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false, though the truth of the publications, continued swimming in the head, and a of your Petitioner has never been called partial stagnation of the circulation of the in question.

blood in his feet, he found, after trial, that Your Petitioner also humbly states, that, the walking on the stones and the circuwhen he was removed from the prison of lar direction in which he was obliged to the Court of King's Bench to the County walk aggravated his disorder to such an Gaol of Dorchester, he was consigned to excess, that he was obliged to abandon the the Magistrates' custody, as will appear attempt; and, although he represented this from an Orrier of Sessions, made at the frequently, hy letter and otherwise, to the Midsuminer Quarter - Sessions for the visiting Nagistrates, and intreated that he County of Dorset, respecting his treat- might be permitted to walk in the garden, ment in continenient, though by the Law as Mr. Gilbert Wakefield, Mr. Redhead of the Land, he could only be committed Yorke, and all other prisoners in similar to the Sheriffs' custody, (allowing for the situations, had been permitted to do besake of argument, that he might be im- fore him, this was refused him, until he prisoned in a different county trom that in partially obtained the indulgence, through which the offence was committed, and it is the benevolent interposition of Mr. Calallowed for the sake of argument only). craft, one of the Magistrates for the Now, the Magistrates of any county have County, and the representation being first no jurisdiction except what is given them made to him by the Medical Gentleman by Statute, and no jurisdiction is given to attending the prison, that he considered them by Statute over a person convicted your Petitioner's being permitted to walk of misdemeanor, who is, during his con- in the garden essential to the preservation finement, emphatically, a Sheriff's Prisoner of his health. In consequence of this inYour Petitioner, therefore, is placed by terference and this representation, your his sentence in a situation which the law Petitioner has, since the 15th of October knows not, and therefore he prays the last, been permitted to walk in the garconsideration of his case may receive the den, in company of the Gaoler of the attention of this Honourable House, not prison, for the very limited space of one on his personal account, but as his treat- half an hour every day, and which limited ment may be drawn into a precedent ini- indulgence your Petitioner's health has mical to the freedom and liberties of the been such as almost to preclude him from Subjects of these realms.

arailing himself of. Your Petitioner, thereThat your Petitioner further submits to fore, humbly submits to this Honourable your Honourable House some ' peculiar House that such extreme coercion and reprivations and hardships to which he has striction is not necessary for the secure been subjected since his confinement in confinement of your Petitioner, and is inDorchester-Gaol, which commenced on consistent with the benign spirit of the the evening of the 6th of July, 1808, and British Co itution. Your Petitioner, in when your Petitioner was labouring under candor and justice, begs leave to state that a very severe and afflicting state of illness, he considers this restriction as being perwhich had been proved to the Judges of sonally cruel towards him, because, since the Court of King's Bench by the affida- his confivement in the Gaol of Dorchester, vits of four most respectable Medical Gen- an unlimited indulgence in walking in tlemen. That notwithstanding this in the garden has been extended to a relon, firm state of your Petitioner's health, he by the partial courtesy of the Magistrates, was denied, hy the controlling Magis- and your Petitioner having given no cause trates of Dorchester prison, for the inter- of complaint against the propriety of his val of more than three months, viz. from conduct, to justify such restriction. the 6th of July to the 15th of the ensuing

In addition to this heavy grievance, your October, all access to the open air, even Petitioner begs to state that his family conto the taking ordinary exercise, unless your sists of a wife and two sons :---that, from Petitioner would take the same in a small the enjoyment of all personal intercourse circular stone yard, which was allotted in with one of his sons, whose business concommon for prisoners who were sentenced i fines bim in London, he is wholly berrared, for fines, such as Smugglers and those by the great distance which separates who had evaded the Excise-Laws, &c. them :-that his wife and his other son &c. Your Petitioner's complaint being have taken lodgings at Dorchester, at an a long standing bilious disorder, attended immense increased expense to your Petitiwith a complication of alarming symptoms, oner, för the purpose of mitigating his caamong which he was subject to an almost lamity as much as possible by the comforts of their society; but hitherto they lative to the recent INQUIRY in the House bave only been admitted, by the order of of Commons, respecting the Conduct of the. the Magistrates, alternately to visit him for DUKE OF YORK. (Continued from p.658.) three days in a week, and each day limit- BURGH OF ANNAN, (continued.) ed to eight hours, with the exception of 2. Resolved unanimously, That the your Petitioner's wife, for some weeks past, Thanks of this Meeting be given to sir having been permitted to be with him on Francis Burdett, bart., lord risc. Folke. a Sunday, and during the night, in conse- stone, J. C. Curwen, esq., S. Whitbread, quence of the Medical Gentleman attend-esq., general Fergusson, and sir S. Romilly, ing him having given it as his opinion that knt., and to the other members, who voted it was indispensibly necessary, on account | in support of Mr. Wardle's motion, and to of the alarming state of your Petitioner's the Minority who spoke or voted against health.

the motion of the right hon. the Chancellor Your Petitioner trusts that this lionour of the Exchequer. able House will liberally consider what a 3. Resolved unanimously, That the Evicruel aggravation this must be, merely dence lately brought before the House of arising from the local rules of the Magis-Commons—the discussion that followed on trates, and neither expressed in the sen- that evidence—and the decision of the tence, nor warranted by the Bill of Rights; majority, afford the most convincing proof, for, surely every father and husband must that such a Reform as will place the mideem that imprisonment cruel which con- nisters of the crown under the controul of fines a man for three years, and allows him an independant and vigilant Parliament, only twenty-four hours in each week to consisting of the true representatives of the have intercourse with his wife and child. people, is essentially necessary to the safety That your

Petitioner has contined himself, of ihis kingdom; and in short, that all the in these instances, to a simple statement steps which have hitherto been taken in of facts, and commits the whole to the be- this most momentous affair, are of no avail, nignity, discretion, and wisdom, of your but as they stand preparatory to a radical Honourable House.

Reform in the Commons House of Parlia. Your Petitioner submits to the conside- ment. ration of this Honourable House, the ex- 4. Resolved unanimously, That the treme severity of the sentence passed upon Thanks of this Meeting be given to the him, as being contrary to the Rights and independent Citizens of London and WestLiberties of every British subject in these minster, for the manly and patriotic manrealms, guaranteed to them by the Bill of ner, in which they have come forward on Rights, which expressly says, “ that ex- the present occasion, as well as upon cessive fines ought not to be imposed, nor others of a similar nature, with a free ex. cruel and unusual punishments inflicted," pression of their sentiments, thereby afyour Petitioner having already suffered, fording a glorious example to the other inunder a state of severe and dangerous ill- habitants of the kingdom. And the Meetness, upwards of nine months imprison- ing are impelled by their feelings to ment and banishment in Dorchester-Gaol, express a hope, that these patriotic bodies from his home, his business, and the Coun- of men will persevere in the poble cause ty where he was tried, and which has al- they have espoused, and which from their ready subjected him to a pecuniary ex- local situation they are so well calculated pense of upwards of £.500, and which, to maintain, until corruption, chased from unless mitigated by the interference of all its hiding places, shall have fled the this Honourable House, it is more than pro- country, and left the constitution to operate bable will prove fatal to the life of your on its true and genuine principles. Petitioner, and ruinous to his circum- 5. Resolved unanimously, That the stances, and future welfare of his family. Thanks of this Meeting be given to Rich

And your Petitioner most humbly ard Forest, esq., Provost of this Burgh, for craves that he may be permitted to prove the promptness and alacrity with which be the truth of his allegation before a Select acquiesced in the request to call the present Committee, or at the Bar of your Honour- Meeting ; and to Bailie Scott, the Chairable House, and he prays such relief as in man of the Meeting, for the becofning your wisdom shall seem meet.

manner in which he has conducted himself HENRY WHITE. while in the Chair.

6. Resolved unanimously, That these PROCEEDINGS

Resolutions be signed by the Chairman, In COUNTIES, CITIES, BOROUGHS, 8c. re- and inserted in a London newspaper, and

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in such of the provincial papers as will, visc. Folkestone, S. Whitbread, esq. sie give sufficient publicity to the sentiments S. Romilly, kut. general Ferguson, and they contain. --(Signed) JAMES Scott, the rest of the glorious Minority, who go Chairman.

ably supported Col. Wardle through his

arduous undertakings in the late InvestigaBorough OF CARMARTHEN. tion. At a Meeting of the Mayor, Burgesses, and respectable Inhabitants of the said

Town of SHEFFIELD. Borough, held at the Guildhall, in the said At a Meeting of the Inhabitanis of Borough, on the 5th of April, 1809, con- Sheffield (at which not less than Five vened in pursuance of a requisition de- Thousand Persons were assembled), conlivered to the Mayor of the said Corpora- vened by public Advertisement, and held tion for a Common Hall to consider of the this day April 12, at the Cutlers’-hall, and propriety of addressing a Vote of Thanks adjourned from thence to Paradise-square, to COLONEL WARDLE, for his conduct in Mr. E. RHODES, Master Cutler, in the Parliament on a late occasion.-William Chair. MORGAN, esq. Deputy Mayor, in the Chair. It was Resolved unanimously,--1. That, It was unanimously Resolved,

ardently as we wish to promote the welThat conscious of the blessings we de- fare and prosperity of our country, and rive from the Constitution under which we warmly attached as we are to its true Conlive, and anxious to perpetuate them pure stitutional Government, we cannot but and unsullied, we cannot but look on every deeply lament, that such shameful instanman who has courage and manliness to ces of corruption, such undue influence, oppose the inroad of corruption, and stem and such unwarrantable practices, should the torrent of vice, by which its excel- ever have existed, as have been developlencies are perverted, and even its vitality ed by the late proceedings of the House endangered, as the best friend to the of Commons. Throne, the truest friend to his country. Resolved unanimously,-2. That GwylImpressed with this conviction, we cannot lym Lloyd Wardle, esq., by instituting the but be sensible of the services rendered by Inquiry which has brought this scene of Col. Wardle, who, with unesampled intre- corruption before the judgment of the pidity and most persevering industry, so public, has deserved eminently well of his eminently, and so honourably displayed country, and that the Thanks of this Meeton a late occasion in Parliament, instituted ing, with feelings of respectful gratitude, and prosecuted inquiries into abuses tend- be presented to him for the manly, firm, ing to the degradation of the Army, and and independent manner in which, amidst subversive of its dearest interests; which, great discouragements; undaunted by in opposition to every discouragement and threats of infamy and heavy responsi difficulty, he made manifest to the nation, bility; equally unconnected with, and and for which he is justly entitled to the unsupported by party-he has conducted approbation and acknowledgments of every this important and patriotic Inquiry. well-wisher to his King and his Country. Resolved unanimously,—3. That we We, therefore, participating in the grne also wish to convey the Approbation and ral sentiment of gratitude such patriotism the Thanks of this Meeting to sir Francis merits, and in some degree also actuated Burdett, who seconded Mr. Wardle's Mo. by a laudable, though national feeling of tion, to lord Folkestone, Mr. Whitbread, pride and exultation, that the object of sir Samuel Romilly, general Ferguson, this Address derives his origin from Cam- admiral Markham, and all those Members brian Blood, beg leave to tender to G. L. of the House of Commons who voted in Wardle, esq.our grateful acknowledgments the Minorities on the several questions for the services done to his country : and which arose in the course of this most inwhile we thus cordially return him our teresting Investigation. thanks, we cannot but regret that, restrict, Resolved unanimously,-4. That the ed as we are by the Constitution of our particular Thanks of this Meeting be given Charter, we are prevented from gratifying to William Wilberforce, esq., and the our warmest wishes in presenting to so right hon. lord visc. Milton, the two Rehonourable and independent a character presentatives of this extensive and poputhe Freedom of our ancient Borough. lous county, for the discriminating and in

Resolved, That the Thanks of this Meet- dependent sanction and support afforded ing, as well as of the whole country, are by them to Air. Waruile, in his meritojustly due to sir F. Burdett, bart, lord rious efforts to detect and counteract abuses so injurious to the real interests of 3. Resolved unanimously, That the the Government, and so detrimental to Thanks of this Meeting are in a special the welfare of the people.

manner due to sir Francis Burdett, bart.; Resolved unanimously,--5. That, we to lord viscount Folkestone, to lord vis. thus openly express our sentiments, con- count Althorpe, to S. Whitbread, esq., 10 ceiving it to be the duty of a Free People, sir S. Romilly, to major general Ferguson, when strongly urged' by transactions and to C. W. Wynne, esq., for their able, which materially affect the essential in- manly, and patriotic exertion on the above terests of the whole community, to declare occasion. their opinions, unbiassed by party consi- 4. Resolved unanimously, That the deration, in order that independent men Thanks of this Meeting be given to our may be thereby encouraged steadily to worthy Representatives, William Gordon, pursue those just, rational, and constitu-' esq., and A. Robarts, esq., to the first for tional measures which will eventually root the Vote which he so honourably gave out every species of corruption, and pre- with Mr. Wardle; and the latter for the vent the repetition of similar evil prac- conscientious and correct view, which it tices, and which will also prove an eftec - | appears by a letter now produced from tual security against a profuse and unneces- him, he held upon the occasion, but which sary expenditure of public money. we are sorry to learn his ill state of healih

Resolved unanimously,-6. That these prevented bim from following up with his Resolutions be transcribed on parchment, voie. and remain for signatures at the Cutlers'. 5. Resolved unanimously, That the Hall, for 14 days from the date hereof. Thanks of this Meeting be given to the

Resolved unanimously,--7. That these hon. William H. Lyttelton, M. P. for this Reselutions be printed and published in County, to the hon. Andrew Foley and sir Hand-bills, in the Sheffield Papers, and Thomas Winnington, bart. M. P. for the otherwise, as the Chairman and the Gen- Borough of Droitwich, and to Humphry tlemen who moved the Resolutions may Haworth, esq., M. P. for the Borough of direct.-E. RHODES,

Evesham, both within this County, and to

the other Members composing the MinoWORCESTER, April 13, 1909. rity of 125 who divided with Mr. Wardle. At a very numerous and respectable 6. Resolved unanimously, That his Meeting of the Freemen and other Inhabi- Royal Highness the Duke of York, by retants of this City in Common Hall assem- signing his situation of Commander in bled, pursuant to Public Notice, in order to Chief, bas acted in conformity with the consider of the Propriety of coming to cer- wishes of the people in opposition to the tain Resolutions relative to the late Inves- Majority of the House of Commons, and tigation into the Conduct of the Com- it is the opinion of this Meeting, that if mander in Chief of his Majesty's Land any Person, at any future period, should Forces.—Herbert Rogers, esq. Mayor, in advise his Majesty to reinstate him, he the Chair. - The following Resolutions will, by such advice, prove himself an enewere agreed to;

my to his Country. Resolved unanimously, 1. That it is the 7. Resolved, That the late Decision in opinion of this Mecting that the late In- the House of Commons has disappointed vestigation into the Conduct of the Com- the hopes and expectations of the people, mander in Chief of his Majesty's Land and convinces us of the necessity of a Forces, has disclosed the existence of gross speedy and effectual Reform in the RepreAbuses and Corruption in that and other sentation of the Commons in Parliament, Departments of the State.

as a security to the Throne, a support to the 2. Resolved unanimously, That Gwyl- nobility, and a safe-guard to the people lim Lloyd Wardle, esq., for the dauntless against that tide of corruption, which has intrepidity displayed by him in proposing laid so many nations of Europe prostrate the said Investigation, and for the cool, at the feet of the ruler of France. yet steady perseverance with which he The above Resolutions were carried by conducted himself to the termination a large Majority. -- (Signed) HERBERT thereof, is entitled to the Thanks of this Rogers, Chairman and Mayor. Meeting, and in their estimation to the gratitude of his Country.

(To be continued.)

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Mrs. Clarke's Letter to Capt. SANDON.

-[706 SUMMARY OF POLITICS. nor is it to be believed, that they had Austria. -The reader will, perhaps, neglected to secure the means of covering remember, that, when the present war be their retreat. Yet, down they fall like so tween Austria and France was first talked many men made of paste-board. No, no : of, I endeavoured to convince the minis- it is evident, that they had no stomach terial writers, that their joy at the prospect for the fight; and, when that is the case, of such a war would speedily be turned numbers, and what is called discipline, are into mourning; and that, by their eker. of no avail. Some persons expressed tions to urge Austria on to war, they were, great admiration of the Archduke's Prosupposing their exertions to have any ef- clamations upon entering Germany ; his fect, urging her on to her destruction. complaints against the ambition of NapoThe editor of the Morning Chronicle made leon, and his protestations about the Émsimilar observations, and for so doing he peror of Austria's desire to preserve peace. was most severely censured by his party Alas! these were known well enough beopponents, who, according to their old fore. But, in these what interest had the manner of turning every thing to a party people of Germany? Aye, or the people account, accused his friends of wishing to of Austria ? The question with them was: see Buonaparté master of the continent, “shall we be worse off under the Emperor and who failed not to hold themselves forth Napoleon than under the Emperor as the real friends of the liberties," as Francis?” This was the question, and they termed it, of Europe.

-The re- the only rational question, with them. cently received intelligence must, one Intriguing courtiers, sinecure placemen would

suppose, have convinced these Anti- and meritless pensioners, all those who Jacobins, that we were right, and that they live in idleness upon the fruit of the pubwere wrong. But, it is no matter whether lic labour, may and will abuse the people they be so convinced, or not. Their for this indifference; but, if they would readers, indeed, one would desire to see give themselves time to consider, they undeceived; yet, perhaps, it may, since would see the unreasonableness of all such deception has been carried on so long, be abuse. They themselves are anxious for full as well to leave the work of removing the preservation of their several old gothat deception to tiine and events. The vernments; and this is very natural, befate of Austria will do little, perhaps, in the cause, to them, those governments operate way of warning to despotic governments. to great advantage; they live easy and They have already had so many warnings, comfortable lives under those

governthat, it really seems, that they are doomed (ments; they, without any labour or care to destruction. Talk of armies, indeed! or talent, are getting rich under those What has this famous army of Austria governments; but, upon the very same done? Suppose the French to have made principle that they are so anxious for the only thirty thousand prisoners: I believe, preservation of such governments, the that they have made all they say they people, out of whose property and labour have made; but, suppose it to be only they enrich themselves, must be indifferent thirty thousand; how are thirty thou- to the fate of those governments; or, rasand men to be made prisoners, in an open ther, they must wish for a change, without country, against their will? There is no troubling themselves with nice calculasuch thing. It cannot be. Why, that tions as to the good or the evil, which must occupy a length of line of six or seven that change is calculated to produce. miles. What can surround six or seven Here is the real cause of all the triumphs miles? Only consider how many men it of Napoleon. We hear stories about his must take to surround a line of six or seven carrying millions of pieces of gold with him, miles long. The Austrians were the first wherewith to corrupt the Austrian officers; in the field; they had chosen their ground; a fact, if truc, that seems to be a pretty

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