Speeches ... Delivered at Public Meetings in Scotland, and Newcastle, in 1834

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Page 60 - to challenge me to meet him in the House of Lords. I know well the meaning of the taunt. He is aware of his infinite superiority over me in one respect ; and so am I. He is a practised orator, and a powerful debater. I am not. I speak but seldom in parliament, and always with reluctance in an assembly where I meet with no sympathy from an unwilling majority. He knows full well the advantage...
Page 107 - ... of common right, all the inhabitants, householders, and residents within the borough, ought to have voice in the election, and not the freeholders there only'. In the case of Boston (1628) the committee asserted that the election of burgesses, in all boroughs, did, of common right, belong to the commoners ; and that nothing could take it from them but a prescription, and 'a constant usage beyond all memory'.7 In addition...
Page 3 - My noble and learned friend, the Lord Chancellor, has been pleased to give some sound advice to certain classes of persons, of whom, I confess, I know nothing, except that they are persons whom he considers as evincing too much impatience. I will freely own to you, that I am one of those who see with regret every hour which passes over the existence of acknowledged but unreformed abuses.
Page 4 - I must ever protest, (cheering,) as pregnant with the worst consequences, as exciting distrust and discontent, where enthusiastic devotion is necessary, as creating vain hopes, which never can be realized ; and above all, as placing weapons in the hands of those, who will only use them for our destruction, and the destruction of the great and important interests committed to our charge.
Page 60 - I know well the meaning of this taunt. He is aware of his infinite superiority over me in one respect, and so am I. (Cheers, and cries of No.) He is a practised orator and a powerful debater. I am not. I speak but seldom in Parliament, and always with reluctance in an assembly where I meet with no sympathy from an unwilling majority. (Cheers.) Do not, gentlemen, misunderstand me, when speaking of that majority. I will not condescend to ridicule those who form it at one time, nor to flatter them at...
Page 4 - I am ready to accept this qualification, to grant the admitted extent in deliberating which my noble friend and the ministers may require, and to place confidence in their declarations of this night, which I am sure will give an earnest of tranquillity to the country, which perhaps it does not possess, and to afford that support which an humble individual like myself can give them.
Page 3 - I am, however, and have no doubt that you will agree with me, willing to accept their correction as deliberately as our rulers would wish it ; but it must be upon one condition, that every measure must be proposed in strict conformity with the principles for which we have ever contended. I object to the compromise of those principles.
Page 51 - I find at your hands. (Cheers.) Every inducement has been tendered to me since I received your invitation, to prevent me from coming to meet you here this day. (Immense cheering.) I was told, forsooth, that I should find your principles too violent, and that I should commit myself by listening to opinions which tend to the destruction of all good government. (Cheers.) My answer to all this was unvarying. I denied that I should find any such principles here among the men of Glasgow (cheers); and I...
Page 59 - I have never concealed them, and never will. (Cheers.) I would not accept the highest office in the gift of the crown ; I would not even receive the warm enthusiastic approbation of you, my fellowcountrymen, if either were gained by the concealment of a single opinion, or by the compromise of a single principle. (Cheers...
Page 61 - He knows full well the advantage he has over me ; and he knows, too, that in any attack which he may make on me in the House of Lords he will be warmly and cordially supported by them. With all these advantages I fear him not, and I will meet him there if it be unfortunately necessary to repeat what he has been pleased to term

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