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♦ MR. H. RICHARD, M.P.,ON THE BALLOT, AND THE WELSH ELECTIONs.-At a meeting in favour of the ballot, held in London last week, Mr H. Richard said:—"There was no other question on which the arguments were so much on one side as that of the ballot. The objections urged against it were singu- larly weak, and many of the opponents stood self- convicted in doing in other directions that which the ballot would effect in the political world. In order to avoid slight social inconveniences, which were as dust in the balance compared with what working men and labourers must undergo if they attempted to act upon their own convictions, these aristocratic opponents of the ballot elected their club members by it. He was not sure we should not see the day when bishops were elected by ballot. (Laughter.) A very clever work had just been written by an Irish clergyman urging that in choos- ing a bishop, the custom of the New York d ocesan synod should be adopted, and the ballot used Some people asserted that the ballot was destructive of the dignity of human nature. (Laughter ) If some of the holders ot such an opinion could have seen the sights he saw in Wales during the late election, they would acknowledge there was an exhibition of hu- miliation and dishonour which ought to put them out of conceit for ever with the present system of open voting. He contended strongly for the ballot for Wales; for there was no part of the United Kingdom where it was more imperatively required. The great bulk of Welshmen were Nonconformists, and consequently Liberals. The great landed pro- prietors were Churchmen and Tories, who held very exalted notions in both capacities. As regarded religion, the people of Wales had once for all shaken off the yoke of the landlords after two centuries of persecution. It was not so in politics, although during the late elections they had returned 23 Liberal members out of 31 sent to the House of Commons by the Principality. The victories were gained in the teeth of much oppression and suffer- ing, and he believed if there were perfect freedom of election, there would not be a single Tory or doubtful Liberal returned from Wales. Therefore, he desired to see the ballot established. (Cheers.) He hoped this was the beginning of a victorious agitation throughout the entire country."

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