A very numerous and respectable meeting of the inhabitants of this
town and neighbourhood took place on Monday, for the purpose of considering the
late proceedings at Manchester. The place of the meeting was the Brocco, a
spacious plot of ground excellently adapted for the purpose, sloping down to where
the hustings were erected, so that every person added to the effect, as in an
amphitheatre. The people advanced to the ground with music, and flag bearing
the various inscriptions relating to the Manchester atrocities, such as "To
the immortal memory of the Reformers massacred at Manchester" &c. Most of the
people present displayed some emblem of mourning: the females were chiefly
dressed in black, and men wearing white hats and crape of green ribands. The effect
of this immense mass, disposed up the hill, and interspersed with the
banners, was very imposing.
Samuel SHORE, Esq., of Meersbrook, being called to the chair, several
gentleman addressed the meeting.
Shortly after the commencement of the speeches, Lord MILTON appeared,
and was loudly greeted with acclamations. The subject of the addresses being
that which has been so often discussed and so completely exhausted (the
Manchester Murders) we shall merely give a few passages from the speeches: -
Mr. J. BAILEY. - It was not always necessary to have great names
attached to requisitions; there was no need at all time foe Dukes, and Lords and
Sheriffs, on such occasion, through their countenance, when it was offered, was
not to be refused.
Lord MILTON. - "I congratulate you on the proceedings of this day - a day
peculiarly appropriate, of this important and interesting nature; I say
peculiarly appropriate, for I know not in what better way we can celebrate His
Majesty's accession to the Throne of these realms, than by vindicating those laws that
placed him there, and which he pledged himself to administer. (Three times
In the course of the proceedings a banner inscribed "vengeance"
excited the indignation of several of the gentlemen on the hustings, and its bearers
Some resolutions were passed, and the Chairman, Lord MILTON, &c.,
Mr. WILLAN of Dewsbury, Mr. MASON of Leeds, and Mr. WOOLER (who as
strangers had not spoken before) then addressed the meeting on the subject of
Reform, after which the immense multitude dispersed in the most orderly manner.
The number assembled was estimated at between 40,000and 50,000.