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conscious weakness. Your des- instead of advice from private patches, during the Congress of friends, and that nothing is to be Verona, and before the march of done in the mediating way, the the French into Spain, exhibit, to English Ministers begin to talk discerning minds, nothing but a big, not to the French bat at series of attempts to disguise your them. Lord LIVERPOOL, in his inability to go to war. How Speech in Parliament, calls the strange! So soon after having march into Spain an unprovoked boasted of being the conquerors aggression : Mr. Huskisson does of France; so soon after naming the same at Liverpool. A great a bridge across the Thames the deal of question and answer is Bridge of Waterloo ; so soon after carried on in the Parliament, in having voted even millions of order to hint to the French, that if pounds sterling to erect monu- they persevere, we may go to war. ments to commemorate your vio- The French do not take the hint! tories over France !
They march: Lord LiVERPOOL It is always curious to observe then says, that there is a civil the expedients resorted to by the war raging in Spain; and you, feeble in order to avoid an open Sir, pray for the success of the acknowledgment of their weak- Spaniards; that is to say, if Lord ness. But never were there, per- Liverpool spoke truth, for the haps, expedients of this sort more success of civil war ! amusing than those employed by Did the world ever before bethe English Ministers in this hold such a tissue of inconemergency. First, they attempt- sistencies and of miserable expeed to persuade the French that dients, to disguise the weakness of it was not their interest to meddle the parties! Asserting all the with the Spaniards at all. Find- while, that we were well able to ing the French not to be persuaded go to war, if the occasion should to this, they offered their media- arise; asserting too, in fact, that tion at Paris. Finding their me- the occasion had arisen; and yet, diation rejected by the French, telling their ambassador from Vetheir Ambassador at Paris sends rona from the very outset, that, off a private friend to Madrid, to let what would happen, peace endeavour to persuade the Cortes for herself, England was deterto give way. Finding that the " mined to have !" Cortes wanted fleets and armies Alas! Sir, this, unless you re
solve first to change the Govern- lis, as I have more than once bement at home, is the only rational fore observed, you have made determination. You have been acquisitions of glory and of terri.
great conquerors." You "con. tory by purchase. I beg you not
quered” France. The roofs of to be angry. This is what I have St. Stephen's rang with this word always said, and I maintain it. conquer. You have gained an You won the battle of Waterloo. immensity of territory during the You marched to Paris. But did late wars. You have covered
you do this alone! Look back, yourselves, and your country; Sir, to the Debates in Parliaaccording to your own repeated, ment : you will there find that and ten thousand times repeated you yourselves boasted that you boast; according to proclamations had subsidized nearly a million of of the King, to resolutions of the men of different nations, to assist Parliament, and even to Acts of you in the enterprise ; and that, that Parliament, you have covered besides these, one half of the yourselves and your country with people of France were on your glory, and have most prodigiously side. It is notorious that you had added to your dominions; and, a German army in your pay even which is very curious, you were in England itself. It is notorious gaining to this prodigious extent, that the half-pay and pensions of while every other nation in Europe that German army, now form an was losing in some way or other. item of your enormous Debt. The French lost their finest colo- Therefore, Sir, your acquisinies; Spain lost some of hers'; tions of dominion and of glory the Dutch lost almost all theirs; have been by purchase; and the the Emperor lost; the Genoese purchase moncy has not been were lost themselves : in short, paid. You borrowed the money every body lost but you.
wherewith to acquire the glory Now, Sir, it was being very and the dominion; and, not being short-sighted, and I told you this able to pay the money that you at the time: it was being very borrowod, you must, as other purshort-sighted to suppose that a chasers do when they cannot pay turn would not take place! That for what they purchased, give up turn has begun to take place; the things purchased; that is to and now, you will lose while the say, give up the glory and the other nations will gain. The fact dominion. This is a thing that takes place amongst nations in a will be. One would think that the way somewhat different from that bare thought of waging war for the in which it takes place amongst sovereignty of the people would individuals. It takes place by a make you start back with affright; sort of simultaneous movement of and, if you can think of the maniall the nations, except the purchas- fold miseries of the country, proing nation. God has implanted ceeding from a debt, which debt in nations as well as in individuals was contracted for the
of a strong desire to get back that putting down for ever the doctrine which they formerly possessed. of the sovereignty of the people ; France and Spain, with the hearty if you can think of these miseries, good-will of all the other nations and at the same time propose to of Europe, are now engaged in expend the blood and treasure of this pursuit. To check them, re- the country in defence of the sovequires fresh purchases to be made reignty of the people; if you can by you. And you are in debt in do this, what is there that you canconsequence of the last purchases. not do, in the way of inconsistency You cannot stir; and the nations or that of audacity! must and will, keep on attacking A few months will tell
wheyou in some way or other, till they ther the "mighty masses," of which have got back all that you ac- you boasted, when at Plymouth, quired, and, perhaps, a great deal are to remain in a state of repose, more; for though I could tell you or are to ruffle their swelling the means, of keeping all that you plumes ; but, if, whether reposing have, those means you will never or ruffling, they do not bring shame employ.
on the orator, the disappointment How wonderful, then, that, at of no man ever was more great a moment when you ought to be than will be that of, thinking of nothing but the means Your most obedient and of preserving what you have got,
Most humble Servant, you should be thinking of grasping
WM. COBBETT. at another entire, quarter of the
P.S. Since writing the above, I world. Some eight or ten months, have seen the following in this Sir, may be required to exhibit in
same newspaper of yours,
the their true colours your follies to
Courier. the world; but, if you.persevere,, Honiton, Nov. 13.--Arrived here exhibited to the world t'.ose follies this day, at three P. M. on his way
16 God save
to London, the Right Hon. George King Ferdinand; Long live the Canning, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, accompanied by Inquisition.” But, Sir, not a word Lord George Bentinck. On the ar- is said by these London newsrival of the Right Hon. Gentleman and his friend, they were greeted papers about these corrupt and with enthusiastic acclamations by filthy wretches of Honiton ; who, the officers of this ancient and loyal borough; the principal gen- in fact, exclaimed, “ Corruption tlemen, and an immense concourse
for ever ; bribery for ever; rotof the inhabitants. Immediately opposite the Golden Lion Inn, “ ten boroughs for ever ; seat-selwhere the carriage stopped, were
ling for ever.” When I went placed two hogsheads of cider and a quantity of biscuits to regale the as a candidate to Honiton, in the poor. Flags, &c. were flying in year 1806, I began by posting up different directions, with appropriate mottos, viz.—“Canning for a bill, having at the top of it this ever ;
“ King and Constitution; Church and Ring;”.« Old England, passage of Scripture : “ Fire shall its laws and liberties ; ” “ The Wooden consume the tabernacles of briWalls of Old England; the King ; " " May the King live for
bery.”. After this I addressed ever ; ” &c. The bells rang
merrily, myself to the people of the place, and continued so to do to a late telling them how wicked and dehour. As soon as the horses were taken off, for the purpose of chang- testable it was to take bribes. ing, the inhabitants (as many as the Most of the corrupt villains laughed room would permit) took their places, and set off peli-mell through in my face; but some of the wothe town, loud and continued cheer- men actually cried out against me ing; and, supposing the new road would be preferred, the leaders took as I went along the streets, as a the carriage some distance beyond man that had come to rob them of the turnpike 'gate on that road before the mistake was discovered: their BLESSING! The sum of money which, on being announced, they which they take for their vote, they tacked about in a fine style, and returned to the intended route, to the call their blessing. Verily Sir, no small amusement and gratificu- you are quite welcome to the tion of the Right Hon. Gentleman and his friend, who appeared much pleased cheerings of these people. This with the attention paid them. The affair of ours is said to be the envy horses then supplied the places of their predecessors, when enthu- of surrounding nations and the siastic cheering was repeated.” admiration of the world ; but, I Much has been said in the Lon. really do think that there is not a
man upon earth, not a single don newspapers about the base
human being, however wretched, ness of the people of Spain in car- who will envy you the pleasure rying the Inquisitors in triumph, which, as is here asserted, you and in crying out " Long live discovered at Honiton.
The foregoing letter has taken up so much of my room, that I am SUBSCRIPTIONS compelled once more to put off FOR JOSEPH SWANN. my advertisement of AMERICAN Trees. The leaves are not off
I have great pleasure in inyet, and, therefore, no time will forming : my readers, that there be lost. I shall give a full ac
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lings subscribed at the Office of My correspondents who wrote to the Register. A letter from some me about the COUNTRY Rags will, excellent men at Lymington, in I am afraid, be out of patience; Hampshire, has brought five but they may depend upon my in- pounds more; and another letter serting their letters when I have has brought an authority to draw, room to do it with suitable effect.
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Thus, I have more than was CHARLES CALEB Colton is thank
wanted. Any gentlenian that fully received, and shall be pro- may have intended to subscribe, perly attended to in my next. This and that has not actually done it, Colton appears to be a precious will be happy to learn that his jewel, indeed. He is, be it ob- money may be reserved for some
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the particulars in my next. It is two livings, as some say, and
with singular satisfaction that I some say three. This church of have to give this account to my ours, as by law established, shines readers.--I have received a letter exceedingly, now-a-days. What from Mrs. Swann since the date it will come to, at last, God only of my last Register, in which letknows. The letter about the
ter she tells me, that her husband
has had pretty good health during BREWERY AT READING, is of great the last summer. She will doubtimportance; but I have not room less, when she has received the to treat of the matter this week.
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