Hellier Gosselin diaries November - December 1897/1898
Diary on his mayoralty of Hertford
Read by Nicholas Blatchley
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18 November 1897
In the afternoon I called upon Mr W H Norris who had kindly undertaken to assist me in the arrangements for my banquet, and settled that the price of the dinner tickets should be 10/6. This would just cover Caterer’s charges – I of course should have to pay for my own guests and for wine for the whole party.
The following year, an adjustment was made to the price:
9 November 1898
It was unanimously settled that the price of the dinner ticket be 12/6 instead of 10/- as heretofore. This was done to relieve the Mayor of a portion of the expense…. Last year the total cost of the dinner amounted to £90.14.6d of which my share was £50.14.0d.
9 December 1897
Public Health Committee – Quotations from Messrs Stone and Mr Cooper for the supply of Hydrants were produced. Messrs Stone’s offer was 10% less than Mr Cooper. The latter was a local tradesman and some of the committee thought he should be employed. On a division taking place the majority voted for the local man, thus taxing all the ratepayers for the benefit of one. I hope some day to instil into the wonderful minds of the Corporation that it is not an institution for the support of local tradesmen but that its most important duty is to see the ratepayers money is not squandered.
16 December 1897
He records that on that day he attended Borough bench, the Highways committee, a special meeting of the Council to receive a report from the Public Health committee, the General committee followed at 6 o’clock by a meeting of the Jubilee committee and at 7.30 a meeting of the Hertford Organised Aid Society. He noted:
This meeting brought to a close one of the busiest days I have yet had since I accepted the office of Mayor.