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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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til e offer of his services as was in itself good ground for litis pro- position, and sufficient proof that lie had discharged the various duties attached to the important office, satisfactorily to his con- stituents, and honourably to himself. Whenever the public business of ihe county was to be transacted, Mr. Pelham was found at his post, and had proved himself ever ready to attend to the suggestions, and zealous to promote the interests of those by whom he had been elected. With respect to politics, al- though he greatly lamented the burthens under which the people suffered, he differed from those who thought the ex- hausted state of the national finances should meet with any sudden and violent remedy : he considered the public creditor to be entitled to the interest of his money, and that the only way of recovering from the present calamity was by the practice of the greatest economy and care in the finances and the esta- blishments of the country, and not by inculcating those despair- ing ideas which it so ill became an Englishman to entertain.— To prevent a lavish expenditure of the public money had been the anxious, the constant aim of Mr. Pelham. At the close of a war which had been glorious to the arms of Britain, and glo- rious to the people at large, something of exhaustion must be expected ; and it was by the encouragement of commerce, now that we had happily relieved ourselves from a state of war, that returning comfort and prosperity were to be expected, and by the practice of that rigid frugality in the public administration, which, by enabling the country to meet any change that the course of events in the world might occasion, was the most likely to avert such change, and to preserve the present promise of happiness and peace. One characteristic of the public conduct of Mr. Pelham had been, that he had voted against the Property Tax ; the repeal of which had been the reduction of expensive establishments. By his deeds Mr. Pelham was to be judged.— In the way that he had hitherto discharged his important trust, Sir R. Sheffield felt confident that he would continue to acquit himself; and in a firm conviction that the interests of the free- holders could not be confided to better hands, he begged to nominate him to the high and distinguished honour of again re- presenting the county of Lincoln. The Bev. Sir CHAS. ANDEBSON observed, that in coming forward on this occasion to address so immense a multitude, he felt quite unequal to do justice to that office which the ties of friendship required that he should fulfil. When, eleven years a< ro, Mr. . Pelham was first elected by this great county, he ( Sir C. Anderson) had pledged himself— as from a long experience of the principles and conduct of the excellent father ( Lord Yarborough) he felt assured he safely might pledge himself,— that the son would pursue an independent conduct in Parlia- ment, and would zealously endeavour to promote the interests of
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