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through another stage last night,and | HUNT AGAINST COBBETT. will be passed before this goes to the press. John Smith (Carring- TO THE EDITOR OF THB BOBNING ton) proposes, that the Bill should not begin to operate till next July!

Kensington, Feb. 27, 1826. July! What, March, April, May, Sir,-In your Paper of this June, and all remain as it is morning, I find a letter addressed What! this state of things last to you from Mr. Henry Hunt, four whole months ! Well, let complaining of the conduct of my them go on. We shall have glo- Counsel Mr. Phillips, and also of rious sport !—Sir M. Ridley said mine, with regard to the trial, of that the country people (perverse which you published a report on creatures !) had taken it into their Tuesday last. Satisfied as I was heads, that all one-pound notes with the result of that trial, and as were to cease to circulate at once, the public were also, I with reand that he feared, that the re- luctance stir the subject again ; venue could not be collected. He, but, the abovementioned letter of therefore, called on the Chancel- | Mr. Hunt contains a tissue of statelor of the Exchequer to undeceive ments, the nature and character of these people; whereupon the latter which are so well calculated 'to dispensed from the portalof show, that the decision of the his head the most important and Jury was just what it ought to heart-cheering fact, that the said have been, that I cannot refrain notes were to pass (if any body from troubling you with some rewould take them) for three years marks on it. The letter sets out longer, and that they were to be thus :gradually withdrawn from cir- Sir,-Mr. Çobbett has published a culation ” !-Good God! if the long article in his Register, relating whole should end in Bank-Re- to the trial in the Court of King's striction, at last !--Well, then, I Bench, Hunt v. Cobbeti, a report of hope my readers will subscribe to the 21st inst. As I have no power

which was given in your Paper of furnish” me with a new pair of over any part of the public press, I sides ; for these that I have never rely upon your justice and love of can stand this everlasting laughter. fair play, for the insertion of the fol

During this debate, Mr. Pal- lowing facts to show how easy it is for MER uttered the words of my an ingenious Counsel to ***** SECOND MOTTO. He told and an

* writer to the House, that there could be no

In a late trial, Byme gold currency without “EQUIT. called as a witness by Mr. Parkins.

v. Parkins, I was subpoenaed and ÅBLE ADJUSTMENT.” Not I stated in my evidence that when I a word in answer to him! Here, first saw Byrne he spoke in high then, “NORFOLK Baws”; here terms of Parkins, and abused Cobwe have it all out, slap in their bett, accusing the latter, amongst teeth. One talks of the “ Feast other things, of withholding the subof the Gridiron, another of scriptions from him which were col* Equitable Adjustment"; and lected in his (Cobbett's) shop in no one answers a word! Oh! Lord Mayor of Ďublin, and made an

Fleet-street. Byrne went before the they will all, by-and-by, become affidavit that this was false, that he as tame as a hare that a friend of never spoke ill of Cobbett, &c. &c. mine bad that was suckled by a cat. Mr. Cobbett published this affidavit,

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accompanied fwith observations to that I had collected for him; and prove the impossibility of what I was this I said was impossible (unless reported to have deposed in Court to be Byrne was mad), because I never true

. This was the imputed libel made any collections for bim, until for which I was advised to bring me after his trial with Parkins, that action. The defence set up by Mr. Cobbett was, that he never for one

which was collected at my shop moment intended to impute perjury before having been in the name of, to me, but that he attributed it to a and paid over to, Parkins, and a mis-statement in the report of the receipt taken for the same. Morning Chronicle ; but even after This I believed to be impossible; Mr. Swift had proved that I had ac- I imputed the assertion to the retually deposed to the above facts, even after this, the argument used by his port, and not to Mr. Hunt; and, Counsel, and the observations of Mr. if he have now brought a man to Cobbett are grounded upon

swear that the report was correct, incidence, that it was impossible for that is bis affair, not mine. But, Mr. Byrne to have spoken ill of Mr. in order to prove that it was posCobbett and well of Mr. Parkins at sible for Byrpe thus to act, Mr. one and the same time; Cobbett being Hunt gives you what he calls “ a the patron and benefactor of Byrne, plain statement of incontrovertible while, as all the world knew, he was compelled to bring an action against

facts.” And, now, Sir, you sball Parkins, to make him refund the see what sort of facts these are. subscriptions he (Parkins) had col. He begins his facts thus : lected for him. Thus far all is right enough, perceive how a plain statement of

Now, Sir, your readers will readily except the stars, instead of which incontrovertible facts will upset this I wish you had given the public the words; for, I do assure you, In the latter end of the year 1822, that I would not have complained Mr. Parkins sent over some money to of them; and, I think I can say try. Soon after his arrival, a public the same for


Counsel. Mr. Hunt seems, here, to say, that the Tavern, Kennington ; Parkins in the

dinner was given him

at the Horns action did not originate in his own chair.' A public subscription was mind, and that “ he was advised raised for Byrne; Parkins Treasurer. to bring it." He does not say by Byrne and his family were placed in whom; but, you will, Sir, readily a house (Parkins's) in Riding-houseacquit me of having given that adlane, free of rent and taxes. Parkins vice.

paid Byrne two guineas a-week out The writer of the letter states, family. As long as this lasted, Par

of said subscription, to support his that the main point was, whether kins was with Byrne every thing that it was morally possible-whether was delightful, while he represented it was not to set the laws of human Cobbett to be every thing the reverse nature at de fiance, that Byrne of amiable; complaining, amongst should have spoken ill of me and other things that Çobbett, so far well of Parkins at the same time. Ifrom subscribing any thing at the pubThis was the main point, but with lic dinner, had got into the room with this circumstance noticed, that the

his sons, without even paying for the

tickets. That Cobbett was receiving complaint of Byrne against me subscriptions at his shop in Fleetwas, by the report of Mr. Hunt's street, which he (Byrne) could get no evidence, said to be, that he could account of ; that Cobbett had offered get from me none of the money him four shillings a-week to exhibit himself to the farmers round the more than what I deemed a duty;

country in one of his “Rural Rides," but, I should have scandalously which he (Byrne) hud, indignantly, neglected my duty, if I had rerefused to do, with a great deal of mained silent, when a report of other low vulgar abuse.

Mr. Hunt's evidence 'accused Now, then, this brings matters Byrne of that base ingratitude, of down to the summer of 1823, when which my own heart as well as Byrne commenced his action my knowledge of the man, conagainst Parkins, which was tried vinced me he was wholly incain February 1824. Now, Sir, all pable. - this while I had made no collec- But, now comes a passage of

tions for Byrne that I had not Mr. Hunt's letter, which discopaid over to Parkins ; I had re-vers to us how cautious men ought ceived money at the dinner, which, to be in the use of dates, when they in Byrne's presence, I had paid have to relate“ plain and inconover to Parkins; I and my sons trovertible facts;" or, according to bought our dinner tickets and paid the wise old maxim, that “men of

for them, as Mr. Charles Cleinent a certain character ought to have can prove, who paid the money for good memories."" The passage is us; poor Byrne, who understood this: , horses, would have gone with me At length Parkins got tired of on my ride, but was unable, from Byrne, and endeavoured in vain to a bodily ailment; during this time, eject him and his family out of the I had paid out of my own pocket

house. Parkins then stopped the for the teaching of his eldest payınent of two guineas a week, till daughter to plat and to knit rel ensued between theni. Now it was

Byrne complied, and a violent quarstraw ; my eldest son bad spoken thut Byrne fled to Cobbett (with whom to Mr. Laurence to attend Byrne Purkins was at law to recover ihe value in a very annoying complaint, and of a horse.) This was an opportunity to attend his wife in a danger- not to be lost, and Cobbett now became ous complaint in her eyes, from for the first time the patron of Byrne, which she was nearly blind, and by taking up his cause against Parthat eminent and humane gentle kins; and now for the first time Cobman cured them both, without any family into his house at Kensington, charge ; during the whole of this after they had been forcibly ejected time Byrne and his family (wife out of the house of Parkins in Ridingand four children) had an invita- house-lane. tion to come to Kensington and Ah! Mr. Hunt! This setiles to live there every Sunday, which you! Thus, then, it was not until they generally did, and where I had a law-suit with Parkins they were always treated with about a horse, that I took up the the greatest kindness ; during the cause of Byrne against Parkins ! whole of this time, not an angry Well, then, I gave evidence for word ever passed between us ; Byrne in February, 1824; and and, when Mrs. Byrne and her Parkins began his law-suit with smaller children went away, 1 me in April, 1824! Of which gave her four pounds (I think it suit I had never heard before! was) out of my own pocket to pay And, at the very time when this the expenses of her passage. 1 action was begun, I had, by a new do not boast of this, Sir: I did no subscription, set on foot by myselt,

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raised a considerable sum for | present," when Byrne spoke in Byrne! And, at this time, when most disrespectful terms of me, Mr. Hunt asserts, that I, for the and that it was this letter which first time, received part of Byrne's made me withdraw my plea of family at Kensington, Mrs. Byrne, justification. Ab! Henry Hunt! and three of her children, had re- Thou pink of veracity! Here turned, many months before, to again dates show what thou art. Ireland!

I have not only seen the copy of The “matchless" narrator of this letter, but liere it is: Dear « plain and incontrovertible facts” Sir, I am very sorry to perceive concludes thus:

that you have inserted Byrne's It may be asked, How came these affidavit in your last Register, facts not to be stated at the time of because I know that what he has the trial? My answer is, because I therefore sworn is erroneous. was perauaded, much against my will, You may be assured that, before to employ Counsel, for the first time he quarrelled with Parkins, he these twenty years, instead of conducting my own cause

. I had several did speak very disrespectfully of witnesses in Court to prove the truth of you to Mr. Hunt, in my hearing. these facts, and of the unqualified Your good nature has been imabuse of Cobbett by Byrne,' at the posed upon, in giving such imperiod I have mentioned. I have plicit confidence to the contents of seen the copy of a letter written by a said affidavit.--I am, dear Sir, gentleman to Mr. Cobbett at the com- your's sincerely, W. Goodman.mencement of my action, to say that he was present when Byrne spoke in

May 14, 1825. most disrespectful terms of him

Now, here is a letter, dated on (Cobbett) to me. This accounts for the “ 14th of May, 1825;" and Mr. Cobbett's withdrawing the pleu of the action was pot commenced justification which he at first entered. until Trinity Term, which began I am, Sir,

on the 3d of June, 1825! And Your obedient humble servant, yet Mr. Hunt says, whatever he

H. HUNT. 36, Stamford-street,

might be ready to swear, that it

was this letter that induced me to February 25.

withdraw that plea of justificaAs to the means employed to tion, which I had entered !over-persuade Mr. Hunt about whether I entered, or withdrew, employing Counsel, and espe- any plea at all, I am sure I do cially to persuade him to apply not know. I left the whole busifor Mr. Brougham, in addition to ness to my attorney, Mr. Faithful, the Attorney-General, Mr. Den- and my Counsel, Mr. Phillips ; man, and another, I know no- but these facts are undeniable, at thing ; but this I know, that, if he any rate: 1. That my " libel, as had conducted his own cause,

,” Mr. Hunt calls it, was published and bad produced his “, seve- on the 14th of May, 1825; 2 that ral witnesses” to swear to the Goodman's letter is dated 14th of "facts” that he has here stated, May, 1825 ; 3. that I could enter their ears would have been in a no plea till after the 3d of June, most perilous way! But, Mr. Hunt 1825; 4. that I could not with has seen the copy of a letter draw it till I had entered it; from a gentleman

to me, telling 5. that, therefore, Goodman's letme, that the said “gentleman-was. ter could not induce me to withdraw it; 6. and, that, it is a very the facts, as stated in his above plain incontrovertible fact, letter? He


that he had sethat Mr. Hunt has here stated veral witnesses ready to swear to another falsehood.

them! And this is the man, is it, But, I may be asked, why I did who brings an action for damages, not, upon receiving Goodman's because, as he alleges,, deliberate letter, publish something in way falsehood has been imputed to him! of apology for my positive asser- He will, I hope, think himself quite tion, that I believed the affidavit safe against all damage of this of Byrne! My short reason is, sort, in future. The Devil bimthat I still believed Byrne, and self must have idle time on his that I should still have believed hands, before he would think of him, even if I had only his bare instigating to an assault on the word opposed to that of Mr. Good character of such a man. man; for, in the first place, this “ gentleman,” besides being a

Resolutions of a Meeting, held subaltern manufacturer of the

at the Freemason's Tavern, and; * Matchless,” was, as I had by adjournment, in Lincoln's Inn been informed, so poetically in- Fields, on the sth February, clined as to have written (accord- 1826 ; 'Sir Thomas B. Beevor, ing to his own account) in praise Bart. in the Chair. of the Blacking, a song to the tune of“ Scots wha hae ui' Wal of this Meeting, that it would be

Resolved, 1. That it is the opinion lace bled;" and, in the next place, beneficial to the country if Mr. CobI asked myself, how it came to bett were a Member of the Com. pass, that this poetical person, mons' House of Parliament; and who was so sincerely mine, should that it is, therefore, the opinion of have heard this abuse of me by this Meeting, that there ought to be Byrne, about nine months before raised by public subscription a sum this letter was written; should, all of money sufficient for defraying this time, have silently suffered any expenses that may become nemy "good nature to be imposed that object.

cessary for the accomplishment of upon;" and should never have

2. That Sir Thomas Beevor, Bart., told me a word about Byrne's un. be the Treasurer of such subscripgrateful conduct.

tion. Not another word will ever be 3. That the subscriptions be paid necessary upon this subject.

to the Treasurer, or to a person authoI am, Sir,

rized by him to receive subscriptions, Your most obedient Servant,

at the Office of the Register, No. 183, WILLIAM COBBETT.

Fleet-street, London.

4. That each subscriber shall, at P. S.-Sir, since writing the the time of paying his subscription, above, Mr. Charles Clement has receive a receipt for the same, in the our money) for the dinner tickets « a subscription towards defraying informed me, that he paid (with following form :—“Received of A.B. of myself and sons.

any expenses that may arise from WM. COBBETT.“ any steps that may be taken for Now, then, here is this Henry " of Mr. Cobbett to serve in parlia

“ the purpose of obtaining a return Hunt in his true and professional “ ment." colour. Would he have sworn to 5. That, if it should so happen


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