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tention was to keere really and to produce
the effect of this fine; and, their had sometimes thought, that intention was to keep out all men, the Ministers had bribed agents t'o except such as were really and affect to be Reformers, in order truly for no reform at all. Here to produce divisions amongst figured away the renowned Sig- them! Sagacious remark! ConNOR WAITHMAN, that most re- ciliating spokesman! Disinterested spectable « Esquire” of shawls patriot! Long-headed law-giver ! and gloves ; and “Samuel If he had said, “ This is the hap" Brookes, Esquire” and Glass- piest day of my life ; for, now man in the Strand; and “ FRAN-“ we are undisturbed by any man *** eis PLACE, Esquire” and “ that really wishes for a Reform Taylor of Charing Cross, who,of the Parliament ; now a conbecause his yard has three feet in "siderable portion of the mostmathematical longitude, insists “ strenuous advocates for Reform that the nation ought to have par- are in dungeons; now those of liaments of three years duration, " them, who are not actually in to an hour, neither more nor less,“ dungeons, have a bridle in their as he will allow of no thumb-! mouths, and a banishment law piece and of no cabbage. A ** nailed to their presses ; now, this is natural enough; and "having imposed a fine of fifteen 'taylor is as good as another man; “ shillings on every man who but, who the Devil made Mes-“ dares attempt to enter here; sieurs Brookes, Waithman, Adams " now we are unanimous'; now and Place « Esquires ?” They " we are all of one mind; now I arę, indeed, the regularly con- " can bawl out unmeaning exstituted borough-lords of West-" pletives by the hour, without minster, acting under the Don;" being contradicted and without but, as to * esquires," who made having my sincerity put to the them esquires ?
f" test; and, therefore, this is SIGNOR WAITHMAN declared," the happiest day of my tife.” at the fifteen-shilling meeting, If the SIGNOR had said this, all that this was the happiest day would have been straight and fair ; * of his life;" for, that he now and not a word of comment should saw the friends of reform united; I have made upon this meeting, that, until now, there had been which, you will please to bear in differences of views amongst the mind, was preparatory to the Reformers, and that, indeed, he Grand Motion to be made by Mr.
LAMBTON, in the House of Com-this augmented the majority mons. It was, it seems, intended against the motion ; that Grand to give weight to Mr. LAMBTON Motion, at the meeting preparain that superb enterprize : and story to which Signor Waithman now we will take a look at the expressed so much happiness! manper, in which the enterprize However, look at the whole numitself was conducted and at that ber of members present. It was in which it terminated.
only 98 ! When we made a stir, The motion was made on the we got 500 members together! * 17th instant, and it was seconded We put them on the alert! We (no man só fit) by Mr. Middle-I made them bustle! We made sex WHITBREAD. There are two them prick up their ears to their Honourable members of this full length, and to open their name, and I do not know their mouths most melodiously. We Christian names. Several meni- set them to the making of their bers spoke; and, after a while, acts of parlianient; and, indeed, the Chancellor of the Exchequer we gave the system ä blow, the moved an adjournment of the deellects of which it will never rebate, which was resumed the nexsi cover. But, these púling things night, and which closed in a way, of "i moderate” reformers could the most ludicrous that can be bring together only 98 people of imagined, and to do justice to all sorts and all sizes; and, when 'which would expose a man to the the moment for voting came, the danger of banishment. After heroes of the combat, the leader some hours of talk, in which the himself, and the great captain greater part of Mr. LAMBTON'S Hobhouse were away, behind a supporters objected to his plan, stone wall. The former afterthe House divided, when there ap-wards said, that he was "gétting peared for the motion (which was " refreshment;" to strengthen only to go into a Committee on the bim, I suppose, for the latter end subject) 43, and against it, 55! of the fight. But, what wa's But, the best part of the thing Mr. Hobhouse at? Nature was, Mr. Hobhouse and other might, perhaps, have called him zealous Reformers, and even the away for an opposite purpose. mover himself, were out of the Or, was he gone to consult upon House, taking refreshment, when the probable effect of Reforin on the division took place ! so that the Commission for Arcot Debts?
At any rate, away he was, which point of capacity, will appear appeared the more strange from very clearly, if the “ moderate ” the circumstance, that CANNING, intentions be examined; and, I who had been absent the night be- will, for this reason, here make fore, was now present, and was, a few remarks on the plan of Mr. by the lookers-on, expected to LAMBTON, which is, indeed, no, speak. Ah! might not this ex- other than the old exploded and pectation join its persuasions to reprobated plan of making parthe calls of nature to produce the liaments triennial, and of conotherwise almost unaccountable ferring the suffrage onhouseholders. absence of the two heroes of the This plan is, as Canning has field ? It is an ugly suggestion, always told the MODERATES, desbut it will press itself on our titute of principle. Mr. LAMBminds in spite of all the efforts of ton, in his moving speech, lays charity.
it down, that every man who But, was not this, my friends, pays taxes is entitled to vote for a pretty termination of this Grand those who impose the taxes; and, Effort? It was, however, what his plan excludes one half of those reason, what common sense, who pay taxes; for, in our state taught us to expect. The bo- of things, no man can see within roughs are precious things; side of a house, or swallow any and did men ever give up sort of food, or any drink, exprecious things merely to gratify cept water, without paying taxes, the whim of persons unpossessed unless, indeed, he live on taxes, of power either to compensate, and, then, he, in the end, pays to persuade, or to inspire with none. Again, Mr. LAMBTON, fear? The borough-owners know and the rest of the “preparalory
well, that these moderate reform-“ school” at the London Tavern, - ers have not only none of the cheer a letter sent to them by the
people at their back; but, that Don; and the Don, in that the people in general detest them, cheered letter says: “ If I am as mischievous meddlers; and that,“ sent to prison in virtue of laws, at the very least, they are objects" made by those in the choosing of of popular contempt.
“ whom I have no share, I am a The people are just in this their “ slave.” Thus, then, Mr. LAMBjudgment on these “ moderate ”ton's plan is a plan for keeping persons; moderate, indeed, in every unmarried man in a state of slavery. So that the householders to defend those laws at the risk plan is not only destitute of prin- of his life? Why is this consticiple; but it is at war, at open tution, this “ envy of surroundwar, with the maxims that its "ing nations ;" this thing, this advocates lay down as the grounds precious thing, this “ admiration of their proceedivg to ask for any of the world,” which is flexichange at all.
ble in other cases, so unbending · I agree with the boroughmon- in this case ? gers and their friends, that the I say, and so says Mr. LAMBwhole question is one of expe- Ton, that a Reform is expedient. diency: I agree, that what has And, on what does he found his been at any former time is of no allegation of the expediency? consequence in this case. And Why, simply on this : that, if in this respect I agree with Mr. the members of the House of LAMBTON. When we make com-Commons were freely chosen by parisons between the former and those who pay the taxes, they the present amount of the taxes. would be more careful in the layWhen we talk of the time when ing of taxes and in the expending a standing army in time of peace of the produce of those taxes ; would have been regarded as a that, being the representatives of monster. When we thus talk, the people, they would act agreewe are answered by an assertion, ably to the wishes of a majority that things are wholly changed; of the people ; for, this is as near and a favourite observation of as any man can bring representaCorruption is, that “ one of the tion; and, from such a state of “ chief excellencies of our con- the representative body would “ stitution is, that it can so easily arise equal and merciful laws, and, “ change its shape to accommo- generally speaking, measures con“ date itself to a change of cir- ducive to the happiness and ho“ cumstances.” O, brave! But, nour of the nation. why cannot it make a little change Now, then, does not this imply here, then? Why should it be a the right of all men to vote ? species of crime to propose such Does it not imply the expediency a change as will give to every of the exercise of that right? If man a vote for law-makers, if it be the wish of the people that such man be liable to be called on we are to come at, it must mean
the whole of the people, and not
a part of the people. Aye ;| Property, and not House of Combut, the householders would be mons ; say Representatives of enough; they, we are told, Lands and Houses, and not Rewould speak their own mind and presentatives of People. Call that of the non-householders ; so things by their right rames : be. that the whole would be repre- plain with us : do not make use sented, the householders actually, of disguise : tell men, that they and the rest virtually." Poh! are not to be represented, till they poh! fudge! Pay your bank- occupy house and land, and, notes in cash, Landholders !! almost of course, until they get * This is a pretty doctrine. This wives. Give this new premium is much of a sort with what we to the entrance into the holy have now at Coventry, 'at Nor-state of matrimony; but, give it wich, at Bristol, at Leicester, at openly and in distinct terms. Let Nottingham, in the Borough and the petticoat, which, with its conat Westminster ; but it is not so sequences, are always a protection good as the pot-walloping of to a great extent, against the Honiton and Preston and other calls of the country to defend it places, which is, though still in arms, be, in addition, made the virtual choosing, coming nearer giver of the right of suffrage; but, the mark than the householder say it plainly; and pray tell us plan.
\frankly your motives. Here are ...Oh! but property is to be the two men (brothers if you like) basis of representation. It is? both single, and both disqualified Then, as every man has a pro- for voting. Bob gets him a wife, perty in his labour, as good, and, and be is instantly a voter : TOM indeed, better, than any Parson does not, and he remains disquahas in his living, or any lord in lified. What does this mean? his estate, why do you ask for any What sense is there in this ? Not other basis than that of a capa- what reason, but what in all the city to labour in some calling or world does it mean? Oh! you : other? Must the basis be found shall hear, my friends, what it in house or land, then why not let means; and,as you will see, it means the lodger vote as well as the a scheme for perpetuating corruptenant ? And, if you will not do tion under the guise of Reform. this, call things by their right We are speaking, you will names at any rate. Say House of observe, not of abstract right,