Company minute book

Scope and Content

Book containing minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors of John Sparks Ltd (covering 18 July 1906-1 April 1910); minutes of General Meetings of John Sparks Ltd (covering 27 September 1906-28 April 1910) and minutes of meetings of the Trustees of the late John Sparks Esq. JP (covering 14 February 1918-11 March 1919). Ruled paper. Handwritten. Bound Paper marbled endpapers. No cover. No spine.

Minute book contains:

Minutes of First Board Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 18 July 1906 (pp. 1-2). Subjects discussed: The incorporation of John Sparks Ltd; the design of seal of John Sparks Ltd; the opening of bank account for the company; the salary of the company secretary; an agreement relating to articles of association and memorandum of association; and a resolution regarding £10,000 first-mortgage debentures in the company.

Minutes of Board Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 10 August 1906 (pp. 3-5). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; confirmation of opening of bank account for the company; confirmation of agreement relating to articles of association and memorandum of association; list of applications for debentures in the company; formal assignment of company lease.

Minutes of Board Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 18 September 1906 (pp. 6-7). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; transfer of shares in the company; resolution on holding statutory meeting of the company; appointment of Herbert Temple as auditor of the company accounts; issuing of share certificates.

Minutes of Statutory Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 27 September 1906 (p. 8). Subjects discussed: adoption of the Report of the Director.

Minutes of Board Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 7 December 1906 (p. 9). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; and transfer of shares in the company.

Minutes of Board Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 1 February 1907 (p. 10). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; approval of accounts; and resolution on holding Second Ordinary General Meeting of the company.

Minutes of Second Ordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 11 February 1907 (pp. 11-12). Subjects discussed: confirmation of minutes of previous Statutory Meeting of John Sparks Ltd; adoption of accounts balance sheet; payment of dividend on shares in the company; re-election of Herbert Temple as auditor of the company accounts.

Minutes of Board Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 13 January 1908 (p. 13). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; approval of balance of accounts; resolution on holding Third Ordinary General Meeting of the company.

Minutes of Third Ordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 22 January 1908 (p. 14). Subjects discussed: confirmation of minutes of Second Ordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd; adoption of accounts balance sheet; payment of dividend on shares in the company; re-election of Herbert Temple as auditor of the company accounts.

Minutes of Board Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 19 February 1908 (p. 15). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; and transfer of shares in the company.

Minutes of Board Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 9 November 1908 (p. 16). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; and resolution on holding of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the company.

Minutes of Extraordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 19 November 1908 (pp. 17-18). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; addition of clauses to articles of association of the company in order to make the company a private company within the meaning of the Companies Act 1907; resolution on holding of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the company.

Minutes of Extraordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 10 December 1908 (p. 19). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; second resolution on addition of clauses to articles of association of the company in order to make the company a private company within the meaning of the Companies Act 1907.

Minutes of Board Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 18 January 1909 (p. 20). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; approval of balance of accounts; resolution on holding Fourth Ordinary General Meeting of the company; discontinuation of payment of redemption premium to Norwich Union.

Minutes of Fourth Ordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 27 January 1908 (pp. 21-22). Subjects discussed: confirmation of minutes of Third Ordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd; adoption of accounts balance sheet; payment of dividend on shares in the company; re-election of Herbert Temple as auditor of the company accounts.

Minutes of Board Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 29 January 1909 (p. 23). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; and transfer of shares in the company.

Minutes of Board Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 6 January 1910 (p. 25). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; approval of balance of accounts; resolution on holding Fifth Ordinary General Meeting of the company; payment of debentures.

Minutes of Fifth Ordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 18 January 1910 (pp. 26-27). Subjects discussed: confirmation of minutes of Third Ordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd; adoption of accounts balance sheet; payment of dividend on shares in the company; re-election of Herbert Temple as auditor of the company accounts.

Minutes of Ordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 1 April 1910 (p. 28). Subjects discussed: confirmation of previous minutes; resolution that the company be wind up voluntarily and on the holding of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the company.

Minutes of Extraordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 11 April 1910 (p. 29). Subjects discussed: resolution that the company be wound up voluntarily and Herbert Temple appointed as liquidator.

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 11 April 1910 (p. 30). Subjects discussed: resolution to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting of the company.

Minutes of Extraordinary General Meeting of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 28 April 1910 (p. 31). Subjects discussed: confirmation of resolution that the company be wound up voluntarily and Herbert Temple appointed as liquidator.

Minutes of Final Meeting of Shareholders of John Sparks Ltd, 17 Dukes Street, London, 28 April 1910 (p. 32). Subjects: report of the Herbert Temple as liquidator; payment of £10 to shareholders to discharge their shareholding; resolution that the books; transfer of assets to Mr John Sparks.

Minutes of the Trustees of the late John Sparks Esq. JP, 37 Dukes Street, London, 14 February 1918 (p. 34-36). Subjects discussed: audit of accounts; increase in the commission to Mr Ernest Sparks; remuneration of Mrs [Mary] Sparks; comment on satisfactory sales for January 1918; taking out of a whole life policy on Mr Ernest Sparks.

Minutes of the Trustees of the late John Sparks Esq. JP, 37 Dukes Street, London, 14 March 1918 (p. 38). Subjects discussed: confirmation of minutes of previous meeting; confirmation of taking out of a whole life policy on Mr Ernest Sparks with Life Association of Scotland; and comment on satisfactory sales for the year 1918.

Minutes of the Trustees of the late John Sparks Esq. JP, 37 Dukes Street, London, 4 July 1918 (p. 40). Subjects discussed: confirmation of minutes of previous meeting; and improvement of sales to June 1918 compared to equivalent period to June 1917.

Minutes of the Trustees of the late John Sparks Esq. JP, 37 Dukes Street, London, 16 October 1918 (p. 40). Subjects discussed: confirmation of minutes of previous meeting; and discussion of reason for delay in holding a meeting due to illness of Mrs [Mary] Sparks.

Minutes of the Trustees of the late John Sparks Esq. JP, 37 Dukes Street, London, 3 December 1918 (p. 42). Subjects discussed: comment on satisfactory business; resolution to increase salaries for staff and the payment of a bonus to staff.

Minutes of the Trustees of the late John Sparks Esq. JP, King's Street, 14 January 1919 (p. 44). Subjects discussed: confirmation of minutes of previous meeting; consideration of accounts for year 1918; and an increase in the salary for Mr P [Peter/Ernest] Sparks.

Minutes of the Trustees of the late John Sparks Esq. JP, King's Street, 11 March 1919 (p. 46). Subjects discussed: increase in business compared to equivalent period in 1918; postponement of trip to New York until autumn; proposition that W H [William Henry] Sparks take an active role in the company (adjourned

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Conservation work undertaken on the volume in 2016. Leather and dark blue cloth cover, with gilt title removed due to red rot degradation.

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