Extraordinary Attack.—The following reminds us of the extraordinary attack made by the lioness on the leaders in the Salisbury mail-coach, a few years ago:—
The Portsmouth mail-coach, on its way to London, on Thursday night, when it came by the side of the Devil’s Punch-Bowl, between Petersfield and Mousehill, had its leaders suddenly seized by three bull-dogs belonging to two men with a fish-cart. The leaders, by their violent struggles, broke their harness, and disengaged themselves from the coach; one of them fell over the bank, and the ferocious dogs with him. One of the men succeeded in getting the horse up. The horses are both very much injured; one of them so much that it is feared he cannot recover; and the harness is broken all to pieces. The guard was obliged to drive the coach, with a pair only, to Mousehill, and the coachman to walk with the injured leaders. Whoever has travelled this road, and knows the place called the Devil’s Punch-Bowl, which is by all travellers thought a great natural curiosity, must consider the passengers and the coach to have had a most providential escape. It was a fortunate circumstance, that the horses had, by the violence of their struggles, cleared themselves of their harness; as the coach must otherwise have inevitably been precipitated by an almost perpendicular descent into an immense depth. It is surprising that this place, so near the road-side, which has for years been at once the admiration and terror of travellers, has never been fenced by a wall, and it is seriously to be wished that those whose duty it is will not suffer it to remain longer than is absolutely necessary in this dangerous state.
SEDITIOUS MEETINGS ACT.—The town of Petersfield was thrown into great confusion on Sunday last, by the appearance of a number of persons marching in military array; armed with muskets and sticks; and who, after parading the town, and exciting universal dismay, attacked a house occupied by a cooper, of which they took forcible possession. We understand, the authors of this outrage, which is said to have been committed under the direction of a celebrated Radical Reformer, in Hampshire, are known; and that an information, under the Seditious Meetings Act, has been laid against them. This will be the first instance of prosecution under this Act.
HOLLYCOMBE, NEAR LIPHOOK, Feb. 18.1820.
AS a mis-statement reflecting on my conduct in a transaction connected with the Borough of Petersfield, appeared in two of the London Newspapers on the 16th, and as it may be sent to you for insertion, it is right you should be informed, that if the Patron’s Agent for that Borough has acted illegally or improperly, as therein represented, it was without my assent or knowledge.
I was distinctly advised by him that all I did was correct and necessary, to recover what had been considered my property forty years.—As the case will come before a Jury, it would be improper now to say more on the subject. As I am designated not by name, but as Member for Wells, I take leave to say, that I have Represented that Independent City twenty-three years, returned by nearly the unanimous voice of a considerable body of voters belonging to all classes of life, over not one of which have I any control, nor have they ever biased my vote in Parliament.
I am an advocate for Rational Reform, and should rejoice to have such Boroughs as Petersfield thrown open.
I am, Sir, your most obedient Servant,
The Election for Petersfield will take place on Thursday next.—Hylton Jolliffe, Esq. and Lord Hotham are the Candidates, with N. Atcheson, Esq. and Colonel Camac.
Lieutenant-Colonel Camac, of the Life Guards, and N. Atcheson, Esq. are candidates for the Borough of Petersfield, in opposition to the present Members. In this page will be found a spirited address from those gentlemen to the Electors.
Petersfield, which has been a close borough for nearly half a century, will be contested at the ensuing election.
After the poll closed, and the numbers had been declared by the returning officer, Mr. JOLLIFFE returned thanks to the electors, stating, that he was extremely proud to have overcome an attempt to overpower the rights of the Freeholders of ancient sites of shambles in the Market-place, and assuring them that he should devote his time to the promotion of their interests and those of the country.
Mr. ATCHESON returned thanks to the freeholders and burgesses who had supported him and his gallant friend, and assured them, that in his opinion, the triumph of his opponents would be of short duration—that he had introduced no novelty, for, if the patron referred back to the time when his ancestors became connected with the borough, he would find the burgesses then voted, and that the acknowledgement of their right was more ancient than that of the freeholders—that he was attached to the Constitution of his country, and favoured not innovation, and never had or would pervert the franchises of his fellow-citizens to his own advantage—that it was owing to the practices which had been resorted to, in order to render boroughs private property, that the schemes of professed reformers had been at all received—that all he had desired was to see rights, which had been usurped, restored; and, in the attainment of that object for this borough, he would persevere—that he did not so much blame Mr. Jolliffe as his predecessors; for he had not rendered it a close borough, but found it so, though it appeared he was determined to continue it in that state; he did not, however, envy him his feelings in retaining that which had been thus acquired, and which he could retain only by bringing down occasional voters from distant counties, to over-rule the sense of the inhabitants of the borough, and render nugatory their rights—that he should proceed to the investigation of the question, arising out of this contest, before a Committee of the House of Commons, conducting it in that temper in which great Constitutional questions should be met; and trusted, that within three or four months he should have the honour of being one of their Representatives.
Colonel CAMAC then addressed the Meeting to the following purport…—“Gentlemen, Freeholders, and Burgesses, I have already apprised you that I was so fully prepared for such decisions as you have this day witnessed, as to the respective rights of numerous individuals who have presented themselves to vote at this election, that I am not surprised at the result that has been just announced to you. I have also apprised you, and I now solemnly repeat my pledge to you, that the struggle for the recovery of your rights shall be renewed before another tribunal, where, it is to be hoped, that a more impartial judgement will reverse the sentence that has been pronounced against you. I do assure you, that there is not any reason whatever to doubt the ultimate attainment of our common and honourable object—the liberation of this ancient borough. For surely, Gentlemen, I see no ground for despair in the gratifying fact, that at least the inhabitants of Petersfield are not liable to the imputation of servilely lending themselves to the degrading domination that has been so long exercised over them; to their honour be it ever known that the names of only seven of them are to be found among the enemies of their independence. It remains for me now only to say, that some few of our honest and generous supporters may possibly be in situations that may expose them to the resentment of our opponent. I now, in the name of every humane and liberal sentiment, appeal to all his better feelings, with the earnest hope that, if such is the case, he will forbear from visiting with that resentment a conduct which, however displeasing it may have been to him, he must well know, was dictated as little by personal hostility to him as by attachment to an individual as little known to them as myself. Gentlemen, I have in conclusion to repeat my most grateful acknowledgement, for the kind and liberal support I have received from you, and to assure you that I hold myself indissidubly??? bound to you and your best interests by every obligation dear to an honourable mind.”
The peculiar circumstances attending this election have excited a very strong and lively interest in this part of the country, and it must have been very gratifying to Mr. Atcheson and Colonel Camac, to find themselves supported by so many respectable individuals of this town and neighbourhood.
The result of the Election at Petersfield, though a subject of peculiar importance to that place, is generally interesting to the whole constituent bodies throughout the United Kingdom. It appears that many inhabitants of that town have been deprived of their rights of voting, and that the two disappointed Candidates, or rather one of them, according to the liberal acknowledgement of Colonel Comac, who gave to Mr. Atcheson, the entire credit, had discovered such documents as were likely to restore those rights and release Petersfield from the disgrace of being a vassal, or close Borough. These documents Mr. Jolliffe affected to treat with contempt, as having been “discovered in some old band-box, but he did not think there was any thing in it.” This is the true Radical language used by “JACK LEE,” as he was called, the Barrister, when Mr. Fox, during his short but memorable Coalition with Lord North (with whom he said he would not trust himself in a room alone) attempted to trample the Charter of the East India Company under foot. This attempt against Chartered Rights, apparently leading to the annihilation of Chartered Rights throughout the British Empire, raised, as might well be expected, an universal alarm. But what was said in defence of this measure by the Opposition Counsel, and, professedly, Constitutional Lawyer, Mr. Lee? Why, that a Charter was but “a piece of parchment, with a seal dangling to it by a string!” This treatment of the most sacred rights, next to those of religion, in a country upon which the rights, liberties, and property of a community may depend, occasioned the overthrow of Mr. Fox and his Coalition Ministry; and, perhaps, the contempt with which Mr. Jolliffe affected to treat the documents “discovered in some old band-box,” may rouse the people of Petersfield into a strenuous assertion of their ancient claims and usages, and supported by the Gentlemen who have pledged themselves to bring forward the subject in Parliament, entail similar consequences upon Mr. Jolliffe, and seat those in the Representation of the Borough who are not so indifferent to the rights of the Inhabitants.—IBID
TO COVER, this Season, at Petersfield, at Two Guineas a Mare, and 2s. 6d. the Groom,—That very fine BROWN HORSE, “ROYAL,” rising five years old, 15 hands three inches high, with immense Bone and Power.—He was got by Orville: dam, Gramarie, by Sorcerer; grandma by Sir Peter Teazle; great grandam Druit, sister to the famous Yellow Mare, by Tandem.
Orville, sire of Royal, now covers at Twenty Guineas a Mare.—Gramarie, his dam, was the dam of Prince Leopold, who won the great Derby Stakes, in 1816.
Royal is allowed to be as well bred as any Horse in England; and is very likely from his great size and power, to get capital Hunters.
☞ The Money to be paid at the time of covering.
Royal can be seen by application to Mr. Osborne, Saddler, Petersfield; and he will attend at Fareham, Cosham, Havant, and Emsworth.
**** Good Grass for Mares at 4s. 6d. per week.
It has lately been discovered, that the original right of voting at Petersfield, was in the burgesses paying scot and lot—as well as the freeholders, who were afterwards admitted. It is a singular fact, that it should have remained a rotten borough for nearly a century—the popular candidates having now pledged themselves to petition against the return and try the right in question—the inhabitants will therefore have the benefit of the decision of a committee of the House of Commons.
ELECTION PETITIONS.—Petitions against the Returns from the following places, will be presented within 14 days from this day:— … Petersfield, … and it is understood that the whole of them will not exceed 20. It is thought, that two days in each week will be appointed for the ballots of Election Committees, and that the Parliament will not terminate its Sittings until the beginning of August.
A petition against the return of Mr. Jolliffe and Lord Hotham, for Petersfield, is about to be presented. We understand that Lord Hotham, having been elected for Leominster, has made his election for that place. We perceive, however, amongst the list of places to be petitioned against, Leominster itself is mentioned; but whether against his Lordship o the other member, we have not ascertained.
Petitions were also presented against the returns for the following places, and appointed to be taken into consideration on the days mentioned. … Petersfield, June 6; …
A few nights since, a soldier of the 48th Regt. Who had been accommodated in a detached building of the Anchor Inn, at Liphook, (appropriated to billeted military), broke into the Inn, after the family had retired for the night, by breaking through a fan-light over the door. He proceeded immediately to the bedroom of a Commercial Traveller, who was asleep, and stole his portmanteau, clothes, and almost 200l. in notes.—He was apprehended a few hours afterwards at Petersfield, with all the property upon him.
The Petition against the return of both members for Petersfield was fixed for June 6.
A Petition was presented from New Church, in Lancashire, praying a Repeal of the Duties on Wool. One from the Occupiers of Land in the neighbourhood of Petersfield, praying relief;
ELECTION PETITIONS.—In our last we gave a correct list of the petitions (37 in number) presented against the return of Members to serve in the present Parliament, for the information of our political friends; we now insert a few more particulars concerning them; which we shall continue weekly. The petitions against the return for Portsmouth and Petersfield were appointed to be heard on Thursday last.
Portsmouth—Petitioner, Sir George Cockburn; Sitting Member, John Markham; to be heard Thursday, May 25. Petersfield—Petitioners, Nathaniel Atcheson, John Caman, and Freeholders; Sitting Members, Hylton Jolliffe and Lord Hotham; to be heard Thursday, May 25.
AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS.—Mr. Jolliffe presented a Petition from the owners and occupiers of land at Petersfield, complaining of the distress felt by them.
PETERSFIELD ELECTION.—The Committee appointed to try this Election having sat six days, came to a determination by which the Resolution of 1727 is restricted to the freeholders of lands and houses, “being entire ancient tenements;” but as these words are for the first time engrafted on the former Resolution of the House, which this Committee had previously decided was the last determination on the right of voting in this Borough, and are to be considered as contrary to it, the Electors, we hear, intend to avail themselves of the opportunity afforded them by the Act of Parliament, and to appeal from this decision, that the former right of voting in the Borough may be restored.
Lord Hotham, one of the representatives of Petersfield, having been also returned for Leominster, has made his election for the latter place. We observe Mr. Atcheson has publically announced that, for the present, he declines offering himself to fill the vacancy; but has expressed his intention to come forward at a future period.
Sir PHILIP MUSGRAVE, Baronet, was on Tuesday last, returned to Parliament for the Borough of Petersfield, in Hampshire, vacant by Lord Hotham having chosen to sit for Leominster. The interest upon which the Hon. Baronet thus goes into the House, is somewhat connected with the Musgrave family, and has generally, if we mistake not, stood in moderate opposition to the present administration. We rejoice at this event, because, as we have said before, we consider Sir Philip a young man of sound talent and sterling principles. He is a man, indeed, not to be kept down by common circumstance and will one day, without doubt, assume that station nearer home, which his merits, no less than his birth and fortune, render him worthy to fill.
EMSWORTH CRICKET MATCH.—On Monday and Tuesday last a Match of Cricket was played on Cold Harbour Lawn, Emsworth, between Emsworth, and Petersfield and adjoin parishes. After much good play on both sides, it was decided in favour of Petersfield, having two wickets to go down. The following is a state of the game:—
A cricket match was played on Monday and Tuesday last, on Cold Harbour Common, close to Emsworth, Hants, between that place, and eight parishes in the neighbourhood of Petersfield and Hambledon, which was decided in favour of the latter by two wickets. It was considered, by the thousands that witnessed it, one of the most interesting matches ever seen in the country, in consequence of the best batter in England (Beagley) being brought to play against the swiftest bowler (Brown), from whose bowling so many runs were never known to be got before wicket, as on this occasion. Beagley was in five hours, and not out when the game was won. Betting was 5 to 2 against the winners, till five o’clock the last day.
Wm. Gilbert, for stealing wearing apparel, a watch, &c. belonging to Samuel Clark, at Petersfield, which were found upon the prisoner, and stated by him to be taken with the view of getting transported.
TO LET,—A convenient roomy DWELLING-HOUSE, with Out-houses, extensive Garden, well stocked with fruit trees, &c.—Inquire of John Richardson.
SATURDAY, JULY 22.
Imprisonment.—Wm. Gilbert, for stealing goods, the property of Samuel Clark, of Petersfield. 18 mos. Hard labour.
CRICKET.—The return match of Cricket between eleven of Emsworth, and eleven of Petersfield and seven adjoining parishes, was played on Friday and Saturday last, on Petersfield Heath, and decided in favour of Emsworth, with nine wickets to go down :—
Died suddenly, at Plymouth, where he accompanied the Commissioners, R. A. Nelson, Esq. Secretary to the Navy Board, which situation he has honourably filled for above 47 years. His remains were ordered to be sent by water to London, Mr. Nelson was accompanied by Mrs. Nelson, and died in a boat in a fit of apoplexy by the side of her. Mrs. Nelson is sister to C. J. Hector, Esq. of Petersfield.
The King, it is said, has lately made a considerable addition to his fine flock of Southdown sheep. Most of the prime lots at Mr. Blunt’s late sale, near Petersfield, were purchased for his MAJESTY.
ALL Persons indebted to the Estate of the late Mr. JAMES ANDREWS MINCHIN, of Petersfield, deceased, are requested forthwith to pay such their respective Debts, to Mr. Thomas Andrews Minchin, of Gosport, and at St. George’s-square, Portsea, Solicitor, or to the Executor, Mr. William Minchin, of Petersfield, who is authorized by the Executor, to receive and give discharges for the same; and in default, they will be sued for the recovery thereof; and all Persons having any demand on the Estate of Mr. James Andrews Minchin, are requested also forthwith to send in the same to the said Mr. T. A. Minchin , or Mr. Wm. Minchin, in order to their being liquidated.
As Mr. W. Stallard, who kept the Five Bells public-house at Buriton, near Petersfield, was returning home on Friday evening, he was unfortunately thrown from his horse and killed on the spot; an inquest was taken on the body by Mr. Longcroft. Verdict—Accidental Death.
Petersfield and Bramshott.—This was an appeal against the order of removal of John Harriman, from Liphook, in the parish of Bramshott to Petersfield.—To establish the case, the pauper was called, who deposed that in the year 1810, he rented a house of a Mr. Wheatley, at Petersfield, for which he paid at the rate of £10 a year. Being a stranger in the place, his landlord required a quarter’s rent (which was 50s.), always in advance; he took possession in August, 1810 and staid till the Christmas following; he also rented another apartment to sleep in, for which he paid 2s. 6d. weekly. In his cross-examination he said that he was a schoolmaster, and took the house in question at the rental of £10, in the understanding that Mr. Wheatley was to recommend him scholars; it had formerly been used as a school, and was fitted up with desks and benches. The Chairman observed, that from the pauper’s testimony he took the premises at that rental solely on account of the school, but under other circumstances would not have given so much. The settlement in Petersfield was not made out, and the order must be quashed.
The inhabitants of Petersfield have sent 14l. 12s. to Alderman Wood, in aid of the subscription to purchase a service of plate for her Majesty, together with a list of 292 subscribers.
On Saturday evening last, as Mr. Shallard was returning from Petersfield to Buriton, it is supposed his horse became restive, as his son found him lying in the road dead the next morning, with his neck dislocated, and otherwise severely injured.
Name of defaulter
N.B. The afore recited Act of Parliament, sec. 119, directs a reward of Twenty Shillings, to be paid to the Person apprehending any of the before described Deserters; and any Person harbouring, concealing, or assisting any Deserter (knowing him to be such) forfeits for every such offence the Sum of Five Pounds.
The abandonment of the Bill of Pains and Penalties against her Majesty has greatly excited the popular feeling, and demonstrations of joy have been general throughout the kingdom.
The news of acquittal of the Queen was received at Petersfield early on Saturday morning. A white flag was immediately hoisted on the tower, and the bells began ringing a merry peal about half past five o’clock, and continual discharges of guns were heard from the tower and other parts of the town throughout the day. On Monday evening a splendid illumination took place, and numerous transparencies were displayed. In the High street, a well executed painting of a male and female suspended from a gallows, over which was written “Conspiracy—False Witnesses;” underneath “Non mi Ricordo.” Over the entrance of the house of J. E. Shackleford, Esq. were the letters “C. R.” with a star in the centre, of variegated lamps; underneath, “Vivat Regina.” Miss Parr’s academy attracted a vast number of spectators; a transparent painting, with the words “If God be for us, who can be against us.—He has pleaded the cause of the innocent;” had a very beautiful effect, and conveyed to the mind of the beholder the words of the Poet,—
“If Powers divine
“Behold our human actions, as they do,
“False accusation blush, and Tyranny,
“Tremble at Patience.”
At another part of the town, was exhibited in transparent letters, the following curious text of Scripture: “If a Ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.” It would be tedious to describe the numerous devices and tasteful decorations of the various houses. About eight o’clock the martial sound of the trumpet was heard from a herald, who proclaimed through the different streets, that the destruction of the green bag, with its contents, was about to take place in the Market-square, when a vast concourse of spectators assembled to witness so novel a scene; the bag exploded, and threw out an immense number of serpents and other combustibles, amidst shouts which rent the air.
Married, at Petersfield, on the 23d ult. By the Rev. J. Whicher, Mr. Murrough, of Chichester, merchant, to Lucy, third daughter of Edward Patrick, Esq. of the former place.
There was a much greater shew of cattle, sheep, &c. at Petersfield annual Fair, on Monday last, than was ever known before, the numbers being nearly double what they generally averaged, and a material improvement in prices was observable, from the late fairs at Weyhill, Apppleshaw, and Andover.
TO be SOLD,—A Brace of superior well-bred GREYHOUNDS, from the stock of Lord Rivers. They are by Rector, out of Renown, both late in the possession of Sir H. Featherstone; also an excellent SPANIEL DOG. For particulars apply to James Osborne, saddler, Petersfield.
A letter from Petersfield, of the 21st inst. says, “The Address, set on foot by the Clergy, Tax-gatherers, Placemen, and Excisemen, in and near Winchester, was sent over to the Rev. Mr. Whicher, Mayor and Returning Officer of this rotten Borough, to get signatures, and has been laying three days at the Town Hall; but, much to the credit of the inhabitants, not one name has been obtained. This morning, when the Bailiff went to take it away, to his astonishment the Address and contents were lost, some unlucky fellow having entered during the night, and stole it!”
A loyal address, after lying for signature at Petersfield, Hants, was stolen by some radical pilferer—a requisition sent to the Sheriff for a county meeting to petition both Houses of Parliament on the proceedings against the Queen.
An Address stolen.—The Hampshire Loyal Address was stolen a few nights since from the Town Hall, Petersfield.
Greetham v. Binstead.—The plaintiff in this case is an attorney, and the defendant a young gentleman, both residing at Petersfield, and this action was for an assault. From the statement of Mr. Serjeant Pell, the plaintiff was an elderly man, and the defendant a stout robust youth, of about 18 years of age. The assault was described to be of a most aggravated nature, the defendant having severely horsewhipped the plaintiff, without provocation on his part. Witnesses were called, who proved the assault, which Mr. A. Moore, for the defence, admitted; but contended, that under the circumstances which led to it, no more than nominal damage ought to be given. It happened that Mr. Patrick had a vicious jackass, which he wished his ward, the defendant, to kill, which he did. The plaintiff had circulated a false report, that this had been done with cruelty; that the defendant had first of all shot the animal, which ran wounded over Petersfield Common, and afterwards pursued it with a carving knife, and stabbed it. This gave rise to the assault. Verdict for the plaintiff—Damages £40.
Petersfield Market was numerously attended last Wednesday, and the prices noted in the New market room, at the Red Lion Inn, were as under: …
SINGULAR FACT.—A wheelwright, residing at Petersfield, in Hampshire, in cutting up some oak timber lately, found a large quantity of hair in the very centre of the tree, which was of considerable dimensions. The hair was in the most perfect state of preservation, although, from the depth at which it was embedded in the wood, there can be no doubt that it had been there upwards of 60 years. It is conjectured, that a cavity had originally been made in the tree, and that after it had been deposited, part of the wood was immediately replace; but that in process of time the bark grew over it, and re-united it to the parent trunk, and thus caused this singular phenomenon.
MODERATE REFORM.—The House of Commons having passed the Bill for disfranchising Grampound, and giving the elective franchise to so large a place as Leeds, and having also granted Committees to investigate the right claimed by the inhabitants of Portsmouth and Petersfield for participating in the election of Members, must convince all persons (together with what passed in the House of Lords last night), that there is no inclination on either part of the Legislature to increase the number of close boroughs, or to deprive the people of this country of those rights which have been said in good old times to have belonged to them. We honestly confess that we wish success to all such attempts at moderate reform, which seem compatible with the spirit of our glorious Constitution.
In the House of Commons, last Wednesday, the Chairman of the Committee appointed to investigate the petitions respecting the mode of election for Petersfield, reported—“That the right of election for two Burgesses to serve in Parliament for the borough of Petersfield, is in the Freeholders of Lands, or ancient Dwelling-houses or Shambles, or Dwelling-houses or Shambles built upon ancient foundations, such not being restricted to entire ancient Tenements.” The above decision does not vitiate the return of the Members now sitting; nor is the right of voting confined to ancient burgage tenures only, but is vested in all proprietors of lands within the borough, which may be divided (as in the case at Weymouth), into an indefinite number of votes, An acre of land being split into small parcels may give the right of voting to 100 persons.
The borough of Petersfield, which, by the decision a few days ago of the second Committee of the House of Commons, is now declared to be free and open, and the right of voting to be in every freeholder, without any restriction, after having been closed for a century, forms a striking proof what may be done by perseverance. Some old charters, found a few years ago, brought to light the rights of the Petersfield people, which they had so long been deprived of.
The Petersfield Friendly Society met at the Fighting Cocks, on Monday last, to celebrate their anniversary. After walking in procession (attended by an excellent band of music) to church, and hearing an appropriate sermon from the Rev. J. Whicher, they returned in the same orderly manner to the above Inn. Nearly 180 sat down, in a booth erected for the purpose, to an excellent dinner, provided by Mrs. Pearson. Many loyal and patriotic toasts were given by the President, C. J. Hector, Esq. and drank with great applause. A general report of the progress of the Society being read, the Chairman congratulated them on the prosperous state of their funds. Some gentlemen amateurs attended, who enlivened the company with vocal and instrumental music. The greatest harmony and brotherly love prevailed throughout the day, and evinced the great utility of such societies.
On Tuesday last, at Petersfield Fair, a fellow called at Mr. Poulson’s, tinman, to purchase a kettle, for which he tendered a Chichester £19 note. Mr. P. not having sufficient small notes, went out to get the note changed at a neighbour’s; on the way he met Mr. Durant, clerk to Messrs. Patrick and Co. bankers, and asked him to change it. On inspection, Mr. D. discovered the note to have been a one pound, the “one” having been erased, and “Ten” substituted. Before the return of Mr. Poulson, the fellow had decamped, leaving the kettle and note behind him.
Committals to the County Gaol— …W. Todman and J. Soale on suspicion of stealing at Petersfield, a cot containing linen, bedding, and other articles, the property of Lieut. Stent.
Hampshire Summer Assizes.— The undermentioned prisoners stand committed for trial at these Assizes, which commence on Monday next, at the Castle of Winchester, before the Hon. Sir Wm. Draper Best, Knt. And the Hon. Sir R. Graham, Knt :—
William Mould, Wm. Windybank, and Robert Durdle, alia Durden, for stealing a quantity if malt, the property of C. J. Hector, Esq. of Petersfield.
Wm. Todman and Joseph Soale, for stealing, at Petersfield, a cot, containing linen, &c. the property of Lieut. Start, R.N.
Many of the Subscribers to the Petersfield Agricultural Society being engaged on the Grand Jury, and on other business, at our ensuing Assizes, the Meeting has been postponed to Monday the 6th of August next, (vide Advertisement).—A field near Petersfield has been engaged for the purpose; and it is expected that a great deal of prime Stock of all descriptions will be exhibited.
J. SHUGAR, Clerk to the Trustees.
His Majesty and suite passed through Petersfield on Tuesday last, on their way to Portsmouth.—Great numbers of people assembled in the streets and on the London road for several hours, anxiously expecting his arrival, and the bells welcomed him into the town, where he was most cordially received, amidst the cheerings and greetings of the delighted multitude. His Majesty shook hands with Gen. Hugonin, and conversed several minutes with him in the most affable manner. All the respectable families in the town and neighbourhood were present eager to shew their attachment to the Sovereign, as were also the children of the different schools, presenting a most gratifying sight. Among the principal persons were Gen. and Major Hugonin, Capt. Murchison, Christopher Alderson, Esq. of Ashford-house, and their respective families, Sir C. Paget’s two sons, T. Ridge, Esq. of Fyning-house, &c. &c. The Mayor and several gentlemen rode out to meet his Majesty, and attended him into the town.
His Majesty passed through. A vast concourse of people assembled opposite the Dolphin Inn, and paraded the London, in anxious expectation, for several hours previous to his Majesty’s arrival. A colour was hoisted on the tower, and the bells rang a merry peal, to welcome him. Many gentlemen, with the Mayor and other respectable persons, rode out to meet him. He condescended to shake hands with General Hugonin, and conversed several minutes while the horses were changing. All the respectable families in the town and neighbourhood were assembled at the Dolphin Inn, eager to get a sight of their Sovereign; and the children of the several schools were also assembled, which rendered the scene truly gratifying.— Among the distinguished persons present, not residing in Petersfield, were observed—General and Major Hugonin, Captain Murchison, Christopher Alderson, Esq. of Ashford house, and their several families, two sons of Sir Charles Paget, Thomas Ridge, Esq. of Fyning House, &c.
HAMPSHIRE ASSIZES.—The commission for this county was opened at the Castle in the usual manner on Monday last, and on Tuesday, after divine service, Mr. Baron Graham opened the business on the civil side, and Mr. Justice Best on the crown side.
The number of prisoners was unusually small, notwithstanding the Assizes took place a full fortnight later than usual. The calendar contained a list of 48 prisoners.—The following received sentences as under:
14 years’ transportation.—Wm. Mould, for stealing malt from C. J. Hector, at Petersfield.
7 years’ transportation.—Robert Durdle alias Durden, for stealing malt from C. J. Hector, at Petersfield. … Wm. Todman, for stealing linen, &c. from Lieut. Stert, at Petersfield.
One year’s hard labour.—Jos. Soale, for stealing linen, &c. from Lieut. Stert, at Petersfield. … Wm. Windybank, for stealing malt from C. J. Hector, at Petersfield.
His MAJESTY passed through Petersfield about four o’clock, escorted by a small party of the 10th Hussars, A vast concourse of persons assembled opposite the Dolphin Inn, and paraded the London road, in anxious expectation, for several hours previous to his MAJESTY’s arrival. A colour was hoisted on the tower, and the bells rang a merry peal, to welcome our beloved Sovereign into the town. Many Gentlemen, with the Mayor and other respectable persons, rode out to meet him. His Majesty was received there with the most enthusiastic greetings, and appeared in good health and spirits. He graciously condescended to shake hands in the most cordial manner with General HUGONIN; kindly asked after his family, and conversed for several minutes while the horses were changing. All the respectable families in the town and neighbourhood were assembled at the Dolphin Inn, eager to evince their loyalty and get a sight of their Sovereign; and the children of the several schools were also assembled, which rendered the scene truly gratifying.
TO be SOLD,—SIX fine SWANS,—For particulars enquire of Mr. Edward Patrick, Jun. Heath-house, Petersfield; if by letter, post-paid.
The Petersfield Agricultural Society held their annual meeting on Monday the 6th inst. The show of stock of every description, both in quantity and quality, was much better than has been exhibited at any former meeting, especially in South Down sheep. The members of the Society were occupied till three o’clock in inspecting the animals brought on the ground for competition; and at that hour they adjourned to the Dolphin Inn, where a very large number of the members and their friends sat down to dinner; the President of the Society (Richard Norris, Esq. of Basing Park) in the chair. Many appropriate toasts, attended with observations and remarks, touching the interests of agriculture, were given. “The King”—“Breeding in all its branches;” “Liberal landlords and deserving tenants”—“The Petersfield Agricultural Society”—“Mr. Coke”—“Mr. Norris, the President”—who returned thanks in a short address, strongly recommending the propriety of giving as much attraction to the meeting as possible, and advocating the attempt to establish a wool fair on the day of their Anniversary Meeting; in consequence of which every wool grower then present agreed not to offer his wool for sale till that day; and, from the centrical situation of Petersfield, it was thought that the object might in a few years be accomplished. The following premiums, amongst others, were awarded :—
His Grace the Duke of Richmond, Samuel Jellicoe, Esq. Messrs. Bernard, King, &c. &c. were admitted new members. C. J. Hector, Esq. in a speech of considerable length, propose a subscription by the farmers, for a piece of plate to Joseph Hume, Esq. M. P. for Aberdeen, in testimony of his great exertions in attempting to reduce the national expenditure, and consequently alleviate the burthens of agriculture, and subscribed one guinea.
J. SHUGAR, Clerk to the Trustees.
Upon arrival of the procession opposite Churcher’s College, it halted, and the band ceased, and three cheers were given, after which it proceeded till the carriage had arrived under the triumphal arch, when it again halted, and the cortege again gave vent to their feelings in three cheers: the procession was then led down the new way into the square, and from thence to Mr. ATCHESON’s house, where he alighted, and the procession passed on to the Red Lion Inn, where the band continued playing at intervals during the remainder of the afternoon. As the procession approached the town the numbers increased, and in the square it was surrounded by at least five thousand persons. The Committee had directed three sheep to be roasted whole, which were afterwards taken to the various public houses in the town, and distributed with a proportionate quantity of bread and beer.
At five o’clock a numerous and respectable party, consisting of about one hundred persons, sat down to an excellent dinner, provided by Mr. HOLDAWAY, of the Red Lion Inn. The tables were decorated with much taste, with pyramids supporting wreaths, and banners bearing various emblematical devices, and the dinner wand wines were highly creditable to Mr. HOLDAWAY. The chair was very ably filled by Mr. John ATKINSON, who acted for his father, H. C. ATKINSON, Esq. and his convivial powers kept the interest of the company alive, and the happy strain of eloquence with which he prefaced the various toasts, and the manly and independent sentiments which he expressed, reflected equal credit on the heart and talents of the speaker, and gave universal satisfaction to his hearers.
On the Chairman proposing the health of “NATHANIEL ATCHESON, Esq.” he addressed the company to the following effect: —“Having now completed the usual constitutional toasts, it becomes my pleasing duty to propose to you one in which our private and best feelings are concerned—thus endeavouring to pay in some degree a debt of gratitude due to our excellent friend on my right, whose return among us we are this day met to celebrate. When we review the circumstances of the last three years, it is impossible for me to express in adequate terms our applause and admiration at what has been accomplished, and the liberal manner in which it has been executed, feeling, as you all must do, that you were possessed of chartered rights, and thus far for a century you had been labouring under a usurpation and a system of petty tyranny, by the agents, and friends of the Borough Patron, as disgraceful as unconstitutional, and which, if not for the abundant proof, would not have been believed in the present enlightened state of society. But thanks be to Providence, and the unwearied exertions and perseverance of our excellent Friend, the spell is now broken, and the Committee of Appeal have restored our rights, by deciding that the Freeholders of every description, and without any restriction, possess the elective franchise, thereby enabling every Gentleman whom I have now the honour to address, who is not a Freeholder, to qualify himself, and to become a guardian in his own person of the most important of an Englishman’s rights, the power of electing his own Representative. Gentlemen, I presume you are anxious even to anticipate the name I am about to propose, and when all are aware of the truth of my observations, it would be injustice to detain you; I have therefore to request you will join me in this humper of wine, and drink the health of our friend NATHANIEL ATCHESON, Esq. with every wish that he may be blessed with health, and that he may long reside amongst us, and enjoy the victory obtained by his extraordinary exertions.” Mr. ATCHESON’s health was then drank with three times three, followed by reiterated cheering and loud and continued plaudits.
Mr. ATCHESON rose and returned thanks for the honour which had been conferred upon him. He said that his reception that day by the Freeholders of Petersfield had made an impression upon his heart which could never be effaced. Their kind support had stimulated him to perseverance and exertion in a cause, which, by many who were ignorant of the facts of the case, had been considered as desperate; but it was with no small degree of pride that he now looked back and contemplated the difficulties that had been overcome, the predictions that had been disappointed, and the triumph which had been gained, a triumph the more gratifying, as it dispelled a baneful and injurious influence that had too long depressed the best energies of the town, and sunk it from a state of great political as well as commercial importance, to is present condition; for there was evidence that Petersfield many years ago, before the Lords of the Manor assumed that power which they had so injuriously exercised, was a place of considerable wealth, and a great manufacturing town, and that in the reign of King James the First, it maintained upwards of a thousand persons in the manufacture of woollen cloths. He assured them that the confidence which they had reposed in him, and the zealous and steady attachment which they had displayed, an attachment which no promises or threats had been able to shake, imposed upon him a debt of gratitude which it would ever be most gratifying to him to endeavour to repay. Whatever services he could render the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Borough collectively or individually, he should at all times be most happy to offer, as a small return for the kind attentions which he had invariably received from them. He looked forward with confidence to the time when he should have the honour of being their Representative in Parliament, and when that period arrived, he could only say, that he should ever steadily endeavour to promote, to the utmost of his power, the local interests of the town, and to act up to the principles which had ever regulated his conduct; and he concluded by thanking them once more for the very kind and gratifying manner in which they had drank his health, and received him on his return to the Borough.
The CHAIRMAN then gave the following toasts :—“Colonel JOHN CAMAC”—“The ancient Borough of Petersfield, and perpetuity to its Independence.”—“The Freeholders of Petersfield, who have promoted, and ever will support the cause of Freedom.”—and “ROBERT ATCHESON, Esq.” These toasts were all drank with the greatest applause.
The CHAIRMAN then rose and stated, that having, by the kindness of the Committee, been deputed to perform a duty which was always gratifying to him, and upon the performance of which he should always look back with feelings of pride and satisfaction, they had now arrived at that period of the evening when he was called upon to fulfil it. The inhabitants and freeholders of Petersfield, feeling that gratitude which must always distinguish good and honourable men, had determined as a small token of their sense of the great and signal services which have been rendered to them by their much esteemed and excellent friend, Mr. ATCHESON, to present him with a piece of Plate, which they trusted that he would accept. After some further observations, the Chairman, who had received an elegant Silver Vase from the Committee of Management, who had advanced to the upper end of the room, addressed himself to Mr. ATCHESON as follows :—
“I am desired, Sir, to convey to you the thanks, and to express the gratitude and esteem, of the Freeholders of this ancient and respectable Borough, for the very important services you have rendered to them—services which at once display the greatest perseverance and talent, and a liberality of conduct at once honourable to yourself and highly beneficial to our local interests. Through your exertions, we are now restored to the exercise of important political rights, which have long been usurped from us. I have now, in the name of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of Petersfield, to request your acceptance of this Vase, and in their name to thank you for all your exertions in their behalf, and to congratulate you on their successful termination. Permit me at the same time to offer my own heartfelt congratulations, and to wish you health long to joy this victory over a system of disgraceful and shameful corruption.”—(The Address was received with the greatest applause, and it made a deep impression on all present.)
Mr. ATCHESON then arose and said, “Gentlemen, my reception amongst you this day has been most gratifying to my feelings. It is impossible for me to express them; and if I want words to convey to you an adequate idea of them, I trust that you will forgive me, and not believe that I am less grateful. This last act of your kindness has made an impression upon me, which is indelible. It was altogether unexpected. I had already been amply repaid, for my exertions in your cause, by the zeal and interest which you have always displayed. This token, therefore, imposes upon me an obligation which I shall always cheerfully acknowledge, and endeavour to return, by every act of personal friendship and attachment that I can shew to you. I intend to reside here as much as my professional avocations will permit; and I trust that many opportunities of so doing will arise. Once more accept my warmest and best thanks for this and every other kind attention which I have received from you.”—(Loud and continued applause followed the conclusion of this address.)
The CHAIRMAN then gave “the health of Mr. T. W. Bower, and the City of Winchester.”
Mr. BOWER returned thanks in suitable terms.
The company then separated about twelve o’clock (it being Saturday) highly gratified; and we are happy to say that the day and evening passed over in the most convivial manner, without the least accident or occurrence whatsoever to disturb the harmony of the scene.
There was a good display of fire-works in the evening.
[We have thus put upon record the proceedings on this highly gratifying occasion—proceedings which do equal honour to the inhabitants of Petersfield, to the Committee of Management, and to the Gentlemen whose patriotic and disinterested exertions have excited in that town a spirit of independence amounting to enthusiasm, and a sense of gratitude which has been manifested in a manner not more flattering to him than honourable to the parties who have so feelingly evinced it. We understand that the preparations were made with great spirit, and that the effect of the whole scene had an air of harmony and splendour far exceeding even the expectations of those Gentlemen, who were unacquainted with the judicious measures which the Committee had adopted.]
CURIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE.—Two sheep were roasted whole in a sand-pit, close to the town of Petersfield, on Mr. Atcheson’s arrival there on Saturday last, and a nest of young sand martins, alive and well, was afterwards found in a hole just behind where the fire was made, which must have been enveloped with smoke and fire nearly the whole day.
TO be SOLD or LET, with immediate possession,——A Desirable FREEHOLD and COPYHOLD ESTATE, in a good sporting country, called WICK GREEN, pleasantly situated in the parish of Froxfield, in the county of Hants; with a good house, three barns, stables, cow-pens, and other buildings; also, a malt-house and store-room, and 280 customary acres (more or less) arable, meadow, and wood land; distant from Petersfield , two miles and a half, on the turnpike road to Alton and Alresford (nine miles from each), all good market towns, now in the occupation of Thos. Shaft, the proprietor.
The crops may be taken at a valuation, or not, at the opinion of the succeeding occupier. The hay, horses, waggons, carts, agricultural equipments, and ploughings, to be taken at a fair valuation.
The Estate is for the most part Copyhold of Inheritance under the Bishop of Winchester, and nearly equal in value to Freehold.
For further particulars inquire of Thomas Shaft, on the premises.
At Petersfield Market, on Wednesday, the following were the prices taken at the Market Room, Red Lion Inn …
The Petersfield Annual Cattle Fair was held this day on the Heath, and was numerously attended by buyers; of Beasts there were 2,000, and of sheep 5,000. The spot on which the Fair is held, is admirably adapted for the display of stock, and the scene presented, was one of very lively interest. This Fair was established last year, and promises to become one of equal importance to any in the country.
At Reigate, on Sunday morning, November 11, Mrs. Jolliffe, aged 76, relict of the late William Jolliffe, Esq., M. P. for Petersfield.
Died, on Sunday, at Reigate, Mrs. Joliffe, aged 76, relict of the late W. Joliffe, Esq. M. P. for Petersfield. The deceased was daughter and sole heiress of Sir Richard Hylton, of Hayton Castle, in the county of Cumberland, Baronet, the lineal descendant of the Lords de Hylton, and claimant of that ancient barony.
JOHN S. SHUGAR, Clerk to the Trustees.
WELLINGTON, His Majesty’s Lieutenant.
WINCHESTER, November 2, 1821.
List of Men enrolled to serve in the NORTH HANTS Regiment of MILITIA, who did not appear at the Time and Place appointed for Exercise, and are therefore deemed DESERTERS.
Residences when enrolled
Date of enrollment
10th November 1820
Residences when enrolled
Date of enrollment
18th October 1820
H. JOLLIFFE, Esq. M.P. for Petersfield, is about to give on Friday next, at his seat at Mersham, Surrey, a most splendid fete, on a very extended scale, to a numerous and distinguished party of fashionables.
J. JOLLIFFE, Esq. M.P. for Petersfield, gives on Friday next, at his seat, at Mersham, Surrey, a splendid fete, on a very extended scale, to a numerous and distinguished party of fashionables.
A man is detained at Petersfield, having a good grey gelding, under suspicious circumstances. He said he purchased it of a person in this neighbourhood, who disclaims all knowledge of the horse.
JOHN S. SHUGAR, Clerk to the Trustees.
JOHN S. SHUGAR, Clerk to the Trustees.
Died, on Monday last, Mrs. Minchin, relict of Mr. Jas. Andrews Minchin, Builder, Petersfield.
In the Court of King’s Bench yesterday …
In the same Court yesterday, Mr. Harrison moved for a rule to shew cause why a criminal information should not issue against Mr. Hector, who was steward of the manor and borough of Petersfield, for misconduct in his office when nominating a jury, with the view of serving the Jolliffe interest—The learned counsel being unable to shew the affidavit that Mr. Hector had acted differently from his predecessors in office, the Court refused the rule.
A motion was made on Thursday, by Mr. Harrison, in the Court of King’s Bench, to file a criminal information against Mr. Hector, Steward of the Court Leet of the Manor of Petersfield. The application was made on the ground that Mr. Hector had been guilty of gross misconduct in nominating and remaining with the Jury at the election of Mr. Jolliffe, the Mayor. The election of Mayor in the above borough is by presentment of the Court Leet Jury. Mr. Hector, as it was alleged, contrary to custom, and as the agent of Mr. Jolliffe, remained with the Jury to influence their decision. The principal freeholders, to prevent this practice, which they considered adverse to the right of election, sent Mr. Hector notice that if he persisted in being present with the Jury during the time of making their presentment, application would be made to this Court for a criminal information. Notwithstanding that notice Mr. Hector did remain with the Jury until they presented Mr. Jolliffe as Mayor. Mr. Harrison contended, that this mode of proceeding on the part of the Steward of the Court was contrary to ancient custom, and the right of election. It would also have great effect in preventing a fair return of a Member to Parliament. The Rev. Mr. Jolliffe, who was Lord of the Manor, had the intention of bringing his son in again as one of the Members for the borough, at the next election. The Lord Chief Justice enquired if Mr. Harrison had an affidavit to shew it was formerly the practice of the Steward to retire? Mr. Harrison replied in the negative; on which the Lord Chief Justice observed, it would be much to his interest to lay before the Court what the ancient practice was, and prove this to be an innovation. The Learned Counsel then said he would procure the affidavits the Court considered necessary.
On the same day, Mr. Gaselee obtained leave to file a quo warranto information against the Rev. W. J. Jolliffe, Mayor of Petersfield, and the brother of the Member for that borough, on the grounds, first, that he had been elected by a Jury, selected and nominated by the Steward, who is the Judge of the Court; and secondly, that the Steward, Mr. C. J. Hector, after nominating the Jury, had remained with them during the time they were retired to consider their presentment, for the purpose of influencing them in the election of the several officers.
Mr Harrison obtained a rule to shew cause why a criminal information should not be filed against Mr. Hector, the steward of Mr. Jolliffe, and the returning officer of Petersfield, for improper conduct at the election of Mayor on the 14th of last month.
On Monday Mr. Coltman moved the Court of King’s Bench, to make the Rule Nisi for a quo warranto information which had been obtained in the case of the King against the Mayor of Petersfield, absolute, which was granted. On the day following Mr. Harrison obtained a rule to shew cause why a criminal information should not be filed against Mr. Hector, the steward of Mr. Jolliffe, and the returning officer of Petersfield, for improper conduct at the election of Mayor on the 14th ult.
After the Surrey Meeting at Epsom, COBBETT accompanied C. J. Hector, Esq. to Petersfield, where he dined with him. From Petersfield he proceeded to Chichester, where he attended public dinner, at which he was the principle speaker.
J. S. SHUGAR, Clerk to the Trustees.
J. S. SHUGAR,
Clerk to the Trustees
A detachment of the 58th Regiment, which lately arrived from Jamaica, left Gosport Barracks this morning, for Petersfield, on their route to Chatham. The remainder will proceed on Monday.
The sum of £7 5s. was collected at the small parish of Ovington, near Alresford, on Sunday, after a sermon preached in behalf of the distressed Irish—We observe also that the undermentioned sums have been received by the Committee in London, from the following places, viz.:—Petersfield, £15 …
Rex v. Jolliffe (S. J.)—This was a quo warranto information, filed against the Rev. W. H. Jolliffe, for unlawfully exercising the office of Mayor of the Borough of Petersfield. There were 18 issues in the pleadings, and the case excited considerable interest. Mr. Adam (with whom was Mr. Frederick Williams, and Mr. Merewether) said, this was an important question, which, a few years ago the Jury hardly would have been expected to decide in that Court, because a more regular mode of proceeding could not be found in any place in the kingdom, which had continued till the year 181, when Mr. Atcheson, a respectable attorney, residing in London, thought fit to make an attempt to overturn the undeviating course pursued in this borough, from time immemorial, and disturb the peace which prevailed in it; but he did not mean to convey any reflection by this remark, and should confine himself to the question upon which they had to decide. In this borough there was a Court Leet, and the question was whether the Jury had been properly appointed or not. When the bailiff assembled the resients, it had been his invariable custom to put the names of those who had served the office of Jurors on the back of the precept. Now Mr. Atcheson contended, that the bailiff, and not the steward, ought to appoint the Jurors; but the custom would be proved always to have been as he had before stated. He should be able to shew, as far back as living memory went, that this had been the unvaried course pursued. The gentlemen of the Jury, in giving their decision on this important subject, he trusted would bear in mind that they were not deciding for Petersfield alone, but in reference to the general law of the land. Another objection made to Mr. Jolliffe’s election was, that the Steward to the Court Leet, on the Jury retiring to make their presentments, had been in the habit of attending them, while they were so doing. The next question was on the necessity of the Mayor’s residence at Petersfield. It was maintained that his place of domicile should be within the precincts of that borough; but if he could show that 20 or 30 years ago there were many Mayors who did not reside in Petersfield, it was proof that it was unnecessary, and he therefore thought that a verdict could not be given against his client on this account. Petersfield is no Corporation—the Mayor is not a Magistrate, by virtue of his office—he exercises no official duty as a Justice of the Peace—his chief duty being to return Members to Parliament for Petersfield; and no one could have supposed that a respectable attorney would have taken so much trouble, to spend his time and money, in endeavouring to unship an old interest, and substitute a new one. He should shew that the Court Leet, in January 1822, was properly appointed, and the Jurors duly sworn, and consisting of as many as the usage and custom of the place required, who were duly nominated by the steward. After some further observations the Learned Counsel called Mr. James Channon, who had been clerk to Mr. Andrews, the late steward of the manor. Being shewn two presentments, dated 18th January, 1822, he stated that they were in his writing, and that he knew the majority of the Jurors whose names were written on them. He corroborated the statement made by Mr. Adam, that it had been generally the custom for the steward to select the Jurors at the Court Leet, and to retire with them after they were sworn, to make their presentments. He knew Mr. Hilton Jolliffe, who is lord of the manor, and brother of the present defendant.—The tenor of his cross-examination was that out of about 200 houses in Petersfield, 80 or 90 are the property of Mr. Hilton Jolliffe; that the Leet Jury was generally chosen from the householders, and selected by Mr. Andrews. Mr. James Seward, clerk to Mr. Hector, was next examined, and his testimony was nearly to the same effect. Mr. Gaselee, in the course of cross-examination, elicited from him that the major part of the persons composing the Court Leet, either rented of or paid quit rent to Mr. Jolliffe.
Mr. Serjeant Pell, in an eloquent speech, addressed the Jury in support of the prosecution. After some preliminary observations, he said, he had made a little hole and covered it lightly, in the expectation that his Learned Friend, on the opposite side, would fall into it. He had called no witnesses for the prosecution, for he knew that the case would ultimately be a question of law, after the Jury had decided on the facts of this important case—as important a one as ever came on to be tried at these Assizes. The question was, whether Mr. Jolliffe should continue to exercise the office of Mayor of Petersfield or not—and who was to be the returning officer for Petersfield; for the Mayor of this borough had no other duties to perform, except of a nominal nature. His Learned Friend had wandered out of his course when he introduced the name of the prosecutor in the present action, than whom a more respectable & intelligent individual could not be found. His Learned Friend, however, had stated, that till the year 1818, the peace of the borough had not been disturbed till Mr. Atcheson, the attorney from the city of London, came down to Petersfield for the express purpose of interrupting it; but he (Sergeant Pell) would say, let any man come forward and attempt to set that right which was wrong. This borough, he supposed, was to be considered private property; but he would tell his Learned Friend, that it was public property, and every man in the country had a direct interest in every place which sent Members to Parliament; and, forsooth, because a gentleman had thought the return had been illegally made, and the proceedings irregular, was he to be designated as a disturber of the public peace, and an invader of private rights? This was language not consistent with the first principles of the Constitution under which we live; and though no man feared the consequences of innovations upon ancient customs and established rules more than himself, still he would say that man was the best benefactor of his country who brought back, as far as he could, things to that original state in which they ought to be found. Having relieved himself from the imputation of designing to break into that which was the law of the land, he hoped the Jury would be convinced that the course he was pursuing was in order to conform to it. This mode of election had been termed by one of his Learned Friends opposed to him, the custom of the borough; but they had adduced no proof that it came within the legal meaning of the term—having its origin under a prescriptive right. Nothing had done more mischief in this kingdom than the perversion of that which was mere usage into that which was erroneously supposed to be custom. Nothing was more dangerous than confounding these terms which were so widely different in import. If he spoke of custom, he alluded to some remote period of antiquity, and having a reasonable foundation for its origin; but, with regard to the plea of custom, set up in this case, here is the steward to the lord of the manor of Petersfield to issue his precept to the bailiff of that borough, and by that precept he is to obtain the return of a number of persons who are to form the Court Leet; the steward may nominate the various persons whom the bailiff is to warn or summon. This mode of proceeding was utterly inconsistent with the principles of our Constitution, and therefore, were it in usage of 100 years standing, it could not be supported on that account. The Learned Serjeant then called upon the Jury for a special verdict, for although he had not the slightest doubt of his Lordship’s judgement, he requested this, in order that it might have that due deliberation in another Court, which it could not receive there. It was absurd that a Mayor should have no other duties to perform but that of returning members to Parliament; here was a borough and no corporation, which was equally absurd; and here was Petersfield governed by a Mayor, chosen at a Court Leet, having no duties to perform, and his residence in the borough not necessary. Here was a Jury selected, nominated, and appointed, to discharge a public duty, who were taken by that individual who had the greatest interest in the election. This was a perfect mockery, and, without meaning to say that the defendant on the record would do anything improper—
Mr. Adam here stated that he had misinterpreted what had fallen from the Learned Judge. The Learned Gentleman then proceeded to state that he should endeavour to show that this usage which had prevailed a long time, was a reasonable and eligible custom. He had never stated this to be an invasion of private right; he had asserted that Mr. Atcheson had disturbed the peace of the borough, by repeated contested elections; but to impute to him that he had disturbed Mr. Jolliffe’s private rights was not founded in fact, as he had never attempted to deny that they were public rights. The Learned Gentleman then went on to maintain that evidence of an uniform course of usage for 20 years, and he could have proved it much farther back, was sufficient to establish, for the doctrine of presumption had never been shaken. How would they be able to shew their right to the property of their ancestors? He therefore submitted that there could be no ground for saying that the usage of modern times was not to affect their judgement. The point of the contest, in the present case, was, whether the steward or the bailiff was to choose the Jury. Now this was a very important Court Leet, and were the Jury then not to be chosen by the steward, who, of the two, was the most disinterested person? He considered the present mode of election the most eligible, and not at all singular, as it had been termed by his Learned Friend, for it prevailed in many places. If, then, the Jury were satisfied that this mode of election had prevailed for the time he had mentioned, it was sufficient for them to say that it was the legal course. Mr. Adam then contended that the presence of the steward, when the Jurors were making their presentments, was not improper; on the contrary, should any thing out of the ordinary course happen, he was on the spot to direct them, and so far from the circumstance being without precedent, it was well known that the officer of the Court of King’s Bench always attended the Jury in their room. The security of the inhabitants of Petersfield was the certainty of the punishment that would follow any dereliction of duty. The Learned Gent. Concluded a very ingenious and able address by expressing the regret he felt that the misapprehension of what had fallen from his Learned Friend should have made it necessary for him again to trouble them, and trusted that his unintentional error would not be prejudicial to the interests of Mr. Jolliffe.
Serjeant Pell resumed. Mr. Jolliffe, after this, certainly could not complain that any opportunity was neglected to obtain justice for him. He should maintain that the question for the Jury was, whether this course had prevailed from time immemorial. The period of 18 years could not warrant that construction, and no known law sanctioned it; yet his Learned Friend had laboured to establish this fact, which he could not sustain upon any legal principle. What was the principle in the case of a modus for instance, which in itself was a most unreasonable payment made in respect of tithes? Why, the parties, to establish it, must shew its existence for 100 years, or even so far back as the time of Richard I. which is the date of all immemorial usage; then the argument against its payment must be, that in its nature it was unreasonable. As the contested elections had been alluded to, in consequence of what Mr. Atcheson had done—(The Learned Sergeant was told from the Bench that he was deviating from the regular course of argument.) If so, he forbore to press the observation, or to say whether Petersfield had received any benefit or not from that gentleman’s exertions. Having dwelt on the circumstance, that Mr. Hector had not been called, and drawn an inference that his presence in the witness box would have been unfavourable to the defendant, he asked where were the Court Rolls of the borough before 1802, and the presentments before that period?—Were they all locked up in Mr. Hector’s house? Or, perhaps, they were deposited in his green bag. They had all heard of a green bag, and he suspected Mr. Hector had a very large one. Where were the notable papers on which the Jury were to form an opinion that this was a custom from time immemorial? But was the steward of the manor to warn the bailiff what people were to serve on Juries, and to be present at their presentments? Certainly not. Having noticed the case of the King v. Bingham, in support of his argument, Sergeant Pell proceeded. Perhaps the steward was supposed to be so much more wise in these matters, that it was thought right to vest him with this particular power; but the usage here shewn was no legal evidence of custom, and would not support the principle of immemorial practice. The Learned Serjeant then quoted a passage from a work furnished by Mr. Merewether, in which the author notices the incroachment on the elective franchise, which, he observes, is insidiously and cautiously made, advancing step by step, and too well disguised to arouse the attention of those who are dispossessed by it.—He recollected an instance in Buckinghamshire, though, thank God, it occurred many years ago, where a lady returned two Members of Parliament; and if the doctrine laid down by his Learned Friend were to obtain, they would find that all the old ladies in the kingdom would be sending Members to Parliament. The Learned Serjeant, in conclusion, said that he had stated all the facts of this important case, and if the Jury coincided in opinion with him, their decision would have the effect of bringing things back where they ought to be; they would maintain the purity of the elective franchise, which was the palladium of our liberties.
The Learned Judge (Burrough), in summing up, said, the Jury must entirely throw out of their consideration, whether Mr. Atcheson had done right or wrong, as that had nothing to do with the question, and they must confine themselves strictly to the record. Something had been said about the steward not having been called. This certainly was a matter of choice, and if the defendant had not thought proper to call him, the prosecutor might have so done. This borough appeared to be constituted by prescription, and not by charter, and all its branches by usage. They would find that there had been Courts Leet, at which the Mayor had been always elected. His Lordship argued in favour of the doctrine of presumption, the principle of which was well laid down by my Lord Coke, who said that, “slight evidence unanswered amounts to cogent proof.” Why then were they to infer that the practice at Petersfield was illegal? If it were proved to have existed 20 years ago, and the contrary not shown, they were to presume that it existed long ago. The evidence was all on one side, and none had been adduced by the other; and if this evidence were correct, and no answer given to it, then Lord Coke placed it in as strong a light as possible. They were pressed very hard to find that it was not a custom, because it had not existed farther back than 20 years; but though this borough sent Members to Parliament, it was highly probable that the Court Leet, with all its privileges, might have existed long before Petersfield sent Members to Parliament. Some years ago, when a Member was returned to Parliament, he was obliged to attend, and the service was considered a burthen and inconvenience. His journey to town was like Sir Francis Wronghead in the play; he took about six weeks to get to town, and the same time to return, but in those times they were paid for the job; now, however, it was widely different; great anxiety was evinced on the subject, as the House of Commons presented so grand a forum for making speeches. His Lordship having commented on the mode of election, and the Constitution of the Courts Leet, adverted to the testimony, which he said, went as far back as 1798; and if they were of the opinion the evidence was unanswered, they would find it was the custom of the borough. The other points would be reserved for the opinion of the Courts above. With respect to the Mayor’s residence, they had no evidence that he was compelled to live within the precincts of the borough. Two instances were known when the Mayor did not so reside; and the other side, to establish this part of their case, ought to have shewn that the residence of the Mayor was imperative; but he was not a Justice of the Peace. In cases where they had various duties to perform it might be necessary because they could not properly exercise their duties without it. They would take these circumstances into their consideration, and return a special verdict, and then he hardly knew how he could put the case in any shape satisfactory to the Counsel for the prosecution.
The Jury returned a verdict for the defendant, observing they had no doubt as to the usage from custom. The questions at law are therefore to be specially argued, the Learned Judge observing, that this case, which contained so many issues, was like a game at nine-pins—knock the first pin down, and the rest follow of course.
This important case occupied the Court upwards of six hours. The following is a brief statement of the trial.
Mr. CARTER opened the information on the part of the Crown, against the Rev. Wm. John Joliffe, Mayor of the borough of Petersfield: and Mr. Sergeant PELL and Mr. GASELEE followed on the same side.—The issues were 18 in number.
Mr. ADAMS, Mr. MERRYWEATHER, and Mr. WILLIAMS, conducted the defence; and the Learned Counsel (Mr. ADAMS) submitted that he should be entitled to a verdict in favour of his client, the Rev. Mr. Joliffe. The peace of the borough, he said, had never been disturbed until the year 1818, until Mr. Atcheson attempted to overturn the immemorial usage and custom long established; and contended that the election of the Mayor was good by nomination of the Steward to the Jury at the Court Leet, and put in various presentments to that effect.
Mr. Sergeant PELL, in a luminous address to the Jury, contended against the usage and custom, because no interruption had been made to the election of a Mayor, who had no duty to perform but to return Members for the borough to Parliament, and that the presentment should be by the Bailiff, and not by the Steward. Several witnesses were called as to whether the Mayor should not have been, previous to his election, a resident, which it appeared the Rev. Mr. Joliffe had not been, although he had a house in the borough; but then it was proved in evidence that two Mayors had before been elected who were not resident in the Borough at the time. Mr. ADAMS contended, that it had always been the custom from 1801 to the present time, a period of a more than 20 years, to elect the Mayor, which constituted a right. The Learned JUDGE, in charging the Jury, quoted Lord Coke and various authorities as to ancient usages and customs, and left them to say whether the law of ancient customs so long established should be altered.
The Jury found as follows: “We find the usage from custom.” When Serjeant PELL addressed his Lordship, who directed the Jury to find for the Defendant, subject to be turned into a special verdict, with liberty to apply to the Courts above.
J. S. SHUGAR, Clerk to the Trustees.
Many of the principal inhabitants of Petersfield, with a view to promote the security and convenience of the town, have laudably entered into a subscription for lighting the streets during the ensuing winter. Nearly fifty lamps have already been provided, and an additional number will be used, as circumstances may appear to require.
DISGRACEFUL OCCURRENCE.—A Correspondent informs us that a person in Petersfield—we have his name and calling—“actually offered a sovereign to the ringers of the church bells of that town to ring a merry peal in consequence of the lamented decease of the Marquis of Londonderry"! The wretch found his offer spurned at by those to whom it was made.
The Annual Meeting of the Petersfield Agricultural Society was held at Petersfield, on Tuesday the 13th day of August. The Exhibition of Stock took place in a field belonging to John Shackleford, Esq. adjoining the town. The Stock produced was considered to be of the first description, and gave great satisfaction to the company present, which chiefly consisted of Farmers and Breeders of Stock, and it was much regretted that several gentlemen who formerly patronised the Shew by their personal attendance, were absent upon the occasion, and upon the whole, the meeting was thinly attended, and did not go off with that spirit which had been observed heretofore. The utmost harmony prevailed at the dinner, which was served by Deane, at the Dolphin Inn, in his usual excellent manner, and a conversation connected with Agricultural subjects kept up during the day. It seemed to be the prevailing opinion that the capital of the Yeomanry was rapidly declining, and that they were totally unable to sustain the present weight of taxes, tythes, rates and other outgoings; and that an overwhelming crisis was approaching. Several practical farmers gave their opinion upon the subject of Rents and outgoing, and it was stated that if the present tenantry of the country and their families were reduced or annihilated, the land would go into hands unequal in skill and capital either to employ or to administer the necessary relief to the poor, thereby creating not only much local distress and inconvenience, but considerably augment the existing difficulties of the country in general.
Mr. Ellman, of Glynde, the celebrated breeder of South Down Stock, was present, and addressed the company in a clear and perspicuous speech upon the distressed state of the Agricultural interest, which he attributed chiefly to the great weight of taxation under which the country laboured, and which, in his opinion, entirely prevented the tenantry from getting remunerating prices for their produce.
After the prizes were distributed by Mr. Jas. White of Paulsgrove, who presided in the absence of Richard Norris, Esq. President of the Society, a Resolution was entered into by the Subscribers (for which see Advertisement), and the company separated under the pleasing hope, that although they could not any longer continue their exertions for the improvement of stock, they might, by their intended meetings, conduce not only to the benefit of the tenantry of the country, but also of the Landed proprietors, whose interests are inseparably connected with those of their tenants.
We adverted, on Wednesday last, in terms of indignation and disgust, to the brutal conduct displayed by a part of the rabble at the funeral of the late Marquis of Londonderry. We stated, also, what we believed to have been the operating causes of that conduct—the writings of the seditious press. The same causes have produced, if not the same, at least analogous, consequences, in other places besides the Metropolis. It is with shame and humiliation we state, upon the authority of a Provincial Paper, and of a private letter, that in two villages, the church bells actually rang a rejoicing peal, when the intelligence of the melancholy catastrophe arrived? This is not a question of political feeling; it is one of a much deeper and a much more serious character. It involves the moral habits and dispositions of the people of this country, and forebodes awful results to us all. The terrific depravity of mind which can savagely exult at such a deplorable event, in every point of view, as that we now allude to, must fit its possessor for the perpetration of any crime, however bloody and detestable, which could be safely committed. We do most firmly and conscientiously believe, that the wretch who can smile in triumph over the bleeding corpse of a good man, whose own frenzied hand had hurried him before his MAKER, is one, who wants that opportunity to riot in blood and murder.—Good God! Let us admit, to its fullest extent, all that is asserted by these miscreants—let us allow, that the late Marquis of Londonderry was, and deserved to be, an unpopular Minister; still he was a man—aye, and a man whom his worst enemies allowed to have teemed with every private and domestic virtue. Is, then, the death of such a man, under any circumstances and, least of all, under such sad ones as terminated his earthly career—to be made a theme for devilish joy? Oh! Shame to England, that she has nourished in her bosom such degenerate sons! The existence of but one such being would be enough to fix a blot upon the country; yet, we fear that there are many, many, upon whom the irreligious and demoralising writings of the present age have worked this fearful change. These too—and let it not be forgotten while we live—these are the men who are seeking to gain ascendancy; these are the persons who tell us we are misgoverned, who call for Reform, who affect patriotism, who cry aloud that till we change our masters, we can have no public prosperity or private happiness.—Courier.
The following are the two cases to which we alluded at the commencement of this article.—A Correspondent from Portsmouth writes thus :—
“In consequence of your remarks, in the Courier of yesterday on a very disgraceful occurrence that took place at the funeral of late lamented Marquis of Londonderry, at the door of the Abbey, I send you an account of a similar disgraceful scene that actually took place at Hambledon, a short distance from this.—When his Lordship’s death was first made known in the village, a subscription was immediately set on foot, and the church bells actually rung for a considerable time in the evening, by way of rejoicing. It is worthy of remark that the Rector of the Parish, who resides in the village, is respectably connected, and is one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace, yet he suffered the Church to be disgraced in this way. How different did the ringers at Petersfield act. When a contemptible pettifogging Lawyer sent them a sovereign to ring a merry peal on the occasion, they returned it back with disdain, stating, that if they did ring, it would be gratia, with the bells masked, when the funeral should take place.”
We have inserted, in our preceding page, two letters from Petersfield, selected from several others which we have received, relating to the individual who, as we are informed, offered a sovereign to the church ringers if they would ring a merry peal on the melancholy event of the late Marquess of Londonderry’s death.—When we first alluded to that circumstance, we did so upon no anonymous authority, and the communications we have since received, also authenticated by names, leave us little room to doubt that it actually occurred. We are now called upon to give the name of the person who so conducted himself, in justice to the other inhabitants of Petersfield, and we do think we are bound to obey this call. We state, then, that Mr. J. Hector is the individual who has been represented to us as having made the offer in question. If it be in his power to disprove the assertion of our correspondents, he will thank us for giving him the opportunity; if he cannot we leave him to reconcile such conduct, with what should have been the feelings of a liberal mind, upon the occasion alluded to, in the best way he can. Since the affair was first mentioned, we have had several communications, and none of them anonymous, respecting Mr. Hector’s general character, his political sentiments, and other circumstances. With all these, however we have nothing to do. We indulge in no private attacks. The particular transaction which we have reprobated, was a public offence; an offence against public decency and public feeling. To expose to just animadversion such offences, is the duty of a Journalist, for it operates as a wholesome check upon their repetition. We shall only add, that Mr. Hector, of whom we know nothing personally, is described to us as the agent of Hylton Joliffe, Esq. (Member for Petersfield), an attorney, a banker, and a public brewer.—Courier.
The only impediment to making an excellent road from the northern part of Hampshire, into Sussex, by way of Basingstoke and Midhurst, appears to be the want of immediate funds, and an Act of Parliament, either to extend the powers of the Commissioners under the Portsmouth Road Act, or to establish a new trust, to embrace both the road from Alton, as well as from Alresford to Petersfield. It appears that the trustees of the St. Albans, Bilston, and Wolverhampton Roads, and in various other districts, have borrowed money of the Exchequer Bill Commissioners, for the improvement of these roads; and there is no do doubt but that they would lend an adequate sum to make the communication complete between Hampshire and Sussex, which is now so much wanted, from the great intercourse with the Sussex Coast.
Died on Tuesday last, at Bramshot, near Petersfield, deservedly respected, Mr. Walter Butler, solicitor, of Havant, leaving a widow and five children to mourn the loss of an amiable and affectionate husband and father.
C. J. HECTOR, Clerk to the Trustees.
23rd September, 1822
On the 3d inst. at Fair Oak Lodge, near Petersfield, the Hon. Lady Paget, of a daughter.
C. J. HECTOR, Clerk to the Trustees.
Died, on Saturday, at East Barnet, Mrs. Page, widow of John Page, Esq. and Aunt of C. J. Hector, Esq. of Petersfield.
Yesterday, in the Court of King’s Bench, Mr. Sergeant Pell moved for a rule to shew cause why a verdict should not be entered for the Crown in the case Rex v. Jolliffe, instead of for the defendant. It will be in the recollection of our readers that this was a quo warranto information tried at our last Summer Assizes before Mr. Justice Burrough, calling on the defendant to shew by what authority he held the situation of returning officer for the election of the Mayor of Petersfield. The issue was respecting the mode in which persons voted at the Court’s leet. The defendants acted as steward of the manor. On the trial, Mr. Sergeant Pell, contended the evidence of custom was too slight to sustain the verdict for the defendant. The Jury found for the defendant under the direction of the Judge; and the Court was now moved upon a misdirection of the Judge. Objection was taken on the trial to the return being made by the Steward, the Bailiff being the proper person to make the return; by that means, the Lord of the Manor, having authority over the Steward, would exercise that influence which he would not possess over the Bailiff. The Court held that the Steward of the Manor, according to the customs of Courts-leet in general would necessarily nominate those who were to serve on a Jury. Mr. Sergeant Pell contended, that a custom of 20 years, where the plaintiff was nor permitted to give in his answer, was insufficient evidence to sustain the direction given to the Jury by the Learned Judge. In the King and Bingham (2d East.) an objection was taken to the returning officer nominating the Jury. Mr. Justice Bayley observed, if the steward presided as Judge, he would have an opportunity of judging whether the bailiff had chosen proper persons.—Rule granted.
Several graziers who have attended Petersfield Markets these last twenty years, request us to state, that the retail prices of Meat in this County, are much too high, compared with what the wholesale market prices are.
“Saturday, Feb. 5, 1803.
“We, the undersigned, being the major part of the Trustees of Churcher’s College, in pursuance of an Act of Parliament for regulating and making more effectual certain Charities given by the Will of Richard Churcher, deceased, for the use and benefit of the Town and Borough of Petersfield, in the County of Southampton. Do nominate and make choice of Hylton Jolliffe, Esq. to be Treasurer, for the said Charity, in the room of William Jolliffe, Esq. deceased: And we do further order and appoint the said Hylton Jolliffe, Esq. to receive the balance due from the said William Jolliffe, Esq. to the said Charity, and to be accountable for the same.”
Now I read this entry to shew, that Hylton Jolliffe, when he was appointed Treasurer, was directed to pay the balance due from his father, amounting to 1600l. exclusive of interest, from the year 1803 down to the present day; and that not being paid, seems to be something more than mere neglect on the part of the Trustees; it is the result of a system which has been pursued with regard to this Charity. If they had not been all relations, which they admit they are, they would not have placed that confidence in each other. I do not impute to this family, any wilful misconduct, arising from improper motives. It arises from neglect—they seem to have taken for granted that he would pay that sum—he has taken for granted, that the College Fund was sufficient—he has not paid it; and that is the mildest view I can take of it. That these Trustees have not called upon him, is enough for the Court to direct the removal of them; the question is not the motive of this neglect of their duty, or whether they have wilfully misconducted themselves, or whether they have applied any part of this money to their own use—that is not charged. The fund itself is not large enough for it, and I cannot suppose that any sum is large enough for it; but we look to the Trustees without any reference to their names, and see whether they have conducted themselves in such a manner as Trustees ought to conduct themselves. From the year 1803 down to the time of the filing this information, not a word is said as to the settlement of this account. It is said, indeed, that funds are forthcoming, and that it will be accounted for, with interest perhaps; but that does not answer what the Court requires. These two facts, therefore, with respect to these two sums, are what I mean to trouble your Honour upon; but we conceive that the circumstance of not investing the one thousand five hundred pounds in the Accountant-General’s hands, because they did not know of it, is but a bad excuse in a Court of Equity. It was within their power to know it. We do not impute any corrupt motive, and I have taken pains to say that—but we say that they have been negligent. If they had made the inquiry which every Executor and Trustee ought to make, and which he would be answerable in costs for in this Court if he did not make, the sum of 500l., which, by the accumulation of the dividends, afterwards amounted to upwards of 1500l., would not have remained unproductive from 1806 until after the institution of this suit in 1818. All these things certainly do make out a case of negligent conduct. I do not wish to state it higher. That they have been guilty of negligent conduct, and although they may attempt to justify themselves upon the ground of not knowing, it cannot avail them, as the Court has been in the habit of removing Trustees upon that ground only—that of gross neglect from time to time. I therefore submit to your Honour that all the Trustees should be removed, but particularly those who have been illegally appointed, and that upon all other points there must be a reference to the Master.
Mr. GLYNN.—I shall not address your Honour upon those points as to which you have directed an inquiry by the Master, but submit to your Honour some observations upon some other points, which ought also to form a ground of consideration on the part of the Master.
Sir, unquestionably, we do not impute to these Trustees any corrupt motive, but, in order to lay the foundation for saying, that it is not fit they should be continued as Trustees, I apprehend we are not bound to shew, that there has been corruption on the part of the Trustees, but that neglect of duty, that want of care in the management of the funds, and that want of care in the due administration of the trust, by which the Charity has been materially prejudiced. I apprehend, that it will be sufficient for the removal of Trustees if that be shewn. For this purpose the Court will permit me to advert to the funds in the hand of the Accountant-General; for though it may be said, it is a singular instance, in which imputation is cast upon Trustees, that they have not received what is due to the estate, I apprehend it is a part of the case which we are entitled to make either as a ground of removal, or as a ground to show, that there have been balances not received. Looking into the state of the balances, it is impossible not to advert to the strange nature of the information which was filed in 1806. What was it? It appears that, at that time, there were seven Trustees—five acting Trustees besides Mr. Hylton Jolliffe the then Realtor, and the defendant, Mr. Thomas Samuel Jolliffe. That information is filed at the relation of Mr. Hylton Jolliffe, upon an allegation that Mr. Thomas Samuel Jolliffe is the sole Trustee; for that is the ground upon which the relief is sought; namely, for six Trustees to be added to Mr. Samuel Jolliffe. Whatever might be the motive of such an information being filed, whether for the purpose of preventing other persons coming with an information to the Court, or for any other purpose, I pretend not to say: but it was founded upon a wholly untrue allegation, there being at the time seven Trustees, the whole number was complete. Mr. Hylton Jolliffe standing before the Court as a disinterested person, he being a Trustee and Treasurer, yet he filed that information for a reference to the Master to appoint six fresh Trustees, with Mr. Samuel Jolliffe, who declined to elect new ones, as he considered he could not do so by the Act of Parliament. I submit that that was a very singular information to file, when there were already seven Trustees, and at the time when this balance was said to be due from Mr. William Jolliffe, and which still remains due, and admitted to be so to a certain extent; and when there wasa considerable balance even remaining in the hands of Mr. Hylton Jolliffe. Yet that information never prays any account for that which was so due by Mr. Hylton Jolliffe, the relator, but treats in all, as if all the balances were quite correct, and as if nothing were due, and nothing to be received by the Charity, and calls upon the Court to appoint six new Trustees. With such an information, the funds are transferred to the Accountant-General, and a reference is made to the Master to approve of six other Trustees. Now t does not appear what was further done under that information—probably, as Mr. Hylton Jolliffe was the realtor, he would get the other persons, with Mr. Thomas Samuel Jolliffe, together with himself, appointed Trustees; but it was suppressed that there were these existing Trustees, who had acted as such, and the subject of these balances was not mentioned.
VICE-CHANCELLOR.—Pray, Mr. Glynn what was the intention of that information. I take it for granted, that you know that the election of these six Trustees had been wholly irregular, and that they were not in truth Trustees, and that it was impossible to make a regular notice of Trustees under that Act of Parliament without the authority of the Court. Therefore Mr. Jolliffe most properly filed that information, to have the trust filled up by the authority of the Court.
Mr. GLYNN.—If that was the object of the relator in filing the information, he ought to have stated to the Court that there were at that time those Trustees acting, which fact was entirely suppressed.
VICE-CHANCELLOR.—There would have been no harm in acknowledging they had been acting under a mistake, and there could not be any others appointed except by the authority of the Court. There was nothing criminal in not stating to the Court that fact; for we must not, Mr. Glynn, shut our eyes to the real nature of the case. There could be no possible motive for the application to the Court, but that the trust might be filled up properly under the Act of Parliament; therefore we must not throw a cloud over the facts as if there were some mystery about them. There could be nothing but a proper motive for the filing of that information.
Mr. GLYNN.—But still I think it would have made difference, if that circumstance had been mentioned to the Master. But notwithstanding the bonus was given by the Bank at that time, and the interest on Bank Stock was increased from 7 to 10 per cent., they did not receive the whole amount of dividends, but left a large balance totally unproductive, which furnishes us, as we submit, with a ground for contending, that on their part they have been guilty of gross negligence. Notice had been given them by their bankers, Messrs. Hammersleys, as appears from an entry in their proceedings, of a bonus which had been added to the Bank Stock, and the amount of dividends, yet still they took no steps to avail themselves of this increase of funds, or to invest the large balance in the hands of the Accountant-General, by which negligence a considerable loss, we submit, has been sustained by the Charity. Then, with regard to the balance in the hands of Mr. Wm. Jolliffe——
VICE-CHANCELLOR.—Can I do more for you upon that than I have already stated.
Mr. GLYNN.—Your Honour sees that at the time that Mr. Hylton Jolliffe is appointed Treasurer, an order is actually made upon him by the other Trustees, and of which he is cognizant, for we have proof of that fact—an order was made upon him in 1803, to pay that balance, he having received it from himself as executor. Now your Honour sees, in the twofold character which he sustained of debtor as executor, and creditor as Treasurer, it was his duty to retain that out of the assets of Mr. W. Jolliffe. He swears, however, that there was not sufficient assets; but I submit it was his duty to retain any assets which came into his hands from his father’s estate for that purpose. He ought, I submit to your Honour, to have retained that sum out of the assets in his hands.
VICE-CHANCELLOR.—Do you mean to contend, Mr. Glynn, that he ought to have retained that sum out of the assets which might come into his hands, for the payment of this balance, in priority to any other creditor?
Mr. HORNE.—My Learned Friend knows very well that the Gentleman to whom he has alluded died insolvent.
VICE-CHANCELLOR.—I ask Mr. Glynn, upon his own argument, whether he means to contend here, that Mr. Hylton Jolliffe, who, after his father’s death, became Treasurer of this Charity, could, as executor to his father, in priority to any other creditor, retain out of the assets, satisfaction of this deed?
Mr. GLYNN.—No, but having notice of this being due, he ought to have applied the assets to that debt.
VICE-CHANCELLOR.—He ought to have done his duty as Executor, and to have applied the assets equally. For what other creditor could he or ought he, to have retained the assets? But because he became, by virtue of his capacity as Trustee, the person to receive the debt, you contend that he ought to have given priority to this debt which was due to the Charity.
Mr. WETHERELL.—I am told that the Will of Mr. Wm. Jolliffe was proved under 10,000l.
VICE-CHANCELLOR.—That was a fact, which I confess, Mr. Wetherell, startled me to the outset, when I heard the pleadings opened, and I then stated, that you were entitled to an enquiry, what was the balance due from Mr. William Jolliffe to Mr. Hylton Jolliffe, on account of the Charity, and whether his Son possessed assets sufficient to satisfy the debt, or any and what part of it. If so, it was his duty to have detained it: but if the fact turn out, that the father, Mr. William Jolliffe, died insolvent, if there was nothing to pay, it follows of course that there was nothing to receive.
Mr. GLYNN.—He offers to pay it.
Mr. HORNE.—Yes, subject to the assets; take it as you find it.
Married at Petersfield, on Thursday last, Mr. Henry Mills, Miller, of Heyshott, Sussex, to Miss Mary Maxwell, daughter of the late Mr. Thos. Maxwell, of Harting, Sussex
Churcher’s College, Petersfield.—An application was on Monday made in the Vice-Chancellor’s Court, praying his Honour to direct that Hylton Jolliffe, Thos. S. Jolliffe, J. Twyford Jolliffe, Thos. R. Jolliffe, Wm. J. Jolliffe, Sam. Twyford, and Charles Twyford, at present acting as trustees of Churcher’s College, Petersfield, be removed from their offices, and others appointed in their places. The information against the defendants was nominally at the instance of the Attorney-General, and the application was grounded upon alleged improper conduct. The Vice-Chancellor said, it was not imputed to any of the defendants that they had used the power or property which was vested in them for any corrupt purpose, with one exception, and that was an important one. This single charge of corrupt conduct was made against Mr. Hylton Jolliffe, a gentleman of large property, and filling a high situation in life. In 1803, the father of this gentleman died, and he succeeded him as acting trustee and treasurer to the charity. When Mr. Hylton Jolliffe became treasurer, it was his duty to inquire whether any and what balance was due to the charity from his father, the late treasurer. It could not have been difficult for Mr. Hylton Jolliffe to have ascertained these points; for he apprehended that the books of the accounts of the charity would afford the necessary information. But Mr. Hylton Jolliffe filled a double character; he was not only treasurer and trustee to the charity, but also executor to his father.—It was charged in the information that a large balance, £1,600, was due to the charity by the former treasurer, of which Mr. H. Jolliffe had not paid a single shilling down to the present moment. If the fact should appear to stand as it was charged in the information—if it were proved that Mr. H. Jolliffe had not paid the balance owing by his father, although he possessed property from his father to pay his debts, the Court, notwithstanding the high character of the defendant, would perform its duty to the charity by declaring that he should no longer continue one of those persons who were appointed to protect its interests and administer its property. Mr. Jolliffe answered the charge brought against him by stating that he believed there was a balance due to the charity from his father, of which he admitted he had not paid a shilling; but he added, that his father died insolvent, and that he, as his executor, never possessed any property which he could apply in liquidation of his debts. This statement, which was upon oath, did not, however, determine the question. The persons who had filed the information had no right to have the fact established by the mere oath of the party accused, but by judicial evidence. The Court, therefore, must send it to the Master to inquire whether the former treasurer died indebted to the charity, and in what sum; and whether Mr. H. Jolliffe was possessed of any assets applicable to the payment of his father’s debts, or any part of them. When the result of their inquiry should be known, the Court would determine whether it would allow the defendant to continue in his situation or not. It had been argued that the other trustees had been guilty of criminal negligence, inasmuch as they were cognizant of the balance due by the former treasurer, and yet had never called upon his successor to pay it over to the charity, whereby they had proved themselves to be unfit for the situation which they filled. The present was not the proper time for the Court to decide that question. If it should appear to be necessary when the report of the Master should be made, the Court would then perform its duty. With the exception of the before-mentioned charge, there was nothing in the information which imputed corruption to any of the defendants; but there was a great deal which imputed irregularities to them. For instance, the founder of the charity provided by his will that the boys educated in the school should be provided with clothing, board, and lodging, out of the funds of the charity. Now it appeared that during the present administration of the charity, and for many years previous, the scholars boarded and lodged at the college. The trustees accounted for this seeming abandonment of their trust, by stating that the funds of the charity until lately have been totally inadequate to provide for the boarding and lodging of the scholars, and that they have duly administered every shilling. It was true, they observed, that boarders were kept in the college; but these children were maintained at the personal expense of their parents, and not at the cost of the charity. The practice of admitting boarders of this description had been sanctioned by their predecessors as a means of increasing the income of the master of the school, whose salary was only £40 per annum, which was a sum totally inadequate to the support of his family. This statement was made upon oath, and was not contradicted, and he (the Vice-Chancellor), was of opinion that the trustees had exercised a sound discretion in permitting the master to augment his salary in the manner described. The means which had here been adopted for increasing the income of the master had been resorted to in all the great charities in the kingdom, and it was to that in some degree that it was owing that the youth of this country were better instructed than that of any of the continental nations. Since the Act of Parliament had been passed for regulating the affairs of this charity, the income had increased from £180 to £600 per annum: it would therefore be necessary to refer it to the Master to approve of a new scheme of management by which the increased funds would be applied so as best to answer the intention of the founder. He would now allude to another irregularity which was imputed to the defendants. Some years since a person named Travers was appointed master of the school. It appeared that in consequence of this individual’s conduct being considered very improper, he was deprived of his office, and thus reduced to a state of extreme poverty. The defendants admitted that they recommended to the successor of this miserable man to make some little provision for him out of his salary, and consequently the present master had annually appropriated £20 to this purpose. It certainly was improper on the part of the trustees to recommend the present master to devote a part of his income to the relief of his predecessor; but it did not appear that in doing so they had been actuated by any corrupt motive; therefore a Court of Justice could not declare that by such an act they had proved themselves unworthy of administering the affairs of the charity. It had been said that the trustees were all members of one family, and that they neglected to attend to the duties of their offices, but deputed the head of the family to manage the concerns of the charity. If it had been proved that the trustees had thus defeated the intentions of the founder of the charity, the Court would not hesitate to remove them; but there was no evidence of the fact. It did appear, however, that two of the trustees, namely, Thos. Samuel Jolliffe and John Twyford Jolliffe, had never attended to the administration of the affairs of the charity. The Court must make an order for the removal of these gentlemen, unless they would themselves tender their resignation, which would be much pleasanter.
Mr. Horne stated that those gentlemen would resign.
The Vice-Chancellor, on the application of Mr. Wetherell, directed that it should be referred to the Master, to inquire whether Mr. Thomas Twyford Jolliffe and Mr. Chas. Edward Twyford had been duly elected trustees.
A numerous and respectable meeting of Farmers was held on Tuesday last, at Petersfield, for the purpose of forming an Agricultural Society on the plan proposed by Mr. Ellman, at the breaking up of the last Annual Petersfield Sheep Show, when a number of resolutions were entered into, and those present concurred in the expediency of establishing such a Club as should afford the means of correspondence with societies of a similar description in this and other counties, thereby enabling the agriculturalists to combine their efforts for obtaining relief under the present melancholy distress.
JAS. WHITE, CHAIRMAN.
At the end of last Term, a rule was obtained in the Court of King’s Bench, against Mr. C. J. Hector, an attorney of Petersfield, to shew cause why he should not pay the costs of an ejectment, brought by the Lord of the Manor of Liss, against Knowles, a pauper, for defending the action without his authority.
Clerk to the Trustees.
On Thursday last Miss PARR, of Petersfield, gave a dinner to fifty poor children, of roast beef and plum pudding.
The Hon. W. M. GAGE, President.
Mr. GEORGE BUTLER, Vice.
PETERSFIELD.—Monday last was the annual Court Leet and Court Baron of Hylton Jolliffe, Esq. Lord of the Manor of Petersfield, for the choice of Officers for the ensuing year, when Mr. Holland, a respectable tradesman, and a resident of the town, was elected Mayor. A number of friends were invited on the occasion by Nathaniel Atcheson, Esq. to dine with him, at the Red Lion Inn, and about seventy gentlemen and tradesmen of the town and neighbourhood, sat down to an excellent dinner, served up in Holdaway’s best style. The usual loyal and appropriate toasts and sentiments were done ample justice to, and the old subjects of Emancipation, Liberty, and Independence, were not forgotten, when the health of the Chairman (Mr. Atcheson) was drunk with enthusiastic plaudits. In returning thanks, the worthy Chairman went over the grounds so frequently repeated in our paper and elsewhere, on the subject of the borough. He said he could not invent new words to convey his sentiments, but would renew all he had ever used towards the town and its inhabitants, assuring them that nothing should ever be wanting on his part to ensure their independence; and indeed he considered it almost completed by the recent decision of the House of Commons, as the right of election, which has now placed within the power of every man, and the borough, from its servile state, was become as free and as open as any borough in the kingdom, Weymouth not excepted. Though there were other minor and contingent questions to be decided connected with the affairs of the borough, he considered the principal point was set at rest for ever, as the decision he alluded to, he was most confident, could never be shaken, and a little patience would reconcile every thing to the entire satisfaction of the people. He pledged himself to take every fair advantage of his adversaries, which the laws of the country would give him; at the same time sacredly observing every moral and honourable tie, which one gentleman, or one man, owed to another in Christian society, and which he hoped he should never infringe to degrade himself in the eyes of honest or good men, or lessen that character as a gentleman, which he and all men ought most anxiously to uphold and maintain. He said he had no personal enmity to any man, and he recommended all who heard him to avoid any ill will, but treat even those who differed from them in opinion, as friends. In reviewing the business of Churcher’s College, he hoped that, in a short time, the charity, instead of merely educating twelve boys, would board, lodge, and educate eighteen at least. The worthy chairman afterwards proposed as a toast, amongst others, “The memory of Sir William Jolliffe, one of the ancestors of the present Member for this Borough, who placed the statue of William III in the Market Square,” in doing which he took occasion to say that Sir Wm. Jolliffe had placed that statue there as a momento of the Revolution of 1668, to remind the inhabitants of the liberty which that event restored to them, and to stimulate them always to preserve it, though he was very sorry to observe that the descendants of this worthy gentleman had been the first to disregard the sentiments thus entertained and expressed by their great ancestor, and to involve the inhabitants in distress and slavery of the worst description. This was drunk with three times three. Several gentlemen addressed the meeting on the same topics, in a very able manner—The gentlemen of the glee club attended, and added not a little to the harmony of the meeting, as did several other persons, with some excellent songs, &c. A hogshead of beer was rolled out to the populace by one of Mr. Atcheson’s friends. The wine flowed freely in doors; and the afternoon and evening passed off very pleasantly; harmony, conviviality, and good humour pervading the numerous assembly.
On Saturday last an inquest was held before Mr. Longcroft, at Havant …
On Monday another inquest was held before the same coroner, at Petersfield, on the body of A. Knight, who had gone into Mr. Small’s shop in full health to purchase a pair of stockings, and in act of walking out of the shop fell down, and instantly expired. … The verdict returned by the Jury, in each of the above cases was —Died by the Visitation of God.
“Brooklands, 17th Jan. 1823.
“Gentlemen—After giving every consideration to the Requisition presented to me on the 15th instant, from certain owners and occupiers of land in the county of Southampton, “To call a Meeting of the County, for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of petitioning Parliament on the subject of a remedy for the evils they indure, and for greater evils, which, if not prevented, appear to be inevitable.” I am of the opinion that I should not be acting consistently with my duty to the county, in complying with the requisition, and therefore I decline to call the Meeting.
Messrs. HECTOR and GOLDSMITH have in consequence of the above refusal, published the following notice :—
:It is not for us to dictate to our brother requisitionists what course they should pursue after the very extraordinary, and, in our humble opinion, unconstitutional conduct of the High Sheriff, in endeavouring to prevent so respectable a body of men, from laying a statement of their complaints and grievances before the Legislature; but we cannot refrain from expressing our hope, that the County of Hants is not yet reduced to that state of thraldom and degradation but that five Magistrates may be found willing and desirous to come forward to enable us, in a legal and constitutional manner, to exercise the undoubted and inalienable right of the people to assemble for the purpose of petitioning for redress of grievances.
Nathaniel Atcheson, Esq. On Monday last, distributed a donation of £25 (in money) amongst the poor of Petersfield, for which they return him their sincere thanks.
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In the Vice-Chancellor’s Court, on Wednesday, Mr. Wetherell, on the part of the Charity, at Petersfield (Churcher’s College), applied to the Court to vary the minutes in the case. His Honour had directed a reference to the Master “to inquire whether the father of the defendant (Mr. Joliffe) died indebted to the charity in question.” The point now to be decided was, whether by this order his Honour intended an account being taken as against the late Mr. Joliffe’s estate. He submitted that the relators for whom he appeared, might claim a right to the ordinary account. The Vice-Chancellor said, that he had directed the reference to the Master in the form stated especially to save parties the enormous expense of taking the accounts. By the inquiry at present directed the material point would be shewn. Mr. Wetherell said, that the object was not to load the charity with expense. He had no difficulty in stating that it was intended to charge Mr. Joliffe’s estate with interest upon the balances in that Gentleman’s hands. There were also many items which, although expended, ought not to be allowed. The Vice-Chancellor would alter the minutes by directing the Master to state special circumstances, to enable the relators to raise any question with respect to interest upon any balances that might be found due from the estate.
Last week N. Atcheson, Esq. distributed 25l. among the most necessitous Poor of Petersfield.
On Tuesday the 11th inst. an inquest was held before Mr. Longcroft, at Broad-halfpenny Hut, near Hambledon …On the same day another inquest was held before the same Coroner, at Petersfield, on view of the body of William Inwood, who was found lying in the middle of the turnpike road, between Rake and Sheet, on Saturday night, in a dying state, and totally insensible. The deceased did not survive an hour after he was found, and on examining him, it appeared that a wheel had passed over his body. From the circumstance of the deceased having been seen going home from Petersfield late on Saturday evening, very much intoxicated, it was presumed he must have fallen down in the road, and being unable to get out of the way, had been run over by some carriage passing, perhaps without the knowledge of the driver, the night being very dark. The Jury returned a verdict That the deceased met with his death by accident.
The Commission for holding the Lent Assizes for this county will be opened on Monday evening, preparatory to opening the Courts on Tuesday, after the Judges have attended Divine Service. Mr. Baron Hullock will preside at the Crown Bar.—The undermentioned prisoners will take their trial for the offences with which they stand charged.:—
…T. Gregory, for stabbing Richard Louch, at Petersfield;
At a Meeting of the PETERSFIELD FARMER’S CLUB, held at the Dolphin Inn, Petersfield, on Tuesday the 25th day of February, 1823 (pursuant to adjournment);
JOHN LIPSCOMB, Chairman.
An inquest was held on Tuesday last, at the White Hart Inn, Purbrook, before Mr. Longcroft, Coroner, on view of the body of John Ferrett, who had been sent by his master, Mr. Tho. Ford, of Portsmouth, the day before with a load of coals to Petersfield, and on returning with the waggon to ride, as the horses were coming down a hill near Purbrook, at a trot, he fell off the shafts under the wheels, which passed over his body, and he died within half an hour. The deceased was a young man, and had been married only a week. Verdict—Accidently killed.
WANTS a Situation,—A GAME KEEPER, who can have an undeniable Character.—For particulars, apply to William Eames, Trayford, Sussex, near Petersfield, Hants; if by letter post-paid.
Married on Tuesday the 29th ult. Mr. Metcalf, spirit merchant, of London, to Miss Holdaway, of the Bear Inn, Havant, daughter of Mr. Henry Holdaway, of the Red Lion, Petersfield.
A Society has been recently established at the Red Lion Inn, Petersfield, by the most respectable tradesmen of that place, for the purpose of supporting the sick, and providing for the widows of its deceased members.
The Lord Bishop of this Diocese will, we understand, hold Confirmations in the present and ensuing month, at Alton, Alresford, Lymington, Christchurch, Fordingbridge, Romsey, Fareham, Gosport, Portsmouth, Havant, and Petersfield.
WANTED—A Situation, as BAILIFF, by a Person accustomed to manage considerable Corn and Stock Farms, who is well acquainted with the systems of Agriculture that should be pursued for the advantage of his employer.
For reference, as to capability, apply either to Mr. White, at Paulsgrove Farm, near Cosham, or to Mr. Lipscomb, Weston Farm, near Petersfield, Hants
On Tuesday afternoon as Mr. Thos. Webb, cornfactor, and Mr. Henry Holdaway, of the Red Lion Inn, Petersfield, were proceeding to Godalming, in a one-horse chaise, when descending the hill at Hammer Pond, the horse dropped down suddenly, to all appearance dead. They were both thrown out with great violence: Mr. Webb escaped unhurt, but Mr. Holdaway received a dreadful fracture of the arm, the bone protruding through the skin, near the shoulder. One of the coaches passing just as the accident happened, a passenger (Dr. McKetterick, army surgeon of the Depot, at Newport, Isle of Wight) stopped, and reduced the fracture. Had it not been for the very skilled and prompt assistance of this gentleman, which he rendered gratuitously, the consequence might have been serious; but we are happy to say that, after the operation, Mr. H. was well enough to return home, and is at present doing as well as possible.
TO be LET, and entered on immediately,—A new-built RESIDENCE, situate in New-street, Petersfield, Hants, having, in the basement, a good cellar; on the ground floor—a parlour, kitchen, wash-house, and a covered gateway; on the first floor—a drawing-room, and two bed-rooms; in the attic—three bed-rooms; in the back, are a paved court, a well of excellent water, and a pump to ditto, a walled-in Garden, and every requisite necessary.
For particulars and to treat for the same, apply, if by letter, post-paid, to Mr. Francis Brewer, Builder, Dragon-street, Petersfield, Hants.
In the last Will of Mary Cave, late of the Borough of Petersfield, Hants, widow, deceased. Dated 7th February, 1814, is as follows:—
“I give to the aforesaid Joseph Hardcastle, esquire, the present Treasurer, or to any other Treasurer for the time being, of a certain Society called, ‘The Village Itinerancy, or the Evangelical Association for the Propagation of the Gospel,” two thousand pounds of lawful money of Great Britain, free of all duties or taxes whatsoever, in trust, to be applied to the uses of the said Society.
“And further to pay to the Rev. Andrew Reed, of Chiswell-street, London, one thousand pounds of like lawful money.
“Proved at London, 10th of March, 1814, before the worshipful Samuel Pearce, Parson, Doctor of Laws and Surrogate, by the oaths of Joseph Hardcastle, Esq. and Benjamin Neale, two of the Executors to whom Administration was granted, being first sworn duly to administer. Power reserved to John Calvert, the other Executor.
“R. C. CUSNELL, Deputy Registrars.”
Married at Croydon, on Wednesday the 27th inst. Mr. Robert Davies, jun. surgeon, of Holborn Hill, to Mary, only daughter of the late Thomas Booker, Esq. of Petersfield, Hants.
Committed to the County Gaol.—John Sanderson, charged with having, on the 8th inst. at Petersfield, uttered and published a certain bill of exchange for £39 7s. purporting to be drawn on the house of Messrs. Smith, Payne, and Smith, bankers, London, well knowing the same to have been forged and counterfeited, with intent to defraud the said Messrs. Smith and Co. or Messrs. Hector and Co. of Petersfield.
We understand that Mr. Kentish and his operative assistants have been put to considerable inconvenience by the disappearance of a flag staff, erected by them on Butser Hill (near Petersfield) for their use, in the trigonometrical survey of this county, in which they are actively proceeding. This circumstance has occasioned much fruitless toil to the parties engaged in the survey, and the loss of much valuable time, as on their arrival on Portsdown Hill, and Bursledon Hill, near this town, and other eminences from which it was necessary to take angles to the same, in order to determine the true situation of this important station, the flag and staff were gone. We have not learnt whether they were wantonly removed, but we think no one would be guilty of such an action, who knew the purpose for which the pole was erected, (which was explained on a paper affixed to it).
THOMAS SAVAGE, Proprietor of the WHALE, respectfully offers his humble Thanks to the Public generally, for the liberal encouragement they have bestowed on him, and begs to inform them, the Caravan being now finished, he intends proceeding on Wednesday next, to Petersfield, where this interesting Animal will be shown for a few days; from whence, at very particular request, he will proceed to Southampton and Winchester, &c.
Married, on Monday last, Mr. William Woods, Tailor, Woollen Draper, &c. of Petersfield, to Anna, third daughter of Mr. Walker, Grocer, Mealman &c. of Chidingfold.
MARRIED—On the 22d ult. at Petersfield, Charles Bott, Esq. of Edgeware-road, London, to Caroline, youngest daughter of Edward Patrick, Esq. of Petersfield.
C. J. HECTOR, Clerk to the Trustees.
December 26, 1823.