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is some attorney, I suppose; so that this Boroughreeve and these constables have a sublime origin at last! The lord of the manor has, however, a name, I suppose; and so has this steward; and, if Mr. Baxter had thought proper to give us the names, especially as he thought the rest of the informa

steward, and selected by him. He That large room is part of the enormous fungus from which has sprung all this mass of misery; and the sooner the fungus shall be completely eradicated, the better it will be for the country.

But, I object much more to the kind of meeting, than I do to the manner of calling it, or rather the attempted manner of calling tion necessary for general utility, it. The meeting ought to have

it would have been as well. Mr. Baxter appears to be a blinker at the best; and he may be assured, that he may blink long enough before he will make any impression in the quarter to which he is now addressing himself. The people in that quarter are not to be moved by blinking.

been held in the open air, and to have been a meeting of the people of Manchester, and not of poorrate payers only. Mr. Baxter endeavours to explain why the meeting was of this exclusive character; and, like most men who have not sincerity for their guide, he makes the matter worse by his As to the parish officers, I think attempted explanation. He tells they acted properly in refusing to us, that, this exclusive mode was meddle with the matter. They not adopted from any feelings of have enough to do, God knows, if disrespect towards the people a they will but discharge their pro- large, or from any opinion that per duties. With regard to the they were incompetent to the disRoyal Exchange people they will cussion of the subject, “but”. naturally refuse the use of their... but, what, Mr. Baxter? Why, rooms for such a purpose, until "it was thought that an address they be sweated down a little" from that portion of the inhabitlower, which will be all in good "ants which now composes this time. In short, there will be no assembly, would, in the present very great change for the better," state of things, be more likely until their “large room in the Ex-"to have the desired effect"... change" shall be very much at .... Yes, it was thought: 1 do the service of any body that will not doubt condescend to make use of it. thought?


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plained, Mr. Baxter. "It was thought that it would disarm the "opponents of the measure, by "showing that the resolutions

give them up. This was precisely the occasion (supposing the petitioners to have been sincere) for a general meeting; for an were not carried by that part of union between the rich and the "the population which is labour-poor; for a cordial junction be❝ing under the want of the neces- tween the masters and the men; "saries of life." Very good rea- and Mr. Baxter and his select soning, Mr. Baxter, if this had party should have recollected that been a meeting of persons called it was not the masters, not the retogether to pass resolutions rela-spectables, not the ley-payers; tive to the raising of money to be that it was not these; and that it given to the poor; or for fixing was not men very cautious and the quantity of relief to be given decorous in their language and to the poor. But, these resolu- movements; that it was none of tions relate to the masters as well these who induced the Ministers to as to the men; relate to all ranks let the bonded corn out of bond! and degrees in the nation; and And Mr. Baxter may be well there appears to have been no assured, that, for the resolutions rational ground for the exclusion and the prayings of a body of men other than that very stupid notion, who talk against standing army, that there would have been less pensions, and sinecures, and exweight in the decision of a gene- travagance of the receivers of the ral meeting than in the decision taxes; Mr. Baxter may be very of a meeting selected as this was. well assured that such men, while There were two ways of doing the they will be hated by the Ministers thing, and the worst was chosen. for what those Ministers will call Vain is that man who imagines their impudence, will be despised that the makers of Corn Bills, by them, when seen severed, by the fillers of seats, and the eaters their vanity, or their want of of taxes, are to be" disarmed," as judgment, from the great body of Mr. Baxter calls it by select bo- the people. dies of men. They know too well the value of the things they possess to be disposed to part with them, unless they see the whole body of

The people at Whitehall have nerves of a peculiar construction. They are people not to be moved by prayers, unless the prayers be the people bent upon making them accompanied with an attitude not

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usually employed in works of sup- an effect. It would, at one and plication. Mr. Baxter seems to the same time, have given an enthink, that the absence of this at-couragement to the people of other titude would be an advantage. In great towns, and have made the the answer which he will receive Ministers pay attention to the (if he receive any at all) he will prayers of the meeting. As the get a lesson upon this subject thing is, it is in fact one of those which will be useful to him as very hole-and-corner affairs of long as he shall live. Oh, no, which Mr. Baxter is pleased to Mr. Baxter! You may under-speak in terms of contempt. In stand the spinning or weaving or the first place, a very large part of printing of cottons very well; but the people of this kingdom does you do not understand how to not know what the word ley-payers tackle the pretty gentlemen of means; and when it is explained Whitehall. A very old courtier to them that ley-payers means said to me, more than twenty poor-rate payers, they are at a years ago, "There are only two loss to discover why this capacity 66 ways of going to work at White- of poor-rate payer should be con"hall: you must kiss their.....sidered as the sole qualification "or kick them the former is the for attending a meeting, which was "easiest and most profitable of to eventuate in a petition, embracing topics of great general national importance, affecting every rank of society, from the royal family, down to the hedger and the ditcher. Therefore, in the constitution of this meeting, there was, in my opinion, almost every thing that can be imagined calculated to defeat the objects which it professed to have in view.

the two I have chosen that; " and I would advise you to do

the same." Mr. Baxter is not in a state to kiss his kiss would not be worth having: he has kicked; but, wanting somebody at his back, his kick will be despised. It ought to have been a public, general, open-air meeting. The newspapers ought to have told us, that there had been at Manchester As to the matter of the petition a hundred thousand men assem- itself, there is no fault to be found, bled, making the sky echo with except with the following words; their reprobation of standing" the scanty pittance furnished by armies, pensions, sinecures, and the poor-rates." This would seem corn-laws. This would have had to say that the parish-officers and

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magistrates of Lancashire afford economy, can the poor but a "scanty pittance." for the better. The law knows nothing of such patch-work now. scanty pittance; and, in a petition, not be made a little better: the from poor-rate payers, the King system must be rooted up: the ought not to have been told that dock-digger must be applied to it, the poor had from them nothing or there can be no remedy. It is

but a scanty pittance. With re-a thing that cannot be pruned;

gard to the speeches much need not be said; yet, there are some hings in them which must not pass unnoticed.

and Mr. Potter may be assured, that, while he is content to confiné himself to severe economy, the tax-eaters will laugh at his facts, horrible as they are.

Mr. POTTER's speech is rendered, by its facts, worthy of par ticular attention. He might have spared us, indeed, his "great statesman, Mr. BROUGHAM" and his "celebrated Mr. BURKE." This last was, to be sure, a very pretty fellow to rail against over-taxation! and it was peculiarly appropriate to be quoting this man as a 'high authority," while the speaker was, at the same time, expressing his disapprobation of unmerited pensions and sinecures! But, I forgive Mr. Potter these blunders for the sake of his numerous facts, and for the explicit and manly manner in which he stated them. These facts are, indeed, horrible to think of; but, they are such as necessarily grow out of this system. Mr. Potter is, however, deceived if he imagine that any thing which he seems to comprise under the term severe

LILLY's speech is worthy of notice only for the purpose of expressing one's pleasure at seeing that even in a meeting like this, a yeomanry cavalry man of the 16th of August was not to be suffered. Ah, SÍDмOUTH! The THANKS which you conveyed to those yeomanry cavalry were not the last that either you or they were to hear of the memorable 16th of August.


Mr. SHUTTLEWORTH. What, Sir, am I to do with your speech? I do not know you, Sir; I never heard of you before; but why, Mr. Shuttleworth, could you not hold your tongue; or, if you must talk (and nature actually compels some men to keep their tongues moving), why could you not have stopped when you had well enough's spoken of the character of the Parliament, and of that particular

class of persons from amongst to every parish church in Engwhom the members come? Why land; that Mr. WESTERN, who is should you, Mr. Shuttleworth, be for restoring the credit of the nadetermined to talk about things of tion by a grand issue of assignats; which, apparently, you know no and that Dr. CoLQUHOUN, accordmore than the baby at the breast? ing to one of whose estimates Why should you bother that (I every third person in London is, am sure no very clear) head of at all times, a fit object to be yours with a "claim for indem- animadverted upon by the law? nity," which the landlords have That same Dr. COLQUHOUN, acon account of particular taxes? cording to whose other estimate, Why should you, Mr. Shuttle- the national debt, at the end of worth, have pestered your brains, the war was nothing, so great about "assessments and rates,' were the resources of the kingand (Oh, good God!) "that por- dom; that same Dr. COLQUHOUN, "tion of tithe which comes out who, by this same estimate, misled "of the profits of stock"! Why, the foolish creatures at Whitehall, for the love of peace and quiet- and all the bands of Jolterheads ness; why, for your wife's sake and Lord Charleses in the kingas well as your own, should you dom? Why should you, my good have bothered the brains in that Mr. SHUTTLEWORTH, quitting the head of yours with such abomi- printing of cottons, even at a loss, nable Scotch jargon as this. But, spend your time in reading the dear Mr. Shuttleworth, what ma- books of these abominable quacks? lignant devil was it that led you to But, if the waste of your time, talk about "the eminent economist good Mr. SHUTTLEWORTH, were CHARLES SMITH," and his esti- all, that, perhaps, one might en mate of the consumption of grain dure the thought of. It is the disin England; and what worse than credit, which, by means of putting spiteful devil was it that led you forth your learning, you throw to talk of authority found in the upon the whole of the proceedings estimates of GEORGE CHALMERS, upon this occasion; and now I Mr. WESTERN, and Dr. COLQU-will show you how completely HOUN; that CHALMERS, according you have effected this object. to whose estimate on population Taking for gospel what you have there were, in the reign of King read in the works of the aboveJohn, only twelve able-bodied men mentioned worthies, and in returns


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