Negotiations have been completed this week for the purchase of the controlling interest in Messrs. Burns Oates and Washbourne, Ltd., by a new group of Catholic shareholders, of whom the principal members are Mrs J. S. Crosthwaite-Eyre, Mr Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre and Mr
Douglas Jerrold. The present Company was constituted In 1929, and acquired the business previously known as Burns Oates and Washbourne, Ltd., which tad been formed in 1921 ee an amalgamation of the old-established Catholic publishing and church furnishing houses of Burns and Oates (of Orchard Street, W.) and R. T. Washbourne (of Paternoster Row, E.C.).
Under the Articles of Association of the Company as constituted in 1929, no one who is not a practising Catholic may be a director of the company, and one of the Articles also lays down that " nothing contained in this Memorandum of Articles of Association shall empower the Company to do any act or thing not in accordance with the Roman Catholic principles hitherto governing the policy and management of the said Burns Oates and Washbourne, Ltd."
The directors of the company in recent years have been Lieut.-Colonel P. A. Meldon, D.S.O. (chairman and managing director), Mr M. A. Edwards, Colonel J. E. F. d'Apiee, D.S.O., Mr Denis Gwynn, D.Litt., and Lord Clonmore.