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md his brother were both taken; to which door ; no servant being at home, I opened he said, . What have they done ? I do not the door myself, there I saw three very illknow, faid Evans, there is a man dange- looking people. I was afraid to trust myrously ill on the bridge; whereupon old Mr. telt in their hands. I went out of the house Kennedy, with four or five more, went to with them, and called at Mr. Murphy's bail them at the Round-house, but no báil chambers, who was not at home. Resolving would be taken ; and then Evans took the not to trust myself with them, they having. poker of him and carried it home. a very suspicious appearance, I took the re

Evans, in his defence, faid, that, after folution of going with these three people to leaving Mallard's house, the people called another Gentleman's chambers, in order that after them, Stop thief! and fome being stop he might be witness of what palled between ped, and soine let pass, and the Kennedy's us; that they might see I had done nothing going the wrong way home, he went to the that Nould impeach my conduct. When we Globe and left them all. He acknowledged came into the room, I did not say a single the circumstance of taking the poker froin word that Mould be construed as a proposal M: Mahon.

from me. I faid, Gentlemen, have you

fome proposal to make to me? If you have For the Prisoners.

let me hear, then I thall know how to act.

There was Bracegirdle and two others. One James Justice Culvertson, a carpenter, de of these people faid, You know on the acpored, that, on Sunday evening, he was gø count of Mr. Kennedy. I said, "Who ing towards Lambeth, over Westminstere are you?' He faid, I am a friend of the bridge, about ten o'clock, and heard forrie witness's. I then faid, "If you are only a noite on the right-hand as he went over; friend of the witness's; I had rather hear that he faw a man dressed in dark-coloured from the witness himself than you.' I could clothes ftrike a watchman ; which man was get nothing from the witness himself for large, larger than himself (this evidence was Tome time; it is evident he had fome inten. "bigger than the tableft of the prisoners) and tion of making fcme propofal. I could not that he had a Nouched hat on and stood with. get from him his business for some time, in a yard and a half of him : That a cloud till at laft the other man interfered and of people and a great noile occasioned him lid, Sir, it is about the Kennedy's that are to itop to look ; that he met Patrick Kenne- in prison, and you know fome fatisfaction dy, who was dressed in light blue, coming

I said, " I did not know what that towards those that were quarrelling; that meant : What is your proposal, and what upon his oath he was not the person who do you mean?He after some time laid, He knocked down the watchman ; that he had had for a long time lost his labour, not being no weapon to Atrike him with ; that he was able to apply to his business, and he thought coming from Lambeth lide towards Bridge- it was very hard and at last it came Itreet, and he faw him coming just as the out sol. 'Upon which I faid to Bracegirdle, man was knocked down and they cried out . Do you inean then from what I have heard murder; and that it was not any of the other from this man and yourself to make a prothree that knocked the man down, nor any posal to me? Will you refrain from giving of their fize, he being taller and more cor evidence if I will give you sol.?' He faid, pulent than any man at the bar.

Yes, I do, that is the proposal. · Upon Mr. St. John deposed as follows: I had which I faid, “ You have made application a transaction, said he, last night, with some to me of a nature extremely criminal, with people, which I think very material with re- intent to obftruet justice;' upon which I gard to Bracegirdle. I had reason to think declined all conference, and departed.

there was an attempt to prevent justice, I Several perfons appeared to the prisoners had fiequently heard there had been offers characters and gave them a very good one. made by him, that, if they would give him Mathew and Patrick Kennedy were found a certain fum of money which he had fpecie Guilty, DEATH:

M. Mahon and Evans fied, he would not give evidence. Hearing were acquitted. The two Kennedy's rethis, I defired the relation of these Kenne- ceived sentence, it being Friday, to be exedy's would fend Bracegirdle to me, that I cuted on the Monday following, and their Inight have some conversation with him. bodies to be diffected and anatomised; but Lall night there was a single knock at my they have been lince refpited.

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Accurate Account of all the Transactions at Guildhall, &c. relative to the

REMONSTRANCE of the ÇıȚy of LONDON. A

Ta Court of Common-council, held that they may have an opportunity to take hall, Sir William Stevenson prefedted a me, eltablishment and security of their ancient morial, signed by Melli's Bull, Lovell, Sum- rights and franchises, as the times require. mers, Bodington, Laurance, and Skey, Having severally acknowledged the signaSetting forth, that they were a Committee ture to be theirs, they were then asked where appointed by the Livery of London ; and and when they were appointed a' Committee that they, the Livery of London, had pre- of the Livery; but, a debate arising on the Sented a petition to his Majesty, setting propriety of that question, they were ordered forth their grievances ; to which they had to withdraw. A motion being then made, no answer ; and praying the Court to join that they be asked the aforesaid quettion, them in a petition to the Lord-mayor før a after much debate, a previous question was Common-hall.

moved, that the aforesaid question be not A motion was made, that the said memo- put; this was also carried on a divi ion by ria! be read; which, after much debate, was three Aldermen and 26 Commoners, again't carried in the affirmative on a division, three sixteen Aldermen and 7, Commoners; after Aldermen and 109 Commoners against six- much debate the main question was put, teen Aldermen' and 6; Commoners; the which was carried by holding up of hands petitioners were then called in, and theịr without a division, to agree to the prayer of memorial read; which was as follows: the memorial, and the Lord - mayor ac

quainted the Couit he should call a ComTo the Right Hon. the Lord-mayor, Al mon-hall on March the 6th.

dermen, and "Commons of the City of When the requisition for granting the London, in Common-council assembled : Common-hall was first made by the ComThé Memorial of the Committee of mitee of the Livery, it was supported by the Livery of London, appointed said every thing that could be well said on

the Lord-mayor and the two Sheriffs ; who the 28th of September last,

the reasonableness of such an indulgence. SHEWETH,

Mr. Alderman Turner then got up, and THAT the Livery of London, în spoke for above half an hour' on its improCommon-hall assembled, did, on the 24th priety; he urged, that a remonftrance of of June laft, direct a petition to be pre- this nature was improper (to call it by no sented to his Majesty, praying a redress of harsher name) as well as unnecessary. many enumerated and intolerable grievances. Improper, as dictating fo arbitrarily on a The subjects of the most depotic Prince on fübject that had already been canvassed ty cartlı, when they hurpbly petition their So- both Houses of Parliament; and unneceffavereign on the score of grievances, though ry, as it was very improbable, after fo mithey cannot promile to themselves redress, nute an investigation, there would be any no at least expect an amwer. That the Livery tice taken of it.'-On his being'asked, Why of London know they have a right to both; he carried the petition ? he answered, he did it yet, contrary to ancient utage, the Livery officially ; for, as he, from his office, looked of his Majesty's loyal City of London, after upon himself to be at the Head of the Li. a delay of eight months, do still remain un very, he could not with propriety refufe answered and unrelieved.

their request; but, even at that time, it That the violation of the right of elec was by no means agreeable to his private fention, by which they are most cipecially af- liments, as may be remembered from his fecied, has been, since that time, avowed altering the words “ The Petition of the and declared legal by the influence of his Lord mayor, Aldermer, Common-council, Majesty's Ministers.

and the Livery of the City of London," to Your Memorialists, therefore, apply to the words “ The Petition of the Livery of you, the Common-council of the City of the City of London." London, that you may join with them in a Alderman Harley spoke likewise with te quest to the Right Hon. the Lord-mayor, great warmth upon the subject, calling fuch #peedily to assemble the Livery of the several a Meeting · factious' and í licentious; Companies of this City in a Common-hall, and said, ' For his part, as a Member of Par.

liament,

Jisment, he would take the earliest opportu. Aldermen, Recorder, and Sheriffs, with the nity of bringing all those who ligned the Common-council, and City Oficers, be deRemonftrance to the bar of the House, to fired to carry up the same ; and that the answer for such conduct.' Upon which Sheriffs, and the City Remembrancer, wait Mr. Sheriff Townsend replied, ! Why then, on his Majesty to know when he would be by God's ble:ling, you shall begin with me, pleased to receive them. as I am determined to be one of the first subscribers.'

The humble ADDRESS, REMONSTRANCE, On the 6th of March, as above-mentioned, and PETITION of the Lord Mayor, Ada 2 Common-hall was held at Guildhall, to dermen, and Livery of the City of Lon. ' to consider of a Remonttrance to his Ma don, in Common-hall aslèmbled. jesty on the subject of the City Petition. About one o'clock tho Lord-mayor came To the King's Moft Excellent Majesty. upon the Hastings, and opened the business

May it please your Majesty, of their meeting. His Lordship informed the Livery, that he had convened them in WE have already in our petition duticonsequence of a late resolution of the Court fully represented to your Majesty the chief of Lord Mayor, Aidemmen, and Common- injuries we have fustained. We are unwil. council, and therefore it must be considered ling to believe that your Majesty can flight in every respect as a legal and constitutional the desires of your people, or be regardless of meeting of the whole City of London. He their affections and deaf to their complaints : abferved," that the business of the last com- yet their complaints remain unanswered ; mon-hall was carried on with the utmost or Their injuries are confirmed: And the only der and regularity, and he therefore hoped, Judge whom the Revolution has left removeand ftrongly recommended to them, to pre- able, at the pleasure of the Crown, has been Serve the same conduct on the present occa dismilled from his high Office fur defeneling fion, and convince the world, that the Livery in Parliament 'the Law and the Constitution. of London were not the scum of the earth, We therefore venture once more to addrefs the dregs of the people,' terms of reproach ourselves to your Majesty, as to the father cf which had been continually hackneyed forth your people, as to him who must be both able in all the public papers, by the tools of and willing to redress our grievances : And Pouver, and to the disgrace of Government ; we repeat our application with the greater and that for this purpose their osyn money propriety, becaule we fee the instruments of had been employed to abuse them ; that our wrongs, who have carried into execution this was a time which called aloud for every the measures of which we complain, more subject to exert himself in the just defence of particularly distinguished by your Majesty's his rights and privileges, which could not be royal bounty and favour. done in a more legal manner than hy proper Under the same secret malign influence, Addresles and Remonftrances to the throne. which, through each successive AdministraAfter this his Lordship again recommended tion, has defeated every good, and suggested order and firmness in their behaviour. every bad intention, the majority of the

Mr. Lovel next stood forth, and, addresf- House of Commons have deprived your peoing himself to the Hall, expatiated on the ne- ple of their dearest rights. cellity of a remonttrance : At this time, They have done a deed, more ruinous fays he,' when the public money is so in its consequences than the levying of shipshamefully squandered on useless Flacemen money by Charles the First, or the dispensing and Penfioners, who swarn about our streets power assumed by James the Second. Å in as great numbers as the locufts and cater deed which must vitiate all the future propillars did in the kingdom of Egypt.' ceedings of this Parliament ; for the acts of - When Mr. Lovel had finished his speech the Legidature itself can no more be valid tp the Livery, a motion was made, that the vithout a legal House of Commons, than question be put, Whether the remonštrance without a legal Prince upon the throne. which had been prepared by the Committee The Representatives of the people are efe fhould be read, and it was carried accorda sential to the making of laws ; and there is a ingly. The remonftrance was then read time when it is morally demonstrable that twice by the Town-Clerk ; after which the men cease to be Representatives. That time question was put, Whether it was the plea. is now arrived. The present House of Comfure of the Livery, that the fume Should be mons do not represent the people. We owe fairly transcribed and presented to his Ma- to your Majesty an obedience, under the rea jesty, which was also carried in the affirma. strictions of the laws, for the calling and dufive. It was then resolved that the Lord ration of Parliaments : And your Majesty Mayor, the four City Representatives, the owes to us, that our Representation, freed

from

f rom the force of arms or corruption, should ty minutes after two, when, the devee being be prelerved to us in Parliament.

over, they, with the Remembrancer, were It was for this we successfully struggled admitted into the clolet, when Mr. Sheriff under James the Second ; for this we leated Townsend addressed himself to his Majesty and have faithfully supported your Majesty's in the following words : family on the throne • The people have been invariably uni

May it please your Majesty, form in their object; though the different By oreler of the Lord-mayor, Aldermode of attack has called for a different de- men, and Livery of the City of London, in fence.

Common-hall assembled, we took the earUnder Jaines the Second they com- lieft opportunity, as was our duty, to wait plained, that the fitting of Parliament was upon your Majesty; and, being prevented interrupted, because it was not corruptly fub- by one of your Majetty's Houlhold, who fervient to his deligns. We complain now, informed us that it was your Majesty's pleathat the sitting of this Parliament is not in- fure to receive us this day, we wait on your terrupted, because it is corruptly fubfervient Majesty humbly to know when your Mato the designs of your Majelty's Ministers. jesty will please to be attended with an humHad the Parliament under James the Second ble Address, Remonftrance, and Petition." been as submissive to his commands, as the

To which his Majesty was pleased to reParliament is at this day to the dictates of a Minister, instead of clamours for its meet

turn the following answer : ing, the nation would have rung, as now,

• As the case is intirely new, I will take with outcries for its dissolution. The forms time to consider it, and transmit you an anof the Constitution, like those of religion, swer by one of my principal Secretaries of were not established for the form's fake, but State. for the substance. And we call God and men to witness, that as we do not owe our Whilf the Sheriffs were waiting at St. liberty to those nice and subtle distinctions, James's, Lord Denbigh came up to the City which places and pensions, and lucrative em- Remembrancer, and alked him whether the ployments have invented : So neither will Address, &c. was signed and sealed, or how we be deprived of it by them : But, as it was it was authenticated? The Remembrancer gained by the stern virtue of our ancestors, by said he was a City Officer, and that it was the virtue of their descendants it thall be pre no part of his office to give Lord Denbigh served.

an answer to his question. Lord Denbigh Since, therefore, the misdeeds of your Ma- then went to Mr. Sheriff Townsend, and jesty's Ministers, in violating the freedom of asked him whether the business which brought ele&tion, and depraving the noble Constitu- him there was not new and fingular ; and tion of Parliament are notorious, as well as whether the City had ever presented a Resubversive of the fundamental laws and liber- monstrance to a King before? Mr. Townties of this realm ; and since your Majesty, send replied with another question ; Did ever both in honour and justice, is obliged invio- a King of England before turn a deaf ear to Jably to preserve them, according to the the petitions of 60,000 freeholders, and his oath made to God and your subjects at your back on those who presented them ? Lord coronation ; we, your remonftrants, allure Denbigh then asked what made a corporate purselves that your Majesty will restore the aut? Mr. Townsend, laughing, answered, constitutional government and quiet of your an act of the Corporation to be sure. people, by diffolving this Parliament, and On Thursday evening, the 8th of March, removing those eyil Ministers for ever from the Sheriffs received the following letter from your Councils.

Lord Weymouth As soon as the Hall broke up, the Sheriffs

St. James's, March 8, 1770 went to St. James's, to know his Majesty's

< Gentlemen, pleasure when he would permit the Lord. mayor, Aldeimen, Recorder, and Common « The King commands me to inform councilmen, to wait on him with the remon you, in consequence of the message which france; but, his Majesty being at dinner, you brought yesterday to St James's, that they could not then receive an answer. he is always ready to receive applications

Accordingly they went again the next day from any of his subjects; but, as the present at half an hour after 11 to St. James's, to case of Address, Remonftrance and Petition, know his Majesty's pleasure when he would seems intirely new, I am commanded to inbe waited on with the City Address, Renon- quire of you in what manner it is authentiforance, and Petition ; they waited till twen- cated, and what the nature of the Assembly

was,

was, in which this meafire was adopted ? • May it please your Majesty, When you furnish me with answers to these “When we had laft the honour to appear questions, I thall rignify to you his Majef- before your Majesty, your Majesty was ty's further pleasure. I am, Gentlemen, graciously pleased to promise an anfúver by

Your moft obedient one of your Majesty's Principal Secretaries Sheriffs of London. Humble Servant, of State ; but we had questions proposed

WEYMOUTH.' to us by Lord Weymouth. In answer On Friday noon, the gth of March, at to which we beg leave humbly to inform twenty minutes after twelve, the Sheriffs your Majesty, that the application which went to St. James's. About one, Lord Bo we make to your' Majesty we make as lingbroke, the Lord in waiting, came: The Sheriffs of the City of London, by the diRemembrancer told him that the Sheriffs of rection of the Livery in Common-hall leLondon were attending his Majesty's plea- gally assembled. The Address, RemonSure, and that they required an audience. Itrance, and Petition, to be presented to your Some time after Lord Bolingbroke came Majesty by their Chief Magistrate, is the act and inquired of the Sheriffs whether he was of the citizens of London in their greatest to tell his Majesty that they came with

a fresh Court ; and is ordered by them to be promessage, or with a message ? The Sheriffs perly authenticated as their act.' answered, With a message. Soon after the two Secretaries of State, Lord Rochford and To which his Majesty was most graLord Weymouth, came to the Sheriffs. ciously pleased to reply, Lord Weymouth asked them whether they had received his letter, which was written by

"I will consider of the answer you have bis Majefly's order?"

given me.' Sheriffs. We have,'

Whereupon the Sheriffs withdrew. Lord Weymouth. His Majesty desires to know whether you come in coniequence When the Sheriffs went into the closet, of that letter, or whether you come on any the City Remembrancer, according to his fresh business ?'

office and duty, would have attended them ; • Sheriffs. “We come in consequence of bat Lord Bolingbroke shoved him back; inthat letter.'

sisting upon it, that he had not a right to go Lord Weymouth. "Would it not be more in, and should not enter there. When the proper to send an answer in writing thro'me? Sheriffs' audience was ended, the Remem

Sheriffs. We act ministerially. As She- brancer, like a man, an Englishman, and a riffs of London, we have a right to an audi- worthy Officer of a great and powerful City, ence, and cannot communicate, to any other very spiritedly and properly told Lord Bom person than the King, the fubject of our lingbroke, that his Lordship had done wrongs message.

for that, as Remembrancer, attending the Lord Weymouth. "I do not dispute 'Sheriffs, he had a right to enter the closet your right to an audience ; but would it not with the Sheriffs. Lord Bolingbroke faid, be better and more accurate to give yout It might perhaps be fo ; but that he had message to me in writing?"

never been in waiting on such an occafion be. Sheriffs. We know the value and con- fore, and hoped he never should again." fequence of the citizens right to apply imme In consequence of the Sheriffs having an diately to the King, and not to a third per- audience from his Majesty on the oth of fon ; and we do not mean that any of their March, they received the following letter, rights and privileges shall be betrayed by dated our means.

St. James's, March 12, 1970. His Majesty's levee began at a quarter

< Gentlemen, past two, at which time the two Secretaries • The King has commanded me to figcame again to the Sheriffs, and L. Weymouth nify to you his Majesty's pleafure, that he faid, His Majesty, understanding that you will receive, on Wednesday next, at two o' come minifterially, authorised with a mellage clock in the afternoon, the Address, Refrom the City of London, will see you as monftrance, and Petition, which you have foon as the levee is over.'

informed his Majefty is to be presented by As soon as the levee was over, the She- the Chief Magistrate of the City of London. riffs were introducet into the King's closet.

I am, Gențemen, The King did not as usual receive them a

Your most obedient lone, but Lord Gower, Lord Rochford, and

Humble Servant, Lord Weymouth were present. Mr. She Sheriffs of London. WEYMOUTH.' siff Townsend addressed his Majesty in these Notice was accordingly given to the words.

Lord Mayor, the City Representatives in

Par

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