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constitution, and outrage popular worthless; they advise that truth rights and privileges-he is still a and protection shall be compounded most upright public servant. Let with sufficient error and destruction this party, for the sake of private to deprive them of all efficacy. To gain, reverse its principles-it still crown the whole, they admit that acts from the best intentions. Let their opponents may be right in the that party, in order to obtain posses- abstract, and are unquestionably men sion of power, labour to overthrow who combine the highest talents and all the institutions of the country- acquirements with the first virtues. its motives are still most praise What are the fruits of all this? worthy. With these people, you To the prevailing faction of public must call vice virtue, and crime in men, official, and otherwise, all disnocence; if the cabinet traitor con tinctions between right and wrong, fess his guilt

, you must insist that purity and guilt, are destroyed. The he has committed none; if the cabinet Minister may range round the whole despot perpetrate his iniquity before circle of iniquity--the party may sell the whole world, you must attest both the crown and the people and his purity in despite of the evidence the faction may openly plunge to the of your senses; you must declare it lowest depths of crime, in perfect impossible for a minister to feel in- certainty that their opponents will terested motives, and for a party of spontaneously testify to their unsulpublic men to be actuated by any lied honour and incorruptible pathing but patriotism. Should Mr triotism. Peel sell his country to a foreign

The effects would not be so perone, or the Duke of Wellington seize nicious as they are, if it were imitaon the crown by force of arms, or ted by the opposite side; but the the Lord Chancellor advise the Sove latter is sagacious enough to avoid reign to annul the constitution the folly. The Holy Fathers and their should one party of public men offer press, in return for the meek and to surrender public freedom, or an honied compliments, load the public other unfurl the banner of rebellion, and private character of the Duke of such people would see in all this no Cumberland with the most horrible thing beyond a little venial error of charges-represent the Eldons and judgment.

Newcastles to be equally imbecile In conformity with this, if the pub- and corrupt and assert the Sadlers lic mind be excited in their favour, to be wholly destitute of both abithey make it matter of regret; if pe- lity and integrity. If in Parliament titions be prepared, they solemnly the Broughams and Burdetts cease disavow all participation in it: they for a moment to vituperate the bigotwash their hands of the strong lan- ry and dishonesty of those who difguage used in one quarter, and the fer from them, it is only to compasstrong proceedings resorted to in an sionate their lamentable ignorance other : each must dissent about as and want of understanding. The much from his brethren, as from his Huskissons, on being lauded by their opponents. They fight the battle in

opponents for their great talents and friendship and love, therefore they spotless intentions, charge these opmust employ neither weapons nor ponents with being egregious simblows.

pletons, who are actuated by the Then, although they dissent from worst motives. All who dissent from the principles of their opponents, them are in the mass held up to pubthey dissent equally from opposite lic derision for incapacity, and to ones. They do not approve of the public hatred for want of principle. new system, but they do not wish to Thus then in effect the testimony return to the old one--free trade in of both sides is, that the Holy Fasilks is not to their mind, but they thers and their followers can do no are opposed to prohibition—theirs wrong, and that they monopolize all is some middle course-some mode the talents and virtues; while their rate system equally distant from both opponents can never be right, and extremes. In reality they have no are utterly destitute of intellect and principles; they surrender just as honesty. The right side practically much as makes what they retain joins the other in destroying its own

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character and power. The public verse the definitions of right and man cannot be profligate, without ob- wrong to laud insincerity, treachtaining honours and rewards ; and ery, and apostasy-to war against he cannot be consistent and upright honour and consistency-to assert without covering himself with dis- that black is white, and light is darkgrace and punishment.

ness—and to make sordid enmity to To this may be, in some degree, public interests, and utter disregard ascribed the infatuation which pre- for principle, the first of virtues in vails amidst the less exalted classes. the public man? While the swindler The landowner assents in Parliament is still punished by law, am I to hold to the most absurd doctrines touch- the wretch innocent who plunders ing agriculture, which his own eyes his country, by obtaining office or have again and again proved to him party power under false pretences

8? are utterly false. The farmer agrees While the murderer still forfeits his to doctrines which he knows from life by his guilt, am I to be the euloample trial will be ruinous to him. gist of the public men and parties The merchant and manufacturer ap- who, for personal profit, continually plaud doctrines which theyknow from strike at the existence of the emdaily experience to be wholly errone- pire ?

And the working classes sup I am too much the friend of hoport doctrines which are confessedly nour and morals. to take away their wages, and which Or, for the same cause, am I to they know from sad experiment must substitute names for things, and to plunge them into want and wretch- judge from empty appellations, inedness.

stead of actual nature and conseI say, in some degree, because the quences ? Am I to be the blind infatuation is too extraordinary to worshipper of abstract doctrines, in be accounted for on natural causes. utter contempt of what their appli

If the charge be cast on me, that cation produces ? When I see that I speak from party feelings, I shake Catholic Emancipation has convertit from me with scorn: the public ed that which was merely a question man lives not whom I follow; the of internal regulation into one of reparty has no existence which can bellion and civil war-has changed give me opinion. If the accusation that which made the influential part be made, that I speak from prejudice of the Irish people the firm friends and bigotry, I spurn it from me into of England, into a matter of deadly the teeth of my accusers.

As to in contention between the latter and terest, I scarcely need mention it; Ireland, as separate nations has those who know any thing must be practically severed Ireland from aware, that he who takes the path England, and dismembered the emwhich I do must look for his reward pire, am I to be its panegyrist, besolely to his own conscience. cause the principles from which it

Am I, that I may escape being emanated are called liberal and encalled a party-man, to follow the lightened ? Am I to applaud that profligate and traitor, and assist in which has sacrificed the foreign indestroying the constitution; propa-, terests of my country, and destroyed gating error and delusion; sacrificing her influence amidst other nations, the public weal to party cupidity; merely because it is called liberal and filling the empire with loss and and enlightened policy ? Am I to wretchedness ? Am I to tell my support laws which demonstrably country to trust in those who have have plunged half my countrymen betrayed her; to hope in those who into ruin and misery, because it is have overwhelmed her with calamity; said, they are founded on liberal and and to follow those who are leading enlightened principles? Is it, beher to destruction ? Am I to be si cause the doctrines on which the lent when faction is preying on her empire is governed, are called liberal vitals, and every thing dear to her is and enlightened, that I am to emin jeopardy?

brace them, when the evidence of T'am-boast though it be-too much my senses shews that they have dea patriot.

stroyed its power, stripped it of its Am I, that I may not be charged supremacy, dissolved the union of with prejudice and bigotry, to re its parts, and given it, for prosperity

and happiness, bankruptcy, hunger, smallest ? Am I to believe, that if and suffering? Am I to be the cham- this country buy abroad, it can give pion of what are called liberal opi- nothing but goods in payment

that nions, because they are so called, if France sell to this country for when I have demonstration before money, it will cause other nations to me that their application, in every buy a proportionately greater quaninstance, both at home and abroad, tity of British goods--that if America has yielded only calamity andwretch. refuse to take such goods in payedness ?

ment for her commodities, this will I am not sufficiently afflicted with compel foreign Europe to take the madness.

whole quantity she refuses in addiOr, am I to abjure principles, and tion to its usual purchases-that cavituperate systems, merely because pital and labour can never want emthey are called bigoted, antiquated, ployment that the destruction of and obsolete? Am I to abandon the their employment is the best means maxims and policy of my fathers, be- of preserving them from idlenesscause they are covered with vulgar and that the more deeply and comcalumny, when I am surrounded by prehensively the population is sunk proofs that they made my country in penury and barbarism, the greater the first of nations that they gave will be the measure of national trade, her as much happiness as grandeur wealth, and prosperity? And am í --that, while they filled the coffers to believe ten thousand similar ficof the capitalist, they blessed the la- tions, equally gross and monstrous ? bourer with comfort and abundance I cannot so far unman myself. —that they poured their benefits im Or, am I to insist that agriculture partially on all ranks and callings- ought to be sacrificed to manufacand that they were not more pro- tures and commerce—that the shipductive of riches and plenty than of owners ought to be ruined to inreligion, morals, honour, patriotism, crease the profits of the cotton and and all the virtues ?

woollen manufacturers—that protec1-even I-have too much under- tion ought to be given to one trade, standing.

and denied to another and that the Or, am I to forsake proved truth, great majority ought to be stripped and embrace self-evident falsehood? of property and bread, for the beneAm I to believe that the landlord's fit of the contemptible minority? rent, and the farmer's profits, will I am too much an Englishman to be increased, in proportion as the advocate the atrocious robbery and prices of agricultural produce are confiscation, the inhuman tyranny reduced--that the manufacturer's and oppression. gains and trade will be enlarged in Or, am I to maintain that it is the proportion as his prices are lowered, object of trade to ruin and hunger his markets are glutted, and his pro- my fellow-creatures, that it ought to tection against foreign competition be extended by creating general is taken away—and that the labour- bankruptcy, and depriving the worker's command over necessaries and ing classes of food and raiment, incomforts will be extended in pro- telligence, morals, and virtue--and portion as his wages are diminished that every thing which distinguishes and his employment is destroyed ? man from the beast of the field ought Am I to believe that the general rate to be sacrificed to it? Am I to teach of profit will be the highest, when that the labourer ought to starve that the distress of the agricultural half his employer may become rich, and of my countrymen is the greatest- that the vast mass of my countrythat the ruin of the home-trade will men ought to be bound to indigence, benefit the foreign one—that losing want, and misery, for the benefit of prices will yield the best profits the few individual exceptions ? Must that the trade of this country will be I lie and slander that public sufferincreased by the surrender of it to ing may be concealed and preserved foreigners-and that the consump- from remedy-swear that the insoltion of agricultural produce, manu vent trade is flourishing, and the desfactures, and merchandise, will be titute workmen are in employment the greatest, when the means of con -protest that loss is profit, and want sumers for obtaining them are the is abundance--and blast the charac

ter of those who are famishing, that sical impossibilities--because it is the hand of charity may not reach confessedly to destroy property and them? Must I call on the Ministry bread, prosperity and comfort-beand Legislature to spurn from them cause it wars against all the best feelthe supplications of suffering mil. ings and possessions of human nalions, and reply to the prayer for re ture-and because in its application lief, by creations of additional ruin it has produced nothing but appaland misery? Is it to be mine to la- ling evils to the state, the population bour to make the government of my in the body, and the individual. It country the most savage tyranny that is not because the old system is old, erer cursed civilized nation-an un. but because it stands on principles heard-of compound of barbarism and which have been formed by expericannibalism, steeled against the com ment–because it is in harmony with mon feelings of humanity, delighting the actual condition of men and only in destroying property and food, things because it professes to yield competence and comfort, and think benefit only, and benefit impartially ing its crimes incomplete if they to all-and because in its application spare women and children ?

it blessed my country with an unI thank my God! I am too much exampled measure of power, glory, a Christian.

wealth, trade, prosperity, and happiI oppose the new system, not be ness : It is from all this that I still cause it is new, but because it is at remain, variance with all reason and expe

ONE OF THE OLD School. rience-because it is founded on phy- London, Dec. 8, 1829.



"The debût of the greatest pro- O'Neill, (I hate to call her Mrs Bechmise, since the days of Mrs Siddons!" er, the papers would have raved I exclaimed, laying down the pages of about her form and face. Now they that rich production—the Court Jour- glide as gingerly over that matter, as nal. Is Miss O'Neill so soon forgot? a skaiter over suspicious ice,-and it Is she quite merged in Mrs Becher ? is all her genius—her genius, forWell, well! I ought to have known, sooth. But truly we ought to be conat my years, that

tent with what we can get; and I do “ To have done is to hang

not wonder that even a plain bun

should seem bride-cake to the theaQuite out of fashion, like a rusty mail lo monumental mockery.”

trical public, after their long starva

tion.” “I must here pause to let the I took up the Times and the Morning reader a little into my character. I Herald from the club table, in the will not mince the matter-I am an club-room of the country town of old gentleman,- I glory in the title. 0, and looked for the large le Many a person at my age, and with ters that pointed out so intelligibly my (I must say) rather youthful look, Miss Fanny Kemble's debût. “ What, would call himself a middle-aged all in the same story !" I cried rather man-perhaps even a man in the testily, “Let us see what my sapient prime of life; but I scorn such half friend, Mr Jerdan, will tell us in his

I have passed my grand oracular organ of wisdom-the Lite. climacteric, and therefore am an old rary Gazette, which is sometimes gentleman. Does not my candour (Heaven help us !) full of not very deserve that I should claim all the airy litter I-Well, positively, he is privileges of one? I have no notion bewitched too! Now I would bet of being virtuous for nothing. The any

wager that this girl, this Fanny, great privilege, then, which I claimor Fan, is no such mighty wonder. in all companies and under all cirHandsome she cannot be- nay, I fear, cumstances, is that of speaking my it is too plain that she is rather plain mind. Now, old as I am, and posfor had she possessed but a hundredth sessing, too, (I must say,) a great deal part of the personal charms of Miss of observation, I never yet found that


things which were loudly praised med envelope, which 'whispers from the very first by the many-head- whence it stole its balmy spoils, viz. ed multitude, did ever truly possess de chez Delcroix-before the city intrinsic merit. Timid and hesitating dame's square emblem of her own was the first tribute of newspaper form, I should expect that the elegant applause to my ever-beloved Miss billet would fly with horror out of O'Neill;-a Miss O'Neill, as they the window.”. So saying, I took from called her-a promising debutante-- the right-hand pocket of my coat (I a very tolerable performer. All this love to be particular) a green modin of praise about this girl awakes rocco case containing an almanack my suspicion. Besides, my dear and divers useful instruments, and reader, to confess to thee, and thee thence I selected a small (yet strong) alone, a truth, I am aware,—(for 1 pair of scissors, wherewith I caremust say that I have a great deal of fully (as is my custom) cut round the self-knowledge)-I am aware, I say, emblematical seal. It would have that

been a sad pity to have split Master

Æolus's head in two. I then read One fault I have above the rest

thus. With contradiction I am blest.” I do hate to hear a hubbub of praise “My Dear Cousin, about any thing.--except my match “Sir Thomas being, as usual, inless picture by Corregio; it always disposed to epistolary exertion, I take stirs my bile. This partly results from my pen to alleviate any anxiety you my long experience ; for I never yet may feel respecting the health and was told by a friend, “ I will intro- welfare of our family. [The deuce duce you to a charming person whom a bit anxiety have I felt, muttered I.] you are sure to like, but I found My sweet Glorvina has caused me this said charming person perfectly many a trembling moment of late, detestable. At this point of my me- from a slight tendency to pulmonary ditations, my servant in his orange affection. The dear girl has less apinexpressibles brightened up the petite-[indeed, thought I, I am glad club-room by his glowing presence, to hear it]-less appetite than she is and bowing, respectfully as he is wont to exhibit ordinarily; and the wont to do) presented me with three roses have been, in some degree, letters, on a silver salver, brought usurped, upon her cheeks, by the from my own house, as was proper, hues of their paler sisters of the field. “ All with the London mark, I see,' [Very pretty indeed !] With this exthought I. “ Now I shall perhaps ception, we are all much the same as hear something more near the truth when we had the pleasure of holding of this Fanny Kemble. - Um converse with you in the metropolis. Baker-street-that must be from [Alias, of seeing you in London. Will Lady Dorothy, my cousin ;-I shall the woman never write her plain monot hear much truth from her. The ther tongue?] Some slight metamornext, I see, is from my city friend, phosis has indeed taken place with reMrs Dykes of Hounsditch-she will gard to Sir Thomas; but I flatter myself tell the truth-as it appears to her; that you will opine it is a change for mand this, though last, not least, is the better. I have at length prevailthe cheery handwriting of my fidus ed on him to make experiment of Achates, my alter idem, Frank Pro- Barr's Roman Toupee--an unrivalser. By him I will abide ;-however, led invention for the concealment of I must give the ladies the precedence, that defect which caused the illusI suppose. Indeed, it is better to trious Julius Caesar to wear a cororead their nonsense first, and reserve nal of laurel. (Julius Cæsar and Sir Frank's letter as a restorative. And Thomas ! Well done!] As Barr not first, let me make free with this pretty unaptly says, his locks may now defy green seal, on which is engraved å inspection. But how is it possible head of Æolus puffing forth a zephyr, that I can think, speak, write of anywith the motto, " Je meurs en sou. thing but the enchanting Miss Fanny pirant, - a device of my lady's own Kemble! [So, here we have it! invention, as she informed me. If I

a good beginning, by Jupiter !] She did not open this letter from the is indeed perfection-a miracle of court end of the town--this perfu- talent--a prodigy of genius! Thrice

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