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modated, if at no nearer place, at Westmin- I lours by it. I have not the honour of his ster Abbey ; where the solemnity of the acquaintance, but in pure kindness have all temple and the trophied honours of scpul- along presumed him to be a very youth, chral testimony over the remains of heroes perhaps in Deacon's orders only, who has not who died for their country, would have had an opportunity of consulting his dicadded a dignified, patriotic feeling, to which tionary on the term, or inquiring into the the frivolities of Ranelagh cannot be com history of it, and investigating to whom the pared without a kind of sacrilege.-I will powers of consecration belong. To consenot say the pulpit is degraded and the desk crate is to “ make holy," " to devote any prophaned, which were removed to the ro " thing entirely to God.” It may be asked, tunda; but, when we look back a few years if the colours are not consecrated, why do to the circular letter of a prelate to his prayers precede the ceremony of presentaclergy on the subject of theatrical singers at tion? There was a good old custom, still charity sermons, we cannot but wonder at preserved in many places, and it were devoutly the names of Incledon and Braham among to be wished that it were preserved in many the choristers; and considering the whole more, to hear prayers previous to every sort of this motley scenery of “the sacred and of public business ; it is continged before profane," how are we to reconcile the the daily deliberations of both Houses of Dice punctilious strainings of that prelate at Parliament, &c.; and on certain days before every little gnat when he so quietly swal the City companies, when they distribute lowed this camel- It appears, Sir, how. 1 their charities and dine with their liveries ; ever' improper and indecorous it may be, but it never can be contended that they that this ceremony should be permitted at consecrate a turnpike bill at the one, or the Ranelagh at all, a reverend gentleman was turtle and venison of the other. As well not sufficiently gratified with what was per might it be contended, that the First Consul, mitted there ; for we are given to under consecrated the invincible standard which stand, that he wished to introduce a prayer your poor unrewarded friend, Lutz, proved to of his own composition, in order actually to be vincible. But even if colours are to consecrate the colours. This prayer has be consecrated, is the ceremony to be perbeen hurried into the newspapers with such formed by a Deacon, for such' I hope, for anxiety, and printed with such correctness his reputation-sake, this gentleman is? In as to betray, with something like certainty, 1 the whole history of the church we trace its being sent there by the writer himself; the powers of consecration to be alone in and it was accompanied by a sort of com the Apostles and their successors, that is, plaint that her Majesty would not permit it | Bishops; and we read, even in papel times, to be used. If such was the case, so far from of no consecrated banners but such as were any blame attaching to her Majesty, she de blessed by the Pope himself, or by legatine serves the highest claim for her discriminat- authority ; which word legatine, if this ing judgment. Of the composition of young gentleman should not understand it, i the prayer, to use a vulgar phrasc, “the may be explained by Lady Harrington's apleast said is the soonest mended.” New pearance at Ranelagh as proxy. This prayers even on the most urgent occasions gentleman may tell me, that every priest has should be cautiously used both, as our the power of consecrating the elements of common form embraces almost every possi the sacrament. I readily grant this, and ble occasion, and because, (somewhat to have to observe upon it, that this power console this young gentleman for my re is particularly and specifically given to him as mark) from all the specimens of occasional a priest, at ordination, and is derived from his new prayers which have appeared for some legatine authority; and the power so 'spe years, there is much reason to conclude

cifically given at that time infers that he with a late bishop, that the true spirit of possesses it in no other. I have troubled plum-porridge and prayer-making fell toge you, Sir, with this long letter to rescue ther. Indeed, for so young a clergyman to her Majesty from the imputation of captiobtrude his MS. prayers on any prerence is so ously depriving the colours, she munificently absurd, that I should as soon have expecta bestowed, of a portion of holiness, and to -ed her Majesty to turn author herself, and explain my opinion of consecration ; fearful indulge the public with instructions for the that many zealous, well-meaning persons, cradle, and tales for the nursery. But I | through the sanction wbich this reverend do not mean so much to quarrel with the gentleman's querulousness would have beprayer itself, as the reverend gentleman's stowed upon it, should be led into a gross apparent intention of consecrating the co superstition, respecting consecrated colours,

derogatory to the principles of the establish- | tranquillity of the Empire, to protect, by ul. ed church of England. I am, Sir, your terior measures, the immediate Equestrian humble servant,

CLERICUS. Order against all violence and oppression. 10th January, 1804.

The undersigned, Vice Chancellor of the

Empire, has the bonour to communicate this PUBLIC PAPER.

supreme decision to the Envoy of the Eques

trian Order, in order that he may communiOfficial Declaration of the Emperor sent to cate it to his companions, and that they may the Deputy of lbe Equestrian Order of Fran- find in it new encouragement to continue conia.

invariably in the glorious firmness which The undersigned, Vice Chancellor of they have displayed, and in their attachment the Empire, has laid before his Imperial Ma- to the Supreme Chief and to the Constijesty the most humble address, in which the tution..

(Signed) ibirteen members of the Equestrian Order of PRINCE DE COLLOREDO MANSFIELD, Franconia, summoned to Bamberg the 191h | Vienna, Dec. 3. of November by the Bavaro Palatine Governmeot, have given an account of the remark

DOMESTIC OFFICIAL PAPER. able events of that day.--His Majesty has seen, with pleasure, by that address, that the Letter from Secretary Yorke, to tbe Lords said members of the Equestrian Order, re Lieutenant of Counties, autborising tbe apgarding as they ought the intentions mani prebension of such persons as may be clan. fested of the date of the 3d of last month, destinely landed on tbe Coast, from Neutral and guided by that sentiment of attachment Vessels. Dated Wbiteball, Dec. 24. to their supreme Chiel which they have in My Lord, It having appeared that herited from their ancestors, have remained | Dutch vessels from Holland, under Prussian faithful to the Emperor and Empire; and colours, have been in the practice of resortthat, conducting themselves as brave and I ing to the Fast Coast of England, for the loyal Germans, neither the menaces, nor the double purpose of carrying on contraband atracks actually made, have been able to turn trade, and conveying intelligence to the them from the obligations which they have enemy, it has been judged proper to direct contracted by oath, nor from the constitution that they should in future be prevented from which has subsisted until the present mo so doing between the Humber and the ment, and has been solemnly sanctioned by Downs, Yarmouth Roads and the Downs the last decree of the empire. His Ma excepted. As, however, the measures jesty, in his quality as Supreme Chief and taken for this purpose, may, in some inDefender of the rights of the Germanic stances, be eluded, by their putting persons League, has opposed an energetic interfe- clandestinely on shore, where ihe coast will rence, addressed to his Electoral Higbness permit of it, I am to desire that your Lord. the Elector of Bavaria, formally demanding ship will particularly point the attention of that the status quo, relative to the Equestrian | the Magistrates residing in the neighbour. Order, should be re-established in all its re hood of the coast of Essex to this circumlations, such as it existed before his Highuess stance, in order that they may direct the took possession of the countries assigned to Peace Officers, to be particularly watchful him as indemnities, and such as it has been in discovering any persons of this descripsolemnly guaranteed by the last decree of the | tion, and in bringing them before the MaGeneral Diet: that it should not be troubled gistrates to be examined ; in which case I again in future with arbitrary steps and mea should wish that the result may be trans. sures, and that for the particular differences | mitted to me as spee lily as possible.- I that might exist, his Highvess would never have the honour to be, &c. c. YORKE. lose sight of what is prescribed by the decree of the Empire of 1753. That his In Copy of a Circular Letter from Mr. Secrelary perial Majesty expected from the character Yorke to the Lieutenants of the several of the Elector, from his wisdom and his love Counties in Great Britain, dated Whitehall of justice, that after having weighed with 14th Jan. 1804. coolness this request of his Imperial Majesty, My LORD,---- His Majesty's confidenfounded entirely upon the laws and the con- tial servants have thought it to be their dua stitution, he would feel no disticulty to satis ty, on further considering the improvements fy them completely, so much the more, as l of which the volunteer system is capable, to bis Majesty the Emperor is firmly resolved, / extend to it every useful aid and assistance in his quality as Supreme Chief, and con- | which it can receive, consistent with a due formably with his duty, to maintain the attention to that principle of economy on

which the whole system is founded, and which it was performed, are to be distinctly have resolveui to allow of adjutants and ser- specified in the first pay list which shall be jeant majors on permanent pay to corps of transmitted to the War Office after the apthe different descriptions of force, consisting pointment takes place.--All adjutants of the following numbers, without any other and serjeant-majors who are placed on per conditions or restrictions than such as may manent pay, are to consider themselves as, be applicable to the whole volunteer esta at all times, at the di-posal and under the blishment. Cavalry. - To every corps, commanding officer of the corps for the consisting of not less than 300 effective rank time being, and are expecied to give their and file of cavalry, an adjntant on perma- 1 attendance whenever required, for the drill, nent pay will be allowed. - [Pay when not | good order, and management of the corps. called out into actual service, 6s. per day, It is not intended by this arrangement, 25. ditto for a borse.] To every corps of to make any alteration as to the appoint. cavalry under 300 rank and file, but con- ment of adjutants or serjeant majors without sisting of not less than three troops of 40 pay. They will still be allowed to corps of effeetive rank and file cach, a serjeant ma sufficient strength, as directed by the militia jor will be allowed on permanent pay. law's, and as before pointed out by the War. (Pay when not called out into actual service, Office regulations of the 28th of Septem3s. 11d. per day, including 9d. for a horse ] ber, 1803. - Infantry.-To every corps of infantry, His Majesty's Lieutenant of the (including artillery) consisting of not less than 500 effective rank and file, one adju. tant, and one serjeant major, on permanent

SUMMARY OF POLITICS. pay, will be allowed-[ Pay when not called VOLUNTEER SYSTEM.---Some time ago, out into actual service, os. per day; ditio of che dangers to be apprehended from the huse berjeant major, ditto Is. Od. per day, and tility of the enemy occupied mcu's minds; 25, 6d, per week extra.) To every corps but now, the danger of the Volunteer-sygof infantry, consisting of not less than 300 tem, that system which was to save us from effective rank and file, one adjutant, but no l the enemy, has absorbed every other. The sarjeant major, will be allowed on perma pere “ right honourable relation” is said to nent pay.- (Pay Os. per day as above.] have told Mr. Windhain, that he appeared To a corps of infantry, under 300 effective « determined to have the last word about the rapk and file, but consisting of not less than 6 volunteers." Would to God it had been three companies of 60 privates each, one ser. The last word! but the "right hovourable jeant major will be allowed on permanent “ relation" will find, it is to be feared, that pay.- [Pay as above, Is. OJ. per day, and the affair of the volunteers will not end in 25. 6d. per week extra.] ----When the corps the use of words. Upwards of eighteen to which the adjutants and serjeant majors months ago, I expressed iny apprehensions, are appointed shall be called out on actual that the “ Clerk would out-live the l'ells ;" service by competent authority, these staff and, though I am not very apt to despair, I officers will receive the pay of their respec- must confess, that those apprehensions have tive ranks, as in the line. The adjutants been considerably increased by the rise and are to be recommended by the Lords Lieu. | progress of the volunteer systein; a systein lenants, for his Majesty's approbation, in the ' by which the corporal and mental energies, usual manner; but no recommendation of by which the patriotisın, loyally, liberalily, an adjutant can be attended to, unless the and even courage, by which all the resources person recommended has served at least four and all the public virtues of the country, years as a commissioned officer, or as a ser- are turned against itself, and made to work Jcant major in the regulars, embodied mili- | together for its destruction. Since the tia, fencibles, or East India Company's ser publication of the preceding sheet, in which vice ; and the recommendation must likewise I endeavoured to call the atiention of the distinctly express the actual period of ihe ser public to this searfully important subject, vice of the person recommended, and specify there have appeared soine official docuthe particular corps in which that service was ments, on which it will be necessary to performed, Serjeant majors may be ap. make a few observations. But, previously, pointed by the commandant of the corps, I think it riht to correct an error in my from among persons who have served at statement relative to the scandalous proleast three years as non commissioned offi. ceedings, at Chester. It appears, that Macers, in his Majesty's regolar, embodied mi jor Wilmot was got insuired by the voluililia, or fencible forces; and the period of teers of that place, at the line of their break such service, and the particular corps in ing open the jail. Tais gentlemar, herce

fore, seeing the statement in the Register of compared to several of the others, cannot, last week, bas written to Mr. Secretary | when speaking of a statement drawn from Yorke a letter upon the subject, of which sources such as mine were, be fairly called a letter the following is an exact copy. falsehood;" and, Major Wilmot may rest 16 Chester, Jan. 16th, 1804.-Sir, a paper assured, that the public, instead of partici“ entitled Cobbett's Weekly Political Regis- pating in his “ astonishinenr," at the incor. "ter, for Saturday, 14th Jan. 1804, was rectness of my statement, will be astonished es distributed in this city this morning. In at its correctness; and, he may also rest as-“ it I was astonished to find some circum- sured, that the few remaining advocates of « stances, regarding myself and the corps I the volunteer system will be greatly morti" have the honour to belong to, mosi grossly mis- fied to find, in his contradiction of one com" represented, and, in respect to myself | paratively insignificant fact, a confirmation "containing as great a falsehood as ever of a statement, in which the corps, that he 6 was published. He says: “ on receiving has “the honour to belong to," is charged * “ a refusal, they were proceeding to at with having broke open one of the king's "6 tack the jail, when one of the officers, prisons, rescued a prisoner, chaired him * “ Major Wilmot (a gentleman who had through the streets of a city, tore down the

“ served long in the regulars), came up, king's flag, and dragged it in the kennel."" in his regimentals, and, after urging The Major states, that the Register was " " them in vain to desist, declared he “ distributedin the city of Chester; and I " " would put the first of them to death, only wish to observe, on this expression, "" that attempted to force the jail; upon thar, the Register was distributed through " " which he was iminediately seized by the Post-Office only, and to persons who reet " the volunteers, who pinioned his arms, ceive it from the news-men in London; or,

• some of their calling out, at the same at least, that I neither sent any copies to " " time, dozun with him, and others, break Chester, nor know of any having been sent. " " the sword over his head. By the assis- -- He says, that every " sentence, word, $6" tance of some friends he was rescued “and line," of what he has quoted from the **6 from them unhurt."- And, in ano Register is false; but, how does he make out " ther part he says: “and, at the end of that it was false to say : “ And, at the end “ “ some days, peace was restored." " of some days, peace was restored '?" He “ The above statement, I declare to you, I certainly does not mean, that peace was not “ upon my honour and word, is false, in restored at the end of some days; but, on “ every sentence, word, and line, except the other hand, it is hardly credible, that he " that part in the circumflex, which says. can wish the Secretary of State to believe, "6" (a gentleman, who had served long in that peace was restored on “ the evening of 66 66 the regulars.") - To the above I am “ the 28th of December," when he must have “ ready to inake oath, and transmit to you been aware, that the Secretary of State had “ if you think proper.--I am, &c. &c. &c. been informed, that, on the 20th of Decem“ Joseph WILMOT, 1st Major Royal Ches ber, the magistrates wrote to Prince William " ter Volunteers.- Post Script. I take che of Gloucester, declaring, that without the " liberty to inform you, that, conformably aid of troops, they could not answer for the « with your directions, a regimental court of safety of the city? If this was the state of “ inquiry has been assembled some days, the city on the 29th, and if the city was “ The proceedings, it is thought, will be for. crowded with people from the country to “ warded to the Lord Lieutenant of the look at the ravages of the volunteers, and if “ County to-morrow. And I have the the militia sent in to protect the city re" pleasure to add, that the town has been mained there for a fortnight, will it be be" perfectly quiet ever since the evening of the lieved, that my correspondent was guilty of “ 28th of December, 1803. Upon this let- a falsehood, in stating that, " at the end of fer it is not necessary for me to say much | “ some days, peace was restored ?”–Upon more, than that I am very glad to be able to the whole, therefore, I am afraid, that the lay it before those who have read my state. volunteer system, and particularly the corps ment of the disgraceful affair in question; that Major Wilmot has “the honour to bebecause, it is perfectly consonant with my long to," will derive but little benefit interest as well as my inclination, to pro from hislerrer. If, on the one hand, he has mulgate the truth. As, however, Major Wil wiped off the disgrace which the corps inmor's letter talks of " falsehoodcourained in curred from having been thought to assault my statement, I must just observe, that, a mis. their Major, on the other, it loses the hostalement as to one circunstance amongst so nour which it enjoyed in a reported instance many, and that one of inferior importance, when of the good and gallant conduct of that ofti:

cer. Amidst the scandal and infamy of the situation of second licutenant, he was refused, on scene this conduct afforded us some little the ground of a stronger to the company having alica

dy received the appointment-and that even withconsolation: we saw, in the Chester volun- |

out the least notice thereot being given to us.teers, che man, whose respect for the laws Thirdly,That the company cannot but consider and the magistracy led him to endeavour, at themselves, in this instance, treated with unme. least, to prevent the atrocious outrage;. but | rited contempt; and are therefore determined not

to act fut under officers who have been regularly now, alas! we find, that the only part of the

proposed to them, and received their approbation. statement which was incorrect was that

Fourthly-That these resolutions, af er haywhich afforded us this transitory glimpse of | ing received our signatures, shall be presented to hope! As to other and new instances of our colonel commandant, by one or more mem. disagi cement, indiscipline, and approaching |

bers of the company, in the hope that he will be

pleased to take them into his imniediate considerconfusion, the mass of materials is so great,

ation, and return us that favourable answer to so numerous are the cases of every descrip

our feelings which we flatter ourselves, from his tion, that I know not where to begin. I known attention to the welfare of the regiment, could have filled two such sheets as this wiih and the rights of individuals composing it, he will the letters, which, since the uth instant, I

not besitate to do. With proper deference, we

subscribe ourselves, &c. &c. &c. (Signed by sehave received upon the subject: The pro

veral members of the company.) ceedings in the Loyal (they are all loyal or ropal, at Chester they are royal, it seems)

Upon receiving this billet-doux, it appears, Volunteers of Southwark embrace some in

that Mr. Colonel Tierney repaired to Mr. stances of ministerial interference, and,

Secretary Yorke, who, of course, required

a statemeut in writing, which, after a contherefore, they shall have the precedence.

ciliatory effort had been made by his direcThe quarrels in this corps were men.

tion, was sent him under date of the 10.2 tioned in the former sheet ; but the

instant, in the following words: statement was imperfect, and unaccompanied with the official documents, which I shall

Sun-I send you herewith an exact copy of the dow insert at full length, because, as express

resolutions of the 3d company of the Loyal Souch

wark Volunteers, the substance of which I yesiciing the determinati.n of ministers on a point

day communicaied to you; they are signed by of very great importance, they must be gene one serjeant, and by all but four of the privates; rally interesting. - Early in, the present the ensign (both the captain and lieutenant havmonth the dispute arose between Mr. Colo

ing some days back cbrained permission 10 resign) ap

pears nor to have known of the proceeding.. nel Tierney and the men of the 3d company

According to your directions I this morning atof his Southwark regiment, who transmit tended the parade, and, in the presence of the ted to him the following note and accompa whole regimeni, afier stating the nature of the nying resolutions:

offence, ordered the men who had signed the re

solutions, to deliver up their arms and accoutreThe third company, with the utmost respect, ments, which they accordingly did. I informed take the liberty of conveying their sentiments on them that I should lay before you the circumstanthe intended appointmeat of their officers to Co ces of their conduct, and wait to know his Majes. lonel Tierney. They earnestly request that he ty's pleasure upon it.---With respect to the nowill not consider their conduct as any failure in mination of officers having been given to the that esteem they have always entertained for him, members of the association when the corps was but what they couceive to be due to their own first embodied, the fact undoubtedly is as stated independence. They flatter themselves that Colo in the resolutions; but I never understood that nel Tierney's liberal and exalted mind, will induce occasional vacancies were to be filled up by the him not to think unfavourably of them on the choice, and at the pleasure of the company in present occasion. They beg him to accept their which they might happen to occur; and I have most sincere wishes for his health and happiness. unitormly and publicly declared, that after the - Jan. 6, 1804.

regiment was once formed, I could allow of no At a general meeting of the third company of

further elections. In the only case of a vacan, Loyal Southwark Volunteers, on the 6th of Jan, cy, which, excepting that now in dispute, has ta1864- It was unanimously resolved,--- First-T hat ken place since our original establishment, I reit having been declared, at the formation of this commended the new officer to the lord lientenant, corps, that the officers commanding the same without, in any way, consulting the privates of should be chosen by the voice of the majority of the company to which he was to belong, and his the individuals composing it, which system was appointment was received as a matter of course. actually followed at ihe appointment of all the I cannot allow myself to conclude without officers, in the first instance and this also being stacing to you, that, however culpable, in a milithe practice of all other volunteer corps, its well tary point of view, the conduct or ile individuals as the understord meaning of the act of Parlia I in question may have beer!, I have every reason ment on this subject, we, the members of this to rely on their attachment to his Majesty, and company, do declare, that we consider this right their readiness to meet any danger in the defence 10 remain with us at this time; and that it will be so of their country.----I must beg that you will, as as long as we act together as a volunteer body. soon as possible, give me your instructions as to Secondly—That we have learnt with considerable what further steps 1 am to take in this very unsurprise, that, on the application of Serjeant Rose, pleasant business.----I have the honour to be, &c. sent by ibe voice of the company, for the vacani | &c. %0,--G&CRCE TIERNEY,

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