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whom I know) of their ruin. I have be your sincere opinion, delivered now wanted them to keep cows and pigs, in in the face of sixteen years of proof to order to have something that would the contrary, there are to thirteen of always sell. Potatoes are now to be the noisy brats, male and female, whom bought for six perce a bushel, close to fellow gets together daily in a house in London, which is 20s. a ton of 22 10lb. this court, and who sing the Apostles' I have raised, this year, il piece of very | Creed, God save the King, and the fine Savoy-cabbages, with which I am Pence-Table, alternately, and to stop feeding iny Somerset ewes; but they whose squalling we must finally resort have cost me more than they would to a Bill of luclictment; if you be sinhave cost from a green-siall in the heart cere in this opinion, there are no thirof the city of London.

teen of these little parrot-like creatures But, now, as to the cause; for that is who are not as fit io govern the nation what a 'statesman (if we had one) would as you.

Your illustrious colleague, look at, when he sitw whole classes of Baron Brougham and VAUX (" His industrious men sink, in a few years, eye in a fine fit of frenzy rolling"), has from competence and gradually-increas- lately told us, that the * Schoolmaster ing ease, to absolute beggary. The was abroad." I wish he, or soine of cause is precisely the same as tha: you, would send this one literally which has reduced the prices at Bir- abroad! ; unless, indeeil, you were 10 mingham in so surprising and almost take him in amongst you, to teach you incredible a degree. A gardener of FCL-Ito sing your schemes to us;

which HAM wrote, some months ago, to Peel's- would certainly be an improvement, esBill Peel, giving a very exact account pecially if you were to assemble for the of the sales of his years' produce from purpose on Dartmour. I shonid like to 1818 to this last year, showing bow it see Peel's Bill set to music! kept an exact pace with the effects of the currency-acis; and showing him, that the same land, which, in 1818, pro

CHOLERA MORBUS. duced 800 and odd pounds a vear, now In speaking, in the last Register, upon produced only 300 pounds and odd in this vital matter, I, io expressing my the year, while the rent, tithes, taxes, hearty approbation of the salutary advice, were still the sanie, and while, in the given to us of this happy city, by proportion that the price of labour had "CharleyPearson, and especially of diminished the poor-rates had risen. that part of his Rescript which related to And what was the ansicer of this fine keeping our persons in a state of cleanyoung statesman approaching fifty years liness, might, besides showing the be

Why, that he was very sorry nevolent and paternal character of that to hear that the writer had en so un- advice, have shown also the piety of it, fortunate this year, and boped that he by referring to a French author, who would have belter crops next year! As wrote so far back its the time of St. it is better to be stupid than unfeeling, Louis and the Crusades to the Holy 1 attribute this answer to the stupidity Land, and who in order to inculcate the of the “ Riyht Honourable minor of importance of personalcleanliness, reprethe industrious part of the nation ; but sents Saint Peter as sharply reproving who is to wonder at the miseries that Saint Crispiy on this score; and inafflict the country, when this man is the deed, we are, from the words of the leader of those who are your rivals for poet (which I give here), almost given the reins of power !

to understand that the angry Prince of And, if I be to judge from that passage the Apostles actually refused admission in the King's speech, which holds out to the patron saint of the cordwainers. the continuance of peace as an effectral “ Saint Pierre dit à Saint Crespiu, remedy for our distresses and troubles, I

Tu es une villaine bête : must say, that you are real rivals; that Tu ne te laves pas les maius, you are a death-match ; and that, if this Ni ne te peigues la tête."

of age?

Which may be (but not with the beauty And what will the City House of Lords and force of the original) turned into do now? It is truly curious to see how English thus :

these two bodies, that down at West" You are an ugly dirty beast

uninster, and this in the City, keep pace (Saint Peter to Saint Crispin said),

with one another ! No drummer-boy, You never wash your hauds the least, marching at the heels of a grenadier, And never comb your lousy head.”

ever stretched out his spivele shanks, in

order to keep pace with his leader, with Our" Charley,wiose life and ge- more ambition than this Court of Alderderal language show that he is deeply men are following the example of the read in sacred lore, might probably House of Lords; and the City House of have this awful reproof in his eye, whe: Commons, 100, are just as true in the he sens furth his Rescript. He remem- imitation of t'other place down at West. bered, doubtless, that St. Paul says, that ininster. Verily, the City concern and “it is not that which goeth into ihe man, that yonder appear to be of exactly the " but that which cometh out of him, same breed: to compare great things " that dofileth the man ;” but, at the with small, I should say that they were same time, he could not overlook the like pigs of the same farrow, only that maxim of Saint Ambrose, that “ clear the City Parliament is like what the liness is second to godliness;” and there people in Hampshire call the darling or fore, our “ Charley”, presenting, in his dollopiy; that is to sily, a thing having own person and conduct, to his fellow all organs the same as a big one, but citizers (and especially to the sensible those vryans not being of the same diand decent ones of Bishopsgate Ward) mensions ; having the same taste, and an ample exemplification of both sorts the s:ime propensities and manners ; of purity, was for that reason, of course, having snout to grub with, chopper to chosen by our most upright and dis- bite and grind wiih, and the same sort criminating Lord Mayor, as "a fit and of swallow, and a similar capacity of proper person ".to watclı over the health digestion. The two bodies, in their of our bodies, and to issue precepts to present improved form, principles, and us respecting our domestic habits and motives of action, are of precisely the our morals.

same age : it will be said of thein-our

weeping children will have to say of MR. SCALES.

them, it we ourselves should not, as the

royal Psalmist said of Siuland Jonathan, I mentioned, in my last Register, the that, “ Jovely and comely in their life, triumphant re-election of this gentleman even in their ucath they were not dias Alderman for Portsoken Ward, by a “ vided;" for the Devil take me if our majority nearly four times as great as conceru, in its present guise, outlives that by which he was elected the time the other for one single hour. The before. The reader remembers that the moment the people shall choose only a Court of Aldermen refused to admit him part of the Parliament—the working as an Alderman, asserting that they had people I mean,—that moment the gutan imprescriptible right to reject any tiers and guzzlers will begin to feel the one chosen by the freemen of any Ward. turile and champagne stick in their This question is to come before a jury. throats ; and then we shall see whether In the meanwhile, the Lord Mayor was the Court of Aldernien are to hitve a advised, it seeins, to declare the oppo- right of nullifying the voice of the freeDent of Mr. Scales, one Huglies Hughes men. (lately the well-known Allorney Hewit, of Clapham), duly elected, though Mr. Scales had pretty nearly, or quite, three

BURDETT. votes to his one. This advice, however, The recent sinuifling and cutting of the Lord Mayor rejected, and according- this once-noisy patriol," whom Carly proclaimed Mr. Scales duly elected. xING, (in whose back the once-noisy




blade stuck his knees in 1827,) aided by and herein they will see, too, how WestGillray and Wright, once exhibited minster has been, by this Shoynoy, aided

Sixteen-String Jack; this obsolete by a villanous Rump COMMITTEE, de“patriot's” recent miserable shuffling, graded below any rotten. borough in the with the Political Union, to put him- kingdom ; for, what rotten-borough self at the head of which he was, it is ever yet was so base as to call " its renow very clear, sent by the Ministers, presentatives” two fellows whom the for the purpose of making it, like him people, promiscuously assembled, had self useless; this shuffling, which has, at pelted off the hustings with cabbages last, shaken off from him even the base and turnips! Reader, look at the conwealth-worshipping tribe, has, it seems, duct of this putrid Rump! They tell reminded a gentleman in the country, the Suoyhoy, that “nobody but the Major of the shuffler's vile treatment of Major is thought of," as his colleague ; and, CARTWRIGHT; and the gentleman has when they find that he will not have written to me to know in what part of him, they tack instantly about, and supthe Register it was that I exposed that port a creature of the Shoy hoys' nomivile treatment. It was not I, but the nation against the Major ! Major himself, who did it in a most complete manner; and this exposure I

ADDRESS republish below. YOUNG MEN ought to know the whole history of this fellow's shufflings, that they may despise the ELECTORS OF WESTMINSTER, wealth-worshipping wretches that still fawn upon hiin. A reformed Parliament puts an end to him: his shuffling upon MAJOR CARTWRIGHT. a motion made by some one, to sweep (First published on the eve of the late Westthe pension and sinecure lists clean off

minster election.) the paper; his shuffling upon a motion

February 4, 1819. to · TEAR THE LEAVES OUT OF Gentlemen, THE ACCURSED RED BOOK;' While lately at Tunbridge Wells, I either of these will finish him, Oh! addressed to the Duke of BEDFORD, my God! how he dreads reform ! and to the public, a series of seven letNever did lazy, shirking, straight-backed | ters, as a sort of winding-up, if possible, Scotch bailiff so dread a spade, as this of the long controversy of more than crafty, shuffling “patriot" dreads reform. forty years' continuance, in support of The reader will see, that the Major ex- such a constitutional reform in the reposed the shuffler in an Address to the presentation of our country, as, it hath Electors of Westminster, which he pub- been abundantly demonstrated, is alone lished in a pamphlet while I was in in strict accordance with that liberty Long Island, which address was re-pub- which God bestowed universally on lished in the Register, in order to send man ; but which it has ever been the the shuffler down to posterity in his true endeavour of the corrupt and tyrannical character and colours. The Major had to monopolize to themselves, and otherbeen so fearful, lest an open breach with wise to violate, for the oppression of their the Shoxhoy should injure that cause, fellows. in which he had so long laboured, that It will readily be seen, that a principal he had clung to him long after his false- desire in these discussions has been, to ness became evident to us all. Upon attract the attention of the Whig aristhis I had remonstrated with the Major, tocracy and their followers, among that his hopes of reclaiming the Shoy- whom are chiefly to be found that class HOY were vain ; that he must come to an of persons, who, by a whimsical misapopen brcach with him at last; or, aban- plication of language, call themselves don the cause of reform himself. My moderate reformers; but whose errors, prediction was pretty soon verified, as in fact, in the present advanced state of the young men are now going to see; knowledge, are among the greatest ob

stacles to a recovery of our country's liberty, as well as to bear as much as freedom and prosperity.

possible of injurious treatment to the While so occupied, as aforesaid, I same end; yet, forbearance in an extreme learned the loss we had sustained by the inust ever do more harm than goud; and decease of the able and virtuous Sir even division may benefit that cause, if Samuel Romilly, and that a few of my by the parties divided it be made a right friends thought that, all circumstances and honest use of. now considered, I might be ouce more In the Political Registers abovenominated to fill the vacancy in your mentioned, my conduct, relative to the representation so unhappily made, free great question of parliamentary reform, from the difficulties which had unex- is touched on, as liable in some degree pectedly started up at the general elec- to doubt as to its propriety, in consetion. I was also informed how, in con- quence of a supposed partiality, and imsequence of what occurred on the 17th proper clinging ” on my part to Sir of November, at the Crown-and-Anchor Francis Burdett. V here thus some are meeting, they were discouraged froin ready to blame, because a man does not naming me.

speak all he thinks, while others may be I am not aware that, after this, I offended at his speaking freely; the task, should so soon again have taken up my in a case like mine, at the present time, pen, had it not been for a singular con- is of some difficulty. But whatever currence of circumstances. On the 17th opinion may be formed of my endeavour of December, at the same instant, came to keep the line of rectitude in a situato my hands, a Birmingham Argus, tion thus delicate, should but the publie, of the 12th, containing Observations and your representative, the baronet on the propriety of a public meeting, himself, receive from my observations a

for the purpose of petitioning Parlia- useful warning, I shall be so far content. "ment to adopt Major Carreright's In the first place, anxious that the enBILL ;' and a Statesman, containing lightened and sincere friends of public a "speech of Sir Francis Burdert, de- freedom, whose good opinion, beyond livered at Liverpool.At the same time all things on earth, I most value, should there lay on my table the three preced- not be induced, by Mr. Cobbett's doubts, ing Registers of Mr. Cobbett, all of to entertain unfavourable notions of the which had been addressed to me person- correctness of my conduct, I must preally, relative to what he termed Sir sume that, had he not been so distant as Francis Burdett's backing out;" to he is, those doubts would never have been the baronet's conduct towards me in the entertained ; and, from what I now conmatter of the last Westininster election; ceive that I am bound to say, will unand to his apparent courtship of the doubtedly vanish. moderate-reforminy Whigs.

For the tenderness shown by me to The reflections which all these cir- the baronet, in mny address to you on the cumstances have generated in my mind, 11th of July, the aforesaid Registers including the newspaper report of the themselves furnish abundance of apology, proceedings at the Crown-andl-Anchor in attributing it to an anxiety not to inTavern, on the 13th of July, and again jure the cause of freedom by speaking on the 17th of November, make the more plainly. topics of the present address; in which In the baronet's own words at Liver. will be ultimately found, a COMPARI- pool, I may even plead that “the saSON between the Birmingham observa- "crifice of a long-entertained opinion is lions with Sir Francis Burdell's, on the“ difficult;" but the baronet, by his contwo days aforesaid in Westminster, in a duct on the whole, for some time past, third speech on the 4th of December, at has, I acknowledge, in a considerable Liverpool.

degree, weaned me from an opinion with Although it is a principle with me, to respect to himself, which i had very refrain as much as possible from aught fondly entertained ; and that conduct has that is calculated to divide the friends of in particular been such, of late, as to

have placed me in a situation, in which may be secure against the attempts of to refrain from plain speaking, with re- false guides to lead him astray; provided gard to certain facts, as weli as to sup- only he have strength of mind, for prepress apprehensions for the public, which ferring sound argument to hollow sofrom those facts receive no small light, phistry; solid demonstration to empty would savour too much of torpor where reclamation. a great national interest is at stake, and I have already noticed the coincidence, a public duty is concerned. At the same respecting the Birmingham observations time, I trusi, it cannot be doubted, that and the Liverpool speech, which coming no one will be more gratified than my- on me at the same moment, excited a self, should events prove me in error; train of serious reflections. These opand, indeed, that I may be an instrument posite documents, when the speech at towards that very proof, is not the least Liverpool was viewed in connexion with of the motives under which I now write. the two speeches at the Crown-and-An

In the second place, when I contem- chor, presented to my mind's eye a conplate the juncture of a new Parliament trast as strong as that of frost to fire, under very new circumstances, as well darkness to lighi; prompting me to a as the present political aspect of all the COMPARISON, which may be of use civilized states in the old world and new, to the friends of constitutional reform, and ruminate on the signs of the times : by putting them on their guard against —and when, in particular, I reflect on being misled. Should my remarks prove the critical state of that vital question, no incentive, they cannot become im. parliamentary reform-on which hangs pediments, to performances truly pathe fate of my country; and believe I triotic; a reflection which reconciles me see danger in the conduct and language to an unpleasant task. of one looked up to as a leader; can it As an additional motive for exhibiting be more than will be expected of me, the drift of the documents, in a COMto state the grounds of that belief, al- PARISON of one with the other, it ivas though that leader should be Sir Francis on a moment's reflection obvious, that Burdett?

it was of far more importance to guard And thirdly, considering the cause of against any evil to be apprehended froin personal dissatisfaction given me by the errors in the author of the specches, party of whom I am to speak, it behooves than from errors in the author of the me to keep a guard on myself, that I may review, on whom, in the foregoins neither injure the cause of reform, nor letters to the Duke of Bedford, it will my own reputation, by language which be found much attention had been becould be interpreted as disregarding the stowed. public interest while gratifying a private That reviewer had no constitutional feeling

name that could give any false weight Still hoping, after all I had observed, to his errors; the baronet has a great and the treatment I had experienced, one for giving weight and currency to that to support the baronet's election was his. The author of the review had no to serve the cause of reform, it acco:ded reputation for knowledge in the science with my notions of duty to give him, at of representation : the baronet had the general election, my vote. And, I much. The author of the review had no presume, that the whole series of my character for a lofty exemption from letters to the Duke of Bedford, as yet faction, or for integrity as a patriot : the only in part made public, will evince baronet had long stood high in these rethat personal considerations do not warp spects. Although of late his mysterious me either to the right hand or to the left, conduct had staygered the faith of obfrom iny right onward course, and that servant persons; yet his having at length those letters will serve as beacons and acceded' to, and actually professed the finger-posts for directing on his way the doctrines of, universal freedom and the political traveller in search of the prin- ballor, still enables him to keep posses. ciples of representation ; so as that he sion—whatever may be the solidity of

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