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UNDER THE BOROUGHREEVE
[From the Morning Chronicle.]
"The Market here continues as dull as ever. Gloomy feelings begin to prevail generally with regard to the future. A melancholy prospect lies before the peo ple of this neighbourhood; food is no longer distributed among the necessitous poor; and 8000 families, whose weekly earnings do not exceed two shillings a head, are suddenly left destitute. Some of these, indeed, have claims upon the Poor's Rate: but the great majority have no refuge from hunger and misery. Yet there are shallow and heartless men to be found, who affect to doubt that there is much distress; and I fear that representations to this purport have been made in those quarters, in which it is of especial importance that the truth should be exactly known."
We are yet unable to announce any such improvement of trade as will effect any improvement in the circumstances of the working classes. The goods' market, for the last three or four weeks, has been more aniimpa-mated than it was during the summer months; but the demand has, a very few instances excepted, occasioned no advance of prices, nor has it encouraged the manufacturers to give out work to the unemployed weavers, who consequently continue in a state of melancholy destitution. Such as have a legal claim for pa
rochial relief, receive assistance as tion was received, and he had expe liberal as the circumstances of the rienced the heart-piercing thought, times will permit; and others, who that when what he had bestowed have not a strictly legal claim, but was expended, the objects of his who have long resided amongst us, bounty might perish with hunger. and borne good characters, are occa- He had seen this, and, for his own sionally relieved by our humane and sake, he wished that he had not seen. active overseers. But there are it. How dreadful the experience of thousands, and tens of thousands, to that misery, the very sight of which whose assistance the law cannot, by is thus intolerable! Well might even the most liberal construction of Mr. Potter be overcome, when, in its beneficent spirit, be extended, and detailing one case of wretchedness, who are consequently enduring a the whole amount of suffering rushed distress, the intensity of which it is into his mind with overpowering impossible to imagine; for every effect. Well might hundreds of the variety of wretchedness which the assembly which he addressed burst most active imagination could com- into tears, when they thought how bine for the formation of one picture many instances had come within of exquisite misery, could-not furnish their own knowledge, of misery such such a scene as may be beheld in as he so feelingly pictured. almost every cottage in the back streets of this town. A gentleman from Suffolk, on Wednesday last, went into some of the streets between London-road and Ancoats, wishing to behold with his own eyes the condition of the people whose misery he was willing to believe was exaggerated. On his return from his melancholy search, he told us with an expression of horror, that he regretted the indulgence of his curiosity. "I wish I had not gone," said he," the wretchedness was too great even to be seen." He had seen houses with no other furniture than a truck covered with straw, on which the heart-broken father sat, with a glazed eye and a death-like expres-saries of life to a starvation price, sion on his countenance, seemingly unconscious of the wailing of the half-naked children who lay around him. He had seen emaciated mothers, in whom even the extreme of wretchedness had not extinguished hope, nor slackened exertion, striving to soothe those foodless wailing children. He had seen the dull apathy of despairing man, and the restless and exhausting exertion of woman hoping even against hope. He had seen many human beings fated to a not distant destruction. "In conformity with your direcHe had seen the wild rapture of tions, your Sub-Committee discontithankfulness with which his dona-nued the distribution of provisions,
What is to be the fate of these our poverty-stricken fellow-creatures? There is little probability of their obtaining employment before next Spring; the fund raised by subscription for their relief is exhausted; they have no legal claim on the parish funds; and Winter, with all its accumulated horrors, is approaching. Our conviction is, that if prompt measures are not adopted, thousands will die of absolute starvation. Is this then the time to talk about the danger of introducing the precedent of a government grant? And do not those incur a fearful responsibility, who delay for one single day, to repeal the laws which raise the neces
and who support a system of wasteful expenditure, while the people are in want of the means to purchase bread?
To the General Committee of Subscribers to the Fund for the Relief of the Necessitous Poor.
"The Sub-Committee of Management have agreed upon the following, as their Ninth Report:
tion, amounts to little more than three and a half per cent. upon the sum expended; and with respect to the last article, it can scarcely be considered a charge, inasmuch as
wages are paid to persons who would have been fit objects of relief, and to whom their employment was afforded in lieu of a ticket, to entitle them to provisions from the charity."
and withdrew all the tickets, pre-sometimes attended the distribution sented on Friday, the 18th instant. of charitable funds. The whole charge "Painful as this measure was, upon this fund, including the very they, in consequence of the reduced heavy but indispensable articles of state of the fund (evidently unavoid-advertising, printing, the stipends of able)-your Sub-Committee have the upwards of twenty persons, specially high satisfaction of reporting to you appointed for the prevention of frauds, that the demeanour of the poor rents of some of the stores, and applicants on this occasion has afwages of labourers assisting in and forded a strong proof of genuine preserving order during the distribugratitude for the bounty you had bestowed, and for the kindness with which they had been treated; for, though most of them could not but anticipate the accumulation of distress, which a privation of the accustomed pittance must bring upon their already suffering families, even this sad prospect did not prevent their expression of unfeigned thanks, or their prayers for a blessing upon their benefactors. Your Sub-Committee connected with the accounts, it may "As a matter, in some degree, conceive it to be a duty they owe to be stated, that since the distribution their poor neighbours to bear this closed, a credit of 1000l. in favour of testimony to their good conduct; and the Central Committee of Corresrecollecting also (what they had be-pondence for Manchester and the fore had occasion to commend) their neighbourhood, it has been placed by patient resignation, and peaceable the Managers of the Subscription in endurance of the evil that has be- London, in the hands of the Bankers, fallen them, they cannot but refer to be applied for at the discretion of to such evidences of right feeling that Committee. and readiness to acknowledge obligation, which, in this season of calamity, have been so generally exhibited, as most gratifying proofs that your contributions have not been indiscriminately lavished upon unworthy objects.
"In their last Report your SubCommittee presented a concise review of their proceedings from the commencement of their labours; they now beg leave to lay before you the following abstract of their accounts, a more particular detail of which is now upon your table. [Here follows the abstract of the accounts.]
"On the inspection of these accounts, an observation of some importance will naturally suggest itself to those who have been in the habit of remarking the expenses which have
"It will also be an interesting piece of information to many, that considerable progress has been made, with the assistance of Mr. M'ADAM, in preparing to carry into immediate effect, a plan for the employment of ing to work upon the public roads, such of the poor as are able and willand that there is a prospect of affording the means of subsistence from this source, to great numbers of those who are now entirely uneinployed.
"The Sub-Committee gladly avail themselves of this opportunity of acknowledging the valuable services of Mr. THORPE, who, at the commencement of the subscription, professed his willingness to undertake, gratuitously, the office of Secretary. In performing the duties of his office, which he has done most efficiently,
his experience, particularly in matters of detail and local practice, has frequently been of essential use to your Sub-Committee, whilst the regularity of his arrangements has materially contributed to facilitate and to forward much of the business
with which they have been occupied.
Hoot a wa mon! They dinna know onny theng aboot hoppaneas
before the time o' Audem Smeth and the Cheap Currency!
STATE OF TRAde in Paisley.
"It now only remains for Sub-Committee to resign into your hands the trust which you confided to their management; and while they do this, they feel assured it will afford you sincere pleasure to be informed, that during the long period in which they have been assiduously are no symptoms of a revival of We are sorry to hear that there employed upon this important object, trade in Paisley. Since our last rethe most cordial unanimity has port, the number of unemployed marked all their proceedings; and have greatly increased, and the apthough it was your pleasure, in the plications for assistance from the reselection of your Delegates, to asso-lief Committee have been greater ciate together persons differing most this week than any week since the essentially in opinion upon subjects stagnation commenced. On Thursof the highest concern, it is with day a few sales were effected. We unmixed satisfaction and perfect hear of one manufacturer, who has confidence they appeal to the whole been doing a good deal of late, who of their transactions, and to the com- has sold the most of his stock, and prehensive record of them before although at an advance of 10 per you, for a proof that neither party cent., yet it will not enable the maprejudice nor religious distinction nufacturer to engage hands. It seems has ever influenced their decisions, to be the opinion of well-informed or in any manner interfered with the manufacturers, that the sales will be duties they had to perform. very limited in number, and low in price, until a scarcity of goods is complained of, and from the quantity of goods in the market, there is no anticipation of trade reviving in Paisley before the Spring. It is the intention of some manufacturers to
"By order of the Sub-Committee,
"August 28th, 1826."
There, you beastly Spaniards! See what happiness you have lost by not upholding the CORTES, and paying our Jews and Jobbers the interest on their bonds! You
beastly dogs, to like Monks and a belly full better than Parsons and Dorsetshire Fare! You beastly dogs of Spaniards, why do you not listen to Dr. Black!
make no goods, except on order, even when things get better. In the mean time, Winter draws nigh, and what an almost naked population are
to do in the inclement season of the year, we are at a loss to see. Provisions are so alarmingly high in low, that it is starvation and wretchprice, and wages so unprecedently edness at present, and what will it
be a few months hence? We are glad to see that the county of Renfrewshire are to meet next week, to devise measures for the relief of the unemployed; and as there is not the
most distant hope of the weavers engaged in the Paisley manufacture being employed for some months, something must be done to keep them at out-door labour.-Glasgow Chronicle.
I TAKE the following articles from the Morning Chronicle of the 24th and 30th August. 1 shall make no other remark on them at present, than just this; that I shall be greatly deceived, if the stupid and greedy wretches who have bought Greek Scrip," be suffocated by the fat arising from their gains; to which I will add, that to view their progress will give me very great pleasure. -Look at the NAMES of the parties that is enough for any reasonable man.-Let us SEE, now, how this affair will end.
GREEK STEAM-VESSELS.-A Correspondent of a Morning Paper says
"Many months previous to August last, the Greek Deputies, Messrs. Orlando and Luriottis, gave to Mr. E. Ellis, late M.P. for Coventry, a sum of 10,000/., in order that he might get a steam-vessel built for the service of Greece. This called the Perseverance. vessel was afterwards built, and was In the month of August last the Deputies made an arrangement with Lord Cochrane that he should have six. steam-vessels (of which that ordered by Mr. Ellice was to be one) placed under his command, as Admiral of A Correspondent informs us, that the Greek fleet in the war against a party of young Englishmen, of the Turks. The arrangement was highly respectable connexions, have made through the instrumentality of, just enrolled themselves in the Greek Sir F. Burdett, Mr. J. C. Hobhouse, service, under the auspices of Cap- and Mr. E. Ellice, who engaged on tain Campbell, the friend of Lord the part of Lord Cochrane, that he Cochrane. The motives of these should carry it into effect. The Deyoung volunteers are of the most puties were to provide 150,000l. to generous and animated kind. Their accomplish this very important bunumber is at present small-between siness; and it was a part of the stitwo and three hundred offers of en- pulation, that the vessels should be listment have been made, but Cap- purchased and made completely tain Campbell exercises his discre-ready for sea within a limited period tionary power within such limits as of time-I believe about two or will render the Greek commissions three months. The treaty being honourable. The commissions to concluded, Messrs. Ricardo, the conwhich Captain Campbell has made tractors of the last loan, were dithe recent appointments are in the rected to set apart, out of the funds marine and navy, and are mostly in their hands, the above large sum, lieutenancies; and in all his en-making, with the 10,000l. previously gagements of this nature, he is said given to Mr. Ellice, 160,000l. Into have the sanction and concurrence stead of purchasing vessels, as was of the Greek Committee. As in intended, five steam-boats were orthe regular British service, these dered to be built; but who it was young officers have purchased their that gave the orders I have never