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(4th of March, Chronicle)," Let him" that of the hon. Member for Preston take an opportunity of alluding to the "(hear, and laughter), who had man“honourable member for Preston; not "fully told the House, that he would were which he name people accept the made in that House, unobjectionable," proffered Reform, and come forward but m many of them were extremely afterwards to demand more, and that he “useful; and it must be extremely satis-" would not desist until he should have "factory to the people to find that they obtained, step by step (through the had such a representative in that instrumentality of the noble Lord's "House to state the grievances under" Bill), Universal Suffrage, Annual "which they supposed they laboured."" Parliaments, the Vole by Ballot, and This BARING is the same who formerly" the Overthrow of the Constitution. scoffed at the Cock, calling him the" (Hear, hear, and laughter.)"
My excellent friends of Preston, do you, can you, want any-thing more upon this subject? If you do, take it in an account of what I witnessed myself at a Common Hall, in London, last Monday. You have observed that your Cock told the House (if the report of the 2nd of March be true), that the subject of ballot would now be pressed upon the House by petitions; that he heard of numerous meetings about to take place, and would be
"blacking-man." This BARING is a loan-maker, and he sits for the rotten borough of Callington, along with his SON, BINGHAM BARING, who are sent to the House by forty-five voters; and their stool is now about to be pulled from under them. This man is delighted with the useful observations made by your Cock upon this occasion; and he thinks that it must be extremely satisfactory to you to find that you have got such a to fight your battles so finely. But, to cut short this list of such agitation in the country as there eulogists of your Cock, there is in had never been seen before. To the Wiltshire a borough as rotten as a pear, Common Hall, on Monday last, he called Malmsbury. It is a delightfully went, and, for half an hour, laboured to situated, and a very ancient little market divide the Livery-men, and thus mar town, with the remains of, probably, the the address to the King and the petifinest Abbey that ever was seen in the tion to the House, which had been world. I know this town well; it is in prepared; and then he would have had the midst of a beautiful country; and London to cite in proof of is assertion the only curse that the inhabitants about approaching agitation! The complain of is, that there are thirteen good sense and public spirit of the men in it who have the privilege of Livery defeated him, crying out " Nesending two members to Parliament! ver mind the ballot now; we will For this borough sit, at present, a discuss that another time." Thus met couple of men of the name of FORBES. by a refusal from plain good sense, One of these FORBESES, in a debate of he resorted to a resource that never fails the 27th of March, on a petition for him in case of need! He told us that the Reform Bill, is, in the Morning another time would be too late; for, Chronicle of the 8th, reported to have that LORD ALTHORP had given notice, spoken thus: He would repeat that that he should bring on the question of "the measure was radically bad, and the ballot, as soon as the bill had been "would prove disastrous if not defeated read a first time. In such cases a good in the outset. He was sure that if it mermory is proverbially necessary; and should once pass, the House would, the Cock forgot that MR. ALDERMAN "before long, be called on to go much Wood was present. Upon this asserfurther than the noble Lord now pro- tion being made by your Cock, out posed to go. The speech, which to came the Alderman, and said, "Gen"him seenied the best and the strongest "tlemen, the discussion on the question "in argument, throughout the discus-" of the ballot has been made the order sion upon the noble Lord's Bill, was "of the day for the 22nd of March;
"it is so written down in the order that government of King, Lords, and "book of the House. I was, therefore, Commons which you have twenty times "astonished to hear a Member of that heard me assert it was my great object "House say what I have heard him to see restored. It will give to the "say on the subject." This closed him King the full possession of all his just up; and there he now is without any prerogatives and powers; it will deof those numerous petitions which he expected against the measure; without any of those numerous meetings to oppose the measure; and without any of that agitation against it which appeared so to exhilarate his spirits when he was earning the praises of the PEELS the BARINGS, of CROKER, and of FORBES.
While he was foaming at the Common Hall, endeavouring to prevail upon the Livery to give a qualified approbation of the Bill, the two following resolutions were drawn up, and would, if he had persevered in putting his resolution, have been moved by way of preface to it.
1. RESOLVED That, whereas, the thing that is wanted by every true patriot is, the want of reform, seeing that a reform must of necessity reduce him to insignificance and silence.
prive the peers of none of their just privileges; it will give to the people their due share of influence in the Government; it will make little Old England, which was the cradle of real liberty, again an example to the world. You remember, my friends, the speech with which I opened the election of Preston; you remember the picture I drew of the degradation of the country caused by the accursed boroughmongers; I remember your loud " NO," when I exclaimed, "Shall England ALWAYS remain thus!" That NO has now been ratified by a Bill brought in by the King's ministers themselves; and, my good friends of Preston, you will not, I am sure, think the event less auspicious, because the first reading was passed on the BIRTH-DAY of
Your ever faithful Friend
London, March 10, 1831. SIR,-As you have been so obliging
2. RESOLVED-That, as the most likely way to preserve a want of reform is to cause it to be believed that the reformers want a great deal as to take notice, in the Register of last more than is now tendered to them, week, of what I said in presenting pethis Common Hall adopts the fol-titions in favour of reform from the lowing resolution, proposed by the county of Kent, I beg leave to send you honourable Member for Preston. verbatim those remarks. In preNow, my friends of Preston, deter-"senting these petitions I took the opmine as you please, and deal as you "portunity of expressing the sincere please, about your Cock, I am sure you pleasure I felt in being enabled to will agree, with me, that we have now to state that the disturbances, which tendered to us all that reasonable men" had first commenced in the county of can require. We shall now see rooted "Kent, had wholly subsided, and I up that great evil which I compared " trusted that nothing would occur to to the accursed docks and thistles in" re-excite them.-In saying this, howour fields. A little time, during which "ever, I begged to state my entire conwe ought to be patient, will give to us "viction that the continuance of the the fair fruit of our earnings, and will" tranquillity, not of that county only, give it to us by those legal and peace-" but of the whole kingdom mainly deable means which all men, not cursed" pended on the successful issue of the with the ambition to be what nature great Question of Reform."-I am, has forbidden them to be, will prefer to Sir, even a greater good, if to be obtained,
Your most obedient servant,
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shaken to their very foundation? Have you forgotten this, Hampshire Parsons? To be sure, it is now fourteen years since I gave you the warning, and you have the tithes, yet, in name, at least; but do you feel as if you had them? Do you feel as if you were going to have them to the end of your lives? As you are sitting over your bottles, and wiping the grease from the corners of your mouths, do you not muse a little, now and then, on the strange change that has taken place since I met you last in your grand convocation? Do you laugh at people who talk against pluralities and non-residents, as you used to do? Do you still belch out your insolent invectives against reformers? Do you still wield the magisterial sword with the vigour and gaiety that you did fourteen years ago? Do you ever pick up a JESSE BURGESS now-a-days to play off upon the country against any one whom you deem an enemy of your craft? Do you know what is become of the bevies of the tax-eaters, who went all over the country in carriages, scattering little tracts to calumniate me, in the years 1809 and 1810?
I HAVE often taxed my powers of invention to find out another name for you; some appellation more fully descriptive of what you deserve; but, after hunting about, backward and forward, I always come back again to "Hampshire Parsons," being able to find nothing, in all God's creation, to resemble the animal described by those two words. Well, then, Hampshire Parsons, do you NOW recollect your conduct in the month of March, in 1817? Do you recollect when you, on the eleventh day of that month, at Leaving you to answer these questions Winchester, met in grand convocation to at your leisure, let me express my hope present an address to the Prince Regent, that you will join us, the day after toexpressive of your approbation of the morrow, in thanking the King and his bills just then passed for shutting the Ministers for the famous bill which reformers up in dungeons at the plea- they have now before the Parliament. sure of Sidmouth and Castlereagh? Do Let me hope, that you who have alyou remember that, upon that occasion, ways been for the powers that be; who you had that little dull fellow, WILLIS have always praised the acts of the Go(now called FLEMING), for a High vernment, be they what they might; Sheriff? Do you remember your roaring who applauded it for twenty-two years insolence upon that occasion; and do of war and of waste; who have never you remember that HOLLEST, his Under found fault with any-thing done by any Sheriff, had the audacity to threaten to Parliament, at the instigation of any take us into custody, if we remained Ministry who were the servants of any upon the spot after FLEMING had or- King; let us hope that you will now dered us to depart? But, do you re-join us in praising this great measure *member that, on that day, I warned you of Reform. If I find you not there, that, before that day ten years, your ready to join us, I, for my part, shall tithes and your church, and your every call aloud for you. In the year before thing belonging to you, would be mentioned, you galloped from one end