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PROVERBS XXVII. 18, 9. For several months past, our opinion nists. It is by such unfair methods of the deeply and seriously alarming that they have now and then disgraced condition of many important districts their cause, even when they chanced of our country, has been laid openly to be in the right-it is by the same and honestly before our readers. At want of candour, and by the same unthe time when we first expressed that worthy courting of the prejudices of opinion, we are aware that not a few, the ignorant, that they have far more whose character and judgment might frequently, though perhaps more exhave entitled them to very consider. cusably, aggravated their offences able respect, were inclined to accuse when they were, and when, as on this us of entertaining needless fears, and last occasion we are well persuaded of greatly exaggerating, at the least, they felt themselves to be, in the the extent both of the popular delu- wrong. sion and the general danger. The Now, however we mean within noisy leaders of the lower Whig party the last week or two-the talk of the in Parliament threw every possible Whigs has undoubtedly made one of difficulty in the way of the Administra- the most sudden and remarkable turtis tion, when they called for the autho- we ever remember to have heard of in rity of the senate to enact laws of tem- all the history of their talking sect. porary coercion; and out of Parlia. They are at last convinced-a thouliament, these laws, after they had sand thanks to them for the generous been enacted, were branded on every admission—they are satisfied at last occasion by the adherents of the same that there are such men as Radicals party, as so many uncalled for and pe- and Rebels in the land ; and by what rilous attacks on the liberties and rights arguments have their scrupulous and of the British people. Clamours so reit, most philosophical understandings been erated and prolonged, sought and found brought over to this well-timed perhundreds and thousands of voices to re- ception ? Lawless and unconstituecho them; and in almost every com- tional assemblies were congregated for pany, a few weeks ago, where the subject years on end, and every record of was discussed, there were some who did what passed at these assemblies bore not hesitate to express their belief that evidence to the copious poison that an alarm had been excited, to which was circulated and infused by their timidity, if not worse than timidity, means. The press teemed for years had given the main and moving im- on end with the permanent and sub pulse. Had the measures themselves stantial memorials of conscious and conbeen found sufficient to check at once fessing sedition, blasphemy, and treason the evil spirit that had gone abroad, -it was asserted by hundreds of the had the remedy speedily and effec- most candid, unprejudiced, and entually arrested the external symptoms lightened witnesses, that secret meetof the disease there can be little ings, for the purposes of military doubt, that the very repose for which drilling, were going on every night in the country should have had occasion every corner of the disaffected district to thank those most salutary measures but all these things passed for nothing would have been pressed into the ser- before the scrutinizing eye of Whig vice of those who had so vehement- jealousy. At last a bold attempt is ly abused them, and represented as made to array in warlike guise the furnishing an unanswerable evidence forces that had so long been in training of Ministerial exaggeration or Tory against the best constitution, and the cowardice. It is so, that the Whigs most upright government in the world. have long been accustomed to beg the In the capital, a band of assassins are question, in every rational or irrational seized in the very act of marching matter of dispute with their antago- to murder the confidential servants

of the crown. In the provinces, drums sanity-by what means confidence is are beat at dead of night-men march most effectually to be re-established in arms to their several appointed among the dissevered elements of a rendezvous. In at least three places long kindly population-and a great the king's standard is assaulted by and well regulated empire secured rebels prepared evidently with arms from the necessity of wasting any porand equipments for a regular cam- tion of her energies in watching long paign. The great city of Glasgow is and doubtfully over the ashes and actually beleaguered by thousands of embers of an 'as yet ill-extinguished deluded and desperate ruffians-alarm fire of treason. and consternation are spread over And in considering by what memany hundred miles of the British thods order and good understanding territory_and repose is restored only are most likely to be restored among by the skill of excellent officers, and those that have been led astray, it is the unwearied unshaken zeal of loyal surely the most natural thing to introops. Discoveries are made of in- quire, in the first place, to what cirnumerable committees and ringleaders. cumstances those among the lower Papers are seized, and among them classes of our people, that have, during scientific schemes of expected and this time of trouble, adhered to their desired battles. Insurrection, in duty, have been indebted for their safeshort, has openly reared her front, and ty from the too general contagion around visibly been crushed in her commence. them. Even in the heart of the disment--and now, truly, the Whigs are affected regions, it is consolatory to pleased to be convinced that all the know (which we do from the best of Ministers had said, and all the Tories authorities) that many, very, many had believed three months ago, was not thousands, have walked through some total and premeditated falsehood. secret charm unhurt by the moral pes“ At times, in truth, submission is most all the outcries of their misguided


and preserved entire, amidst graceful And there is pride in yielding."

fellows, their devotion to their own

duties, and their respect for their naSince the submission has been made, tural superiors and protectors. It is however, on the one side, and the most consolatory to know this fact; victory is complete in the other, there and very important lessons, we think, would be no propriety and no wisdom may be drawn from the knowledge of assuredly in prolonging the shadow it. We would be the last in the world of a terminated contest. Honest men to throw the blame of the guilty upon of all parties, we take it for granted, the innocent-but may not the quesare now at one in opinion, and we tion be fairly put to those best acquainttrust, they are most perfectly at one ed with the districts of disloyalty, in purpose. It matters comparatively whether those employed by the most little by whom the danger was first careful masters, have not been, in the deseried, by whom it was latest ac- hour of trial, found the least inclined knowledged. The danger has now to rise up against them, and to disturb come in a shape that is not to be the general peace of that community questioned for the present, its move- whereof they and their employers form ments have been repressed, and its alike useful and alike necessary parts. aspect tamed—but the true object of There is no occasion to push this ques. concern is, to inquire by what means tion too far—a hint is all we would the now united and combined sense of permit ourselves to offer-and indeed, all the better orders of the British in all reason, and in all likelihood, a people is to guard against any recur- most effectual warning has already rence of these fearful manifestations- been afforded, where it was most callabove all, if it be possible, by whated for, by the personal experience and measures the spirit that has for the observation of those most immemoment been checked in its evil diately concerned in the inquiry: career, is to be healed and soothed into The blame, if blame there be, is

We write on the 19th of April-Bonnymuir, Greenock, and Huddersfield, are the places we allude to. VOL. VII.


very far from lying solely or peculiar. effect of all these things is nothing ly at the door of the gentlemen to upon the heart of one poor man, comwhom we allude. In our days it is pared with a single affectionate visit not possible to look around upon the to his cottage-one simple gift to his world, and to compare what we see in children. The charm of sympathy is the style and structure of society with the only charm worthy of the name what we know to have been in the but men are never willing to take the times of our fathers, without observe existence of that charm upon trust. ing that many great and remarkable He that is effectually to be obliged, changes have taken place. Every- must see the kind face, and touch where, and in every walk of life, it is the open hand, of his benefactor. too evident that the upper orders of It is too much to expect that we are society have been tending, more and to sit in the seclusion of our own primore, to a separation of themselves vate luxury, and scatter forth the from those whom nature, providence, droppings of our bounty like deities and law, have placed beneath them. too great to be visible to the eyes of It is not now the season when men those whom we would serve. If we should hesitate to speak out fairly what would have our good intentions recogthey know and feel upon such subjects nised, and our kindness enshrined in as these. A fastidious spirit of luxury warm and grateful hearts, we must not and refinement has everywhere been disdain to come down into the homely gaining ground among us. The rich walks of humanity-to mingle with our and the high have been indolently brothers of the earth, and shew that and slothfully, allowing the barriers we not only relieve, but are anxious that separate them from their inferiors and fervent in relieving and assisting to increase and accumulate. An Epi- them in their hour of human distress. curean spirit has gone wide abroad Every thing will be pardoned except in our land, even among those that the apparent scorn and visible selfishwould be most inclined to startle at ness of remoteness and mortal suf. its name.

Men have come to deride ferers will forget every other text of and despise a thousand of those means holy writ, ere they blot from their of communication that in former days memories the touching and awful deknit all orders of the people together. claration, that Weary of pomp, and shew, and circumstance, and of all that used most The fault, as we have said, has been to dazzle and delight the vulgar eye, universal-in every condition and walk men of rank and wealth have foolishly, of social life--and it is just and neceswe fear, laid aside, along with these sary to be had in view, that where its things, many more modest and secret, bad effects have been most manifested, but still more effectual instruments of the fault has been most excusable. attaching these dependents to their The immense extent of the manufacpersons. The spirit of general kind- turing establishments in many parts liness has not assuredly become ex. both of England and Scotland, has tinct ;- but we have learned to be too rendered it, without doubt, a matter much satisfied with the conscious excel of most extreme difficulty for those at lence of that general spirit--and to be the head of them to keep up any thing too negligent of those minute and labo- like those habits of minute acquaintrious services of human concern, by ance and tangible sympathy with their which alone that spirit can be made to people, which prevailed among the operate as a healing and cementing masters and apprentices of the comcharm over the whole wide-spread and paratively limited and trifling esta diversified surface of human society. blishments of former days. But, if The master has not ceased to care for his our information be correct, and we servants, but he has become too delicate have all faith that it is so, this great to shew his care by that cordial and difficulty has been effectually struggled grateful condescension of personal com- with, and happily overcome, even in munication that of old made the vas- instances when it was greatest; and sal look up to his lord like a son to his not a few of our most magnificent father. Societies, and subscriptions, establishments have, through no visiand magnificent donations, and bene- ble human means, save the extraordificent directions and regulations, are nary personal zeal, and kindly habits all excellent in their way--but the of their superintendents, escaped quite


free from the plague that has laid sited the scenes of recent tumult and waste so many, immeasurably inferior disaffection, than the blessed effects to them in riches and extent. He which have been produced everywhere that knows what his duty is, and re- by the hearty and honest zeal of our solves to do his duty, will always, yeomanry. Foolish, and shortsighted without question, find time and means men, have indeed been found to conto do it. But this is not all. Is it demn the great increase which has regoing too far to say, that, after what cently taken place in the establishment has passed, it is the plain and distinct of yeomanry corps--but we fear not to duty of every man to limit his estao say, that this voice of detraction can now blishment within the bounds that ad- find no listeners among the loyal men, mit of his discharging the obligations either of Yorkshire or Lancashire, or inseparable from his condition? Is of the West of Scotland. The servithe hope of any temporary gain to be ces which these corps have rendered, permitted to make an honest man are by no means to be summed up in Foluntarily and deliberately draw their own marches and watchings. around himself difficulties with which The intercourse which has occurred he is aware of his own incapacity to between them and the regular troops cope? Nay, more, is the hope or with whom they have acted, has, withthe certainty of any personal gain out all question, been productive of whatever, to be permitted to tempt the happiest immediate effects—but any loyal man to do that which above all, we look to the increased inabundant and most lamentable expe- tercourse which they have already rience has shewn to be pregnant with created, and which they must continue the elements of all social and national to create and strengthen between calamity? We trust that thoughts landlords and tenants, as affording by such as these are at this moment busy far the most sure and effectual pledge, in many an honest and in many à for the future well-being of the wide loyal bosom, and that many willing sa- face of the country. It is Shakspeare, crifices are on the eve of being offered we think, who remarks, that in times up at the altars of Conscience, Patriot- of war, the citizens of the same state ism, and Religion. The gentlemen at are more affectionate towards each othe head of the establislıments, which ther than at any other time. The have suffered most in these last trials, deeper sense which is then felt of the are the best judges of the modes and community--the identity of interests, regulations, in and under which they is no doubt the chief element of this are to allow the return of their delud- kindly feeling but there is a charm ed dependents. We have no doubt, for all human bosoms, in the very air firmness and mercy will be mingled and aspect of martial exercise, which in the measures they are about to a- may fairly be set by its side, as anodopt-but when that first great object ther and a most powerful strengthener of their present endeavour shall have of all the warmer affections of our nabeen arranged and settled—we would ture. The foundations of the national hope such considerations as we have character, both of England and Scotnow been expressing, may receive no land, were laid deep and sure, in days superficial or hasty portion of their when every gentleman and every yeoafter concern.

man was more or less a soldier and In country life, however, not a lit- now we confess, we look forward to tle of the same general fault has been the proud and willing revival of many gaining ground, as well as in the life manly feelings, which must necesof cities and manufactories—although, sarily attend the resumption of these as in that happier life it is infinitely manly exercises, as furnishing rich more inexcusable, so it has also happi- and bright hopes, for the welfare ly made far less dangerous and alarm- of ourselves and of our children. ing progress. There assuredly, there A single day spent by the young faris nothing to prevent the evil from bea mer on horseback in presence of his ing easily and effectually arrested. natural superior—a single dark wet There the old spirit may yet be said ride shared with his young master, will to be entire and untainted, although do more to bind him to his person and to some unwise assaults have been made his house than all the intercourse that upon its precious outworks. Nothing could possibly occur between them in is more evident to those who have vis many years of ordinary life. Were there no fear of any thing that might they hold dear and sacred should know call again, in our day, for the actual that peril hovers near, and that it is services of these corps, we should still their duty to be prepared to defend be vehement in applauding their main- it. The apathy with which many tenance, were it only for the sake of at a distance from the immediate cirthe cordial kindliness which these cles of danger, still persist in regarding meetings together cannot fail to nour- what is going on in the country, is not ish. But, in sober truth, the case so much to be pitied as to be despised. does not as yet stand so or nearly so. There is wickedness in such blindness, The evil has, for the moment, been and it deserves to be punished as a repressed, but he must be a bold man sin. We allude, in particular, to the who will say that he believes it to be great city in which we write-where, at an end. The day may come when within forty miles of what, ten days these men may have to draw the sword ago, scarcely merited a slighter name in good earnest, in defence of the than that of raging rebellion, the Lord firesides at which they were nursed President of the Court of Session has, and reared—the churches in which with all his ardent and most honthey were christened and wedded ourable zeal, found it impossible to and the halls, by which offices of kind- raise his regiment of volunteers to any ness have for ages been exchanged thing like its proper compliment. But with the cottages of their Christian this reproach we would hope is not ancestors.

destined to lie long upon our headsThe dark cloud has been dissipat- and, at all events, we trust every man ed, but alas ! who shall prophecy that that has joined that, or any other corps its lowering fragments may not again raised for the same precious purposes, unite to blacken the free horizon will abide there till he has a son able of the land? The time is come when and willing to step into his place. they who possess any thing that


Deep fears long since I've had for England's weal,
Yet deeper are they now than long ago
These bleeding wounds, O God! I pray

thee heal,
And give the Land's Heart once again to feel
The joy of reflux, answering well to flow,
In Love her life-blood ;-once again to know
That all is sound within—that the big throng
Of thoughts and wide affections rolls along
Peacefully-like unto yon calm large river,
Mild and majestic-beautiful and strong-
Far-streaming-washing with one tide serene,
The rocky base of the old Castle ever,
And the soft margin of the Hamlet-green,
Whose Sycamores half hide the Spire between.


I love to see you each upon his steed,
Ye Yeomanry of England, once agen
Ready, with spur and sword, to serve our need,
After the fashion of the ancient men
Of England.- War has been too much a trade.-
Among our Sires it was a Service paid
By peaceful livers-part as pastime plied
By Peasant and by Lord, because, that then
As now, it was their duty and their pride
To fight, with the same Omen, side by side,
For the same regal Banner. Therefore stay
Your ploughshares ever and anon-as now
With patriot steel prepared, and Christian vow,
To shield our sacred soil from the Anarch's sway.

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