27 NOVEMBER 1841, Page 9



A deputation from the inhabitants of Plymouth waited upon Lord John Russell, on Thursday, to greet him on his arrival to reside in the neighbourhood, at Endsleigh Cottage. His reply contains some strong speaking, symptomatic of renewed vigour in Opposition-

" Endsleigh, 25th November.

" Gentlemen—I am deeply sensible of the kindness and confidence which have induced the inhabitants of Plymouth to vote the address you have just presented to me. "The late Administration endeavoured to relieve the country from those taxes which are paid to the landowners, to the West India planters, and other favoured classes, at the expense of the community at large. They attempted, above all, to subject the admission of foreign corn at a known and moderate duty, in place of a scale so curiously adjusted that it baulks the farmer at one moment and starves the people at another, while it defrauds the revenue at all times.

The whole strength of monopoly, however, joined with the compact forces of an adverse parry, defeated our efforts, and have placed a new Ministry in power. " Still, if the people are united, prohibitions and prohibitory duties will share the fate of civil disabilities on religious grounds, the slavery of our Negro fellow- subjects, and other works of darkness. Nor is it necessary for this purpose that the late Ministry should be restored to power : the men who surrendered what they deemed the essential bulwarks of the Church and the Constitution to the menaces of the Roman Catholic Association of Ireland, will be sure to yield the fortresses of commercial restriction when they shall be summoned to do so by the peaceful but powerful voice of the people of England and Scotland. "Those who have resigned office have the satisfaction of thinking, that with the exception of the obstacles which self-interest opposes to the measures necessary for restoring our trade to a sound condition, and thereby invigor- ating our finances, they have left their successors an easy task. The sup- pression of sedition at home, without suspending the constitution or the odious employment of spies—the rule of Ireland in conformity with the wishes of the great majority of its inhabitants—the establishment of just principles of government in our Colonies, together with a firm but pacific policy abroad— have made the empire so strong that none but the grossest incapacity can endanger its fortunes or impair its reputation. "3. RUSSELL."