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visited, consoled, and upheld her ; an was a stir about this matter, fearing act which imprinted gratitude on our that a sufficiency of money would be hearts, not capable of receiving an ad- raised, and that I should make a stand dition even from his Lordship's recent for Westminster, what did he do Did declaration on Penenden Heath, as to he come forth, and say that I was a pera his long knowledge of me and my son unworthy of being chosen : No; but writings.
wrote to RICHARD GURNEY of Norwich This man of inordinate ambition, but then a member of Parliament himself), with disproportionate talent and a total authorising him to say, that he (Burdett) want of political courage and constancy, would subscribe 5001., and that he did. has in his bosom (if I inay call it one) not care wko knew it. GURNEY, who more of the base passion of envy than was his boss friend, and who was any man that I have ever known. He gaite worthy of his friendship, showed knew my sincere devotion to my coun- the letter, or read it to two gentlemen try; he could justly estimate my capa- who weré, as GURNEY knew, very intieity to serve it; but he knew, that I, mate with me; and, as was very natural, being upon the same boards with him- they besought me to let the fellow self, he would become nothing. One of alone. “ Things came about ;" wheat his objects, even from his first knowing rose in price ; " prosperity came;" and me, was to keep me out of Parliament. the affair dropped for that time. When I always knew this ; but I held him up, 1826, when the general election, came, because he was in and I was not ; and and came accompanied with the panic, because I preferred the good that I a subscription was really set on foot; hoped to do through him to the doing and the contest at Preston followed. of no good at all. He was the COCK of And what did this selfish and sordid our cause; the people thought him man do now? He now wrote to Cologood, and therefore, I upheld him, nel Johnstone to say, that he would while I despised his niggardliness and subscribe towards obtaining me a seat. selfish ambition.
He afterwards rerbally promised him In 1810, when he had come, or rather that he would do it; but, seeing me skulked, out of the Tower, he would gone to Preston ; seeing Westminster have quitted politics altogether, if 7 safe, he never subscribed, a farthing! would have done it. He made an at. Now, either he meant to subscribe, or tempt at getting me to do this, by telling he did not : if the latter, who shall deme, that Lord Thanks had, when he scribe his falseness and meanness? and, visited him in the Tower, said, “When if he did mean to do it, where are the I quitted this place, Burdett, I went to words to be found to describe the base, my farm, and you will do the same;" and, ness that could induce him to give moadded Burdett, “ I would do it, Cos: ney to put into Parliament a man whom BETT, if yon would." He took occasion he had accused of robbing him, and to to say this before my wife, with whose destroy whom he had used all the means anxiety about ine he was well acquaint- in his power? ed. I treated the proposal with ridi- Thus have I given a full and true cule. The truth is, that he was afraid account, up to the year 1820, of my to slide away and leave me to take his progress, of my sacrifices, and of the place; and thus he has hung on ever injuries which I and my beloved family since. His great dread has been to see have sustained as the reward of my great me supplant him for Westminster, which and disinterested efforts to serve my he keeps merely because he is not vigo- country, and I will now shortly state rously opposed ; merely because the my pecuniary history since that time, people are not roused. Hence his pro- In January 1821, my family, after hav, mised subscriptions towards a seat for ing for years been scattered about like me He, as I have before related, vo- a covey of partridges that had been lunteered his offer to subscribe towards sprung and shot at, got once more tomy election. Seeing, in 1824, that there gether, in a hired lodging at Brompton;
and our delight and our mutual caresses, wish it too? Two pounds each from and our tears of joy, experienced no every reader of ihe Register, would about abatement at our actually finding our do the thing. Forbearance from one selves with ONLY THREE SHIL- single glass of grog for one market-day, LINGS IN THE WHOLE WORLD, on the part of each farmer, would do it. and at my having to borrow from a In 1824, ( caught a cold in the ear, friend the money to pay for the paper which led to on abscess in the temple, and print of the then next Saturday's and which cost me nine months of pain, Register! Since that day, what, good in the intervals of which pain, I, besides God, have been my labours ! A Regis- writing the Register, wrote nine out of ter every week ; nearly 500 Registers, fourteen parts of the most famous book more than enough to occupy the whole in the world, the Bible only excepted. time of any other man; my French For these nine months the late Mr. Grammar, Woodlands, Gardening Book, Cling attented me; coming to KenCottage Economy, Sermons, Protest sington twice or thrice in every week. ant Reformation,
Corn Book, Advice to When I had got well, I had got a purse Young Men, and Guide to Emigrants, be- of gold, and was about to give it him; sides all my labours and cares about trees, but he, patting my hand away with seeds, corn, straw.plait, and about every his left, and patting me on the head thing that I could possibly think of, with his right hand, said: “No, no! I tending to the good of my country; and, owe a great deal to that head!" Ought am I now, at the age of 64, to expend not that, then, if he had witnessed it, the fruit of these labours, or to give up to have made the sordid and ungratethe worth of the labour of my remain- ful Burdett drop dead with shame! ing years for the public advantage ?
And what did Mr. CLINE owe to "that Every just man will say, NO! All that head" more, or so much, as hundreds of I possessed, worth speaking of, consisted thousands of others? The truth is, that of the copy-rights of iny books. They are all these feel it ton; and if I were to valuable : that of my English Grammar die to-morrow, their lamentations would was given up to help to pay my debts; be as sincere as if I were their father. but I have earned it back, and actually Double · the sum now proposed would paid 1200 sovereigns for it several years be uselessly expended to show their ago. These copy-rights I have given to gratitude to my memory. Why not, my children, their generous mother be- then, raise the money now, when it ing quite willing that it should be done. would be of use ;. when it would benefit Ad i can yet earn is due to them, and my country, add to my fame, and make more especially to her; and there is no my memory still more dear to Englishman, whose heart is not like that of men? The real truth is, that the thing Burdett, who will not say, that not one would be done, and done immediately, single shilling of those earnings ought if set about in a proper manner; and to be withdrawn from them.
that manner has been suggested by · Therefore, while I repent, that I have some gentlemen of Rutlandshire, whom the most anxious desire to devote the I had the pleasure to meet at STAMFORD, remaining vigour of my life to the ser- in Lincolnshire. After hearing my vice of the country in Parliament, I will speeches there, they asked about the not attempt it without first securing an seat. I told them what was my view indemnification for the great pecuniary of the matter, and what was the sum. sacrifice that I must make. Ten thou- “How much," said one of them, “would sand pounds would provide the legal be the SHARE OF RUTLANDqualification, and, I am very sure, even SHIRE?" I said, about thirty pounds. a couple of seats, for the second of “ Call upon me when you like," said which I need not name the man ; and one of them, “ for fifty, and I will colhe has a tenfold qualification. And what lect it myself." This thought was a is the sum amongst so many? And good one. Let each county contribute amongst so many who most anxiously its share, according to its population;
with a little deviation, on account of years, more than this sum. But arguments particular circumstances; and the thing would be thrown away; and all that I is done at once.
The just proportions, have to do is, to point out what I think as nearly as I can calculate, would be the best mode of going to work, which as follows :
is this: that friends, in each county
£ should write to me as soon as possible, Bedfordshire
90 at No. 183, Fleet-street, postage paid, Berkshire
150 authorising me to say, that they will be Buckinghamshire
130 collectors; that I should then publisk Cambridgeshire
140 their names ; that they should, if they Cheshire
220 choose, appoint some one of themselves Cornwall
160 to receive their various collections; and Cumberland
120 that, when the sum is completed for the Derbyshire..
county, it should be transmitted to me, Devonshire
300 and my receipt of it be published. In Dorsetshire
110 Lancashire, Middlesex, and Yorkshire, Durham.
150 it will, perhaps, be found necessary to
270 form committees. But this I must leave Gloucestershire
250 to the parties. Hampshire
If any gentleman choose to subscribe Herefordshire
140 singly, he may do it at Fleet-street, Hertfordshire.
140 where a book will be kept for the purHuntingdonshire
50 pose ; or he may do it by letler to me. Kent ....
300 I have not mentioned the counties in Lancashire.
770 Wales, nor those in Scotland and Leicestershire
130 IRELAND; but if any gentleman in Lincolnshire
those counties choose to subscribe, they Middlesex
790 will readily find out the means of doMonmouthshire.
50 ing it. Norfolk ...
370 Here, then, are the terms on which I Northamptonsbire
140 am willing to devote the, I hope, five, Northumberland
120 or perhaps, ten years of labour that reNottingham
main in me. Whether the years be few Oxfordshire
110 or many, I am sure I have not one to de. Rutlandshire ..
duct from what is due to my family. In Shropshire..
130 a pecuniary point of view, I inake a Somersetshire
sacrifice in making the offer. By castStaffordshire
270 ing aside politics, even now, I could in Suffolk
830 five years of health gain twice ten thouSurrey
280 sand pounds. I make the offer, howSussex
1.90 ever, with the most anxious desire that Warwickshire
300 it may be zealously embraced. As to Westmoreland
labour for the freedom and happiness Wiltshire
200 and renown of my country has been Worcestershire ..
150 the delight of my life, so I ardently York, East Riding
140 wish the success of that labour to be my North Riding
150 consoling reflection in death ; but on West Riding
one thing I am resolved, namely, that,
unless snatched away very suddenly, Now, these counties have to pay ten I will not die the MUZZLED slave of times as much as this every year, to be this THING! sent ABROAD to pay pensions to foreign
WM. COBBETT. officers, their widows and children! BURKE's pension, though he has been dead thirty years, demands, every five Printed by William Cobbett, Johnson's court; and
published by hiin, at 183, Fleet-street,
COBBETT’S WEEKLY POLITICAL REGISTER.
LONDON, SATURDAY, APRIL 17TH, 1830.
Vol. 69.-No. 16.]
the little county of RUTLAND, who inade, respecting the seat in Parliamentthe proposition, the details of the pur,
port of which I communicated to my et sitt
readers in the last Register.
On the 2d of April, I met my audience
in the playhouse at Peterborough; and This year there have been voted by the House though it had snowed all day, and was of Commons, ninety-five thousand und odd very wet and sloppy, I had a good pounds, to be paid to the Hanoverian and other large andience; and I did not let this and to widows and children who belong to opportunity, pass without telling my them; and since the peace, we have been hearers of the part that their good neightaxed to pay about one million and seven hun. bour, Lord FirzwiLLIAM, had acted with dred thousand pounds, to be sent to these regard to the French war, with regard people!
to Burke and his pension; with regard
to the dungeoning law, which drove me EASTERN TOUR.
across the Atlantic in 1817; and with
regard to the putting into the present Boston, Friday, 9th April, 18.30. Parliament, aye, and for that very town, QUITTING Cambridge and Dr. Chafy that very Lawyer SCARLETT, whose and Serjeant Frere, on Monday, the state prosecutions are now become so 29th of March, I arrived at St. Ives, in famous. “Never," said I, “ did I say Huntingdonshire, with my two daugh- " that behind a man's back that I would ters (my son having gone off for Lon
say to his face. I wish I had his don), about one o'clock in the day. In “ face before me : but I am here as near the evening I harangued to about 200" to it as I can get : I am before the face persons, principally farmers, in a wheel" of his friends: here, therefore, I will wright's shop, that being the only safe " say what I think of him." When I place in the town, of sufficient dimen- had described his conduct, and given my sions and sufficiently strong. It was opinion on it, many applauded, and not market-day; and this is a great cattle one expressed disapprobation. market.
On the 3d, I speechified at Wisbeach, As I was not to be at Stamford in in the playhouse, to about 220 people, Lincolnshire till the 31st, I went from I think it was; and that same night, St. Ives to my friend Mr. Wells's, nenr went to sleep at a friend's (a total Huntingdon, and renained there till stranger to me, lowever) at Sr. Evthe 31st in the morning, employing the wund's, in the heart of the Fens. I evening of the 30th in going to CHAT- staid there on the 4th (Sunday), the TERIS, in the Isle of Ely, and there ad-morning of which brought a hard frost: dressing
a good large company of ice an inch thick, and the total destruca farmers.
tion of the apricot blossoms. On the 31st, I went to STAMFORD, After passing Sunday and the greater and, in the evening, spoke to about 200 part of Monday (the 5th) at št. Edfarmers and others, in a large room in mund's, where my daughters and myself a very fine and excellent inn, called received the greatest kindness and atSTANDWELL's Hotel, which is, with tention, we went, on Monday afternoon, few exceptions, the nicest inn that I to Crowland, where we were most have ever been in. On the 1st of April, isindly lodged and entertained at the I harangued here again, and had amongst houses of two gentlemen, to whom also my auditors some most agreeable, intel.l we were personally perfect strangers ; ligent, and public-spirited yeomen, from and in the evening, I addressed a very
large assemblage of most respectable sifted through one of the sieves, with farmers and others, in this once famous which we get the dust out of the clover town. There was another hard frost on seed; and when cut deep down into the Monday morning; just, as it were, with a spade, precisely, as to substance, to finish the apricor bloom.
like a piece of hard butter; yet no On the oth I went to Lynn, and on where is the distress greater than here. that evening and on the evening of the I walked on from Holbeacu, six miles, 7th, I spoke to about 300 people in the towards Boston; and seeing the fatness playhouse. And here there was more of the land, and the fine grass and the interruption than I have ever met with never-ending sheep lying about like fat at any other place. This town, though hogs, stretched in the sun, and seeing containing as good and kind friends as I the abject state of the labouring people, have met with in any other; and though I could not help exclaiıning, “ God has the people are generally as good, con- " given us the best country in the tains also, apparently, a large proportion“ world ; our brave and wise and virof dead weight, the offspring, most “ tuous fathers, who built all these likely, of the rottenness of the borough. “ magnificent churches, gave us the . Two or three, or even one man, may, if “ best government in the world, and we, not tossed out at once, disturb and inter- “their cowardly and foolish and proflirupt every thing in a case, where con- gate sons have made this once-parastant attention to fact and argument is " dise what we now behold!" requisite, to insure utility to the meeting. I arrived at Boston (where I am now There were but three here; and though writing) to-day (Friday, 9th April) they were finally silenced, it was not about ten o'clock.' I must arrive at without great loss of time, great noise Loutu before I can say precisely what and hubbub.' Two, I was told, were my future route will be. There is an dead-weight men, and one a sort of immense FAIR at Lincoln next weck; higgling merchant.
and a friend has been here to point out On the Sth, I went to Holbeach, in the proper days to be there ; as, howthis noble county of Lincoln ; and, gra- ever, this Register will not come from cious God! what a contrast with the the press until after I shall have had an scene at Lynn! I knew not a soul in opportunity of writing something, at the place. Mr. Fields, a bookseller LOUTII, time enough to be inserted in and printer, had invited me by letter, it, I will here go back, and speak of the and had, in the nicest and most unos- country that I have travelled over, since tentatious manner, made all the prepara- I left CAMBRIDGE on the 29th of March. tions. HOLBEACh lies in the midst of From Cambridge to St. Ives the land. some of the richest land in the world ; is generally in open, unfenced fields, a small market-town, but a parish more and some common fields; generally than twenty miles across, larger, I be stiff land, and some of it not very good, lieve, than the county of Rutland, pro- and wheat, in many places, looking duced an audience in a very nice room, rather thin. From St. Ives to CHATwith seats prepared) of 178, apparently TERIS (which last is in the Isle of Ely), all wealthy farmers, and men in that the land is better, particularly as you rank of life ; and an audience so deeply approach the latter place. From Chatattentive to the dry matters on which I Tenis I came back to HUNTINGDON, had to address it, I have very seldom and once more saw its beautiful meamet with. I was delighted with Hol-dows, of which I spoke when I went beach; a neat little town; a most beau-thither in 1923. Ifrom Huntingdon, tiful church with a spire, like that of through Stulron, to Stamford (the “ the man of Ross, pointing to the skies”; two last in Lincolnshire), is a country gardens very pretty; fruit
trees in abun- of rich arable land and grass fields, and dance, with blossom-buds ready to of beautiful meadows.
The enclosures burst ; and land, dark in colour, and as are very large, the soil red, with a fine in substance as flour, as fine as if whitish stone below; very much like