A handwritten letter on folded notepaper watermarked Cowan and bearing the head of the Inns of Court Family Hotel Holborn and Lincolns Inn Fields London WC (including pictures of the two hotel buildings). Will is probably a reference to Mr Shiress Will and Michael to Mr Michael both acting as barristers or solicitors for the objectors.
Most significant is the reference to the local board of health. That is probably meaning an Urban Sanitary Authority for the towns of Thirsk and Sowerby, additional to the Rural Sanitary Authority covering a wider area - Thirsk Parish was not limited to the current Thirsk Parish, but extended to include other townships and villages. An Urban Sanitary Authority would have become an Urban District Council and would likely have been more pro-active in promoting and developing the town which has since, relatively declined.
July 2nd 1879
H Smith Esq
I saw Sir Wm Gallwey yesterday and he is favourable towards the formation of a local board of health. afterwards I called on the local government office & was informed the first step would be a notice signed by 20 ratepayers if for the Parish of Thirsk. But if it was only for Thirsk and Sowerby they would first have to send down an Inspector to define the boundaries.
Sir Wm Gallwey is writing Mr Richardson about this. His view Sir Wm's is that a board of health wold be a check on the water company and prevent them forcing their water on the people. He was also in favour of sinking some artesian wells.
I saw Dysons on Saturday and got Will's copy of the evidence. Michaels copy they would send to you.
P.S. I expect to be at home tomorrow.
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