The General Convention of the Industrious Classes
He returned thanks for having been elected a Delegate for the West Riding of Yorkshire. He would not belong to a Convention that included any of that patriotic treachery which distinguished Daniel O’Connell. (awful groans and yells) He (Mr C.) would support the Charter generally speaking; but he did not think so much about the Ballot, although Mr O’Connell had often protested that he blubbered and wept when he went to bed because he could not persuade Lord John Russell to adopt it. (Loud laughter) He adduced an instance of a poor man being most cruelly treated by a great merchant in New York, for having voted for a Democrat instead of a Federal candidate, although it was under the screen of the Ballot. This helped to show that the Ballot was a fallacy. He desired the Republican Constitution as it had been within two hundred years recognised in England. But if the people were fairly and fully represented, then he would agree to a Legislature of King, Lords and Commons. He was not much attached, however, to any form of Government, being of opinion with one of the greatest of our poets that the best Government was that which was best administered. (Cheers).
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