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"manry cavalry, through the streets to of sense, and many of you men of in" Newton Bushell (a town about four-fluence; and you may now do much in fteen miles from Exeter), an express preserving the peace of the country. I * having arrived that the whole town was am acquainted with no man who is in " in dames. This I am not surprised at, any way connected with the Govern" as it is the veriest sink of Toryism in I ment; but the editors of the Morning * the county. No doubt they have set CHRONICLE and of the Times have " the town on fire to divert the public communications with such persons :
attention from reform. Such is their (I KNOW that they have ; and, thereDER
chagrin at their fallen littleness, that fore, I pay just as much attention to
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" it is set fire to in two or three places; always doubted his power to give effect
" had their meetings and dinners, for the Lords-LIEUTENANT was quite proof ber
" they are completely driven out of this enough of this. But pray read the fol-
peers, knowing the strong aversion
down to be hanged, was not more un
palatable than to boroughmongers and THE ALARM.
bishops (one and the same), must be
the application to consent to a really
a disposition towards conversion, be-
is only in hell that the great poet ex
of riots and insurrections, which might" Earl Grey, on the adjustment of the
An efficient Parliamentary reform out alarm, on account of the distress must necessarily lead to economy in caused by the stagnation of trade in church and state, and of this the bishops many parts of the country. In the ma- and boroughmongers are well aware. nufacturing districts, there are at present to a reform which will be attended numbers of men out of work and suffer- with such results they will never, we ing severely; and till the Reform Bill fear, consent, except under circumis carried, no. improvement is to be stances which they hope may never hoped for.
The anti-reformers hope occur. to profit by the calamities of which they In the meantime, the vote of the are the authors, by the rejection of the bishops bas at once and for ever alien- ' Reform Bill. The Times, we observe, ated from them the regard of the nation. shares our suspicions with regard to the It is one striking sign of the times, that alleged conversions of the anti-re- everywhere on the 5th of November 19 formers. “That the peers have not last the bishops were substituted for “ (says our contemporary) usefully re- GUY FAWKES. North and South, East • considered their opinions on the Re- and West, speak but one language with
form Bill, so as to insure a reception regard to them. “ for that measure more palatable to These are the sentiments that now “ the nation than the last, has within
pervade the country. Reforin must “ these few days become a matter of ULTIMATELY be carried; of THAT “widely-diffused suspicion! No proof, we have no doubt. But we dread them * indeed, of the contrary has yet been collision of an angry people, and the " adduced, nor any facts which carry selfish enemies of the people ; and we "much weight or authority on the face are suspicious of the alleged conversions ** of them. If, therefore, Ministers, of enemies to friends. This we KNOW,
once alreudy deceived and dissap- that if the people DO NOT BESTIR "pointed, once already instrumental, THEMSELVES in such a manner as
no doubt innocently, in the heavy to extinguish all hope in the borough
dssappointment of the nation,-if they mongers of the possibility of resisting “ have not more materials for confi- reform, the country may have to wade “ dence in the self-reformation of the through blood to the attainment of that “ House of Lords than have yet reached blessing. We know that the borough“the public eye, and still do not lend mongers are ÇAPABLE OF ALL “ themselves with instant vigour to a WICKEDNESS! 5. re-adjustment' of the peers, the " concluding passage of the following
From the Chronicle of the 10th of extract may be found to express a
November. s feeling by no means confined to the Meetings continue to be held through
author, who begins with some caustic, out the country. That of the county " though grave, reflections on the of Warwick, which took place on Tues“bishops, and on the Seoteh and Irish day, affords a striking evidence of the
peers. (Here our contemporary, in- zeal and spirit of the reformers in that "troduces a long quotation from a part of England. The requisition for a “pamphlet, in the shape of a letter to meeting of the county of Norfolk is
signed by a strong array of nobles and be cut down in detail, the energy of the
rich commoners, and individuals of in- people would be damped; they would daence and character. These are not argue from these numerous failures of surely symptoms of re-action.
petty bodies to the failure of all atThe anti-reforıners, we know, are tempts, and the cause of reform must beginning to hold their heads as high fall to the ground; the boroughmongers as ever; and though there are would triumph, and the venerable Earl symptoms of any alteration of opinion Grey himself, whose life had been des on the part of the people, but, on the voted to reform, might be brought to contrary, ererywhere evidence of a more punishment for his patriotic efforts.” Earnest determination to obtain an effi It is proper that we should, at this cient reform; yet, SOMEHOW OR important. crisis, be prepared for the OTHER, a belief is gaining ground worst.
We have never doubted the that the path of Ministers is beset with honesty of Ministers, but we have algreater difficulties than they calculated ways doubted their power to perform ca. That belief has travelled much impossibilities ; we have always doubted farther than the metropolis. At the their power to convert bishops into reDieeting of the Birmingham Council, formers, and horoughmongering peers, held on Monday last, of which a report interested in the present system of pile will be found in another column, Mr. lage of the people, into partisans of an Attwood observed," he did not hesitate economical government.
We never to say that the bill was in danger. It under-rated the task of Ministers; on had been rejected by the House of the contrary, we have always been inLords
, and he feared it would be rejected clined to suppose that some of the again. But there were other circum- Ministry over-rated their own means of stances which he could not but consider. management. It requires no great arti It was possiblebe did not think it was to persuade a man to fill his pocket at: probable—but it was possible—that our the expense of others ; but a man must good and patriotic King may be in- be more than a conjurer,; who can per duced, by the wiles of those who sur- suade another who can take what he round him, to withdrar his support from pleases from the pockets of others, to the bill. It was possible that the ma- forego that power. If Ministers can chinations of our powerful enemies may have a majority without the bishops,
defeat the Ministers, and compel them the bishops may be reformers against DI
to resign. And if (said Mr. A.) the their will; but if the majority is to be King, army, and nary, are transferred made by the bishops, they will play the to the
porcer of the boroughmongers, olid trick over again. why, then, I could not but feel the pe
Mr. Arrwood says, “ If the borough, culiar danger of my situation." It is mongers should throw out the bill a obvious, from these remarks, that Mr. second time, they will destroy. Lord
Attwood is suspicious. The advice he Gauy, unless the people save him. Let wat gave the members of the Union was them adhere to the law, to the throne,
important. "If the enemy (said he) and the Government, and put their could send spies to excite the people to trust in them until they deceive them, Piet in petty, unorganised, undirected. When they have deceived us—but debodies, in order that these bodies might ceive us they scarcely can —we must
the desire for reform by an exercise of in its favour to that of the country generally; I
your acceptance of the enclosed donation of
have a care lest they destroy us. The Proceedings of the Council of the Bire et mited proposed organisation will enable us to mingham Union, on Monday, the 7th teaks do this with effect, and therefore it was Nov. 1831. very important that this should be done
In consequence of the Warwick Meetaa dice whilst the present Ministry are in power. ing being held on Tuesday, the Coun- asb
The council cil met on Monday. The meeting, as: item will be placed in dangerous circumstances usual, was most numerously attended. The if the boroughmongers should again At West Bromwich, a very populous press 4triumph. Therefore he called upon the district, a new Union was formed on te Union to take such steps as would ena- Monday last : spirited resolutions were and more ble them, if efforts were made to oppose passed, and “the old women in black -k be the King or punish his Ministers, to aprons” were spoken of in terms by no mea as arrest the hand of the destroyer, and means creditable to them. The feeling login vindicate the rights of Englishmen, the against the bishops runs very high in tezlire happiness of their homes, and the prin- this neiglibourhood; on the 5th of No-et, mich ciples of law.”
vember they quite supplanted Guyandalen Several plans of arming were sub. Fawkes. At the last meeting of the mitted to the Council, and referred to a Council a letter from Liverpool was Conimittee, which is to report on Tues- read by Mr. Pare, requesting all informday next. Mr. ATTWOOD urged expediation which would assist certain patriotic tion, as a week, he said, was important. individuals there in forming a Union.
We warn Englishmen not to allow It was stated that many of the leading themselves to suppose THAT THEY men of Liverpool are anxious to see the CAN NOW REMAIN PASSIVE. A project carried into effect. Another time is coming when danger can alone anonymous donation of 50l. was rebe averted by showing that they are ceived. It was conveyed to the Secreprepared to face it. Ministers have tary in the following letter much at slake; but we all of us have
“ Birmingham, Ith Nov. 1831. much at stake; for should WELLINGTON “Sir,–Having narrowly watched the proand the boroughmongers 'return to ceedings of the Birmingbám Political Union pelas
froin its commencemeut, I cannot belp erope power, they would endeavour to stifle pressing my unqualified approbation of its
patriotic conduci, and adding my testimony authority which would involve numbers Let your Council continue to pursue the same in great distress. They would not ulti- glorious path which they have hitherto
chalked out for themselves, and let their mately succeed; but in the meantime future proceedings be guided by che prudence, many a worthy man would be sacrificed. hithertú distinguislied their proceedings, and
wisdom, and determination wbich have Let us now show a bold front. He I am convinced the salvation of our dear who is not with us now is against us. Being fully aware how essential pecuniary
country will ultimately crown their efforts, Nothing but firmness and a determina- assistance must be to enable you to carry op tion on the part of the people not to be
the great work you bave undertaken, I beg, ceed. Through the first opening given liamentary Refurm.- 1 am, Sir,
“ AN ARDENT FRIEND AND ADMIRER OF THE by timidity or fainl-heartedness, the bo
BIRMINGHAM PolíticaL UNION. roughmongers will pass.
" To Mr. B. Hadley,
This letter was received with loud bill contemplates a reform which bids cheers, and a vote of thanks to the pa- fair to lead to an adequate reform of all triotic donor was immediately carried. abuses ; that bill, supported as it is, The testimony of the donor is as im- must be carried ; and if, when carried, portant as his donation is liberal. The it answers not the end proposed, the general business of the meeting was power of the people is seven times inunusually interesting. The conduct of creased to effect what is wanting. llere, the Lancashire reformers was noticed. then, is a measure of peace, insuring The Council condemned the proceed- a speedy and bloodless revolution. ingsof Mr. Hunt in tre most unqualified But Mr. Hunt's proposal, if acted upon, manter. He called the Reform Bill and if attempted to be carried by "kumbug" and "poison," and yet he had force, brings the people into an immeToted for that humbugging, poisonous diate civil war with the boroughmonmeasure. The Lancashire men should gers; many of the present friends of first rest satisfied with obtaining the the people may forsake them--blood bil as it now stands. If it did not pro- will flow, and all the horrors of the duce the desired effects, they might first French Revolution will be renewed. then call for additional concessions; and if Mr. Hunt declares that he seeks not they would be enabled, by the provisions revolution, he seeks to confirm our of Lord John Russell's Bill, to call for slavery by proposing a measure which such additions with sevenfold greater must be lost; for, if he seeks not revoforce than they at present possess.
lution, he will forbid us to attempt the Mr. EDMONDS denounced Mr. Hunt triumph of our cause by arms, and we as the advocate of either revolution, or of must quietly resign ourselves to our confirmed slavery to the boroughmon- fate. The Lancashire men will, theregers
. lle was aiming at an impractica- fore, do well to reflect, that Mr. Hunt's ble measure. Was it likely that the proposal undoubtedly involves either peers would consent to a measure in slavery or revolution, whilst the bill and elading annual parliaments, vote by the Unions advocate a measure which ballot
, and universal suffrage, when they must ultimately secure liberty, and comwould not concede a much more modi- plete the restoration of every happiness, fed measure? Does Mr. Hunt, then, without making wives widows, and Thean to excite the people to fight for children orphans. the measure he proposes ? If such be
The above we consider the sentiments bis determination, it was strangely in- of the council respecting Mr. Hunt and : consistent in him to urge Government the men of Lancashire ; if, indeed, the
to prosecute Mr. Edmonds merely for feelings of the men of Lancashire are