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our opinion, unworthy of public confidence, and to have justly merited the censure of all honest
Finally, we sincerely trust, that the consoling reflection of an approving conscience—the wellearned meed of public praise, and, above all, the chcering hope of complete success, will operate with these faithful guardians of the people's rights as a stimulus to unrelaxed exertion, and that their unremitting perseverance will eventually purge from the British soil the polluted film of baleful yenality.
TIJE GUILDFORD MEETING
Was held at the Town Hall, on the 25th of April. The Mayor, J. Martyn, Esq. stated that he had called the meeting in compliance with a requisition from six respectable persons, to consider the propriety of returning thanks to G. L. Wardle, Esq. for his late conduct in Parliament.
Mr. Akderman Russel, in a concise speech, proposed the resolutions and address, which was seconded by Mr. Clarkson, and unanimously agreed to. This address of the inhabitants of Guildford, for its brevity and force of expression, has scarcely been equalled. The following is a copy of the
“ To G. L, Wardle, Esq. M.P.
Sir,-We consider that no foreign conquest or efforts of genius so essential to the country as the honest exertions of independent Members of Parliament to expose, and endeavour to exterminate, corrupt practices.
“ We revere our King and Constitution, and complain of no sacrifices that we are called upon for their security and support; but when such transactions as have lately been exposed are suffered to exist without notice, how truly thankful must every true and loyal Briton be that such an independent member as yourself stands forward as champion in the cause of truth.
“ We most unfeignedly give you our cordial and grateful thanks, and most sincerely wish that you may for many years enjoy the heart-felt satisfaction of being instrumental to the happiness of your own countrymen.
J. MARTYN, Mayor."
BOROUGH OF LEWES, SUSSEX. This meeting was held at the Town Hall, on the 18th of April, in conformity to a requisition, signed by a great number of the inhabitants, Mr. Henry Rawson, senior, constable, in the chair.
The business of the day was opened in an appropriate speech, by Henry Jackson, Esq. who brought forward a number of resolutions, wbich were all approved of as far as they went.
The resolutions that passed on this occasion, besides thanking Mr. Wardle, Thomas Kemp, and Henry Sbelley, Esqrs. the independent members for the Borough of Lewes, expressed nothing remarkable.
The first and second in order, passed unanimously, but on the third being put, Mr. Henry Blackman rose, and proposed an amendment, by adding the lines, following the word “lesson," which he ably supported in an animated, impressive, and comprehensive, speech of considerable length. Mr. Parker, a dissenting minister, spoke in favour of the amendment; and Mr. Jackson, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Hooper, and Dr. Blair, against it; after which it was put and carried, with the appearance of but few dissentient hands. Mr Blackman then followed up his amendment, with the fourth resolution, as premised in his speech, which was in like manner objected to by the same gentlemen, who contended, that it was irrelevant to the business before the meeting, not being expressed or implied in the constable's notice, and consequently, in point of order, not open to discussion ; but the question being now called for, a division took place, when only about eight hands were held up in favour of the objection.
The fifth resolution was carried unanimously.
The next that was moved and seconded, after some prefatory observations, was the following :--
Resolved-_" That Thomas Kemp and Henry Shelley, Esqrs. by their conduct in Parliament, on the above trying and important occasion, have established their political independence, beyond the. possibility of a doubt; and that they are in consequence entitled, not only to the thanks of this Borough, but also to its future elective support, free of any expence whatsoever; and the more especially as an admission of an expenditure on their parts would be incompatible with that freedom which the Borough professes, and feels determined to maintain.”
The above resolution was, from motives we are unable to discover, objected to, and, after much desultory conversation, reluctantly withdrawn.
The 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Resolutions were carried unanimously, and without any observations that demand particular notice. The business of the day occupied about three hours.
NORFOLK COUNTY MEETING Was held at the Shire. House, Norwich, on Tuesday, the 20 May. Stretton George Herbert, who (in the absence of the High Sheriff) was called to the chair, proposed the following resolutions, which were seconded by Thomas Beesor, Esq. and adopted without one dissentiant voice :
That the thanks of this meeting be given to G. L. Wardle, Esq. for the indefatigable zeal and disinterested patriotism he has evinced in detecting and bringing to light the gross and unparalleled corruption which has long existed in the office of the Commander-in-chief; and for the firm and temperate perseverance with which (in defiance of threats and difficulties) he carried on the late investigation in Parliament, to his own honour, and the advantage of his country.
That the thanks of this meeting be given to all those who cordially assisted Mr. Wardle in the arduous task he had undertaken ; including T. W. Coke, Esq. who divided with the patriotic minority of 125, and Sir J. H, Astley, Bart. for his vote in favour of Sir T. Turton's amendment.
It was also resolved that the majority in the late divisions in Parliament, acquitting the Commander-in-chief of all personal corruption, and of all connivance at corruption, was in direct opposition to the sense of the people; and that the