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ther the evil or the good predomina- 'ledge of the other physicians—they ted, he professed himself unable to did not approve, but tbey did not determine. He confessed that the dissent-as the King had been led relapse which his Majesty had expe- to expect the Lord Chancellor, they rienced since the meeting of the privy thought it might irritate him were council, had greatly distressed the that expectation not gratified, they physicians and put the prospect of therefore consented to the interview immediate recovery to a greater dis- it continued for about a quarter tance, but did not render ultimate of an hour--- none of the physicians recovery improbable. He repeated were present. On being asked wheto a question from another member, ther the physicians desired that the that the physicians were less sanguine Chancellor sbould see the King beof speedy recovery than when before cause aware that parliament was to examined-he observed that the King meet the next day ? he answered that was now in much the same staté as he did not know whether that was not in the latter end of 1788, and the one of the reasons. beginning of 1789 ; but the disorder The doctor farther stated that the varied so, it was subject to so many King might recover, and be able to fluctuations, that when they saw the transact public business, but that some King a little better for tuo or three vestiges of the complaint might redays, they were sanguine, and a re- main. When questioned more parlapse threw them back again-il was tirularly on this most interesting impossible to give any positive and point, he said that no doubt there decided opinion--nobody in such a might'be times when the King might disorder has ever been able to set the be perfectly competent to every thing, time of recovery. He stated that the and that now and then a little hurry King was frequently indisposed with or something, might for a quarter of fever, and that to a serious degree an hour agitate him, but that it would he had both a mental and a bodily all subside again. He understood disorder. Dr. Reynolds thus de- this was the case in his former recoscribed his Majesty's mental com- veries. He did not speak this from plaint.--" His memory is entire, his personal knowledge, for he had al-, perceptions are entire, and his acute ways ceased to visit the King when ness is considerable, which appears he was declared quite well.--- After from every now and then a comment this declaration, he understood the on any thing that is suid. His judg. King was subject, not to paroxysms ment is perverted, and his discretion ---they could searcely be called such is asleep at times though every now - it was more a hurry of manner and then there are gleams of both, but than any thing else. He said when they are transient." Dr. Reynolds the King was so flurried, from a litunderstood that, beyond a doubl, tle opposition, if he was told that his Majesty's derangement was oc there was any business to transact it casioned by his anxiety and distress composed him dircetly. In 1801, afof mind relative to the Princess Ame- ter Dr. Reynolds had retired from atlia. None of the royal family had tending his Majesty, he had a rrlapse seen his Majesty since Dr. Reynold's at Kew-but ihe doctor did not see attendance, but the Lord Chancellor tbe King in that relapse--- he thought had been admitted to him, the day his Majesty so well that he might before the meeting of parliament. Sir witbriraw with propriety- he thought Henry Halford had mentioned to his it would have it goud appearance to Majesty that the Lord Chancellor the public that he had withdrawnwas at Windsor--this he had done that it would be a confirmation to the without the concurrence or know. public that the King was getting well.

On being asked whether the complete of being examined, he believed, ow. recovery of the King was the same ing to that canse, bis Majesty bad as the complete recovery of any a little hurry upon him, at the time other person afflicted with the same when the doctor saw him—he condisorder, to be intrusted with any ceived it was oving to that cause thing he may have to transact, whe- because his Majesty's conversation ther public or private, the doctor re- was directed to that subject. By plied -" I think so."

the word hurry he meant talking Dr. Baillie stated that his Majesty more rapidly, and with quicker tranwas at present better than at some sitions from one subject to another former periods of his malady, but not talking incoherently. He he did not think that of late there had thought the King's recovery might been much appearance of improvement. not be very distant, and explained He thought if the constitution were this by referring to the duration of not much weakened, that former at his Majesty's former disorders. Ile tacks of the same disorder, gave attended the King in 1804-signed hopes of recovery from the present. the bulletin stating that bis Majesty He said that the King was much was perfectly well-after this achurried on the 25th of October, but companied his Majesty to IV eymouth there were signs of hurry before his Majesty was then liable to hurhe had observed them before. The ries, but he believed that at my time Loid Chancellor was admitted, that of any day his Majesty was competent parliament might have an account to transact busines; he considered of his Majesty' health, independently the hurries vestiges of his Majesty's of that given by the physicians. He malady. thought that the circumstances of his Doctor Robert Darling Willis exMajesty's present indisposition indi. pressed the same hopes of ultimate eated that it would be of a longer recovery as the others, and thought continuance than some of his former his Slajesty's age, as his constituindispositions. He had a less san- tion was so sound, would not retard guine expectation of his Majesty's ul- the cure. In 1801 he did not sign timate recovery than when eramined the bulletins, but he saw and ap. before the privy council, but the dif. proved of them ;-he concurred in ference in that respect was very lit- their opinion that the King was pertle. He was less sanguine of the fectly recovered, although some ittle King's speedy recovery, for the re- remains of hurry about his Majesty mission from the last attack of his remained. A relapse then took place, Majesty did not appear so perfect his Majesty's sertants transacted buas some of the former ones were. On siness with him belveen the recorcry other points Dr. Baillie evpressed and the relapse. Ile thought the opinions coinciding with those given King's hurries were restiges of his by Dr. Reynolds.

complaint. If a patient had been unDr, Heberden was very sanguine der his care more than unce he would of ultimate recavery. He thought crpcct his return more than after the the King was in much the same first attack. state as be was when the doctor was Sir åtenry Halford had thought examined before the privy council. he observed his Majesty agitated beHe had seen the King the morning fore the 25th of October--bis Ma. before his examination. His Ma- je ty's illness increased rapidly on jesty had passed a very good night, the 28th-he was now worse than but it having been mentioned to him he was on the 26th of October. He that his physicians, or some of them, thought the king might have tranvere going to town for the purpose sacted business up to the 27th at night

-on the 251h he observed the King's was incumbent on every individual conversation and manner hurried to concur in preserving this invaluyet up to the 28th he could transact able institution in its original purity. business-he thought som supposing He could not avoid noticing the rethe King was in the same state now cent increase of the number of speas he was on the 27th of October, he cial juries, which he considered as would declare him competent to trans- by no means favourable to the imact public business.

partial administration of justice.-Mr. Perceval had seen the King To individuals, in the decision of a once, and the Chancellor twice since question requiring peculiar informahis illness. Sir Henry entered into a tion, the decision of a special jury long explanation of the circumstan- might be advantageous; but in conces which led to the last introduc- stitutional points between the crown tion of the Lord Chancellor-be and the people, he thought a comfound the King that morning invol- mon pannel indiscriminately selected ved in a great many errors and mis- from the mass of individuals liable conceptions, and he took the liberty to serve on juries, more consistent of mentioning the Chancellor's name with the spirit of the constitution. as a medical expedient. He thought The books in which the names of a beneficial effect had resulted from freeholders were, or ought to be init. Sir Henry never thought his Ma. scribed, were notoriously deficient.--jesty's recovery would be spoedy. It would be scarcely credited, that

Dr. Baillie attended the commit- these books were made out by the pare tee again to correct some immaterial petty constable, and that half-a

mistakes in his former answers. He crown was the common fee for obsaid the King was principally in taining the insertion of a name. the custody of Dr. Willis, but not The freeholders' book for Middlesex, exclusively so.

a.county in which there are several

thousand freeholds of the value of 40s. TRIAL, BY JURY.

contained only about 500 names !! On the 22d ult. the 16th anni. But the most reprehensible practice, versary of the TRIAL BY JURY, the with respect to special juries, was annual dinner at the Crown and the frequent reeurrence of the same Anchor was attended by upwards of names. There were particular indi100 gentlemen. Mr. Ald. Wood viduals, whose constant appearance in the chair. -After the health of on special juries was a ground of “ the KING" had been drank, most serious complaint.—The wor

The Chairman observed, that this thy alderman concluded by propo. was the 16th celebration of the an sing the highly constitutional toast niversary of the Trial by Jury, the of “ TRIAL BY JURY.” value of which, he thought, from On the “ Memory of Vicary Gibbs, the office he had lately filled, no Esq." being given, one could more correctly appreciate Mr. Henry Hunt contrasted the than himself. During the time in enthusiastic reception of that gentle'which he was in office, he had paid man on his visit to Bristol, imieparticular attention to the many de diately after the state trials in 1794, fects in the mode of selecting juries, with that of “ Sir Vicary Gibhs," and bad used every exertion in his his Majesty's attorney-general, to power to correct those defects ; but, the same place last summer. sorry he was to say, that his exer- In proposing “ The Liberty of the tions bad been fruitless. The Trial Press," Mr. Clifford made several by jury'must ever be considered as observations upon the proceedings the glory of the English law, and it which had taken place in the morning, in the court of King's Bench; Coleman, on Sunday night, that the in the course of which, he reproba. warrant would not be put in exccu. ted a practice that had lately be- tion as it had been. Unfortunately coine too common, of pleading guilty he had, from the very commencement to every alleged libel on which the of the disturbance, been left to act attorney-general thought proper to alone, his colleague being out of move for a criminal information. town; from whom, however, he had

The Chairman could not help say no reason to expect any cordial or ing a few words on the subject al. vigorous co-operation in the mealuded to by Mr. Clifford, in whose sures which he was known to think sentiments he entirely concurred, proper to be adopted on that occa. and particularly in the two cases of sion. . . libel that had been before the court The Chairman retired at half-past in the morning; for with respect to nine. He was succeeded by Mr. the allegations contained in the pub- Bentley, and the remainder of the lications of the article on which the evening was passed with conviviality. prosecution was founded, he felt perfect confidence that the testimony he In the court of King's Bench on the could have given of facts to which

28th ult. Messrs. Harvey and Fisher, he was himself a witness in Picca

the printer and publisher of the Duy, dilly, would have furnished matter

newspaper, were brought up to receive

sentence for a libel on the borse guards, for the serious consideration of a ju- during the tumult in Piccadilly, previ. sy. Nor would his testimony have ous to Sir Francis Burdett's cominittal been without corroboration, and that to the Tower; when ibey were each Ivo, from a most respectable source

sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment -no other than his coadjutor, Mr.

in Newgate, and to find security, tbem

selves in 2001. and two sureties in 1001. Sheriff Atkins, who, however reluc

each, to keep the peace for 3 years. tant: he might have been to come Samé day, Mr. Daniel Lorell, the prinforward on such an occasion, would ter of the Statesman newspaper, for copycertainly have been compelled to ing the same libel, and for anoiber libel confirm the facts to which he had on the commissioners of the propertyalluded. He had never ceased to tax at Manchester, was sentenced to % regret, that on the occasion of the years impri

years imprisonment in Newgate (viz.

one year for each libel); and to find seunfortunate disturbances in Picca

curity to keep the peace for 3 years, dilly, he had not, in the first instance, himself in 500l and two sureties in 2501. exerted the authority of the civil each.-Judginent had been sutfered to power, and dismissed the military. go by default in both causes. Mr, It was his belief, that with the assis

Lovell stated that Messrs. Cowdroy and tance of twenty constables only, wbat

Harrop, the Manchester printers, in was called the mob in Piccadilly,

consequence of concession to the com

missioners, were not prosecuted; and might in the first instance have been

as he had done the same, he hoped this dispersed; and he should have no

prosecution would have shared the same hesitation in taking upon himself the

fate. entire responsibility of the consequences of dismissing the military. Court of King's Bench, Dec. 6. Such, indeed was his determination An action was on the 16th inst. on the night preceding the day on tried in the Court of King's Bench, which Sir F. Burdert was taken to brought by Mr. Dubost, an artist the Tower, nor should be have de- of eminence, against the Rev. Ms. ferred dismissing the military, and Beresford, sun of the Archbishop of calling out the civil power, uniil the Tuam, for cutting to pieces a paint. following day (when it was too late,) ing which was publicly exhibited in but that he understood fruin Mr. Pall Mall, under the title of Beauty

and the Beast. It appeared from to give an account of a speech of the evidence that Dubost had come the Attorney General of Ireland, de to this country with an historical tivered in the Irish house of Compainting of Damocles, which was of mons on the 19th of February, 1799. acknowledged merit, and which was on an application for the release of purchased for 800 guineas by Mr. Mr. Roger O'Conner, and stated to Hope, who, to encourage the artist have been extracted from the Dublin to improve his talents, engaged him Journal of the 21st of February. to paint the portrait of his lady, for 1799. The part of the publication 400 guineas. Subsequently a dis- containing the libel complained of. agreement arose between them, when purported to be a letter from Arthur Dubost, to punish some imaginary to Roger O'Conner, dated 13th of affront, offered by his patron, cari February, 1798, in the following catured him under the figure of a words "I have sold all my pro beast, purchasing the consent, but perty to Burdett, yet it may still go not the affections of his wife, with on in my name, and the rents are gold, This picture he publicly ex- to be transmitted to Hugh Bell, hibited with some others in Pall Esq. Charter-House-Square, Mr. Mall, until the defendant, brother Bell has been for some time past to Mrs. llope, justly indignant at confined in England on a charge of the attempt to calumniate his sister, high treason," A more gross, scan. cut in pieces the infamous exhibi. dalous, or wanton libel than this, tion by which they were to be load. against any man in the respectable ed with disgrace, or submit to be situation of the plaintiff, at a disJaid under contribution. The exhi- tance, too, of so many years from bition latterly produced near 201. the date of the transaction, could per day, and the plaintiff laid his bardly be figured. The paper in damages at 10001.-Lord Ellenbo- whiclı the libel in question appeared, rough, regarding the exbibition as he had never been accustomed to a malignant effort to wound the read, nor even to peruse any part of peace of Mr. Hope's family, obser- its contents, unless such as he found ved, that it had no right to be exhi- re-copied for the purpose of comment bited, and might have been preven- into some other paper. He therefore ted on an application to the Lord could not be supposed to have any Chancellor. The jury would there. prejudice either against the paper or fore give merely the value of the against its proprietur. Of Sir F. Burprint, canvas, and colour. Verdict dett too, he knew nothing farther than for the plaintiff— Damages 51. public report, not having the ho

· December 19. nour of being known to him. If he BELL V. BYRNE,

had, and Sir Fruncis would have Mr. Topping stated this to be an taken his advice, the present defenaction brought by a respectable mer- dant should not have slept a single chant in this city, against the de- night before he had heard of the libel fendant, who, it appeared, by the he had in this paper published against affidavit at the stamp office, was Sir F. The defendant had put in the sole proprietor and printer of a to this declaration, tirst, the general daily paper called the Morning Post, plea of not guilty, and also a justifor printing and publishing in his fication, in which he alleged, that, paper of the 15th May last, a libel in point of fact, the plaintiff had highly reflecting on the character of been apprehended and detained some the plaintiff. The publication in time in custody on a charge of high question was titled, “ Mr. O'Connor treason. Neither of these pleas, and Sir F. Burdett ;" and purported however, he trusted, would avail

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