The Society of Market Gardeners held their annual meeting, in
the Crown and Anchor, on Wednesday. Mr. Calvert was in the chair, supported by Mr. Hume and several other gentlemen.
On Mr. Hume's health being drunk, the worthy member for Mid- dlesex, after panegyrizing gardeners' societies, which have been produc- tive of so much advantage in Scotland, adverted to his own position as connected' with the comity to which the company belonged-
- . Perhaps he would not meet them again as his constituents. (Murmurs.) Yes, he
would speak e) ; perhaps this was the last time he would so meet them. He had 'been long in Pwliament; and he could put his baud on his heart, and say, I have 'never given a dishonest vote—I never espoused a cause that militated against the -wishes or interests of the people. I ever spoke and acted for the best. I had only two -principles to follow, a clear conscience and the good of my country. I am not a man," • added Mr. Hume, "fond or my ease • my time, my exertions, and what little talent I possess, have been devoted to the good of the people. I have been shot at by the eie- Imes of the people, because I stood for the people. I am now as ready as I always have -been, to struggle for popular rights; but it must depend on the electors (it Middlesex ,whether I can do so in Parliament. The operations or the Reform BM must necessarily _deprive me of many good supporters, by the disfranchisement of the freeholders in the Metropolitan boroughs. I have, indeed, been solicited by many towns to become their representative. The expense would be little, the constituency small, and the duties light. If I were anxious to be a lazy representative, I might be sure of my return; but the independent electors of Middlesex chose me, and I shall abide by them, if they slide by me. I will not, believer, pay for my return. The man who rainwaters large -sums of money in securing-his election cannot'be a faithful member—he must have some views besides the .publie good— t am not such a man. While thrifty of the public money, It I be lavish of my ewn.? . I have .beard it said that I shall be opposed 'stoutly. It is not tile first time.thht..I have combated, and in the end beaten the ene- mies of the people. lint 'come Witatlneyi.I shall stand by those who so indep.sdently elected me.". The Duke of Wellington Was toasted by the society, as a military hero. Thare is a wretched spirit of vulgar imitation in the toast- masters of public companies in England : what the mischief have the reefers of caulitkiwera and cueumbers to de• with " military heroes," unless it be to fabricate scarecrows out of their east-off accoutrements ?
A most numerous and respectable meeting of the friends to religious liberty in the Colonies, was held at Exeter Hall on Wednesday. Lord Henley was in the chair ; and the meeting was addressed by two of the Jamaica Missionaries, Mr. Duncomb and Mr. Knibbs,—the latter of Nvhorn, it inly be recollected, was prosecuted by the Planters on a charge of being connected with the late insurrection, and ecquitted.. Several resolutions indicative of the sentiments of the meeting in regard to the persecuting spirit exhibited by the Whites Of Jamaica were passed unanimously.