HC Deb 11 July 1831 vol 4 cc1014-5
Lord Morpeth

presented a Petition from Bradford, in favour of Annual Parliaments, Vote by Ballot, and Universal Suffrage. He wished to take that opportunity to state in reply to some accusations thrown out by Members opposite, that, he had never tampered with the people by making them undue promises, and had always, when he thought it right, opposed, as frankly as he should do on this occasion, the prayers of their petition. He could not coincide with the petitioners.

Mr. Hunt

, in supporting the petition, said, it had been agreed to at a very large meeting, and the petitioners had clone him the honour to give him a vote of thanks. He had always entertained opinions similar to what the petitioners had expressed. Those opinions were becoming more general than his Majesty's Ministers were aware of. He recollected a boy at Preston—he would not detain the House a infinite—he recollected meeting with a lad at. Preston, who said to him, "Mr. Hunt, if we are too poor to vote for Members of Parliament, I think we are too poor to pay taxes."

Petition laid on the Table.