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to accept my sincere acknowledgments for the countenance and support with which you have distinguished me during a long period of years, and in several successive parliaments.
In the exercise of the important trust which you have reposed in me, it has been my constant and invariable aim, to promote the interests of my constituents, and the welfare of my country; and by a faithful and upright discharge of my public duty, to make the best return in my power for the cordial zeal and attachment which I have always experienced from you, and of which I shall ever entertain the most grateful remembrance.
I am, GENTLEMEN,
of the City of Exeter. GENTLEMEN,
In consequence of Mr. Buller's intention to relire, in the event of a general election, I venture to offer myself as a candidate for the high honor of succeeding him in the representation of your very ancient and loyal city of Exeter in parliament. If I
80 fortunate as to become the object of your choice, I shall make it my constant study to preserve inviolate the interests of your great city, and conscientiously to discharge those duties which my situation will impose upon me.
Gentlemen, upon your known loyalty and independence, my own firm attachment to my king and country, and the established principles of the church of England, I rest my pretensions to your favor.
I have the honor to be, GENTLEMEN,
Your most obedient and obliged servant,
WILLIAM ARUNDEL HARRIS. Castle Park, October 30th, 1816.
To the Gentlemen, Clergy, Freemen, & Freeholders,
of the City of Exeter. GENTLEMEN,
I feel duly impressed with a sense of the honor which you have conferred on me, by your decided approbation of those principles, by which my conduct has been, and always will be actuated.
I have come forward, hoping eventually to obtain the honor of representing this very loyal city in parliament, at a time, when schism and sedition are pervading the country, under the mask of parliamentary reform, and when the most strenuous exertions are making to effect the entire subversion, both of church and state.-In opposition to such principles as these do I offer myself to your notice: and on the principles by which both church and state have so long been supported, do I rest my hopes of success.
Gentlemen, I cannot sufficiently thank you for your expressions of favor, and assurances of support; assurances, the more gratifying, both from the hand some manner in which they have been conveyed to me, and from their being so truly worthy of the in. dependent body of electors, whose votes, and interest, I have the honor to solicit.
I am, GENTLEMEN,
WILLIAM ARUNDEL HARRIS.
EXETER, NOVEMBER 6, 1816. At a respectable meeting of the FREEMEN and FREEHOLDERS of the City of Exeter, held this day, the following REQUISITION to
THOMAS NORTHMORE, Esq.
Was unanimously agreed upon :SIR,-We, the under-signed freemen and free
holders of the city of Exeter, contemplating that at no distant period a dissolution of parliament will take place, when we shall be called upon to exercise those sacred rights with which the constitution has invested us, not for our own individual benefits, but for the interest and welfare of the community in general, feel it our incumbent and paramount duty, at this most awful and deplorable crisis, when misery and want are making such frightful strides through this once happy land, to select for our choice, to represent us in parliament, a map of tried, unshrinking, ipflexible, and independent principles ; a man who will strenuously oppose 'every injurious usurpation of power, and lend his utmost efforts to stem the overwhelming tide of corruption and wasteful profusion ; who will strenuously support those glorious principles which seated on the throne of these realms, the present reigning family.
When we observe the enlightened inhabitants of our great cities and towns convening themselves for the beneficial and necessary purpose of sending to prliament men of apright views and pure principles, and reprobating, as with one voice, the present profligate system, which has forced the nation nearly on the brink of ruin, by annihilating our commerce, destroying our agriculture, and sapping the very foundations of liberty, we feel stimu- . lated to follow their bright example.
Actuated, therefore, with the same sentiments of patriotism, and being deeply convinced that all these evils have arisen from our defective representation, in the Commons House of Parliament, which nothing but a STEADY REFORM can remove, we earnestly desire to place in that House an indepen. dent man, who will be proud to obey the voice of bis constituents; and employ all his talents and exer« tions for the salvation of his country.
(onsidering you, Sir, as a gentleman in whom are united the qualifications necessary for so arduous a
situation, we earnestly request you, relying on our support, to offer yourself a Candidate to represent this city in parliament, at the ensuing general elec. tion, and give to us, and other independent electors of this city, an opportunity of evincing with what ardour and fidelity we are prepared to devote ourselves to the cause of honor, of freedom, and of our country. Signed by a number of independent freemen and
To the Freemen of Exeter,
I address my fellow freemen singly, be, cause I do not like to slip in our name behind the consequential titles' Gentlemen and Clergy,' as if
were the smallest number, or as if we had less interest in the election of a member of parliament than they have; besides, things are somewhat changed since we have found out, by sad experience, who it is that bears the burden of the times, and that it is we who have to suffer most from the misconduct and profligacy of members of parliament,
It is natural to suppose, that with this experience (which we all have had) there has also entered into the minds of some of us, a determination not to resign our part in the right of choosing representatives to any
whose interest may be contrary to our own. Une fortunately we have done this in times past, we have been foolish enough to send up men who have not had sufficient spirit or energy to rise above the stream of corruption, nor solid integrity enough to keep their ground under it; they have been light things that could do no other than float along with the stream. I am ashamed to think of it, but I must say the fault has partly been our own. Too many of us have been in the habit of bartering the sacred right which the virtue of our ancestors put into our hands for the disgraceful consideration of a temporary indulgence, although we have not been without the warning, which too many of us have since found realised; that
we ourselves, have to pay for that gratification in the end, with the bread of our wives and children. To us, however, lies but a small part of the blame; the grand cause of the evil is, the influence of ia party, composed of many who hold offices, the candidates for those offices,--some bigotted clergymen, and some persons of weak intellects, who are swayed by interests separate from those of the public. To counteract this evil, this dry rot which is eating away our liberties, and our claim to the name of freemen, since it leaves us no will of our own, we must unite among ourselves; and if there be left a particle of manly pride amongst us, a mere statement of the degradation to which that party has reduced us, will be enough to rouse us up to use our rights like men in the approaching contest, in opposition to their disgraceful influence.
This party not satisfied with imposing upon us representatives with scarcely any qualifications but that of imbecility; not satisfied with electing men who would not, if they could, propose any thing in parliament; but who, on the contrary, join in telling the throne, that the country is in a flourishing state, while sharp misery is wearing us to the bones. Not satisfied with supporting a vagabond printer, to abuse every one they please that speaks his mind among us, and cram us with rank lies and nonsense, that makes every other part of the kingdom smile upon us with contempt.--Not satisfied I say with all this, they now come to insult us in our misfortunes; and not having a man of sense and spirit to offer as a candidate, they come in these arduous and distressful times to propose for our member of parliament, a stuffed man, a mere puppet, now exhibiting by a mad parson, turned conjurer, who chatters his gibberish behind the curtains and writes the shew advertisements! So little do they make of us, that not caring to save appearance, they have abolished the words constitution and rights of the people,' (the only motto under which any member of parliament used