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King. Not to enlarge on the distinction, lady, : Which the Count speaks of, though I might well urge it ... As witness to this matter, first and last ; Yet as the King -I mean, as princely father Of all my Spanish family, I may advise you To weigh the involuntary death of one In balance with these thousands of glad lives Saved by our young and conquering cousin,-one Whom you yourselfRod.

May I intreat you, Sir ?
I had one other favour. I would ask it.

Xim. My lord, to shew you all my heart at once,- :
Its duties, its necessities, the shadow
Which the ever-present pall has cast upon it,-
To shew my sense, Sir, of your condescension,
Which I am forced thus publicly and painfully
To seem to undervalue ;-and I may add
To shew how justly (I feel pale to say it,
Not blushing, even at all these eyes) I loved,
I will abide, my lord-I will abide
By the decision of Rodrigo's self.

Rod. O the futility of toils and dangers,
Of burning, and of cold, and torn-up wounds,
And all the aches that gnaw into all patience,
Compared with one such agony o' the heart!
Pardon me, Sir.—And do thou pardon me,
Ximena, for a thought, which like a whirlwind,
Took my right sense away, even of thee.
She means not, Sir,--instinctively, she means not
To exile me from all hope, and make me mock
The last most awful spirit of self-sacrifice,
The very exacter of these trials,—Justice.
She means it not : or if she thinks she does,
I tell her, she does not;—the very favour
. Which I was going to ask of you she construed
With the blest instinct of her heart too well.
Sir, I do ask that favour ;-'tis to let

Lady Ximena be secure and quiet :
From all solicitation ;—she will let
Me in return, fancy at least I see
A far-set hope, like to a star in heaven,
Which I may try to journey to,-not frowned at
Even by a single face that looks upon me
Out of the placid world of the departed.?

King. Be it so. Shall I not request her then
Even to remain during this honouring ceremony?

Rod. I did intend to hope, Sir, that she would,
As my first hope, and for a toilsome while,
My last ;--a sign, that at the least she recognizes
The spirit in me still, which she held honourable.

(XIMENA slowly takes her seat again. Enter the proper Assistants with a Golden Bason, and Spur, and a Velvet Stool.

Abdoulrahman. Oh my most noble Cid, let me now grasp This hand again, which took me indeed a prisoner. ... Would it were I that had the knighting of thee!

King. What is that title, brother, which you give him?

Abd. I called him Cid; for my heart could not help? l;
Speaking a native word: it signifies . ...
Master and Lord.

King. r. It shall henceforward be'.' ,.. fai!!
His most distinguishing title, both in honour . .... ..
Of him who first conferred it, and of qualities
That make him understood so and admired
By friend and foe.--Plant thy foot here, Rodrigo. .
[A Herald throws a Mantle over his Shoulders, and the King puts the

Spur on his Foot. Then rising, the King dips his Finger in the ... Bason, and crosses Rodrigo's Forehead and his own.

King. Be thou a faithful and right loyal knight For God and for Saint Jago and for Spain.-Cousins, my noble peers ; you other nobles, mine" Officers, heralds, and all ye that hear, . - ?*s This is Rodrigo de Bivàr, the Cid. : [The Heralds, standing four on each side of the Company, blow their

Trumpets loudly towards the Audience, and the Curtain falls.

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SQUARBIJE 1197

THE COMPANION.

No. XXIII. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 1828.

“ Something alone yet not alone, to be wished, and only to be found, in a friend."-SiR WILLIAM TEMPLE.

MR HUSKISSON AND THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON... The facts respecting the late piece of dramatic surprise occasioned by Mr Huskisson's letter, are thus excellently stated by the Atlas, and followed by some remarks as excellent on the general spirit of the affair.

• After the vote on the East Retford question, Mr Huskisson, before he went to bed, wrote a “ private and confidential” letter to the Premier, containing these words"'I lose no time in affording you an opportunity of placing my office in other hands, as the only means in my power of preventing the injury which may ensue from the appearance of disunion in his Majesty's Councils.” Mr Huskisson next morning found, to his astonishment, that the letter containing this sentence was considered as a resignation, and had already been laid before the king. In no other light would the Duke of Wellington view it, in spite of Mr Huskisson's repeated explanations, that he only meant to disembarrass his Grace in any steps he might feel himself called upon to take. The Duke persisted: “ It was no mistake-could be no mistake,--and should be no mistake;" and Mr Huskisson was obliged to go The master sometimes will take the servant's muttered warning, whether he will or not; and as soon as his successor can be found, the unlucky varlet is obliged to doff the livery. of his office, pack up his budget, and depart.' This may take place wlien an excellent servant, esteeming his merits too highly, incautiously gives himself airs. Perhaps it is difficult to find so efficient a butler, or so handy a valet-but insubordination is not to be endured, if the master is of a decisive temperament : if indeed he is tired of his domestic if the family dislike him, or if “ voices in the air” have whispered that William is in the way he will seize the first fair excuse to get rid of him. Mr Huskisson has undoubtedly made a great blunder; he confessedly wished to remain, and took the most obvious means to get turned out. It is remarkable, that in spite of his acknowledged ability, the sense of blunder

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if , nbi inator: fotos is so strong that little sympathy is felt for him. Had the Duke of Wel. lington been provided with a successor as efficient as the late Colonial Secretary, we have no doubt that his harshness would have met with a inilder censure. When, after the lapse of some days, he can find no substitute for Mr Huskisson but his Quartermaster-General, people are åpt to suspect that he has sacrificed the praise of discretion to that of "* decision,” and that the whole has been a matter of hásty pique, unworthy of a statesman, and dangerous to a great nation. The probability however is, that the Duke expected to get on more smoothly without than with his colleague, whilst Mr Huskisson, anxious to stay, and yet apprehensive that his East Retford vote would operate against him, 'perhaps imagined he should play a better game if he took the lead into his own hand—a fatal miscalculation.'

Nothing can be better, we think, than this account of the affair : but we pause a little on two other remarks, with which the writer concludes... ;9 . . 'n robe possils .." On the whole,” (he says) “ the affair is a childish one; and it is unfit that the interests of a nation should thus be exposed to suffer by hasty notes written with a severe headache at two o'clock in the morning, which give offence to an angry and perhaps a bilious gentleman over his breakfast next day. Unless there were secret motives of party operating on either side, it was unbecoming in the Premier to turn out an able Minister, merely because he wrote a blundering letter."

; es Now the head-ache and the biliousness are well put. Montaigne "says, he likes to rattle the word Pleasure in the ears of the philoso*phers, who affect not to seek the thing after their various modes, as well as other people. For a still better reason, we like to see the leaders of Government reminded of their common nature, and of the trivial causes to which their quarrels - are owing ninety-nine times in a hundred. But we agree with those who think, that Mr Huskisson's letter contained a passage, which left the Duke no alternative but to 'shew a strong sense of it, glad as he may have been at the opportunity of being angry, and however extreme, beyond official usage, in resolving that there should be no mistake. Mr Huskisson says in that letter, “ I owe it to you as the head of the Administration, and to Mr Peel as the leader of the House of Commons, to lose no time in affording you an opportunity of placing my office in other hands, as the only means in my power of preventing the injury to the King's service which may ensue from the appearance of disunion," &c. Now the Premier, by Mr Huskisson's own shewing, was either bound to agree with him in thinking this step “ the only means” of preventing the injury, or he

was to make a friendly return to a hostile attack, and concede the first place in the matter to the inferior minister. This was clearly what Mr Huskisson desired. It was an attempt on the part of Ulysses to frighten Ajax; and Ajax not only stood upon his stubbornness, and was not to be frightened, but he turned the trick of Ulysses against himself. The letter, it was urged, was marked “ private and confidential.” True: this was part of the trick: .. that is to say, Ajax was to have a knock on the face, and to keep it all to himself, till he had propitiated his enemy. He did not chuse to do this, nor was it to be expected of him; and accordingly he followed up the private and confidential thump with a settler.? • On the other hand, the mention of Ulysses reminds us of a person more worthy of that name, and of the greater quarrel, in which Ajax, as of old, was for the time defeated. It is all very well for the followers of this and that statesman to attribute to him nothing but generous motives, and to wonder that anybody can be so ungenteel as to think him human. But without denying that statesmen, like other people, are capable of generosity, and influenced by as many thousands of little feelings, good as well as bad, it is quite clear to us that the Duke of Wellington has never forgotten or forgiven the intellectual ascendaney of Mr Canning, nor ceased to feel uneasy in the company of his friends. Even in his late speech in his behalf, which is made so much of, and which we venture to say was ás poor a thing every way as, might have been expected from one who is no speaker nor capable of appreciating speakers, we recognized a sneer at Mr Canning for not following the profession for which he was 80 “ well fitted ;” and which, the Duke might have added, “it would have been so pleasant to me, if he had followed.” So much for Mr Canning; and as for Mr Huskisson, he, of all men, was the last to think himself an exception to the dislike of Mr Canning's friends; for besides being a very clever man, and a good speaker, he had set the Duke right on a question, openly disputed between them, and upon which the future Premier had committed a great blunder: and the Duke has evidently not talents enough, of the intellectual order, to afford to endure this correction, or the company of any - one capable of bestowing it. His Grace has a character for sins

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