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of brotherly affection, the parson and his parishioners: and this they describe as the conduct of an enemy You do not believe it-you know that those who support, under all circumstances, and at all hazards, the present system of tithes, sacrifice the cause of the church at the shrine of their own cupidity, testify a stronger regard for temporal affairs than spiritual concerns, You know that they, by a short-sighted selfishness, like the dog in the fable, run the risk of losing the substance for the sake of the shadow. Who then is the enemy of the church ? "Answer the question."
" Lord Ebrington's opponent is no longer pleased with the shoulders of his friends. The car now departing bears him. More gaudy than the one, on which presses the foot of Lord Ebrington, more atractive by its finery, more splendid in gewgaws; yet observe its colors, it is French, sky blue; whilst the streamers of Lord Ebrington are English, true blue."'.
Had his Lordship appeared twenty years ago, in this arena, and avowed that he came to fight in the cause of the people and surrounded his banners with the sacred words, liberty and independence, he would have been pourtrayed by the Tories as a political monster, with the mouth of Garagantua, the wings of a dragon, and the claws of the devil! "They would have endeavoured to place him beyond the pale of civil society. They would have proscribed him with ban and anathema, mocked him with laughter, and covered him with scorn. Contamination would have followed his footsteps, deadly blasts have withered every thing around him: he would have excited the fears of the chil. dren, terrified the imaginations of doting politicians, and called into action the cunning of knaves, and the simplicity of fools."
I wish my
" I have ever been the friend of the yeomanry. My humble efforts have often been exerted in their cause. powers to render them service were equal to my inclinations . But those of that body, who oppose the zealous advocate of his country's rights, the champion of our liberty, the intrepid enemy of unjust taxation and military government, and the exposer of ministerial delusion, I wish may be taxed till their pockets are empty--tihed till no corn is left įn the granary-deink small beer, and pay the war malt duty-bе plundered by the property tax, till they groan in sorrow-and, be guarded by soldiers from the kitchen to the necessary."
They declare themselves the foes of innovation. No lead and line are necessary to fathom his mind, who is the foe of all innovation. From the painted savage, to civilized and wellclothed man, almost measureless are the steps_-vast is the boun-dary between them.--All the comforts, and most of the advantages of civilization, are the fruits of innovation.-Every orna. ment that graces youth, or heightens the charms of beauty, is the effect of innovation. The silken screens now hoisted before me are innovations: will the ladies resign them, expose themselves to the evening fog or drenching torrent, because they are innovations? Gracious heavens! these beings so terrified by innovation would stultify the world, retard its progress towards improvement, carefully retain old follies because they are old, and despise the results which science offers, because they are
I would ask you, was not Magna Charta an innovation ? ---the Reformation an innovation the Revolution an innova tion ?--the Bill of Rights an innovation ?--the Election of the House of Hanover an innovation ? Believe me, my friends, whenever
you hear a man deerying all innovation, he belongs to one of two large classes of society-she is either fool or knave."
66 We want no wild theories, no Utopian schemes, no fancied systems, no foreign constitutions. The annals of our history are impressed with wisdom not to be surpassed, with forms and modes enough to give splendor to the crown—due privileges to the nobles-to preserve the just prerogatives of the churchand maintain the rights and liberties of the people. In the darkest ages rose the immortal Alfred, endued with a mighty mind, which enabled him to overstep the boundaries of ordinary men, and soar above the times in which he lived. He still presents to the world the most perfect prototype of legislator, warrior, and philosopher ever combined in human form. He knew the powerful art of governing all by all. Were our legislators, with skilful hand, to preserve the beauties of our constitution, remove its defects, and amalgamate those beauties with
thie sage ideas of Alfred, we should possess á constitution which would leave nothing to hope to wish for, or discontent to desire. All the parts of Alfred's admirable structore were so nicely blended together, that no competition could arise be tween ranks and orders: the general will actuated the whole; every freeman felt its influence, all owned its power. Private interest was sacrificed to the public good. But raised for was as he was, wallowing in ignorance, benighted in superstition, the crown bent beneath the weight of ecclesiastical anthority, and the peasants mourned in the chains of slavery. Yet this mighty machine was operated on by a self-moving principle, that would have stripped away the trammels from the crown, and shivered into dust the sbackles of slaves. Unfortunately for mankind, the bloody and ferocious beings that wielded the sceptre after the immortal Alfred, destroyed its powers, and erected in its slead a savage system, originating in the military policy of northern nations."
Observe that slowly receding pole. It designates the care of Lord Ebrington's opponeat, as the cause of independence. Jo what brain was this thought generated? Why does it appear to-day? You can tell, Mark the other side. There Mr. Bastard is described as the champion. I have scrupulously avoided every thing like discespect towards him; but this banner, which makes absurdity more absurd, impels me to ask of what, and for whom, is he champion ?- where has he bled ?-je what cause has he fought--for whose rights and liberties has he toiled ?-in whal conflict has he conquered? They call him the champion ; but they forget to state whether he is the bero of affliction, like Guy, Earl of Warwick, who slew the dun cow;" or the mighty St. George, who killed the great dragon.
They call their's the cause of independence. · Gravity cannot hold its sides, por grief restrain from laughter. Too many of its supporters have long drank from the sweetened waters of dependence, have sacrificed their will at the shrine of fortune, and can see noihivg in independence to make it an object of their idolatry. Independence ! it is obsolete in their practiceunknown in their creed-and expunged from their vocabulary."
• You have seen the list so busily circulated this day. Thay
List which, in a private point of view, is highly respectable We must look at it in a public light. Take out your pencils. Make a little sum in subtraction. See the total amount. Subtract frobi that total all who enjoy pretty places, and all who sigh after them; all the yeonianry who are led by their lords: all the
clergy who tremble for tithes; all the squires who wish to be ! knights; all the knights who wish to be lords; all the gentry
who vote from favor or affection; and. what remains? -No. thing! We do not envy them that nothing."
a List of the Hundreds in the County
Hockworthy Uffculme Burliscombe
Holcombe Rogus Clayhanger
BLACK-TORRINGTON. Abbots Bickington Holwell
Hatherleigh Northpetherwia Ashwater
Highampton Pancrassweek Beaworthy Hollacombe
Holdsworthy Sampford CourteBlack Torrington Honeychurch
nay Bradford Jacobstow
St. Giles in the Bradworthy Inwardleigh
Monkokehampton Werrington Exbourne
Northcot Hamlet West Putford
East Buckland Marwood
West Buckland Combmartin Ilfracombe