said, he wished to inquire what circumstances had authorized the military to interfere in a difference which had taken place in the country between some pit-men in the coal-mines of White-haven, and their employers, and which was likely to be reconciled without their intervention: he understood, that on the occasion referred to, both infantry and dragoons had been employed to decide a question between certain masters and their men.
said, that there had been a strike among the colliers, who refused to work; they not only, however, refused to work themselves, but, by threats, endeavoured to prevent the other men who were willing to engage in their usual occupation. They took away the tools, and were guilty of great violence and outrage. To prevent any further disturbance, the military were sent for, and were called out only by the authority of the Magistrates; they were not employed to interfere in any way in the dispute between the men and their employers, but to prevent outrage.
said, the accounts he had received of the transaction were somewhat different—if he found them confirmed, he should take further notice of the occurrence.