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On Wednesday last the guardians of this union met in the Board-room, Eamont Bridge.  MR. JAMES ATKINSON, of Winderwath, was in the chair, and the ex officio and elected guardians present were,
 
MR. JAMESON,  REV. G. F. WESTON,  REV. S. WHITESIDE,  REV. T. HOLMES,  CAPT. MARKHAM,  MR. W. H. PARKIN,  MR. J. E. HASELL,  MR. J. LONGRIGG,  MR. W. NOBLE,  MR. J. IRVING,  MR. FOSTER,  &c.
 
The outdoor relief cases having been disposed of, CAPT. MARKHAM reported the result of the interview of the committee with MR. COWPER, with regard to the purchase money to be given for the house and buildings.  The only question was with regard to the cost of the new farm buildings which MR. COWPER would have to put up in lieu of the old ones taken down by the Board.
        The architects, it seems, had informed MR. COWPER that on account of the increase of prices and the prospect of a rise in labour, the cost of erecting those buildings would be an additional £70 on what was before stated.  On looking over the plans, however, he found out a reduction might be made in the original plan to the amount of  £58, so that in reality the amount required by MR. COWPER to be paid to him was only 12 guineas, making the total purchase of the house and site £1452 5s. 6d.  He (CAPT. MARKHAM) did not think the Board was badly treated by this proposition.
 
This gave rise to a long conversation.  MR. JAMESON,  MR. WESTON,  and  MR. HOLMES,  and the CHAIRMAN contending that the demand of MR. COWPER was so reasonable, and under all circumstances of the case so far, that it should at once be acceded to;  whereas, on the other hand, MR. LONGRIGG  and  MR. IRVING agreed that it would have been much better if MR. COWPER had adhered to his original bargain, and that a decision should not be come to until the ratepayers, through their representatives, should have a voice in the matter.  It was not so much the amount demanded, as the principle involved that they objected to.
 
On the motion of CAPTAIN MARKHAM, seconded by REV. G. F. WESTON, notice was ordered to be sent to each guardian that the question will come on for consideration at the next meeting of the Board.
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