HC Deb 04 July 1832 vol 14 cc75-6
Lord Oxmantown

presented a Petition from George Dallas Mills, lately a Clerk in the check department of the Post-office in Ireland, stating, that he had been actively engaged in the duties of his office lor upwards of twenty-two years, and that, in consequence of malversation in the office, in which he had been admitted not to have participated, he had been dismissed without any retiring allowance.

Lord Althorp

said, that this case had originated from the great irregularity which had prevailed in the Irish Post-office, and from the parties into which it was known that those functionaries had been divided. There was no moral imputation upon Mr. Mills; but erasures had taken place in the books, which must have been known to him; and, on one occasion, when a fraud was discovered, instead of applying to the Secretary, who was on the spot, the petitioner had written to the Postmaster-general, who was in the country; and the result had been, that the defaulter made his escape. Such were the circumstances when the Duke of Richmond came into office; and, upon consolidating the English and Irish Departments, he chose, as he had a right to choose, efficient officers, and he had done so, leaving out this gentleman. The noble Lord said, he had no objection to produce the papers sought for by the petition; and, as to compensation, that was a subject which might be considered hereafter. Petition tolie on the Table.