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VOL. XIX. No. 34.]
LONDON, SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1811.
" It can never rain, but it pours." OLD PROVERB, 1025)
[1026 SUMMARY OF POLITICS.
their plunderers, not by knocking their
brains out, but by sending them adrift to HOLLAND.-INSURRECTION, -The pre- work for their bread, or to starve. sent tide, spring tide, of happy intelligence Thus far, then, I cordially agree with our naturally puts into one's mouth the Old news-papers. But; whether the good Proverb that I have taken for, my motto. work of insurrection be actually begun is --The Anti-Jacobins, who were set all more than I can pretend to say.---The alive by the “ running away" (not drawing facts are related thus by the MORNING after) of Massena ; who were raised to a Post and the COURIER. " DESERTION very high and rather dangerous pitch, by " FROM THE ANTWERP FLEET. INSURRECthe return of Lord Talavera to the rela
IN HOLLAND! - Accounts from tive position in which he was twelve “ Hull, received this morning, state, that monihs ago ; these gentlemen, friends of "a vessel had arrived there from Norway, « social order” and “-regular govern “ and brought the intelligence of the de" ment,” have been thrown almost into “ sertion of the Dutch, Norwegian, and a delirium of joy at the news of an insur “ Danish sailors from the flect at Antrection in Holland; they, who, for many “ werp, and likewise that the greatest disa years, seemed desirous of hanging every “ order prevails in the towns of Flushing man who should lift up his hand against “ and Antwerp. Several lives were lost any government, whatever it might be, are " in the night of the 29th; and it was now fallen in love with insurgents, and “expecied that a general insurrection was are become the most zealous preachers of " about to take place in all parts of French Insurrection; and this, too, observe, at a Flanders.---There is no further arrival moment when they are branding with « from Holland. The communication by every term of infamy those whom they " post between Amsterdam, Rotterdam, falsely accuse of a wish to excite insur « and Walcheren, is understood to be cup rection in this kingdom. Aye,” say
“ off. We have no doubt of the correct. they, “but it is ihe place that makes all “ ness of the accounts brought yesterday, " the difference.” How ? England, or “ to which we have to add the following Ireland, is, to be sure, different from Hol letter, which mentions disturbances to Jand, in many respects; but, insurrection “have broken out in East Friesland :is still insurrection; and, if you preach it -- HELIGOLAND, APRIL 17.-In Aurich, in up as a good thing, is there not danger “ East Friesland, a revolution has taken that people will misjudge the occasions place, in consequence of the great sevefor using it?
The Dutch, we are, “rities practised by the French there. however, assured, have actually broken “The people have pulled down the French out into insurrection; and the Times“ arms, and broken them to pieces : they news-paper says, that oppression will, in " also SEIZED THE JUDGES; and tore time, make any people rebel. I wish his. “ their chains from their bosonis : they distory did not contradict this assertion; I“ armed the militia, and broke their swords wish that oppression never failed to pro “ to pieces; after which they went to the duce what is called rebellion; I wish that, “ Castle, and plundered it; and from not only the Dutch and the Brabanters, “ thence proceeded to the church and but that all those amongst the people of “rang the alarm bells, to give the signal Europe, or any where else, who are op “ of revolt. In Nordern the inhabitants pressed and robbed and insulted and vilised, “rose and obliged several privateers lay. by those who have the powers
govern. ing in the harbour to sail, in order to prement in their hands, would, not rebel, but " vent the shipping from coming in, and certainly that they would cease to be the “ direct their course elsewhere." passive, the degraded slaves that they What, seize the JUDGES! Gad so ! these now are; I wish they would, and with as people are up with a vengeance. But, little delay as possible, take vengeance on what should make them lay on upon the
Judges first? What should make them be- / any cause whatever. -No: imprison gin there? Why, I suppose, that they them; pillory them (if there be any pilfound them to be the most corrupt and lories in those countries;) give them a base and cowardly scoundrels of all; the little flogging if they be great offenders ; most completely devoted of all the tools or, perhaps, transport them; though, Í of despotism, and by far the most hateful; think, that pillory and hard labour may do; because the tyranny they exercised was but, take not their worthless lives. Let them covered with the garb of law and justice. live in infamy, and, above all things, make If they were, as I dare say they were, a them work for what they eat, and take a set of old hacknied knaves of this descrip- great part of what they earn from them, as tion, whose flabby carcases were fit for they have done from you. This is litile else than to manure the land, and my advice to the Dutch.-I know the whose souls were all pollution, well might venal tribe will accuse me of being too the people seize upon them, the tirst mo- lenient towards these corrupt Judges, and ment they were freed from the terrors of will remind me, that, formerly, corrupt the bayonet. Oh! they " tore the chains Judges, whether they took their bribés in “ from their bosoms," did they? These mere money in hand, or in some other in hypocrites, then, tricked themselves out, direct way, had their skins stuffed with straw. it seems, in a bauble dress to amuse some I care lille about what becomes of their of the people and strike others of them skins; but, I am against all blooily with awe? When the people came to strip courses; which, as I said before, are sure them, I dare say the rabble were indig- to ruin a cause in the end.--Take their nant at themselves, that they had so long property, or, rather, their stolen goods, by all been the dopes of a set of such contempti- means. Leave them nothing but what ble animals. In this case, however, as in they could prove to have possessed before the whole of their progress, I hope the they began to touch the public money, people will not imitate the cruelties of the or, in properer phrase, before they begun le miscreants whom they have to put down. rob the people.--Seize all this. Sellererý There are, doubtless, many of their op. sixpenny-worth of it for the public benepressors, who deserve the severest punish- fit; and, with the proceeds, you may, if ments that can be inflicted upon them; you choose, make something like remu. but, when once men step into blood, there neration to the ruined public creditors, of is no knowing when they will stop. whose hard case we heard so much some Degrade the fallen tyrants; expose them time ago. I would advise the Dutch to to shame, and even to a little pelting. take from every public robber, by what Take these base hypocrites of Judges, forever name known. When men detect a instance, and stick them into a pillory, thief and get him in their power, their first opposite the scene of their former power operation is to make him refund ; to search and tyranny, and decked out in theirchains him; to turn his pockets for him ; and, why and garbs and surrounded with all the should not a robber of the whole nation be solemn buffoonery, by the means of which treated in the same way, as nearly as cirthey used to cheat the people out of their cumstances will permit? Yes, take , freedom and their money, hoist them up every stiver from these vile tools of despothus, and let them be regaled with a suit- tism, in Holland ; leave them nothing but able supply of addled eggs, dead dogs their lives; but, leave them those; let not and cats, butchers' offal, and mud from the friends of freedom condescend to imi. beneath the feet of a justly incensed peo- tate the miscreants by whom they have ple; but, let their rascal lives be spared. been persecuted.-- The Dutch' have Make them work, or starte; but I hope the made a good beginning. Their "seizing cause of freedom in Holland, or any hold of those tools of despotism, whom where else, will never again be marked in their tyrants choose to call judges, proves its progress with blood. I am aware, the soundness of their judgment as well as that the full-blooded Anti-Jacobins will the justice of their views. They are very fall upon me here for this tenderness to- right in looking upon these base instruwards these tools of French despotism; ments as being more criminal than the but, though I hate the tools of despotism, bayonet-men, who hardly know what they come from what country they will, and do. The old arch knäves, with the baubles certainly not the less for being French, I of chains and the like about them, know shall always disapprove of a bloody course, very well what they are at; and, I dare which, in the end, never failed to ruia say, that, for a double salary, they would
make crow's meat of half Holland. Picked" the United Provinces had been drawn out from amongst their fellows, distin- " off from its population; and that no guished, even amongst lawyers, for their " known animal is so phlegmatic as an sycophancy, their turpitude, their cold." aged Dutchman, we thought it improblooded cruelty, as I dare say these Judges" bable that any movement against opwere, they are fit objects of most severe pression should take place there; but punishment, if severe punishment were " we understand that authentic information fittiog for the occasion. But, let the renal “ has been received by Ministers of the say of me what they will; let them ac important fact; and that it amounts to cuse me as long as they please of lenity “ a serious insurrection. Yesterday afterand tenderness for these Judges, I must noon, we hear, intelligence upon which still recommend to the people of Holland they can rely, caine to hand. The seas to let the old hardened scoundrels drag “inen on board the fleet at Antwerp had muout their lives to a natural close ; for, tinied, and that it was by their demou. certain I am, that nothing could be so se “stration that the firme spread. We have vere a punishment to them as to see the “ heard no particulars; and indeed the people free and happy.--Far be it from « Merchants connected with Holland very me, however, to wish to see the Dutch generally disbelieved the reports, or at eonfine their resumption of property to « least distrusted the rumour that the dis. these men. I should be glad io see ihem " content had assumed any formidable make all their robbers of every description shape of hostility to the French. They disgorge ; and, if they were to do this, I r consider them us totally subdued and dare say,
that there would want no other " bruken in heart; but at the same time if means of compensating the poor widows“ the Norwegian and Danish scamen have and orphans, who have lost their all, or « deserted, so as to arouse the dormant who are in a fair way of losing their all, " spirit of the Dutch, they say, that they in the obliteration of the National Debt. “ are as stubborn when up as they are difficult --The Dutch, I see, disarmed the soldiers" to stir. WE TRUST, therefore, that the at the out-set. That was the way to come “accounts received from Harwich yes. at the robbers au nom de la loi, or, as we “ ierday afternoon, WILL TURN OUT would call them in English, legal robbers, or,
" TO BE TRUE.” That is to say, rather, literally, robbers in the name of the Mr. Perry trusts; bot only hopes, but trusts, law. These gentry were, I'll be sworn, that a serious insurrection has taken place nothing without the soldiers at their back. in Holland and in Flanders. This is very They could not have perpetrated their well; but, as I before observed, great villainies without the aid of the buyonet, and care should be taken, upon these occa that they knew well; for, though the sol. sions, so to express ourselves as not to be diers might not, perhaps, have actually as understood as regarding insurrection in gesisted at their sittings, still they were at neral as a good thing; because, unless hand, they were hurd by; and this was well this be done, we may chance to stab our known to all the parties concerned ; so own government through the sides of the enemy. that the obedience that the poor devils of To erult at an insurrection and a mutiny in a Dutchmen have apparently been yielding fleet; to express our pleasure at such to the law, they have, in fact, been yielding things, without fully stating the grounds of to the bayonet ---This was a state of things our exultation, and showing that it is not that could not endure long; and, is there, the thing itself that we like, but the use of it upon earth, any man, except a public rob in a particular application; without doing ber, who could wish any people to live in this, we do, in fact, incalcate insurrection such a state? --The MORNING CHRONICLE, , and mutiny in every part of the world, who had at first, entertained (loubis as to the which, I take it, is inore than either the authenticity of this intelligence, has had Courier or the Chronicle wishes to do, these doubts removed by subsequent au- ----It is not enough to say, that Napovices, and is now happy to find that an in- leon is our enemy. That alone is not sufsurrection amongst the Dutch has really ficient to justify us in applauding those of taken place. The words are these, and I his subjects who revolt and those of his insert them because they serve to show sailors who mutiny; for, if it were, then the unanimity that prevails upon this, sub- are insurrection and mutiny matters of ject."We hesitated in giving belief mere erpediency; and, as it is so desirable " to the rumour of disturbances in Hol. that they should take place in one coun. "land Knowing that all the youth of try, why should it not be equally desira
ble for them to take place in another enable their several governments to bire counıry?-_I trust, therefore, that Mr. out the youth of the country to fight for Perry, when he again expresses bis delight other nations, and in some cases, to fight at these insurrections and mutinies in Hol- against each other for foreign hire.--In land, Flanders, and France (for to the the mean while, France herself, duly prelatter country they are, it seems, already; pared by the oppressions exercised on the extended), he will fully state the grounds people, will, in all human probability, be of his joy, as I have endeavoured to do in ready to receive Lord Viscount Talavera, the foregoing pages of this article. who, having first delivered Spain and Por. The intelligence being now derived from tugal, will next become the deliverer of this authentic source, there can be no doubt France, and, having restored to her that of its truth; and, therefore, I shall, contrary regular government, of which she has been to my usual practice, indulge in a few con so long deprived, will, of course, return to jectures as to the probable consequences. England by the way of Calais and Dover,
-The sailors having mutinied at Ani- and will enter London crowned with lauwerp, the inhabitants will, doubtless, fol. rels, and march to melodious music along low their example; because the complete roads strewed with branches and with success, with which the mutiny has been flowers. The gun firing, the illuminaartended, implies the want either of tions, the bell-ringing, the turtle eating, power or of will in the soldiers to put the coasting and singing, the paragraph a stop to it. The inhabitants of Antwerp and poetry grinding that will follow I shall will, then, we must suppose, join with the not attempt to describe. I shall leare sailors; and, one of the first steps will be, of these to the imagination of the reader; course, to carry the ships down the scheldt and, I shall also leave him to guess, if he and surrender ibem to our Admiral, who can, at the end of Buonaparté. These will take them and the seamen into our ser events having taken place, commerce, of vice, and employ botlı in the deliverance course, will be restored to its usual chanof Europe. The people of Flushing having nels; all the blessings of regular governcaught the "flame," as the Morning Chro ment will be insured to us for our natural nicle calls it, Walcheren, dear Walcheren! | lives; or, at least, there will be nothing will, of course, be put into our hands with wanting but to lower the price of the Dollar. out firing a gun. All Holland will follow - It is quite surprizing to see how Nathe example. The French will be chasse'd poleon employs, or, rather, amuses himself out, as the correspondents in Portugal call amidst all this.-- The Courier lells us, it; ibe friends of the old government will that his time is divided between the cradle assume power, and, in a few months, the and the nursery.- -"* Paris papers,” says Stadtholder will be reinstated. Travelling the Courier of the 25th instant, “ arrived northward, the insurrection will oust the “ last night to the 20th instant. Whilst French from the Hans Towns; will eject « his Marshals are flying before the Brithem from Denmark; will kick Berna “tish legions, defeated in every encounter. dotte out of Sweden, where the king, " Whilst his armies are suffering every whose departure from England is now ac privation, ill fed, ill clothed, and worse counted for, will remount the throne. paid, what occupies the attention of Taking next a sweep athwart Germany, Buonaparté? The cradle and the nursery! the josurrection will drive Jerome Buona. " Couriers are passing from Paris to parte from his territories, and especially Vienria, on the important errant of from dear Hanover. The Confederation of carrying Bulletins of the boy's health, the Rhine will be dissolved; the Emperor “ and invitations to the Emperor of Ads. and Electors of the Iloly Ronyan Ev pire“ eria to stand Godfather to him. Buonawill resurne their ranks, offices, functions, parté and his MISTRESS are to go to privileges and emoluments; Rome will “ Notre Dame on the 2d of June, the day once more be the seat of St. Peter's suc “ of Peniecost, when the fruit of their cessor; Naples will again see jim amiable “ ADULTERY is to be christened. And king and queen; the Dukes will resume “ these are the chief contents of the Paris their sway in Tuscany and Modena, the " Papers! There is as little intelligence Doge ar Genoa; Piedmont will receive “ from the armies in the Peninsula, as if back her legitimate sovereign; all Italy “no war existed there to drain the blood will be delivered, and the Swiss CANTONS “ and the resources of the French nation." will once more be restored to that happy -How angry this man' seems at the state, which, for want of wars of their own, “ Frenck nation” for not seeming to care
about the drain upon its blood and re. goese people are not where they were a Sources ! Base dogs! What, will they not twelve month ago. Their olive groves stir? Will they suffer their blood and re have been cut down. They are beggared. sources to be drained away for the pur- They are delivered of their eatables and poses of entailing accursed slavery upon their clothes and their lodgings. It is The people in the South of Europe? De stated in our news-papers, by some of the generate wretches! Will they thus sub- writers from the army, that Portugal has mit to work like horses and asses and to been thrown back for thirty years. It has, have their earnings taken from them by then, been a prosperous campaign for tame cheaters, for the purpose, in reality, Portugal! One of these writers, as quoted of preventing the people of Spain and Por- in my last Number, exclaims, ir Oh! tugal from becoming free; aye, for the pur happy England! You are safe from such pose of preventing these oppressed people scenes !" -This is pretty comfort for from recovering their natural rights; and the people of Portugal. But, we are thereby setting a dungerous example. They subscribing for their relief. Yes, 11,1351. must be base dogs indeed to suffer this ; | 155. was subscribed for them the other but, at any rate, they are not base enough day, at a Grand Meeting in the city, comto applaud the wisdom of those measures, posed of Merchants and Bankers; and, it of that train of iniquitous schemes, by must be a great consolation to that beg which they are thus robbed and made to gared and lralf-murdered people to hear, work for the means of insuring their own that there is subscribed for their relief, a slavery. They are not base enough for sum amunting to more than five farthings, this. They hold their tongues about it, at and, indeed, io almost three half-pence, a any rate. They sing and dance and fiddle. head! Let me hear of 20 millions of They seein to endeavour to forget their pounds being subscribed, and then I shall disgrace. They are not so heinously base begin to think, that the poor creatures as to affect to be bappy under it. They will get something like relief. That sum know that they are, in fact, under the sway would make them 101. each (in 'paperof the buyonet, and they are not so shame. money), and surely that is no great lessly base as to brag about their freedom. matter. What, then, are five furthings ? They know, that, in fact, they dare not --To return to the Dispatch of Lord speak explicitly upon public matters, ex Talavera, I do not see any details of pricept they speak in praise of those who op- somers and cunnon taken, and hardly any
This they know well; but, waggons do I see in the account of capI must say this much for them, that they tures. There are killings and woundings in are not so far lost to all serise of truth and abundance, but very few prisoners. This decency as to pretend to look upon them. is a pretty strong proof that we have not selves as enjoying political liberty. They gained much in this pursuit ; and that the are base enough as it is; but, they would retreat has been very ably conducted.-be much more base if they used this hy- At any rate, the two armies are only where pocrisy as an excuse, or rather a disguise, they were a year ago; except that the for their cowardice.
French have Rodrigo open to them now,
which they had not then; and, all that PORTUGAL. THE War. The war in the Portuguese have suffered is the fruit Portugal is become of more interest than of the campaign. The protection of Porever now that there is a prospect of a re lugal against the French was the object dolution in France, and of the speedy deli. then, and so it is noru.----
- It will be said, verance of all Europe.—Lord Talavera indeed, that things are totally changed; will, I suppose, pursue Massena into that now there is an insurrection in France, France, unless, indeed, the French army and that Massena will be obliged to hasten under that general should disperse, or home to assist his master. Very true; but, come over to us in a body. - Lord Ta. who have we to thank for that? Not my lavera's last Dispatch will be found in Lord Talavera. He has had nothing to another part of this Number. It appears, do with the insurrections in Flanders and that Massena had crossed the Portuguese Holland and France. It inay, indeed, be frontier, and had merely lefi a garrison in said, that our ministers have had something Almeida, which was expected soon to fall. to do in causing these insurrections, which In short, the two armies appear from this have arisen, in all human probability, out Dispatch, to be precisely where they were just of the galling laxation which their viyorabout a twelve month ago. But, the Portu. ous war has rendered necessary to Napo