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Petition of John O'Donnell of Limerick and John Bouchier of the County of Clare 1761

12/07/1820

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18 ( Ireland.) REPORT FROM COMMITTEE ON PETITIONS him of abuses in the collection of the tolls and duties on several articles not com- prised in the parliamentary schedule, but which they said were collected under the pretence of ancient custom and usage ; that they told him it would be very proper to have a select meeting of some of the corporation and some of the merchants, in order to fix the rates that should be paid upon articles not contained in the said sche- dule ; that there was a meeting accordingly of half a dozen or half a score persons on each 6ide, at the tavern, and they agreed upon the supplementary schedule, and desired it might be printed and posted up in all the public places, which was accord- ingly done by him ; that he did not recollect who appointed said persons on behalf of the corporation, but believed he did; that he did not recollect who appointed the merchants, that the merchants were John Roche, Pierce Arthur, John Creagh, Richard Harrold, all deceased, and John Kelly, who he believed was upwards of eighty years old; that he could form no belief whether he Avas able to travel, that he could not say whether said schedule was approved of by the council, that the words at the bottom of the schedule were printed by his directions, that Parteen causeway is in a safe though rough condition, that since his memory it had been kept in repair by the corporation, that it is the general received opinion that the lands of Monebrahur were granted to the corporation by one of the Earls of Thornond, for keeping said causeway in repair; that he is tenant to said lands, and believed they contained eighty- five acres; that his rent is 5 5s., that he believed they are npvy worth two guineas an acre, that when he took the lease they were worth from one guinea to 30.?. an acre, that at that time there was an arrear of rent due from him to the corporation, but he could not say how much it was, as he had some demand on the corporation; that he . laid out above 5001, in improving the said lands, that hp held the same from one thousand seven hundred and twenty- four to one thousand seven hundred and forty- six, under a lease made to his father at 2 a year rent, that other lands which he now holds at 51, a year rent, were included in said lease; that he pays now in the whole 10/. ios. a year rent, that he did not recollect that he himself ever paid any rent out of said lands to the corporation, but believed his tenant Mr. Jessop paid for him 42/. to Mr. Vincent, about fifteen years ago; that he never made any payment under his present lease, that he had a large demand on the corporation for money due to his father, and some, orders of council; that the account never was settled, nor did he ever apply to have it settled, nor was he ever applied to for the rent as he remembered ; that there have been many complaints made for some years past, and he believed justly, against the toll- gatherers, to the chief magistrate; that he himself did redress two women, and drove the toll- gatherers through the town at a cart's tail; that he never knew any magistrate refuse to redress any complaint, that the usual way of quartering soldiers is to put them first upon the brewers, inns, ale- sellers, butchers and bakers, and then upon the popish merchants and inhabitants ; jfhat Mr. Graves had frequently officers quartered on him, but never soldiers, could tiot form a belief whether said Graves had persons quartered on him equally with others; as to goods not men- tioned in either schedule, the toll was taken for them according to the antient cus- tom, and the mayor determined what that custom was; that he could not name any one article, not included in the schedules, and say what ought to be paid for it by ancient custom ; that he did not know whether there was any certain settled rule for taking toll upon things not included in the schedules, nor did he know what any of those ancient customs were; that when any thing of that sort came before him, he consulted the former mayor and the farmers of the revenue, and deter- mined according to their opinion; that he did not believe there was any one person who had been mayor could tell what the custom was relative to any one article not contained in the schedules ; that he could not recollect that any of the public revenue had been laid out for twenty years past upon any public work, except repair- ing the market house and exchange. James McNemara, clerk to Richard Harrold, brewer and tanner, being examined, said, That raw hides, which were brought to his master's house in the suburbs, paid toll, though they did not pass through the gates, and paid toll again when going into the city tanned ; that his master is obliged to pay, for every Bristol barrel of barley delivered at his house, two pounds five ounces, and likewise 20s. a year for sending drink into the City; that an ale quart of barley weighs a pound and half an ounce ; and he laid an account before your Committee of the sums he said his master was obliged to pay for quartering of soldiers, from . the first of May one thousand
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