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its being the work of the people. You have, as all people do, too long borne, had the ambition to be at once the and with too much patience; but which master of the Tories and of the Peo- we shall bear no longer. Ple; to put down the former by your The history of the week, ending with talents, and the latter by your sword- this 16th day of May, would, to do it bearing police ; to suffer the former to anything like justice, demand a bulky keep, and to give to the latter, just what volume: to relate it to you would be you pleased, and no more. “Oh, no!" impertinent; but my advice to you is to said the TORIES, “ you shall not master keep it constantly in mind, and never “ us both at any rate! If you do tri- again to say, or to act as if you said, “umph over us, you shall, openly be that you would rule without the assent fore all the world, owe your triumph of the people ; for, if you again assume 56 to the people.”

this tone and air, you are yet destined to And thus it has been. There needs come down. The people put you into no argument, no narrative of facts to power ; the people have kept you there; prove it, any more than there requires and, if you again attempt to set them at the use of such means to prove the ex- defiance, you will become nothing; and istence of light and darkness. So great nothing you ought to become. You and famous a people cannot make such will not believe it, I know ; but you a movement as this people has made ought to believe, and to be thoroughly within the last seven days, without the convinced of this fact, namely, that you perfect knowledge of its being made owe, at this moment, a thousand times known to the whole world; and the as much to our hatred of STRATHFIELDwhole world will now know; we, here, say as you owe to our regard for you. all know already; there is not a hedger, If your rival for power had been any or ploughman, or woodman, living on one of several noblemen whom I could the skirts of the wildest forest in Eng-mention, and if he had expressed his land, who does not, at this very mo- readiness to give us as much as you had ment, know, and clearly understand, offered, the result would have been very that you were defeated by the Lords, different ; for, observe, he would have that you were abandoned by the King, stood before us unencumbered with the and that only this day week you were Irish-tithe-coercion-law, and uncharged as powerless as a baby two hours old, with many, many other things, that rest and would have continued as power on your head. If such a man had preless, had it not been for the voluntary sented himself, though exhibiting a exertions of this spirited, virtuous, and strong instance of political inconsistsensible people. The history of this ency, amounting, indeed, to something one week will for ever serve as an an- very much like political profligacy, swer to those insolent beasts who talk should we, should I, for instance, have of the people as being nothing; to those turned from him, and clung to you? To audacious plunderers who say that the you, with Hampshire, and Wiltshire, people have nothing to do with the and Farmer Boyce, and poor Cook of laws but to obey them. It was the Micheldever, never to be effaced from people, the common people of France, my mind ? Should I have called on my who put down PoliGNAC, and drove out readers to force back into place him the tyrant Bourbon ; and it is the peo- who had implanted in my mind the ple of England, and the people only, recollection of BRISTOL and NOTTINGwho have put down STRATHFIELDSAY. HAM, where the sufferers had been Our brethren in France have, indeed, urged on to acts of violence only such thus far, been cheated out of the fruit of as he himself had represented to be the their victory; they were too confiding ; natural effect of the provocation which they were betrayed ; we shall not be; had been given them? Should I have we shall keep the power in our own called on my readers to pray the King hands, and use it for our own deliverance to take back him who had, in the midst from a state of oppression which we of profound peace, augmented the army

to the anti-jacobin-war standard, who 5. To put an end to the Poor-law Comhad put swords into the hands of a mission, with Sturges BOURNE at Bourbon-like police, who had prose the head of it. cuted men for walking the streets in the 6. To hasten the passing of the Reform most peaceable manner, and who had Bill, and to cause it to be brought drawn troops round us in every direct into operation without any impedition, and had told the Lords, in your ment raised by you, or winked at reply in the second-reading debate, that! by you. whutever might be their decision, it was These are amongst the things which, your determination to keep the peace of if you be wise, you will now do; and the country? Should I, who had wit- then the nation will be grateful to you; nessed in you a determination to uphold and, for my own part, I repeat what I the tithes and all the rest of the estab- have many times said ; namely, that it lishment by force; I, who had heard will please me to see you continue to your honest and frank colleague, Lord be Prime Minister as long as your life ALTRORP, promise that the measure for and health will permit it; but, if you extinguishing tithes in Ircland should do not do these things, and especially accompany the measure for enforcing the fourth, I shall always detest you, the payment of tithes now due, and had shall always rejoice at seeing you humseen that promise broken ; should I bled, and, as far as I can do it without have called on my readers to put you risk of injury to my country, shall back into power, if a rival had offered, always endeavour to humble you. uncharged with what I deem your of

W». COBBETT. fences, and ready to yield to us as much as you had offered to yield ? Certainly not! and, whatever you may think of

TO THE the matter, my feelings and my motive PEOPLE OF MANCHESTER, of action were those of the whole nation. We forgot none of your language

On the Events of the last week. or of your acts; but, when your rival

Boll Court, May 17, 1832. was Wellington, it was drawing the My Friends, sword upon us, and we, like the Israel It will be out of my power to give ites, flew to our tents !

you a full account of the events of the This is the true history of the matter, last seven days, which exceed in importa and, if you be wise, you will so consider ance all the events that have taken it, and will act accordingly; and if you place in the last hundred years, because do act accordingly, you will,

they will decide, not only the fate of 2. Drop at once the haughty tone which our liberties, but that of the liberties of

you have held towards us, remem- all Europe. The eyes of the whole bering that true dignity of charac-world have been upon us for now more ter never yet was found in that than twenty months; the despots have man who was supple towards the been looking at us with dread, and their powerful (as you have been) and oppressed subjects with hope: both have

** vigorous” towards the feeble. been alternately elevated and depress2. To rely upon the good will of the ed : the former will now despair and • people for support, and akcnow- the latter will exult. Famed through

ledge that you do rely upon that. out the world for our wealth, our in3. To cease to be the rigid and severe dustry, our integrity, our morality, and

Minister, and propose and adopt wielding power so great, our example

none but mild measures. A has always been powerful; and, great 4. To take steps for bringing back, and God! what must now be the effect of

pardoving, the hundreds of country that example! How the good and labourers who have been sent into cheated fellows of Paris will rejoice to slavery beyond the seas, by the hear of our conduct, and of its result! Special Commissions.

To give a full account of the pro

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ceedings of the week, is out of my Hanover formed the subject of a popupower, but it is necessary that I put lar and widely-circulated caricature. the principal facts upon record, and Resistance in every shape and form was particularly with regard to the dates. publicly proposed; and, amongst the On the 7th of May, as you have al- means intended to defeat the King and ready been informed, Lord Grey put a the new Minister, was that most effecstop to the proceedings of the bill, i tual of all means, a run upon the Bank finding that it inust either be lost or for gold ! which, on Saturday, the 12th taken out of his hands, unless there of May, was recommended in a placard, were a great creation of peers. On posted up all over London in the folTuesday morning he went to the King lowing words : “ To stop the Duke, go and proposed such creation, and, the for gold.” On Sunday, the 13th, an King having refused to make the peers, incident took place at one of the Grey and Brougham, who went with churches, which will show to what an him, tendered the resignation of their extent the public rage had extended. offices, of which the King accepted on The Bishop of Lichfield, whose name is the ninth, in the fore part of the day ; Ryder, and who is a brother of that . and it was soon understood that Wel. Lord Harrowby who has made himself

lington was to be Prime Minister, with so conspicuous in his opposition to the ; such a set of colleagues as he might get Reform Bill, was to preach a charity together. The alarm which this ex- sermon at the parish church of St. cited in London, it is impossible for Brice, which is in the very heart of the any man to describe. The common city of London. The account of his council of the City instantly met, reception there, and of his treatment by and petitioned the House of Commons the people, I take from the Morning to grant no further supplies until the Chronicle of the 14th of May, in the Reform Bill should be passed. As following words : quickly as the intelligence could fly, We should state, it is always customary for this very laudable example was followed the Lord Mayor to attend in state. The nomiall over the country; and, so quick were nation of the Bishop to preach the sermon did the movements of the people, that on not give general satisfaction to the parishionFriday, the Ilth of May, there were

ers, and numerous placards of an unpleasant

nature were yesterday in circulation, and deputations in London, bringing up pe indeed, several were exhibited containiog adtitions and remonstrances from Bir-vice to send the bishop to Coventry, and mingham · and Manchester, of which inviting the parishioners to quit the church as latter I shall have to say more by-and

soon as the Bishop ascended the pulpit. Per

Jhaps, bowever, it would have been prudent, by.

in the present excited state of the public mind, To describe the agitation in London, if the authorities had postponed the sermon - and the anger of the people against the till a more quiet period. A large crowd Lords, the Bishops. Wellington. and i assembled in Fleet-street, and the avenues

leading to the church, between tev aud eleven particularly against the King, is a task

o'clock, and was subsequently much increased that no tongue or pen can perform. 1-so much so, that the respectable inhabitants, Every man you met seemed to be con particularly the females, found much difficulty vulsed with rage : to refuse to pay taxes

in entering the chhrch. Upon the arrival of

the Lord Mayor, his Lordship was received was amongst the mildest of the med with loud and continued plaudits. He was sures that were proposed at the several accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, but meetings : the language of the news upon the pious Prelare's carriage making its papers, especially with regard to the appearance, the most horrid yells were uttered,

and some mud was thrown at the carriage. It King, Queen, and divers members of the

the was with great difficulty the Bishop succeeded Royal family, was such as to make one in reaching the vestry-room, from whence he doubt the evidence of one's senses, and was escorted by the parish functionaries, and yet it was a very inadequate representa a large body of police to his seat in the church, tion of what was issuing from people's

which was now filled with a dense mass of

persons, while the crowd outside greatly mouths. A cry for a republic was pretty increased. Much alarm was painted in the nearly general; and an emigration to countenances of many of the fair sex,

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several of whom quitted the church long la man as ever lived in the world. If before the conclusion of the sermon. The these gentlemen ever eat porridge, they Bishop was evidently much agitated when he entered the vulpit." in the course of the might have kept their breath for the sermon he appeared much recovered, until a purpose of cooling it, for, while the tremendous shout from the mob outside, and Alderman has not found a man in the an evident movement from the side aisle kingdom to believe that any but sincere within the church, again appeared to affect the Bishop's nerves. At the conclusion of the

reformers did this thing, Mr. LITTLEsermon. after waiting some short time, the Bi- TON will have a vast deal to do to shop, with some difficulty, owing to the pressure prove that as good a man as any in of the crowd, joined the Lord Mayor and Lady the world was as bitter enemy of Mayoress, and proceeded under their protec. parliamentary reform. tion and the great activity of the police, down

The fact is. the middle aisle of the church; but as soon as

ihat this narrative of the Chronicle he reached the outer part, the crowd, which is far short of the truth. My house was very great, began to applaud the Lord and at Bolt-court is within a hundred yards Lady Mayoress, until perceiving the Bishop of St. Bride's Church. I know not only made part of the cortege, they set up most tremendous groaus and shouts, and immediately that the reformers did the work, but a rush was made to seize the Bishop, and his that these reformers are, too, the prinlife was certainly in no little peril from the cipal persons of the parish of St. Bride. angry and vindictive conduct of the mob, both

I was told by a gentleman who was

was within and withoutside the church. The Lord. Mayor. with great quickness and dexterity, present, that many persons struck the and we may add with much humanity, seized Bishop with the crowns of their hats as the Bishop by the arm, and placed him before he went along the aisle of the church ; him, while Cope, the Marshal, and the City land that the constables formed a sort of police formed a side guard, by which means the Bishop was enabled to escape into the ves-, arch

So, arch over him, to protect him from the try room. He appeared dreadfully agitated, blows aimed at his head. The Lord and, after some time, requested to accompany Mayor provided for his own safety when the Lord Mayor in his state carriage, but the he refused the Father-in-God a place in Lady Mayoress being present, and it never being customary for any other person but ufficers attached to his suite to ride with his lord had admitted him into the coach, the ship, the offer was politely declined. Word coach, which is glass all around, would being brought that the crowd had somewhat have been dashed to pieces, himself and dispersed, the Lord Mayor's carriage was or- m dered to be drawn up, and the Bishop's to fol

his wife along with it. It was with low quite close. His Lordship and the Lady / great difficulty that the Bishop was got Mayoress were loudly greeted by the thousands with whole bones into his own coach, who had now assembled, and considerable ap- ' at the bottom of which he couched down prehension was felt for the safety of the Bishop, but the blinds of the carriage being up, doubts

!: until it had got away out of the reach arose if he had left the church, and the coach- / of the people. man using considerable dexterity in forcing I shall not stop to make reflections the horses through the crowd, and Cope, the on this transaction, having nothing to City Marshal, being outside the carriage, the do but with the facts : but it is quite Bishop escaped amidst the horrid yells and imprecations of the crowd, who followed the necessary that they should be known carriage as far as Temple Bar.

and recorded.

The day before this took place, the In the House of Commons, on the King and Queen came to town from 15th of May, Mr. Alderman WAITAMAN, Windsor; and of their treatment by the for some reason, known I dare say to people the Morning Chronicle of the his wise self, but wholly incomprehen- 14th gives us the following account: sible to me, took upon himself to assert, that this treatment of the Bishop was

The Court Circular having anpounced that

" their Majesties would come to town on Saturnot the work of the reformers; and that day, the popular feeling had an opportunity the reformers had nothing at all to do presented for displaying itself, which was with it; whereat the sublime Mr. seized with extraordinary avidity. At a quarLITTLETON, Member for Staffordshire. I ter-past twelve o'clock, the royal carriage in

which their Majesties were seated, without expressed his exceeding delight, saying xceeding dengnt, saying attendants, reached the village of Hounslow,

ten that he knew the Bishop to be as good where it was joined by an escort of about

twenty of the 9th Lancers. The postilions

Libel, No. 1. passed on at a rapid rate till they entered the tuwn of Brentford; where the people, who

To the Editor of the Morning Chronicle. had assembled in great numbers, expressed, SIR,-The shameful parts of monarchy, as by groans, hisses, and exclamations, their dis that obscene renegade Philpotts would say, approbation of his Majesty's conduct with re. ought to be concealed. The by-blows of a spect to the administration. The escort kept king ought not to be his body-guard. Can close together, and it is probable that they auything be more indecent than the entry of a protected their Majesties from insult, as it is sovereign into his capital with one bastard ride alleged that pieces of mud were flung towards ing before, and another by the side of his carthe carriage. Along the whole of the road to riage? The impudence and rapacity of the London the people continued to express their FITZJORDANs is unexampled, even in the anfeelings of dissatisfaction. When the carriage nals of Versailles and Madrid. The demands entered the Park, it proceeded at a very rapid made upon the person of their poor, weak, and rate towards the Palace, amidst the bisses, drivelling begetter are incessant. On the mingled with a few occasional cheers, of the slightest demur, the insult and reproaches crowds assembled to receive it. His Majesty heaped upon his wretched head (by the eldest leaned back, but the Queen sat forward, with of the brood especially) are not to be described. her face towards the right-side window, aod | In this they are abetted by HER whom Cobo appeared to be wholly unconcerned at the bett calls “THE NASTY GERMAN FROW." groaning and hissing which proceeded from As long as the machinations of this crew of the people.

Harpies only affected the private peace and That the people should behave in

domestic comfort of their unhappy parent, I

cared not to interfere ; but when they have the this manner is not at all surprising, audacity to defile with their unclean touch, when we look at the language of the the Charter of our new-born freedom, and atnewspapers, which have now been attempt to strangle by their illegitimate hands work for several days, attacking the

the the lawful expectations of the people of Eng.

eland, their sordid depravity shall be exposed King in as rough a manner as it was to the world. Are the destinies of this great possible to attack him by words. As a country, indeed, to be at the mercy of these specimen of these attacks, take the vagabonds, male and female ? The reports of following from the Mornino Chronicle these intrigues are quite sickening. Their in.

struments, too, in effecting their objectof this same 14th of May. Talk of li.

1lo | bankrupt, unprincipled adventurer, who has bels indeed ; talk of the sacred person long lived on, and connived at the ...:: of a King; talk of an Attorney-General to a madman! an ignorant, hard-hearted solto prosecute libels! here are libels in

dier, whose occupation even now, when his deed!

hollow cheeks, wasted forin, and vacant grin In one of them, too, my name is of superannuated idiotcy, ought to warn bim inserted, as that of a person who has of the inutility, as well as folly of such atgiven his countenance, or rather his as-tempts, is to be Sultan of his Dowager Sesistance, in the putting forth of these

fraglio; who is as fitted to be minister in point intolerable libels. How many a man

of intellect, as the most uneducated of those

brave troops, who, by their valour, wou for has groaned out his life in jail for pub- bim bis reputation, bis title, and his ipordilishing libels not a thousandth part so date pensions, and whose lives he ever merciwicked as these, which, as every one I lessly sacrificed with wanton recklessness, in 'must see is little short of a direct invi sieges and retreats, feeding his hounds on their

lo miserable rations, whilst they were starving, and tation to the people to drive the King filling the ditches of fortresses with their boo from his throne, and to destroy the dies, that he might walk safely over the bloody kingly government for ever! I will and mangled pile. here insert these libels. and when i These, then, Englishmen, are the creatures

that betray you. These are the instrumento have so done, you will not wonder that through whom they would rule you-would the treasonable cry for a republic should plunder you-would reduce you to their own have become so general. It will be level of moral degradation and infamy, and

ame is introduced make you objects of pity and contempt to the

lowest scene-shifter on that stage from whence into one of these libels, upon which I they derived their being and their principles. shall have to remark, and also upon Will you submit to this disgraceful yoke? another passage or two, when I have in- I pause for an answer. serted the libels themselves. You will

JUNIUS. please to observe, that I copy these li

LIBEL, No. 2. bels from the Morning Chronicle of the Nothing can be more shameless than the 14th of May.

tactics of certain left-handed branches of an

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