Cobden as a Citizen; A Chapter in Manchester History
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...Sir Oswald Mosley, the Lord of the Manor of Manchester," and in proposing it the boroughreeve said "he should not be sorry when we abandoned him, for he thought the time was now come for a change." This was a significant evidence of the public feeling on the subjecl;. Meanwhile the petition for incorporation was being signed and on 10th March, 1838, Cobden proceeded by railway to London and was joined on Monday by Mr. William Neild. The petition, a sheet nearly one hundred yards in length, bore 11,830 signatures, and was deposited at the Privy Council Office. The Anti-Corporators replied by a petition which was said to have 31,947 signatures. The petition for incorporation having been presented to the Privy Council 21st March, 1838, it was ordered to be taken into consideration on 1st May. The commissioners to inquire into the contending petitions arrived in Manchester on 24th May, 1838, and took up their abode in the York Hotel, which then adjoined the Town Hall. Captain J. Jebb and Mr. Alexander Gordon having had some unsatisfactory experience of holding such inquiries in open court, decided to exclude the general public, but admitted Mr. Cobden to represent the "Corporators," and Mr. James Crossley to be the mouthpiece of the "Anti-Incorporators." As the inquiry divided into districts, Mr. George Wilson, Mr. William Neild, and Mr. George Smith also appeared for, and Mr. Thomas Flintoff, Mr. Henry Barker, and Mr. Moss against the Charter. A meeting of the Tory committee was immediately summoned for their funds were already exhausted.1 The scrutiny disclosed a curious state of affairs as the result of the union of extreme Radicals and extreme Tories. Some of the canvassers were engaged by the...
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