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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 FREEMEN OF' LIMERICK, & c. ( 1761.) 25 Resolved, . 21. That it appears to this Committee, That Alderman Arthur Roche, when mayor, illegally and arbitrarily committed Patrick Sexton to gaol for refusing to pay a sum of money for the quarters of two serjeants at a time when he was only a lodger, and had but one room. Resolved, 22. That it appears to this Committee, That Alderman David Roche, when mayor, did arbitrarily and illegally oblige Christopher Mead to pay a sum of money for the quarters of an officer, who resided in Dublin, during the greatest part of the time, for which he made him pay. Resolved, 23. That it appears to this Committee, That Alderman John Ingram, when he was mayor of the said city, Alderman Arthur Roche and Alderman Robert Cripps, did assume a jurisdiction not warranted by the charters of the said city or by any law, and under colour thereof, did arbitrarily, illegally, and oppressively, seize and sell by public cant, a ship called the Charming Kitty, the property of Andrew Kelly, of London, merchant, for the sum of 115/. Resolved, 24. That it appears to this Committee, That there have been great extortions and abuses committed for several years past, in the collection of the tolls at the gates, and in the markets of the said City; and that the magistrate? of the said City have counte- nanced and supported several of the persons who have been guilty of such extortions and abuses. Resolved, 25. That it appears to this Committee, That part of the revenue belonging to the City has been applied, by the direction of Arthur Roche, in defending a suit com- menced against one of the persons who was guilty of such extortions. Resolved, 26. That it appears to this Committee, That alderman Francis Sargent, when mayor, the said Arthur Roche and John Smyth, did direct that three pounds twelve ounces should be taken for the toll in the market out of every Bristol barrel of wheat, though one pound nine ounces only ought to have been taken; and that the toll- gatherers did accordingly collect said toll of three pounds twelve ounces during the years one thousand seven hundred and fifty- nine and one thousand seven hun- dred and sixty, except the last three months of the year one thousand seven hundred and sixty. Resolved, 27. That it appears to this Committee, That the sum of two thousand pounds borrowed by the corporation in the year one thousand seven hundred and forty- nine, and by them ordered to be paid to Arthur Roche, esq. to be by him applied in discharge of the debs then due by the said City, hath not been by him entirely ap- plied to the said purposes; the sum of 350 /. part thereof, having been by him lent to John and Vincent 13rowne, esqrs. for their private use, without any order of the council, and several other sums, part thereof, having been by him expended in sup- porting a law suit, for which suit or application of money, there does not appear 10 have been any order of council. Resolved, 28. That it appears to this Committee, That the account of the application of the said sum of 2,000/. laid by the said Arthur Roche before the council, was by the said Arthur Roche, during the time he was town clerk, taken from among the papers of the said council, and secreted by him till his examination before this Committee, and that the said account and report thereon do not warrant the entry thereof, made by the said Arthur Roche when town clerk in the common council books. Resolved, 2q. That it appears to this Committee, That the said Arthur Roche has acquired so great an influence and power in the said common council, that no person can be udmitted a freeman, or common councilman or magistrate, but through his interest, and that he prevented some gentlemen who had served the office ot sheriffs in the said City, and against whom he admitted there was 110 objection, from being ad- anitted common council men, though having served such office is the usual recom- mendation to that board.
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