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FROM OCTOBER 1, TO DECEMBER 24, 1831,
Printed and Published by the Author at 11, Bolt Court, Fleet Street.
CONTENTS OF VOLUME LXXIV.
MEN. Parliament. Political
man Scales. —The Remedy.--Waith-
1.-No. II. To THE ELECTORS OF
MANCHESTER.-Refusing to pay
Taxes.—Poor Man starved to death.
—The Barings and Mr. and Mrs.
Deacle.-Lord Radnor's Letter.-
2.-REFORM BILL-Address to the
Earl of Radnor from Brighton Poli-
3.-REFORM BILL.--Week of Weeks!
North Americans and English
mongers. To Lord Brougham. -
-Creation of new Peers.
5.-REFORM BILL.-City Cock.-
Lakenheath Petition. Hampshire
County Meeting.–North Americans
and English Boroughmongers.
Catholics in Parliament. — Bishop of
London and the Parish of St. Anne,
Westminster.—To all the People of
England, Scotland,' and Ireland.on
the affair of the Deacles and Barings.
6.-T. THE WORKING PEOPLE.-
To the Chopsticks of Hampshire.-
Cobbett’s Protest against cutting off
the Votes of the Working People.-
Bristol Riots.--Proclamation by the
7.-To LORD GREY.—The Bishops.-
The Alarm.-Address to the King
and to Lord Grey from the Meeting
of the County of Warwick.- Pretty
curious !--Legislative Functions of
Bishops.—To all the People of Eng-
land, Scotland, and Ireland.-To
VOL. 74.-No. 1.]
LONDON, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 1831.
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address! There is no such thing : there is nothing contradicted, much less controverted; and the whole thing ends with a caviL about the mode of voting at elections, about the suffrage, and about the duration of Parliaments.; things relative to which the Address con
tained not a single word, but about No. II.
which I shall have a word or two to say presently, coupling this critic with my
critical friend Mr. Price, of Upton-onELECTORS OF MANCHESTER. Severn, and taking my leave of both of
Kensington, 1st Oclober, 1831. them with a single bow intended to be GENTLEMEN,
divided between them. But after the AGREEABLY to the promise which I
CAVIL, Mr. Prentice, who was REmade you in my Address No. 1, dated SOLVED not to pass over defects and on the 1st of September, I now proceed omissions, thinks it becoming in bim to to maintain, by statement and by argu. go very widely out of his way in order ment, the justice, the expediency and
to conclude with a falsehood. He says the easy practicability, of the thirteen that he feels himself " compelled" to measures described by me in that Ad- notice my opinions about slavery in the dress No. 1, beginning with the first colonies. Stripping the thing of its stated measure of the thirteen, But
useless words, he says that I have before I set out in the discharge of this branded as canters and hypocrites, not duty, I hope that you will exeuse me if only ALL who have expressed themI stop a minute, to notice some remarks selves as opposed to the continuance of the Manchester Times, (under of slavery in our colonies, but ALL date of the 17th of September) upon « who think that Englishmen ought that address, which remarks it is im- « not to be taxed in order to enable the possible to read without calling to mind owners of estates in the West Indies Pope's beautiful description of literary to hold their black brethren in thralenvy:
“ dom.” Here are two assertions, and Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike; both of them malignantly false: First, Just hint a fault and besitate dislike."
never in my life did I denominate as Mr. PRENTICE, who is the writer of canters and hypocrites “all” those who this paper, sets out with professing his have petitioned for the abolition of Ne" perfect willingness to admit all the gro Slavery ; but, on the contrary, have “ merit of the Address, but with a RE- always said that they were a mass of " SOLUTION not to pass its defects and people, ninety-nine out of every hundred 6 omissions unnoticed.” After such an
of whom had their good and kind feel. outset, who would not have expected a knaves, who were seeking the gratifica
ings perverted by crafty and selfish complete analysis, and something like a tion of their own pecuniary interest, and refutation of something contained iu the their low and dirty ambition, at the
risk of producing internal war and ge- sister, is also paid by the West Indies. neral bloodshed; and in the total ruin of This Mr. PRENTICE appears to know the only really valuable colonies which nothing at all about this matter, but has belong to this country. So much for the stupid effrontery to say, that I have the first falsehood of Mr. Prentice. called canters and hypocrites all who Sufficiently malignant that falsehood. think that Englishmen ought not to be But, gentlemen, how shall I express my taxed in order to enable West Indian contempt of the man who could have owners to keep slaves. If the " schoolput upon paper the second falsehood; master” really be “abroad,” it is evinamely, that I have branded also as dent that he has not yet called on Mr.
canters and hypocrites “ all who think | Prentice, who might advantageously " that Englishmen ought not to be taxed, take a lesson on grammar as well as on « in order to enable the owners of es- politics. The blacks may be Mr. Pren« tates in the West Indies to hold their tice's brethren, for any-thing that I “ black brethren in thraldom?” There know or care ; but the West India is no answer to a falsehood like this, proprietors and occupiers are the breother than that of calling the utterers of thren of Englishmen; and Englishmen the falsehood by a name which need not have stood by and seen them taxed be put upon paper, but which will sug- without mercy; but have never paid gest itself to every man. But, gentlemen, one farthing of tax for them. In short, the thing to admire here is, the profound, Gentlemen, with regard to this Negro the gross,
the worse than animal IGNO- question, this is what I have always RANCE of this Mr. Prentice, who sets said ; that I never employed a slave for himself up as a teacher of politics to the a single moment in my life; that, in enlightened people of Manchester. He the abstract, I hate slavery, that it is does not know, then, that the old West an abomination to observe men to be India Islands have not taken from Eng- silent with regard to the sufferings of Jand, for ages and ages, one single penny the Irish, aye, and of the English too, in the way of tax; that, while millions while they are affecting to be shocked on millions have been squandered on at the treatment of the Negroes, while the worthless colonies of North Ame- it is notorious that there is no Negro rica, the West Indies have not only slave who is not better fed and more maintained their own internal govern- kindly treated, not only than the halfment and paid the troops stationed starved and hunted-down Irish; but there, but have been loaded with enor- also than the far greater part of the mous charges in the shape of pensions weavers of Lancashire and Yorkshire; and sinecures to the aristocracy of that the question of emancipation of the England. He does not know, then, Negroes demands the decision of a that the great șinecures of the two previous question, namely, whether it be WYNDHAMS, in virtue of which they desirable for us to keep the West Indies have received nearly about a 'mile or not? For that without Negro lion of money, have been paid by the slavery we cannot keep them. This is West Indies. He does not know what I have always said upon the subthen that governors, deputy-governors, jeet of Negro slavery, and we see that all sorts of law officers, whole tribes of the colonies are now threatening to lords and ladies that we see swaggering separate from us. But, Gentlemen, if about in England, draw their pensions any of you happen to have a twist upon from the West Indies. He does not this subject, is it not wonderful that you know, then ; this great politician does never ask how it is that the UNITED not know, that even the two famous STATES are so happy and so free, while pensions of the dead BURKE, which I Negro slavery, more rigid than that have so often mentioned, and which are which exists in our West Indies, is upstill paid, are paid by the West Indies; held in more than one-half of that and that the famous pension to the two country? Let Mr. Prentice, that great Hunns, Canning's mother and half- doctor in politics, explain to you how
that is; and when he has done that, first, that possessed by those who, being and accounted to you for his more than perfectly thoughtless, are carried away animal ignorance with respect to our by mere sound; and the other part inbeing taxed for the West Indies, let habiting the heads of men full of prighim again pursue his RESOLUTION ish conceit. If these two descriptions not to pass over the defects and omis- of persons want a representative, whose sions of my Address.
very simple business would be to keep We now come to the civil before on crying ballot, ballot, ballot, from the alluded to ; namely, that my Address first of January to the thirty-first of said nothing about universal suffrage, December, with an occasional intermixannual Parliaments, and voting by bal- ture of the cry of universal suffrage, lot. And, what was I to talk about annual parliaments, and no Negro siathem for in this Address ? I was not very. If this be what they want, I canwriting on the subject of the nature of not serve thein; but, to save them the reform: I was talking about the mea- trouble, I will undertake to find them sures which I would endeavour to cause one that shall. I will catch them a to be adopted if I were chosen as a jackdaw, in my neighbour Lord Hol. Member of a Parliament called toge-land's new gingerbread church, that shall ther under the bill which is now before squall baliot, Tallot, ballot, and deal the House of Lords, and to which bill forth the rest of the monotonous eloI was willing, and am willing, to give a quence, to their heart's content, I warfair trial ; and I say further, that if a rant them; and having a sort of frill Parliament, constituted according to round his neck, and his head being that bill, will give us the thirteen mea- slightly powdered, he may serve them sures that I have described in my Ado in the double capacity of Member of dress, No. 1, I shall be quite content Parliament and parson.
This is the with such a sort of Parliament; but if Member for them! In his diet, he will it will not give us those measures, then be very sparing; half a handful of soaked I shall be for a further change.
peas, with now and then a small bit of As to this matter, Mr. PRENTICE lean meat, will suffice. In his journies to chimes in precisely with my friend, Mr. Manchester and back again, he will be Price, of Upton-on-Severn, who seeins nearly as swift as the wind; and being a to be really in pain, to be absolutely constant comfort, a constant source of sick, for the want of the sight of the hope to Mr. Prentice, while at Manword ballot everlastingly recurring in chester, he may, in his journies up and the Register, forgetting, apparently, down, fly off and pass an hour in conwholly forgetting, that he worked like soling my friend, Mr. Price, at Upton. a horse to get Captain Spencer in for Say no more about it, then; the thing the county of Worcester, upon the is done: he will be ready for the day of pledge given by the Captain, that he election, and I will warrant the thoughtwould support the bill, the whole bill, less and the prigs, that the opening and nothing but the bill, which bill said speech that he will make shall be such not a word about the ballot!
as to merit their cordial support. Gentlemen, electors of Manchester, Now, gentlemen, having dispatched in so great a number of persons, how this preliminary matter, and hereby ever enlightened, the mass taken as a promising you that nothing shall induce whole, there will probably be some few me again to notice, in my addresses to who are an easy prey to noisy, profes- you, any-thing that Mr. PRENTICE can sional men, who are as insincere as say, I now proceed to maintain, the they are noisy. These few persons are justice, the expediency and the practicathe depository of the nonsense of Man- bility of my thirteen measures, the first chester. It is the sense of Manchester, of which was described in the following and not, its nonsense, of which I am words :-ambitious of being the representative. 1. To put put an end to all pensions, sine The nonsense consists of two parts; cures, grants, allowances, half-pay, and all