A more striking instance cannot be given of the gross illiberality of
the person who consider themselves leading men in this town, than to mention
the means which have been industriously taken by them to throw odium upon the
persons who signed the requisition for the County Meeting.

       It appears that these worthies have considered this conduct a great
political offence, as possibly tending in it's consequence to weaken the power
of their Lord and Master, and they were naturally anxious to visit the enormity
of the crime with proportionate punishment. With this view they have heaped
all kinds of abuse upon the Whitehaven requisitionists, and have done their
utmost to render them "marked men" and subject them to yellow vengeance.

       Amongst other foolish abuse, the respectability of some  of them has
been attacked because they were tradesmen. This is deserving of an answer. We
consider a tradesman to be one of the most respectable characters in society,
and infinitely more so than any of the "great vulgar" who revile them. Is it
not more respectable to earn a honest livelihood by meritous exertion, than to
exist only by the favour of a peer, or to be the slavish hanger-on of a great

       We know the town of Whitehaven well, and we will venture to say, that
the really independent feeling of the place is almost entirely confined to
tradesmen, and that there is more intellect, more real respectability, more
honour, more good and valuable qualities both of the head and heart amongst them,
than is to be found in all the rest of the inhabitants put together. We have no
patience with this cold-blooded-heartless-low-minded invective.

       Tradesmen forsooth! From what but trade of some kind or other have
many of the most wealthy inhabitants of this town immediately or remotely derived
their importance? Why then should they affect to look down with disgust upon
persons who are pursuing the same measure to attain it, and pretend to scorn
the base degrees by which they themselves attained their elevation. This is the
very essence of folly and the most dirty pride that can possibly disgrace the
human nature.

       The man who behaves himself uprightly and conscientiously in his
business, and applies his skill and industry for the support of the natural objects
of his care is most respectable in every legitimate sense of the word, and
has as much right to express his feeling upon political subjects as any other
man; and when he does so from honest motives, and without a view of personal
aggrandizememt, he adds a degree of dignity to his character, which can never be
acquired by the bond slaves of a local despotism.

       The plain truth is, that the leading yellow party in this town, both
clerical and  laical (?), have been grievously disappointed that any one was
found willing to sign what was understood to be disagreeable to the heads of
their party. These men thought that a place that had been many years ago been
discharged from the map of Cumberland by the action of part of the political
chemistry of the Lowthers would never re-appear. They have found, however, that
the effect of their quackery has been counteracted by proper applications, and
the town being now restored to its situation, it is likely in future to defy

       The conduct of Whitehaven in supporting the requisition was the
"unkindest cut of all." The county might have a meeting, and this of itself would
have been bad enough, but that Whitehaven should assist in promoting it, oh
shocking! disgraceful !! beyond all measure mischievous !!! Before we entirely
quit the subject of the respectability of tradesmen, we will lay before our
readers a list of eminent persons who have been connected with trade, which will
serve to remind our readers of some of the greatest men in history, and to show
the gross ignorance of the revilers of tradesmen.