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week, my canvass books showed sent. If I am wrong, then I that I had votes sufficient to should be brought to a severe ac

keep up a constant supply of fair and free suffrages. If there have been delays they are not of my seeking. Gentlemen, I told you that whatever I could do would be effected by me in Parliament for your interests; that

one man could not work miracles

there-but that as far as an active,

count-if I merited it, I hope to be applauded. (Here Mr. W. was about to retire from the front of the hustings, when Captain Polhill, who was standing in the Mayor's box, said—" Mr. Wood, remember to do what you promised."

Mr.Woob.-Oh, yes-I forgot;

sedulous attention to any business but I intended to speak from my

which you may wish to carry on
in Parliament
ness to receive suggestions, in-
structions, petitions, communica-
tions, from you-so far as a strong
desire to do you service can make

so far as a readi

me worth your acceptance, I will prove deserving of it. I said, as I say now, that all my votes on

the different questions proposed in Parliament, no matter by what quarter they may be proposed,

shall be given on the side that will be most conducive to the interests of England. Whenever I give a vote, or take a part in Parliamentary proceedings, I could wish that every elector should be pre

window but if it is desired, I can do so here.

Captain POLHILL here, if you


The MAYOR.-It is best to do it here.

Mr. Wood then proceededHe had the other night taken an opportunity to reprobate the conduct of some person who, wearing his colours, had insulted a gentleman in a carriage. He did not know at that time that the gentleman so insulted was an officer in the King's Guards.

Captain POLHILL.The King's Dragoon Guards.

Mr. WOOD-The King's Dra

lence and injustice used towards
my friends. I protested against
the validity of the election. That
protest is now in the hands of my
legal friends, and I shall be dis-
appointed if I do not meet you
again in March. Mr. Stanley has

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goon Guards, who accompanied | second on the list; I have, how
the detachment that was brought ever, a very respectable mino-
here for the purpose of preserving rity. I protested against the vio
the peace of the town. He would
tell them plainly, that he had
joined the other candidates in re-
questing the Mayor to send for
the military, and those who could
throw stones or insult that officer,
had acted most disgracefully. If
those wearing his colours though said, that though shattered and
they consulted his interest, they weather-beaten, I had fought to,
were mistaker-they were a dis- the last, and gone down with
In March you
grace to the colours they wore. flying colours.
His cause was the cause of truth shall find me the same, and then
and justice. By reason and fair I have no doubt of coming off
argument let them defend it, and triumphant.-(Loud cheering and
they had nothing to fear. Abuse groans.) To those voters, who at
he never would descend to. Such the risk of their lives, came up to
outrages could only disgrace the vote for me, I have not words to
good cause, and sully the success express my thanks. To Mr. Stan-
which they had that day achieved. ley I return my hearty thanks.›
Captain BARRIE next came for- His conduct all along has been
ward, and was received with hisses friendly, and candid, and gentle-
and groans from a certain part of manly. From the other, and his
the multitude. His friends, how-party, I have received nothing
ever, cheered him enthusiastically, but insults. (Hear, hear, and:
and at the request of the Mayor, groans.) Good-bye, Gentlemen;
the people listened to him at we shall meet again.
length with attention. I dreaded, cheering.)
said he, all along, the situation of
the poll-not from the want of
friends-not from want of voters,
but from the violence that has been
used in preventing them from
coming up to the poll. With fair number of the most respectable
play I could have been this day part of the inhabitants, and ad-

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The Court was then adjourned, amidst the most boisterous and enthusiastic acclamations.

Captain Barrie returned to his hotel, accompanied by a great

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dressed them shortly from the quietly moved on to see the two window. He had protested, he successful candidates mount their, said, against the election, the pro-horses for riding the town.] test was in the hands of his legal advisers, and should in due time be brought under the notice of the House of Commons. He had no doubt that the election would be declared void, and that they should see him again in March, and if he gave them his word, they might depend upon it he would keep it.

In about an hour after the hust-, ings were cleared, the ceremony: of the "Riding" took place. The two inns from which the successful candidates were to proceed re-spectively, are opposite to each. other; and conséquently, those who were to form the processions of each were under the neces-: sity of joining each other, and thus united they formed a very It should be observed that early numerous and imposing multitude. in the morning, the following bill was posted about the town :

To the Electors of the Borough of
Preston, professing the Roman
Catholic Religion.

Captain COLQUITT concluded the scene in words to the following effect:-Gentlemen, you all know that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong. What you have this day witnessed proves the truth of the saying. The cup, however, is not won, and depend upon it we shall have a new start.-(Laughter.) We shall start in March. Gentlemen, prepare for the race, and rally round the man who comes forward in the cause of the King and Constitution. Ladies, I call upon you to use your influence. Apply immediately to your husbands and sweethearts, and tell them if they vote not for my Gallant Friend, they shall find no favour in your eyes. You have much in your power. Do your duty, and then the victory shall be ours. [The multitude gave three cheers, and bands.

The poll will close this day at three o'clock, and the result can be who have been debarred from exerno longer doubtful. You electors cising your undoubted right of vo ting at this election, are invited to join the procession, when the two successful candidates, Hon. E. G. Stanley and J. Wood, Esq., are chaired. You will thus evince your gratitude to them for their liberal sing with the Oath of Supremacyand honourable conduct, in dispenan oath which is so obnoxious to posed to meet in Fox-Street, at three' every conscientious man. It is proo'clock; and those who intend to. appear with crimison or scarlet ri join the procession are requested to



Signed by about thirty-eight of the the melted pomatum, their hair most respectable Catholics in the


In consequence of this announcement, about a thousand of

dishevelled, and their costume

most laughably disordered.

The procession having performed the usual round of streets

the principal Catholic inhabitants, and squares, returned to the Bull

decorated with crimson scarfs and rosettes, formed themselves into a procession, headed by a band of music and a very elegant flag, which had emblazoned, on a white ground, the arms of England. The flag was trimmed with green, and was ornamented with orange and green rosettes, the colours of the successful candidates. Mr. Stanley's procession advanced from the Bull Inn, in this order:

A Standard.

Trades with Flags.
District Standards.

Mr. Stanley, on a gray charger, pro-
fusely caparisoned with
orange ribands.
The procession of Catholics, headed
by the Rev. Mr. Morris.
The Friends of Mr. Stanley.
Bands, &c.

It is usual on such occasions that the horse on which the Member rides should be led by men in shirt sleeves, wearing scarfs, and their hair powdered.

On this occasion, too, the grooms appeared in full costume, but unluckily they were not in rea


The same langu ge would al-
most describe the riding of Mr.
Wood, except that his caparisons
consisted of green ribands instead
of yellow.

As the respective processions
passed the Castle Inn, Mr. Cob-
bett appeared at the window from
which he usually addresses the
people, and as Mr. Stanley's
party passed, he gesticulated a
little in a laughing way. As Mr.
Wood's procession went by, Mr.
Cobbett made some motions to the
crowd which accompanied it, that
appeared to that Member not in-
tended to be very respectful, for
he put on his hat in a signi-
ficant manner, and took it off
a little further.
when he had
The evening was spent in great

Mr. Stanley left Preston in the
course of the evening, unattended.
by any of the electors.

Mr. COBRETT, about eight diness at the proper time, and o'clock, presented himself at the contented themselves with run-window of his hotel. He came ning as fast as they could a'ter the procession, all bedewed with

forward with such a placid smile

with so much good nature de

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picted in his countenance—such gave votes for me when I was an air of ease and happiness, that present, gave plumpers.-These all appeared at once to enter into worthy candidates boast this evenhis feelings, and greeted him with ing, that they have ridden through the most enthusiastic applause. the town; but you all know, that Gentlemen, said he-Gentlemen but for those deal boards and -This day ends four weeks since scantlings I should have been the I came to Preston. It ends a first to ride through the town. calendar month; and I can assure These contemptible creatures have you that that month has been the the baseness to say, that they have happiest to me that I ever passed achieved a great victory; but that in my life.-(Applause.) We victory, as they shall find to their have had a tough battle to fight, sad experience, I will soon debut we have stood it out to the stroy-(Bravo.) I will soon set last. We have not flinched from aside the election, and oust these our posts. Those that boast of half idiots from their seats. The having received your almost una-contemptible creatures have said nimous approbation-those that much about their colours, about boast that they are the men of green and yellow. What signifies your choice, have all sneaked the colour of a candidate the away by this time, I dare say, or colour is ridiculo s. You have will sneak away in the dark. I all heard of some evergreens, the will not sneak away in that man- clippings of which are destructive ner. I will go away in day-light, to man and beast-and one plant and I dare say not one of them that unites the colour of these would venture to go with me. victorious candidates-the night(Laughter.) One thing I wish to shade-is the most poisonous of impress on your minds-this is plants.-(Great laughter.) That no election; it will not stand. If plant has the green and the yellow 1 oppose it-if I petition, all is combined, and such a plant in over with them; and petition I time I trust I shall pluck up by the will. Next March, you shall hear roots-(Good lad.) If you could more of the matter; nay, by the submit to be represented by these 5th of February, my petition shall creatures, I should call this the most be before the House. My num- contemptible rotten borough in bers are low; but you must all England. recollect, that most f these that upon one

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