With feelings of honest pride and exultation we refer our readers to
the account of the County Meeting held on Wednesday last. Cumberland has at
last awakened from her political torpidity, and taken the situation to which,
from her importance, she is well entitled amongst the counties of England.
It was well observed at the Meeting, by Mr. BROUGHAM, that the county
has hitherto been governed by an exceedingly small junto, and it is highly
gratifying to observe the portents that every day present themselves, that such
an unnatural dominion cannot be much longer exercised. It has been
industriously impressed upon the public mind by the persons whose interest it is that the
county should still remain under the thralldom, that this was a party Meeting
and calculated not to further the ends of justice but to promise the objects
of one set of men by the sacrifice of those of another.
Now, we would ask, if this meeting had any appearance of party, by
what means did it acquire that character? - Through the very men who make the
accusation. What hindered them from joining in the Meeting? - The object of it
was one to which any conscientious man might have been proud to lend his
sanction being merely to
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There can be little doubt judging from the respectability of the
assembly, that every man that wished to make observations would have been listened
to with attention and respect, but their maligents of it, with their usual
skulking policy, chose rather to endeavour to create a prejudice, than to meet
its promoters upon an arena where every intellectual gladiator would have been
allowed the free use of his weapons.
This was a wise proceeding for their own credit, for we do not know
any man amongst them, who has knowledge and ability enough to contend with the
smallest effect, against the talent which was brought into action on Wednesday.