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destroyed cannot be fairly laid to its charge. / ranks has not raised them above such mean In England chartism has been put down by entertainments. the common law of the land; no curfew Again, the presence of an obnoxious edicts—no martial law-no Peterloo exhi- individual in a crowded levee, -obnoxbitions. Spain, freed from Carlos and his Ca- ious from the opinions which he held, breras, is struggling, honestly we believe, and was seized upon as a lucky windfall, by successfully, we hope, for amended institu- peers, spiritual and temporal,—by the fortions. North America is perfectly quiet, mers of public opinion, daily, weekly, monthThe Governor-General, Lord Sydenham, ly, and quarterly—a molebill was made a has conciliated the good will of all parties, mountain, for the express purpose of attachdespite of the efforts made to the contrary. ing a personal stigma to Lord Melbourne, and the prophecies hazarded, that his advent and consequently, bringing his government would be the ruin of the Canadas. And into disrepute in the eyes of the rigid righLord Palmerston's Egyptian policy, it is teous, and the rigid wise-Arcades ambo.* acknowledged on all hands, has been bril- Now, this presentation at court, of Mr. Owliantly supported in the Cabinet, and man- en, what was it at the worst? It is to be refully carried out in the field.

membered that he was the personal friend of Those who accuse the Whigs of want of some of our greatest and best men. Surely energy must wilfully overlook the campaign it was nothing more than an indiscretion, an in India, the armaments in China, and their error of judginent on the part of Lord Melsuccesses in Syria; promptitude and energy bourne, reprehensible, so far as shewing his has distinguished them all.

carelessness, and his aversion to examine into Beaten from all these points of imperial minor matters. “What he would highly, policy, where do the Tories and the grum- that would he easily," seems to be his Lordblers seek for weapons with which to assail ship’s principle. This devil-may-care-ishministers? In the scandal-loving propensi- ness, so frequently exemplified in his unties—the passions and the prejudices of man- concern when attacked in the Lords, and kind.

his sang froid when confessing his ignorance “ Flectere si nequeo Superos, Acheronta movebo.” on any question, is really wonderful ; it

would be admirable, perhaps, as indicative For the pandering to the first the tattling of of consummate coolness and self-possession, a few women, who, from sheer idleness gos- qualities so essential to a statesman, did it sipped about each other, as womankind will not imply an aversion to business, and a disgossip, was laid hold of and bruited abroad, like of details, highly reprehensible in one with the evidently malignant purpose of who wields the destinies of the empire. If inculpating the Queen in the eyes of her it cannot be got rid of, it should be managed people. For it was abundantly manifest with a little inore discretion, it should not that the Queen was altogether guiltless in be obtruded so recklessly on the notice of the matter, and that the hope of gaining the public, lest that public should at length some political advantage, was the sole and be inclined to assent to the truth of Cicero's only cause which could have induced them maxim,“ negligere quid de se quisque to drag her Majesty's name into the discus- sentiat, non solum arrogantis est, sed etiam sion at all. We will take the liberty of ex- omnino dissoluti.” It is to be hoped that the pressing a wish that the ladies of the court publicity given to the affair of Mr. Owen, had learned a little more charity and con- and the wonderful magnitude into which it sideration than was exhibited on that occa- was puffed, has taught the careless premier sion, and of reminding them that without a lesson, which he will not readily forget. consideration and discretion, " a fair woman If so, good instead of evil will result from is like a jewel of gold in a swine's snout.” | this onset of Toryism. We admit the resemblance of the royal By incessantly harping on such matters, sage is rather coarse, its royalty, however, and by unscrupulous exaggerations thereand its truth, must compensate for its upon, a feeling was created in the public mind, coarseness. “The devil,” says the Spanish expressive of dislike towards her Majesty's proverb, “tempts all but the idle; the idle ministers, and hostile to that loyalty so chatempt the devil.” The latter part of this racteristic of British subjects. The feeling sentence, we fear, may be considered fairly once produced, was not for a moment suffered applicable to the ladies of all courts in ail to flag; it was carefully fostered, and at the times. St. Paul too tells us that tattling is second point of attack an effort was made to the effect of idleness. It is to be regretted that the education of women of the higher the rigid wise another,

Vide Baurns,—the rigid righteous is a fool;

rouse the slumbering passions of the people distrust amongst a very powerful body of into all the wildness and headlong virulence their supporters throughout the kingdom; of party-spirit. For the furtherance of this and with some shew of reason too. second Acheronta-movebo plan, Jezabel We remember, when ministers conceived M'Neile, Canterbury Bradshaw, Gladstone, it necessary to make a stand, and erect this the well-poisoning advocate, and the “too barrier of“ finality" against the encroachillustrious Dr. Philpots; that is to say, ment of the people, whom they, themselves, all that intolerance in any country, in were among

the first to teach how to use their any time, in any worship, has produced, power, how forcibly we were reininded of most violent, most bitter, and most incor

“ Some that nourish up rigible,"* were let loose, and halloed on

Young lions, till they grow so great they are to the unsparing exercise of their peculiar afraid talents. For food to the third,—for minis- Themselves: they dare not grant at last tering to the prejudices of ages, especial care

For fear they should not satisfie.” has been taken, amongst a variety of other When Lord John and his chief, forgetting things, to keep constantly before the Protes their early principles, set up this doctrine of tantism of Great Britain the astounding fact

finality,” and talked about the evil consethat two Roman Catholics hold subordinate offices in the administration, and that conse- of radicalism and what they were pleased

quences likely to ensure from the progress quently, Emancipation must be repealed, or

to call sedition and democracy ; we wonder the Pope will, by and bye, send an emissary they were not haunted with the ghost* of to Lambeth, and canse stakes to be re-erect- the Roman Satirist's line. ed in Smithfield. These weapons, from the

“ Quis tulerit Gracchos de seditione querentes?" incessant, dexterous, and unscrupulous use made of them, served to a certain extent, However, they were speedily taught the purpose of the Tory leaders, who, in the to feel the dangerous position they had back-ground themselves, with words of re- assumed. Their quick-sighted opponents prehension on their lips, now and then, saw at once the advantages offered them when their « operations,” becoming un- from their ill-chosen step, and seized on guarded, waxed too furious, kept up a plau- the Jamaica question as their point of sible appearance, and a shew of liberality, attack, hoping to turn to account the radichuckling all the while at the game that was cal discontent which was openly expressed. a foot, the boldness with which it was They were not disappointed, the radicals played, and the apparent success that at- voted with them, and the ministers retended it; and calculating what time might signed. elapse ere they could come openly forward, We have a few words of comment to offer and pocketting the winnings, riot unre- on this petulant act. As history has been strained, as in the good old times, on said to be philosophy teaching by example, the riches of a duped and swindled people. we will adduce one of these philosophical

The turmoil excited by these means was examples for the benefit of all whom it may wearing itself out by its own violence, and concem, in a parallel case, from the story of there was

every reason for hoping, that the Roman people. men's minds (these dirty tricks of Toryism The decemvirs bad displeased the people having been seen through and despised) —the people became discontented—ihe would have quietly settled down into that enemy took advantage of this discontent state of confidence which marked the nation and marched against the city. The deon the accession of her Majesty ; when an cemvirs called upon the people for assistevent occurred which again set in motion all ance. The people rejoiced at this--they the elements of discord that were rapidly would not assist their rulers—they quietly subsiding. We allude to the defeat of suffered themselves to be beaten for the exministers on the Jamaica question, and the press purpose of punishing the decemvirs, three day's reign of Sir Robert Peel, brought although they thereby endangered the Comabout by radical disaffection consequent on mon Weal—such conduct is now-a-days, the broaching the new doctrine of “ finality.” pithily called “ cutting off the nose to vex This doctrine it was that first really weakened ihe face.” Now for the parallel. The ministers, by raising up a strong feeling of ministry displeased the Radicals--the Radi

The Journal des Debats, speaking of the discussion on Socialism, thus characterized the Bishop.

As there are ghosts of departed quantities ; we suppose there may be a ghost of a line of a dead language.

the enemy.

cals openly express their discontent-the affairs of Emancipation and the Orange enemy, id est, the Tories, take advantage of Lodges. If it is a sound excuse, then perthis, and make a bold and united attack on haps it would be only fair play, that the ministers—the Radicals rejoice at the pros- Melbourne ministry should be allowed the pect of revenge, at the opportunity of shew- benefit of it, as well as the Wellington. ing their power, and, like the Roman people We are bound to admit, however, that the " hostibus belloque gratiam habuerunt :” excuse of Demnades is not strictly applicable this they nick-named acting according to to the Tories, inasmuch as toryisin has noprinciple. The ministry call upon them, in thing to do with “ the true interests of the this crisis, for support against the common Cominonwealth.” It is too entirely busied enemy. And again not satisfied with merely with the true interests of itself and the ivdifollowing in the footsteps of their prototypes, viduals composing it. And as these interwho were content with being passive, (“ ne ests are ever the saine power and pelf, we quid ductu aut auspiciis decemvirorum pros- have a clue to its unchanging and unchangpere gereretur, vinci se patiebantur.") our able disposition. inodern radicals, to shew their genius, im- Immutable councils are the attribute of proved upon the example set them, and went the godhead, and require for their formation bodily over for the nonce, to the ranks of and carrying out, omniscience and omnipo

tence. They belong not to us, they are not Now we think it indisputable that both human. It is their superstition to imagine the Roman people and the English radicals such a thing. Nothing can be truer as a were wrong—although there are many political maxim, whatever Lord Jolin, Sir things to excuse the former—the decem- Robert, or the Pope may imagine to the virs were tyrants; they had subverted the contrary, than the line laws; they had suspended the courts of justice,

“Malum consilium est, quod mutari non potest.” and lad omitted for years to assemble the senate. We know of no competent excuse These charges of being given to change, for the latter—they were in the wrong, inconsistency and Jim Crowism, become because they endangered interests of pa- passing strange, when we consider the prinramount importance, the well-being of cipal source from whence they are derivedtheir respective nations, for the grati- namely, the leading journal of the day; a fication of party feelings and, in a de journal, which, because of the bold and ungree, of private wrongs. But “vitam regit scrupulous talent displayed therein, in defortuna non sapientia.” The Roman people fence of that party which it may choose for aster perilling ihe state obtained the destruc- a con-si-der-a-tion, to uphold for a given tion of the decemvirs. The Radicals after time, we would advise to adopt the following the fright of the three days, made the motto :amende honorable, and obtained the open- «Nil desperandum Jimero duce, auspice Jimero.” ing of the ballot—a Normanby in the home office, and a Macauley at the council board— When Sir Robert Peel, the man who is althus scotching if not killing the sake ways feeling his way, finding himself in “ finality.” But we repeat they ventured too Downing-street, (in consequence of radical much, and we trust they will not again fol- petulance), and forgetting his systematic low an example "more honoured in the cautiousness, was unexpectedly check-mated, breach than in the observance."

in his daring attack upon the Queen and The moment these concessions were made her household, doubtless, it sorely repented to the demands of the Radicals, the oppo- him of the momentary abandonment of his sition cried out inconsistency, Jim Crow- groping tactics. But we suppose he was ism, &c. with what shew of reason or fair-forced upon his mettle by his Tory backers, dealing, we will take leave to examine. those“ irritamenta malorum," and perhaps

When Demades was accused of inconsist- he wished himself to prove to the world, that ency in his public character, he replied, I may have asserted things contrary to my

Prodigious actions may as well be done former sentiments; but not any contrary. to

By weaver's issue as by prince's son.-Dryden. the three interests of the Commonwealth.” The flying leap over moderation and comNow, either this is a sound excuse or it is mon sense, was taken quite in a "pindarick not. If it is not, then are the Tory leaders, way.” . But, alas ! he was tripped as many just as liable to the charges which are heaped a better man was before him, and will be so unsparingly on the Whigs, of inconsist- after him, by-a petticoat, and Aung to the ency, yielding to the masses, &c. in the ditch which we fear he found “ as hard as


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though it had been paved with platonic | telling Bacchus, are just the very men to ladies' hearts*."

make an open and candid disclosure of these All the world knows what great events, motives and these designs. And this Mr. from little causes spring. Nevertheless, we Bradshaw and his friends have done. "Tis trust we will stand excused for quoting one useless to deny it. exainple, which we deem peculiarly apposite. Marsyas dreamt that he had cut the throat

Rabelais, in book v. chap. xxx. of his of the tyrant Dionysius. Dionysius put him Mystical Romance, has the following. “I to death, alleging that he would never saw a Remora, a little fish, called Echineis have dreamt of such a thing by night, if he by the Greeks, and near it a tall ship, that had not thought of it by day. Now the did not get a'head an inch, though she was tyrant may possibly have been in the wrong in the offings with top and top gallants in his allegation, though a shrewd one. But spread before the wind. I am somewhat we contend, that gentlemen, when “heated inclined to believe, that 'twas the very nu- with wine,” especially on public occasions, merical ship in which Periander the tyrant and in the presence of clergymen, when it is happened to be, when it was stopped by such to be supposed that they could not get a little fish in spite of wind and tide.regularly “fou," but just “a drappie in

Be blessings on the Remora and petti- their ee,” are not in the habit of giving coat! After this tumble of the honourable utterance to sentiments which have not premember for Tamworth—this discomfited viously occupied their sober thoughts, in Periander—the whole pack of his followers cooler hours. running open mouthed upon the game; For this good service, for it is a good serbeing so suddenly put out, licked their vice, to tell us of what our opponents are watering-chops, lost their temper, and set up capable, and what their intentions are—the a loud, and continuous howling. The Brad- liberal press should have been grateful. shaws and the Robys listed up their voices Instead of which, it has, we cannot but think, in vehement denunciation of those who sit bestowed too much of its indignation and in high places ; and the Canterbury di- attention on the individual Mr. Bradshaw. vines holloed them on at the utmost pitch of He was by no means worthy of it, whatever their lungs.

his statements may have been. He should Much has been written and said about have been treated as Theodosius wrote to these people and their pranks, we will venture one of his prefects, 10 treat those who spoke to add a little more to the mass, chiefly be- amiss of his person or government: “Si id cause we are of opinion that a refresher to ex levitate processerit, contemnendum est ; the memory, concerning that expose of si ex insania, miseratione dignissimun; si Toryism, cannot be altogether useless at the ab injuria, remittendum.”

But as we have said, the sentiments of The Tory press asserted that drunken gen- Mr. Bradshaw and his friends, are of the tlemen-or as they more courteously phrased utmost importance, as a beacon to guide us it, gentlemen “heated with wine, "--ought to,—what should be constantly kept before not, in fair play, to be considered the true the public, just now—the Irish public esexponents of the sentiments of their party. pecially--the true motives and designs of Perhaps not, if by the sentiments of their their party, viz: rage at being deprived of party, they meant those speciosa nomina, by their ancient influence, and a determination means of which they hoped and hope, to to acquire it again by any means and at all impose on the good sense of the people. hazards. Ireland they would re-conquer if But if by the sentiments of their party be they could—they should know, however, meant, the real, though concealed motives that the "alien” land, never was conquered, and designs which actuate that party, then as a united country; "as Ulster, Munster, do we contend, that gentlemen “heated with Leinster, and Connaught, she never was, wine," when prudence and political craft never can be conquered—failing that, they have been knocked on the head, by truth- will disfranchise her if possible. The masses

whom they cannot put down by corn-laws * HUNTSMAN.-No hurt my lord, I hope ?

and nine shillings per week,* wages, they ORSAMES.—What? Dost think my horse and would cut down, by a summary process,

I shew tricks? Was there a bed of roses there? would I were Eunuch if I had not as lief ha' fallen in the State * His Grace, of Buckingham, in the debate on As where I did? The ground was as hard as if it the corn-laws, said, “If they are so well paid Ha’ been pav'd with Platonic ladies' hearts. (nine shillings per week), what cause of complaint

Suckling's Aglaura.-Act l, Scene 1. have they against the corn-laws?"

present time.

which is styled “upholding the majesty of Tory party, mentioned above. These motives the laws." And the Queen, God bless her and these designs, prematurely divulged, -whom they cannot manage, they would during the soreness created by the disapdepose. They have not hesitated to ex- pointment of May, 1839, have ever since press something like a willingness,

been carefully kept in abeyance; until a

favourable opportunity should offer for their

detrahere Hærentem capiti multa cum laude coronam.

being put into execution. This opportunity

they seem to think has arrived, and they are In a letter written soie two hundred years determined to make the best of it; knowing ago, by the author of “a ballad on a wed- that ding,” giving an account to a friend of the

“ Opportunity to statesmen, is as the just degree Scottish business in Charles the First's time,

Of heat to chymists-it perfects all the work." there is a paragraph, admirably illustrative of the present Tory quarrel with the Queen and Chartism and what they term the "growing court. Here it is, verbatim et literatim. ascendancy of Popery," have prepared the “If you will have my opinion, I think their way before them—have placed a powerful quarrel to the King, is that they may have instrument in their hands, to be wielded in to the sun; he doth not warm and visit the brickbat and bludgeon style. It is the them as much as others. God and nature cry of "property and Protestantism in danhave placed them in the shade, and they are ger"—the inost powerful that could well angry with the King of England for it. To be imagined for influencing Englishmen. conclude, this is the case. The great and There is nothing which makes an Engwise Husbandman, hath planted the beasts lishman so furious and obstinate, as the bein the out-fields, and they would break lief that his pocket is in danger. For his hedges to come into the garden. This is pocket he will risk his head any day-for the belief of your humble servant, &c.” his head he will not so readily risk his

Now the Tories of the present day after pocket. Once set the cry agoing, and from being forcibly driven from “ the garden,” in constant repetition and ceaseless dinning which they for a very long time, committed into his ears, John Bull at last begins to unheard of devastations; after being ex. believe there is something in it. Then he is cluded for a series of years, during which ready to do anything against those, who he they have been nursing their wrath and hus is told are lying in wait to rob him, and for banding their energies, have at length girded those, who using him as the monkey used up their loins for a grand attack on “ the the cat's paw, wheedle him into a belief that hedge," which has been specially erected they are his friends, that they alone can prefor their exclusion by Lords Grey and serve him from “ battle, murder, and sudRussell.

den death.” When in addition to this, all Lord Stanley in the van, with his regis his hereditary prejudices are taken into actration bill-hook in his hand, lays about him count, sucked in with his mother's inilk, most lustily, cutting, hacking, and hewing against Pope and Popery--the wild Irish away; seemingly determined“ vi et armis, - Bloody Mary and Smithfield fires; it is and with malice a forethought,” as the law- not too much to say, that the most lamentayers say, to open a passage sufficient for ble effects may be anticipated to the liberal ihe admission of himself and his hungry cause, from this raw-head-and-bloody-bones expectants, made ravenous by a ten years cry of “ property and Protestantism in fast; and burglariously to take possession danger." of the good things within. He cares not a Nothing, we think, can be more certain doit, if by so doing he cuts up root and than that Sir Robert Peel looks confidently branch, " the stakes in the hedge” which forward, as much so as a man of his wary an entire kingdom possesses, and which are temperament can, to the speedy resumption paraphrastically termed amongst politicians of office. All things seem tending to this the “elective franchise."

—with the exception of the Queen, and No doubt his lordship intends this as an- therefore has she been denounced and other practical lesson to Ireland, his first being threatened with the fate of a James. Irethe coercion bill; in furtherance, no doubt, of land is not so much a hindrance to the rehis philanthropic intentions with regard to sumption of office, as it would be an obstaher, viz:-“That she must be taught to cle to the long retention of it. The murfear, before she can be permitted to love." murings of the Radicals—the madness of the

To return from whence we have digressed, chartists, who have so recklessly played into viz :—the true motives and designs of the the hands of the Torięs—the church agita

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