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Dissenters themselves. How deeply dissent is plung. ed in tbe filth of faction, and the delusions of prejudice, let the following “bill of the play” shew. The grand performer so puffed in it is a BAPTIST PREACHER; and he is announced to preach two Sermons in the same Place. We copy the capitals, &c., as nearly as our pages admit. The size of course is diminished.
Down with the Monster Monopoly!
Who delights in DEAR FOOD! No WORK, and BROKEN HEARTS!! SUCCESS to the Principles of UNRESTRICTED COMMERCE with the World ! which would secure CHEAP PROVISIONS! PLENTY of EMPLOYMENT! GOOD WAGES! and HAPPY HOMES !!!
On Monday Evening, Noor. 28, 1812,
A LECTURE, Against the TAX upon BREAD, WILL BE DELIVERED IN THE CLOTH HALL, COLNE, BY
THE REV. W. H. BONNER, Of BILSTON, Staffordshire, (the celebrated Anti-Corn Law
Advocate,) The Chair will be taken by the President of the Colne Anti-Corn Law Association, precisely at Six o'clock.
The attendance of the Friends to a FREE TRADE with the entire FAMILY of MAN is earnestly requested.
The Committee are making specific arrangements for the comfortable accomodation of the LADIES on the above occasion, to secure an expression of their tender sympathies in the work of mercy, and their duly appreciated co-operation in the struggle in which they are engaged, for the rescue of perishing millions from misery, starvation, and death !!
Ye Men and Women of Colne, and its Vicinity!-doomed to gaze with trembling hearts upon the unparalleled distress which every where surrounds you! and YOU especially who are the suffering Victims of a Man-created Famine !-we earnestly ask you to unite with us, and the already moving millions, who are arming for the combat with our common Foe ;--that, operating in one unbroken, determined Phalanx, we may smite to death the gigantic Monster, who is crushing down with constantly accumulating pressure, our once powerful energies, and sucking with fearful avidity the life-blood of the Nation. A long pull, a STRONG PULL, and a PULL ALLTOGETHER, and soon the sweet music of his dying groans, shall bless your labours and reward your toils !!!
EARNSHAW, PRINTER, COLNE.
Not only is principal performer in this play-bill a Baptist Minister—but the whole affair is got up in a Dissenting Meeting House. Yes! the place, which they profess to be devoted to prayer, and to the service of the God of unity and love, is the theatre chosen by this Baptist and his confederate (so called) Ministers, to concoct this incendiary appeal to the madness and hatred of the people. This is their religion, and their religious puff is prepared in their place of worship; and they send forth to this religious work of exciting rancour and mob malice a minister of their religion. Suppose such a thing were possible, as that the Church Clergy of any town should meet in one of their Churches and concoct such an atrocious invitation to mob ferocity as this bill; wbat a clamour would have arisen from
dissenting pulpit and publication. Aye, and much more justly than their general revilings of the Church. But such a production could not have emanated from them, or if it could would have drawn down instant rebuke. How different is the spirit of that bill from the gentle unobtrusive, but practical, suggestions of the Rev. Canon Parkinson's pamphlet, from wbich we have given extracts. Let the people read both and put it to “Common Sense”—which is the poor man's real friend; the anxious Minister of the Church, or the factious and reviling preacher, whose religion is the Anti-corn-law league? Those who read the bill will, we tbink, regard the religion, the temple, the preacher, the votaries, and the text-bill, all worthy of each other. There is no mistaking the seditious, incendiary, vindictive, and vile tendency of it.
They cannot pretend that they are speaking of a system only, and not of those wbo defend the corn law, when they hold up to the rage and hatred of their deluded bearers “the MONSTER MONOPOLY.” No; they take care the mob shall not make that mistake. They use the personal pronoun "who"; they take care to impute what cannot belong to a system—" wilful cruelty”; a cruel desire, and “delight”; which, if it existed, would be as wanton and silly, as the accusation of it is infamous and wicked. The words of this disgraceful dissenting preaching under pretence of religion, are “Who delights in dear food, no work, broken hearts," &c., &c.
If these be the printed revilings, we may guess that the lecture, less guarded, must be rich indeed in slander and quackery.
Whether this " celebrated Anti-corn-Law Advocate," as he modestly puffs himself, is one of those to be paid out of the funds of the League we do not know. But the same strain of invective against those, who differ from tbeir views of the Corn laws, is continually visible in their placards and proceedings. The tendency of their placards speeches and devices has been to represent the agriculturists, and others opposed to them, as monopolists and monsters, who would deprive the poor of Bread and depress his wages; though any profits arising from depressed wages must obviously pass into the pockets not of the agriculturists, but of the wealthy and overgrown “millocrats," wbo are using these means to carry
their point—whether that point be party triumph, personal advantage, or really the advantage of the nation. Factitious signatures to petitions, religious pretences, Dissenting preachers, Sunday school teachers, fana. tical women, all devices and instruments, are tried to prejudice the people, and make them regard the agriculturists and those, who contend for the policy of employing them instead of foreigners, as not only authors, but wilful authors of distress and sufferings. Whatever be the merits of their theory, or the power of their money, we fearlessly predict, that these wicked and revolutionary excitements will not serve, but rather obstruct, the advance of their scheme. The people of England have not yet forgotten the French Revolution, nor the horrors enacted when, in that day of disgrace to human nature, the mob were goaded on by the cry of “cheap bread” and “down with the aristocrats," to deeds, at which the very demons might stand aghast, and of which, before that time, imagination could not have conceived beings bearing the form of man capable. To these deeds their incendiary publications and speeches, and to such deeds must tend all speeches and publications representing to the poor the majority of the nation, represented in Parliament, as “ Monsters"-Monopolists" “ DELIGHTING in dear food—no work, and hroken hearts"; as creators of famine “crushing down” the energies —"and sucking the life blood of the Nation”!
And these men pretend to turn up their eyes at the revolutionary movements of the Chartists. Mischievous as we believe the latter to be, they are at all events open in their designs, and do not mask hostility to existing institutions under the profession of either religion, or of promoting other interests than their own.
To these horrible falsehoods and wicked incitements of the rage of ignorant people against all, who may not be convinced by the theories, nor intimidated by the terrors of the league, are superadded a list of blessings (promised as impudently as in a Quack advertisement, or even at the Reform bill ten years ago) all falsely said to be intercepted by the « Monster" who “delights” in the misery of the
poor. CHEAP PROVISIONS, PLENTY OF EMPLOYMENT, GOOD WAGES, and HAPPY HOMES!!! all
flourish in capitals, with notes upon notes of admira. tion. The people are to believe, that the repeal of the corn laws will repeal man’s avarice, the invention of machinery, the desire of making fortunes, or of employing workmen at the lowest possible rate of wages. And this Stuff is addressed to the “Common Sense” of the English people. Why did not the man give full swing to his imagination; and promise, that henceforth it should no longer rain “cats and dogs," but roast beef and plum pudding; and that the tender sympathetic “ Ladies” of Colne should walk on stilts, to avoid scalding their delicate toes with the bot gravy, and melted butter, with which the kennels should overflow. The one would be just as capable of proof as the other.
The concluding appeal to the Ladies of Colne inviting them to tread in the steps of those furies of the French Revolution, the Fishwomen of Paris, and urge on the “moving millions to " smite to death,” to be blessed with the sweet music of his dying groans," &c., &c., is another fine specimen of the "religion” of these dissenters; and makes us feel rather comfortable, that their agent Mr. Bonner bas only the name of the celebrated Popisb tormenter; and that he commands neither the flames of hell nor the racks of the Inquisition; but, luckily for us, only the printer's devil and the Billsticker's pasting-rod. If it were not for the awful state of delusion, or the diabolical spirit of persecution and malice of wbich this bill is an evidence, we should laugh at the pompous and stale bombast of the “long pull and the strong pull,” &c. For we are quite sure that the rope at which they are to pull is made up of such heterogeneous materials, and is so rotten, that it will soon break, and let Mr. Bonner and his
sympathising Ladies(!) roll over together in the mire. These are some of the fruits of modern dissent. Let pious men, and those zealous for the trutb, as it is in Jesus