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The Charities of Carmarthen.


The Charities of Carmarthen. ENQUIRY BY MR. T. MARCHANT WILLIAMS. Mr T. Marehant Williams, Assistant- Charity Commissioner, held an enquiry at the Shire Hall, Carmarthen, on Tuesday, into the charities of Carmarthen Borough. The Commissioner, in opening the enquiry, said that Carmarthen might be described as the home of lost charities and forsaken industries." His predecessor who had held an enquiry at Carmarthen complained that he had not received the assistance which he had a right to expect. I did not receive," he wrote, that assistance from Mr William Jones, town clerk, which I had a right to expect." He went on to say that he believed that had he been permitted access to the documents in the possession of the Corporation, it would have materially affected the result of the investigations. He (the Commissioner) had, however, to state that he had received every possible kindness and courtesy from every person with whom he came in contact during the holding of his enquiries in the county. There was really no exception to the rule. He was bound to say that the officers of the Probate Registry had been particularly prompt and efficient in the assistance which they had given him. Of course, he had a right to their assistance but that did not take away from the kindness with which they had assisted him in his enquiries, and facilitated his investigations. This enquiry were intended to have relation to every charitable endowment in the parish. He had before him a list ot fifteen charities which had been lost through carelessness merely; and the greatest sufferers by these losses were the poor. He had gathered the fifteen from the report of his predecessor, but there probably were many more. There was a false impression amongst many of his friends as to the object and scope of the enquiry. The Infirmary, for instance, came within the scope of the enquiry, as it was carried on partly by voluntary subscriptions and partly by endowments. The accounts of that institution had not been sent up to the Commissioners regularly; he had no doubt they were properly kept. Rudds' Charity, again, which was one of the most important in the town, sent up their accounts regularly; and the accounts of the Presby- terian College were carefully sent up. The Charity Commissioners had the power to have the documents, deeds, etc., relating to any charitable endowment-whether church, chanel, cr secular—-nlaced before them. RUDDS' CHARITY. Mr E. H. Morris, Nott's-square (of the firm of Barker, Morris, and Barker), said he represented Rudds' Charity. This provided pensions for three county pensioners and two from the Borough. Pensioners must be widowers or single men. Part of the endownment was £25, issuing out of Tirffynondeilo, now called Llwyn- hendy. Witness was not able to identify the land; but it was upon some portion of Lord Dynevor's property. The Commissioner said it would be very desirable to identify the land, as at some future time future time Lord Dynevor might sell the land upon which the charge was. Then, of course, the charge would go with these property. Mr Morris said that he would write to Lord Dynevor to identify theland, if possible. Besides the rent charge of ^25, there was an income of ^42 12s 8d derived from invest- ments, and £6 from a cottage and garden in St. Peter'sstreet tenanted by Miss Richards-total £76 12s 8d. The pension was 14 a year; and when the funds allowed a bonus was gi ven to the pensioners at Christm as. ST. PETER'S PARISH. The Bishop of Swansea—assisted by Mr Tom Jones—gave an account of a charity of £4 a year paid by Jesus College as a charge on the house in Kings-street, occupied by Lloyd's Bank. jQ2 was paid for bread to distribute to the poor on New Year's day. All sorts of people came to hear the sermon-" Jews, Greeks, and Gentiles." The Commissioner; They are "disciples of the loaf," then. The Bishop said that at one time the bread was distributed to the poor at the door but now tickets were distributed for the loaves. The Commissioner said, that according to the report of his predecessor, this charity was founded by one Meyrick, in 1680, as a charge on Kingsmead." The Town Clerk said that King's Mead was probably Morfa Brenin." The Commissioner said that he should like to know how the charge was shifted fiom Morfa Brenin to Lloyd's Bank. Tne Bishop said that there was another charity, a charge of ^2 a year in the shop occupied by Mr Llewelyn, the cabinet- maker. The charge was left by Mr Lloyd, of Brunant. Zi was for two sermons to the vicar and the other Zi tor bread to the poor, which was distributed on New Year's Day. The Commissioner You will have to pay up your arrears of sermons, if you have not paid them in the past. The Bishop said that he had great difficulty in collecting the money and it was now £5 in arrear. He had had to take legal proceedings. The Town Clerk You can distrain for it. The Commissioner said that this was how charities were lost. He was glad to see the Bishop was putting his foot down. Church and Nonconformity alike lost money, by not coming to the lawyers. The Bishop said that there was another jQ2 which he received fro:n Mr Samuel Evans, Neath. The Commissioners said that this was a charge on Ty'rstewart [in the parish of LIan gunnor?] He asked if this money-which was distributed in doles-was given to all sects. The Bishop said that the clergy naturally came more into contact with the Church people but he gave instructions that in necessitous cases which they were aware of, no distinction should be made. He also mentioned the charge of £ 2 on the Victoria Inn, at one time owned by the Carmarthen United Breweries (formerly by Mr Henry Norton, and before that by Mr Lewis Morris). There was £ 2 5s charge on Parc-myharen (now Lime Grove) paid by Mr Morgan 11 Griffiths), and jQi on Parc-y-Conduit (Wellfield), paid by Mrs Hugo. All these included amounts for bread and also for sermons. Again, there was the Turnpike Trust, consisting of ^46 16s 3d in Consols. The interest was paid through Lloyds' Bank, and the amount was invested in the names of the late Rev. Latimer Jones, Mr Stedman Thomas, and Mr W. Wonacott. The1 Bishop could not say what this was for. He put it into the general charitable funds. The Commissioner said that this money could be applied for scholarships or anything else. The Bishop Or the Football Club. The Commissioner Yes if you get the consent of the Commissioners. Particulars were given of a charge of 13S 4d-for bread to the poor-oil the Vicarage Cottage; and £$paid as a charge on Wernddu, by Dr Davies, Llandyssul. Then Edward William's charity— £$ for books for the poor, 10s to the vicar for distributing them, and £ 1 10s to the curate of Llanllwch. A legacy of ^100 had been bequeathed by Mrs Sackville Gwyn, Quay-street, in 1891 for the Vicar to administer to the poor. The money was invested in Consols in his own name. The Commissioner said that it ought to be invested in the name of the Official Trustees of Charitable Funds. The Vicar himself would not last for ever. The Bishop said that --Cioo had been left by Miss Williams, Parade, to the Vicar for the poor. £ 284 9s gd left by Miss Louisa r, Morgan to the poor of St. Peter's had been paid to the Vicar in September 5th, 1890. In June, 1896, following, he received £100 from the estate of Miss Eustatia Kentish and lie added £ 6 odd income of the other charities' incomes to make it ^300. The three sums had all been invested in Consols. He had had it on mortgage; but had withdrawn it. The Commissioner said that it would be perfectly regular to place such amounts on mortgage with the consent of the Commissioners. THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS. Mr E. A. Rogers appeared on behalf of the Pablic Rooms Company. The rent paid was £ 20. The business was carried on by the directors as a company. The company was registered under the Act of 1854. The Accounts were produced by the secretary (Mr Baldwin). The Commissioner asked to have the date, to see if it came within the scope of his enquiry. The Town Clerk said that the business was carried on as a private speculation. WATER-STREET CHAPEL. Mr Morgan Griffiths gave particulars of a will of the year 1861, of Mr E. Yaughan, Spilman-street, by which £1,000 was left to the church at Water-street. The income, £40, was derived from a mortgage on a farm in Llanwinio parish £5 was for the poor and the remainder for the general purposes of the church.







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