Avi.Esisenv.—A wicked placard having charged Colonel Hammer, the Tory candidate,
with selling his commission "for want of cash, and fear of Dutch bullets," the gallant Colonel proceeded to the abode of the printer to demand the author. The printer refused to satisfy him ; and the consequence was a set-to, not a very regular one, in whieh the
Colonel lost his love-locks, and a companion who went to help him the skirts of his coat, besides having both their faces blacked by the victo- rious printer. Next day, the following squib appeared— "Mad Dogs! Mad Dogs !—The inhabitants of Aylesbury are cautioned to beware of two mad dogs that have been prowling about the town, and strayed into William Woodman's printing-office, and attacked him unawares ; but through his superior strength he divested the one, called Colonel, of his scalp, the other, Grey Pup, of part of his coat. They belong to a kennel of Tories at Stowe ; they may be known by their black faces."
Such is the stuff which legislators are made of!
BERKSHIRE.—The Conservatives have at length aroused themselves, and have been using the ordinary means Of compelling electors to violate promises solemnly made to Mr. 'Walter. A landlord in my own parish, whose tenant promised Mr. Walter in my presence, has been requested, —and in this case a request is a command,—to vote for Palmer and Pusey. On his refusal, he was desired to remain neuter. Several other cases of the same sort are spoken of; but I hope the Reformers will be convinced, that it is necessary to withhold their third vote from Palmer, since such are the means used to bring in, a brother Tory. Tradesmen also are compelled by the Squires to act against their con- sciences, and the Conservatives will oblige us to call for the ballot.. At the same time, I can confidently say, • that both Walter and Throck- morton are secure. The former gentleman has laid the Reformers under such obligations to him for the energy and talent with which he has fofight their battle against the Tories; that they will never be able to repay; neither personal exertions nor pocket has been spared ; and the way we shall bring him into Abingdon on Saturday next, will con- vince his enemies their malice against him is useless. Throckmorton has been very indolent ; and had it not been for Walter, no doubt three Conservatives would have been brought in. We expect support from the London Reformers, and hope they will not fail us in the hour of need.—From a Cw'respondent.
BLACKMYRN.—A stone was thrown with great violence through the window of the room Where Dr. Bowring slept, on the night previous to the nomination. It struck the wall a few inches above the bed.
BURY Sr. EIDITINDS.—A letter received this morning, after de- scribing the issue of the election, proceeds to detail an unfortunate (in our present state of knowledge, we call it unfortunate) case of violence, where violence is least excusable. In the course of the election, our correspondent says— "The 'acting Magistrate for the Corporation of Bury, P. J. Case, Esq., of Whiting Street, and also Register for the county, fired from the window of his house, and struck various persons=a woman, who I am informed has undergone amputation of a limb; a child, who is mortally wounded in the face and head, not expected to survive; a man, not so seriously, with others slightly. The other authorities have taken I'. J. Case, and placed him in the county gaol—the mob are very furious at his house, and I know not the extent qf mischief that may occur. They have broken all the windows, and pulled out some of the frames. A posse of constables are stationed, in order, if possible, to protect the various writings, which, I am told, are very numerous, and which place has been the depository for a vast number of years. Nearly all the shops are closed."
CANTERBUItY.—A Mr. Southbee on Monday proposed Sir W. P. H. Courtenay as an opponent to Lord Fordwich and Mr. Watson. Is this the same gentleman who talked so stoutly about the purity of the Can- terbury electors about a year ago, and who then officiated as agent for Lord Pordwich ; or are there more bees than one of the South kind connected with Canterbury? Sir William described himself as a Knight . of Malta. He went the hustings in a velvet coat, like a mountebank.
• DOli8ETSIIIRE.—It is a singular fact, that down to Thursday evening no candidate had offered for the third seat created by the Reform Acts. "Lord Ashley and Mr. Bankes," says the Dorset Chronicle, "are secure ; but who will be selected as our third representative, is yet in a state of uncertainty. It is apparent that no other gentleman has yet determined on coining forward ; as, if any such intention existed, bare respect to the electors would induce the issue of an address." It seems that the two Parties in the county are so nicely balanced; that each is afraid to make the first move ; and any "commercial traveller," or other wayfaring gentleman passing through the county, may step into the seat without let or hindrance,—Globe.
DOVER.—The friends of the peaceful Mr. Haleomb seem to have borne his defeat' with great difficulty. Nothing would serve them but a second poll ; and they actually made an attack on the booths in order to compel the returning officer to have recourse to that expedient. They were with difficulty repulsed.
FINSBURY.—It is not without its use very shortly to note the patent
causes of Mr. Babbage's failure now, as they may lead to his better success hereafter. In the first place, his Committee was badly worked, and its funds were too scanty. Much was not required, but the little that was wanted was not readily forthcoming. In the second place, Mr. Babbage Was opposed by all the monopoly-men, and especially by the East India Company's servants. Lists of these were obtained from the Company, and they were written to and recommended to vote for Mr. Grant and Mr. Sergeant Spankie. We need not say what is the real meaning of recommendations so given ; they were understood and acted on as the writers meant they should. In the third place, Mr. Babbage was opposed by all the Conservatives, who either split their votes with Mr. Grant mid the Sergeant, or plumped for the latter. In the fourth place, Mr. Babbage was opposed by the lawyers, who voted for Spankie, not so much from the esprit du corps, as from a cer- tain fine tact that these gentlemen possess, by which they can invariably hit upon the line of conduct which is most agreeable to the Great Man whose smiles they are ambitious of sharing. Of course, we must suppose that, on the present occasion, they were mistaken. It could not be that the Lord Chancellor put a silh gown on Mr. Span/tie's shoul- ders in order to hold him out as a favourite of the Government, and thus to enable him more successfully to combat a simple philosopher like Mr. Babbage. His Lordship's love of science precludes such an idea. It was Jelerely a coincidence—a happy one for the Conservative Scot. In the fifth place, the Royal Society were to a man opposed to Mr. Babbage. Dr. Rce=et, the Secretary, openly voted for his opponent. The public may perhaps wonder at this ;' but, alas ! the Royal Society is composed of men, and what is worse, Mr. Babbage has irreverentry shown that a great many of its members are very Silly men. Lastly, a good deal of the interest that ought to . have returned an unsparing Re- former like Mr. Babbage, and one whO' had knowledge to render his opposition to- jobbing available, was lost by the setting up of Mr. Wak- ley and Mr. Temple, by which the Reformers were divided, and, as divided parties always are and deserve to be, beaten.. l'hey will ma- nage better next time; and in the meanwhile, we rather think that the Conservative Sergeant will be kept tolerably honest, even against his will. A large constituency may be easily cheated at the time of eke- tion,hut it is no easy task to cheat them after it is over.
GREENWICIL—Captain Dundas made a short speech at the final an- nouneement of the poll yesterday ; in which he observed, that there were other 656 men. in the House, all anxious to speak, and therefore his constituents must not expect his name frequently in the debates. The Captain's resolution is a wise one; he goes to work—not speak. Mr. Barnard spoke of an elector wishing" to plant in his (Mr. Bar-
nard's), breast the rankling dart of—dictation I" and of "the tear of
affection gathering on the cheek." This, fear, does not betoken a determination to follow the Captain's example. iteavronn.—Mr. Thomas Duncombe, whose conduct we have on several occasions had reason to admire for its straightforwardness,—and indeed, which we never saw reason to blame, unless when he presided at the Crown and Anchor meeting,—has been associated in his contest for this borough with a young gentleman, lately, we believe, a Lieute- nant in the Tenth, and step-son to the Lord Chancellor. What were Mr. Spalding's pretensions, save and except his ex-Lieutenancy, and the borrowed lustre of his step-father's office, we know not. We never heard of him before he set •up as a Parliament man, nor are we aware that anybody else ever did. The Tory; candidates were Lord Ingestrie, who has been hawked about some half a dozen of constituencies of the empire, and Lord Mahon, the representative of the Historians of Eng- land. What were the appliances these two noblemen used, we know not ; but they have contrived to oust both the Liberals, who, after their prodigious boasting and feasting, look as sheepish as may be. Mr: Duncombe we are certainly sorry to lose. As for Mr. Spalding, having done without him hitherto, we dare say we shall contrive to do without him still. TWO members are quite sufficient to represent the Chan- cellor's interests in the Commons. The conduct of the Reforming candidates, we may remark, appears to have been very unlike their professions of liberality. Both on Monday and Tuesday, they brought in a parcel of ruffians with bludgeons from the neighbouring town of Ware ; who contrived, as they were ordered, to keep Hertford in a state of riot during the entire time of the polling. They were with great difficulty driven out of the town by the indignant inhabitants, and not until many of the latter were severely hurt.
Hum..—A most disgraceful attack was made on Mr. Hill, while proceeding to the hustings, on Tuesday. He was separated from his friends, and struck and maltreated so severely as to be disabled from appearing for the rest of the day. Had not the Conservative candidate, Mr. Carruthers, with equal courage and presence of mind, rushed for- ward, and encircling him rival in his arms, hurried him into a pas- sage of a neighbouring house, it is supposed Mr. Hill's life might have fallen a victim to the brutality of the mob. A man charged with striking him is in custody.
LAN1BETH.—At the close of the poll, Mr. Tennyson (from whom, we hesitate not to say, we anticipate as much honest. service as from any member that is about to enter the House) addressed the electors at great length. He said he and his colleague would have much to do— They must begin by improving the constitution which they had regained. He said regained, for the country had for a long time possessed a_ constitution only in fancy instead of reality. They had regained it, they would maintain , and they would amend it. The amendments which he would propose, how. ever, would always come within the limits of the-principles on which the constitution itself was founded. He was for household Suffrage, triennial parliaments, d vote by ballot. He would now tell them a. little more of his mind upon other matters; which he had not hitheito done, lest it might have been supposed that he was expanding his principles in order to entrap votes. He thought a most extensive reform of the -Church was required. A total end must be put to pri- vate patronage. He was one of those who thought religion necessary for h r the people—that it was one of their wants. He was himself a Church b man; t e trusted that his votes in Parliament had ever proved that he was actuated by the true spirit of toleration ; and be would say it was a monstrous thing, that the Church of England should be maintained in its present state, if it were not the religion of the majority of the people. He spoke now as a legislator, with- out reference to his private feelings.. If the doctrines of the Church of Eng- land were professed by the majority of the people, he would maintain the Establishment ; but if otherwise, he would vote for its extinction. The whole poesessions of the Church must be newly distributed. It was necessary that the .Lives of useless drones about cathedrals and collegiate establishments should be destroyed. He knew many towns, containing ten thousand in- habitants; in which the minister did not receive more than 70/. a year ; whilst in some villages not containing more than fifty souls, the incumbent received thou- sands. Further than this, the Church mustnot be so exclusive as it had hitherto been. Its doors must be opened wider, in order to admit more of the family of the Christian religion withm its walls. When private patronage should be abo- lished, the minister of every parish should be elected by ihe people. There was another point of importance to which he wished to direct the attention of the people of England. He had always opposed close corporations, and it was well known that those corporations were the purest in which the magistrates were elected. Now' he wished to know why county magistrates should not also be elected. He had expressed an opinion of this nature before, and the people of Lambeth had now returned him to a place where he would maintain it. They had got a Reformed House of Commons to a certain extent, and now they must proreed to reform the House of Lords. The first reform, then, must be with respect to the Bishops. He entertained the greatest respect for those reverend persons, and was personally acquainted with several of their body; but he thought that they did the Church great mischief by remaining in the House of Lords. It might, perhaps' be expedient to allow three or four Bishops to remain in the House of Lords to offer their advice in matters connected with the Church, but he would not have the whole bench continue there to east their weight into the scale against the people. Those re- verend iii ought, as had been well remarked by others, to employ them- selves n the Lord's house, and to quit the House of Lords. There was another scandal, which, if no other person brought under the notice of a Reformed Par- liament, he would. He had told the electors of Lambeth that he did not like to pledge himself, because he was going into a deliberative assembly, where he was bound to hear the opinions expressed by other representatives of the people, and to act according to his judgment and his conscience. If he were to decide upon all points before he entered the House, he might as well stay at home. And this brought him to the scandal to which he had alluded the Lords stayed at home ; they did not even wait to read the discussions in the newspapers, but gave their votes by proxy. This was a system which could no longer be tolerated. It was disgraceful to any legislative assembly, and must be put down.
This is not meat for babes ; but it is health confirming and strength giving for all that.
Mr. Hawes improves on a better acquaintance. He said—.
He would exercise the power with which he was invested only for the benefit of the people ; and unless he continued to be their member in the fullest sense of that term, or unless he honestly and fairly spoke their sentiments in the House of Commons, he would resign his trust into their hands without taking any ad- vantage whatever of the mode in which the opinions of his constituents might be expressed, because he believed that an honest man dways knew whether he spoke the voice of his constituents. The right honourable gentleman with whom he had the honour to be associated, had that day delivered a speech, to the senti- ments contained in which he was more willing to subscribe than to any which he Lad ever heard propounded in a political assembly. He made that declaration in the presence of many persons who had heard him express his opinions on many oc- casions, and who knew that he was not stating any thing with a view of catching a single vote of approbation. He would be content to followhis eight honour- able colleague in the race of Reform ; and he could assure him that he never would find him an unwilling advocate of the principles of liberty which he had propounded.
He noticed an abuse which Mr. Tennyson had omitted—
The manner in which the Committees of the House of Lords conducted the business which came before them. Some of the most important undertakings winch marked the spirit of the age had been defeated, not by those who at- tended the committees for the purpose of bearing and digesting the evidence, but hymen who perhaps rose from their beds at twelve o'clock, and voted at one without having heard a syllable of evidence. The committees of the House of
one, also appeared to exercise their power in something of a hole-and- corner fashion. This was a matter which should be amended-
6' Macte, virtutis, esto !" If you do that, Mr. Hawes, you will be a Reformer indeed.
The electors sung" God save the King" in full chorus, at the ter- mination of their pleasant and honourable labours.
LEEDS.—The following striking placard was exhibited on the day of nomination- " The mills of Messrs. Marshall, in Water Lane, lighted up, the ground co- vered with snow, and a number of children wading through the snow half- starved ;" underneath was "Five o'clock in the morning;" and the whole headed in large letters, "A scene in Water Lane."
A 'correspondent of the Globe terms it "most atrocious." Is it either untrue or overcharged? We fear not. Nothing, to be sure, can be more absurd than to oppose Mr. Macauley on account of these scenes. He is as much disposed to remove their causes, and much more able to do so rationally, than his poetic opponent.
The election has gone off with comparative quiet ; though the Com- mittee of the " Short Time Bill," as they are called, are accused of introducing bludgeon men, and, all pious as Mr. Sadler and his fol- lowers pretend to be, of having the bludgeons with which their hired ruffians were armed, fabricated on Sunday ! This fact was let out, we are told, by one of these fellows who was severely hurt.
LIVERPOOL—The election here has ended in the defeat of Mr. Thornely. A trimming, shuffling Waverer, whose inanity of intellect is only equalled by his infirmity of purpose, is preferred, by the pur- chased constituency of this degraded borough, to one of the most honour- able, best-informed, and resolute friends of liberty in the United King- dom. Knowing Liverpool well, as we do,—knowing the mean and jealous feelings by which many of the mercantile body have been actu- ated to frustrate the election of a brother merchant, —knowing also the
contemptible part which sundry false Whigs were prepared to act on this occasion,--and above all, knowing, in common with all England, that the great mass of the old voters had been bought and sold over and over again, and that they were steeped up to the ears in perjury and infamy,—being aware, we say, of all these circumstances, we confess that we have all along had heavy misgivings as to the result of this contest,
notwithstanding the usual confident boastings of the Independent party. We reminded the Liverpool Reformers, some time since, of their gross Misrnanagenient of the lest de. etioo. Men they were as confident of suc,, cess as they were two days ago, and were as ignominiously beaten. But this is almost always the case : the Reformers are full of jokes and joy, of boasting and speechifying—while their opponents are drilling their forces, buying up votes, and securing the means of victory. In Liver- pool, voters stand ready to be purchased in open daylight within twenty yards of the polling places. These are the " worthy fellows" whom so many honourable members were quite horrified at the idea of dis- franchising, and whose base and unparalleled corruption was lately made the subject of a joke at a public dinner by the Lord Chancellor's crony, Mr.. Shepherd of Gateacre.
If the Reformers of Liverpool, the few honest ones we mean, do their duty, they will at once enterinto a subscription to petition against Lord Sandon's return ; and to expose the scandalous and unconstitu- tional means by which it has been secured. They should also lay before the Reformed Parliament incontestable proofs of the corruption of the old electors ; and never rest satisfied till these wretches, who have made the second city in England the rottenest of all rotten boroughs, are de- prived of the privileges which they have so long abused with a scam. &Ions impunity.
LONDON.—At the close of the City election, on Wednesday, the seve- ral candidates, with the exception of Mr. Lyall, addressed the electors. They had done so on Tuesday evening, but the speeches of Wednesday had been " slept and waked upon," and may therefore be supposed to have been better deliberated. Mr. Grote said— No triumph could be equal to, still less surpass, that which he had obtained; for what were all the titles which the caprice of courtiers might confer, compared to the suffrages of his enlightened fellow-citizens ? That alone could be considered as the true certificate of merit, that alone could carry unmingled gratitude to the heart, which was actuated by virtue and patriotism. Thanking them as he did, from the bottom of his heart for the unequalled honour they had conferred upon him—unequalled, for never before had so many suffrages been bestowed upon one individual —he could assure them that he felt a strong sense of tha magnitude of the obligations attached to it. He felt that they had placed mighty and formidable pow,a's in his hands ; and he should esteem himself eternally disgraced if he did not employ to the fullest extent such abilities as he possessed for their benefit. The mission intrusted to him was one not to be paralleled, either for the labour attached to it or the assiduity which would be required to perform that labour; but be was resolved to consecrate his time to their service, and more par- ticularly to the unprivileged niultitude, which required most protectionfrom the Legislature, for they had no means of protecting their own interests. His own principles were long-cherished ones ; they had not been assumed for the moment, or for the purpose of catching an ephemeral popularity ; but if they were dear to him before, they were still more so now, when they had just received the stamp of approbation from so many thousands of his fellow-citizens. It would be painful to him indeed to contemplate the possibility of his ever be- traying the confidence they now reposed in him ; but knowing as he did the great temptations which representatives had to slumber on their posts, he called upon them to watch his conduct with care, that he might nut be permitted to become negligent. He called upon them to do so, not so much for their own interests, as for the purpose of preserving his political virtue. Let thetn look him through and through as he walked the public stage' and if they should see hint for a moment neglectful or conniving at those abuses which he letd de- nounced at their meetings, or if they should find him incompetent to' the dis- cession of the questions brought before Parliament, or unequal to their details, he called upon them to condemn and repudiate him without any indulgence and without mercy. ( Vehement applause from all parts of the Hall.) These are sentiments that warrant and deserve "vehement applause" not from the Hall only, but the Empire. The following is equally good. Having passed a high encomium on Mr. Lyall's character, he alluded to the opinion that had gone forth with that gentleman's sup- porters, that his return was essential to the welfare of the mercantile interests of the metropolis— Mr. Grote would venture to say, that the prophecy would prove false ; for he was himself as much identified with the mercantile interests of the metropolis as Mr. Lyall ; and he had no hesitation in saying, that to vindicate and to explain their interests, would be a business he should never on any occasion neglect, for he con- sidered it as being one of the principal objects of the station in which he then stood. But there was one thing which he would not do—he would assist them in no object, however favourable to them, if it was in the least inconsistent with the public welfare. He would not consent to give them any unreasonable protection, or that the citizens and the other portions of the community should be taxed for their benefit. On the contrary, should such a thing be attempted—. which he had no doubt would not he the case—he would be one of its most strenuous opposers.
Alderman Wood having briefly and generally returned thanks,
Alderman Waithman said— He did not want to Tait his own talents in competition with dune of any other candidate; but there was one thing by which the great cause they had achieved in this instance was particularly distinguished, and lie could not help again adverting to it. He meant the unsolicited suffrages of his friends, which furnished a grand example to all other constituencies. The city of London had been long known to have an immense influence upon other public bodies. Its tone was generally adopted by other bodies, whether that tone happened to be right Cr wrong ; and in this case they had chosen four Reform candidates. Him-
self they had chosen without being asked for a vote, and without seeming to question his disposition to adhere to the line of conduct which had first recom- mended him to their notice. He did not know whether such was the case with the other candidates, but it was a course which he should like to See universally adopted. He should wish to see the electors coming forward to exercise their rights without being asked to do themselves that service.
There is great truth in these remarks. We sincerely wish the worthy Alderman's example were followed, but constituencies must be wonder- fully purified before that be the case. The return of a man who so decidedly repudiated canvassing is highly honourable to all parties.
Sir John Key's speech, as it contained nothing striking, we can afford to pass over; but respect for the unfortunate calls for one extract from that of stout Michael Scales; who has borne his disappointment with a degree of good-humour which is as rare as it is praiseworthy in the hero of a lost cause. He was interrupted at the commencement, but he soon put the audience into a kindly temper— The first election he ever attended, was when he was twelve years of age, at Huntingdon, when the two nominees of the Earl of Sandwich were returned. Upon that occasion, several of the gentlemen who voted for the successful can- didates were far advanced in drunkenness, and were addressed at the end of the contest by one of the returned members in the following words—" I eay, my boys, I can't stop to make a speech, but shout as loud as you can—I am first, huzza!" Ile hoped that such an address was not expected from him. If; instead of hearing front some Of the (=deletes who had -Predediloblietiatiffhe abberffie Mee- cantile interests, he had heard them produce some plan for the benefit of the poor, he would have been much better pleased. He begged to inform the con- stituency that he had admired Waithmen and Wood, and supported them • in their career, and assisted to raise them to 'their present situations amongst their fellow-eitizens ; and he begged to ask them- whether after having served those geutlemen for •twenty years, after having been for so long a time chained to their chariot-wheels, he might not be allowed to set up for himself? What had that excellent man Mr. Grote said ? That he valued the approbation of that constituency more highly than he should the honours which kings and ministers had the power to bestow. Why, if that were a proof of honourable ambition in one man, should it not be so in another? -and why was he to be iaterdicted ? He had had the honour of being elected by a constituency to an honour of another kind ; but who had snatched it from him? But he was determined to retrieve the situation ; nothing should prevent him obtaining the victory, not- withstanding the power which was accumulated against him. When he was first acqiiahrted with the Court of Aldermen, he thought them persons of most extraordinary magnitude and power. He looked upon them as quite terrific; but hresoon dropped that impression of their importance. Mentor, in his advice to Teleinaehus, told him to shun and apprehend danger when it was at a distance, but when it was at hand to treat it with contempt. He found theta was right to act upon that elan with their Worships; and tvhen he approached them fie treated them, and nut without very good reasons, with the most marked contempt. He should take another opportunity, and shortly too, of drawing the public attention fully to that court, and he knew the public opinion- would assist hint in destroying it. He was surprised to hear candidates denounce the practice of canvassing now. He remembered having canvassed with two of the City members who now reprobated the system ; and he could not see bow what was considered honourable at that time bad changed its character and become dishonourable now. Many gentlemen had expressed their regret at the expense to which the election had put him. Why, it had cost hint twice as much to put dewn one Select Vestry. The expense was trivial. Ile had only to retrench lm private expenses for one year ; he had only to adopt one lesson of practical
home and he would never feel the effect of the expense. Other gentlemen had
described him as unfit to be an Alderman' nse ra
as not possessing se or gvity enough fot the character. They thought he would not look the chi:meter well. Well, he should get stuffed, and "in flair round belly, with good capea lined," make the experiment of performing it.
Nothing could exceed the admirable arrangements for the polling; which went on with a degree of ease and rapidity quite twee, neeled. The polling-booths for the Livery were fixed round the liaii, and every voter was directed in the plainest and most intelligible way to his proper booth. Hardly a question was found necessary, and not the slightest interruption took place. The number polled is not stated, but it noiss have exceeded 10,000 at least.
e-ren.--iThe nomination and speeches of the candidates were nearly if not wholly lost, in consequence of the noise created by Cobhett's followers ; the speech of their chief of course excepted, which was long and bitter against Ministers. In other respects, the election seems to have been regular enough. The hustings were erected in St. A one's Square.
MA UN:A:BON:E.—The state of the poll presents a most striking dif- ference to what was, at least till very lately, anticipated. Of course
nobody in h's senses dreamt of such a person as Murphy eleeted ; but how in the name of wonder came Colonel Jones so fl off?
We really bal!eve thet at cue time he was almost safe bow ; eatne he to be de teeted so FraillalOUSly ? Only :300 votes out of ; this would he banAing or drowning- matter to a map of smal iv e. Sir William Horee's speetli of thanks has raieed him a step hielne lieu' he previously stood. Be said— For hi, tdertion, as a personal di,:inction, he was grateful ; but with hint all personal feelings merged Lao ihe more important one, of an earnest de,ire to perform to the utmost of his ability the high, the sacred duties, of their relne-
sentative in Parliament. This he tt mild do, nut only in the repret:mtmtve of those who haul so kindle suppertel hint, but of every elector in the bo- rough, no matter how Le might have voted. The only distinction he we .. . ' make would be to favour those who had most need of the protection and as,ist- mice of a member of Parliinueut.
Mr. Portman, in thanking the electors, stated a fact most honourable to himself, that he bad received the split votes of nearly all the voters ; those who.voted for Sir Samuel Whalley and Mr. Murphy voting for him as freely as did the supporters of Sir William Horne.
The election of .Marylehone passed off most quietly and calmly, con- trary to the expectations of the Times—on what evidence entrrtaincd, we never could discover. Sir Peter Isamic remarked, that he should have a very cheap bill against the candidates. Not a stick of the booths had been strained even. .
lIipossssx.--Mr. Henry Pownall and his brethren of Lord Hen- ley's Committee, on the noble Lord's resignation being announced, waited en Mr. Lyall to offer their services; but though they only asked a trifle, as the Standard has it, -Mr. Lyall was not to be caught. He has had enough of such " trifling," we suspect.
Nonwicit.—The nomination took place on Saturday. The show of hands is said to have been decidedly in favour of Mr. Gurney and Mr. B. Kerr. It seems it is the custom in this brutal and corrupt town, for the candidates to be chaired. This ceremony took place on Monday ; and the Whig journals say, that in the course of it a follower of Sir James Scarlett knocked down a partisan of the Ministerial can- didates, who was hooting the ex-Attorney-General. Whoever began the riot, it was soon both general and alarming. The booth of Lord Stormont and Sir James Scarlett was torn to pieces, and a bonfire ormed out of the fragments of it ; and the riot continued so long and was so violent, that the poll was, as a matter of necessity, suspended. The riot died .ont at night, for lack of materials to continue it. No ives, luckily (?) were lost ; but many persons were severely hurt. Sir James Scarlett and Lord Stormont, it will be seen, were successful. The town, last Parliament, returned Reformers, by a large majority,
'nst two of the most popular Anti-Reformers of the entire party. A'pretty account of the voters ! It has been ascertained that not fewer han four hundred vagabonds received 5L apiece, and boasted of it. They had promised to vote for Mr. • Gurney and Mr. Kerr; but, on ceiving'the higher bribe, they turned round at once and voted for their pponents. The East Anglian recommends the Ballot as a cure for e turpitude of these men. No,•no—they are beyond the reach of the allot itself: the only cure is to be found in the exemplary punishment
no—A—nti-To-ry feeling, for we said near1y-1i Miicli-when it. 4- is believed that the two Ministerial candidates would be•returneol; but-from auhonest disgust of a set of the most infamous rascals in England; and
rascals not of a day, but into whose very souls the infamy has been worn by years of base practice.
OXFORD.—The nomination afforded Sir Charles Wetherell an op-. portunity for a scene. He stood for half an hour vainly endeavouring
to obtain a hearing : he then called for his hat, and afterwards for his greatcoat. This struggle of who should yield, continued about three hours ; when the Mayor put the question of the nomination. Sir Charles was very indignant at this ; and protested, that had the Mayor not interfered, he would have kept the crowd all night, but woulki have had a hearing,—and a broken head to boot, very' probably.
It will be seen that Sir Charles was as little attended to by the voters as by the mob. He resigned on Tuesday ; when, like Lord Henley, he could not better do. He and Sir Edward Sugden, that other wan- dering Knight, may now console each other as they best may. Mr. Hughes is a learned gentleman also; the trio will make a right merry company. Mr. Stonor, who has driven the ex-attorney and the ex-At-
torney- General from the field, is, horresco referens, a liotnan Catholic! " This is the unkindest cut of all." It was bad enough:for Sir Charles to be ousted by a Reformer ; but for him and the High Church Mr. Hughes Hughes to be obliged to give way to a follower of the Scarlet Lady !—heaven and earth must be coming together now. Mr. Stonor is friendly to the ballot, to the diffusion of knowledge, to a property- tax, to a reduction of the expenditure to the abolition of slavery. And, what is better than mere professions, he is described to us as a down.. right holiest Man ; and though he repudiates specific pledges, be gives freely that great one—he will resign his seat when he can no longer com- mand the confidence of his constituents.
PaEgrox.—This tomm has, during the polling, been, As usual, the scene of the greatest violence. It is said that one man was killed. A great many were hurt. Hunt and his bottle-holder have not only been beaten, but shamefully beaten.
The respectable classes of the electors are all pledged to Fleetwood and Stanley ; time working classes all to Hunt and Forbes. Messrs.
limit and Forbes are said to have quarrelled, having left the town last Nye ek in different directions, after having made preparations for travel- ling together. Globe.
S17E171E1.1% —Mr. Buckingham, by the last accounts, bade fitir to succeed in this borough, and not.merely to succeed, but to top the poll. He will in Many ways bean acquisition to the House. It wants a few Anti-Spankics. Mr. 'Ward, the other popular candidate, had the • hononr of tieing nominated by Mr. Elliot, the well-known author of the Corn Lea' S OUTI-IWA —.lir. Brougham was present when the election was declared, hut lie brought with him a doctor's certificate of inability to speak. The illness of the honourable gentleman has been exceedingly opportune. Ile that cannot speak cannot of course • answer. He bats written a speech, however. 'rhe electors must give in their queries in writing also.
STA AI FORD. —1.Vhen the :Ministers insisted on eau -elm:. the bomulnries of this boromell by adding to it a large sidled, fihlimi h 'houses belong- ine to the Marquis of Esetcr, they were told what wmmMI e i.be conse- quence, and; defended themselves by somc nenssuesel ereument about not legislating ugninst particular interests,--as if the whole ill were not an ;:et of le:Ash:lion against particular and in fiivour °fou s. rat interests. The Marquis ef Exeter has, as Mr. Tennyson foretold, !slurped by a Im7ze majority his two nominees ; and all the efforts of Mr. Gregory, directed by one of the cleverest agents in all Eu,.elieul—Mr. Parkes of 13ioningham—and seconded by the good wishes of two thirds of the inhobitants, have availed nothing. The Marquis lies managed "his own" in his own way. Mr. Parkes, who, it may be recollected, had been inviteml to become a candidate before Mr. Gregory started, ad- dressed the Reform electors on Wednesday, previous to taking leave of them, in strong language on the condition of the-borough- The truth was best proclaimed to them and the whole country, that Stamford could not be free ; that "election" there was a solemn farce and mockery of aria- tiler:tic dictation. He never would again—as declared by his friend Mr. Gre- gory—go through the labour and hutniliation of persined canvass and solicita- tion. It was amongst the greatest nuisances and abuses of the elective system, !Mr would he ever meet impurity by impurity. He confessed with sorrowand lamentation, that the spirited and independent electors of Stamford were hope- lessly' defeated. He could not find language to express Ms scorn and disgust at the scenes of the last few days. The political opinions and suffrages Of tch electors of Stamford were not represented. Colonel Chaelire and Mr. Finch were no more the representatives of the electors of Stamford, than of the Dey of Algiers. IIe declared as a fact—known to many rnembersof the Blue Com- mittee—that during their canvass for Mr. Gregory, two-thirds of the whole constituencv bad avowed their desire to support hint, and the precise influences which counleracted their wishes. It was a fact, that many electors--tradesmen and tenants- of the Marquis of Exeter—who dared not, could not, vote other- wise than against Mr. Gregory, had secretly given him the most ardent support, and actually used every endeavour to poll their workmen and sub-tenants for the popular candidate. He had kept a record of all the notorious circumstances of the three contests; and he was glad to inform them, that Mr. Grory's Committee had determined to expose their wrongs to the knowledge of the whole country, ;tad to represent those wrongs for redress at the bar of a Re- formed Parliament. Mr. Parkes pledges himself to publish an expose of the election : we hope he will. It may be that the triumph of the• Marquis may do more for Reform than his defeat would have done. SUDBURY.—No sooner was the issue of the election rendered certain by the resignation of Mr. D. Wrangbam, than Sir J. B. Walsh drove off in a pet, and left old Mr. Taylor to enjoy his triumph. 0 rare Ben Walsh ! Stntay...—It is said that Mr. Alderman Venables is prevented, by sudden and severe indisposition, from proceeding in his canvass for the Eastern division. TAVISTOCK.—All the candidates here were Ministerial Reformers; and the canvass and election Were carried on with the most gentlemanlike feeling. The Losing candidate even carried his courtesy so far as to dine with his successful competitors. There are some flowery. spots, • even amidst the thistles and brambles of a contested election.
WEsrurNsratt.---The polling on Monday and Tuesday, went on very leisurely; there was not the slightest interruption to the voters, and in, deed very little crowding of any kind, on either day. . At Covent Gar- den, where custom congregated the greatest number, there were not above four or five hundred people at any one time, in addition to the peo- ple attending the market, and casual passengers. At Trafalgar Square, there was not nearly so many. The official announcement of the suc- cessful candidates, on Wednesday, drew out a good many of their friends ; but the issue was plain on Monday, and therefore excited little interest. Sir Francis Burdett was a good deal cheered, and on the whole pretty well received. Sir John Hobhouse was heard with diffi.
clay; but he was heard,—at least so say the reporters. The-declara- tions of both the members were limited to that safe generality in which they had throughout the contest persisted. It was not to be expected that they would condescend to explain when triumphant what they bad refused to explain when suppliant. After the members retired, a dia- logue ensued, between Mr. Simson, of Colonel Evans's committee, and Mr. Fenn, the bookseller of Charing Cross, touching the ratting of the latter; which seemed to be established by the most satisfactory evidence—the confession of Mr. Fenn himself.
There is not in the speeches of Sit Francis Burdett and Sir John Hobhouse, as given in the Times of Thursday, one word or sentiment unless of the most barren and unsatisfactory declaniation,with the excep- tion of an air of insolent forgiveness to those electors who voted for Colonel Evans ; which so exceedingly resembles that which the high Conservatives usually assume, that had not the name of" Westminster's Glory" and his chosen preceded the addresses, we should certainly never have discovered from internal evidence that they proceeded from two persons who affected patriotism. The difference between the three candidates for Westminster was not so striking as to justify much exultation in the winners. Of 10,000 electors, only about 4,000 voted; and out of these, -Colonel Evans had above 1,000 plumpers. Every influence of Government, even to threats of tradesmen, is said to have been employed to bring in Sir John Hob- house. How are the mighty fallen ! Colonel Evans was not present at the close ; he was obliged to go to Rye to attend his interests there.
Wavatourit.—The nomination took place on Monday. Mr. Bux- ton and Mr. Burdon were favourably heard ; but Sir F: Johnstone was very much hooted during his address, and a great many notices of eject- ment, served by his steward, were held up by the crowd in front of the hustings. While Mr. Buxton was walking away from the hustings, a fellow put his foot before him, and attempted to trip him up ; and on being remonstrated with, .struck the honourable gentleman. The man has been held to bail.
YARMOUTIL—A correspondent, in transmitting to us the true num- bers of the poll, which had been incorrectly stated in the Daily Papers, adds the following general remarks on the elections in this quarter.
" Bribery has evidently been part of the Tory electioneering system in the Eastern part of Norfolk. 'Windham and Keppel (the Liberal candidates for our division of the county) complain in their printed addresses of the unbounded threats, bribes, and intimidation of the Conservatives. Gurney and Ker have lost their election for Norwich, when the canvass promised them a majority of 400 over Lord Stormont and Scarlett; and at Yarmouth we have just ended a hard-fought battle. In Norwich, the bribery was, I am told, most barefaced. If one fiftieth part of u-hat is said be true, Lord Stormont and his colleague will enjoy their triumph for a very short time: it is quite certain that their
retnra -trill be petitioned against. In Yarmouth, the Conservatives have been playing the like game ; but, fortunately, without success. The conduct of cer- tain persons here will assuredly be brought before the House of Connuons—of this there cannot be a doubt ; and, indeed, it would be a premium fur the infrac- tion of the laws if they should escape unpunished. The bribery practised at Norwich will be more talked about than that which was practised here, because it succeeded at Norwich ; but I believe it will be found, when the cases shall have been investigated in Parliament, that the Conservatives were bad alike in each place. These Conservatives, who are to a man opposed to the Ballot, have done more to advance it iu public opinion in Norfolk than a Synod of Lecturers could have done. From the means employed against them, this is really the greatest of the many triumphs of our excellent members, Messrs. Anson and Rumbold."
1 SCOTLAND.—The only change, if it be one, in the state of parties is, in the county of Inverness, where the Macleods arc somewhat more sanguine than they were some time ago. In Fife, Colonel Lindsay now admits that he has no chance. In the Eastern Boroughs of the stnie county, Mr. A. Johnstone has driven Sir Robert Anstruther and his newly-found fortune from the field. The Dunfermline Boroughs are doubtful. Lord Dalmeny is opposed by a new candidate, Mr. At- kinson, bookseller, of Glasgow; who has been haranguing the natives, with great success, it is said. The Ultra-Reform party blame the Whigs' for abandoning Mr. Johnstone of Straiten, whom they describe as the Whigs' own particular pet. We confess we always looked on Mr. Johnstone to be as independent of Earl Grey as of Priscian ; but whether independent or not, we consider him to have lost all claim to the support of any Reformer, from the moment he joined in the cant about Dutch interference. He must know, or he is the most ignorant of men, that the Tories, at whose meeting he was lately spouting, only C•bject to interference because it is exerted on behalf of a young state against an old one,—that they themselves, if in power, would have in- terfered long ago to oppose Belgium, and thus' for all their peaceful prayers, have involved Europe in a general war beyond the hope of retrieval. The Scotch Ultra-Reforming journals are loud in their condemnation of Sir James Craig for opposing Mr. John- stone. Sir James is a lnig, and the state of the Scotch repre- sentation has necessarily compelled him to be a managing politician on more occasions than one ; but Sir James is a singularly bold and sturdy Reformer for all that, and always has been. And for Lord Rosebery, we must say, that, of his standing, we know not a nobleman in Scot- land who has stood up for the People more stoutly than he has done. Of Lord Dalmeny's fitness or unfitness, we know nothing ; but he can- not be more unfit than Mr. Johnstone of Straiton, or his head must be a phrenological curiosity.
In Edinburgh, Mr. Aytoun has frankly quitted the field, and will support Messrs. Jeffrey and Abercromby, instead of opposing them. A correspondence of some length has -been published in respect to the opinions of these, gentlemen, m which, if it be not altogether satisf,
factory, there is at least nothing ,kept back. The Lord Advocate prof.. fers to answer freely, at the hustings whatever questions are put to him
The Scotch Mimsterialists have become much more condescending than the English.
KIRICALDY Boacus.—Mr. Fergusson has no opponent to contend with; and will therefore have the unusual honour, at this election, of walking the course. flow honourable and satisfactory such a state of matters must -be to all parties, we need scarcely to say : it is a well; merited compliment to one of the best and kindest of men, paid by those who have had the most favourable opportunities of knowing and appreciating his worth, and who seem to take an honest pride in thus testifying their esteem and attachment.—Caledonian Mercury.
DUBLIN.—The contest by this time is well over, though the close of the poll will not reach town for a couple of days. There was a great deal of noise and confusion both in the City nomination and the Col. lege nomination ; but no more violence than invariably ensues on such occasions. The Conservative candidates for the city bid fair to beat O'Connell and his man Ruthven. The former, who has been all along the real candidate for the city, was formally announced last week. Government have the credit of opposing him ; we don't know whether they deserve it or not. QUEEN'S COUNTY.—The Dublin Evening Post says, that although Sir Henry Parnell may be opposed, he will not be defeated ; and certain compromises allowed by O'Connell,—as in the case of Limerick, where, after driving out one candidate for being an Anti-Repealer, he has let in another who is as much an Anti-Repealer as his predecessor,—sho4 that there is a paucity of otherwise acceptable candidates to follow his implicit dictation on the subject of Repeal.