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AN IMPARTIAL

NARRATIVE

OF THE LATE

MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCES

IN

MANCHESTER.

ENGLAND, WITH ALL THY FAULTS, I LOVE THEE STILL, COWPER.

LIVERPOOL: -

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY HENRY FISHER,

Carton Printing Office;
AND 87, BARTHOLOMEW-CLOSE, LONDON.
Sold also by all Booksellers in the United Kingdom.

1819.

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1. Where the Magistrates assembled.-2. Police Officers.-3. Manchester Cavalry.-4. Cheshire Ditto.--5. Hussars.-

6. Artillery.-7. Infantry.-8. Hustings.-9. Cellars.-10. Quakers' Meeting-house.-11. Ditto School.-12. Cottage and Garden.-13, St. Peter's Church.-14. New Jerusalem Chapel.

INTERESTING

· NARRATIVE

OF THE

LATE MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCES IN

Mancbester.

ALTHOUGH many events of considerable importance have engrossed the attention of the public since the restoration of peace, nothing has appeared so deeply interesting to all classes of the community, as the questions which have been agitated respecting a Reform in Parliament. The propriety, indeed, of adopting any measures, which may ultimately lead to a radical change in the present order of things, some presume seriously to doubt; but that, from a variety of causes, operating through the lapse of time, practice has deviated from principle, and consequently that a reformation of existing abuses is necessary, there are very few of any political creed who are disposed to deny.

Among those who make this profession, some, however, feel no hesitation in declaring, that they know not either where to begin, how to proceed, or when to stop. Others express an unwillingness to touch the venerable fabric, although they admit it to be out of repair. Another class, from a fear of consequences, decline all interference; and thus stand aloof from the impending ruin, which “ threatens an hideous fall, one day, upon our heads." But unfortunately there are others who are deeply interested in the issues of those corruptions which exist. These, whether their numbers are great or small, form a more powerful tribe than any of the preceding; and that individual has but a slender knowledge of human nature, who can suppose that interested men will stand in the foremost ranks of those who are in earnest to correct abuses.

Nor can we doubt, that those who profess to be animated by a pure patriotic spirit, are equally diversified in their political character. To some men, both the partisan and the disinterested will allow the utmost credit for the sincerity of their professions. Yet few will be disposed to deny, that under the patriotic name, many may be found, who secretly aim at individual wealth or station, and only mount the scaffolding of reform, in order that they may

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