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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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s'ible but that after such a contest some deprivations and some distress should be felt ; but he ( Mr. Sibthorp) saw no reason to despair ; and he maintained that his Majesty's Government were entitled to the confidence and support of the nation, since it was by their firm, uniform, and steady conduct, that the peace, the independence, and the happiness we enjoy was se- cured,— and that not this country only, but all the nations of Europe, were preserved from the chains of despotism and the degradation of slavery. There was one point more to advert to: the meeting were told to elect a representative who will en- sure the abolition of all taxes; who will bring about a radical reform in the representation. The first was too ridiculous to need an answer : as to the second, he ( Mr. S,) entreated the freeholders not to be cajoled by the name of reform— a reform of the kind and to the extent contemplated, would be nothing less than a revolution, and would plunge this country into misery, desperation, and ruin. From the remarks he had made, it would be collected that Mr. Chaplin was a firm supporter of his Majesty's Government : that he was so from principle Mr. Sibthorp would boldly declare; and his support was controuled by a free and independent spirit, which would brook no invasion of those rights and liberties so justly due to every Briton ; and which it would be iiis duty and his determination to watch over, to guard, and to maintain. Mr. Sibthorp concluded by saying that he was proud to second the nomination of Charles Chaplin, Esq. of Blankney. The Hon. C. A. PELHAM said he had to thank the honour- able friends by whom he had been proposed, for the flattering manner in which they had discharged the task. As for his political conduct, he should not say one word on the subject : human nature was such, that each man was apt to place too much weight in his own scale ; but his conduct was before the freeholders, and upon them he threw himself. If they thought he had pursued the independent line of conduct which he pro- fessed when first they sent him to Parliament, then he entreated , to be replaced : if, on the other hand, it was their opinion that he had not pursued that independent conduct they expected, and not attended to their interests, let them tell him so, and if they tried him again, he might amend.— Mr. Pelham observed that his canvas had been conducted in as high and honourable a manner with respect to the other candidates as was possible : he wished for one vote : he asked for no more : he had not at any time, nor would he now, ask for a second vote for either candidate; he committed himself singly to the judgment and the favor of the freeholders. Mr. Pelham then adverted to the situation of some freeholders about the city of Lincoln, who had held a meeting to consider of their right of voting for the
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