Birmingham, Grand Reform Dinner
In the "Life of Thomas Attwood," it is recored that "The Birmingham Liberals followed up the meeting of the
1 8th by a grand Reform dinner at the Town Hall on January 28th. Nearly 900 persons attended, and the chair was taken by G. F. Muntz. A single clergyman, the Rev. W. B. Collis of Norton, my wife's grandfather, showed his moral courage by attending this great meeting of Whigs, Radicals, Catholics, and
Dissenters, at a time when the Liberal cause was most unpopular amongst the bishops and clergy of the Established Church.
Amongst the gentlemen who sat on the right and left of the
chairman were the following :
JOSEPH HUME, M.P. MESSRS. G. ATTWOOD.
SIR WM. MOLESWORTH, BART., M.P. C. SCHOLEFIELD.
DANIEL O'CONNELL, M.P. R. FRYER, JUN.
T. THORNLEY, M.P. D. WAKEFIELD.
E. P. VILLIERS, M.P. B. HADLEY.
THOMAS ATTWOOD, M.P. THE MAYOR OF WARWICK.
J. SCHOLEFIELD, M.P. WORCESTER.
SIR G. CHETWYND, BART. LEICESTER.
SIR PETER PAYNE, BART. WALSALL.
SIR C. WOLSELEY, BART. DROITWICH.
REV. W. B. COLLIS. REV. HUGH HUTTON.
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