1 APRIL 1848, Page 4

'Life Vrobintes.

Mr. Quintin Dick, a Conservative and Protectionist, has defeated Mr. Houghton, a Free-trader and extensive farmer, in the contest for the repre- sentation of Aylesbury. At the close of the poll on Wednesday, the votes were 614 to 345.

Two candidates are competing for the representation of the Borough of the towns Bewdley and Stourport—Lord Mandeville and the Honourable Spencer Lyttelton. Lord Mandeville in his address says he has faith in our present institutions, but believes they may be adapted to changing times. Mr. Lyttelton declares for free trade and lighter pressure of taxa- tion on the poorer classes.

At a Chartist meeting in Salford, on Monday evening, there was some " strong " speechification. A young man named William Dixon urged his hearers to arm, and join Manchester in beginning the formation of a Na- tional Guard. Another speaker saw no means of avoiding a bloody revo- lution besides giving Repeal to the Irish and the Charter to England. A resolution was passed, that it is tyrannical to deny to Ireland the govern- ment which the great mass cf her people earnestly desire. Dixon then again rose, and said the time was come to break the law, and he was ready to begin. The Chairman, Richard Anderson, interposed, saying " There is enough moral power to gain what we seek "; but he was shouted down, with cries of " No, no; we must not trust longer to that." Dixon said, give him the musket, and he would soon have the vote. (Cries of "Nothing leas!" and great cheering.) A Chartist meeting was held in the market-place of Nottingham yester- day week. The chief speaker was a Dr. M'Douall, the unsuccessful can- didate for Carlisle, and, as the local news gave it at the time, the unsuc- cessful leader of revolution in Glasgow. His speech contains indications of communication and understanding with the Irish disturbers. With re- gard to the great demonstration proposed by the Chartists on the 10th of April, he said—

Such was their organization that they could assemble all their forces in London in two hours. There was no law against a number of men from every city, town, and village in the empire, walking quietly to London- and with 500,000 men,

each carrying a gun-barrel, '

, what would Lord John Russell do? Thy people would wait a long time, but not for ever. If their just demands were refused them, their last resource might be a revolution. The proceedings finished with resolutions for the Charter, and with a torch-light procession through the main streets of Nottingham.

At the same place, on Tuesday, there was more of this heated talk. The Chartists met in large numbers to elect a delegate for the great Convention hi London in April. Mr. Jonathan Barber said it was now felt that

Royalty is a drag-chain, and must be got rid of: ere long it would be drives from the world— The day is at hand. He wouldn't tell them to fight--(" We know what us. mean!")—as he wouldn't get them into a serape; but they understood each other (Immense cheering.) Mr. Harrison said, eleven revolutions had happened since their last meet. ing. Before long they would obtain the Charter, or have a Republic in England. Mr. Sowter declared that this was the last petition from No tingham. (Shouts of " Bayonets next! ") Mr. George Julian Harney was chosen delegate.

A trial took place at Exeter Assizes, on Monday, in which the Bishop of Ere_ ter prosecuted Mr. Latimer, the proprietor of the Western Times, for a libel in his paper. It declared the Bishop to be so notorious a brawler, that any story not imputing to him the milder virtues, concerning his rule and discipline, was re. caved without question, and circulated as gospel: it also said the Bishop had once in the House of Lords "stood branded as a consecrated careless perverter of facts, and one who did discredit to the mitre which he was paid 2001. a week to wear." It seems that, in 1832, the Duke of Somerset built a church in his ma- nor of Bridgetown, and that the Doke and the Bishop had personal negotiations on the subject of its consecration. The church was filled for some years by the Reverend Mr. Shore, who has lately been battling with the Bishop in the Ecclesiastical Courts. In 1843, Lord Brougham presented a pet_ Lion from Mr. Shore to the House of Lords; and on that occasion the Bishop of Exeter told the House that the Duke of Somerset had made engagements in respect to the use of the church, which he afterwards brae: he had registered the church as a Dissenting chapel, for Mr. Shore to preach in, after he seceded from the Church of England. occasion of this charge by the Bishop against the Dake, Mr. Latimer published in his paper the language now impugned, and the Bishop brought his indictment. The defendant put in two pleas,—namely, a formal one denying the charge of publishing a libel, and a plea of justification. The latter compelled the jury to judge between the Bishop and the Duke on their relative veracity. The Bishop was personally ,put in the witness-box, and examined on all the circumstances of the negotiations about the church. Mr. Cockburn proposed to the Judge to ask the Bishop if he had not been, by Lord Grey and others, charged on particular occasions with misrepresentations and the making of unfounded statements. Baron Platt, how- ever, world not allow this course. The Jury, after an hour's consideration, gave a verdict of guilty on the first plea, but of acquittal on the plea of justification. The verdict was received in the court with irrepressible applause; and bands of music paraded Exeter in triumph.

At Kingston .Assizes, on Wednesday, Jones, an engine-driver, and Fleming, a stoker, were tried for the manslaughter of David Markland. This case arose out of the fatal accident on the South-western Railway on the 14th January last; the particulars of which have already been stated. The counsel far the defence dwelt on these incidents: the men now on trial might have been on the look-out, and yet, from the fog, not have seen the lamp of the guard nor the tail-lamps of the passenger-train: if detonating signals had been empl kyed, the luggage-train would have been stopped. After a short consultation, the Jury pronounced the men " Not guilty."

Ann Fisher, the young wife of Richard Fisher, an aged and substantial farmer, was tried at Exeter for poisoning her husband. There was evidence of a jealous quarrel; of the death of old Fisher next day, after taking mallow-tea made by his wife; and of a fall confession of guilt made to a fellow prisoner by the wife. She said she had poisoned her husband to get his property and marry one Leach; about whom the quarrel arose. The witnesses were of infamous character: the Jury disbelieved them, and acquitted the prisoner. Mary Howell and James Price were tried at"Monnaouth Assizes, fok poisoning James Howell, Mary's husband. The evidence raised a presumption of an if. licit relation between the prisoners before HOwell's deeth; and it was proved that he died from arsenic mixed with his supper. There was room for doubt as to how the arsenic got into the food; and the Judge summing up favourably, both prisoners were acquitted.

Thomas Aldridge Shirley was tried at Norwich Assizes, on Wednesdayi for shooting his uncle, William Page, with murderous intent- Page had often led money to his nephew, and bad at last pat an execution in the debtor's house: Shirley went to Mr. Page, and fired a pistol, which shot away his jaw. He was found guilty, and received sentence of death.

William Thompson, the poacher who killed Shirley, a keeper to the Duke of Cleveland, was hanged for the murder, at Durham, on Saturday. He seemed penitent.