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Elections-West Cumberland
Part Two

       Mr. T. H. HOSKINS, of the High, seconded the nomination of Mr. IRTON,
in a sensible telling speech.

       There being no other candidate to propose, The High Sheriff declared
Captain LOWTHER and Samuel IRTON, Esq. duly elected for the Western Division of

       Captain LOWTHER on coming forward, was received with derisive shouts
and partial cheering. He said - When last I had the honour of appearing before
you, I stated the course I intended to persue if you returned me to parliment.
You did return me to parliment, which has lasted five years. It has now been
disolved, and I come before you with the confidence of one who has followed
out to the best of his power the wishes of the great majority of this division.
(Laughter and derisive cheering.)

       In that parliment one of the chief measures  was the repeal of the
navigation laws, which I believe was proved most hurtful as respects the shipping
interest. (Laughter and cheers.) It is keenly felt in the seperate towns of
this division, and another -Liverpool_ the greatest sea-port town in this
country, has taken the alarm, and last week returned two conservative members to
the House of Commons, one of them a member of Lord DERBY's government. (Cheers
and groans.) Another subject which occupied considerable attention in this
country was the attempt of Mr. Alderman SALOMANS to take his seat by force in the
House of Commons, which has resulted in  Mr. SALOMAN's being rejected by the
constituency which returned him before. (Uproar.)

       When the late government fell to pieces in the spring of this year,
Lord DERBY took upon himself the task of governing this country. He did what was
-(uproar)- straightforward as any minister could do.

       He attached himself to those measures  which were necessart for the
actual business of the country, and he then appealed  to the constituencies of
England. I believe that Lord DERBY has measure in view which will greatly tend
to the benefit of the agricultural interest, and he will turn his attention to
the colonies which are nearly ruined. (Loud Laughter.) Any good measure I
will gladly support, whether it came from a minister or not. (No, no.) With
regard to the Papal aggression I am of opinion that every individual in the United
Kingdom should be at liberty to exercise his religious duties in whatever way
he thinks best. (Hear, hear.) I have always looked with great doubt on the
concessions made to the Church of Rome. Every concession has lead to greater
claims on behalf of that church. Judging from what I have seen in other countries
where Romanism has prevailed-there tyranny has prevailed to the greatest
extent.  These being my opinion I will not detain you longer than to thank you for
having returned me a second time as your representative. (The gallant captain
thus abruptly concluded amid considerable laughter and cheering from the
gentlemen on the hustings.)

       Samuel IRTON, Esq., then said - Gentlemen, it now devolves on me to
return thanks to those two gentlemen who kindly proposed and seconded, and to
the constituency of this division of the country, and you, brother electors for
having returned me. Gentlemen I cannot (unreadable) the topics of last session
like him whom I am proud to call my colleague on the other side of the
hustings, for during there five years I have been out at grass, as it were
-(laughter)- and although my friend has stated that I am not so young a man, I served
you twenty years ago and I hope that these five years during which I have been
out at grass will give me strength to serve you for twenty years to come.

       I have now no promises whatever to make, nor is it my intention to
make any which I will not fulfil. I can however promise that I will serve you to
the best of my ability. More I cannot do.  My political principles are stated
in my address, and there has been no change in them since I last addressed
you.  Nothing is calculated to cause greater alarm than the progree of Popish
aggression in the present day. It shall be my duty to resist all such
aggressions, and uphold by every means the Protestant institutions of the country. I
thank you for the honour you have done me in returning me as your representative
in parliment. (Loud cheers.)

       Captain LOWTHER proposed, and Mr. IRTON seconded a vote of thanks to
the high Sheriff, for presiding that day.

       The High Sheriff briefly acknowledged the compliment.