Leeds Times (28/Nov/1840) - Incorporation of Huddersfield
Incorporation of Huddersfield.
On Wednesday evening, according to our announcement last week, a public meeting of the inhabitants of the borough of Huddersfield, convened by the chief constable, was held in the Philosophical Hall, to take into consideration the propriety of petitioning the Queen in Council to grant a charter of incorporation to the borough, and a more numerous and respectable meeting perhaps was never assembled within the walls of that hall. On the motion of Mr. B. Robinson, Mr. Samuel Makin, the chief constable, was called to the chair unanimously amid loud cheering. After the chairman had read the placard, and briefly stated the object of the meeting, he called upon Mr. Mooney, of Lockwood House, who rose and, in a pertinent and powerful speech, showed the advantage to be derived to the borough from a local government emanating from, and responsible to the ratepayers, and concluded by moving a resolution to the purport, that as Huddersfield was a growing and important town, and possessed no legal means of local government, a charter of incorporation was highly desirable. Mr. Clough, solicitor, rose to second the motion, and gave an elaborate statement of the probable expense; by which it appeared that it would be rather less than that with which the ratepayers are likely to be saddled by the introduction of the rural police. The resolution was then put and carried by a large majority. The meeting was also addressed by Mr. Stocks, Mr. John Machan, and others, and various other resolutions were passed, adopting a petition to her Majesty, and appointing a committee to forward the object of the meeting. The measure had the support of influential gentlemen of all parties, but we were surprised to observe so many of the leading Whigs, who pretend to rejoice in Liberal opinions, stand aloof from this popular object. At the close of the meeting, Mr. W. Moore gave these gentlemen a severe and merited castigation. He said that he had long been at a loss to understand the position of his old friends the Whigs; their conduct that night, however, clearly proved that they had got into the slough of "finality," and that they were poor demented creatures, whom the march of events has left behind. Thanks were then voted to the worthy constable for his conduct in the chair, and the meeting separated. The committee will meet on Monday evening, at the Pack Horse Inn, and active measures will immediately be commenced to carry the resolutions of the meeting into effect.