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THE NEW PROTECTIONIST CONFEDERATION. THE PARLIAMENTARY REGISTER. THAT party who have so long denounced agitationâwho have asserted that any organised body acting to procure a change in the laws, interferes unconstitutionally with the functions of the Legislatureâwho were never "weary of inveighing against the very existence, as well as the particular object of the Anti-Corn-law League, are now themselves following a similar course they have formed certainly a great association; they have commenced the holding of aggregate meetings; they have commenced the ordinary modes of action hitherto adopted by their oppo- nents. They have submitted their cause, however, to the test of public opinion, with little or no consciousness of so changed a policy, and with but vague ideas as to the result of their enterprise. They ffect. indeed, to believe that the public mind has already become weary of a sys- tem of which no man has yet seen more than the inci- pient result; and niake an essay upon the common sense of the country by calling for a national condemnation upon measures of most wide and extensive bearing, some of which are but just adopted, others of which are not yet in complete operation, and the chief of which had not possessed the force of law for more than three months when this new movement, began. Their darling object is to secure high prices for, and consequently scarcity ll1, the first necessaries of.life and they seek to gain the co-operation of the classes who are not directly interested III the production of food, by pro- mising them also the blessings of dearness; their highest notion of a prosperous state of society being that repre- sented in the apposite simile of the monkeys at Exeter Change, each of which preferred taking food from his neighbour's trough, entirely overlooking the fact that he, again, was robbed by another, while much of the com- mon stock of provisions fell to tho ground, and was en- tirely wasted, under this system of mutual interference. Such are the^principles of the" National Society for the Protection of British Capital and Industry;" and such the irrational and precipitate manner in which thev have commenced a crusade against the law of the land.. Now, in contemplating the present state of affairs, we are ready to admit two things. The first is, that consi- derable sufieiing may be occasioned in some quarters by the transition from the mischievous policy of restriction, to the SOUll system of freedom; and the next thing is Lhat some individuals may have changed their opinions with respect to free trade. But who are they ? Those who never understood the question, but took up, as thou- sands of the other side now do, the "cry" of a party; the selfish and mammon-seekers who are ready to go for any- thing that appears calculated to promote their immediate interest; and the old fixed-duty men who made a virtue of necessity when they supported total repeal. Of the success of this campaign in favour of restriction, there is no rational hope. It is certain that many worthy men, in all parts of the kingdom, are honestly and heartily in favour of what is called the Protective system; and even some Reformers are divided in opinion upon the subject. This must ever be the case it arises from the constitution of the human mind. Such men we respect, but it is impossible for them to strive successfully against principles which have obtained so strong a hold of the popular mind as those of unrestricted commerce have done. At the same time we must warn the friends of the po- pular cause not to commit the common mistake of des- pising their opponents. The Protectionists, however weak in grounds of argument, have much electoral influ- ence. Thousands of tenants-at-will can be brought to the pollâsome little manageable boroughs still mar the beauty of our political institutions; and there are many independent voters whose sympathies are with the old system and then it must always be borne in mind that the constituency forms but a small portion of the adult population; and even that out of the limited number whom the law qualifies, a considerable proportion are, at any given time, debarred from the franchise by some of the numerous harrassing restrictions with which it is surrounded. If four-fifths of the population were con- vinced upon any measure, still they might all be non- electors and consequently the remaining fiftn might decide just to the contrary. Besides, the new party have announced their determi- nation to make an effort with the registration. Especial attention must, therefore, bo given to the subject,. Elec- tors are too apt to be negligent until the usual time for a dissolution draws nigh. Such conduct is unwise at any time at present it would be suicidal. Shillings spent upon the registration, will save pounds in contests; hours of labour thus employed, will prevent weeks and months of vexation. The more votes a party can re- gister, not only is their victory more secure; but the probabilities of a contest are diminished. If an elector omits to register, nothing can compensate for the loss. Should an election come, he is disfranchised. Unforeseen circumstances may at any time bring on a general elec- tion unexpected occurrences may, in like manner, lead to single vacancies. Therefore, let every man prepare himself. Every borough voter who may have changed his resi- dence, (if free, or scot and lot), or cither his residence or qualification, (if a £10 voter,) should inform the over- seers; (or in the case of freemen the town clerk), by the 20th of this month, fully describing his present residence and qualification, which may save the annoyance of an objection, and the danger of a technical disqualification. No person who shall not have paid on or before the 20th instant, all poor rates and taxes due on the 5th of January can be on the register this year. All persons qualified for counties, if they have removed, or are otherwise incorrectly entered in the present re- gister, should send notice to the overseers of the parish in which the property is situated. It is best to have a duplicate notice, which the post-officials will stamp when the original is dispatched, and the production of which will be the evidence of service. The freehold movement must receive renewed atten- tion at a subsequent period; but at present the registra- tion is all important; and no one can be registered as a freeholder who was not in possession on the 31st of Ja- nuary last.

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