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


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Date of Article: 01/01/1818
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13 On Saturday, after the polling had closed for that day, and Mr. Pelham and Mr. Chaplin had delivered their usual ad- dresses of thanks to the freeholders, urging a continuance of their exertions, and requesting tike attendance of their respec- tive friends on Monday, Sir Robert Heron delivered a speech to the following purport, " Brother Freeholders,— I shall not imitate the last speaker ( Mr. Chaplin) by talking of my religion, concerning which I dare say you entertain no doubt. I can give him, however, but little credit for his love of toleration, when he excepts the only question on the subject likely to come before Parliament. Gen- tlemen, you see by the board that I am 416 behind Mr. Chaplin. I wish to act the part which becomes me ; but in a case which so intimately concerns your interests, J have never ventured to determine for myself. My confidential friends " have for the last two hours anxiously examined our situation, and weighing the documents in our possession, it is their unanimous opinion that we have not now that prospect of overturning so consider- able a majority, as would justify me in giving any further trouble to you, or creating farther inconvenience and expense to the other candidates. I am defeated it is true, but not dis- graced ; 1 have redeemed the pledge which I gave to the county, and I exult in having been the means of showing that it vmy return the representative of its choice. I should have had to announce to you a very ditFerent result had not those who in their hearts are the friends of my cause been compelled to join the ranks of my adversary. Were they not f'orc'd* with those that should be ours, They ne'er had met us dareful, beard to beard, or if they had, we'd Beat them backward home. I must acknowledge that it was for Mr. Pelham, and not for- me, to decide on the line of conduct he had to pursue. His was a situation in which men would differ in opinion. After he had decided, I accuse him not of violating the neutrality to which he had pledged himself; 1 have no doubt he meant it should be honorably respected ; but certainly the advantage of that neutrality was all on the side of Mr. Chaplin. The artful misrepresentations of many of his friends, and the tricks by which they availed themselves of the united agencies, undoubt- edly produced great mischief to my cause; but though I acquit Mr. Pelham of any intentional partiality, yet 1 have a right to my own opinion of the propriety of his neutrality; and have the more right to disapprove it, because l. know that I could never be capable in any situation of suffering any other cou- * £' « forced.
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