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The Rights of Refugees

Source: The Illustrated London News, Nov. 17, 1855, p.583

A meeting, largely attended, was held on Monday night at St. Martin's-hall, Long Acre, to protest against the recent expulsion of refugees from Jersey, and the apprehended Alien Bill. Combined with this was to have been a demonstration against "the present war policy;" but the tone of the meeting was unmistakably opposed to the views of the Peace party, and this portion of the programme was given up. Letters expressing their sympathy with the object of the meeting, and their inability to attend, were read from Mr. Cobden, M.P., Mr. G. Thompson, Mr. C. Gilpin, Mr. T. A. Taylor, and other gentlemen. The chief speakers were Mr. Miall, M.P. (editor of the Nonconformist), Mr. W. Wilks (sub-editor of the Nonconformist), and Mr. Ernest Jones. A resolution protesting against the expulsion of the refugees from Jersey, and pledging the meeting to oppose any attempt of Ministers to restrict the right of sanctuary, was carried.