"Yeadon - The "great
fact" of a Conservative News Room having been established in this citadel
of Whig corruption has given great offence to the "no monopolist
Not being able, however, to dent the "fact" their
"tools" - the "moral force chartists"- have been brought
into requisition in order to vilify and misrepresent, according to their usual
custom, the subscribers of the said news room.
What sum from the "League
Fund" these persons will receive for their share in the dirty business is
not yet ascertained.
Probably 5s a day with "gin and water" will not
now be considered an adequate recompense for their absolutely necessary
The Whigs are but a helpless party without their aid and hirelings
know it : doubtless they will avail themselves of this circumstance and demand
a higher remuneration, something proportionate to their unquestionable
The manufacturers of the paragraph
which lately appeared in a Whig Radical journal of a neighbouring town, assert
that a majority of the subscribers to this news room are "extreme
It is to be hoped that they are liberal according to the
legitimate meaning of the term - it is known that they are not extreme liberals
"according to the phraseology of the Yeadon Whigs" or as exemplified
by their practices.
Perhaps a reason may be found why they are not
"extreme liberals" in the sense that these pompous oracles would
insinuate, from the fact that a "majority" of them are members of the
temperance society and are seldom found in the pot-house tap-room where the
flippant orators assemble nightly to dogmatise.
Then, how very ingeniously these gentry
contrive to exhibit the poison of their sectarian malice, by some
supposed connection that is said to exist between a "steeple house" -
the "fulminations" of the "Leeds Intelligencer" and a
"Conservative news room".
Where the points of resemblance are must be
left to the sagacious readers of the "liberal" organ to determine.
all who know the causes of this reference it will be easy to perceive that it
is merely the resuscitation of the spectre of a stale and almost forgotten
transaction- a dressing-up of the hash and a seasoning of second hand dishes to
suit the religious palates of their bigoted employers.
Symptoms of dissension have already
manifested themselves in the hireling camp, arising out of a discussion as
to who should put an extinguisher upon the hopes of Conservatism in this
place, through the columns of a league print.
They may rest assured however,
that this course will be unnecessary as there exists no intention of noticing
any more of the insignificant ravings of the paid supporters of a vile and
corrupt faction. Correspondent".
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling
Further comment by Christine Lovedale
This letter gives some indication of the bitter rivalry
which existed in the 19thC between the Whigs and the Tory or Conservative
The Whigs supported Free Trade, the abolition of slavery, the voting
franchise being extended and non-conformist religious worship, they were
succeeded by the Liberal Party in the latter half of the 19thC.
Conservatives upheld the established Church of England, the Monarchy, the landowners and the status quo.
Politics are of course much more involved than this