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Mr. Waithman said he would let recoilection of Mr. Pitt's bills. his lordip have his humour; the “ Give notice to a magistrate." rzfolution he had objected to was “Give notice toalderman Coinbe!" followed by one which related pre resounded from every part of the cisely and directly to his majeity's hall.] ántwer. He should unite there two Mr. alderman Combe came for. resolutions, and when he put them ward; he stated it to be his opiin that hape he was certain his lord - nion, that the lord-mayor had the thip would not think the resolution right of diffolving the hall if he objectionable.
chose to maintain his objection to The lord mayor signified his dif- the motion ; and that if the vivery approbation of the resolution, even met in the way suggerica, they in the manner in which Mr. Waith- came under that bill which had man had proposed to put it. been mentioned, and were liable
Mr. Waithmani said, he must to be subjected to inilitary exece. now inform the livery that the tion; he thought it would be best lord-mayor had acted contrary to to press the moving of the resolutheir rights, and derogatory to the tion, and allow the lord-mayor to character of the chief magistrate diffolve the hall by his own act, of the city of London. The re and in virtue of his office. solution which it was proposed to After Mr. Hanson, the lordadd to the former, the lord-niayor mayor, and Mr. Waithman bad adınitted to be in point; but re- severally replied and explained, fused to allow the two resolutions Mr. Gurney spoke at confiderable to be united, so as to form one. length in support of the right of
Mr. Farmer said a few words the livery of London to discuss ia upon the extraordinary conduct of public a grievance, when assembled the lord-mayor.
in common hall. Mr. Hanfon said, the livery were Mr. Waddington congratulated brought into a disagrecable dilem- the livery on the regard to their ma; they must either establith a interests and happiness which their detestable precedent, or dismiss the chief magistrate had flown; and meeting i indeed, if his lordship took notice of the benignity of his perfiited, they might allow him to lordhip, who, seeing that their ditolve ihe common hall, and the minds were not fully prepared for livery might chuíe a chairman. The the propofitions now brought forresolution would then pass as the ward, discovered so much anxiety, resolution of the livery only. [This that they should take another opproposition was received with che portunity for full deliberation. most marked approbation. When Mr. Waithman then came for, the plaudits ceased, Mr. Hanson ward to put the resolution : upon proceeded.)- The lord-mayor, he which the lord-mayor role, and said, thinks lie has now got us into formally dissolved the hall. a cleft ftick; he tells us, that the 12. Å general court was held at meering of the livery will then be the Eati-India loufe, for the puran illegal assembly; it will come pose of electing by, ballot fix genunder all the penalties of the con tlemen to serve as directors, for vention bill! [The strongest emo. four years, in the room of tions of indignation were display Simon Fraser, ed by the livery upon this sudden Charles Mills,
For some days previously to SunAbraham Robarts,
day, April 16, anonymous letters David Scott, and
had been sent to the superior ofGeorge Tatem, Esqrs.
ficers of the fleet, and to the board Who go out by rotation.
of admiralty, stating the hard· At eight o'clock the glasses were ships that the seamen fuffered from finally closed and delivered to the the insufficiency of their pay, and scrutineers, who, on fumming up other grievances. What these were, the votes, reported the numbers will appear in the two petitions to to be
the house of commons, and to the For William Devaynes, efq. 1323 lords of the admiralty, inserted be
Thomas Fitzhugh, esq. 1532 low. As the discontent had uni-
petitions to their fuperior officers
1520 ton, bart.
was likewise universal. The lanGeorge Smith, esq. 1520 guage was the most respectful that
Joho Shakespear, efq. 368 was poslible; their conduét, in Whereupon the first fix were de- every respect, but this temporary clared duly elected.
disobedience to their officers, was 13. A court of directors was strict and exemplary; and it was held at the East-India house, when, hinted, that an answer was exafter the new directors had taken peeted before they went to sea the oaths and their seats, Hugh again, unless -- the enemy's fleet Inglis and Jacob Bofanquet, eiq. fhould be known to be at fea, or were unanimously elected chair- that a convoy were wanted. --The man and deputy for the present greatest loyalty to the king was year. The court adjourned at an professed, with the greatest" zeal early hour till Wednesday next. and attachment to their country.
25. The London Gazette an The first fympton of disobedience, nounces the capture of Les Amis, it is said, was when lord Bridport French privateer, mounting 2 guns made the signal to weigh, on Sun. and fix swivels, and 31 men, by day the 10th, when a signal was the Racoon, capt. Lloyd; of La made from the Queen Charlotte Petite Helene, French lugger of 2 for the crews of each mhip to run guns and 33 men, by capt. Witt- up the fore-shrouds, and give three man of the Suffisante; of the cheers. From this moment, the auFrench privateer, Neptune, pierced thority of the officers was at an end, for 16 guns, and ninety men, ly and the teamen were in entire polthe Aurora, capt. Digby; of Le feilion of the fleet. Two delegates, General, French privateer, of 14 moreover, were sent from each ship guns, and 104 men, by capt. Bligh of the squadron, who regularly met of the floop King's Fisher, and of every day on board the Queen the L'Incroyable of 24 guns and Charlotte. 220 men by the Flora and Pearl Admiral Pole arrived at the adfrigates.
miralty, on Sunday night, and comThis month has been distin- municated these proceedings to guished by a mutiny among the their lord ships. A council was held feamen, of which the following are the next morning; the result of the particulars.
which was, that earl Spencer, lord
Arden, admiral Young, and Mr. Your petitioners, with all humi. Marsden, the deputy secretary, im- lity, laid their grievances before the mediately set oif fort Portsmouth, hon. earl Howe, and flattered our. in order to enter into a thorough felves with the hopes, that his investigation of this alarming bu- lordship would have been an adfiness,
vocate for us, as we have been reThe following is an authentic copy peatedly under his command, and
of the petition to the house of made the British flag ride triumcommons.
phantly over that of our enemies. To the right honourable and the But to our great surprise, we find
honourable knights, citizens, and ourselves unprotected by him, who burgesses, in parliament affem- has seen so many instances of our bled.
intrepidity, in carrying the Britifla The humble petition of the sea- fag into every part of the seas with men and marines on board his ma- victory and success. jesty's fleet, on behalf of them We profess ourselves as loyal to selves,
our sovereign, and zealous in the
defence of our country, as the Humbly mnoweth,
army or militia cau be, and esteem That your petitioners, relying on ourselves equally entitled to his the candour and justice of your majesty's munificence; therefore honourable houte, make bold to with jealousy
with jealousy we behold their pay lay their grievances before you, augmented, and the out-pensions hoping that when you reflect on of Chelsea college increased to thirthem, you will please to give re: teen pounds per annum, while we dress, as far as your wisdom Mall remain neglected, and the out-pen. deem necessary.
fioners of Greenwich have only seWe beg leave to remind your ven pounds per annum. august afsembly, that the act of par We your petitioners therefore liament passed in the reign of king humbly implore that you will take Charles II. wherein the wages of these matters into consideration, all seamen serving on board his and with your accustomed goodmajefty's fleet was settled, pafled at nefs and liberality, comply with a time when the necessaries of life, the prayer of this petition, - and and llops of every denomination, your petitioners, as in duty bound, were at least 30 per cent. cheaper will ever pray, &c. than at the present time; which We, the delegates of the fleet, enabled seamen and marines to hereunto sign our names for provide better for their families the ships' companies : than we can now do with one half Royal George - Valentine Joyce, advance.
John Morris. We therefore request your ho Queen Charlotte Patrick nourable house will be so kind as Glynn, John Udieron. to review the act before mentioned, Royal Sovereign-Joseph Green, and make such amendments there. John Richardson. in, as will enable your petitioners London - Alexander Harding, and their families to live in the William Ruly. fame comfortable manner as sea Glory - Patrick Dugan, Joha men and marines did at that time. Bethell.
Duke - Michael Adams, Wil- services for any other purpose than liam Anderson.
that of putting you and the nation Mars - Thomas Allen, James in mind of the respect due to us, Blithe,
nor do we ever intend to deviate Marlborough John Vaflia, from our former character, so far William Senator.
from any thing of that kind, or Ramillies-Charles Berry, George that an Englishman or men should Clear.
turn their coats ; we likewise agree Robust - David Wilson, John in opinion, that we should suffer Scriveper.
double the hardships we have him L'Impetueux John Witna, therto experienced before we would William Porter.
fuffer the crown of England to be Defence - George
George Galaway, in the least imposed upon by that James Barerick.
of any other power in the world; Terrible-Mark Turner, George we therefore beg leave to inform Salked.
your lord ships of the grievances Le Pompée — Willam Potts, which we at prefent labour under. James Melvin.
We, your humble petitioners, Minotaur – Dennis Lowley, relying that your lordships will George Crofland.
take into early confideration the Defiance - John Saunders, John grievances of which we complain, Husband.
and do not in the least doubt but Copy of the petition to the ad- your lord Mhips will comply with miralty.
our desires, which are every way To the right honourable the lords reasonable. commissioners of the admiralty. The first grievance which we My lords,
have to complain of is, that our We, ihe seamen of his majesty's wages are too low, and ought to navy, take the liberty of addresling be raised, that we might be better your lordships in an humble peti- able to support our wives and fation, flowing the many hardships milies in a manner comfortable, and oppressions we have laboured and whom we are in duty bound under for many years, and which to support as far as our wages will we hope your lordships will redress allow; which, we trust, will be as soon as possible. We flatter our- looked into by your lord ships, and selves that your lordships, together the honourable house of commons with the nation in general, will ac in parliament assembled. knowledge our worth and good We, your petitioners, beg that Services, both in the American war your lord ships will take into con. and the present; for which service fideration the grievances of which your lord fhips' petitioners do una we complain, and now lay before nimoufly agree in opinion, that you. their worth to the nation, and la First, that our provisions be borious industry in defence of their raised to the weight of fixteen country, deserve some better en ounces to the pound, and of a betcouragement than that we meet ter quality; and that our measures with at present; or from any we may be the same as those used in have experienced. We, your pe- the commercial trade of this coun. titioners, do not boast of our good try.
Secondly, that your petitioners your lord ships will readily redress request your honours will be pleas- them, as far as is in your power, ed to observe, there should be no to prevent any disturbances. four served while we are in har it is also unanimously agreed by bour, in any port whatever, under the fleet, that from this day no the command of the British flag; grievance shall be received, in oy. and also that there might be grant- der to convince the nation at large, ed a sufficient quantity of vegeta- that we know when to cease to ask bles of such kind as may be the as well as when to begin; and that most plentiful in the ports to which we ask nothing but what is modewe go; which we grievously come fate, and may be granted, without plain and lie under the want of. detriment to the nation, or injury
Thirdly, that your lordships will to the service. be pleased seriously to look into Given on board the Queen the state of the fick on board his Charlotte, by the delegates majesty's fhips, that they may be of the feet, this 18th day better attended to, and that they of April, 1797 may have the use of such necef- [The signatures the same as to the faries as are allowed for them in
preceding petition.] time of their fickness, and that While the lords of the admiralty these necessaries be not on any ac continued at Portsmouth, they sent count embezzled.
to lord Bridport the following anFourthly, that your lordships swer to the petition of the seamen. will be so kind as to look into this By the commillioners for executaffair, which is nowise unreason ing the office of lord high admi. able, and that we may be looked ral of Great Britain and Ireland, upon as a number of men standing in deferrce of our country, and that Having taken into considerawe may in some wise have grant tion the petitions transmitted by and opportunity to taste the sweets your lord hip from the crews of of liberty on shore, when in any his majesty's trips under your harbour; and when we have com- command, and having the strongpleted the duty of our fhips, after eft desire to attend to all complaints our return from sea, and that no of the seamen of his majesty's navy; man may incroach upon his liber- and to grant them every just and ty, there thall be a boundary li- reasonable redress, and having conmited, and those trespassing any fidered the difference of the price further, without a written order of the necessaries of life at this and from the commanding officer, shall at that period when the pay of be punished according to the rules seamen was established, we do of the navy; which is a natural hereby require and direct your request, and congenial to the heart lordship to take the speedieft meof man, and certainly to is, that thod of communicating to the fleet you make the boast of being the - That we havc resolved to reguardians of the land.
commend it to his majefty to proFifthly, that if any man is wound. pose to parliament to increase the ed in action, his pay be continued wages of feamen in his majesty's until he is cured, and discharged; navy in the following proportions, and if any ship has any real griev. viz. auces to complain of, we hope To add four Millings per month