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gree merited the thanks and approbation of his country.
3. That the thanks of this meeting be given to Sir Francis Burdett, who seconded Mr. Wardle's motion, to Lord Viscount Folkstone, for the active, uniform, and able support which he afforded to Mr. Wardle, to Charles Shaw Lefevre, William Lewis Hughes, and George Knapp, Esqrs. (members representing Boroughs within this county) and to the remainder of the 125 members who divided with Mr. Wardle on bis motion for an address to His Majesty, in full confidence that they will persevere in the investigation and reform of abuses till corruption be fully rooted out, and the people have the satisfaction of knowing that the sacrifices they make for the public good are not perverted to base and improper purposes.
4. That this meeting is convinced that the abuses which we lament, would not so long have existed without that culpable negligence and direliction of duty which the late majorities in the House of Commons have evinced.
5. That in order to secure in future a due vi. gilance and attention to the rights of the people, so essential to the welfare of a free government, it is requisite that the duration of parliaments should be shortened, and that no parliament should have any continuance longer than for three years, as
enacted by a law passed in the reign of King William the Third.
6. That George Vansistart, Esq. representative of this county, has, by his conduct on the late inquiry, proved himself unworthy the confidence of his constituents.
7. That the conduct of Charles Dundas, Esq. representative of this county, on the late inquiry, has not in this instance met with the approbation of his constituents.
8. That from the part which ministers have taken on the late inquiry, no hope can be reasonably entertained of any effectual reformation of evils so generally and loudly complained of, until the executive department of the State shall be entrusted to men, who will honestly endeavour to detect, not shield, abuses, and to whom the people may look upon as the avengers, not the abettors, of corruption.
Mr. Hallett, in seconding the resolutions, congratulated the country on a victory-not the taking of Vigo, or, of Martinique but it was a victory over corruption, which must yet be followed up by fresh attacks and fresh victories, or little practical good would be derived from what had been done. He descanted on the Duke of York's conduct in several parts of his administration, and particularly in his connection with Mrs. Clarke, who, he said, might as well give intelligence to our enemies, as commissions to our officers. Any other man, he said, who saw his mistress every day beset with officers, would naturally imbibe a great degree of jealousy. This was not the case with Ilis Royal Highness : he knew that they crowded the levee of Mrs. Clarke for very different purposes.- The Chancellor of the Exchequer had indeed brought a bill for preventing abuses; but this was not done, though he saw advertisements every day to perpetuate them, till Mr. Wardle bad taken the film from his eyes. The present Ministers, he observed, were the weakest part of the Heaven-born Minister's administration. At his death they resigned their places, because they found themselves, what the country has since found them, unable to carry on the business of the country. He exposed the conduct of the Crown Lawyers, who considered themselves, as soon as they rose to their posts, to have received a retaining fee to support the Ministers through thick and thin. He concluded, that the first step towards preventing abuses, would be but to return to the constitutional mode of triennial parlia
The Wiltshire Meeting held here, on the 17th of May, consisting of the Freeholders, Landholders, and other Inhabitants of the County of Wilts, to return thanks to Mr. Wardle, for its number and respectability has had nothing equal to it in that quarter within the memory of man. The business was opened in a most eloquent speech by Henry Hunt, Esq. of Sans Souci Cottage. He said that the members of Government, when Mr. Wardle brought forward his charge, asserted, that there was a Jacobin Conspiracy. It turned out, however, that the conspirators were not Col. Wardle, Sir F. Burdett, Lord Folkstone, Mr. Whitbread, or any of the Minority of 125, but the Duke of York himself, who had been conspiring against the House of Brunswick! There was, indeed, another foul conspiracy
ma conspi. racy against our laws; against the act of settlement which placed the House of Brunswick on the throne, of which one member of the Government was lately convicted.
After thanking Col. Wardle, you will not, said Mr. Hunt, withhold your thanks from Sir F. Burdett, because hireling writers, placemen, and pensioners, have been lavish in their abuse of that exalted character. (Loud applause.) Mr. Hunt, luding to the gross corruption of the State, observed, “ This, Gentlemen, is a subject on whiclr a numerous class of persons in this kingdom feet particularly tender; for, not a word on this point can we mention, but out flies the whole crew of placemen and pensioners from Lord Castlereagh and John Bowles, those pure and immaculate characters, down to the very window-peeper. (Applause-Hear, hear! Flugza!) All of them open-mouthed, with one accord, join in the full: cry of Jacobinism; and an attack upon the prem" rogatives of the Crown. But so far are we from wishing to attack the Crown, that our most earnest object is to support the real prerogatives of the Crown. We want to get rid of that influence which holds the Crown in subjection. Our efforts are solely directed to the rescuing of the country from those imminent perils into which it has been brought by the progress of corruption. The very word pension is odious. Dr. Johnson says, “ A pension is an allowance made to any one without an equivalent.” In England, it is generally understood to mean pay given to a state-hireling for treason to his country.”. (Loud cries of-so it is -the true meaning.) And a pensioner, he says, is “ A slave of state, hired by a stipend to obey his master.” An authority, happily illustrated by the well-known lines of Pope;