LONDON DEBATING SOCIETIES
1. January 4, 1776 Morning Chronicle
'As a proof that the Society for the Recovery of Drowned Persons is
well received by the publick, the Debating Society at the Crown Tavern
in Bow lane where every subject is fully discussed, have given 5 guineas
as a token of their approbation.'
2. January 5, 1776 Queen's Arms, Newgate Street
'Which are the most loyal subjects, and the best friends to liberty,
those who in their Addresses to the King approve or those who in their
Petitions condemn, the present proceedings against America?'
Lecture on pleasure.
'Notwithstanding the exhausted state of the American debate, the question was very ingeniously handled, and some new matter thrown out
on both sides. Determined by a very small majority in favour of the
Gazetteer January 4
3. January 12, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Queen's Arms, Newgate
'Is not the doctrine of justification, as held by the Church of Rome, a
damnable doctrine? - Would it not be advisable for the legislative body
to treat with the Congress upon terms of reconciliation, without considering it as derogatory to their dignity?'
Philosophical Lecture on Reason.
Gazetteer January 11
4. January 12, 1776 Gazetteer
'A correspondent hopes that the dissolution (which will, it is said,
shortly be) of a certain disputing society in Bow-lane, will be the cause
of a great revolution in another society in Newgate-street; that instead
of the tedious speeches of an O—11 and a C—n, the auditory will be
entertained with the flowery language of a D—n, and the patriotic
declamations of a F—r, those two ornaments of elocution. Our correspondent does not mean to insinuate, that there is a total want of pleasing oratory in the latter society; that will never be the case so long as
a P—d and a D—s favour it with their sanction and the exercise of their
abilities; to hear them our correspondent has often been induced to
devote some of his leisure time; and whenever it has then happened that
the little unmeaning, consequential President, and the flaming Catholic
(wou'd-be President) have trespassed upon the patience of the audience, by the insignificant cant of the one, and the unbounded assurance
of the other, our correspondent has not wondered at his disappointment, but rather considered it as a matter of surprize, that the society
has so long continued its establishment.'
5. January 15, 1776 Robin Hood
'The comparative excellence of a Monarchial and Republican Government' was argued a third time, and at last determined in favour of a
Monarchical form; so this side of the question has had two verdicts out
of three trials. The company was very respectable and the speakers very
Morning Chronicle January 22
6. January 20, 1776 Queen's Arms, Newgate Street
'Would it not be advisable for the legislature of Great-Britain to treat
with the American Congress on terms of reconciliation, without derogation to their dignity?'
Lecture on Oratory.
Gazetteer January 18
7. January 22, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether a surrender of all claims to Canada, on the part of Great
Britain, unto the Crown of France, would not be an eligible measure
at this time?
The question concerning the propriety of surrendering all claim to
Canada unto the French Government &c. was carried almost nem.
con. in the negative; some, not unplausible arguments, however, were
offered on the contrary side, as, that removing all ground of dispute
about the local limits or boundaries, by totally expelling the French,
was the original cause of the bounds of British authority over the rest
of America being disputed.'
8. January 26, 1776 Queen's-Arms, Newgate-street
'Which of the two Governments is more likely to preserve the liberties
of the people, the English or a Republican?
Which, after many ingenious arguments, was almost unanimously determined in favour of the English.'
Lecture on lines from Thomson's Winter.
Gazetteer January 25
9. January 29, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether Administration, or the Opposition at this juncture, proceed
more upon the true principles of the British Constitution? Another
question likely to come on, is, Whether Coercive or Conciliatory Measures, respecting the Colonies, are now most eligible?'
Debated 'with candour and ingenuity' and adjourned.
Morning Chronicle January 27
10. February 2, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Queen's Arms, Newgate
'Can a Roman Catholic Prince govern a free People, consistent with
Religion and their Liberties?'
Lecture on Friendship.
'Debated and determined in the negative.'
Gazetteer February 1
11. February 4, 1776 Theological Society, One Tun, near Hungerford,
The President will deliver 'a Discourse introductory to the establishment of Lectures at this place, and a Lecture on the succeeding lines:
How is our reason to the future blind,
When vice enervates, and enslaves the mind;
What sense suggests how fondly we believe,
And with what subtilty ourselves deceive.
The Theme, relating to the discovery of Anti-Christ, debated here
. . . after hearing many ingenious arguments, was adjourned; in consequence of which will be reheard subsequent to the foregoing Discourse and Lecture: And if time will permit, the following text will be
investigated: "Know this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any
private interpretation." 2 Peter, chap. 2, ver. 20.'
Gazetteer February 3
12. February 5, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether Administration, or the Opposition at this juncture, proceed
more upon the true principles of the English constitution? Whether
coercive or lenient measures, respecting the Colonies, at this time are
On the first question 'it was extremely difficult, or rather impossible,
to know which side had most hands: the room being crowded, some
persons on the floor and others mounted on the benches; it was left
13. February 9, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Queen's-arms, Newgate
'Would an Act of Perpetual Insolvency be of general advantage?'
Lecture on the Advantages resulting from Society.
'Owing to the unfavourableness of the weather, the company was rather
thin, and of course a dearth of speakers; but notwithstanding, many
sensible arguments were advanced on both sides.' Determined almost
unanimously 'that the proposed act would be of no public utility'.
Gazetteer February 8
14. February 12, 1776 Robin Hood
'Is the breach between England and the Colonies reparable - And is it
manifest that the Americans affect independency? Another question
put, viz. Whether coercive or lenient measures are more eligible, &c.
was manifestly included in the first, as administration are for one and
opposition for the other.'
The first question 'was carried almost nem. con. in the affirmative; but
the mode thereof may afford a question of more difficulty.'
15. February 16, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Queen's Arms, Newgate Street
'Would it be prudent in the Livery of London to entrust a person with
the care of the city cash, who has already been accused of robbing a
public charity, without refuting a charge?
Determined in favour of Mr. Wilkes.'
Gazetteer February 15
16. February 19, 1776 Gazetteer
'In consequence of the very extraordinary question advertised to be
debated at the Queen's Arms tavern in Newgate-street, on Friday evening last, the croud was so great, that many persons could not get into
the room; the friends of the respective candidates for the office of
Chamberlain had occupied all the seats early in the evening, and those
who came afterwards time enough to gain admittance remained upon
their legs. At length the Chairman ascended the rostrum, and with the
utmost gravity acquainted the assembly, that the author of the question
had been informed, that it was couched in such terms as would render
a free discussion of it liable to legal notice; that several members of the
society had expressed their disapprobation of it, and for those reasons
the author, who declined to avow himself, had authorised him to beg
permission to withdraw it. Mr. Saffory, the surgeon, then arose, and
animadverted on the baseness of the author to bring a question so
evidently levelled to prejudice one of the candidates for the office of
Chamberlain at this critical period. He said, that the author's reasons,
as assigned by the Chairman, did not operate with him as the most
striking objection against a discussion of the question. Justice and equity
should have prevailed with the author more forcibly than any disagreeable apprehensions of the consequence; those were motives that actuated him (Mr. Saffory) to move 'that the question be expunged out of
the book.' This was seconded by Mr. Denham, who supported his
ingenious leader by remarking, that when public societies descended to
personal disputes, and stepped out of the path of general discussion,
they were no longer worthy the countenance of the public. The Chairman, with evident reluctance, complied with the almost unanimous cry
of "expunge the question"; of which (our correspondent avers) himself
was the author, without attempting to answer the just reflections cast
upon him for his uncandid, ungenerous design.'
17. February 19, 1776 Robin Hood
'Is it manifest that the Colonies affect independency?'
18. February 23, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Queen's-arms, Newgate
'Are those magistrates, commonly called Trading Justices, hurtful or
beneficial to this country? And, if time permits, Do those Constables
who are remarkable for their vigilance, in apprehending the unfortunate
women of the town, deserve censure or applause?
The two Questions relating to TRADING Justices and REFORMING
Constable . . . being by their principal speakers reduced to one, produced many ingenious and sensible arguments, both for and against
those officers. In the conclusion, however, a great majority appeared
in their favour.'
Gazetteer February 22
19. March 1, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Queen's-arms, Newgate
'Does the Scotch Militia Bill, now depending in the House of Commons,
tend to the good of this country? And Would not a reformation of the
abuses of the press redound to the honour of this kingdom?
The Question relating to the Scotch Militia Bill was . . . unanimously
decided in favour of that measure: the other subject proposed for discussion in reference to a Reformation of the Abuses of the Press, was
postponed by the unanimous desire of the company . . .'
Gazetteer February 29
20. March 3, 1776 Theological Society
'The following theme will be investigated, "For he saith to Moses, I
will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion
on whom I will have compassion." - "So that it is not of him that
willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy."
Romans, chap. ix, ver. 15 and 16 - And, if there remains sufficient
time, this also, "By which likewise he went and preached unto the
spirits in prison" together with the succeeding verse, taken from the
third chapter of the first of Peter.'
Preceded by a lecture on Sincerity.
Gazetteer March 2
21. March 4, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether endeavouring to carry the measures of Administration,
respecting America, by force, will not ultimately tend to the destruction
of the liberties of the whole empire?
Debated in a spirited manner: the decision was declared in the affirmative, though many of the opposite side thought the majority in their
Morning Chronicle March 11
22. March 8, 1776 Society for Free Debate. Queen's Arms, Newgate
'Is it consistent with the dignity and impartiality of a Chief Magistrate
in this City, to interfere in any depending election of officers of the
The Question 'was warmly debated by the principal speakers, and carried in the negative by a great majority'.
Gazetteer March 7
23. March 11, 1776 Robin Hood
'Have philosophy and the abstruse sciences been advantageous to mankind in general?'
Question 'was carried in the affirmative. - It was expected that a proposer of such a question would have taken (Mons. Rousseau's, or) the
uphill side; but it happened otherwise, and a speaker, who wondered
such a question could be put, very ingeniously supported the difficult
side of it.'
24. March 15, 1776 Society for Free Debate. Queen's Arms, Newgate
'Would not correcting the present abuses of the press be a proof of the
good sense of the nation?'
The Question was 'almost unanimously determined in the negative'.
Gazetteer March 14
25. March 18, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether Dr. Price's assertion, that the Americans have half a million
of determined fighting men is supportable?'
Question 'was carried in the negative. It was allowed that the number
of capable men might exceed the Doctor's numbers: but a doubt of
their unanimity or concurrence in the same cause, when the English
should appear, put the negative to the position. One orator was very
conspicuous both as to elegance of language, and a knowledge of the
American country, as well as to the controversy respecting the same.'
26. March 22, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Queen's Arms, Newgate
'Whether the Legislature differ from what is called the Constitution? If
so, in what?'
Lecture on the Poem Delia to Strephon 'published some time since in
Every Man's Magazine'.
Gazetteer March 21
27. March 25, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether triennial Parliaments are not preferable to any other mode?'
The Question 'was carried in favour of triennial: some ironical arguments were thrown out in favour of annual, as that the constituents and
representatives would become better acquainted by feasting together
annually, &c. but the serious part of the debate was between the
favourers of the other two modes [triennial or septennial], and passed
as above by a considerable majority.'
28. April 1, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether a late publication on the subject of Civil Liberty &c. is likely
to do more good or hurt to the community?'
The Question 'was very candidly and ingeniously discussed before a
very numerous and respectable audience, and the decis on (by a small
majority) was, "that the said Pamphlet was likely to be more prejudicial
than beneficial". Possibly upon the idea, that as truth may not be
spoken at all times there might be some political truths which should
not be divulged to the whole world at any time, or at least at this time.'
29. April 5, 1776 Society for Free Debate
'Whether Vice or Virtue affords superior pleasures?
Those who contended for vice observed, that virtue restrains its votaries
from partaking of various enjoyments grateful to human nature. Those
who supported virtue insisted that vice cannot produce pleasure, every
sin being attended by pain. The latter of these arguments prevailed.'
Gazetteer April 11
30. April 8, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether a liberal and learned Education is proper for a Person intended for Commerce?'
The Question 'was very agreeably and ingeniously discussed. Two
avowed classical gentlemen were opponents, which gave the question
consequence; and it was determined in the affirmative, i.e. that a classical education was proper for a merchant.'
31. April 12, 1776 Society for Free Debate
'Can a Roman Catholic, consistent with his religious principles, be a
good subject to a Protestant Prince? and Are all the works of creation
alike beautiful, or can there be a general criterion attained, to distinguish real beauty?'
Gazetteer April 11
32. April 15, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether Study or Conversation tend most to the advancement of
33. April 19, 1776 Society for Free Debate
'Whether the Principles advanced in Dr. Price's pamphlet on Civil Liberty are consistent with the Principles of the English Constitution?
Those gentlemen who supported the affirmative, built their arguments
on the ground of their being taxed without representation; those who
maintained the negative, observed, that the reasoning contained in that
celebrated performance was merely ideal; that it tended to confusion
and anarchy; and the plan of government there laid down such as never
had, or can have any existence, and therefore totally inapplicable to
the general principle of legislation, and to those of the British constitution in particular; the latter opinion was confirmed by a considerable
majority of the company.'
Gazetteer April 18
34. April 22, 1776 Robin Hood
'Which of the Passions is most prevalent and most destructive in its
It was determined by hands, that pride was the most prevalent and
Morning Chronicle April 29
35. April 26, 1776 Society for Free Debate
'Can Mr. Wilkes and his friends be justified in their present opposition
to the Chamberlain?
On behalf of Mr. Wilkes and his supporters it was urged, that as friends
to free elections, they were consistent in endeavouring to destroy the
effect of one, wherein freedom had been grossly violated. On the other
hand it was argued, that a scrutiny would have been much better, as
by it every one who affirmed a privilege to which by law or equity they
had no claim, would have been detected; and, that declining this,
shewed an attachment to private interest more than to public justice.
These arguments met with the approbation of a majority of the
Gazetteer April 25
36. April 29, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether Doctor Price, by his late publication, hath not done more to
promote Civil and Religious Liberty, than those Bishops who voted for
establishing Popery in Canada? Another question was read, viz.
Whether impressing of Sailors is justifiable in any case whatsoever?'
37. May 3, 1776 Society for Free Debate
'Which is the more honourable profession, that of law, or that of arms'
and 'Are all the works of the creation alike beautiful, or can there be
a general criterion ascertained, to distinguish real beauty?'
Gazetteer May 2
38. May 6, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether impressing sailors to serve on board his Majesty's ships, is
defensible in any emergency, &c.?'
Question 'was very ingeniously debated, and, on the division, carried
in the negative'.
Morning Chronicle May 13
39. May 10, 1776 Society For Free Debate
'Which is the more honourable profession, law or arms?'
The question was 'determined in favour of arms'.
Gazetteer May 16
40. May 13, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether appealing from the Ecclesiastical to a Superior Court, will be
more beneficial or injurious to the community?'
Question 'was carried for its being more beneficial. Some people were
for supporting the definitive power of the Ecclesiastical Courts, to prevent endless litigation and expence; others were for totally abolishing
the same as a remnant of papal authority; others (who indeed carried
the question) were for allowing the usual proceedings of superogative
courts under the controul, like other law courts, of the supreme legislative body.'
41. May 17, 1776 Society for Free Debate
'Is a certain Apothecary justifiable in the liberties he has taken with
the Rev. Mr. Wesley, in a recent publication, called An Examination
of Primitive Physic?
Determined almost unanimously in favour of the Apothecary, though
Mr. W. had some sensible arguments adduced in favour of his
Gazetteer May 16
42. May 20, 1776 Robin Hood
'Is it now compatible with the dignity, interest, and duty of Great
Britain, to treat with America on terms of accommodation?'
43. August 9, 1776 Society for Free Debate
'Would it tend to the security of the liberties of Great Britain, to
increase the number of Representatives in the House of Commons? Is
it reasonable to suppose that any person, otherwise than in a state of
insanity, can commit the act of suicide?
The arguments on [the first] subject tended rather to prove the necessity
of a more equal representation, than an increase of number, and consequently was determined in the negative. In the discussion of [the
second] question, the causes of madness were explained; and the delicate situation of jurymen in cases of suicide, with respect to their oath
on the one hand, and tenderness to the friends of the deceased on the
other (as a verdict of Felo de se works a forfeiture of personal estate)
were fully and ingeniously investigated. It passed in the negative.'
Gazetteer August 15
44. August 16, 1776 Society for Free Debate
'Is a true Patriot less able to serve his country when called to the House
of Peers, than when a Member of the House of Commons?'
Gazetteer August 15
45. September 1, 1776 Theological Society
' "What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?" Matt. chap. xxii, ver.
42. The investigation of the text leads to an examination of the divinity
Preceded by lecture on the following lines:
"By gentle methods Truth we'll still pursue,
And prove by candour, till alone our view".'
Gazetteer August 31
46. September 13, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Queen's-Arms,
'Which is the happier period of human life, Youth or Old Age? and, if
time will permit, the succeeding: Would electing our Representatives
in Parliament by ballot, be an additional security of our liberties?'
Lecture on lines from the Fourth Epistle of Mr. Pope's Essay on Man.
The Question, 'which, after an ingenious and spirited investigation, was
determined in favour of Youth'.
Admittance four-pence each person.
Gazetteer September 12
47. September 20, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Queen's-Arms,
'Would electing our Representatives in Parliament, by ballot, be an
additional security to our liberties? and, if time will permit, the succeeding one also: Are Critics in general serviceable to Literature?'
Lecture on Trade and Commerce.
Gazetteer September 19
48. September 24, 1776 Society for free Debate, at the Hand and
Racket, Blue Cross Street, Leicester fields
'Whether a state of nature is as capable of happiness as a state of civil
Was determined in favour of civil society.
Gazetteer September 30
49. October 1, 1776 Society for free Debate, at the Hand and Racket,
Blue Cross Street, Leicester fields
'If the Americans (in consequence of the present contest) become independent, who ought to be censured for the event, the members of
administration, or those of opposition?'
Gazetteer September 30
50. October 7, 1776 Theological Society
' "All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep
did not hear them." John chap x, ver. 8 And, if time will allow, a
comparative examination "Therefore we conclude, that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of law." Romans chap iii, ver. 28. "Ye
see that by works a man is justified, and not by faith alone".'
Gazetteer October 6
51. October 21, 1776 Robin Hood Society
'Whether Mr. Molesworth's Calculations upon Lotteries were of
advantage to adventurers, or an imposition on the credulity of the
Last Monday night, at the Robin Hood Society, there was the most
numerous and respectable meeting known for many years, upwards of
400 persons being present, and as many obliged to return for want of
room . . . It was almost unanimously resolved (not above six hands
being held up against the motion) that Mr. Molesworth's Calculations
were beneficial to the public.'
Gazetteer October 23
52. October 29, 1776 Society at the Hand and Racquet, Blue Cross
Street, Leicester Fields
'Did not Administration (by rejecting the Remonstrance sent by Mr.
Penn) put a stop to a reconciliation of the differences subsisting between
Great Britain and her colonies?'
Gentleman will deliver a lecture on lines from The Grave.
Gazetteer October 28
53. November 4, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether the public as well as private evils, which disgrace this country,
do not originate from gaming rather than luxury?'
Question 'was passed in the negative, i.e. that luxury was the cause,
&c. Much excellent argumentation and declamation were displayed
against the vice of Gaming; but Luxury appearing the motive to
Gaming, might determine the division.'
Morning Chronicle November 11
54. November 8, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Queen's-Armis, Newgate Street
'Does the Lord-Mayor of London act as a good citizen, in refusing to
back press-warrants at this alarming crisis?'
Lecture on evils of human life.
Gazetteer November 7
55. November 11, 1776 Robin Hood
'Is not the cohabitation of an unmarried man and woman, though
attended with harmony and fidelity till death, an immoral connection?
and Would it be consistent with Whig principles to adhere to the cause
of the Americans, if the French government should openly declare in
56. November 22, 1776 'The Society for Free Debate lately held at the
Queen's Arms, Newgate Street, is . . . removed to the Horn, in Doctors
Commons, at which place the Society will be conducted on the same
liberal plan which has hitherto given general satisfaction to the lovers
of rational amusement.'
'Would not a plan to regulate the price of labour be beneficial to the
Gazetteer November 21
57. November 22, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Queen's Arms
'Would not balloting be the most eligible mode of electing Members of
58. November 25, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether the acceptance of a place under the Crown, as it vacates a
seat in Parliament, ought not to be an exclusion of such member during
his holding said place?'
Question was 'very ingeniously debated and carried in the affirmative.
The arguments are at times equally clear on both sides [of] this question;
for gentlemen in opposition, whether Whigs or Tories, see the desperate
consequences of ministerial dependants sitting in the senate; and gentlemen in favour of the government in being, whether Tories or Whigs,
can see the necessity of a little influence arising from places, pensions,
riding behind, &c. so all parties in power practice, what all out of power
Morning Chronicle December 2
59. November 29, 1776 Queen's Arms, Newgate Street, Society for
Free Debate continued as usual.
'1. Are predestination and punishment of human actions consistent with
our ideas of wisdom and justice? 2. Will not the increase of national
debt, in consequence of the American war, greatly over-balance any
possible advantage from the reduction of that country?
The disappointment which took place . . . could not have been avoided,
but it is now remedied.'
60. November 29, Society for Free Debate, Horn Tavern
'Are high duties and the prohibition of foreign commodities beneficial
to a commercial state? and Can the Athanasian creed be defended on
the principles of reason and reflection?'
Gazetteer November 28
61. December 2, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether the Lord Mayor of London restraining press warrants is any
benefit to that city? and Whether a man will sooner arrive at the character of an orator by getting sense by heart, or speaking nonsense
First question was 'altered to Whether the Lord Mayor was justifiable
in refusing to back press warrants? and it was carried in the affirmative
by a great majority.'
62. December 7, 1776 Queen's Arms, Newgate Street. Society for Free
'1. Is it possible, consistent with the nature of British Government, that
it can be conducted without Bribery and Corruption?
2. What influence have Lotteries on the Morals of the People?'
63. December 7, 1776 The Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors
'1. Can the Athanasian creed be defended on the Principles of Reason
and Revelation? 2. Would it be consistent with the Duty the Corporation of London owe to their Constituents, to pay the Debts contracted
by Mr. Wilkes during his Mayoralty, out of the City Cash?'
Gazetteer December 6
64. December 9, 1776 Robin Hood
'Whether facilitating the means of divorce by application of both the
married parties, would not promote the happiness of individuals and
prosperity of the community? and, Whether a person will sooner arrive
at the character of an orator by speaking sense by heart, or nonsense
65. December 14, 1776 Society for Free Debate held at the Queen's
Arms, Newgate Street
'First, Can press warrants be justified, consistent with the liberty and
privileges of Englishmen?
Second, Whether, or in what cases, is one man obliged to accuse
Third, Whether, or in what cases, monopolies may be lawful?'
Gazetteer December 13
66. December 21, 1776 Debating Society, Queen's-arms Tavern, Newgate Street
'First, Whether a judge may lawfully condemn a man found guilty by
the jury, while he himself knows him to be innocent?
Second, Whether it is possible to establish one form of government so
perfect, as to suit every different state in the universe?
N.B. On the part of the managers no attention will be spared to render
the entertainment such an agreeable relish of literary amusement, as
not to fail suiting the palate of the scholar and the gentleman. The
members presume to rely upon the generosity of the public, not to
suffer the private views of a few self important beings to overturn, by
a hasty vote, a society which for these thirty years has preserved its
The utility of an acquaintance with history being universally acknowledged, Lectures on that important science will be delivered every evening, previous to the commencement of the debate. A Discourse introductory to the establishment of the above Lecture, will be delivered
from the Chair this evening.'
67. December 21, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Horn, DoctorsCommons (Removed from the Queen's-Arms, Newgate Street)
'Whether the Athanasian Creed can be defended on principles of reason
and revelation? Is it consistent with the duty the Common Council owe
to their constituents, to apply the city cash in discharge of the debts
contracted by Mr. Wilkes during his mayoralty?'
Determined in the negative.
68. December 25, 1776 Debating Society. Queen's Arms, Newgate
'1. Is it possible to constitute any one form of Government which will
suit all states in the world? And 2. Is the doctrine lately urged by an
eminent and noble lawyer, to wit, that Judges may not qualify their
verdicts, founded on reason and equity?
In order to place this Society on a footing equally respectable with other
assemblies of the like nature, the price of admission is raised to 6d each
person, to compensate for which all possible attention will be paid to
the improvement of the entertainments and accommodations.'
Lecture concerning the Antediluvian World and the Heathen
69. December 27, 1776 Society for Free Debate, Horn, Doctors
'1. Is it consistent with the duty the Common-council owe their constituents, to apply the City cash in discharge of the debts contracted by Mr.
Wilkes during his Mayoralty? 2. Would not an equal Poor Rate be a