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in removing any persons from office who | bave taken his seat in that House ás memmight evince a disposition to retard the ber for Dorsetshire, had the Assessor imsuccess of the great measure of Reform. partially done his duty. Such an assumpWith respect to the sneer of the hon. and tion, he could assure him, was most ungallant Member (Colonel Trench) as to the reasonable and unjust, as it happened to want of propriety and delicacy on the part be entirely destitute of foundation in fact. of his Majesty's Government, he could He was sure, upon cooler reflection, (if only say, that Ministers, in his opinion, the hon. Baronet would pardon a much would be only doing that which was most younger man for making such an observaconducive to the weal of the realm, if they tion) the hon. Baronet himself would regret acted on all occasions precisely contrary that he had indulged in such a remark. It to the advice of Gentlemen opposite. The was impossible for him not to contend that remarks of the gallant Member, and of a reaction had taken place in the public the hon. Baronet were so discreet and mind. If there had not been such a rewell-timed as to remind him forcibly of action, how happened it that, though he the proverb—“Protect me from my friends, started only on the Wednesday, and apand I will defend myself against my ene- peared at the hustings on the Friday, and mies.” No Reformer could have made ob- though his opponent (Mr. Ponsonby) had servations more injurious to the Anti- started fourteen days before, he (Lord
The hon. and gallant Ashley) polled as many voters during the Member had alluded to the Dorsetshire first two days as Mr. Bankes had done in election, for instance, and designated the preceding election in six ? If there the majority by which the noble Lord had not been a reaction, how could it (Ashley) was returned as a large majority have happened that he received 500 votes If he was well informed, if there had more than Mr. Calcraft had received at the been another Assessor, the noble Lord former election? There were many freewould, in all probability, have had no ma- holders, who had walked twenty miles to jority; and, as it was, the majority was the hustings and twenty miles back again, very small. He repeated, that his Ma- to poll for him, when they heard the cause jesty's Government should sacrifice every on which he had started, without the feeling for the promotion of the great slightest hope of remuneration. The Yeomeasure of Reform; and if it was thought manry of the county told him they would necessary to reassemble Parliament again be his agents, and, in point of fact, they very soon, he hoped the importance of the had been his agents. Many of the electors measure to be brought forward would in- stated at the hustings—" We voted for duce the Irish Members, to whom the the Reform candidate on the former occountry owed so much for their diligent casion, but we are now satisfied the Bill attendance during the present Session, to was a great humbug." In illustration of sacrifice their personal convenience, and this, he might state, that the inhabitants appear again in their places on the first of the Isle of Portland, which island conday of the ensuing Session of Parliament. tained many freeholders, who had held
Lord Ashley said, he did not expect their freeholds for a number of years, met that it would have been necessary for him to the number of 100, and agreed to petito address the House so soon after taking tion the Lords against the Bill. The pehis seat; still less did he anticipate that he tition had been forwarded to the Duke of should have been called upon to defend the Wellington, and it contained these reAssessor,at the late election for Dorsetshire.markable words——“We were deceived into He did not think it becoming of the hon. the support of the Bill, in the first inBaronet, considering his station, and ex- stance, by the abuse of the King's name." perience, and his constitutional knowledge, So far was the hon. Baronet from being to get up in his place, and throw out an correct in ascribing his success to the deinsinuation on the character of the As- cisions of the Assessor, that he could insessor at a contested election, from whose form the hon. Baronet, that his majority decision there could be an appeal. In in fact would have amounted to more than effect, the hon. Baronet brought the con 100, had no votes on either side been reduct of that Gentleman before the bar of ferred to his adjudication. He should that House although he did not summon not have trespassed on th House with him thither personally. The hon. Baronet these observations but for what had fallen seemed to insinuate, that he would not from the hon, Baronet,
Sir Francis Burdett, in explanation, the Assessor ; but he said then what he assured the noble Lord that he had never repeated now, that he knew the Assessor, meant to asperse the character of the and that a more honourable man did not Sherift's Assessor. He had only alluded exist. If the Anti-reform party had not to what he had heard stated, that it was been taunted and challenged to come forcalculated, if the votes had not been ward in Dorsetshire, he did not know that delayed by the Assessor, that there would the experiment would have been tried ; have been a majority of fifty-six for Mr. but, now that it had been successfully Ponsonby, instead of a majority for the tried, the newspapers, which, before the noble Lord. He also begged the House election, were echoing the cry—“ No to observe, that the election for Dorsetshire Anti-reformer dare come forward for Dorwas a very slight symptom indeed of the set,” were completely silent. real state of public opinion throughout the The Usher of the Black Rod summoned country.
the House to attend his Majesty. Mr. George Bankes hoped he might The Speaker, accordingly, repaired to be allowed to mention the fact, that the the other House, accompanied by all the same Gentleman was the Assessor at the Members present; and soon afterwards late election, and at the former election, returned, as usual, with the copy of the when the result was so different. In the King's Speech (for which see the Lords' mortification of defeat, some of Mr. report), which he read at the Table ; and Bankes's friends on the former occasion, thereupon the right hon. Gentleman and were disposed to impugn the conduct of the Members severally departed.
END OF VOL. VIII.-THIRD SERIES.
FIFTH VOL. OF SESS. 1831.
An Account of the ORDINARY REVENUES and ExTRAORDINARY RESOURCES, consti
IRELAND; for the Year N. B.--This Account is formed by adding the Tolals of the Ac
22,354,887 16 101 2,537,505 18 3f19,817,381 18 7 STAMPS.....
......... 7,555,065 7 11 306,981 14 7 7,248,083 14 6 TAXES, under the Management of the Commissioners of Taxes ......
5,301,879 7 0 6,409 0 % 5,294,870 6 104 POST OFFICE
2,301,432 11 01 89,826 5 6 2,212,206 5 4 One Shilling in the Pound, and Sixpence in the
Pound on Pensions and Salaries, and Four Shillings in the Pound on Pensions .......
52,351 16 101
52,351 16 104 Hackney Coaches, and Hawkers and Pedlars
67,925 19 9 .
Poondage Fees, Pells' fees, Casualties, Treasury
9,096 9 11
9,096 9 11 Totals of Ordinary Revenues ..............
59,142,250 14 13 4,497,547 2 2 54,644,703 11 115
Money brought from the Civil List, on account of
2,973 19 61
59,308,872 2 01 4,497,547 2 2 54,811,324 19 104
Whitehall, Treasury Chambers, 2412 March, 1881.