Leeds Mercury (29/Jul/1862) - The Incorporation of Huddersfield

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The Incorporation of Huddersfield.

(From our Correspondent.)

Last night, an adjourned meeting of the Huddersfield Incorporation Committee was held for the purpose of determining upon the boundaries of the proposed charter of incorporation. There were present, Mr. J. Turner, who was voted to the chair; Messrs. J. Batley, Richard Roberts, J. Sykes, J. Hadfield, J. Benson, J. Boothroyd, C. Hirst, J. Hopkinson, W. Moore, J. Ogden, Edw., Clayton, R. Jackson, J. Hirst, B. Thornton, J. Eastwood, and H. Hirst, jun. After a lengthy discussion as to whether the movement should be postponed in consequence of existing apathy and in order to allow of the settlement of the Tenant-Right Question, Mr. Boothroyd (with the view of bringing the matter into business-like shape before the meeting without expressing his own views) moved,—

"That this committee while repeating its conviction of the importance of obtaining a charter of incorporation for Huddersfield, is of opinion that a variety of temporary circumstances render it inopportune, at this moment to press the application, and that in order to secure the reconsideration of the subject, the present committee be continued in existence, and that the secretary be instructed to convene a meeting on receiving a requisition from twelve of the members."

The resolution was seconded by Mr. Richard Roberts.

The following amendment was then moved by Mr. E. Clayton, and seconded by Mr. H. Hirst, jun., who expressed their strong conviction, that if the movement was only prosecuted vigorously, it would be certain of success:—

"That the town be divided into districts, and parties be appointed to canvass the ratepayers with the memorial recently adopted by this committee, for the purpose of obtaining their signatures thereto, so as to ascertain the opinion of the public generally as to the advisability of for the incorporation of the borough."

The amendment was carried by a majority of two — several of the committee not voting. Messrs. Sykes, Roberts, Batley, and Boothroyd (the latter for private reasons) then withdrew from the Committee.

Mr. Eastwood then moved that the memorial be printed and circulated among the ratepayers, but the resolution was not put to the meeting.

Some discussion then took place as to the payment of the expenses hitherto incurred, and the discharging of the Secretary, but this was objected to by the supporters of the amendment as a winding-up of the committee. Ultimately, a resolution was adopted adjourning the meeting for four weeks. Towards the close the meeting had dwindled to eight or ten members.

Leeds Mercury (29/Jul/1862) - The Incorporation of Huddersfield


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