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Poland; we cannot forgive the British | burning, and who can entertain a scheme Government for its inattention to this for restoring prosperity to the country subject; and the last Proclamation by sending the working people out of which we have received from Warsawe it and keeping the idlers in it, I have which requires the Poles to wear th, no hope. But that shall not prevent Russian cockade ! has filled us with in- me from addressing to you my essay on dignation and horror. Something must the Two CABBAGES. These cabbages be done for Poland, or Europe will not are the richest of all the cabbage kind; rejoice at the triuinph of the British and, if you calculate, you will find, that, Government.

thus bought of the retailer, the price of 0. P.Q. them is 31s. for a ton, or 2240 pounds

weight. The market-gardener must

have sold his ton for less than 20s., and, THE TWO CABBAGES.

to bring the ton to the market (only from Fulham), must have cost him for

man, horse, cart, and turnpike, 8s. 6d. TO LORD GREY, PRIME MINISTER.

at the very least; leaving the gardener, Bolt-Court, 12th Dec. 1831.

for seed, raising plants, digging ground, My Lord,

manure, after-cultivation, rent of land Being, like ADDINGTON,

" in every (iol.

statute acre), taxes and rates, thing equally wise," and having your and interest of capital, 11s. 6d. Is it minú filled with schemes for getting the any wonder that the gardeners are working people out of the country, or, ruined ? Every article of garden-stuff for catching them by the legs, together is low, perhaps, in proportion; but, with deep-laid plans relating to gen- cau liflowers last June, were sold at twodarmerie, and for causing the parsons pence each, which used to sell for 9d. or in Ireland to be better paid, and thereby is. at the same time of the year. No making the tithe-payers better satisfied; wonder that we see, all round London, having your great mind filled, absolutely market-garden land covered with dark crammed, with schemes so sublime, you thistles and couch-grass. will, I dare say, turn up your nose at the Take another view of the matter. A very sound of the words“ TwoCabbages," milch-cow will eat about 60 pounds of supposing it to be some fable. You will these white-loaved cabbages in a day; find them, however, to constitute a very then her cost will be 10 d. a day,or 6s.1 d. serious matter; and if you attend to what a week; and, in return for that, she I have to say on the subject, you will will give, on an average, 10 quarts of acquire more knowledge appercaining to milk, making 5lb. of butter per week, the duties that you have now to perform, all the year round. The butter is worth you will see deeper into the true causes 6s., and the skim milk of all the difficulties that surround you, a quart for pigs ; making 11s. 10d. a and which are daily increasing, than you week at the lowest rate of valuing ever before possessed and ever before These cabbages may now be bought

from the green-stalls by retail as most To.day, my man having forgotten to profitable feed for cows. If bought of bring in cabbages from Kensington, the the gardeners, they are only half the maid servant went out to buy some, and price. Meat and bread are necessaries she brought in two Savoys, for which, of life; butter and milk are nearly so ; to a woman who retailed them, she but leguminous substances are not ; gave three half-pence. They weighed and, therefore, they are depressed first; nine pounds. Then, as Solomon says, and nothing can more clearly show the I looked upon and considered it well"; sinking state of the people in this Wen, and I had, for a inoment, the vain hope, than this falling down of the price of that you might be induced to consider garden-stuff. it too. No! of him who can propose a I have, for the last ten years past, man-trap law to prevent rick and barn- been warning the gardeners (many of

worth a penny

seen.

whom I know) of their 'ruin. I have be your sincere opinion, delivered now: wanted them to keep cous and pigs, in in the face of sixteen years of proof to order to have something that would the contrary, there are no thirteen of always sell. Potatoes are now to be the noisy brats, male and female, whom bought for sixpence a bushel, close to fellow gets together daily in a house in London, which is 20s. a ton of 2240lb. this court, and who sing the Apostles' I have raised, this year, a piece of very | Creed, God save the King, and the fine Savoy-cabbages, with which I am Pence- Table, alternately, and to stop feeding my Somerset ewes ; but they whose squalling we must finally resort have cost me more than they would to a Bill of Indictment; if you be sinhave cost from a green-stall in the heart cere in this opinion, there are no thirof the city of London.

teen of these little parrot-like creatures But, now, as to the cause'; for that is who are not as fit to govern the nation what a statesman (if we had one) would as you.

Your illustrious colleague, look at, when he saw whole classes of Baron Brougham and VAUX (" His industrious men sink, in a few years, eye in a fine fit of frenzy rolling"), has from competence and gradually-increas- lately told us, that the “ Schoolmaster ing ease, to absolute beggary. The was abroad." I wish he, or some of cause is precisely the same as that you, would send this one literally which has reduced the prices at Bir- abroad; unless, indeed, you were to mingham in so surprising and almost take him in amongst you, to teach you incredible a degree. A gardener of Ful- to sing your schemes to us ; which HAM wrote, some months ago, to Peel's- would certainly be an improvement, esBill Peel, giving a very exact account pecially if you were to assemble for the of the sales of his years' produce from purpose on Durlmour. I should like to 1818 to this last year, showing how it see Peel's Bull set to music! kept an exact pace with the effects of the currency-acts; and showing him, that the same land, which, in 1818, pro

CHOLERA MORBUS. duced 800 and odd pounds a year, now In speaking, in the last Register, upon produced only 300 pounds and odd in this vital matter, I, in expressing my the year, while the rent, tithes, taxes, hearty approbation of the salutary advice, were still the same, and while, in the given to us of this happy city, by proportion that the price of labour had "CharleyPearson, and especially of diminished the poor-rates had risen. (that part of his Rescript which related to And what was the answer of this fine keeping our persons in a state of cleanyoung statesman approaching fifty years liness, might, besides showing the beof age? Why, that he was very sorry nevolent and paternal character of that to hear that the writer had been so un- advice, have shown also the piety of it, fortunate this year, and hoped that he by referring to a French author, who would have better crops next year! As wrote so far back as the time of St. it is better to be stupid than unfeeling, Louis and the Crusades to the Holy I attribute this answer to the stupidity Land, and who in order to inculcate the of the Right Honourable " minor of importance of personalcleanliness, reprethe industrious part of the nation; but sents Saint Peter as sharply reproving who is to wonder at the miseries that Saint Cæispin on this score; and inafflict the country, when this man is the deed, we are, from the words of the leader of those who are your rivals for poet (which I give here), almost given the reins of power!

to understand that the angry Prince of And, if I be to judge from that passage the Apostles actually refused admission in the King's speech, which holds out to the patron saint of the cordwainers. the continuance of peace as an effectual “ Saiut Pierre dit à Saint Crespin, remedy for our distresses and troubles, I

Tu es une villaine bête : must say, that you are real rivals; that Tu ne te laves pas les mains, you are a death-match; and that, if this Ni ne te peignes la tête."

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Which may he (but not with the beauty And what will the City House of Lords and force of the original) turned into do now? It is truly curious to see how English thus :

these two bodies, that down at WestYou are an ugly dirty beast

minster, and this in the City, keep pace (Saint Peter to Saint Crispin said),

with one another! No drummer-boy, You never wash your havds the least,

marching at the heels of a grenadier, And never comb your lousy head.”

ever stretched out his spindle shanks, in

order to keep pace with his leader, with Charley,whose life and ge- more ambition than this Court of Alderneral language show that he is deeply men are following the example of the read in sacred lore, might probably House of Lords; and the City House of have this awful reproof in his eye, when Commons, too, are just as true in the he sent forth his Rescript. He remem- imitation of t’other place down at Westbered, doubtless, that St. Paul says, that minster. Verily, the City concern and “ it is not that which goeth into the man, that yonder appear to be of exactly the “ but that which cometh out of him, same breed: to compare great things " that defileth the man ;” but, at the with small, I should say that they were same time, he could not overlook the like pigs of the same farrow, only that maxim of Saint Ambrose, that "cleun- the City Parliament is like what the liness is second to godliness;" and there people in Hampshire call the darling or fore, our “Charley presenting, in his doll-pig ; that is to say, a thing having own person and conduct, to his fellow all organs the same as a big one, but citizens (and especially to the sensible those organs not being of the same diand decent ones of Bishopsgate Ward) mensions; having the same taste, and an ample exemplification of both sorts the same propensities and manners ; of purity, was for that reason, of course, having snout to grub with, chopper to chosen by our most upright and dis- bite and grind with, and the same sort criminating Lord Mayor, as “a fit and of swallow, and a similar capacity of proper person” to watch over the health digestion. The two bodies, in their of our bodies, and to issue precepts to present improved form, principles, and us respecting our domestic habits and motives of action, are of precisely the our morals.

same age: it will be said of thein-our

weeping children will have to say of MR. SCALES.

them, if we ourselves should not, as the

royal Psalmist said of Saul and Jonathan, I mentioned, in my last Register, the that, “lovely and comely in their life, triumphant re-election of this gentleman “ even in their death they were not dias Alderman for Portsoken Ward, by a “ vided ;" for the Devil lake me if our majority nearly four times as great as conceru, in its present guise, outlives that by which he was elected the time the other for one single hour. The before. The reader remembers that the moment the people shall choose only a Court of Aldermen refused to admit him part of the Parliament~the working as an Alderman, asserting that they had people I mean,that moment the gutan imprescriptible right to reject any tlers and guzzlers will begin to feel the one chosen by the freemen of any Ward. turtle and champagne stick in their This question is to come before a jury. throats ; and then we shall see whether In the meanwhile, the Lord Mayor was the Court of Aldermen are to have a advised, it seems, to declare the oppo- right of nullifying the voice of the freea nent of Mr. Scales, one Hughes Hughes men. (lately the well-known Allorney Hewit, of Clapham), duly elected, though Mr.

BURDETT. Scales had pretty nearly, or quite, three votes to his one. This advice, however, Tae recent shuffing and cutting of the Lord Mayor rejected, and according- this once-noisy "patriot," whom Canly proclaimed Mr. Scales duly elected. XING, (in whose back the once-noisy

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blade stuck his knees in 1827,) aided by and herein they will see, too, how WestGILLRAY and Wright, once exhibited minster has been, by this SÃOyboy, aided as Sixteen-String Jack”; this obsolete by a villanous Rump COMMITTEE, de

patriot's" recent miserable shuffling, graded below any rotten-borough in the with the Political Union, to put him- kingdom; for, what rotten-borough self at the head of which he was, it is ever yet was so base as to call “its renow very clear, sent by the Ministers, presentatives” two fellows whom the for the purpose of making it, like him- people, promiscuously assembled, had self useless; this shuffling, which has, at pelted off the hustings with cabbages last, shaken off from him even the base and turnips ! Reader, look at the conwealth-worshipping tribe, has; it seems, duct of this putrid Rump! They tell reminded a gentleman in the country, the Suoyuoy, that "nobody but the Major of the shuffler's vile treatment of Major is thought of,” as his colleague ; and, CARTWRIGHT ; and the gentleman has when they find that he will not have written to me to know in what part of him, they tack instantly about, and supthe Register it was that I exposed that port a creature of the Shoyhoys' nomivile treatment. It was not I, but the nation against the Major! Major himself, who did it in a most complete manner; and this exposure I

ADDRESS republish below. YOUNG MEN ought to know the whole history of this fellow's shufflings, that they may despise the ELECTORS OF WESTMINSTER, wealth-worshipping wretches that still fawn upon him. A reformed Parliament puts an end to him : his shuffling upon MAJOR CARTWRIGHT. a motion made by some one, to sweep (First published on the eve of the late Westthe pension and sinecure lists clean off

minster election.) the paper ; ; his shuffling upon a motion

February 4, 1819. to · TEAR THE LEAVES OUT OF GENTLEMEN, THE ACCURSED RED BOOK ;" While lately at Tunbridge Wells, I either of these will finish him, Oh! addressed to the Duke of BEDFORD, my God! how he dreads reform ! and to the public, a series of seven letNever did lazy, shirking, straight-backed ters, as a sort of winding-up, if possible, Scotch bailiff so dread a spade, as this of the long controversy of niore than crafty, shuffling patriot" dreads reform. forty years' continuance, in support of The reader will see, that the Major ex- such a constitutional reform in the reposed the shuffler in an Address to the presentation of our country, as, it hath Electors of Westminster, which he pub- been abundantly demonstrated, is alone lished in a pamphlet while I was in in strict accordance with that liberty Long Island, which address was re-pub- which God bestowed universally on lished in the Register, in order to send man ; but which it has ever been the the shuffler down to posterity in his true endeavour of the corrupt and tyrannical character and colours. The Major had to monopolize to themselves, and other. been so fearful, lest an open breach with wise to violate, for the oppression of their the Shoy hoy should injure that cause, fellows. in which he had so long laboured, that It will readily be seen, that a principal he had clung to him long after his false- desire in these discussions has been, to ness became evident to us all. Upon attract the attention of the Whig aristhis I had remonstrated with the Major, tocracy and their followers, among that his hopes of reclaiming the Shov- whom are chiefly to be found that class Hoy were vain ; that he must come to an of persons, who, by a whimsical misapopen breach with him at last; or, aban- plication of language, call themselves don the cause of reform himself. My moderate reformers; but whose errors, prediction was pretty soon verified, as in fact, in the present advanced state of the young men are now going to see; knowledge, are among the greatest ob

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stacles to a recovery of our country's liberty, as well as to bear as much as freedom and prosperity.

possible of injurious treatment to the While so occupied, as aforesaid, I same end; yet, forbearance in an extreme learned the loss we had sustained by the inust ever do more harm than goud; and decease of the able and virtuous Sir even division may benefit that cause, if Samuel Romilly, and that a few of my by the parties divided it be made a right friends thought that, all circumstances and honest use of. now considered, I might be once more In the Political Registers abovenominated to fill the vacancy in your mentioned, my conduct, relative to the representation so unhappily made, free great question of parliamentary reform, from the difficulties which had unex-is touched on, as liable in some degree peetedly started up at the general elec- to doubt as to its propriety, in consetion. I was also informed how, in con- quence of a supposed partiality, and imsequence of what occurred on the 17th proper clinging on my part to Sir of November, at the Crown-and-Anchor Francis Burdett. Where thus some are meeting, they were discouraged from ready to blame, because a man does not naming me.

speak all he thinks, while others may be I am not aware that, after this, I offended at his speaking freely; the task, should so soon again have taken up my in a case like mine, at the present time, pen, had it not been for a singular con- is of some difficulty. But whatever currence of circumstances. On the 17th opinion may be formed of my endeavour of December, at the same instant, came to keep the line of rectitude in a situato my hands, a Birmingham Argus, tion thus delicate, should but the public, of the 12th, containing Observations and your representative, the baronet

on the propriety of a public meeting, himself, receive from my observations a " for the purpose of petitioning Parlia. useful warning, I shall be so far content. "ment to adopt Major Cartwright's In the first place, anxious that the en

BILL;and a Statesman, containing lightened and sincere friends of public a "speech of Sir Francis Burdett, de- freedom, whose good opinion, beyond livered at Liverpool.At the same time all things on earth, I most value, should there lay on my table the three preced- not be induced, by Mr. Cobbett's doubts, ing Registers of Mr. Cobbett, all of to entertain unfavourable notions of the which had been addressed to me person- correctness of my conduct, I must preally, relative to what he termed Sir sume that, had he not been so distant as Francis Burdett's “ backing out;" to heis, those doubts would never have been the baronet's conduct towards me in the entertained ; and, from what I now conmatter of the last Westminster election; ceive that I am bound to say, will unand to his apparent courtship of the doubtedly vanish. moderate-reforminy Whigs.

For the tenderness shown by me to The reflections which all these cir- the baronet, in my address to you on the cumstances have generated in my mind, 11th of July, the aforesaid Registers including the newspaper report of the themselves furnish abundance of apology, proceedings at the Crown-and-Anchor in attributing it to an anxiety not to inTavern, on the 13th of July, and again jure the cause of freedom by speaking on the 17th of November, make the more plainly. topics of the present address ; in which In the baronet's own words at Liver. will be ultimately found, a COMPARI- pool, I may even plead that "the saSON between the Birmingham observa-|"crifice of a long-entertained opinion is tions with Sir Francis Burdett's, on the “ difficult;” but the baronet, by his contwo days aforesaid in Westminster, in a duct on the whole, for sume time past, third speech on the 4th of December, at has, I acknowledge, in a considerable Liverpool.

degree, weaned me from an opinion with Although it is a principle with me, to respect to himself, which I had very refrain as much as possible from aught fondly entertained ; and that conduct has that is calculated to divide the friends of in particular been such, of late, as, to

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