Renewing the Water Bounds at Truro....

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RENEWAL OF THE WATER BOUNDS OF THE PORT OF TRURO

On Friday last, the water bounds of the port were renewed by the Town Council, according to ancient custom. The officers of her Majesty's Customs and other persons officially connected with the port, and some personal friends of the Town Council, were invited to take part in the proceedings. The party left the quay at nine o'clock, on board the "SYDNEY" steamer, and proceeded down the river to Messick Point, where the ancient practice of formally arresting one of her Majesty's lieges for the sum of GBP 999.19s.11 1/4 d. was gone through and the necessary bail for his appearance at the Court of Record was accepted. The other usual forms were also observed, and the boundary marks were renewed on a rock near the point.

The steamer then proceeded to the Mylor or opposite bank of the river, where the arresting was again proceeded with, and the necessary bail put in for an appearance. The boundary marks T.B. were also made at this spot, when the party returned to the steamer, and had a pleasant cruise through the harbour, and beyond the Black Rock. After this, they returned to
the boat-house at Tregothnan, which had been kindly lent for the occasion by the Earl of Falmouth, where a party of forty-five sat down to a sumptuous and elegant cold collation, supplied by Mr. LENDERYOU, of the Red Lion Hotel. The Mayor presided, and the Town Clerk was Vice-President.

The usual loyal and local toasts were given, and properly and duly responded to, and the party returned to town about nine o'clock, every person being highly pleased with the arrangements, and with the harmony and good feeling which prevailed.

The members of the Town Council present were the Mayor, Dr. BULLMORE, Dr. PADDON, and Messrs. H. ANDREW, J. BARRETT, W. BARRETT, G. CLYMA, COCK, HAWKE, HEARD, SPRY, STOKES, and TIPPET. The Town Treasurer and the Auditors and
Assessors also attended the ceremony.

We understand it is necessary that these bounds should be renewed within every seven years, in order to preserve the right of the Council to anchorage and metage dues within the bounds, which yield an income of about GBP 300 per year. These rights are of very ancient date, and formerly extended over the whole of the harbour of Falmouth, but the boundaries of the port as now recognized, and on this occasion renewed, were settled by commissioners appointed in the reign of Queen Anne, and confirmed by an act passed in the reign of her present Majesty, for facilitating the collection of the customs duties.