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Under the Circumstances, there are three descriptions of Persons of —
whom naturally speaking nothing could be expected but that they should be disposed to throw
every obstruction possible in the way of the proposed appropriation — 1.st the —
possessors of the Fruits of the past Encroachments, for which on the occasion of any
settlement of the property they would naturally be apprehensive of being —
called to account — 2.nd those who have similar projects of Encroachment —
in contemplation, and 3rd— the private friends of both classes, among such —
of the Vestrymen, as are or have been in the habit of taking the lead
in the management of the Parochial concerns. These Encroachments, by —
which a value, and that in point of affection a very high one, —
may have been given to many an odd scrap of Ground, which till then
hadwas in fact was of no value at all to any body, have derived a very natural
origin, and in a very considerable degree an excuse, from the sort of inattention above
spoken of. It might therefore be an act of extensive utility as well as commendable
indulgence, to insert into the Bill at a proper stage a clause of indemnity
and oblivion in favor of those who experience this need of it. The
Bishop of Rochester, the Representative of the Parties injured, in —
the House of Lords, occupies a situation from which a Clause to such
an effect would come as it should seem with singular propriety and grace: it is accordingly —
proposed, should the Bill go on, to choose a fit Channel for conveying
to his Lordship a hint to that effect. But no such grace can naturally —
be supposed to be in the expectation of any of the wrong-doers; —
nothing therefore but opposition (should any active part be taken.) —
and at any rate, nothing like consent, can reasonably be looked —
for, on the part of a set of individuals thus circumstanced. —

In the Dean's-yard Square Act already mentioned, there was —
neither consent given by any of the parties (besides the two individuals —
at whose solicitatiion it was passed) nor so much as application for consent made to —
the parishioners: but a strong opposition, both from the Vestryy as a —"—
body (a) the Parishes the same in that instance as the present) and from —
a numerous list of of individuals: and yet the Bill passed into a —

As to the Propriety of taking ground by compulsive powers
for such a purpose as that in question, it is a point not open to —
dispute, having been already affirmed twice over by the Legislature and that in
relation to the particular purpose here in question, viz one by the original
Penitentiary Act, 19. Geo:3: Ch:74. and again by the Penitentiary Contract
(a) Review &c. ut supra.

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