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I Vacker, Tomas
THE WHOLE PROCEEDINGS
THOMAS WALKER OF MANCHESTER,
(being the King's Enemies)
April 2, 1794,
ONE OF THE JUDGES
TAKEN IN SHORT-HAND
BY JOSEPH GURNEY. .
PRINTED FOR T. BODEN, MANCHESTER;
The following pages contain the account of a Trial, for a Conspiracy against the Constitution and Government of this kingdom, in which I have been made the principal defendant. The reader, however, will observe, that some circumstances occurred in the course of these proceedings which give them the complexion of a conspiracy AGAINST the Dea fendants ; myself in particular.
For the present at least, I shall only briefly state, that no falsehood or slander was too base or ma. lignant, for my persecutors and their adherents, to invent and propagate, for the purpose of injuring my reputation, both as a merchant and as a man; nor was any attempt omitted that could irritate the public mind against myself and the other defendants; and consequently prejudge our cause.
When the rights of the public are attacked in the persons of individuals, the public are, (and ought to feel) deeply interested in the rise, the progress, and the event of the conflict. I am in possession of a series of facts, which for this reason I doubt not would be deemed important, not only to myself, but, at least, equally so to the public, and would illustrate, in some degree, the confession of Dunn (the evidence for the prosecution) that he was BRIBED to become my accuser.
Perhaps the secret movers of this iniquitous conspiracy may be traced, by tracing the conduct of their inferior agents : but the present publi