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LONDON.

--------FROM THE LONDON GAZETTE.

CATHOLIC BOARD.

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CATHOLIC BOARD. STATIONERS' IIAI,I,. -A. meeting of the Ca- rholic Board took place on Saturday last. THE REGENT'S IMPUTED PLEDGE. Mr. Finn read a letter from the Earl of Fin- gal, respecting the Regent's Pledge. His Lord- ship stated, that lie had never had tin audience or interview with his Royal Highness in the presence of Lord Clifden and Lord Petrie, as had been supposed. That he thought conversations he- tween individuals of whatever rank, or even the written report, of such conversations, could not form just grounds for the proceedings of any public hody. That, if he was to credit the re- port of such proceedings of the Board, which had been published in the newspapers, and Ihe speeches attributed by 'hose papers to certain retpecfable individuals, an extraordinary mis- conception had taken place-that he had not the pledge which was supposed, &jc. The next was from Lord Clifden, enclosed in the preceding, and addressed to Lord Fingal. Lord Clifden said, that there must be some mis-, take in the business; that he never had the honour of an audience with ihe PRINCE in the presence of Lord Fi NCIA R, or the late Lord PETRI E, as seemed to be supposed, and that with respect to the writ- ten pledge, fie had never seen it. The next letter was from Sir FRANCIS GOULD, and stated that he found his name had been men- tioned in the debate at the Catholic Board res- pecting the supposed pledge of the REGENT- that he had not the moat remote recollection ot the circumstances of this supposed plede-that from his not having the least trace of it on his memo- ry, he did not think it could ever have taken place. but that he (SIR FR ANOJS) ever had a strong impression upon his mind that his Royal High- ness the PRINCE REGENT had always expressed himself in very favourable terms towards the Catholics of Ireland. Major Bryan, conceiving that the letters which had been just read involved a contradiction of what he had stated on a former day respecting this pledge, felt him^etf called upon to say a few words. He declarcd upon his honor that ahou' five years ago, he was called into Mr. Fiizpa- triek's inner shop, where Lord Filial stated, in the presence of Sir Francis Gould, and Mr O'Connell, that aite.therejectionby Parliament of a Catholic Petition, he had seen the Prince Regent in the presence of Lord Clifden and the late Lord Petrie, when his Royal Highness had I expressed himself in favour of the Catholics, in terms-so extreme!y strong-, that his Lordship had thought proper to commit them to paper, and that after he had'done so, he wailed upon Lord Clifden and Lord Petrie, to enquire whether the minute he had made was correct, and they had both declared it was. Major Hryan did not ■pledge himself as !■■> Ihe words of the conversa- tion, .but with r.gnd to (he substance fie was positive, lie was not certain either,' that Lord Fingal had used ihe word audience, nor was lie courtier enough to know the distinction between audience and interview and-eot/versafioti. Mr. O'Connell gave the same pledge as Major Bryan had done, respecting what, passed in Mr. sliol). He also, avowed the accu- racy of Ihe report or his speech which had ap- peared. fie was glad to perceive that Lord Fingal's letter, when attentively perused, did not contradict what he had said. H is. Lordship say s there was no andience—but he goes on to say, that conversations, on the written report of con vcrsalions, &c.-cannot form a just ground for the proceedings of a public body. If there had no1 been a conversation, and a written report of it, O'Connell thought this paragraph would riot have brcn introduced, lie spect for Lord Fingal, but declared, 'hat he should take an opportunity of requst ins it di- fine' answer from his Lordship, whether there is, or ever was, any writ ten report of the sentiments expressed by the Prince to his Lordship.

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