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savages, who had attacked the house, and father's lives; now was the time were at large the next day, just as to bring forth protection, and give if they had done nothing at all. I the election the appearance of fair saw, taking the past into view, not ness! the smallest hope of obtaining pro- I, ho vever, went near the Booth rection for my voters; nor, indeed, no more. I could not by my prefor myself out of the house. We sence, give countenance to any had the Sunday, got some few further proceedings. When I have fire arms, and were quite secure in collected most of the prominent facts the house ; but, as to the election, and circumstances, I shall lay the there remained nothing belonging to case before some lawyer; and, if his it worthy of the name.
opinion bear me out, I will petition I, therefore, on the Monday morn against the return of these two men, ing, before the poll opened, sent to who according to law and justice, are the Sheriffs the Protest, which you
no more Members for Coventry, than will find below. They, however, they are Members for New York. I
did nothing any more.
I let them all opened the poll, and went on! They do just what they pleased. And they, got no Constables round the Booth
at last, stated that the numbers wero till noon, and kept polling away all
as follows: the while. About noon, they sent
1474 be a verbal message to say, that all
1422 was quiet, and that they had a force
517 out and on foot. Why did they not
You will remember, that I was at provide such a force before? I had
the head of the poll on the first day : applied to them ten times a day for that I again copped my opponents at such a force. I had, as you will see, 11 o'clock on the third day. You applied to the Mayor in the morning have seen by what means they obof the Saturday; who neither sent a tained their majority afterwards. 1
force nor an answer! But now, when And, observe, that, after all, my terror and stabbing had done their
votes were almost all of them double Fork; when many of my voters
rotos; that is to say, the men who from the country
voted for me, voted for nobody else. out polling; when the great body, who remained unpolled at Coventry, Split my votes; that is, multiply had been overawed and reduced to them by two; and see, after all, bow absolute subjection; whon the wives very trifling my minority! Had it abd children had been filled with fear been a free and for election. Had oflops of bread and of their husbands. there been no master's subbortation ;
had there been no' hired savages ; | power to do, to serre them. A Mr. nay, had only the knives been kept Jewiss, who came from London, and away, I should have polled about two who voted for me only, is put down : thousand men ! It was the knives, amongst the voters for Moore and and the knives only, that obtained | Ellice ! He went, and offered to Moore and Ellice their majority. swear, that he had voted for me only; My voters would have borne any I will swear that that was the fact; a thing in the way of hunger, arising Mr. Taylor, who voted with him, was from the want of employment ; any ready, and is ready to swear to the thing in the way of bealing ; but,
same fact. A representation of this life is dear to all men, and especially,
was made, at the time; but, we when a wife and children pull at the
could not get the poll-book altered! heart-strings; and, the knives were so busily at work, by dark as well as by In how many instances the like of day-light, that every man, who voted this may have occurred, I know not ; for me, actually did it at the peril of for, indeed, the confusion and viohis life.
lence and continual uproar were such All the circumstances considered, as to destroy all chance of any thing the wonder is, that 517 men should like correctness in any part of the have been found so full of devotion proceedings. But, I believe, that
it occurred in at least sisteen into principle as to vote for nie at
stances; and no one such mistake.like that. Hell-upon-earth, the Booth of occurred on the other side. The 517 Coventry. My heart ached for them votes, given for me, were real votes. when I saw them approach. When They were given in consequence of I shook hands with them, it really a conviction, that to elect me would seemed that I was bidding them adieu be a good done to the country ; and, upon their death beds. Many of when we consider, that I had no supthem, and, indeed, the most of them, port of any sert, other than that, , were sober, religious, men. They which arose out of the good opinion were manifestly actuated by a con.
of consciencious men, the result of
this election is more honourable to sciencious feeling of duty. I never sball forget the friendship and affec-me, than any thing that has ever be
fore taken place; it is even less equition that they demonstrated towards vocal, than the honour bestowed on me; and, whether the time may be me in the passing of the Dun- , near. år distant, when I shall see geon Bill, in. 1817, or the passing of ther again, I shall not fail to do the Banishment Bill and the other eyerything that I may have the five Bills, in 1819.
On the Wednesday, in the second had been raised for the purpose of
week, I went, with your sister to a making war upon the people of Codu village, called MERIDEN, to see whe-ventry. All those gentlemen, who
ther the change of air would restore my took part with me, and, indeed, who coice. It did not; and I am yet very
took the main part of the trouble upon
themselves, behaved towārds me in a hoarse. This was a monstrous misfortune. The two cowardly scamps
manner that I shall always remember had
with the greatest gratitude. They to deal with a dumb man ! They es.
showed as much public.spirit as I ever caped the far better part of what I had witnessed; and it will be a source of in store for them. Had I had my voice,
deep mortification to me, if I never I could have half-subdued their Sava.
should be able to render them and ges. There was ElLICE stammering
The inconaway his nonsense by the hour, while
their City any service. was as silent as a woolpack!
venience they experienced is indeDie At Meriden there was à curious scribeable. Nor were the real inju.
adrenture, in which that pretty fellow, ries they sustained trifling. I ad. the Earl op Aylsford, took a part, mired the fortitude, with which they end which you shall have an account endured every evil; and, though my of in the next Register. It really pen cannot do them justice, my heart must be, that the Drama is drawing does.
God bless you. to a close ; for, we daily witness and hear of things so out of all reason ;
WM. COBBETT. things so wholly incompatible, not only with civil and political liberty,
APPLICATION FOR PROTEC. but with every thing like order and
TION. 13 law, that it is impossible to believe in
TO THE WORSHIPFUL THE MAYOR the long continuance of such a state
I here subjoin all the documents,
Coventry, 11th March, 1820. which I think necessary to publish at
MR. MAYOR-I, as one of the Canpresent. In conclusion, I must beg Parliament, beg leave to represent
didates for representing this city in you not to entertain a bad opinion of the main part of the people of Coven- who have been coming up to vote for
to you, that many of the persons, try. The bands of Savages were
me, bave been hindered from so docomposed of all the vile miscreants that could be picked up within ten or
ing by threats of the most violent tenbíteen miles of the place. They had dency ; that others have been assaultheen recruited, just as soldiers are,
ed, in the most cruel manner; that and had been brought in, lodged, fed. many have had their clothes torn drenched, and armed with knives ! from their backs; that some have In fact, this battalion of miscreants been maimed to the hazard of their
lives; that knives have been used by demanded by the law, all has been the savage assailants; that flags,
obstruction and tumult. But now it banners, and exhibitions, expressly appears to have come to this : whecalculated to inspire a disposition in ther my votes and myself be to ena furious rabble, to commit acts of joy our rights or whether we be to the blackest dye, have been carried be exposed to be maimed or murdered through the streets and round the if we further attempt an exercise of hustings; and, that, in one case, it them: or, in other words, whether
this election, be to be decided by was with some difficulty, that I myself escaped with my life. In short, votes, or by blows and stabs.
I have the honour to send
hereSir, every thing shews, that it is in
with several depositions : on these de. tended by those who employ or spura positions I ground a complaint of want on, this furious rabble, to prevent of protection against obstruction and all freedom of election at this time.
tumult, and against violence of all Upon the ground of these premises,
sorts, at the Booth, which ought never I bog leave to request, Sir, that you
to have taken place there. You have, will be pleased to cause peace
in these depositions, full proof of effecto protect the voters in their way to
tual obstruction to myvoters, by means and from the pall; and to use such other means as in your better judge
of the most odious and cruel, and
also full proof of a settled design ment may appear necessary to put
to murder me. Therefore, I shall not an end to those continual breaches
again attend at the Booth, nor, by
myself, or any agent, give counteI am, Sir, Your most humble
nance to any of the proceedings there And most obedient servant,
until a real and effectual protection be
afforded ; until all round the Booth W». COBBETT.
be peace and safety; and until the PROTEST TO THE SHERIFFS.
avenues to it be free from danger to To MESSRS JOHNSON AND HAWKES, SHERIFFS OF COVENTRY.
my voters; and, until, in short, all Corentry, 13th March, 1820.
tumultuous proceedings be put an GENTLEMEN, The transactions,
end to. And I now protest against all which have taken place since the be- polling, and all proceeding in the ginning of the election, have at last election, until such protection be proassumed a character, which calls for vided, and be actually on foot and a formal notification and protest on brought forth into efficient activity, my part.
I am, Gentlemen,
Your most humble,
and most obedient Servant. struction and tumult, so imperiously
of the peace.
OF OBSTRUCTIONS TO THE VOTERS
knuckles so hard against both
sides of his throat, that he was James Dillon, Wells-street,
compelled to quit his hold of the Dyer, says, that, during the
booth in order to endeavour to election he has made several at
get their hands away and to save **
tempts to get to the booth to vote his life. They then dragged him for Mr. Cobbett; but was always out and flung him down in the prevented by the violent ob
mud, out of which he got with struction of a band of men, who
some difficulty. They, during the were crying out “ Moore and
time, cut a part of his coat off, Ellice,” and who were constantly and totally spoiled it, and he has employed in forcing Mr. Cobbett's the coat now to produce, to show voters from the booth. He, at that it was cut as well as torn. ast, got up to the booth, before He says, that he has, by these vioa the polling began on Friday lent means, been prevented from Morning. He got his arın over voting, and that he now fears to the side of the booth, and had, as go to vote, lest he should receive he thought, secured the means of some great personal injury. giving his vote. But, the gang of
No. 2. Moore and Ellice having perceiv.
ISAAC JOHNSON, Weaver, ed him, two of them put their maketh oath, and sạith, that, on lands over his shoulders and Friday last he went to the booth, seizing him by the neckcloth, with intention to poll for Mr. twisted it and pressed their Cobbetl. Being perceived by the