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Trades Free Press (Newspaper) - April 19, 1828, London, Middlesex THEY HELPED EVERY ONE HIS AND EVERY ONE SAID TO HIS BE OF GOOD 6. No. 145. SATURDAY APRIL 19, 1828. PRICE THE SPORTING BeWs Life in a Paper in wide circulation amongst the of the has in this night's Paper appropriated 26 Jines tu the subject of and 1\ columns to accounts of Fights and The is one of its a paid for designed without as a quietus on this If Mr. or Mr. Portman with his had made any such the Parliamentary Reporters would hare noticed is no truth in the Friendly Portman said In the House of Commons on Friday that the intention these Societies was merely to consolidate the existing laws for their and that the retrospective clause would be Bell's Weekly another Paper supported by industrious defends Mr. and thus closes an article of half a column on the subject of the Petition against if we were to hazard a we would that these Petitions press not so much the reluctance of the members composing to submit to the proposed as the objections of and busy to be deprived of their or stripped of their COURT OF KING'S v. East. This was an action by a of against a of the same for an A named stated that he company with the plaintiff in November 1826, at the defendant's where he and several other persons were taking There was a good deaf joking and larking going The defendant came into the and that some tricks had bVen played with a which was boiling on lie up the kettle and threw the were in the Tho rly the whole of the water Uie were in the Tho plaint nearly the wl was severely ' This of. ' Mr. who appeared for the excited a good deal of merriment by the manner in he the it was attempted tp be that the plaintiff himself the by throwing his hat the witness that he and that the hat was afterwards put up the and the plaintiff was joked by the company about its being made a Lord Tenterden that damages would meet the justice of the which was acceded to by the who returned a verdict by which each party pays his own TO THE EDITOR OF THE FREE am directed to forward yon a Copy of Resolutions adopted at a Meeting of the representatives of Friendly held here yesterday in them you will observe a vote of thanks to tor the Valuable information you have furnished on this subject I have great pleasure and satisfaction in communicating the and being present can testify to the cordial and hearty manner in which this motion was unanimously carried it is certain that but for your this town would have known nothing of Mr. Courtenay his I take the opportunity of forwarding you a Report of the proceedings of our which shall be glad to see Hoping that this obnoxious mensure may be ultimately and that your Paper may increase in and receive that support it so I your obedient humble ANTHONY Secretary to the Jubilee April 16, 1828. ment wished then to seize upon the property of Friendly It appeared plain to him that Government had no such This act empowered the magistrates to raise the rate of in order to enable the Clubs to continue their As for tho the new provides that they may be removed from from their office by the The speaker concluded by that he saw nothing objectionable in Mr. Courtenay's Mr. j. Ward the last speaker appears to be altogether he sees nothing objectionable in transferring the power over the Clubs from the masters and who are interested in their to magistrates and who have no concern in lie in have us to become the of those who might happen to be placed over No wonder that the county rates are become so intolerable a and that it is found necessary to enlarge Mr. Ward was here interrupted by the Chairman desiring the speaker to keep to the subject of the as there would not be time for more to be said than was on which he resumed his Mr. Adams that he could see no benefit to be derived from the new the present Act empowers It was his that all that Parliament could do to Benefit Friendly was to provide effectually for the enforcing of the payments of contributions and other debts due to He conceived that in there were 15,000 persons among the working classes connected with these Societies and not honorary to have the control of their There was no arbitration clause in the new in consequence of which all disputes would have to be settled by the Under the proposed clubs would be burdened with innumerable fees and other which would prove the utter ruin of who even now find difficulty in meeting the just claims made upon This is the proffered and these are the blessings held out to The Chairman that there might be no alter that they would keep to the merits or demerits pf that if the and Mem bers of the Friendly were unable to conduct he was confident that no persons could be found competent to do it for them it appears to me to be essential to the prosperity of Friendly that their exclusive of what is paid to sick should be as small as It has already been that the of all Societies ebb and I have known clubs obliged to give up and divide what little there was and what has been the cause of The lessening of the numbers their being replaced by arid the money which they had laid up in more prosperous times not being sufficient for their increased However the members may the intended regulations would compel them to pay increased contributions ade quate to the or subject them to the seizure of their Shall this be allowed in England where the rights of man are so well and so universally There be among the remnant of the expiring a few persons in comfortable Is it I that besides the disappointment of their expectations the club should also suffer the loss of thei own property It be and I the proposed would prove extremely hurtful and Mr. thought it his duty to make some re marks on the which had found its way into th Mouse of and unless stopped by the voice of the would become a He felt happy in addressing so respectable an assembly he was sine that there was no class of his Ma to 60, without any they would occasion a loss of 20. I do not say that they would do but it would not be safe to trust them there may be a friend to or other and more powerful inducements may and we all know something of in man our Legislators too have not always proved themselves very and the loss they meddle in our domestic policy the The man who would let such a measure as this pass to live under the Pacha of or the Dey of * in rising to mote the second begged to request every one present not to neglect to sign the Mr. Kay seconded the Mr. in moving the third Resolution that any remarks of his would but weaken the effect which the Resolution was calculated to produce Mr. Lynn seconded who they had had recourse to arbitration oftener than to the because the latter always manifested a disposition to invade their The fourth and fifth Resolutions were moved and by Messrs. Mr. Latham in rising to propose the 6th did ft with great in a full confidence that the Meeting would enter into the spirit of from beginning to When a person enters into a Sick of course expects to some influence in the direction of its affairs but this says you shall not have the management of funds which you yourselves have for they shall be vested in I would are we lunatics I should be more inclined to retort the charge upon Mr. Though the intention of some trustees might be it would not bo so with They are to have the power to Vest the money in the on or even to apply it to their own private Could SHEFFIELD FRIENDLY On Tuesday last a very numerous Meeting of the and others connected with various Friendly in this was held in the great of the George The Meeting was opened by Mr. after stating that they had been called together by the Committees of the Royal Jubilee and Fitzwilliam for reasons with which those present would shortly be proposed that Mr. Oglesby take the which being unanimously The Chairman read the printed and said the above-named Committees had been induced to take this by their concern for the interests of their own Clubs in common with those of not by a desire to appear forward and but because they had reason to believe that they were in possession of information not in the hands of Their attention had been directed to a introduced by Mr and now in progress through the House of An Act to Consolidate the Laws relative to Friendly by the Reports of other and statements which had appeared in the Free Press in conse procured an Abstract bf the which ap to them so objectionable as to warrant and de t mand immediate But before any he would request Mr. Sutton to read the ab ' * The abstract having been that he should be glad to hear any person who might wish to express his before the Resolutions which had been prepared for the Meeting were Mr. as representative of the Prince o thought there was no ground for ap that the proposed would be injurious He remembered that a similar outcry had act in 1794; and it was that Govern GENERAL MEETING OF THE SONS OF HUMANITY BENEFIT A very full Meeting of the Members of this Society was held at the Half-moon and Seven on the 14th Mr. Gibson having been unanimously called to the briefly stated the object for tho Meeting had been They were perfectly aware that Mr. Courtenay had introduced a But into the House of if passed into a would prove the destruction of all Friendly A number of Resolutions had been and a Petition founded upon These were in the possession and he now called upon to dress the Mr. Russell rose amidst great with his accustomed the obnoxious clauses of the motives of Mr. CoUrtenay in Introducing a measure On one ho sought lor and on the he wished the national of he was the crushing every other In the former case he have the appointment of toi paid for transacting the the he would accomplish the object he had so unceasingly pursued for a number of then proceeded to detail tho various movements of Mr. from the year 1919 period when his first through the to the present In the year 1825 obtained a after examining a number of scientific i who were considered the first mathematicians ih the respecting a table of calculations of Friendly to determination upon the Ih the 1027,, Mr. Courtenay again stepped into the Houso of and asked for another pledging himself to private purpose any Society exist under such a If it were already I would go home and divide follow it by introducing a to Carry into effect the But while there is unite heart and whatever that Committee might From the moment this intention was made a number of apprehensive of the dangerous consequences likely to result from Mr. assembled every week to ascertain their true and when the made its ir con J firmed aH their Russell narrated the pocket and to oppose it to the Seconded by Mr. Mr. Littlewood that after the eloquent speech of the mover of the sixth it was unnecessary for him to say much in proposing the seventh He called upon those as men of to speak out and let their Legislators know that proceedings ofthe arid concluded were competent for the management of their own that a 1 it was his the he might Seconded by Mr. appoint another lawyer to fill the duties of that Mr. Walker thought that the addresses which had These two lawyers been had but little for him to He mediately legal proceedings Jo him to be the 9?c\etW<^ answer appeared to him so should take The Resolutions which see the stating his and the grounds on then read and a number of complimentary remarks which been He believed that in this upon One gentleman if he had country there were about 1,000,000 of persons in Friendly hundred hands he would hold them up for their This suggests the inquiry what js the another thought they were so amount of their The individual interests impossible to improve upon and it was therefore subjects better acquainted with the manage ment of Friendly Societies than Friendly Socie ies originated in a noble spirit of For what did they but to preserve from distress themselves and their If said Mr. H. be not a spirit of I know not what is. The abstract ofthe is also most suspiciously filled with The meaning of them is so strongly and yet concisely expressed in the Sheffield Iris of this that I request that Mr. Sutton for the information of this read the Editor's remarks before The extract having been Mr. Harrison continued obtained the favour I 1 am convinced that you perceive the of the Editor's clear and simplified The necessity to petition against this obnoxious is If we be silent we sanction it. It is a matter of great not only our own but those of our posterity are at Let exert ourselves as and as to quash this dangerous The English have ever been an independent and the admiration of all other Is it not our duty most sedulously to preserve those privileges bequeathed to us by our and to hand them down to our posterity unsullied and Exert to put a stop to this monstrous and pernicious As there are other gentlemen whose remarks may interest you more than any thing I can I shall conclude by as a plan to expedite the business of the thai the string of resolutions which have been be read before being separately submitted to the opinion of the This motion being and the resolutions Mr. Harrison again arose the first which was seconded by Mr. when a member borrowing an expression Mr. that though Esau sold his for a mess of Englishmen were not brought so low Evidence has been given before a Committee of the House of that we are not competent to regelate our own I consider that the in question would be completely subversive of our and strike the very foundation of our The power which the trustees are to exert over will enable them to invest in the funds the property W Clubs without being in any way able for the loss they may or the expense they may If they were to buy at the pre sent 80, and sell out on their fall in perhaps of the Members varied from 5/. to 201. he thought that 10/. might be considered the which gave at once of 10,O0Q,O(MM., and this sum Mr. Courtenay's Bin would place at the disposal of the Commissioners of tho National It was computed that tho annual expenditure pf the Friendly Society in Birmingham amounted to 16,000/.; and though it could not be the clubs in Sheffield bad an equal yearly yet their's must be very He supposed that the Friendly Societies in England did not expend less than a which would also be under the control of He had now shewn them how great an interest they had in the proposed It for them to whether they would tamely give up their He was sure that they would to themselves and duty to their families alike ' Mr. seconded the Mr. Walrer read the Petition which had been drawn Which was unanimously Mr. a vote of thanks to the Editor of Press for his valuable by Mr. Mr. he thought it would be necessary to have a list of those clubs who meant to co-operate toother desirable and praiseworthy Mr. thought that none could object to the all must see the hazard to which their interests were He was sure that if all their property were under and that roof on they would be unanimous attempting its rescue and he was convinced that would consider this as a similar Mr. Whisker proceeded to call over the names of the had been informed of the thirty-five give their sanction to the Mr. Arnold again that lie and the majority of agreed to put to the and they were carried with loud A founded on these was then read and unanimously ' Votes of thanks having been passed to the Editor and Proprietors of the Free the the Meeting GENERAL MEETING OF- TIfE FRIENDLY SOCIETIES OF AND THE ryA A numerous and respectable Friendly Societies was held on Five pursuant to into consideration Mr. Courtenay's Mr. E. Bean having been unanimously called to the apologised for his inability to do tp so important a but on ardent desire to render himself had induced him to accede to their After reading the abstract and commenting upon much to the satisfaction of the Concluded Vj in strong the absolute of Societies settling their own sent arbitration and not permitting any to pass into a law which would them of that Mr. Clark made several respecting the duties of and the interference of the proposed with which were satisfactorily answered by various Mr. Watts proposed that each of the various Societies should separately ' ' Mr said that there was no time to the various and that delay might be He strongly urged the propriety of an attention to this on the part of every member throughout the who wished - Resolutions which see the of the he represented were then put and Prince of were in favour of Mr. Courtenay's founded immediately 7 ' * - ' A of fifteen was then to carry the object of into after which they The good order and spirit displayed on this occasion By the appearing only to have one common reflects the greatest credit on mechanics of A reference having been made to the zealous and manner in up and supported the cause of Friendly thanks were proposed ' to the ' and carried ' 1 i - Above 400 and a great number could not room being filled at a very early ' the members pray by On the 11th inst. passing this into up v the St. Amicable instituted at the those Societies Lion held a in times of tho to take into consideration the propriety of sity of flying to a against Mr. Courtenay's Mr. ' i having been unanimously called to the the opened the Business ipf the Meeting in a neat and a of to priate pointing out the advantage Benefit inform Members of the Union Benefit had enjoyed |y managing their own and held at the in this * a Meeting on the 14th and determined but beg to with a copy the by return of the I have received tion from a Society in w sent a They have if the to break up at once and divide the lath my friend says they owe all their obnoxious to the Free also the of the finances ofthe and concluded by animadverting strongly on tho disadvantages Benefit would incur by the passing ofthe present rigid and obnoxious so foreign to English code of A series of Resolutions ' proposed and and a founded expressive ofthe Society's disapprobation of the v 4
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