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TO THE EDITOR OF THE GAZETTE AND GUARDIAN SIR,-A few days ago, the Times, in an article as much distinguished for its characteristic virulence as for its habitual disregard of truth, took occasion, from a malignant report of the proceedings of the Corporation Commissioners given in the Oxford Herald, to make an invidious attack on the Corpora- tion of Banbury and on the conduct of Lord Bute, who, as High Steward of the borough and by his property in the neighbourhood, has a'natural and legitimate connexion with the place. The heavy pleasantry of the Times was expended on the article, and the simplicity with which it adopted the fiction of the Oxford Herald and commented on it as it dealing with fact, was as amusing as that of the American who considered the Diversions of Pur- ley" to be a jest book. The Corporation of Banbury returned one Mem- ber to Parliament, and not two, as was.stated in tile Times; tliel-e- never was an inhabitant of the town who possessed a single qualification for the oilice. The members of the Corporation were all in trades or professions, and it was natural that having the power, they should exercise it in favour of or on the recommendation of those by whom their private interests and the general advantage of the town could be promoted. What is it, that under the miracle-working Reform Bill has, and ever will I have, its influence upon those by whom Members of Parliament are returned I No purer motive cer- tainly than influenced the Corporation of Banbury in their devotion to the interests of a family by which themselves had been individually served, and the interests of the town. What Banbury has become under this supposed corrupt influence, let those who know it speak. It was once the reproach of the county of Oxford—it is now its ornament—it was once a marsh and a quagmire-it is now one of the neatest and the cleanest boroughs in England. To effect the great improvements in the town an Act of Parliament was necessary, and by whom was the expense defrayed?- by the Marquis of Bute. There is not a local charity to which he does not liberally contribute, nor a case of individual distress that, if made known to him, he does not generously relieve. Is there nothing in these things to excite a feeling of respect and gratitude In those whe are the objects of them ? It may be in the nature of a Reform Bill to destroy such an influence, and to scatter to the winds all the bonds which have hitherto been deemed sacred and honourable. Is dn annual dinner to a Corporation a moral or a political offence ?—an offence it will be to the uninvited— hinc illte lachrymee. The smell of venison which could not be reached has engendereitouler passions, than did the luxury effect in demoralizing the partakers of the Corporation banquet. 1 he town of Banbury ever has been, and it may be safely predicted ever will be, under some infiuence baneful or ad vantageous. It is now ridden by the demon of a fierce and radical democracy; and yet so slavish that it does not hesitate to seek in all cases of ditIicultv the assistance of a benefactor so reviled: nor does it fail to find that the revenge of honourable men is to forgive, and to continue its course of liberality. Your obedient servant, p

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