From the Times, 10th Sept 1832


Mansion-house. - On Saturday, Mr. Leverage, a gentleman who has been for several years in the army, begged to introduce publicly to the Lord Mayor's notice, John Popjoy, a young seaman, whom he described as one of the greatest heroes that ever appeared in this or any other country. He regretted that the extraordinary services rendered by this young man, although acknowledged by some of the first authorities, were wholly unrewarded by the Government, but he trusted that the British public would supply the deficiency. Mr. T. S. Duncombe, the member for Hertford, had brought the case before Parliament on the last day of the session, and had recommended the present application in a letter. Mr. Leverage then described the enterprising services of Popjoy in Van Diemen's Land, accounts of which have already been often published.

The Lord Mayor said that no person could hear of the extraordinary feats of Popjoy without being surprised and struck with the greatest admiration at his heroism. His Lordship added, that he was convinced His Majesty's Government would, as soon as the necessary forms were complied with, amply reward the conduct of this man.

Mr. Leverage said, that in the interim the poor fellow who had saved so many lives might starve. He had not now the value of a meal, and, in fact, nobody could contemplate the whole of the circumstances without being struck with the manifest and cruel injustice of the delay and indifference which had been exhibited towards so brave an individual.

The Lord Mayor said, that in such a case, a representation might with effect be made to His Majesty, who had always shown the strongest inclination to reward merit, particularly that which distinguished so great a friend of humanity.

Mr. Leverage apprehended that cases which came under the cognizance of the various official departments were at once submitted to and answered by those at the head of such departments, without a reference to His Majesty.

The Lord Mayor then said that, in all probability, the case would reach His Majesty's eye through other channels, and presented Popjoy with relief for his present emergencies. The sailor, who is almost crippled with the hardships he underwent in saving the lives of his fellow-creatures, then left the justice-room, gratefully returning thanks to the Lord Mayor.

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