Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 1 

Meetings held from 1st December 1843 - 2nd February 1844

Meeting held on the 1st of December 1843.

[369]The register book was signed from No. 708 to No. 717. 

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was   produced by which it appeared that the s d
Balance in favour of the guardians was 14 12 10
[370] Rates collected and lodged ----
Rates remaining 349 12 10
[371] Cost of provisions and necessities received 6 8 6
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 7 13 2
General cost of an inmate 9 1/5

Resolved that a check be given to Mr. Austin Slattery for the sum of 5-12-8 being so much money advanced by him in the purchase of potatoes for the use of the workhouse and benefit of the union.
[372]
Master's Report
The master has again to complain of the description of meal received from Mr. Molony.   He sent him word to send a better article and take the one on hand away, but he had since declined to do either and the master was obliged to get a sack from Mr. Fallon at the rate of 10.10.0 per ton which was a little better though not on the whole a good article. 
The ventilator on the female side of the infirmary, which was uncovered by the gale of last January, requires immediate repair.  You have thecommissioners' letter before you on the subject. 
The nursery chimney requires immediate attention. 

Resolved
that the clerk does again write to the agent of the Patriotic Insurance at Ennis that before any repair is commenced with the nursery chimney that the board will require a more satisfactory form of leave than that this day presented by the clerk, bearing date 17 November 1843. 
Resolved that one pair of limestone field piers be advertised for, height 6 feet above the surface and at least 2 feet under the surface, to be 14 inches square, to be bored for fastening at the height of the gate to be seen at the workhouse. 
[373]
Resolved that the guardians get no written notice at the expense of the union of the day that Mr. Burke will find it his convenience to attend this board.  We come to this resolution because we consider it is the duty of guardians to attend the weekly meetings of the board of which there is due notice already given and a day fixed for holding same without putting the union to any further unnecessary expense of postage.  
Resolved that the master gets an order for 1/2 ream of foolscap, 1/2 ream of letter paper, 1/2 ream of commonpaper, 1/2 lb of wax , an ounce of wafers, 1 gross of quills, a jar of black ink and a jar of red ink. 

Read tenders for milk. 
Resolved that the milk contract lies over until Friday next and that tenders for same be invited for 6 and 12 months it being optional with the board to choose either.  
Read tenders for meal.
Resolved that the meal contract lies over to Friday next and that tenders be invited for same for 12 months and that it be signified to the contractor that the meal must consist of 1/3 Cutlings.
[374]
Resolved that tenders be invited for bread, candles and salt for 12 months from Friday next.  Resolved that Charles Carrigg, contractor, be called upon to finish the glazing of any broken glass in the workhouse forthwith. 
Resolved that tenders be invited for repairing the ventilators of the infirmary.
Resolved that Pat O'Dwyer's tender for 120 yards of check same as pattern in the master's possession be accepted at 7d per yard. 

Doctor's Report.
The workhouse is in a healthy state at present, there are ten patients under medical treatment.  I have again to call the attention of the board to the want of half a dozen pairs of crutches as there are some of the inmates obliged to be continually in bed incurring great risk of getting bedsores, where as with the assistance of crutches many of them would be up and about the yards and ultimately recover.                                                                                                                        James Shannon, M.D.
[375]
Resolved that fires be supplied to the male and female infirm dormitories during the winter months.

[376]
Meeting held on the 8th of December, 1843.

The register book was signed from No 718 to No 722. 
The clerk reported that no tenders had been received for the piers of the gate or repairing ventilator of infirmary.  

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

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Balance in favour of the guardians was 14 12 10
[377] Rates collected and lodged 22 0 0
Rates remaining 327 6 11 1/2
[378] Cost of provisions and necessities received 5 8 4 23/32
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 8 1 1 1/2
General cost of an inmate 9 5/8

Master's Report.
The dietary continues to work well agreeing with the inmates of which the healthy state of the house is sufficent evidence.  Your board will perceive that a small increase had taken place in the average cost of a pauper from extras ordered for the infirmary. 
[379]
The changes of diet by medical officers' order can be seen on reference to the book for that purpose before your board.  The stock of potatoes on hand is no more than sufficent for a part of the coming week. 
Your board should take steps to have a supply sent in. 

Medical Report.
The house continues free from acute and infectious disease.  Ten cases of various chronic affection are under medical treatment at present. 
                                                                                                                     James Shannon, M.D.

The following letters from the Poor Law Commissioners and others were read by the clerk and directions given to answer them respectievely to the following effect (an order made on them respectively as follows):
1st letter from Poor Law Commissioners sanctioning the appointment by the board of Pat Shannon to make such a partial and temporary revision as may be necessary for the purpose of the next rate as also on the present location of paupers.  2nd from Mr. Burke, Assistant Commissioner, stating that he could not attend the meeting this day in consequence of being at the audit of the Limerick Union, and requiring the clerk to prepare for audit.
3rd from Mr. Dennihy, chairman Fermoy board of guardians, on location of paupers. 
[380] 4th from P.A. Lysaght requiring payment for amount of his a/c 3-16-11.  Provisional admission into the workhouse and application for admission were considered and decided on as set  forth in the application and report book. 

The number of provisional admissions confirmed was 2
ditto disallowed 2
The number of applicants admitted was 4
Ditto rejected 5

Read tenders for milk from Mrs. Mary Moran for 6 months at 2d the quart or for 12 months at 1 3/4 per quart, no sureties offered.
Resolved that Mrs. Mary Moran be declared the milk contractor for best new milk at 1 3/4d the quart, for 12 months.  Read tenders for meal from the undermentioned persons, Michael Roughan, securities, William O'Regan and John Nagle; Pat O'Dwyer, securities, John Lysaght and Pat Shannon; John Fallon, securities, Francis Swyny, Francis O'Brien; Michael Malony, no securities mentioned.
[381]
Resolved that Michael Roughan's tender be accepted for meal for 12 months for this date at 10.10.0 per ton to be composed of 1/3 Cutlings and best description of meal, his tender being the lowest. 
Read tenders for the undermentioned persons for bread.  John Fallon, 12 months best quality at 6 1/2d the 4 lb loaf. Securities Francis Swyny, Francis O'Brien, Michael Malony 12 months best white bread at 7d the 4 lb loaf. Securities, none offered. 
Resolved that John Fallon's tender for best quality bread for 12 months from this date at 6 1/2d the 4 lb loaf, his tender being the lowest, be accepted.  Read tenders for candles from the under mentioned persons. 
Michael Roughan for 12 months best quality at 5s 9d the dozen of 12 lbs.  Securities William O'Regan, John Nagle.   John Fallon 12 months at 6d the lb securities Francis  Swyny, Francis O'Brien.
Resolved that Michael Roughan's tender for candles at 5 3/4d the pound be accepted for 12 months from this date, his tender being the lowest and that John Fallon's tender for salt for 12 months at 4d the stone be accepted, no other tender having being sent in.  
On reference to master's report on potatoes,
[382] Resolved that potatoes be advertised for 3, 6, or 9 months optional, with the board to accept for either of the specified times.  Two solvent securities to be mentioned in tender and directed to the clerk on or before 12 o'clock on Friday the 15th December instant to be taken into consideration at the meeting of the board on that day. 
Proposed that Michael Walsh, the master of the workhouse, who acted as clerk protem in place of the clerk who is ill, does write to the commissioners and explain to them the circumstances attending the declaring of the milk contract this day - namely -
The acting clerk being asked how many tenders were received for milk answered one, but after declaring the contract at 1 3/4d the quart for 12 months and opening tender for meal etc., the acting clerk found another tender for milk at 1 1/2d the quart for one year with sufficient securities but the friends of the declared contractor would not allow the matter to be reopened or reconsidered and, considering the price with the second, thereby saving over 20 to the union, we request the commissioners to order Mr. Burke to have the matter investigated and have the matter re-opened for further advertisement, and that the clerk does not require Mrs. Moran to perfect her bond until the matter is fully discussed. 


[383]
Meeting held at the Boardroom on the 5th December, 1843.

The register book was signed from No 723 to No 726 
The clerk reported that he has perfected the bond for suppplies as ordered by the board and called on the contractors and their sureties to attend this day in order to perfect such bonds.

[384]
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

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Balance in favour of the guardians was 14 12 10
Rates collected and lodged 6 0 0
Rates remaining 321 6 11 1/2
[385] Cost of provisions and necessities received 5 8 2 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 8 6 2
General cost of an inmate 9 5/8

[386]
Master's Report.
Your board should take steps to have straw sent in as all is used. 
The quantity of molasses on hand is no more than sufficient for 4 weeks. It will take time to have it procured from Dublin.  Therefore the master would require our order in time so as not to run out of that article.  The girls require shifting very much, the ones they have being almost worn.  The sheeting on hand ought to be converted into shifts, as there is a superabundance of sheets. 
The matron states that 4 sheets are sufficent to make 9 good shifts. 
The matron was obliged to break up some of the shifting this week   to keep those on them together.
We have not a sufficency of shovels to keep the hands employed, he would require some.  We got originally 6, 2 are worn out and the remaining 4 are not sufficient. 

The master would require 1/2 dozen pair of barrowholds to keep the axils [sic] of the barrows which are out of order for want of them. 
[387]
Changes of diet can be seen on reference to the book for that purpose before your board. 

We have had one death since last meeting, a man named Griffy. 

The dietary continues to work as favourably as at last report. 

Resolved that the master of the workhouse gets an order for a cask of molasses, as the quantity on hand is not more than sufficent for 4 weeks. 
Resolved that the master be required to procure the plan of the altar of the Limerick Workhouse and have it at the boardroom on Friday next, that a contractor may then be advertised for to build a suitable altar in this workhouse. 
Resolved that 18 sheets be converted into shifts for girls. 

Read tenders for potatoes
Resolved that Pat O'Dwyer's tender be accepted at 2 3/8d per stone for 9 months.   Securities John Carmody, Ennistimon & Edward Thynne of Ballinagrane.
[388]
Resolved that the clerk be requested to write to Mr. O'Brien, the manager of the National Bank, Ennis, to know the terms he would become treasurer to this union having occasion to be dissatisfied with the Provincial Bank as treasurer. 
Resolved that the clerk be requested to give me the necessary books for the revising valuator for the purpose of the revision, from Mr. Talbot the printer, and that he informs Mr. Pat Shannon that it will be necessary for him and his sureties to attend here on Friday next. 

Doctor's Report.
The house continues in same state as to healthfulness, as at last report.  Ten cases are under medical treatment.  One patient died, since last meeting of chronic inflammation of bladder. 
                                                                                                                     James Shannon M.D.

[389]
Resolved that the clerk does inform the commissioners that John Crowe's tender for milk, as sent in on Friday last, has been withdrawn and that he disowns ever having authorised any person to send in one in his name. 
Proposed that the paupers in the workhouse do get, on Christmas Eve, meal and milk for dinner, on Christmas morning, meal and coffee, and on Christmas night, for dinner 1 lb meat to each person.  That 2 lb coffee 3/4 stone sugar & 160 lb of well carved pig meat be advertised for and that the master purchases a sufficiency of cabbage and that each person does get 1 pint milk, 1 lb bread, 1 lb meat as their allowance on the occasions refered to. 
Resolved that the milk contract remains as it stands until the commissioners' answer, the communication sent them on that head. 
[390] Resolved that the balance of wages due to the late schoolmistress Suzanne Considine be paid to Mr. Pat Higgins and that he gets a cheque for same this day, amt. 1.11.10 being for 48 days from the 25 of March to the 12th of May 1843.  This is paid for the use of the orphans. 


[391]
Meeting held on the 22nd December, 1843.

The register book was signed from No. 727 to No. 733. 
The clerk reported that he has prepared for the potatoe contractor and his sureties who have not attended this day. 

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

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Received during the week 56 13 0
Paid during the week 69 9 4
Balance in favour of the Guardians 1 16 6
[392] Rates collected and lodged 28 13 0
Rates remaining 292 13 11 1/2
[393] Cost of provisions and necessities received 16 13 10 5/8
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 9 6 9
General cost of an inmate 10 1/2

[394]
Master's Report
We omitted applying for some callico [sic] to make lining for the girls' frocks which is necessary in order that they may give the better wear.  There is nothing in the house that could be converted to the purpose with any degree of economy, callico at the rate of 3 1/2d a yard will answer. 
The master would require the following articles of tin furniture, sconces for the dormitories. ladles for stirabout, a lantern, so necessary to bring a person thro the house at night. 
Your board will perceive that an increase on the average cost of a pauper for the week has taken place, owing to the present milk and potatoes compared with the prices of those articles heretofore. 
The new dietary continues to work well and as favourably as at last report, as you will perceive by reference to the number under medical treatment. 

Doctor's Report
The house continues healthy, there are eleven cases in hospital, one of which is fever, taken in last week.  There was one death since last meeting caused by diarrhea which continued off and on since her admission and she never left her bed. 
                                                                                                                     James Shannon M.D.
[395]
Resolved that Mrs. Mary Moran's tender for milk be accepted at 1 1/2d per quart for best new milk for 12 months from this date, sureties Messrs. Pat O'Dwyer and Francis O'Brien both of Ennistimon. 
Read tenders for meat. 
Resolved that John Carrigg's tender for 160 lb of well cured pork be accepted for 3 1/2d per lb.  Read tenders for sugar and coffee.
Resolved - that Pat O'Dwyer's tender for 2 lb of coffee at 1/8 per lb and 3/4 stone of sugar at 7 1/2d per lb be accepted. 
- that James McDonough's tender for 6 shovels with proper handles be accepted at 1/3 per, also for 12 hinges to be nailed on barrows at 5d.
- that John Carrigg's tender be accepted at 12/6 for repairing the hospital ventilator, providing all materials himself.
- that the master gets on order for 40 yards of callico for lining for children's bibs or frocks at 3 1/2d a yard to be had from Mr Pat O'Dwyer. 
[396]
Resolved that it appearing to the board of guardians by the treasurer's book, this day before them, that on the 4th Dec. inst. a balance of 33.15.5 appearing in favour of the union, and that on the same day Austin Slattery and Michael Considine presented a check for 5.12.8, being money advanced by them for the use of the union, which he refused to cash, stating that he had no funds and that he should give cash to others before it, and that Michael Considine stated that if a preference was to be given it ought to be given to the cheque then presented, as it was money advanced for the use of the union, and the reply was what made him.  And that on the 5th Dec., the day following, he cashed a check for Mrs.Moran for 30.12.1 leaving then even a balance in favour of 3.3.6 and that on the 18th inst. the same check was enclosed by order of the board by the clerk which he returned without cashing, and that we view such treatment of the treasurer both unjust and uncorteous [sic] to the board, and that the board will not submit to such treatment and that the clerk does send a copy of this resolution to the treasurer. 
Resolved that the master gets an order for 12 sconces, 4 ladles for stirabout, and a lantern.  All for the use of  he workhouse. 


[397]
Meeting held on the 29th day of December, 1843.

The register book was signed from No. 733 to No. 734. 

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the s d
Balance in favour of the guardians was 1 16 6
[398] Rates collected and lodged 50 0 0
Rates remaining 242 13 11 1/2
[399] Cost of provisions and necessities received 10 9 7 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 9 9 7 1/4
General cost of an inmate 10 1/2

[400]
Resolved that Betty Downes, a pauper, be at liberty to go out for a week.  

Doctor's Report.
The house continues healthy.  There are 11 patients under medical treatment at present.  I feel pleasure in informing the board that the workhouse has been more free from infections and other disease since they adopted the new dietary than previously.  
                                                                                                                    James Shannon M.D.
Resolved that Nancy Byrth, a pauper, gets liberty to leave the workhouse for 3 days.

[401]
Meeting held on the 5th day of January, 1844.

The register book was signed from No. 736 to No.736  
The clerk reported that he has prepared the milk contractor's bond and that the contract for meal will expire on the 22nd inst. 

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

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[402] Balance in favour of the guardians was 1 16 6
Rates collected and lodged 35 0 0
Rates remaining 207 13 11 1/2
[403] Cost of provisions and necessities received 15 16 0 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 15 3 6 1/2
General cost of an inmate 1 5 1/4

[404]
Master's Report.
The master called your attention to the want of straw sometime since.  It is much wanting in the house at present. 
Your board should take steps to have the piers of the gate erected, perhaps ones less expensive than limestone might answer by employing a person to build ones.  They are necessary to prevent trespass, the more so as the ground must be prepared for tilling immediately. 
Your board will perceive the average expense for the past week has much increased from the extra allowance made at xmas. 
Read Lord Devon's letter to the chairman. 
Resolved that the consideration of Lord Devon's letter to our chairman be put off until this day four weeks and that the clerk does inform Lord Devon of such adjournment.  
Mr. Thomas Cahill gives notice that he will move on this day four weeks to have the salaries of the officers reduced.  Resolved that the time of finishing the collection of the present rate be extended to the collectors to the 1st day of Febuary next and that in case the entire rate shall not then be collected, that the collectors be then required to give a list of the defaulters to the board on the same day. 
[405]
Mr. Thomas Fitzgerald gives notice that he will, on this day four weeks, bring before the board the propriety of closing the house until such time as the valuation is revised and the guardians have funds at their disposal. 
Resolved that the clerk does inform by circulars the members of this board of the notices given at this board this day and require their attendance this day four weeks at 11 o'clock. 
Resolved that all contractors have their bonds perfected before this day week and in the event of their failing to do so that the several supplies be again advertised for.  
[406]
Resolved that checks be given to the following persons being amount of their bills furnished and examined this day by the chairman Michael Considine and Francis Fitzgerald, Finance Committee.  

Establishment Account s d
Robert Wiggins, for brushes, nails etc. 2. 6 10
Pat A. Lysaght, for fenders, etc. 3 16 11
Mort Considine, keeper of idiots 0 17 4
Bridget McDonough, horse hire, paving stones 1 19 0
Charles Carrigg, 92 panes of glass at 5 1/2d per pane and 6 pair of crutches at 1/9 each 2 12 8
Michael Walsh, master, salary ending March 5 0 0
Kate Walsh, matron, " " 3 6 8
Biddy Leyden, schoolmistress " " 2 10 0
Laurence Egan, schoolmaster " " 3 15 0
John McNamara, porter " " 2. 10 0
Michael McDonough, clerk " " 6 13 4
James Shannon, medical officer " " 6 5 0
Charles Finucane, medical officer " " 6 5 0
James McDonough, 6 shovels, 6 pair of barrow hinges 12 6

 

Invoice Account
Joseph Bouchier, 2 cwt. of soap 3 8 0
John Carrigg, 160 lb cured pork at 3 1/2d per lb 2 6 8
Michael Molony, for meat 9 19 10
Pat Lynch, for meat 7 8 4

 

[407]
Meeting held on Friday the 12th of January, 1844.

The register book was signed from No.736 to No.737. 
The clerk's report was read to the following effect
That John Fallon's bond for bread and salt and Mrs. Moran's for milk have been perfected, and that Mr.Pat O'Dwyer's bond for pototoes and Michael Roughan's bond for meal have not been perfected. 

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was   produced by which it appeared that the

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d
[408] Balance in favour of the guardians was 1 16 6
Rates collected and lodged 16 0 0
Rates remaining 191 13 11 1/4
[409] Cost of provisions and necessities received 10 10 1
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 9 9 6

[410]
Medical Report.
The house continues healthy, as at last report.  We have had no death.
                                                                        Charles Finucane.
                                                                            M.R.C.S.L.

Resolved that the Finance Committee meet on Wednesday the 31st January inst.
Resolved that the advertising for supplies be put off until the 2nd February 1844.  

Master's Report.
The house continues healthy and the new dietary agrees well with the inmates.   From being engaged in preparing for the audit of the accounts I was unable to make out the cost of provisions etc.  They will, with this week's account, appear before you the next meeting. 
The changes of diet by medical officer can be seen in reference to the book for that purpose. 

Resolved
that the clerk does inform Mr. Pat Shannon the revising valuator that it is necessary that he should attend this board on Friday next and bring his securities. 

[411]

In consequence of the non attendance of guardians we had no meeting on the 19th of January 1844.

In consequence of the non attendance of guardians we had no meeting on the 26th of January 1844.

[412]
Meeting held on the 2nd day of February, 1844.

The register book was signed from No.738 to No.738. 

[413]
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

s d
Received during the week 122 17 8
Paid during the week 122 1 2
Balance in favour of the Guardians 16 6
Rates collected and lodged 13 7 10
Rates remaining 178 15 3 1/4
[414] Cost of provisions and necessities received 5 19 3 1/32
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 9 0 9 3/4
General cost of an inmate 10

[415]
Proposed that the salaries of the officers of this workhouse be reduced: 
That the clerk's salary be reduced from 40 a year to 30. Upon a division there appeared for the motion 9, against it 7.  Resolved that the salary of the clerk be 30 a year.  
That the medical officers' salary be reduced from 50 to 40 a year. Upon a division there appeared for the motion 7, against it 9. 
Resolved that the medical officers' salary continues at 50 a year.
That the salary of the master and matron be reduced from 40 to 30 a year upon a division there appeared for the motion 9, against it 7.
Resolved that the salaries of the master and matron be 30 a year. 
That the salary of the schoolmaster be reduced from 15 a year to 12. Carried unanimously.  
That the salary of the chaplain  be reduced from 40 to 30 a year.  Upon a division there appeared for the motion 10, against it 6.  
Resolved that the salary of the chaplain be 30 a year. 
[416]
Resolved that the salaries of the schoolmistress and porter remain as they were, 10 a year each.
Resolved that Mr. Talbot gets a check for 21.18.6 amt of his account for books, stationary, [sic] printing etc. to the 4th Dec. 1843. 
Proposed that 7 persons be appointed to give information to the land commissioners and to make enquiries into the different circumstances pending between landlord and tenant in the union and that the following persons be appointed to give such information. 

Cornelius O'Brien Esq M.P.
John MacNamara Esq.
Francis G. Morony Esq.
John O'Dwyer Esq.
Thomas Cahill Esq
Francis Fitzgerald Esq.

Mr. Francis Fitzgerald has abandoned the motion of closing the house. 
Proposed that the reduction of the salaries be reconsidered on this day fortnight.
[417]
Proposed that the gentlemen appointed to audit the clerk's accounts be requested to lay before the board on this day week the names of all ablebodied paupers in the house with a view of discharging them on this day fortnight. 
Proposed that the following persons be appointed to meet on Wednesday next to audit the clerk's accounts viz:

Michael Considine Pat Clancy
Austin Slattery John MacNamara

John O'Dwyer

Resolved that Richard Cavanagh's tender for beef and mutton for 6 months be accepted at the following prices viz.  Beef at 3 1/4d per lb.Mutton at 4 1/4d per lb.

[418]
Resolved that the clerk does inform the commissioners that there is no fund to carry on the expences of the house and the contractors for supplying meal and potatoes will not supply. 
That no rate has been made since the 2nd of Dec. 1843.   This was occasioned by waiting the appointment if a revising valuator, that was only made on the 4th December last, and the person appointed has not yet executed the necessary bond, under those circumstances.  The board are of opinion that the paupers must be discharged if money be not borrowed from the treasurer, which he will not lend unless sanctioned by the commissioners. 

Resolved
that the clerk does advertise for potatoes and meal against this day week.

Resolved
that the clerk does write to the poor law commissioners and ascertain from them whether any and what sum remains on their hands of the money received from the Exchequer Bill Loan Commissioner after paying contractor incidental expenses etc. for the use of this union, and that the commissioners will forward an [419] abstract to this board of such expenses and the manner in which the money has been laid out. 

The following letters were read in the early part of the proceedings this day. 
Poor law commissioners' letter, calling the attention of the board to the impropriety of closing the workhouse, and the responsibility they would thereby incur in not affording relief to the destitute, and that they long since sanctioned the appointment of Mr. Pat Shannon, as revising valuator. 

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