We understand that a connection which has so long subsisted
between Sir Charles Morgan Bart. and Thomas Prothero Esq. of Newport
to the natural advantage of both parties, is likely to be dissolved
in consequence of a difference in their political opinions. Every other
report which has been circulated on this subject is entirely without
foundation. It is hardly creditable to Mr. Prothero's character for
integrity and independence.
The enterprising spirit with which Mr. Prothero has
embarked in every concern, tending to promote the prosperity and well
doing of Newport, has long acquired for him an extensive influence and
popularity in that town. He was first determined to propose an independent
candidate for the Boroughs. Mr. Prothero was solicited to offer himself,
and had he done so there is every reason to believe he would have been
successful. He thought proper, however, to decline that honour which
to others is of so great an object of ambition. The inhabitants of Newport,
feeling that Mr. Hall's return was principally owing to the great exertions
and able management of Mr. Prothero, determined to show the latter how
much they appreciated his conduct. On his return from Monmouth on the
evening of Thursday night he was met by a multitude of people with flags
and music who preceded him towards the town, the concourse increasing
all the way, until the assemblage was the largest ever seen at Newport.
When the procession reached the Bridge the burgesses, who had voted
for Mr. Hall, and many other of the respected inhabitants of the town,
formed four deep and immediately preceded Mr. Prothero's carriage from
which the horses were taken and which was dragged from thence through
the streets of town a distance of a mile.
In consequence of the disturbance at Merthyr a party
of the 93rd Highlanders stationed in Newport (about 25 men) started
for the scene of action on Friday afternoon, in post-chaises and other
conveyances as could be procured. On Sunday night about 11 o'clock,
a detachment of the 3rd Dragoon Guards and on Monday morning another
detachment of the same regiment, arrived at Newport from Wotton-Under-Edge
and Dursley. They left Newport for Merthyr at 6 o'clock the same morning.
On Tuesday Major Mackworth passed through Newport from London, which
he had left at half an hours notice, to take command of four hundred
infantry, which that day landed at Cardiff from Plymouth. About 8 o'clock
on Tuesday night another party of the 3rd Dragoon Guards arrived at
Newport by steam packets, from Bristol. They had left Trowbridge at
about 11 o'clock that morning.
The result of the first public election of the members of the Town Council took place on 26th December. The election has resulted in the return of the following 18 members: Messrs G. Gething, gentleman; J. Owen, gentleman; B. Batchelor, timber merchant; J. Latch, coal merchant; R. Mullock, china dealer; C. Oliver, stationer; W. Brewer, surgeon; W. Williams, banker; T. Wells, provision merchant; John Frost, draper; J. Corbie, gentleman; Lewis Edwards, draper; T. Westlake, coal miner; T. Powell, coal merchant; E.T. Allfrey, brewer; Thomas Hughes, gentleman; Thomas Hawkins, ironmonger; and W. Townsend, merchant.
At the first meeting of the elected members Mr. Joseph
Latch has been elected Mayor and Mr. Thomas Prothero, who has acted
as legal advisor to the old Mayor and Corporation, Town Clerk.
Our new Mayor for the coming year is Mr. John Frost,
a draper of this town and we wish him well. We trust that his year of
office will be free from any rancour occasioned by his strongly held
opinions and that peace in the Council will prevail.