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instant, at the Shire-hall, Norwich, to Jally reduced in his circumstances-he address his Majesty on the Reform Bill. saw him unable to give the same employThe meeting was convened pursuant to ment as herelojore; and the consequence a requisition, most numerously and re- was, the labourers were starving, or spectably signed. Amongst the signa- nearly approaching to that state. He tures were those of the Dukes of Nor- saw trade gradually declining; that of folk, Grafton ; Lords Albermarle, Suf- Norwich had greatly declined. When field, Stafford, Clenients; Mr. Coke, he saw these things, he saw the necesSir W. B. Folkes, Sir. J. Astley, Sir E. sity of reforın ; and he was convinced Bacon, Admiral Windhain, &c. that the longer reform was delayed, the
Amongst those present were Viscount more would those evils be aggravated. Clements, Lords Stafford and Suffield, (Applause.) the Hon. and Rev. E. Keppell, Sir E. Mr. Rush said, that the address Bacon, Sir J. Astley, Sir W. B. Proctor, stated that the meeting had the same Sr T. B. Beevor, Sir W. B. Folkes, confidence in his Majesty's Ministers M. P., the Rev. Archdeacons Glover now, as they had before the rejection of and Bathurst, the Rev. P. Gurdon, J. the late bill. (Cries of “So we have," Fisk, R. H. Gurney, M.P., T. T. Gurdon, and “ Off, off.”) He for one had no B. Gurdon, E. Lombe, A. Hamniond, such confidence, because he found that W. Windham, Ridley Colborne, E. there was no ground for entertaining it. Bacon, J. Longe, R. Plumtre, T. (The disapprobation of the meeting was Harers, K. Harvey, A. Hudson, W. here so loudly and unequivocally expressFoster, W. Dalrymple, H. Holley, ed, that the speaker could not for some Esqrs., Dr. Yelloly, Messrs. J. Culley, time be heard.) What had Lord Leamon, H. Tuck, P. Bullock, J. S. Brougham said? He said, that careless Muskeit, R. Muskett, Blomfield, Rich. of giving offence to any person, he adaruson, Abbott
, Shelly, T. Bignold, mitted that he was so far moved by Brightwell, and many others of the some parts of what he had heard, as to principal yeomanry of Norfolk. The be ready to reconsider that which he entrance of Mr. Coke, the senior member had before declared that he had made for the county, was haled with loud and up his mind to. (Here the uproar was continued cheers.
renewed, and the noise was so great lu consequence of the indisposition of that not a word could be heard.) Findthe High Sheriff, A. Hammond, Esq., ing the attempt hopeless, he desister', took the chair.
and concluded by moving that the folLord SUFFIELD addressed the free- lowing be added to the address : “May holders, and was received with loud," it please your Majesty, that this meetcheers. His Lordship attributed great "ing, in sending the above address, praise to the present Administration, “ have put the very best construction and to his Majesty, after which he con. they can upon the declaration that cluded thus:--I now beg to move " has been made upon the subject of address to the Lord High Admiral, now “reform by your Majesty's Ministers, our gracious King, and that the meet trusting that what they have said ing will not separate without a liearty cannot, with propriety, hereafter be cheer for him and the gallant com brought against them as words that mander he has appointed to the state “ had a double meaning, and as such vessel. The address was then read. “ were intended to delude the people of (Loud and continued cheers followed “ their rights-rights that they unthe conclusion of the address.)
"doubtedly would have re-enjoyed if Mr. E. Lombe seconded the address. “ the bill introduced by Lord Grey had He was a reformer, because he had an “ been passed into a law.” opportunity of mixing with the people. The ChairMAX asked who seconded He saw the condition of the farmer, the amend:nent, but no one appeared, and the peasant, and the mechanic-he and the amendment fell to the ground, saw the farmer crawling along, gradu- amidst loud laughter.
Sir T. Beevor said, he did not feel Bristol. (Hear.) In conclusion, the hon. unqualified confidence in his Majesty's Baronet again said, that he gave credit Ministers. In some of them he had the to many of the Ministers for their good greatest reliance. In Lord Grey, for intentions, but she people would not be instance, who was an upright, stra:ght- satisfied with good intentions alone. He forward man, without trick or guile. had no doubt but that at length we There were others, too, in the adminis. should have the bill, the whole bill, and, tration, in whom he could repose confi- if it should be delayed much longer, dence; but he could not say the same perhaps a little more than the bill. of them all, when he saw amongst them (Hear.) such men as Lord Palmerston, Lord The address was then put, and unaniGoderich, who, as Mr. Robinson, in the mously adopted, and panic of 1825, talked so much of dis Ou the motion of Mr. Lolme, it was pensing prosperity to the country from resolved that Lord Grey and Lord Sufthe portals of an ancient constitution ; field be requested to lay it before his when he saw such men as my Lord Mel. Majesty. bourne, who, when Mr. Lamb, in the Sir J. Asriey proposed the next resoHouse of Conimons, was found in oppo-lution, which was seconded by sition even to the milk-and-water re Mr. W. WinduaM:- When they took solutions on reform, which were annually into account the arduous situation in brought forward by Lord John Russell; which Ministers had been placed when he saw such men as these forming when they reflected upon the events the Ministry, and when he found anongst of the last twelve months — when them that little Lord who was now they called to mind the lamentable looked upon as something inore than state of Ireland at the period when the human, but who, when Mr. Canning's present adninistration came into office half-liberal administration was formed, —and when they brought to their recolwithdrew his motion for reform-when lection the difficulties which it had to he saw men amongst the Ministers who encounter with respect to our foreign had supported all the acts of Castle- relations—when they called all these reagh, and who had opposed all reform things to mind, he was sure that there
- he owned he was not inclined to re was no one there who would say that pose much confidence in then, and he Ministers did not deserve a great share repeated, that though he had confidence of praise (cheers), and that they were in Lord Grey, and he believed that it was not entitled to the confidence of the his intention to act honourably and fairly country until they had succeeded in carby the people, still he did not like to rying the measure of reform. see him in such company. (Hear.) An The resolution was carried unaniother reason why he had not confidence mously. in the present Ministry was, that they The Hon. and Rev. Mr. KÜPPELL did not act as if they had any confidence proposed the next resolution, " That in the people. (Hear, and cries of "No.") · the thanks of this neeting he also They told the people that they must given to the Bishops of Norwich and have patience, and wait until another “ Chichester, and to those Peers cou. bill should be introduced which would nected with this great county who be more acceptable to the “order.” “ have hitherto supported parliamentary (Cries of “ No, no.") What he should " reform.” like to see was, the country come to a The Rev. Mr. Collyer seconded the resolution that it would have confidence resolution, which was carried unaniin Ministers provided they had sufficient mously. confidence in the people. If this course The Very Rev. Archdeacon BATHURST were at first followed in different parts observed, that the Bishop of Norwich, of the country, he had no doubt that we at the advanced age of 87, had gone should not have had such scenes as had three times the journey between that occurred at Derby, Nottinghain, and and London, in the course of three suc
cessive weeks, to support the cause of Gentleman's own subsequent and comthe people, and he believed that there paratively recent conduct as connected had never been an instance before of a with that light-house. (Groans, hisses, Bishop of the Church of England bav- and much uproar.) The grant of the ing made so great an effort. (Several tolls of that light-house had been maile voices: “Why did not the rest follow originally to Mr. Coke's ancestor for his example?") He wished with all , what was called a valuable considerahis heart that they had done so. tion-namely, for supporting and main
Mr. Culley moved, “That this meet- taining a light-house there; and though "ing rejoices to offer its cordial thanks it might have turned out a profitable “ to the representatives of this county, bargain to them and Mr. Cuke, yet, up * for their steady and undeviating sup to the expiration of the patent, he was “port in Parliament to the cause of re- as much entitled to the profits of it as " form."
he was to the rents of Holkham estate, Mr. Levon seconded the motion. or as he (Sir T. Beevor) was to the rents
Sir T. Beevor hopell, that before the of his property. If, however, the statequestion was put, he might be allowed ment which had been published in the to say a few words. Circumstances newspapers on the subject was a correct had occurred which prevented him from one, it so appeared that in the year meeting the representatives of the 1826, two years before the expiration of county at the last two general elections, the patent, Mr. Coke-he who hud been and he was now anxious to take this so repeatedly heard to declare that he opportunity of putting a few questions was the skorn enemy of taxation, and to one of them, Mr. Coke, on the sub- that no earthly consideration would inject of his connexion with the Dun- duce him 10 accept place, pension, or geness light-house. (Loud groans and favour, at the hands of the Government hisses here assailed the hon. Baronet --njemorialized the Lords of the Treafrom all parts of the court, and it was sury for a renewal of that patent, and some time before he could proceed.) the patent was renewed to him-not,
The Carmax said that the subject however, without some consideration, of the light-house was a private transac- for it was agreed that one half of the tion (Cheers.)
profits of the light-house should be paid Sir T. BEEVOR contendles that it into the Treasury, and the other half formed a portion of the public conduct should be received by him. He called of one of their representatives, and that for an explanation from Mr. Coke as to as such he has a perfect right to bring that point. He begged to ask him it ander their notice.
whether he had not memorialized the Mr. Coke here come forwarıl amidst Lords of the Treasury for the renewal great applause. He wished to know, of this patent? Whether he had not he said, whether the hon. Baronet had received that renewal on the consideraany other charges to make against him, tion which he (Sir T. Beevor) had menfor if not, he would be ready at once to) tioned ? and whether he had not up to reply to that which hail reference to the that time pocketed the proceeds of the Dungeness light-house. He was willing Dingeness light-house? If the hon. to give him any explanation he should Gentleman would not
answer that demand on that point.
question, he (Sir T. Beevor) should be Sir T. BEEVOR again rose amidst then compelled to adopt a harsher considerable confusion and uproar, and course towards him. The honourable having at length procured a hearing, Baronet sat down amidst great uproar. proceeded to observe, that as far as he Mr. Coke then came forward, and understood the question, it divided itself was received with loud cheers, waving into two parts—first, as regarded the of hats, and other densonstrations of aphonourable Gentleman's original con- plause. As such an unyentlemanly and nexion with the light-house (groans); unhandsome attack had been made upon and secondly, as 10 that honourable hin, he was sure that in a very few
words he should satisfactorily explain Sir T. Beevor again presented himthis matter to the meeting. He came self amidst immense uproar, and cries into the possession of the property of of“ We want no Cobbelt or Hunt here." this light-house, which had come to After something like order was restored, him like the property of a turnpike trust, the hon. Baronet attempted to address or any speculation of such a descrip- the meeting, but each attempt was as it tion ; but he would show that he had s were the signal for renewed confusion. asked for no favour from Government He held in his hand a slip of paper, in reference to it. He had been fifty-six containing the amendment which he said years and upwards in Parliament, and it was his intention to move, and after he had never asked u favour from Go- ineffectual efforts to obtain a hearing, vernment for himself or his family, or concluded by haniling it in the Chairhis connexions, in the whole course of man. It was to this effect" That the his life. (Cheers.) Under such circum- " thanks of this meeting are due to our stances he little expected such an un representative, Sir W. Folkes, Bart., gentlemanlike altack as the present one; “ for his general parliamentary conduct, and if the quarter from whence it had " and more particularly for his steady proceeded were at all worthy of his no support of the late bill for amending tice, he would tell that individual that “ the representation of the people.” he had insulted him. All he had asked Mr. Rusu seconded the amendment. of the Lords of the Treasury with regard It was then put, and with the exception to the Dungeness light-house was, that of the mover and seconder, there were if the patent of that light-hvuse, which only half a dozen hands held up for it had been so long in the hands of him in the Court. The original question was self and his ancestor, was to be renewed, then put, and the whole meeling rose, he should get the preference before the and with loud cheering, and clapping, Trinity House. Was he not justified and waviny of hats, it was carried by in making that request ? This he would acclamation. say, that the Dungeness light- house was Mr. Coke then rose amidst renewed the best-conducted light-house in Great cheers, and said that, with the exception Britain. When he came into possession of Sir Thomas Beevor, he felt greatly of it, it was not in a condition calculated indebted to all present for the expresto save the lives of British seamen ; and sion of their kind feelings towards him. he applied to the Trinity House for per- Standing in the proud situation of repremission to build a new one; and having sentative of the first agricultural county obtained that permission, he built a new in England, he could not but congratu. one, at considerable expense, out of his late them on the decisive proof which own pocket. The result was, that he that meetiny afforded, that in the county received the compliments of the Trinity of Norfolk there had been no re-action House. Such was his answer to the on the subject of reform. It was well unjustifiable attack that had been madde known that the principal agricultural upon him. (Cheers.) He wits not as- landholders throughout the kingdom tonished at such an attack froin such a were in favour of the bill. He had had quarter. He was not surprised at meet the honour of representing that county ing with the censure of such an indi- in Parliament fifty-six years, and, lovke vidual. He would not inquire of what ing back at the long course of his pokidney he was, whose sentiments he litical life, he couid safely say that he echoed, and what company he kept. had never given on: vote against the (Cheers.) But of this he was sure, that interest of the people, or in favour of no attack of the hon, Baronet could alter that system which had brought the the opinion which the county that he country to its present terrible situation, had so long represented had so often ex- On these grounds he thought he had pressed of his public conduct. (Loud some claim to the thanks of the county. cheers, and cries of " Ah, Sir Thomas, (Cheers.) When the hon. Baronet (Sir take that to your friend Cobbelt." T. Beevor) had made such an unhand
some attack upon him, he had forgot to fine myself to the subject of the Daddy's mention that he had voted for every grant. He often repeats to us the fact, motion made by Mr Hume for the re- that he has been half a century in Parduction of the light-house dues. (Cheers.) liament; but he never tells us that he He had been accused of being hostile has been, all that time, pocketing about to the Established Church; he was a 4,000l. a year of the public money; or friend to that Church ; and, as sincerely 200,0001. The fact is, there is a lightattached to it, he would declare that the house, called Dungeness Light-house, to greatest enemies of that Church were which all véssels going in and out of the the bishops themselves, who, combined waters, in that part of England, pay a with the high Tories, had done more duty. This duty goes into the pocket miscbief to that Church than any other of the Daddy Core, he paying thereout class of men. (Cheers.) He had the whatever is necessary to keep the house greatest confidence in Earl Grey, and lighted, and to keep up the building. those were not the friends of reform The clear profit to the Daddy, the “inwho endeavoured to sow dissension dependent” Daddy, was more than amongst the people. (Cheers.)
4,000l. a year, until about three years Sir W. B. FOLKES also returned ago; when the Government took onethanks, and moved a rote of thanks to half of the profils from him, and when the Chairman, which was seconded by he had the ineanness to ask for the Mr. N. R. Colborne, and agreed to. whole, and take a half of it! This
A gentleman proposed a vote of cen- grant was made by patent, just as sore on Sir T. Beevor, for his conduct all other sinecure grants are made. This on this occasion. This was received was made for a term of years, and the with loud cheers and some few dis-term expired in the year 1828. Well, sentient hisses, but there was no doubt the Daddy got it from his Whig ancestor: that if pressed it would have been car- the Daddy did not ask for it: he could ried by an overwhelming majority. not, for, perhaps, he was not born then. Some gentlemen near the proposer, But what did he do when the term examongst whom we believe was Mr. pired? Why, then he asked for it! Coke himself, urged him not to press it, 200,0001. sacked by him was not en
enough and he did not persevere.
to satisfy him: it was too good a thing A fellow in the crowd, however, to lose : and, therefore, he asked for it. anxious that some unequivocal mark of His account of the matter is, that he the opinion of the meeting should be asked to have a preference to the Trinitygiven to the hon. Baronet before he house; that is to say, a preference to the went, shouted out, “ Three groans for public; that is to say, he asked still to Sir Thomas." This was eagerly caught have the four thousand pounds a jea up by the meeting, and three tre- sinccure; that is to say, as much public mendous groans followed, mixed with money yearly as would maintain 160 some hisses from a few friends of the labourers' families at 251. a year each, Baronet at the lower end of the hall. which is more than his bull-frog farmers
Lord Suffield proposed four times allow them. So here was this Whigfour cheers for the King, which were Patriot ; here was this "live-and-letgiven with great ardour.
live" man asking, and asking the Tories Cheers for the Ministers followed. too, for as much public money every Three groans were then proposed tor year, for another fifiy years, as is given the bishops, after which the meeting io maintain Soomen, women, and separated.
children, allowing five to a family.
The Tories, however, were not vilOn the Daddy's insolence to Sir lains enough to grant the whole of his Tooxas Beevor, and on the baseness of request : they granted half of it; and the faz-enting and Bull-frog crew, who now he pockets one half of the profils, backed the mean Old Daddy, I shall the other half going into the Treasury ; waste no time ; and shall merely con- that is to say, to the use of the public,