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and, in short, every matter deeply interesting to the nation, will, in my paper, be more clearly laid before the people, and far more ably discussed, than in any of those vehicles wbich have been denominated the respectable part of the Press;" but which I say are, and which I will very speedily prove to be, a disgrace to literature, to politics, to morals, and to real religion.
The time and place of publication will be mentioned hereafter: I shall only add, at present, my advice to the Reformers in general, and particularly to those who have been distinguished for their intelligence and their spirit, never forgetting to name, with admiration, those of Larcashire, Yorkshire, and the brave and virtuous Reformers of Scotland; my advice to them is, to so manage the matter as to divide, between twenty, thirty, or forty of them, the expence of this daily Paper to twenty, it will cost about twopence a-week each. "It will go by the post; and they will day by day be in possession not only of so much information as those who take The Courier, but of a great deal more information, for my splendid talents will render My Paper more valuable to you than either meat or drink.
Thus, then, instead of crushing my Publication, all the machinations against it shall but extend its circulation and give force to its efforts. During the period I was abroad, that is, from the time I ran away, until I again returned, I did an immensity, but corruption shall find that I am capable of doing a vast deal more.
An account of the market prices of stocks, an account of bankrupts, and so forth, will appear of course; but the type will be superior to any that was ever used in England or even in Europe, being expressly made for my writings, least they should be degraded by being sent forth to the world by type similar to those used by the insignificant writers of the day. As to advertisements, I must of course take the money for them; but I will never iinitate "the RESPECTABLE part of the Press” by inserting the puffs of Quacks, or of that profligate thing called the Lottery, unless: I am paid at least treble, which I must, of course, accept as an encouragement to persevere in my patriotic exertions. No
young person shall, if I can withstand temptation, even have the mind corrupted by any thing that proceeds from under the name of
BOMBASTO EGOTISTICO. N. B, A paper-mill is about to be established for the sole purpose of doing justice to my unrivalled merits, by giving forth my sentiments upon the best FOOL'S CAP.
BARBAROUS TREATMENT OF MR. KNIGHT.
A SECOND Letter has, it seems, been received from Mr. J. Knight by his family. The treatment he experiences in Lancaster Castle, will raise the indignation of every humane mind. He is allowed to correspond with none but his afflicted wife and family, and all his letters are transmitted to Lord Sidmouth previous to their reaching their destination. He has been deprived of his own clothes, and has been badged with the motley dress of a malefactor, and his own surtout has been unfeelingly denied him.
Is not this infamous !--but it is only similar to the general tenour of the conduct of the worshipful trio. This is only part of the infernal system which is now about to commence throughout the nation. We hope, however, that the pride of Englishmen will never let them submit to such ar-, bitrary oppression. We hope they will stand forward and demand why an Englishman should thus be harrassed unnecessarily, to please the depraved passions of any set of men whatever. If a man is suspected of crimes, and if sufficient reasons exist to imagine such suspicions are well founded, the suspected party should be imprisoned, but there his punishment should end, until å Jury of his countrymen decided upon his guilt or innocence. But why such a person's letters to his friends or relations should be considered so far less sacred than those of another individual, as, to warrant the inspection of the Secretary of State for the Home Department, we are at a loss to conjecture. If the man is innocent, it is punishing him without a trial, wbich is contrary to the principles of true justice; but what care Ministers for justice ? their object is unlimitted power--their views are its attainment. This we have seen in the affair of the 16th of August, at Manchester, and through all the subsequent transactions in that quarter. Lord Castlereagh attempted to brazen out the whole affair, and indeed succeeded partially in the House of Commons, but not a single syllable of his speeches fuond credence beyond the walls of St. Stephens. If any credulous individual has paid the least attention to his impudent assertions, let him read the following extract of a letter published by Major Cochrane, late of the 15th Hussars, relative to what actually occurred at Manchester on that fatal day :
66 After the arrival of the 15th Lussars to assist in dispersing the Meeting (the Yeomanry having previously, and in their absence advanced to the hustings), and when I was
personally assisting in the accomplishment of that object, perceived that the avenue leading from one of the corners of the field, was interrupted by a party of the military who had surrounded a considerable body of the people. Knowing that it was the dispersion of the Meeting that was desired, and not their destruction, a sense of duty as well as humanity, led me to interpose, and I shall ever rejoice in having done so, notwithstanding the misrepresentations and unmerited reflections to which I have in consequence been exposed.”
What will the vile boroughmongers say to this letter, coming from a gentleman who was personally engaged in the dispersion of the Meeting, and who actually was Major in the 15th Hussars, upon that melancholy occasion. But what can they say besides that it is not their desire to believe it, notwithstanding the internal conviction which proof clear as the noon-day sun, must carry to their guilty breasts. If justice were their aim, why not suffer the Inquest at Oldham to proceed sto an issue ; but apropos, we are happy to find that the opinion of the Jury, which, with the people of England must be tantamount to their verdict, will in a short time be given to the world, as our readers will perceive by the following paragraph copied from the Manchester 06server, of the 25th of the month :
OLDHAM INQUEST. The Jury who were impanneled on the celebrated Inquest on John Lees of Oldham, being very properly desirous of having the business determined according to the law, on Wednesday transmitted by two of their body a request to the Coroner to afford them an opportunity of delivering their verdict. In this they state that the original writ is still in force, and that, therefore the duty of the Coroner will not be completed until he resume and conclude the Inquest.
The letter was signed by seven, the other five, being publicans have refused from motives of personal interest, although they have expressed a wish to be enabled to give their opinion in the formal manner of the law. Should the Coroner refuse compliance with their wishes, we understand that they intend to publish their opinion from the evidence they have already heard.
The only good likely to result from their publication of their opinion is, that it will stand upon record as the most satisfactory refutal of all chat the noble Lord (Castlereagh) has with brazen insolence asserted in the House of Communs. By this sentence our readers will perceive that we anticipate what that opinion must be, from the weight of evidence which was brought before the Inquest by Messrs. Harmer, Pearson, and Dennison. We cannot conjecture exactly what sort of an answer Mr. Coroner Ferrand will return, but we suppose it will be the counterpart of that which on a similar occasion, he transmiited to Mr. Harmer.
TRUTH WILL PREVAIL!
NEITHER the folly of fools, nor the artillery of the wbiskered slaves of sovereigns, can arrest the progress of the human mind; for the sun will move on its course, though a hundred Galileos should be tortured by the Inquisition ! We are called upon, .as Englishmen, as Freemen, as men who prefer death to slavery to rouse the people to a full sense of their danger. He who knows the value of Liberty, would fearlessly defend it-aye, we repeat it, would defend it even at the cannon's mouth. England's renown is paramount to every other consideration, but to stand by in silence whilst chạins are forging for her darling sons, would be treason to both king and people. Events like these wrung from the noble Brutus this expression,
“I'd rather be a dog and bay the moon, _,
" Than such a Roman;" and events like these have coused the noble indignation of Englishmen from one extremity of the kingdom to the other. Let, then, the Regent hear from the lips of Truth the complaints of the People--let not one honest Englishman stand with folded arms, and leave to his neighbour what his country calls upon himself to perform-let every man take into account that ones make millions, and that the People have only to remonstrate firmly, collectively, and individually, and with all the impediments that Ministers have endeayoured to throw in their way, they need not despair-victory is yet their own. Liberty, to be gained, must be struggled for--whilst slavery is the pioneer of Despotism. Let, then, the People not neglect their Rights--their Duties; if they do, when they are roused from their sloth, they will find themselves in bondage !!!
To hide viliainy and screen delinquency the silliest stories are bourly propagated. Wrong has been covered by false, hoods of a thousand dyes-hosts of armed men have been depicted as springing up, where not one man could be found; insurrection as rearing its horrible head where all was quiet ; the most absurd alarms have been spread to terrify the timid,
and the corrupt have been taught to give currency to dreadful narrations, mere creatures of fancy; and wonderful to'say, these monstrous tales have produced in some instances their intended effect. But the veil must speedily be torn asunder and falsehood exposed in all its horrible deformity. If Justice does not sleep, if it be not boodwinked, the impostors must be brought to punishment for a crime which shakes the foundation of the throne, and makes the sceptre tremble. The cringing creatures of power, not content with maintaining tyranny and supporting oppression, absolutely, in the anonymous trash they are disseminating gratis throughout the Country, have the effrontery to hold up slavery as an example, and despotism as a pattern! We hesitate not to pronounce that man an enemy both to his King and his Country, who would throw open the sluices of power. Ourstatute book is too bloody and penal. He who would support the Government at ihe expence of the liberties of the people, should be placed beyond the pale of society-contamination is in his breath, and his touch is pollution! The true lover of his country--the real admirer of the constitution-the friend of freedom-the friend of Britons, would engrave on his heart the words of the noble Chatham, “ It is better for the people to perish in glorious contention for their rights, than to suffer an iota of the constitution to be destroyed.” i There is no blow which tyrannic Kings or Princes, or despotic Ministers, can strike so fåtally against liberty as the subduing their subjects in the name of law. This is the system practised at this time by our Court and Cabinet. If the late Lord Chatham were again alive, he would think our Legislators were all mad, or struck with the mania of law-making. With Chatham's words upon our lips we will strike terror to the hearts of tyrants—and with Chatham's words on our lips we are ready to meet any tribunal upon earth, conscious they are sanctioned by the approving voice of heaven. .
- Ere we shall have another opportunity of addressing our readers, the infamous penalty of banishment will be in force against us, if we happen to transgress the bounds which the Attorney-General may think proper to prescribe to the play of our pen. We now, howeyer, declare that we shall not pay the smallest attention to the late Acts of Parliament, which have been enacted in direct opposition to the spirit of