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the later years.

of the year 1803. The house will recently required, will show whe-,
judge, whether there would have ther the amount has continued to :
been any materially different re- decrease; and your committee
sult, if an average of 1801-2-3 had, have been informed, that the
been taken, instead of the year greater number of the returns
1803 only. However this may be, which have already been received
it is clear that in 1812-13 the ex- exhibit a more or less consider-,
penditure, both for the poor and able diminution.
other purposes, greatly exceeded These comparisons are taken
the amount in 1803. Since 1812, from the total amount of England
the total expenditure in both and Wales; your committee have
branches has still further increased, considered the county abstracts.
and the remark made upon the with the view of ascertaining the,
former statements, that the expen- exceptions which are to be found
diture for other purposes rose in particular counties, to the re-
more rapidly than the expenditure sults drawn from a general ave-
on the poor, is not applicable to rage.

These exceptions are most nuThe subsequent remarks your merous as to the first triennial committee will confine to the period. In the counties of Dur. amount of money expended upon ham, Hertford, Kent, Middlesex, the poor within the last eight years, and Surrey, the amount was cons

It appears on an inspection of siderably greater in 1813-14 than the table of averages, that the in 1812-13, and in seven other expenditure has continued to in- counties of England, and in eight of crease from 1812 to 1820: Wales, there was also a slight ex, The first period aver

cess. But there is no exception aging

£6,122,844 to the statement, that the year The second

6,844,290 1814-15 was below the average of The third

7,430,622 the two earlier years, and below But the annual abstract shows, the year immediately preceding. that this increase has not been As to the second period, there progressive, year by year, through- are three exceptions to the graout the whole period, and that it dual rise to the year 1817-18, and is not now progressive.

to the statement that that year From the year 1812-13, the was the highest which had at that amount declined gradually in the time been known. In the county two subsequent years (which were of Nottingham the year 1816-17 years of war); rose again in the was the highest: and in Wiltshire next three years, so as to be in and Berkshire the year 1812-13 1817-18 greater in pecuniary exhibited an amount which has amount than at any former or sub. not since been equalled. sequent period of which returns There are more numerous exexist. In each of the two suc- ceptions to the statement, that ceeding years, forming the first the year 1817-18 was higher than and second of the third triennial any subsequent year; for it apperiod, the expenditure declined pears, that in the counties of Deagain, but not very considerably. von and Surrey there was an exThe returns for the year 1920-21 cess, not inconsiderable, in 1818

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19 over the preceding year: and divisions, from which returns have' a slight excess in Bedford, Cum- been required, is about 14,700. berland, Gloucester, Huntingdon, Your committee have not Lincoln, Middlesex, Northampton, thought it necessary to make any Rutland, Westmorland, and the selections from the Observations"". East and North Ridings of York- which, in conformity with the shire. . In other counties of Eng- orders of the House, have in some land there was scarcely a diminu- instances been subjoined by the tion; and in Wales, generally, an parish officers to the returns. excess. In Cumberland, Leicester, Many of these are irrelevant ; Lincoln, and the West Riding of some, such as the committee must Yorkshire, the year 1819-20 shows have noticed with reprobation; the greatest amount.

but there are others of a different The exceptions to the statement, character; and your committee that as to the two years of the conceive, that much useful inthird period, of which there are formation would be obtained, if returns, there was a slight dimi- parish officers would, whenever nution in the second, arise in the their returns exhibit a remarkable counties of Chester, Cumberland, variation, whether of excess or Derby, Durham, Leicester, Lin- diminution, from the preceding coln, Nottingham, Warwick, and year, give some explanation of the the West Riding of Yorkshire. causes of the variation.

Reverting to the averages, it is And here your committee canto be remarked, that there is no not avoid observing, that returns, exception to the general excess of stating merely the gross amount the second period over the first; of the expenditure, fall very short and that Berkshire, Norfolk, and of what is necessary to enable the Salop, afford the only exceptions house to judge of the nature and to the general excess of the third causes of the variations in the period over the second.

amount. For that


it At the foot of the table of would be necessary to have acyearly amounts, the House will counts, showing the different cirfind a statement, in which the cumstances under which relief returns from towns are distin- has been afforded, and the rate guished from all others. The and principle of relief adopted in towns included in this distinction each district. The able-bodied. are those which in the abstract of entirely out of employ; the ablepopulation in 1811 are set down bodied earning wages not sufficient in Roman capitals.

for the maintenance of his family; This separate account of the the married, the single, the sick towns affords no exceptions to the and impotent, the aged, the lageneral statements which are wor bourer in husbandry, and the mathy of particular remark.

facturer or mechanic, should all It appears that select vestries, be distinguished. And it should under the act 59 Geo. III. c. 12, be known whether the relief is have been appointed in 2,006 afforded at the discretion of the parishes; and assistant overseers parishes themselves, or by order in 2,257. The whole number of of the justices of the peace. parishes, townships, or other sub The committee are not of opinion


that returns in this detail could the service, without any inquiry conveniently be called for by order or previous communication of alof the house.

leged charges thus officially cottIt is for the house to consider firmed. But I still appeal with whether overseers, in rendering confidence to his majesty's sense their accounts under the Act 50 of justice, that he will grant my Geo. III. c. 49, should be required, application for the institution of by a new law, to state these or some military court, before which any other particulars, in a pre- I may have an opportunity to vinscribed form, so that a more com dicate myself, and prove the falseplete and useful account of the hood of those accusations, whatexpenditure of the poor rates than ever they may be, which have disany which has hitherto appeared posed his majesty to remove me might be rendered periodically to from an army in which I have Parliament.--10th July 1821. served twenty-nine years, and in

which I have purchased every SIR ROBERT WILSON. commission, with the exception of

Horse-Gvards, Sept. 15, 1821. the junior one. I await at Paris Sir,--I have it in command from your royal highness's answer; but his Majesty to inform you, that his shall be ready to appear before Majesty has no further occasion any court of inquiry, or courtfor your services. I am, Sir, yours, martial, at the earliest notice. FREDERICK,

I have the honour to be, your Commander in Chief. royal highness's obedient servant, To Sir Robert Wilson, M.P.


Paris, Sep. 20, 1821.
Sir, -The letter of your royal

18, Regent-street, Pall-mall, highness, dated the 15th of Sep

Oct. 9, 1821. tember, was delivered into my

Gentlemen, --I feel it to be my hands this morning by his excellēnicy sir Charles Stuart. After duty to lay before you the copy of the interview I had with sir Her

a letter which I addressed to his bert Taylor, your royal highness's royal highness the duke of York, secretary, on the morning of the immediately on my arrival in Eng21st of August, in which I stated land, with a copy of his royal

highness's answer. my personal desire to meet and

I am, gentlemen, your very challenge inquiry into the calumnies and misrepresentations noto

obliged servant,

R. WILSON. riously circulated, together with the motives of my forhearance,

To the electors of

Southwarki until officially called upon, from giving in my statement of the conduct I felt it my duty to pursue

Regent-street, Oct. 8, 1821. on the 14th ult. when attending Sir,-- have had the honour of the funeral procession of her late receiving your royal highness's majesty, I could not but be greatly answer to my letter of the 20th astonished to find the newspaper ult., in which, after complaining statements of my dismissal from that I had been removed from the


army without a hearing, and with But I once more earnestly be-
out even the statement of any seech your royal highness to in-
charge against me, I respectfully stitute, in whatever way shall be
demanded an investigation of my deemed the most searching, a ri-
conduct either by a court of in- gorous investigation of every part
quiry or court-martial. His ma of my conduct.
jesty's ministers have advised Your royal highness is well
their sovereign to refuse this re- aware, that before my dismissal I
quest, and I thus find myself, after was, beyond all doubt, subject to
so many years of service, sub martial law; and if it be now said
jected to the severest punishment I am no longer in this predica-
which can be inflicted upon a ment, I desire to wave all objec-
British officer, without being told tions to the jurisdiction of a mili-
of what I am accused.

tary tribunal, in order that no obTo defend myself against stacle may be interposed to the charges which, if they exist at all inquiry which I court. It is with in a tangible shape, are studiously unfeigned reluctance that I again concealed from me, is evidently presume to remind your royal impossible. I can neither con- highness of those services which jecture their motive nor by whom you were formerly pleased to acthey are preferred, nor on whose knowledge ; but the strange situastatements, misrepresentations, or tion in which I am now so unacfancies, they may rest; whilst this countably placed, compels me to concealment gives a sanction to refer your royal highness to your every latitude of surmise in which letter of the 24th January, 1815, malice or folly may indulge. and the documents to which it re

It is true I have seen in the lates, in further support of my papers, and heard by rumours in claims to justice on the present society, a variety of things im- occasion. 'I have the honour to puted to me, and suggested as the be, your royal highness's most grounds of my dismissal; but I obedient servant, declare upon my honour, that

R. WILSON. every one of these allegations is utterly false, and that in every instance where the mention of names has enabled me to trace

Horse-Guards, Oct. 9, 1821. those statements to their sup Sir, I have to acknowledge posed sources, their falsehood has the receipt of your letter of yeseither been at once exposed and terday, urging again an investigaacknowledged, or they have been tion into your conduct, to which I disavowed by the parties said to can only reply, that having laid have made them.

your former application before Those who have proceeded to his majesty, and communicated punish me without either trial or to you his majesty's sentiments hearing, or accusation, render it upon it, I do not consider myself impossible to give a more precise warranted in taking any further contradiction, until they shall be step. I am, sir, yours, pleased to inform me what I have

FREDERICK, done, or what has been whispered

Commander-in-Chief. against me.

Sir Robert Wilson.


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No. 1.—Sir Robert Wilson to the honour to be, your lordship's obeelectors of Southwark.

dient servant,


To the lord viscount Gentlemen,- I feel it to be my

Sidmouth. duty to lay before you copies of the letters which have passed between lord viscount Sidmouth and No. III.-The lord viscount Side myself'; with an accompanying

mouth to sir Robert IVilson. memorandum of a conversation.

Whiteball, Oct. 19, 1821. with sir Richard Birnie. And I Sir,--I have to acknowledge have the honour to be, your most the receipt of your letter of this obedient servant,

day, referring to a statement in R. WILSON. the newspapers, that sir Richard 18, Regent-street,

Birnie had declared at a general, Oct. 23, 1821.

meeting of magistrates, that infor

mation had been given him, on To the electors of

oath, that you had attended a cerSouthwark.

tain meeting, at which the plan for interrupting her late majesty's

funeral was concerted ;. and reNo. II.- Sir Robert Wilson to the

questing me to direct a copy of lord viscount Sidmouth. such information upon oath to be ;

delivered to you, that you might: 18, Regent-street, Oct. 19, 1821.

be enabled to prosecute the in- , My lord, -Having seen a state

formant for perjury. In reply to ment in the newspapers, authenticated by the signature of Mr.

this request, I have only to ob- ; Thomas Julion, clerk to the ma.

serve, that if any such informa

tion does exist in the hands of a : gistrates of the Kensington Divi magistrate, it does not appear to sion of the county of Middlesex, in which it is asserted that sir R. through which an application for

me that I am the proper channel Birnie, one of the said maçis- its production should be made. trates, did, at a general meeting. I have the honour to be, your most of justices, held on the 8th of obedient and humble servant, September, 1821, at the Hammer

SIDMOUTH. smit coffee-house, declare that To sir Robert Wilson. information had been given to him, at Bow-street, upon oath,

No. IV.- Minute of a conversathat a meeting had been held at

tion between sir R. Wilson and the house of Mr. Youde, at which

sir R. Birnie. the plan of interruption to her late majesty's funeral was concerted, On the receipt of lord Sidand that I had attended the meet- mouth's letter, sir R. Wilson ading, I have to request that your dressed a 'letter to sir R. Birnie lordship will be pleased to direct for a copy of the deposition on a copy of such information upon oath, assigning also the mative of oath to be delivered to me, that I'the request. may be enabled to institute a pro The letter was sent on the 20th, ' secution for perjury against the On the 22nd, sir R. Birnie sent a person so swearing. I have the note to sir R. Wilson, stating he


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