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Notes of 1837



From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 25 February, 1837.


A petition has been presented to the House of Commons, by Mr. Hidges, signed by three hundred inn-keepers and publicans resident in Dover, Deal, Canterbury, Maidstone, Gravesend, and other places in this County, praying for the repeal of the tax on innkeepers' servants. It also prays for a stop being put to the increase of licenses under the beer act, and for such alterations in the said act as will secure the licensed victuallers from the injuries to which they are now subject.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 15 July, 1837. Price 7d.

On Thursday Thomas Read was convicted of misconduct, and using abusive language on Tuesday evening, to Harriet, wife of Thomas Amos, the keeper of a beer-house in Trevanion Street. He was ordered to give security for his good conduct for six months. (At present I do not know which this beer-house is referring to. I am thinking it could have been the "Star")


From the Kentish Gazette, 24 October 1837.


On Friday the Michaelmas Session was held at St. Augustine's, before William Deedes, Esq., (Chairman), and the following magistrates:—J. P. Plumptre, Esq., J. B. Wildman, Esq., the Rev. Dr. Poore, R. Halford, Esq., Dr. Carter, G. Gipps, Esq., W. O. Hammond, Esq., Viscount Strangford, Archdeacon Croft, W. C. Fairman, Esq., &c.

The Chairman, in delivering his charge to the Grand Jury, expressed the pleasure he felt in bearing testimony to the readiness and alacrity which distinguished this part of the county, in there always being a good attendance of persons to serve on the Grand Jury. However inconvenient (said the hon. gentleman) it may he to many of us to leave our business, yet we cannot but recollect that we owe a duty to the country, which we are bound to perform at any personal inconvenience to the best of our judgment. In allusion to the Proclamation which had been read for the suppression of vice, &c., the Chairman observed, that it reminded them of another important duty which all of them, collectively and individually, had to perform out of court, but which he feared too many of them were not so careful of as they might be. He could not but think that if more attention were paid by them in their several parishes to the moral state of the people, much crime would be prevented. They would, as in most cases, be able to trace some of the offences presented in the calendar then before them, to the want of attendance in public places of worship, and to the frequenting, at all times, public-houses and beer-shops, where schemes were concocted which subsequently led the parties into the commission of crime, which even they themselves did not originally contemplate. It was highly important that they should do their utmost to suppress vice wherever it was engendered, and their bounden duty as masters to prevent their servants keeping irregular hours in attending such places at a time when the law required them to be closed; and he was sure it would advance the general good if they endeavoured to preserve good order and regularity, and to promote morality among the lower classes. The Hon. gentleman in conclusion said, he was not aware that there were any cases in the calendar demanding particular observations from him; though there were several for their consideration, still they were not of a very serious nature. With these few remarks he dismissed the jury to their duties, being convinced they would give them that attention which they severally required.