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dered out, and the streets were to be nothing to the purpose. He had fi lined from Hyde Park Corner to St gured as a pamphleteer, and levelled Pauls, by the various addressers, with his eloquence upon the ministry. If all “ the pomp of war”-flags, bands, this was not the source of his selecand badges. But the madness was at tion, it might be difficult to decide an end-the whole exhibition failed, for what cause the royal smiles were Out of perhaps fifty thousand, who in employed to seduce the best shot in the extravagance of the time had care the shire from his natural enjoyments, ried up addresses, not five hundred and that, too, in the height of the obeyed the summons of “the gene season. The sermon was however forral. The cavalcade counted perhaps bidden, on ceremonial and acknow. as many more, and consisted of a ledged reasons, and glory" at one en motely mixture of inn-keepers, city- trance quite shut out," to this reverend apprentices, and petty farmers. No Meleager. person of any consideration joined this The sermon has since been pube parody of a royal progress. Nothing lished, and it is on the whole a temcould be more threadbare than this perate production. It may have been mounted majesty of the mob. Sir fortunate for the Archdeacon's favour R. Wilson acted as Field-Marshal of at Brandenburgh Court, that it was not those “ Beggars on Horseback.". But preached, for it contains no obvious the streets were crowded with the insults. We should have expected to gazers, who came attracted by curi- see him reprimanded by her Majesty, osity, and with the pickpockets, who through the medium of her Unitarian came to plunder the curious. It is Seeretary, and put at the bottom of the one of the peculiar distinctions of the roll of the future reformed church. Queen, that she never moves upes. In his preface, (a safe ground,) he corted by the spontaneous activity of feels his paces rather firmer, and curthis alert body of her subjects.- vets, with constitutional freedom, ac
Magnâ latronum comitante caterva.” cording to the new version of Major Where the carcases are, there will the Cartwright and his fellow expounders. eagles be gathered together. Her He there declares his opinion, the triumph infuses itself into the depths opinion of Archdeacon Bathurst ! of society. Petty larceny is cheered “Quo me Bacche rapis tui plenum?" by the discomfiture of law; the pre " That the passing of the Bill would cedent of St Stephens has dissolved have been, he feared, the loss of the the Old Bailey of half its terrors, and Country, and certainly, the latter end Filch cries, at the top of his voice, of 4, government of fixed and known Long live the Queen.”
law.” To oppose to this great politicoBut nothing was spared that could ecclesiastical dictum, we have unforrender this culpable proceeding a more tunately nothing stronger than a madirect offence. The procession was jority of the Peers. But to the Leled past Carlton House! though the gislators of the new school, the reason route by the Haymarket was equally and feelings of the honourable by staopen, and much more common to the tion, learning, and public service, &c. But this offence has been are " trifles light as air.
The“ proof practised by all the processions. The strong as holy writ,” is to be found in day chosen was one on which the brutal clamour, and corrupt intimidapsalms contained expressions that, tion, in the ignorance that will not in the gross application of party, learn, and the folly that cannot unmight allude to the Queen's accusers, derstand. There is nothing quite so and to this odious mingling of human absurd as this in the sermon, which is passions, in a solemn act of thanks- a tissue of common-places, with, howgiving, was to have been added a man ever, now and then, a hint sufficient nifesto, in the shape of a sermon. to give an idea, at once of the zeal Archdeacon Bathurst, the son of the and of the reluctant restraint of the Bishop of Norwich, was the person orator. “Though monarchs, like our. who had the misfortune to appear fit selves, (a pleasant participation of royfor the purpose: and he arrived prompt alty,) may be deceived, yet, " that the and prepared to go through his part. people are no evil doers, (to use the The character of this divine is not that language of the Book of Esther,) of “ the prophet honoured in his own but may be the children of the most country," and he would probably be High, and most mighty living God, listened to with more respect any where who hath ordered the kingdom both than in Norfolk. But his piety was unto us, and to our progenitors, in the
most excellent manner.” We cannot and to be joined again by the saint in find this passage in the Book of Esther, heaven which so untimely left me with
and we suspect, that the Archdeacon's the drag chain of deliberate perjury ? 1. theology is as irregular as his politics. Is there any thing in the applause of a
But what similitude is there to be found multitude here which can recompense between the Jews in their captivity, me for the loss of the applause of anthe chosen people humbled before gels in Heaven ? Am I such a fool as Heaven, and in sorrow and privation to set time against immeasurable eter
honouring the law of their fathers; nity, and at the moment, too, when portant and an insolent and vitious rabble, human life wanes ? Did I not believe
urged on by desperate arts to outrages, even in Christ as the rock of my salEr and burning with the spirit of domi- vation, yet is there not a something 34 nation. The reformers of Charles's after death, a something adown that
time found “ the sword of the Lord stream which carries us to all eternity, at and of Gideon” in the Scriptures, and enough to appal the imagination, and
“ to your tents, O Israel,” was not the arrest the boldness of one who would be the less a signal of rebellion, because defy wantonly the terrors of the invia il it was taken half in derision and half sible world? ciso in madness, from the great code of “ Do you think that I would make a peace and holiness. We discharge the a nation a mockery for aught which 1 Archdeacon from imputations like these, on this side of the grave is left me ?
because we believe him nothing black. If you think so, you would do it Is er than the customary tinge of country. yourself ; and you partake not of that con gentlemen, a pleasant convivialist, and charity, which thinketh no evil, and do an accurate shot. The good-humour- which hopeth all things." ed maxim has its truth.
This composition is cast somewhat “: Un homme qui rit n'est pas dargereux." in the romantic and poetical mould,
We have no fears of overthrow from which distinguishes the rhapsodist of d the ambition that feels its “ great ap- the Queen's answers. But it touches po petite” glutted by a pigeon-match, or
on thoughts, which, to the general å steeple-chase. But the peroration conviction, are appalling. Those pro
of this sermon contains a passage which ceedings are of the highest importance pin the author may have written in sin as a clue to the general intricate dein cerity, but which, to those convinced sign of the performers. The guilt or w of the Queen's guilt, must seem the innocence of the Queen is compara
most cutting and virulent attack on tively trivial, but as matter of examher feelings.
ple. The true conclusion to be drawn, “ I see a disposition the most ear is to the unsparing and pestilent actii nest to conciliate those who have lis- vity of the disturbers, who have
tened to her deadliest maligners; and taken upon their hands the pretended this, which I will now speak for her, purification of the state ; the eager is the language I seem to hear from and sleepless diligence with which that personage to the assembly of this they labour to take possession of every day:
point from which the constitutional “ I have afforded proof sufficient fortress may be commanded; their to convince, of my wrongs, the reasons struggle for the Bar, the Army, and of a vast portion of those who were even the Church ;-" Omnia maria most impartially disposed to hear evil vexata.” Every harbour and creek of the as well as good of me. For those who civil polity has been searched for a secure were not satisfied, I have added my deposite of their contraband, imported solemn declaration before God and my from the decayed stores of French country, before the tribunal of my le democracy. The republican spirit gislative judges. I have sanctified knows nothing too high or too low that declaration of a conscience void for its flight; “ Now shaves with level of offence toward God and men, as to wing the deep, now soars up to the the charges of my accusers, by par- burning concave." It is yet pent within taking of those holy mysteries, from strong bounds, but the hour that the
which the most suspicious nature will nobler guardianship of the gate is re- hardly appeal.
moved the hour that a relaxed vigi" Ask your own hearts, is there any lance, or a corrupt fellow-feeling, is thing in rank or power so fascinating, entrusted with the key ; in that hour and at the evening of a troublous and the portals will be Aung open, and
a stormy life, that I should go to my Satan be sent for to sicken and taint cum grave, where I hope to find repose, the peace of general human nature.
It is the business of all honest and plunder, and brutal revelry, and bloody honourable minds to guard against this domineering, would go on according mighty misfortune. The old game of to individual caprice, passion, and restatesman against statesman is super- venge. The Black Dwarf would be as seded. The business of the time has black as nature made him and the been driven home to “ men's hearts Scotsman would glare with his own and bossom.” The legitimate trials of open torvitude of glance. ability among the leaders of the great The question is not whether Whig parties of the Legislature-those clash or Tory shall sit on the treasury ings of high-tempered and polished bench, but whether we shall manminds in whom the strife struck out fully, and by the exertion of our only the stranger brilliancy—those reason and strength, abate the nuisrollings and hurtlings of the moral ance of the state, or see the gullotine thunderclouds, elevating the eye that erected at Charing Cross ? Whether gazed upon them, and with it 'elevat we are to defend our lives and propering the heart by their evidence of the ties, the hopes of our children, and range and magnificent powers of our the fair freedom of England, or to lay nature and after all, however the down our despised necks on the block concussion might end, which ever of a reckless, lawless, insatiable demomass of those splendid meteors might cracy? Whether we are to see the be absorbed by the other, ending only mild dignity, and venerable learning in good-in pouring down freshness of our judges, administering the ordiand fertility on the realm-all this ge nances of our forefathers, or to be ournerous and stately contest has at least, selves dragged before the tribunal of a for this time, come to a close. The savage licentiousness ? Whether our danger has descended among the whole last hour is to be soothed and hallowlower multitude, and has become only ed in the fulness of years, by the prethe more deadly. We have now to sence of wife, and child, and friend, provide against an inundation which and the consolations of religion ; or will come round every man at once, life to be torn from us in its vigour, and take the ground from under his and the common struggle of nature be feet. The mind of the realm is now embittered by the tauntings of a bloodto be summoned to stand upon the thirsty rabble, and not less insulted dykes, and repel the entrance of the by the graver ribaldry of some squalid rude and dreary element that now missionary of republican deistical aboroars and beats round its boundaries. mination. “ TO BE, OR NOT TO BE? The principle and manliness of the THAT IS THE QUESTION.” nation have certainly been roused. It There is nothing of partizanship in would not be in the nature of things, these feelings. Let the ministry find that the men who have learned their their right to public confidence in liberty in the volume of the constitue what they have to shew of public sertion, and their religion in the Scrip. vice; in their conduct of the nation tures, should long tolerate the slanders through difficulties, which it was the and perversions fastened on both by fashion of their opponents to prothe men of the placard and the dagger. nounce insuperable, and for withBut the experiment of endurance has standing which, they stood the brunt gone too far, and the publicmind cannot of ridicule for many a year. They be too speedily shown the hollowness have established their monuments, and utter hypocrisy of Reform, and its where no forgetfulness, nor folly, nor real, and growing, inextinguishable, ap- faction, can dissolve their firm and petite for prescription. Reform is a jest marble fabric-in the liberation of -it answers a purpose with the weak, every kingdom of Europe. Their who will not see, and the negligent, who niche is prepared in that temple where will not resist. It serves as a general nations offer thanksgiving, and come disguise to the varied, countless, spe to draw new hopes and inspirations culations of public ruin. Every ade for freedom. Of the individuals we do venturer on this enterprize of mid not speak. It is not for humbler night, has his different object. Re- minds to allot and parcel out the form is the temporary cover of all praise of the great directing influences It is the crape of the robber, but the of the council and field. We speak of moment that detection was no longer them as a whole, as that noble comdreaded, the crape would be flung bination of vigilance and courage, of aside,-every abhorrent physiognomy practical ability, and lofty speculation, would be displayed, and the work of which has saved Europe. It is easy
to talk slightingly of services past; it men who called Napoleon the “ child
“ Nos, Fortuna,
on his progress of devastation, with now that every thing conquered was the pomp and authority of a minister easy. Who that remembers the pre- of heaven. On a Ministry of this kind, dictions of but ten - aye but five what dependance was to be placed? We years since, is to believe in the do not think it was their intention to judgment of the Now?
There is have debased the country. They no denial that the danger to Europe would have still thought the crown was of the most fearful menace; of England in its more fitting place that no language could exaggerate on the brow of the King of England, the hazard—that no bending of the than trampled under the hoofs of whole colossal frame of England, to Napoleon's charger. We do not think close the gates against the rush and that they could have ruined the Briassault of the French denomination, tish empire, for it has an energy of could be too sudden or vigorous. But vitality which it was not for them is this to degrade our sense of the either to discover or to guide. We will preservation, or to convert us into a
go even to the doubtful length of bepeople of contemptuous and thought. lieving, that this empire would finally less idolaters, round those who neither have triumphed over France, in destrove nor triumphed. When we shall fiance of their incompetency, coldbe in our graves, the day through heartedness, and awe of the enemy. which we have lived will be remem But the victory would have been gainbered and commemorated as the proude ed through an incalculable increase of est period of English glory: Our peril, and wasted wealth, and sanguichildren, and our children's children, nary reverses. On their voyages of will have the leaders of our time head-long experiment, they would have “ familiar in their mouths, as house- found the new world at last, but they hold-names.” They will visit, with would have looked for it by turning the religion of a pilgrimage, every their prows, not to the west, but to corner of the field ; not a trench but the east-they would first have cirwill be honoured, for the memory of cumnavigated the globe. the hearts that once stood there; not Those who can believe in nothing a monument, in that great cam but a paltry lucre, or a still more palpaign of political triumph, but will try ambition, as the stimulants of acbe hung with the fresh honours and complished minds, to guide the state, tributes of posterity. But feelings are not worthy of an answer. Yet the like these are not for the race which denial of all disinterested impulses now molest us; and sordidness and comes with a dubious grace from those incapacity will be ready to say, that who profess themselves ready to dip those men merely wrought for their their hands in blood, and dare the scafhire, and that they could have easily fold for simple patriotism. found successors and rivals if they But the competition is not between felt their task laborious. To those, ministers and their parliamentary opthere is the obvious answer, that ponents. We are not called on to any their rivals, who would have been nice and pacific balance of wisdom or their successors, had pledged them wit, Mr Tierney's modicum of pleasanselves to a directly opposite course. try against Mr Canning's eloquence or T'hese men were the adulators of Napo- Mr Brougham's furious garrulity, and leon, the wonderers and bowers before never-ending panegyric of himself and the majesty of his presence, the hum- his friends, loose as they are on the face bled and speechless gazers on his pavi- of a troublous world, lion of cloud, until the mysterious “ Rari nantes in gurgite," might within should proclaim his plea- against Lord Castlereagh's temperance, sure in the lightnings. These were the decorum, and knowledge or Lord Car
narvon's contempt of the English lan- like the reluctant hero of the highguage, and merciless, blind, indiscri- way. minate butchery of law, politics, and “ He handled the rope, and he traversed divinity, against the Premier's sena, torial sense and dignity. This was for
“ And he often took leave, but was loth to “ the piping times of peace.” We depart." have now no choice but between the Towards the close of his speech, constitution as it stands, and none; insipid as his best in St Stephens, he the seats from which the ministry ventured a little onward, and talked were expelled, would not be left to of libel in a tender and enigmatical the stiff and formal possession of par- way. This was the least return for his liamentary successors. They would brief. But then came Cobbet's turn; be leapt into, before they were cold, he made but a single spring till he by the men of the dungeon-by hungry reached the centre of the question, fraudulent bankruptcy-by rapinefresh and leaving Cleary untouched, rushed from his chains-by haggard, insane, mugiens, with hoof and horn upon the remorseless homicide.
barrister. The battle was here - to But, in this consummation, there the strong.” He tossed and gored the would be no conclusion, the victory unfortunate jurisconsult with ferociwould be only the signal for more in ous and exulting ease. He tore his veterate animosity; the triumph of pleadings into fragments, and flung Radicalism would generate nothing of them up for the sport of the ring.– even the ominous and gloomy repose He scattered the silken advocate's methat follows the ordinary triumph of taphors, compliments, and reasonings, tyranny. The right hand of Radical- smoothly as they were laid, like the ism hates the left, and the first labour Sybil's leaves, into nonsense by the of the prosperous would be, to send puff of his nostrils. The triumph was their associates, where, after life's fitful complete. Mr Brougham sank under fever, if they did not sleep well,” his merciless and persevering burthey should at least sleep soundly, lesque, and when the turn for revenge The late proceedings in Westminster was come, and his bulky antagonist Hall have not a little added to the ge- stood over him breathless with his neral knowledge of this faction. sport, he shrunk away without ever
Cobbet," clarum et venerabile turning to cast a glance upon him.nomen," to the whole muster-roll of He made no reply. Mr Brougham , public disturbers, has been lately was not engaged on the next trial.brought to justice for two libels"; Weby nomeans rank this person among the latter, one of that atrocious na the pledged subverters, but he had no ture which his jury thought not un answer when Cobbet charged him to deserving of a mulct of one thousand his teeth with having, as Dogberry pounds, a sum which it would drain would have said, "written himself the united purses of the whole body down-radical," and we presume he corporate of revolution to pay. These now rather regrets his early indiscrelibels were against two of hisown helpers tions. in the Register, now old and venomless.
We have not time now to do more, But the chief amusement was furnish- than advert to a project, which would ed by Mr Brougham, who conducted form a relief to those miserable bustthe former of those cases. The sprucelings of mediocrity. A Royal Society barrister, now still more spruce, from for the encouragement of Literature is his new honours of the gown, was
about to be formed. Nothing can be palpably afraid to trust himself with more promising or admirable than in the brawny sweep of his antago- the principle. But in the general nist. He began with a profusion of opinion of London, it is already evicompliment, and wandered about the dent that the intended number of assoskirts of the accusation with a mixture ciates is too small. The institution of mauvaise honte, affected meek- ought to comprehend every name that ness and zeal, very delightful to, in has done honour to the literature of the the theatrical phrase, one of the country, and to open its doors to the most crowded and fashionable audi- hope of every one who may yet do it ences of the season." Cobbet kept his honour. It should be a great assemblage eye fixed on his future victim with and array of loyal genius, against the grim and sardonic contempt. Still, libelling and seditious scribbling of the Queen's attorney-general muster- the day. This is, we understand, exed his tropes, and paced his ground, clusively, the project of the King :