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people, and by freeing ten millions of men, not merely from civil or political chains, but from perfonal bondage."

Refolved unanimoufly, That, as far as becomes the fubje&ts of a free government, they earnefty defire to express their feelings on an attack fo abhorrent from the principles of humanity and juftice, as that now made on the king and people of Poland. To awaken in the breaft of their fellow citizens the fame fentiment of participation in the cause of a gallant and oppreffed nation, which they cordially feel; and, as fuccour to be effectual, must be prompt to invite them to contribute towards a fund, to be applied to the fuccour of the people of Poland, in fuch manner as the fubfcribers may determine, at a meeting hereafter to be convened. Refolved, therefore, unanimously, That a general fubfcription be opened for the above purpose.

Refolved unanimously,

That a committee of trustees and

managers be appointed to conduct the faid fubfcription.

That the following gentlemen compofe the faid committee:

The right hon. John Hopkins, lord mayor of London. J.W. Anderfon, efq.) Ald. and Sher. Harvey C. Combe, of London and efq. Middlefex. William Smith, efq. M. P. Clap

ham, Surry.

John Harcourt, efq. M. P. Hanover
ftreet, Hanover-fquare.
Philip Francis, efq. M. P. St.
James's fquare.

William Manning, efq. one of the
directors of the bank of England,
John Henry Cazenove, efq. one of
the directors of the Royal Ex-
change affurance, Copthali-court.

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Refolved unanimously,

That the fums be fubfcribed at the feveral banking houfes, to be appointed by the committee of trustees and managers, and be held by the faid bankers, fubject to the order of the committee, or any five of them, (for current and unavoidable expences only), until at a public meeting of the fubfcribers, to be called within two months from this date, the mode of application fhall be fettled.

That the thanks of this meeting be given to William Smith, efq, M. P. for his conduct as chairman of the meeting this day.

That thefe refolutions, figned by the chairman, be published in the newspapers.

WM. SMITH, chairman.

Proceedings at a Meeting of the Ward of Queenhithe, London, Dec. 12.

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It was unanimoufly refolved, That, entertaining the fame fentiments refpecting the prefent ftate of public affairs, as thofe expreffed by the laft court of common-council, and being animated with a just fense of the many invaluable bleffings we enjoy under our prefent happy conftitution and government, by King, Lords, and Commons; and feeing with concern the numerous attempts to contaminate the minds of his majesty's faithful fubjects, "We will, to the utmost of our power, endeavour to fupprefs all feditious writings and publications, tending to alienate the affections of the people from his majefty's perfon; as alfo the circulating or sticking up papers or hand-bills, or writing any fuch words on doors or walls as have a tendency to disturb the internal peace and tranquillity of this city:"That the conftables, beadle, patroles, and watchmen, be defired to feize and bring before a magiftrate all perfons who fhall be found fo offending.

Refolved unanimoufly, That this meeting will exert every effort in their power to prevent the affociating of any difaffected or feditious perfons within the ward, and at all times be ready to fupport the magiftrates in the execution of their duty, and zealously co-operate with them in enforcing a due obedience to the laws, under which we enjoy that inestimable happiefs which no other nation can boast of.

Refolved unanimoufly, That the proceedings of this meeting be fign. ed by the chairman, and publifhed in all the morning and evening papers, and that copies of the fame be diftributed to all the inhabitants of this ward.


Resolved unanimously, That thefe refolutions be fairly copied, and left in the veftry-room of this parifh, to be figned by the inhabi tants of this ward, from nine till twelve to-morrow, and the two following days.

Refolved unanimously, That the thanks of this meeting be given to the alderman, deputy, and com. mon council of this ward, for convening this meeting, and for their impartial conduct during the fame, as alfo for their particular attention at all times to the intereft and wel

fare of this ward.

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In confequence of the prefent ftate of public affairs, we conceive it the duty of every good citizen to ftand forth and endeavour to prevent, as much as poffible, whatever machinations may be defigned or contrived, by ill-difpofed or difaffected perfons, to the prejudice of our mild and equitable government.

Refolved therefore, That the British conftitution, as established at the glorions revolution of 1688, appears to us better calculated, than any other exifting form of government, to fecure the liberty, (F)


the property, and happiness of the community.

Refolved, That we conceive there is fufficient energy in the conftitution of this country, to produce a reform of all abufes in government, in a legal and peaceable manner, whenever it fhall appear that the majority of the reprefentatives of the nation are clearly and decidedly agreed as to the existence of such abuses.

Refolved, That enjoying as we do the bleffings of peace, accompanied with an unexar pled extenfion of commerce, and with the chearful profpect of the gradual alleviation of the public burthens, (from the difpofition fhewn by government in the left feffion of parliament) all attempts to disturb the tranquillity of the nation are unconftitutional and impolitic, and ought to be refifted by every virtuous citizen.

Refolved, That impreffed with thefe fentiments, and actuated by a fincere and loyal affection to our prefent moft gracious fovereign, and the illuftrious houfe of Hanover, the inhabitants of this ward will chearfully co-operate with the civil magiftrates, in the fuppreflion of all feditious or tumultuous proceedings, and in the fupport of our happy conftitution, and the defence of his majefty's perfon and

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Refolved, That although, from accidental circumftances, we are late in affembling ourselves on this occafion, yet we defire to be underftood as not yielding to any of our fellow citizens in a firm attachment to our excellent conftitution, and a juft fenfe of the bleffings we enjoy under it.

That as we hold ourselves bound in duty and gratitude, at all times, to affift in endeavouring to fupport and maintain that conftitution, fo we now think ourselves more ef. pecially called upon by the peculiar and critical fituation of the times, to declare, that we will, all and each of us in our respective stations, collectively and individually, contribute every affiftance in our power to the due execution of the laws, the maintenance of civil order and government, and the immediate fuppreffion of all riots and tumults, under what pretence foever they may be excited; to discountenance all illegal meetings, and all feditious and inflammatory writings calculated to mislead and feduce the people from their allegiance, and render them blind to their true interest.

That these refolutions be entered in a book to be provided for that purpose, and to be left at the boardroom in Mount-street, to receive the fignature of fuch inhabitants as fhall approve thereof.

That a diftinct book be kept for the subscription of fuch fums of money as different perfons may choofe to advance, toward the expences of carrying the purposes of this meeting into execution; it not being at all expected that those who fign the refolutions, fhould thereby pledge themselves to advance any money, but be left entirely to their option in that refpect. And it is requested that no perfon would fub

fcribe more than two guineas, nor lefs than two fhillings and fixpence.

That for the better carrying into execution the above purposes, a committee be formed, confifting of the rector, churchwardens, fidefmen, and overfeers for the time being, together with any number of other perfons not exceeding fifty, who fhall meet from time to time, to take fuch measures as fhall be judged neceffary; that any nine of the faid committee be a quorumi empowered to act.

That the following inhabitants be the committee, and that their first meeting be at the board-room in Mount-ftreet, next Monday, at twelve o'clock, viz. Wm. Mainwaring,

efq. Wm. Baker, efq. Benj. Caldwell, efq. J. Clerke Jervoife, efq.

Benj. Keene, efq.

Hon. C. Marsham

J. Gladel Vernon, efq.

John White, efq. Alhet. Curzon, efq. Rt. Hon. William


Sir J. Woodhoufe,


Tho. Bowdler, efq. Wm. Strode, efq. Hen. Legge, efq. Lord John Ruffel R. H. Ch. Ja. Fox G. Hemming, efq. Mr. Ott ey

Mr. Henry Turner
Mr. Jonath. Bettle
Mr. J. Armstrong
Mr. Davis

Mr. J. Nicholas
Mr. R. Faulder
Mr. Walter


T. Powis, efq.
Fr. Dickens, efq.
Th. Birch, efq.
Sir J. Stanley, bart.
Sir Henry Gough
Calthorp, bart.
Win. Morton Pist,
Sir R. Sutton, bart.

Edw. Baber, efq.
Regin. Pole Carew,
R. Hallifax, M. D.
Edw. Boodle, efq.
Hon. J. Yorke
Tho. W. Coke, efq.
Lord R. Spencer
Lord W. Ruffell
Right Hon. Col.
Mr. Johns
Mr. W. Gray
Mr. James Fisher
Mr. Willerton
Mr. Butt
Mr. Owen

Mr. Francis Jones




Mr. Simpson.


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and candour which he has exhibited on the prefent oecafion, by propofing refolutions which appear to be fo perfectly well-calculated for procuring the peace and fecurity of the inhabitants of the parith of St. George, Hanover-Square.

By order of the meeting,
H. COURTENAY, Chairman.

All the parishes in the metropolis, as well as in the vicinity, and almost all parts of the kingdom, held fimilar meetings.]

Proceedings of the Society of the Friends of the People, at Freemafons Tavern, Dec. 15.

FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE. Freemafons Tavern, Dec. 15, 1792. The fociety of the Friends of the People, affociated for the purpofe of obtaining a parliamentary reform, after a careful revifion of all their declarations, refolutions, and proceedings, fince their inftitution, as well as the events which have taken place fince their last meeting; and after an attentive confideration of the prefent ftate of public affairsthe apparent difpofition of the people at this time-the acknowledged conviction of all men, of all parties, of the neceffity of a parliamentary reform, and with no other difference of opinion, but concerning the extent of the meafure, or the time for propofing it; and finally, the fituation in which this fociety is placed by their own engagement, and by the expectations formed of their future conduct, have this day

Unanimoufly refolved,

That they hold themfelves bound by every tie of honour and of duty to perfevere in their endeavours to accomplish, through the known

channels of the conftitution, the object of their affociation; namely, an effectual reform in the conftruction of the house of commons, until the object is obtained, or fhall be found to be evidently unattainable by their efforts, or by any of thofe means in which they can participate.

That confidering the pains inceffantly taken to traduce the character and principles of this fociety, the idea of a reform in parliament firft, by endeavouring to confound

with that of difaffection to the eftablished constitution of this kingdom, as if a real reprefentation of the commons were incompatible with the fecurity of a limited monarchy, as if the crown were not fafe with an honeft unbiaffed house of commons, or as if the idea of fuch reform had been at all times reprobated, as it now is, by thofe who occupy the higheft ftation of profit and confidence under the crown; and then by uniting us in the fame defcription and obloquy with perfons whom they call republicans and levellers, and with whom, if fuch doctrines and perfons exift, we have no connexion, we think it incumbent on us to declare once more, that we difclaim the views and principles fo bafely and falfely attributed to us; and that detefting, as we do, the corruptnefs and bafenefs notoriously prevailing and increafing in every branch and department of government, our fole with and object is to provide a conftitutional inftrument and power, by which they may be removed or corrected in a regular parliamentary way.

That, calling, as we have done, for the fupport of the country in their own caufe, and for the purpofes which we have repeatedly declared, and foliciting the aflift


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