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gentlemen said, that there were only five. of Sway, who made a very excellent It is, in so short a space of time, and so speech in support of the Resolution, and wide a surface for the eye to cover, very whose talents cannot, upon future occadifficult to speak positively; but, I think, sions, fail to be of great use in effecting I could safely aver, that there were not that reform, without which nothing of real more than ten, one of which was the hat utility will have been done.—Sir HENRY of Mr. Powlett's own groom, who had had MILDMAY, who was received in the most the modesty to keep on the outskirts of flattering manner by the Meeting as a the Meeting.I do not thus state parti- young nian, who had had the spirit and culars, because it is a proof of a triumph the sense to break from the trammels of to me; but, because it is a proof of the the county factions, disapproved of the triumph of the good-sense, the sound prin- Resolutions of Mr. Powlett as breathing ciples, and the public-spirit of the county. a party spirit; and of mine he disapproved, I do not state them as any mark of the in as far as they conveyed a tacit censure county's disregard for Mr. Powlett, who upon the two county members, one of is deservedly an object of respect with the whom, Mr. Chute, was from illness unable whole county, and especially with the to attend his duty in Parliament, at the yeomanry, who formed so large a portion time when the 125 gave their votes. Mr. of the Meeting; but, as a pro, that even BIGG WITHER stated the same about Mr. the partiality which such a gentleman Chute's illness, and, with modesty quite could not fail to create in favour of any équal to his judgment, said, that, on the motion, was not suflicient to induce the part of the other member, Mr. Heathcote, County to adopt a motion which they he should appeal from that Meeting to the thought insufficient for the purpose of ex-freeholders; that is to say, to the Dockpressing those political sentiments, which, upon this important occasion, it appeared their evident duty to express. I know that Mr. CHAMBERLAYNE wants no praise; but, I am sure I should disappoint the county if I did not say, that his speech was one of the best ever delivered in any place, and so far surpassing any thing ever before heard at a County Meeting, as to be beyond all competition. In manner as well as in matter it was equally an object of admiration. The whole of the proceedings will be given in an Evening London paper, the STATESMAN, where, of course, Mr. Chamberlayne's speech will find a conspicuous place; but, though a very able short-hand writer was present for the purpose of making a correct report, I am certain, before I see that report, that it is impossible for even that gentleman to do complete justice to this admirable speech. To be sure, it was the most lucky of all accidents, that Mr. Chamberlayne should happen to drop into the Inn just at the moment when he did. If I had had to choose through the whole county, and, as far as I know, through the whole kingdom, for a man to lend the weight of his character as well as of his talents to any effort of mine, I could not have selected such another man. This was what I thought the moment I had the good fortune to see him; this was what was said by every one after the Meeting was over; and this was what our oppo nents most sensibly and severely felt.The county has also to thank Mr. JONES
yards, the Barracks, the Custom-house, and to all the swarm of creatures, who are held in slavery by a dependence upon the ministry for bread. The REV. MR. POULTER (who, as the reader will, probably, remember, sometime ago wrote me a letter in defence of his friend, Mr. Garnier) said nearly the same about Mr. Chute's illness, though he seemed to allow, that that gentleman was out a fox-hunting on the day when the memorable division took place. MR. PORTAL corroborated what had been said about this illness; and said further, that Mr. Chute, at the time alluded to, only rode to the cover, in his great coat, and saw the hounds throw off, but took no part in the chase. We might, if we had thought of it, have reminded them, that SIR FRANCIS BURDETT, whom they refused to thank at all, went on that same day, and spoke in the House of Commons upon crutches; but, we contented ourselves with stating that all that we proposed to the Meeting, upon the score of Mr. Chute, was, to declare that his name was not in the list of the 125; and that, when that acknowledged truth had been declared by a Vote of the Meeting, we had no objection to Mr. Chute's friends proposing, in a separate Resolution, a declaration of the fact of his inability to attend parliament at the time referred to. This they did; but, though MR. NEVILLE of Easton added himself to the other vouchers for this fact, the Meeting, without any boly's speaking against it, negatived the motion, and for this plain reason, that a man, who was able to ride so far in
to say, that I did not, in the smallest degree, contribute, contenting myself, as I did, with simply appealing to the Meeting, whether Botley had that day sent forth any thing indicative of hostility or disrespect to either Bishops or Kings. An attempt was afterwards made to divide the Resolution, making each clause a distinct resolution, and, of course, taking the sense of the Meeting upon each separately. To this I objected, upon the same ground that I have frequently given my opinion, that what Mr. Wardle has done is nothing unless more be done; and, that it is perfect nonsense to thank any one for telling you of your disease, unless his so doing leads to the pointing out of a remedy.- Here the objections stopped, the question was put, and the decision was what I have before stated.
the morning to see his hounds throw off, must have been able to go to London in a carriage and to give his vote upon so important an occasion, than which nothing could be more characteristic of the justice and good-sense of the Meeting; and, I cannot help noticing, as an instance of their discernment, that when Mr. Neville said, "a fact, a fact, gentlemen; we only call upon you to resolve upon a fact, numerous voices exclained: Yes, but we "don't know the fact to be true.". Henry Mildmay objected to that part of the Resolution, which related to Lords Clancarty and Castlereagh, upon the ground, that they were as yet under trial in the House of Commons; but, upon my bringing out the book of Evidence printed by order of that House, the Meeting thought themselves full as able to form a correct opinion, and full as likely to pass a just sentence, as the House of Com- There are several very important subjects, mons were; and, a hundred voices at which I should have touched upon in this once issued from the assemblage, remind- Number; but, I have not had time.ing Sir Henry Mildmay of certain late de- The Resolution passed in Hampshire is of cisions. -These objections having been great consequence in a national point got over, there was another of the REV. view; and, therefore, it was necessary MR. POULTER to the form of our proceed-give'a minute of its origin and progress; ings. He contended, that the Resolution introduced matters, to agitate which the Meeting was not called, and in support of which objection he appealed to the chair; but this objection the High Sheriff overruled upon the ground of the comprehensiveness of the Requisition, which certainly allowed us to discuss and to express our sentiments upon the remedy as well as the disease.- Mr. Poulter gave into a good deal of personality, and brought what he appears to have looked upon as a pretty antithesis about the Crown and Mitre reposing in more security in the
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sum-shine of Pall Mall than amidst the Parliamentary Debates:
damp banks of Botley; but, besides that Botley is well-known to be one of the driest and most healthy spots in the county, while Pall-Mall is for half the year smothered with smoke and fog, the jest had been rendered pointless by the sentiments which I had uttered about the king and his family, and after which any man
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would have been restrained from making such an attempt at personal sarcasm; and which attempt, as all his friends foresaw it would, brought upon him those scoffs, that general expression of contempt, to which I was sincerely sorry to see a gentleman of his sacred calling expose himself, and towards the producing of which every one present will do me the justice
Which, in the compass of Sixteen Volumes, Royal Octavo, will contain a full and accurate Report of all the recorded Proceedings, and of all the Speeches in both Houses of Parliament, from the earliest times to the year 1803, when
Resolved unanimously, That the Thanks of this Meeting be given to the Mayor, for his readiness in calling the Meeting, and his impartiality in the Chair.-Ordered that the above Resolutions be inserted in the Courier and Canterbury Papers.— By Order of the Meeting.-GEO, GAR
the publication of "Cobbett's Parlia- Resolved unanimously, on the motion of mentary Debates" commenced. Mr. J. Fowle, seconded by Mr. Robt. CurlThe Subscribers to the above working, that the Thanks of this Meeting be are respectfully informed, that the Fifth presented to G L. Wardle, esq., member Volume will be delivered on Monday of parliament for Oakhampton, for having next, the 1st of May. It embraces the brought forward in the honourable House period from the Revolution in the year of Commons an Enquiry into the Conduct 1688, to the Accession of QUEEN ANNE, of his Royal Highness the late Commander in the year 1702. For this period, the in Chief, for his firm and unremitting permaterials, as well for the Proceedings severance in establishing the Charges, and as the Debates, have been, for the most for his strenuous endeavours to check the part, collected from the following Works: further progress of improper influence and 1. The Journals of the House of Lords; corruption. That we think it our duty on 2. The Journals of the House of Commons, this occasion to express ourselves firm in 3. The Debates of the House of Commons, our loyalty and attachment to our King from 1688 to 1694, collected by the Ho- and Constitution. nourable Anchitell Grey, who was forty years member for the town of Derby; 4. The Debate between the Lords and the Commons, at a Free Conference, held in the Painted Chamber, in the Session of the Convention, in 1688, relating to the words," Abdicated," and the Vacancy of "the Throne," used in the Vote of the Com-RETT, Clerk. mons; 5. A Collection of the Debates and Proceedings in Parliament, in 1694 and 1695, upon the Inquiry into the late At a Meeting of the Burgesses and other Briberies and corrupt Practices, printed Inhabitants of the Burgh of Annan, held in the year 1695; 6. Proceedings in the the 11th of April, 1809, for the purpose of House of Commons against Sir John Fen-expressing their sentiments on the late In-、 wick, printed in the year 1698; 7. Timberland's History and Proceedings of the House of Lords; and 8. Chandler's History and Proceedings of the House of Commons. Here again, as in former Volumes, recourse has been had to the best historians and contemporary writers; and, amongst others, to Burnet, Echard, Kennet, Old-Wardle, esq., M. P. for his able and inmixon, Ralph, Tindal, Boyer, and Somerville. The Hardwicke Papers have also been consulted; as also the State Tracts, and the Harleian Collection.-There is subjoined, by way of Appendix, a Collection of very scarce and valuable Parliamentary Tracts, taken from those of Lord Sommers, the Harleian Miscellany, and the Collection of State Tracts published during the reign of William the Third.
In COUNTIES, CITIES, BOROUGhs, &c. re-
BURGH OF ANNAN.
vestigation into the Conduct of his Royal Highness the Duke of York as Commander in Chief of the Army of this country; Mr. James Scott, one of the Bailies of the said Burgh, in the Chair:
1. Resolved unanimously, That the Thanks of this Meeting be given to G. L.
trepid exertions, in detecting and draging into public view, the flagrant system of corruption, which for some years has prevailed in the disposal of military pronotions. (To be continued.)
EAST INDIA COMPANY.
The Select Committee, appointed to in-
fore them; and their Proceedings, from time to time, to the House,
Began their investigation by examining into a Case brought before them by Geo. Woodford Thellusson, esq. a member of this house, in which his patronage and confidence appear to have been grossly abused. The whole Evidence being given at length in the Appendix, your Committee content themselves with inserting in this place, a short abstract only of this, and every other transaction; giving the names of the persons appointed, of those by whom they were recommended, and by whom their nominations were signed, together with the names of the intermediate agents in any of the negotiations where money was paid or received.---Those appointments which have been completed in consequence of any such bargains, and upon which satisfactory evidence has been produced, will be placed first; a second class will be found of nominations which appear to have taken effect, but with regard to which, from the death of some of the parties, or from deficiency of proof in other particulars, your Committee are unable to ascertain the names of the persons who were sent out to India. It is a satisfaction to your Committee, throughout the whole evidence, to remark nothing which traces any one of these corrupt or improper bargains to any Director, or induces a reasonable suspicion that it was done with the privity or connivance of any member of that court. Several negotiations which never took effect, will be found alluded to, or detailed in parts of the evidence; which it was thought proper not to reject under the comprehensive directions "that your "Committee should inquire into any agree❝ment, negotiation, or bargain, direct or "indirect, for the sale of such nomination;" and when such information was received, they deemed it inexpedient to withhold it from this house, though they are fully aware that their desire of opening every channel of inquiry has led to an extent of examination, and to a mass of evidence, from which much might be retrenched without detriment, if it had been easy to establish a satisfactory principle of omission, or abridgment, which might have left nothing wholly irrelevant or trifling, while it comprehended whatever might Be interesting either to this house, or to the East India Company.
WRITERS.—Mr. Ed. Js. Smith was nominated a Writer to Bengal in the season 1806-7, by Mr. G. W. Thellusson; the appointment was given to his first cousin,
Mr. Emperor J. A. Woodford, who sold the appointment for 3,500l. through the agency of Mr. Tahourdin, solicitor, who received 1007. out of that sum. The other persons concerned in this negotiation were Mr. Wimbourn and Mr. Laing.
Mr. Fry Magniac was nominated Writer to Bengal in the year 1807-8, by Mr. G. W. Thellusson; this appointment was also given to the same Mr. Woodford, and sold through the agency of Mr. Tahourdin. Mr. Beale was the purchaser, and the sum paid by him was 3,500 guineas, of which Mr. Woodford received 3,000l. Mr. Tahourdin 150l.; the remainder was divided between Mr. Donovan and Mr. Garrat.
Mr. Henry Gardiner was nominated a Writer to Madras by Mr. G. W. Thellusson, in the season 1807-8. This appointment was likewise given to Mr. Woodford, and 3,000l. was received for it from Mrs. Gardiner, by Mr. Tahourdin for his own use, but upon an undertaking that he is to procure the next presentation of a living of the value of 3007. per annum for a friend of Mr. Woodford's. Mr. Boase, a partner in the house of Messrs. Ransom and Co. was privy to the bargain between Mr. Tahourdin and Mrs. Gardiner. Mr. Greenslade received an appointment for Ceylon in the way of exchange for this writership, which is the occasion of his namne appearing in the transaction.
CADETS. Mr. Henry Stoughton was appointed a Cadet to Madras, Jan. 1808, by George Abercrombie Robinson, esq. by the recommendation of Mr. Morland, who gave the appointment to Mr. Jones for a relation of his. Mr. Jones, through the agency of John Annesley Shee, sold it to Mr. Stoughton, father to the person appointed, from whom Shee received 500 guineas: he paid 180l. to Mr. Jones, and received of him an undertaking to pay 3204. upon his procuring for Mr. Jones a Woolwich Cadetship. This appointment has been vacated by the Court of Direc tors, in consequence of their having discovered the nicans through which it was obtained.
Mr. Thomas Kelly was appointed a Cadet to Bombay in April 1808, by sir Theophilus Metcalfe, bart. at the recommendation of Mrs. Scott. It was afterwards exchanged with Mr. Cotton, at his request, for a Madras Cadetship. Wm. Scott, tailor, the husband of Mrs. Scott, sold this appointment to Mr. Kelly, through the agency of David Brown, who received for it 150l.: Brown was paid 301. or 40 and a Mr. Southcomb, who introduced
some of the parties to each other, received 10 guineas.
Mr. George Barker was appointed Cadet for the Bengal Infantry in Dec. 1808, by Robert Thornton, esq. at the recommendation of Mr. Mee. Mr. Mee sold this appointment for 200 guineas, through the agency of John Annesley Shee, who received 601.
Mr. George Teulon was appointed to an Infantry Cadetship to Bengal in 1808, by Edward Parry, esq. in exchange for a Madras appointment given to capt. Sealy by Jacob Bosanquet, esq. Capt. Matthew sold this appointment for 120l. to captain Holmes for a friend of his; Annesley M Kercher Shce was employed as agent for captain Matthew, who paid him 301. and capt. Holmes paid him 107.
Mr. J. S. Williams was appointed to a Bengal Cadetship by Mr. Cotton in 1808, in exchange for a Madras Cadetship of Mr. Manship's. This appointment was procured by Mr. Abercrombie, who was assisted with the loan of a sum of money by capt. Williams, the Cadet's father. Mrs. Eliz. Morrison and A. MK. Shee were the agents employed.
Mr. Benj. Pratt was appointed a Cadet to Madras 7th Feb. 1806, by Sweney Toone, esq. at the recommendation of capt. Kennard Smith, who exchanged it with R. C. Plowden, esq. for a nomination of the next season. Mr. B. Pratt was recommended to Mr. Plowden by sir Nicholas Nugent. This appointment was purchased by Mr. H. Foster, through sir Nich. Nugent, for the sum of 1507. A. MK. Shee acted as agent for Mr. Foster, and received SOL. or 401. The original appointment was to Bengal, and it was exchanged for Madras..
Mr. John Power was appointed a Cadet to Madras in 1804 or 1805 by lord viscount Castlereagh, at the recommendation of lord Longueville, through the earl of Westmoreland. Mr. Power paid 2001. for this appointment to M. S. Salt. A. MK. Shee was the agent for both parties, and received 501. from Mr. Power.
Mr. Brathwaite Christie was appointed a Cadet to Madras 15th July 1807, by James Reid, esq. at the recoinmendation of h. r. h. the d. of Clarence. Mr. Page, navy agent in Great Russell-street, paid the sum of 2001. for this appointment to A. M.K. Shee, who paid 150l. to the rev. Mr. Lloyd, chaplain to h. r. h. the d. of Clarence, for procuring the same.
Mr. Thomas Maw was appointed a Cadet to Bengal in July 1807, by Robert
Thornton, esq. at the recommendation of the rev. Nicholas Corsellis for Miss Eliz.
Spinluff. Miss Spinluff sold this appointment to Mr. Hewitt, a relation of Mr. Maw, through the agency of Mrs. Morrison and A. MK. Shee, and received 707. for it. Mrs. Morrison thinks the sum paid was 150/. or 1801. A. MK Shee received SOL.
Mr. Arthur Denny was appointed a Cadet to Madras on the 18th Feb. 1806, by G. W. The lusson, esq. at the recommendation of the countess dowager of Westmoreland and Mr. George. This appointment was sold by Mr. George. Mr. Anth. Stoughton, uncie of the person appointed, paid to J. A. Shee, whom he employed to procure it, the sum of 250 guiDavid Brown was agent for Mr.
Mr. Henry Keating was appointed a Cadet to Madras on the 5th of June 1805, by John Manship, esq. at the recommendation of G. W. Thellusson, esq. in return for a Bombay nomination of the season of 1804 given to Mr. Manship. The uncle of Mr. Henry Keating purchased this appointment of Mr. J.Henderson, ship-broker, for 2501. or guincas. J. A. Shee received of Mr. Henderson about 451. for his agency.
Mr. George Boys was appointed a Cadet to Madras on the 26th March 1806 (of the season 1805) by Charles Mills, esq. at the recommendation of Mr. (now sir W.) Fraser. This appointment was given by sir W. Fraser to Mr. Tho. Cusac, who sold it to Messrs. Barber & Sons, Cowper'scourt, Cornhill, and received of them the sum of 150l. They were employed as agents for Mr. Boys's father, who paid for it the sum of 300 guineas. 1007. was divided between Mr. Barber and Mr. John Henderson. J. A. Shee was agent for Mr. Cusac.
Mr. W. Collett was appointed a Cadet for the Bombay Infantry by the India Board, on the 3d of July 1805. This appointment was in the nomination of lord Castlereagh, who, at the recommendation of the right hon: John Sulivan, gave it to Richard Codman Etches, for a relation of his, on account of services performed by Mr. Etches for the government. Mr. Etches sold it to Mr.Chaplin, an attorney, for the sum of 2501, J. A. She was agent for Mr. Fasmore, an attorney, who received the money for Mr. Etches.
Mr. John Manson was appointed Cadet for Bengal the 26th Feb. 1808, by the India Board, at the recommendation of Edw.