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Mr. Somerville seconded the motion, and entered at considerable length into the merits of Mr. Wardle's conduct.
Mr. Drewry moved an adjournment of the meeting sine die, and talked of a licentious press : he thought Mr. Wardle had been already sufficiently rewarded. Mr. Drewry's motion was negatived without a division. Mr. Keen's amend. ment, also, for saying We, the Mayor, Aldermen, Common Council, &c. instead of We, the Inhabitants, was also lost, and the following Address and Resolutions, at length, passed unanimously:
" To Gwyllim Lloyd Wardle, Esq.
We, the Inhabitants of the Borough of Stafford, have witnessed, with sentiments of admiration and gratitude, the firm but temperate manner in which you have prosecuted a long and laborious inquiry into the conduct of the late Commanderin-chief.
" The victory which you have obtained over the abuses disclosed in that high official situation, is a noble instance of the self-renovating power of our glorious Constitution.
“ You have shewn, that any virtuous and independent member of the House of Commons, unconnected with party, but supported by the public voice, is enabled to promote the cause of truth, and the real interests of the nation.
"Estimating your services, therefore, as theeffects of an honest and courageous mind, we offer to you our ardent thanks, as a part of that community which you have so eminently benefited. ”
A Meeting was held at the Town-Hall, on the 18th of April, convened pursuant to a requisition; H. Brown, Esq. Mayor, in the chair ; when the following resolutions were almost unanimously adopted, viz ;
That this Meeting, actuated by the purest motives, is desirous of expressing to Gwyllim Lloyd Wardle, Esq. its grateful thanks for the firm and independent manner in which, unconnected with party, he instituted, and the temper and perseverance which he displayed in the prosecution of the late arduous inquiry into the conduct of His Royal Highness the Duke of York.
That this meeting, believing that gross abuses and shameful corruption have been fully proved to exist in various departments of the State, and in the general administration of Public Affairs, is thoroughly convinced of the necessity of timely and temperate, but strict and effectual, inquiry and correction.
That after the distinguished proof which has been given by Mr. Wardle, of what, under the forms of our excellent Constitution, may be accomplished by the honest exertions of an individual member of the House of Commons, this meeting trusts that the fatal consequences to which, such corruption and abuses must inevitably lead, will be averted by the united efforts of all good men, and of such representatives of the people in particular, as, with abilities equal to the task, shall have the courage, probity, and independence to step forward on an occasion so pregnant with honour to themselves, and safety to their country.
This was a meeting of the freemen, and inhabi-: tants in Common Hall assembled, and took place on Thursday, April 12, in compliance with a public requisition. The thanks of the meeting were voted to Mr. Wardle, for “ his dauntless intrepidity in proposing the recent investigation in the House of Commons, which disclosed the existence of gross abuses and corruptions in the conduct of the Commander-in-chief of His Majesty's land forces, and other departments of the
Thanks were at the same time voted to W. Gordon and A. Robarts, Esqrs, members for Worcester; the Hon. W. H. Lyttleton, member for the county; the Ilon. A. Foley and Sir T.
the additional approbation and confidence of their constituents.
Resolved, That this meeting consider the conduct of the present administration, relative to the late inquiry respecting His Royal Highness the Duke of York, derogatory to their official duty, and renders them altogether undeserving that great trust with wbich they are invested.
With the friends of Mr. Wardle, the Mayor, also, received the thanks of the meeting.
The meeting of the Burgesses and inhabitants of this place was on Tuesday, May 16, at the Court House ; Thomas Collins, Esq. Mayor, in the chair.
Their resolutions, besides thanking Mr. Wardle, and the 125 upright members, expressed —
That the late decision of the House of Commons, standing in direct opposition to the clear and de cided opinion, and offering the grossest violence to all the best feelings of the nation, exhibits a most striking and melancholy proof of the present imperfect representation of the people in parliament.
That, in the opinion of this meeting, a timely, temperate, and well-conducted; Plan of Parliamentary reform can alone afford an effectual security against all great and dangerous abuses in the various departments of government; and that, by restoring to the House of Commons its constitutional and rightful character of being a fair and faithful representation of the people, such reform would render that body amiable and venerable in the estimation of their constituents-would contribute essentially to the happiness and true glory of the Sovereign --would give their due weight to property, talent, and virtue in the Senate and promote the collective interest of a free, enlightene ed, and generous nation.
The freeholders of this county met at the Shire Hall, on Friday, May 6, under circumstances of some novelty, it being the first which has there assembled since the days of Sir Robert Bernard, without the previous approbation, and not under the immediate auspices, of one or other of the Noble Families which are supposed to divide the guidance of the county. Without consulting either, a number of respectable land-owners signed a requisition, to which the Sheriff, of course, acceded, desiring a meeting to be convened, for the purpose of paying a tribute of gratitude to Mr. Wardle.