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Bingleys Journal (Newspaper) - October 12, 1771, London, Middlesex From Odober to ddobef the LIVERY of FTER returning my thanks to one hundred and fifty mem bers of your Idefire to juftify them for the votes they Phave given to an unpopular can I think I cannot do this by repeating to you faithfully the fubftance of what pafled relative to me at the laft Commonhall becaufe the greater patt of you were and the proceedings as been grofsly mifreprefented in the pub lic papers to which I perceive you give a credit is not due to In my addrefs to you at the Commonhall on Saturday September I faid what I then I was firmly perfuaded the Livery of London expect better proof againft a mans inte grity than the anonymous charges and accufations of a mercenary and moft unprincipled Wilkes heard and Sawbridges more particular charge concerning anonynuuf with On Saturday Wilkes addrefled Sawbridge and me in the public papers acknowledging that he under foodhimfelf to be the perfon intended by us both without attempting to clear himfelf from a charge of the bafeft thought it a fnfficient anfwer to call it an abfurdity and ridicult of the firji to juftify ourfelvcs from his falfe and anonymous At the laft on Tuefday Oc tober Wilkes from the Huttings a perfon on the of been ac cufed there of having written anonymous defama tory paragraphs he defiredthat might be and if he was the perfon tfaat the charge might be made and the proofs pro I thought it my duty to declare plainly tint he was the perfon I meant that I fhpiild not go back to trace him in the papers through each particular paragraph that thfl charge I brought ought te be aofwered that the proof of his innocence in refpect was very eafy for aim to give Let him call upon Henry Sampfon Woodfall to declare upon oath whether Wilkes or was the author of thofe defamatory paragraphs agaiaft me If fo called upon by mould declare that not the I wctald readily afk pardoif of and acknowledge myfelf fhould this pfbtifCF both ytfo every one elfe would naturally conclude him Wilkes refufed this andacknow ledged himfelf the author of the eft which related to my having a and to my defertionof the in the bufinefs of Preftwarranti and the He renewed bis charges againft he that tho it was true I had denifd ever having a yet I had not promifed never to accept of which I ought to have he i had neglected my duty when I was on the and bead influenced by a faction not to at tend in myjcorn as fitting Juftice at becaufe I knew that an imprefTed man would be brought before he that I had betrayed the Printers when they were ordered to be cuftody by the Hbufe of WhenMr finifhed his offered to but was interrupted and pre vented by a noife from a mob at the bottom of the I called upon the Lord Mayor to do his The Lord Mayor defired them te but the clamour I infilledthat the Marfhal Ihould be feat to clear the Hall ofall who were not The Hall was When I attempted to there was again a difturbance made by fome perfons in the middle of the Alderman Turner then came and told the lie was for their to fee fuchdiforder permit ted amongft them that they difgracing themfelves and all their proceedings that they had liftened to hear me publicly and it was but according to a common principle of jof tice to hear me reply in my Thofe who continued to be clamourous were now fo fw as to be I fent the Marflxal to take one who was diftinguifhed as the principal by every gentleman on the He was brought up to the Lord when Rey the under inftantly that he knew the man to be a and that if his Lordfhip offered to csmmit Rey nolds would immediately bail was at length fuffered to f faid I was happy to have at laft fomething like a charge and an becaufe it gave me an opportu nicy of juftifying myfelf that Wilkes had now acknowledged himfelf the author of the pa againft and had reduced his accusation to three To which I replied as for the that it now no longer pretended that I ever had or folicited to have one en the it was well known I by my declined all pretenfions to in a descended to me from ay The charge was now barelythat I had on Wilkejs and abufive condefcended to him in the with a promife never to accept To which charge I that had never been guilty of a theft or a and therefore did not think it neeeflkry to promife that I would not commit a theft nor a in my might like with equal have called upon m to For I that I was not on the The or yearly fettled arder df the Alder men s was expired and therefore I could not that I was expected to In the interval between the expiration of the rota and the forming is ulual for the office to fend a particularocuerpecialfum mons for fome Alderman to atienff which he cannot know he is to do without fiich A fpecial which I could not was fent to my AuftinFryars on the Ufa for my attendance the Monday which t found there when to town on T I had known I Was expected to certainly have 1 have never declined any part of my duty or office nor do Jin tend without a juftifiable This fact does not reft upon my authority not only the printed rota procures but the proper can ftate it to the When Wilkes ays I was warped from my or a he fays what is falfe and No or fet of can turn me from my Let Wilkes fupport his charge ie and clear himfelf from this wilful and Icandalous As for the third charge concerning the I that an to that arbitrary power of the Commons fo was y own original and favourite I did in any one abandon or betray the or the oppofition to that illegal and In the execution of the mea Cure not formed by himfelf W Ikes improper ly broke in and interfered andfor the fake of not a but a fenfeleis popularity to did much a well concerted and rifqued the lofs of an important point1 to the merely that he might have the merit of appearing in Whenever that ftory hail be fairly and entirely told to the I believe they will be of my But though1 my feu was broken in upon and hart by did nofhefilate to fuppoftHiis action when it was however in utmoft I rofe from my bed in a fevers and went down ta thHoa mons with my amSf there his imprudtrit action myiUtmoft I de clared in the Houfe that I upon every oc cafion of that fhew the fame contempt for the unlawful power they and do the fame adion they were then i that notwithftanding Wilkess infinuatiousagainft I would venture to that I had my mind in that Houfe as freely and plainly nppn every public as any ever fat in it that I had now fwered the charges againft me by Wilkes if he had any more to I called upon him to bring and was ready to an Wilkes that myanfwer about the cqntraa was and an impofition on the public becaufe I had not yet engaged myfelf by promife neVer to accept of He that in regard to the other tvro I had fhaltered myfelf in and had not defcended to par and that he knew I was of themoft ob noxious faction in this He that in regard to niy fecond my not having re ceived the extraordinary was no excilfe for me and that I ought to have known it without notice j that I had received a written rota and that I had failed in my duty by not attending as fitting Juftice that As for the bufinefs of the he I had made a declaration that I would not meddle in becaufe no great man would fupporrme and that inftead of defending the meafure in the Houfe of 1 had fpent my breath there in a moft illiberal invtftive againft the Princeft And Gentlemen of the I have a few things to add for your consideration il was confidently accufedof When that charge is clearly Wilkes tell you I am unworthy of your confidence becaufe j havenot promifed And this accufation ismodeftly brought againft who never or defired to have by a man who has both folicited and received a penfion and it is when if could leaft be objected o at the very time that I was fa thers which if fuch ha4 been my was the moft likely for me to haveob who have fhewn by my that I could not be influenced either contraft which my father actually or by the hopes of fucceeding to it yet I alone am felected by from amongft all other men not had the fame opportunity as I have of hew ing their difiatereftednefs to be accufed to you for not having given a promife never to receive and are not thus accufed by bat are re commended to your confidence for Mayor and Have they made this promrfe i Would this promife from me have altered his or prevented his fcandaloua and falfe defamations treated by or by than I have He has received from you no greater marks of He polled about the fame number of votes as I have done and Bull never made any promife as far exceeded as Sawbridge and Crofby who likewife ntfver made any promife exceeded What was fingle pretenfion to be immediitely feeleAed LordMayor His imgle pretennon was having committed the mef r of the Houfe of and having nn Sfot a Alderman who after lis unanimous without any ftew of obtaining your made a moft exten felfdenying has been no better aflociate with in the without being ftigmaJ tifed with the name of a except hirafelf Does he allow one man in the Court of AldermeaL to be worthy of your except himfelf and Crofby Has any except Rey convinced him of his attachment toihe public caufei How can I efcape this imputation of faction If I was willing to fubmit to will he plcafe to direct me in the choice of my and acquaintance Whom will he recommendj at either end of the town I defire to fee his now give us a what it fince he has if he would eeji fent to the This only recommen of was it allowed to be even recommendation of Oliver Tfiis pretended it is an objec tion fo none but and yet the promife is not any recommendation to the only man who has ho neftly and properly made Is this or it evidently faction Should an honeft man eek fuch or defpife it I do not de ire your confidence on fuch terms I will wait bfit till you form your judgment of men by their and not Wilkess anonymous pa The fecond heavy chargeagainft me merely I failed once to attend as fittyig Juftice at when I was on the rota The motives afcribed to me are only the unproved allegations of attended with circum laaces of proved I never did fail at tending in iny turn when I was on the rota but F have attended out of my I attended in his lead on the igth of laft as fitting when Wilkes was on the printed and ejeglected his I am not of a difpofuion to tffnceal my or to neglect ray dutyjfor of doing an unpopular Seeking the ic good whilft I do what 1 conceive to be my whether it meets the public approbation or For the Wilkess and the truth have 1 refer you to the fol declaration of the fummon own o At the reqaeft of Alderman the 26tH deliver to one of waiting fhould we do with praifed any public whom he has hot afteri wards vilified and flandered I hare besn Lilt and am much prouder w be now ftruck out of reflect on thefe things find J if you what public benefit of Wilkes is now and what point he v lining for the peof fhall always independently of praife or difapprobation IS Your faithful JAMES TOWNSRND M1 a Alder attendb JuftJce at derftood the at his houfe in on the day after it was delivered to There was at that time no for the attendance of the Alder men that for the kft year a few days and the new One not then Townfend had then never been on any nor had ever attended as fitting Juftice at Guild hall having been Sheriff from tie time of being and therefore excluded aftmgas fitting Witnefs nay hand this nth day of HOLDER To the fitting Juftices at For the concerning the I refer myfelf at prefent to what I have already faid to the committee of the Common who were admitted into the Houfe of when the Lord Mayor and Alderman Oliver were fent to the Tower and to the following of Thanks to me made by the Com in confequence of their to Wilkes was a party j and for which he held up his Locum A holden in the Chamber at the Guildhall of the city of on Thurf day the zgth day of Marchi RESOLVED That the thanks of this Court be given to Sir Robert Barlow James Townfendi John Aldermen and to William Baker and Jofeph She riffsof this city being Members of the Houfe of having there fupported the rights and privileges of their fellow and vindicated upright conduct of their Ma Te the worthy LIVERYMEN of the CITY of Alderman Townfend having moft and falfely what pafled in die Common Hall on Tuefday laft with refpeft to I defire your pcrmiflion repeat what I did re ally fubmitting the whole to youl8fccan dour and For the exactness of this relation I appeal to all my fdlowcitizensj who attended on the The mimtCenefs of the narrative I prove not unacceptable to thofe Gentlemen Of who were No reply having been made by of Aldermen Townfend or Sawbridge to my letter printed in all the papers on the at clofeof the and they both being prefent began the debate by declaring to the Common that to the Gentlemen of the as a moft impartial and I with pleafure fubmitted every part of my public conduct that if any perfon had any objeclion to make to I defired them to ftand n atitt wovna raimediately anlwer nira in It is Wilkess conftant method to multiply accufations or without foundation be is unable to fupport thofe he has to fly to others however foreign to the matter in queftiom Could any thing elfe have induced him to accufe me of having made an illiberal in vective in the Houfe of Comnjops againftthe Princefs Dowager of Wales Do youexpect a j unification from me on this account Can One anfwer fecioufly to fuch a from ihcli a man In what terms can one exprefs this match of Wilkes Wilkes accufes me likewife of belonging tp a HaQmuld make it appear from my When your late aealous intimate confidential was he of Wilkess ha tred and his death and have fucceededto the fame Public meafures can onlv be conjunction of feve ral men has he left to 14iefe were my firft fpeech I did not mention daonymoiu pa Townfend falfely Townfend that the perfon he alluded to at the former Common Hall was and he would believe him to be theauthor of the anonyniotfs paragraphs reflecting on his unlefs Wilkes would compel Woodfall to declare on oath all paragraphs he had I replied tkac was impolitic with fpect to Wooufail I had no fuch power nor was it many things being deiiroyed for few days had pafled in feveral I had not employed my pen in the forvice of the Livery and the to inform them faithfully of the late tranfactions that the Alderman now flickered himfelf in generals that I would da what he ought to have I would defcend a few particiilarsj and proceed to ftate or three which happened to occur to me at that time about his public for I had ne ver written a fingle line about him as a private I that when Townfend thought proper to make a declaration pnder his hand about the a charge not made by heaflerted he had not then a but ftudi oufly avoided declaring that he neverfaocttU accept a contract that the anfwep he gave was a mere and did not bind him in future that he was fo odious to the prefent he had no chance of a contraft from him but he ought to if he meant to be confidered as au in dependent that he never ffuould accept a cen tral from any which he had not yet and I then called upon him to Ano ther objection I remembered in the papers to his conduct his not attending his duty when it was his turn on the and he knew that the cafe of the impreffed men was to come oru As a good Englifhman and 1 thanked my bre thren Sawbridge and Oliver for having fo nobly difcharged their duty as Aldermen in bufiaels of Prefs on which I expatiated cs the raoft cruel fpecies of jGeneral The lait objection I mentioned was the affair of the Prin I declared that after the ftrongeft promifvS to them he refufed to act at all in their Townfend in anfwer that there was no oc cafion for him to declare he would not accept a any more than he would not be guilty of theft or that he was not on the rotaf that the rota was expired and altho notice had indeed been fent to his he was notatJiome when the notice came thatin the cafe of the he had exerted himfelf in the Houfe of Commons in manner becoming and al ways would do I hot when Townfend was mentioning and ing them at nothing was more eafy natural than for him to have that he neyej be bribed in that thai he ought at that moment to do it that as 9 tip ;