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tion was received, and he had expe rienced the heart-piercing thought, that when what he had bestowed was expended, the objects of his bounty might perish with hunger. He had seen this, and, for his own sake, he wished that he had not seen it. How dreadful the experience of that misery, the very sight of which is thus intolerable! Well might Mr. Potter be overcome, when, in detailing one case of wretchedness, the whole amount of suffering rushed into his mind with overpowering effect. Well might hundreds of the assembly which he addressed burst into tears, when they thought how many instances had come within their own knowledge, of misery such as he so feelingly pictured.

rochial relief, receive assistance as liberal as the circumstances of the times will permit; and others, who have not a strictly legal claim, but who have long resided amongst us, and borne good characters, are occasionally relieved by our humane and active overseers. But there are thousands, and tens of thousands, to whose assistance the law cannot, by even the most liberal construction of its beneficent spirit, be extended, and who are consequently enduring a distress, the intensity of which it is impossible to imagine; for every variety of wretchedness which the most active imagination could combine for the formation of one picture of exquisite misery, could not furnish such a scene as may be beheld in almost every cottage in the back streets of this town. A gentleman from Suffolk, on Wednesday last, went into some of the streets between London-road and Ancoats, wishing to behold with his own eyes the condition of the people whose misery he was willing to believe was exaggerated. On his return from his melancholy search, he told us with an expression of horror, that he regretted the indulgence of his curiosity. "I wish I had not gone," said he," the wretchedness was too great even to be seen." He had seen houses with no other furniture than a truck covered with straw, on which the heart-broken father sat, with a glazed eye and a death-like expres-saries of life to a starvation price, sion on his countenance, seemingly and who support a system of wasteunconscious of the wailing of the ful expenditure, while the people are, half-naked children who lay around in want of the means to purchase him. He had seen emaciated mo- bread? thers, in whom even the extreme of wretchedness had not extinguished hope, nor slackened exertion, striying to soothe those foodless wailing children. He had seen the dull apathy of despairing man, and the restless and exhausting exertion of woman hoping even against hope. He had seen many human beings fated to a not distant destruction. "In conformity with your direcHe had seen the wild rapture of tions, your Sub-Committee discontithankfulness with which his dona-nued the distribution of provisions,

What is to be the fate of these our poverty-stricken fellow-creatures? There is little probability of their obtaining employment before next Spring; the fund raised by subscription for their relief is exhausted; they have no legal claim on the parish funds; and Winter, with all its accumulated horrors, is approaching. Our conviction is, that if prompt measures are not adopted, thousands will die of absolute starvation. Is this then the time to talk about the danger of introducing the precedent of a government grant? And do not those incur a fearful responsibility, who delay for one single day, to repeal the laws which raise the neces

To the General Committee of Subscribers to the Fund for the Relief of the Necessitous Poor.

"The Sub-Committee of Management have agreed upon the following, as their Ninth Report:

"Painful as this measure was, they, in consequence of the reduced state of the fund (evidently unavoidable)-your Sub-Committee have the high satisfaction of reporting to you

and withdrew all the tickets, pre-sometimes attended the distribution sented on Friday, the 18th instant. of charitable funds. The whole charge upon this fund, including the very heavy but indispensable articles of advertising, printing, the stipends of upwards of twenty persons, specially appointed for the prevention of frauds, that the demeanour of the rents of some of the stores, and poor applicants on this occasion has af-wages of labourers assisting in and forded a strong proof of genuine preserving order during the distribugratitude for the bounty you had tion, amounts to little more than bestowed, and for the kindness with three and a half per cent. upon the which they had been treated; for, sum expended; and with respect to though most of them could not but the last article, it can scarcely be anticipate the accumulation of dis- considered a charge, inasmuch as tress, which a privation of the accusthese wages are paid to persons who tomed pittance must bring upon their would have been fit objects of relief, already suffering families, even this and to whom their employment was sad prospect did not prevent their afforded in lieu of a ticket, to entitle expression of unfeigned thanks, or them to provisions from the charity. their prayers for a blessing upon their benefactors. Your Sub-Committee connected with the accounts, it may "As a matter, in some degree, conceive it to be a duty they owe to be stated, that since the distribution their poor neighbours to bear this closed, a credit of 1000l. in favour of testimony to their good conduct; and the Central Committee of Corresrecollecting also (what they had before had occasion to commend) their pondence for Manchester and the patient resignation, and peaceable the Managers of the Subscription in neighbourhood, it has been placed by endurance of the evil that has be- London, in the hands of the Bankers, fallen them, they cannot but refer to be applied for at the discretion of to such evidences of right feeling, that Committee. and readiness to acknowledge obligation, which, in this season of calamity, have been so generally exhibited, as most gratifying proofs that your contributions have not been indiscriminately lavished upon unworthy objects.

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"It will also be an interesting piece of information to many, that considerable progress has been made, with the assistance of Mr. M'ADAM, in preparing to carry into immediate effect, a plan for the employment of ing to work upon the public roads, such of the poor as are able and willand that there is a prospect of affording the means of subsistence from this source, to great numbers of those who are now entirely unemployed.

"The Sub-Committee gladly avail themselves of this opportunity of acknowledging the valuable services of Mr. THORPE, who, at the commencement of the subscription, professed his willingness to undertake, gratuitously, the office of Secretary. In performing the duties of his office, which he has done most efficiently,

his experience, particularly in matters of detail and local practice, has frequently been of essential use to your Sub-Committee, whilst the regularity of his arrangements has materially contributed to facilitate and to forward much of the business

with which they have been occupied.

Hoot a wa mon! They dinna know onny theng aboot hoppaness "It now only remains for your before the time o' Audem Smeth and the Cheap Currency!

STATE OF TRADE IN PAISLEY.

Sub-Committee to resign into your hands the trust which you confided to their management; and while they do this, they feel assured it will afford you sincere pleasure to be informed, that during the long period We are sorry to hear that there in which they have been assiduously are no symptoms of a revival of employed upon this important object, trade in Paisley. Since our last rethe most cordial unanimity has port, the number of unemployed marked all their proceedings; and have greatly increased, and the apthough it was your pleasure, in the plications for assistance from the reselection of your Delegates, to asso-lief Committee have been greater ciate together persons differing most this week than any week since the essentially in opinion upon subjects stagnation commenced. On Thursof the highest concern, it is with day a few sales were effected. We unmixed satisfaction and perfect hear of one manufacturer, who has confidence they appeal to the whole been doing a good deal of late, who of their transactions, and to the com- has sold the most of his stock, and prehensive record of them before although at an advance of 10 per you, for a proof that neither party cent., yet it will not enable the maprejudice nor religious distinction nufacturer to engage hands. It seems has ever influenced their decisions, to be the opinion of well-informed or in any manner interfered with the manufacturers, that the sales will be duties they had to perform. very limited in number, and low in price, until a scarcity of goods is complained of, and from the quantity of goods in the market, there is no anticipation of trade reviving in Paisley before the Spring. It is the intention of some manufacturers to

"By order of the Sub-Committee, "WM. JOHNSON, M.A., "Chairman. 46 August 28th, 1826."

There, you beastly Spaniards! See what happiness you have lost by not upholding the CORTES, and paying our Jews and Jobbers the interest on their bonds! You beastly dogs, to like Monks and a belly full better than Parsons and Dorsetshire Fare! You beastly dogs of Spaniards, why you not listen to Dr. Black!

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make no goods, except on order, even when things get better. In the mean time, Winter draws nigh, and what an almost naked population are

to do in the inclement season of the
Pro-

year, we are at a loss to see.
visions are so alarmingly high in
price, and wages so unprecedently
low, that it is starvation and wretch-
edness at present, and what will it

be a few months hence? We are

glad to see that the county of Renfrewshire are to meet next week, to

devise measures for the relief of the unemployed; and as there is not the

most distant hope of the weavers engaged in the Paisley manufacture being employed for some months, something must be done to keep them at out-door labour.-Glasgow Chronicle.

GREEK AFFAIR.

I TAKE the following articles from the Morning Chronicle of the 24th and 30th August. I shall make no other remark on them at present, than just this; that I shall be greatly deceived, if the stupid and greedy wretches who have bought "Greek Scrip," be suffocated by the fat arising from their gains; to which I will add, that to view their progress will give me very great pleasure. -Look at the NAMES of the parties that is enough for any reasonable man.-Let us SEE, now, how this affair will end.

outfit at their own expense, and they are evert to pay their passage to some port in the Mediterranean. Their uniform is handsome, little differing, except in the button, from that of the British navy and marine. The vessel in which they are expected soon to sail is now lying in the river Thames. Her first destination will probably be Malta, where the officers will find instructions from Lord

Cochrane.

GREEK STEAM-VESSELS.-A Correspondent of a Morning Paper says

A Correspondent informs us, that a party of young Englishmen, of highly respectable connexions, have just enrolled themselves in the Greek service, under the auspices of Captain Campbell, the friend of Lord Cochrane. The motives of these young volunteers are of the most generous and animated kind. Their number is at present small-between two and three hundred offers of listment have been made, but Captain Campbell exercises his discre tionary power within such limits as will render the Greek commissions honourable. The commissions to which Captain Campbell has made the recent appointments are in the marine and navy, and are mostly lieutenancies; and in all his engagements of this nature, he is said to have the sanction and concurrence of the Greek Committee. As in the regular British service, these

"Many months previous to August last, the Greek Deputies, Messrs. Orlando and Luriottis, gave to Mr. E. Ellis, late M.P. for Coventry, a sum of 10,000l., in order that he might get a steam-vessel built for the service of Greece. This vessel was afterwards built, and was called the Perseverance. In the month of August last the Deputies made an arrangement with Lord, Cochrane that he should have six steam-vessels (of which that ordered by Mr. Ellice was to be one) placed under his command, as Admiral of the Greek fleet in the war against the Turks. The arrangement was made through the instrumentality of Sir F. Burdett, Mr. J. C. Hobhouse, and Mr. E. Ellice, who engaged on the part of Lord Cochrane, that he should carry it into effect. The Deputies were to provide 150,000l. to accomplish this very important business; and it was a part of the stien-pulation, that the vessels should be purchased and made completely ready for sea within a limited period. of time-I believe about two or three months. The treaty being concluded, Messrs. Ricardo, the contractors of the last loan, were directed to set apart, out of the funds. in their hands, the above large sum, making, with the 10,000l. previously given to Mr. Ellice, 160,000 Instead of purchasing vessels, as was intended, five steam-boats were ordered to be built; but who it was

young officers have purchased their that gave the orders I have never

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been able to learn. Two ship-builders, I shall give one copy of each I understand, were employed, Messrs. Number to every working family Brant and Co., and some other gen- in Preston, as a mark of my gra tlemen, whose names I do not now titude for their great kindness torecollect. For the supply of the re-wards me, and also as a mark of quisite machinery for the five vessels, a contract was entered into by Messrs. Ricardo and Mr. Galloway, of West Smithfield, and by the terms of the contract, Mr. Galloway engaged that the whole should be completed by the month of December last. How it has happened that the business should have been protracted to this period, the Deputies, and the

my admiration of their sense and their public spirit. The other Numbers will be published on the first of each succeeding month. The price, to Gentlemen taking a quantity, will be, for one hundred, twelve shillings, for five hundred, fifty-five shillings, and, for a thousand, five pounds.

other individuals who have taken part in the affair, will, I hope, be called upon to explain."

SIR GLORY.

I HAVE not had time to give this hero his dose yet. I hear that he is in France. That, however, would not prevent me from laying the lash on him. He most richly merits it; and he shall have it in the manner that best becomes the receiver as well as the layer-on.

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OAK-CASKS.

I have for sale about 50 or 60 Oak-Casks. They are quite new and perfectly sweet, never having had in them any thing but dry seeds. They are made of American white oak, are clean and clear, and very stout for their bulk. They have hoops of hickory or white-oak, and each cask contains about thirty gallons, Winchester corn-measure. An English eighteen gallon cask, made of very slight stuff, costs fourteen shillings. I will sell these for eight shillings each; and to any one who takes the whole lot, for five shillings each;

JUST published, No. 1I., a little work under the above title. I in

tend it to contain about six num-and, at that price, they are cheap for the making of the tops of high fences, in which capacity they would last a couple of good long life-times. For beer barrels, their present wooden hoops would, with care, last many years, but, these may be exchanged for ironhoops at a very trifling expense. Any person, wishing to purchase them, will please to apply at Kensington, where the casks are, and where they can be seen at any time.

bers, at twopence a Number, to be published monthly. I intend it to be the Companion of the Working Classes, giving them useful information and advice, adapted to their present difficult situation; and especially I intend it as the means of teaching them how to AVOID SUFFERING FROM HUNGER! I intend clearly to explain to them their rights and their duties. Applications from the country should be made without delay.

THE

POOR MAN'S FRIEND.

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