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APPOINTED IN PURSUANCE OF AN ACT OF PARLIAMENT
MADE AND PASSED IN
The 5th and 6th Years of King William the 4th, c. 71,
AN ACT for appointing COMMISSIONERS to continue the Inquiries concerning CHARITIES in ENGLAND and WALES, until the first day of March one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven."
(Dated 30th June 1837.)
Prezented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.
PRINTED BY W. CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET,
Charities of Sir William Courteen and
Charities of Poultney and others
Charities of Sir William Courteen and
Sir William Wilson's Charity
COUNTY OF LEICESTER.
CHARITIES UNDER the MANAGEMENT OF THE CORPORATION.
Leicester. Charities under the
OUR examination of the charities formerly vested in and under the management of the old Management of the corporation of Leicester commenced in August 1836, seven months after the dissolution of that body. Although it was understood that their trusteeship had ceased on the 1st of that month, yet as there were no other trustees appointed, and they had retained the management of the several charities which had been formerly under their care, all our observations and statements have reference to their practice, as it was from their late officers and account-books, which still remained in their possession, that our information was derived. As we pursued our inquiries we found some little delay and irregularity had taken place in the payments, in consequence of the new corporation not having finally settled to what payments for charitable uses their general funds were liable; this difficulty was increased by the circumstance that there were no new trustees appointed to undertake the administration of such charities as were not likely to be confided to the new corporation. We have no reason, however, to expect there will be any difficulty in adopting the former mode of administering the charities, as the funds of the new municipal body of course are liable to the payments made by the old corporation, and considered by them as due from their corporation property.
Queen Elizabeth, by letters patent, dated at Westminster 10th June, in the 6th of her reign (1564), under the seal of the duchy of Lancaster, out of the favour which she bore to the borough of Leicester, "et ut Juventus in bonis literis ibidem perpetuis temporibus futuris libere instituatur," granted to the mayor and burgesses of the said borough an annuity, or rent-charge, of 10., issuing out of the manor, lands, and tenements in the said county parcel of the duchy of Lancaster, payable at Michaelmas and Lady-day, yearly, by equal portions, to the intent that the said mayor and burgesses, and their successors, should dispose of the same annually for the maintenance and support of a schoolmaster, residing in the said borough, and instructing boys freely within the same; which schoolmaster should be chosen as often as need should be, by the said mayor and burgesses and their successors, to hold, enjoy, and receive the said rent, from the receiver of the duchy of Lancaster rents for the county of Leicester, at Michaelmas and Lady-day.
And by an instrument under the seal of the said duchy, bearing date 26th November, 7th Elizabeth (1565), directed to the auditor of the possessions of the duchy of Lancaster in the north part, and to the receiver of the honour of Leicester, being parcel of the possessions of the said duchy, reciting and referring to the letters patent of 10th June before abstracted, the said auditor and receiver were directed to pay the said annuity of 10l. to the said mayor and burgesses, for and towards the sustentation and bringing up of young children in learning in the said town, and for the payment whereof the said instrument to be a sufficient warrant and discharge.
This sum of 101. per annum is received from Thomas Freer, esq., the receiver of the duchy