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NORFOLK COUNTY MEETING.
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       This meeting took place on Friday sennight, the High Sheriff in the
Chair. Ten thousand persons were calculated to be present.

       The Earl of Albemarle, after some preliminary observations on the
agitated state of the public mind in consequence of the late proceedings at
Manchester, said - I have done all I could, Gentlemen, to make myself master of the
real state of the melancholy transactions on the 16th of August last; but in
vain I have sought for one single fact or argument which can justify or
extenuate the sanguinary character by which they are distinguished. Failing at home,
I have looked abroad among my political opponents for information, and where
could I look to better than the notable declaration of our city of Norwich? -
(Hear, hear) -

       Now, gentlemen, in this Declaration I do not find it said, or even
attempted to be insinuated, that the Meeting at Manchester on the 16th of August
was illegal, or that there was any tumult committed by the people, No,
Gentlemen, they could not tell such a story. Neither do I find this declaration any
one thing said to justify or excuse the conduct of the Magistrates and
Yeomanry. Surely, Gentlemen, it must be a bad, a very bad cause, in defense of which
nothing can be said. But then there comes  some Gentleman of lively
imagination, who has hit on the word prejudge. Prejudge! In the name of common sense, or 
of double refined sophistry, how can injure be tortured into prejudgement?
The fact is, Gentlemen, that there is no case pending - justice has been asked
for, but justice has been denied - the tribunals have been shut against the
injured, We may say of justice in this case, in the words of the poet -

    "The Spanish fleet thou canst not see,
     " For 'tis not yet in sight !"

       The Coroner at Oldham had tripped up the only sort of argument or
apology which the defenders of the proceedings at Manchester had; he had put off
the Inquest to a period so remote, that he might as well have put it off
altogether. As to the prosecution against HUNT and others for Conspiracy, that can
have no connection, either one way or the other, with the conduct of the
Manchester Magistrates and Yeomanry. These men may be proved guilty, but that will
not make the people who were killed and wounded guilty. The only persons who
have presumed to prejudge this matter are Ministers, who have prostituted the
sacred name of Majestry, to express approbation of measures which are a disgrace
to humanity.

       It is possible that Ministers may have had the Regent's personal
concurrence to this approbation; it is barely possible, that, with fleet horses and
active riders, with wind and tide favouring, (for the Prince be it
remembered, was at sea) to have obtained his approval on the 21st, of what happened many
hundreds miles distant on the 16th, it is possible but I believe it not. -
(Loud Cheering) -

       The noble Lord then proceeded at considerable length into a detailed
review of the conduct of Ministers with respect to the recent public meetings
in the country, from which he deduced the conclusion, that they were proceeding
on a systematic plan of putting down all opposition to  their measures by the
power of the sword,  and that the massacre at Manchester was only a part of
that system. When, he continued the human mind is shocked and disgusted, it
naturally turns round in quest of some circumstances of alleviation or
justification. The minds of Englishmen have done this on occasion, and consolation, they
have found none. The course of justice has been interrupted - and it is
inquiry into the cause that we demand. Let political feelings once mingle
themselves with the administration of the laws and there will be an end of all security
to our lives and properties - the word liberty must be blotted out of our
language -  and no more shall we boast of the proud sounding name of free born
Englishmen. The noble Lord concluded a speech of great eloquence and ability, by
moving a series of Resolutions, similar to those of other county meetings,
which were seconded by S. S. SOUTHWELL, Esq.

       Mr. E. WODEHOUSE, M. P. Member for the County now stepped forward, but
it was with the utmost difficulty he could procure a hearing, for more than a
few unconnected words at a time. As far as we could collect what he said, he
dissented from the proposed Resolutions, on the ground that the Manchester
Magistrates and Yeomanry was under a course of judicial investigation. - (The
hooting and clamour at this assertion was excessive.) - That it was the firm
conviction of his soul, that there was a faction at work, of which Satan himself
was the leader, and whose covenant was to destroy; and that the right of
petitioning had got into the hands of demagogues and levellers who,  had made use of
it as a dagger to stab at the very vitals of the Constitution.

       "I prefer," said Mr. WODEHOUSE, in concluding, "waiting patiently, but
firmly, the quiet course of the law, to embarking on a sea of peril, and
being, thereby instrumental to a course which must be lead to the utter ruin and
destruction of the Liberties of the country."

       T. W. COKE, Esq. M. P.  rose amidst the most tumultuous applause, and
the hisses of a few of his political opponents. After this had subsided, he
commenced: -

       "Mr. Sheriff, I thank you for  the readiness with which you have
acceded to the Requisition, and afforded me an opportunity of expressing my
sentiments on the occasion of so much importance. Thanks are also due to the noble
Lord near me, and the other Gentlemen who signed the requisition. Gentlemen, I
never addressed you with so much anxiety as I do at this moment. I have often
told you, it was my firm conviction that the object of the Government was to
rule by military despotism. In confirmation of this assertion, I shall avoid 
the ground gone over by my Noble friend, Lord ALBEMARLE, with so much ability.
But, Gentlemen, it is impossible to speak of the transactions which we all view
with horror, without expressing our abhorrence of them. We have been told
that Christianity has been assailed; but was it ever so grossly violated as in
the conduct of the Manchester Magistrates and Yeoman?

       Gentlemen, it is not a political question on which we are met this
day;  it is to seek inquiry into those  transactions: it is our right to demand
it,  and if an inquiry is not instituted, we are no longer entitled to the
names of freemen. This, Gentlemen, is not a question of Whig or Tory, but one that
appeals to the heart of every Englishman. Were this a party question, I would
not shrink from the defence of that to which I have been so long attached -
for what is it that the Whigs have not done for you and what have the Tories
done? The question of the proceedings at Manchester has been so often discussed
that it is unnecessary that I should enter largely into it; but I must not
omit to notice the plot which had existed on the part of Government for some
years.

       Twice within the last three years has the Habeus Corpus Act been
suspended, through the artful representation of Ministers; and so well did they
conceal their share in the plot, that they succeeded in obtaining the support of
Earl FITZWILLIAM to the measure; but when that virtuous and estimable Nobleman
found that the plot was formed by Ministers, and the dangers imaginary he
would go no further with them. I would never withhold the necessary support to
Government, but, Gentlemen, I can never suffer my unoffending countrymen to be
cut down, without  raising my feeble voice to protest against the outrage.

       On that eventful day, Major COCHRANE rode to the right and left, and
saved the lives of many of our countrymen from the wanton attack; but one poor
woman, who covered her face with her hands, that she might both protect
herself and avoid the appalling sight, was cut down by the sabre of a Yeoman, before
he was able to protect her. Now, Gentlemen, is there one individual amongst
you, that can doubt the necessity of an Inquiry into the transaction of  such a
character?  No - not even my worthy Colleague, for whom I entertain the
highest respect, can doubt it.

       For my own part, Gentlemen,  I can do nothing more than in exercising
that trust in Parliament with which you have honoured me. Those who know me
best, know I am a domestic and peaceable man; but I hope I shall never be
wanting in advocating the liberties of my countrymen by whomsoever they may be
attacked; and I can truly say with that great man, Mr. FOX, that 'I declare to God
I wish to live no longer than I can live free.' Gentlemen, the Gagging Bills,
the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act, and all restrictions on our
liberties, are of a piece with the transactions at Manchester. Ministers have been
sympathetic in their conduct; and they are now bringing forward 12,000 additional
men for active service. Why have they not called out the constitutional force
of the country, the Militia, unless they are afraid of trusting them? The
adjournment of the Coroner's Inquest at Oldham would never have taken place if the
Coroner had not the support of the Ministers. Gentlemen, there is yet much
behind, and I do not know but this may be the last Meeting we may have. - (
Cries of No, no) -

       Well, I wish it may not be the case; but Gagging Bills, or some other
unconstitutional restraint, I fear will be adopted. That amiable Nobleman,
Earl FITZWILLIAM, whom to know is to esteem, has been dismissed from a high
office for doing his duty. He met the People, who were pleased to see him; they
conducted themselves peaceably, as you do now;  and I firmly and conscientiously
believe that it was because the meeting at York did go off peaceably, that
Ministers found they must dismiss a Nobleman who had the courage and the honesty
to unite with his fellow Countrymen in asserting the right of Englishmen, and
protesting against their invasion by a military force.

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