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Gngby, Joshua, Esq.
Halifax, Ld. 1694
Hunter, Dr. (York)
Hollis, T. Brand, Esq.
Johnson, Dr. Ifj88
Lloyd, Gam. Esq. 3
1 A Vice-President of the Society for Constitutional Information, about 1780.
2 Author of an Apology for the Freedom of the Press, and General Liberty, 3d ed. 1793.
3 Has corresponded extensively 011 Reform.
Norfolk, D. of 6
4 Author of Letters to th« people of North Britain.
5 Author of Need wood Forest.
.6 At York on the 19th. of December, 1782, his Grace nobly said—"No person could "be against the petition, ex"cept the proprietors of pur"chased Boroughs. The con"duct of Lord Gallway, the "proprietor of the borough of "Pontef 'ract, who came there "to support a measure, ten"ding to overthrow his own "interest, and of another gen"tleman, then present, H. "Peine, Esq. the proprietor "of half a borough, ought to "be held out as a reproach ta "those men who wish to stand "well with the people, and u yet support in parliament, "with all their eloquence, the "withlwldine from them those "rights which time has robbed « them of." See Wy vill's PoL papers. II. 67.
7 Author of observations on the Natural and Civil Rights of Mankind, 1781.
Osborne, Ld. 1716
Popple, Miles, Esq. 2
Powlet, Ld. 1716"
Rochester, Bp. 1716
Salisbury, Ld. 171(5
1 Author of the Necessity of a Speedy and Effectual Reform in Parliament*
2 Author of Consideration on Reform.
3 Author of an Essay on the Middlesex Election and the power of Expulsion.
4 Author of occasional Letters under different signatures in 1774, one of which is preserved in American Independence the Interest and Glory of G. B. p. 9.
5 Author of Freedom of Election the Law of the Land, 1802.
.6 Author of Political Catechism, 3d. edit. 1784.
Somerset, Ld. 1716 ''
Stuart, Dr. Gilb.
Tadcaster, Ld. I7l6
Walker, Adam, Esq. 11
7 A Vice-President of the Society for Constitutional Information, about 1780.
8 A Vice-President of the Society for Constitutional Information, about 1780.
9 Author of a work in Conic Sections.
10 Authors of Letters to Paley.
11 Lecturer in Philosophy.
Many eminent persons tnight doubtless have been added to the foregoing, had I recollected their names, or been acquainted with their sentiments: and the names of all those among the nobility, gentry, and clergy, who, since the subject of parliamentary reformation first engaged the national attention, have either entered into societies, or acted on committees, or voted in parliament for promoting that object, would swell the list; to thousands: and could we further add ali those Englishmen, Irishmen, and Scotchmen, whose attachment to the constitution engaged them in the same pursuit to sign, or to vole in public meetings for, petitions to the house of commons for such a reformation, the number would amount to hundreds of thousands.
Who, on the other side, I ask, have been the eminent Writers? How many have been the independent and disinterested members of parliament? And where have ever appeared the people? Of distinguished writers I' recollect none but Jenyns, Young, Paley, and Burke; the two first,placemen; the third, a well-paid churchman; and the fourth, ended his factious career a pensioner. Had these persons used arguments against a constitutional representation and short parliaments, from whence it were possible to believe they wrote from incorrupt motives, I should not have put additions to their names: what addition might be put to that of the author of "The Pursuits of Literature," if we knew it, I know not; but from the contemptibleness of his reasoning on the subject, it is probable he falls under one of the foregoing classes. 1
Add therefore to the slender band of such writers, part of our borough-holding peers, part of the few electors in our rotten boroughs, part of the house of commons, and part of those who are expectants of court favour, and I should then be glad to know, what there is in this view of the case to prevent an immense national majority saving themselves from slavery and. misery, by an assertion of their rights? In the house of commons, the greatest division against the reform, was under three hundred; but we are to remember that
1 See Appeal, civil and military on the English Constitution, p. itfM
this is the very body to be reformed; and also to recollect how many oFthem were immediately interested io the baneful system; and how many were likewise in the open receipt of Bribes in the form of office or emolument; circumstances under which, had any man pf them given his verdict on an ordinary jury, he wouldfor ever have incurred an indelible stain of infamy ; he would have become an out-cast from society; one to whom no gentleman would have spoken, and in whose company no honest man woulpl have been seen,