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CHARGE OF "TOUTING FOR PRACTICE." To the Editor of the Monmouthshire Merlin. Sir,—The remarks which I think neccessary. by way of an- swer to Mr. "Woollens' lucubration inserted in your last, number, will be so very short, that I am sure you will readily grant me a space in your parer for their insertion. lirst.— I had liotinng to do, directly or indirectly, with the sending the report headed ".Touting fur Practice." to your paper, neither did I see it until I perused your paper, nor am I acting in concert with Mr. Davis in tLe matter. Secondly.—Whatever may have been Mr. Woollet's conduct in regard to the solicitation of Mr. Price's nrosecution (how- strange he did not deny Jt when I macle the comrlalllt !.) yet he does not dare deny the fact of his continualiy doing so; neither can he deny his own frequent, statement, that If ano- ther party (who shall be nameless), would leave off asking for prosecutions, he would do so. nis denying the particular case is a merepe.'itio principii. ° lhirdly.—I pledge myselt, most solemnly that I never asked Mr. Price for the prosecution which Mr VVoollett refers to, and that the way in which 1 was requested to attend to it was as follows Mr. Price, with some others, was in a room at the West gate Hotel, when 1 entered, and almost immediately after, he. ad- dressing himself to me said, Mr. Phillpotts" I had my shop robbed this evening, of some Ribbons, and Davis and Woollett. have sent to ask to have the prosecution; and then added" Is it worth your while to attend to it ? "I replied" 0 yes" and he asked me to attend to it, remarking that the parties before referred to must have been very hard up, for business, when they sent to ask for prosecutions almost beiore' he himself knew of the roboery, in which observation I fully concurred and stated that it was highly unprofessional to solicit practice. Fourthly.—The party with wnom I lodge, states distinctly that Mr. Woollett did himself ask him for tile prosecution, to which I made reference in my complaint before the Magistrates and if any corroboration were necessary he (the party) imme- diately after came to me (I not being out of Town as Mr. Woollett has insinuated, but quietly ensconced in my lodgings), and asked me if he could give a prosecution to whom he liked, and on my replying in the affirmative, he stated he wished he had known that before, as Mr. VVoollett had asked him for the prosecution that morning and he had promised it him, and ab- solutely wished me then to conduct it for him, allegiug, that, he thought Mr. Woollett as Town Clerk was entitled to con- duct prosecutions but that being then for the first time aware of his right to employ his own Attorney, he wished me to attend to it for him I however declined this, and Mr. Woollett had the honor of attending to the matter. Fifthly.—I make it a point never to solicit Prosecutions, and have given etnet injunctions to all in my employ never to do gO j and 111 many cases, where the holding up of my finger would have secured them, I have abstained even from the digital elevation. So far as the arrangement between Mr. Woollett Mr. Davis and myself is concerned, I would observe that lMr. Woollett ought, on Mr. Davis's denial of the breach of that compact, to nvie proved to me that he had done so, but instead of taking any further notice he resumed the unprofessional practice of which i complain, and which I shall not hesitate to expose on all future occasions. I am, Sir, Your Obedient Servant. JOHN PHILLPOTTS.

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Monmouthshire Midsummer Sessions.

The Burglary at Woodland*.



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Shipping Intelligence.

Family Notices