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In these countries the English Governor is the chief magistrate, and he is not chosen by the people, as those in the United States are. This governor is appointed by the Ministry in England. Then there is an English army there under his command; so that you have still the same sort of government as if you remained here. Then, the horrible climate; the land covered with snow seven months of the year; the danger of death if any man be lost in the snow for only ten minutes. Thousands of deaths take place every year from people being what is called frost-bitten. I told you before that I had to live myself eight years in these wretched countries. I was in the army. It was my duty to mount guard. The men going on guard were wrapped up in great cloth

With respect to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Canada, which all join together, and a part of which latter joins the United States of America: in my Emigrant's Guide, speaking of these countries in comparison with the United States, I have described them thus: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Canada, are the horns, the head, the neck, the shins, and the hoofs of the ox, and the United States are the ribs, the sirloin, the kidneys, and the rest of the body. I myself, when in the army, lived in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick eight years. They are one great coats lined with flannel, their head heap of rocks, covered with fir-trees, covered with caps of the same sort, with here and there a little strip of land leaving only an opening for the eyes capable of cultivation, by the sides and the nose. They used to come out of the rivers. What these countries and range themselves at about fifty are you may judge from the fol- yards from the room out of which I lowing facts; that almost all the meat went to them; and though they had and all the flour consumed in them, only just run out of their barrackis carried from the United States; rooms, I have seen half a dozen men at that green peas are carried into those a time with their noses frost-bitten, countries from the United States, and which you perceive the moment you even cabbages; that, as to fruits, see them, by their having become cherries, apples, pears, all go from the white. The remedy is instantly to rub United States, though at a distance of with snow the part affected; but, very hundreds of miles, just as gooseberries frequently, if this be delayed only for are sent from Middlesex and Surrey to half an hour, mortification takes place; Scotland. In short, the most barren, and there are thousands of men in those the most villanous piece of waste land; countries with their hands or feet cut the thin shell upon the top of a gravel off in order to save their lives. But, pit in England, compared with the fat my friends, rest not on my word meadows and the gardens in the Med-alone for those facts. In my Emiway, or the beautiful valleys in Wilt-grant's Guide there are letters from shire, is precisely what Nova Scotia John Watson, the son of Stephen Watand New Brunswick are to the United son, of the village of Seddlescomb, near States of America. A small part of Battle, in Sussex. This John Watson Canada is rather better, when it ap- was sent out to America at the expense proaches near to the United States; of the parish; but he thought he was but here all the good land has been going to the United States of America, given away long ago to officers of the when he found himself landed in that army and parsons and other persons in miserable country New Brunswick. office, who swarm in that country. He had land given him within a few And in these countries, observe, there miles of the spot where I lived for the are church parsons; so that if you go better part of four years. But he found there, you will not lose this blessing, at his situation so wretched that he took any rate. his family, a wife and several children,

or Botany Bay, or Van Dieman's, Land, which are all different parts of the same horrid country: to none of those will any man go who is plainly told what they are, and who has common sense left in his mind.

and that she is bound to the United States of America. Remember these words, write these words down, if you can write, listen to no one that gives you advice contrary to this. Tell what I now tell you to all your friends and all your neighbours round about. If any attempt be made to force you away, that attempt is a crime against the laws. You have as much right to live in England as the lords and the parsons and the squires have, and as the king himself has. If you be refused parochial relief unless you will go away, go to a magistrate. If he will not hear you, send a petition to the Parliament,


and dragged them along through an extent of country three thousand miles in length, in order to get out of that country. He went all through Lower and Upper Canada, from which last he got into the United States of America, and then, under that cheap Government, and amidst that kind people, he began to labour, to thrive, to prosper, and his last letter tells his father (whom I saw last October at Battle), that he, John Watson, who was a parish pauper in Sussex, is now a farmer of his own farm, in the midst of abundance of all sorts, and wanting nothing to make him happy but the presence of his and his wife's fathers and mothers. These to be presented by Mr. HUME or Mr. letters of the Sussex emigrants bespeak SADLER. Stir not from your homes, I the character of the labourers of Eng-advise you, one inch, unless you be cerland, and ought to make shame be tain that you are going into an Ameri painted upon the cheeks of those who can ship, and that that ship is bound to entertain projects for sending them the United States of America. away out of their country. If I understand rightly the words of the man who has brought forward the project for sending you away from your native country, the rich fellows who have engrossed the lands in Australia (as they call it) have offered to bear part of the expense of sending you away to them. I pray you mark well my words here. Have offered to bear part of the expense of sending you there, if YOUR SERVICES CAN BE SECURED TO THEM FOR A LIMITED TIME! That is to say, if the Government will compel you to serve them for a certain time; or if it can persuade you to agree to do it! Pray mark this well; for, if you be thus compelled, you are SLAVES for that length of time; and if you thus agree, you are bondsmen and bondswomen and bonds children, for that length of time !

But, after all, WHY SHOULD YOU GO ANY WHITHER? This is your native land; I have shown you how complete your rights are in this land; if there be too many people in it, let those go who live upon the fruit of your labour, and who do no work themselves. You have a right to live well here; not only to live, but to love, to marry, and have all human enjoyments. Besides, you are in the way of improvement: you have lived better this winter than you did the last you now get some bread and some meat. Wait for a further and greater change in your circumstances: quit not your native land, after having endured so much and for so long a time; after having lived upon potatoes for so many years, quit it not at the moment when you are beginning to taste of bread and of


There, my friends, you now have my account of this matter; and you shall now have my advice in a few words. Resolve to go to no country but the United States of America; and resolve not to go even to that country unless you go in an American ship! Mark my words: you are quite free to refuse to leave your country; and I beseech you not to stir one inch till you be certain that the ship is an American ship,

Now, my friends, pay attention, I pray you, to all that I have said; next to my own happiness and that of my own kin, your happiness is nearest to my heart: I love my country as a whole: I have a due regard for every class in it: I honour the King and the laws: I wish for the peace and the happiness of all ranks of men, and that justice may be done to all; but I am always mindful of that promise of God,

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"of the poor and the needy, his ene"mies shall not prevail against him; "I will make all his bed on the day of "his sickness."

"Blessed is he that pleadeth the cause approbation of this great act of the Ministers, by which the unjust power is taken from the aristocracy and restored to the people.

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The mind of no man, however comprehensive, however long accustomed to meditate on such matters, however endued with the faculty of foresight, can, all at once, embrace the various great effects, which must, of necessity, spring from this change. Before, however, I speak of any of these effects, let me do justice to the authors of the change, or, rather, to the author; for, it is as clear to me as daylight is, that we owe this, I trust, timely measure to LORD GREY, and Lord Grey alone: and this is a matter of which you, good men of Preston, and all others the people of England, ought to have a clear understanding. This measure is one the adoption of which will form a really NEW ERA in the affairs of England, aye, and of the world too; it will produce greater effects than any that has been adopted since the "PROTESTANT REFORMATION": it will be called "THE REFORM," as the change made in the time of Henry VIII. is called "THE REFORMATION, ," and as that made in 1688 is called “The RevoluTION" : our children and their children will have to talk of before the Reform" and "since the Reform," as we now talk of before the revolution" and "since the revolution." We ought, therefore, now, while all the facts are before us, to trace With respect to the nature of the this measure to its real author, and to reform, I shall not enter here into fix that point, so that there never shall minute detail, because the bill may un-be any dispute, nor any doubt, about dergo alterations as to particular towns, boroughs, or counties. When the thing is done, I will give, all the details, and show precisely what changes have been made. At present I shall, as to the nature of the reform, merely observe, that, if carried into full effect, it will give us a government of king, lords, and commons, instead of a government of king, lords, and boroughmongers. For this change I have been writing and praying for twenty-four years; and I should be that which knaves and fools have called me, the most inconsistent of mortals, if I did not now express my


Your Friend,



PEOPLE OF PRESTON. On the Parliamentary Reform now under Discussion, and on the Conduct of the Preston Cock with regard to

that Measure.

Kensington, 10th March, 1831. MY EXCELLENT FRIENDS,

By this appellation I still address you, though, as it will be my duty to prove, you have, by your late choice of a member, done as much mischief to your country as it was in your power to do by the means of so feeble an instrument; an instrument to whose feebleness, indeed, it will be owing, that you have not done as much harm to the people of England as you, at the expense of so many sacrifices, have endeavoured to do them good. Before, however, I go into this part of my subject, permit me to offer you some remarks upon the nature and the natural" effects of the Reform now proposed to be made.

the matter.

In causing the reform to be adopted, numerous indeed are the parties who will have a fair claim to a share. The people, the king, and a part of the press. I agree too, with Mr. HODGES, the worthy Member for Kent, that SWING suspended his operations in the hope of seeing the Reform adopted; and I believe that his fearful, his terrific operations, were one great cause, if not the greatest immediate cause, of this mighty measure. The recent fate of the Bourbons was another cause; and the present state and prospects of the govern

ment of France another cause. But, I am not now writing the history of the Reform, but am at present anxious to implant in the minds of my readers the fact, that Lord GREY, and he alone, ought to be regarded as the author of the measure.

maintained, that if the aristocracy would consent to a reform of the Parliament, and thereby restore to the people their fair share of the government, the example of France was not an object for them to dread. In the year 1793, he presented that famous petition which I have republished at full length in my

Lord JOHN RUSSELL, when he opened the measure to the HOUSE OF COMMONS, Register, five or six times; and the said, that the Bill had been drawn up pith of which, namely, that a hunby the First Lord of the Treasury him-dred and fifty-four boroughmongers self. This might have been, and yet returned a majority of the House of that First Lord no more the author of Commons, I have quoted at least, I it than the person to whom I am now should suppose, two hundred times. dictating is the author of this Letter to Indeed, the statements of this petition you. I dare say that Lord Grey, who have been our great war-horse against has not the beastly folly to write in a the boroughmongers. This petition hand that nobody can read, did himself was also the work of Lord GREY. It actually draw up, actually write the bears all through it the marks of his Bill; but not now, unless the worms pen. But the Bill for the bringing in had eaten his old copy; for he of which he moved in the year 1797, had this Bill, this very Bill, drawn up was entirely his own work. by himself, and moved for leave to bring Why, it may be asked, has he kept it it into the House of Commons, in the out of sight all this time? When it year 1797; that is to say, thirty-four was rejected by a majority of more years ago; that is to say, when Lord than three to one, in 1797, the naJohn Russell was three years and nine tion was mad with a love of war, months old. It is the same identical and with the prosperity of paperBill: the 113 county members, the money, and thus it continued until copy-holders, the lease-holders, the the death of Pitt, which took place house-holders, the breaking up of the in 1806. Then Lord Grey came into vile holes of corruption called bo- power; and now he committed the only roughs all is the same. Lord Grey fault or folly that I can discover in his was thirty-four years old when he life, being willing to look upon the late brought forward this measure, and he is Special Commissions as a measure to now in the sixty-eighth year of a sober which his assent was obtained by and mostly a country life. So that he has persons and means whom I do not care had this bill by him, ready drawn up, to name, and which I do not care to during one-half of his whole lifetime, decribe. With this exception, the going and during the whole of the manhood into power, without proposing his reof his long life except thirteen years. form, is the only fault or folly that I can For the truth of this statement, I refer discover in his life. He has always every reader to the Parliamentary De- been right as to the interference with bates, 26th May, 1797, or to the Annual the affairs of foreign nations; always Register of that year; and as to the age right as to the nature and effects of of Lord Grey, that is stated in the Peer-paper-money; always right as to the age. He first came into Parliament, I be- effects of the stupid and beastly bill of lieve, when he was about five-and-twenty. Peel and of all the measures growing He had been there but a very little out of it; the only fault or folly to be while when the French Revolution found in the history of his life is, the broke out. When, in the year 1793, the having gone into office without bringnation was about to be plunged into ing forward his measure of reform. the war against the republicans of The Whigs, to which party he had France, he constantly distinguished him- always belonged, had contended for the self as the opponent of that war, and necessity of reform when out of office;

but they came into office; they were the community, were of a nature so turned out again; and while in they terrific that they compelled men of said not a word about parliamentary property to trace back the evil to its reform. But, the truth is, that their true cause; and that cause they found fault was not saying nothing about par- to be the want of representation of the liamentary reform; but going into people in their own House of Parliaoffice with those who would not let them ment. Hence only the innumerable say anything about it. They made petitions for parliamentary reform. a coalition with the GRANVILLES and My writings and my lectures, the with the ADDINGTONS; nay, they put latter delivered in several towns in themselves under these. Lord GRAN- almost every county, had a great deal VILLE was the First Lord of the Trea- of effect in making men think about sury and Prime Minister; WYNDHAM, the cause of the distresses of the counLord SPENCER, Lord FITZWILLIAM, all try, and particularly of the misery of the sworn enemies of reform, were in the labouring people; a subject on which Cabinet. As if these were not enough, I never failed to dwell, to the utmost ADDINGTON, now SIDMOUTH, and EL-powers of my mind, always predicting LENBOROUGH, the Lord Chief Justice, that if a remedy were not applied in were stuffed into the Cabinet too. Lord time, those miseries would lead to some Grey, who was then Lord Howick, was terrible convulsion. Therefore, when the part of the time First Lord of the Ad-riots and the fires began, these preachmiralty, and the other part Secretary ings of mine urged people of property of State for Foreign Affairs. How was to think of the grand remedy which I he, a member of such a cabinet, to bring had constantly pointed out; and made forward his reform bill? His fault was them cry aloud for Parliamentary Renot the not bringing forward of the bill form. But I might have written and but his consenting to tarnish his high preached till my fingers had been reputation by belonging to such a Cabi- cramped with old age, and till my net; and this I have told him five tongue could hardly have been heard hundred times over. From the year from between the small space that the 1807, when he was in place, up almost absence of my teeth have left beto the present time, there has been no tween nose and chin; I might have opportunity until now for him to bring written and have preached to the last forward this bill with a chance of im- moment of my life, without producing mediate success. During the Jubilee a ten-thousandth part of that effect years of paper-money and Waterloo- which was produced in one single week feats, the nation was absolutely drunk. by the riots and the fires. In 1817, merchants and bankers and manufacturers and yeomanry joined the nefarious boroughmongers in calling for dungeons for those who most humbly petitioned for parliamentary reform. Then followed the events of 1819. Distress after distress in England, famine after famine in Ireland; but still, expedient after expedient; false hope after false hope, so far deluded the great mass of the middle class of society, and particularly the richer part of them, that there was nothing like a loud and unanimous call for parliamentary reform, until the labourers of England would no longer endure their petition. The speeches had produced intolerable sufferings. The acts of this just thoughts in the minds of the middle formerly tractable and peaceable part of class. I quitted no county without

BARING, the loan-man, who was so active at the Special Commissions at Winchester, is, in the report of his speech on the Reform Bill, represented as having said, that the petitions in favour of reform arose chiefly from the speeches made by persons who went about the country for the purpose. No insolent expressions are, in this case, ascribed to the loan-man; and, therefore, I shall only say that he greatly overrated the effects of those speeches. The speeches had been made for six months, or thereabouts, and yet the middle classes had not been roused to

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