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erted himself to conciliate the ject, he said, “ Do you suppose I various classes of the Irish people, would allow a man to be on the and to put an end to the heart- grand jury, who said he would burnings which had so long em- abide by the king's letter ?" He bittered that community, it was (Mr. P.) had the affidavit of a extremely proper and lawful, that person who assisted in the office of certain persons should seize the the sheriff, to the effect, that, first opportunity that presented when the jury was about to be itself, for marking their powerful struck according to the usual course disapprobation of such an acquies- of the office, the sheriff ordered cence in the expressed commands the panel to be brought to him, of his majesty. To that extent and said he would prepare it himthey felt it highly proper the op- self! and the deponent swore, that position should proceed; though he believed this course was taken, they were not prepared to go the to enable the sheriff to deal with length of thinking, that it was the panel as he pleased. There right to fling bottles and rattles was another objection to the mode at his majesty's representative. of impanelling the jury. When That, in his conscience, he believed he (Mr. P.) learned that a whole to be the decided conviction of the day had passed without finding the grand jury—a conviction, he also bills, he procured the panels of the believed, which the greater por- five preceding years. He found tion of the Dublin corporation did on inspection, that there were from not consider erroneous. He (Mr. about 70 to 100 on each panel, P.) had grounds for impeaching and that, on calling the panel, it not only the decision of the grand was with difficulty the requisite jury, but also the manner in which number of the jury was made up it had been impanelled. He had after calling the whole list. In reason to know, that the sheriff the present instance, the number was related to two of the accused, was only about 50, of which there in the close affinity of first cousin. were about 26 names that he did This, had he known it at the not find on any other panel ; and time, would have been ground of the whole number attended, with challenge to the array. He had the exception of two or three; also in evidence upon oath, that they answered in regular order, the sheriff declared, that the tra- and before the 26th name was versers need not be afraid of the called, the jury was completed. result of the trial, as he had a list He would put it to the candour of of Orangemen for the jury in his the House, if he would have been pocket. Another circumstance justified in going back with the would shew the spirit in which case to such a grand jury. He the grand jury was impanelled. concluded by stating, that his own There was a person, named Poole, inclination would have been, to who was desirous of serving on the meet the resolution by a direct negrand jury. The sheriff promised gative, but that, in order to prehim, previously to the riot, that he vent either party in Ireland from should be on the jury; but, after assuming an air of triumph on this the riot, he found that his name occasion, he would only move, was not on the list, and when the “ That the other orders of the day sheriff was applied to on the sub- be now read."

Colonel Barry was the only House, withdrawn. Sir Francis member who supported the reso- Burdett, at the same time, gave nolution strenuously : though several tice, that he would, on the 22nd of others expressed a marked disapa the month, bring the conduct of the probation of Mr. Plunkett's conduct. sheriff of Dublin before the House. Among these was Mr. Brougham, On the day fixed for this motion, who argued, that the precedents Mr. Ellis, member for Dublin, prewhich the attorney-general for sented a petition from one of the Ireland had quoted, were altogether high sheriffs of Dublin (Mr. inapplicable: for they were all Thorpe), and from the foreman cases of informations, granted by and jurors of the Christmas grand the court of King's-bench-not of jury of that city, praying for an informations filed ex officio by the inquiry (in such manner as the attorney-general ; and consequent- House should direct) into the ly were guarded by the many pre- charges preferred against them by ventives of abuse, which the law their attorney-general. Mr. Ellis has annexed to the former mode of took the opportunity of announcing, proceeding.* The result of the that Mr. Thorpe and six of the debate was, that Mr. Brownlow's grand jurors, deputed by their motion was, with the leave of the fellows, were then in attendance.

The annunciation was received On a subsequent day (the 2nd of with acclamations; and Mr. May), Mr. Plunkett mentioned a pre- Brougham complimented the sheriff cedent in point, which had been recently and jurors upon the promptitude communicated to him by a Mr. Foley an with which they had solicited inattorney in Ireland. were the particulars of the case : In quiry. Immediately afterwards, October, 1811, a bill of indictment sir Francis Burdett moved, “ that was preferred against a person of the the statement made by the atname of Leach, for writing a letter to torney-general of Ireland, in his appointment of the place of barracke place, on the 15th day of April

, master. The bill contained three respecting the proceedings on the counts: the first was for sending a trials of Forbes, Graham, and letter, proposing to give a bribe : the Handwich, renders it incumbent second, for oftering money by way of bribe ; and the third, for offering secu.

on this House to institute the rities for money by way of bribe. That · strictest examination into the conbill was ignored by the grand jury duct of the sheriff of the city of The court of King's-bench, impressed Dublin on that occasion." -Mr. with the disproportion between the evi- Plunkett, without directly opposing dence and the finding, ordered a second the motion, addressed the House in a bill to be preferred. That second bill was also ignored ; and in the November speech which showed that he was, following, an ex officio information was at bottom, not a little averse to the filed by Mr. Saurin, Mr. Plunkett's predecessor in office. Mr. P. produced he was willing

and even thought it

course proposed. He avowed, that attested copies of the indictment, and of the ex officio information that followed necessary to institute a criminal the ignoring.

prosecution against the sheriff, in The result of the case was, that judg- case the House did not, by a parment was signed against the defendant liamentary inquiry, put it out of for want of a plea ; but in consequence his power to do so ; and he intiof his expressing great contrition, and having lost a valuable appointment, no

mated very plainly, that proceedfurther punishment was inflicted on him. ings in a court of justice were

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better adapted to the circumstances ders of the attorney-general, re-
of the case, than the imperfect questing that both the sheriffs
means of investigation possessed by should join in making out the
the House of Commons. Mr. panel Mr. Poole renewed his
Canning, Mr. Peel, and the other application to be put on the grand
ministers expressed the same opi- jury, when the sheriffs informed
nions more unequivocally and put him, that they felt the necessity of
a direct negative upon the motion, being cautious, and that he had
Mr. Brownlow and colonel Barry disqualified himself by the appli-
called loudly for inquiry, and cations he had made. Mr. Sheriff
denied in toto the truth of the alle Thorpe asked, what reason he had
gations which the attorney-general for pressing the application? “I'll
had made against the sheriff and tell you," said Mr. Poole;
grand jury. The learned gentle case of a Mr. O'Meara is to come
man, said Mr. Brownlow, had as before the grand jury. I am ac-
serted in his place, that the jury quainted with facts, connected with
were packed. Now, nineteen out that case, which are not known to
of the twenty-three grand jurors, the rest of the jury. I wish to be
whoignored the bills of indictment, on the grand jury, that justice may
usually sat as grand jurors; their be done to Mr. O'Meara. Put me
names appeared in every panel for on the jury, and I'll give you my
ten years back; and during that word not to divide on the question
time they had frequently received of the play-house riots." The
the thanks of the judges for their sheriff replied, that, after such a
upright and impartial conduct. It declaration nothing would induce
had been stated by the attorneya him to put Mr. Poole on the jury.
general, that one of the traversers, With respect to the conduct of the
was the first cousin of the sheriff. grand jury, there was no notice
In truth, however, there was not of motion respecting them, but he
one of them more connected with was authorized to say, that every
the sheriff, than with the learned thing the attorney-general had said
gentleman himself. The attorney with respect to them was incorrect
general had informed the House, and unfounded.

The attorney-
that a Mr. Poole applied to the general had been misled and mis-
sheriff to be put on the jury; that informed by some calumniator.
the sheriff had consented, but that, The attorney-general had said, that
subsequently, Mr. Poole having a witness of the name of Moran
expressed his inclination to carry had been produced before the grand
into effect the conciliatory views jury, and that but two questions
of the king's letter, his name was had been put to him when he was
not included in the panel. The shown to the door; the jury au-
high sheriff had informed him thorized him (Mr. B.) to state, that
(Mr. B.), that, three weeks before that witness was asked a greater
the jury was impanelled, Mr. number of questions in the grand-
Poole begged to be put on the jury room, than he was asked on
grand jury. The sheriff said, he the trial.
would submit his name to his col- Mr. Denman, Lord Milton, Mr.
league. In the mean time, a Spring Rice, sir J. Newport, Mr.
letter was addressed to the sheriffs Tierney, and Mr. Brougham, spoke
by the crown solicitors, by the ore in favour of parliamentary investi-

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gation. Upon a division, sir panel, which, according to M'ConFrancis Burdett's motion nel's statement, was in Mr. Thorpe's carried by a majority of 34; 219 pocket on the 17th of December, members voting for it, and 185 was not prepared for several days against it.

after. He denied that the grand On the 2nd of May the House jurors were

persons more resolved itself into a committee for markable for party zeal than other the purpose of inquiring into the gentlemen in Dublin ; and affirmed, charges preferred by Mr. Plunkett that, if the January grand jury against Mr.Thorpe and thejury; and differed in any thing from former prosecuted the investigation on the commission grand juries, it was in 5th 6th and 7th of that month. its extraordinary respectability.The three points attempted to be Mr. Plunkett produced a list of established against Mr. Thorpe, and candidates to represent the merfrom which it was intended to chant's guild, recommended.“ as be inferred, that he had packed the good men in bad times," at the jury, were, that the panel con- head of which was a vignette of tained an unprecedented number of king William, with his horse the members of the corporation; trampling upon a Knave of Clubs, that the grand jurors answered intended, it should seem, as the with a suspicious punctuality to symbol of the Dublin lord mayor. their names; and, that the panel Mr. Cooper admitted, that seven of was shorter than upon any former the fifty returned on the grand jury occasion.

panel were to be found in this list, One Mr. Terence O'Reilly, an but denied that they were violent attorney, stated, that, on the day on party-men. In conclusion he said, which the indictments were ig- that, though he considered his colnored, Mr. Sheriff Thorpe, in a league Mr. Thorpe a high party room adjacent to the court, and man, he should from his knowledge about three quarters of an hour of him consider him as a juror albefore the fate of the bills was together above exception.-Wilannounced, addressed


liam Poole stated, that, being tleman, named Ward, on the sub- anxious to sit upon the January ject of these bills, predicting that commission grand jury, in order to they would be ignored, and exulting guard the interests of a certain Mr. in the management by which he T. O'Meara, who was indicted for had insured such a result. Mr. perjury, he applied, in November, , O'Reilly was confirmed in some to Mr. Thorpe, and obtained from part of his statement by a Mr. him a promise that he should be M Namara, but both were contra- returned in the panel. Finding dicted positively by Mr. Ward. himself excluded from the panel, One John M'Connell stated, that, at he remonstrated with Mr. Thorpe, a card party at a Mr. Sibthorpe's who apologized by saying, that he about three days after the riot in had a hard card to play, and that the Dublin theatre, he heard Mr. it was impossible to please all parThorpe say to Graham, one of the

ties. persons who were afterwards (but Christopher Moran complained, not then) accused, that he had the that the grand jury having heard Orange panel in his pocket.—Mr. from him all the particulars of the Sheriff Cooper proved, that the riot with which he was acquainted, refused to listen to a story he wish- J. H. Moore, another juror, said, ed to tell, about the arrest of one that he had acted as the of the Handwiches.

grand jury, and taken notes of Here the case sgainst Mr. the examinations. His testimony Thorpe closed. Mr. N. Murray perfectly corresponded with that of Mansfield was the first witness the two preceding witnesses ; called for the defence. He stated but, being questioned as to some that he was clerk in the sub-she- particular facts, he hesitated to riff's office, and described the mode make disclosures inconsistent with in which the panel was struck, hisoath as a grand juror: and a long as being perfectly fair. Mr. Thorpe discussion followed on the question, proceeded expressly upon the prin- whether the grand jury could be ciple of excluding from it all men wholly absolved from their obligaof violent politics.—Sir George tion of secrecy. The point was Whiteford, foreman of the grand not decided ; and the examination jury, stated, that he was solicited continued through the 8th, 9th, by sheriff Thorpe to preside over and 14th of May, upon an underthe January grand jury several standing, that the members should, weeks before the riot; that, having as far as possible, abstain from heard M'Connell's statement, that putting to any of the Jurors, quesMr. Thorpe boasted of having an tions as to facts which occurred in Orange panel, he refused to act the grand-jury room. One Mr. upon the Jury, until Mr. Thorpe Davis said, that he was not an assured him, upon his honour, of Orangeman, and that he had heard the falsehood of M'Connell's story; Mr. sheriff Thorpe refuse to put that he never saw a body of men Mr. Addison Hone on his grandmore conscientiously anxious to jury panel, on the ground of the discharge their duty than the violence of that gentleman's poligrand jury in question. Sir tics. George added, that he was one of On the 23rd of May, the investhose who wished the dressing of tigation of the conduct of the the statue of king William to die high sheriff of Dublin was resuma natural death, but he confessed ed. After several witnesses had that he thought the measures taken been examined, sir Abraham B. to suppress the ceremony were King was called. He stated, that he calculated to produce irritation. had never had any panel put into Being cross-examined by Mr. his hands for revision, nor, to his Plunkett, he said, that, in his opi- knowledge, was any panel put into nion, it was not deserving of punish- the hands of his clerk. He had ment, to express dissatisfaction at been, he said, an Orange-man the forcible means by which the since 1797 ; the oath of that sodressing was discontinued. Mr. ciety was in print ; a prayer was Twycross, one of the grand jury, read on opening the lodge, but no described himself as an English- portion of scripture was read ; the man, and a friend to Catholic signs and words which were comemancipation. He affirmed, that municated after initiation were, he the grand jury conducted their in- said, taken from the Old Testament. quiry with the utmost patience and Being pressed to explain from what impartiality, and that they were passage these signs and words were unanimous in their decision. Mr. taken, the witness pleaded his oath

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