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Information filed against them, by his Majesty's Attorney Gene-
A D D E N D A.
I. To the Case of Captain BAILLIE. "In the Will of John Barnard, (son to the late patriotic sir John Barnard, many years father of the city of London) late of the Parish of St. George, Hanover-Square, in the county of Middlesex, esquire, deceased, dated the 6th of November, 1779, among other things therein contained, is as follows: “I give to captain Thomas Baillie, late deputy-governor of Greenwich Hospital, five hundred pounds, as a small token of my 'approbation of his worthy and disinterested, though ineffectual, endeavours to rescue that noble national charity from the rapacious hands of the basest and most wicked of * mankind."" New Annual Register for 1784 (Principal Occurrences, p. 97.)
II. To the Case of Lord GEORGE GORDON. Lord George Gordon published a curious (and, as I have reason to believe, a true) account of some of his strange proceedings connected with the transactions out of which this Trial arose. The title of his publication was, “Innocence Vindicated, and the Intrigues of Popery and its Abettors displayed in an Authentic Narrative of some transactions, hitherto unknown, relating to a late Act of the British Legislature in favour of English Papists, and the Petition presented to Parliament for its Repeal.”
In this case of Lord George Gordon were first exercised the privileges granted by stat. 7 Ann. a 21, to persons indicted for High Treason. See East's Pleas of the Crown, chap. 2, sect. 48; and p. 648 of this volume.
III. To the Case of the DEAN OF ST. Asaph. Of the Richmond Park business mentioned p. 858, see Vol. 20, p. 1989, and else wbere.
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562. The Case of the Royal Hospital for SEAMEN at GREENWICH, in
relation to alleged Mismanagement and Abuses thereof; and of Captain Thomas Baillie, Lieutenant-Governor of the said Hospital, under a Prosecution for a Libel upon certain other Officers of the same: 18 & 19 GEORGE III. A.D. 1778, 1779.*
(The following particulars I have extracted to the Commissioners and Governors of the
from Captain Baillie's “ Introduction to the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, Proceedings in the Court of King's-bench," &c.
The Memorial of Captain Thomas Baillie, Captain Baillie prepared and caused to be Lieutenant Governor of the said Hos
printed, a book entitled, “ The Case and pital, in behalf of Disabled Seamen, Memorial of the Royal Ilospital for Sea
their Widows and Children, men at Greenwich, addressed to the Go
Humbly sheweth; vernors and Commissioners thereof." The “Case”. I have not seen. It was not in- That through the various abuses set forth in serted in captain Baillie's “Solemn Ap
the Case prefixed, the British navy has peal,” “ because," as he states, “it might
been deprived of the full benefit of this
wise and munificent establishment, which create fresh disputes, is very long, and the
the generosity of princes, and the gratigreater part recapitulated in the King'sbench and House of Lords.” The Memo- That landmen have been introduced into the
tude of the public, had bestowed. rial he exhibits as follows:
Hospital, contrary to the charter and to * Extracted from “ A Solemn Appeal to the Pub
the spirit of the institution; and that some lic, from an injured Officer, Caplain Baillie, lale
of the principal wards have been torn down, Lieutenant Governor of the Royal Hospital for
and converted, at a great expence, into Seamen at Greenwich; arising out of a series of an
grand apartments for officers, clerks, deputhentic Proceedings in the Court of King's-bench on
ties and servants, who are not seamen. six Prosecutions against him, for publishing certain That several thousand pounds are annually Libels (as it was alleged) in a printed book, entitled, expended in repairs and alterations, under The Case and Memorial of Greenwich Hospital, ad. the pretext of finishing or carrying on the dressed to the General Governors, in behalf of Dis- building, though it is already sutliciently abled Seamen, Widows, and Children; and the Evi- grand, roomy and convenient. dence given on the subsequent Enquiry at the bar of That the settled and ample revenues of the the House of Lords, in consequence of the several Hospital being wasted by this and other Prosecations being discharged with Costs. London: Printed for Captain Baillie by J. Almon, opposite
improper means, the present managers, Burlington-house, Piccadilly ; and inay also be had
sheltering themselves under the popular of Captain Baillie, at Mr. Roberts, china-man, near
character of the poor detenceless men Hatton-street, Holborn. Price two guineas, stitched
under their care, make frequent applicain sheets, with a fine engraving of captain Baillie, in
tion to parliament for the public money, metolinto, by Jaines Watson, esq. painted by Na- which they squander in a manner that has thaniel Hone, esq. of the Royal Academy, or sepa. no tendency to promote the welfare of the rately, one guinea eaoh. 1779"
pensioners or of the sea-service. VOL. XXI.
That the pensioners are fed with bull-beef, ships, can only be balanced by the hope of
and sour small beer mixed with water. spending a comfortable old age. Now, That the contracting butcher, after having the Hospital is so far from answering this
been convicted in a public court of justice valuable purpose at present, that it is men(the King's-bench) of various fraudulent tioned among seamen with disgust and breaches of his contract, was, on a second dissatisfaction. prosecution, suffered to compound the pe- Till some effectual means are taken to renalties, and renew the contract: and that move this opinion, the material object of many evident and injurious abuses in the the foundation is entirely subverted, and supply of other necessaries are daily suffer- the Hospital become an useless and exed without any due enquiry.
pensive burden to the nation. This can That under pretence of raising a charity stock only be done by an entire change in the for the boys in the Hospital, the pensioners management, and by faithfully and honestare deprived of at least 2,500l. per annum ly expending the ample revenues in the out of their frugal allowance of provisions, due maintenance of seamen only. The &c. settled at the first establishment, and news of such a general reform in the affairs are compelled to accept of a part of the of Greenwich IIospital would be received value in money; which causes frequent in the navy with joy and gratitude. drunkenness, irregularity and disobedience. The lieutenant governor thinks it necessary That these enormous abuses are the effects to represent, that in this application to the
of the total subversion which the due go- several members of the court of commisvernment of the Hospital. has undergone, sioners and governors, he has no interests arising from the inattention of the great for which he can hope or fear on his own and respectable characters who were ap- account: he was placed in the Hospital by pointed its perpetual guardians: and that lord Anson, after a life of active service, the acting directors, being in general con- with a view, as he presumes, that he might cerned in the receipt and expenditure of pass his remaining days in peace and rethe revenues, are therefore improperly en- tirement; but the sixteen years which he trusted with the care of controuling the has spent in the Hospital have been the accounts, and of directing the affairs of the most painful, harassing, and disagteeable Hospital; yet that these men have, by of his whole life, as he has, during the successive encroachments, extended the greatest part of this term, been inevitably proper, powers of the board of directors, engaged in disputes and litigation with and taken upon them a great part of the jobbers, agents and contractors, and in opgovernment of the house, in the exercise posing the civil interest of this naval Hosof which they are deaf to every expostula- pital, with whom he never had any other tion or complaint, however reasonable in point to carry, than that the pensioners itself, or regularly urged.
should be peaceably and comfortably mainThat a faction, under the title of the Civil In- tained, agreeably to the intention of the
terest, is maintained in the Hospital, which founders, and to the establishment of the consists of such officers, under officers, de- Hospital. puties, clerks and servants, as are not sea- That the contest, so far as he is concerned in faring men, and who are therefore illegally it, must, in the course of nature, be now appointed; which faction has kept the nearly finished; but it appears to him an Hospital in a state of confusion and disorder indispensable duty, to state the leading for several years: and there is no pretence circumstances of the atrocious facts which of right or necessity for their continuing in have been committed during his residence offices to which seamen alone have any in the Hospital, to those who are in posclaim, there being many brave men fully
session of the legal powers necessary for qualified to execute the business of these the speedy removal of the several causes offices, who, after having fought the battles of complaint herein recited, --in order that of their country, are now in a state of po- the ineffectual struggle which he has hie verty and want.
therto maintained may not be urged as an That, independent of the obvious reflections example to deter his successors from the
suggested by justice and humanity on this performance of their duty. The threat of occasion, the manner in which the pen- this appeal, though on many occasions it sioners are supported in Greenwich Hospi- had produced salutary effects, has however tal is a material subject of political consi- lately been disregarded, from an opinion deration; particularly at this interesting that it would never be made. It therefore period, when the endeavours to obtain vo- became necessary that it should be actuallunteers for the navy are unsuccessful. ly made; and, though some parts of the Were a residence in the Hospital consi- prefixerà Case may seem rather tedious in dered by seamen in general as a desirable the recital, yet the whole is confined to object, it would have an evident tendency real instances of fraud, collusion, and incato lessen their reluctance for his majesty's pacity, all of which can be proved by the service, as the loss of temporary advan- clearest and most indisputable evidence. tages, or the dread of approaching hard- The lieutenant governor takes the liberty to