“ ficer, residing in Edgeley, near Stock- have in my eye two remarkable instances of

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 16 inhabitants, under an impression of people in Holland in flying to arms, and s 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. s ber of armed men rushed into the house, The other instance was in the Times newsos and after minutely searching all parts, paper, which said, not long ago, that it os took away with them eight swords, hoped to have lu record accounts of insuror 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, remon

consisted of from eighty to one hundred, strated with these good hirelings at the 16 variously armed, and they paid the strict- time. I told that there was danger in the

est obedience to the commands of one promulgating of sentiments of this sort; 66 who acted as the leader, and who was of because, though they themselves were,

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 insurree610 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 slapse 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 66 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 66 the number of some hundreds, that the the 29th instant, which, as I above observ66 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 io 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 memomitted, are such as call for the exertion of rable measures and events. It is, therethe lawful authorities to put a stop to them. fore, of great consequence to note down, They are unlawful, and that is enough; and to fix clearly in our minds, all the prebut, 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 Constables 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 to their assistance ?—To lament the which is not long, with a disposition to atexistence of such disturbances is unavoid- 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 counwent, an application for military force un “ties of England. Copies of the information necessary. cannot help observing 66 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 Intaxes, 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 6 Corpus Act will be proposed. We have, rise in arms against their government, 1" from the country papers received this

66 men."

morning, extracted accounts of the situ " have hitherto been burnings and assassiation of several districts, where, we re « nation. Are these crimes to be palligret to slate, the practice of stealing “ated or excused, and are we to characarms, 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. " 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 HA“ down these outrages without demanding “ BEAS CORPUS, and the PROCLA

more 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 " whether disaffection shall be


down warning, is now adduced against them " and punished, or suffered to pursue its as a crime; and falsely imputing these march wit's 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

own 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

lawoulruges were occasioned by them ? — yers, is described as the safeguard of our Nay, is there not abundant évidence to liberties and our lives. The other mea

shew that they had nothing to do with sure, the proclaiming of martial law, would " them? Did the Orders in Council pro- SUBJECT US ALL TO BE TRIED BY

duce the destruction of the stocking frames COURTS-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 bis 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 the

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

"o 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 $6 the increase. TREASON is the object" the object of the rioters; that they are nei" of these associations, aud their weapons

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" hatred is against the whole form of our distress, and that a treasonable intention, " government, and that their object is to 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 himn 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 manufacproofs, 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 justify 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 hall 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 too 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


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,

LORD SIDMOUTH could. He could see, not " loted for in this manner were uniformly only an insurrection of the head to provide " found to be."--The reader will ask, against, but also an insurrection of the perhaps, how it comes, then, that Mr. belly; for, in the speech by which he in- Whilbread's own name was put on it: but, troduced his motion for thanks to the Re- reader, of what use is his name, if there gent for his Message, he is reported to have be a majority on the side of the minister? said ;—.“ They (the government) ought to --Such, then, is this SECRET Com “ be prepared for the worst. If their mittee. And, what is this Committee to “ hopes should prove to be unfounded; if it do? Why, it is to examine the SEAL“should please Providence to afflict the ED UP papers; and, then it is to make a " country with another BAD HARVEST; report to the House of the result of its in“ how heavy would be the responsibility of quiries, and of the measures which it ss the Government; how heavy that of their thinks proper to recommend in consequence. “ Lordships, if they neglected to take such And then the House is to decide without precautionary measures as the occasion seeing the papers : Or, I suppose, at required!"-Very true, my lord! Real- least, that this is the course, it having ly, very true! And, doubtless, as you are been so in other cases of Secret Commitso sensible of the heavy responsibility that tees. Having now given this subject an will fall upon you both as a minister and a opening, and having brought the history lord, if precautionary measures are not taken of the Luddite measures down to the apto meet the affliction of another bad harvest ; pointment of the Committee of Secrecy ; I this being the case you, doubtless, have in shall, for the present, take my leave of it, view some means either of augmenting the with once more requesting my readers to wages or income of the poor, or, of low- WATCH THE WHIGS, and mark what ering the price of their food. There ap- their conduct will be through the whole of pear to me to be only these two sets of this transaction. In neither House have means; and, as your lordship seems to be they yet opened their lips upon the subject. so fully sensible of the responsibility, there can be no doubt that one or the other will be employed. The former object might

SUMMARY OF POLITICS. be accomplished, to a great extent, at least, by certain savings which I will here LIBEL CASE.—Messrs. Hunt. - These after take the liberty to point out to your Gentlemen, proprietors of the EXAMINER, lordship; and the latter, by adding to the were, in the term before the last, prosequantity of corn by importation. But, I cuted by Ex-Officio Information by the have not now room to do any thing more then Attorney General (Gibbs), who is than merely open this most interesting of now become a Puisne Judge, for the puball subjects. We must now, before we lishing of a passage, in which the writer take our leave of this subject for the pre- gives his opinion of the qualities and chasent, return to the House of Commons, racter of the Prince Regent. -The trial, where, on Tuesday, the 30th of June, we by SPECIAL Jury, as usual, was to come find the ballot producing the following before the court of King's Bench, at Westmembers for the Secret Committee : minster Hall, on Friday, the 26th of June.

G. Canning Lord G. L. Gower But, the Special Gentlemen being called W. Wilberforce Lord Milton over, and only six answering to their Lord Castlereagh C. Long


the trial was pul off, and, of H. Lascelles H. Goulbourn course, it cannot come on till after the W. Lambe J. S. Wortley next term.It is curious enough, that Samuel Whitbread Lord Newark the last time that these gentlemen were The M. of the Rolls Paget before the same court, only sir of the D. Davenport G. Tierney

Special Gentlemen appeared, and, of J. Blackburne H. Leicester course, six others were called up promisW. W. Bootle T. Babbington. cuously out of the common pannel. Messrs. C. Yorke

Hunt were acquitted upon that occasion. Upon the names being read over Mr. -Various conjectures have been haWhitbread said " this List contained the zarded as to the cause of this putting off;: identical names that he had seen hanıled but, while I pretend to know nothing of * about this morning. The present was that cause, I do know this, that the par" therefore neither more nor less than the ties prosecuted have been put to a certain

that “ Treasury List, as all Committees bal- expense, and that not a light one;

they are now to remain, murked out as or two of hired voices. How great was criminals, for another four or five months ; his surprise, then, and how great the conand that, if acquitted or unprosecuted at sternation of his party, when they saw it last, there is no means of their obtaining announced that Mr. Hunt was about to compensation for their anxiety and loss. make his appearance ! -Sunday (the

- They have behaved, however, most | 28th of June) passed, of course, without manfully upon the occasion; they will re any business being done, but not without ceive for that conduct, as they merit, the “ dreadful note of preparation.". On thanks of all the real friends of public li- Monday morning, the day appointed by berty; and they will, I trust, live to see the Sheriffs for holding the election, the the day, when they will receive a more Guildhall, the place for holding the elecsolid reward in beholding the triumph of tion, became a scene of great interest : an that cause in which they are labouring with injured and insulted people resolved to asso much diligence, spirit, talent and effect. sert their rights against the intrigues and

the violences of a set of men who were at: BRISTOL ELECTION. From the Letter, tempting to rob them of those the head of this sheet, the reader will | After the nominations had taken place, the find a pretty good preface to the history of sheriffs adjourned their court till the next this Election, which is quite another sort day. In the evening great strife and of thing than what the friends of Sir Samuel fighting and violences took place; the White Romilly appear to have taken an election | Lion Inn, whence the Club who put in at Bristol to be. The intelligence which Mr. Bragge, and who are now at work for I have from that City comes down to Davis, takes its name; this Inn was asWednesday last, the 1st instant. I may, sailed by the people's party, and, it is and, I dare say, I shall, have it to a later said, pretty nearly demolished. Mr. Dadate before this Number goes to the Press; vis's house at Clifton is said to have shared but, I shall now give the history down to the same fate; and, this and similar work, that day.--Sir Samuel Romilly's friends, with terrible battles in the streets having at their meeting at the Crown and Anchor, continued till Tuesday night (the 30th of talked of Mr. Prothero as an opponent ; June), the SOLDIERS WERE CALLED but, not a word did they say of MR. HUNT. IN, AND, IT IS SAID, ACTUALLY A farmer was, I suppose, thought beneath MARCHED, INTO THE GUILD. their notice. We shall, however, see HALL! -Pause, here, reader. Look that farmer doing more at Bristol, I ima- at this spectacle. -But, how came this gine, than they and their subscription will necessary ? It is said, that it was ever be able to do.-- In the Letter, be- necessary, in order to preserve properly. fore inserted, I have shown how Mr. But, how came il to be so? Who began Hunt, whose residence is in Sussex, was the violences ? That is the question.taken by surprise. He was wholly igno- And I have no hesitation in rant of the vacancy, 'till Thursday evening, firm belief, that they were begun, not by the 25th of June, when his news-paper of the PEOPLE, but by their enemies.Wednesday informed him that the writ, I state, upon the authority of Mr. JOHN in the room of Mr. Bragge, had been ALLEN of Bath, whom I know io be a moved for on Tuesday. He came to man of honour, of strict veracity, and (if London on Friday, set off that night for that be any additional praise) of great proBath, and got into Bristol on Saturday perty ; upon the authority of this genevening, where he was received by the leman, who requests me to use his name, people with a pleasure proportioned to their and who was an eye-witness of what he surprise at seeing him

-Hart relates, I state, that, there were about Davis had made his entry in an earlier part 400 men, who had been made special conof the day, preceded by the carriages of stables for the purpose, who were planted bankers, excise and custom-house people, near the place of election ; that these men, and, in short, all that description of per- who ought to have been for one side as sons who are every where found in oppo- much as for the other, were armed with sition to the liberties of Englishmen. staves or clubs, painted BLUE, which, the As it was settled amongst the parties, that reader will observe, is the colour of the Davis was to meet with no opposition from White Lion, or Bragge and Davis, party, either Mr. Prothero or Sir SAMUEL Ro- and, of course, the PEOPLE, who were MILLY, he expected a chairing on the for Mr. Hunt, looked upon these 400 men Monday, amidst the shouts of some score as brought for the purpose of overawing

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