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The Poll for the Election of Knights of the Shire for the County of Lincoln taken 25.26,27, 1818

01/01/1818

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10 I power not be expected to abuse it. As to disturbing the peace of the county, he ( Sir R.) had quarrelled with no man for his principles, and did not mean to quarrel; those who did, showed a vulgar spirit, and employed it for the purpose of preventing the exercise of an undoubted free right. Some there were who even degraded the office of the magistracy so far as to threaten publicans with the loss of their licences for voting according to their consciences. " Are these things so or not ?" exclaimed Sir R. Heron. An Hon. Gent, had said that the freeholders were to come here without passion,— which was good ; but as to coming without party spirit, why he ( Sir Robert) thought it was on party spirit they stood here— one kind of party principles set in opposition to another. He begged they would not leave that sort of spirit behind them, but exercise it without enmity. As to the " loyalty" which had been boasted of, he ( Sir R.) was as loyal as any man, but his loyalty consisted in supporting the principles which drove the Stuarts from the throne, and con- firmed the House of Brunswick upon it. That was his loyalty, and not that which could yield obedience to the dictation of a Minister or a Courtier, under the semblance of supporting the constitution. Another thing he much deprecated was, the no- tion that vast property was an indispensible qualification of a candidate. " Vast" was a relative term ; but whatever Mr. Chaplin's property was, he should not envy it. " My property, or any man's," said Sir Robert, " is nothing to you. You do not mean to be bought and sold. You give your votes accord- ing to your consciences, as honest British freeholders. If you really mean to be sold, let the Leviathanism and Goliathism come down and bid for you, and I recommend you to get a good price for your votes. If I were to go on the highway, I would rob a Duke or an Archbishop ; or if I broke into a house it should be into the Treasury." The Earl of Lincoln, when George the First landed, on being told that he should have the honor of carrying the King to London in his coach, had plainly and honestly told the King he was too poor to keep one, and was respected more than ever for his noble sincerity. This led Sir Robert to his own affairs : lie had never boasted : he hoped to discharge every claim which justice or honor could make upon him, but lie stood there not to lose his own independence by ruining his fortune ; and therefore he went on in a slow way, giving the county an opportunity of asserting its principles, by furnishing everything necessary, but nothing superfluous. " If the county will not support me, I cannot help it : but I know the county will." Sir Robert then repelled the insinuation that he had ever said he could abolish all taxes ; he had never said so absurd a thing. He made no promises ; pointing to what he had done as a sufficient pledge for the future, he could give no more. Mr. Chaplin had pledged himself to follow in his par
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