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PERSECUTION, AT NOTTINGHAM, OF MRS.
MR. CARLILE, SIR, I must beg a place in your Republican. for the exposure of the felonious fanatics of Nottingham. I sent you word last week, that I had taken a shop in the Tradesman's Mart; but since, I found one in a better situation, to which I removed on Monday last. In the afternoon, when my sign came home, the man that I had taken the shop of declared that I should not hang out the sigo : I declared that I would. “Well then,” said he, “I shall go to the Mayor, and I know he will protect me:" I asked him what he was afraid of ? “Oh,” said he, “ your infamous books!” I did not attempt to reason with bim, seeing he did not properly understand the matter, but said, “you had better go to the Mayor, for he will only call you a foolish man;" well, said he, I will try it-and away he went. The magistrates told him, they could not interfere un.. less there was a riot. The crowd was very great round the window; but, gratifying to say, remarkably quiet. After the shop had been shut about an hour and a quarter, my aunt and another person being with me, and two young men, that are kind enough to open the shop in the morning and close it at night, were just wishing me good night, when my door was burst open : one half of it is glass and a shutter over it-both window and shutter came in, my aunt ran to the door, and found my landlord Barber the broker, whose boast is, that he knows more of law than most men.
He exclaimed, “ I am glad of it, I wish they had broken every pane of glass in the window; for I have been to the magistrates, and they tell me that if we can breed a riot they can interfere, and we can get her out.” By this time I had also got to the door. A young man said, “I know who they are," "do you?" said I, then you are my prisoner, and I that moment collared him, and told him “what I was deficient in strength I would make out in spirit, and that if he did not tell who they were, he should answer for all. My friends knew him well, and said, “ we know where to find him, we know his name and residence and will make him come up to morrow.' When I heard this, I let him go: then I collared the landlord and marched him into the house ; “now, Sir,” said I, are you not ashamed of yourself, do not you see that you are a party in this disagraceful, this infamous act? Come, Sir, answer me, and for once try to let it be an honest answer : am I not an ill used woman?” To this he made no reply- I still kept my hold-and repeated the question, indeed I demanded it; at last, as if moved from his astonishment at my spirits, he replied, “Mrs. Wright, you are an ill used
woman;" but, with some hesitation, said, “ I did not think you was so near going to bed, and thought you were alone,” pray mark the last observation-again he said, “ indeed you are an ill-used woman, but I am beginning to get enlightened, I see that I have acted wrong." Do not these answers shew that he was the instigation of those persons breaking open my house, or shop, at the time of ten minutes past eleven?
I have omitted to say there is a dastardly, methodistical pawnbroker, two or three doors from me, whose name is Hernick, supposed to be one of the gang.
Note. --The only comment I have to make on this letter is to say, that I am glad to see it, as it will do in Nottivgham what we want to do; excite notice.
LOVES OF THE BLACK AND RED GUARDS.
There is no way of reforming mankind without such an exposure of their vices as shall shame them ; so I recur to this foul subject by way of making the chief offender better known. The Reverend George Gould, who was lately detected in a foul connection with a Corporal of the Guards in Scotland Yard, is the Vicar of Fleet, a small parish on the coast of Dorsetshire, near Weymouth, whose church and a large portion of the village was destroyed by the storm in November 1824, and not again rebuilt. Since that time, this Reverend Divine has had no clerical employment to do for his clerical income. His income from the church was but small; but though he possessed a landed property that was worth from three to four thousand pounds a year, he did not scruple to take what is called Queen Ann's Bounty to the Church, seventy or eighty pounds per year added to some of the small benefices.
This Reverend Divine is a magistrate for the county of Dorset; but not of sufficient standing to take an active or leading part; indeed, vice has been his chief pursuit, vice alone has made him active. His father was the terror of the county as a magistrate, and may be looked upon as the precise predecessor of the present James Frampton. The present Divine Guard is a great drunkard, and if he has no company will shut himself up in a room and drink alone to intoxication. This is the order of each day: and the only excuse, though a bad one, which has been made for his situation with the Red Guard, was a state of insensible drunkenness.
The excuse is as defective as the story of Lot and his daughters in the holy book of divine revelation. Men have no stimulating passions under a state of insensible drunkenness. All acts of this kind are acts of the will produced by a vigorous state of body.
My reporter states, that the Reverend Mr. Gould is an ardent supporter of the Bible Society and an imperious landlord. When, two or three years ago, the farmers could not pay their usual rents, the Rev. Mr. Gould would make no reduction, and euffered three of his leases to be thrown up, and the ground to remain uncultivated. He is lord of the manor of Upway and Broadway, two pleasant villages a little way froin Dorchester on the Weymouth Road.
As a matter of course, the Reverend Mr. Gould must follow the Bishop of Clogher, and the Corporal can be as easily spirited away. The Dorset little great men will exercise all their political influence to save their Reverend and Magisterial Brother; and my late worthy chaplain, the Vicar of Trinity in Dorchester, will blush for his cloth, and say that atheists even are better than such divines.
LOVES OF THE ARISTOCRACY.
The table-talk of the day is the elopement, or, on her part, the voluntary transfer of person, of Lady Astley, from her husband, Sir Jacob Astley, to a young man commonly called Captain Garth. My usual readers will be surprised to find me meddling with such a subject; but having seen the newspapers alluding to some mystical alliance, as to birth, on the side of Captain Garth, and the particulars of that mystic alliance having been furnished to me, I have thought it will be publicly useful to reduce the . mystery to a plain tale, and to draw a political moral from it.
Of the lady, I say no more; than that she is in some measure to be pitied, in consequence of having had to meet the pleasure of her parents in a marriage that was considered equal to, or adding to, the rank of her family. This also was the case on the part of her sister in an ill-matched marriage with the Marquis of Ely.
Captain Garth is unquestionably the son of the present Princess Sophia, and was born at Weymouth, about twenty-five years ago, when the Royal Family spent some time there. General Garth was an equerry in the royal household, and equerries are generally the gallants, or convenient men, of princesses; but whether General Garth is, or who is, the father of the present Captain Garth can only be known to the princess; and on that head we will not press for a revelation.
In Dorsetshire, all the particulars are known about the birth of this young Captain. A Ďr: Beevor was the surgeon who delivered the princess. The first nurse of the child was a Mrs. Sharland, the wife of a tailor, who has since been put into some office in town. Mrs. Sharland exhibited too much curiosity, as to the origin of her young charge, and the boy was removed to a less curious nurse. At two years old, he was removed to the house of General Garth at Dorchester and has since passed by the name of Garth. Thus do princesses saddle us with bastard paupers and escape the inquisition of the overseer and magistrate, escape the gaol, to' which more honest women are subjected. I blame not the princess, I impeach only the system that makes or maintains such people and excludes them from proper marriages at the proper time I make no personal complaint of young Garth, further than that we shall see, what useless, what mischievous beings such offspring are to the country.
About two years ago, Captain Garth was on the point of eloping with a Miss Ratcliffe, then residing at Weymouth; but the project of the affair having been discovered, it was frustrated by her parents.
Young Garth, though nominally a captain, is seldom with any regimeụt or at any military duty. Fox huuting in the county of Dorset, with Mr. Farquharson's hounds, forms his chief employment, and his companion is the Reverend Thomas England, curate of Came and Whitcomb, son of Dr. England and a little Nimrod, mighty only in his vices. If the Doctor had taken as much care of his son, as he expressed a wish to take care of me and the prisoners in Dorchester Gaol, he might perhaps have made a better and more useful man of him. Now, he is a leader in mischief, and one of the chief promoters of bad habits in the young men of that county.
Captain Garth's expences are regulated by the extent of his credit, and he is well known as a bad customer to most of the coachmakers and livery stable keepers in London. Here he displays his truly royal blood. Had the princess Sopbia been acquainted with the instructions of “Every Woman's Book," she might have avoided this little subject of scandal to herself and the birth of a being useless and mischievous to the community.
A notice of the commencement on my part of a new action against Mr. Parkins the late Sheriff is excluded from the want of space.
To the Editor of “The Republican."
London, Aug. 4, 1826. Your correspondent, J. F. in this day's Republican, says, that I appear to be“ somewhat surprised that Mr. Thomas Single was not denied a place in the Trades' newspaper;" and the inference which must be drawn from what he says is, that I would have had his communication rejected, and consequently that I am not a friend to free discussion. J. F. is a careless-reader. I said, “no one can justly complain that he (the Editor of the Trades' newspaper) does not let him see what can be written on both sides of any important subject, Bread Wages-Minimum of Wages---Mechanics’ Institutions --Corn-Finance --Debt-Taxes-Currency- Population -Labour and Capital—have all had their advocates and opponents. Even Mr. Thomas Single, of Mile End, has not been denied a place in the columns of the Trades' newspaper;" and I added, “'this is as it should be, discussion on important subjects must do good.” It is but too common an error, even when a man means to do justice, as no doubt J. F. does in this instance, to quote too little from the paper on which he comments : had J. F. quoted as much as he ought to have done, he would have avoided an unintentional misrepresentation.
J. F. says, he “is not an enemy to machinery under conditions." This was just what I said, only I said it in much stronger language; the conditions were, that it did not supersede handlabour, and destroy the working people.
J. F. thinks he has found some cases in which machinery has the tendency permanently to reduce the quantity of hand-labour, and he instances thrashing and haymaking machines. Yet, it is quite clear that these machines cannot reduce the quantity of hand-labour; the tendency of every machine iş to lessen the cost ; of production, and thus reduce the price of the commodity, or'; what is the same thing, to keep the price from rising as fast and as high as it otherwise would do, and consequently, to enable more persons to consume that produce than but for the use of machinery, they could do; it also leaves a larger amount of income in the hands of those who do not desire to increase their consumption, say of farm produce; and the whole amount of the difference between what they do pay and what but for the use of machinery they would pay must be laid out, and they accordingly do lay it out in some commodity, thus increasing the demand for labour. Again, improvement in agricultural
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