The Essex County Standard, etc. from Colchester, Essex, England on March 25, 1857 · 5
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The Essex County Standard, etc. from Colchester, Essex, England · 5

Colchester, Essex, England
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Wednesday, March 25, 1857
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:u$lement to tfte Wtx immft. No. 1371. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1857. GRATIS. THE COMING ELECTION. SECOND CONSERVATIVE MEETING AT COLCHESTER. were obliged to give way to circumstances. (Hear, hear.) A few months ago he certainly should not have been disposed to appear before them for the purpose which he now had in view. The first address which Mr. Rebow issued to the electors of Colchester in September lan expressed such calm and moderate views upon public matters, that with his position and local connexions he (Mr. Smith) could not sav that he contemplated witn any very disagreeable feelings the possibility ot his pe- On Wednesday evening another meeting of Conservative Electors was convened at the Cups Hotel, for the purpose of introducincr to them the second ( imaiiinHn r-mii i-.n- C.nt. Paget, R.A. There was a very large attendance and both : coming the colleague of a man like Mr. Miller in representing the candidates on their entrance were loudly cheered i tae Borough of Colchester. (Hear, hear.) When Mr. Rebow Blr. GEORGE ROUND presided, and said he was delighted ! umi the honour of canvassing him upon that occasion he again to meet the staunch, tried, and constant friends of the told &im that suca were nis opinions ; but when, after issuing good old cause in even greater numbers thau on former occa- ms 8CCond address, Mr. Kebow complimented him by calling sions, showing, as he prophesied the other night, that thev 1 again, he felt it his duty to explain the change which had come meant to restore the old town from the position to' which the over his (ilr- Smith's) feelings, from the change of circum- apathy of some of their number had reduced her and were determined that at the coming election nothing should prevent their seating the two Conservative Candidates for this Borough. (Loud cheers.) The resolve with which they separated after their last meeting was, "We can win, and we will;" and thev selected a body of trusty men to introduce to them an indivi dual who should be a tit and proper colleague for Mr. Miller stances and the more advanced views which he had put forward. (Hear, and cheers.) He wished to pay Mr. Kebow every respect which his position and character as a private gentleman entitled him to; and had he stood by those moderate and legitimate Whig principles, which they could respect, although they did not accord with their own views, he still believed that many of the constituency would willingly have accepted him (Hear, hear.) Miller had already found his way into the a one of their Representatives. (Hear, hear.) It had, how- House of Commons (cheers) and he had got a way of in- ever; heen Mr. Rebow's misfortune to be connected with a party gradating himself with every Conservative Elector, which had which would drag him down from the position in which he was put him in a position of perfect comfort in this Borough, placed by circumstauces a few weeks since. He attributed it (Loud cneers. juul uih wu uui kuih; iue conservative bodv i 10 m connexion mat iir. r.enow nau ueen urawn out iroiu thev should not be satislied without two (hear, hear) and the object of this meeting was to introduce to them a gentleman who was a scion of a noble house, and who was connected with some of the finest associations which the English mind could boast of in family and birth. (Cheers.) He was a soldier by profession, and the son of one of those gallant men who won for themselves an immortal name at Waterloo, where he left an arm behind him. By every association which they could admire. Captain Paget was fitted to be the Conservative col leatrue of Mr. Miller. (Loud cheers.) He (the Chairman) bad so ottcn auuresseu mew m .v,..., time to time in those different phases which thev had witnessed in the late election, until at last they reached an extent of I Radicalism which had aroused the "Conservatives of this j Borough from apathy to exertion, and had led to the assembling of this numerous and important meeting. (Cheers.) The circumstance to which the defeat of the Conservative party : at the last election was mainly to be attributed was an undue confidence in their own strength. It was a similar state of : things to that which enabled Mr. Hardcastle to obtain his election in 1847; and hemiiiht remark that Mr. Hardcastle's con nexion with this Borough was shortened by his adoption of .;,w r,f havine little of noveltv to sav to them ; but if he 1 tuose principles which he was sorry to sav Mr. Rebow now rmVht add anything with respect to himself it would be to ex- Pressed to advocate. (Hear, hear.) He (Mr. Smith) loved nres-the pride and satisfaction which he felt in the certain a"; venerated his country, and admired her institutions; and return of the two gentlemen now sitting on his right and left, while he was willing that every necessary safe and judicious rliperO He would now introduce Captain Paget to improvement should be made hi'those institutions,he must set his their notice 1 (Much cheering.) ' f"ce against those violent changes and dangerous experiments Cant PAGFT said when he told them that this was the wh""a all-but universal suffrage and vote by ballot would first time he ever attempted to address a public meeting, he felt ' f lu,g uPn them. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Hardcastle, he had little sure that as Englishmen thev would grant him their indul- j douljt, lost his seat for this Borough by adopting those princi-rJnce if in the first instance lie showed himself a little anxious P',e? and could they, as reasonable men, and with the feelings and nervous (Cheer.) This was literallv his maiden speech ; ; entertained of the danger of those principles to all hut he honed when he had got a little "start to warm to his that they held most dear, accept Mr. Rebow, with allhisclaims work - and should he have the honour of being returned as ' of local connexion, when he avowed himself the advocate of their Representative, he hoped he should prove that, like wine, "Lucb principles ? (Hear, hear, and No, no.) He still gave Mr. the lonircr tb-v kept him the better thev would like hjm. Lcbow the credit of believing that they werenot his real views; rCheers and laughter.) As a perfectly untried man. without i ut they were the views he was obliged to adopt to satisfy a luueers aim inuj, 1 hard. rnnd;n!r. and what he would find to lie .1 defrailinf nartv. anv I arliameiuarv career iu iciei iu. uc kuuis fHsw 1 s xi , ; :' , - r.i,.riu. tnr nresnminir to oiler himself to a constituency like , v"i M"v Colchester; but he had been invited to come forward by a body of gentlemen whom they all knew to be true Blue to the back-bone ; and who, he could assure them, to use a military nhrnsp. nut him through his facintr- prettv strictly before they would have anvthing to do with him. (Cheers and laughter.) He was proud to see those gentlemen around him 01 sent occasion; and although the short intercourse He now wished to sav a word or two in refer ence to their first candidate, Mr. Miller. When they first had the pleasure of seeing that gentleman in this room a few year ago he war, a comparative stranger they knew of him only from private acts of kindness, and from his relationship to highly respectable persons resident in the Borough ; even from that knowledge they were prepared to esteem him; but in the llewasproua to see tnoe gemiem. n urou m mm uu ODDonuuities thev had since had of becoming thoroughly ac Bent occasion; and aitnoug . ttie snon .intercourse ne . ... " inted with him, he might truly sav that Mr. Miller ha. present nan wim u rn vumu '. J' ' . ' " . evinced of heart and mind which commanded their acquaintances, ue u p 7'7 " ,c highest respect; his speech on the hustings at the close at the him more he should have the happiness of c aiming them as g j a . f g the golden opinions fnends. (Cheers ) Thev were all aware that in consequence Colchester ; and he might be said to have ac- of a vote of the House of Commons condemnatory 0 thepol ao lisbcd that most dilTlcuU task of lavinKi in the hour of 111 UOTU I aillHTSUMl S UtfVVTUmclH UU : la ictl IU tut vunin Uisjmic, irai uuuiauau uau u.uugui u .l wuiuuuu . . , rVmtiJn l.rnnld f;riiretnn P-itpI hnm 1 If he had been a member of the House of Commons at that , , , T .V V c . -Lr .t 1 r defeat, the foundation for future victory. (Loud cheers.) Their time he should certainly have voted with the majority against Lord Palmerston"s Government. That Government had been condemned bv the voice of Parliament for standing by the acts of Sir .lohn Bowring acts, as he considered, of an oppressive character towards the Chinese, and which had unnecessarily involved us in a cruel and aggressive war against that nation, which would cost this country heavily in treasure and their opponents probably still more heavily in blood ; for when it was recollected that tne population of China was equal to two-fifths of the population of the whole Globe, he need not had had the pleasure of watchiiig for the last few days, was, as they would perceive, young in political life; but there was that sterling nud straightforward honesty and manliness about him which as a constituency they need not be ashamed of, and of which he was sure the ladies of Colchester would be proud. (Cheers, and laughter.) It was thrown into Mr. Miller's face at the lat election that he was a comparative stranger amongst them ; and very likely the same line of tactics would be adopted towards their second candidate ; but, at all events, Captain Paget could boast of one local association that of bearing the tell them what a fearful loss our disciplined troops would be - surname of Sir II. Grimston, formerly Recorder for this Borough, likelv to iuflict upon such a population. (Hear, hear.) Al- J and one of iu Kepresentativcs in trying and difficult times, though a military man, nobodv could deplore the horrors of , Wlth regard to Captain Paget s political opinions, he believed war more than he did (hear, hear) but the war being begun he thought it would be the duty 01 ttieir rulers to carry it on with vigour, as the only means of bringing it to a safe and satisfactory conclusion. (Hear, hear.) Now that he was upon the subject of Lord Palmerston he could not help expressing his belief that that nobleman was a much better Conservative than many people might imagine. He was opposed to vote by them to be those of a sound Protestant, and he had therefore great pleasure in moving " That this meeting is fully satisfied that Captain Leopold Grimston I'aget. It. A., will duly and faithfully represent the political sentiments of the Conservative Electors of this IJorough in the House of Commons ; and that he be cordially recommended to the united support of the Conservative body. And that the Electors present hereby pledge themselves collectively and individually to ballot; he burked Mr. Locke King's motion in reference to the . use their best exertions to secure the return of Captain I'aget, tt& the uwjinicwm wwi miner, Ejq. county franchise; he was not iu favour of exteiidin, suffrage ; and he was against the abolition of church-rates all of which democratic notions their present representative. Mr. Gurdon Rebow, was an advocate of. (Hear, hear.) He was quite sure that the opinions enunciated by Mr. Rebow at the last election were not in accordance with the views of the Dr. Dl N CAIN , in seconding the resolution, said, if in these enlightened and educated times, they were to estimate men privately by their opinions, they must also politically judge them uv liic same lcbi,-, aim ue maintained tnat a man could only stand high in the estimation of his fellow-townsmen bv the majority of the constituency of this Borough. (Loud cries of : course which he adopted in reference to his political conduct. Hear, hear.) He should not have referred to a gentleman who I (Cheers.) The Conservatives had a right, considering their was not present, and whom he had not even the honour of number in the Borough, to propose a second candidate. It was knowing; but he thought he ought, in a political point of view, not done in any factious spirit, but on the ground of right ; and to bring thus prominently before thorn some of the measures the candidate who had come forward at the shortest possible advocated by Mr. Rebow" which were most diametrically op- j notice had met with their unqualified approbation. (Cheers.) posed to the views of theconstitueiiey of which, from accidental : He was a gentleman who had stood the strict theological test circumstances, he was at present the Representative. (Hear, 1 of Mr. John Taylor (laughter) and who had satisfied every hear.) In other respects he had nothing to say against him; member of the Conservative party without writing trimming and he hoped that during the whole course of this contest no addresses or making a trimming" speech, and therefore thev single word personally disparaging to his opponent would escape 1 were bound to give him their most cordial and sincere sup"- his lips. (Cheers.) The next subject upon which he wished to address them was one which, in a meeting like this, he wished to approach with every feeling of reverence. A firm and sincere Protestant, he was, as a natural consequence, opposed to the Church of Rome. In the address which he issued to the Electors before entering upon his canvass he drew particular attention to the Maynooth Grant : he was entirely opposed to that grant. (Loud cheers,) He was perfectly willing to allow to Nonconformists the utmost toleration, and all the pecuniary aid, the State thought proper to give them ; but he did not see why a Protestant nation should help to support a faith so entirely antagonistic to its own religion, and to the truths of the Bible"; and so dangerous alike to the religious freedom both of Churchmen and Dissenters. (Hear, hear.) Should he have the good fortune to be returned bv them to the House of Commons, he should wish to see the blessings of education still further ex port. (Loud cheers.) He did not think any gentleman, how- j ever lasuuious. couiu picK a nole 111 the gallant captain s genealogical tree. (Laughter.) It was a tree well known i history and oddly enough it had for vcars borne yellow-flowers ; but he believed this bud of" the noble house ' was a thorough true blue ; and long might it flourish and produce other buds (laughter and cheers)- long might it leave its sweet scent iu Colchester. (Cheers.) He was ' ure the Conservatives would accept the worthy candidate, and work for him as they ought. (Loud cheers.) Before he ! formally seconded this resolution he trusted thev would allow I him to say a few words to those who were free burgesses of ' this town. (Cheers.) He had not that honour, and he wished be had, for he should then consider it a greater claim upon him to work hard for the benefit of this town, and fordoing his duty in mc uuljiuiuhuu 10 wnieii ue ueiongeu. (Llieers.) lie tended ; but he would not support anv system of national wished to ask the free burgesses of doubtful mind what nartv 4iiat;nn U.1,;K r.r-t ..wl !:.-! l.,T ri..1,..l tU 1 ! I 1 , . " V "" euni.cLuu mm icujjiuus instruction, fiusutu lutui uun in me social scale, and done most to-founded upon the Bible. (Hear, hear.) He was so much more wards diminishing their privileges V and what party had clipped a soldier than an orator, and had hitherto been so little accus- diminished to the merest fraction, the elective franchise of the tomed to address public bodies, that he found he had very ' free burgesses ? Certainly not the Conservative party nearly come to the end of his tether. (Laughter and cheers') (Hear, hear.) Before the Reform Bill, were the free burgesses' But he could not conclude without acknowk-dtrini' the kind unon the same footing as at nresent? fXn nn At,i i, considerate, and handsome manner in which he had been met , l'efonn Bill of the next Parliament, what would be the position by his colleague, Mr. Miller. (Cheers.) Should he have the of the free burgesses? It would not be worth a farthine. 11 the principle were adopted of giving a vote to every man who paid taxes, their ancient freedom would be worth nothing. They were now a very honourable bodv of men, who had kept strict to their principles; and in this borough they had shown none of that weathercock see-saw-ism which had" been witnessed among the new electors, but they found burgesses recording their votes in the same way year after year, notwithstanding all the pressure and influence brought to bear upon them. (Cheers.) In the first address issued by Mr. Rebow he proposed that all who paid taxes should have a vote ; his words were "representation infers taxation," and he said that principle was as old as Magna Charta. The New Zea-Ianders or the Ojibbeway Indians might have universal suffrage because they would only judge of the individual; but where a man's opinions and views were the test of his fitness a certain amount of education and standing was required in those who honour of being returned as one of their Representatives, he need not say now anxious lie should be to promote the prosperity and advance the interests of this town. (Cheers.) Its numerous, and as he heard extensive charities, should receive to the utmost of his power that assistance which he could afford, and they might require. (Cheers.) He could only sav that if they sent him to Parliament their wishes should be his wishes, their hopes his hopes, and their views his views. (Cheers.) For the reason he had given he must beg them to excuse the very imperfect manner in which he had explained his views ; but on the day of election probably next week, or at all events not many days hence he should have the opportunity of explaining them at greater length. (Cheers.) Mr. THOMAS SMITH said he thought he had retired from taking any active part in political matters, but a crisis would sometimes arise in which a man's private feelings and wishes made the selection. One extension of the suffrage he should not object to, viz., to large communities not at present represented, and to certain learned bodies who were well qualified to exercise that privilege. (Hear, hear.) In reference to their canvass they could most truly say that no improper influence or pressure was used towards voters. If a man said he bad promised, Mr. Miller's invariable reply, and that of his colleague, was that they would not ask him to break his promise. (Cheers.) They left such practices to the paid legal gladiators of Mr. Rebow. He sincerely hoped that this election would be conducted more placidly than the last, for gentlemen should remember that they only lost caste by indulgiug in personal abuse. (Cheers.) They knew the honourable private character of their opponent, and that ought to restrain each party from inflicting upon the other some Jittle miserable sting, which could only last for a moment, but which might give offence for years. (Hear, hear.) He had great pleasure in seconding the resolution. (Cheers.) The CHAIRMAN having intimated that Mr. Bliller wished to say a few words before the resolution was put to the vote, Mr. MILLER presented himself amidst loud cheers, and said one most important circumstance connected with the success of their eudeavours to see the town of Colchester represented by two Conservative members was, that there should be the most perfect cordiality and the most entire confidence existing between those two candidates. (Hear, hear.) Feeling the importance of this point, he had considered it his duty towards them and to himself personally to reflect seriously "and to take time in order to consider, whether the gentleman who had been connected with him in this contest was one with whom he could so act. (Hear, hear.) After that deliberation which the importance of the subject demanded, he could say with all his heart that he received Capt. Paget as a colleague worthy of the great cause in which he is embarked, and worthy too of the high honour which he sought at their hands. (Loud cheers.) The exertions which he was able to make he would rather make for Capt. Paget than for himself, and he was sure his hon. colleague would do him the justice to say that in the course of the three days' canvass they had taken in company he (Mr. Miller) had endeavoured to evince that feeling, under the firm conviction that the gallant officer was more worthy of their support than be could be. ("No, no.") The pleasure he felt in receiving Capt. Paget as his colleague was in no small degree heightened by the fact that the Conservative feeling and determination shown at this meeting had been roused by the misfortune they met with a few weeks since. (Cheers.) But that misfortune, like most others, was intended to be productive of good. (Loud cheers.) He could not conceive that any other circumstance than failure could have created that amount of enthusiasm and firm determination which had prevailed in that Borough since he last left it. (Cheers.) When he left Colchester after the last election he thought he knew Colchester and its inhabitants; but now, by comparison, he found that he knewlittleor nothing about them for he found in this town an amount of Conservative feeling of which he had not the slightest idea. (Loud cheers.) He said it with deep regret, for no thought of censure crossed his mind for a moment, that on a former occasion there was apathy, and consequently there was failure ; but now they could go upon their canvass with a body of gentlemen capable of taking Sebastopol almost, and certainly of making the return by Colchester of two Conservatives almost a matter of certainty (loud cheers) and if they went on in that course they would restore the ancient reputation of the town. (Cheers.) They had heard the sentiments of Cant. Paget, and he was certain they all approved them. (Hear, hear.) lie had told them with the frankness of an Englishman and a British soldier that he had not been accustomed to address public assemblies, but the specimen which he had given them would prove that the gallant officer would soon arrive at a degree of excellence in speaking, equal to the purity of the principles he bad avowed. (Cheers.) it was the recommendation of one of their greatest statesmen to a young friend when entering the House of Commons that he should be always "speaking, speaking, speaking," or he would lose the habit ; and if that were true with respect to one already in the legislature, how much more appropriate was the advice to one who sought an introduction to that honourable House. (Hear, hear, and cheers.) He wished to embrace this opportunity of returning his hearty thanks to his friends for the kind and handsome manner in which they had received him. (Loud cheers.) He confessed he did somewhat doubt the estimate of his friends as to the feeling which prevailed on his behalf, thinking it might arise from their desire to afford him pleasure, which they were always so ready to do. But since he had been with them (and he made the remark with all humility) he had found the kindest and best feelings engendered towards him in the borough. He said this with no feeling of pride, though the manner in which he had been received was calculated to make a man proud, but he said it with the greatest delight and satisfaction. (Loud cheers.) He wanted nothing to stimulate himiu the cause which he had taken in hand; but, if anything had been wanting, the kind and flattering manner in which he had been received, by all persons, and he might say by all parties, would have supplied it, and would have induced him to exert himself to the utmost to promote the welfare of Colchester, and, if he failed to do that, he should he undeserving their conlideuce. (Cheers.) He was not desirous of making any flattering professions, for he could not Help feeling that he had not the power to do all the good he could wish ; but at the same time he would yield to no one iu the desire to accomplish that object; and when he should feel, or be informed, that he had failed in doing so, he would cease to be their Representative supposing that honour should await him. (Yes, yes, and cheers.) He felt that he had been talking too much of himself, but it was only the outpouring of a grateful heart ; and now lie wished them to concentrate their feelings and efforts upon his gallant friend Captain Paget, and to pass the proposition wiui coruiauiy ; anu ne assured them no one would have felt greater pleasure in doing so than himself, if he had been an elector of Colchester. (Loud cheers.) The resolution having been put and carried, amidst loud cheering, The CHAIRMAN said they had adopted these gentlemen as joint candidates; and they had promised by their presence there that evening, as much as if every one had spoken it with his lips, that no exertion on their part to secure the return of those two gentlemen. Having thus shown their unflinching determination to '.maintain their political convictions, he would ask them further to ratify it by giving three cheers for the two candidates. (Much cheering.) Capt. PAGET said he felt perfectly overwhelmed with gratitude at the kind reception they had given him ; and he assured them that if he should be chosen their Representative he should make it a point of duty to come amongst them to give an account of his stewardship. (Cheers.) Mr. CHARLES HAWKINS next addressed the meeting, and observed that it was by no means pleasurable to vote against a neighbour ; and if Mr. Rebow's opinions had been in accordance with their own they should have felt pleasure in receiving him ; but such was not the case. In former days he might have been a moderate Whig, almost a Conservative, but at the last election he enunciated such sentiments that it became their duty to eject him from the representation of the Borough, not as a friend or neighbour, but as a political opponent. (Loud cheers.) ' ' Mr. DU CANE, who had been called upon to speak, said this was a Borough election and he was a Countv candidate. He should have an opportunity next Saturday of giving them a full and ample explanation of his political sentiments ; he invited them all to attend, and he could only hope they would evince themselves as satisfied with his faith as thev had with that of the worthy candidates before them. (Cheers.) Mr. TAYLOR spoke in explanation of the grounds upon which ho had joined in inviting Capt. Paget to come forward. Having before them Mr. Rebow's enunciation of ultra-Radical principles, it became their duty, without considering whether they should win or lose, to make the most effectual protest they could against such sentiments on the part of a Representative of Colchester ; and the most effectual

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