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free burgesses, voters, and electors of the decisions had been established by Ore borough of Great Grimsby, in the county ders and Resolutions of the House, perof Lincoln, who were voters and voted at sist in discharging the said full court of the last election for members to serve in mayor, aldermen, common councilmen, this present parliament for the said bo- and burgesses on the evening of the said rough of Great Grimsby, on behalf of 5th of October, although he then knew themselves and others, free burgesses and that many persons who had rights and voters of the said borough of Great claims to be admitted to their freedoms of Grimsby, was read; setting forth, and in the said borough were then waiting

That, at the last election for the bo- and remaining in the said borough for that rough of Great Grimsby, on the 6th of purpose, who had spoken to him the said October 1812, John Henry Loft, esq., W. Wardale thereupon, and to whom te Ebenezer John Collett, esq., Sir Robert had given his promise that the said full Heron, bart., and John Peter Grant, esq., court should be adjourned until the next were candidates; and that the said peti- | morning, as was usually and heretofore tioners, who have thereunto signed their the case, and on which day, being Tuesnames, were then and now are free bur-day, it ought to have been held: but he, gesses and voters of the said borough, and finding that the whole, or nearly so, of the voted at the said last election; and that, persons then within the borough, who on the 5th of October last, being the day were likely to vote for the said sir R. preceding the election, William Wardale, Heron and J. P. Grant, whose cause and esq., the mayor of the said borough, and interest he had most publicly and glaringly returning officer, held a full court of espoused, had gained their admissions, he, mayor, aldermen, common councilmen, by the most determined, wilful, and flaand bargesses of the said borough, at which grant injustice, discharged the court, not said court the said W. Wardale did par. only without putting it to the consideration tially and corruptly, wilfully, unlawfully, and judgment of the aldermen, common and of his own authority, admit certain councilmen, and burgesses, but in direct persons to the freedom of the said borough and positive opposition to the almost unawho were not entitled thereto, and did nimous claim of them all, upon a motion neglect and refuse to submit to the consi- put by one alderman, a burgess, and see deration and judgment of the said court, conded by another alderman, a burgess, the claimed right of such persons to be to have it adjourned to the next morning, admitted to their freedom, which by the as by law and the custom and usage of constitution and usage of the said borough the said borough he ought to have done, he ought to have done ; that the said W. but he actually did order the discharge, Wardale did also partially and corruptly, and did discharge the said court accord. wilfully, unlawfully, and of his own autho: ingly without any adjournment; and that, rity, refuse to admit certain other persons on the next day, the 6th of October last, who were entitled and claimed at the said being the day of election, great numbers foll court to be admitted freemen of the of persons having undoubted rights and said borough, to their freedom therein, claims to be admitted to their freedoms some of whom had been declared, decided, of the said borough, did make application and established by a Committee of the to and demand of the said W. Wardale, House to have such claims, rights, and in court, to hold a full court, that they titles, and did also neglect and refuse to might be legally admitted, and did demand submit to the aldermen, common council- and claim to be so admitted to their freemen, and burgesses of the said borough, in dom of the said borough, without which the said full court assembled, the rights they were incapable of using their elective and claims of such persons to be admitted franchises and birth-rights at the said to their freedom of the said borough, and election for members to serve in this prewhich, by the constitution and usage of sent parliament, and which said demands the said borough, he ought to have done ; and applications for the said full court that the said W. Wardale did wilfully, and admissions to the freedom of the partially, corruptly, illegally, and of his said borough were supported by great own authority, in direct violation of the numbers of the aldermen, common counlaws of the realm, the constitution and cilmen, and burgesses, to prevent such Usage of the said borough, and also wilful, determined, and flagrant acts of inin wilful opposition to the decisions of justice; but the said W. Wardale, did Committees of the House, and which most wilfully, wantoņly, vexatiously, corruptly, partially, illegally, and of his own, were not so received and placed on the authority, refuse to hold such full court said poll, were his own acts of injustice, for the admission of the said persons to partiality, and corruption, in not holding their freedoms of the said borough, and ihe full court for their admissions to their did refuse to put their claims for their freedoms of the said borough, and some of admissions to their freedoms of the said which persons had been decided to have borough to the aldermen, common coun- legal rights by a decision of a Committee cilmen, and burgesses then and there of the House on a former Petition being assembled, but did most wantonly, vexa- tried : That the said W. Wardale, the tiously, and corruptly refuse to grant them said mayor and returning officer, did, at their said freedoms of the said borough, the said last election, receive and admit and did proceed to the election without on the said poll, for the said sir R. Heron, attending to those persons who unim- bart., and J. P. Grant, the votes of divers peachably claimed their freedoms by the paupers, felon-convicis, non-resident or unquestionable rights of birth, marriage, foreign freemen, and others who had no and servitude, which claims and demands right to vote at the said election, and were many times repeated in the course which votes he, the said W. Wardale, as of the said 6th of October by the said uch returning officer, ought to have reparties, and by burgesses on their behalf, jected: That persons having rights to vote which said claims and demands the said at the said last election, and who went for W. Wardale constantly resisted and re- the purpose of tendering their votes for fused, as also to put their said claims and the said J. H. Loft, and E. J. Collett, were demands to the judgment of the said alder- prevented going into the ball by armed men, common councilmen, and burgesse3 persons, stationed at the door by the said so assembled for their decision, which, W. Wardale, the said returning officer, according to the usage and customs of the and never could tender their votes; and said borough of Great Grimsby, be ought that the said sir R. Heron, bart., and J. P. to have done ; and, for the neglect of so Grant were, and each of them, by himself, submitting the said claims to the said his agents, managers, and others, on their aldermen, common councilmen, and bur- and his behalf, before, at, and during the gesses so assembled, the said W. Wardale said election, and before and during the could not use the plea of ignorance, hav. poll taken at the said election, guilty of ing been a gownman on the bench, and the most open and notorious bribery and taking an active part and opposition to corruption of the electors of the said boJohn Simpson the mayor and returning rough, to give their votes for them and officer of the said borough in July 1802, each of them the said sir R. Heron and J. when the said John Simpson took upon P. Grant, and to refuse and forbear to give himself to decide like claims and rights their votes for the said J. H. Loft and E. without submitting them to the judgment J. Collett, in order that they the said sir and decision of the aldermen, connon R. Heron and J. P. Grant might be recouncilmen, and burgesses then and there turned members to serve in this present assembled, for which the House, to mark parliament for the said borough: That its indignation, and to be a warning and the said sir R. Heron and J. P. Grant, example to other mayors and returning and each of them, by himself his agents officers of the said borough of Great and managers, and by other persons on Grimsby, did commit the said John Simp. his and their behalf, at and during the son, the then said mayor and returning said election, and previous to the same, officer, to his majesty's gaol of Newgate: did, by gifts, loans and rewards, and by That the said W. Wardale, at and during threats, promises, agreements and secuthe said last election, did act most par- rities for gifts, loans and rewards, corrupt tially and corruptly in the execution of and procure, and attempt to corrupt and his said office of returning officer, and did procure, divers persons, being electors of at the poll reject the votes of many per- the said borough, to give their votes at the sons having right and rights to vote at the said election for them the said sir R. Heron said election, and who tendered their votes and J. P. Grant, and each of them, that for the said J. H. Loft and the said E. J. they the said sir R. Heron and J. P. Grant Collett esquires, and wbich votes he, as might be elected and returned members such returning officer at the said election, to serve in this present parliament for ought to have received and admitted on the said borough; that they and each of the poll; and the only reasons that they them also did, by gifts, loans and rewards, and by threats, promises and agreements, violation and defiance of the standing and securities for gifts, loans and rewards, order and orders of the House, and of the corrupt and procure, and attempt to corrupt laws and statutes of this kingdom, particuand procure, divers persons being electors larly an Act of the 7th and 8th of king of the said borough to refuse and forbear William 3, intituled, An Act for preventto give their votes at the said election for ing charge and expence in the elections the said J. H. Loft and E. J. Collett, that of members to serve in parliament, an Act the said sir R. Heron and J. P. Grant of the 2d of king George the 2d, intitled, might be elected and returned for the An Act for the more effectual preventing said borough: That the said sir R. Heron, | bribery and corruption in the elections of bart., and J. P. Grant, and each of them, members to serve in parliament; an Act by himself, his agents, managers, friends, of the 4916 year of his present Majesty, and other persons on his and their behalf, intitled, An Act for better securing the inwere guilty of the most open and public dependence and purity of parliament, by bribery and corruption, in giving sums of preventing the procuring or obtaining of. money, and promises and securities for seats in parliament by corrupt practices; sums of money to the corporation, and to and that the said sir R. Heron and J. P. and for the use and benefit of the corpo- Grant did each of them declare to those ration and corporators, such corporators persons having voices in the said election, being voters, and baving had votes in the and which statements were made previous said last election for the said borough, and thereto, that they had the interest of 'two that they were also guilty of bribery and peers of parliament, by which means they corruption in giving sums of money to and acquired an undue influence over many of for the use and benefit of the said borough the voters who would otherwise have previous to, at, and during the said last voted for the said J. H. Loft and E. J. election of members to serve in this pre- Collett; and that by this unconstitutional sent parliament for the said borough, in mode, in violation of the orders of the order that they the said sir R. Heron and House, and by other undue influence and J. P. Grant might be elected and returned means which were used, many votes were members to serve in this present parlia- lost to the said J. H. Loft and E. J. Cole ment for the said borough: That the said lett, for the purpose of the said sir R. sir R. Heron and J. P. Grant did, after the Heron and the said J. P. Grant being dissolution of the last parliament, and elected and returned members to serve in after the issuing of the writ for the elec- this present parliament for the said botion of this present parliament, and at and rough : that by the above-stated and other during the said last élection, by themselves unlawful means the said sir R. Heron and and their agents, managers and friends, J. P. Grant obtained a colourable majority and by others on their behalf, and at their over the said J. H. Loft and E. J. Colleit charge, and each of them, by himself, bis of votes upon the poll of the said last elecagents, friends, and managers, and by tion, and were returned members to serve others on his behalf, and at his charge, in this present parliament for the said bogive, present, and allow to divers persons rough of Grimsby, to the very great inhaving voices in the said election, and to jury of the petitioners, and many other of and for their use and benefit, money, the legal electors of the said borough, in meat, drink, entertainment, and provision, manifest violation of their privileges and and make presents, gifts, rewards, and en- rights, and in open defiance of the laws tertainments, and promises, agreements, and freedom of election: that the peti. obligations, and engagements, to give and tioners humbly conceive that the said J. allow money, meat, drink, provisions, pre- H. Loft and the said E. J. Collett had the sents, rewards, and entertainments to and greatest number of legal and uncorrupted for divers persons having voices in the said votes at the said last election ; and prayJast election, and to and for the use, ad ing, that the House will be pleased to take vantage, emolument, benefit, profit, and their most peculiarly hard case under their preferment of such persons, in order that most serious consideration, and that they they the said sir R. Heron and J. P. Grant will grant them such relief as to the House might be elected and returned, and for may seem meet.” their being elected and returned mem- Ordered to be taken into consideration bers to serve in this present parliament on the 16th of February. for the said borough, contrary to the common laws and customs of parliament, in

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Freemen.) A Petition of the rev. John the said borough, such votes as were given Newman, clerk, Thomas Fenn esq. John to him and in his favour are and ought to Addison esq., Robert Anderson, Robert be considered as null and void; and that Daking, Henry Hayward, John Holman the return and election of the said C. the younger, Joseph Herbert the elder, Wyatt, ought also to be considered as null John Burkitt, Edward Burkitt, James Ab- and void; and thal the said C. Wyatt litt the elder, and John Barker the younger, ought to be deemed no member duly freemen of the borough of Sudbury, in elected for the said borough; and praythe county of Suffolk, was read; setting ing, that a day may be appointed by the forth,

House for taking the premises into consi“ That, previously to, and at, the last deration, and that the election of the said general election, 'the petitioners were C. Wyatt may be declared null and void, freemen of the said borough of Sudbury, and his incapacity to sit and vote as mem

and had, and claimed to have, a right to ber for the said borough of Sudbury, be · vote for members to represent the said bo- declared, and that the House will other

rough in parliament; and that, at the said wise grant to the petitioners such relief in last general election, sir John Cox Hippes the premises as to the House shall seem ley bart, ånd Charles Wyatt esq., were candidates, and were returned as members Ordered to be taken into consideration having been duly elected for the said bo- on Tuesday the 16th of February. 'rough; and that, after the teste of the wrie of summons for the election of proper HASLEMERE ELECTION - Petition or persons to represent the said borough of Messrs. Graves.) A Petition of Richard Sudbury, and before the said election, and Graves and of Samuel Colleton Graves, of also at and during the time of the said Hembury Fort, in the county of Devon, election, and before the return made, the esquires, was presented and read; setting said Charles Wyatt did, by himself, and forth, by his agents and friends, with his privity “ That, at the last election of members and consent, and by his directions, and on to serve in this present parliament for the his behalf, give to divers electors of the borough of Haslemere, in the county of said borough, or persons being, or claim- Surrey, the right hon. Charles Long, Roing to be, electors of the said borough, bert Ward'esq., and the petitioners, were and having votes at such election, money, candidates; and that George Frederick meat, drink, entertainment, and provision, Gordon, who then exercised the office of and the said C. Wyatt, hisagents and friends, bailiff of the said borough, and acted as rewith his privity and consent, and by his turning officer thereof, did, after a poll had directions, did also make and give such been duly demanded at the said election, persons, so having votes as aforesaid, pre- postpone the commencement thereof unsents, gifts, rewards, and entertainments, necessarily and illegally to the next day and did also, previously to and at the time at 12 o'clock, under a false prelence, for of the said election, make promises and the purpose of harassing the petitioners agreements, and enter into obligations and by delay; and that the said G. F. Gordon engagements, to give and allow such per- was, at and before, and during, the said sons money, meat, drink, provision, pre- election, guilty of gross and corrupt parsents, rewards, and entertainments, in or- tiality in favour of the said C. Long and der that the said C. Wyatt might be elect- R. Ward, to the injury of the petitioners, ed as one of the representatives in parlia- and did, by himself or his agent, after ment for the said borough; and that, by the dissolution of the last parliament, reason of such conduct, the said C. Wyatt and the issuing the writ for the said, acted in defiance of the standing orders of election, and previous to the closing of the House, and in violation of the laws and the poll, allow, or or procure statutes of the realm, and thereby the pe- to be given and allowed, by various ways titioners submit to the House ihat the said and means, to divers persons who bad C. Wyatt became and was incapable of or claimed a right to vote in the said elecbeing returned or elected to serve in par- tion, money ineat drink entertainment liament for the said borough; and that and provision, and did make, and allow to the petitioners submit to the House, that be made, promises to give and allow the said C. Wyatt, having so become le. money meat drink and provisions to such gally incapable of being returned and persons, or to the use and benefit of such elected as one of the representatives for persons, in order to obtain their vote at

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the said election for the said C. Long and benefit, contrary to the usage and pri. R. Ward; and that the said C. Long and vileges of the House, and to the express R. Ward, by themselves or their agents, law of the land ; and praying, that the their friends or their adherents, after the said C. Long and R. Ward may be deteste of the writ, before and during the clared not duly elected, and that the peo said election, by various ways and means, titioners may be declared duly electdid give, allow, and promise and permited, and the return amended accordingly, to be so given, allowed, and promised, and that the petitioners may be allowed money meat drink provision and enter- such relief as to the House shall appear tainment to divers persons, or to and for meet.” the use of divers persons claiming a right Ordered, to be taken into consideration to vote at the said election, in order to ob- upon the 18th of February. tain their votes, contrary to the express law of the land ; and that the said G. F. ADDRESS FOR COMMUNICATIONS Gordon, as such returning officer, did il

Slave TRADE.} Mr. legally admit divers persons to vote at the Wilberforce, observing that there had been said election for the said C. Long and R. recently published in the daily prints Ward, who had no legal or good right to some circumstances of a nature calculated vote at such election, and rejected and to excise the attention and anxiety of all disallowed the votes of several persons those who felt an interest in the complete who had a good and legal right and the accomplishment of that most important to vote at such election, and who tendered object, the Abolition of the Slave Trade, themselves lo vote for the petitioners, and and that it was highly advisable that the whose votes ought to have been received most satisfactory information relative to and entered on the poll; and that divers these circumstances should be laid before, other persons, who were duly qualified to parliament, moved " That an humble vote at the said election, and who were Address be presented to his royal bighness then and there present at the time and the Prince Regent, that he will be gra. place of the said election, who were ready, ciously pleased to give directions ihat willing, and desirous to vote for the peti- there be laid before this House, copies of tioners, were intimidated by threats, and all cornmunications from the governor of were thereby and otherwise prevented by the Cape of Good Hope, and from the the said C. Long and R. Ward, or their governor of the islands of Bourbon and agents or others on their behalt, from Mauritius, received since tbe capture of giving their votes for the peritioners as those settlements respectively, so far as they otherwise would have done ; and they relate to the carrying on of the that, by the aforesaid illegal and corrupt Slave Trade in those settlements, or in conduct of the said G. F. Gordon, as such any of the neighbouring islands." returning officer, and by the said unlawful Mr. Browne said, he did not rise to opand corrupt practices of the said C. Long pose the motion, but he could not refrain and R. Ward, by themselves, or by their from saying that if an excuse were wantagents or others on their behalf, the said ing for that sort of evasion of the Abolition C. Long and R. Ward obtained a colour- Bill, of which the honourable member able majority over the petitioners, and complained, it was to be found in that procured themselves to be returned for system of recruiting in Africa which had the said borough, to the prejudice of the been lately established under the authority petitioners, and in violation of their of government for the purpose of filling rights; whereas the petitioners allege up the ranks of the Black regiments in that they had a majority of good and the West Indies; a system which, while legal voters, who were willing to vote for it had the effect of reviving, nay and of them, and lendered their votes ; and that perpetuating all the evils of a trade wbich the petitioners ought to have been re- had been characterised as inhuman and turned for the said borough; and that the unjust, had, at the same time, the effect of said C. Long and R. Ward were noi duly inducing in the eyes of Europe, a doubt and sufficiently qualified by law to serve of the sincerity and good faith of our inin parliament for the said borough, and tentions on the great question of the abo. ihat they are also disqualified from being lition of that trade, and at a time, too, clected as members of the House by the when as his Majesty's ministers had before pensions and places possessed by them or informed the House, they were using either of them, or to and for their use and their utmost endeavours to effect a general

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