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


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

Date of Article: 12/07/1820
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OF FREEMEN OF LIMERICK, & c. ( 1761.) 19 thousand seven hundred and fifty- seven, to the first of November One thousand' seven hundred and sixty- one, which amounted to 48/. 185. 6il.; and Said, that his master was obliged to pay besides for men upon their march. The said Richard Harrold being examined, confirmed in every particular the said evidence given by his clerk ; and said, That there was a very partial distribution of soldiers in quarters, and that he had soldiers quartered on him during the time of the camp; that he applied last year to Arthur Roche for redress, and he told him he could not help it for that time, but that for the remainder of the year he should have none; that in a little time after he had twelve men quartered oil him, that he complained, but was not redressed. Mr. John Norris being examined, said, He was clerk to Mr. Harrold when he first erected his brewery; that in one thousand seven hundred and thirty- four, or one thousand seven hundred and thirty- five, which was about four years after the toll- gatherers first demanded gateage for ale and beer, that a dispute arising there- upon, it was referred to Mr. Hasset the recorder, who reported that there was twenty shillings a year paid in Dublin for each dray, by brewers, upon which the toll- gatherers stopped Mr. Harrold's dray, and he and Mr. Harrold's servants forced into the gate, for which they were indicted at a private sessions; Mr. Harrold then submitted to pay twenty shillings a year, and believed he had paid it ever since; that he had been a housekeeper for twenty- two years, and never heard that toll of turf was demanded at the quay till within these four or five years. Mr. William Maunsell, merchant, said, He farmed the tolls at the quay about fif- teen years ago, that no toll was taken at the quay during his time, for turf; that he never heard at that time that the corporation had any right to it; that he would have taken it if he believed they had. Patrick Sexton, merchant, being examined, said, That he had four soldiers quar- tered on him for several months, during the time he was only a lodger, and had but one room in which he lay at night, and which other people made use of by day; that in June one thousand seven hundred and fifty- seven, during the time he had four men quartered on him, a serjeant brought him a billet from Arthur Roche, mayor, to quarter two serjeants, which he refused ; in a fortnight after, the Same serjeant, attended by a mayor's serjeant, demanded four shillings from him for the said two serjeants, and upon his refusing to pay it, the mayor's serjeant summoned him before the mayor; the mayor asked him whether he would not pay the money, he said he would not, and hoped his worship would consider of it, and think he was not obliged to quarter any man ; the mayor then said he would commit him to gaol, and immediately ordered a mayor's serjeant to carry him to gaol, which he did, that he remained there three quarters of an hour, that he believed that Ed- mond Sexton paid the money, and he was then released ; that the night before this transaction he had two serjeants more quartered on him, but he refused to take them ; that his landlord had also soldiers quartered on him. Christopher Meade being examined, said, He was a woollen draper, that he had officers as well as soldiers quartered upon him at different times for upwards of ten years past ; that he generally paid three shillings a week to each officer, and from ten- pence to thirteen pence for two soldiers ; that Mr. David Roche, when he was mayor, quartered one lieutenant Erskine upon him, at a time when he had four soldiers quartered upon him; that he went to the mayor and showed him his billet for four soldiers, and requested that he would withdraw the officer; the mayor said he could not avoid it, from the number then in town; that he told the mayor it would be inconvenient for him to make up lodgings for an officer, but if he pleased he would provide for more soldiers in his place ; but the mayor insisted he should keep the officer, upon which he agreed with the officer to allow him 35. 3 d. a week in lieu of his lodgings; that immediately after the said agreement, the officer went to winter in Dublin, and remained there three or four months; that upon his return to Limerick he demanded payment for the time he had been absent, that the witness told him if he had remained in Limerick, he would not have dis- puted payment. with him, upon which the officer said, though he was not in town himself,, he must have quarters for his luggage; that to end the matter, it was agreed to be submitted to the mayor; that they went before the mayor, and he determined against the witness, and he was obliged to pay the whole money to the 270. - officer,
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