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afraid, short of a miracle, can save the speculation, “ ride in the whirl-wind and country. But as I hold it to be the duty direct the storm." However, the public of every one who has the means in his feeling, of a certain description of the good power, to detect and expose the moral and people of this country, is to be discovered political deception universally practised on the Stock Exchange. Its wavering and through the medium of the press, particu- hesitation, at this moment, are a proof that larly by ineans of the public journals, I it is not fixed but distrustful. This is the shall never be sparing in my strictures on first phænomenon that the public mind is any writer, be his pretensions to patriot- practicable, if I may so say, which I notice isin what they may, if he forgets the duty for your encouragement to proceed in giving which the press owes to the people; and it a right tone and direction.
- The public if, in the course of my labours, I succeed press may furnish similar indications that in unmasking the vile policy, by which the English men are, at this moment, of corruppartisans of an equally vile and pernicious tion and delusivn, penetrable. Some of system have obtained so extensive an em- the news-papers have assumed, lately, a pire over the credulous, I shall have the degree of courage, and ventured to speak satisfaction of having at least endeavoured unwelcome truth. Their venal opponents to stem the torrent of general corruption, are alarmed, and suggest that it becomes and of having entered upon record my so- the Secretary of State to take cognizance of lemn protest against all who may have pro- the sources of their information. This is moted the views of those, if any such hopeful. It is thus avowed, in effect, that to exist, who aim at subjecting the throne give the rights of things is a political crime, and the people to an unprincipled oli- and that the system which deserves patron garchy.
age, is that of deluding, not of informing,
of falsehood, and not truth. These things PUBLIC FEELING.
bring a ray of hope, and impart a portion Mr. Cobbeti,–To your opinion of the of consolation. A feeble paper, conducted lamentable corruption of the public feeling, by a man of a feeble mind, is just now beand of the nefarious practices employed, by fore me. This poor thing has, as one means of the press, to produce that cor- might expect, been enticed by the bauble ruption of it, I heartily subscribe. It is of the day, and snivels something about some consolation that a inan, of your pow- the cause of independence, and that kind erful intellect and spirit, is aroused to stem of cant which the dwarfs of the hour have the torrent which threatens destruction in learnt from the giants of corruption. “Were its progress, to “ man and man's weal.”' the invaders freemen theinselves, there You seem, however, to enter on the grand would be little chance for him; as it is, enterprise with a portion of despair of suc- &c.” This is sufficient. The invaders, cess. And it is the design of this commu- then, it is acknowledged, are not freemen. nication, by pointing out dawning pros- And to this is reduced the cause of indepects of encouragement, to reassure you, pendence !
of this point
however, there and to strengthen your vigour, that, in the is little hope, for there is an obstinacy in hope of conquering, you may assume the diminutive men which it is vain to comenergy necessary to wrest victory, in so bat : but they are uot cunning enough to holy a cause, from the hands of the amphi- see the consequences of concession. From bious crew, ihe mixed Sybariles and Goths, their concessions, fruin the more courageous who prowl, like Cossacks, for plunder, and daring of greater intellects, and from the extract their spoils from the blood of man- rage of their professed opponents, prognoskind. There are evident symptoms of tics may be gathered of good effects on the returning reason, scattered over the face of general mind, on which light cannot be this country.
Fluctuation is felt on the poured without producing illumination. Stock Exchange, that barometer, as it has - In the present slate of the contest in the been called, of the public feeling. The field, we may discover a pretty clear source height, at which that species of public of the removal of the present illusion, and property has stood, may be easily account of the return of sober sense among our ed for. That place is an arena where the countrymen. An instance of greater ime keen and the cunning encounter the dolt and policy and rashness never has occurred in the dupe. That scene indicates the opinion the history of nations than that which the of the last only, and not of the first who, Allies have lately supplied. At Franksnugly wrapped up in a cloud of unmixed fort they might, with swords in their tove of gain, and shielded by the genius of hands, have obtained a peace on satisfac
tory conditions. But they have set all on generals had changed sides ; if Soult had the cast of a die. From that station, they been at the head of one hundred thousand could not have provoked France to rouse of the finest soldiers in existence, and his its energies. But they have left her with antagonist at the head of a moiety of that out alternative, and shifted the cause of number, of motley men of all nations, half independence from themselves. To the without discipline or experience, what Fasting grief of every friend of liberty, they would be the case in the south of France ? have delivered over, to such a man as the Let any inan put this question to himself. French Emperor, the honour of defending When events shall no longer cloud the his country, and every thing valuable which imagination, delusion will vanish. It apit contains. However, the general delu- pears that the only hope which remained sion is likely to be more effectually removed, has there perished.' Soult cannot be bribed, under these circumstances, than if the Al. and the tale of the Newspapers will serve lies had suppressed their genuine designs, only to point out to the English nation the at the suggestion of policy and prudence. honour of the attempt upon a man who Had they then stopped short, as they ought was not otherwisé lo be subdued. Although to have done, the world would still have such transactions cannot fail to draw blood been goaded by the assassinating rage of the of affliction from every noble British heart, papers, and tauntingly told that the peace they bring their consolation with them. of Europe was the effect of drivelling pu- The nation will not be deceived by the sillanimity. This canot now be the case false medium through which objects are for any length of time. Should France he now presented to its view.—Lastly, you subdued, which is next to impossible, and may allow indulgence to your hopes on ac. of which there are not the slightest appear- count of the success with which you have ances, the stupor will be removed, and the hitherto tried your efforts on the public. certuin state of the world will, cruelly, You may know the fact, but I will still because too late, open its eyes : and, sure state it for the benefit of the world : your ly, it is better that a patient, suffering late Numbers have been bought up with from a fatal disease, should know some- uncommon avidity and read with uncommon thing of his condition, in order to apply zeal. The public is impressed; a sensation remedies, than that he should, through un- has been produced. On Sunday morning, consciousness, riot in luxurious fare which I could not procure your paper, though I must render him beyond the power of me- had sent an order for it, to the newsseller dicine. On the contrary, if France should in my neighbourhood, early on Saturday repel the invaders, which is the more pro- evening. I was disappointed, notwithstandbable case, as it is supposed by all pre- ing his promise to supply me: it could not sent appearances, and by all past his- be obtained. This has been the case with tory, the delusion will be at once re- two or three more of your papers. And moved.
The consequences of such an lét me advise you to have a larger number event need not be detailed; besides pre printed, for the demand " has increased, senting, in a clear light, the views of the is increasing, and will not be diminished." parties engaged, it will prove, to demon- Who can contemplate this case, and enterstration, the impolicy of not following up lain for the public, either fear or despair ? the declaration of Frankfort by sincere, You are, alone, sufficient to unteach the practical, proofs of the truth with which English world the follies, which its own the objects of it were entertained. It will ductility, practised upon by interested craft, have a still more beneficial effect, for it has rendered it so easy to adopt. Others will undeceive this country, than which will follow your successful example ; and nothing can be more desirable. The time there is reason to believe, that the British is fast approaching. The scales will fall press will yet save the country. It will off from the eyes of the blind, in one way administer the medicine to madness, and or other, and the blessing of restored sight rage will give place to returning reason. will be recovered and appreciated. On The career of self-destruction will be obthis you may securely calculate, and your structed, and health will be brought to efforts may be pursued without despondency, revisit the unhappy patient, led by the for the day of their effect and ascendency is hand to him by the pure and placid Diviat hand. In the south of France, there nity-PEACE.
HORTATOR, are almost clear proofs that deception will not long prevail. The genius of
The Emperor NAPOLEON AND HIS ARMY, But I will only ask, if the two contending It is curious to observe the change of
tone which the news-paper press has as- " and down to the latest accounts had not sumed since Buonaparte left Paris at the gained any advantage of a decisive nature head of his ariny. Like cowards, the con- " over him. He has thrown hintself in the temptible conductors of these vehicles of " Prince's rear, a movement the prudence falsehood "swagger and bully" when the " or imprudence of which is yet to be ascereheiny keeps close in his quarters :like “ tained. If he be strong enough to risk a cowards, they " squeak and tremble” when “ battle with the Prince, and if he gain in he threatens to take the field against them. " great victory, the Austrians, placed beIn the one case, nothing is too gross for "tween him and the tapital, hay bé etthese reptiles to swallow; nothing too ridi- " posed to great difficulties and dangers. culous and absurd for them to propagate. " He evidenily wishes by manæuvres to see In the other, they would fain retract their “ parate Schwartzenberg from Blucher, calunnies and lies ; but the rancour and "and make an impression upon the former, malice excited by disappointntent, gives to " the Austrians being his first object, for their concessions so bad a grace, that their " reasons which we mentioned iwo or three duplicity appears more notoridus than it " days ago. If Blucher móved from Metz would otherwise have been. That the " towards Verdun, or from Pont-a-Mousreader may judge how far these suggestions " son tó Bar-le-Duc, Buonaparté by his are correct, I shall direct his attention to " movement first to St. Dizier, and afterthe leading article of the Courier of the 8th " words to Vrissy and Brienné, is belween instant, and then bring under his view " him and Schwartzenberg, and so far may some of the former, though very recent, " be said lo have sepurated them from each statements of this prostituted journal, and other. But both Blucher and Schwartits coadjutor in iniquity, the Times, zenberg, by the preparations thade åt
Buonaparté, as our readers know (says “ Chalons, and the march of French “ the Courier), proceeded straight from " troops to that point and to the line of the " Paris to Chalons, Vitry, and St. Dizier, “ Marne, must, we apprehend, have been " which he entered after an action, and " aware of Buonaparte's plan. If the Aus"s slept there on the 27th, pushing on his “trian General directed his route, as we " advanced guard lo Vussy. In the last " infer from these papers he has directed i Paris Papers, which were to the 1st, we " it, id the Aube and the Seinė; if he has " were informed that, " the Emperor con taken the road that leads direct to Paris, "tinues his movements upon the rear of " he must have been aware, we repeat, that u the eneiny !” In the papers just arrived “ Buonaparté could throw himself in the
we are told, that after the taking of St. “ réar of his line of march. He would “ Dizier, “the Emperor advanced upon “ hardly, therefore, have pushed on, if he " the rear of the enemy at Brienne.” " had been convinced that his force was in• Hence it is obvious, if these papers be “ sufficient to cope with that which Buona" correct, that the army under the imme-" parte could bring against him, because “ diate command of Prince Schwartzenberg" in the event of a decisive defeat, he would “ had advanced from Langres by Chau- " know that his relreat would be cut off, or - mont, and spreading from thence to the " at least exposed to the greatest difficulty. “ Aube and the Seine, to the two towns of " But there is another point in which this “ Bar, had sent forward their light troops, movement is to be considered. Buona “the Cossacks, to Arcis and Sens, the parté is in the rear of Schwartzenberg;
gates of which, we have the authority" true: but Blucher may be in the rear of " even of these Paris Papers for saying, “ Buonaparté. If on the 17th or 18th he " they had reached on the very day (27th " was at Nancy and Poni-a-Mousson, he " ult.) Buonaparté made his attack upon " might easily, by the etid of the month, be 66 St. Dizier. Thus, the army of Schwart. " near the banks of the Marne, and close 66 zenberg was at that time, and indeed" after Buonaparté, supposing him not to " since, nearer Paris than Buonaparte. " have joined Schwartzenberg. If, there" Buonaparte operating upon the Marne to 66 fore, the latter was between Paris and “ St. Dizier, turned short, when he reached “ Buonaparte, Buonaparté might be be" that place, and making a lateral move" tween Schwartzenberg and Blucher, a “ ment on Vassy, proceeded to the banks position quite as perilous at least, if not "s of the Aube to Brienne, where he had " more so, than the Austrian General's. " this smart action with the rear-guard, “ But we have as yét only the eneiny's ac" which is mentioned in the Moniteur. He" couni, and not a word is mentioned of s is now following Prince Schwartzenberg, " the movements and operations of Blu
“ cher."-From this extract it is put “ ult.) under Prince Schwartzenberg, is beyond all question, that the Emperor Na-“ estimated at 100,000 men.
We are poleon has been able to bring into the held " happy to know, that it is more than douan army of sufficient magnitude to occasion " ble that number.” If the Courier man serious alarm to the writer of the Courier, spoke truth as to the amount of the Auswho is forced to confess that the Austrians trian army, which I am not disposed to may be exposed to greal dificulties and question, then he must be the most condangers, that the Austrian General, Prince temptible of all poltrons, to be afraid of Schwartzenberg, may have his retreat cut Buonaparté succeeding in any attempt he off. But the statement of the Courier can make against so formidable a fue with a proves more: it proves that Buonaparté handful of " tall boys and old women." had actually commenced offensive operations But supposing Mr. Courier to have known against the Allies, had obtained an advan- a little more than he was willing to admit, tage over them, and was pushing on his as to the actual strength of the French advanced guard. It proves that Napoleon army, which it is clear he must have done, had succeeded in separating the armies of what a vile and infamous wretch must he Blucher and Schwartzenberg, and that he now appear in the eyes of every man who had actually placed his own army in the has any regard for truth and honesty. He rear of the laiter. “ He has thrown him- must either be held a coward for attempi“self (says the Courier) in the Prince's ing to excite groundless fears as to the pro6 rear.”
-In fine, it proves, that Buona- bable fate of the allied forces, or he must parté had forced the Austrian General to be held a notorious impostor for deceiving retreat, for in no other sense can the words the public so long as to the chance at least be understood, that "he (Napoleon) is now of Buonaparte being again able to bring an " following Prince Schwartzenberg.' army into the field. Whether the French All this, and much more, may be learned Emperor will succeed or not, may yet be from the Paris Papers; but it was scarcely regarded by some as a matter of speculation. to be expected that the Courier writer, who If a judgment is formed upon the admispronounces every thing “a lie" that comes sions of the Courier, and if the " anxiety," from France, would have admitted even the “ fears," and the “ doubts,” which the probabilily, far less the truth of state- are every day expressed in the columns of ments so clearly subversive of all his pre- that paper as to the success of the Allies, vious assertions. Only a few days ago it are to be taken as the criterion of opinion, was exultingly demanded by this sagacious there can be little doubt as to what will be politician, "Where is the army; where the result of the contest. My own senti16 are the mighty means that Buonaparté ments are, and I have frequently avowed " boasted of? They talk (said he, sneer-them, that so long as the French people
ingly) of immense armies, of levies rais- continue faithful in their adherence to Buo“ed with great facility, and of the confi- naparté, his throne cannot be overturned “ dence and enthusiasın of the people; but though all the armies of Europe were com
we see no proofs of il.”—This writer, bined against him. In this view of the who is blind to every thing but the “re subject I am completely borne out by the s storation of the Bourbons," a theme conduct of the Allies themselves, who, de. which he “croaks and cons over" to sa- spairing of ever being able to overcome tiety, and the annoyance even of his most Napoleon in battle, so long as he can bring stupid admirers, could discover nothing in any thing like an equal force into the field, the note of preparation" lately sounded endeavoured, by their Declaration at Frankin France, but the marshalling of a few fort, to detach the French people from his
boys and old women. -All at cause, and to persuade them to withdraw once he changes his tone. No sooner does the means, with which, as was asserted, he find that Buonaparté had in truth he had hitherto been able to gratify his ann- . left Paris, than he begins to fear that he bition. It is from this dread also of the " may probably attempt to cut his way superior military skill of Napoleon that all " through the line of the allied forces, and our news-paper abuse has arisen, and ·
separate one arıny from the other." which has led these hirelings, contrary to What! the timid, the cowardly Buona- the experience of all history, to give a preparié, attempt to cut his way with only ference to the sway of the Bourbons, and is 30,000 tall boys and old women" through to vociferate the necessity of assassinating an army of 200,000 veterans ?
“ The Buonaparté, in order to make way for the grand army (said the Courier of the 28th restoration of that family. No matter what
principles are sacrificed; no matter what to more credit for fidelity than its hopeful feelings are outraged, if they can get rid of associate. It was admitted, without rethe lerror which Napoleon's name carries servation by the former, that Buonaparté with it into the field of battle. Let us had obtained a certain success; that he had now turn to the declamatory coluinns of the thrown his army into the rear of the AusTimes, and see whether they are more con- trians, by which he had separated them sistent than those of the Courier.-Con- from the Russians : and that he was now tradictory as we have found the statements following Prince Schwartzenberg instead of the latter, those of the former are, it of that Prince following him. possible, more so. The Times is, indeed, Times, no doubt, indignant at the 6 cai:iff the more dangerous of the two, inasmuch “ Corsican" presuming to thwart all their as it appeals to public feeling, in a style of favourite schemes as to the Bourbons, jesuitical jargon, which would do honour to treats these positive advantages as fables, the most consummate theologian, and which and asserts it to be but barely probable, is always certain of finding admirers among that some of the soldiers of Buonaparte may, the rabble, who, in all ages, and in every as if by accident, “ have come in conlact country, were celebrated for listening with " with the enemy; that he may have sucthe greatest attention to the man who “ ceeded in cutting off some of the cannon ; tickled their fancy the most; who had the " and that it was only probable, accounts knack of making the multitude stare; who had been received at Paris of soine succould best "excite the wonderment of the “ cesses." And this is what the Times “people." -Combining this view of the newspaper tells us, in the face of the talents of the Times writer with an insa- French official bulletin, and, I must say, tiable thirst for the blood of Napoleon : in this instance, in opposition to the appawith every quality of the mind requisite to rent candour of the Courier, which has no complete the character of a “finished as pretensions to any superior sources of intel. “ sassin,” we shall be at no loss to form a ligence. I leave it to those who give imcorrect idea of the general sentiments which plicit credit to these oracles of wisdom, pervade that infamous paper. As to the these faithful records of passing events, 10 probable result of the present campaign, divine the cause, if they can, of these paland the means possessed by Buonaparté, pable contradictions. But, in doing this, more caution is displayed here than in the it is not my intention to let the Times Courier; but enough is admitted to satisfy writer slip from my fingers. His jesuitical every thinking and rational person, that the jargon, may make partisans on the Stock charge of notorious imposition is not the Exchange ; but it is not proper that it less applicable to the one than it is to the should have that effect every where, withother. Adverting to Buonaparte's recent out an atteinpt, at least, to expose and success at Brienne, the Times says “it is counteract his tergiversation. Whether “ probable that accounts have been received this writer admits or denies the late suic"at Paris of some successes ; it is not im- cesses of the French arms, it is clear that " probable that he might have succeeded he is not without his alarms any more than " in cutting off some of the cannon.” the Courier, and that he has been forced, In another paper, he says, “ The truth we though very reluctantly, to eat in his words, “ take 10 be, that the advanced detach- and to treat theeneiny with inore respect than * ments of the Allies, which were spread he did within these few weeks. Had full “ over a great extent of country, had been credit been given to his representations os necessarily called in as soon as Buona. down to the departure of Napoleon froin “ parlé advanced in force, and, in drawing Paris, it would have been the height of “ them together, it is very probable that absurdity in any man to suppose, even for " some of them may have come in contact a moment, that he would ever be able to “ with the enemy."—Who does not discover recruit his armies. The universal opinion, in all this the shuffling, the shifting, and said to prevail in France, was, that Buuthe chicanery of one who wishes to disguise naparté ought to be dethroned, and Louis the truth? who wishes, most ungenerously, called upon to fill his place. The terror to detract from another, merely because he which these sentiments had excited in the is an enemy. Talk of “gentlemen and men mind of the “despot,” was thus faithfully “ of honour,” forsooth-Rather talk of a described in the Times: “ The tyrant has whipping-post and of a halter. Here I “ drawn his guards from the frontiers to must do justice to the Courier, by acknow-“ Paris ! He has there hedged himself ledging that, in this particular, it is entitled “round with a triple row of defenders: first