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MR WHALLEY AND THE MERIONETHSHIRE ELECTION. The following correspondence appears in the last number of the Oswestry Advertizer, relative to the position taken by the unaccountable member for Peterborough in the recent Merionethshire Election (From John Jones, Esq., Frondderw.) SIR,-Since the termination of the Merionethshire election, my attention has been directed by Colonel Tot- tenham to reports in your paper of two speeches made in the course of the contest—one by him and the other by me. He is under the impression that a reflection has been cast upon his veracity, and, of course, is most anxious that his character should be cleared from such an imputation. I have never for a moment entertained a shadow of a doubt of Colonel Tottenham's truthfulness and if such a doubt had existed in my mind, I am furnished with copies of letters which prove conclusively to me that he was fully authorised by Mr Whalley to say all he did with respect to that gentleman. I take this opportunity of correcting that portion of your report of my observations which makes me say that "he (Mr Whalley) would support Mr Holland." I gave no intimation of this kind; and in the more correct report of the Carnarvon Herald the above words do not occur, or anything like them. I am, sir, yoar obedient servant, JOHN JONES. Frondderw, Bala, 21st Jaraary. (From a Correspondent.) I write this to ask you to do justice to Mr Whalley. In the Oswestry Advertizer of Jan. 12 you publish two speeches, one at Corwen by Col. Tottenham, and the other at Bala bv Mr Jones, Oswestry Advertizer of Jan. 12 you publish two speeches, one at Corwen by Col. Tottenham, and the other at Bala bv Mr Jones, of Vrondderw. In the first the colonel says Mr Wh illey sent me a letter yesterday saying-' I am called to Peterborough on Friday, and therefore cannot attend at Corwen or Bala; bu have no hesitation in repeating what I stated in conversation with you at Llangollen, viz., that if a conservative is to be re- turned for Merionethshire, no one could, in my opinion, render greater service to the county at the present juncture than your- self.' He (Mr Whalley) also states that Mr Holland's address is not satisfactory to him, as evidencing his claim to represent a Welsh county as a liberal. Mr Whalley dislikes Mr Gladstone, and considers him a dangerous man." Col. Tottenham also stated that Mr Whalley regretted he had no vote for the county, but assured him that, as a magistrate of this county, he would be most happy to give him (Col. Tottenham) every as- sistance-that he would attend meetings, or do anything Col. Tottenham wished, to assist him." In the Advertiser report of the liberal meeting at Bala, Mr Jones is represented to have said—" A letter had been addressed to him by Mr Whalley, whose name, as they were aware, had been very freely used by the tories, and especially in the neigh- bourhood of Bala, in which Mr Whalley distinctly stated that the conservatives had no authority for the use of his name, and that it had been done entirely without his authority or cogniz- ance. Mr Whalley had sent special messages from Ruabon to explain that he was a liberal at heart, and that, as such, he would not support or lend his interest to the candidature of Col. Tottenham; ne would support Mr Holland." On reference to the Carnarvon Herald of Jan. 16. I And the same speech of Mr Jones's thus reported: '*I have to inform you that I have received a letter from G. H. Whalley, Esq., M.P. You will remember that a placard has been posted around the county, especially in this neighbourhood, stating that Mr Whalley was coming here for the purpose of promoting the election of Col. Tottenham. He has sent a man purposely down from Ruabon this evening with a letter to me, in which he contradicts that statement entirely. He says that he never authorised his name to be in any way con- nected with the election of CoL Tottenham for this county, adding that he is a liberal, and shall ever promote the liberal emuse." Now, the two reports, as you will perceive, are substantially the same: both state that Mr Whalley assured Mr Jones that the conservatives had no authority, in any way, to use his name as favouring the candidature of Col. Tottenham; only in one sentence the Advertizer report gives a stronger assertion than the Herald. The former says he" (Mr Whalley) "would support Mr Holland," the latter that "he" (Mr Whalley)" shall ever promote the Liberal cause." The differ- ence is like that between Tweedledum and Tweedledee; never- theless, as Mr Whalley, I understand, is aggrieved by the Advertizer report, I hasten to do him justice. I asked th*t Mr Whalley's letter should be given to the public that the interpretation might rest with the people, and I am now able to give one addressed to Mr Jones, which is as follows: "My dear Jones—I received this morning a letter from Mr Robert Roberts, with a placard, in which my name has been impropely inserted; and I think it right to furnish you at once, and by hand, with a copy of my reply. Not being on the register for Merioneth, I should not think of attending any meeting, except on the most distinct invitation but if, after rending my letter to Mr Roberts, you consider that I have done injus ice to Mr Holland, and that my views, one way or other, ought to be publicly expressed, I will at once attend anywhere you may suggest for that purpose. To all of you who are in the heat of a contest the only question will be that which is put by the Poll Clerk; but to those who, like myself, are per- mitted to look on, a further question occurs, namely, whether the liberal cause in Wales will be promoted by returning a member who will assuredly, if I am rightly informed, not repre- sent the views of nine out of ten of the liberals in Wales; and in the opinion that great responsibility attaches to those who so hastily accepted Mr Holland's views as satisfactory, I can inform you that I do not stand alone in this part of the country.—Yours truly, G. H. WHALLEY." So much for Mr Whalley's consistency as regards his letters. How about his position as the liberal member for Peterborough? According to Mr Whalley, Mr Holland will not represent the views of nine out of ten of the liberals of Wales"—so, I presume, a conservative who will not represent the tenth either is to be preferred I But who made Mr Whalley a judge over the electors of Merioneth, that he as a magistrate," should be ready to come and dictate to the 1,622 who, by a majority of 647, chose Mr Hol- land as their representative? It is a small matter, anyway, what Mr Whalley chooses to think he thinks, and with the words of Mr Breese, at the declaration of the poll, I leave him" Mr Whalley will, sooner or later, have to render his account to the electors of Peterborough," and I don't envy Mr Whalley the reckoning I" Dolgelley, Jan. 22. [Mr Jones, of Frendderw, says "in that portion ef the report" of the Bala meeting which alludes to Mr Whalley's alleged promise to support Mr Holland, he is incorrectly re- ported, and he calls our attention to the fact that the Herald did not have it so. In justice to our reporter we must uy We do not see a material difference in the reports. When a liberal M.P. sends a special messenger on a winter's day over the Welsh mountains to say "he will ever support the liberal cause," and this is stated at a meeting in support of Mr Holland, a liberal candidate, a reporter surely was not going far astray whon he understood it that Mr Whalley would support Mr Holland." Only he should have remembered it was Mr Whal- ley I-ED. 0. A.]






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