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MONTGOMERY COUiST Y COUNCIL V. SIR PRYCE PRYCE-JONES AND MYSELF. Sir,—It is not a desirable practice for litigants to make use of the press to comment upon legal pro- ceedings in which they have been personally con- cerned unless under exceptional circumstances, and it is no wish of mine to do so. It has, however, been several times remarked to me that this dispute should have been settled without recourse to legal proceedings, which will cost the ratepayers of this county a sum for which Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones and I would gladly grant permitsion to the County Council to use the above rooms for the next thousand years for their quarterly meetings or adjournments thereof," in accordance with their ultimate claim. Under these circumstances I think it only right that the public should be made aware of the efforts which were made by Sir Pryce and myself to come to an amicable arrangement with the Council, and with this end in view I shall be obliged if you will give publicity to the following correspondence, which doea not appear to have been included in your reports of the proceedings of the Council.—Your obedient servant, EDWARD POWELL. Newtown, 19th August, 1892. Welshpool, 16th April, 1889. Dear air,- NEWTOWN PUBLIC ROOMS. Will you kindly furnish me, for the use of the County Council, with copies of the Indentures of 13th September, 1833, and 1st January, 1838, which, as you are aware, are covenanted to be produced to the Clerk of the Peace from time to time.—Yours truly, GEO. D. HARRISON. Edw. Powell, Esq. Newtown, 23rd April, 1889. Dear air,- NEWTOWN PUBLIC ROOMS. I will have copies of the deeds made and sent to you as soon as possible you will please understand that I do not admit your right to them. The limited rights which were given to the magistrates for the holding of Assizes and Quarter Sessions can surely have no reference to the duties devolving upon the County Council.—Yours truly, EDW. POWELL. G. D. Harrison. Esq., Clerk of the Peace, Welshpool. Welshpool, 7th May, 1889. Dear sir,Upon a perusal of the documents which you sent me, it seems to me that the County Council, as successors of the Court of Quarter Sessions, are entitled to the use of such rooms as they require free of all cost.—Yours truly, GEO. D. HARRISON. Newtown, 13th May, 1889. Dear eir,-I cannot understand upon what; ground you consider that the County Council has a right to use the above rooms free of cost. The documents to which you refer-even for a moment supposing them to be binding after the dissolution of the company- do not appear to me to support your claim in any way. The Council may have the use of the rooms upon reasonable terms, but not free of cost.-Yours truly, EDW. POWELL. Newtown, 20th February, 1890. Dear air,-As plans are now being prepared for enlarging and improving the accommodation of the Public Rooms, I shall be glad to know at your earliest convenience whether the County Council would like provision to be made for holding their meetings in the rooms. If so, I shall be happy to submit plans and terms of letting. Can you, at the same time, inform me whether the Council have yet satisfied themselves that they have no right to use the existing rooms free of charge. As it is now twelve months since the Council first used the rooms I think you will agree with me that it is time this question was settled. If the Council entertain any doubt upon the matter, I would suggest that the question be submitted to counsel to be agreed upon by both parties, and that his opinion be accepted and acted upon by both parties.—Yours truly, EDW. POWELL. Montgomery County Council, Welshpool, 22od Feb., 1890. Dear sir,—I laid your letter of the 20th inst. before the County Council at their meeting yester- day. My clients claim to be entitled to use the central or principal storey with its acoassories, and the lock-up and cells free of all charge, for the Assizes or Quarter Sessions or any adjournment thereof respectively, and for the usual quarterly meetings of the Council and any committees held on the same days as those meetings, and for any adjournment thereof; but they would, I think, be prepared to pay for the use of the rooms for the committees upon other occasions, and I shall be glad to hear that this is acceptable to you and that you will be prepared to correct the claim sent in against the County Council upon this basis. This is without prejudice. -Yours truly, GEO. D. HARRISON. Newtown, 25th Feb., 1890. Dear sir,—I am in receipt of yours of the 22nd inst. We are very strongly advised that the County Council have no right whatever to use the rooms free, and we cannot consent to waive our right to payment. Will you kindly let me know at your earliest convenience whether your clients will adopt the suggestion I made-that the question should be left to the decision of counsel to be agreed upon. I think you will agree with me that the right which your clients now claim, being practically narrowed down to the right to use the rooms twice a year only, is but a smaH matter, which should be settled without litigation. We are anxious to have the matter settled without delay, and also to know whether the Council wishes us in the plans which are being prepared to make provision for their meetings. We shall also be glad to consider any suggestions which you or your clients may wish to make for the improvement of the oourt, providing waiting rooms for prisoners in lieu of the present cells, retiring rooms for judge, magistrates, and jurymen, etc. If the committee to whom the matter was referred by the Council could meet at the rooms to discuss the matter, I think we ought without difficulty to be able to come to an arrangement satisfactory to all parties.-Yours truly, EDW. POWELL. Newtown, 24th December, 1890. Dear Sir,-These rooms will be completed by Saturday next, and I shall be glad to hear from you without further delay what the County Council are prepared to offer for the use of a room for their meet- ingii and, also, in reply to my offer, to refer the question in dispute to a counsel to be agreed upon.- Youra truly, EDWARD POWELL. Montgomery County Council, Welshpool, 17th February, 1891. Dear Sir,—I brought your recent letters before the Finance Committee at their meeting yesterday, and was instructed to inform you that the Council claim that they are entitled to the use of the rooms in question for their quarterly meetings, or any ad- journments thereof, free of oost. They were fully under the impression that the owners of the Public Rooms had accepted this view, and the whole of the negotiations have baen based upon this assumption. My clients cannot oonsent to any arbitration, as, in their opinion, there is nothing to refer.—Yours truly, GEO. IK HARBISON. Newtown, 18th February, 1891 Dear Sir,—I am in receipt of yours of the 17th inst., and was very much astonished to find that your Finance Committee were under the impression that we admitted the right of the Council to use the rooms for their quarterly meetings. I have all along by my letters and verbally contested this right, and have also informed them that my own view that they have no such right is backed up by the opinion of counsel. We have already expressed our willingness to enter into an arrangement, on reasonable terms, for the Council to use a portion of the building for all their meetings. I can now only repeat that we are anxious to avoid litigation, and, with this end in view, are still prepared to refer the question to counsel to be IIgreed upon; but, as in the opinion of your clients, there is nothing to refer, it will, of course, be useless to continue these negotiations, aud I am reluctantly compelled to give you uotice that henceforth tbe Council will not be allowed to use the rooms until some arrangement has been arrived at. The owners of the rooms, as you are aware, are Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones and myself, and if your clients really think they have any right to use the rooms for their meetings, and decide to take legal proceedings to enforce their claims, I will accept service on behalf of Sir Pryce Pryce.Jones and myself. The Quarter Sessions and Assizes may be he:d in the room" as heretofore, but no other meetings. Be good enough to inform me whether your clients are prepared to paythe account whieh I have already sent you for the use of the rooms in the past.—Yours truly, EDWAHD POWELL. Montgomery Coftnty Oonncil, Welshpool, 19th February, 1891. Dear Sir,—I have received your letter of yester- day's date, and am sorry to find that yon do not aooept the contention of wf clients, and decline the •JS:> or the rooms, to which we claim to be entitled free of charge, for the quarterly meetings of the Council or any adjournment thereof. Inasmuch as the next quarterly meetings of the County Council is to be held at Newtown upon the 27th inst., and the ag-enda. must go out at once, I would suggest that, without prejudice, you should agree to the rooms being used as heretofore, pending a settlement of the question at issue. If you cannot fall in with this suggestion, kindly wire me in the morning that I may take the Chairman's instructions as to what arrangements a?e to be made.—Yours truly, GEO. D. HARRISON. To HARRISON, WELSHPOOL. Without prejudice you can use the rooms on paying the usual fee. POWELL. Newtown, 2]st February, 1891. Dear Sir,—I am in receipt of yours of the 19th and 20th insts. We shall be willing to allow the Council, without prejudice, to use the room for their next meeting upon paying the usual fee therefor but you will please note that no further meetings will be per. mitted until the question at issue betweeu us has been settled. We are prepared to leave this question as being one of law to the decision of a barrister, to be agreed upon, and, if his opinion be in favour of the Council, we will abide by it. and pay his fee, your clients, on the other hand, entering into a similar undertaking should his opinion be adverse to their claim. Should the Council prefer having the question decided by a court of law, the responsibility for the needless cost which will be incurred must rest upon its own shoulders. To prevent ary possibility of misunderstanding, I repeat the offer I have aevera times previously made to refer the dispute as above or to enter into an agreement with your clients to allow them to use the rooms for all their meetings at a reasonable charge.-Yours truly, EDWD. POWELL. Newtown, 7th May, 1891. Dear Sir.-It is upwards of two years eince the County Council commenced to use tt e above rooms, and I think you must agree with me that tney should either h*ve paid for them or taken step3 to enforce their alleged right to use them free of charge by this. I must really a"k you to let me know without further delay whether the Council are prepared to pay for the rooms or take proceedings in acc ordance with a resolution which I under-,tand was passed a con- siderable time back to obtain the opinion of a court of law upon their claim. Having rejected all our overtures to settle the matter in an amicable way. without legal proceed. inga, it is surely due to Sir Pryce-Jones and myself, as the owners of the rooms, that we should be in- formed whether our claim to rent will or will not be paid without litigation.-Yours truly, EDWARD POWELL. Montgomery County Council, Welshpool, 8th May. 1891. Dear sir,—I am in receipt of your letter of the 7th inst, which shall be laid before the committee of the Council at their next meeting. I may say, however, that the matter is now under consideration, and I am "lo sure the Council are as anxious as you can be to have the question at issue iletermined satisfactorily with the least delay, and, if possible, in an amicable manner.-Yoar3 truly, GEO. D. HARRISON. Newtown, 8th June, 1891. Dear Sir,—When may I oxoect to have your clients' decision in this mattter ?—Yours truly, EDWARD POWELL. Montgomery County Council, Welshpool, 9th June, 1891. Dear Sir,—I shall probably be in a position to write to you after Monday next, for which day a committee is summoned to consider the question.— Youra truly, GEO. D. HARRISON. Montgomery County Council, 15th Juno, 1891. Dear Sir,—I am instructed to inform you that my clients have decided to take immediate ateoa for ob. taining a judicial decision upon the questions at issue.—Yours truly, GEO. D. HARRISON. Montgomery County Council, 15th June, 1891. Dear Sir,—In order that there may be no possible misunderstanding between us on the point, would you kindly inform me whether I am right in under- standing that youy clients refuse to allow the County Council the use of the rooms upon the first floor fur their quarterly meetinga, or any adjournments there- of, free of cost.—Yours truly, OEO. D. HARRISON. Newtown, 24th June, 1891. Dear Sir,—In rpply to yours of the 15th inpt, we refuse to allow the County Council the use of the rooms free of cost, for any purpose other than tho,e specified in the two agreements of 1810 and 1848. We contend that none of the meetings of the County Council have come within the agreements, and that therefore they were not entitled to the use of the rooms free of cost.—Yours truly, EDWARD POWELL. Newtown, 18th Jan., 1892. Dear Sir,—I am in receipt of this special case, but before forwarding it to counsel for re-perusal, I should be glad to hear from you with reference to your addition to paragraph 26. I find that in the year 1889, you had 14 meetings in the Public Rooms, and I do not see how this cau be reconciled with the statement, that only two meetings in addition to the quarterly meetings had been held there.-Yours truly, EDWARD POWELL. Welshpool, 19th January, 1892. Dear Sir,—I am in receipt of your letter of yester- day's date. I think you are under a slight mis. apprehension as regards the extent of the County Council's claim. We only claim to use the rooms free of charge for any quarterly meetings of the Council, or adjournments thereof, or any other meet- ings that may fall upon the same date. Any meetings of the committees not held upon the same dates as quarterly meetings or adjournments thereof are not claimed to be free of ebarge.-Youre truly, GEO. D. HARRISON.