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mas Beevor and I were, in the two trips, 42 days at Preston and on the road; that, in the last trip,

READERS OF THE REGISTER,the whole of us were 34 days at

On the above Subscription.

Kensington, 16th August, 1826.

GENTLEMEN,
ABOVE you have the account of
the receipts and expenditure on ac-
count of the PRESTON ELECTION.
The subscription was as large as I
ever expected it to be; it was larger
than the extreme and all-per-
vading poverty of the day seemed
to suffer one to hope; it was,
perhaps, ten times as much as
would have been collected, in a
similar way, for the purpose of
putting any other man into Par-
liament; it was much more than
I should have liked to expend,
even if it had been, at once ef-
fectual as to its object. Nothing
could, however, be managed with
greater frugality. In the first
place, none of us drank a drop of
wine. The charges at our inn
were 2s. for a dinner, and Is. 3d.
for a breakfast. Amongst the
other pleasures of this Northern
expedition we had that of uni-
formly meeting with reasonable
charges at inns, and with great at-
tention, unaffected civility, and
strict honesty in the innkeepers
and their servants, and especially
those of our inn (the Castle) at

Preston.

Preston and on the road; that we canvassed every house in a town of thirty thousand inhabitants; that, in order to do the real WORK, we were compelled to be, forty of us, or thereabouts, constantly hard at it for 25 days; and, which was one of our great merits, we compelled our opponents to spend, at the least farthing, thirty thousand pounds, of which about seven thousand had to come from as money-loving an old fellow as any in England, who, before the battle be over (and it is hardly begun), will curse the vanity, or rather, perhaps, greedy specula- '. tion, that led him into this expensive enterprise. Though I had the whole body of the people with me; though my canvass books, ready to be verified on oath, will show that I had more than enough of votes; still, when I saw the works of Grimshaw, the Mayor, and saw a military force always at hand and always threatened, I saw that Grimshaw would not return me; seeing this, at the end of the third day, I had to determine, whether I would quit the thing at once, and save the money, or lay out the rest of the money in carrying on the contest to the last moment, and in such a way as would punish the other candidates for their malignity against ine, and as would, at the same time, bring out additional proof of the illegality of the proceedings.

When the magnitude of the exertions is considered; when it is remembered, that Sir Thomas Beevor travelled, first and last, more than three thousand miles; I resolved on the latter, and that I and one son travelled above never was resolution more steadily a thousand; that three other sons acted upon, executed, though I and two friends travelled more say it, with more judgment, or atthan five hundred; that Sir Tho-tended with more complete suc

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cess. I had soon to behold the Mr. THOMAS SMITH of other candidates each suspecting Liverpool, Mr. CLARKE of the other two of foul play; plot- Norfolk, Mr. WRIGHT of Berkting and contriving against each shire,and some excellent friends other; sweating each other's from Manchester, gave me assispurses without mercy; getting, at tance beyond all price and all last, to threats and challenges and praise. And, as to our friends at bindings to keep the peace, and Preston, and the people of Pres all the other miserable tricks of ton generally, I shall, to the last lion-tongues and chicken-hearts; hour of my life, and I am sure I had to see them, for twelve long my sons will after me, cite them days, hooted, hissed, and heartily as an example of frankness and detested, or, at least, despised, by fidelity. Mr. CLARKE, who the mass of the people; I had to was constantly amongst them, see them, when I went to the speaking of them, one day, on our hustings, looking like three hunted road home,' said, that there was devils, jaded half to death with one thing that he loved them for the heat of the place, with anxiety above all others, " and that was," as to the result, and with the in- said he, "that they crowded about cessant tearing at their purses; you just as eagerly, and cheered and I, at last, left the two win- "and blessed you as much, after ners in scats, given them by an "they saw you would not be reelection, which every one of the " turned, as they did when they candidates (first or last), and "made sure that you would be which the Mayor himself, had de-"returned." And, this was a state clared to be an election that could ofthings to make me lose my temper, not stand. And, after all, I came as the ruffians of the London out of Preston, not like a defeated Press, and their copiers throughout candidate, but like one who had the country, would have the world triumphed; and, indeed, triumph-believe was the case! My temper! ed I really had; for, unless all ap-1 appeal to SIR THOMAS pearance of law be banished be- BEEVOR and to the gentlemen fore next session of Parliament, above mentioned, and to the out of the seats these heroes thousands who saw me and heard march; and once out, never, I me at Preston, whether I ever, am satisfied, will either enter even for one moment, discovered them again. chagrin, mortification, or disap To be sure, I was most zealously pointment. Situated as I was, l and most ably seconded. The must have been a devil indeed to diligence, the activity, the punc-have been out of temper. I heard tuality, and the obliging manner of SIR THOMAS BEEVOR, his constant good-humour, his kind condescension, and, above all things, the care he took of the pecuniary matters, entitle him to the thanks of all the friends of the cause in which we were engaged, and especially to my thanks.

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nothing but buzzas for me, praises and blessings on me, and hootings at my adversaries; and I had, at my elbow, a Treasurer to take care that I should expe rience no inconvenience in the money way. So that I must have been the surliest dog that ever lived, instead of being, as I hope I

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