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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 Covillage, 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 voice. It did not; and I am yet very
took the main part of the trouble upon hoarse. This was a monstrous misfor
themselves, behaved towārds me in'a
manner that I shall always remember tune. The two cowardly scamps 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. I was as silent as a woolpack !
venience they experienced is indeAt Meriden there was à curious scribeable. Nor were the real inju. adventure, in which that pretty fellow, ries they sustained trifling. I adthe 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. to a close ; for, we daily witness and
God bless you. 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. law, that it is impossible to believe in
TO THE WORSHIPFUL THE MAYOR the long continuance of such a stale
OF COVENTRY of society.
Coventry, 11th March, 1820. I here subjoin all the documents,
MR. MAYOR-I, as one of the Canwhich I think necessary to publish at
didates for representing this city in present. In conclusion, I must beg Parliament, beg leave to represent you not to entertain a bad opinion of
to you, that many of the persons, the main part of the people of Coven
who have been coming up to vote for try. The bands of Savages were
me, have been hindered from só docomposed of all the vile miscreants that could be picked up within ten or
ing by threats of the most violent tenffteen miles of the place. They had dency ; that others have been assaultbeen recruited, just as soldiers
ed, in the most cruel manner; that
are, 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 so 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 my
. self escaped with my life. In short, votes, or by blows and stabs.
I have the honour to send you
here. Sir, every thing shews, that it is in
with several depositions : on these de tended by those who employ or spurn 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 bag leave to request, Sir, that you will be pleased to cause peace
to have taken place there. You have, officers
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 an end to those continual breaches
to murder me. Therefore, I shall not ? 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 MESSAS JOHNSON AND HAWKES, SHERIFFS OF COVENTRY.
my voters; and, until, in short, all Coventry, 13th Marck, 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, Instead of that tolal absence of ob
Your most humble,
and most obedient Servant, struction and rumult, so imperiously
of the peace.
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 bis 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 perceive
ISAAC Johnson, Weaver, ed him, two of them put their maketh oath, and saith, 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 Cobhett. Being perceived by the
gang of Moore and Ellice, they | less, of the said City, Weaver, cried out for a show of hands for taken the 12th day of March, Moore and Ellice, and as he did 1820, who saith; that he went not hold up his hand, Day, the up to the booth on Saturday morn.
ing last, to poll—that he was gardener, bore upon him; and
forcibly and violently prevented Adie Cramp seized hold of him from getting up to the booth, for and dragged him out from the
a considerable time, by John Roe, booth. On Saturday morning he and several other persons, in the went up again and got very near interest of Moore and Elliceto the booth. Adie Cramp came that they were saying Mr. Cobup to him again. Cramp began bett should not poll a man for the to push him. Examinant said to next hour, and then the election Cramp, “ I have a right to give would be over-that they should zny vote as well as you :” to which let them all go up, that we may Cramp answered :“ I'll be damn- weed them out--that with great ed if you shall.” And, after some difficulty he got up to the side of more words, he, with others at his the booth-that they cried out back, forced examinant from the a show of hands for Ellice and booth. Examinant says, that this Moore, and upon that show of Cramp has been heading a violent hands, all that did not show their band of men during the whole of hands, were attacked and pulled the election. Thus, this exami. back from the booth—that while
he was hanging on the booth in nant says, he has been prevented
order to poil, John Roe forced from exercising his right of suf
his knees between his thighs and frage, and he now is afraid to at.
tried to injure him—that while he tempt it, lest he should be killed,
was polling, his coat was ripped or receive some great bodily (up to the collar, and he felt someinjury.
thing sharp prick him on the small No. 3.
of his back, and he turned round
immediately, and complained to City and County of Coventry: the sheriff, whose protection be The examination of John Care- claimed--that he does not know
who pricked him in the back, or above or other means, until Sa. ripped his coat that while he turday; and that he was almost was standing prepared to poll, he killed in making these various
unsuccessful attempts. baw Thos. Clay, of Park-street, Coventry, Weaver, reach his hand
No. 4. over and collar Mr. Cobbett and
The examination of Jos EPIL tried to spit in his face-that Clay and the other persons as
BIRD GREENWAY, of the said sembled round informant were city, Weaver, taken this 12th day FO
calling Mr. Cobbett, a B-r, of March, 1820, who saith that he and other atrocious names—that is a Freeman of Coventry, and has during the whole of the present attended at the booth erected for election, he has seen a body of receiving the votes of Freemen men, who moved from one part of of the said eity, at the present electhe booth to another, wherever tion, every day since the poll com. they saw the friends of Mr. Cob- menced. That he has been re
belt placed to poll, and by push- peatedly forced away from the said 14 ing and other violent means, force booth with great violence, by
them from their situation—that various persons who employ them. this has been their general conduct, selves, or are employed by others and witness has known a great to force away those persons who number of Mr. Cobbett's friends wish to poll for Mr. Cobbett, thus violently forced from the one of the candidates) from the booth by the above body of men booth. That on Friday last, John —that in this body of men were Witton, of the said city, Weaver, the following persons ;
who is not a Freeman, knocked Ranmap, George Sanders, Adie
down examinant as he was going Crump, William Harris, William Bromfield,
to the booth, and five or six other Webb, William Darleson, George Harris, and persons fell upon him. That he Francis Gutteridge that Ex has thus been prevented from aminant frequently attempted to polling; that he has seen a great poll during the election, but was many other persons who intended 'not enabled to do so, from the polling for Mr. Cobbett, forcect: