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man of many words; but you will recollect that I have two boroughs.
Mr. PULTENEY.-I know that his Grace will be distressed beyond measure at being compelled to refuse your Lordship any thing; but the office being already promised to a gentleman who stands so high in the scale of national honor.-( An interruption.)
Lord FALMOUTH.—Mr. Pulteney, recollect that I have two boroughs. .
Mr. PuLTENEY.--As your Lordship’s merits are so indisputable, I will speak to his Grace immediately upon the subject. Almost every other bonus of Government is at your Lordship's feet, but this having been so notoriously disposed of to a claimant of virtue.--( Another interruption.)
Lord FALMOUTH.- In a more emphatic tone.) Sir, you seem to forget that I have two boroughs.
Mr. PULTENEY.-Say no more, my Lord, as I will endeavour to make an arrangement with his Grace.Here the conversation terminated, and the next day his Lordship had notice of his being appointed to the post of profit.
This happened during the reign of George the Second ; and whether the perversion of right is effected by the influence of a mistress, or a rotten borough, we unhappily find that undue influence has ever prevailed, and, we fear, ever will."
We have wandered, in some degree, to resist and explain those pernicious attempts which have been so loudly enforced to discolour the actions of the higher orders of the State. That our princes and nobles are not precisely what such personages should be, we are willing to admit but we are disgusted with the continued clamour that aims at their extinction, because they are notoriously frail. It is acknowledged, that the illustrious head of the army is diligent in action, and kind in expression; yet he is to be cashiered, forsooth, because he is not precisely qualified for canonization ! Did General Conway or Lord Amherst raise the army higher? Do the increased personal comforts of the soldiers form no recommendation to national gratitude ? Do the excellent Military Establishments of Chelsea and Marlow, plead nothing in extenuation of human weaknesses ?-If they do not, we may exclaim to the Duke's pursuers, as Jaffier admonished the conspirators_-" Then your cause is in a damned way.”—Let him who is perfect “throw the first stone.” But the rage to degrade is as popular as it is overwhelming; and Mr. Canning was correct when he asserted, that calumny has now assumed a feature of brutality that was unknown in former times, and insignificance fornis the only security from its arrows ! · Is it in the contemplation of the Whigs and the Sainthood, to restore the Roundheads ? If it is, we will take the freedom to declare, that their reliance for resistance to imminent dangers, on the arm of the Spirit, will be illusory, Heroes are derived from a chivalrous mass of virtue and
imperfection combined; and it is not “the New Lights,” or “our Lady of Pillau” that can furnish a governing dogrua, equal to the exigencies arising from the presence of a Gallic battalion. We see much that requires reform, but we see little that we wish to destroy. It is an easy affair to annihilate the elements of respect, but it would be difficult to restore harmony from chaos. Bonaparte, in the meridian of his wiles, could not have devised a surer medium of ruin to Britain, than has been conjured up by this illegitimate outcry against the Duke of York. . ,
If the emissaries of accusation are permitted to level the battery of reproof against the offspring of fallability, the course of enquiry must be eternal; as objects of reproof will spring up faster than armed levies, from the teeth of Cadmus's dragon, The extravagance of expecta tion will be succeeded by disappointment; and the nation will eventually sit down, and pant, like Diogenes, on the impossibility of finding a man untainted by error!
Give every man his deserts, i
Nothing is so easy as to excite resentment against those we envý: it is but suggesting an idle story, which has no foundation, and the obe loquy shall be disseminated through the hamlet, with the celerity of electric fire! The mean and the unworthy will sit in judgment upon the lie; and the aggrieved party be condemned to igno
miny, without examination into the substance of the allegation!
Many of our lords and our ladies are so imperfect that it were desirous they should be better. Yet where are nobility to be found, who are actúated by purer motives? We have travelled much, and have not found them.-Is it in Paris, Vienna, Madrid, or Petersburgh, that you would search for their superiors in virtue? if you did, you would search in vain. It is lamentable that there is a universal declension of manners. But in actions that demand the sweet effusions of benevolence; when the bosom opens to give affliction shelter, there are no orders on earth who can run parallel with
the British nobility !, Were the frailties of the - many placed on a proportionate-scale, with the
frailties of the few, the defection from morals would be more than balanced; but the publicity of rank, makes the exposure partial; and the censor cannot take cognizance when the perpetrator is not known. :
Of the Prince, it may be truly said, that
He is a man,
We are not prepared to affirm that his Highness is immaculate; but we have the evidence of his life to prove, that he is intelligent, merciful, and noble. He has been doomed, in a long probationary ordeal, to open that volume of bitterness, whose pages may have “an understanding, but no tongue !" Being too generous for suspicion, and too manly for subterfuge, he was circumvented by hypocrisy, and thrown naked upon his enemies ! . .. : · Among those who have interested themselves in the cause of Spain, the name of the Duke of Queensberry, stands gloriously conspicuous. This nobleman; who is now descended into the vale of years, has also been prominent for his gallantries. Yet we find, when the tide of goodness flows, that there is none more willing to swell its divine stream with the tribute of *charity! His recent, offerings flowed in abundance, like manna in the wilderness, to cheer the objects of public bounty, We mean no disre, spect to the rigid observer of forms, when we aver, that we should have more sincere reliance on the tender operations of his gay, but feeling heart; than on those puritanic orders, who are so eager to weigh the merits of the claimant, by a severe decorum. In the embers of his existence, we discover those traits of magnanimity which arise and sparkle in the face of heaven; and elevate the donor far above the pretensions of those iron moralists, who would tight-lace the passions, and make our best energies but secondary to the zeal of worldly discretion. Though his Grace may feelingly exclaim with Horace,