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Neville Chamberlain and J P Hilton:
October 1919

October 11th 1919 (from Birmingham Corporation Savings Bank - J P Hilton to Neville Chamberlain)

Dear Alderman Chamberlain,

I enclose letters to the ten Joint Stock Banks whom we have dealt with in the Bank during the past three years.

I think you would like to associate yourself with the sentiments expressed and the same letter would serve as an instruction to them to return the unsold coupons.

If you will sign these letters and return to me I will forward them.

Yours obediently,

J P Hilton

Manager

 

October 11th 1919 (from Birmingham Municipal Bank - J P Hilton to Neville Chamberlain)

Dear Alderman Chamberlain,

I have received a letter from Mr Lees stating that the Water Department are prepared to reduce the rent to 400 for the first year rising to 450 for the second, 500 for the third and 550 for the fourth year, but subject to revision at the end of three years should experience how that the cost of administration etc., had increased in the meantime. I consider this is a splendid achievement on your part in getting the rent reduced so substantially although you know my opinion regarding the premises. It will at least give us an opportunity of looking round for premises more adaptable for our purposes and more likely to attract depositors.

With regard to the cost of alterations I have asked the Water Department to obtain an amended tender consequent upon our not requiring the use of the Chief Accounts Clerk's office and for certain alterations which I desire for the better protection of the Cashier. I have also asked the Estates Department to give me some idea of the cost of the alterations so far as the Bank is concerned so that we can see what it means to satisfy the requirements of the Water Department.

Your obedient servant,

J P Hilton

Manager

 

October 11th 1919 (from Birmingham Municipal Bank - J P Hilton to Neville Chamberlain)

Dear Alderman Chamberlain,

I enclose herewith copy letter received from Mr Wilde, Estate Agent, with reference to premises in High Street.

You will see it is again a case of being just too late.

Your obedient servant,

J P Hilton

Manager

 

October 10th 1919 - from Frank Wilde to J P Hilton (letter copied to Neville Chamberlain on October 11th 1919)

Union Chambers, 63 Temple Row, Birmingham

re Premises High Street (opposite to New St:)

I have made enquiries in relation to these Premises, and am informed that within the last few days they have been let on lease for seven years at the following Rents:

Bird dealer                   pays                 500 p.a. and Rates

Auctioneer                      "                    500 p.a. and Rates

Sheffields for Hoarding                        100 p.a.

I understand that the Freeholders had originally asked for 800 Ground Rent let on a 99 years' Lease, and 10,000 to be spent on buildings.

Naturally I cannot vouch for the above information, but having regard to the source from which I obtained it, I believe it to be substantially correct.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Wilde.

 

October 13th 1919 - from Neville Chamberlain to J P Hilton

Dear Mr Hilton,

Mr Chamberlain is much obliged for your letters of the 11th. and has signed the letters to the Banks.

Mr Chamberlain thinks we ought to accept the proposal of the Water Dept. it being understood of course that we are not bound to occupy the premises for three years but can leave if we find something better.

Mr Chamberlain is sorry about the premises in High Street.

Yours faithfully,

Secretary

 

 
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