This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1847. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... which the public felt a deep interest, namely, whether the pensions already granted under the former lavish, corrupt, and irresponsible system, should be binding on the present Government? It was to solve this question that the Committee of the House of Commons of December, 1837, was appointed, to inquire "How far such pensions ought to be continued, having due regard to the just claims of the parties, and to economy in the public expenditure?" The Committee, with perhaps one or two exceptions, consisted of competent and trustworthy members; Lord John Russell, and Messrs. Hume, Strutt, Hawes, Grote, Evans, and Lord Ebrington, being; of the number. To facilitate their inquiries, a circular letter was addressed to all persons receiving Civil List pensions, for explanations of the circumstances under which they had received them, and, with a few exceptions, replies were received from each pensioner. It is on these returns that the subjoined list is founded; they do not apply to Parliamentary pensions, but only to such as have been granted by the Crown or its Ministers, and charged on the several royal funds previously explained. civil list pensions; with the explanations of the pensioners. Airey, Catherine, 1007. Granted for the fifty-three years military services of her husband, in the West Indies, first in 1780, and next in the campaigns under Sir Charles Grey and Sir Ralph Abercrombie, and in Ireland under General Fox. He died in 1833. Airey, Richarda, 300/. Wife of Professor Airey, astronomer-royal, in consideration of his scientific attainments and mathematical contributions to physical astronomy. Adair, George, 88/. A small allowance, but of curious pedigree. It was granted for the life of Mr. Adair, now about 60, for the use of the...
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