THE Loan MAYOR.—At the Court of Common Council, on Thursday,
the customary vote of thanks to the Lord Mayor was resisted by Alder- man Waithman. The speech of the worthy Alderman was rather a speech in favour of himself, than against Sir John Hey ; for the only charges he made was the ten-times refuted one connected with Christ's Hospital, and the assumed neglect of Mansionhouse duties ;—which last is answered by the fact, that the Lord Mayor is no bird, but a jolly gen- tleman, who cannot be " in two places at once," more than Alderman Waithman. The truth is, there have been, during the last year, no fewer than sixty-seven Common Halls—a thing quite unprecedented in the history of Mayoralties. Mr. Ledger and Mr. Charles Pearson re- plied to Alderman.Waithman's accusation, and the vote was carried by acclamation, only three hands being held up against it. The opposition of Alderman Waithman—who, we presume, does not intend to stand for the City again—was more successful in the Court of Aldermen on Tuesday, where a similar motion of thanks was made and resisted. It is exceedingly amusing to listen to these caricatures of the Wherncliffes and Londonderries of a greater House. Alderman Copeland, it seems, said—" He would never consent; while he held a place there, that the rights and privileges of the Court should be frittered away. They had been deprived of their just rights and privileges by the result of the late election. Much had been said about the rights and privileges of the Livery, and of the determination of that body to stand up for them resolutely, But had the Court of Aldermen no rights and privileges ? and were they to make no struggle to maintain those rights and privileges?' They-had been most unjustly deprived of them, and he shoultruever cease to regret that they had not continued firm in theiramposition to such-an unjust aggression."
Alderman Waithman was yet more vigorous in his indignation- that theLivery should choose the Mayor of London once in a dozen of years. a' Ile was astonished that Alderman Thorp had introduced the motion.
of thanks to an individual who, instead of attending entirely, as he ought to have done, to the magisterial duties of the office, had lent himself to all manner of schemes, only for the purpose of gaining popularity ; , and who, by prostrating all the influence of his office to support the political views of himself and party, had rendered the office altogether a political office. When he (Alderman Waithman) was Lord Mayor, heavould have nothing to do with politics, and he had performed the whole of the duties of the office without subjecting himself to reproach. The Lord Mayor had grossly insulted that Court in his letter of the 211th of Sep- tember, wherein he stated that if the system of rotation were adhered to, the elective franchise would be a mere farce, and the election would lie in the Court of Aldermen. He, for one, would declare boldly, that any other body had no right to deprive the Court of Aldermen of their rights. As a. body, that Court had eternally disgraced themselves by giving way, in so cowardly a manner, to an attempt to intimidate them. For himself, he should never cease to regret the vote he had come to on the first election. The Livery of London by re-electing, and the Court of Aldermen by foolishly giving way, bad held out to the world, that the Lord Mayor possessed more talent than any of the other members of the Court, and that he had fulfilled the duties of his station more honourably than ever before had been the case. Now he (Alder- man Waithman) would unhesitatingly state, that there was not a single duty of any kind or sort to which the Lord Mayor had ever attended ; and while a set of individuals had re-elected the Lord Mayor who had never performed one duty, they had insulted himself who had served them for forty years most faithfully." This veritable humbug will die a Tory and Anti-Reformer, because Sir James Shaw gained the office of Remembrancer, and he himself was not made twice Lord Mayor. Such is the stuff that patriots are made of ! The Aldermen were ultimately counted ; and there not being thirteen present, the Court was dissolved.
ST. JAMES'S UNION.—A meeting of the inhabitants of the parish of St. James was held on Monday, in the Circus, Great Windmill Street, for the purpose of forming.a " Loyal Association to aid the cause of Re- form." Colonel De Lacy Evans was called to the chair. Resolutions expressive of the danger to which the peace of the country was exposed from two extreme factions, and declaratory of the confidence of the meeting in the integrity, zeal, and ability of his Majesty's Ministers, were unanimously adopted. The meeting concluded by nine times nine hearty cheers for his Majesty, and one groan for the Bishops.
SOLID GROUNDS FOR Parirzoricsa.—The Friendly Societies of the Me- tropolis mean to petition the House of Lords in favour of Reform, upon the ground that they have very large sums in the funds, the security of which will, they conceive, be shaken, if the Lords continue to refuse to permit the House of Commons to reform themselves.
MIRACLES TERMINATED BY Atariantorv.—Last Sunday evening, a man addressed the congregation of the Scotch Church in the unknown tongue, and after in the vulgar tongue ; entreating sinners to come to God, and warning them of the coining of Christ to judgment. A person in the gallery called out " Blasphemy," and many hissed ; several persons barricaded the doors on both sides of the gallery, and commenced an harangue, calling upon Mr. Irving to discuss the subject with them. To put au end to the disorder, the reverend gentleman com- menced his prayer. Previous to the people leaving the chapel, he stated, that in consequence of what had taken place, he should desist from preaching on the subject of " The Gift of the Tongues," and the gift should not be allowed to be exercised in the morning and evening service.