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as a subaltern officer for near fifteen years, the particulars of which hier
has had the honour of stating to your Royal Highness in a former me· morial, accompanied by testimonials from those under whom he has had
the honour to serve ; when your Royal Highness was graciously pleased to promise him promotion.
“Your memorialist is induced from the length and nature of his services, humbly to solicit, that your Royal Highness will be graciously pleased to recommend him to his Majesty for a company in the Royal 'African Corps, or any other regiment your Royal Highness may be pleased to appoint. “ Which is submitted, August 241h, 1808.
“ The Cr. C. has no oppportunity of recomntending him for promotion, but he may be recommended to a regiment of the line, if he is desirous of more actual service.
" G. W."
C. T. “ He may be recommended for the vacant company, R. A. Corps. “ Sept. 19th, 1308.”
* J. W. G."
66 2d Sept.
“To Field Marshal his Royal Highness the Duke of York, Commander
in Chief of his Majesty's Forces, &c. &c. &c. “ The Memorial of Lieutenant Edward Hare, of the 1st Garrison
Battalion; “Sheweth, That your memorialist has been actively employed as a subaltern officer for upwards of eleven years ; that he served in the 2d West York regiment of militia from March 1794 till August 1797, when he purchased an ensigncy in the 2d or Queen's regiment, in which he served the campaign in Holland under your Royal Highness's command; that 'he was appointed lieutenant in the 35th regiment on the 2d November, 1799, in which he served nearly three years in the Mediterranean; that in consequence of bad health he was obliged to retire upon half-pay in June 1803, without taking the difference of exchange; that in February, 1804, he found his health recovering, when he gotthe appointment of adjutant in the Catterick and Richmond Volunteers, where he served till he found himself enabled to return to his duty in the line, when he applied to be restored to full pay.
“Your memorialist begs leave to offer his best thanks for your ata tention to his memorial of the 11th of August last, when your Royal Ilighness was picased to order his name to be noted for promotion : most humbly and confidentially hoping, that the length and nature of his services, together with the testimonials enclosed, inay entitle him to your Royal IÍighness's recoinmendation for a company;
“ Edward Hare,
“ Lieut. Ist Garrison Bat." Nhich is submitted, January 4th, 1806. * I certify that Lieutenant E. Hare served in the 35th regiment, from the year 1799, with attention and credit, till June, 1803, when, in consequence of bad health, he was placed on half-pay.
“ CHARLES Lennox,
“Col. 35th regt. and Lieut.-Gen. “ Dec. 9th, 1805. “ Lieut. E. Hure, 1st Gar. Bat."
“ Stockton on Tees, Dec. 1805. “ Dear Sir, "I have great pleasure in bearing testimony of your exertions and unremitting attention, in promoting the duty and discipline of the Catterick and Richmond corps, which, from being placed under my inspection, I had every opportunity of observing; and I trust, before long, you may again be placed in a situation where your zeal and abilities may be of service to your country.
“ I am, Dear Sir,
* Tho. B. GREY,
" At the request of Lieutenant Edward Hare, I certify that he was appointed ensign in the 2d West York regiment of militia, in March, 1794; was promoted to a lieutenancy in the same year, and continued to serve till August 1797, when he purchased an ensigncy in his Majesty's 2d or Queen's regiment; and during the time he was under my command, always conducted himself with propriety, and with attention to his duty.
" Col. 2d West York." Colonel Gordon. This memorial was forwarded by John Lawson, Lieutenant-colonel of the Catterick Volunteer regiment, and certified by the Duke of Richinond, and by Lieutenant-colonel Grey, the inspecting field officer of the district.
What were the services of Captain Maling's brother, who is, I believe, a captain in the army, who is in the War-Office? There is a Captain Maling, an assistant of mine, in the office of the Commander in Chief; I take for granted, that is the person referred to. What his services are as a lieutenant I really do not know; I found him as a lieutenant in the office of the Commander in Chief; and in consideration of his extraordinary good character, and more than coinmon abilities, the promotions of the army going through his hands under mine, I did recommend him to his Royal Highness the Commander in Chief, to be placed upon the half-pay as a captain, upon which half-pay he most assuredly will be placed as soon as an opportunity offers ; but the Commander in Chief has it not in his power.
Do you know whether or not that Captain Maling ever joined and did duty with any regiment? I do not know that he did; and I do not think that he did.
Does not the Commander in Chief require testimonial, that each candidate for the army shall be at least sixteen years of age? That is the general rule ; but it sometimes happens that a boy of fifteen may be more strong than a boy of sixteen or seventeen ; and all that the
Commander in Chief requires is that he shall be competent to do his duty.
Is it not a general order, that every officer shall join his regiment within one month after his appointment, except in some special instance ? it is very probable that it may be so, but I really cannot speak to that.
You are very positive as to the date of the Duke of York's going to Weymouth in the summer of 1805; do you know at what time of the day his Royal Highness went ? Upon my word I cannot speak with any degree of accuracy; but it is the custom of the Duke of York to travel in the night, and he probably went in the night.
Do you apprehend that he did go in the night I cannot give a. more positive answer than I did before.
[The Witness was directed to withdraw. The Chairman was
directed to report progress, and ask leave to sit again.] Mr. Croker was anxious, as the committee had arrived at the end of this charge, that they should come to an immediate decision upon it.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer was of a different opinion, and thought that the whole should be gone throngh before the sense of the committee was obtained.
Lord Castlereagh inforined the honourable gentleman opposite, urat he had inquired whether Captain Huxley Sandon had arrived at Portsmouth, that he found he had, and that orders had been sent to him to come up to town.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer observed that if that oslicer should not arrive in time for the next examination, the honourable member might proceed with some charge in which his testimony was not necessary. It would be desirable to proceed with the business on Monday, and he begged to know what charge the honourable member meant to bring forward on that day?
Mr. Wardle seemed to think Monday too early a day, and said that it was impossible for him to state what particular charge he should bring forward.
Mr. Sheridan expressed his surprise, that his honourable friend was not disposed to proceed with this business, on Monday, and also to declare the particular charge which he meant first to adduce. It was impossible but that he himself shonld be ready, and if his witnesses should not be here at the time, it would be competent to him then to defer the proceeding.
Mr. Wardle observed, that Captain Huxley Sandon was a material witness in every charge, and that the probability of his being able to attend on Monday, did not scem to be fory great.
Mr. Canning pressed the bonourable gentleman to state the particular charge with which he meant next to pro. ceed. He could not believe that the honourable gentleman would come forward on such a grave occasion, relying on the absence of his witnesses.
Mr. Wardle said, that he was under some difliculty on the subject. He had heard that Mrs. Shawe resideil at Bath ; but he had not yet ascertained that point. Tomorrow he would be prepared to state what should be his next charge, and the delay of a day could not make any material difference.
Lord Folkstone remarked, that the Order Book contained an abundance of business for Monday, without any addi. tion. He thought the honourable gentleman asked only a common indulgence, when he wished for the delay of a day.
Mr. W. Smith allowed that he could not see why the honourable gentleman could not at once make up his mind with respect to the charge that he would next endeavour to maintain. But still he might have reasons, for not doing so. It was important, however, to the character of the house, that the honourable member should not be treated with any thing like unkindness. Neither he (Mr. S.) nor any of those on the same benches were implicated in the manner in which the honourable gentleman thought proper to bring his charges. None on his side of the house had been consulted as to the matter or the manner of those charges : but in proportion as the honourable gentleman had taken the business entirely on his own shoulders, he ought to be dealt with fairly and impartially.
Mr. Canning combated the assertion that it was attempted to treat the honourable gentleman with unfairness or partiality. The honourable gentleman disclaimed for all those with whom he generally acted, all participation in the proceedings of the honourable accuser : he (Mr. C.) believed that the honourable gentleman made this declaration without any authority whatever.
Mr. W. Smith said, that he had heard it asserted by all from whom he had heard any assertion whatever on the subject (and those were not a few), they had no concern whatever in the business; though he had not spoken with authority, he bad spoken with knowledge.
Sir Francis Burdelt was persuaded that if this was the way in which any bonourable member who attempted to correct public abuses, was to be assisted by the wisdom of the house, very few would henceforward enter on such an undertaking. For himself he should be ashamed to make any such disclaiming as that made by the honourable gentleman near him. The gentlemen opposite might think what they pleased : what he did he did as his duty. It did appear to him that the honourable accuser had acted in the most fair, candid, and even incautious manncr ; and that much of the reproach which he bad unjustly incurred, had arisen from his desire to comply with the indecent hurry of the gentlemen opposite.
Mr. Canning admitted that the bonourable baronet had taken a manly part—that he had stated his reasons frankly, and he knew he had ability to maintain them. But what would be said if there was a person who had secretly advised—who had secretly been consulted, and who sheltered himself in silence under that broad disclaiming shield which an honourable gentleman had thrown over himself and his friends. If such a person existed, he must apply to his conduct terms very different from those which he had in justice applied to that of the honourable baronet.
Mr. Whitbread, with great warmth, accused the right honourable secretary of making a covert attack on some individual, whom he did not venture openly to denounce, and called upon him, with the same manliness which he had praised so bighly in the honourable Baronet to name, the person to whom he alluded. (A pause of half a minute, cries of " Name! Name !") If the right honourable gentleman would not name the person, it must be taken for granted that he had no ground for his insinuation.
Mr. Barham asked the right honourable gentleman the cause of his disbelief, when his honourable friend near him disclaimed for himself and his friends any participation in the conduct of the accusation at present before the house.
Mr. Canning replied, that the honourable gentleman himself had afforded the best possible ground for his disbelief.
Mr. W. Smilh said that it was impossible that wbat he had stated subsequently to the right honourable gentleman's observations, could have produced those observations.
Mr. Whitbread repeated that this was too scrious a thing to be passed over, and he again called on the right honourable gentleman to name the person whom he described as having sheltered himself in unmanly silence.