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Hone James, tailor, St. Haskins Samuel, plasterer, St. Hemmings James, maltster, Castle Precincts. Hunt William, hooper, Clifton. Autchinson, John, currier, Temple fr. Jones Richard, joiner, St. James Thomas, brewer, St. Jewell William, smith, St. Jeremiah Edmond, wheelwright, St. Jennings Benjamin, carpenter, St. James John, tailor, St. James Philip, pin-maker, St. Jennings James, tailor, St. Jones Isaac, plumber, Temple. James John, shipwright, St. Kennecott Nicholas, tobacco-pipe-maker, Bedminster. Knight William, labourer, St. Knight Joseph, broker, St. Lovett John, waterman, St.

Liscombe Robert, carpenter and joiner, St. Lewis John, mason, St. Lansdown William, hooper, St. Lewis Matthew, mason, St. Leonard William, pork-butcher, St. Lewis Edward, plumber, Redeliff. Languell Thomas, mason, St. Lawful Francis, sawyer, St. Lancaster James, cordwainer, St. Lewis John, joiner, Bridgewater. Liddiard James, turner, Temple. Martin John, rope-maker, Temple. Morgan William, carpenter, Redcliff fr. Meredith James, confectioner, St. Morgan William, glazier, St. Milton Francis, printer, St. Mittens Thomas, cabinet-maker, St. Mountain Abraham, blacksmith, St.

Mutter Joshua, carpenter, St. Moore Joseph, crate-maker, St. Mitchell James, sawyer, St. Melsom William, cheese-factor, St. Norris John, tobacconist, St. Oliver George, victualler, St. Owens Lewis, tailor and mercer, St. Owen Robert, tiler and plasterer, St. Pymm Thomas, currier, Christchurch. Phelps James, gardener, St Philip. Parker William, yeoman, St. Primm Jacob, cordwainer, St. Prescott William, carpenter, St. Palmer William, hat-maker, St. Pymm William, tailor, Christchurch. Parfitt Thomas, cabinet-maker, St.

Perry Charles, labourer, Frenebay. Pearce Joseph, cordwainer, St. Perrins John, potter, Temple. Parker James, carver and gilder, St.

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He accomplished his purpose by means of criminals, whom he employed under the promise of having their lives saved. Prigg Francis, iron-founder, St. Godwin John, wire-worker, St. Items from these collections can be copied into your own private collection. Hunt stood the poll for the thirteen days, in the face of horse and foot soldiers, and that, too, without the aid of advocate or attorney, and with no other assistance than what was rendered him by one single friend, who, at my suggestion, went down to him on the sixth or seventh day of the election. Elliott Alexander, tailor, Temple fr. Rivers James, potter, Temple.

Phillips Samuel, glass-maker, St. Parker Edward, grocer, St. Philips Christopher, victualler, St. Prigg Francis, iron-founder, St. Poole William, tailor, St. Phillips William, plasterer, St. Price William, tiler and plasterer, St. Pollard William, blacksmith, St. Penny Thomas, painter, Castle Precincts. Phillips Thomas, saddler, Bath. Perrin Robert, painter, St. Philips James, turner, St. Palmer William, brass-founder, Bedminster. Price James, shopkeeper, St. Roberts John, baker, St. Rate John, shoemaker, St.

Rowland Thomas, carver, St. Rosser John, turner, St. Rogers Churchman, yeoman, St. Rumley Benjamin, labourer, Temple. Ravenhill Robert, bellows-maker, St. Rivers James, potter, Temple. Rees David, stationer, Christchurch fr. Rogers John, cooper, St. Robins Charles, cabinet-maker, St. Reynolds John, wheelwright, Castle Precincts fr. Reed William, cordwainer, St. Radford Joseph, brass-founder, Temple. Rawle William, cordwainer, St. Stanmore Samuel, shipwright, Temple. Sexton, Daniel, trunk-maker, Temple.

Sheppard John, brazier, Temple. Stinchcomb William, cabinet-maker, St. Simms Thomas, glass-cutter, Nailsea. Sheppard William, hatter, St. Stringer Thomas, confectioner, St. Sheppard Benjamin, clothier, Frome. Skone William, grocer, St. Smith John, pewterer, St. Slocombe John, glazier, St.

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Stokes Henry, cordwainer, Chepstow fr. Simms William, glassman, Wraxall. Sims James, glass-maker, Nailsea. Searle Benjamin, plasterer, St. Simpkins George, cordwainer, St. Smith William, ironmonger, St. Snig William, box-maker, St. Shackell Robert, cordwainer, Frampton fr. Thomas Timothy, tallow-chandler, St. Taylor James, brushmaker, St. Mary, Redcliff Thomas John, brushmaker, St. Mary, Redcliff Tilly John, block-maker, St.

Tippet James, shipwright, St. Tilley William, crate-maker, Temple. Thomas Thomas, carpenter, St. Tiler William, gentleman, Bedminster fr. Taylor Thomas, glazier, St. Underaise James, merchant tailor, St. Vaughan John, gentleman, St. Temple, Walker Richard, accomptant, St.

Westcott James, cabinet-maker, St. Wood William, twine-spinner, St. Whittington Thomas, carpenter and joiner, Temple. Williams Isaac, carpenter, Mangotsfield. Weetch Robert, undertaker, St. White John, mariner, Temple. Welsh John, butcher, St. Williams Robert, cordwainer, St.

Watts William, cordwainer, St. Watts Thomas, cordwainer, St. White William, carpenter, St. Wipperman Christopher, baker, St. Wells Robert, wheelwright, Bath. Wilson William, Accomptant, St. Ware George, cordwainer, St. Webb George, carver and gilder, St. Woodland William, turner, St.

Welch James, brickmaker, Binegar. Waters Benjamin, wine-hooper, St. Wood John, clerk, Newton St. Young George, cutler, St. I have recorded the names of these brave men, for the purpose of handing them down to posterity, as a specimen of genuine patriotism and disinterested love of Liberty. Men who, in the nineteenth century, regardless of every personal consideration, and anxious only to perform conscientiously what they considered to be a sacred duty to their country, had the courage and the honesty to give their votes agreeable to the dictates of their hearts, in spite of the terror and threats of lawless power; in defiance of the corrupt influence of the corporation, the clergy, and the merchants of Bristol, and all the bribes that were held out to seduce them from giving me their support.

Men such as these deserve to be remembered with honour. I am bound to declare that, during the election, I witnessed as great a degree of enthusiasm as was ever exhibited by the people upon any occasion; and I beheld such daily individual acts of heroism as would have done honour to the character of the most revered Roman or Spartan patriot. My worthy friends Williams, Cranidge, Brownjohn, William Pimm, and many others, were incessant in their labours to assist me, and most cheerfully braved the anger and the ungovernable rage of our opponents.

We had daily to encounter the most artful and unprincipled manoeuvres, which were put in practice to entrap and mislead us. There was no mean and despicable art, nothing which was likely to irritate and inflame, that was not tried, for the purpose of throwing me off my guard; and all those who chose to try these experiments upon my patience and my temper, let them commit any atrocity however glaring, were sure to be shielded by the authorities. There was no law, no protection for me or my friends; and we had only to rely upon the goodness of our cause, our general forbearance, or our prompt and courageous resistance to lawless violence.

One day, towards the latter end of the contest, a person introduced himself into my room for any one who asked was instantly admitted , and, after behaving in a very improper manner, he placed himself in a boxing attitude, and commanded me to defend myself, or he should floor me. I had no inclination to have a set-to with a perfect stranger, and was about to request his immediate departure, when he struck me a smart blow upon the chin, and then affected to apologise for the insult, or rather assault, by saying, that it arose entirely from the want of my keeping a proper guard.

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I, however, instantly spoiled his harangue, by retaliating in a way that he little expected: I seized the gentleman, and, having sprung with him out of the door, I gave him, in spite of the most determined resistance, a cross-buttock, and pitched him a neat somerset over the banisters, into the landing-place of the ground-floor, before my friend Davenport had scarcely left his seat.

This being witnessed by some of my friends, who were standing at the bottom of the stairs, and saw the fellow come flying over the banisters, with part of my coat in his hand, which he had seized hold of, and held fast in the struggle; they, without farther ceremony, began "to serve him out" in proper stile, as he was immediately recognized to be a sheriff's officer, and a notorious bruiser, belonging to the White Lion faction; and if Mr. Davenport had not rushed to his assistance, and secured him by consigning him to the custody of two constables, he would have paid very dearly for his insolent frolic; and, as it was, he came off very roughly, with several bruises and a dislocated shoulder.

I had given my word to my friends, that on the day after the chairing of Mr. Davis, I would return from Bath, and dine with them. I kept my word, and I was met at Totterdown, about a mile from the entrance of the city, and conducted through the streets in the most triumphant manner.

I was taken to the Exchange, where I protested against the illegal manner in which the election had been carried by the lawless introduction of the military force, and I pledged myself to petition Parliament against the return of Mr. Davis; this pledge was received with every demonstration of applause, and promises of pecuniary support were reiterated from every quarter.

I dined with a very large party of my friends, and thus ended a contest as severe as ever was maintained at any election upon record. From this contest there resulted one benefit, which amply paid me for my toils. During fifteen days, the people of Bristol had an opportunity of hearing more bold political truths, than they had ever heard before; both the factions of Whigs and Tories were exposed, and their united and unprincipled efforts to deceive and cajole the people were freely canvassed, and rendered incontrovertible.

The opposition, or Whigs, had always contrived to make the people believe that they were their friends, and that the Government, or Tory faction, were their enemies; that the Whigs were every thing that was pure and honourable, and disinterested and patriotic; but that the Tories, or Blues, were every thing that is the reverse. During these fifteen days, this delusion was dispelled, and the actions of the Whigs were as rigidly discussed as those of the other faction; in fact, more so, for the people all well understood the practice as well as the principles of the Tories, but they had not till now been enlightened upon the subject of the Whigs, so as plainly to see and understand their situation.

The task of enlightening them on this head, I made it my business to accomplish, and, aided by the Whigs themselves, I did accomplish it effectually. At the appearance of such an antagonist as I was, all the leading Whigs, united with those whom they had heretofore made the people believe to be their greatest enemies, their chiefs of the low party, now left that party, and joined the high party, though hitherto it had been the constant study and care of both these factions, to make the people give credit to the sincerity and purity of the opposition.

To banish this delusion was my grand object, in which I flatter myself, that I succeeded to a miracle. I not only recounted the famous acts of the Whig administration, and dilated upon the sinecures, pensions, and places of profit, that the Whigs enjoyed out of the earnings of the people; but I also caused the list of them to be published and placarded. This mode of proceeding, of course, drew down upon me the maledictions of both factions; nor was this all, for they joined heartily in misrepresenting me, and fabricating every species of calumny against me. There was no falsehood too gross to serve their turn.

Perhaps, since the invention of printing, no man had ever been so grossly attacked and belied as I was, by the whole of the public press; with the exception of Mr. Cobbett, who stood manfully by me. I do not know a single public newspaper in the kingdom that did not vilify me, and labour in all ways to sully my character, and to depreciate my exertions.

Cobbett, in Newgate; the Baronet, speaking of this foul abuse from Mr. Nothing, indeed, could be more unfair than the conduct of Mr. Leigh Hunt upon this occasion, because he was not writing from his own knowledge, nor from the knowledge of any one that he could rely upon; but all his information must have been derived from the venal press; and to be sure, I was bespattered and misrepresented as much by the opposition press, as I was by that of the ministerial hacks.

I freely forgive Mr. Hunt, however, as I have no doubt that he was imposed upon, in fact, he has long, long since, honourably done me ample justice, and made amends for his former attacks and mis-statements.

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I do not hesitate to say, that one month's imprisonment in this gaol, is a greater punishment than one year's imprisonment in Newgate; and that I have suffered many more privations during the FORTY DAYS Of my solitary confinement here, than Mr. Cobbett suffered during the whole of the two years that he was in Newgate. As I have before said, his sentence was not much more than living two years in London in lodgings. To be sure, he paid dear for that accommodation, but actually little more than he would have paid for ready furnished lodgings, of equal goodness, in any other part of London.

He would have paid just as much for good lodgings upon Ludgate-Hill; and his lodgings in Mr. Newman's house were equal, if not superior, to any on Ludgate-Hill. All his friends had free access to him, from eight o'clock in the morning till ten at night, and his family remained with him night and day. As I visited him a great deal, I know how well he was at all times accommodated. When I knocked at Mr. Newman's door, and asked for Mr. Cobbett, I was received with attention by the servant, and introduced immediately; in fact, the reception given by Mr.

Newman's servants to Mr. Cobbett's visitors, was much more respectful, and more attentive and accommodating, than they ever experienced from the servants of Mr. Cobbett at his own house; at least it always struck me so, as my friend Cobbett's servants were not always the best mannered in the world, I mean his domestic servants, those who were not under his management altogether, but under the direction and management of the female part of his family.

In truth, I do not remember ever going to Mr. Cobbett's house twice following, without seeing new faces, or rather new maid servants. But not so with Mr. Cobbett; it was quite the reverse with him: For years and years, and years together, when I went to visit him, I found the same faces, the same well-known names. The same tenant occupied the same cottage; the same carter drove the same team; the same ploughman held the same plough; the same thrasher occupied the same barn; and the same shepherd attended the flock.

The names of Dean, Jurd, Coward, and Hurcot, and many others, were for a number of years, as familiar to me as the names of my own servants. The editors of the venal hireling press, and the enemies of Mr. Cobbett's political writings, have always represented him as a bad master, and as being capricious, cruel, and tyrannical amongst his servants and poorer neighbours; and by means of as foul a conspiracy against him as ever disgraced the age in which we live, or as ever disgraced the courts of justice in any country.

Counsellor, now Judge Burrough. The whole of this was a base, fraudulent, and infamous transaction. Cobbett has behaved very ill to me ever since his return from America; his desertion of me at a time of danger and difficulty, and his neglecting to aid me with his pen, in the herculean task which I have had to perform in this bastile, must to every liberal mind appear unpardonable.

Such a struggle, and made by a prisoner under such circumstances too, to detect, expose, and punish fraud, cruelty, tyranny, and lust, perpetrated within the walls of an English gaol, surely deserved the assistance of every enemy of oppression. Cobbett having failed to render me the slightest assistance, and by his silence having even done every thing that lay in his power to counteract my exertions, and to encourage my cowardly and vindictive enemies to destroy me, it will not be imagined that I shall write with any degree of undue partiality towards him, or that I can be prejudiced so much in his favour as to exceed the bounds of truth.

But I have a duty to perform to myself, and a duty to perform to the public, and no feeling of personal irritation on my part, arising from neglect on his, shall induce me to withhold the truth. I most unequivocally and most solemnly declare, from my own personal knowledge, that Mr. His servants were indeed obliged to work for their wages, as it was their duty to do; but they always had an example of industry and sobriety set them by their master; they were always treated with the greatest kindness by him; they were well paid and well treated in every respect; and the best proof, if any were wanting, after what I have said, that they were well satisfied with their employer, is, that they all lived with him for very long periods, and that those who left his service did so not in consequence of any dislike to their MASTER, and were always anxious to return to him.

While on the subject of servants, I may be allowed to say a word respecting myself: I was never accused, even by the venal hirelings of the press, of being a bad master; but, on the contrary, I was always proverbial for being a good one. The fact that I was so, is abundantly proved by one circumstance.

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When I left my farm in Wiltshire, and went to reside at Rowfant, in Sussex, my old servants followed me there, a distance of nearly one hundred miles, so that in Sussex I had the same servants, the whole time I remained there, that had lived with me and my father for, from ten to thirty years before; they all followed me into Sussex at their own risk, and they remained with me as long as I lived in that county; and when I left it to go into Hampshire, they also all left it, and accompanied me. This is the best evidence that can be given of my being a good master; yet I have no hesitation in saying, that there never was a better master living than Mr.

The man servant and two maid servants, whom I have now remaining with me, to take care of my cottage, have lived with me, I think it is now nearly eight years. During the whole time that Mr. Cobbett was in Newgate, I was in the constant habit of visiting him; there was never a month, and seldom a fortnight passed, that I did not go to London to see him. Up to this period I had always received from Mrs. Cobbett the greatest civility and attention, in return for my attention to her husband.

I was never an evening in London but I passed it with my friend who was in prison, and very delightful and rational parties we used to have in Mr. Cobbett's apartments; these parties consisted of Mr. Cobbett, Sir Francis Burdett, Col. Samuel Millar, and a few other select friends, all staunch assertors of the cause of Liberty.

I will relate two circumstances which occurred at these meetings, because I have always considered them to have had a very important share in creating the political hostility that has since existed between Sir F. Burdett and myself, and to have ultimately led to that coolness which has been so visible in the conduct of Mr. Cobbett towards me, during the last two years. There is no breach of confidence in my mentioning them, and the narrative will shew by what trifles important results may be produced. One evening, Sir Francis and Mr. Cobbett were speaking in very warm terms of my exertions in procuring a Requisition which led to the first County Meeting held at Wells, in Somersetshire; and the former was giving me great credit for having roused such a large, long, dormant county, and for having made such a favourable impression upon the Free-holders, in the cause of Reform.

With the intention of putting an end to such overwhelming praise bestowed on me to my face, I replied, that I was a zealous and devoted political disciple of the Baronet, that I would continue to follow his praiseworthy example, and never would desert the cause in which we were embarked. It was the farthest thing in the world from my intention to say any thing to create surmises, or to give the slightest offence. My words were merely a sort of involuntary, random-shot effusion of the heart, meant only to evince my sincerity, and to silence the praises which were bestowed upon me to my face.

It certainly had the latter effect; it immediately put a stop to the conversation altogether. Limited search only original from Indiana University Limited search only v. Full-text searching is available within public or private collections , and within individual items. Search Tips Phrase Searching Use quotes to search an exact phrase: Supplementary pamphlets, chiefly letters "To the radical reformers, male and female, of England, Ireland and Scotland," written from Ilchester jail, July 1, to July 8, , together with petitions, addresses and other material relative to Hunt's trial and imprisonment, are appended to each volume.

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