A well-known resident of Rushden, who wrote making an appeal to other local inhabitants to give £100 each up to within the last hundred of £5,000 (the purchase price of Rushden Hall and grounds) promising the last £100 himself, has now come forward with a renewed offer, which, by the way, is added to.
It will be remembered that we gave publicity to his offer at the time and it was stated in the letter that a copy had been sent to the Rushden Council.
This week we give his second appeal as follows :-
“I wonder if I am too late in again bringing the matter of the purchase of Rushden Hall to the front, seeing that at a meeting of the Council it was resolved to at once apply to the Ministry of Health for sanction to a loan of £5,000 for the purchase of Rushden Hall together with the Porter’s Lodge.
“It is within the knowledge of the whole town that the person did not come forward and dump the purchase money down in order that his name might be handed down to posterity, but out of a population of nearly 15,000 surely it was possible for fifty-six persons to have given £100 each, in order that the money was not put upon the rates.
“Very unkind remarks have been made against me for bringing the matter forward in the manner I did, and I assure your readers that I did it in the true interests of the town, and even now if not too late my £100 is ready. This is not swank!
“The Clerk to the Council treated my letter in a most respectful and dignified manner and his treatment towards me is the only consolation I have got out of the whole business. He replied first :
“I have your letter of yesterday’s date which I will read to the Finance Committee at their meeting tomorrow morning.
“I read your letter of the 17th to the Finance Committee at their meeting yesterday morning. The Committee wish me to inform you that they much appreciate your desire to raise the purchase money by voluntary contributions but do not consider that they can initiate any such proceedings.”
“Even now, if it is not too late, I will not only repeat my offer, but I will go beyond £100 providing the fifty odd sums of £100 are forthcoming.”