Saturday 25 Mar 1815 (p. 3, col. 3-4)
We have good authority for stating, that the reason the name of Mr. FAWCETT, M. P. for this city, did not appear in the first division on the Corn Bill was, the worthy representative having paired off a short time before it took place, under the impression that the debate must be adjourned to another day, from the number of members he observed desirous of speaking, and some of them usually taking an hour or two to express their sentiments.—Of the honour and disinterestedness of Mr. FAWCETT's whole conduct while in Parliament, and his particular desire to promote any measure which his constituents represented to him as tending to the prosperity of the city (especially in a commercial point of view), we have had numerous instances: and though the Hon. Gentleman, owing to circumstances which have been already explained, had not the satisfaction of presenting the Petition from Carlisle against the Corn-Bill; we are convinced, from his public conduct, and from his confidential communications, that he was averse to it. If he thought that the agricultural interest of the country required a temporary protection; yet he was convinced that the rate established, at which importation should be permitted, was much too high, and that, at all events, the public ought to have had the pledge of a revision when a more settled state of affairs on the continent, and an equalisation in the value of money, should be effected; which, Mr. F. thinks, might have been done by limiting the operation of the Act to a period of one or two years.
We were misinformed when we stated in our last, that the Earl of Carlisle had granted permission to such of his tenants, as thought proper, to throw up their leases.
A few days ago, at the iron and brass foundry in Botchergate, a rat was found (supposed to have been poisoned), which measured 7 inches round the belly, was 18 inches in length from the head to the insertion of the tail; and weighed 3lbs. 5oz.
A few days ago, as Mr. Thomas HARRIS, of Maryport, and a young lady, were returning from Workington on horse back, at a quick step; on passing along Derwent Bridge, the lady's horse gave a sudden spring and precipitated its burden over the parapet of the bridge into the river Derwent. Mr. HARRIS immediately quitted his horse, plunged into the river, and rescued the lady from a watery grave.
Christopher MOFFAT, of Maryport, lately paid his last half-year's rent to his landlord, R. RITSON, Esq. of Maryport; who, after receiving it, generously returned him the whole, on account of the reduction in the price of grain.
The Rev. James SATTERTHWAITE, rector of Lowther, in Westmorland, has been admitted to the degree of Doctor in Divinity.
At the Yorkshire Assizes, Mr. Joseph BLACKBURN, attorney-at-law, of Leeds, was found guilty of counterfeiting certain stamps, and sentenced to death. His partner, Mr. WAINWRIGHT, on a charge of cutting off a stamp from a piece of parchment, with intent to use it for a second, was acquitted.—At the same assizes, Wm. ROBERTS, a bankrupt, for embezzling his creditors' property, was capitally convicted.—Farther particulars in our next.
There are already 52 prisoners for trial at Chester Assizes, a number equal to the whole committed for trial at York.—So great a progress has vice made within these few years in Cheshire!
A few days ago, at Painshaw colliery, three men were killed by being precipitated to the bottom whilst descending: the accident was occasioned by their meeting with the choak damp; and a third was saved by being caught by the heels and pulled up.
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