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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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county, and lie begged lo assure litem he should not object to their votes on the ground of the doubt which had been enter- tained, but receive them with pleasure. Sir R. HERON observed that, how much soever of what had been said by the gentleman who proposed him should be placed to the account of private friendship, yet that the way in which his public and private character had been vindicated here, added to the cordial and friendly manner in which he had been received by all in an arduous and protracted canvas, had made an impression on a feeling and grateful mind, of which llie trace would be recollected for a long hereafter.— Sir Robert then ad- verted to the application which hod been made to him at the last election, and declared that he had not at last yielded to the pressing solicitation to commence a canvass, until, long before the dissolution was anticipated, another candidate announced himself. Then it was that he avowed himself in the public papers. This matter, however, was of little importance : if the circumstances had been otherwise, still he should have had occasion even to feel grateful to that gentleman by whom he had been forced to do what was called " disturbing ( he peacc of the county ;" but which was in fact only departing from that system by which the freeholders had been deprived of their right,— that system of settling the elections by live or six per- sons in a private room, who made up their minds who should be candidates, and gave to the freeholders al large no choice.— Here then he ( Sir Robert) stood to represent them : in yielding to their wishes he discharged only what he deemed his duty. And here he would quit the subject, and quietly await the issue, but that the gentleman who had seconded Mr. Chaplin's nomi- nation had attacked those principles which he ( SirR.) was proud to profess, and which he would maintain with his latest breath. The sentiments of the gentleman who seconded Mr. Pelham were those of a true- born Briton : he talked not of sup- porting an Administration in extravagance, in protracted wars, and in measures which had brought the country almost to the brink of ruin ; but he spoke of checking extravagance, and of opposing taxes as the means of that extravagance. In all that lie said I cordially agree. Time was, that the support of any Minister was not talked of at meetings like these : our ancestors thought themselves the guardians of the public purse strings, and that it was a duty to oppose the projects of Ministers, who were too prone to attempt expensive plans of ambition. The con- stitution had armed the subject with 10,000 defences from oppres- sion, but with none that were meant to be turned against him : and this with a proper caution for public liberty ; for as well might children, entrusted with unlimited sweetmeats, not be expected to make themselves sick, as Ministers entrusted with unlimited
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