At Manchester, on Wednesday, there was a numerous meeting of the working men and others, when a memorial to Lord John Russell was adopted, urging the necessity of opening the ports of the United Kingdom, and admitting all kinds of provisions duty free. The distress in Ireland, and the price of food in all quarters, were dwelt upon by the person who addressed the meeting. It is stated in the memorial that–
“The rise in the price of bread within a few weeks has been nearly three-fifths of the whole cost, or nearly £3,000 per week for this town alone; which sum is, of course, abstracted from the receipts of the general tradesman, and is thus operative to the destruction of the home market for manufacturers.”
A similar memorial has been forwarded from Dundee.