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The writer of this sincere, however imperfect, Vindication of the City of London Livery Companies from the foul charges made in so broadcast a manner through a band of men interested in their overthrow, desires to im. press on his readers, be they many or few, that he is not a member of either of their ancient and deservedly revered fraternities, and that he has not any or the most distant connection with any such.

Personally his knowledge of Prime Wardens and Courts of City Liveries is on par with any participation in their entertainments. “He knows them not.” The Ancient Guilds are none the less dear to his heart.

As an unobtrusive, humble dweller in the peaceful country, and removed from the troublous stream of public matters, he has no object to serve beyond aiding, if possible, the cause of truth and well-doing as against mendacity and wrong, and he prays that God may defend the right!

He would desire nothing better than that the cold ways” may be his to the end, and has been cheered in his labour of love by a strong and fervent conviction that the London City Liveries are worthy stewards and administrators of noble gifts, the which they well and truly guard.

Rightly estimating the modern Pharisee, who shows his voidance of any bowels of compassion and mercy through the abhorrent selfishly conceived doctrine that almsgiving creates pauperism, he prefers to hug the blessed words so comforting to the great heart of Edmund Burke, "Give "alms of thy goods, and never turn thy face from any poor man.”

The enemy has declared that the jealousy existing between the Companies is so great as to render them powerless for defence.

He trusts that steel wythes of surpassing strength may gird an united phalanx faggot of resistance, and that the world may see that the enemy is none other than “A fellow by the hand of nature mark'd, quoted and sign’d to do a deed of shame."

King John, act. ii. sc. 1. Junuary, 1887.

[Continuing the matter connected with the Livery Companies, the writer is preparing a companion volume, and which will shortly be ready, detailing the interesting histories and charters developed before the Royal Commission.]




“ The Enemy said, 'We will divide the spoil. »

Exodus xv. 9.

“Their only crime was that they were rich, generous, hospitable, and charitable, and
for this the malice of their enviers condemned them to die.'

History of the Barmecides,

“Men, that make
Envy, and crooked malice, nourishment,
Dare bite the best. I do beseech your lordships,
That, in this case of justice, my accusers,
Be what they will, may stand forth face to face,
And freely urge against me."

Henry VIII., act v. sc. 2.





The more than questionable origin of the Royal Commission-Sir Hardinge

Giffard defines the promoters' purposes—The Companies' rights incontest-

ably shown and proved through early stage of the Commission sitting-

The Commissioners' acknowledgment of fairness of the Companies' returns

-The Inquiry : triumphant results to the City Companies-Virulence of

the Companies' enemies' attacks, Proved strictly private character of

the various Companies' property-The Companies' faithful discharge of

duties in the past on a par with present admirable business management

- Governing bodies' devotion to duties of their trusts without parallel

-The late Lord Derby and Lords Eldon and Lyndburst would have

exerted their eloquence on side of the Companies-Expression of hope

that Lord Derby and the Duke of Bedford may in dealing with their large

properties manifest like sense of duties seen in the City Companies'

acts-- Messrs. Firth's, Beale's, and Phillips' attacks increase in virulence

-The Companies' permitting attacks to pass unchallenged adding to their

boldness-The Secretary of the Commission, instead of an upbiassed in-

strument, proves to be an active partisan-He issues an authorized

private Circular as coming from the cbairman and his colleagues with

object of promoting active agitation-Further assigned purposes through

wrong usage of the Commissioners' authority-Unauthorized usage of the

Lord Chancellor's name by the Secretary-Intimation that the Lord

Chancellor will not oppose any Government measure based on the Com.

mission's recommendations- Metropolitan and Provincial press to be

induced to agitate against the Companies—The dignified silence main.

tained by the Companies the cause of agitators' adoption of a course

resulting in their overthrow-Secretary Warr's conduct brought under

notice of House of Commons—The Secretary of State's explanation-

Labours of the Commission an ordeal resulting in honour to the City

Companies . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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