West-Country Stories and Sketches, Biographical and Historical

West-Country Stories and Sketches, Biographical and Historical

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...appointed to examine, audit, and report thereon, in 1819, said "they had every reason to be satisfied with the system of labour carried on in the gaol." As soon as Bridle had knowledge of the issue of Hunt's pamphlet, he immediately sent a copy of it to the Under Sheriff, to be placed before the Magistrates, and praying that an immediate enquiry might be instituted into the allegations, and the High Sheriff and a Committee of Magistrates were at once appointed and a day named to commence the proceeding. Before, however, the day arrived, in response to Hunt's agitation, the Commission was issued under the Great Seal, to enquire into the treatment of the prisoners, and state of the gaol. Notwithstanding their knowledge of this, and what undoubtedly would then have been the just course, to leave the investigation to the Commission, they, nevertheless, decided to hold theirs just a month previously, and met at the gaol for that purpose. Hunt, with his usual facility, had formulated all his charges, was quite prepared to go on with his case and produce his witnesses, but Bridle was not so prepared. He says: --"On the first day I had no person to interfere on my behalf, relying that the Magistrates would protect me, --to my astonishment and grief however, I thought I discovered amazing partiality shewn to my accuser, and I instantly imagined they feared implication, on their own parts, and would, to avoid it, even coalesce with Hunt, to procure my ruin." The enquiry lasted fourteen days, when Hunt closed his case, and then a week was given Bridle to produce his defence, the Committee peremptorily "refusing to grant an hour longer." Bridle at once went to London to get the best legal advice, and his counsel gave a very strong...show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236496663
  • 9781236496669