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paralleled, as we firmly believe, in the bistory of any Government in the world, have been brought to light, and proved to our perfect conviction ; and that'while we, as English men and loyal subjects cannot help feeling sorrow and shame at seeing the son, and indignation at seeing so many of the servants, of our Sovereign, involved in such scandalous transactions, we cannot, as men setting a proper value upon religious instruction and example, help entertaining the same feelings, and, if possible in an aggravated degree, at seeing deeply implicated in those transactions, no less than five Ministers of the Established Church; nor can we refrain from an expression of our anxious hope, that the Clergy in general (following, in this respect, the example of the two Reverend Gentlemen who signed the requisition for this meeting), will lose no opportunity of inculcating an abhorrence of such practices, and thereby of shewing, that the Church, like her Founder, is no respecter of persons, and that her endowments are not received as the wages of dependence and sycophancy, but as the worthy hire of the labourer in the vineyard of christian piety, and of private and publio virtue.
That if any doubt could have remained as to the baneful effects of such a state of the House of Commons, that doubt must have been removed by the rejection of Mr. Wardle's above-mentioned proposition, in the teeth of the clearest and most conclusive evidence, positive as well as circumstantial, written as well as verbal; and upon which occasion it appeared that all the King's Ministers, all the Placemen, and all the Pensioners then present, voted against the said proposition.
That, in the Act of Parliament, commonly called the Bill of Riguts, it is declared, “ That the election of members of Parliament ought to be free," and, in the same Act it is declared, “ That the violating of the freedom of elections of member to serve in Parliament," was one of the crimes of King James the Second, and one of the grounds upon which he was driven from the throne of this kingdom; but that, notwithstanding this law, which is said to be one of the great bulwarks of the constitution, and notwithstanding divers other laws, made for the purpose of preventing undue returns of members of Parliament, it does appear, from evidence given during the abovesaid inquiry, that Lord Clancarty and Lord Viscount Castlereagh, both of them servants of the King, and the latter a Privy Counsellor, a Secretary of State, and a Member of the House of Commons, did offer to give a writership in the East Indies, in exchange for a seat in the House of Commons, and that the failure of that corrupt negociation was owing, not to any disinclination on their part, but on the part of the seat-seller, to whom the offer was made,
That this Meeting have observed, that, during a debate in the House of Commons, on the 20th of this month, upon the subjects of the aforesaid Inquiry, Thomas Creevey, Esq. one of the honourable minority of 125, did distinctly state, that it was not only his belief, but it was within his own knowledge, that Seats in Parliament had been bought and sold ; that the Treasury not only openly bought and sold those seats, but kept, in a great degree, a monopoly of the market; and that it was perfectly well known, that a dissolution of Parliament was not an appeal to the people, but an appeal to the Treasury; and that this Meeting have further observed, that, in answer to this statement of Mr. Creevey (for wbich that gentleman is entitled to our particular thanks), the King's Minister, Mr. Percival, did not attempt to deny the facts alleged, but contented himself with insinuating, that the opposite party, when in power, had been guilty of similar practices.
That, from the foregoing facts, as well as from numerous others, notorious to the whole nation, this Meeting have a firm conviction, that it is in the House of Commons, as at present constituted, that exists the great and efficient cause of that profligacy of manners amongst so many in high life ; of that corrupt disposal of offices; of that endless train of unpunished peculations;
Mr. Chamberlayne, of Weston,
Success to Major Cartwright, and the Westminster Meeting, OB the 1st of May, for Reform of Parliament.
Sir H. Mildmay, and the Independent Citizens of Winchester.
The Independent Inhabitants of Southampton, and no influence under the Rose.
The Independent Yeomanry of Hampshire.
The Land we live in.
The fate of General Clavering to the Clergymen who barely attempted to violate the virtue of the Duke of Portland.
The Venerable 76, in the person of Fariner Meares of Faiithorne.
Andrew Marvell, and his mutton-bone..
It should have been observed, that one of the sesolutions respecting thanks, contained the following expressions of the Meeting :-We, as Hampshiremen, observe, with pleasure and with pride, the names of Sir H. Mildmay, Bart. and of Admiral Markham, and Newton Fellowes, Esq. while we, though not with very great sur
prise, observe, and trust that the fact will be remembered, that the name of neither of the members for this county does appear upon that honourable list.
Mr. Chamberlayne, Esq. (of Weston) said he sbould second the single Resolution of Mr. Cobbett, in preference to those proposed by Mr. Powlett, for tbis plain reason, because it was clear, explicit, direct, and, in his opinion, to use sportsman's expression, " Ilit the bird in the eye.” He then enlarged on the great merit and services of Colonel Wardle. "Mr. Wardle had to contend against three prophets and a prophecy. The three prophets were Mr. Canning, Mr. Perceval, and Lord Castlereagh. These three wise men, who came, I suppose, out of the East, prophesied, that after all Colonel Wardle could do, nothing would be effected but a discovery of a Jacobinical Conspiracy ; that they did distinctly profess and assert in the House of Commons. ( They were false Prophets.) Now there was some truth, but at the same time a devilish deal of falsehood in this prophecy. There was a conspiracy certainly, but, unfortunately for these prophets and for their prophecy, the conspiracy turned out to be not against the House of Brunswick, but by the House of Brunswick against itself. It was a conspiracy of the Governors against the governed. Are we, said he, to look at