknowledge, with feelings of deep thankfulness, this princely gift, and express to Mr. Brook their gratitude for his offer. The Board consider that the Home will be of incalculable advantage to many patients, who have already been under treatment, and rejoice that Mr. Brook has thus added to his many other generous acts for the benefit of this neighbourhood. This Board and the medical officers will be happy to assist, in every possible way, to carry out Mr. Brook's munificent design.