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his needy relatives, whom he knows to be to the workhouse, and that is bad enough in a state of pauperism.-~In my letter --No, no, it is the Germans, the beloved to you of the 2d instant, I took notice of a Germans, who have won our hearts, and Charity Sermon that was to be preached on claim our solicitude, our cares, and our atthe Sunday following at the parish church tentions; lo such a degree, indeed, that I of St. Ann, Blackfriars', for the benefit of should not be surprised if England should the German Sufferers. I also observed, be nearly deserted, as it is very natural for that the worthy Rector had devoted the men to be fond of the company of those same pulpit, some weeks before, to the who so completely possess their esteem and same laudable purpose, for the sole benefit affection. But, to return to the collecof the poor of his Rock. I should have tion made for the poor of the parish of St. mentioned also, that the Afternoon Lec- Ann's. The two sermons preached on that turer, in both cases, took up the subject, occasion produced a collection considerably
and made some small collection. There under £30; but when the sermons were were, therefore, two separate Sundays de- preached for the benefit of the German sufvoted to preaching at the same church, by ferers, the hearts of the hearers were certhe same eminent Divine, to the same con- tainly softened; they were thawed either gregation, and upon the same occasion, by political heat, or the warm sun-beams namely, to relieve misery and distress, and of vanity: it is impossible it could be from that brought on by the same cause, --the humanity. The sermon in the morning calamities of war.---Thé suffering Ger- produced £93, and, if I am rightly inman is expelled from his cottage and pro- formed, that in the afternoon raised £17. perty by a merciless enemy; the suffering --Judge, Sir, from these facts, what little Englishman by the hand of a friend, a civil feeling there is in the hearts of Englishmen officer, who, at the command of a collector, for the suffering English, and that, too, in takes forceable possession of his house, to the severest weather I ever remember, and seize for the King's taxes, and the landlord I am not a chicken. sweeps the cottage for the arrears of rent.
A FRIEND TO HUMANITY. They are both deprived of the comforts of Blackfriars, March, 1814. a habitation, and find themselves and families reduced to misery and want.Point out to me, Sir, if you can, the differ Stock EXCHANGE MORALITY, ence in the situation of these two parties. Mr. COBbett,– It may be customary to In the estimation of some people, there'introduce an anonynious letter with an exmust be a difference, and a great difference ordium of high-flown compliments to the too (though I cannot see it), as it is a noto- 'Editor. This, however, I must beg leave rious fact, that the suffering Germans have to wave at present.-Without any perfour times the pity and assistance of the sonal acquaintance with yourself, your Re"suffering English. What is it that these gister has for many years afforded me both newly acquired friends, the suffering Ger- pleasure and information ; and, except when mans, have done for us, which they have you have condescended to drag obscure innot already been paid for, that entitles them dividuals into a kind of fame, by laying so strongly to our compassionate regard ? open to the public their silly speeches or It is not yet twelve months since they stood dishonest actions, I have uniformly admired in battle array against us, and it is not im- your talent and your selection of subject, possible that in less than six months they deeming your labours highly beneficial to may again assume the same hostile position. humanity.--A late event, I am glad to whoever will give themselves the trouble to find, has not escaped your eagle-eye, nor examine into the conduct of the Germans your still sharper pen : I do not mean any towards this country for the last hundred of the former, but the last imposition pracyears, will easily discover that gratitude is tised upon that highly esteemed and truly not their most prominent virtue. I hear respectable body of men, the Stock jobbers; many people prate about their love of coun -men who never wish to profit by false try, and I have been simple enough to ima- rumours ! , - men who, for self-defence, gine they meant the people of the same ought to be particularly upon their guard country in which they were born and against the manoeuvres of Jacobins, who brought up; but I have discovered my mis- make no scruple of asserting that the war take. It is the soil they mean, on which and the national debt yield support to the they tread, and not the people. The peo- Stock-jobber, and therefore wish to put an ple may go to the--I'll say no worse— end to both.-Morality, forsooth, in the
mouths of Stock-jobbers! - It is certainly | with France. The plan which I propose is very disgusting to hear men talk of a thing more certain and stable than the Sinking they themselves neither practise nor under Fund, and is such as no honest man can, i stand. The squeamish consciences of these conceive, oppose with any show of justice. gentlemen are much revolted at the late It ought to unite all parties, because it is hoax practised upon them. They are out founded on general equity, and gives equal of pocket by it; they are Josers; therefore religious rights and privileges to all sects they have lugged in morality:--Pray what and denominations; and, as a great excelis the foundation of the national debt? lency, will do no injury, to any individual. What is the cause of its increase ? What Ist. Let every person, of whatever oris the nature of Stock-jobbing in the Alley? der, office, or description, who belongs to Which bears the highest premium, Morali and receives any emolument from the estaty or Omnium ? Is it customary for the blished national religion, enjoy his income buyers to proclaiın a victory before they during his life. buy? or for the venders to boast of bad 2d. Let the government sell all the news before they sell ?. Do they not all cithes, at the death of the incumbents, and endeavour to buy cheap and sell dear? Do apply the church revenues to the purpose they not all seize upon the slightest advan of paying off the interest of the national tage either way? Do they not most eager- debt, &c. Jy make a profit of credulity? Was this This is the whole of my simple plan; fraud the first, the only one that has ever and, besides its political usefulness, ii will taken place? Why do they appeal to Go serve to restore religion to its primitive vernment for present redress and future simplicity, as its Founder left it. It is prevention? Do they not see in our pub- well known, that Christianity, before it had lic papers fraud practised, openly avowed any union with worldly establishinents, or and authorized ?' of what description was had received any support from national the act of that Commander who obtained emoluments, even though opposed and perthe secret, and counterfeited the cypher of secuted, made its irresistible way through the enemy? Oh! but that was a ruse de the Roman empire, but when it became a guerre! say these gentlemen, and therefore national institution, it lost its essence as a allowable.—Very well; since you will spiritual religion, was changed into a corhave it so, let the hoax be also deemed a rupt, mercenary, and persecuting religion, ruse de guerre. Gambling is a species of a kingdom of this world, and an engine of warsare; the conubatants in the one case the state. No person of the church of Engthirsting for blood, in the other thirsting land can reasonably complain of the above for money! A Cossack and a Stock jobber plan, because they may enjoy their religion are more allied than is generally imagined ; on the same terms as all other secis; and although, upon reflection, we may easily being the minority, they ought to consider discover a relation's joy, a family affection, the good of the whole, but, as being proin the excessive caresses shewn to a cousin fessing Christians, they ought to remember Cossack who visited the metropolis some that equal justice is dụe to all, without famonths ago.—Excuse my hasty scribble, vour or distinction. but I belong to a Bible Society, and some
A FRIEND TO JUSTICE. of our members as well as myself make a practise of going our rounds regularly, to discover what green-grocer or what chand UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. lers' shops expose their ware to sale on a ON THE Vice-CHANCELLOR's Court, AND sabbath-night.
Power OF THE PROCTORS. Sabbath evening: SIMON PANTEGRUEL. Mr. Editor,- In the discussion that has
taken place in Oxford, in consequence of the
observations on certain statutes of that UniNATIONAL REFORM.
versity, and on the power of the Proctors, Mr. Colbert,--As your Register has which appeared in your. Register of the been, and is now,
the great ineans of dif. 26th uli. I have heard the writer taxed fusing important political truth to our think with a culpable omission in not stating that ing nation, you will oblige one of your the sentence of the Vice-Chancellor's Court constant readers, as well as the friends of is not final; but that any person, who congeneral liberty, by inserting the following ceives himself aggrieved by any proceedplan of national reform, to support our ings in that Court, has means of redress by minds under the present expensive contest an appeal. I beg leave to say, that the
appeal is generally considered as nugatory, she came, whither she was going. This, and so completely out of the power of a poor to say the least of it, was highly inquisitoclient, as not to be worth mentioning, and rial. It must have been done to gratify an as only calculated to add insult to injury. impertinent curiosity, an insatiable lust of
-Respecting the appeal, BLACKSTONE power, or something worse. To the inha. informs us, that from the sentence of the bitants of the place, who are daily subject Vice-Chancellor, his deputy or assessor,
to the effects of such abuse of power, this 65 an appeal lies to delegates appointed by conduct cannot but be irritating, and must the Congregation, from thence to other de conduce to keep up that jealousy and illlegates of the House of Convocation ; and will, which have always existed between if all three concur in the same sentence, it the University and city. It may, perhaps, is final, at least by the statutes of the Uni be said, that this exertion of assumed authoversity, according to the rule of the civil rity did not arise from any badness of law. But, if there be any discordance or heart, but merely from the excusable devariation in any of the three sentences, an sire which a young man feels to display his appeal lies, in the last resort, to judges de consequence on his first entrance into office. legates appointed by the Crown under the -It is difficult, indeed, to restrain the great seal of Chancery."'*. -Now, Sir, expression of our pity at the weakness of not to insist upon the impossibility of a that man, who can be proud of an office, poor client having recourse to so tedious which is merely ministerial, and which and so expensive a mode of seeking redress places him, in the eye of the law, in nearly from the sentence of this Court, I shall the same situation as that of a common only observe, that the names of the Vice constable. It must, however, be remarkChancellor, of both the Proctors, and not ed, that this was not only a very foolish, unfrequently of some of the Pro-Proctors,+ but a very illegal proceeding, being totally are among the delegates of appeals both in unwarranted either by the law of the land, Convocation and Congregation! I hope, or by the University.charters. By the latthen, we shall no more hear of the easy ter, the time of watch and ward is limited method of a poor person's obtaining re- between nine o'clock at night and five in dress, and of the utter impossibility of his the morning, during which time only the being persecuted by the University officers. University-officers have the right or power
I hope, as the matter is now beginning of interference in the streets with any but to be agitaled, that the members of the matriculated persons. This, however, I University will express their abhorrence of know to have been done with impunity. some late disgraceful proceedings, which An action could not be brought against the are well known, and which have long been aggressor in any other court than that of the chief topic of conversation in Oxford. the Vice-Chancellor. I knew a Proctor,
- From my long residence in the Uni- who, at the very time when several fernales, versity, I have been personally acquainted whom he himself had apprehended, were with several of the Proctors, why have confined in prison, at a most inclement seabeen men of judgment and of acknowledged son of the year, had so little sense of probenevolence, and who have discharged ihe priety and feeling, and so much meanness duties of their office with honour and ince- and brutality, as to exult on the success of grity. It is to be lamented, that some the cunning plans and stratagems by which others have displayed a total want of proper he had entrapped his victims. To add feeling, and have behaved like tyrannical to this unpleasant, but necessary recital, I school-boys.
-To produce instances of remember circumstance to have happencruelty and tyranny is always an unpleasant ed, of so unjustifiable a nature, that the very task, and is disgusting to the reader. The recollection of it rouses wy indignation. cause of truth and humanity, however, re- The Proctors took the trouble of going two quires that facts be brought forward in sup- miles out of Oxford, late at night, and enport of assertions.- i can bring an in- tered a cottage, where five or six girls of Stance of a Pro-Proctor, who carried his bad character were dancing with countryassumed power to such a length as to stop men who lived in their neighbourhood. On every woman he met walking by herself
, finding that no gownsinen were there, it is in the streets, in the dusk of the evening, said, that they all demurred except one of and to demand of her who she was, whence the Pro-Proctors, who declared that his
walk should not be in vain. The fact, Blackstone's Commentaries, B. iii. ch. 6.
however, was, that they took the girls to + Each Proctor has two Masters of Arts to as. sist him, who are called Pro-Proctors.
Oxford, and the Vice-Chancellor commit
red them to the county gaol for ten days, in some circumstance of importance, which very cold weather. On what legal autho- he cannot possibly foresee, should induce rity, or what law of the land, or statute of him to depart froin his determination. the University the commitment was found-1" Capt. Campbell, observing from Mr. ed, still remains a problem, which might "Mant's statement, in the Political Regisbe solved, could the cause be brought into“ ter of the 12th of March, that Mr. Mant any other than the Vice-Chancellor's own " " has the full authority from numerous court. The above facts can be well at " friends, and of the greatest respectabitested. Do not, however, imagine, that " " lity, to proclaim, that his veracity this severity has at all improved the mo "6" stands unimpeached," and this after rality of the place. The case is quite the “ his only ground of defence had been reverse. The money of the young men is " proved to be false by the oath of Captain now expended, and their time wasted in “ Wilson ; Captain Campbell observing hiring carriages and horses to pursue their " this, would gladly have avoided any pleasures in the neighbouring towns and "thing calculated to diminish the content villages, and in Oxford itself seduction is " which must nécessarily have arisen from very prevalent.--It must be allowed, in- "the consolatory decision of so numerous deed, that the Proctors are not the only " and respectable a circle. But, Mr. Mant, persons to be blamed for these injudicious " not satisfied with having thus happily proceedings. To the Vice-Chancellor for “ established his veracity, takes occasion the time being must be attributed the greater" again to state certain pretended facts of share of the blame; for it must be remem " accusation against Captain Campbell, bered, that no commitment can take place " which, though they present nothing new, but by his warrant, or by that of one of the “ are now circulated in a manner that enPro-Vice-Chancellors acting for him. " titles them to soine attention on the part If the officers of the University had com- “ of Capt. Campbell.--The First is, mon sense or common prudence, they would " an insinuation respecting 1,500 Venetian act with some degree of moderation; they “ Zeechens. It is evident, that Mr. Mant, would not insist upon the enforcement of “ in the passage alluded to, wishes to cause statutes, and the exertion of privileges, " the public to believe, that Capt. Campwhich were always odious and unconstilu-" bell took this sum as a sort of bribe.tional, and which ill accord with the tem s6 The truth of the matter is this. The per and spirit of the times. If, however, “sum was lodged, by the merchants of they are determined still to persist in these " Trieste, in the hands of the English Vicemeasures, contrary to the voice of justice “ Consul at that place, for the purpose of and reason, they cannot have any cause to purchasing a sword, or a piece of plate, complain if they shall be deprived of their “ for Capt. Campbell, in return for the means of annoyance; for this business now
protection he had, at the desire of Sir calls for the interference of Parliament; “ Alexander Ball, given to certain Ausand a petition from the inhabitants of Ox• “ trian vessels, cleared out for Tunis, but ford, stating their grievances, might place the real destination of which was Malta. them within the protection of the law of “ The Vice-Consul (not a very likely chanthe land, and put them on a footing of “ nel for bribe) made Capt. Campbell acequal security with the inhabitants of other " quainted with it. But he, considering places.
" that the offer did not come from his own Oxford, March, 1814.
countrymen, and that it was not becom.
" ing him to accept of it, refused the offer; Capt. CAMPBELL AND MR. MANT. " and the money was returned to the MerThe Proprietor of the Register has received
" chants.--Capt. Gampbell has in his from Capt. Campbell the following short “possession the receipt of the Merchants, statement, which, after the very ample given to the Vice-Consul for the return of space that has been given to the subject, he " the money to them; the certificate of the has determined shall be the last, unless " Vice-Consul that he had returned the
" money; and; what would certainly exThere was no riot or disturbance in the
"cite the indignation of all mankind, exhouse. When the men who were with the girls
numerous and respectable said that they were ready to protect them from "" body of friends, who have fully authothe Proctors, the girls would not suffer any inter for os rized Mr. Mant to publish that his veference of that sort, but said that they wonldgos racity stands unimpeached," Captain quietly with the Proctors to Oxford, which they did.
Campbell has in his possession a paper
“ (demanded from Mr. Mant in conse
" committed an act of most flagrant rogue" quence of his soriner insinuations), signed "ry.-- It is not very probable that the " hy Mr. Mant, and drawn up in his own "squadron should have quietly submitted "hand, “declaring most solemnly, that “to so singular a distribution of prize"" this identical sum of money, offered as money. But, the facts of the case are " " above-stated, was actually returned by " these. The English Consul at Trieste " " Capt. Campbell's direction.". -The "had given papers to four Austrian vessels, " Socond allegation, or rather insinuation," coming out of that port, which papers
is, that Cape. Campbell has left 40,000" the masters of those vessels Jooked upon I dollars unaccounted for; from which as passports, or, at least, as the means of " the public are left to believe, that he may " insuring them from captu : by English " have really embezzled that sum.-The " vessels of war. The King's Order in
sum was twenty, instead of forty thou " Council of the 7th January, 1807, made " sand dollars, a mistake, which Mr.
"s all vessels liable to capture, coming out Mant's numerous and greatly respect " of any port situated, with regard to the us" able friends" will, of course, look upon
" enemy's influence, as Trieste then was, as not the smallest ground of impeach- “ and bound to another port under similar
ment of his veracity. This sum belonged " circumstances. The four vessels in quesa to the squadron, on account of prize
"tion were stopped by Capt. Campbell, in vessels. It was sent by Capt. Campbell," sight of the port of Trieste; but, in con4 by the Captain of a brig of war, to
"sideration of their having sailed under He, on calling at Corfu, on his “ faith of the English Consul's papers, and way to Malta, received dispatches of im- " of their not having attempted to escape portance from
our Minister there to con “ from him; he directed them to return vey to Lord Collingwood, then at the hi into the port; and wrote to the Consul, « mouth of the Dardanelles. He, there 66 requesting him not to give any such pa“fore, deposited the money with Mr. For "pers in future, as it was only deceiving “ resti, our Minister, to be forwarded to " the masters of the vessels, and doing in“ Malia by the first conveyance.
“jury to thein and the inerchants. This " most immediately after, Corfu was given 66 communication to the Consul was made
up by the Russians to the French, and " by letter, the bearer of which leiter was " Mr. Forresti was obliged to quit the 44 Mr. Mant himself, who, as a further “ place in gucla haste, that it was lest be “ proof of Mr. Mant's veracity, wrote a
hind, where, as he has informed Capt. " letter, now in Capt. Campbell's possesCampbell, it now remains. It is only " sion, giving an account of his interview necessary to add, that Capt. Campbell, " with the Consul upon the occasion.--
behalf of himself and the squadron, “ Capt. Campbell has no doubt of his strict s holds the bond of Mr. Forresti for this hk right to have considered the four vessels
money; and, that of all the history and as lawful prize, under the Order in u all the circumstances of this transaction, « Council; but, under all the circum“ Mr. Mant is, and from the first to the 66 stances of the case, he also has no doubt, "Jast has been, perfectly well acquainted. " that a Judge of the Admiralty would
-But, it would, doubtless, be no dif " have directed them to be restored. At « ficult matter for Mr. Mant to obtain the any rate, they were nol made prize of; " saine respectable authority to publish as “they were not given away : there was no " long as he pleased, that he was, in putting" appearance of their having been given " forth this insinuation, actuated by the away;
and of these facts Mr. Mant is as purest motives, and by any thing rather " well acquainted as is Capt. Campbell " than malignity. The Third insinua-" himself. Capt. Campbell is sorry to 4* tion is, that Capt. Campbell gave away
" have taken up so much room with his. A four vessels, prizes to the squadron under " statement; but, it appeared to him not H his command. Mr. Mant calls it an ap too much to request after the large space. 4 parent giving away, and, having such a 16 which had been allowed to Mr. Mant, 6 stock of current veracity at command," whom Capt. Campbell will now leave to
says quite enough to produce a belief " the enjoyment of the society of that nu
(that is to say, amongst bis numerous "merous and respectable circle of friends, " and respectable friends), that Captain " who have given him full authority to
Campbell made over the vessels to some publish, " that his veracity stands un" one, to be disposed of for his own privale" is impeached.” 4 advantage; or, in other words, that he