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liamentary investigation of the charges magnanimously and public-spiritedly preferred by G. L. Wardle, Esq. against the late "Commander-in, chief."
The inhabitants of this county held a meeting, pursuant to public notice, at the Town Hall, on the 21st of April, 1809; Thomas Parr, in the chair; when it was Resolved,
That the exposure of many transactions in the several departments of the state, and the conduct of many persons connected therewith, are so many melancholy proofs that the Constitution of the country has been endangered by gross and scandalons corruption.
That it is the indispensible duty of every meme ber of the House of Commons to guard with a watchful eye the expenditure of the public money, and, as the faithful guardian of the people's rights, to exert every endeavour for the detecting and bringing to condign punishment the agents of corruption, in every department of the state.
That it is to the tried patriotism and undaunted zeal of Gwyllim Lloyd Wardle, Esq. that the country is indebted for the exposure of many flagrant abuses in the military department, and to his unexampled courage and perseverance (assisted by the virtuous and independent Members of the House of Commons) we look with confidence to the completion of the great work of reformation. Deeply impressed with these sentiments, we cannot but consider Gwylim Lloyd Wardle, Esq. entitled not only to our warmest thanks, but also to the gratitude of his country.
And that the thanks of this meeting be given to Benjamin Lester Lester, Esq. the worthy representative of this town and county, to the member for the county of Dorset, and to all other the Members of the House of Commons who voted in the different minorities on the late important questions.
The inhabitants of this place had a meeting in the County Hall, on the 19th of April, 1809, the Rev. Richard Blackmore in the chair; when it was Resolved,
That the recent inquiry before the House of Commons into the alledged abuses relating to military promotions, has indisputably proved their existence to a most alarming degree, equally tending to the degradation of the army, to subvert its best and dearest interests, and to sap the foundation of government itself,
That we feel peculiarly indebted to Gwyllimi Lloyd Wardle, Esq. for his patriotism and manliness in instituting this inquiry, and for his inflexible firmness in its prosecution, which have justly intitled him to the gratitude of the United Kingdom.
That His Royal Highness the Duke of York, by resigning his situation of Commander-in-chief, has acted in conformity with the wishes of the people, in opposition to the majority of the House of Commons; that if any person, at any future period, should advise His Majesty to reinstate him, he will, by such advice, prove himself an enemy to his country.
That the late decision of the House of Commons has disappointed the hopes and expectations of the public, and convinces us of the necessity of a speedy and effectual reform in the representation of the Commons in Parliament, as a security to the throne, a support to the nobility, and a safeguard to the people.
Was not backward in following the example of its neighbours. . On Saturday, May 6, a meeting was held at the Guildhall, to return thanks to Mr. Wardle, for his patriotic conduct in bringing forward the charges against the Duke of York.Mr. Pitt, surveyor, opened the meeting with a prefaced speech to some resolutions, when Mr. Nicholls proposed a strong and spirited amend. ment, wbich was carried unanimously. J. Atherley, Jun. Esq. late member, after apologizing for not being an immediate inhabitant, made a most eloquent address to the meeting, declaratory of his full approbation of the resolutions, and the necessity of a speedy Reform in Parliament, which measure he would stake his life to support. Sir Yelverton, the chairman, supported his situatiou with a dignity becoming his high station, and received the universal plaudits of the meeting.
This meeting was held on the 3d of May, at the Town Hall there. The Mayor, Thomas Wrightson, Esq. in the chair:
Besides voting thanks to Gwyllim Lloyd Wardle, Esq., Sir Francis Burdett, Admiral Markham, Lord Althorp, William Wrightson, Esq. of Casworth, the two Members of the County, William Wilberforce, Esq. and Lord Viscount Milton, it was Resolved,
That this meeting, anxious to preserve unimpaired the purity and blessings of that excellent form of government, which our ancestors have transmitted to us, and ardently wishing to see all the constituted authorities preserved and reverenced in the due exercise of their respective functions, feels it to be an indispensible duty, at this eventful moment, when all the nations that surround us have paid the forfeit of their corruption in the annihilation of their government, to call for a strict, a temperate, but an effectual, inquiry into every species of public abuse, and to express a hope that hereafter, on similar occasions, the sense of the House of Commons may appear to be less at variance with the sense of the nation; and that a larger body of the representatives of the people may be found to defend the constitution, by correcting public abuses, so effectually as to secure to the country the honest application and economical expenditure of public money.