CAMBRIDGE ELECTION (1840)

This is a transcript of the reports in The Times relating to the Cambridge byelection of 22nd May 1840, caused by the declaration that the 1839 election was void.

The Times, Friday, May 22, 1840.

THE NOMINATION.

Yesterday the nomination took place on Parker's Piece. The Whig party proceeded from their head-quarters, the Hoop Hotel, in procession, preceded by a band, but without colours or flags. The Conservatives went from their inn, the Red Lion, preceded by a band and numerous flags, their colours being pink and white. The preliminary proceedings were gone through at the Town-hall by the Mayor and authorities. The Whig party arrived first on Parker's Piece in a long procession of three deep, preceded by a band of about 50 instruments. The Conservatives arrived a few minutes after, as before described.

The Mayor, in opening the proceedings, was received with a mixture of groans and cheers. He said, that the necessary proceeding had been gone through at the Town-hall, where also the act against bribery and treating had been read (loud cheers); they were now called upon to proceed to the election of a gentleman to represent them in Parliament. This was a most valuable and important privilege, and he hoped that their good sense would dictate the necessity of carrying on the proceedings with quietness and good nature. He trusted that they would concur in giving all parties who might address them, a patient, attentive, and candid consideration. He then called upon any gentleman who had to propose a candidate to proceed.

Mr. George H. Harris, who was but very imperfectly heard, presented himself amidst loud applause to propose Sir Alexander Grant. He said, that in coming forward for the first time to take a part in a public duty, he requested their kind indulgence. He considered they were then met under the most unparalleled circumstances, after a gentleman had been returned a few months since by so large a majority. They had been promised that one effect of the Reform Bill would be, that each party should be represented, instead of which the Whigs took all to themselves. (Hear.) The hon. gentleman concluded by proposing Sir Alexander Cray Grant as a fit person to represent the town of Cambridge in Parliament.

Mr. S. T. Bartlett then came forward amidst great cheering to second the nomination of Sir Alexander Grant. He said the party to which he belonged had at different times brought forward three candidates to solicit their suffrages. Those gentlemen had varied in name, person, and character, but in one respect they were all assimilated, and that was in the consistent Conservative principles which they advocated—principles upon which they were ready to stand or fall—principles which had been well defined, and were well understood. (Cheers.) They were not a mixture of Whigism and Radicalism combined together to forward every newfangled scheme that might be proposed; but the Conservatives rested their claim to support upon those who could value and appreciate their principles. (Great cheering.) But what a different picture was presented to them by their opponents! (Cheers and laughter.) They had brought forward three candidates, but where was their uniformity of principle? The first gentleman, Mr. Spring Rice, had always voted against the ballot, but he was crammed down the throats of the electors. The other at first voted against it, but he was induced to change his opinion, and now voted for it. Where, he would ask, was the uniformity of principle of their third candidate? He was "everything by turns, but nothing long"—whose mind seemed acted upon by some vertical movement—a kind of semi-rotation—could be everything at different times. He, in the short space of two months, went from one extreme to the other. He was now an advocate for the ballot, the repeal of the corn laws, the Government scheme of national education, and all the other Radical measures. They had now brought forward a gentleman against whose abilities and character nothing could be said, and whose opening address was so temperate, that, Conservative as he (Mr. Bartlett) was, he would not have had the slightest objection to attach his name to it. (Hear, hear.) In conclusion, Mr. Bartlett said he begged to second the nomination of Sir Alexander Cray Grant as a fit and proper person to represent the borough of Cambridge in Parliament (great cheering); and he called upon the electors to remember the glorious majority of 100 by which they conquered at the last election. (Great cheering.)

Mr. C. Humfrey then presented himself, and was received with loud cheers and groans, which lasted a considerable time. Mr. Humfrey said—Gentlemen, when you are disposed to hear me, I am ready to address you; if you are not disposed to hear me, I will wait your pleasure. (Continued interruption). The vacancy in the representation is caused by a decision of a committee of the House of Commons, who in their report to the House used words which I will now read to you. (Great noise and confusion, which lasted a considerable time; after it had abated, Mr. Humfrey read)—"That the committee are decidedly of opinion, that Henry Thomas Manners Sutton was, by his agents, guilty of bribery at the Cambridge election." (Immense cheering.) Mr. Humfrey continued:—This report is on record, the fact cannot be denied, and I have no doubt that some of those who gave evidence before the committee wished that that evidence had never been on record, for it has fixed eternal shame upon their character. (Loud cheers.) You are here assembled to elect a fit and proper person to represent you in Parliament. Now, the question is, what sort of a man is a fit and proper person to represent this, or, in fact, any other borough in Parliament? I will tell you. In times like the present it should be a man of high and excellent character in private life, and perfectly independent in both mind and fortune. By returning a member possessed of qualities like these, you stand a much greater chance of having your sentiments expressed in Parliament. Such a man is he whom I shall have the pleasure to propose to you. (Loud cheers.) That gentleman is of independent fortune, high character, sterling worth; he is not surrounded by any political trammels. Mr. Humfrey concluded by saying—I will now propose to you Mr. Thomas Starkie, a man of irreproachable character and brilliant attainments, as a fit and proper person to represent your interests in Parliament for this borough. (Tremendous cheers and uproar.)

Mr. Alderman E. Foster then came forward, and seconded the nomination of Mr. Starkie. Mr. Starkie was in every respect qualified to be representative. He was an illustrious member of the University of Cambridge, eminent for University honours, and he now supported their rights as one of their standing counsel. His public principles also were in accordance with those of the major part of the constituency of Cambridge. (Cheers.) He was in favour of freedom, and against the odious system of West India slavery. (Great cheering.) He despised the system that permitted a property in the blood and bones of his fellow man. (Great cheering and hooting.) Professor Starkie wished also to preserve to the constituency of the whole kingdom the right to exercise the elective franchise, free from coercion and intimidation. (Cheers.) The gentleman who seconded Sir A. Grant said that there had been a change on the part of some of his friends respecting the ballot. He would admit it, and the circumstances that had attended the election for the borough warranted that change; for, unless the voter was able to give his vote according to the dictates of his mind, he had better be without a vote at all, for it only brought upon him misery and persecution. (Cheers, and cries of "Bribery.") At this time he would confess that there were circumstances relative to the ballot of which he did not cordially approve, and if any person would introduce a plan which would allow the free exercise of the franchise without resorting to the ballot, he would be very willing to adopt it. But no such plan had been brought forward, and he was afraid no such plan could be brought forward, and to the ballot they must come for the protection of the voter. Professor Starkie also had declared himself in favour of an unfettered system of education (groaning from the undergraduates, and cheering from the Whigs); and indeed, it was necessary that education should be general, that those who possessed the elective franchise should place the proper value upon it. He was perfectly convinced that the intention of the Reform Bill of extending the elective franchise, unless it were accompanied by a general system of education, would be a curse rather than a blessing—would be a sword and a spear in their sides instead of a means of defence. (Great cheering.) Professor Starkie, instead of contracting the Government grant, would give four times that sum to support a general system of education. (Cheers.) How much preferable, therefore, was Professor Starkie, who advocated sound principles, and who had spent his life in acquiring knowledge to the other candidate?

Sir Alex. C. Grant then came forward, and was received with deafening cheers from his own party, and loud groaning and cries of "No slavery," "No bribery," &c., from the Reformers. The hon. baronet, after silence was obtained, said, that having had the honour of being put in nomination and seconded as a candidate for the representation of the Borough of Cambridge in Parliament, it now became his duty to address a few observations to the meeting. (Cheers.) He had listened with the greatest attention, not only to what had been said by his hon. friends who had moved and seconded his own nomination, but also to what had fallen from those gentlemen who had moved and seconded the nomination of his hon. and learned opponent. With regard to that hon. and learned opponent, he readily concurred in every word of respect for his character which had fallen from both his proposers. (Hear.) With respect, however, to his proposer and seconder, he wished to say a few words, and he would first commence with the seconder. The gentleman would permit him to observe, that he little expected to have heard from a person moving in the sphere in which that gentleman did, a repetition on the present occasion of those allusions which he had seen embedded in a scurrilous placard (cheers and uproar), and which he was not in the least degree surprised to see in that placard—namely, about "feeding on blood and bones," and so forth. (Much groaning, which lasted some time.) He must say that these allusions were altogether unworthy of that gentleman (uproar), and he should not have considered it worth his while to have adverted to any one personality which had been circulated against him in the course of the past week, had it not been for those allusions to his having the possession of West Indian property (groans)—he begged pardon, not only to his having possession of West Indian property, but to the fact, so much lauded by the hon. gentleman, that his opponent chanced to have none. (Laughter.) He gave the hon. gentleman all the advantage of the allusion (cheers); but he repeated that he was satisfied that his hon. opponent did not approve either of a direct attempt of this sort, or of an indirect one derived from the circumstance of his opponent not having West Indian property, to raise a prejudice against a political adversary. (Cheers and great confusion.) He (Sir A. Grant) had properly stated, the other night, at the Mechanics' Association, that he held such property (hear), as did many other of the most distinguished men of this country, Lord Holland among the number, and he could not discover why he was thus to be stigmatized for the fortuitous circumstance of being the possessor of property of this description. The attempt to raise a prejudice against him for being in possession of that property was, however, he rejoiced to say, as abortive as it was unworthy of a gentleman of education. He was extremely sorry to have been compelled to make these observations, for when he came down to Cambridge he never expected to have been called upon to make the most distant allusion to anything of the kind. He had now done with that which had been an ungrateful task for him to repeat, and he would now go on with that which he had been about to commence with. The hon. mover of his hon. opponent, with whom he was now most happy to claim a slight acquaintance, said no one thing in the course of his address to which he considered it necessary to advert, with the exception of a statement that he (Sir A. Grant) had formerly been member for Westbury. But if he had formerly been member for Westbury, so had Mr. Fox, so had Mr. Sheridan, and so had Mr. Tierney. He could tell them a great many others, whose names were no disgrace to the history of this country, who had also been members for Westbury, but he thought that the politics of his hon. friend would certainly insure him his approbation of the selection he had made. (Cheers, and much groaning.) Having now, then, done with his hon. friend's mover and seconder, he hoped they would now be able to proceed without any more personalities. He would next say a few words with reference to himself. (Groans.) His general politics might not be agreeable to the whole constituency of Cambridge. That was a thing which it was not reasonable to expect, and if it were so, there would be no necessity for a contest. (Laughter and groans.) His political opinions, on some particular points, might not, perhaps, be agreeable even to the whole of his own party (hear); but his object had been to endeavour to make them, such as they were, perfectly and thoroughly understood by every gentleman in Cambridge (cheers and groans), to speak them out clearly and without the slightest evasion or concealment. He had declared himself opposed to the present Government. (Uproar.) He disapproved of their policy, whether foreign or domestic. He considered that their foreign policy was calculated to lower this country in the station she had hitherto held in the scale of nations, as having an inevitable tendency to lower the name of England in other countries. He disapproved of their domestic policy (considerable interruption occurred here), because he was of opinion that it was conducive to the destruction of their institutions both in church and state. (Cheers and groans.) He considered the conduct of the Government, as a Government, to be decidedly unconstitutional in throwing off, as they did, invariably, all responsibility from themselves, and placing it on the shoulders of committees of the House of Commons. He objected to the Government account of their numerical weakness, which compelled them to show a subserviency to those whose objects were known to be the upsetting of the union with Ireland and the downfall of the established church. (Cheers.) He found in them a Government, which one of their own supporters, belonging to a class which he was confident that many whom he saw before him would approve—namely, that of avowed Radicals (cheers and groans), he alluded to Mr. Leader, the member for Westminster (cheers and groans repeated)—had very tritely and appositely described when he said that "Her Majesty's Ministers would hold place whilst the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel held the power without the place." (Great uproar.) Those were the words of Mr. Leader in the debate on the Canada question, and he must confess that he had never heard the position of a Government more correctly described (cheers and groans); and how that Government, under such circumstances, could by possibility work for the benefit of the people, or maintain, in short, any principles whatever, he appealed to the judgment of those whom he was addressing to determine. (Great confusion.) Mr. O'Connell, in a letter addressed to the men of Kilkenny and Mayo, and signed with his own name, with reference to the opium trade, which was a renewal of the question of confidence or no confidence in the Government, said, "The Government, on the votes of the representatives of Great Britain, are in a minority of 18." (Cheers.) But having stated this part, what else did Mr. O'Connell proceed to add? He said, "The Irish came with me to the rescue; we gave them 18 to compensate their minority, and we intend to give them a majority." (Cheers and laughter.) They had, then, Mr. O'Connell boasting that the Government stood by means of his aid alone; and could they have any confidence in a Government whom Mr. Leader described, on the one hand, in the manner he had stated, and of whom Mr. O'Connell, on the other hand, boasted of being the saviour, or he was known to be the director. (Loud cheers.) Upon specific questions, his hon. and learned opponent, Mr. Starkie, professed himself to be a strong advocate for purity of election. ("Hear," and laughter.) Let them believe him (Sir A. Grant) that his opponent wished not more sincerely than he did himself, to see purity of election and independence among electors firmly established. (Uproar.) Did they ask if that declaration was consistent with his previous one; he answered "yes," and he would tell them why it was. There were two things to be got rid of in order to establish the pure system of election which his hon. friend and himself equally desired to see established, namely, bribery and corruption. (Cheers.) Bribery and corruption must be got rid of, and so must intimidation. (Cheers.) Now if the ballot could effect the last, which was all that could be contended for with regard to it—he maintained that it multiplied a hundred-fold the means for the two former grievances. (Cheers.) The man who was base enough to sell himself once under the ballot might do so a dozen times. (Hear.) Let him be believed when he assured them that it was not the honest English elector who was desirous of the ballot. Such a man had the spirit and the courage to desire his vote to be recorded as given by himself. In the House of Commons he had heard this proposed system described by the best epithet he could give it by Lord Brougham, then Henry Brougham, and member for Yorkshire, who termed it "a dastardly and an un-English system." (Cheering, groans, and hisses.) He (Sir A. Grant) professed himself, then, an uncompromising opponent of the ballot. (Cries of "More shame for you.") He had declared himself an advocate of the Corn Laws. (groans and a few weak cheers.) He had the honour of a seat in the House of Commons, in 1827, when the present system of corn laws was proposed by his lamented friend Mr. Huskisson, a gentleman who was as conversant with the interests of this country as connected with all matters of trade and agriculture as any gentleman who adorned that assembly; he was then, he repeated, a member of the House of Commons (cries of "And you will be again"), and it was pretty clear that his attention must have been given to the subject, for he was at that time chairman of the committee of the House of Commons, and the whole debate was taken into committee, it being his duty to propound the questions to the house. (Hear.) His attention to the subject was therefore unbroken, and he had every opportunity of hearing the arguments on either side, and he must say that his entire conviction was that a fluctuating duty was far preferable to a fixed one. (Cheers.) He spoke distinctly upon this question that there might be "no mistake." (Laughter and groans.) If they should do him the honour of electing him, they should elect him, knowing what he was. (Cries of "Yes, an advocate for rotten boroughs.") If his sentiments did not meet with their approbation, he should lament it; but they at all event would not be deceived with regard to them. There was one other circumstance which he could not sit down without adverting to, namely, the denunciation of his friend, their late member, Mr. Manners Sutton (hear), as having recorded against him a decision of the House of Commons, which deprived him of his seat on account of bribery, accompanied by an imputation against himself (Sir A. Grant), for being seen in such company. It was true that his hon. friend lost his seat by a decision of the committee, but let him observe, that so far from a decision against himself having been recorded, the committee, in making their report, exculpated him most explicitly, and he was unseated, he might say, on a technicality. (Great uproar.) He could only say this, and he could say it without contradiction (hear, and groans), for he could give the names—that he had been in London—that when that decision was pronounced in the House of Commons, expressions of surprise and astonishment escaped from many persons, who were distinguished members of that house, and of the bar (cheers), who enlarged on the absurdity of acquitting a man in his own person of bribery, and yet implicating him on the charge. (Cheers and cries of "Who hissed the Queen?") He did not. (Cheers.) It was very easy to assert a falsehood (hear), and whoever was the anonymous individual who had made the acclamation against him, he now insulted him in the strongest way an Englishman could do, by telling him that he was a liar. (Tremendous applause.) Such conduct was what no man calling himself a gentleman would do. (Cheers.) He had been accused of hissing the Queen's Ministers, in company with Lord Downshire, but he had never done anything of the kind, and as for the accusation of his having hissed the Queen when going to the House of Lords, he could say he had never seen the Queen go to the House of Lords, on any occasion whatever; and that Her Majesty had not in her dominions a more loyal and dutiful subject than himself. (Cheers.) Having now accomplished the object that there should be no mistake about his opinions, he would trouble them no more. He was bound to thank them for the attention and patience with which they listened to his observations, and he requested the favour of all his friends to flock to the poll the next day (cheers) to take the lead, to keep it through the day, and to return him by such a majority as would be worthy, not merely of himself, but of the cause for which he had come forward, and which he advocated confidently, fearlessly, and without equivocation. (The hon. baronet was loudly cheered at the conclusion of his speech.)

Professor Starkie then presented himself, and (after the enthusiastic cheering of his friends, and the hooting and groans of the opposite party had ceased) the learned gentleman said, that he came before them on the present occasion trusting to no merits of his own, and depending more on those of the cause which he represented. (Cheers.) Had he consulted his own wishes, he should not have come forward to occupy a political position of the kind; but he felt that he could not refuse the invitation of a numerous and respectable body of the electors, to put himself in the breach against the corrupt practices which had prostrated the independence of the borough. (Loud cries of "Hear, hear," and groans.) He did not then come to win an easy cause, but to restore one that had fallen by unfair and unworthy means; he came to those who asked for his assistance, to oppose difficulty and danger—to overcome them, if possible, by fair and straightforward means—by the force of public principle, and to restore that character for independence, for which Cambridge had been so long distinguished, which was attempted to be rescued from them, and which, he had reason to hope, it could still vindicate. (Loud cheers, and groans from the Conservatives.) He trusted that the honest electors would place the same reliance on him that he did on them; they might boldly face the enemies of their independence. It was not a pleasant subject to talk of one's self at any time, but on some occasions like the present such a course was called for and necessary. He had during his canvass, and on occasions when he addressed the constituency at their public meetings, been asked many questions concerning his political principles, and he had reason to trust that he had given satisfactory answers to each and all of them. (Alternate cheers and groans.) He was an admirer of our admirable constitution—and he need scarcely add that his loyalty to his young and interesting sovereign was fervent and sincere. (Cheers.) It was necessary in these times for all loyal men to declare themselves, and he regretted that until very recently, until Her Majesty had got a husband to protect her, it was the un-English fashion of certain men holding respectable stations in society, and certain political opinions, to insult her. ("Hear, hear," and groans.) The British Constitution was a noble edifice, built with wisdom and secured by the care and veneration of out ancestors, but abuses had crept into it which required to be eradicated, and the chief of those were the unfair practices which were resorted to, to press upon the free exercise of the elective franchise. ("Hear" and cheers.) The learned gentleman said he should advocate the ballot if it were found that none but secret means were available to protect the poor man's vote. If secrecy were called in such case a shame and a degradation, on the shoulders of those be it who should compel its adoption. (Cheers, and groans.) He would uphold the rights of the university, and having been indebted to it for his education, to which he attributed all his success in life, he was anxious that the people should enjoy an unfettered education. He was a member of the church of England, like his hon. opponent, and he should uphold its rights, but respect, according to the sacred principles of civil and religious liberty, the religious rights of others else. He had not, as had been alleged, changed his principles. What they had been hitherto they still remained. The first public act of his life was his signing a petition for the Reform Bill. After disclaiming all personal allusions or animosity, and having paid a compliment to the private character of Mr. M. Sutton, the learned gentleman adverted to the state of the borough, and the contests which had been won against the Conservatives since the passing of the Reform Bill, in 1832, 1834, 1835, and 1837, the last election he declared to have been won by unfair means, and to prove which he quoted the verdict of the committee. The verdict could not be set aside by an assertion that it was unsupported by a tittle of evidence. The evidence had been examined patiently by the house, and the result regularly arrived at. Here the Professor proceeded to comment at length on the addresses of Mr. Sutton and Sir A. Grant. Want of space prevents our following out this in detail. He then passed an oulozy (eulogy?—Ed.) on Ministers for their various acts, particularly the Slavery Emancipation, the Bill or Arrest, the Tithe Regulation Bill, the Penny Postage, and concluded with a modified declaration in favour of some change in the corn-laws.

The show of hands being for Sir A. Grant, a poll was demanded for Professor Starkie.



The Times, Saturday, May 23, 1840.

(BY EXPRESS)

RETURN OF SIR ALEXANDER GRAY GRANT

This gentleman is returned by a majority of 93.

The Whigs made a push in the early part of the day, and at one time were nearly 60 ahead; but Sir Alexander Grant's friends came up hand over hand, and equalled and passed them, nor were they again approached. All parties have been most active, and nothing has been neglected by either committee that could tend to the success of their respective candidates.

The greatest satisfaction at the result is everywhere observable, and we are glad to say that no disturbance whatever has taken place.

The number announced at the committee-rooms this afternoon are—

For Sir A. G. Grant 745
For Professor Starkie 652
          Majority for Sir A. Grant 93



The Times, Monday, May 25, 1840.

Saturday Evening.

The official declaration of the numbers at the close of the poll took place this morning at 11 o'clock, the Mayor declaring them to be as follow:—

For Sir A. Grant 736
For Professor Starkie 657
          Majority for Sir A. Grant 79

making a difference of eight in the result proclaimed yesterday, at the close of the proceedings, by Sir Alexander Grant's committee. A very numerous and beautifully arranged procession accompanied the hon. baronet to the hustings. When the Mayor had made his declaration, Sir Alexander Grant came forward to address the immense crowd in front of the hustings.

Sir A. Grant said, that the situation in which he had been placed had now been officially announced, and he was the declared member for the borough of Cambridge, by a triumphant majority. (Cheers.) The opposite party had now, to make use of the emphatic words of one of his bitterest enemies, "fought Hope's farewell fight," and he would, no doubt, have to congratulate them on the next occasion of an election here of the return of two Conservative members. (Loud cheers.) With respect to past events, some few months since Mr. Sutton was returned, having polled 714 votes, and Mr. Gibson having only polled 614. The former gentleman was petitioned against by Mr. Ebenezer Foster, and was, by the decision of that fluctuating tribunal, a committee of the House of Commons, ousted from his seat; the consequence of which was, the introduction of himself (Sir A. Grant) to this borough. (Cheers.) He had been here three weeks, and every means had been taken to counteract the success of his canvass. (Cheers.) He had, however, more votes on the present occasion than his hon. friend on the last. (Cheers.) They had been called a party succeeding only by bribery and corruption, but he thought it would take more money than he possessed to secure, by such means, so great a majority. (Cheers.) No; his votes were all unbought (cheers), and if any case of bribery could be brought home to any one, he cared not on what side he was, he trusted he might not fail to meet with that punishment which he so justly deserved, in order that an honest candidate, for the future, might not be tricked by such means out of a seat which he had otherwise so fairly won. (Loud cheers.) As to the accusation of bribery, since he had come down to Cambridge he had heard nothing of the sort, and would rather have resigned the contest than have countenanced any such thing. (Cheers.) With respect to the charge of intimidation, he appealed to the inhabitants of the town, and to themselves, whether they had ever seen a candidate more enthusiastically received, and hailed with greater acclamation, after a victory, by all classes of the people, than himself. (Loud cheers.) He had enlarged upon this, in consequence of the article he had this morning seen in the Independent Press, a paper more scandalous and ungentlemanly than even, if possible, the Satirist and Paul Pry—of London. (Loud cheers and groans.) A man was always known by the company he kept, and he had been the associate all his life of the first gentlemen and statesmen of England, and he could not refrain from referring to the scandalous and calumnious conduct which had been practised towards those who had introduced him to this borough. (Cheers.) Since he had been in Cambridge he had received a quotation from a report laid before the House of Commons, in which the name of his hon. opponent appeared as one of the commissioners for inquiring into the state of the criminal law, and if such had been the case, Professor Starkie would have been disqualified from sitting in Parliament by the statute of the 6th of Anne. Professor Starkie, however, had stated that he never had drawn any salary for that appointment, and he trusted that his hon. opponent would acquit him of having acted with any discourtesy to his party or himself with respect to that subject. (Cheers.) The hon. baronet then referred to the excellent arrangements his committee had made in conducting his election, and returned them and the gentlemen who had moved and seconded his nomination his sincerest and most heartfelt thanks. (Cheers.) He must not forget, also, the kindness of those voters who had given him their honest support, and he could sincerely say that he had never canvassed any constituency which, even amongst his opponents, had afforded so little room for any charges of bad conduct or unhandsome treatment. (Loud cries of "Hear, hear," and cheers.) The hon. baronet then thanked the mayor for the impartiality with which he had conducted his share of the election proceedings, and warned the constituency of the certainty that a general election could not be far off, and that it was not himself, but the electors of Cambridge, who had now given Mr. Pryme notice to quit. (Loud cheers and laughter.) He alluded to the late election committee, and said that its effects had recoiled upon those who had promoted it (cheers), several of those who had voted on the other side at the last election having now voted for himself. (Cheers.) The hon. baronet then sat down with many expressions of gratitude for the honour conferred upon him, and of his earnest desire to make every return for it, by a sedulous attention to his public duties as a representative of the borough of Cambridge in the House of Commons. (Cheers.)

When the hon. baronet concluded the cheers which followed were deafening as he retired to his carriage. The procession then accompanied him a mile out of town on the road to London. Some few skirmishes took place last night between the gownsmen and parties of the Whigs, and a few heads and lamps were broken, but great harm was done, and the town is now a quiet as it was before the petition against Mr. Manners Sutton's return was presented to the House of Commons.



Transcribed by Keith Edkins 2009. Original reports believed to be in the public domain due to their antiquity.

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