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To the Editor of the Monmouthshire…


To the Editor of the Monmouthshire Merlin. SIR,—Your publication, of last week, contains a long letter from Mr. Wuuitg.it, attacking me in rather unmeasured terms, and were it not that my silence might induce the public to believe the statements made therein, I would treat the letter, as I have long done its author, with silent contempt. Mr. Woollen charges me with being, in conjunction with Mr. Phillpotts, the coricocter of the article in your paper of the pre- vious week. I utterly deny that 1 had any thing whatever to do with it. On the 21st of June I crussed from Clifton to Newport for tbe day, and in passing up the river 1 observed a number of Irish takeu on shore from a vessel at anchor, of which, on land- ing, I gave notice to the police, and subsequently went to the town hall to mention the subject io the magistrates. Whilst speaking to them, Mr. PhillpoIts beckoned me to him, and stated that be was about to make an application to the bench respecting Mr.W oollett, ard as my name might be mentioned, he thought I had better wait. 1 did remain, but, in consequence of what fell from the bench, I abstained from making any comment i n what Mr. YV oollett said. I immediately after left the court, and re- turned to Clifton the following morning. I have not seen, or heard from, Mr. Phillpotts since I left the court, nor had I, until I read Mr. Woollett's letter, any idea that the report emanated from any person except yoor own reporter. Mr. Woollett, anxious to shift a charge ofunprofessiona) con- duct from his own shoulders, tries to fix it on mine but the truth is, that ever since he got possession of the offices in the town hall-rooms which ware intended and ought to be appro- priated for the magistrates and witnesses—he has made use of them as a trap for prosecutois, and, prior to the appointment of the present superintendent, many of the police acted as his agents in the matter; parties were taken to his office, and de- sired to tell Mr. Woollett the rase. which they did undei the supposition that he sat there oVicially for tbe puipose; and in addition to that. Mr. Woollett sent constantly, and to this day does send, to the prosecutor in every case he can hear of-no matter whose client he may be—to ask for the prosecution, and, consequently, I have dllne the like to counteract him. At length, with my full concunence, the undertaking referred to by Mr. Woollett was signed, and until I found that Mr. Woollett had declared he would no longer be bound by the arrangement, Itold the prosecutor In every car-e thaI came befole the county magistrates, Ihat he was at 1 iberty to employ any solicitor he pleased, and I personally abstained, and strictly enjoined every clerk of mine to abstain, from asking any person for a prosecution; and I did not, and I believe no one in my employ, asked for one. In January last I received from Mr. Phillpotts a copy of Mr. Woollett's letter to him, of the 18th of that month, to which 1 replied, that I believed Mr. Woollett had only trumped up the charge as an excuse for breaking through the agreement, and I hoped he would call upon him, at once, to prove it. Mr Phill- potts told me subsequently that he had applied to Mr. Woollett lor proof, but none was ever offered by him and it was not until 1 had obtained three clear cases of ^ir. Woollett's subsequently soliciting prosecutions, that 1 allowed my cleiks to ask for any. The truth I beheve to ue. that Mr. Woollett found he get scarcely any prosecutions without asking for them therefore, he broke the agreement. I atn ready, at any moment, to sign a fresh undertaking not to ask by myself or clerks for a prosecution, under a heavy penalty; and should be delighted to get rid of a practice which I deem unprofessional. I could easily answer every paragraph in Mr. Woollett's letter, but have said enough, I trust, to satisly the public, and, there- fore, will not treslJass further on Jour columns. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, HENRY JOHN DAVIS. London, 4th July, 1849. [The above was received too late for our last week's Dumber.]

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