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many was forced upon the present Gover port your Majesty's présent Government by
Deal, but it is their duty, in the bare possi. every constitutional means in our power.
bility of their ejection from vffice, ou the most " We deeply lament the refusal of the
bypotbetical suruise of a crash, or a convul. House of Lords to sanction the bill for a re-
sido (which God avert), uot to leave the people forın in the Commons House of Parliament,
of England in a worse condition, as to their upon which the hopes and expectations of the
delence, than they found them. I am certain uation were jutensely fixed.
the Minister will not betray us; but we shall “We beg to express our unfeigped gra-
Let yet in a stronger position if we be not in a titude to your Majesty for continuing your
csadition to be betrayed. Poland is fallen- confidence in an administration distinguished
the voice of a dictator is again heard ou the by its enlightened zeal to promote the public
basks of the Scheldt and the Eurotas.

welfare, and to secure the constitutional rights
I see, by your statenjeut to-day, thirteeu aod liberties of your people.
taly out of fifty-vae Lieutenants of Counties " We place implicit' confidence in your
are friendly to reform or the Government; Majesty's determined exercise of all those
and yet these are the commanders of the royal prerogatives iuvested in your Majesty
suh raised oligarchical troops. As scarcely by tbe Constitution, for the maintenance of
asy tas, except those persons of certain priu- your royal authority, and the preservation of
ciples, have been promoted in the army for the liberties of the subject, as to your Majesty
years, I fear there also we shall find a searsul may now or hereafter seem wise and necessary
majurity agaiust us.

in such critical and eventful times; and we For these reasons, real or hypothetical, 1 implore your Majesty, as the protector of the eatreat the Goveromeut to call out the vo- rights of your subjects, to give such aid and lasizers

. A proclamation tisat will give budes sanction to the counsel of your Ministers as and sizers aud substance to these shadows of inay enable them to carry into speedy effect internal and external defence, will at once the great measure of Parliamentary Reform by the Ministry. The turbulent will be re a measure calculated to produce and ensure straiged-property will be protected—the Re- the peace, happiness, and prosperity, of your farm Bill will be carried-the smouldering Majesty's dominious: park of patriotism, now extinct, or only •• We entreat your Majesty to give a faBashing rouud the precincis of some petty vourable reception to this our humble petition, Cimpietate iuterests, or feeling, will burst into expressing, as it does, the sentiments of an abroad, pyramidical, uuiversal Hame--and iminense majority of your Majesty's faithful they who are now alieus to the sympatisies of suhjects, who await with deep anxiety, but Euglaad, who triumph with the Cossack with unshaken confidence, the attaimnent of lance, or the torturing rack of a Miguel, will this great object of their wishes. remember again they are part and parcel of “ May your Majesty, in ibus aiding the ourselves, and hastea to identify theiuselves, hopes and prayers of your devoted and faithand re-cuite with “ The Nativu,"

ful subjects, cause them ever to regard you as P.S.-I bave autborily (the great Lord the Patriot King of a grateful and happy Chatham's, I believe) for my opinions ; but I people. hesitate to make the food of his eloquence pass through the slough of my recollectivo. " To the Righl Hon. the Earl Grey. He says, in his language, not mine—" The « The Address of the Nobility, Gentry, Clerfree soldier puis uut oit 'the citizen when he esters tbe cainp, for it is to preserve' his rights

gy, Freeholders, and Luhabirants House : od citizenship that he has made himself, for

hoiders, of the county of Warwick, in the eskik, a soldier."

county meeting assembled, on the 8th of : Yours, ubediently, November, 1837.

R. W. Oktober 29, 1931. .

“We, the nobility, gentry, clergy, freeholders, and inhabitant householders, of the county of Warwick, offer our grateful thanks.

to your Lordship and bis Majesty's Mioisters, AUDRESS TO THE KING AND TO LORD the great measure of Parliamentary Riform;

for your patriotism and firmness in support of GREY, FROM THE MEETING OF THE and for your continuance in his Majesty's COUNTY OF WARWICK.

councils after the rejection by the Lurds SpiTo the King's most Excellent Majesty.

Jajesty ritual and Temporal of the biis for the ameod

ment of the representativu in England and * Most Gracious Sovereiga-We, your Wales. Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the "That your Lordship's distinct and solemn suits, gentry, clergy, and freeholders and public pleriges to re-introduce into the legis

tabitant freeholders, in the county of War- lature measures of equal efficiency in restoring wisko

, assembled at a public meeting conto the people their just rights in the Cominons bed by the High Sberitf, desire most re House of Parliament, have maintained general edully to approach your Majesty at this order and tranquillity in the country, and acactant crisis, to express our sincere, quired for your Loruship and his Majesty's adat

, and devuted attachment to your Royal Government the confideuce and support of #" polion, and our unshaken resolution to supe quited people.

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" That we have witnessed with increasing cheers.) The great object was the bill; but apprehension the rejection of the English Bill though' from the principle he would not of Reform by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, swerve, from the means avowed necessary to without the deliberation of a committee, by carry it, he might be allowed to vary. After wbich act the House of Lords has endangered the manner in which the measure had been all the institutions of Church and State, and received by one branch of the constitution, he hazarded the peace and prosperity of the wa was disposed to regard the question as at an tion.

end, unless means could be found-constitu“ That the imputed reaction of public tional means to carry it, and he hoped do opinion is a gross misrepresentation; that the one would resolve to see it carried in any way people are determined to support your Lord than constitutionally. (Cheers.) What use, ship's administration against the prejudices he would ask, was the House of Lords, if, in and interested machinations of the opponents time of great public excitement, it could not of reform, and we implore your Lordship, thus exercise a deliberate judgment? (Cheers.) upheld by the nation, to place confidence in But it was said that this was a question which its resolute support of your Lordship’s en- appertained exclusively to the House of Comlightened and patriotic measures.

mons. What, is not the other House to enter. That we observe with deep regret the ac- tain a matter which deeply conceros the contive opposition to his Majesty's Cousels and Go stitution ? which concerns every man, whether vernment of persons holding official situations; commoners or lords, in the community? He and we respectfully implore your Lordship to believed that the Upper House entertained terminate the disgraceful exclusion of men of their opinions honestly'; but while he allowed liberal opinions from civil distinctions, and to them the utmost discretion in the exercise of recommend the constitutional exercise of all their opinions, he did not think that they acted those royal prerogatives that may be now or wisely in rejecting the measure before they hereafter essential to the success of the Reform bad taken the means to examine its detail. Bill-energy and determination being es- (Cheers.)”. sential to the maintenance and success of your Thus blowing hot, and then cold, bis Lordship's administration,

Lordship floundered through an address

of considerable length. J. E. Denison, PRETTY CURIOUS!

Esq., was present, and was greeted LIVERPOOL Electiox.-DINNER TO friends. The toast of " The Members

with the loudest applause by his former Lord Sandon.—Yesterday se'nnight a for the Borough" was received with public dinner was given to Lord San- hisses and cheers, amidst cries of " Ordon, at the Royal Amphitheatre, Liver- der” and much confusion. After the pool, in celebration of his late triumph Chairman had retired, a most extraoras a candidate for the representation of dinary scene of disturbance took place, that borough. The preparations were in the course of which several tables on a most extensive scale. About 650 were upset, several glasses were sent gentlemen sat down to dinner, and the Aying across the room, and sundry black boxes, as well as the gallery,

were filled with ladies gaily attired. Amongst the derstand that it arose partly out of a

eyes were-given and received. We unlatter were Lady Frances Sandon and dispute about who should be chairman, Lady Charlotte Denison. some idea of the kind of reform to tween the Ewartites and the Denison

and partly out of the old grudge bewhich the noble Lord is friendly, may ites. The two Members do not, howbe inferred from the following passage ever, appear to entertain the same jeain his speech, which appears to be a lousy towards each other that appears to thing of shreds and patches--a confused exist amongst their partisans. They mass of ideas brought out by fits and both dined together, after the above starts :

entertainment, with the Mayor and “ They liad just achieved a triumph wbich Corporation, in perfect good fellowship, furnished a symptom that the affluent classes and their healths were coupled in one are not disposed to rend asunder the ties of the constitution, as some other persons ap- toast, and drunk with unanimous appeared so desirous of seeing accomplished. plause. — Preston Chronicle. (Cheers.). He felt that they had given a proud testimvay that it was not their wish be

Ay, ay! I thought that HARROWcause an individual of high connexions came among them to exclude him from the honour By's son would turn out to be a prime of representing them in Parliament. (Loud Reformer!

LEGISLATIVE FUNCTIONS OF perils, imprisonment, and death, chaTHE BISHOPS.

racterized the primitive bishops_or [From Carpenter's Political Magazine.] pastors or guardians, as they might,

with more scriptural propriety, be Lore and meekness, lord,

called. Become a churchman better than ambition ; “ But what are the labours, watchings, Win strayiog souls with modesty agaio. fastings, perils, and difficulties of our Baron

SHAKSPEARE. Bishops? These boly men, perhaps, pass

many a sleepless night in the first stage of The “untoward" conduct of the their exaltation, to discover by what possible "spiritual peers ” upon the motion for means they may escape the persecution of

Llandaff or Bristol, or some other poor see reading the Reform Bill a second time with which they find themselves disagreeably in the Upper House, has raised a cry saddled. To be rid of this meagre martyrdom, against them from one end of the king- they have sundry struggles with Satan, many dom to the other-not merely among and tears. By dint of voting and jobbing in "the mob” and “the rabble," but

the House of Lords, the successor of the anong persons of all classes, and filling Apostles finds his prospects brighten a little, the highest rank in society. Whether for after infinite exertions of soul and body, he the present excitement, which seems to is translated to Exeter, peradventure, whereby be directed towards expelling the sub- his apostolical pocket is replenished with a heads of the church from the House of in Exeter is the godly man at ease : he is

great number of orthodox guineas. But not Peers will terminate in so grave an smit with a love of multiplication, and letter event, we are not disposed to affirm. after letter is written to his patron and the of one thing we feel certain, however ;

minister, urging the necessity of a more ad

vantageous translation. In the course of namely, that if the bishops have any time, Winchester or Durham is vacaut-then good right to a seat in Parliament, it do all the eagles gather together to the car, would not be just to deprive them of cass: loud are the screams of the apostolical their right, merely for their vote on the vultures, and sad the dismay of the First bill, while the rest of the majority are

Lord of the Treasury to know how to satisfy

so much pious voracity : at last, after underleft in the possession and exercise of going the threats of a dozen great Lords, each their legislative functions. Their re-eager for his own client, the Premier makes cent conduct, however, in opposition to selection of the hero of his picture, and crowns the throne and the country, may be the bis hopes with twenty-five thousand pounds a

year, and all the gorgeous dignities of the occasion of instituting an inquiry into Durham episcopacy. After this, surely the the origin and propriely of the spiritual man of God is contented at last? By no order being amalgamated with the lay means; he has sous and daughters not a few, order, in the management of secular and nephews very numerous. For all these

there must be accumulated a store of good airs; and if it should do so, we have things full of marrow :'the eldest son, peratle doubt of the result. ·

haps, will condescend to gather up the dain. Ia behalf of its propriety, no man can tics of the state as a layman--he is to be the ay a word, if he venerates the Scrip- Parliament, and the regular course of Par

bead of the family; for him, therefore, the tares, and is familiarized with the con- liamentary jobbing, is open ; but for his Coet, labours, sufferings, and doctrines younger brothers, the church must open her cf the primitive teachers of Christianity, nurse-like arms, and pour upon them a shower

those office the Anglican church af of benefices. My Lord Bishop is not slow to act firms that her bishops have succeeded. sends forth from bis liberal urn a deluge of

the character of Jupiter Pluvius, and speedily Strange, indeed, this ! when no one can golden prebends, large livings, archdeaconread the New Testament, even in the ries, residentiaries, precentorships, chancemost casual manner, without being ries, subdeaneries, perpetual curacies, fellow

ships, masterships vicarages, and all the other struck with the fact, that' a modern thousand varieties of dew, coucocted by the Listop is, in this and a thousand other bounty of cloud-compelling Jove. The young circumstances, the very antipode of his gentlemen, who find themselves thus gilded essamed predecessors of the apostolic from above, are probably the very worst sons ant. Poverty, disinterestedness, labo- the temple.*

of Belial that ever fornicated in the porch of rious exertion without hope of reward,

Beverley's Letter to the Archbishop of and the deliberate encountering of York,

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The number of bishops having seats in also by the passing of a bill " to restrain the House of Lords is thirty ; namely, bishops and others in holy orders, from the two English archbishops, twenty- interıneddling with secular_affairs." four English bishops, and four Irish This bill was sent up to the Lords on bishops; and they sit in the House, the first of May, 1641, and was opposed to (tell it not in Gath!) not as churchonen, in a lengthy speech by Bishop Hill

, ca or peers, representing the clergy, in their who concluded in the following words: / various grades (for these are all repre- “ To şhut up therefore.

Let us be in sented with the commonalty in the taken off from all'ordinary trade of se'i Lower House); but as SOLDIERS ! - cular employment, and, if you please, that is, as BARONS, holding certain abridge us of intermeddling with matlands, by military tenure-tenants in ters of common justice; but leave u capite par baronium; and therefore possessed of those places and privileges compelled, under the feudal system, in Parliament which our predecessons by which they were created, to furnish have so long and peaceably enjoyed." their quota of knights, or men-at-arms, In its subsequent stages it was opposed and do other military service to the by Lord Newark, and by Williams, crown. True it is, that all this has now Bishop of Lincoln, and was finally re become fiction ; but that alters not the jected by the House, but a conference nature or propriety of a bishop's tenure with the Commons was asked and to his seat in Parliament,

granted. It is somewhat curious, that But our object is not now to discuss on the same day that the Peers rejected formally this question ; for that we this bill, the Commons had read a second hope to have other, and perhaps more time, by a large majority, a bill, entitled, proper occasions ; our present displea- “ An Act for the utter abolishing and sure at the anti-reforming propensities taking away of all archbishops, bishops

, of the reverend bench somewhat unfit their chancellors and commissaries, us to discuss a subject deeply affecting deaus, deans and chapters ; archdeatheir very existence.

cons, prebendaries, chanters, canons, It may not be known to some of our and other under-officers, out of the readers, that this question of the right church of England." On the 17th of and propriety of the bishops sitting in January, in the following year, a peti

Parliament, has been already once dis- tion was presented to the House of posed of as it should be, by Parliament Commons, from the inhabitants of the itself. A short account of the proceed- county of Bucks, in wbich they prayed ings may not be without interest at the that " Popish lords and bishops may be present moment.

forth with outed the House of Peers It appears, that the evils resulting

. without which the from “ the government of archbishops petitioners have not the least hope and lord bishops," &c. had gradually of the kingdom's peace; acquired such a height and extent, dur- the 4th of February ihe bill passed the ing the period which elapsed between House of Lords, only the Bishops of the reigns of Henry VIII. and Charles I., Winchester, Rochester, and Worcestery that the attention of the House of disseuting. The King, however, s Commons was at length prayed for, in fused his assent, but promised to take order to their suppression, by a petition, the matter into consideration, and “send dated in the early part of December, an answer in convenient time," which 1640, and signed by 15,000 citizens being coinmunicated to the Commons, of London. The Lower House imme- the House expressed its sorrow'at the diately entered upon an investigation of delay, which they held to be as bad as a the allegations of the petitioners, which denial; and seeing "the passing of the issued in a censure being passed upon bill to be a matter of great importance, the whole body of the clergy, many of the vote of the whole kingdom being fur whom were likewise severely punished, it, as may appear by daily petitions from by imprisonment and otherwise, and several," they obtained the concurrente

TO ALL THE

BUT PARTICULARLY TO

ON THE

tot answer is, If inconvenient, time aud usage an opportunity of producing a witness in his

of the Lords in drawing up three rea- f the inconveniency of them. For their Temposons for the speedy passing of the mea

ral Courts and Jurisdictions, which are executsure, and sent them up to the King by a

ed by their temporal officers, the bill doth not

concern them. Nor doth it reach to those cerdeputation. On the 14th the bill re- tificates of plurality of benefices, legality of sa ceived the royal assent, “the grace and marriage, and the like, which the bishops meel goodness." of which were formally make and return by course of common law. HA acknowledged in an address from both [The argument taken from the canops and Houses.

laws ecclesiastical, must be considered as a

fight against the bishops by their own wea. We conclude this historical sketch, pons; a kind of Goliah's sword, to cut off oft with the reasons offered by the Com- Golial's head : but not as though the House of ples ? Dons to the Lords, for the passing of Commons did thereby justify the legality of any this measure, upon the latter rejecting Temporal Lords may stand

in the bill, if their the bill, when originally sent up to their Lordships so please. To this may be added, House

. Most of them are as.cogent in That there is an act preparing for regulating the 19th century as they were in the the Universities, and this proviso is but perlith :

mitted to stay there till the act be effected.” let That it (the sitting of bishops in Parliament) was a very great hinderance to fleis ministerial funciions. 2dly. Because PEOPLE OF ENGLAND, by do voy and undertake at their ordination, when they enter into holy orders, that they

SCOTLAND, AND IRELAND, will give themselves wbolly to that vocation. Sly. Because councils and canons, in several THE PEOPLE OF HAMPSHIRE, wes, do forbid thein to meddle with secular allairs

. Athly. Because the twenty-four bishops base a dependency upon the two archbishops,

AFFAIR OF THE reason and because of their oath of canonical obedi BARINGS AND THE DEACLES.

face to them. 5thly. Because they are but for their lives, and therefore unfit to bave a • Never esteem men merely on account of legislative power over the honours, inherit “ their riches or their station. Respect goodance, persous, and liberty of others. 6thly. ness, find it where you may. Honour talent Because of bishops' dependencies and expect

“wherever you find it unassociated with vice; aucies of translations to places of greater profit.

“ but honour it most when accompanied with zetly. That several bishops have of late much exertion, and especially when exerted in the encroached upon the consciences and proper

cause of truth and justice; and, above all les of the subjects; and they and their suc “ things, hold it in honour when it steps forcssors will be much encouraged still to en

“ ward to protect desenceless innocence against roach, and the subjects will be much dis- the attacks of powerful men.”—COBBETT'S wwaged from complaining against such English GRAMMAR, Letter XXIII. screachments, when they are judges of those suplaints. The same reason extends to (Continued from No. 5, column 317.) Keir legislative power, in any bill to pass for Mrs. DEACLR, as I have before observed, the regulation of their powers, upon any was, after about three days imprisonment, keergeat inconveniency by it. 8thly. Be- let out of the jail, and has never been called to

rate the whole number of them is interested any account since. Mr. Deacle also was let A naistain the jurisdiction of bishops, which out without bail of any sort or for any purbatu been found so grievous to the three king-pose; but having threatened to bring an destes, that Scotland bath utterly abolished it, action against the magistrates, he was in-. si multitudes in Eogland and Ireland have dicted for a misdemeanor, in going about with patrioted against it. 9thly. Because the a paper to compel landlords and parsons to Sulaps being Lords of Parliament, it setteth reduce rents and tithes. The trial of this in

great distance between them and the dictment, however, was put off to the Lentdete their brethren in the Ministry; which Assizes, when he was tried and acquitted, as Serasioneel pride in them, discontent in 1 before observed, in the most honourable manketa , aud diaquiet in the church.

ner, according to the declaration of the judge * As to their baving votes a long timesince, himself. He was acquitted, without having

to be considered by law-makers, some defence, and without counsel being heard in Miets voted in parliament

as ancient as bi- his defence: the evidence against him was so things

, yet are taken away. For particular manifestly good for nothing, that the judge paradiction, as the deapry of Westminster, Bisbops of Durham and Ely, the Arch * This curious pare thesis is in the Rep irt berbep of York, which they are to execute in of the Conference in the Lords' Journals, but Nazit oon persons, the former reason shows not in the Commons,

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