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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS
OF THE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.
GUILDFORD, TUESDAY, 8th APRIL, 1834.
THIS Meeting was convened pursuant to ad- vertisement. About 19 o'clock thirteen members being present, W. Tanner, Esq, was called to the chair. He opened the proceedings by remark , ing that, as a matter of form, it would be as well first to inquire how far the objects of the pre * sent Meeting wer6 consistent with the rules and ? regulations of the Society.
The Secretary (Mr. Brockman) here read the Rules and Minutes of the Proceedings of the So- ciety ; but no rule was found to justify the Society in enteitaining a quesiion of this nature.
After a desultory conversation it being con- ceived that Precedents were not wanting to sanction the discussion of the question, the business of tlhe day was entered upon.
Mr. W. Trimmer stated that he regretted the task devolved upon him to explain to the Meeting the objects the members whp had caused it to be convened had in view, being unpractised in these matters He would, however, read from a paper lie held in his hand, such remarks as had occurred
to him to be applicable to the question under their j consideration. The Meeting, he said, was called for a special purpose, u to address the Governor in Council, praying to be furnished with a detailed statement of the Revenue raised in the Colony, and the Expenditure thereof." The manner in which tlie advertisement of this Meeting had been met tyy thv local Government, called for the strongest indignation, the object the members of this Meet- ing had in view being termed impertient. He knew that such an expression had been made use of, and if called upon, he could prove it. The Colonists had an undoubted right to make every inquiry respecting the disposal of funds collected in the Colony, and he must say that a remark like the one he had alluded to, was, to say the least of it, indecent-when it was well known that a British subject was entitled to approach the throne to pray for even the dismissal of His Majesty's Ministers. The question at issue is, whether we are to submit to the arbitratory taxation, without a Representative in the Council,and to bedebaired from a knowledge of the manner in which the funds are disposed of, not seeing them directed to useful purposes. On the Guildford road large sums had been expended, and an appointment given to Lieut. Dale with a salary, to make a road and a few small bridges, which might 'have been the work of a rough carpenter-and, singularly enough, the improvements on the Perth side terminated at the branch road leading to the private residence of the Honorable the Colonial Secretary. Mr. Trim- mer continued in a general vituperative strain to condemn the public works of the Government, and lioped befóte long to find that the representatives of the Colonists would be chosen by ballot. (Cheers.) Ile concluded by moving a resolution "4h at a Committee of the Members now present be appointed to draw up a Petition to His Honor the Lieutenant Governor in Council, praying for an account of the Receipt and' Expenditure of the Colonial Revenue ; and that the said Commit- tee do wait upon the Council for their reply "
[We have merely space for the general heads of Mr. Trimmers remarks.]
Mr. Haï ris then rose. He observed that being a recent settler, he had not intended to take part in the discussion ; but, objecting to the reception by the Meeting of the expression said by Mr. Trimmer to have been used by an indi /idual mem- ber of the Government, he could not avoid noticing that the Society ought not to entertain the reflection as the feeling of the local Government. He wished in the proceedings of the Society to avoid any thing that could bear the slightest aspect of hostili- ty, and thought it a question for a General Meet ing of the Inhabitants, who are equally interested, and of whom the Agriculturists formed but a small, although influential portion.
[It was here remarked that there was no Sheriff to call a Meeting. The subject of the obnoxious expression attributed to one of the Members of the Government was canvassed in a general conversa- tion, when the Secretary^observed; that it did not form any portion of the business of the day, and
was not entered cm the Minutes. A unanimous
opinion was then expressed that all further allusion to the subject should be avoided.]
Mr. Harris continued. He would rather that the present question should be postponed, as the Governor was daily expected, and probably wowld
bring with him the new act of Parliament for the Colony, with directions to establish a Representa- tive Government. But if it was the determination of a majority of the members to carry the question, he would propose an amendment to Mr. Trimmer's motion, from a eonviction that if was a question for the public at large, and more particularly as he thought the Agricultural Society should not constitute themselves a political body. He would move as an amendment, " that a Committee of the Members present should draw up the form of a Petition to be submitted to a Public Meeting of
Mr/ Bull-I think this goes further than the original proposition, and will be more likely to produce the effect ; I will therefore second it.
Mr. Yule-It appears to me, that it would be more prudent, and, indeed, modest, to request the Colonists to attend a public Meeting. It would seem as if we, as a society, were taking the affairs of the Colony into our own hands, when there are others generally interested.
Mr. Harris remarked that he would consent to
I withdraw his amendment, if the Society would ¡ agree that a*deputation should wait upon the Go I vernmeni, to inquire whether it was the intention ¡ of Government to publish an account of Receipts
and Expenditure of the Colony : he believed the question had never been asked officially, and it would perhaps be found that there was no disin- clination to comply with the wish of the Colonists, A deputation might do some good by suggesting
to the Government the assistance it would be to
the Settlers, the being allowed to pay the obnoxi- ous tax in wheat or other grain, which, in the present scarcity of money,' it could not be denied, would greatly relieve the Agriculturists.'
The Chairman put the question for Mr. Harjis's amendment, which was negatived. Mr. Trimmer's original proposition was carried.
Messrs. Tanner, Trimmer, and Capt. Meares, were chosen as a deputation to wait upon His Honor the Lieutenant Governor in Council with the Petition.