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served, “ This, Gentlemen, is a subject on whiclt a numerous class of persons in this kingdom feel 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! Flusza!) All of them open-mouthed, with one accord, join in the full: cry of Jacobinism; and an attack upon the prerogatives 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 un-derstood 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 ;
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Let any man, said Mr. Hunt, look at the annual expenditure of the nation, which, within a very few years, has increased from sixteen millions to the enormous and incredible sum of more than seventy millions ! Let any man look at this single fact, and then say, whether it is not necessary to check that corrupt influence to which we are indebted for this lavish expenditure.
But the existence of corruption is no new doctrine; for since the Act for triennial Parliaments was passed, we have had no fewer than sixty-five Acts of Parliament to secure the freedom and purity of election, of which acts, sixteen or seventeen we passed during the early part of the present reign, and sorry I am to say, with little effect. Corruption is a crying and selfish evil, and there surely cannot be any man so weak as to expect that the House of Commons will reform itself; it might as wellexpect that a malefactor, while there is a chance of a reprieve, should put the balter round his own neck, and drive the cart from under him, as that Parliament should reform itself. (True, true! Loud and continued applause.) The House of Commons can never be reformed while there is a majority of placemen and pensioners sitting in it. (Never, never.) That corrupt influence, which is now become so notorious, has been eloquently described by the late Mr. Burke, as "the everlasting spring of prodigality, the destruction of the liberties of the people, and of the wisdom of our counsels.” Nor was the opinion of the immortal Chatham less decisive on this important subject. He most energetically observed, “ that what was called the management of the House of Commons, that is, the exertion of corrupt influence, was unknown to the Constitution." There are large sums in the public accounts sunk under the head of secret service money. Boroughs are bought with the money that comes out of our pockets to pay for secret services; bought for some state-hireling, who receives a pension for supporting the minister. If England is to be saved from the fate which has overtaken Holland, Italy, and Prussia : from that fate which now threatens Austria, we must begin immediately with the important work of rooting out those corrupt practices which have more powerfully contributed to the downfall of those governments than all the armies of Napoleon. You must instantly set about this great work with firmness and perseve. rance, but at the same time, with temperance and moderation ; for the constitution of England, of which we must never for a moment lose sight, does not admit of this great object being effected in any other manner. We are assembled in this place to support that Constitution, of the violation and infringement of which, we complain ; and let it be remembered, that we are not assembled in
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;; weare assinab bere esercise our isparats, and to which w Inow and ful we are ex4.city. (upps: tt.) I England is is te sare), to pple Les be assured that they are fairly dait by, and the che produced by the load of taxes with which they are also hea. vily barthened, is spent honestly. (The's all we cant.) As to the resolutions I am nos to propse, I think every one must feel the absolute necessity of a Parliamentary Reform (That we do; loud applause); and feeling that necessity, I don't know why we should not set the example in this county. It is of no use to petition the Par. Jiament--that is out of the question; we must petition the Throne. It is expedient that we should meet at some early day, to petition His Majesty to assist us in this great and necessary undertaking, and in enabling us to preserve the laws of the land. Here Mr. Hunt offered his acknowledg. ment to the meeting for the attention they had paid him, observing, that he yielded to no man in zcal for the welfare and preservation of the country, and introduced Lord Bolingbroke's remark, that “the constitution of England is the business of every Englishman."
Not above three persons, out of as many thousands who had assembled, objected to the resolu. tions proposed by Mr. Ilunt,
Mr. Bleek, then, in a most animated speech, proposed a vote of censure on the conduct of the Representatives of the County of Wilts, which was carried by acclamation.
Sir Charles Warre Malet was in the chair during the business of the 17th of May, in the Council Chamber of the City of New Sarum ; and among the spirited Resolutions passed on the occasion, were the following :
That the thanks of this Meeting be given to Gwyllim Lloyd Wardle, Esq. for having instituted the recent inquiry in the House of Commons relative to the conduct of His Royal Highness the Duke of York, as Commander-in-chief ; for having, unconnected with, and unsupported by, any party or faction, prosecuted that laudable undertaking with unexampled magnanimity, talent, zeal, temper, and perseverance; and especially for having had the resolution to discharge his duty, in defiance of the threats and prejudices excited against him by the King's Ministers, and by many of the leaders of the opposite party.
Besides thanking the whole minority of 125, it is added, “ That we, as Wiltshire men, observe with pleasure the name of that venerable and truly independent senator, William Hussey, Esq. who, for NINE successive Parliaments, has represented the City of New Sarum with ability and perseverance, and with undeviating integrity and inde