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Case relative to the Tothill Fields Bill.

the whole of it except the formal words at the Introduction and
Conclusion) in which the sufficiency of such a Ground as that
of the present Bill is in a manner admitted.

"The Bill, if passed into a Law"(say the Petitioners)"will
"greatly injure your petitioners in their properties, and will be the
"absolute ruin of several hundreds of Tradesmen and Artificers,
"who must be driven from their respective dwellings, to seek their
"Bread in places where they are unknown.

"And your Petitioners humbly submit to the consideration
"of your Lordships, whether such powers as are contained in this Bill
"have in any instance been granted by the Legislature where the
"object proposed has not been some great and public advantage.

"That your Petitioners apprehend that the inconveniences
"proposed to be remedied by this Bill are only imaginary; that
"the evils which it would bring upon your Petitioners, are real and
"substantial, and the advantages to arise from it would be confined
"solely to the projectors, and proprietors of the Houses to be erected
"in pursuance thereof." —

The projectors there spoken of are — His Grace the present
Archbishop of York (then head Master of Westminster School) and a
Mr. Salter.

The Bill experienced (as under such circumstances it may be
well imagined it would) great opposition, as well in as out of Parliament:
it was petitioned against, not only on the part of the Individuals
whose Houses were consigned by it to demolition, but by the
Vestry of the United Parishes. That it had not been framed
however without great consideration, and the most respectable
professional Concurrence, may be inferred form the name of the first
Earl of Mansfield, at that that time Sollicitor General (the intimacy
of whose connection with the principle of the two Petitioners in behalf
of the Bill, Dr. Markham the present Archbishop or York is so
well known) together with the names of his three Brothers-in-Law
or Nephews-in-Law the Finches, standing amidst a numerous

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case relative to the tothill fields bill





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francis hall


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see note 3 to letter 1392, vol. 6

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