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observations, which, however, the repeated vices of the age have in the performance of duty, rendered imperiously necessary. To do justice to certain important subjects, line must be upon line, and precept upon precept.

I hope I shall be excused adding, (the reflection is not without satisfaction)-That it is not impossible after my course in this stage of existence shall be finished, this work may be referred to for many valuable documents; as a protest against the corruptions of the times, and as a defence of those principles which are of the last importance to individual and national happiness.

In parting with my readers, the majority of whom I consider as friends, partial to my general opinions and to the style in which I have expressed them, it cannot excite surprise if I am sensibly affected; I beg leave to take my farewell in the language of some of our great moralists, who have expressed themselves on similar occasions, so much better than it is possible for me to do, that I shall not make the attempt.

" There are few things not purely evil, of which we can say « without some emotion of uneasiness, this is the last! Even “ those who never could agree together, shed tears when mutual « discontent has determined them to final separation. Of a place “ which has been frequently visited though without pleasure, the last “ look is taken with heaviness of heart”.*

“ Time who is now dating my last paper, will shortly moulder " the hand that is now writing it in the dust, and still the breast “ that now throbs at the reflection : but let not this be read as “ something that relates only to another; for a few years only can “ divide the eye that is now reading from the hand that bas written. “ This awful truth,' however obvious, and however reiterated, is yet frequently forgotten; for surely, if we did not lose our re“ membrance or at least our sensibility, that view would always “ predominate in our lives, which alone can afford us comfort when " we die.”+

BENJAMIN FLOWER. Harlow, July 29, 1811.

* Dr. Johnson's Idler, Vol. II. No. 103. ..
+ Dr. Hawkesworth's Adventurer, Vol. IV. No. 140."

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ITIS Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has at leugth assumed the regal authority in the mode provided by the two houses of parliainent. From the long debates on this subject it was evident, even to the most common observer, that the majority of the two principal parties, the administration and the opposition, took the part they judged the best calculated to promote their own interests. The former, tremblingly alive at the idea of losing their places, made use of every means in their power to delay the dreadful day on which they would be compelled to resign, and endeavoured by their restrictions on the government of the Regent, to deprive their successors of a considerable portion of that influence, in which it seems it was agreed by both parties, the strength of government, that is of their favourite mode of govern. ment, principally consists. .

Judging from existing circumstances, it appears that the Prince Regent has been somewhat puzzled as to the manner in which he should exercise the important trust vested in him by the represen. tative bodies of the people. It was generally supposed, although we all along entertained suspicions on the subject, that his royal highness would choose an entire new set of counsellors. It appears that Lord HOLLAND had been favoured with frequent and long conferences with his royal highness, and it was supposed by many that his lordship would occupy the first place in the new administration; but previous to the final settlement of the regency, the public were informed by the editors of the daily prints which are supposed to be the channels of authentic intelligence from the opposition quarter, that Lords GRENVILLE, and GREY had within a very few days of the installation of the Regent, received his royal highness's commands to forin a list of members for a new administration. These commands were, however, shortly revoked, and a letter from his royal bighness to Mr. Perceval annouuced to the latter, his resolu.

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observations, which, however, the repeated vices of the age have in the performance of duty, rendered imperiously necessary. To do justice to certain important subjects, line must be upon line, and precept upon precept.

, I hope I shall be excused adding, (the reflection is not without satisfaction)—That it is not impossible after my course in this stage of existence shall be finished, this work may be referred to for many valuable documents; as a protest against the corruptions of the times, and as a defence of those principles which are of the last importance to individual and national happiness.

In parting with my readers, the majority of whom I consider as friends, partial to my general opinions and to the style in which I have expressed them, it cannot excite surprise if I am sensibly affected; I beg leave to take my farewell in the language of some of our great moralists, who have expressed themselves on similar occasions, so much better than it is possible for me to do, that I shall not make the attempt.

“ There are few things not purely evil, of which we can say « without some emotion of uneasiness, this is the last! Even “ those who never could agree together, shed tears when mutual “ discontent has determined them to final separation. Of a place “ which has been frequently visited though without pleasure, the last “ look is taken with heaviness of heart”.*

“ Time who is now dating my last paper, will shortly moulder " the hand that is now writing it in the dust, and still the breast “ that now throbs at the reflection : but let not this be read as “ something that relates only to another; for a few years only can “ divide the eye that is now reading from the band that bas written. “ This awful truth, however obvious, and however reiterated, is yet frequently forgotten; for surely, if we did not lose our re“ membrance or at least our sensibility, that view would always “ predominate in our lives, wbich alone can afford us comfort when “ we die.”+

BENJAMIN FLOWER. Harlow, July 29, 1811.

* Dr. Johnson's Idler, Vol. II. No. 103.
† Dr. Hawkesworth's Adventurer, Vol. IV. No. 140.

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* Judging from existing circumstances, it appears tim se Pearz Regent has been somewhat puzzled as to be an in uro be should exercise the important trust vested in iún i tu m arser tative bodies of the people. It was generally suprues, aius ** all along entertained suspicions on the subjec, hat us sa suste ness would choose an entire new set of counselus appears that Lord HOLLAND had been favoured with fregueart mut kong conferences with his royal highness, and it ma surset by many test his lordship would occupy the first place is fire in austration: but previous to the final settlement of the money, the publie were informed by the editors of the daily prints with me supposed to be the channels of authentic intelligence from the apponition quarter. that Lords GRENVILLE, and GREY bus win 2 fery few days of the installation of the Regent, received bis rogal highness's core mands to form a list of members for a new ziministration, Tbes commands were, however, shortly revoked, zod a letter from do royal highness to Mr. Perceval announced to the latter, his resalt

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tion to make no change for the present in the counsellors chosen by his royal father.

There has been much speculation on the reasons which induced his royal bigliness to act so contrary to the ardent hopes and *expectations of many who call themselves his friends : it has been hinted, that considerable difficulties lay in the way of forming an administration which should combine the strength of the different leaders of opposition. That there is a wide difference between those who are usually termed the leaders, we both hope and believe, unless some of the noble lords and right hon. gentlemen who have rendered themselves tolerably notorious for perseverance in erro. neous principles, or for apostacy from right principles, have at length become convinced of the absolute necessity of adopting a system of radical reforın, having for its foundation a reform in the house of Commons, by the adoption of which system, that corrupt influence which unhappily for the people of this country, and indeed for the people of Europe in general, has so long been the ruling principle, the main spring of action of the different administrations which have had the management of our national affairs. . Aunidst the various contradictory opinions and speculations of which the public prints have recently been so fruitful, there are two things of which we may be tolerably certain. First-That the Prince Regent has no confidence in the men who have so long possessed the reins of government; and--Secondly---That he is anxious to be relieved from his present aukward situation. In his letter to Mr. Perceval announcing his determination to retain the present ministers in his service, he “explicitly declares, that the • irresistible impulse of filial duty and affection to his beloved and « afflicted father, leads him to dread that any act of the Regent

might, in the smallest degree, have the effect of interfering with " the progress of his sovereign's recovery: and that this considera'"* tion ALONE dictates the determination now communicated to Mr. Perceval."-We most siucerely hope that this language is. not misunderstood by the people in general, but that they rightly interpret it as containing an unequivocal avowal of disapprobation of the general system adopted by mjuisters, and of a determination on the part of the Regent, as soon as prudence, and personal affection to his royal father will allow, to make an entire change, not oply of men, but of measures. Such being the settled opinion of his royal highness, the people, even amidst their various complicated difficulties and distresses, the natural effects of the system so long and so obstinately persevered in, will, doubtless, do justice to . the motives of his royal highness, and make all possible allowance for language and conduct on his part which may seem to imply ac. . quiescence in the measures of an administration, whose general

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