Oxney William

In 1876William Oxney represented the town in a Parliament summonsed to meet at eight o'clock in the morning for the purposes of providing for the good government of the kingdom, its defence against all enemies by sea and land, and to provide the means for carrying on the war against France. The supplies they refused to give, unless certain reforms were made and abuses corrected. They charged Richard Lyons, one of the Privy Council, with having, to serve his own purposes, removed the staple from Calais, and of so raising the prices of commodities "that the common sort of people could scarcely live." Lyons, "fearing for his skin," sent the Black Prince £1,000 in a barrel " as if it had been a barrel of sturgeon," but the bribe was sent back and, Lyons condemned to imprisonment. The Commons then attacked. William Ellis of Great Yarmouth, Lyons' deputy, accusing hirn with extorting money from the master of a Scotch vessel, and also from the captain of a Prussian ship laden with wax, iron, and. other merchandize, both having been driven by stress of weather into port. (Rol.Parl.. m. 5, 31-32.) Ellis appears however not to have lost the confidence of his townsmen, for he was returned to Parliament the very next year and several times subaequently. (P. C., p. 191.)

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