Imagens das páginas
PDF
ePub

Darlington Place, Southwark Bridge Road, Gilham, Romford, wine-nierchant.-J. Brown, carpenter.-A. A. Fry, Great Ormond Street, St. Mary-at-hill, wine-merchant.- B. Bone, dealer.-G. Newman, Pancras Lane, Cheapside, Greenwich, cabinet-maker.-J. Aspinall, Giltagent.---J. Watts, Corsley Heath, Wilts, grocer. spur Street, boot maker.-W. Church, Mark - W. Wiltshire, Frome-Selwood, Somerset Lane, wine-inerchant. - P. Woodman, sen., shire, innholder.-J. Swindells, Manchester, Piccadilly, corn dealer.-H. Crutchley Jenkins, mercer.-J. and T. Barston, Grantham, Lin. Bridge House Place, Southwark, coffee-house colnshire, iromnongers.--E. Bevan and Michael keeper.-J. Cross, Bristol, provision-merchant. Gates, Bristol, merchants.-R. Harrison, Bir -R. Greenough, Manchester, manufacturer.mingham, druggist.-G. Alsop, Uttoxeter, Staf R. Boast, Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire, innfordshire, surgeon.-T. Winterton, Earl Shil keeper.-W. Maurice, Dudley, Worcestershire, ton, Leicestershire, spirit-merchant.-G. Odell, printer. – B. Coulthard, Bolton, Lancashire, Northampton, borse-dealer. - M. Woodward, bleacher.-F. F. Wragge, Lincoln, schoolmaster. Ruceley, Staffordshire, mercer.-J. Maynard, -T. Perry, Hilton, Shropshire, tailor.-M. LaBrighthelmstone, draper.

verack and C. Marten Laverack, KingstonNovember 15.1-H. Watson, Regent Street, pon-Hull, corn-factors. – J. Leighton, North printseller.-E. Edwards, Holborn, china-dealer. Sbields, victualler.-J. Cannings, jun., Bath. --T. Woodruffe, Ramsey, Essex, cattle-dealer. cabinet-maker, - W. Dunnett, Manchester, --W. Marsters, Aldenham, Herts, corn-dealer. silk warehouseman.-J. Elliot, Birmingham, -J. Paterson, Tonbridge, coal-merchant.--R. fruiterer.-W. Farr, Bristol, silversmith. Beauchamp, Holborn Bars, pawnbroker.--C.

HISTORICAL REGISTER.

POLITICAL JOURNAL.-DECEMBER 1, 1831. House of Commons. September 22.-Mr. Littleton presented a petition from the Clergy of the Archdeaconry of the county of Stafford, complaining that the operation of the Beer Bill bad increased immorality and crime amongst their parishioners.

-Colonel Evans presented several petitions, praying for inquiry into the case of Mr. and Mrs. Deacle.-Mr. Hume presented a petition from a person named Edward Wyndhurst, who resided at Chelsea, and having been in London, had purchased two copies of a Political Handkerchief printed on calico, which he was carrying home, when he was met by a man on the way, who earnestly importuned him to sell one of them : he very reluctantly consented, and for which he was taken in custody by the man, who turned out to be a policeman in disguise, and had been sentenced to three months at the House of Correction, Coldbath-fields, by a Magistrate.

Sept. 23.–The Scotch Reform Bill was read a second time: the House divided on the reading, 209 for, and 94 against the motion.

Sept. 26.-The House divided on the amendments of the Lords to the Lunatic Asylum Bill: when the House divided 55 for, and 66 against them.---Mr. Perceval divided the House against the grant to Maynooth College, 47 for, and 148 against the motion.

Sept. 27.-A petition having been presented from Winchester by Mr. Mildmay, praying that an opportunity might be afforded to Mr. Baring to clear himself of the calumnious allegations that had been made against him in the case of the Deacles, Colonel Evans said he had a petition to present of directly opposite sentiments, and implicating Mr. Baring. Mr. Hume also presented three petitions on the same subject, including one from Mr. and Mrs. Deacle. Colonel Evans then rose to move the appointment of a Select Committee to inquire into the conduct of Mr. Bingham Baring in arresting Mr. and Mrs. Deacle. "Mr. O'Connell said, he rose, at the request of the Deacles, to postpone the motion till Thursday. Mr. Baring was very indignant at this suggestion, and spoke of conspiracies. Mr. O'Connell replied that he had nothing to do with English conspiracies; he knew nothing of the parties; in making the request he was only complying with the wish of others. A division took place : For the motion 31, against it 78; majority against it 47.

Sept. 28.–After some unimportant business, the House went into a committee of Supply, and various sums were voted for the public service.

Sept. 29.- No motion of importance came before the House.

Sept. 30.-The House went into a committee on the Vestries Regulation Bill. The amendments of the Lords to the Game Bill were adopted; and the House went into a committee of Supply.

October 3.—The Chancellor of the Exchequer stated that the Revenue for the present year would be 47,250,0001. ; the expenditure 46,756,3211. leaving a half-million surplus.

Oct. 4.—The House being in committee on the Scotch Reform Bill, a division took place on the motion that the boroughs of Peebles and Selkirk should be thrown into the county, which was supported by Lord Althorp : For the clause 133, against it 60; majority for Ministers 73. Clause three, enumerating the counties to return one Member severally or jointly, being read, Sir G. Murray moved that all counties with more than 100,000 inhabitants should return two Members.

This was opposed by Lord Althorp; and on a division there appeared, for the amendment 61, against it 113; majority 52.

Oct. 5.—The House divided on the third reading of the Vestries Bill; 56 for, and 8 against it.

Oct. 6.- The House divided on the third reading of the Truck Bill, Mr. Hume moving that it be read a third time that day six months ; Ayes 4, Noes 61.-The Bankruptcy Court Bill was debated, and the Vestries Bill read a third time.

Oct.7.-The Bankruptcy Court Bill was debated. The Appropriation clause, that officers in the navy should be placed on the same footing as those of the army when holding offices on half-pay was agreed to.—Sir C. Wetherell stating Scotch Exchequer Court Regulation Bill a mere job, moved it be read that day six months. Ayes 31, Noes 95; majority for Ministers 64.

Oct. 10.- Lord Ebrington moved " That while the House deeply laments the present fate of the Bill, which was brought in for the reform of the representation, in favour of which the opinion of the country had been unequivocally expressed, and which was matured by discussion the most anxious and most careful, we feel ourselves called on to re-assert our firm adherence to the principles and leading provisions of that measure, and to express our unabated confidence in the perseverance of that Ministry who, in introducing and conducting this measure, have consulted the best interests of the country." Mr. C. Dundas seconded the motion. Mr. Goulburn opposed it. After a long and spirited debate, the House divided, 329 for, and 196 against the motion; majority for Ministers 131.

Oct. 11.–Mr. Sadler obtained leave to bring in a Bill to improve the condition of agricultural labourers.

Oct. 12.-A desultory debate took place on the outrages committed by mobs in consequence of the rejection of the Reform Bill.-Mr. G. U. Vernon moved that a new writ should be issued for Liverpool ; Ayes 93, Noes 67.

Oct. 13.--After some desultory debate on the resistance said to be offered in cer. tain places to the payment of parish rates, -The House divided; for going into a committee on the Bankruptcy Court Bill, 107 ; for a special committee, 31. Sir C. Wetherell moved to omit the words from the clause that related to four judges, and provide the court consist of one. The House divided, A yes 19, Noes 71.-1he House then divided on the adjournment of the question of the Sugar Refining Bill on account of the lateness of the hour, Noes 49, Ayes 12. After the Bill had been debated for a short time, the House adjourned.

Oct. 14.-The resumption of the debate having been moved on the Bankruptcy Court Bill, Mr. Freshfield expressed a hope that it might not come into operation till June next. The Chancellor of the Exchequer replied that, if it were thought right to pass the Bill, the Government thought that the public should have the benefit of it as speedily as possible.

Oct. 17.-The House having gone into a committee on the Bankruptcy Court Bill, Sir C. Wetherell and other honourable members offered many objections to the various clauses. The report of the Bill, with the amendments, was brought up, and received.

Oct. 18.-Mr. Hunt presented a petition from a freeholder in Louth, praying that in any future Reform Bill which might be introduced, the Bishops might be disfranchised, in consequence of their vote on the late division in the House of Lords. Mr. Hunt agreed to withdraw the petition.-Mr. Hume had three petitions to present to the House, praying that no man might be prosecuted on account of religious opinions. Mr. Trevor said that in answer to a question he had put to the Noble Lord, the Paymaster of the Forces, that Noble Lord had stated that Lord Howe had tendered his resignation, which was accepted. He (Mr. Trevor) bad since received a letter from Lord Howe, in which that Noble Lord stated, that his (Lord John Russell's) account of the transaction was inconsistent with the real facts of the case. He wished to know whether Lord Howe had not been dismissed from the situation of Chamberlain to Her Majesty in consequence of the vote he had given on the Reform Bill, notwithstanding the assurance that had been made to him by His Majesty that he might vote on that question as he pleesed ? Lord Althorp said, that the hon. member must be aware, that the removal of an individual from any appointment in the household of their Majesties was made in the exercise of the royal prerogative, to remove or retain any individual at pleasure.

Oct. 19.-Mr. Hume presented a petition from the council of the Political Union at Birmingham, expressing their regret at the defeat of the Reform Bill by the Lords, and praying that the House would request His Majesty to exercise his royal prerogative by creating one hundred additional Peers.

Oct. 20.-Colonel Evans presented a petition from occupiers of houses in Windsor Court, Strand, praying the House to address His Majesty to create new Peers, and to pass an act to disqualify the Bishops from sitting in the House of Lords.

Parliament was prorogued on the 22nd of December until the 6th instant.

Political Unions have increased in every part of the country, and the Government has issued the following Proclamation respecting them :

“Whereas certain of our subjects in different parts of our kingdom have recently promulgated plans for voluntary associations, under the denomination of Political Associations, to be composed of separate bodies, with various divisions and sub-divisions, under leaders with a gradation of ranks and authority, and distinguished by certain badges, and subject to the general control and direction of a superior committee or council; for which associations no warrant has been given by us, or by any appointed by us, on that behalf: and whereas, according to the plans so promulgated as aforesaid, a power appears to be assumed of acting 'independently of the civil magistrates, to whose requisition calling upon them to be enrolled as constables the individuals composing such associations are bound, in common with the rest of our subjects, to yield obedience: and whereas such associations, so constituted and appointed, under such separate direction and command, are obviously incompatible with the faithful performance of this duty, at variance with the acknowledged principles of the Constitution, and subversive of the authority with which we are invested, as the supreme bead of the State, for the protection of the public peace : and whereas we are determined to maintain against all encroachments on our Royal power, those just prerogatives of the Crown which have been given to us for the preservation of the peace and order of society, and for the general advantage and security of our loyal subjects: We have therefore thought it our bounden duty, with and by the advice of our Privy Council, to issue this our Royal Proclamation, declaring all such associations so constituted and appointed as aforesaid, to be unconstitutional and illegal, and earnestly warning and enjoining all our subjects to abstain from entering into such unauthorized combinations, whereby they may draw upon themselves the penalties attending a violation of the laws, and the peace and security of our dominions may be endangered.”

Several orders have been issued from the Privy Council respecting the observance of Quarantine, in consequence of a report of the Cholera Morbus, having the Asiatic character, appearing at Sunderland.

Serious riots, in which property to the extent of 130,0001. has been destroyed, have taken place at Bristol. The exciting occasion, which drew a large multitude together was the arrival of Sir Charles Wetherell in Bristol, where he had recently stated (in the House of Commons) that a re-action on the question of Reform had taken place, Sir Charles is Recorder of Bristol, and proceeded thither for the purpose of presiding at the Sessions. Violence had been for some time anticipated, but instead of postponing the Sessions, or providing a substitute for the learned gentleman, many hundred special constables were sworn in, and three troops of horse were brought into the vicinity. Sir Charles arrived and proceeded to the Guildhall under the protection of the constables, amidst the groans and execrations of the inhabitants, to open the commission. The Town-Clerk was frequently interrupted in reading the commission, and Sir Charles desired the officer of the Court to bring any person making a disturbance in the Court before him, and he would immediately commit him: the only effect of which notice was to raise, if possible, a louder clamour than that which it was intended to suppress. On this fresh ebullition of feeling partially subsiding, Sir Charles again repeated his instructions. The people then commenced a different species of annoyance, hy coughing, which at length ended in a great burst of indignation. In this manner the usual prelimi. naries were gone through, ending by the adjournment of the Court. The Recorder withdrew; and the populace, after some further marks of their displeasure, gave three cheers for the King, and retired into the street. Beyond the mere vocal expression of feeling, there was nothing at this period calculated to excite alarm. On Sir Charles's re-appearance, he was greeted with a repetition of the same favours that had before been so liberally bestowed upon him, which continued through the remainder of his progress. But there was no violence : beyond hissing and groaning nothing else occurred until his arrival at the Mansion House, in Queen Square. There a few stones were thrown, and a lamp or a window of the carriage was broken. At this moment the number of persons collected in the Square could not have been less than ten thousand ; and a cry having been raised of To the baek," where piles of fagots and firewood are usually kept, a large body proceeded thither, and having armed themselves with sticks, returned in a few minutes to the scene of action. It was then that, for the first time, any serious collision was apprehended; but the constables rushed out in a body, in a moment infused terror into the people, and the sticks were soon seen strewed in every direction upon the ground. These were then gathered up in bundles and carried off. This was about half-past twelve o'clock. From that period till about four o'clock the time was passed in occasional skirmishes between the constables and the populace, which generally ended in some one being taken into custody. During these proceedings it was visible that the people were becoming more and

December, 1831.--VOL. II. NO. VIIT.

M

more exasperated. Now and then a pane of glass was smashed, or a club hurled at the beads of the constables, and these attacks generally led to measures which heightened, rather than allayed, the popular feeling. At about four o'clock in the afternoon, a considerable portion of the constabulary force was per. mitted to retire to their homes, for the purpose of refreshing themselves, with an understanding that they should return to relieve the remainder at six o'clock. From that moment the mob became more daring in their attacks on the Mansion House, until at length the Mayor came forward to beg of them to desist and to retire peaceably to their homes. His Worship, during his address, was assaulted with stones : the Riot Act was then read, but without producing the least effect upon the mob, who perceiving the weakness of the force opposed to them, rushed upon the constables, disarmed them, and beat them severely. Nothing now remaining to curb the mob, the work of violence immediately commenced by a general and simultaneous attack on every part of the Mansion House. In an instant the windows and sashes were smashed to atoms ; the shutters were beaten to pieces ; the doors forced ; and every article of furniture on the ground-floor broken up. At this critical moment it was that Sir Charles effected his retreat, in disguise, through the adjoining premises. Two detachments of Dragoons were called out, and it was supposed that their arrival would have been the signal for a general rout: but it was not so. The mob had acquired a considerable accession of force, and had been joined by some of the most determined and desperate characters. Under the protection, however, of the soldiers, the constables assembled in force, and several of the most violent were taken into custody. The greatest confusion prevailed, but a party, disappointed by the restraint of the troops, proceeded to the Council House, where they commenced operations by smashing the windows. The cavalry were then ordered to charge, which at first produced intimidation, but did not effect ultimate dispersion. Shortly after this the soldiers were withdrawn, in the hope of pacifying the people; and the plunderers continued in possession of the City from Sunday afternoon until seven on Monday morning, during which they forced an entrance into the New Gaol, smashed the doors to atoms, released all the prisoners, and then set fire to it. The Bridewell, where some of the rioters taken on the previous night had been confined, was next attacked, the doors forced, all the prisoners set free, and the prison was then burnt, situated in the heart of the city. Old Newgate was next attacked, forced, and burnt; and the prisoners released. A toll-house and gates, near the Prince's Street Bridge, which had long been an annoyance, next appeared in flames. The treadmill and prisoners' caravan were destroyed, and burnt or thrown into the Canal. The Bishop's Palace, on College Green, was afterwards attacked, and soon appeared in flames. Forty houses in Queen Square shared the like fate. The engines, on going to put out the fires, were stopped ; so that the fire was allowed to exhaust itself. The Custom House was gutted, the wine consumed, the goods spread about, and the whole eventually burnt. Tbis building, as may readily be supposed, was extensive, and the expertness of the wretches in lighting it up here, it is certain, proved the destruction of many who ranged the upper apartments. Many of them were seen, as they approached the windows, to drop into the flames; and others, among whom was a female, threw themselves in desperation from the windows. The latter was carried to the Infirmary, where she has since died. Again the hope was raised that the dreadful work would now cease; but it was in vain. A small band, chiefly boys, who seemed to go about their work as if they had been regularly trained to the hellish employment, proceeded to extend the devouring element, preceding their operations by giving half an hour's notice to the inmates to retire. In this manner they swept away one whole side, and then proceeded to another; commencing with the Excise Office at the corner. Unrestrained as were the flames, they extended to the houses of the parallel streets, and as in that quarter of the city are many of the principal wine and spirit stores, the fury of the element can scarcely be conceived. Altogether there were destroyed forty-two dwelling-houses and warehouses, exclusively of the Mansion House, Excise Office, Custom House, the four toll-houses, the three prisons, and the Bishop's Palace. The 14th Dragoons returned on Monday morning with other troops, and a simultaneous charge was made. The mob was checked--felt itself nearly mastered, and abstained for a while from outrage ; but having renewed the tumult, the rioters were again charged by

the troops -- their numbers were thinned-their courage overpowered, and their violence completely quelled. The charges of the troops were made in self-defence. No magistrate was with them, as there should have been. Had not the troops properly and generously acted on their own responsibility, half Bristol might have fallen. The total number of killed and wounded could not be ascertained. The dead must be numerous, the wounded more so. In the public hospitals there were fifty-one persons, including four women, who received injuries, some of them very severe ones, principally sabre wounds. A great number of persons who received injury were taken to their own homes.

MEMOIRS OF PERSONS LATELY DECEASED.

R. W.

ELLISTON,

Esq.

when he again appeared at the HayIn Great Surrey Street, July 27, Ro- market, as Sir Edward Mortimer, in bert William Elliston, Esq. the eminent The Iron Chest, which, only a short actor. Mr. Elliston was born April 7, time before, had been produced and con1774, in Orange Street, Bloomsbury. His demned at Drury Lane, although Mr. father, a watchmaker, was the youngest Kemble had taken the character of Sir son of an eminent farmer at Gidgrave, Edward Mortimer. From the Haymarket near Orford, in Suffolk, and brother to Mr. Elliston was engaged to perform for the Rev. William Elliston, D.D. Master a limited number of nights at Covent of Sidney-Sussex College, Cambridge. Garden ; but, owing to some disagreeAt nine years of age young Elliston was ment with Mr. Harris, he again joined placed at St. Paul's School; and, as he the Haymarket corps; and on Mr. Colwas accustomed to visit his uncle Dr. man's new arrangement in 1803, he beElliston at Cambridge during the vaca came not only his principal performer, tions, be appeared to have before him but also his acting manager. In the sucprospects in the University, and also, ceeding year, when John Kemble quitted should he think fit to enter the clerical Drury Lane, Mr. Elliston was engaged profession, in the church. It is said to supply his place : after the theatre that bis ambition for scenic celebrity was burnt, when the company performed was first excited by the applause he re at the Lyceum, he left it in consequence ceived at the School Speeches in 1790, of some quarrel with Thomas Sheridan. on delivering an English thesis.

He then took the Circus, and having giHe quitted school without the know ven it the name of the Surrey Theatre, ledge of his friends, and wandered to commenced performing some of the best Bath, where, to procure the temporary plays of Shakspeare, and some operas, means of subsistence, he engaged him- having so far altered them as to bring self as clerk in a lottery-office, and re them within the meaning of the license; mained in that capacity for a few weeks, a practice which he defended in a welluntil he found an opportunity of making written pamphlet. He acted the princihis theatrical essay, which was in the pal parts, and was equally applauded in humble part of Tressel, in Richard the Macbeth' and Macheath. In 1805 he Third, Åpril 21, 1791. Although this published “The Venetian Outlaw, a performance was very successful, the drama, in three acts," which he had manager was not able to offer him a per himself adapted from the French-“Amanent engagement; he obtained, how. bellino, le grand bandit.'

On the reever, from Mr. Wallis, the father of Mrs. opening of Drury Lane Theatre, Elliston Campbell, a letter of recommendation again formed part of that company : on to Tate Wilkinson, at York, who imme. the first night he delivered Lord Byron's diately engaged him. The principal cha- opening address, and personated the characters in Wilkinson's company being racter of Hamlet. When the theatre was entirely pre-occupied, the truant in a let out on a lease in 1819, he became the short time became weary of his situa. lessee, at a yearly rent of 10,2001., and so tion, and wrote to his uncle a letter sup continued until declared a bankrupt in plicating for forgiveness. He was al. 1826. After some speculations in the lowed to return to his family, but could Olympic Theatre, he again undertook not be persuaded to relinquish his taste the superintendence of the Circus, and, for the stage. In 1793 he appeared a until very lately, occasionally performed second time at Bath, in the character of upon its boards, in Cumberland's Jew, Romeo; and during the season he con Dr. Pangloss, and some other parts. tinued to play a variety of characters in Elliston was the most versatile actor tragedy, comedy, opera, or pantomime of his day. He was unrivalled in come. As his occupation in life appeared now dy. Had his face been as well adapted to be decisively adopted, another uncle, for tragedy, he would have been as emithe late Professor Martyn, used his ex nent in that walk; for which he had ertions to introduce him to the boards feeling, fine grace, and a most melodious of Drury Lane; but the terms proposed and powerful voice. The partial connot being sufficient to induce Elliston to cealment of his laughter-moving counteleave Bath, he concluded an engagement nance in the character of Othello, rethere for four years. In 1796 be carried moved what was the only obstacle to his off from that city Miss Rundail, a teacher success in other heroic parts. He was of dancing, and, soon after their marriage the last of the old school of comedians. in London, made his first bow to a London The mantle of Lewis descended to him, audience at the Haymarket, June 24, that and he wore it with grace and dignity. year, in the very opposite characters of His performances, in his better days, Octavian in The Mountaineers, and were remarkable for ease, vivacity, and Vapour in My Grandmother. Having the constant presence of the gentleman. performed a few nights, he returned to Elliston's gentleman was an English genBath until the latter end of the season, tleman, with just as much of a foreign

« AnteriorContinuar »