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How many seamen ! Britain it is well, Where pow'r leans swordless on the arm of Thy wooden walls thy matchless warri

law, ours tell,

And Nelson's thunder keeps the world in But, stirrup'd men!--O modern fields, say ye,

Where virtue poises beauty's tremblingdart. No bud left Ma’lbro' on the sacred tree! And honour burnishes the fearless heart. Tore his strong arm the mighty trunk Come to my arms, renowned man! she away,

cried, And left succeeding chiefs a dubious day. Come, live for ever by my sacred side!

Enough of fame sits on thy eagle wing: But see yon distant tenants of the sky, Coldrife they bend with dark and hollow Conie to ny breast in thy new robe di

O leave to others that their bards may sing; eye.

vine, See bloody kings, and butch'ring swords.

And let me kiss the wound that made thee

mine! 'The steel vile-reeking at their shiv’ring side ;

I saw thy early soul, strong, kind, and And dark-soul'd statesmen, troublers of

free, their day,

The hero prattling round the mother's Try, madly try, to scour the blood awayVe fought not-Cowards--your dark mur

Or softly courting from thy father's tongue, ders rise,

The truths sore bled fur, and in triumph And in your grave your fame in poison lies. sung ;

Those meekest truths shed from the lip diAnd ye too, Daughters of the union'd vine, Isles !

Which bid the mortal with the angel shine: Your beauties burnish'd with the sweetest Proud o'er thy growing fame I zealous smiles,

hung, . Your bosoms swelling with the purest Each cheering accent glided from my flames,

tongue, He your full love, your best affections While thou among thy young compatriots claims.

rose, Proud meet him on your skies-'twas he Shield of thy land, and terror of its foes. laid low

Great in thyself, thy soul wak'd all its Th' unsated sword of Virtue's darkest foe;

flame, For virtue ay upbraids while vice can feel, No bolst'ring int’rest rear'd a fraudful fame, ind rakes the conscience which it cannot Thy country woo'd thee, in thy pow'rs eheal;

late, And the fell spoiler who o'er Britain hung, And on thy arm repos’d its mighty fate. Denounc'd the charms your chasten'd lives But soon thou earn'd my unreserved smile,

Thy guardian labours for my lovely Isle, Sweet and majestic, from the op'ning Labours which on time's monstrous events cloud

grew, Where grief had hid her, pale Britannia

And wet thy aiking front with bloody dew; bow'd.

They grew, thy glories grew, thou starry Her beauteous daughters silent gather And Europe's genius rested on thy sword.

lord ! round, And music softly lifts her heavenly sound; O'er all the vast abyss, what sea, what On chords etherial swells the glowing shore, strain ;

But heard, tremendous, thy dread cannon All heaven resounds 66 Britannia rule the

roar ; main."

But saw thy banner sweep the crimson'd The joyous scene soon cheer'd the stream

tide, ing eye,

And proudest navies sinking at thy side. And triumph'd gently o'er the heaving sigh. Thy battles, where thou conquer'd, where Bent on the Chief she glorious mov'd thou bled, along,

Which threw thy timeless garland round The anchor waving to the Cherubi's song,

thy head And tend'rest yearnings gleaning o'er her Thyhundred battles fix'd thy nation's pow'r, face,

And shook ghast envy's inmost lurid tow'r; She clasp'd the hero in her fond embrace. Travtic Ambition, with his poison'd dari, All hail! she said, thou father of my And murder's bloady girdle round hisheart, isles !

Turn'd in despair his haggard face away, Where wisdom triumplis, and where free- And left thy glory to its kindred day. dom smiles;

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The Trial of Lord Viscount money on the security of stock? Yes.
MELVILLE.

Will you state the particulars of that trans

action, as well as you can recollect? I obo" (Continued from p. 544.)

jected to different stocks that were propoMr Robert TROTTER, Writer to the Sig- I at lasť said, I would lend upon the 3 per

sed; a good deal of conversation arose, and net, re-examined.

cents. It was upon account of the transacE gave orders to Mess. Mansfield, tions, resulting from this conversation, that Courts for two sums of 10,000l. each, and 11s. 7d. ? Yes, it was. Had you any interalso for soool It was on account of mo- view with Lord Melville during these nies at Mess. Coutts's, on his brother Mr

transactions ? None whatever. - Is the stock Alexander Trotter's account. He said, all. so alienated to you, disposed of or not? I his private letters and papers were deliver- cannot answer that question exactly, but I ed to the Managers from 1786 to 1800.

know it was VERY LONG WINDED. Mr Maré Sprott, stock broker, was (The learned Counsel for the defendant sworn and interrogated by Mr White directed a paper to be delivered to the witbread.

ness, and then proceeded.) Did you accept the controul over the Is that your hand writing ? Yes, it is. sum of 13,500l. India Stock from Alexan- Was that paper written by you at the time der Trotter in May 1800, and under or

of the transaction? Yes, it was. Examine ders from him ? I did. - Did you, in conse

the paper, and see if it refreshes your me. quence of the intervention of Mr Trotter, mory with regard to the negociation. advance money for the India Stock, and (The witness slowly perused the contents other funds ? I did.To what amount ?

of the paper.) The sum was about fifty-one thousand se Q. Were not these transactions exclusives ven hundred and odd pounds. On whose ly on account of Mr Alexander Trotter? account did you make the advance ? It was They were on his account. Have you any for Mr R. S. Dundas.--Had you complete - knowledge or belief that any other person power over these funds in consequence of was concerned in them? None whatever. such advance? Yes, I had. To whom did You have no suspicion that he was agent you pay the said money ? To Mr Alexan- for any other person? None. Had you ader Trotter.--Did you receive a draft from ny knowledge, at the time of the transacLord Melville to make the account even : tion, that the money advanced by Mr The amount was 14271. 11S. 7d. , I never Trotter was public money? Certainly not. did receive any draft from Lord Melville. Have you any acquaintance with the conDid you receive a sum of money of about nections of Mr Trotter, and do you know this amount, in any form from Lord Mel- that many of them are persoris of respectaville ? I did not. Did you receive such a bility and opulence ? sum of money from any one, to make the The witness made some observations on balance of the account even? I certainly the respectability of Mr Trotter's family, did from Mr Alexander Trotter. Did you

ảnd of his connection with Mess. Coutts, transact money business largely with Mr He was then re examined by Mr WhitAlexander Trotter? I have borrowed mo

bread. ney of him, and lent him money in large Q. Do you recoilect, or not, if you were

Did you ever purchase navy and ever told, that the money so advanced was victualling bills, and other government sea

for Lord Melville? curities for Alexander Trotter ? I have pur- Mr Plomer objected to this interrogatochased navy bills. Were the bills so pur- ry. The witness may speak to what dem chased for Mr Alexander Trotter ever at a volves within his own knowledge, but he discount? I do not immediately recollect must not in this way give evidence, as to that they were..Do you remember if Mr what he conjectures, from the information Alexander Trotter borrowed any sum of of others. money of you, in order to avoid selling his 'The Hon. Manager contended, that this navy bills ? I remember his borrowing mo- mode of examination necessarily arose out ney of me, but for what purpose I do not of the cross examination of the Learned know.

Counsel; and to shew this, he recited that The witness cross-examined by Mr Adam. part of the examination by Mr Adam,

Had you any pecuniary transactidns at which applied to the question. He then any time with Lord Melville ? Never.. repeated his own interrogatory, which was Have you any acquaintance with Lord somewhat varied when proposed by the Melville ? I have a very slight one.- Were Iverd Chancellor. you applied to by Mr 'Trotter to advance August 1806.

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Q. Do you know, of your own know- possess that Office, which was held by his ledge, if the money were advanced for son, Mr Robert Dundas. . Similar evidence Lord Melville, or not? A. I do not. Were was adduced on the emoluments which his you not desired to advance this money on Lordship derived from the Offices of KeepLord Melville's security? I was not. er of the Privy Seal in Scotland, President Ninth Day - May 9.

of the Board of Controul, Treasurer of the

Navy, &c. The Managers also put in the The Right Hon. Charles Bragge Ba- Report of the Commissioners of Naval Inthurst and George Tierney, Esq. testified to quiry, the Articles of Impeachment by the the mode in which the business of the office Commons of Great Britain and Ireland, of Treasurer was conducted during the Mr Whitbread's Message to the Lords, on time they held that situation.

presenting the charges, and such other doMr Wilson deposed as to various transac- cuments as were thought necessary in point tions in the Navy Office during the absence of form. After which of Mr Trotter in Scotland.

The Lord Chancellor called upon the Mr James Gibson, Writer to the Signet, Solicitor-General to proceed. was called to prove, that the clause for the

Sir Samuel Romilly then addressed the destruction of vouchers in the release was

Court. He began by stating to their Lord. an unusual clause in such instruments in ships what had been the grounds of the Scotland.

proceedings, and upon what circumstances Mr Mark Sprott was again called, and the charges were established. This was a examined by Mr Whitbread.

duty which he consideredas due to the ComQ. Look at this book, Sir, and inform mons of England and Ireland, and even ta the Court, if, by refreshing your memory, the accused himself; for the character of you can tell us if you received the sum of

the Commons was above the suspicion of 14271. 11s. 7d. by a draft? A. I received it their entertaining any pársonal hostility in bank notes and odd cash, which I put to the Noble Defendant: so far were into my pocket.

they from it, that they could not, without (A paper was handed to the witness.) painful feelings, contrast the situation of

Q. Is the signature to this document your the Noble Viscount, when possessed of hand-writing? A. Yes it is.

power, authority, and the favour and cons (This paper, when read, appeared to be fidence of his Sovereign, with that in a receipt of Mr Mark Sprott for 20,2221. which he was placed at their Lord. 45. 5d. as security for the advance of ship’s bar, as a delinquent, stripped of all 20,000l.)

those advantages, and obliged to justify Q. Did the stock transferred into your himself against charges of high crimes and name constitute a part of the security for misdemeanours.--Bụt the Managers were, the money furnished by you? A. I presume at the same time, awfully impressed with it was, but I have no recollection of it.

a due sense of the serious duties imposed Have you read that receipt? Yes I have, upon them, and the responsibility of their but I have no more recollection of it than a

situation, when they had, at the same time, child unborn.

to sustain the dignity and character of those Cross examined by Mr Plomer. who sent them there, and to deal with jusQ. Had you any interview with Lord tice towards the individual accused. In the Melville in Scotland: A. No. I never saw first place then, he would state what were his shadow there. Did you see either of the crimes of which the Noble Viscount his sons there? No. I never saw any of was accused; afterwards, the nature of the them, or had any communion with them.

evidence, as it applied to the proof of them ; After some other witnesses were examine and, finally, how far he considered the ed as to a few particulars less material, charges to have been proved. The crime

Mr Whitbread said, “ The Commons, my was that of a wilful violation of the law, Lords, close their evidence for the impeach- in the breach of an act of Parliament, and ment of Lord Melville, with this reserva. the appropriation of the public money to tion, that if any matters of importance his own purposes, both of which were, in shall come to their knowledge, they may fact, resolved into one and the same crime. have the liberty of producing further testi- It could be no hardship to be accused, if mony."

the Managers went upon stubborn substanTenth Day,-- May 10.

tial facts. They charged him with the After some additional evidence was first misapplication of 10,00ol.--the manner of produced with respect to the appointments employing which, he had left them no held by Lord Melville, from which it ap- possible means of tracing. The accused peared that Lord Melville had been Keeper had no possible excuse for his conduct. of the Signet in Scotland; he had ceased to When the law ordained that he should not

apply

apply the public moncy, but for public pur- he authorised to do so by his Majesty, or poses, he received an additional salary, in by any, other authority superior to his compensation for not doing so.

This was own? That he did not deign to tell. In the condition on which he held his office, this country, there was no man possessed and obtained an additional salary, and yet of public money for which he was not acit was proved, beyond the possibility of countable. He, however, openly declared, contradiction, that he received the addi- that he would not account for it. The tional salary, and, at the same time, violated Learned Gentleman then contended, from che condition upon which he obtained it. the evidence of Lord Melville before the To wind up the climax of his criminality, Commissioners, that he knew of the applicait would be sufficient for him to mention, tion of the public money to private uses by that this law, which he violated, was of Mr Trotter. He then called the attention his own production, as had been proved of their Lordships to the proposition made by the Managers, who, this day, put in an to Lord Melville, to apply part of the noabstract from the Journals of the House of ney lodged in the Bank to purchase India Commons, from which it appeared, " that stock, but that his Lordship had indignantthe Right Hon. Henry Dundas was ly rejected this proposal. But how, he one of the persons appointed to prepare asked, was this indignation followed up? and bring in the bill." - The Managers, he In a very short time, Lord Melville agreed observed, laboured under a peculiar dif.

that Mr Trotter should obtain a loan of ficulty in conducting this prosecution, as money, for the purpose of enabling his they had no other evidence to-resort to, Lordship to purchase the stock. The stock but the undestroyed accounts and letters was to be obtained, without any other of Lord Melville himself; and the strang. security than the stock itself. Now, was est thing of all was, that even this evidence it in the slightest degree probable that a was objected to by his Counsel, who, in- person possessing such a knowledge of the stead of endeavouring to afford any ex- world as Lord Melville, with the advanplanation, entered, on his part, a solenin tage, too, of a legal education, shoạid for protestation against it. Their Lordships,' a moment suppose that money could be no doubt, would know how to appreciate raised upon such security? or that any - this species of defence ; for, in his opinion, person would be such a fool as to lend mothe objections of Viscount Melville's Coun- ney for a small premium to another, when sel to allow the production of his own ac- that person was capable of applying it to' counts, and of his own hand-writing, af- the same advantage as the borrower? The forded the most complete evidence and

Learned Gentleman then conimented upon conviction of his guilt. The rules of law the execution of the release, and the dewere not so much at variance with those struction of the vouchers, for which no of common sense, as to reject this proof; reason could possibly be given. In a Court for surely, the same documents, which, if case, their Lordships well knew, that if a savourable, would have justified the ac- party destroyed evidence, he was charged cused, must, when unfavourable, be allow- to the full extent that such evidence, if beed to operate against him. The Learned fore the Court, would have gone against Manager then went into a long and cir. him. This point he pressed to the concumstantial staiement of all the various sideration of their Lordships, and concludaccounts referred to in the course of the ed his speech, by again calling to the atcomparing the official, with the bank ac- tention of their Lordships, the ruin in counts, from day to day, &c. The last which the country might have been involythat he dwelt upon, was, the declaration ed by the conduct of a man, to whom milmade by Viscount Melville, in the House lions of the public money were entrusted. of Commons, that of all the sunis of public

The Lord Chancellor then inquired whemoney coming through his hands, as Trea- ther any of the Managers wished to be surer of the Navy, nove was applied to further heard, and was answered by Mr other than naval purposes, except the sum

Whitbread in the negative.
of 10,000l, and in what manner he em-
ployed that, his sense of public duty would

Eleventh Day,-May 13.
prevent him from ever disclosing to that

THÉ DEFENCE. House, or to any human being. Such a declaration, made in the face of the na. As soon as the Court was opened, with tion, within the walls of the House of the usual formalities, the Lord Chancellor Conimons, and in the teeth of an act of called on the Counsel for the Defendant to Parliament, must, if submitted to, have the proceed. preposterous and monstrous effect of put. Mr Plomer then rose. Standing, he said, ting a public, accountant above the law, in such a situation as he then did, he stood and superior to all responsibility. How in need of all the .cạndour and indulgence was this mystery to be unravelled? Was that the House could possibly shew hina;

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as the duty which he owed to the Noble to complain of an extraordinary, not to Defendant, that High Court, and the Pub- say atrocious outrage to all justice and lic, required all the energies that could be humanity, by infamous libels, circulated possessed, by minds of more capacity than through all parts of the kingdom, with he found himself possessed of.

an astonishing degree of industry and actitrue, indeed, that he was released from ap- vity. These libels were not only scatter. prehensions, which, on ordinary occasions, ēd and disseminated abroad, to inflame the he inight very justly entertain, as he was minds of the people, but were even carried convinced the liberal and enlightened minds to the foot of the throne, and registered as of their Lordships would not be suscep mongst the records of his Eordship's acca. tible of those injurious impressions, which sers Nay; they had gone so far, as to pass prevailed amongst the generality of the an act of Parliament, to facilitate the means public, by speeches and publications, pre- of bringing evidence against him. In this judging the cause which he had now to manner was the natural purity and inteadvocate. Their Lordships were, no doubt, grity of the minds of Englishmen disturbed sensible of the inequality of the parties now and prejudiced by libellous 'speeches, pubbefore them. The Commons came to the lications, and proceedings of every kind.prosecution, armed with all the power and Under all these disadvantages, he must authority which justly belonged to that once more observe, that he stood in need important branch of the Legislature; and of their Lordships, utmost candour and inthe Managers, besides being persons endow. dulgence." In what he had to address to ed with no ordinary share of learning, elo- them, he should not attempt to tread quence, industry, and ability, had the ad. through the immense labyrinth of evidence ditional and important advantage of all the and accounts referred to on the part of the power, dignity, and authority, that the Managers. He would not fatigue the atCommons of Great Britain could confer tention of their Lordships by any such upon them; but he had, notwithstanding unnecessary repetitions, but he trusted that all this, the consolation and satisfaction to his omission of any of the topics referred know, that their Lordship's decision would to in the opening or' summing up of the be made according to the justice and ne- Managers of the Prosecution, may not operits of the case. He then adverted to the rate against the Noble Defendant. report of the Naval Commisssioners, which The subject to which he had principally had gone abroad, and taken possession of to call the attention of their Lordships, the public mind, before the Noble Defend might be divided into two general heads': ant could have even been aware of the First, what regarded the transactions beinjury which his reputation was sustaining, fore the passing of the act of Parliament from the notoriety of the abuses which for regulating the office of Treasurer of prevailed in the department committed to the Navy; and, second, the transactions his management.

which happened posterior to the passing of After this, it was perfectly fit and pro

that act. In fact, the sole charge against per that the public should have the mat- the Noble Viscount may fairly be said to ter sifted to the bottom, and know whe- be the corrupt application of the public ther the Noble Viscount, now upon his

money to his own use, and the declaration trial, had encouraged or employed them he made in the House of Commons, that for his own benefit or not. However, be- he had diverted the sum of 10,000k, which fore this enquiry could be made, one of the came into his hands as Treasurer of the first steps taken, was to strike the Noble Navy, to other than naval purposes, but not Viscount from the presence, 'councils, and to his own use or benefit, and that he neconfidence of his Sovereign for ever. The ver would disclose in what manner he had Noble Viscount was also stripped of all the so applied it. The 8th article charged his offices, power, and influence 'which he having transferred money from the Bank might before have possessed. Every ob- to any other place of custody, as a crime ; stacle that could havě opposed itself to in- and the corollary made upon it was, that this quiry was speedily removed, and witnesses transfer was for his own benefit and emowere examined, from week to week, and lument. The other article took his Lord. from day to day: All the Noble Viscount's ship’s having destroyed certain accounts, papers and correspondence ransacked, and as an inference of his criminality. These his private dealings scrutinized in vain, he considered as forming an outline of the for grounds of criminality. After 'státing whole of the charges. In all these proceedso much, their Lordships must think that ings, he observed, that whatever irregu. the Noble Defendant; instead of gentle larity or inattention to order might be apa treatment, had been very hardly dealt by. parent, it would be for the judgment of But his accusers and enemies did not stop their Lordships, whether they proceed. here; for the Noble Defendant had further ed from corrupt motives, or the intention

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