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TO THE IMPERIAL CHARTISTS.
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To The Imperial Chartists.
TO THE IMPERIAL CHARTISTS .
Six Deab Feiekds , —Since I last addressed you * I have attended meetings at Derby , Belper , and the Potteries . I spoke in , the theatre at Derby , aad my party say that my speech has done them a great deal of good ; that more than pay 3 me . We had a yery glorious procession at Belper , which paraded the whole town , and had a triumphant meeting in the Haxket-plaoe at three o'clock , and again at half , past eight , when in that small Tillage near 6 , 000 persons stood the thunder and the rain , and cheered me on in my coarse . They are fine fellows in this lovely spot ; a spot intended by Nature for man ' s peaceful residence .
I left Belper in an open carriage after three o ' clock in the morning , to ge thirty five miles , up and down hills , to the Potteries . Bairstow and a friend from Staffordshire accompanied me . I got wet through , as it rained very heavily . I dried myself at Ashbourn , and started again for our destination . We assembled within a mile of Lane End , —the place were the lads beat the cavalry and made them retreat . In thi 3 town the people -are all born marksmen . I learn that a lad of fourteen or fifteen oould kill a crow flying with a stone .
When we arrived at Lane End I thonght that all the world had come there . The town was literally fnlL Though the rain fell in torrents , eTery window and house top was crowded . The poor fellows sent a carriage and four for me , and in front was a splendid military band , and in adrance the female Chartists , about 300—God bless them—with their band , each woman bearing a wand . They intended to iave marched me thus abont eleven miles , but cut it down to seven in consequence of the rain .
We had a glorious gathering of thousands at Hanley , and our Chairman , whose name I am ashamed to say I forget , opened the business like a Chartist . I spoke at some length , as did Bair Stow , and Capper , and Richards ; but the speech was that of Robinson , a working man—lie made one of £ he most powerful appeals to the people I ever beard . At seven , I addressed them again , is a large yard , asuHfaeytdl me that ihey were well pleased , indeed delighted . I was very much knocked up , and started on Sunday morning , at a quarter past four for London , for three days' rest .
To-morrow , I go to Nottingham , and from my labours there I expect some real fruit , not in Whig or Tory money , but in Chartist principles . Ah , my friends , what a proud position for the Wttig and Tory spy , to whack them both in turn , and then to ask before the people WHO PAID ME ? Now is the TIMS to dams KB , while J am thrashing my ienefaetors !
Had Saturday been a fine day all Staffordshire ¦ would have been a-stir f but as the people of many towns through which the procession was to nave passed were disappointed , I hare promised to visit them again during their holiday in summer , and I will do it . And I will go to Coalbrook Dale upon their first holiday , as I learn that much good may be expected there . 3 n fact I will work the flesh off my bones bus I will have the Charter .
Read all my letters on the land , in the Chartist Circular ) and then you will learn what i am working for . Hurrah for Sturge and Nottingham , or for the Devil , if he snpports the Charter ! Ever your faithful friend , FEABGrs O'CoxJfOB . - London , Wednesday .
TO THE IRISH UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION . Beloved CotrsTfiTHBH and Friends , — That my teal motives have &t length been shadowed to your mind ' s eye , through the raist with- -which prejudice , hatred , and misrepresentation bad so long enveloped them , Kjoiees , consoles , and comforts me . Tom address tells me that I have not laboured altogether in Tain ; while your approval of my past career -will add strength and vigour to my future actions . Yes , my countrymen , a union of the oppressed of both nations is yfb&X I nave unceasingly endeavoured to bring about , being well assured that disunion is tyranny ' s strength and the tyrant ' s only hope .
Nine years' ago , I found that the setds of bitter hatred and jealousy o ! Englishmen had been success fully bots in the breasts of Irishmen , and while I confess myself to hsn been then , not altogether free from the prevailing prejudice , 1 exercised reason in aid of sy judgment , and at length 1 came to the csnclorien , vhichficts have since eoafirmed , that if Kngiiah laws . fcsdOTqaaied lKlaBd , Irish law-makers had gone far ^~^ m ? pi& * mBty , ™ & tanffihiX » evwyTwatJga of Bullish independence . I pass over all time antecedent to the promised milleaiuni which Reform was to have produced , and start with 1832 , when the return of forty-three Liberal members gave hope of our country ' s regeneration . I cast & backward glance at the sacrifices made and
the supposed triumjhs gained by the brave electors who were then called upon to exercise their maiden franchise , Their snfferinga were painful and roanyj yet -were they endured with Roman , nay , with Irish fortitude , because in the fulfilment of sworn and patriotic pledges they recognised their country ' s resto ration from provincial degradation to national independence . But alas ! my country sowed in hope , but have reaped in sorrow ! Not a single promised benefit has been conferred ; while the only aim of those who promised freedom has been to prepare the mind to wear its shackles with quiescence and submission . I have Been my country set up to auction in the House of Commons , and her freedom bartered for places , pensions , power , and pstronage . I have seen those who coerced
her earesaed by those who were coerced ! -while Irish liber ty lay bleeding at the feet of the " base , bloody , and brntal Whigs . " I have been insultingly asked to j tign a resolution of confidence in one of my country ' s destroyers ; but I alone refnsed to be a party to the unnatural deed . Since then I havo narro-wly watched the progress of events , and I have discovered that Irish patriotism has degenerated ; while the sole object < £ her leaders has been to prepare the way for a secure retreat , by tempering down the public mind to that settled state ef hope through : resignation , -which -ever has been the temporary shield of those who profess to love liberty while they fatten upon abuse , and look cpon tke dawn of freedom as the warning that to its close have
their occupation is drawing . I endeavoured to create a kindly feeling between the English and the Irish people . I have laboured hard and . incessantly to draw t | e distinction between the English people and tbe CTglish oligarchy , who equally oppress the industrious of both couctrits ; and although my life * h »« been aimed at , and my blood has been shed upon the English stage while fighting in my country ' s cause , yet has reason burst the trammels with which a profligate pr » S 3 and hired demagogues had so long and so successfully bound the Irish residing in England ; and , at length , I see a kindly feeling grotriBf up between tha slaves of England and of Ireland , which promises to end in a union of sentiment which knaves cannot sever or tyranta resist .
Alas ! my countrymen , reflect for & moment upon the many powerful interests -which have been , and which still axe , opposed to naked poverty and unrequited industry . Here they are . The Qu&en and her royal household . The Lords with their conuoling power . The Commons with their illimitable influence . The Bishops witn their political power and their religious influence . The Priesthood cf all denominations , save a few good Irish Cathodes . The army , the navy , tbe police , the bench , the bar , the fuudlords , tha landlords , tbe magistretes , the jury class , the press , the local authorities , placemen , pensioners , and idlera of all denominations . The capitalist and mast r-ciass , tbe shopkeepers , and middling class , the aristocracy of labomr , the authors and publishers of the age , the Poor Law staff , steam power , and though last , not least , those -who are too proud to work , and too poor to live without labour ; and tha philosophers -who eke out a livelihood by watching and moulding tfcemselves and their wares to suit the market of public opinion .
WeB , my countrymen , such are the combined forces against which i aksd poverty presents her virtuous and j invincible front , and beaold the breaches wliich her ; storming elements are making in the citadel of corrnp- j tion thus garrisoned with all tbe forces of vicious and j recognised authority . The duties of a politician struggling for right against such an array of might axe manifold * and instead of marvelling that I have s » many j enemies , my only -wonder is that my principles and my cndeviaiusg adherence to them should have gathered around me , and my brother leaders , & force si ^ ciently strong to bid defiance te the invaders of our rights , and to lead te & fair presumption that energy , perseverance , courage , and judgment- -will ultimately triumph over the combined forces of oppression and misrule .
My countrymen , there are three stages through which a great movement must pass : —Firstly , the creation of * ublie opmlsn ; secondly , the organisation of . public OTfnion / and thirdly , the direction of public opinion , li arderto insure the snccees of these required undertakings I have established a free press in this country , forinthe midst of political confusion r look to the press ss the means by which order is to be produced from chaos . By its means I have been enabled to lay the prevailing opinion of the people once in every week before the people . I have thus united parties who were formerly unknown to each other , and have given to each locality not only the Btxeneth of its own position - , but h&vB added to it the strength of those at a aistacce
struggling for the same oYjeet G ' . P-sgow is now a political portion of Manchester , and ShtfiMd adds strength to Newcastle , while the young growth of Cli&rtism in Ireland Edds confidence to the EDglish band of patriots , a = d gives joy to my heart to think that in the battle for rrmdnm Ireland -will not remain neutraL
- Within four years and a half , I have had to defend myself against five expensive government pro . seditions , and to endure sixteen months of solitary confinement in a condemned cell , my only crime being that of having established a press , in which vice was made to sea its hideonsness , and virtue and honour were shewn to exist among the children of industry . But I have not suffered in vain ! for now I behold the despised star of Chartism shining in the ascendant , and gradually , but successfully , dispelling the- mists with which ignorance and prejudice had clouded the political hemisphere . Yes , Chartism is in the ascendant , and why should we rejoice at it * triumph ? Because to its influence we look not for the destruction of life and property , but for the preservation
of both . Not for liberty which would degenerate into licentiousness—but for freedom tempered with reason and discretion . Not as a license to man to give reins to his lust—but as a means to curb his licentiousness Not as the triumph of the grosser passions over the intellectual qualities of our nature—but aa a means ef subjugating passions and evil propensities to the controul of reason . Not because it would vitiate public pinion , —but because it -would purify it aa the fitting -ordeal to become arbiter between conflicting opinions , and from whose decisions , and from whose alone , a fair verdict of approval or disapproval , of guilt or of innocence , can be expected to emanate . Not because it would increase immorality—but because it would make dissipation hid * its head tor very shame . Not because
it would Increase drunkenness , —but because it would make intemperance a crime . Not because it would create revolution and domestic strife , —but because it would insure a kindly feeling among all classes of socie& , and give to each an interest in the prosperity of all , and ! to all an interest in the prosperity of each . Not because it would pull down tbe rigbts of capital , —but because it would establish the rigbts of labour as the only * ure foundation upen which the temple of capital can be safely erected . Chartisin would in -a tenfold degree increase the productions of both countries by developing their natural and influential
resources j whiie it would cause a more equitable distribution of the increased -wealth , instead of presenting the sad anamoly which Britain now presents , namely , more money than ever was before in the hands of the few and more poverty than ever was before known afiVcting the many -who create all tbe wealth . The people in their wisdom ask upon whose side is the wealth ? and tbe answer is , upon the side of the represented ; and upon whose aide is the poverty ? and the answer is , upon the side of the unrepresented . For these reasons , my countrymen , do I love Chartism , with all the faulta and crimes which malice has heaped noon it
We are called destructives , yet have we shed no blood ; we are called destroyers , yet have millions of starving and industrious men , women and children , borne two winters and as many summers of heartrending distress and unparalleled deprivation , without the destruction of a penny--worth of property ; nor in that time have the Chartists been charged with a single political offence , even against laws which by legal ingenuity may be conjured from the statute book to mean anything , and thrown before a jury ready to give any construction to them . We have been called torch and dagger men , and physical force men , by ¦ wretches who have by th « ir admonitions caused streams cf Irish Wood to flow , and then Bhrunk from tb . B const quencea ! while I am ready to face the storm and expose the murderers , I did not advise the brave fellows at Rathcormae to face a military force in order that the odium of the infernal tithe system should be strongly
shown . No ; but when they did bo , I defended them-, and instead of their English brethren loading them with foul epithets and reproach , they ministered to their -wants , and from their " scanty meacs alleviated their distress . " Then they were not torch and dagger men . When Walatown , Church town , and Carricksbaugh resounded "with the moans of the -wounded , Euglishmen did not then revile . When for s&veu days and seven nights , I faced the bayonet and the sabre , to . return Mr . John O Connell , for Youghall , then my courage was made Bubject of national approval ; but when the bloody Whigs conspired to rid their Russell of the opposition ef our noble Frost , and when perjury had awarded to him an untimely end , then were all the crimes that malice could invent saddled upon the innocent back of Chartism , and then were the Chartists held up as tbe impeders of all progressive Reform ! Thus , my countrymen , has vice deformed the face of virtue to make a mask for its own
delinquencies . But , go on ; go on , I beseech you . Ireland owes to England some reparation for tbe injaries she has inflicted upon her ; bnilf Ireland hsd a Wellington , a Castlereagfe , and a Reynolds—thank God she has bad an Emmett , a Fitzgerald , and has an O'Higgins . Yes , she has bad her patriots , -who were prematurely consigned to the eold grave ; and she has in the living an embodiment of the principles for -which they suffered . Must it not delight every honest man to see one
Irishman against whose fair fame all the missiles of malice and of slander have been aimed , yet bold enough and strong enough in virtue to raise his . voice against him ' , before whese influence a Doyle has withered , a Lawless has died , au O'Gorman has been destroyed , and a Shiel has been silenced t Yea , O'Higgins , yon have boldly Btood in the breach 1 while the adored and venerated Father Mathew , the real liberator of his country , is surrounding you with the genius of judgment emancipated from the trammels of intoxicated and besotted prejudice .
My countrymen , the great fault which I have discovered in political leaders is this : many , in their own zsal , have attempted to use public opinion before it was ripe for action ; while others , by denying to it s triumph that was within its reach , have paralysed it for the time , and rendered it less confident in its own omnipotence ; while we , the leaders of Chartism , have acted upon that principle in moral -warfcire which enabled Espartero to achieve the freedom of his country , —we have encamped our forces under the citadel of corruption , and are now actually starving the garrison out Thus has industry the satisfaction to know that if the drones have consumed the honey that belonged to the bees , the droDes themselves must starve when the hire ceases to send forth its riches '
"My countrymen , be not alarmed at the efforts now being made by artful and designing mea , in their endeavour to take our camp by surprise . They cannot enter under false colours , or have hope of gaining possession of our matured movement by a profession of our principles . No , my friendB , -whatever colours the old ship Corruption may sail nnder , we know the crew . LlBEBTT IS OVB AIM , CHaETIST IS OUB NAME ; and by our aim and name , and by none other , shall 4 , # 00 , 000 of freemen be known throughout the political world . Industry is awake ; her principles are iudelibly imprinted upon the heart of every working man in tb . 9 land ; and , though millions should suffer , yet will each leave the world better than he fonnd it , until gorged tyranny will , after a succession of reverses , be compelled to open the sanctuary of the constitution , within which broad cloth and fustian , the peer and the peasant , shall meet upon perfect equality in the eye of tbe law .
This , my beloved countrymen , is a state of thtags worth living for , and worth dying for . Liberty in every age has had her martjrs . We are for peace , law , and order ; but , if attacked in our peaceful retfinchmeuts by the brute force of unconstitutional authority , then , as freedom ' s friends ,, we must prepare for freedom ' s martyrdom . The field , the transpor t , and the scaffold have borne their victims erenow . Emmett sleeps in peace , but his spirit still lives , and his name bears no reproach ; for the mind cannot contemplate a more gorgeous spectacle than pinioned virtue
surrounded by the minions of faction , as hired ministers of death , marching to execution with firm foot and cheerful conntenance . The scaffold , so appalling to conscious and detected vice , loses its horrors ; " while all the Babie emblems of death that paralyse the stoutest criminal , are to him as bridal favours , bespeaking Iris re-union with departed kindred spirits . His mutilated obsequies are honoured relics ; his funeral procession a joyous moviog festival ; his grave tbe venerated sanctuary of martyrdom , and his name a never-dying , everlasting spirit—a themo on which memory loves to dwell—a source from whence it draws its sweetest , fondest , latest
recollections . Go on , then , brave sons of my country , ever foremost in deeds of love , of philanthropy , and arms . The voice of knowledge shall yet silence the cannon ' s roar , and the neighing of the war-horse shall be lulled in the busy buzs of industry . Ever , ever , and ever , My brave countrymen , Yonr faithful and devoted friend and countryman , Fkaegus O'Coxkok .
Cijarttgt 3 toteWsmce .
STALKY BRIDGE . —On Sunday evening an excellent lecture was delivered in the National Charter Association Room of this town , by Mr . Q . Rowe , from Oldham . BLACKBURN . —The cause progresses well here Mr . Beesley , late M . C . for North Lancashire addressed the Chartists in the Music Hall , in an impressive speech , the effect of which was seen in the enrollment of fifty-two new members . The Char tist youths of Blackbum have formed themselves into a society for united exertion on behalf of the Charter . They have sent us an address to their youthful fellow townsmen , -which we cannot insert for lack of loom . We bid them God speed .
OXFORD . —The cause has received an additional stimulus here from the recent visit of Mr . Bairstow to this city . It having been ascertained that he had made arrangements for a lecture at Witney , preparations were immediately made for his reception here , and a requisition , signed by twenty respectable electors , including four membeis of the Town Council , was presented to the Mayor , requesting the use of the Town Hall Yard , for the purpose of a public meeting . That gentleman , however , refused ; aud handbills were immediately issued , announcing that Mr . Bairstow would lecture on Tuesday evening , in a large yard belonging to Mr . Towle , and kindly offered by him for the purpose . Upwards of a thousand persons attended the meeting , * and the lecturer afforded the most entire
satisfaction . He showed the injustice of a confined constituency , and the- evila continually arising from Government by a class , whose interests were not identified-with those of the poople at large . He clearly traced our amount of taxation and consequent distress to an absence of a salutary influence of popular control . With a masterly hand and overpimring eloquence he treated the various points of the People ' * Charter , and showed that the absence of any one would destroy tbe effect of the harmonious wh « le . Throughout his lecture he enlisted and carried with him the feelings of his auditory , and at the conclusion of an excellent address of an hour and a halts duration , the following resolution was proposed : — " That this meeting considers that tbe present appalling distress among tbe
operative classes , and Insecurity of property among tbe -wealthy classes , are to be diretly traced and are fairly attributable to class legislation ; and deems the principles embodied in the People ' s Charter to be tbe the only effectual remedy for the grievances of which peopTe ' eoinplain , and under which ths country groans . " The resolution was strongly supported by the mover and seconder , who urged the necessity of organic reform , as the only means by which the rights of the poorer classes can be secured or maintained , and ridiculed the farce of playing any longer at the game of Whig or Tory , recommending the people to look after the management of their own afiairs , in public as well as private life . The resolution -was unanimously , carried . A meeting afterwards took place at the Three
Tuns : a most convivial evening was spent , and several members proposed to the Association . So great was the satisfaction Mr . Biirstow had given , that a general request was made to him to lavour us with anothor lecture on Thursday evening , to vfhich . he cheerfully consented . Handbills were issued accordingly ; and the use of a large space , named Paradise-square , having been obtained , be met a second and an increased Oxford audience , on the joint subjects of th 9 Charter and tbe state of the country . Embracing the various topics of interest contained in them , he again enlisted the sympathy and the feelings of those -whom he addressed , and did ample justice to the questions on which he treated . At the conc ' usion of a long and spirited lecture , the resolution of the preceding evening was again unanimously carried , and th 9 meeting broke up , as the previous one had done , -with the most perfect order ,
aad highly delighted after votes of thanks to the lecturer , the chairman , and the gentlemen who had obliged their fellow citizens with a place of meeting . An ad journment took place to the society ' s room , where a djos ; convival evening was spent , dnring which several excellent speeches were made , in responses to the various toasts given , and where the kindliest feeling was shown among all classes . We understand that the visit of Mr . Bairstow to this city has been of great service in removing some of the prejudice hitherto existiDg against Chartism , and in pa / ing the way for a cordial union among all clasBes of reformers on fair and equitable t- 'rmf . He left Oxford on Saturday morning , accompanied bj Mr . Philp , highly delighted with a reception very different from what bo cApsctod here ; ana liuylng that a coacectiou so favourably commenced will ere long be renewed .
WITJTET , ( Oxojf . j—Mr . Biirstow , accompanied hy an Oxford friend , arrived here on Monday , aud fouad that fear of truth , which always haunts tbe oppressor , had induced a paltry attempt to prevent his being beard . The Witney Chartists had hired and paid for a room , and issued band-bills , announcing a meeting for this evening ; but the landlord ef the bouse having received au intimation that if be allowed it to take place , he must abide the consequences , the money was received back , rather him subject them to probable rain . Not satisfied with this , the crier was sent round the town by our opponents , to state that thu meeting would not take place . After considerable trouble , another room was obtained ; but the crier , on being applied to to announce it , refused , as be feared it would cost him his situation . Nearly one hundred assembled , notwithstanding ; and , after a little time , it was agreed that an out-door meeting should be called on Friday , and a preliminary lecture given on Monday
evening , which gave the highest satisfaction . Mr . B . returned to Oxford on the fallowing morning ; and on Friday ha again made his appearance in Witney , accompanied by Mr . Pbilp , and five Oxford friends , who was engaged to lecture that evening at Cheltenham , bui was unable to proeeed further , owing to the horses being taken from the coach , by wl ich be was to have gone . At the appointed hour , a numerous meeting assembled on Wood Green , when Mr . Bairstow ably explained the principles of the Charter , and elicited continued and general approbation . Mr . Philp followed , and was equally well received , as were also the different speakers throughout the evening . A similar resolution to that pas-ed at Oxford was unanimously carried , and the meeting broke up in tbe most peaceable manner , evidently delighted with the truths which they had heard , and expressing a hope that the Charter might soon give them those rights of which they have been so loug deprived .
NORTHAMPTON—Mr . Jones , of Liverpool , leelectured here in tbe Market-square , on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings , to large and attentive audiences . ON Monday night , at the general meeting of the Chartists of this town , Dr . M'Dauall was nominated one of the Council , and also a proper person to be re-elected to serve on * the Executive . A resolution of thanks to the Convention , was onauimonaly passed . HOLUNGWORTH . —On Saturday evening a
Chartist tea party took place at the New Inn , when loo and upwards sat down to tea , amongst whom Were a large number of well dressed females . After tea , Mr . R . Wild , of Lower B : im , was callod to the chair . Mr . D . Donivan from Manchester , addressed them at length , and was listened to with attention , and concluded a very good discourse amidst great applause . The chairman then announced that the rest of the evening would be spent in dancing , singing , and r ecitations , which continued to be kept up with great spirit arid enthusiassi till midnight .
MTTHOUttROYD . —A public meeting was htld in the Primitive Methodist Chapel , at this place , on Friday week , when a large and attentive audience were congregated ^ and -were ably addressed by Mr . Duffy , from Sheffield . Also another meeting was held on the Wednesday night , jwhen a Council for the next six months was elected . HEYWOOD .-Mr . M . Roberts of Bury , delivered a very interesting lecture to a numerous and Ttspectable audieEce , on Sunday evening last Is the course of his address the lecturer showed in a clear and convincing manner , the injustice practised by the higher class upon the working class , through tbe ins triiic en tali ty of class legislation .
STOCKPOKT— On Sunday night the Chartist body of this locality mustered in their numbers to hear a lecture from Mr JanieB Leash , of Manchester . He entered into his subject in his usual mild , argumentative , and reasoning manner , and produced an effect of the most beneficial nature . At the conclusion he received a unanimous vote of thanks . Several members were enrolled . CHESTERFIELD . —At the weekly meeting of the Chartists held in their house of meeting , in Beet wellstreet , on Monday evening last , Messrs . James Leach , Dr . P . M . M'Douall , Gsorge White , Birmingham , and John Campbell , were nominated to eerve on the new Executive . After which Mr . O Connor ' s letter to the Imperial Chartists was read , which gave great satisfaction .
SUNDJgBliAND . —On Sunday afternoon , Mr , Williams lectured on the Town Moor , to a large and m at attentive audience . The Town Mission preachers were preaching a short distance from the spot where Mr . Williams Btood , but as soon as he commenced they abruptly conclu ; ed . Mr . W . severely tasked the present teachers of religion for their base smothering of the vital troths of Christianity and their new application of its principles to the present condition of society . He showed that tbe Christian religion was not a religiou of particular precepts , the importance of which might vary as the circumstances to which they applied varied , but it waa a religion cf general principles , which were capable of universal application , which were as important now and would be for centuries , as they were the first time they were promulgated .
Beidge Street Chapel . —On Monday evening , the usual weekly meeting waa held in this place , Mr . Blenkhom in the Chair . Mr . James Taylor delivered an excellent address upon the importance of a fall representation of the people ; his arguments and illustrations were exceedingly good and appropriate . Mr . Williams followed by an address on the Ballot , as the means of securing a faithfnl expression of the popnlar wilL Mr . W . clearly proved from ths present condition of society , the relation between labour and capital , the dependent condition of the mass , that without the Ballot , the Franchise would soon become a mockery of justice . He then noticed and satisfactorily replied to the various leading objections te the Ballot .
IEICESTER . —The Shaksperian Association of Leicester Chartlsfa now numbers 1 , 350 . The factions haw bereft xa of a room to meet in ; bat , nothing daunted , we hold our meetings beneath the bine canopy of heaven , ringing of the Cfaaiter and O'Connor " in tbe open streets , till the middle classes stare and quake at the noise . Oar agitatton is kept tip in tlw most vigorous form ; and not only the town but the surround * ing villages are being impregnated with Chartism . Oa Wednesday night before last , oar beloved chief , O'Connor , was expected at eight o ' clock at night , to lecture in the Amphitheatre ; but he did not arrive till near tea . His reception was more enthusiastic than ever ; and for more than an hour he held us breath-Iras * with attention , while he deseribed the present etate of the country in his own peculiarly piquant and fervid style . Last Sunday , Mr . Cooper preached in the Infirmary Square , in the morning , from "Be ye all of one mind , " ( Peter ) in Russell
Square ; in the afternoon , from " Miserable conifotters are ye alii" ( Job ) and in > the Market-place at night , from " ¦ My sonli 8 Wearied because of niutderera . " ( Jeremiah . ) Mr . Beedham preached at Great Glenn in the morning , at Qadby i n the afternoon , and Wigstown at night On Monday afternoon Mr . Copper lectuied at Great Glenn , and in Humberstone Gate , in the town , at night . Tonight ( Tuesday ) he is to lecture in Infirmary Square , at seven , and to meet the Chartist shoemakers at eight ; and to-morrow he is to lecture in Rusiell Square at seven , and to meet the Chartist woolcombers at eight Mr . Beedham lentured at T&ttmaston on Monday night He is to lecture at Belgrave to-night ( Tuesday ) and at Anstey to-morrow-night . It is already determined to erect a building by five shilllEg aharea , to be taken only by Chartiflts . The ; subscription list amounts already ^ td £ lW ; no part of the money , however , Will fie paid down till Mr . Cooper receives , proinisefi for £ 250 ; but that will soon be . V
SHEPPI 3 I 1 D . — -P 0 LITICA . 1 , Institute . —On Friday evening , we were favoured by a visit frem Mr . R . K Pbilp , of Bath . Although no previous notice was given , except by word of mouth , the large room was crowded by the working men of the town . Mr . Richard Otley was called upon to take the chair , who in a brief speech introduced Mr . Philp to the meeting , wiio was received amid much cheering . He commenced by showing the extravagant ecpences of the Quesa compared with the President of America , proving to the meeting that the more they paid te support royalty the more were they oppressed . I shall not attempt to give you even an outline of the lecture , which gave general satisfaction , but confine myself to the concluding remarks of Mr . Philp , whiah I am sure 1 will have the desired effect
amongst the really intelligent portion of the people of Sheffield . He had not come there to explain the six points of the People ' s Charter , for he believed that there was not one in that meeting that did not understand the principles as we . 1 as he did . Ho came there to promote union and good feeling amongst them , for it waa owing t » disunion in the Cha tist ranks that made their enemies look upon them with contempt He was sorry to say that he had not been in any large town ( with the . exception of Derby ) tut there were tiivisions . He- did not mean by this te dishearten them , but on the contrary to endeavour to unite all parties , and he hoped be should have the satisfaction of leaving the good peoplo of Sheffield once msw uuited , —( loud cheering )—that he might go to the rest town and tell
them that the people of Sheffield have buried all their former differences , and agreed to agitate together for the one and sole object—the People ' s Charter . ( Cheers . ) In onetow . n that he had visited , party feeling ran so high , even in public meetings , that he could not refrain from shedding tears ; - ' to-see the peoplo placa themselves in direct opposition against each other , but thia he hoped would for ever cease . For his part he had resolved n&ver to denounce any man that was favourable to the People ' s Charter , even if he did not go quite so far as he did , but that he would hold out the right hand of fellowship to all . He had felt tbe lash cf denunciation for a- certain line of conduct he had pursued . This he thought was not right . Ha claimed the same privilege for himself a& he would allow to others , to forward the cause in every possible way .- He ; would now conclude , pledging himself to agitate for the Charter , the whole Charter , and nothing leas than the Chatter , with
tenfold vigour . He again hoped that a union would be come to . He then concluded amidst loud cheering . —A member of the Institute then arose . He said , that to carry out the suggestions of Mr . Pliilp with regard t » a union being formed , he would propose the following resolution , "Tfiat foiir members of the Political Institute be appointed to wait npon four \ members of tbe Fig-tree-lane Association . " This resolution waa seconded by a member ef the last mentioned association . The Chairman eaid that he arose with great pleasure to put this resolution ; as an individual he should give it hla support < It was then put to the meeting and carried unanimously , amid loud cheering , not one hand being held up against it A vote of thanks was proposed to Mr . Philp for his able lecture aud carried . In returning thanks fur the honour that they bad done him , fee said he hoped the Fig-tree-lane Association would come to the same uuahimoua conclusion . —Correspondent .
Fi ( j-Tree-LaNE . — -MR . PHitP .- ~ This gentleman visited Sheffield on Thursday week , and the same evening addressed the members and friends of tbe Charter Association in their room , Fig Tree Lane . Tbe room was densely crowded . Mr . Philp delivered a lengthy and excellent address ; and , at the conclusion of his discourse / enrolled twenty-three new members . On Sunday last , Mr . Philp preached in the afternoon to a very large audience atsetubled in the Haymarkei Mr . P . preached a second sermon in the evening , in the Fig Iree Lane room , which was crowded almost to suffocation by a highly respectable audience , who appeared to be well pleased with Mr . Pailp ' s exposition cf tbe prinicples of Chartism . READING . —The Chartiata of this place had a seiree on the 17 th . Several excellent speeches : were made . j ' ... " , •' -.
BIRMINGHAM . —State of the Movement . — The Chartists of this important town have determined to exert ( themselves to extend their organisation for tbe Charter , and have appointed an Executive Committee , c > mpos 9 d of one , member from each association . Meotings are held in various parts of the town on Monday and Tuesday evenings , and it has been determined to hold open air meetings in various parts of the town , to aTouse the people to a sense of their degraded situation . Monday's Meeting . — -An open all meeting waa held at the Railway Station , Duddesten-row , on Monday evening , at half-past seven . Mt . George White addressed them at great length , and . explained the manner in which the working classes Were oppressed , and plundered by the ( present system . He showed the utter
hopelessness of looking to the present Parliament ft-r an amelioration of their condition , and dwelt with peculiar stress on the necessity-of the men of Birmingham entering heart and soul into the present struggle for life and liberty . He called on every man present to join the National Charter Association , and use their influence to induce their fellow workmen and neigh : bours to follow their example , and concluded by declaring his determination of holding a meeting on that spot every Monday evening , and of walking in procession with those who thought proper to accompany him to the Association Room , with those who intended to enrol their names . A number of men present wished to form a procession then , but it waa ultimately agreed to defer ii whilst next Monday evening , when all those who are tired of slavery , and anxious for freedom , are expected to attend . Down with tyranny I
Association Room , Aston Street . — -The usual weekly meeting of the Association was held at their room , in Aston-street , on Monday evening lost . An address was delivered &y Mr . Smith Lindon , and arrangements entered into for taking the ballot for the forthcoming election of the Executive ; after which the meeting separated . ; Steelhouse L ^ ne Meeting . —The meeting of this body was held at the Ship Inn , Steelhouse-lane , on Tuesday evening last , Mr . Taylor , printer , in the chair . The meeting waa addressed by Mr . Mason and others , and a conversation took place aa te the best mode 6 f strengthening the Chartist cause in Birmingham ; after which the meeting separated .
SaoBMAKEHs' Association . —The members of this patriotic body connected with the National Charter Association held their weekly meeting , f . t the Britannia Inn , Pack-lane , on Tuesday . evening ; last , Mr . Healey in the chair . The meeting was addressed by Mr . E . P . Mead , and Mr . George White ; aud , after choosing three members to their Council , Mr . Henley was chosen a member of the Birmingham Executive , and Mr . Magee , secretary of the Asaopiation . A lecturer will attend every Tuesday evening . . Black Hohsb Association . —An addressiwas delivered to this spirited body on Tuesday evening last , by that talented , advocate of the people's cause ,: Mr . Thomas Soar . ¦ ¦¦* :- : ¦' ¦¦ r- . ^ - '¦'¦ . " - ¦' . ¦ ' .. "
Lte Waste and Stqubbridge . — -Mr . George White addressed a large and enthusiastio meeting in the open air , at Cross Walk , Lye Waste , on Wednesday last , Mr . Ctoodfellow in the chair . This district , which has been the Beat of the late riots ; aa they were termed , promises to be , ere long , the strong" hold of Chartism . Mr . White lectured on the same evening in Stourbridge . STOCKPORT . —At a public meeting held on Monday night , at the Millgate hall , resolutions . were submitted for the forming of an association on the Sturge principle of Complete Suffrage . ( A majority of the meeting , however , thought the Already eatablishecl Chartist organization preferable , and an amendment to that effect wa « accordingly earned .
LONDON . —— -Walworth . —On Whit-Monday a grand public festival took place at the MonpelierT&venj Walworth , to assist in defraying the expencea incurred by the late demonstifation . -Lambeth . —The members of this locality are determined to assist by all means in their power in obtaining a better organization of the metropolis , which they consider the plan of the Execative is calculated to effect , if properly carried out . The existence of a District Council ie the Metropolis ia a thing long wished for , and at last adopted . Mr . Dron and Mi , Jago were elected by the above locality to attend at the Star Coffee . House , Golden-lanej : on Sunday , June 5 th , as delegates to the above body . t ^ ANDS wo rth . —The Chartists of this locality met at the house of Mr . Fox , Frogniore , on Monday evening , when , after the usual business was transacted , the nomination for the General Council was proceeded with .
DUBLIN . —The Irish Universal Suffrage Associa - tion held its usual weekly meeting on Sunday , Mr . W ' Connor in the chair . Mr . H . Clarke , sub Secretary , read the minutes . Several new members were proposed , and -some subscriptions handed in from the country , by Mr . O'Higging ; after which , Mr . Freebairn , in a most feeling and affecting speech , took a review isftho present disastrous condition of the working classes in both countries , ground down to the earth as they were by tyranny and oppression of every kind . He plainly shewed that this was all ewiag to the selfish legislation of the class-returned Members of that assembly called in mockery the People ' s Hsuss . Several other speakers afterwards addressed the meeting . 7 JBRADFOBD . —Little Hokton . —On Sunday evening last Mr . j | with lectured in the Chartwt ' a Association Raoni , on" tlie Repeal of the Legislative Union ef Ireland .
GLASGOW . —The Directors of the Lanarkshire Universal Suffrage Association met in their Hall , College Open , on Monday evening last , Mr . Kyle in the chair . The minutes of last meeting being read , MrLaing moved that the resolution of tlie public meeting held in St . Ann ' a Church , on the evening of the 16 Db instant , recommending the directed to call a general meeting of the Association to consider the propriety of dissolving the Lanarkshire Universal Suffrage Association and resolving themselves into an Association , to be called the Glasgow Charter Association , be approved of . The resolution was unanimously agreed to . A Committee was then ; appointed to call a meeting in terms of the above resolution , and to prepare rules and regulations for the new Association . \
ASHTON—The Chartists of Ashton held a very large tea party in their room , on Friday , when above 350 sat down . After tea , tbe public were admitted at twopence each , and the company amused themselves by Bivging , dancing , and reciting until a late hour , OLDHAM . —Mr . Storer , of Ashton , delivered an address in the Chartist Room , Greaves-street , on Sunday last , wherein he depicted scenes of the most appalling destitution produced by the present system . On Tuesday Evening , Mr . John West delivered a most energetic address to » a attentive audience , and gave general satisfaction .. . - MANCHESTER . —The fustian-cutters of thig town have formed themselves into an association In conjunction with the National Charter Association . Nominations to the General Council , Manchester— Mr . P , M . M'Douall , surgeon ; Rav . W . V . Jackson . ¦ ¦
C ? O . a £ . BROOK I > AIiE .--0 n Monday evening Mr . Mogg delivered a lecture at Watling-street , Wei-Hngton , and afterwards formed an association ; between sixty and seventy names were taken down ; about . ' lira hundred persons attended the ; lecture . On the same evening , T . Hiilford , of Cdalbrpofc Dale , delivered a lecture to about four thousand persons , ut Oaken Gates ; from sixty to one hundred names . ' -we ' re- 'taken .. An association has be « n recently formed there , by tho joint exertions of Messrs . Mogg and Halford , which , in less than one montb , has enrolled more tbau oiib hundred members , Ou Tuesday evening , Mr . Mogg delivered a lecture to aa attentive audience , at Brosaley , where We intend to start an association ; forty-five names were taken . At Coalbroek Dile , in less than ten -weeks , we have enrolled more than two hundred and sixty members in our association .
NEWCASTLE . —The Provisional Committee , selected by tho delegate meeting in South Shields oh the 16 th inat ., to caTry the plan for tbe better organisation of the Chaitists of Northumberland and Durham into effect , met on Sunday afternoon in Mr . Binns ' s , Nun-afcre « t , Newcastle , Mr . Stephen Birins in the chair on the motion--of Mr , Hall Mr . Sinclair was elected Provisional Secretary , who gave a very satisfactory report of the business conferred upon him at the last meeting . After soais discussion upon the subject ; , the following resolution was agreed tq unanimously : — V . Thifrtha . Secretary be instructed to correspond with the utber districts , directing their attention to the plan as inserted in the fourth page of last Saturday ' s Star , and requesting to know the opinion of the Chartists in each locality respectively upon the subject , ami
soliciting their co-operation if it should meet their approbation . " Several suma were paid in to the Missionary Fund , and if the districts continue to come up as some of them have already done j . we hope to be prepared to engage a missionary in the course of a week or two ; and aa it will answer no good purpose to engage a lecturer until We have a sufficiency in hand to defray hia experices hither , and remunerate him for his first month ' s labours , we hope all persons , desirous of a lecturer being engaged , will send a remittance for that purpose , t <> Mr . J . Sinclair , No . 3 , Pipewellgate , Gateshead , who was elected treasurer for that fund . A first-rate lecturer will be engaged as soon as tho necessary funds are procured . The meeting adjourned unfcil next Sunday , when it will be resumed in the same placo at three o ' clock in the afternoon .
Thb Chartists of Newcastle held their weekly business meeting in the Chartist Hall , Goat Inn , Cloth Market , as usual . The minutes of the former meeting were read and conflrmed , and thanks were voted to Mr . Duficombe , M . P ., for hia speech in the Hcu ^ e of Commons . BRISTOL . —Complete Suffrage Union . —A meeting of this union was held on Tuesday night , May 25 th , at Mr . Clement ' s , 2 , Lower Castle-atreetl About twenty-two persons assembled , who were admitted by ticket , and at half-past eight , Mr . Clement ' s commenced business by reading over a rule of the union to the following tffdet : — " That no person be allowed to
address a private meeting of this association , except he be a member . " He then read a few of the objects of the union , and stated that Joseph Sturge went further than the Charter , that is , that a person convicted of crime should have a vete five months after the conclusion of his punishment . —( Of course the rule read prevented any contradiction . ) .. A question waa put to Mr . Clement , how many members Were present , or if any ? And the answer was , " there are none . " No discussion was allowed ; an intimation was given that a public meeting : would be held for discU 3 i . ion , -which would be ; open to all . We were likewise told that the trades were coming out .
STROUp . —At a meeting ef Chartists on Monday , the following resolutions were carried unanimously : — ' That we , the members of the SUoiut Charter Association , viewing the wars at China and India as unholy , unjust , and anti-Christian on the part of the British Government , emphatically denounce any Government , supporting , upholding , und continuing such wars in opposition to the people of this realm , and pledge bar-Belve-8 , 83 lovers of peace , to cripple the resources cf war by non-enliisting and abstaining from exciseable articles . " - ^ " That we , the members of the Stroud Charter AEsociatiori , hail with delight the opportunity
afforded the electors and non-electors of Nottingham to establish the purity of election , and urge upon them to UBe every exertion to maintain thu power of the peopla in the election of Mr . ; Joseph Sturge . "— - " That the Council of the Stroud Charter Association deem it a duty incumbent upon them to render every assistance in their power to tnhance the caus ? of the people , arid destroy the power of the adversary . We , therefore , earnestly , though painfully , exhort those mfmbers -sriio , by non-subscriptions , render us ; powerless in tho hands of tte enemy , aud ctippW us ia the maintenance of public estimation , once again to come to the help of the weak against the mijghty . "
Monkwearmouth—Since the last report from this place , the Chartists have been deprived of the use of the room in whichthey met ; the landlord alleging as a reason for refusing the further use of the room , that he was afraid that he would be deprived of his license by tbe magistrates if hepermitted the ; Chartista to -meet in his bouse . This is mere pretence ; he ought to bava considered this danger , if danger there Was , before he consented to let his room for the purpose . The fact is , he expected it would be the meana of drawing a
good drinking trade to hia house ; in this we are happy to know that he was disappointed , as at the ; close oi last meeting , not more than four persons put of 20 S or 300 remained to drink . The Chartists of Sundejrland , because they are almost universally teetotallers in practice , cannot gtt a room at a . public house ; ¦ wa are glao of this , and wish that publicans throughout the country had similar cause to refuse the xwe of their rooms The practice of holding our meetings at public-houses , wo regard aa attended with many injurious eonse ? quisnees ^' . -to our cause . —Correspondent *
FAii . swoBTH .--The Rev . W . V . Jacksen lectured m the Chatter Association Boom , on Tuesday evening , t « a crowded audience .
^ /^^^ Z ^ C ^ y : v ^^ O y ^ SLYDS . —A public meeting < ff the inhabitants ot Hyde , was hsld in the Working Men ' s Hal ] , on Wednesday eVening , to adopt tbe remonstrance to the House of Commons . Mr . Stephenson , a working man , was called to the chair . Mr . Candlet moved tbe remonBtranee , which was seconded . Mr . C . said it rpquifeda few observations from him , as it had been recommended by their rcpre ^ eataUves m the Convention ; he would therefore read the remoiistrauca , and let it speak for itself . He . "' -thea read theremdnstranceand be = reed leava to inovo its
, adoption ; aud &at down aniid loud cheers . Sir . Joan ; Leach seconded the motion , and it" was supported by Mr . Dixoa , from VVigan . Oii the remonstrance being put from the chair it was carried - without a . -disseatieai A vote of tbaaks was given to T . puacombo , Esq . iM . P ., fox his adTocaoy of the people ' a cause in the Hous « of Commong , oa the motion for the people ' s agents to be heard at tha Oar of the Hoase . Thanks being voted to tho Chairman , the meetiag separated . Several new members were enrolled .
DoKENFjEtD . —Oa Monday last , a aaa Whosa name , we understaKd , is James 0 > den loss his life in the folloyving n-anncr . The deceased was employed as a browman at the new pit at Dukenficld , and on the day in question had b / Dsn putting on a new rope , and whilst doing something with It it the top of the pitj he was precipiiated from the top to tiie bouom of the shaft , a distance of more than three hundrtd yarda . The deceased ta& left a widow , and seven children to lament his loss . OLD BASFOR 33 . —Mr . W . Dean Taylor has been nominated her « a 3 the candidate for the next Executive Council . ' ¦¦ .. ¦*¦' ; ' ¦ :- ¦ . ¦ - ::. ¦ " '•¦¦ : " : ; . .. ' . ' : . •* : * . SAtsoRD . —Mr . Campbell ^ the general Eecretary e-f the Kaci ;) nal Charter Association lectured here oa Sunday ni ^ ht to a respectable audience .
Ratclipfe Bridge . —Mr . Jasaes Leach , of Man Chester , -lectured in the Chartist Association Room , ixi this piace , on Tuesday evening lasi , * . " Oi the present distress of tho working classes , and the cause of that distress . "' . ; . / . *¦ ' ;¦; - , . - . - .- ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦¦ - ... - ¦ . -: . - . , ¦" -: - . ' - - . -. * Cleckheaton . —Oh Monday evening last , there was an out-door meeting held here , to hear a lecture from . Mr , North . There was a very good attendance . Mr . North spoke upwards of an hour with great effect on the six points of the Charter . Several members were enrolled . . '¦' : ¦¦ : •¦ // ' ¦¦ -. ¦ .. •'• -.. ¦ . : Donc a . st ER . —Or \ Snnday evening las * , Mr . S . Parkes , of Sheffield , praaclied an excellent sermon in our Associaiidn Jtopra . Chartism is gaining ground in this aristocratic , town ; - and yee believe . that a vSsiifrom Mr Feargua O'Connor would be the means of a great ingathering- to the . National Chatter Association in this place . "¦ •¦• ¦* ' ; ' - ' . *; *; ... " : ¦ ¦ - ¦ ¦ : ¦ *' ¦;¦¦ ¦ ¦• ¦ ¦ ¦¦ - " . ' . \ * - * : ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦¦;¦'• ¦ - ¦
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Tiiere have been made , during the past week , very energetic efforts ( considering his advanced age ) on the part of Mr . Daniel O'Conhell , to wake the genius of Repeal agitation in Ireland ; which , since the astounding fact that all tho money , ten thousand excellent good pounds sterling poured into the coffers of the Corn Exchange , had dwindled unaccountsvbly down to Bomo £ 200 was published to the world , had betaken itself to the d-en sk-sp of apathy and tho dark dr , cam of despair . Tho nieetin ^ s had become merely nominal ; ami though O'Neill , Daunt , tho Rev . Mr . Gioves , and Tom Ray went through tha hebdomadal farce regularly , their ' associates" were few , their audience miserable , and their collections , even swelled now aad then by a pecuniary godsend from the folks t'other side of the Atlantic , nothing to boast of .
In this crisis an effort was indispensible , and despatches were for warded to the father of the moyement , explaining to him the ricketty state of his bantling— -that as much a ; the dry narses to whom he had commifed it could answer for Was its existence till he arrived . He came , and though it would have bean raoro paternal to let the sinking infant dia decently in seclusion and quietude , he insisted on dressing up the sickly brat in the turfst aho-wy nianner , aud again presenting it to the public z . zzi for admiration and acceptance . Afew have been deceived by . the momentary hectic which iHuaiiriatcd tho puny creature ' s cheek , but cohimpn-senss ( an exceiient jadgo in - these mattors ) pronounced everywhere tha' the original constitution of the babe had been unsound , and that it would be useless to * po :.-tp further espence to prolong 3 n existence jsainiul to itself and its friends , and contemptible t < j its ¦ enemies * . - ' ' Repeal , we mean Daa U'Cout ) eii ' a Repeal , is as cood as dead .
vVo have had , Sir , all kind : ? of wa . rd meetings , at which the Li beraior publicly declared that he knevr oi' no other suciety in Ireland than the Repeal Association , at the same moment that our petition was handed to him , and from which he shrunk like the devil from hoiy vvater . The fact is , ho is rabid with jfialcusy and disappolntnient ; he finds the peoplie are beginnin / 2 ; to thinkj despite allhis repeated offers to be not only purse-bearer , but sensecariier to the Irish -nation . , , . •* . Ireland / ' said he , some time ago , "has nothing to hope from a Parliament returned by tho present constituenciefif . '' "In the name of heaven , then , " said a s / sehsible ex Repealer to me , "hoy ? does he expect to get th ? Union Repealed without fjoiKg'to
work in oarnejt to change those coristituencierr ? " Bah ! Dan doca 1 not care a button about anything whatever beyond getting in the coppers . By the way this roay be called , in contradistinction to the former or . ' ' * button agitation , " the '" farthing ¦ movement , " no one being to contribnte more thah . one farthir . ga week , unless they like ta do bo . Surely this is the last kick .: The Lord Mayortold his dupes that he did hot immediately say it himself , but some vcr ? smart and trust-worthy persons had , that there were 1 , 500 , 000 forged signatures to the Chartist . ' . petition , and that though it was a very allowable thing to break men's heads at au election in Cork for exercising the franchise as they wished , yet to writo another man's name even with
his own consent , on a petition Bheot , was an offence of heinous turpitnde , and what Tom Ray had never yet done , au / aitAs he ^ was at caligraphic manufacture . He appealed io the two or three gathered together , ( in some cases their ward meetiugs numbered' at their most thronged period from ten to fifteen ) whether he had done well for Ireland . Ila had got several hundred thonsaud pounds for himself and his family , but then hs : had given up the forty shilling freeholdere , and-settled the tithe rent charge firmly on the landlords , who would never ask it from the people , a « course . He had put Lalor Shiel into ParJiamentij and made him a commissioner of Greenwich Hospital j since when he had never squeaked . for repeal as all at all . Wasn't that doing
good to the people ? He had shipped off Marcu 3 Coatello and briiched Brady / wasn ' t that sorving repeal 2 He had got his son-in-law a 'place in the Hanaper , since when a chango' cau ; o o'er the spirit 01 his dream , and he was not now a repealer . But why should he tire thrm with a list of their triumphs ^ of all those who had sold and given up connties , and abandoned . boroughs , for tho sweets and substantials of office ? Let him udw copie to their civic successes . Behold in him the Wmtungton of real life . Some said hi 3 being ibrd Mayor so late ia life sayohred of a political anti-climax-j but ho wis sure they were members of tho late corporation . Look to the right and then to the left . Oil one side was Fusbos
Arkins , a shear fellow- —a greater adept than Lord Stanley himself at thimble-rigr-how did the tag-rag and bjpb-tail of M&ry ' s lano ehont in that eventful hour when his tailor was made his sword bearer I Some were disposed to call this anomalous , but that was absurd . What niatter who was sword-bearer to him wi 9 had a vow registered in Heaven never 10 use one , unless , indeed , it was when he mustered the 500 , 000 Tippc-rary boys , to put down those rascally Chartists , who refused to starve magnanimously . ' On the other side 1 was Plckinninny Curriu —he begged his pardon j now Cnrran . He maintained , no inattcr what was said to the contrary , that he was big enough to carry the mace , even when they cot the Greek crosses added to it—for
although such crosses were not orthodox , they were better than none , and they should have them . Would not Coohist lilt up its head and rejoioe now the broken little grocer was entrusted with so congenial an ensign of authority 1 There should bo a general clatter of coffins , and rattling of breastplates , iu that death's head and cross oones locality . Look next at Marshal iSfi ^ -KeyBolds- how gently he has roared—that whilom made the welkia ring—since he was maiio chief : seller of iciistressed chairs , tables , bedsteads , < & 6 .: Tom Ray , too , he had helped to put ; in his terms , and Tonx would soon came to terms with any Government that would give him a better salary than they could , —thua they would get rid of part of the
Corn-Exchange dead weight , and make room tor some one else . As to poor Clements , be did not knowwell what to do with him ; be * and Councillor Davis , were two such very clever fellows , and EOr independent , that despite Lord Ebrington ' s anthema , they gave up all tha fcusiness they had ( none at ail > and joined that association . Tea sbillingB a-week was a poor allowance for euoh promising young men , and even that must be stopped now the £ 10 , 000 was expended . Let the generous people , then , for whom so much has been done , and from whom so little has been taken , coaae forth with their farthings—tUoiainutesS 150 , 080 is colleeted in
iarthingy , or that 4 , 000 , 000 male adults eign a petition in Ireland in its favour , that moment Repeal is carried ^—uuless tho moiiey slips away , as the £ L 6 , 00 v ) diJ , as fast as it comes in . The Iab 6 rak >* r * a appeals were anivve ' red by a oheer for buttons , ditto ibr , fartliing 8 , and the same for repeal . Next week I fail report progress , and , if you allow me space , adventure a sitetch of some of our public men here , as the liberal press of Ireland is liberal , ia s > truly Irish way—tlm-t te , ihey most impartialiy exclude any view of tha oa ? e , save their own aad their masters ; who that : master is , Mr . Staunton , cf the Recti / er , whf was turned out of a meeting ouce for daring to defend himself , oan tell .
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