King John castle Limerick

Westmeath Journal

6 November 1828

LONGFORD BRUNSWICK CLUB, At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of LONGFORD, and the adjacent Baronies, held in the Court–House, on Monday the 27th day of Oct. 1828:– The Right Hon. the Earl of Longford, in the Chair. The following Resolutions were unanimously adopted: 1st – Moved by Sir George Fetherston, Bart., M.P. seconded by Alexander Kingston, Esq. – That a Club be formed to be called the BRUNSWICK CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB OF LONGFORD, on the principle of preserving the integrity of our Protestant Constitution. 2d Resolution – Moved by William L. Galbraith, Esq., High Sheriff, seconded by Rev. Robert Jessop – That the Persons now present who choose to subscibe the above Resolution, be Members of the Club, upon paying the Annual Subscription to the same, and that all Persons who shall hereafter be desirous of becoming Members, shall be admitted upon the recommendation of three of the Committee. 3d Resolution – Moved by John Thompson, Esq. and seconded by Thomas Auchmuty, Esq., J.P. – That the club have a President, Vice–Presidents, Committee, Treasurer, and Secretary. 4th Resolution – Moved by John Fetherston, Esq., J.P., seconded by Rev. Wm. Digby. That the Right Hon. the Earl of Longford, be requested to accept the Office of President. 5th Resolution – Moved by John Dopping, Esq., seconded by Rev. Charles H. Minchin – That the Marquis of Chandos, Viscount Lorton, Sir George Fetherston, Bart., Sir Hugh Crofton, Bart., Colonel Auchmuty, Major Blackall, and Major Bond, be appointed Vice Presidents, and that the Committee have power to add to their number. 6th Resolution – Moved by John Robinson, Esq., J.P., seconded by Rev. Richard St. George – That the following Officers and a Committee of Management be appointed – Thomas Auchmuty, Esq., J.P., Secretary. John Fetherston, Esq., J.P., Treasurer. COMMITTEE. Charles Armstrong, Esq. Samuel Hazlewood, Esq. Richard Armstrong, Esq. John Kinsly, Esq. Thomas Auchmuty, Esq. W.B. Montford, Esq. William Coates, Esq. Rev. C. Minchin Alexander Dudgeon, Esq. John M'Clelland, Esq. Thos. H. Ennis, Esq. Robert Moore, Esq. John Fetherston, Esq. J.A. Richardson, Esq. Rev. R. Flood Rev. R. St. George Captain Fitzgerald Thomas Slemmon, Esq. Arthur Goslan, Esq. Richard Twigg, Esq. Huband Gregg, Esq. W.A. Williamson, Esq. The Earl of Longford having left the Chair, and Sir G.R. Fetherston having been called thereto – It was moved by Molyneux W. Shuldam, Esq. and seconded by Thomas Auchmuty, Esq. – That the warm thanks of this meeting be presented to the Earl of Longford for his very dignified conduct in the Chair. G.H. Fetherston, Chairman.

LONGFORD BRUNSWICK CLUB. Monday last was a glorious day for Longford. The hearts of the Longford Protestants were revived, and a brighter day has arisen upon them – thanks to the much respected Earl of Longford. From an early hour the Protestant yeomanry, all most decently clad, were seen entering the town in small parties until 12 o'clock came, when two thousand at least were assembled in & near the Co. Hall, notwithstanding the shortness of the notice given for the meeting. At half–past 12 the following respectable persons ascended the platform, and were received ith the most enthusiastic cheering:– Right Hon. the Earl of Longford, Sir George R. Fetherstone, M.P.; Captain J. Fetherstone, J. Shouldham, Esq., R. Dopping, Esq., J. Achmuty, Esq., Major Bond, – Galbraith, Esq., High Sheriff; – Thompson, Esq., J. Robinson, senior, Esq., J. Robinson, jun., Esq., – Sandys, Esq., J. Bickerstaff, Esq., Alexander Kingston, Esq., Arthur J. Kingston, Esq., – Williamson, Sovereign, Esq., &c. The Clergy of the established Church of the town and Co. were also around the platform. The Earl of Longford, having taken the Chair explained in a clear, and dignified manner the object of Brunswick Clubs, and the conduct that became its members exhorting the meeting to peaceful and inoffensive behaviour towards all men, and especially to their Roman Catholic countrymen. His Lordship was followed by Sir G.R. Fetherstone, M.P., who declared that from his youth his principles were those which placed the House of Brunswick on the throne, and that he would carry those principles with him to the grave. He lamented the delusion under which the Roman Catholic peasantry of Ireland existed at present; and observed, that they had been so worked upon by the evil counsels of designing demagogues, as to exchange the quiet benevolent dispositions they had formerly possessed for feelings the most sanguinary and ferocious. Sir George concluded a spirited speech by recommending firmness and moderation. J. Achmuty, Esq. addressed the Meeting in a chaste and classical speech, observing, that all he had read, and all he had seen, confirmed him daily more and more in the opinion, that it would be the height of folly to commit political power into the hands of Roman Catholics until they renounced the doctrines which they professed to hold, and hoped that the Protestants of the Empire would raise their voices at this important period, and exclaim with the Barons of old – "Nolumus leges Angliae mutari". The Rev. William Digby delivered a powerful speech, replete with historical knowledge and sound reasoning, which rivited the attention of the assemblage for nearly two hours; and was followed by the Rev. Richard St. George, who in a strain of irony and humour, highly amused his audatory. He alluded to the harangue delivered some time ago from one of the windows of the head inn by Mr. O'Connell to a numerous mob, which he said was a specimen of what might be expected should he at a "future" day revisit Longford to oppose the member who would not submit to be his puppet. The observations of Mr. St. George here called forth bursts of laughter, and he concluded an animated speech in which he was repeatedly cheered, by exhorting the gentry of the country to support the religious societies of the country, and entreated the Protestant Yeomanry to preserve peace and good will towards all men. After excellent addresses from the Rev. C.H. Minchin, J. Dopping, Esq., J. Robinson, Esq., each manly and sensible, and which called forth loud bursts of approbation, the meeting broke up at half past three o'clock in the most orderly manner, and quietly returned to their respective homes. In the evening Sir George Fetherston entertained the Earl of Longford, the Gentry, and Clergy, at Ardagh house. Thousands have enrolled their names in the county of Longford, as members of the Brunswick Clubs. Every resolution was carried unanimously. Several Roman Catholics were present, and some of them respectable shopkeepers of the town.

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