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W. Cobbett, and Aslett and Dubber, proved to be the pocket-book, with constables, were the defendants, and all the notes and bills. The passenWilliam Burgess, a labouring man, ger on landing, mentioned this cire the plaintiff. The damages were laid cumstance, and, in less than an hour, at 1000l. It appeard that Jesse Bur- the officer was put in possession of it. gess, the brother of the plaintiff, a. The pocket-book was in the occan boy of 16, had lived servant with from eleven o'clock at niglit, on FriCobbett, but had run away from his day, until the same hour on Sunday place. Cobbett employed Aslett and evening, and must have gone up and Dubber to search for him; and, ha- down with the several tides within that ving apprehended him at his mo- time-- possibly from Cowes to Spite ther's house, they were proceeding, head, and back again, with every tide. accompanied by the plaintiff and his The new theatre at Covent Garden parent, to Mr. Cobbeti’s, when the was opened on Monday the 18th. boy effected his escape. On this the inst. but such was the indignation plaintiff and his mother returned of the public on account of the rise homewards, but were forcibly detain- in the prices of admission, and the ed by the constables, who, through- extravagant engagement made with out the business, acted entirely from Madame Catalini, who was to have the verbal instructions of Mr. Cob- had 40001, a year exclusive of two bett, whose counsel, Mr. Jekyl, call- benefits., that the utmost noise and ed no wittnesses; but made an able confusion reigned the whole evening, speech for the defendant, who had, and not a word was heard of the play he observed, been goaded by the in- or the entertainment. The same gratitude of the boy Jesse Burgess, scene of confusion continued for sem to whom Mrs. Cobbett, only two ven nights successively, till at length days before he absconded, had given a proposal from Mr. Kemble of a him a 11. note to buy him cloaths; committee to examine the books of and at the conclusion of his defence, the managers and to report their said it was a combination to bring opinion, was acceded to, and on his the defendant's political character farther informing them that the cuinto disrepute.--After a consultation gagement with Madame Catalini was of about two minutes, the jury re- at an end, tranquility was restoredo turned a verdict of 101. damages. The house is to be shut up till the Much coarse language and swearing committee have made their report. was proved on the defendant in the The farce performed on one of these course of the evidence.
evenings will be a sufficient speciA young officer, quite a boy, was men: -“ To the hisses, hootings, lately ordered to embark for India, howlings, roarings, &c. with the and received 951. by a bill, and 401. usual accompaniment of whistles in bank notes for his passage and and cat-calls, were added the sono pay. On the Friday evening, while rous breaks of bugle and coachmen's on the quarter gallery of the India- horns, the harmony of which was ocman, at St Helen's, he dropped his 'casionally improved by the clattering pocket-book over board, containing of sticks against the seats and ceilings these sums. This happened about of the boxes. Such, in a word, was eleven o'clock at night; he was in a the confused noise produced by this deplorable situation, without friends discordant concert, that you would nearer to him than Aberdeen. As the imagine the pit and basket to have mail-boat, from Portsmouth,was cros- been converted by some Circeau cup sing to Ryde, on the Sunday follow- into dens of lions, bears, and wolves, ing, a passenger saw something at a who roared and howled their indigdistance in the water, and persuar nation at the degrading metamorded the captain to go towards it; it. phosis.”
N.B. The days omitted are Sundays, or Holidays. The blank spaces denote that nothing was done in that fund.com
Pe stands for Premium, and D. for Discount
For OCTOBER, 1809.
SUBSTANCE OF THE ELEVENTH received and issued in large quantities, REPORT OF THE COMMISSION
rendered; that the superintending board ERS OF NAVAL REVISION.
in town has no means of forming a judg
ment of the propriety or impropriety of the This Commission was established not expenditure of stores set forth in the ac80 much for the fundamental investiga- counts submitted for their approval; and, tion of abuses, as for canvassing and what is not a little extraordinary, no unisifting the reports of another department formity is preserved at the different ports, of the state since the commencement of there being many books and accounts kept his Majesty's reign, namely, the com- and rendered from one establishment not mission of naval inquiry. This Report required from another, thongh the nature relates to the provincial victualling es of the business transacted at both is pretablishments at home.
cisely the same; that with respect to the “We have already mentioned, that any accounts of cash, some of the disbursepartial alterations and amendments would ments are subject to no controul, and be insufficient; and that nothing less the accounts to no check, and a few even than AN ENTIRE NEW SYSTEM would be to no examination! likely to produce effectual and permanent “ Nevertheless, we think it right to
state, that it would be a harsh and un“ This opinion being completely the fair conclusion to impute these evils altoreverse of that which has been repeated- gether to the mismanagement of those to ly and strongly expressed by the two whose care the conduct of the victualling boards who have preceded us in an in- service has been entrusted. They are quiry into the system of management in rather to be considered as the consethe victualling establishments, we feel it quences of defects, which have gradually our duty, on that account, to enter and imperceptibly arisen in the course more into the detail than would other- of the last century; during which time wise have been pecessary, in order to partial alterations only have been introshew the grounds on which we have duced, thus adding something new to the found ourselves obliged to differ from remains of an old system, instead of asuch respectable authority; as well as bandoning the old altogether, and formto prove satisfactorily, chat so far from ing an entire new one adapted to the the present system being entitled to the present circumstances; for, however well approbation which those cominissioners suited the regulations which were estahave bestowed upon it, the business, on blished at the beginning of the 18th. the contrary, is conducted in a loose century might have been to the small exand confused manner, without system, tent of the victualling service at that clearness, regularity, or method : that time, it was by no means surprising to with respect to the accounts of stores, find them but ill adapted, or rather they are unnecessarily intricate and vo- wholly inadequate, to conduct it properluminous, without providing any suf- ly on its present extended scale." ficient check, being in most instances It must be observed of the concluding unsupported by any vouchers; that some part of this extract, that it only reinoves of them, intended for the charge and dis the accusation from the subordinate micharge of store accountants, are so er- nisters to the principal ones in the deroneous as even to leave the accountant partient; acquitting the former upon himself completely ignorant of the real the score of their being mere agents, and quantity of stores in his possession; that impeaching the latter on account of their various descriptions of public stores are adoption or retention of a system, which VOL. VI.
is inadequate to all the purposes of check- never to have taken place, and are there ing the national expenditure, and pre- fore altogether fictitious; and that the serving the public purse. Of the evils receipt and expenditure of many deresulting from this neglect, a correct scriptions of stores are made no mention opinion may be fortned, when it is known, of whatever." that " it is matter of great doubt, even Nor are these mere barren errors, unat the present time, among the officers productive of public loss, as will appear themselves, who is to be considered re- by the ensuing extract: sponsible for the stores."
“ It is, perhaps, too obvious to res Of the books or accounts kept, the mark, that while accounts are kept on following is a general remark, relating to such erroneous principles, the public Portsniouth, Plyinouth, Chatham, and stores must necessarily be exposed to Dover :
embezzlement and abuse of various de“ Thus, besides the original entries in scriptions. The officers themselves even the rough receipt-books, there are ten cannot ascertain, by their books, what statements written of each delivery of quantities of stores are really in their stores which a contractor makes, before charge; and the instance of the embez- ' he can obtain an acknowledgement from zleinents of casks practised at Plymouth, the storekeeper of the receipt thereof; without the master-cooper's knowledge, out of which number, we are of opinion which is fully detailed in the Eighth Reseven statements may be dispensed with port of the Commissioners of Naval Inbesides shortening the form of the re- quiry, serves to shew to what an extent mainder. As the information of the the public may be injured without the quantities of stores due from each con- means of detection." tractor, forms part of the weekly returns The commissioners then propose the made to the board, no end can be an- remedies for these abuses; the operation swered by keeping ledgers for that pur- of which will, as they conceive, better pose in the agent and clerk of the check's secure the public from the attacks of peoffices, though necessary in the store- culation under which it now suffers, and keeper's office, where the weekly ac- will reduce the number of clerks at the count must be made out; and, after he out-ports from 78 to 58. has once filled up a certificate to a con The victualling yard at Deptford tractor, (which might be in a printed forms a distinct head from that of the form to save trouble, and when the same other provincial yards, upon which we has been examined by the agent and shall only observe generally, that the clerk of the check, we do not perceive commissioners recominend the gradual what advantage there is in the agent's transfer of the excess of business from making out a new one, and causing it to this yard to those at the out-ports, togebe literally copied in each of the three ther with the assimilation of the mode of offices before-mentioned: on the con- conducting it. The evils complained of trary, it seems to be running unnecessa- here, are want of checks upon the quary hazard of errors occurring in the co- lity and quantity of stores received; pying."
want of check in the stores accounts ; The consequence of this multiplication improprieties in the manner of entering of accounts is stated as follows:
the workmen in exclusive branches; “Notwithstanding the books, ac- more workmen than necessary employed; counts, and returns, are unnecessarily iinproprieties in the cutting-house, &c. multiplied, yet they are in many cases very defective of necessary information; so much so that, the quarterly returns made to the victualling board (which are
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT." the documents by which the store accountants are charged and discharged of Report of the Secretary of the Treapublic store) do not afford the means of sury to both llouses of Congress. judging of the propriety of the expendi In obedience to the directions of ture of stores of various descriptions; the act supplementary to the act enthat, in a few instances, the entries are
titled “ an act to establish the treamere paper statements, formed from probable calculation, but not froin fact;
sury department," the secretary of that, in some cases also, entries are the treasury respectfully submits the made of transactions which are known following report:
The net revenue arising from du- Leaves for the probable reties on merchandize and tonnage ceipts of the year 1809, exwhich accrued the year 1807, a
clusively of the inconsiderable
sums which may be received mounted, as it appeared by the last
on account of the revenue acannual statement, to 16,060,000 cruing during that year, a dollars.
sum of.. ......... 6,880,000 A correct statement of that reve- Making together with the nue for the year 1808 cannot be balance in the treasury on the prepared at this time but may be 1st of Jan. 1809, the sum of 9,941,000 estimated, as will appear by the
16,821,000 estimate A, to about 10,270,000
An aggregate of 16,821,000 dollars.
dollars, applicable to the exThe revenue arising from the same penditure of this year. sources which accrued during the first . The expences of the year 1809 are quarter of this year did not much in conformity with theexisting approexceed one million of dollars; and priations, estimated at 14,500,000 although considerable importations dollars, consisting of the following may be expected from Great Britain items :and the West Indies during the last Civil list (including the exsix months of this year, yet consi- pences of this session of condering that there will be no arrivals gress,) miscellaneous expenfrom China and the East Indies, and ces of foreign intercourse . . 1,242,000 the situation of the commercial in
Military and Indian depart
ments, viz. tercourse of the United States with
Appropriation for the rest of the world, it is not pro- the army and debable that the revenue 'accruing du- partments ..... 2,795,000 ring the year 1809 will exceed that · Ditto for fortifiof the year 1808.
cations ....... 475,000 The specie in the Trea
Arms and military sury on the 1st of October,
stores ........ 550,000 , 1808, amounted to ... 13,845,717 52 And the receipts during
Naval departments, this last three morths of that
year's appropriation ..... 2,915,000 year, as appears by the
Public debt, (1,517,000 dolstatement (B) to .....3,537,816 99 lars of the appropriation of
8,000,000 dollars for the year 17,433,034 51
1809, having been paid in adThe disbursements du
vance in the year 1808, in ring the same period
order to effect the reimbursehave amounted, including
ment of the whole of 8 per 6,103,000 dollars paid in
cent. stock). .,..i;5,453,000 reimbursement ofthe principal of the public debt, to 7,491,339 79
14,430,000 Leaving a balancein the
It must, however, he observed, treasury on the 1st of Ja
that the estimate of the sums payable puary, 1809, of ..... 9,941,694 72 in the course of this year on account
of the drawbacks, is conjectural,
17,433,034 51 The cash in the hands of
and that the exportations, particucollectors and receivers, and
larly of colonial produce, would, if the outstanding revenuebonds,
the restrictions laid by the contiamounted, on the first of Jan.
- nental powers' of Europe on neutral 1809, to ........... 9,880,000 commerce were removed, produce a From which, deducting for
much greater defalcation in the net the expences of collection,
receipts into the treasury than the and for the drawbacks payable during the year 1809 :. 3,000,000
sum assumed in the preceding esti