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proceeded, Mrs. Clarke received ment on account of the levy. This several sums of money from colo- was promised, but the commandernel French, captain Huxley San- in-chief failing to fulfil his part of don, and a Mr. Corri. She also the condition, the loan he required received £500 from a Mr. Cock- was not advanced, and €3,000 ayne, a known solicitor in Lyon's still remained due from governInn, and a friend of captain Hux- ment to colonel French. The ley Sandon's. Mr. J. Donovan, case of this levy, shewed, first, a surgeon of Charles-square (who that Mrs. Clarke, in addition to had also borne a hand in the pro- promotions in the army, to exmotion of major Tonyn) was ac- changes, and appointments on the quainted with an old officer, a staff, possessed the power of aug. captain Tuck, to whom he very menting the military force of the strongly recommended to seek pro- country. Secondly, that in this motion. And, in order to encou- case, as in all others, she was alrage him by a display of the fa. lowed to receive pecuniary conçility with which it might be at- siderations for the exercise of her tained, he sent him a written scale influence. Thirdly, that the comof Mrs. Clarke's prices for differ- mander-in-chief endeavoured to ent commissions, which, in stating derive a pecuniary accommodathem, he begged leave to contrast tion to himself independent of with the regulated prices of the Mrs. Clarke's advantages Wits army.
nesses named. Mrs. Clarke's Regulated The last case with which coloprices.
prices. nel Wardle would at present trou. A majority £900, €2,600
ble the house, was that of captain A company 700 . . 1,500
Maling. This gentleman was apa A lieutenancy 400 .. 550
pointed to an ensigncy in the 87th An ensigncy 2001. 400 regiment on the 28th of Novem
From this scale, colonel Wardle ber, 1805; to a lieutenancy in said, it appeared, that the funds he the same regiment on the 26th of had before alluded to, lost, in an November, 1806; and to a capenormous ratio, to the gain of taincy in the royal African corps, Mrs. Clarke, or any other indivi- under the command of the duke dual acting upon the same system. of York's own secretary colonel
Here said Colonel Wardle the Gordon, on the 15th of Septemscene closed upon Mrs. Clarke's ber, 1808. This gentleman's promilitary negociations: and in what motion was effected through the followed the commander-in-chief influence of the favourite agent, alone. It appeared, that his Mr. Greenwood, in whose office royal highness required a loan of Mr. Maling was a clerk, remain£5,000 from Colonel French; and ing at his desk while advanced in that Mr. Grant, of Barnard's Inn, the army by such an extravagant promised to comply with the ren course-Mr. Maling had also, quest in procuring the money, while so promoted, some appointprovided the commander-in-chief ment of a pay-master in Ireland would use his influence and obtain a course which interfered with the payment to colonel French of a interests, which superseded the balance due to him by govern rights of many meritorious officers
who had long served in the army, Clarke had stated, that Samuel who had fought and bled for their Carter was her foot boy, and went ountry. Was it tolerable, that behind her carriage. He went such an accumulation of favours into the army direct from her sere should be conferred on any indi- vice. In this statement she was vidual, without any claim of profes- corroborated by several witnesses. sonal merit, and merely through Another additional case. Mr. the operation of undue influence, Dowler had stated, that Mrs. while so many hundreds of truly Clarke had first suggested to him, deserving men were overlooked that she could procure him a situ. ad slighted ? was it possible that ation in the commissary departour arms could prosper—that ment. Mr. Dowler, who obtained is spirit could succeed, or the appointment, had never taken its character be advanced, while any step to expedite the business, sich injustice was tolerated. nor applied to any other channel The house must feel the propriety, than that of Mrs. Clarke, to whom the necessity, of grounding some he had paid €1000 for her influproceeding upon such facts. He ence, and that she told him the was sure he had stated quite duke knew of his doing so. A enough for this purpose. There third additional case. Major TurTas indeed one thing to which he ner, a gallant officer, who had seen could not help alluding. The a great deal of service, was impeded house must be astonished indeed in his desire to sell out, in conseat the corruption of the times, quence of a letter from Mrs. Sinclair when told there was at that mo- Sutherland, notwithstanding the ment a public office in the city recommendation of the colonel of for the sale of commisssions, at the regiment. It had been stated the same reduced scale as that of by colonel Gordon, the duke's miMrs. Clarke, and that the ma- litary secretary, that attention nagers of that office stated in his would have been paid to an ano. presence, that they were the agents nymous letter, fraught with such of the present favourite mistress, contents on such a subject. But Mrs. Carey. Indeed these agents in a case of this kind, an anony, declared farther, that they were mous letter was better than Mrs. also enabled to dispose of places Sinclair's; for in an anonymous both in church and state, and that letter there might have been some, they did not hesitate to say, that thing worthy of attention. But they were employed by two of the that in consequence of a letter first officers in administration. from such a source as this, a stop There were a few other points, should have been put to the course thoagh of very trifling import of public business, that a stigma ance, that were brought forward should have been supposed, for a in accusation of the duke of York, moment, to have been fixed on not on the present occasion, but the character of an officer, for. afterwards, and this, for the sake merly without stain, was unbeof order, that the alledged amount coming indeed. It was an honour of the duke's offending may be to major Turner to have had his seen at once, seems the proper character cleared; but just in the place for stating them. Mrs. same ratio dishonour fell on the
ather other party. And if the com- against that illustrious personage. mander-in-chief would attach him. The facts which the honourable self to such a woman as that, and gentleman had brought forward make himself a party with her, were of a very serious nature, and part of the disgrace must fall on well deserved the attention of the him too. A fourth additional point house. Charges clearly and disurged against the commander-in. tinctly stated, his royal highness chief. If a Mr. Kennet, an auc- was ready and even desirous to tioneer or broker, could lend to meet. With regard to the private the duke a certain sum of money, transactions stated by colonel Warhe would second and support sirdle, he would say nothing, having Horace Mann's recommendation never heard of them before. But of that person, with a view to ob- he could contradict those that tain a place for him, which sup- were stated to have occurred at port had been given. But, as al. the Horse Guards. The papers ready observed, these additional respecting the half-pay fund, bepoints were not brought forwards fore the house, would shew that when colonel Wardle first stated his royal highness had given up his charges against his royal high- a great part of his patronage for ness, but afterwards.
the benefit of that fund. But it Colonel Wardle having stated,with was needless to enter into parti. brief comments, the cases of ma- culars now, as a full inquiry would jor Tonyn, colonel Knight, major necessarily take place. He would Shaw, colonel French, and captain only remark, that the thanks which Maling, and reported the existence the house had been conferring on of a public office in the city for the army, reflected no small crethe sale of commissions, concluded dit on the commander-in-chief. It with moving " for the appoint- had been universally allowed, that ment of a committee to investigate to make courage available in the the conduct of his royal highness day of battle, discipline was nethe duke of York, the com- cessary. And it was well known, mander-in-chief, with regard to how much the commander-in-chief promotions, exchanges, and ap- had attended to that object. Expointments to commissions in the treme order and regularity had army, and in raising levies for the also been introduced into the office army.".
of the commander-in-chief, which : Sir Francis Burdett seconded the inquiry would prove.in the motion.
Sir Arthur Wellesley, having The Secretary at War rose, but expressed his joy that a specific not, he said, to oppose the motion. inquiry would rescue the comIf he did so, he would ill consult mander-in-chief from that general the wishes, and worse the interests, sort of discussion which sometimes of the commander-in-chief. He felt took place in that house, said, great satisfaction that an opportu- that it had fallen to his lot to know nity was afforded, of instituting an how promotions were conducted in effectual inquiry into the grounds the office of the commander-inof the various calumnies and mis- chief. It was regularly recorded representations, which had of late in that office, who recommended been so industriously circulated the promotion. The documents
Tere to be found there ; so that it forward, thus taking upon himall transactions respecting promo- self so heavy a responsibility. But tions might be completely traced. he was glad that the house could The mode in which the produce at last reach in a tangible shape of the half-pay fund came into the some of those libels against the ofice, as well as that in which it duke of York, which had for ras issued, was also recorded. some time past been more assidu. With respect to the removal of the ously and pertinaciouly circulated barrack-master of the Cape of than ever libels had been at any Good Hope, such removals in fo- former period in this countrv, so reign establishments were circum, prolific in libels. He hoped the stances of common occurrence in house would do its duty to itself, the ordinary course of the service. to the country, and to the royal Circumstances had been stated, in house of Brunswick, and that if order to shew that his royal high- there was no ground for these acness, with a view to put a little cusations, justice might be done money in his own pocket, had en- to the commander-in-chief. Mr. Croached upon the half-pay fund. Yorke, for his own part, believed, But the house would recollect that that a conspiracy of the most atrothis very fund was established, by cious and diabolical kind existed his royal highness, and the money against his royal highness, founded furnished from the produce of on the jacobipical spirit which apcommissions, which he might have peared at the commencement of the given away without any sale at French revolution, though it did al] : by which an immense sum not shew itself now in exactly the was saved to the public. There same form. It appeared to be was yet one topic on which he the design of the conspirators, by would be to blame, if he did not means of the press, the liberty of say a few words. Never was there which was so valuable, and the an army in a better state, as far licentiousness so pernicious, to a depended on the commander-in- write down the military system chief, than that under his com- through the commander-in-chief; mand last summer ; and, if the the army through its generals ; and army had not performed the ser- other establishments through the vice for which it was destined, the persons most conspicuous in each. blame would have rested with Let blame fall where it ought. him, not with the commander-ir- But the house ought to, consider chief. Whatever enthusiasm they the illustrious person against whom felt, was the result of the discipline the charge was directed. They and example afforded by the illus- ought to consider his high trious person at the head of the station in the country, and the
eminent service he had rendered Mr. Yorke said that he had ne- to the country, in the state to ver listened to a charge more se- which he had brought the army. rious, and that he had heard it What was the state of the army with the greatest possible con- when he became commander-in. cern, both on account of the com- chief? it scarcely deseryed the mander-in-chief, and the honour name of an army; and it was now able gentleman who had brought found by experience to be, in
pro, proportion to its numbers, the best alledged would prove unfoundarmy in the world. He had said, ed. And, as he felt no bias that he believed a. conspiracy but what arose from a regard to to exist. If the house could go justice, the mode of proceeding he along with him, and suppose that had to propose, was suggested, this was actually the case, he solely with a view to promote it. threw out for their consideration, The inquiry, should in his mind, whether a parliamentary commis- be public as the charge was, and sion, with power to examine on oath, the authority of that house, when was not preferable to a committee. examining witnesses at its bar,
Sir F. Burdett stated the mo. would ensure their punishment in tives that had induced him to case of prevarication :Gentlesecond the present motion, and men should recollect, that this sincerely hoped that upon inquiry, investigation might lead to an imit would be found that the facts peachment, and, that therefore the alledged originated in error, or in house ought not to part with its mischievous intentions, and an power of inquiry, or delegate it to unfair wish to run down the Duke a parliamentary commission, when of York. Mr. W. Adam said, the investigation would be carried that from the situation which he on more properly, more effectually, had, in the way of his profession, and more constitutionally, in a gratuitously filled in the service committee of the whole house. of the illustrious person who was Mr. Wilberforce contended that the object of this motion, he was an inquiry at the bar could not enabled to speak with certainty re- be conducted with impartiality, in specting his revenues, and every consequence of the interference of circumstance connected with them. Larty spirit. He preferred, with During the twenty years he had his friend Mr. Yorke, an investiheld his office, he had been in- gation by a parliamentary comtimately acquainted with his royal mission. By the appointment of a highness's affairs, without any cir- commission, the witnesses would cumstance being kept from his be examined upon oath; all partyknowledge, even in his embar- bias and personal altercation would rassments. And in all his expe- be prevented, and, of course, a rience of him, he had known his weight and consequence would be royal highness' uniformly to state attached to the decision of those the situation of his affairs with an delegated, and to the testimony of accuracy that was extraordinary, those examined, which it was ima truth beyond example, and a possible to expect from any disfidelity of memory that reflected the cussion or examination at the bar. highest credit on his understand. The claims of the people demanded ing. In all that time he had never that the representatives of the heard of his having procured any people should look to substantial accomodation or loan on any other justice, however high the rank, terms than the duke of Bedford, eminent the services, or splendid or the duke of Devonshire, or the connections of the dignified duke of Northumberland would, personage against whom such if they had occasion. He could charges were preferred. That confidently assert that the faets justice, he coneeived, could be