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people; the shouts that rended the air, Jold crazy Peg Nicholson were inserted in and that almost stunned the population for the Gazette ; the Addresses to the Prince miles around; these, according to the upon his becoming Regent were inserted in loyal Mr. Jacks, are not to be looked upon the Gazette ; and, “ to come to close quaras testimonials of the Princess's innocence, “ ters,' as Lord Milton would call it, so much as testimonials of the guill of the the Addresses to the Prince, as well as Prince! And this is what Mr. Jacks those to the Princess, upon their marriage calls loyally, is it! This is the way in and upon the birth of their child, were all which he shows his friendship to the re- inserted in this same official receptacle of presentative of the King? Mine is a very dif- the loyal effusions of His Majesty's subferent way. I say not a word about the jects, as the sure and certain channel to Prince ; my loyalty forbids me to mix the posterity. Well, then, now let us hear name of His Royal Highness with that of what passed at the Common Hall of the the parties concerned in the transaction ; City of London on the 23d of April, upon my loyalty tells me that I ought to confine the report of the fate of the loyal and afmyself to a desence of the injured wife ; fectionate Address to the Princess of but, indeed (and that is quite enough to Wales; the long-calumniated, the injured, say of it), my loyalty is just the opposite of the outraged Princess of Wales. The that of Mr. Jacks. Now for the Report

-Now for the Report "Report of the proceedings was then read, at the Common Hall. When a Com- " when, in addition to what has appeared mon Hall has been held and has agreed " in the public papers, it was stated that upon an Address, after that Address lias " Mr. Tyrrel, the City Remembrancer, been carried up, it is usual for the Hall “had sent the Address and the Answer of to meet again, in order to receive the re- 66 the Princess to the Gazette writer, to port of those who have carried it up.- “ be inserted, as was the custom, in such 'The Common Hall met for this purpose on "cases, and not observing them in the the 23d of April. What passed there as “ next Gazette, had written to Mr. Rawto the conduct of the Lord Mayor I shall " linson, the writer to the Gazette, to innot particularly notice. An account of it " quire the reason of their not appearing. will be found in the Report of the day's " Mr. Rawlinson returned an answer, that proceedings, which I insert below, and " it was not the custom to insert any Ada which I must beg the reader to peruse with " dress in the Gazette which was not iransattention, as being of considerable import-"mitted to him by the Principal Secretary ance.—But, I think myself called upon" of State for the Home Department. In to notice, in a very particular manner, a consequence of this, the Remembrancer fact which was brought to light respect- “communicated by letter the circumstance ing the non-insertion of the Address of the to Lord Sidmouth, and enclosed a copy Common Hall and the Princess's Answer, " of the documents in question for inserin the London Gazelle. This is one of the lion. Lord Sidmouth, in his reply, acmost interesting and most important facts" quainted the Remembrancer, that he had appertaining to the history of this affair ; " not thought proper, in the discretional and, therefore, I shall endeavour to make " exercise of the duty of his office, to init very clearly understood to the whole " sert the Address and Answer in question circle of my readers, abroad as well as at " in the London Gazette."-The followhome.—The LONDON GAZETTE ing has been published in all the London is an official publication of the Govern- news-papers, as a copy of Lord SiDMOU TA'S ment; it is published under the immediate letter to the City Remembrancer upon

this authority of the Government ; the Writer memorable occasion. of the Gazette is an Officer the Govern

Whitehall, April 7, 1813. ment. This publication contains all Pro- "Sir,--I have just received your letter clamations ; Orders of Council; Orders of " of this day's date, enclosing a copy of an the Lord Chamberlain ; and, generally, “ Address from the Lord Mayor, Alderall documents, issued by the Government." men, and Livery of London, to Her Amongst other things it contains Addresses “ Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, to the Throne and to the Royal Family with a copy of Her Royal Highness's from Corporate Bodies, Counties, &c.- “ Answer thereto, and desiring that I will The Addresses to the Prince upon the kill- " order the same to be inserted in the ing of Perceval, for instance, were inserted “ London Gazette: in reply, I have to in the Gazette ; the Addresses to the King“ acquaint you, that in the exercise of the upon his escape from the pen-knife of poor “ discretion which belongs to my official


co situation, I do not think it proper to slurred over. -The many rumours of

cause the Address and Answer above- Napoleon's Dealk do not seem to have quite "s mentioned to be inserted in the London killed him. But, it is confidently believed " Gazette. I am, Sir, your most obedient in the country, that he is really dead at 6. humble servant,

SIDMOUTH. last. There may be danger in pushing “ To the City Remembrancer."

such rumours too far; for, the people may For the information of persons at a dis- take it into their heads, that Napoleon betance, it may not be amiss to state, thai ing dead, dares ought to be diminished. the personage, who here signs his name It will be best, therefore, not to spread SIDMOUTH," is the same, who was orice reports of his death; hut of his being dancalled Mr. HARRY ADDINGTON. He is the gerously ill; of his being in despair; of his son of a celebrated Doctor of that name ; carrying ropes and rat's-bane about in his was, what is called, bred to the bar ; be- pockets; of his being mad; of his being came, during Pitt's time, Speaker of the haunted in his sleep by the apparition of House of Commons; was made Prime Mi: the Cossack; and the like. In my next nister when Pitt was turned out in 180l;

I will pay attention to the subject of the was himself supplanted by Pitt in 1804; | American Frigates being manned by our joined Mr. Fox, and was in place again in seamen. 1806 and 1807 ; was ousted with the Talents in 1807; and came in as Secretary of State for the Home Department at the death

PRICE OF BEER. of Perceval in 1812. He has a house in

- The just remarks contained in Richmond Park, and was made a Viscount your Number of the 23 Jan. pages 102 in 1804, by the title of Viscount Sidmouth. to 107-on the late necessary advance

Such is a short account of what the in the price of porter, encourage me to world knows of the personage, whose dis- offer a few observations on the subject. cretion has been exercised upon this occa- And this, chiefly, with the view to draw sion. It is pity, that his Lordship did attention to the actual and heavy duties not think it worth while to give the City paid by the common brewers, and which Remembrancer any reasons for the refusal. are but little known, and still less thought Since he did not think proper to do it, I of by the public in general. At the time shall not attempt to discover any, or, at of the Peace of Amiens, the whole amount least, to point out such as I think he is of the duty on malt was 10s. 6d. per quarlikely to have been influenced by. The ter, and on porter and ale 6s. 4d. and on reader will, perhaps, have very little dif- small beer is. per barrel of 36 gallons. ficulty in guessing what those reasons were. The present duty on malt is. 345. 8d. per

However, his Lordship's discretion quarter, on porter and ale 10s. and on having been his guide, others are free, I small beer 2s. per barrel. Hence the beer hope, to use their discretion as to publica- duty is increased more than 50 per cent. tions under their control. I shall, upon and the malt duty more than 200 per cent. this principle, use my discretion ; and i since January 1802. The progressive inhereby request you, Mr. M'Creery, my crease in the price of barley, since that printer, to insert the Address of the Com- time, is too well known to every one to need mon Hall to the Princess of Wales, together remarking on; and the contingent expenses with the Answer of Her Royal Highness, of every kind attending the brewery (exin the front page of my Register, once every clusive of malt, hops, and duties) are fully month, until the 7th day of April, 1814, VOUBLED. This accumulation of burdens, which will be just one whole year from the together with the obstinate, unreasonable, date of Lord Viscount Sidmouth's Letter to and ill-judged averseness of the consumers the City Remembrancer; and for so doing to submit to a small advance in the retail this shall be your warrant and authority. price of the beer, has compelled the brewers

Given at Botley, this 27th day of to draw three barrels, or in some cases April, 1813.

more, from each quarter of malt, of late WM. COBBETT. years, instead of two barrels, with small

afterwards, as formerly. Hence, the beer P.S. Want of time prevents me from duty amounts to as much as the malt duty, offering some remarks upon a publication on each eight bushels of the latter, and, in a Liverpool paper, respecting the trial consequently, the " brewer is taxed twice of Mr. Creevey for a Libci. It is a subject “ as much for the same quantity of mall,of great importance, and ought not to be as the householder who brews at home.


Which, when duly considered, points out He could have wished that an earlier day a most cruel partiality in taxation, inas. had been fixed for the present Meeting; much as the poor man, who has not the but the delay had this advantage, that means, because he does nat possess the ne- whatever they did would appear the result cessary utensils, to brew, if he drinks beer, of cool and deliberate consideration. It must buy it of the brewer or the publican, was hardly necessary to say a word on and, thus, he pays twice as much tax for the the subject of the Address : if it had been same quantity as his wealthy master, the a question which could excite any dispute, landed gentleman, or the splendid noble. he would not have brought it forward. He

knew that it had been in the contemplation There is an obvious and fair remedy for of some worthy members of the Corporation this hardship, which however it is not ne- to have agitated this matter some time ago; cessary to describe here, and I am desirous but before the documents which had now to avoid too much intrusion on your useful appeared were generally known, whatever paper. The necessity to which the brewers sympathy might have been felt and expresshave been driven to make the beer so much ed for the unmerited sufferings of the illusweaker, has the effect to lessen the general trious Princess, yet the decision of the repute of the whole trade in the estimation Council would not have that weight which of the public, and even to excite the re- it must carry, now that it was supported by proaches of many. How severely unjust proof. The public were now in the posthis is may be submitted to the candid and session of the whole,-they had seen her intelligent part of the community. Every sufferings,-they knew her innocence, considerate inind must perceive that there they had witnessed her patience, forbear. is no other alternative in the case, than an ance, and dignity; and it was a great conadvance in the retail price of the beer, or solation to see that the country expressed submitting to the use of a liquor more de- an unanimous and unequivocal feeling as to serving the appellation of table beer than the purity of her Royal Highness's chaany better description. I am, Sir, yours racter. If the case had been that of a respectfully,

private individual, such persecution, and X. Y. Z. such conduct under it, would have excited

universal sympathy; how much more,

then, when it was the case of so high a perADDRESSES, &c.

sonage, and its consequences were connected Relating to the Princess of Wales.

with the peace and tranquillity of the realm, London.--COMMON COUNCIL, Thursday, the nation in civil war ? it was, therefore,

and its tendency might have been to involve April 22.

a question particularly demanding attenA Special Court of Cominon Council tion. There would be nothing in the Adwas held yesterday. The requisition being dress but what, he hoped, would meet the read

approbation of every Member of that AsMR. WAITHMAN began by saying, that sembly: he trusted there would be no in bringing forward his Address, very little opposition to it. He then moved, first, need be said. He was one who felt it his " That a loyal and dutiful Address be preduty, on all occasions, to uphold the cha- sented to Her Royal Highness the Princess racter of the Livery, and the Corporation of Wales, to congratulate her on her signal of London; and therefore, though he con- triumph over a foul and atrocious conspiracy curred in every sentiment expressed in the against her life and honour.” Address of the Livery, he had thought the Mr. Favell said, the question was one Corporation of London the fittest body to of great interest, and had been met with interfere on such an occasion. It was not honour and spirit by the people. They that he thought the subject an unfit one for had shewn that they were not untouched the Livery to discuss; it was one of vital by what affected the dignity of Royalty. importance to the state, and therefore highly He was happy to say that some of the proper for their consideration : but he Royal Family followed the illustrious exthought as the Corporation, and not the ample of their Royal Father, by assisting Livery, had addressed her Royal Highness to disseminate religious instruction, and by on her arrival and on other occasions, the plans of benevolence and charity. This Corporation was more particularly called was the more important, because it was upon on this occasion. These had been his well known that in the French Revolution sentiments, and these his only motives. the profligacy of the French Princes had

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led to thieir ruin. If the people should people would lead to that pleasing result. once hold their Governors in contempi, Now it was different. The Princess of the Constitution would be in danger. But Wales had appealed to the Lords and the conduct of the people during the present Commons: neither of those bodies could business, had manifested that they did not interfere : one, because its judicial characwish to degrade Royalty. He confessed, ter prevented such interference; the other, that when the question was first brought because, to use its own language, the subforward, he had thought it better to be ject was in an untangible shape. What! quiet: he thought, that if public meetings then, was the Princess of Wales to be the were assembled, while the matter was yet only person in the kingdom whose wrongs before Parliament, it would appear like a were to be without remedy? Private perdesigu to shelter the Princess with their sons, if slandered, had their remedy at protection. Now, however, there was common law; they might indict, or bring but one voice as to the innocence of the their actions for damages : the Princess of Princess.

Wales would be without redress, but for Mr. Griffiths hoped the present Ad- the manifestation of public opinion. The dress would be as unanimous as that passed extraordinary proceedings of the four Comon the marriage of her Royal Highness. missioners, in giving credit to evidence He said he had had it in contemplation, to which had been refuted,--the unparalleled pay the respects of the Court io the hus effrontery of Sir John and Lady Douglas, band as well as the wife (a laugh), as it in offering to re-swear their assertions, might be awkward to address one and not lest the Princess in a situation from which the other. He was sorry this Court had she was without means of refuge, unless not taken the precedence of the Livery.

the public interfered: their opinion must MR. JACKS said, he was one of those be her protection; and miserable, indeed, who had thought at first, that it was better would be the state of the country, if the not to interfere, on the ground mentioned Princess should be destitute even of this by a worthy Baronet, that such interference remedy against the evils which oppressed might widen the breach between man and her. wife ; but as the Livery of London had MR. WAITUMAN, in his reply, said, that thought, that some public manifestation of a Gentleman (Mr. Jacks) who had given up its sentiments should be made, he thought his opinion to the general voice of the pubthat the Common Council ought not to be lic, appeared to him to come forward bebehind. He was anxious, however, that cause he was not wanted.

His worthy while justice was done to the Princess, in- Friend (Mr. Alderman Wood) had warmly justice should not be done to the Prince. commended him for so doing. For his part, There was no evidence which could induce he was an enemy to every species of cyranany one to suppose that he was at the bottom ny, and none more than the tyranny over of the conspiracy, whatever persons might the mind; and he should therefore always choose to surmise. He wished, therefore, maintain his own opinions, whether they to add, after the word " conspiracy,” these were likely to be popular or unpopular. words" entered into by persons admil. He should much rather retire for ever from ted to her society and confidence, and public life than adopt opinions merely from abusing it to the destruction of her life and their popularity. As all men were liable honour.”

lo errors, the public sentiment was often MR. ALDERMAN Wood rose to express the best criterion of what was right; but his grateful feelings, that the Livery of still every Englishman who had formed London had been followed by other public opinions on any subject, was fully justified bodies, and now by the Common Council. in maintaining those opinions, whatever When he first brought the matter forward, might be the public voice. He had through his usual friends seemed to object to its the last twenty years of his life given pretty principle; and he had no reason to suppose strong proofs, that he was not to be prethat he should bave experienced their sup- vented from speaking his opinions from any port, if he had brought it forward in Com- consideration of their being unpopular. He mon Council.

was sorry that his worthy Friend (Mr. AlMr. Quin had thought the last time of derman Wood) had entered so much into moving this business not precisely the mo- subjects which, as they rested on private ment for interfering: because there was a conversations, it was not easy to explain. prospect of reconciliation; there was some A difference of opinion had existed, at a hope, that the general sentiment of the former time, among several of his friends, not as to the innocence of the Princess, but I " that he would, with the best of his enas to the propriety of the time and the place deavours, support the peace and good order for bringing the subject forward publicly of the City." He had, therefore, not conOne of his friends had supposed that such a ceived himself justified in bringing the promotion would, in all probability, not be cession through the streets where there were successful in that Court. He, however, great assemblages of people, who might had never doubted of its success. He (for aught he then knew) be riotously inthought, however, that the present time clined. He must say, however, that he most peculiarly called for the interference had afterwards seen, that there was no of that Court. After the innocence of the riotous disposition on the part of the people Princess of Wales had been manifested to assembled, and that he never saw a multithe world, and confessed in the House of rude more peaceable or orderly than those Commons, it was natural to have expected whom he saw asseinbled in the Park. that she would, at least, have been restor- MR. ALDERMAN Wood declared, that it ed to the society of her child; and yet we never was his intention, or that of the had not heard of more than one interview friends with whom he acted, either there, for the last ten weeks, and that partly by or in the Common-Hall, to offer any insult stealth. It, therefore, appeared as if even to the Prince Regent. He could not, howher innocence was still doubted in some ever, see that there was any necessity for quarters; for, if innocent, why should she the Lord Mayor turning off the Livery at still be punished ? It appeared to him, that Tyburn, (a laugh,) as he had done. He whatever unfortunate differences might still himself, on his return, passed by Carltonexist, yet that the Prince ought to be joyful house, but no insult was there offered to at hearing that the mother of his child was the Prince. He hoped that the Address free from guilt. It seemed, however, that would be presented in the most respectful there was an opinion somewhere, that this manner. would not be agreeable to the Prince; for, The question being then put, the Amendotherwise, how could they account for go-ment was rejected by a very great majority; ing all the way through St. Giles's and by and the original proposition, for an Address, Tyburn, when the Livery went up with was carried nearly unanimously, there betheir Address ? He hoped that this Address ing only one hand held up against it.would be carried unanimously, and that it A Gommittee was then appointed to prewould be presented in the most respectful pare such Address. manner by the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, Al dermen, and Law Officers. He thought that the City could not endure to have its

COMMON HALL. Address presented in any other manner but A Common Hall was held yesterday. the most respectful.

The Lorv MAYOR stated, that the Hall Mr. Jacks complained of having been was assembled to receive the Report of the misrepresented as to his giving up his opi- Address to the Princess of Wales, and the nions because they were unpopular. He Answer of her Royal Highness. He had never doubted of the innocence of the Prin

not himself thought it necessary to convene cess, but he did not wish to throw any im- a Special Hall for this purpose, as the Ad. putation on the Prince. On the face of the dress and Answer had appeared in all the evidence there appeared no proof that the public papers, but he had yielded to the Prince was at all at the bottom of it. He expostulation of a worthy Alderman. If wished that the saddle should be put on the it were necessary to call them from their right horse, and that the City of London homes and business, he had no objection to should not have the appearance of implying call a Common Hall or Common Council any charge of guilt against the first Magis- every day. - The Report was theu read; trate of the country. It was only with towards the end of which it was stated, this view he had proposed the amendment, that the Address and Answer not appearing and he should not withdraw it.

in the London Gazette, the Remembrancer The Lord Mayor thought it necessary to wrote to the Publisher on the subject, who declare, that in the manner in which he returned for answer, that he was not auhad judged proper to go up with the Ad- thorized to make such insertions, unless dress, he had not acted in consequence of they were transmitted to him through the any communications with others. He had Office of the Secretary for the Home Deacted in conformity to the sacred oath which partment.-Hisses.) The Remembrancer he had taken, when he entered into office, then wrote to Lord Sidmouth, stating what

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