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and Place-hunters, they yet spoke the genuine sentiments of the people at large.
5thly, That the thanks of this meeting are more especially due to Sir Francis Burdett, Bart. who seconded the motion for inquiry ; to Lord Viscount Folkstone, for his firm and judicious support during the whole course of it; to Thomas William Coke, Esq. to Sir Samuel Romilly, Bart. Samuel Wbitbread, Esq. Major General Ferguson, Sir Thomas Turton, Bart. the Ilon. Thomas Brand, the Hon. W. H. Lyttleton, Lord Stanley, Lord Althorpe, and Jobn Christian Curwen, Esq. for the assistance which they respectively gave in bringing to light the public abuses and the public culprits.
6thly, That in the opinion of this meeting facts have been disclosed which prove that corruption has long existed in many publie offices; that in consequence the taxes and the burthens of the people have been unnecessarily increased, and that no permanent good can arise from the commencement of this great measure of inquiry into abuses, unless it be followed by a general reform.
It is worthy of note, that the Mayor, perhaps, copying some of his contemporaries, refused to call a Common Hall; but, the people assembling to the number of three thousand, Mr. Day did not think proper to keep the ball doors closed; and J. Marsh, Esq. briefly stated the purport of the meeting. W. Smith, Esq. M. P. then spoke, in explanation of his conduct: be cordially joined the resolutions, and concluded by saying, that, however he and some of his constituents might differ as to the means of rooting out corruption, he was sure that they were all agreed as to the absolute necessity of opposing, and, if possible, annihilating it. Mr. Smith was heard with attention and applause. The resolutions were put and carried unanimously. Some persons attempted to interrupt the business of the meeting, but the peo. ple soon cleared the Hall of them, and the business proceeded without further interruption.
This place has been distinguished by strong opposition to the proposed vote of thanks to Mr. Wardle; and the ministerial party, in the first instance, prevailed so far, as to pass a string of resolutions, censuring not only those who meet to pass resolutions approbatory of Mr. W. and his supporters, but also of all who in any way oppose ministers; declaring their fullest confidence in their wisdom, virtue, and integrity. The Portmen, however, inserted an advertisement in their County Journal, justifying themselves for the ad. laws of our country? are we to wink at corruptions; to countenance adultery ; to support dissipation; to allow men to fill posts in the church, the army, and the state, for which they were never qualified ! (No, no.) And, by the basest means, are those who are altogether unworthy of the friendship of moral men, to climb to honour, influence, and profit? What have we to expect from our armies, if those who command them are men who violate the sacred and civil laws; whose promotions are the effects of corruption ; whose friends and patrons are the debauched and adulterous.
“Do wenot live in a day when iniquity abounds and threatens the nation ? and is it not then the duty of every Briton, who is in heart friendly to the King, the Constitution, and the Country, to venerate those who have so manfully undertaken, so steadily persevered, and successfully brought the business to a close? If the vote of thanks to Mr. Wardle and his assistants is negatived in this assembly, I shall be numbered with the men who sigh for all the abominations of the times." (Loud applause.)
The Chairman then put the question of adjournment, for which only a few hands were held up. He then read the several resolutions, which were carried by large majorities.
It was therefore resolved, on the motion of Ben. jamin Benyon, Esq. seconded by John Beck, Esq.
That, in the opinion of this Meeting, the late investigation by the honourable the House of Commons into the conduct of His Royal Highness the Commander-in-chief, is a matter of infinite importance to the country, inasmuch as, by having brought to light an infamous system of trafficking in commissions, promotions, and appointments, carried on to an alarming extent, it has afforded an opportunity, and furnished a strong incitement, to the independent members of the House of Commons to exert themselves to defend the throne and people from the destructive effects of corruption in every department of the State.
That the most cordial thanks of this meeting be given to Gwyllim Lloyd Wardle, Esq. for his intrepidity and patriotism in instituting the said investigation, and for his candour and perseverance in conducting the same to its termination, through all the discouragements and difficulties wbich he had to encounter.
And also to every other member of the House of Commons, who, either by active co-operation supported Mr. Wardle in bis arduous undertak ing, or who voted in any of the several minorities which divided against the defenders of the conduct of the Commander-in-chief.
LOXDALE, Town Clerk.
The Meeting of this town was very numerous and respectable, and was held there on the 20th of April ; M. J. Wright, Esq. Mayor, in the Chair.
W. Horton, Esq. observed, that it was unne. cessary for him to enter at any length into the nature of the meeting. Every Englishman, who had suffered his mind to be fairly acted upon by the late memorable proceedings in Parliament, must be aware that Mr. Wardle had rendered a very important service to his country. Every man capable of appreciating the true principles of liberty, and the courage and public spirit by which they were preserved to the State, must be convinced that Mr. Wardle's conduct was prccisely of that bold and marked nature which men in general would shrink from. In proportion therefore as he had deviated from the common track of equivocal and shuffling parliamentary patriotism, he was entitled to some distinguished mode of approbation. To this the country seemed to have unanimously agreed, wherever a powerful aristocracy did not stretch forth its arm to shield the delinquent from public censure. He concluded by moving an address to Mr. Wardle.