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have been able to pinch the poor cashire make a general call upon harder than any other county. them. What impudent ruffians In another place, he says, that he these must be. They call upon is" decidedly convinced, that a the whole of the people of the "contribution from the public country to do that which the law "funds, is less objectionable than commands them to do themselves! "assessments in aid, sufficient for Only observe, pray observe the "the relief of the poor." Yes, extent and audacity of their iniless objectionable to him, who quity. They derive enormously ought to pay his full share of the high rents from the great populapoor rates at Manchester, until tion which great manufactures the poor be sufficiently relieved: have caused to settle upon their but not less objectionable to us of land; the great numbers of peothe rest of the country, who main-ple which the manufactures have tain our own poor. What! am I, brought upon and round their esfor instance, who pay my full tates, have raised their rents five, share towards supporting the poor, six, or ten fold. They have been in this village of Kensington, and amassing wealth, and rolling in also, in the parish of St. Dun- luxury, at the same time, in constan's in the west, in the city of sequence of these enormous rents; London; am I, who thus pay my and now, at last, when these poor share towards the support of the people, out of whose earnings they poor in two parishes, to be have grown so rich; when these TAXED TO HELP KEEP poor people, obeying the voice of THE POOR AT MANCHES-the law, come to them for relief, TER? Yes, I would let this be with all my heart: I would cheerfully give to the poor of Manchester as much as I give to the poor of both these parishes; but, I should know very well that what I sent to Manchester, would be given, not to the poor, but to the lay-payers; that is to say, those who have to pay the poor-rates; and part of what I sent would, of course, be given to this dirty and conceited fellow, TAYLOR, the editor of this lump of dulness called the "Guardian."

they bid them go to the national taxes and not to come to their lands, of which taxes these poor people themselves pay a part! Bad as this is, it is not the worst; for, while the land-owners are calling upon the nation in general to relieve the poor, instead of relieving them themselves, as they are bound to do, by law; while they are doing this, they, themselves are causing a great part of the poverty and misery, by their cruel and insulting TAX UPON BREAD. What! Lay a tax The Ministers must see this upon bread, in order to put money matter in its true light. They into their own pockets; and then are called upon by these noble-call upon the nation at large to men and gentlemen of Renfrew-maintain the poor out of the shire; that is to say, by the taxes!.

land-owners of Renfrewshire, to If the Ministers were to lend maintain the poor of that county themselves to the perpetrating of out of the general taxes of the an act of injustice like this, they country. The land-owners of Lan- would deserve the severest punish

ment that the law has provided for the highest of criminals. It would be nothing short of a bribe to these grasping and merciless men. If they make a grant to the people in Lancashire, they must do the same with regard to Scotland, to Yorkshire, to Warwickshire, to Norfolk, and, above all things, to Ireland. The Editor of the Glasgow Chronicle has the following remarks upon this subject.

At the Meeting of the County of Renfrew, held on Thursday at Paisley, to consider the means of employing the suffering workmen, it was unanimously resolved, on the motion of Mr. MAXWELL, that in order to avert the pressure of want, the interposition of Government was necessary. This judicious measure on the part of so intelligent a county as Renfrew will, we hope, shake the resolution of Ministers; and if it be properly followed up by the other manufacturing districts, there is

little doubt that a sum commensurate

with the exigency will be afforded by Government. Meanwhile we repeat,

count; tell him of all the taxes that they have to pay, and of all the Offices, Salaries, Pensions, Sinecures, Grants and glorious jobs for which they have to pay. And I believe, if the working men were to set about such an account, those that set them on to do it, would try to stop their mouths before they had half done.

In conclusion of this article, I must repeat, that I do not believe that the Ministers will enter upon such a course of injustice and of folly, as that of granting relief out of the taxes.



I take the following from the Morning Chronicle of the second of August. It will make the reader stare, as it has me.

"The Requisition for the Town's Meeting, in Manchester, is already signed by upwards of a hundred

our advice that the workmen themselves should petition the King, giving a true account of their destitution, and praying for a Government grant.highly respectable names. Should the Boroughreeve decline to call the MeetSo! you see, they are very hot ing, other measures will be adopted in upon getting this grant of money! convening it. Every sensible man feels They want the workmen "them-that no time can, with safety, be lost selves, to petition the King." in promulgating a knowledge of the Ah! Do I, too, want the workmen state of the district, and making a 10 petition the King! But not to formal and solemn appeal to Governget the King to cause themselves ment for relief." to be taxed in order to save the pockets of the Landlords. I want them to petition for Reform of the Parliament ! That is the subject for the workmen to petition upon. Aye! I, too, wish the workmen themselves to "give the King a true account of their destitution.". Indeed I do wish that they would give him such an ac

What! a solemn appeal to the Government! Indeed! Can such steps be necessary to a town that has the benignant protection of LAVENDER, the late London thieftaker! Surely they joke! There can be nothing the matter of a town that has a Boroughreeve and Constables," so vigilant as to have horse, foot, and artillery


ready to interfere with an unarm- this must end! But, if they caned man, expected to approach not now see that there must be their town, in the midst of an un- such a reform of the Parliament armed multitude! Oh! no. Devil as would diminish the all-conis in it, if such a town as this can trolling power of this class, they be in any danger! "Making a and their families must be begformal and solemn appeal to the gars. Nothing short of a Reform Government!" For troops, I of the Parliament will save them. suppose? For powder and ball A petition coming from them for and swords and bayonets to "in- such a reform, would be instantly terfere" with Cobbett, least his followed by similar petitions all speaking in Manchester should over the kingdom. This is the have a TENDENCY to produce way for them to save themselves. a breach of the peace! It does They have now found that their not signify talking: such a place cause and their workmen's cause, must suffer: I should be an is one and the same. They have atheist at once if I could believe now found, that if their workmen that such a place would escape perish, they must perish too. suffering. For the poor and inno- Thus have they their choice; to cent people of Manchester I feel rely upon the Reformers for effisincere sorrow. I know well cient relief, or still to adhere to that a considerable portion of their old friends, LAVENDER, the them suffered in the spirit, if not late London thief-taker, and Niin the flesh, in the horrible years cholas GRIMSHAW, Mayor of 1817, 1818, and 1819. But, the Preston. place must suffer. Those who participated in, or approved of, the horrid deeds of those years, are now receiving their reward. However, in order to merit a mitigation of their just punishment, let them now come forward. them now ask pardon of God and "England is at present the only man. Let them join the Re-country of Europe, except Spain, formers; for, any thing short of where plans for violating the conthat is totally useless. The Corn tracts with the national creditor are Bill is only one thing to be re- Globe of Tuesday. proposed by men of any character.moved. It is, however, a thing of great importance. But, there are the horrible loads of taxation. These loads must be removed, or merchants and traders and manufacturers must all be beggars. They are all now sacrificed to the cormorant rapacity of the LandOwners and the Beneficed Clergy. How blind the Master Manufacturers must have been, not to see and not to have seen where





"The accounts from the distressed districts are actually shocking; and, as is usual in such cases, a corresponding depravation of morals attends the physical evils to which the objects of our sympathy are subatrocious sufferings, which we can jected. Even those who witness the but feebly describe, have their perceptions of right and wrong blunted. The most respectable periodical works

no insinuate the propriety of seizing|perty of the fundholders! ANNA the funds. To this we shall come, if BRODIE talks of seizing it. To

some severe system of retrenchment be not adopted."-Old Times.


seize, ANNA, is to take hold of

And do you think that you could

take hold of these funds! How

"Our own opinions on this sub-we shall laugh one of these days, ject have been too frequently exat all this talk about confiscating pressed for our readers to be in any

doubt respecting them. To reduce and seizing! There will be no the interest of the national debt (or confiscation and no seizure. to tax it, which means the same


while we condemn this course, we


thing), is a course at variance with things will NOT BE any longer; every principle of justice. but those are very much miscannot shut our ears to the language taken, who suppose that the funds openly held respecting it. We verily believe that the Landholders, though alone will cease to be. That old they may not be prepared for any impostor and sinecure placeman,, thing decisive, are very generally ADAM SMITH, having said that disposed, like the Noblemen and

Gentlemen of Renfrewshire, to cheer the " English funds would stand propositions, having for object the « as long as the British Governconfiscation of the property of the Fundholders."-MORNING CHRONICLE.

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"ment itself," PAINE said, in

answer: "that may be true "enough; but that is not saying "much; for it is only saying, that "the British Government will "stand as long as the English "Funds; and that it will do, and "not one moment longer." And, if PAINE meant the THING with all its seats and so forth, he certainly was right. Those who imagine that to reduce the interest of the debt is to be followed or accompanied with no consequences, will find themselves greatly de

There: that will do, for the present. More another time; but, what a pretty brute that must be, who can think, while he sees this, of leaving money in the funds to children, or to any body else! Such a person must be mad, or an idiot. Any other would never ceived. think of doing such a thing. But, how strange it is to hear a se nsible fellow, like DOCTOR BLACK, talk about" confiscating" the pro



JUST published, No. 1., a little work under the above title. I intend it to contain about six numbers, at twopence a Number, to be published monthly. I intend it to be the Companion of the Working Classes, giving them useful information and advice, adapted to their present difficult situation; and especially I intend it as the means of teaching them how to AVOID SUFFERING FROM HUNGER! I intend clearly to explain to them their rights and their duties. Applications from the country should be made without delay. I shall give one copy of each Number to every working family in Preston, as a mark of my gratitude for their great kindness towards me, and also as a mark of my admiration of their sense and

their public spirit.-The other Numbers will be published on the first of each succeeding month.The price, to Gentlemen taking a quantity, will be, for one hundred, twelve shillings, for five hundred, fifty-five shillings, and, for a thousand, five pounds.


Just published, price one penny, or six shillings a hundred, Mr. COBBETT'S Petition to the King, together with a Preface, and with the two notes written, by Mr. COBBETT, to the Marquess of Conyngham. These documents are printed in this cheap manner, that they may be circulated as widely as possible. I recommend them for the use of all the great towns in the kingdom,

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