Anti-Catholic and anti-Whig poster, 1830
PRO HO 44/19, nos. 114-15

Our Protestant Constitution,
Ancient Institutions of my Country for ever!
TO prevent that abominable measure of Roman Catholic Emancipation, I presented a requisition to the Sheriff for a Meeting on the subject, signed by one hundred respectable names. Supposing what might be the fate of the same, and the reason he would assign for his refusal, I endeavoured to shew him what was the sense of the County in regard to his conduct, in case of his obstinate denial; and also to propose a vote of impeachment against the Duke of Wellington and Mr. Peel. Upon this a bastard Whig Magistrate, a friend to Roman Catholic Emancipation, an enemy to our ancient Constitution, sent to the aforenamed Duke and Gentlemen, and under pretence that my proceeding might produce disturbance, requested to know what was to be done. Mr. Peel and the Duke quickly decided, and used that power placed in their hands for the welfare of the State, to prevent that attack upon and censure of their own conduct, which they deserved from all true Protestants, and which the Duke and Mr. Peel knew they would surely meet with, and they required me to be bound over to keep the peace, and promise not to go to the Meeting I advertised I would attend, or that I should be committed to prison*; and here an apostate Protestant Lord Lieutenant joined them, writing to the Bishop against me. And now forsooth they would have me be silent, and under pretext of what I shall say being irrelative to the business of the meeting, put me down. But I am not to be so duped and to be put down by them. No, nor by all the Whigs conjointly †. And be not you, my Protestant brethren. Remember, if there is any thing irrelative brought forward, they have to thank themselves for it. I would have had a meeting for the purpose, and they would not allow it. I must, therefore, endeavour to take advantage of circumstances as I did before; nevertheless, we may have perfect unanimity in petitioning for the repeal of the Malt and Beer Tax, in this I am agreed with them, the repeal of such taexs [sic] is what I proposed years ago, so that it is my own motion, and they would take it out of my hands and get credit with you for it; but the tax on Malt and Beer had been off years back, had it not been for their covetousness, in that they regarded their own welfare before yours, and if it is not now taken off it is through this ‡. Be not therefore deluded, but petition

for the repeal of the Malt and Beer Tax unanimously, in this the poor pay 200 per cent. tax, and it ought to have been the first tax taken off. But while unanimous for the repeal of this tax, be equally so, my Protestant brethren, in expression of your sense of the conduct of the Duke of Wellington and Mr. Peel.

In the Hall I shall endeavour to mark their conduct. Remember how the Duke of Wellington has dismissed two Military Officers. Also how the Duke and Mr. Peel have broken in upon your Constitution by their own confession. Remember how they are allying themselves with Tyrants, such as Roman Catholics, Turks, Miguelites, the chief of the latter, report says, they are striving to get recognized against the will and wish of his Majesty. Remember to what a state they have brought things. How distressing both to Manufacturers and Agriculturists, and hold up both your hands against them, and let your cry be, down, down with them. Let them be impeached.

The Constitution of my Country I admired - I venerated. Under it England prospered, liberty flourished, and Britain fought and conqured, [sic] and the people were happy. The ancient Institutions of my Country, such as its Protestant Universities, I venerated, and do so still. They may have faults, but compared with every thing like them, they are faultless.

It is well known I have endeavoured to amend our University, but while I do this I will uphold it and its sister with all my power, and our glorious Constitution likewise, and this in spite of bastard Whigs and apostate Protestants, whether Magistrates and Sheriffs, or Lord Lieutenants, with even the Duke of Wellington and Mr. Peel to head them. Protestants, do you join me. Is not our ancient Constitution worth contending for? or shall we cowardly resign it, and idstead [sic] of handing down what our ancestors procured with their blood, shall we tacitly surrender it to a bully of a Roman Catholic, because he has bullied the Duke of Wellington? I will not so give it up. I will contend for it. Join me, my Protestant Friends; never despair; never desist, and then we shall have back what we have lost. A contest for our Constitution there must be, unless we would surrender it to Roman Catholics, and now is the time to have it, ere the sword is fully wrested from us and altogether turned against us. Take, then, a lesson from our enemies. Behold their activity and perseverance. Imitate it, and you conquer; join me, persevere with me, and you do so. Protestants! come forward against the Duke of Wellington and those that would deprive you of your Constitution and your ancient Institutions, and defend them to the last. The statesmen who would deprive us of them are our enemies. Impeach them.



Your most obedient Servant,

Kingston, near Caxton, Cambridgeshire,
21st January, 1830.

* I would not be bound to keep the peace though I promised not to go to the Meeting, because I did not wish to go in opposition to the Magistrates, and moreover knew they could prevent my going by committing me to prison, now, however, it is otherwise, and they must excuse me if I have my own way, and you see me at your County Meeting.
† I early, though unwittingly, began to be an enemy to them. At eight years old, upon my first going to Westminster School, Lord Henry Petty, the present Marquis of Lansdown, came to me with others, cutting jokes upon me, as is customary with a new boy, till tired of their impertenance, I gave his Lordship a good box on the ear, fortunately for me, he was the greatest coward in the school, but I was freed from disturbance. I mention this because his Lordship is the head of the Whigs, and he was of late Secretary of State for the Home Department, whereas he was as much fit for a Minister as the most timid old woman. He may screw himself up for an occasion, but he has the spirit of the boy within him.
‡ Thus you see what a true Whig is. One that will serve his own turn first. The Whigs of the present day should be called Wigs, inasmuch as they are without principle, and have not sense to conceal it. Most of them are infidels or little better, and are guilty of the greatest duplicity - professing, for instance, a regard to Cambridge and its University and the Constitution, yet subverting and supplanting the former by an infidel University in London.

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