It appears that a Romish priest, who attended to give spiritual instruction to some convicts of his faith in the hulks at Woolwich, actually applied to Sir James GRAHAM for payment! To this he received the following reply: -
“Whitehall, March 15, 1843.
Sir, - I am directed by Sir James GRAHAM to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 9th inst., in which you apply for compensation for attending as Catholic priest on some Catholic convicts on board on of the hulks; and to inform you that as there is no public fund applicable to such service, and none from which he can direct compensation to be made, Sir James GRAHAM is under the necessity of declining to accede to your application. - I am, sir, your obedient servant, J. M PHILLIPPS Rev. W. MARSHALL, Roman Catholic Chapel, Deptford.