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“ display of fire-works took place ; past twelve, when the whole Palace " but the spectators were comparatively was set in commotion by a few idle “ few ; no move was made to burn the “ boys rolling a burning tar-barrel to

effigy of the Bishop, &c., till eleven "wards the Palace, which was supposed “o'clock at night, when a large body" to be the signal for its demolition : " of determined fellows made their ap- “ but it was only done to frighten and “pearance in the Cathedral-yard with "make a deeper impression on the “the effigy of the poor Bishop, mitred“ mind of the Bishop, of what might be " and lawn-sleeved, &c., also a large “ the consequence of a second act of “quantity of faggots; a temporary " hostility towards the people. The “gallows was soon erected, and the boys continued their course down a

pious scaramouch was soon hoisted “ street towards the river, which soon

upon the gibbet. Its appearance was quenched the tar-barrel, and dissipated “ ridiculously emblematical of this " the fears of the Bishop, the Tory Lord • notorious hater of liberty and re- “ Rolle, and others assembled in the *i form. The head was composed of “ Palace, to support the drooping spirits

a hollow turnip, with a candle in the" of the holy and right rev. Father in

centre, in which were cut the nose God, whose compunction of conscience “and mouth, but no eyes-showing, “they had serious apprehension would “ that though the head possessed light, urge him to apply one of the loaded “ the bishop was blind to the past and “ muskets to his head, and blow out

present scenes around him. The fag- " the small portion of brains his skull gots being adjusted, they were set fire “ contained. Soon after burning the

to, and the light soon discovered the “ effigy of the Bishop, the assembled “ vitals, composed of the liver and lights " multitude separated, quietly went to w of a sheep, and a heart one mass of “ their homes, and up to the present

corruption, which the flames soon “ time, Monday morning, there bas not “ devoured, with the hollow head, “ been a single committal for riot or “ mitre, and lawn sleeves, of one of " disturbance. I again repeat, much " the twenty-four enemies of reform, “ credit is due to the Mayor for fore“and withholders of the people's just sight, determination, and coolness, in

rights; all this was done in the permitting the effigy to be burnt, which “ Cathedral-yard, in full sight of the “ could not have been prevented without “Palace. Had any attempt been made "bloodshed. Willthe liberty-hating Tories " to prevent this innocent ebullition of “now dare to say there is a re-action in re“public indignation, I have no doubt “ form in Devon, and especially in this

many lives would have been lost, city, which till lately has been comand we should have had a second "pletely under their thraldom? It has “ Bristol affair. Much credit is due to thrown off its shackles, and the people “ the Mayor in permitting the people are now as free as the air they breathe. " to vent their indignant feeling (created "An anti-reform petition has been

by the late blind, obstinate, and wicked (“hawkeil about the city for the last “ conduct of the bishops) on this effigy "week past; and notwithstanding the “ of a man who can never reclaim his “ Tories have had the meanness to get "character but by voting for reform" upwards of thirty people to siga it "! when the bill is next brought before" under the pretence of its being in " the House of Lords. The bonfire “ favour of reform, and several other “ and effigy being consumed, the assem- poor creatures at sixpence a-head, still “bled multitude, which was composed "only forty-three individuals of the “ of many thousands, gave three groans "lowest class have disgraced them. " for the bishops and Tories, and nine “ selves by signing it. No sooner bad “ hearty cheers for the cause of reform." the affrighted inhabitants of this city The Bishop's Palace was filled with " recovered themselves on Sunday, than 66 armed soldiers, who kept guard all

an alarm

created about two “ night. Nothing occurred until half-" o'clock by the galloping of the yeo

was

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

teen miles from Exeter), an express preserving the peace of the country. I of having arrived that the whole town was am acquainted with no man who is in “ in flames. This I am not surprised at, any way connected with the Govern

as it is the veriest sink of Toryism in 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, therechagrin at iheir fallen littleness, that fore, I pay just as much attention to they would, like their mad fool-hardy the following two articles, as if the " leader, Sir Charles Wetherell, sacri- words had been uttered to me by Lord "fice the lives of thousands of their Grey himself! Read, then, with at16. fellow-creatures to effect their hellishtention; pause on every sentence; you

purpose, by throwing the county will clearly see to what and to whom “ into anarchy and confusion. New- they point. You will see, indeed, that “ton Bushell is a towu composed all my long-entertained suspicions were

of houses which are principally cover- but too well founded. I never doubted "ed with thatch, and nothing can save the good wishes of Lord Grey; but 1.6 it if set fire to in two or three places ; always doubted his power to give effect

it is here the Tories have lately to those wishes. The non-dismissal of “ had their meetings, and dinners, for the Lords-LIEUTENANT was quite proof

they are completely driven out of this enough of this. But pray read the fol

city; and their numbers have so lowing articles, and think that you hear “ dwindled, that they would be lost in Lord Grey utter the words.

a respectable-sized room ; they have " breathed their last gasp, and their From the Chronicle and Times of “ writhing will avail them nothing

9th November. " their factious spirit must expire, and We have always been slow to believe “ like an eel out of water, will even.

the reports of conversions of bishops tually smother itself ini ts own slime.' “ Moxday, Eight O'CLOCK.--An ex

and peers, knowing the strong aversion press has just arrived, stating that the that these men must have to all mea “ fire was extinguished before the ar- .sures founded on equal-handed justice "rival of the military, and was supposed -and more especially to that crowning

to have taken place from a chimney measure, a reform of the representation. “having taken fire, the flakes from All coaxing-all attempts at persuasion " which fell on the thatch. The damage must be thrown away in such a case. "done does not exceed jool. An ninnecessary alarm existed in this case.” The request to BARNARDINE to come

down to be hanged, was not more unpalatable than to boroughmongers and

bishops (one and the same), must be THE ALARM.

the application to consent to a really TO THE READERS OF THE REGISTER. efficient bill of reform. We know that

Bolt-Lourt, Thursday Morning, 10th Nov. 1831. | it is the interest of these men to affect MY FRIENDS,

a disposition towards conversion, bea, I BESEECH you pay attention, first to cause it throws their opponents off their some articles that I am about to take guard, and what they want is delay. It from the MORNING CHRONICLE and the TIMES, and then to the pro

is only in hell that the great poet exceedings of the Council of the Political cludes the entrance of hope. The antiUnion of Birmingham, in a meeting reformers feed themselves with hopes held on Monday last. You are all men of re-actions--hopes of deaths-hopes of riots and insurrections, which might" Earl Grey, on the adjustment of the inspire alarm into men possessed of “ House of Peers.'” property. We ourselves are not with

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 has at once and for ever alienReform 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 formers, “That the peers have not last the bishops were substituted for “ (says our contemporary) usefully re- Guy Fawkes. North and South, East o considered their opinions on the Re- and West, speak but one language

with 6 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. Reforın 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 the “ 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 o of them. If, therefore,. Ministers, of enemies to friends. This we KNOW, once already deceived and dissap- that if the people DO NOT BESTIR 6 pointed,-once already instrumental, THEMSELVES in such a manner as

no doubt innocently, in the heavy to extinguish all hope in the boroughdssappoiniment 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 CAPABLE OF ALL " themselves with instant vigour to a WICKEDNESS! “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. feeling by no means confined to the

Meetings continue to be held throughauthor, 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 Scotch 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 I meeting of the county of Norfolk is

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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 fluence and character. These are not argue from these numerous failures of surely symptoins of re-action.

petty bodies to the failure of all at· The anti-reformers, we know, are tempts, and the cause of reform must beginning to hold their heads as high full 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 de. on the part of the people, but, on the voted to reform, might be brought to contrary, everywhere evidence of a more punishment for his patriotic efforts." earnest determination to obtain an effi- It is proper that we should, at this cient reformn ; 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 on. That belief has travelled much impossibilities ; we have always doubted; farther than the metropolis. At the their power to convert bishops into remeeting of the Birmingham Council, formers, and horoughmongering peers, held on Monday last, of which a report interested in the present system of pilwill 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 art It was possible--he 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 putriotic King may be in- be more than a conjurer, who can perduced, by the wiles of those who sur- suade another who can take what he round him, to withdraw 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 to resign. And if (said Mr. A.) the their will; but if the majority is to be King, army, and navy, are transferred made by the bishops, they will play the to the power of the boroughmongers, old trick over again. why, then, I could not but feel the pee Mr. Attwood says, “ If the boroughculiar danger of my situalion." 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 Grey, unless the people save him. Let 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. rise in petty, unorganised, undirected When they have deceived us--but debodies, in order that these bodies might ceive us they scarcely can-we must

have a care lest they desiroy us. The Proceedings of the Council of the Bira proposed organisation will enable us to mingham Union, on Monday, the 7th do this with effect, and therefore it was Nov. 1831. very important that this should be done

In consequence of the Warwick Meetwhilst the present Ministry are in power. (ing being held on Tuesday, the Coun

The council cil met on Monday. The meeting, as will be placed in dangerous circumstances usual, was most numerously attendedo if the boroughmongers should again At West Bromwich, a very populous triumph. Therefore he called upon the district, a new Union was formed on Union to take such steps as would ena- Monday last : spirited resolutions were ble them, if efforts were made to oppose passed, and "the old women in black the King or punish his Ministers, to aprons" were spoken of in terms by no arrest the hand of the destroyer, and means creditable to them. The feeling vindicate the rights of Englishmen, the against the bishops runs very high in happiness of their homes, and the prin- this neighbourhood; on the 5th of Nociples of law."

vember they quite supplanted Guy 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 Committee, which is to report on Tues- read by Mr. Pare, requesting all informday next. Mr. Attwood urged expedi- ation 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 NOV REMAIN PASSIVE. A project carried into effect.' Another time is coming when danger can alone anonymous donation of 501. was rebe averted by showing that they are ceived. It was conreyed to the Secreprepared to face it. Ministers have tary in the following letter : much at stake; but we all of us have

Birmingham, 7th Nov. 1831. much at stake; for should WELLINGTON " Sir,-Having narrowly watched the proand the boroughmongers return to

ceedings of the Birmingham Political Union

from its commencement, I cannot help expower, they would endeavour to stifle pressiug my unqualified approbation of its the desire for reform by an exercise of patriotic conduct and adding iny testimony authorily which would involve numbers Let your Council continue to pursue the same in great distress. They would not ulti- glorious path which they haye. bitherto

chalked out for themselves, and let their mately succeed; but in the meantime future proceedings be guided by the prudence, many a worthy man would be sacrificed. Withertu distinguished their proceedings, and

wisdom, aud determiuation which have Let us now show' a bold front. He Fam convinced the salvation of our dear who is not with us now is against us. Being fully aware how esseutial pecuniary

country will ultimately crown their efforts. Nothing but firinness and a determina- assistance must be to enable you to carry ou tion on the part of the people not to be

the great work you have undertaken, I beg,

your acceptavce of the enclosed donation of trodden down, will enable them to suc-1501, iu furtherance of the great cause of Parceed. Through the first opening given

lian,entary Reform.-lam, Sir,

“ AN ARDENT. FRIEND AND ADMIRER OF THE by timidity or faint-heartedness, the lo

BIRMINGHAM POLITICAL UNION. roughmongers will pass.

“ To Mr. B. Hadley, Hon. Secretary of the Birmingham Political

Uuion.

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