To: The General Board of Health.
From: Richard Pearce, Mayor, Penzance [Cornwall].
Folio12. Letter acknowledging receipt of a letter dated 3 November 1848. Pearce states in reply that there is surface drainage in 'all, or nearly so', of the town of Penzance. He explains that, in the first instance, they are 'most anxious' to be allowed to adopt Public Health Act 1848 for the purpose of enabling them to deal with certain 'nuisances and annoyances which have existed from time immemorial'. Pearce submits that the Superintending Inspector should be instructed to report to the General Board at once, 'if he be of opinion that Penzance should avail of the Bill - such an opinion an hours view would suffice for'.