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Police office, the most horrible to be con- the petitioner begs to say, that his received, till about eight in the evening, maining property is in the East India when he was taken out and handcuffed to Company's Fonds at Madras, which is a a person of supposed despicable character, circumstance that subjects him to great and in that state was conveyed to Clerk- / inconvenience in being so long detained enwell Prison; and that, upon the 25th, in this country, and praying, that the the petitioner was brought down hand- House will take his case into their imme. cuffed, and underwent a similar exami- diate consideration, and afford him such nation as on the preceding day before relief as they may judge proper.” Mr. Herriot, and remanded back to jail, Ordered to lie upon the table. handcuffed in the same manner as he was brought up, to remain till the 31st; and that PETITION OF THE Relatives of PERSON'S the petitioner begs to slate, that, during | CONFINED IN ILCHESTER GAOL FOR Riots the time of his confinement in Clerkenwell at BATH] Sir F. Burdett rose to preser Prison, he was locked up with every de- a Petition from the friends and relatives scription of people, and obliged to submit of certain persons now confined in Ilchesto the indignity of taking half a bed with ter gaol. The parties were resident at a man in irons, much injurious to his Bath, and the individuals in confinement health, and most repugnant to his feel had been cominitted in consequence of ings; and that the petitioner was again assembling riotously before the iown hall, ordered down on the 31st of the same during the last election in that city, and month, before Mr. Herriot, when, upon demanding in a tumultuous manner that the examination of the surgeon of the receive | doors of the hall should be opened. This ing ship, he was admitted to bail, in con- was refused, and some windows were sequence of the man belonging to the broken. The next day these persons press-galley, who had been wounded in ) were seized, and had been treated with a ibe scumfe, being considered out of danger, severity which nothing could justify. The and for which the petitioner had been particulars of that severity were set forth committed to Clerkenwell Prison; and in the Petition which he held in his hand. that the petitioner, anxious to be brought | The offence was certainly bailable, and to trial at the then impending assizes for bail to any amount had been offered, but the county of Kent, desired his attorney, was refused. They were then sent to Mr. Armam, to remonstrate against any Ilchester gaol, and being all of them delay in his trial, as the assizes were so people who maintained their families by near at hand, and the consequences of their own labour, the greatest distress bad delay so ruinous to the petitioner; and ensued to them. One was a journeyman that the solicitor for the Admiralty, Mr. printer, another a journeyman carpenter, Bicknell, would not acquiesce to his, and another was a poor woman who earned wishes, although the petitioner was willing her subsistence by carrying goods bome to bave remained in prison in order to from the markets. They were, of course, expedite his trial; and that the petitioner unable to obtain justice by any legal probegs leave to call the attention of the cess. The petitioners set forth thắt they House to his extreme bard case, in being were confined in solitary cells and beavily denied taking his trial at a time when he ironed. All access to them by their friends could have received the benefit of his wit-' or relations who might be disposed to allenesses, who are now absent from this viate the hardships of their lot, was denied. country on their voyage to New South During this severe weather they had noWales, and who would have given everything to sleep on but a little straw 'in satisfactory evidence on his behalf, if his a stone dungeon, and covered with a trial had been permitted to have come scanty rug; and though some 'humaiie on at the last assizes; and that the peti- persons in the town had 'provided them tioner humbly represents, that he has with great coats, yet they were stripped been subjeet to a very heavy expence in of these every night before they were furnishing himself with the necessary | locked up in their cells. The ordinary articles for the intended service, and hour of locking them up was about four which, with incidental charges, amounts o'clock. Their food was nothing but to upwards of 1,1001. added to which, he bread and water; and to convince the has a wife and two children, one of whom House that he was not dwelling upon is completely dumb, and for whose educa- feigned or imaginary distresses, he would tion he is at a great expence; and that shew them one of the loaves which had been sent up to him from Ilchester, and | Millikin, and Elizabeth Lovett, now under which was the whole allowance for one confinement in the gaol of Ilchester, upon man for a day. (Here the hon. baronet a charge of a riot committed at the late drew forth a little loaf from his pocket, election for Bath; and set forth, and after holding it up for the inspection “That, on the 2nd day of the late of the House, he dashed it indignantly on election for the said city, held by virtue the floor, and it rolled towards the Trea- | of the proclamation thereupon issued by sury benches, where it was picked up by Joseph Phillott esq. the returning officer one of the members.) Mr. Burke, con- | thereof, a great number of the freemen ținued the hon. baronet, had once thrown and other inhabitants of Bath were peacedown a dagger on the floor of that House, ably assembled in the market place in to produce effect, but he had produced front of the town hall of the said city, in something that was real, and not from the order to continue the business of such elecmere impulse of momentary feeling. Hetion, in exercise of their lawful rights and would ask, whether such a pittance was privileges; and that the doors of such hall enough to sustain life? Before he con- were then closed against the citizens, and cluded, also, he wished to advert to the guarded by an extraordinary number of present state of the gaols throughout Eng: constables, who prevented all access land. He feared there was a degree of ihereto, in despite of the repeated remonoppression exercised in them by the infe- strances made by John Allen, esq. one of rior officers of what was called justice, the candidates, who insisted on the right countenanced in some instances by the of public admission thereto for the purpose magistrates themselves (though he was far of continuing the said election; and, in from intending to cast any imputation upon consequence of their persevering in such that body in general,) which were shock refusal, the suffrages of the freemen then ing in a civilized country. With regard present were about to be taken in the open to the Petition he held in his hand, he street at a temporary lustings, when an knew not exactly what mode of redress to immediate stop was put thereto (notwithsuggest to the House, bu: he thought some standing there was not the least appear. relief ought surely to be afforded. The ance of riot or tumult by three of the petitioners were too poor to remove their corporation of the said city, who violently complaints to either of the courts at West, rushed out of the said hall, attended by a minster by writs of Habeas Corpus. He number of constables, and not only . concluded by moving, That the Petition do seized the person of the said John Allen, lie on the table.
esg. dragging him from the place on which Mr. Harvey thought it would be a dan- he was then standing (and in the very act gerous precedent to grant the prayer of of exhorting the people to keep the peace) the. Petition, which went either to libera- preventing thereby the unpolled freemen tion from prison, or to being admitted to from tendering their votes, and also with bail. The prisoners had been committed their staves and bludgeons striking and for felony, the Riot Act having been duly compelling the people to disperse ; and read, and they had continued their tumul- that, in consequence of such violent protuous conduct notwithstanding. Ii was cedures on the part of the corporation and the province of a jury, therefore, to de their officers, many of the persons so cide upon their guilt or innocence; and struck, and others who felt indignant they would take their trial at the next thereat, attacked the oscers in their assizes. He considered the allegations in turn by throwing at them dirt, oyster ibe Petition as false.
shells, &c. by which several windows of Lord Palmerslon suggested whether it the town hall were demolished, but no would not be better to present the Petition | personal damage whatever was sustained when there was a fuller attendance of by the constables, although by their promembers.
miscuously striking at the people with Sir F. Burdett said, he had waited till their long staves more than 100 persons the House was nearly upon the point of were severely wounded and bruised by adjourning, in hopes that more members them; and that, on pretext of such riot, would be present.
the several persons above named (together The Petition was then read. It pur with others who have since been admitted ported to be the Petition of several friends to bail) were seized by the officers, and and relatives of John Hipwood, William dragged to the Bridewell of the said city, Erry, William Taylor, Charles Pitt, Philip where they were kept for four days in
cells heavily ironed, and on the allowance | woman, who obtains her livelihood by of a twopenny loaf and water each per day, carrying baskets from the market; and the until they were fully committed on a petitioners have not only been informed, charge of having unlawfully and riotously but some of them have actually seen, assembled in the market place of the said that, independent of the scantiness of their city, and having there feloniously remain gaol allowance, the bodily sufferings of ed with such persons so assembled one the prisoners above named are very con. hour after proclamation had been made siderable, inasmuch as they are fettered (as it is said) by one of the magistrates for like felons of the worst description, pretheir dispersion, pursuant to the act of the cluded the sight and conversation of their 1st of George i, although the riot and friends, except at three stated times of the tumult was notoriously begun by the said day, one hour only at each time, and then three members of the corporation and the through two iron gratings, at the distance constables in manner above stated ; and, of six feet from each other; and, notwithalthough bail for the appearance of the standing they have been supplied by the said prisoners was tendered to the said humanity of several gentlemen with a Joseph Phillott by their friends, and also great coat each, to defend them against by vice admiral Graves and the said John the inclemency of the season, their clothes, Allen, esg. to the extent of 5,0001. yet the which might add to their warmth in the said Joseph Phillott, in the most harsh and nights of this severe winter, are constantly peremptory manner, refused to accept of taken from them on their retiring to their any bail whatever, and committed the straw bed (about four of the clock in the said prisoners to the county gaol of Ilches- | afternoon) where they have nothing but a ter, where they now remain, and must rug allowed them for a covering; and continue confined upon the same miserable that the petitioners have been informed allowance of bread and water as in the that all ends of public justice would have Bath prison (which is totally inadequate been answered, and the duration of the to the sustenance of human existence) confinement of the said prisoners shortened until the next assizes (being six months at least one half, if the magistrates had from the time of their commitment) unless chosen to commit them to the next quarter the House shall be pleased to interfere on sessions of the peace, instead of the astheir behalf, by ordering them to be re- | sizes, for the county, and to draw down a leased or admitied to bail; and that, in heavier judgment (if possible) upon the consequence of the imprisonment of the unfortunate relatives of the petitioners, said John Hipwood, the business of his the said corporation have already monofather as a boat builder, and of which he polized all the leading counsel on that had the sole management, is at a stand, and circuit; and that the poverty of the prihis parents have sustained most serious pecu- | soners has prevented their applying to niary injury, as well as much mental afflic any of his Majesty's courts of Westminster tion, thereby; and that the said W. Erry for writs of Habeas Corpus for the purpose is by profession a journeyman printer, and of being admitted by a judge to bail, and by his labour supported his aged mother by whom they would most probably have and infant brother and sister, who, in con- | been relieved; and that, although they, as sequence of his confinement, are now well as the petitioners, have been advised, thrown on the parish for relief; and that that they will ultimately have legal redress the said W. Taylor, another of the said | by actions at law against the persons by prisoners, is by trade a carpenter, who by whom they have been under these cirhis industry has materially contributed to cumstances imprisoned, yet in the mean the support of his mother and an infant time, in consideration of the personal sister ; and that the said Charles Pitt is by sufferings of the said prisoners, and of the business a shoe-maker, and by his labour great aħiction of mind felt by the petias a journeyman maintains himself and tioners as their relatives and friends, and his mother, who is a widow; and that the also in consequence of the severe privasaid Philip Millikin is by drade a journey tions and hardships sustained by their re. man printer, and has ever borne an irre- spective families by reason of their conproachable character for industry and in. finement; the petitioners pray, that under tegrity; and that the said Elizabeth Lovett the whole of these circumstances, the the other of the said prisoners (who wasap. House will, in its humanity and justice, prehended in her bed on the night after the be pleased to interpose herein for the above tumult) is merely a poor industrious relief of the above named prisoners, in
such mode as to them shall seem meer.” sion to lord Barham, he trusted the hon. Ordered to lie upon the table.
baronet did not mean by that allusion
to insinuate any charge against that noble Army Estimates.] The following is lord, who had, in the transaction referred an Abstract of the sums voted for the to, merely followed the established official Army Services for the year 1813. practice, and who was incapable of any
dishonourable action. Abstract of the Estimates of Army
Sir F. Burdett said, that he had it once Services, for the year 1813: pre- lin contemplation to bring forward a charge sented to the House of Commons on
against lord Barham, and he still thought the 11th and 21st December 1812.
that no practice could justify the sale of Numbers. Creat Britain, Ireland. these offices--but still less was he justifi
able, after such sale, meanly to curtail the 876,649 15 0
emolument of the purchasers.
7,196,188 17 10
Land Forces (including various
Contingencies)...........227,442 Regiments in the East
Indies..................... 28,009 Troops and companies
for recruiting ditto... 533
(Ireland) Superannuated Allowances, &c.
Total... 381,357 Deduct the Regiments
in the East Indies... 28,009
Remains to be pro
Local Tokens.) Mr. Hudson Gurney 32,088 88
asked, whether it was the intention of ministers to press the provisions of the Local Token Act, and thereby to inconvenience
the country in the present scarcity of silver, 50,011 16 6
266,123 i | and the comparatively limited distribution 1,174,019 4 4 31,623 13 0 of Bank Tokens ?
The Chancellor of the Exchequer repeated 27,096 11 11 19,334 1 6 1,923 13 11
the statement which he said he had sub
mitted to the House in the course of the 105,000 - 22,081 11 3
I discussions upon the Goid Coin Bill, ...... 460,587 6 4
namely, that although he fully approved 11,670 18 9 4 ,334 18 5 of the principle of the Local Token Act, 13,921,494 7 9 3,217,067 11 6
it was intended to postpone the operation 876,649 15 0
of that principle for some months, he
thought until about Midsummer, in order vided for 1813...... 353,318 13,044,814 12 9 3,217,067 11 6 that measures might be taken in the in
terim to ensure a more liberal supply of
· Adjourned to the 2d of February, 1813. Tuesday, December 22. Navy Office Clerks.) Sir F. Burdett put a question to the noble lord opposite,
HOUSE OF COMMONS. whether the clerks in the Navy Office
Tuesday, February 2, 1813. (who, although they had purchased their PetitioNS RESPECTING The East INDIA situations from lord Barbam, had had COMPANY'S CHARTER—FROM THE Provost their emoluments most unduly curtailed) &c. oF EDINBURGH-THE ROYAL BOROUGHS and to whose case he took occasion of SCOTLAND - THE HAMMERMEN OP last session to call the attention of the | EDINBURGH—AND THE MAYOR, &c. OF House, had yet received any relief, or BRISTOL. A Petition of the lord provost, whether it was intended to afford the re- magistrates, and council, of the city of dress required ? He understood that a Edinburgh, was presented and read ; setrepresentation upon this subject had been ting forth, made from the Navy Office to the Board « That, looking forward to the period of Admiralty, and he wished to know at which the charter of the company of what was meant to be done in consequence merchants trading to the East Indies and of that representation ?
to China is to terminate, the petitioners Lord Castlereagh expressed his regret beg leave most respectfully to lay before that he had it not in his power to answer the House their sentiments on the conti. the hon. baronet's question, of which had nuance of this monopoly, fully satisfied he been aware, he would have inquired that the subject will meet with that attenafter the information desired. He had, tion from the enlightened senate of the however, no doubt that complete jus- British empire which its importance retice would be done by the Admiralty. quires ; and that the petitioners deem it With respect to the hon, baronet's allu- superfluous to argue upon the general in.
expediency of commercial monopolies, or that the wisdom of this House will at to state to the House their tendency to at length admit to the merchants of this cripple the exertions and fetter the enter- | kingdom an unrestricted and unlimited prize of individuals; and that, whatever intercourse with the countries to the eastreasons may have originally induced the ward of the Cape of Good Hope; and legislature to grant exclusive privileges to praying the House to refuse their assent to a joint stock company engaged in trading any further extension of the present es. to the East Indies, it is obvious that, by the clusive privileges of the East India Comintelligence, enterprise and capital of in pany, and to restore to the subjects of this dividual British merchants, the commerce realm their legitimate right to trade di. of the country has been extended to every rectly from any port within the United quarter of the globe not comprehended Kingdom, free and uncontrouled, with the within the limits of this monopoly; ap British possessions in Asia, and with the prehending, therefore, that those reasons other countries situated to the east of the do not now exist, and that a sufficient degree Cape of Good Hope, particularly with the of enterprise and capital is to be found empire of China.”
throughout the empire for carrying on a h. free and unfettered trade to the East A Petition of the deacon, treasurer,
Indies, and to China, the petitioners hum- and remanent members of the incorpobly hope that the House will not consentration of Hammermen of the city of Edin. to the renewal of a charter, which, by con- burgh, was also presented; setting forth, ferring on the subjects of neutral states « That as the charter of the East India privileges not enjoyed by British subjects, Company will expire on the 1st of March appears to the petitioners to be contrary | 1814, the petitioners beg leare inost reto sound policy, and equally injurious to spectfully to solicit, that no renewal of the mercantile interest as inimical to the the exclusive privileges at present enjoyed free spirit of our happy constitution; and by that company be granted to them, and praying the House not to continue the ex. that all monopolies appear to the peticlusive privileges heretofore enjoyed by tioners to be inexpedient; and in a merthe East India Company, but to render it cantile country, where the spirit and enlawful for any of his Majesty's subjects, terprise of individuals has carried their after the 1st of March 1814, to carry on, commercial transactions to every quarter from any of the ports of the United King of the globe to wbich the law permits dom, a free trade with the whole coun. them to trade, there appears a hardship in tries situate to the East of the Cape of denying to the subjects of these kingdoms Good Hope."
the free exercise of trade to the countries
situate to the East of the Cape of Good A Petition of the royal boroughs of Hope, more particularly when the subjects Scotland, assembled at their annual con- of foreign stales, in amity with his Mavention, was also presented and read ; 1 jesty, are allowed this privilege; and that setting forth,
at a time when so many petitions have “That the said convention, represent. been presented to the House, and when ing by delegation under existing statutes, the almost unanimous voice of the counthe wbole trading interest of Scotland, try seems directed to the same object, the hold it as their incumbent duty at the pre-petitioners deem it superfluous to occupy sent critical juncture, to approach the the time of the House by entering into House at a period when the charter of the any detail, or to add more than their East India Company has nearly expired, earnest prayer, that no renewal of this and when interested and powerful indivi. charter may be granted to the East India duals have combined to maintain a mono. | Company, but that from and after the 1st poly so truly inconsistent with commercial of March 1814, it may be declared lawful liberty; and that as no statè necessity ap- | tc all the subjects of his Majesty, to exerpears to exist for the continuance of these cise a free trade from any of the ports in exclusive rights so justly complained of, as the United Kingdom to the whole counassertion without argument bas alone been tries situate to the East of the Cape of adduced in its defence, and as our national Good Hope, or if in the wisdom of the policy must be at all times favourable to House it shall be deemed expedient to a free and unfettered trade through the throw open this trade to a limited number whole empire and its dependencies, the of ports only, that Leith, the port of Edin.. petitioners rely, with humble confidence, burgh, may be one of that number.”,