Journal Entry – William Hooper – 5 Feb 1833

Document Type: Journal Entry
Date: 5 Feb 1833
Correspondent: William Hooper
Archive Source: TNA ADM 80 15
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Tuesday 5th Feby 1833

Reported to the Board the Resolution of the Carlisle Railway Committee, relative to compensating the Tenants. 

Reported to the Board the delay necessary previous to forwarding the Annual Estimates, to enable me to inspect the several farms, and examine as to the propriety of the several works applied for; and requesting discretionary power to order what may be more immediately wanted, including them afterwards in the estimates, with a notation of their being done, and the reasons for the same. Also stating my opinion that as regards repairs of Buildings, the present system of sending The Builder and Mason to prepare Estimates is extremely objectionable, and has a tendency very much to increase the expense. Upon the more vigilant system to be in future observed, I should recommend such Works to be authorized under the more rough and uncertain Estimate of the Receiver’s own judgement, directing him to have them executed in the cheapest and best manner he can, which in the majority of cases, will be principally by Day-labour, and the purchase of material.

If new Buildings are required there should be a specification prepared and, under the Board’s sanction, the work submitted to competition by optaining proposals, which should be sent to the Board, accompanied by a report from the Receiver.

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