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astonishment. In our apprehension desperate projects to any of the Brinothing is so plain as how it has hap. tish aristocracy, it is sufficient to pened : we always foresaw and pre- observe, that a certain portion of the dicted it: so far from being surprised nobles will always be found in every at the result which has occurred, we country, who, from the various motives should have been astonished if any of spleen at rivals, disappointed hope, other had happened.

party violence, court vexation, MinisAlthough all the great interests of terial ingratitude, private profligacy, the empire, that is, all persons having or factious ambition, will put them. an interest in our institutions or pos- selves at the head of such a coalition ; sessions, are adverse to Ministers, yet and a few honest men in inferior stathere is an immense number of per tion who will, from deluded philansons, even in those different sec- thropy or private resentment, follow tions of the community, who have its ranks. not only no sympathy with them, It is this vast party, which the but have decidedly adverse wishes. Reform Bill warmed into political The empire is composed not only of life, by which the Whig - Radical the holders of property, but the holders Ministry have from first to last been of no property ; not only of the house sustained. We do not say that the of Have, but the house of Want; not whole Whig. Radicals are persons of only of the good, but the bad ; not the sort we have named.

There are only of the religious, but the infidel; some of their number whom we esnot only of the industrious, but the teem and love, though we consider prodigal; not only of the lovers of their them as labouring on this subject under country, but the haters of its institu- monomania; but we do most confitions. Every class of society has num dently say, that the vast majority of this bers of such men in its bosom ; every hideous coalition is actuated by these interest it contains, swarms with their motives, and that it is to carry them ranks ; every year that is added to the out that they support the Ministry. national age adds something to their They dread the Conservatives, because numbers. There are abundance of they will put a period to the progress insolvent landholders, bankrupt ten of the Movement:: they support the ants, ruined merchants, labouring ma Administration just because they see nufacturers, profligate publicans, indi- they are incapable of resisting it. The gent tradesmen, destitute operatives, announcement of the open question not to mention the whole a host of

system is sufficient to set the whole Libeabandoned and profligate moral cha- ral camp in a tumult. However much racters;" the covetous, the sensual, the they may abuse and despise Ministers, selfish, to whom the grandeur of the they will never fail to support them, and empire is an object of hatred, and the rally cordially round their banners at an success of their compeers a matter of election. The eloquence of Peel or envy. “As many,” says Bacon, Graham, of Stanley or Colquhoun, there are overthrown fortunes, are only confirms them in their opinions: there votes for innovation ;” and to by convincing their judgment that that class nothing will ever be so Ministers are incapable, you determine attractive as a government which pro them to give them their most strenumises to pave the way for the realiza ous support. The Irish Papists, with tion of all their dreams of plunder and O'Connell at their head, exclaimenjoyment. “ Community of goods “ Huzza for the Incapables ! They and women,” gin for sixpence a-bottle, are the men for our money--they will ale for the asking, bread for nothing, soon prostrate the strength of the em. or at your neighbour's expense, con- pire-they will render the 700,000 stitute a very efficient war-cry for an fighting men unnecessary—they will age far advanced in wealth and civili avenge the wrongs of seven centuries sation, teeming with opulence, groan. -they will reinstate the Gael over the ing under riches, abounding with Sassenach-they will place the Church wealth in some quarters and mouths of Rome above the Protestant heresy! in others. Nor will such a party ever Huzza for the Incapables !” The Rawant leaders: there are Catilines and dicals say—“ Huzza for the SqueezCetheguses in other ages besides that ables They cannot resist the Moveof Cicero. Without ascribing such ment-the Ballot is already an open

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question--the Corn-Laws are going— They, in fact, make no disguise of the land and the House of Peers are their designs; they openly say that falling-Universal Suffrage is in pros. they support Ministers because they are pect !-Huzza for the Squeezables !” “squeezable," and because instalments The Chartists and Socialists exclaim, may more easily be extracted from “ Húzza for the Intellectuals ! They their hands than those of their oppocare nothing for religion or sects nents. We do not say the members of all faiths are alike to them all esta- the House who support the Cabinet blishments are equally useful, all are actuated by any desire of effecting creeds equally false-they will open these objects, or bringing about the the door for universal reading of So ruin of their country ; but we say that cialist books_halls of science will be the course they pursue is calculated to seen in every street—the Church is produce that effect, and that their falling-Christianity expiring—all pro- supporters in the constituencies are for perty will soon be common-Hüzza the most part actuated by these mofor the Intellectuals !"

tives. In fact, they don't disguise Thus this hideous coalition, composed them; they are everywhere proof such jarring and frightful materials, claimed in the streets and on the house. is yet held together by the common tops; and therefore it is that they bond of anticipated ruin to the state; always have and always will rally and, while openly professing these doc- round the Whig-Radical Administra. trines, and urging on these principles, tion. They make their representatives give their cordial support to the pre- vote they have confidence in Ministers, sent Ministers, from the belief that by precisely because they themselves have so doing they will best promote their dissolving and anti-national projects.

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MR PARKINSON, Mr Aubrey's soli- sound,' and paid for it on the spot citor, who resided at Grilston, the post- £64. A week afterwards, his attentown nearest to Yatton, from which it tion was accidentally drawn to the was distant about six or seven miles, animal's head; and, to his infinite surwas sitting on the evening of Tuesday prise, he discovered that the left eye the 28th December 18, in his office, was a glass eye, so closely resembling nearly finishing a letter to his London the other in colour, that the difference agents, Messrs Runnington and Com could not be discovered except on a pany-one of the most eminent firms very close examination. I have seen it in the profession-and which he was myself, and it is indeed wonderfully desirous of dispatching by that night's well done. My countrymen are cermail. Amongst other papers which tainly pretty sharp hands in such mathave come into my hands in connec ters--but this beats every thing I ever tion with this history, I have happened heard of. Surely this is a breach of to light on the letter Mr Parkinson the warranty: Or is it to be considerwas writing ; and as it is not long, ed a patent defect, which would not and affords a specimen of the way in be within the warranty ?-Please take which business is carried on between pleader's opinion, and particularly as town and country attorneys and soli to whether the horse could be brought citors, here followeth a copy of it: into court to be viewed by the court

and jury, which would have a great “ Grilston, 28th Dec. 18, effect. If your pleader thinks the ac• Dear Sirs,

tion will lie, let him draw declaration, " Re Middleton.

Lancashire (for my client " Have you got the marriage-set would have no chance with a Yorktlements between these parties ready ? shire Jury.) Qu. Is the man who If so, please send them as soon as pos

sold the horse to defendant a compesible; for both the lady's and gentle. tent witness for the plaintiff, to prove man's friends are (as usual in such that when he sold it to defendant it cases) very pressing for them.

had but one eye? 6 Puddinghead v. Quickwit.

6 Mule v. Stott. 6. Plaintiff bought a horse of defen I cannot get these parties to come dant in November last, warranted to an amicable settlement.

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remember, from the two former ac and Snap, of Saffron Hill, and settle tions, that it is for damages on ac the matter finally, on the best terms count of two geese of defendant having you can ; it being Mr Aubrey's wish been found on a few yards of Chat- that old Jolter (who is very feeble moss belonging to the plaintiff. De- and timid) should suffer no inconvefendant now contends that he is en nience. I observe a new lessor of titled to common, par cause de vicinage. the plaintiff, with a very singular Qu.-Can this be shown under a plea name. I suppose

it is the name of of leave and license?- About two years some prior holder of the little property ago, also, a pig belonging to plaintiff held by Mr Tomkins. got into defendant's flower-garden, “ Hoping soon to hear from you and did at least L.3 worth of damage (particularly about the marriage-Can this be in any way set off settlement,) I am, against the present action? There

- Dear Sirs, is no hope of avoiding a third trial, as “(With all the compliments of the the parties are now more exasperated

season,) against each other than before ; and

“ Yours truly, the expense (as at least fifteen wit

" James PARKINSON. nesses will be called on each side) will amount to upwards of L.250.--You “ P.S.-The oysters and codfish had better retain Mr Cacklegander.

came to hand in excellent order, for " Re. Lords Oldacre and De la which please accept my best thanks. Zouch.

6 I shall remit you in a day or two 66 Are the deeds herein engrossed ? £100 on account.' As it is a matter of magnitude, and the foundation of extensive and per. This letter, lying among some twenty manent family arrangements, pray let or thirty similar ones on Mr Runningthe greatest care be taken to secure ton's table, on the morning of its arrival accuracy. Please take special care of in town, was opened in its turn ; and the stamps”

then, in like manner, with most of the

others, handed over to the managing Thus far had the worthy writer clerk, in order that he might enquire proceeded with his letter, when Wa- into and report upon the state of the ters made his appearance, delivering various matters of business referred to him the declaration in ejectment to. As to the last item in Mr Park. which had been served upon old Jol- inson's letter, there seemed no partiter, and also the instructions concern cular reason for hurrying; so two or ing it which had been given by Mr three days had elapsed before Mr RunAubrey. After Mr Parkinson had nington, having some other little busiasked particularly concerning Mr Au ness to transact with Messrs Quirk, brey's health, and what had brought Gammon, and Snap, bethought himhim so suddenly to Yatton, he cast his self of looking at his Diary to see if eye hastily over the • Declaration'- there was not something else that he and at once came to the same conclu. had to do with them. Putting, theresion concerning it which had been fore, the Declaration in Doe d. Titarrived at by Waters and Mr Aubrey, mouse v. Roe into his pocket, it was viz. that it was another little arrow not long before he was at the office in out of the quiver of the litigious Mr Saffron Hill--and in the very room in Tomkins. As soon as Waters had it which had been the scene of several left, Mr Parkinson thus proceeded to memorable interviews between Mr conclude his letter:-

Tittlebat Titmouse and Messrs Quirk,

Gammon, and Snap. I shall not de6 Doe dem. Titmouse v. Roe. tail what transpired on that occasion “I enclose you Declaration herein, between Mr Runnington and Messrs served yesterday. No doubt it is the Quirk and Gammon, with whom he disputed slip of waste land adjoining was closeted for nearly an hour. On the cottage of old Jacob Jolter, a ten- quitting the office his cheek was flushant of Mr Aubrey of Yatton, that is ed, and his manner somewhat excited. sought to be recovered. I am quite After walking a little way in a moody sick of this petty annoyance, as also is manner, and with slow step, he sudMr Aubrey, who is now down here. denly jumped into a hackney.coach, Please call on Messrs Quirk, Gammon, and within a quarter of an hour's time

had secured an inside place in the somehow or another, he never got Tallyho coach, which started for York above an hour to himself. He was at two o'clock that afternoon-much often momentarily petulant on these doubting within himself, the while, occasions, and soon saw through the whether he ought not to have set off designs of his enemies; but he so at once in a post-chaise and four. He heartily and tenderly loved them--so then made one or two calls in the thoroughly appreciated the affection Temple ; and, hurrying home to the which dictated their little maneuvres office, made hasty arrangements for _that he soon surrendered at discrehis sudden journey into Yorkshire. tion, and, in fact, placed himself He was a calm and experienced man almost entirely at their mercy ; re-in fact, a first-rate man of business ; solving to make up for lost time on and you may be assured that this ra his return to town; and earnestly pid and decisive movement of his had hoping that the interests of the nation been the result of some very startling would not suffer in the mean while. disclosure made to him by Messrs In short, the ladies of Yatton had Quirk and Gammon.

agreed on their line of operations : Now, let us glide back to the that almost every night of their stay delightful solitude which we reluc in the country should be devoted tantly quitted so short a time ago. either to entertaining their neigh

Mr Aubrey was a studious and bours or visiting them; and, as a ambitious man; and in acceding so preparatory movement, that the days readily to the wishes of his wife and (weather permitting) should be occusister, to spend the Christmas recess pied with exercise in the open air ; at Yatton, had been not a little in in making “morning" calls on neighfluenced by one consideration, which bours at several miles' distance from he had not thought it worth while to the Hall, and from each other; and mention-namely, that it would afford from which they generally returned him an opportunity of addressing only in time enough to dress for himself with effect to a very important

dinner. As soon, indeed, as the and complicated question, which was leading county paper had announced to be brought before the House shortly the arrival at Yatton of " Charles after its re-assembling, and of which Aubrey, Esq., M. P., and his he then knew scarcely any thing at family, for the Christmas recess,' all. For this purpose he had had a the efforts of Mrs and Miss Aubrey quantity of Parliamentary papers, &c. were most powerfully seconded by a &c. &c., packed up and sent down by constant succession of visiters_by coach ; and he quite gloated over the

Troops of friends," prospect of their being duly deposited upon his table, in the tranquil leisure as the lodge-keeper could have testi. of his library, at Yatton. But quietly fied; for he and his buxom wife were as he supposed all this to have been continually opening and shutting the managed, Mrs Aubrey and Kate had great gates. On the Monday after a most accurate knowledge of his Christmas.day, (i. e. the day but one movements ; and resolved within following,) came cantering up to the themselves, (being therein comforted Hall Lord De la Zouch and Mr and assisted by old Mrs Aubrey,) Delamere, of course staying to lun. that, as at their instances Mr Aubrey cheon, and bearing a most pressing had come down to Yatton, so they invitation from Lady De la Zouch, would take care that he should have zealously backed by themselves, for not merely nominal, but real holidays. the Aubreys to join a large party at Unless he thought fit to rise at an Fotheringham Castle on New-Year's early hour in the morning, (which eve. This was accepted-a day and Mrs Aubrey, junior, took upon herself a night were thus gone at a swoop. to say she would take care should The same thing happened with the never be the case,) it was decreed Oldfields, their nearest neighbours ; that he should not be allowed to waste with Sir Percival Pickering at Lumore than two hours a-day alone in thington Court, where was a superb his library. 'Twas therefore in vain new picture-gallery to be critically for him to sit at breakfast with eye inspected by Mr Aubrey; the Earl of aslant and thought-laden brow, as if Oldacre, a college friend of Mr Aumeditating a long day's seclusion: brey's--the venerable Lady Stratton,

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