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MEIITIIYR TYDVIL. AND BRECON, February 24, 1838. It will be seen by our Parliamentary Report that a Petition from Merthyr Tydvil, signed I y persons, was presented to the House of Commons by Mr Grote, on Friday evening last atltl gave rise, as well it might, to some conver- as to the propriety of its reception by the HouSe. The prayer of the Petition was of tlie ) Ost revolutionary tendency. It asked for ^'llot—short Parliaments—Universal Suffrage -(or sufferance, as we lately heard it called by SOlne Merthyr Petitioners) and an Elective- I ^use of Peers. Now we beg, with all hu- | n,,llty, to ask-where, and at what public meet- J '"g of tile inhabitants this Petition was voted? j wo should be further glad to be enlightened I i*8 'o any fifiy names of known and respectable | lr,v'iduals attached to it ? And wliy, may we ask, Was it entrusted to Mr Grote,—and that j to° a day after bis motion for the Ballot ? Why i uot P'ace(l i'1 l'ie hands of the Radical ^"ber for the Borough ? We have no doubt ,a Was presented by Mr Grote a day sub- Seqlle "t to the Ballot discussion, lest a Petition ^^racing such wholesale revolution should a^e a'arnied many of the Gentlemen who voted "h the sitting Member for London on that Iccasion. They would have been frightened at e of the truth which the Alerthyr eli er0n and have perceived tiiat the real object of the Ballot-mongers was Hevo- lution. Y\7e have since the presentation of the Merthyr Petition endeavoured to ascertain from what "hole-and-corner" it sprnng- who were its authors and contrivers; but aii we h ;vc dis- covered by our inquiries is, that a Lawyer's Clerk, almost unknown to the place, but doubt- less acting under the sanction of his employer, was very busy among the workmen obtaining signatures to a Petition, which we snppose llIay have been the Petition in question but we will venture to aflirm that not one in a hundred of the petitioners knew the object of the document he was signing, or could comprehend the effect of the prayer to which lie was made a party. We know enough of Merthyr Petitions fear- lessly to affirm that they on frequent occasions, been staled (by those who have hawked them about for signatures) to mean one thing, when they prayed for anotiter; and that many weak and thoughtless persons, who signed such Petitions on the faith of those who brought them, have repented of their hasty credulity. We see by the Parliamentary Report that the Petition was ultimately received, "aftera few words from Afr Guest." We should like to know what those few words" were. We are not afraid to hazard the conjecture, that they neither approved of the language of Hie Petition nor vouched for the respectability of the Peti- tioners. A more flagrant" humbug," (we must use the word, for it is the true superlative of imposition,) was never palmed upon the House than this Merthyr Tydvil Petition and it is due to the respectable portion of the inllabitants to rescue them from au inference so-All" to their constitutional principles is this Petition would sanction, and to rescue them from the imputation of joining in the Jacob nism of the muddled politicians of the Beer Houses u ho, if they are unable to sig-II their names, are just equal, by the aid of a Lawyer's C:erk, to come to the scratch," and who would as readily sign their own death warrant as that of the Constitu- tion, in their blind and slilpid compliance with the solicitations of the wicked and designing.

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