" the most violent opposition on the part this right exists in no case, it surely cannot “ of those who are any thing but loyal. exist when, as appears to have been the “ Instead of complying with the request, cæse here, the party, taking upon them to "the Oppositionists answer it with a cry give the command is the least numerous. " of " Millions be free!" and rising with Well might the theatre be shut up, if the " their hats on, place themselves in the manager would suffer the few amongst his

most menacing attitude of defiance. This audience to hector over the many.- - This 6 act of INDECENCY has frequently led writer calls the tune of God save the King es to blows, and individuals in the boxes " the NATIONAL air.” But, he has « have been obliged to seek their personal not cited to us any law by which we are "safety by leaping into the pit, while compelled to rise and pull off our hats at " those in the pit have placed ihemselves the playing of it. He may like it, and so “ in array against the boxes, and a general may the Officers at Nottingham, though " contest or tumult has been the result. the language is a rare specimen of stupid * In several instances tickets have been dis- verbosity and tautology; though some of

Tribuled, gratis, to the amount of several the sentiments, as far as they can be called " pounds, with a view lo beat down the sentiments, are at once malignant, abject,

loyal party by main force, in consequence and impious ; and though the whole, when os of which several OFFICERS have been considered with reference to the unfortu" in:sulted, and mal-treated, particularly nate personage whose name is the chief s on Wednesday evening last, when a burden of the song, amounts to a species “ number of those desperadoes surrounded of burlesque the most disgusting that can . Brigade-Major Humphrys, on coming be conceived, still it may accord with the

out of the Theatre, hooted him along taste of the military officers quartered at $ the streets to his quarters, and threw a Nottingham, and they may, if they choose, " bottle in his face which cut him severely. consider the air as national and have it 6 Brigade-Major Humpulkys is a most gen- played accordingly at their mess-rooms.

llemanly characler, who had never taken But, if we leave them to their taste, we any part whatever in the disturbances, shall not agree to subject the people of but that he was a mililary officer was Nottingham thereto; we shall not agree quile sufficient. On another occasion, a that they have a right to cram their party way-laid an officer of the 2d So- sentiments down the throats of the peomerset Militia who had been forward in ple of that town, or any other town or displaying his zeal and loyalty to his county. Observe, reader, that it is

King at the Theatre, in the Park, late not the people who begin the quarrel. " in the evening, and beat bim in a most The others call for the tune; it is played ; * inhuman înanner. - Several have been no interruption is given by the people.

compelled to enter into recognizances for But, this is not enough. The people must " their good behaviour, and two or three not only sit and hear that which they dis

are bound over to appear at the Quarter approve of; but, they must, at the word

Sessions, for the assault committed on of command, pull off their hats, as a mark " the officer in the Park. This evening of approbation of that which they are known

was fixed for the benefit of Mr. Robert- to disapprove of, and that, too, at the son, one of our highly respected Ma- order of a comparatively small part of the nagers, who calculated upon a net re- audience. Can subservience; can slavery, ceipt of at least £100.; but by the ab- go lower than this? And, if the people

rupt closing of the Theatre, his benefit of Nottingham were coinpelled to submit “is liecessarily postponed until after the to this, what impudence would it be in

races, which it is supposed will be a them to affect to revile any other people as “ great loss to liim.”-Now, reader, if slaves To this last stage of servility you examine this matter, you will find the people of Nottingham were not, it that, even upon their own showing, the seems, disposed to submit; but, in anGod-save-the-King party have been the swer to the word of command, they rose aggressors.-- -What right, I should like and exclaimed, “ MILLIONS BE FREE; to know, has one part of an audience at a placing themselves, at the same time, public theatre to compel the other part, " in a most menacing attitude of DEFI- . however small that other part may be, to “ ANCE.” Of defiance, mind. Not of sland up, or to pull off their hals, upon aggression. And, what could be more the playing of a tune or the singing of a proper ? Yet this hireling calls it an "act song, called for bruke former? And, if of indecency!" Slave, dost thou, then,

think an act of indecency in English-pears to me to have tacitly taken part with men to answer an 'arbitrary and insolent insolent commanders. I am not, therefore, command by an exclamation expressive of at all sorry for his loss; and, I hope, that, their love of freedom ? Dost thou, then, unless he makes atonement by restoring slave as thou art, think this an act of in- freedom to his theatre, he will be left to decency; and hast thou the impudence to exhibit his scenes to his exclusively " loyal" give utterance and publicity to thy thought ? customers and to them only. --So much

-If the people of Nottingham were to for the accounts from Nottingham. Let us submit to this command to pull their hats now hear those from other places. I shall off in the play-house, why not in the street ? insert them one after another without any And, if to pull off their hats, why not to interruption. go down upon their knees, or to turn out “ HUDDERSFIELD (Yorkshire), June 25. their pockels? Loss of property and loss" --Last Monday, about midnight, a great of liberty are never far asunder. As to “ number of armed men, with their faces the assaults, committed on the bodies of disfigured by broad black marks down the two military officers, if they were un- " each cheek and over the forehead, as. provoked, the parties ought to be punished; " sembled near the dwelling-house of Mr. but, it will be observed, that we here have “ Fisher, a shopkeeper of Briestwistle, in but one side of the story, and that every " this neighbourhood, and after firing two story has two sides. The story comes, too, guns or pistols, demanded admittance From a man (if one ought to call him such), "into Mr. Fisher's house, which he rewho looks upon it as an act of indecency for 55 f::sed. They then broke open the door, Englishinen, when arbitrarily and insolent" and two of them rushing into the house, ly commanded to pull off their hats, refuse " seized Mr. Fisher, who had just got out to comply, and exclaim that they are free. "of bed; they each presented a pistol to This being the sort of persons from whom " his breast, and threatened him with inthe story comes, we ought to distrust, and, "stant death if he stirred a foot. Not inindeed, to disbelieve every word of it that timidated by this threat, Mr. Fisher rushmakes against the people of Nottingham. " ed from them towards the door, when he

-One of these officers had, we are told, 66 was seized by other six men, who placing so been forward in displaying his zeal and a sheet over his head, face, and arms,

loyaliy to his King at the theatre.” That kept him in that situation while their is to say, he had been (according to this "comrades ransacked the house, and took writer's previous account) forward in com- " from his pocket-book bills to the amount manding the men of Nollingham lo pull off" of 1161. besides 20!. in notes and some their hats. The gentleman, whoever he " cash; they also took a quantity of notes is (and he is nol named), might have found " and cash out of a drawer, but to what a better way than this of displaying his “ amount Mr. Fisher does not exactly zeal and loyalty. There is very little loy

" know. When the depredation was comalty in the bawling out of a stupid song ; 1" pleied, the leader cried out to the guard but, that would have been a good in en. placed over Mr. Fisher, “Let him go; deavouring to conciliate the people, amongst

u don't hurt him; we have got what we whom he was quartered. In short, it is "wanted, and we will bring it back in clear, that these rows at the theatre at “ three months,' and immediately made Nottingham have been provoked by the unbearable insolence of a few of those persons, " SHEFFIELD (Yorkshire), June 27.who assume to themselves the exclusive “ We are sorry to learn, from the resolumerit of loyally. Nothing can be clearer - tions of the meeting of Lieutenancy and than this, even from the statement of this " Magistrates, that the nightly depredahireling himself; and, therefore, it appears tions, and other most violent breaches of to me, that the conduct of the manager of " the peace, in a great part of the manuthe theatre has been unjustifiable. It was facturing districts of this Riding, still for him to express his disapprobation of the continue. The most effective measures

conduct of those, who were taking upon are immediately to be taken to stop the them to give commands to the audience, “ career of the lawless offenders." and turn a place of recreation, where every " STAFFORD (Staffordshire), June had equal rights, into a scene of poli-" In the beginning of the last week, a tical triumph of the few over the thoughts" strong body of those deluded men, calland wishes

the many; and, in not hav- "ing themselves Luddites, surrounded the ing expressed this disapprobation, he ap-house of a lady, the widow of an of

66 off.”

“ ficer, residing in Edgeley, near Stock- have in my eye two remarkable instances of o port, and, with horrid threats, demand- this: one in the Courier, who applauded " ed entrance, to search for arms. The the conduct (or reported conduct) of the or inhabitants, under an impression of people in Holland in flying to arms, and o dreadful consequences resulting from a even in pulling the Dutch Judges from the "refusal, opened the door, when a num- Bench and dragging them along the streets. "ber of armed men rushed into the house, The other instance was in the Times news

and after minutely searching all parts, paper, which said, not long ago, that it " took away with them eight swords, hoped to have lu record accounts of insur« leaving the affrighted inmates in a state reclions in France. I, as the public will 66 of extreme consternation. The party do me the justice to remember, remonos consisted of from eighty to one hundred, strated with these good hirelings at the

variously armed, and they paid the strict- time. I told that there was danger in the 66 est obedience to the commands of one promulgating of sentiments of this sort;

who acted as the leader, and who was of because, though they themselves were, 66 a respectable appearance. We wish we doubtless, able to discriminate between an 66 could, with that degree of justice we owe insurrection in England and an insurree" to the public's information, here close tion in France, some of their readers might " this article; but we are sorry to say, the not. I, therefore, advised them to let o lapse of each day discloses some new Frunce alone in this respect, stating my “ object of alarm--some new act calcu- opinion, that they would have to repent " la ed to impress upon us the most alarm- having meddled with her.- As to the “ ing sensations and apprehensions for the remedy for the disturbances, the way to

general peace and safety of the country. ascertain that, is, first to ascertain the " It has been told us, that assemblies cause; but, of that I must speak in my re“ nightly take place in secluded places, to marks upon the article of the Courier of " the number of some hundreds, that the the 29th instant, which, as I above observ6 oath continues to be administered, and ed, was published for the purpose of feel" that the names of those who are parties ing the public pulse, and which, before !

to the abominable and seditious compact, proceed to my remarks, I shall, agreeably " are called over at the several places of to my usual practice, insert. I shall insert " rendezvous with all the regularity and the whole of it, because it will hereafter " appearance of system and discipline." be to be referred to. We are now, I am

The acts bere spoken of, if really com- convinced, at the dawn of a set of niemomitted, are such as call for the exertion of rable measures and events. It is, therethe lawful authorities to put a stop to them. sore, of great consequence to note down, They are unlawful, and that is enough; and to fix clearly in our minds, all the prebul, then, have we not laws? Have we liminary steps. History often becomes not Justices and other magistrates; have wholly useless for want of a knowledge of we not Coustables and other peace officers; the little springs which first set the mahave we not Sheriffs, who have power to chine in motion.- With this preface I call out all the people in their several coun- hope the reader will enter upon the article, ties 10 their assistance ?- – To lament the which is not long, with a disposition to atexistence of such disturbances is unayoid- tend to its contents.- .66 The Message of able; but, I cannot help thinking, that, if the Prince Regent to both Houses on SaI were a Lord Lieutenant, or even a She- “ turday related to the violent proceedings riff, I would reuder, as far as my county " which have taken place in several coun. went, an application for military force un- “ties of England. Copies of the information necessary. -1

help observing which has been received by Goverument, here, that a great deal of mischief has, in " relative to them will be laid before all probability, been done by those who " Parliament to-day. The intention of have the impudence to assume to them- 66 Government is to move an address this selves exclusively the appellation of " loyal" afternoon to the Regent, thanking him

These men, who, for the most " for his communication, and to refer the part, live, in one way or another, upon the “ information to a Secret Committee of Iniaxes, have, in the indulgence of their quiry. Of course we do not presume to senseless rage against the Emperor Napo. " state what their report will be; but it is leon, been, in fact, openly inculcating the "rumoured that a suspension of the Habeas right, and even the duly, of a people lo Corpus Act will be proposed. We have, rise in arms against their government. I “ from the country papers received this



66 nation.


morning, extracted accounts of the situ- " have hitherto been burnings and assassi“ation of several districts, where, we re

Are these crimes to be palligret to state, the practice of stealing “ ated or excused, and are we to charac

arms, administering treasonable oaths, “terize the perpetrators of thein merely as " and assembling in large numbers night- poor deluded mistaken men? They are "ly, is carried on with increasing violence. us neither deluded nor mistaken; their haMore vigorous measures have therefore " tred is against the whole form of our " become necessary.

That the Govern- " Government, and their object is to destroy ment have hitherto endeavoured to put " it. The SUSPENSION OF THE HAdown these outrages without deinanding“ BEAS CORPUS, and the PROCLA

inore extensive powers ; that they hoped " MATION OF MARTIAL LAW may “ the laws as they stood would be suffi- “ be and are measures to be deplored, but " cient ; that they trusted the trials and “ the question is, whether a lesser evil punishment of some prominent offenders

“ shall be incurred to avoid a greater; " would operate as a salutary example and so whether disreffection shall be put down

warning, is now adduced against them " and punished, or suffered to pursue its as a crime; and falsely imputing these march with impunity.—The object outrages to the Orders in Council, the of this article clearly is to prepare a justiOpposition ask whether it is not alarm- fication of a suspension of the Habeas Cor

ing that measures of such extent should pus, or PERSONAL LIBERTY ACT, " be brought into discussion at this season and also of the subjecting of the people of " of the year ;' when it is added, almost England to MARTIAL LAW.--Reader, ". all the independent Representatives of English reader! Reader, of whatever coun" the people are on their return to the try you may be, do think a little of the

country? What are measures neces- nature of the measures here unequivo

sary to the public peace and safety not to cally pointed out for adoption. As to ( be discussed because independent Repre- the first, it would expose us, it would “sentatives do not choose to attend their expose any of us, it would expose every duty in Parliament? If they prefer their man in England, TO BE PUT IN PRI

business or pleasure to the public SON, IN TO ANY PRISON, AND KEPT business, are Ministers to blame? The THERE, DURING THE PLEASURE evil which it is wished to remedy has OF THE MINISTRY, WITHOUT ANY grown lo an alarming height only within SPECIFIC CHARGE AGAINST US, a short time, how then was it possible to AND

WITHOUT EVER BEING bring it into discussion earlier ? And BROUGHT TO TRIAL. This would be with

respect to the Orders in Council, is the effect of the suspension of the Habeas " there the least shadow of proof that the Corpus Act, which, by all our great law

oulruges were occasioned by them ? yers, is described as the safeguard of our Nay, is there not abundant evidence to liberties and our lives.-- - The other meashew that they had nothing to do with sure, the proclaiming of martial law, would

Did the Orders in Council pro- SUBJECT US ALL TO BE TRIED BY duce the destruction of the stocking frames COURI'S-MARTIAL, AND TO BE IM"in Nottinghamshire ? Did they lead to PRISONED, FLOGGED, HANGED, “the burning of the mills in Yorkshire ? OR SHOT', AS SUCH COURTS-MAR“ Did they cause the horrible assassinations TIAL MIGHT ADJUDGE.— I do not " in Lancashire? Have they produced the say, mind, that Lord Castlereagh has these “ Luddite Associations and the oaths of measures in his budget for us. No, no: 1

treason which have been the consequence do not say that; but, it is very clear, that

of them? Are arnis seized and Jarge the vile Editor of the Courier news-paper "numbers of persons drilled and disci- is prepared to justify the proposing and ihe

plined nightly because of the Orders in adopting of these measures, which he calls “ Council ? Ii is absurd, if not worse, lo

a lesser evilthan that of suffering " endeavour so lo mislead the public mind. "disaffection to go unpunished;" and

But the Orders in Council have been re- this be says, too, while he is calling upon pealed! It is known in every part of us to fight for our liberties. --However,

the disturbed counties that they have been having seen his measures, let us now see “repealed, and yet these outrages, so far what are the grounds upon which he would “ from having abated in violence, are on justify them. He says, that “ treason is 46 the increase. TREASON is the object " the object of the rioters; that they are neiof these associations, aud their weapons

" ther deluded nor mistaken; but that their


" them?

hatred is against the whole form of our distress, and that a treasonable intention, " government, and that their object is to os a hatred to the whole form of the governdestroy it.—This must be news indeed “ ment and a desire to destroy it," are the to the Emperor of France, who will, doubt sole causes. This pampered hireling less, be anxious to hear to how many coun- does not know what hunger is. It is chaties of England this hatred extends itself. rity to suppose that he is incapable of formHe will, I dare say, be amused with the ing an idea of the sufferings of a human reflection that a twenty years' war to keep being under the craving of an appetite down republicans and levellers has brought which there are not the means to satisfy. us to this; and, really, we cannot be much Let hiin read a passage in the history of offended even if he should laugh at us, when Trenck, who, having travelled for two or he recollects that our news-papers have three days without eating, and being in a been expressing so anxious a desire to have house where he saw some victuals without to record the events of disturbances and having money to purchase any, says, he insurrections in France. --But, where is the rushed out of the door lest he should commit proof of the truth of this assertion of the murder in order to obtain the food, which Courier? Upon the strength of what evi- he felt himself violently tempted to do. Let dence is it, that he sends forth these tid. the hard-hearted hireling read this passage; ings so pleasing to the Emperor of France let him put himself, for a moment, in the and to all the enemies of England ? Where place of a father who sees a starving family are his proofs of that treason and of that around him; and, then, I should hope, hatred of the whole form of the govern that he, even he, will feel and express ment, of which he talks? If he has the some compassion for the suffering manufacprools, why does he not give them? And, turers.-Far be it from me to attempt to if he has them not, how dares he make justily people in the commission of unlawsuch an assertion? How dares he thus ful acts. I do not wish to justify the woblacken the character of the people of the man who, according to the newspapers, most populous and most valuable part of committed highway robbery in taking some the kingdom ?-He denies, that the Orders polatoes out of a cart at Manchester, and in Council have had any thing to do in the who, according to the news-papers, was producing of the disturbances, though the HANGED FOR IT. I do not pretend evidence of a crowd of most respectable to justify her conduct. But, there is, I witnesses, given before both Houses of Par- hope, no harm in my expressing my comliament, prove that the Orders in Council passion for her; and, I further hope, that have been one cause, at least, of the dis- my readers would think me a most inhuman tresses which exist in the troubled counties; brute, if I were to endeavour to deprive and also prove, that the distresses have been, her and her unhappy fellow-sufferers of the or, at least, originally were, the cause of the compassion of the public; by asserting that disturbances. Yet does this unfeeling man she was actuated by a treasonable motive, endeavour to make the world believe, that and that she hated the whole form of our distress has had nothing at all to do with government and wished to destroy it. No, the matter. - It has been proved, in the reader, I will not lend my aid to this. I clearest possible manner, that, in the trou. allow her to have been guilty of highway bled counties, the people have suffered and robbery in forcibly taking some potatoes out are suffering, in a most cruel manner; that of a cart at Manchester; I allow this; and the food of many of them is of the worst I allow that the law has made highway robsort and not half sufficient in quantity; that bery a crime punishable with death, if the hundreds and thousands of poor mothers judges think proper; but, I cannot and I and their children are wholly destitute of will not allow, that her forcibly taking of bread, and that even polatoes are loo dear some potatoes out of a cart at Manchester, for them to get at ; that the food of these was any proof of a treasonable design and of unfortunate creatures is oalmeal and water, hatred against the whole form of our goand that they have not a sufficiency of that. vernment.-Upon some future occasion I It has been proved, that many have died, will give a picture of the mode of living of actually expired for want of food. And, it a poor man and his family in England, and has been proved, that this want has, in will shew how far his wages will go with part, at least, arisen from the existence of the quartern loaf at 20 pence. At present The Orders in Council.— Yet, with this I shall add only one remark to what has proof all before him, does this unseeling been said above, and that is, that though writer, this inexorable man, deny that any this hired writer could see nothing but part of the disturbances has arisen from reason to arm the government against,

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