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Whigs perfectly well knew ; but they the delusion into which they have besawin the Number which contained the trayed better men, and the chattering “Chaldee MS." a mustering of strength spite of the Cockneys, have not been against them, which in the fumes and so detrimental to the fair and just intoxication of their own success, they character of your strictures, as the connever once apprehended had any exist- duct of the timid Tories, who imagine ence. They felt that there was a spie that party controversies can be mainrit abroad, greater than the demon tained without giving offence. They which they themselves served, and might as well expect the battles of they were smitten with dismay, and war to be fought without wounds-A trembled for the overthrow of his su- party controversy, such as you have periority. They trembled justly, for embarked in, and in which they have it has been accomplished.
always professed themselves to be Having succeeded in poisoning the auxiliaries, is a hostile conflict.—You minds of the pious with an idea of the are contending for an ascendancy over profane character of a work, expressly public opinion. The Whig writers set on foot to counteract their own in- have for a time pretended that they fidel practices, and having also indu- possessed it, and perhaps in some de ced several meek gentlemanly minds gree it may be said they did. Your to disapprove of those allusions to per- object is to destroy their dominion, and sonal infirmities, which were in a to vindicate those venerable and congreat measure almost unavoidable, it stitutional principles, in politics, reliwas not difficult to increase the outcry gion, and literature, which they have against your personalities, and this was so strenuously endeavoured to subvert. done as often as you ventured to ques. But are you to be denied the use of tion the learning or the abilities of the ridicule and satire ?-weapons
which different public writers whom you were your adversaries have ever employed professionally required to notice. It with great effect? The very idea is was the privilege, forsooth, of the absurd, and in your situation imposEdinburgh Review, the Morning Chro- sible, for an important part of your nicle, and certain other publications duty consists in exposing pretensions; after their kind, to treat with con- and can the mask be torn from the tumely the sentiments and the wri- face of any species of hypocrisy with
du tings of the political opponents of their out producing disagreeable feelings ?faction, but it was libel and slander It is no less your duty to repress is when the same thing was done by party arrogance, and mortify factious others, and particularly so when it was pride. Can this be done without dis
turbing the self-complacency of cerNot content with retaliating on the tain individuals remarkable for both, Whigs for their scandalous violation of and who are your declared and most the limits of fair literary criticism, virulent enemies? Why, then, do you you provoked another class of enemies. Permit the cowardly malcontents of I do not mean the Radicals, who to a your own side still to rank themselves man are necessarily and naturally with you, although they are constantagainst you, but the obscene brood of ly in the habit of wondering that you Cockaigne; and yet what writers have should employ the means with which ever been so personal as the Cockneys? you have been invested by God and How many of them are judicially con- nature, for the overthrow of your own victed libellers? Look at all the va- and of their adversaries ? Perhaps, rieties of their publications, from that however, you think these fastidious paradise of dainty devices, the Ex- friends too numerous to be posted inaminer, down to Wooler's Gazette. dividually, or that it would be bad When or where were ever such liber- taste to post any of them. I shall not ties taken with character ?--and yet question the correctness of the opithey too complain of your personalities. nion; but, describe the class, - let us -Why do you permit this? Why know what they are,-give them a do you not at once shew that your name,-paint their lineaments,-point animadversions have been ever con- them out to the scorn of all parties, fined to those points in which indivi- till the very children in the streets are duals present themselves towards the able to say, “ There goes one of the public?
pluckless Tories !--Look at the poor The rage, however, of the Whigs, sneaking sordid creature, how it crawls
done by you.
in silk stockings, with its meagre tot- yet spoken at these periodical orgles, tering limbs, to solicit some place or should also endeavour to raise the
pension from the very masters that it town against you, in order to secure van hesitates to support in the most ne- impunity for their own meditated exthecessary of all their great undertakings ploits of the tongue. But is it for
-the chastisement of invidious and you to endure their scurrility, and her personal foes.” Till you do this, you give no explanation to the world of
have done but half your duty,--till the motives and characters of those as you have convinced those who affect sort of private persons who affect to be
to be the friends of British principles, so mightily aggrieved ?
that it is an essential part of their own You are also charged with making the obligations, to deride the subverters of free with persons truly, in the empha
these principles, you have failed in tical sense of the term, private; men some degree to fulfil one of the no- who never trouble themselves either blest objects of your original design. with literature, politics, or Whig din
Before concluding, I would also re- ners, but perform the duties of their mind
you of another heavy charge un- profession and station with prudence, der which you allow your fame to suf- integrity, and care. Is not this a lie? fer. You are accused of maliciously and yet you allow it to circulate unexposing names to the public, that contradicted—Why do you not compel were almost never heard of beyond the slanderers to shew one single in
the narrow bounds of their domestic stance in which you have ever done so? en circles, and of making free with pri- You have certainly mentioned pri
vate characters in the most offensive vate individuals of the description aland impertinent manner. The accu- luded to, and spoken of their peculi sation is undoubtedly entirely false; arities; but, in every instance, with but it is made, and you ought to vin- good humour, or in a style which im dicate yourself. I am well aware, that plied praise, though expressed as banyou have touched with your crutch the ter; and this is a freedom that auelbows of a few borough demagogues, thors in every age have taken with and that
you have made some of the their personal friends. Some of the Radicals and Whiglets, both of Glas- happiest effusions of the greatest wits gow and Edinburgh, feel, that if have been harmless familiarities with they pursue the same course as their the characters of those whom they masters in the metropolis, they must most esteemed; and are you, Kit, to expect to participate in their punish- be denied the privilege of cracking a ment. But are you to endure, that joke with your cousins and cronies ? this is to be called dragging private I have heard, indeed, that all have not persons before the public, to the great endured your humour so happily as injury of their comfort in life? I our fat friend,” the Doctor; but I should be glad, indeed, that you would do believe, that in every case where tell me, if the fellow who gets up after offence has been taken, it will be found dinner in a tavern, and shews the con- that the party who supposed himself fusion of his head, and the badness of offended, was in the first instance amuhis grammar, to a numerous assem- sed with your jibes ; and that he never blage of equal worthies, is not quite as imagined any malice in your jocumuch a public man, as the solitary larity till he had been wrought upon student, who meekly and diffidently by some disturbed spirit, infected publishes his little lucubrations; and with the Whig or Radical distemper. is such a fellow to be allowed, with But I must make an end; and with impunity, to vent his spleen and per- the best wishes for the continuation sonalities unrebuked, merely because of all that vigour, and that particular he has not actually, in his own hand- kind of “ ill nature,” which has given writing, sent his crude and immetho- so much offence to the arrogant, the dical nonsense to the newspapers, which vain, and the petulant, I remain truly report the proceedings ? It is very well your for demagogues of this description to
OLD FRIEND WITH A NEW FACE. cry out at the switching you casionally given them, and it is natu- Gordon's Hotel, Albemarle Street, ral that their associates, who have not 12th September, 1821.
THE LATE QUEBX.
Tue proceedings, since the death of public quiet, broken up and barrican her late Majesty, give the clue to the doed in the face of day by a gang of riproceedings before. They are of the oters ;—the Magistrate's order to move same spirit and pedigree—the riots, at on this route retorted by a revolutionher funeral, are feature for feature the ary cry of “ The City or Death;" and counterparts of the parades and proces- this atrocious menacé sustained ;-the sions to Brandenburgh House. The corpse dragged through the city in a simple difference is, that in the one in- savage triumph, more like the exultastance the mob were in coaches, and tion of drunken cannibals, than the in the other on foot. The whole was decorous conveyance of an honoured an affair of gambling faction, and the body to the grave ;-the troops attack. Queen was the best card in the pack. ed and maimed almost to a man-it But the Firm must be sustained at all this goes for nothing, if the Attoneyevents, and when the capital trick was General is suffered to slumber over this found out,minorexpedients were adopt- bill of indictment, preferred by the ed with true swirdling effrontery. By common voice of every honourable man those who find riot the one thing need- in the nation, he will soon have no ful, the burial even of a tinker will not more bills to disturb his rest; or, if he be thrown away. The “funeral baked has, it will be one grand and sweepmeats that coldly furnished forth” the ing accusation against the whole frame ceremonial of dead royalty—the same of government, where he will have the flourish of faction—the same blowing populace on the Bench, and the Conof discontent into the popular ear- --the stitution in the Dock. It is notorious, same banners and weepers of patriotic that an assemblage was convened for thievery and virtuous prostitution, of the purpose of marshalling the Queen's convicted smugglers, and expectant funeral, in disregard of the orders issued bankrupts, that dignified the obsequies by Government. It is notorious, that of Queen Caroline, were mustered for the measures adopted on the day of the the last honours to Honey and Francis. funeral argued a guilty premeditation, Names, henceforth enrolled for ever - that by their nature they contemplain the list of the patriotic, and desti- ted blood; that the cry of the rioters ned, according to the authority of the corresponded to this intent of blood, Woods and Waithmans, to surprise and that the design was urged to its posterity, in company with their own. atrocious completion by an attack on
The statements relative to the the King's troops. It is possible that Queen's funeral, have gone through the conspirators may keep their secret, all the public prints, till curiosity has and that the Attorney-General may been wearied. The spirit of that atro- not be enabled to lay his grasp on the cious transaction has been fully disclo- felon who projected the barricadoes of sed by the prepared tumults, and the the roads; that his finger may not be audacious triumph over the civil and able to search out the pulse that warmmilitary authorities; but its secrets ed into the proposal of assassination; may linger for developement till the that he may be unequal to follow the trial of the rioters, and the arrival of prediction of Lady Hood's letters to Alderman Wood.
the source of so much unexpected foreThat the persons who organized the sight in her Sybilline ladyship; or that attack on the King's Guards will be he may be compelled to mere amazebrought to trial, as well as the actual ment at the sudden paralysis of Mr ruffians whom they employed for riot Sheriff Waithman, the tranquil specand murder, is not to be doubted, tator of the whole proceeding. But without shaking our confidence in the all this exceeds probability. The semanliness of Government. Law is a crets of villainy are seldom secure; and dream, if there is no punishment for we are inclined to think that a little the infamous and insolent outrages ordinary vigilance will make the aucommitted on that day, under the thors as palpable as the actors, and meek and unlifted eyes of Mr Sheriff that the fate of Thistlewood is as little Waithmąn. A direct command of Go- 'obsolete as his memory. vernment, declared null and void by a Alderman Wood is still to return. direct command of a secret committee; —a route marked out by competent “ Infandum, regina, jubes renovare dolo. authority, for the obvious purpose of
The tears he has shed, and the feasts scribes! Yet those men broke down he has eaten at Brunswick, will rise the stately monarchy of France. Perup in sacred remembrance, eclipsing sonally they were powerless, and in all the horrors of Waithman's physi- other days would have lingered out ognomy; and he will blurt out the their lives in obscure beggary, or exwhole burthen of his knowledge in piated them on the scaffold. But the the very frown of the Sheriff. His ig- times were adverse to the well-being nominious repulsion by Dr Lushing- of the world. The honourable diston has sunk in “ intima precordia," tinctions of men had passed away for and the resentments of folly are not the precedence in atrocity. It was not the less bitter for being mingled with genius, or high-birth, or opulent forthe gall of faction. In the arrange- tune, that was wanted, but desperate ments for the funeral, the Alderman means for desperate ends. In the sudwas undoubtedly treated with the ut- den eclipse that darkened the land at most contempt. His plaintive pro- noon-day, the form of the ruffian was testations of the acts of endearment disregarded, nothing was seen but his that had made him invaluable to the torch. Like the assault on the TemQueen,-his opening of her letters, ple of Jerusalem, when the walls were formidable as a French and German once broken down, the fiercest homi correspondence must have been to his cide threw his general behind him; and humble literature,-his vigour with the madman who fired the sanctuary the mob,—and his servility with his was the hero of the day. mistress, were all neglected by the The Magistrate to whom the constern Civilian. Like the old inspector duct of the funeral was committed, of culprits below, his Rhadamanthus has yet to answer for his compliance postponed the hearing to the punish- with the mob. His duty was plain ment, and refused the Alderman's and simple,-to follow the route preprayer, of travelling at the public ex- scribed by his superiors. He ought to pence, with the most careless and pro- have ordered the arrest of the first voking indignity. But the hour of man who presumed to impede him. revenge may come,—the Alderman The insolence of office is familiar to a may have fearful means in his hands, Bow-Street Magistrate ; here nothing for he has been the Queen's Almoner! would have been required but its firmIt may yet be seen through what chan- ness. His conduct during the day, nels this concealed benevolence fertili. seems to have been a series of impozed theland—whether its kindliest flow tent attempts to resist the will, which was not for political pauperism, -whe- he found himself capable of obeying ther the pomps to Brandenburgh- in every instance. Common sense House were not fed from its largess, might have told him, that to make -whether the bounty of the nation pitiful successive efforts at resistance, was not flung, away on the gross pur- when he was not determined to go poses of popular delusion.
through with them, was only to exIt is disgusting to be compelled to pose the King's authority to the intalk of such persons and things. Po- sults of repeated triumphs of the rabble. litics, mingled with the mention of ob- This Magistrate has yet to answer for scure and worthless instruments, fa- his conduct, and no investigation that tigue the pen. It is almost a dishonour is not strict will be satisfactory. to look in upon the miserable artifices The Inquest on Honey and Francis of needy ambition. But the meanness has been only a second act of the of the agents is the last of reasons for Queen's funeral. The public indignatheir impunity in times like ours. It tion at this inquest is of the strongest is the characteristic of our disturbed order ; its tedious prolongation,--the and unnatural day, to give virulence singular spectacle of such a Jury deand power to a race of beings, which at termining on points of law, and delianother period, must have lived and vering authoritative opinions from the perished in their holes. France lies profundity of their ignorance, and all before us for our instruction. Of what this in the presence of an officer whose condition were her Petions, and San- duty it is to conduct inquests in an orterres ; what was Marat, superior to derly and decent manner. The details the publisher of a twopenny gazetter of the inquest are degrading in the or Danton to one of his miserable extreme; the public accounts are full
of vulgar insolence to counsel, and the feet of conquering armles, must the officers of the Guards, who found net be lost upon us. If there are those themselves questioned and taunted by who think that the danger is remote, a conclave of personages, who would because it does not start up before us have bowed to the earth before them in the magnitude and armour of res, in any other place. Those transac- bellion, let them remember the appa tions have their moral. When the rition that suddenly stalked through reign of the rabble menaces us, it is the palaces of France, the unexpected well to see of what materials our fu- might and gigantic desolation with ture masters are made. The Revolu- which it smote the small and the great tionary tribunal of Paris was made up in the hour of national slumber and of the refuse of society, and we know security. Have we no elements of ruin its wisdom and mercy. The crimes among us? is not popular, violence and the miseries, the tyranny of blood louder, and loyalty more humiliated and the tyranny of power, that signa- than in France ? and if the thunder lized a country within 24 miles of our did burst upon her from a serene sky, own, and which wound up the ca« shall we doubt and defy, when the air tastrophe by throwing it twice under is heavy with the cloud?
THE KING'S VISIT TO IRELAND. There are few subjects more grati- official persons, he was received with fying at present to those who are at- an enthusiastic burst of joy, coming tached to the King and constitution not from the lip only, but swelling that is, God be thanked, to the great from the inmost recesses of the heart, body of the people of all ranks in the The personal reception of the King kingdom-than the result of the regal on the pier was uncourtly indeed, and visit to the Sister Island. The man- such as Kings are seldom accustomed ner in which the King came among to meet; but, on that account, the the Irish, and the manner in which more grateful to right feelings. He they received him, are alike gratifying. was received as a friend by his friends, He landed among them una lorned by without servility, but with boundless the splendour of royal parade-unat affection. He was pressed without tended by courtier, by magistrate, or ceremony, but by men who would soldier-unguarded, save by the loyal have made their bodies a rampart for feelings of an ardent people; and from his protection ;-thousands of hands these feelings he obtained the homage were thrust forward to embrace his in which at other times is yielded to pa. a rude grasp ;-but these hands were geantry, or extorted from awe. Land- all ready to have wielded the sword, ing at a part of the harbour of Dub- or pointed the bayonet, in his cause. lin where he was unexpected, none The procession to the Phønix-Park were prepared to meet him,-none was more like the march of a popular were before him but the casual crowd demagogue, at the zenith of mob-fawhich the dense population of Ireland vour, than of a King on a visit to an exhibits in all its sea-ports ; people of ancient kingdom. Vast, however, was all ranks and conditions mingling in the difference between the feelings of the idleness of a fine Sunday. His a feverish populace, filled with the selperson had been recognized a short fish and polluted sentiments of factime before he landed, -and that short tion-breathing hatred and defiance to time was sufficient to pour in the all that is honourable, all that is genneighbouring population of that shore, tlemanly,— and of that multitude, of the harbour, and of the adjoining which, under the impulse of the kindhills, in thousands, to be present at the liest influences,-joyous and unitedreception of the King. The men in angry with no one-inspired with that authority were on the other side, and buoyant enthusiasm which is one of none were to be seen in the crowd at the chief characteristics of the counHowth. The King came to the Irish try,-escorted George the Fourth to people,--and by the people, untaught the capital of Ireland.
Their joy was exin the formalities of official ceremony, pressed in a thousand actions *-some and unrestrained by the presence of of them marked by thąt warm, but co
* One poor fellow, for instance, on seeing the King's carriage pass through the turnpike, on the road to Dublin, hastened to inquire whether the tot had been paid. On