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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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OF FREEMfcN OF LIMERICK, ( 1761.) ' .) 2$' \ \ r "" 15) 979 I- 10$. 2( 1. But your Committee cannot find by. what orders or for what purposes several of the said sums were paid ; and' your Committee beg leave to observe, that in four of said years, he claims credit for 700/. as paid to the res- pective mayors in said years for their salaries, though it appears that no more than 500/, was ordered by the council to be paid to each of them for their said salaries, by which means your Committee apprehends he has taken credit 800/. more than he ought in that particular. Your Committee find that the whole revenue of the said corporation, exclusive of the sum of 2,000 /. borrowed upon said mortgage, amounted, during the time said Vincent was in office, to 35,009/. 4s. 3d. and the whole amount of payments for which the said Vincent takes credit is 26,590/. 3tf. \ d. so that if the whole had been received, there would be a balance of 8,419/. is. id. due to the corporation. And upon the whole, the Committee came to the following Resolutions : RESOLUTIONS: ' Resolved, 1. That it appears to this Committee, That the estate and revenues of the Cor- poration of the city of Limerick are vested in the whole corporate body, for the public uses of the City. Resolved, 2. That it appears to this Committee, That an order was made by the said cor- poration, on the twentieth day of August one thousand seven hundred and twenty- eight, that all leases to be made by the corporation, of any lands, tenements or hereditaments belonging to them, should be first proposed to the court of D'Oyer Hundred, for their assent thereto, before ouch leases should be perfected; and that the said order still remains unrepealed. Resolved, 3. That it appears to this Committee, from the books and accounts of the said corporation, That the mayor and common council of the said City, have for several years past taken upon themselves to dispose of the whole revenues of the said cor- poration, and the greatest part thereof amongst a few members of the said council, without the approbation of the said court of D'Oyer Hundred. Resolved, 4. That it appears to this Committee, That the mayor and common council of the said City have taken upon them to demise the greatest part of the estate of the said corporation, to some members of the said common council, for nine hundred and ninety- nine years, and to other members of the said council for ever, at trifling rents. Resolved, 5. That it appears to this Committee, from the books and accounts of the said corporation, That the mayor and common council of the said City have for several years past misapplied and wasted the greater part of the revenues of the said City. Resolved, 6. That it appears to this Committee, That Mr. John Vincent, burgess, was appointed chamberlain of the said City on the twenty- sixth day of December one thousand seven hundred and forty, and that he has been continued ever since in the said office, and that he has never accounted either with the corporation or the common council, for the revenues of the said corporation, or any part thereof. Resolved, 7. That it appears to this Committee, That the said John Vincent paid several sums of money out of the revenues of the said City, by the orders of alderman Arthur Roche only, without any authority from the said corporation or council for so doing. Resolved, 8. That the accounts laid before the Committee by the said John Vincent, appear to the Committee to have been lately made up, and calculated to prevent this Com- mittee from coming at the knowledge of the real state of the accounts of the said corporation; and hthat the said John Vincent has not produced to the Committee any original papers, vouchers or council orders, relative to said accounts. 270. Resolved,
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