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surely, such an important matter should be left to Parliament. There never was a time when we stood more in need of all the exertions that could possibly be made. Let Parliament then try, at least, to unite those of every rank, of every sect, of every class of the community, the rich and the poor, the Englishman and the Irishman, the Catholic and the Protestant, the Church of England man, and the Dissenter!
Mr. Estcourt explained. He meant nothing offensive by the word phalanx.
Mr. Methuen, one of the Members for the County, begged leave to state, that he never saw the Address till it was that day brought forward by Mr. Calley. He had signed the Requisition, without considering it as any pledge of the conduct he might adopt. He meant to reserve his opinion till he could state it in his place in the House of Commons, as the question would there be more fully and fairly discussed. After such a blaze of eloquence as they had heard, there was but little chance of Gentlemen like himself, not used to public speaking, being beard with attention. With regard to the Pope, he had no fear of himthough he was inclined to think a veto or some security desirable; and with regard to the present discussion, he could only compare the chance which supporters of the resolution had against the noble fords, to the chance which the Pope had against Bonaparte.
Mr. Calley said in explanation, that the meeting had been called, not for the purpose of preventing Parliament from taking the claims of the Catholics into consideration, but
for the purpose of letting them know the sense of the country. Of the old man the Pope in Rome he was not afraid ; but if the Catholics were to be admitted to power without the veto, Bonaparte would have a strong hold through him in this country. He might then say,
I will overturn the constitution of Great Britain. Why, the Protestants in the situation of the Catholics would do the very same. If he had a relation or connection, and a place or pension were at his disposal, he would let him have it in preference to any other person.
Lord Holland said, he did not know with what view the meeting had been called; but it was easy to see with what view the resolution had been framed. The Hon. Gentleman (Mr. Calley), went beyond Catholics or Papists themselves, for he seemed to tbink the Pope could work miracles.
Mr. Robert Gordon wished to call the attention of the meeting to the late glorious defence of Canada, in which the Catholics and Protestants were equal participators. In that country there was no distinction between the two religions. He had lived much with Catholics, and he had relations of that persuasion; and he could not bear to have it said that the Catholics would wish to overturn the constitution, or that Catholic gentlemen of property would wish to do that which would be the means of having their own estates taken from them. He recommended to the consideration of the meeting, the very moderate and christian address of the clergy of the diocese of Exeter. They had come forward in