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I should attempı te bias your decisions of a serious resolution, but it was, by any observations of mine ; I shall of course, negatived. satisfy myself hy saying, that war is, as Mr. R. Bakewell, in moving pube you all know, and as many of you fcel, lieshente one of the greatest of national evils ;
", lic thanks to the trustees for calling chat petitions for peace have generally
the meeting, said :produced a speedy termination of this
“ GENTLEMEN, calamity, and that the best way of
“ I beg leave to propose a motion, judging of the future is from our expe
eo which I have little doubt will meet rience of the past."
with your approbation, the substance The chairinan next informed the of which will be to return your thanks
to the trustees of the coloured and meeting, that, with their permis.
white cloth halls, for their ready comsion, he would read a number of pliance in calling this ineeting.. resolutions put into his hand by a :“ Ifever there was a time when it comunitee of the Trustees; that the was proper for the people to come for.. whole of these resolutions would ward and petition for pcace, it is the be read over, in the first instance,
present. On three former occasions it
has been the pride and glory of the to give the meeting an opportunity
county of York to terminate or prevent of judging of their extent and ten- the calamities of war. The petitions, dency; and that he should then addresses, and reinonstrances, from read them separately, taking the sense Yorkshire, put a close to the war with of the meeting on each resolution. America ;-the petitions on a more reThe resolutions, were then read and cent occasion, in the last war, from this agreed to.
place and the neighbouriog towns, were When the resolution requesting
followed by peace ;-the remonstrances
"s from Yorkshire, seconded by other Mr. Wilberforce and Lord Milton parts of the kingdom, prevented a war to present the petition was put, a with Russia. We have in these three gentleman came forward and said, instances the practical benefit of a though he should not oppose the petition to oppose to all objections aresolution as it then stood, he thought gainst it. proper to remark, that when peti...
i. “ Gentlemen, independent of all ge
neral arguments, there are particular tions similar to that about to be
circumstances existing which make a passed, were sent from Leeds, Wake petition for peace peculiarly proper at field, Huddersfield, Halifax and ihe present time. We are informed by Bradford, on a former occasion, his Majesty's late declaration, that the Mr. Wilberforce, after manifesting war was continued to pronote the in, great reluctance to presenting the
terests of Russia, and as Russia is now
become an enemy, it were. absurd to petitions, apologized for his tardi.
say that the war is continued for her inness, in one instance, on the ground
o terests; the war must, therefore, now that he was afraid of taking cold by be without any defined object whatever; putting on a court dress ; the speak- and this must be a time of peculiar felier therefore recommended, that the city to put an end to it. present petition, when sent to that “ Now, Gentlemen, though the war gentleman should be accompanied be at present without an object, if it be with a present of a flannel waist
longer continued, even for a month,
Sto for three months, for six months, or any coat! This pleasantry produced a further period, other circumstances and burst of laughter from the meeting, other objects may arise which may and the features of the company make it very difficult, if not altogether had scarcely assumed their wonted impossible to treat. But, gentlmen, composure, when Mr. D. Maud, there is another consideration of still of Wakefield, merchant, mistaking,
greater weight which I wish to press on as we imagine, the recommendation on the eve of a war with Ainerica. a
your most serious attention. We are for a motion, proposed that it war so calamitous in its consequence to should be put to the vote in the way the commerce and prosperity of this country, that the very boldest amongst Peace maker, and to partake in this us must treinble to conteniplate them. glorious reward." Gentlemen we all know that the dis- This speech, delivered with art putes with America arise entirely out aniinated Aow of glowing eloquence, of the circumstances of the present war was frequently interrupted with France : were we at peace with
with Europe, the cause of these difficulties
bursts of applai:se that rung through and disputes being renioved, the effect the spacious area, and if any circummust cease, and we should be also at stance can obliterate from our bispeace with Ainerica. Thus by making tory the infamy of the execrable peace at the present time, we should yell at Lloyd's, set up on the rupsave this country from impending cala- ture of the late negociations, it is mity; and it cannot be said on the the chie f nace that will now other side that any possible advantage can arise from the longer continuance
resound through the country, and of the war.
in the end give repose, we trust, to “ Were any further arguments want- distracted Europe. The last speaker ed to prove the necessity of peace, many having retired from the front of the of you, I much fear, can read thein in hustinas, it was observed, that the the distressed circumstances of your motion he proposed to make, had families when you return from these
not then been stated; he resumed public markets; you can perceive them in the general gloom and dejection
his place and continued which prevades the country; we can
“ I omitted to state to you immediateall feel them in the fearful lorebodings
ly after the observations I have just and anticipations of what is to coinc.
made, the motion I intended to propose ; Will any man say, that when we have ! am tot,
I am not accustomed to · public speakadded another bundred niillions to the "ing,
ing, and nothing but an imperious national debt, we can make a better sense of duty could bave called me peace than at present? Will, any man
forward on this occasion. Gentlemen, say, when (which is a far more scrious
I clain, and I am sure I shall receive, consideration, we have sacrificed one
your indulgence for this onvission. The hundred thousand more of our fellow
motion I have to propose is, that the beings, men of like feelings and pas
thanks of this meeting he given to the sions with ourselves, we can treat on
trustees, for their ready acquiescence in better terms than at present? Will the request of their constituents to call any mau say, that when we have ruined a gçneral meeting." some hundreds more of our merchants The motion was then put and and manufacturers, we shall gain bet- carried unanimously. ter terms of peace than at present? No, After a vote of thanks had been gentlemen, such positions are too ab- deservedly given to the chairman for surd to dwell upon, and yet it is in- bis conduct in the chair, the meets cumbent on the supporters of war to ince began to disperse : à more deprove all these things,
“Let us, gentlenien, awake from our corolls and becoming meeting never delusion, to contemplate the folly of was held. Gontinuing a war which is in its consequences so calamitous, and, which can T he following are the principal of the produce no possible advantage to this resolutions. country; -let iis cry aloud, and spare
Resolved unanimously, not;let iis seek peace and pursue it,
That the restoration of peace is highly nor desist from our endeavours till the desirable, and is an object of great inobject of our wishes be obtained. portance to our own interests, and the
“ Gentļemen, we read, fro:1 high general prosperity of the nation. Authority, that blessed are the Peace Resolved,; with one dissentient voice, makers, far ibeir reward shall be great.
· That the inhabitants of this commer-Every man, however hutubic his sin cial and manufacturing county are re, tuation, who contributes, by petition or duced to a state of extreme distress, otherwise, to close the calamities, of which is greatly increased by the pres war, is entitled to the appellation of a sure of heavy taxes and poor cates,
The following passed unanimously. taxes add greatly to this distress. They That the long continuance of the war proceed to express their apprehensions is the principal cause of these complica- of these calamities being increased by a ted eyils.
war with the United States of America, That it is expedient to present a pe- and humbly represent to his Majesty, tition to his Majesty, praying him to do that no prospect of relief is opened by a dopt such measures as he in his wisdom longer continuance of the war, but that may decm adviseable, to restore to us many of the states, the former friends at an early pcriod the blessings of peace; and allies of bis Majesty, (having alreaand that a petition be prepared to this dy deserted us) may, by a continuance effect.
of the war, be drawn into a closer conThat we have no intention of pronio- vexion with France, which inay make ting the interest of any party distinct the accustomed relations of friendship froin the nation at large. The sole ob- and amity with this country, very difject of this inecting is to make our wishes ficult to be resumed. The petitioners for the restoration of peace known by a implore lis Majesty, as the common fapetition to his Majesty.
ther of his people, to take their distresThat should it appear thai bis Majes- sed situation into his most gracious conty's niinisters, whoever they may be, sideration, and to adopt such means as sincerely and earnestly endeavour to may appear most expedient, to restore, procure for us the blessings of peace on at an early period, the blessings of peace, fair and reasonable terms, they will re- The petition concludes with a dutiful ceive our thanks, and deserve the gra- assurance to his Majesty, that he reigns titude of the country.
in the hearts of a brave and loyal peoThat if, contrary to our expectations, ple, and that should the restoration of his Mujesty's ministers should advise his peace be retarded by any demands of Majesty to reject the prayer of our peti- the enemy, inconsistent with the honour tion, we will from time to time dutifully and security of the United Kingdom, renew our application to the throne, nor the petitioners will firmly support and desist from our endeavours until it shall defend his Majesty's governinent in eveappear that peace on reasonable terms ry measure necessary for the safety of cannot be obtained.
these realms, and of that constitution That the trustees of the mixed and under which they have the happiness to white Cloth-IIalls be appointed to carry live. these resolutions into effect, with a power
The following fact will serve to to choose others to act with tliem for this purpose.
shew the present state of the cloth That W. Wilberforce, Esq. and the market in Yorkshire. Clothiers not righit honourable Lord Viscount Milton, renting a stand in the Mixed Cloth be requested, either together or indivi- Hall, pay sixpence on each cloth
sold, for the privilege of the Hall. Majesty. A draft of the petition to the king was
These sixpences, in the interval beroad and adopted by the meeting, and
d twixt the conclusion of the last peace ordered to be handed for signatures and the breaking out of the war in through the clothing districts. The fol- 1803, produced about ten pounds lowing outline will convey to our read- per month; and even so late as the ers the substance of this document:- middle of the year 1806, the aveThe petition is introduced with an
rage was upwards of six pounds: unteigned expression of attachment to
For some time past the receipts have bis Majesty's person, and to the principles of government which placed his been gradually on the decline, and Majesty's august family on ihe throne last month they amounted to only of these realme. The petitioners then one pound nine shillings and sixadvert to the distressed state to which pence! great numbers of merchants and manu- · A few days since 74 casks of dola facturers are reduced by the long conti-.
lars, amounting to upwards of one nuance of this unfortunate war, which
hundred thousand pounds, were re, 'has deprived them of their accustomed foreign markets, while the increasing moved from the Bank, in three wag. poor-rates, and the pressure of heavy gons, to Wapping, where they were
put on board the fly-boat, which French vessels, if under 100 tons." Mailed to Northfleet, and put the. Lewis XVIII. is now on his long specie on board the Amelia frigate ; talked-of visit to the Marquis of soon after which she got under Buckingham, at Stowe, where he weigh. This treasure is a remittance and his suite have been entertained, to the King of Sweden!
for the last four or five days, in a One hundred thousand pounds in style of magnificence equal to that of gold were lately shipped on board the ancient court of Versailles. " the Surveillante frigate, Sir George The Archbishop of Canterbury's Collier, at Portsmouth, as a loan to steward has raised the revenues of the the Portuguese government at the see to 22,0001. per annum. Brazils !
It is ascertained that five-eighthy A general court of proprietors of all the cotton used in the manuwas held on Thursday the 21st, at factories of that article in the British the Bank. The court came to the empire has been imported from the following resolutions, viz.Toadvance United States. to government a loan of three mil. The present peerage of England lions, without interest, until six consists of no less than 300 persons months after the conclusion of a de- (exclusive of bishops) of which near-, finitive trealy of peace :-lo present ly 200 have been made by his preto government the sum of 500,0001, sent Majesty; a number far exceed. froin the balance of unclaimed divi- ing all that had been previously credends, and to diminish the charge ated from the revolution !- Many of for management of the public funds these for valour in arms; but more 70,000l. The repayment of the three for time-serring votes ! millions to be secured by exchequer CatUOLIC QUESTion. The bills, made payable at the period ac following protestant noblemen, genbove stated. The present annual tlement, and freeholders of the couns charge of the bank for management, ty of Tipperary, have signed and we understand, is 270,0001. instead published a resolution, of which the of which 200,000l. only is to be al- following is an extract :- . ļowed. This reduces ihe charge to « Actuated at all times by corabout 300l. for each million of debt, dial good will towards our catholic and at this rate it is to continue une countrymen, and impressed by the til the debt be under 600,000,000). wisdom and necessity of uniting all when it will be increased.
classes in the common defence at this The late decree of Bonaparte, en crisis, we do publicly and unequivor joining the confiscation of all neu- cally declare, that we feel no repugtrals which may allow themselves to nance whatsoever to the measure of have been visited by a British cruin imparting to the catholics of these zer, or which may have entered a realms an equal and full enjoyment British port, is equivalent, when co- of all the civil and military privileoperating with our orders of council, `ges, franchises, and advantages of to a total amibitation of all neutral our happy constitution, upon equal" trade. If the French dominions are terms with their fellow subjects, of to have any intercourse at all with what religious persuasion soever; and other countries, it is obvious that that we see no necessity or good this intercourse can be conducted cause for prolonging the restraints only by smuggling, and therefore and disabilities which the catholics “ Government have authorised the suffer under the existing penal laws," governors of Guernsey or Jersey to The above declaration is signed issue licences to trade between those The Marquis of Headford, Earls islands and French ports, even in Dorchester, Ormonde, Mountcashell,
Landaff, and Donoughmore, Lord of water into the lower streets of Lismore, Montague Mathew, M. P. Deal, and filled with it all the celAbraham Hutchinson, George Pon Jars. Property to a considerable a sonby, M1, P. Thomas Osborne, Bart. mount has been destroyed : and in John Blundell, Bart. and upwards a row of houses near Alfred-square, of thirty more of the principal gen- the torrent was so deep, that it was tlemen of the country,
found necessary to send down boats By the Dublin papers ive learn, to take the inhabitants from the winthat a numerous meeting of Roman dows of their houses. Several quays catholics took place in that city, the in Beech-street have been totally deEarl of Fingal in the chair ; when “stroyed, and the timber washed out it appeared to be the unanimous to sea. It was reported, at the de. sense, that it would be adviseable to parture of the post, that a brig had have a petition presented in the en- had foundered in the Downs, and suing session of the imperial parlia- all on board had perished. It was ment, praying for the repeal of the afterwards ascertained, that a brig remairing penal laws; and it was a- had drifted on board a ship, which greed that a further meeting should occasioned the former to founder, take place on the 19th. instant, for and the latter to drive to sea, with drawing up the petition and settling only her mainmast standing. the mode of its presentation.
At Margate, all the bathing. The ministerial writers are constant- rooins have been washed away, exly dunning us with a cry of“ Amost cept Wood's. The Parade is washed dangerous crisis !” They may spare down, as is a great part of the Pier, their breath, for nobody differs with and a number of vessels were det them. It is a most dangerous crisis stroyed in the harbour. The damage indeed for the country, when the at this place is estimated at upwards Duke of Portland is pitted against 25,000l. The tide which rose to å Bonaparte !
remarkable height, made a breach The tremendous gale of Thursday through the Pier-head, and carried the 14th. has been productive of away the parapet-wall from the Pier considerable damage at sea and on to the Marine Parade. The merchant the coast, but particularly at Deal ships received damage; one of them and Magrate, where the sea broke was driven ashore. with such violence as to threaten At Dover the Beaufoy victuallıng their destruction.
hoy sunk at the Pier-head; thiee · A distressing spectacle appeared ther vessels were also sunk,and many at day-light on Friday, inorning- others lying-to in the roads, without all the ships in the Downs had part- anchors or cables. The North-pier ed from their cables, and were drift- head, the harbour, and different ing about, some with the loss of parts of the town, near the beach, their topmasts and bowsprits, and received much damage. some standing out of the Downs, At Ipswich the tide rose between without cithér anchor or cable. On three and four feet above the ordiland, hovever, the damage has been nary level, which completely floodvery great: the foundations of many ed the lower part of the town, and houses have been undermined by did considerable damage.----On the the sea, and numerous storehouses, banks of the Woodbridge river great with their contents have been swept loss has been sustained ; and on the away.
coast, particularly at Bawdsey, Mr. During the storm, a breach of Joseph Hare suffered a loss of upsome extent was made by the sea, wards of 10001.--At Aldborough it between Sandown Castle and the bat- has been severely felt, and at every tery No. l, which forced à torrent town on the coast.