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°ay the 26th, the house and some buildings adjoining, were again shook with Ib much violence, as to be almost demolished ; a large wood pump was thrown down in the garden behind the house; the court, and part of a road in front, are full of cracks, some very deep.. The land on both sides the river is the property of Walter Acton Moseley, Esq; who, we hear, has sustained a damage of 6 or 700 1.

On Friday the 28th, the Rev. Mr. Fletcher, Vicar of Madeley, preached a sermon upon the ground on this melancholy occasion, to a crouded audience of upsvards of one thousand people, and in a most pathetic discourse expatiated on the works of Divine Providence, and concluded, recommending to his hearers to prepare for the last great and awful day, and hoped that the present dreadful . icene would prove a sufficient warning to them.

T. Addenbrooke. Coalbrooktdak, June), I773.

St. James's, March 26. This day the Right Hon. the Lord-Mayor, attended by Mr. Serjeant Glynn, Recorder, Alderman Bull.Mr.Sheriff Lewes, the City-Remembrancer, Common - Serjeant, Town Clerk, eight of the Livery, and the rest ot ihe city officers, went to St. James's, where the Recorder read to his Majesty the following address, petition and remonstrance, from the city of London:

To the King's most excellent Majesty.

she bumble Aldress, Petition, and Rcmonftraice of the Lord-Mayor, Vol. XV.

Aldermen, and Livery of the City of London, in Common-Hall ajsembled.

Most gracious Sovereign,

V[7E your Majesty's most duti* V ful and loyal subjects, the Lord-Mayor, Aldermen,and Livery of the city of London, beg leave to approach the throie with the relpect becoming a free people, zealously attached to the laws and conltitu-* tion of their country, and the parliamentary right of your Majesty to the crown o: these realm*.

We desire, with all humility, in the grief and anguish of our* hearts, to submit to your M.ijesty, that the many uridances and injuries we have suffered from your ministers, still remain unredreiled ; nor has the public julfice of the kingdom received the least satisfaction for the frequent atrocious violations of the laws, which have been c mmitted in your reign by your ministers, with a daring contempt of every principle, human and divine. Your people have, with the deepest concern, observed, that their former humble petitions and remonstrances vvere received with a neglect and disregard, very hardly brooked by the high spirit of a great and powerful nation; but the hopes of redress still encouraging us to persevere, we again supplicate your Majesty to liilen to the voice of your aggrieved subjects, in vindication of your own and the nation's honour, against your despotic and corrupt ministers, who have perverted the fountains of public justice, and undermined the foundations of our excellent constitution. Our representatives, who were chosen to be the guardians of our rights, have invaded our moll [/>] i'acrei acred privileges. The right of be>ng represented in parliament, is lhe inherent, unalienable privilege, as well as peculiar glory of the free born inhabitants of this country j and a person qualified according to law, a magistrate of this city, was duly elected a knight of the shire for the county of Middlesex, by a great majority of legal votes, yet has been excluded from the House of Commons, by a resolution of that House; and a candidate, who had only a few votes, declared the representative of the electors of the laid county against their consent, Through the like corrupt influence of the same ministers, the chief magillrate, and one of the aldermen of this city, were imprisoned for not obeying the illegal mandates of an arbitrary House ot Commons, and violating the solemn oaths they had taken for the preservation- of the liberties and franchises of the capital of your Majesty's dominions. We recal to your Majesty's remembrance with horror, that unparalleled act of tyranny, the erasing a judicial record, in order to stop the course of justice, to introduce a {yttem of power against right, and to tear up by the roots, truth and law from the earth.

We, therefore, your remonstrants, again supplicate your Majesty to employ the only remedy now left by the constitution, the exercise of that salutary power with which you are entrusted by law, the dissolving of the present parliament, and the removal of those evil counsellors who advised the measures so generally odious to the nation; and your Majesty, as the true guardian of our rights, shall ever reign in the hearts of a grateful people.

To which Address, Petition, and Remonstrance, his Majesty ixias fleastd to return the folio-wing answer:

"I have the satisfaction to think '* that my people don't doubt of "my teadinel's to attend to their *' complaints, or of my ardent de"fire to promote their happiness, "which I cannot more effectually *' do, than by resisting every at"tempt t,o sow groundless jealou"sies among them.

"Your petition is so void of "foundation, and is besides con"ceived in such disrespectful term-, "that I am convinced you do not "seriously imagine it can be com"plied with."

To the Hon. the House of Commons of Great - Britain in Parliament assembled.

The humble Petition of the united company of merchants of England trading to the East-Indies.

Sheweth,

THAT your petitioners observe, with the greatest concern, that some of the most material articles of the propositions which they humbly presented to this Honourable House, on the second day of March last, are substantially rejected by the resolution of this House on the twenty-seventh of this month.

They humbly conceive, that aster the loan which they presumed to request from Parliament, (not less for the credit of the public than their own) (hall be fully discharged, it seems unreasonable to require any further terms on account of the said loan.

That the limitation of the Coro8 panj\ not exceeding six years, for the possession of their territories in India, appears to be altogether arbitrary, as it may be construed into a conclusive decision against the Company, respecting those territorial possessions, to which they humbly insist they have an undoubted right; a right against which no decision exists, nor any formal claim has ever been made.

That the Company, with all due deference and humility, beg leave to represent to this Honourable House, that they cannot acquiesce in the resolution, whereby threefourih parts of the surplus neat profits of the Company at home, above the sum os eight per cent, per ann. upon their capital stock, should be skid into the Exchequer for the use of the public; and the remaining be applied either in further reducing the Company's bond debt, or for composing a fund, to be set apart for the use of the Company, incase of extraordinary emergencies; because such disposal of their property, otherwise than bv their own consent, by a general description, comprehending their trade as well as revenues, djes not appear warranted even by the, largest pretensions that have been formed against them. And they most humbly represent, that when your petitioners ofFsred a participation i:i a different pioportion of the said surplus, it was in the full assurance that they might freely enjoy the remainder.

That the limitation prescribed by the said resolution, respecting the application of the one-fourth part allotted them in such participator, aster p-iyme.il of all their simple contract debts, and after reducing their bond debt to the point

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pany's dividend to seven per cent, after the discharge of the said loan, until their bond debt shall be reduced to one million five hundred thousand pounds, appears to your petitioners a limitation not founded upon any just calculation of the Company's commercial profits; nor can it with reason be alledged, that it is necessary either to their credit, or that of the public, that they should be so restrained, as the additional dividend of one per cent, contained in the Company's propositions, though an object of considerable consequence to the proprietors, c-uld be no material delay to the reduction of their bond debt.

Your petitioners humbly submit to this Honourable House, that the hardship of this limitation is exceedingly aggravated by a consideration of the great losses which they, as proprietors, have sustained, and the expences they have incurred in acquiring and securing the territorial revenues in India, at the risk of their whole capital, while the public have reaped such great advantages; more especially as they have received repeated assurances from their late chairman, that the intentions of the chancellor of the exchequer were totally different in this respect. Upon the faith of these assirances, the proposals which have been made the ground of the said restrictive resolutions, were offered by the Company to Parliament; restrictions which they cannot but consider as peculiarly hard upon men who have already suffered so much.

Your petitioners most humbly beg leave to represent to this Honourable Ho;sse, that the resolution limiting the Company to a term

credit which this Hc'ocrable House has fixed, appears to your petitioners to be lubtf^rsive of all their rights and privileges, by denying the disposal of their own property, after all their creditors shall be sully secured according to law; thar rather than submit to such conditions, (as proceeding from their own consent expresk-d or implied) they beg leave most humbly to declare to this Honourable House their desire, that any claims against the possessions of the Company that can be supposed to give rise to such restrictions, may receive a legal decision, from which, whatever may be the event, they will at least have the satisfaction of knowing what they may call their own.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray, that this Honourable House will not annex such terms to the loan proposed by the East-India Company, as will tend to weaken the good faith and confidence which the subjects of this country ought ever to have in the justice of the legislature.

And your petitioners shall ever
pray, &c.

East-India House,
April 30, 1773.

Message from the Committee, appointed by the General Court os the EastIndia Company, to take the most effectual Measures for opposing a liiii now depending in Parliament, entitled, " A Billfer establishing certain Regulations for the letter Management of the Affairs of the East-India Company, as ivell in India as in Europe," to be laid before ike Court ef Cempttn-Couni.il,

To the Right Hon. the Lord-Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of the City of London, in Common-Council assembled.

THE Committee appointed by the General-Court of the East-India Company; to take the most vigorous and effective measures for opposing a bill now depending in parliament, entitled, '* A bill for establishing certain regulations for the better management of the affairs of the East-India Company, as well in India as in Europe," have unanimoufly thought it their duty to apprize the city of London of the auack made upon the Company's charter-rights by the said bill.

This bill (without regard to the public faith, or to the valuable consideration paid for the franchises granted in the Company's several charters) is calculated totally to alter the constitution of the Company at home, and the administration of its presidencies abroad, in order to subject all their affairs, both at home and abroad, to the immediate power and influence of the Crown. This bill, if it should pass into a law, will, without delinquency charged, or any specific ground es forfeiture assigned, disfranchise above twelve hundred freemen of the Company, who are to be deprived of any vote in the management, directly or indirectly, of any part of their own immediate property. The directors, who, by the still subsiding charter, are elected annually, are to be taken from under the controul of their constituents, and to be continued for a term of years.

By the first of these operation* the proprietary being red«ced to a very small number, will be rendered more manageable for ministerial purposes; and by the second, the Directors, no longer annually responsible to their constituents, it is to be seared, will become less attentive to their trust, and more under the direction of the treasury, to whom they owe this prolongation of their power.

The whole government of the settlements in India, which by its charter belongs of right to the Company, is by this bill taken from them, and in effect transferred to the Crown. A general presidency is to be established over all their affairs. The. first nomination of the president and his counsellors is to be made in the House of Commons, and the future vacancies are to be silled by the King.

The nomination of judges for India is also vested in the Crown, although the charter of justice has given the appointment of those who exercise judicature in India to the Company.

Notwithstanding that the Compand is thus deprived of its franchise in the choice of its servants, by an unparalleled, strain of injustice and oppression, it is compelled to pay such salaries as ministers may think fit to direct to persons in whose appointments, approbation, or removal, the Company is to have no (bare.

It is not necessary to explain to the city of London the conlequence of this subversion os the Company's charter, and the subjection of all i:s great concerns to the immediate authority of the Crown, nor to state vvith what facility those principles and thole powers, which arc used to

justify and to effect the ruin of the Company's independence, may be applied to destroy the independence of the city of London itself, and of every other corporate body in the kingdom.

The Company have never be:n called to answer for any abuse of the franchises which are attempted thus violently to be taken away from them; much improper invective has been employed, but no specific accusation has been stated. If they were not certain, that with merits evident to the world, they were able fully to refute the calumnies of their enemies, they would not think themselves worthy the suppor^of a body, representing the most illustrious city in the world, whose concurrence in opposition to this bill they think it their duty to request.

The city of London have a common cause in the preservation of charter-rights and privileges, and a peculiar interest in the prosperity of the Company, which having the seat of its operations fixed in this great metropolis, h::s contributed in no mean degree to its opulence and power.

Whatever the fate of this application may be, they have the satisfaction of knowing that they have not been wanting to guard against the danger, and in time to warn others against an attempt which may be of the most fatal consequence to the commerce, the laws, and tha liberties of their country.

Signed by H. C.Bdui.TON, Chairman of the Committee.

Edward Whbbiter. East-India House, May 27, 1773.

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