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Limerick City Petitions

31/07/1822

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84" MrNUTES OF EVIDENCE BEFORE SELECT COMMITTEE On an average do they sit more than a month? — It entirely depends upon the v business to be brought before them. ^ ' How is a meeting of the commissioners called ?— By my summoning them to John Barry attend on such a day, and such an hour. When you know there is business to be done ?— Yes ; because the letters are sent ( 10. uy.) t0 an( j j jay ^ em before the board, acting as their secretary of course. Were there not some meetings of the parishioners to complain of the mismanage- ment of their revenue?— There was a meeting of the parishioners, I believe, three years ago, and two of the gentlemen that composed that meeting, one of whom was the chairman of it, Mr. Francis Arthur, were elected commissioners the succeeding September, in order to give them a full insight into all the acts and proceedings of the commissioners. What was the answer given by the commissioners?— The answer was, that their books of accounts were ready for their inspection at all times they wished, or any hours they wished to appoint. Was that the answer first given ?— I believe it was the answer given by the com- missioners through me, that their accounts were ready for the inspection of the in- habitants at any time they wished, and there was a deputation from that meeting waited upon me to inspect the books of the commissioners, and I had all the accounts, with the vouchers, laid before them. Was that the answer given at the first meeting of the commissioners?— I believe it was, in consequence of previous meetings ; that letter that was addressed to me by the chairman of that meeting, I felt it my duty, of course, to lay before the commis- sioners, in order to act under their instructions ; I called a meeting of the commis- sioners, and they entered into a resolution, that all the books of accounts and vouchers should be laid before that meeting, or a deputation from it. Do you recollect how long after the meeting of the inhabitants, that resolution was entered into?— I believe a very short time; I do not suppose three or four days intervened. And that is the only answer you recollect their giving?— That is the answer they gave, that the books of accounts, and the vouchers of the parish, were ready for their inspection, but not their book of proceedings. Which is their book of proceedings?— The book in which their resolutions are entered, and their acts and proceedings are registered. What is it called ?— The Resolution Book. Was that book asked for by the meeting ?— It was, by those gentlemen who waited on me. John Wallace, Esquire, Called in; and Examined. John Wallace, ARE you a member of the corporation of the city of Limerick?— I am a burgess of it. Were you appointed one of the committee to value some lands, which were after - ( 10July.) wards let to Lord Gort?— I was. Do you remember those lands ?— Yes, I do. Who were the committee appointed with you ?— There was Alderman Joseph Crips and Alderman Christopher Marett, now Sir Christopher Marett. Did you examine those different premises ?— I went to the premises. Did you fix, to the best of your judgment, a just valuation upon them?— I did. Do you know how they have been since occupied ?— I cannot exactly say ; but I rather am strongly of opinion, that they are as they were at that time; for any thing I know to the contrary, they are. What were the different lands; do you recollect their denominations ?— Indeed, I cannot immediately recall them to memory now. Are those plots all valued correctly ?— To the best of my knowledge they are all, except No. 11, and which being rather distant, 1 was not sufficiently well to see that myself, but I took it from the word of those persons who went for the purpose of inspecting it. Have you since viewed any of those lands for the purpose of knowing whether they were correctly valued or not ?— I have, in consequence of receiving the report of the proceedings of the Committee of the House of Commons. Of what Committee?— I believe the Election Committee. [ The following question and answerfrom the Minutes of the Limerick Elec- tion Committee in 1820, were read;] " What should you think, three English acres of ground in the centre of Limerick, V were worth in the New Town ?— I heard the circumstance of two acres of land that were
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