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ministers ; on the contrary, we fear that no events will awaken them till the period of peaceable and constirutional reforination is past, and when a revolution, with all its dangers and horrors, will be uuavoidable.
The sentiments and feelings expressed by our party writers oa the expected change of ministers afford a melancholy proof of our degraded situation. The Morning Chronicle was a paper long distinguished by its constitutional principles, and the apparent zeal of the editor in the cause of reform; but a new administration, itcluding the party to which he had devoted himself, introducing him to a pluce, every act of that administration was formally defended. Those real patriots in the senate who reminded the new ministers of the pledges they had so repeatedly made to the public, most of which they seemed by no means anxious to redeem, were by the editor of the Chronicle reviled as a fuction. Wheu his friends were again out of place, and this “ faction" voted with thein on various questions against the existing administration, his language was softened, and the patriots he had reviled were not unfrequently the subject of panegyrick; but latterly, when contemplating a change of men as the probable result of our national disasters, the writer returns like a dog to his vomit. In the Morning Chronicle of the 4th instant, we have the following extraordinary paragraph :-“ We “feel most poignantly under the disgrace already incurred, and in "the prospect of calamities still in store for the country; but we " are rather inclined to reproach ourselves with this as a weakness, " than to boast of it as a virtue. Does a country deserve better “which can deliberately confide its interests to such an adminis"tration as the present, or which, while it cannot repose confe"dence in the men now in power, can patiently hearken to the "impertinent squad of KNAVES and HYPOCRITES, who are daily "preaching up the doctrine, that one set of ministers is just as "good as the other? The people merit neither sympathy nor "compassion under the evils which have befallen; or which still " threaten them, while they can entrust the security, the honour, "and the glory of the empire to such men as Lords Castlereagh, " Chatham, &c.” On the reported attempts to patch up the cabinet, the same writer observes, (M. C. Sept. 25.) “ It is totally "impossible to make up out of such discordant materials any thing " that can stand, or that can be honourable. The change to be "effectual must be total; and the town is already filled with poli"tical men from every part of the kingdom eager to be near the "head quarters at the important crisis.” In the following paper (Sept. 26.) the hopes and wishes of the writer are so elevated on the prospect of a change of men, that the longed-for event seems to be considered as a panacea for all our national disorders. “It is
“ now” (says the editor) “ universally known that his Majesty has
Notwithstanding the triumphant strain in which the Editor of the
Party writers of every description are sure to represent their em ployers, as the “ dernier resort” of a people. To which it is neces. bary to reply, that a people must be in an ignorant, blind, and bes sotted state, who in times of national distress place their dependence on any party of men as their “ dernier resort.” in the present instance the utinost caution should be observed, before we 'look up with confidence, more especially as we are informed the prospect of the return to power of the two statesmen above mentioned, “ is “ hailed with so much cordiality as to set all question of domestie “policy at Rest; to reconcile every jarring sentiment, and to "make it unnecessary to recur to the usual appeal to the people's on similar occasions a dissolution of parliament! If such are to be the conséquences of a change of minister's, we witbout hesitation affirin, that no event ought to be more deprecated: So far from hoping that those important “ questions of do* mestic policy may be set at rest,” which have at different periods, and more particularly during the present year fixed the attention of our countrymen, the hopes we entertain of benefit resulting from a change, are exactly proportionate to the increasing interest with which “ those questions” may thereby be agitated. It is utterly in vain for men who are not corrupt themselves, to imagine they shall ever be able to reconcile " the jarring opinions” of those who have been the uniform supporters of every species of corruption. The only motive by whichi men of this description cani possibly be induced to assent to that radical change of system absolutely necessary to the salvation of the country, is that of fear; lest by too obstinately retaining the whole of the plundered rights and property of the nation, of which they have been in long pos session, they may eventually lose the whole. So far from deeming it “ unnecessary to recur to the sense of the people," an adminis. tration possessed of truly constitutional principles, will consider it as the right of the people to express that sense once in every three years. A dissolution of parliament is earnestly to be desired, as affording that portion of the people in possession of the right of election, an opportunity of passing judgment on the conduct of their representatives, of dismissing their old, and choosing new servants as they may deem necessary for the public welfare.
When the writer in the party Chronicle describes those men who are firmly of opinion that without a change of system, a change of MEN will be useless, as “ an impertinent squad of "knaves and hypocrites," he is equally chargeable with cowardice and calumny. Let him name the men he thus slanders: he dare fot! Are Sir FRANCIS BURDETT, Mr. MADOCKS, Lord CochRANE, Major CARTWRIGHT, not to mention others, who firmly
Ivi War in the British Cabinet :-Change of Ministers maintain the above position ;-are they, because they refuse to enlist themselves in the ranks of the ins or the outs, to be reviled is as an impertinent squad of knaves and hypocrites ?" Let the writer glance around his own circle, and look nearer home; and he may, perhaps, discover persons who by their conduct have given rise to suspicion whether they have not something of knavery, or hypocrisy, or both in their own characters ? Should he discero men, who for a long course of years professed the principles of PEACE and REFORM, and as soon as their party got into place apostatized from those principles ; should he find writers who profess one set of opinions one day, and another the next; who in the course of a few months, agreeably to the changing aspect of events, can argue in favour of one system of foreign policy, presently retract their arguments, then retract their re. tractation ; and at length outrageously proceed to revile persons, whose consistency, not having the virtue to imitate, they are determined to calumniate, then, but not till then, let him with all that indignation le now discovers, exclaim against " knaves and “ hypocrites !".
From the organ of the opposition let us just turn to that of ministers. The editor of the Morning Post bas, it is well known, ever since the PORTLAND administration came into place, uniformly expressed his abhorrence of the principles and conduct of their prea decessors, at the same time ridiculing them under the denomination of—“ The Talents!" No longer ago than Friday last, the editor alluding to the squabbles in the cabinet, and the reporțs of a change, remarks as follows:-" The faction were yesterday on tiptoe: the “ whole government--the whole patronage which they long for more, “ of the country, were to be placed in their hands, and the most “ laudable feelings of our excellent King, and the most important “ bulwarks of our glorious constitution were again to be subjected to k the rashness and brutality of a junto, who had grossly insulted « the one, and sacrilegiously attempted to undermine the other « Very few hours liave been sufficient to awaken the intoxicated “ crew from this dream of greatness: and now therefore, the auda" cious tone of insolent and groundless triumph is succeeded by the * acrimonious expressions of disappointed rapacity, venting itself in "a tone of equally insolent and groundless accusation, all however “ directed to the same object, and all, as the whole undebauched "" sentiments of the country joyfully recognize, equally iucapable of « effecting its purpose ..... No apprehension need be entertained “ that the PRIENDS of the King, of the constitution, and of the “ country will become assailable to the ENEMIES of the KING “the CONSTITUTION, and the COUNTRY, by the Duke of PORTE F LAND's reprennent."
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This tirade equal in violence to any which have appeared against the GRENVILLE administration, in the Post for these two years past, is the last the public will for some time be favoured with, On Monday last the Editor entirely changed his tone, aș will be seen by the following paragraph. : “We stated a few days since that neither Lord Grenville, nor Lord 5 Grey had been sent for; and so late as Friday last, we had ascertained " that no messages had been sent to them. From the patriotic and beco"ming sentiments which we were well aware had for many months past " been expressed by both those noblemen," (mark reader, the language of these writers on Friday last, above quoted,] “ in regard to certain pro"ceedings and public affairs in general, and comparing those sentiments • with the language and conduct of others, we were certainly led to enter.
tain feelings of respect towards each of them! We therefore confess that " we experience much pleasure in stating, that since our last publication, "messages have been sent off to Earl Grey and Lord GRENVILLE, calling " for the advice and assistance of those noblemen in the construction of a “ ministry, in conjunction with the remaining members of the present ca"binet; and we are the more pleased at this event, as from every thing we " have heard upon the subject, there is no reason to fear, that under the \. existing circumstances of the country, any material change of principle " will be attempted, should these noblemen resume their seats in the cabinet."
We now leave these brother editors to whom we have paid our respects, to congratulate each other ou their coalition, and at the same time to settle the trifling difference in their sentiments, as to the proposed change in the cabinet, whether it is to be a change of principles, or of men only. It was our intention to have further introduced our readers to a party of gentlemen, who are generally understood to take their lessons in the opposition school, and who are much distinguished by the party: we mean the Edinburgh Reviewers: but this part of our duty we must defer till next month.
THE PROPOSED JUBILEÉ. Our naval and military operations during the past summer it is acknow, ledged, have to Britain proved useless; but by way of consolation for the expenditure of so much blood and treasure, it is added they have been of service to our allies as “ diversions.” The tools of ministers, the cons tractors, loan-mongers, the war-lovers at Lloyds, and the tribe who fatten on a nation's misfortunes, have, by way of “ diversion" to the people in their present melancholy situation, and under the pretence of loyalty to the sovereign, set on foot a project which is as complete an insult as could well be contrived, to the feelings of a pillaged nation, where the people are bending under the heavy and perpetually increasing burthens of taxation, the consequence of wars, equally unjust and unnecessary, in which the mation has been engaged during the greater part of the present reign. Si
If the description of men who have thus imposed upon the nation, were pot miserably ignorant of their bible, they would have avoided the use of a word which in its primitive meaning is directly opposed to that in which