Stevens 1884-09-18

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Very hot. Called on Rev H. Powell at 4.30 by his appointment. It seems a nice place enough – but Orellana & Co told me there were 18 pupils at from £80 to £150 and it turns out that there are only 14 pupils at an average of £80, some being less than £50. The accommodation is not large – even for the present number, and there are only 4 years of lease to run. He asks £500 for goodwill, or rather guineas and 100 guineas for lease. I would not mind £500 for goodwill if there were 18 pupils at from £80 to £150 – but do not consider the School in its present state worth what he asks for it.