HC Deb 04 February 1819 vol 39 cc289-90
Mr. Bennet

said, he held in his hand a petition from a person called Dennis Sullivan, who stated that he had received a severe wound in his majesty's service, in consequence of which he had been rendered incapable of labouring for his support. He thought it would appear to every member who took the trouble of inquiring into the circumstances of the case, that there could not be a more distressing situation than that in which this unfortunate individual was placed. He had been disabled in the service of his king and country, and yet, because he wanted one document (a smart ticket), he must be turned out to starve! A more urgent case than the present, had never, in his opinion, called for the attention of the persons at the head of the Admiralty. Whether this man's claim had failed from want of form in the manner in which he had applied, he knew not; but it was certain that he had applied for a pension, and that his claim had not been recognized. He was sure if the Admiralty would take the circumstances of the case into consideration, they would find that his claims ought not to be resisted. It appeared, from his own declaration, that he had served twelve years in the navy, and that having been disabled by a severe wound, he had been discharged in 1814; that he possessed certificates from the officer under whom he had last served, showing that he had been wounded in the service; that he was unable to work in consequence of his wound; but that he could not establish his claim to a pension, because he had neglected to get a smart-ticket when he was discharged.

Sir George Cockburn

stated, that in all matters of this kind, the Admiralty were obliged to follow the regulations of an order in council. It was indispensably necessary to have a smart ticket, in order to be entitled to any pension, and as the petitioner had not such a ticket, under the existing regulations, he was not en-titled to a pension.

Ordered to lie on the table.