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we must confess, to call the Doc
tor a liar, when it acknowledged, • JOHN WALTER
itself, that no other paper could
have been meant, when a Bourbon AND DR. O'MEARA.
bribe of three thousand pounds was talked of. But how the Doc
tor came to know that John had [From the same]-Thursday. any thing to do with the matter
seems strange to us, seeing that We have heard that the Mr. we believe that the name of two WILLIAM WALTER, whom the women are down at the StampChronicle said was so handsomely office as principal proprietors of flogged by Dr. O'Meara, is the the paper. This was the case, brother of John of the Times. we know, only 18 months back, The Chronicle told us, that it had and we see no reason to suppose authority to say, that this Wiz- that it is not the case now. Why LIAM Walter had nothing to do, then, should the Doctor fall upon either directly or indirectly with
John! If we were in John's the Old Times newspaper. If this place, and had John's feelings be true, we are sorry that he got about us, we would not stay the flogging, for two reasons, first, banished, as it were, forty miles because he did not deserve it; and from London. Men may say
what second, because, in all human they will in the way of ridiculing probability, he will have kept it petticoat government. John finds from the back of the man that de- it a very good thing, we dare say; served it. The Old Times of yes- for it gives that which many
other terday tells us that John is 40 miles Governments take care not to give, from London; but it is careful not to and do not seem to be made for name the place! We dare say that at all; namely, shelter! And, if if he be near the turnpike-road, we were Joun WALTER, we would he keeps a sharp look out! With not give it out that we were forty a little alteration, John may now miles from London and sink the say
with MACBETI : How is it name of the place; we would “ with me, when the crack of actually and literally take shelter "every coachman and carter's under the petticoats, and let the “whip alarms me!"---It was a Doctor flog away if he dared, the little too impudent in the Times, cowardly dog!
on such an occasion, amongst the LETTERS
industrious, ingenious and public OF
spirited artisans and mechanics
of Birmingham, who have done MR. COBBETT
themselves so much honour by To the Committee of the Dinner their alacrity to show their un
to be given to Mr. Wooler at shaken attachment to Mr. Woole Birmingham
. I am, Gentlemen,
Most humble Servant,
Wor. COBBETT. I RECEIVED on Thursday, your obliging invitation to the Dinner
Kensington, July 22, 1822. above-mentioned. I had, without GENTLEMEN, any invitation, signified in the last TO-DAY I have a letter from Register, my intention to attend. you, informing me, that you had Your invitation was followed, yes- (before the arrival of my last Reterday, by a most obliging offer, gister) placarded the walls with a on the part of one of you, of lodg- notice that I should attend at the ing and other accommodations at Dinner to be given to Mr. Wooler; Birmingham. But notwithstand that my non-attendance would ocing these additional inducements, casion great disappointment; that and though I had notified, in a many persons have taken Tickets, part of the Register, printed off as you believe, with the impresearly yesterday, my thankful ac-sion that they should meet me; ceptance of the honour you had that the effervescence of expectadone me, I found, from intelli- tion is so great, that
fear disgence received by yesterday's post, advantageous consequences from that it would be impossible for me the disappointment; and that, to attend on the 29th, without such if I do not attend, the Cominconvenience as I could not have mittee will be exposed to blame put myself to without ascribing to for having, in the placards, asmy presence at the Dinner a deserted, in so positive a manner, gree of importance that it did that I should attend. not deserve. I regret this on my As to the motives of the Comown account; for I should have mittee, I, of course, can know had singular pleasure in being, nothing of them; but, while I should greatly lament disappoint- you very much overrate, seeing ing any of the worthy people of that it would give me great pain Birmingham, you will, I am sure, to be, though blamelessly, the do me the justice to say, that the cause of disappointing any one placarding was done without my single man of the public-spirited consent or knowledge, and that labouring classes of Birmingham, you never possessed any notifica- whose friendship is so highly vation from me of my intention to lued by me. attend on the 29th.
Nevertheless, the notification of I heard of the Dinner at first by my intention to attend having accident; I then sent to Mr. been placarded, though without Wooler's office to ascertain the any knowledge of mine, and it day; I was informed that it was being my most anxious desire to the 26th; I received no invitation prévent whatever inconvenience till last Thursday, four days after may be likely to arise from the dismy notification had reached Bir- appointment, which you (groundmingham. It was, however, still lessly I hope) appear to appreny intention to attend, but, a let-hend, I shall, by to-morrow's ter by Friday's post informed me coach, send to you copies of this that I could not do this on the letter, which, in justice to me as 29th, without extreme inconve-well as to the public, I trust you nience; and, thereupon I gave up will be so good as to cause to be the design, my mortification at posted up in the same way as the doing which being considerably notification was posted.
I am, Gentlemen, diminished by perceiving, that, in
Your most obedient and your public advertisement and
Most humble Servant, hand-bill, you had, in naming the
WM. COBBETT. persons invited, confined yourselves to " Thomas Northmore,
BREWING. Esg. Major Cartwright, and the
A new edition of Cottage EcoRev. Henry Cresswell.” This, at
nomy is in the press, and it will once, relieved me from all anxiety contain an account of the manner on the score of causing any of that of making Beer by means other disappointment which you appear chine. This edition will be out in
.than those of the Brewing Mac to anticipate, and which I hope ten day's time.
VOL. 43.-No. 5.] LONDON, SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 1822. [Price 6d.
every Saturday Morning', at Six o'Clock.
the way of 1810, been committed
for trial, the public, with no feelTO MR. PEEL,
ing but that of sorrow that so SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE
abominable a thing had been imHOME DEPARTMENT.
puted to two of their fellow sub
jects, would have waited for that On the Bail and other Matters, trial in the hope that the impu
appertaining to the affair of tation would prove unfounded. the Bishop and the Soldier.
But the manifest, the almost monstrous endeavours of the ro
spectable” and infamous press to Jastioe, when equal scales she holds, is blind;
stifle the whole thing, have filled, Nor cruelty nor mercy move her mind. When some escape for that which others die, as they ought to fill, the whole Mercy to those to these is cruelty.
nation with suspicions, which it will not be
The bail, taken in this case, Kensington, 1 August 1822. SIR,
has been, and long will be, a subSee the disagreeable conse-ject of great interest throughout quences of endeavours to smother, the nation; because here the goon the part of the "respectable” vernment, through one of its infepress I mean; for I have, as yet, rior agents, is the actor. I am no positive proof of such endea- no lawyer, and, therefore, I do vours made by any body else. not pretend to say, that it was -See the disagreeable conse- absolutely unlawful in Mr. DYER quences! If the horrid affair in to take bail, and to set the Bishop question had been communicated at large. Nor do I say, that it to the public in the usual way; was an unlawful act to take such and especially if the parties ac- bail as was taken. But, I do say, cused bad, in the usual way, in that I was astonished when 'I
heard of any bail at all-being Sir, hear the Doctor, before we taken in such a case; and that 1 proceed any further. He does was equally astonished at the not name the party after all; but amount of the bail; the reasons he says that the law has done for which astonishment I am now hitherto all that it can do. His about to state; for addressing words are these : " More the law which statement to you your Office does not permit; for, black as is, 'I think, quite sufficient ground. “ is the moral turpitude of the con
As to the first, the admitting of duct deposed to, it still amounts the Bishop to buil at all, I was only to a bailable offence; and astonished, because I had never we all know that both by the heard of such a thing before. 1 " Common Law, and by the Hahad never heard of such a thing “ beas Corpus Act, it is deemed a in the case of the Vere-street gang; “ violation of the liberty of the nor did it ever enter into my mind,“ subject, in any Magistrate, to that the offence, especially when" refuse or delay to bail a person both the parties were of the age
“ bailable. In the present inaf discretion, was bailable ac- stance, the wealthier individual cording to law, though the act found bail immediately: and if might stop somewhat short of ab- " the other should tender bait at solute completion, it being, besides, any time before the Sessions, it very difficult to affix degrees of " must be accepted. The Magisguilt in such a case.
“ trate demanded much more than Nor has the “ Doctor" of the ordinary, though we fear much New Times, in his “loya!” paper" less than effectual bail; but it of the 30th of July, succeeded in " must be remembered that the
convincing me, that I was in error“ Bill of Rights strictly forbids in my notions as to this matter of " the taking of excessive bail. It bail in such cases. The Doctor“ is to be regretted that a villain is a great railer against “disloyal” \" should ever shelter himself under people, and he works hard upon the protection of such salutary this occasion (for what reason we "enactments ; but they are too are left to guess) to make us quite“ closely interwoven with our lisatisfied, that Mr. Dyer was com- 66 berties to admit a doubt of their pelled to take the bail, and let the “ general utility, even though in Right Reverend Father in God go" a particular instance they may at large. We will, if you please,“ operate to produce a defeazance