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Limerick City Petitions


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Date of Article: 31/07/1822
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Appendix ' ( A.) Mr. 1 Villi am Gibson. ( 12 July.)' 108 MINUTES OF EVIDENCE BEFORE SELECT COMMITTEE having seen that the paper did not contain any thing upon the subject, I went home and wrote a letter to Lord Gort; the reason I wrote to him I will state; I had left Lord Gort at eleven o'clock the night before, who had then said, he did not think any thing would be done this session with respect to the petitions ; I wrote to him at that time, because there was no post in Gort on Monday; and he could not have had an account of it till Tuesday, and I thought it important he should know. Where do you reside ?— In Limerick. How long have you lived there ?— Since the militia has been disbanded, with the exception of twenty months. You are not a native of Limerick ?— N o. Have you any property there ?— No, I have not. In what way were you first introduced ?— My first introduction was being quartered there on the military staff; and whilst quartered there, the surgeoncy of the Limerick militia became vacant, and I got introduced to the present Lord Gort, by Major, now Colonel Neno, and Dr. Franklin. What was the consequence of that introduction ?— Lord Gort asked me for the cer- ficates of mv qualification, and the certificates from the different commanding officers I had served under; and he said, he would consider of my qualification and appli- cation. Did you obtain that situation?— After the lapse of three months, I did. Are you now in that situation ?— I have not been in the city of Limerick militia these five years. Do you hold any medical appointment to any public institution ?— None, except one as surgeon to the dispensary of Limerick, which is gratuitous. Have you ever been appointed to any other dispensary ?— Yes, I was. Where ?— In Gort. Who appoints to the situation of physician to the dispensary at Gort ?— The sub- scribers. Who introduced you ?— I was introduced in consequence of a professional attend- ance of four weeks upon the late Lord Gort; it was that circumstance which led to my introduction. You are sure, that the conversation you state to have taken place, occurred on the 26th of May ?— Sunday, the 26th of May, most positively, it was on that Sunday. When you asked Mr. Russell, " are we to be hung," who did you mean by, " are we?"— Mr. Russell and I had often had a great deal of bantering backwards and forwards, jocosely, and I certainly meant the corporation. You have stated, that Mr. Russell read what purported to be the contents of the letter?— A part, he did not read the whole; after he had read about the Augean stable, he did not read so distinctly as to enable me to hear; and I put my hand on letter, and he cried out " honour," and I desisted; he seemed a little angry for my doing so. Did the letter contain, from what you know, either more or less than you have stated ?— There was a great deal more than those few words; there was another part which I heard from other persons, namely, that Mr. Rice expected opposition; perhaps Mr. Russell mentioned it to me, but I cannot state positively, having heard it from another person. Then, what you know of the contents of this letter, is what Mr. Russell read to you ?— Certainly, nothing more. You did not read it yourself?— No; he was reading it in my presence, and I believe it to be in Mr. Rice's hand- writing. Did you see the direction of the letter?— I did not see the direction. Did you see how it began ?— No, I did not; it was in an envelope; I did not see the direction. Except what Mr. Russell stated to you, you do not know, in point of fact, whether it was addressed to Mr. Russell or not?— Only by his telling me he had got a letter from Mr. Rice, stating that he had got a committee appointed. But in no other way?— No, certainly not. How long have you been acquainted with the city of Limerick ?— Since the year 1803. ' Are you a freeman of the corporation of Limerick ?— Yes, I am a freeman. When were you made free ?— Upon my word I cannot recollect; I cannot take upon myself to say the exact time, some eight or ten years ago, but I will not say for a certainty. • v - • • • •. Are
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