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sons, and which had been convened at a notice That is, the principles-for its provisions are little exceeding twelve hours, then dispersed here its principles-may be altered in conin the utmost barınony.
sistency with its principles." “ But (resumes his lordship) it is said that I will not
consent to any alteration. To this assertion ! LONDON POLITICAL UNION.
can only repeat the answer I made to a simi.' The weekly meeting of the council of this lar one last October,-it does not depend on union was held last night (Wednesday, 25th me, but on your lordships. When the bill of April) at eight o'clock, at their rooms, Sa. goes into committee, I shall certainly feel it ville-liouse, Leicester-square, Mr. Taylor being to be my duty to resist any alterations which in the chair. . .
I now think inconsistent with the main object The Secretary having informed the meeting which this bill proposes to carry into effect. of some donations to the Union
But if it can be shown that any injustice has
inadvertently crept into any one of the sche(THE REFORM BILL)
dules ; if it can be shown that any qualificaMr. George ROGERS, at the request of the tion pot so small as 101. would be less open to committee, rose to move the adoption of cer- fraud and abuse, I will not resist the correctain resolutions which had been coosidered tion of such circumstances.” Now, what worthy their attention, whereou to found the dues my Lord Grey mean by injustice inadbases of motions to be proposed to a general vertently having crept into the bill? An inmeeting of the Uvion. To the propriety of justice, inadvertently, after all the combatings calling this meeting on the 3d of May the and canvassings, the ransackings and recommittee assented, and to the spirit or tenor searches, the carping and hypercritieal oppoof the resolutions proposed for its adoption. It sition of one party, and the too easy credulity is high time that the nation should awake from or concession of another? And after the its apathetic lethargy, and should exert itself nights of toil and trouble which the Houseo to prevent the Reform Bill, now nearly an. Commons have spent over the subject in alf chored within the haven of their hopes, from its multifarious details, are now the provil being wrecked, or drifted again to the ocean sions of the billenay, its very principles to. of difficulty or despair. He certainly was one be considered the subject of unjust inadverof those who had placed an entire reliance on tence? Is not the ten-pound franchise one of the skill and sincerity of their pilot, and he the most important, not merely of the partihad seen no reason to doubt his integrity, or culars of the bill, hut actually of its princito repent a misplaced confidence. Yet, though ples; and shall it now be said that this standhe had every respect for my Lord Grey, heard was lightly adopted, or that it has inadwas not so sanguine in the exertions of those vertently crept into the bill ? And does it who had tendered him their support ; many of show a consistency in my Lord Grey, now to whom too much resembled wolves in sheep's endeavour to escape from one of the most proclothing; or as suppliant tigers ready to pounce minent features of the bill, by terming it not upon their prey. There was very little doubt a principle, but an expedient provision that that the kuot of pseudo-reformers, who have has crept inadvertently into the bill? If so, lukewarmly given their support for the second the pledges be has given cannot be redeemed, reading of the bill, will seize every advantage and the confidence of the people has been or grappling with its contents, will exert all misplaced. It therefore becomes doubly estheir influence in endeavouring to smother sential to ascertain minutely what his printheir reluctantly-adopted child, will strain ciples are, and to watch vigilantly and every nerve to render its pripciples less demo- narrowly the progress of the bill. The cratic, and therefore less useful and less ac- people must be aroused from their appaceptable. At the last meeting of the council rent apathy; and must be made not only he had made some observations on what bad to think, but to resolve for themselves. fallen from my Lord Grey, in his reply on the The lukewarmness of their friends should stisecond reading of the bill; and as those ob- mulate to increased exertion; and their atservations had been the subject of many tention should never be abstracted from the adverse remarks in the daily papers since, he subject now postponed, partly, if not princihad procured the best edition of bis speech, pally, to try the pulse of popular feeling on in order to set himself and his lordship right the great question. Other subjects have of in the opinion of the people. “ Although I late been introduced, such as the West India (says his lordship) I think fifty-six boroughs question, to divert the attention of the people ought to be disfranchised-although I should from the prominent topic, just as a tub is be very sorry to see a less number disfran-thruwn ont to a whale intended to be barchised and although I think the ten-pound pooned. Now or never, should be the watchfranchise is not too great an extension of the word of the people. He then moved the resoqualification, still these provisions are no part lutions, an abstract of which was given in the of the principles of the bill." So says his Chronicle of Thursday last, which were then lordship; and if he is correct, then have the referred to the consideration of the compeople been misled. But his lordship conti-mittee, and were now adopted hy that compues, “ And these provisions may be altered mittee for the consideration of the council, in perfect consistency with its principles. preparatory to that of a general meeting
They principally relate to the halcyon of pub.nor could any abandonment of principle be lic feeing produced by the operation of the proved by a concession of particular details. Political Unions, in coosequence of the con- And it might reasonably be thought, that. fidence placed in his Majesty's Ministers, in though his lordship had said he was disposed their endeavours, though slow, to carry into to listen to terms of accommodation, or a moeffect the Reform Bill; but that, shouli that dification of parts, if any injustice had inadconfidence have been misplaced, or the Bill vertently crept in unnoticed in any former disbe any way mutilated or rejected, the allayed cussions ; yet he had guarded himself against feeling will be enraged into a hurricane of po any misrepresentation by what he added, that pular violence detrimental to society, and in- be was not only fully prepared, but resolutely jurious particularly to the privileged orders. determined to resist any alteration of princiIn order to arrest this storm, the people should ple, though he might submit to all amendment exert their every energy to have the Bill passed of a part. The main principles of the bill-the unmutilated and soon.
enfranchisement and disfranchisement of a Mr. THOMAS MURPHY could not attribute particular number of boroughs or places, and apy feeling in bim of confidence towards the terms of franchise, were not abandoned by Lord Grey, much less towards any other of his lordship; and a concession of minutia bis Majesty's Ministers. In contrasting the could not be considered an abandonment of conduct of Lord Grey on the present bill, he principle or pledge. So, too, he delended strethought much apathy had been displayed, and nuously the conduct of Lord Grey with regard much less energy than on the former occasion to the creation of peers--the mode and time in October last." The advocacy on the present of which, or the propriety or necessity of which, occasion was slight, hesitating, and dubious. should be left to his lordship, who was or The postponement of the bill is another argu- ought to be aware of how far he might with ment for confidence. But if no confidence in safety depend on the means at present in bis the courage or sincerity of Lord Grey can be power. He did not like a creation of peers for placed, can any be in the integrity of my Lord any express purpose ; it would establish a danMelbourne by any who remember his gagging gerous precedeut. Lord Grey had a moral · bills of 1816 and 1819, and his conduct as Trish and political fame to maintain ; and he saw secretary? He then adverted, at great lengih, nothing to warrant the suspicion that he would to the particulars of the bill, which he said wantonly risk that reputation for which he has had been so deterininedly advocated in the been contending during a long career of poliHouse of Commons by the members of the tical turbulence. He had proved his steadcabinet, and hoped it should meet the same fastness and integrity formerly, and he has treatment in the committee of the Lords. He maintained them entire. said that though Lord Grey might, of himself, Mr. Daniel Wakefield also defended the be willing, nay, anxious, to carry the mea. character of Lord Grey, both with regard to sure, those with whom he was surrounded his protection of the bill, and of his own reserved as drawbacks on his powers, therefore lations. He thought the private character of on the confidence of the people. He is the any public man should not be too closely scruacknowledged and avowed associate of those tinized. Success would hold his Lordship up who have proved themselves to be the enemies to the admiration of the present, and the veof the people; some who are recreants in po- neration of future ages; and treachery or neg. litics, and others known corruptionists; to lect would procure execrations and contempt. one he extends the hand of fellowship, to Mr. CARTWRIGHT THOMAS, in warmly adanother he succumbs in smiles of blandish. vocating the part of Lord Grey, said it would ment. The 102. franchise he considered one be bad for his lordship to rely on the people as of the most material parts of the bill, since his sheet anchor ; for they were as a vane, that it was better pot to attempt universal suffrage would turn round by every wind, and would in the presept state of legislation and society, I desert him at his utmost need. (Cries of " No. and that they could not get suffrage hy scot no.") The people wish the bill to be carried; and lot; let us, therefore, have the 101. by, but they are lukewarm in their exertions, and hook or crook. He animadverted very se- would not support determined measures in verely on some of the nobility, particularly case of failure. (Cries of " false !”) I may be those of the cabinet; and on the conduct of told it is false, but I am persuaded that it is too Earl Grey in pensiouing his family on the true. I for one will not pay any taxes should public.
the bill be abandoned or rejected. (Cheers.) Mr. W. D. SAUL, F.G.S., thought that the But I fear I shall be a sufferer alone, and that only effective and certain remedy for the peo- the great mass of the nation will look on with ple, in case of the failure of the bill, was in fear or a pathetic indifference. (Loud crics of the non-payment af taxes. This would rouse “No, no!"-"false, false !"--we are all deterthe legislature to a sense of its injustice and mined to do the same !"") I am afraid we will be danger. He felt confident of the result of such allowed to work out our own independence; a procedure,
and that while the lower classes of the people Mr. Wallis entered into an elaborate might anxiously put into practice what they and minute defence of Lord Grey, and seem determined on, the upper and middle said that the interpretation put upon his classes would look on unconcerned but for speech was not warranted by the context; their own share of the spoil. I fear that the
words of Blackwood will be verified that for the consideration of a General Meeting to there will be disturbance, some bloodshed, be held on Thursday, ihe 30th of May. and that things will be permitted to return to The couucil arljourned at a late hour. their former course. (Loud cries of " No, never!") He hoped not; but that the nation
RESOLUTIONS. would work soon, and securely,and peaceably, Resolved,-That the National Political its own independence.
Union was established at a tine of unMr. Galloway neither despaired of nor! exampled excitement of political feeling and doubted the determination, not merely of the of great diversity of opinion respecting the lower classes of society, but of the middle and Reforo Bill, which had been then rejected by many of the upper. And as for Mr. Thomas the Peers. thinking he would be alone in the non-payo! That, relying on the pledge of Lord Grey ment of taxes, he begged leave to assure him, that be would be no party to provisions less not only were others present who would be in efficient than those contained in the bill tenthe same situation, but that thousands in the dered on bis behalf by Lord John Russell, this city were firmly revolved on the subject. He Union has steadily given its support to the for one was similarly determined; but he bill as a whole, endeavoured to persuade, and could but think that the resolution would be to a considerable extent has succeeded in perrendered unnecessary, as he had every hope suading, the ardent but honest advocates of that the measure would be carried. He knew more extended suffrage to forego their oppoLord Grey to be both sincere and determined ; sition, and unite in support of the Reform Bill but the people must make allowance for his which his Majesty's Ministers had proposed. age and his opponents; he cannot act now at That, knowing the difficulty with which seventy with that energy be displayed at forty, this sacrifice of honest determination has been A calculation had been made, proving that a obtained, this Council learn with dread the majority of six for the second reading had been probability that important provisions of the foreseen ; yet even had there been but one bill will be either mutilated or rejected, to it might have been more pleasing, for which should Earl Grey consent, the bond of then his ordship might have resorted to agreement between the people and the noble the powers with which he had beeu entrusted. Earl will be broken and set at nought. But his forbearance of the peer creation be- That, in this new extremity, this Council fore the second reading of the bill was wise warn the aristocracy generally, and his Ma. and prudent; for of those who supported him jesty's Ministers more particularly, that a muin the former, thirty would have opposed the tilation of those provisions of the bill which are present; and of those who now supported, important to the industrivus classes, will prothirty would have been firmly against; thus duce consequences equally fatal with those he would have lost sixty of his present sup- which could not fail to follow a rejection of porters. But he knew that the first motion the bill. in the committee would be, that fifty-six be! That the storm of political feeling which the number of boroughs in Schedule A; and has in great measure been allayed by the that, if this should be rejected, then the peers various unions, will rage with violence; and will he made. But, though coufidence might that there is reason to expect that a stop to the be placed, it should not be without an exertion payment of taxation and other obligations in on the part of the people.
society will take place, the consequences of Messrs. Redman and Detrosier followed on which, it may safely be predicted, would be the same side, and Major Revell spoke ener- the utter extinction of the privileged orders. getically concerning stopping the supplies, That, to' avert the calamities which would rather than the non-payment of taxes. This be occasioned by so sudden a change, and to was illegal-that constitutional; and should promote a peaceful effectual reform while be recommended to, nay, forced upon the there is yet time, it is necessary that every House of Commons.
man in the country should use all the means Professor ARNOTT also vindicated the ex- in his power in every way he can to promoto pressions of Lord Grey, who could not have the passing of the Reform Bill through the said otherwise but as a dictator or the satellite Lords' House in the state it has been sent of a despot; as one who came to decide, not from the Commons. to deliberate.
That the Business Committee be instructed Mr.J.H. Powell had been in the House of to prepare an address to his Majesty, praying Lords, and thought that the insinuated threat him to adopt all constitutional means in his of the creation of peers by Lord Grey, if found power to ensure the passing of the Reform Bill requisite, was a sufficient proof of courage unmutilated, and also a petition to the House and sincerity, and had been so met with ge- of Lords, founded upon the foregoing resolu. neral cheering by the advocates of the mea- tions, for the consideration of a general meet. sure, and as a warning by its opponents. ling of the members of the Union, and that the
The resolutions were unanimously adopted; I said meeting be held on Thursday, May 3d, at and it was ordered that the committee pre- eight o'clock in the evening. pare an address to his Majesty to exert his prerogative, if necessary, to secure the Bill, and also a petition to the House of Peers
heat ................... 535. TO 67 s.
From the LONDON GAZETTE,
MARK-Lane, CORN-EXCHANGE, APRIL 23.-
Our supplies, since this day se'nnight, of wheat
from all quarters, and English, Irish, and ALLMAND, R., Weni, Shropshire, victualler.
foreign four collectively, as also English and ATKINSON, J., Cockermouth, Cumberland, Sorbim
and, 1 Scotch malt, moderately goud; of Irish oats, slate-manufacturer,
great; of English and Scutch oats, English BANKRUPTCY ENLARGED. aud foreigu barley, as well as beaus, peas, and REYNOLDS, J., Royston, Herts, carrier. seeds, from all quarters, very limited.
Ju this day's market, which, for that of a BANKRUPTS.
holiday Monday, was tolerably well attended BORSLEY, J., Lower Grosvenor-place, boot both by London and country bayers, the trade aud shoe-maker.
was, owing to advanced prices having been for CHALKEN, W., Warwick-square, Kensing
most articles stiffly demanded, with wheat,
oats, beans, peas, rye, seeds, malt, and four, ton, hoarding-house-keeper. CROOKS, G., Anglesea-pl., Limehouse, baker.
very dull; with barley, ou account of the GADBURY, W.B., Leadeuhall-street, woolien- fully last Monday's quotations.
shortness of its supply, somewhat brisk, at draper. GREENACRE, J., Brompton, builder.
53s. to 67s. HALL, C. jun., Walsall, Staffordshire, brush
.. 31s. to 33s. maker.
25s. to 34s. JAMESON, J., Muscovy-ct., wine-mercbant.
35s. to 425. RAMSAY, T.G., aud S.Lancaster, Mark-laue, Peas, White .............
35s. to 39s. wine-merchants.
Boilers ............ 38s. to 445. ROOKER, F., Chorlton-row and Manchester,
Grey .............. 33s. to 37s, yarn-dealer.
Beans, Old ................
34s. to 36s. TALBOT, W., Cambridge, watch-maker.
33s. to 37s. VIZE,J.,Crawford-street, Bryanstone-square, Oats, Potatoe .............
26s. to 29s. stationer.
24s. to 27 s. WILLIAMS,R., Tottenham-ct.-road, chemist.
2.. to 25s. WALKER, T., Burslem, Staffordshire, iron Flour, per sack ............ 55s. to 60s. founder.
Bacon, Middles, new, 44s. to 49s. per cwt. HARVIE, T., Glasgow, inerchant.
- Sides, new... 48s. to 525.
Pork, India, new.... 130s. Ud. to s.
Pork, Mess, new ... 75s. Ou. to --s. per barl.
Butter, Belfast ....80s. to 84s. per cwt. INSOLVENT.
Carlow .....80s. to 86s.
- Cork ...... 80s, to 84s. BONSFIELD, S., Heaton Norris, Lancashire,
Limerick .. 80s. to 84s. saddler.
Waterford.. 70s. to 78s.
Dublin ....745. to -S.
Cheese, Cheshire....54s. to 74s. CABORN, G., Horucastle, Lincolnshire, inn. - Gloucester, Double..56s, to 62s. keeper.
- Gloucester, Single... 423. to 56s. DAVIES, E., Sheffield, draper.
s. to 54s. GARDNÉR, J.L., Little Tower-st., wine-mer.
Gouda ...... 48s. to 50s.
This day's supply, though short for that brokeshire, eoach-builders.
of the generality of Monday, was, for that of THOMAS, W., Park-laue, Piccadilly, livery
a holiday Monday, moderately good; and the stable-keeper.
trade, throughout, exceedingly dull; with TOWNSEND, W., Brighthelmstone, Sussex,
heef and veal at a depression of about 2d., brewer.
lamb full 6d. per stone; with mutton and WELLS, T.G., New Park-street, Southwark,
pork at Friday's quotations. victualler.
Beasts, 2,224, sheep and lambs, 15,550 ;, SCOTCH SEQUESTRATIONS. calves, 8; pigs, 120. MACKENZIE, T., Dundonnell, Edinburgh
underwriter. MORRISON and Ewing, Glasgow, cotton
MARK-LANE.-Friday, April 27. yarn-agents.
The arrivals this week are large, and the RATHBONE, S. and R., Portobello, potters. | prices ls, lower than on Monday.
Pork. Indies, new...483 10 195. per cwt.
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