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facts themselves; but I cannot help have escaped the recollection of observing that many of these facts Mr. Gawler on the recent duel. will appear in a very different The public has been already in. point of view to that, in which formed of the ineeting at the Crown they are given to the public by Mr. and Anchor on the 1st of May, John Bellenden Gawler: he will and the letters that were then read excuse me for using the name by by Mr. Jones Burdett at that dia. which he is best known to the pub. ner. I attended as a friend of Mr. Jic.

Paull, to whoo I had been intro. My object was not concealment, duced by a near relation in the Io. but I understood distinctly from dia service. - Alter quitting the Mr. Paull, that both he and sir Crown and Anchor, he requested Francis Burdett had decided against me to attend him as his second the utility of any statement beyond upon a most unforeseen, unexpect. a mere mention of the meeting, and ed, and wofortunate affair, in even that, if judged necessary, to which he found himself engaged be without the names of the se. with his friend sir Francis Burdett. conds. To this moment I cannot Mr. Paull said he was loth to im. imagine one substantial reason for pose this duty on me on account of any other line of conduct; and I iny family circumstances ; but that Jeare it to the public'to judge, if the hour was late ; and from what I there is one new fact brought to had seen, not a moment was to be light, (though a most reprehensible lost, if he (Mr. Paull) meant to attempt has been made on the part stand well with his friends or the of Mr. Gawler, to turn my conduct public. He immediately wrote and character into ridicule, on a to addresses to the electors of most serious occasion,) except, in. Westminster, which having dis. deed, that he has proved, what I patched, he then wrote a letter to never denied, my ignorance-6 in sir Francis Burdett, and gave me the loading of a pistol, the measu. instructions, from which I was opon ring of a distance, and the dropping no account to depart. These inof a signal.” He, on the contrary, structions were, “ to explain coolly is an adept in the science of duels and deliberately to sir Francis Bur. ling; that he has long traded in af. dett the injury he (Mr. Paull) had fairs of this kiod, that he seems sustained, both in a public and priequally indiferent to his appear. tate point of view; that after the ing in the field, or in the forum, explanations that had passed bewhere he certainly has been no ia, tween him and sir Francis in the

fortunately for Mr. Paull and my. cially on Thursday, sir Francis self, Mr. Gawler was the second to was left without an excuse for his sir Francis Burdeit, on the in- conduct; and that, at all events, tended affair with Mr. Whitbread. the manner, the urze, and serms For the sins of any principal, and made use of to strike the blow, wiyself, an opinion was given by without any previous bint having Mr. Paull to Mr. Gawler on that been given of the mode of attack, occasion, which did not seem to was so unfealing and unkind, that an apology he had a right to insist October, (which was at a dinner at upon, and that, if refused, one the Crown and Anchor,) a dinner other alternative only remained. was fixed on, and sir F. named as

As we proceeded to Wimbledon, the chairman in a public advertise. Mr. Paull represented to me the ment, and of which sir F. was ad. painful necessity of this measure ; vised on the same evening by Mr. but he had no alternative, as the Paull, who received in answer insult was gross, wanton, and on that extraordinary private letter, provoked: He stated to me it was whi h was read by Mr. Jones long the wish of his heart to see Burdett, at the Crown and An. sir Francis Burdett in parliament, chor; upon the receipt of which but that uphappily his wishes were Mr. Paull dispatched, by express, couoteracted by an influence supe. an answer to sir F. at Wim. rior to his own. That on Sunday" bledon, in which he expressed last, he (Mr. Paull) repaired to his sincere concern that any mis. Wimbledon on hearing that a dia take or misconception should have solution was intended ; that he had taken place, and the grounds upon a long conversation with sir Fran. which he (Vir. Paull) was induced cis, the result of which was, that to conclude sir F. would have ta. though sir Fraucis would not pub- ken the chair. He apologized, be licly offer himself as a candidate for said, in a manner rather humiliating, Westminster, and though (contrary for the liberty he had taken under to Mr. Cobbett's opinion) he de the influence of misconception, and spaired of the country, he should be offered to do away the effect of well pleased to find that so much the advertisement in any manner public spirit existed in the city of that sir F. would prefer; that in Westminster, as to returo both Mr. another letter on the following day, Panll and him to parliament. Mr. sent by express, Mr. Paull reitera. Paull said, he concluded the con. ted these expressions of regret, and versation by requesting sir Francis offered the same means of remedy. to nomioate him, as he had done ing the advertisement; but no far. Jast October, which was at a dinner ther objection was stated, no do. at the Crown and Anchor,) to which şire expressed for withdrawing the sir Fraocis most readily consented; advertisement, no remedy pointed Mr. Paull stayed dinner, and was out; all which he attributed to the sorry to perceive that Mr. Tooke's subsequent consent given by sir opinion was decidedly against sir Francis to serve if he was elected to Francis Burdett going into parlia. represent the city. That on Thurs.. ment; to which opinion he (Mr. day, Mr. Paull, on entering the Paull) attributed the conduct of drawing-room of col. Bosville, was sir F. Burdett, as exhibited by the accosted by sir Francis in the most letters from him, which were read cordial and friendly manner ; tbat by his brother at the Crown and Mr. Paull took sir F. into an ads Anchor meeting. Connected as joining room, when he shewed hina Mr. Paull had been for a long pe an adrertisement in a newspaper riod with sir Francis Burdett, and called the Pilot, in which iIr. Paull the assent given by sir Francis was announced as the chairman to Burdet on the Sunday, to nomi. -pat certain resolutions, which perDate Mr. Paull as he had done last sonally regarded sir F. Burdett.

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No observation was made by sir sed, Mr. Paull said, with Mr. Bura F. tending to disapprove of the na. dett's stating, “ that he had an imture of that advertisement; they perative commission from his bro. then retired with the rest of the ther to execute; that he was deter. company from the drawing-room mined to execute it in the very manto dinner, and as soon as the cloth ner prescribed, whatever might be was removed, Mr. Paull gave to the consequences. He admitted it sir F. across the table, the resolu- to be a most disagreeable duty to tions that were to be moved on the perform, and that he would do it ensuing day at the Crown and for no other man on earth but sir Anchor, which he very deliberate. F. Burdett.” About one o'clock, ly read, and in returning them to we arrived at Wimbledon, and I Mr. Paull he said, he highly appro- delivered the letter to sir Francis, ved of them, that they were excel. and explained to him Mr. Paull's lent.-After quitting the house of expectations. Sir Francis obser. colonel Bosville, sir F. Burdett, ved, it was a most unfortunate busi. Mr. Jones Burdett, and Mr. Paull, ness; " had the interval of time ad. walked towards home together, mitted of it, I would myself have seen and parted at Blake's Hotel, in Mr. Paull, and probably this unfor. Jermyn-street; and the result of tunate business would have been prethe conversation during the walk vented;" to this I replied, “Sir Fran• was, that sir Francis should discon. cis, did not Mr. Paull put into your tinue his address to the electors of hands, last Thursday, at the house Middlesex, until the result of the of colonel Bosville, the Pilot news. meeting at the Crown and Anchor, paper, containing the advertise. the next day, should be known. ment alluded to, and were you Nothing occurred from that time not then silent on its alledged im. till the moment of entering the di. propriety?" His answer was," I ning-room at the Crown and An- am, Mr. Cooper, one of the most chor, when Mr. Jones Burdett careless men in the world ; and as made his appearance; that Mr. it was at the moment of going down Paull, little imagining what brought to dinner Mr. Paull put that paper him there, immediately led him to into my hand, I certainly did not the top of the table, and placed him pay attention to the advertisement." on his right hand. That during He declined any apology, but pro. dinner, he (Mr. P.) had repeat. ceeded to write a note to Mr. Paull, edly and momentarily solicited which note, when copied, I deliver. Mr. Jones Burdett to explain the ed to Mr. Paull. His direction to nature of the communication, which me then was, to tell sir Francis, he had declared his intention to 66 This is adding insult to injury; I make to the company assembled; shall proceed to Kingston, and do that he (Mr. P.) persevered in you fix as carly an hour for the these efforts of obtaining that know. meeting as possible.” On my reledge, mentioned the notes that had turn to the house, I delivered Mr. passed between him and sir. F. and Paull's message ; upon which sir alluded strongly to the friendly Francis solicited I would be second terms on which they parted the even. to both; which upon my declining, ing before, the conversation clo. he (sir F.) said, he must then write

to a friend, and that he would be, if ler approved of it, he would drive possible, at the King's-Arms, Kings, through llampton Court and Bushy ton, between seven and eighto'clock. Park, to prevent any possibility of About five o'clock, Mr. Paull the affair transpiring,” Mr. G. and myself reached the inn; when Mr. drove on to the inn at Kingston, Paoll lay down, desiring to be cal- and we followed, Mr. P. remaining led by his servant exactly at seven in his carriage: I entered the room o'clock. About eight o'clock, on where sir F. was sitting, at the walking out on the Wimbledon same time with Mr. G. ; when that road, we met sir Francis on horse. gentleman, with a manner as perback. I slightly bowed, Mr. Paull fectly uncivil as sir F. was polite, took no notice of him, but returned asked who I was? Sir F. said, immediately to the inn; a few mi. " Mr. Cooper, Mr. Pi's friend.” Dutes afterwards, sir F. sent for me, If I made use of the words, si Sir, and said, that he expected Mr. sir, sir,” as recited by Mr. G. Gawler immediately, as he had left (which I do not at all remember to his barouche waiting for him at have done) they must have been the Wimbledon, About nine o'clock, effect of the mild and gentle demeaMr. Paull wrote a note to sir F. in nour of Mr. Gawler. Sir F. then, reply to the one received in his car- suggested Coombe Wood, as the riage at Wimbledon, in which he most proper place; to where we im. distinctly pointed out the injury he mediately drove, and arrived at. had received from sir F. and conclu.. twenty minutes after ten o'clock. ded by saying, that as the day was Whilst advancing into the wool, I far advanced, we had better return to. did my utmost endeavours that an wards Wimbledon to meet his friend. explanation should take place, but On delivering this note to sir F. without effect. Mr. Gawler's hashe called for pen, ink, and paper, to ty conduct to Mr. Paull was pecu. answer it; on my .observing, “ it liarly striking. Mr. Paull observed was a pity your brother persisted to Mr. Gawler, that this was no is reading the letters at the Crown common affair, and as it was possi. and Anchor,” his answer was, " I ble an accident might happen either wish he had not.” Mr. Gawler to him or to sir Francis, he was not having arrived, sir F. again particularly anxious that even Mr. pressed me to be second to both; Gawler should not be ignorant of which I again declined, and imme. the particulars and the grounds on diately I entered the carriage with which he demanded an apology, or Mr. Paull, on our return towards satisfaction; that so eager was Mr. Wimbledon. A short distance Payll for explaining matters to Mr. from Kingston, we met Mr. Gawler; Gawler, that he pressed the couver. when Mr. Paull accosted him. Mr. sation twice or thrice; to which Mr. G. asked rapidly.-66 Where is Gawler tartiy replied, that he had Burdett?” said, “ he had been de- learned all the particulars from sir tained, or he would have arrived F. B. and was perfectly satisfied ; sooner.” Mr. Paull replied “ Sir although, by the bye, he had not Francis was at the ion, but that been with sir Francis, from his first he thought we bad better not stop arrival, to the entrance into the there any longer; and if Mr. Gay. wood, more than 20 minutes; and ; VOL. XLIX.

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yet Mr. Gawler thinks proper to G. said, “ that was entirely out of assert, that finding Mr. Paull had the question," and delivered the se. not committed either his cause or cond pistol to Mr. Paull. I was his opinions to me (Mr. Cooper), then in the act of giving the other he of course made no proposals of to sir Francis Burdett. Mr. Paull accommodation to me of any sort. was now addressing Mr. Gawler to The latter assertion is perfectly cor- this effect:-" I think you are rect: but if Mr. G. believed the for sacrificing the life of your friend to a mer part of his assertion, how will false punctilio;" and then to sir F. he clear himself in having refused « expressed his dcep regret that to hear any explanation from Mr. necessity compelled him to proceed." Paull? who, he says, " was conduct. The seconds then again separated; ing his own cause.” I positively I was to give the signal ; the place assert, that the words I then used, was much wooded on which I stood, instead of those put into my mouth and although it was at no great disby Mr. G., were, "I am sorry it tance, the trees between me and sir must come to this.” I could not Francis induced him to remark, have made use of the expression that in my then situation, he should quoted by Mr. G, as Mr. P. had not be able to see me distinctly. I been uniform in his demands for an immediately advanced into a more apology, or satisfaction. Mr. Gaw. open place; and I pronounce in ler then paced the distance, with an the face of the world, that the sig. apparent wish to get the affair over nal, and the report of the pistols, as fast as possible. When the par. were in the self-same instant; that ties were on their ground, Mr. P. the shots were in consequence of addressed sir Francis, and said, “I the sigual, and not occasioned by assure you, sir Francis, I proceed the friendly fire of Mr. Gawler.against you with great reluctance, The length of the foregoing state. but the jajury I have received is of ment has not been optional with me;

the most serious kind; I would as and the public must be satisfied of soon level a pistol at my father as the necessity of it; at least all those at you, but I find I have no alter- must, who have seen the produetion native." Here Mr. Gawler said to of Mr. Gawler. I shall conclude Mr. P. 6 sir F. will fire at you ;" with saying, that although I have who replied, “I of course erpect neither claims to a dukedom, nor to he will.” The seconds then re- the inheritance of a duke, that in tired, and I appeal to the candour one of the most respectable societies and honour of sir F. himself, for a in London, I have ever ranked as a complete refutation of the gross and gentleman. I never denied my most onjustifiable insinuation of a name, or concealed my place of "precipitate retreat,so reprehensi. abode : both, however, at all events, bly introduced in the statement of might easily have been ascertained Mr. Gawler. Afterthe first fire had ta. by applying to Mr. Paull; and ken place, Mr. Gawler asked Mr. P. they were assuredly so ascertained if he was satisfied? Mr. P. answer. by Mr. Gawler himself, who, Mr. ed, “ Certainly not: my object in P. tells me, called on him on Satura coming here was an apology, to day before his wounds were dressed, Har bich I feel myself entitled," Mr. and begged my attending him at sir

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