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he did not particularly mention ; if he had, conviction, was fined. The trial is briefly he surely would not have forgotten the inva- reported in the Appendix to the 10th vol. of luable one of being abused, and almost the State Triais, p. 83. And, at the end of cursed, for not giving their money to a vo
this report is printed a better to the Lord luntary contribution.We must not, Chancellor from Judge Powrs, who tried however, leave this Lloyd's Fund to work the defendant, giving an account of the its way, though we were to be loaded wiih proceedings, and, in particular, of his dicurses more bitter than that oi Ernulpus. rections in point of law.
“ This case,” It may be, and it is, too much to hope from
“ is of a vast extent and mighty the people by whom the scheme was pro- coliscquence to the king and to the peo jected and carried into execution, such fruits “ ple; and at which the very legislature of amendmont as those pointed out by my may take great umbrage. The levying of correspondent, in the Register of the 28th
money is the tenderest part of our conof December last ; but, if these men shall ~ stitution. And, if it may be done arbinot, and that very soon too, place the dispo- “ trarily, under a sheu' and form of charity, sal and management of their fund, as well - it cannot be said whither it may go. Colas of any future augmentation of it, under lections, as for charities, may be set up in the only constitutional superintendance, I “ all the churches of England by the clergy, hope, and confidently rely, that their pro- as often as they please. And, though it ceedings will be checked by parliairentary “ be said, it is all but voluntary giving yet, interference. In better times; in times " it is a sort of compulsion, by the soleniniwhen men yet adhered to the principles of ty in the church, and vying with others, the consiitution; in tiines before the Pitt “ and being marked out, if refusing or gisSystem had confused and confounded men's ing meanly."- -How true! How just! notions of constitutional rights and duties, How wise the law; and how grossly-has it it would not have been necessary to call to now been violated! These researches have the recollection of the reader any instances not been made for the purpose of defence of the very great jealousy which las always against the aspersions and calumnies of such bien entertained of voluntary contributionis men as the Goldsmids and the Angersteins, for national purposez (even though to be and the rest of that comunittee, who caused disposed of by the Crown) without consent placards to be stuck up about the metropolis, of parliament; and, as to members of par- accusing: by implication, all those of a want lament theinselves, it is, surely, even now of patriotism, who did not subscribe to the unecessary to refer them to the learning, fundl; nor against the more biter celadonies on this subject, contained in the prçce- of such men as wir, Nicholas Bill and Dr. dents of Mr. Hatsell; Vol. III. pages, 71 Ireland of Croydop: they have been made and 72. But, as the Fund Dealers hare for a much more important purpose; that thought proper to press into their service the of preparing the public ruind for the discusclergy and the churches; and, as the clergy sious, relative to the subject, which, at a hare (with incre alacrity, I hope, than very early stage of the session, will, surely, thought, in most iustances) lent themselves, take place in parliament. From the churches their churches and their sacred functio:s to alope, it now appears, that more than further the purposes of those Fund-Dealers, 60,0001. bave been collected by a self-creatit may not be ansiss, in addition to what has edi body of men, who hold a regular board already been said upon the subject, to ad- at a cotfee-house in London, and whose monish them, that, unless the law he professed object is, to grant, out of this changed since 1710, this perversion of their money, rewards, some of them by way of churches and this characters is an offence at pension, to the army and the navy. This common law, punishable by fine, imprison- body of men is, too, composed of underment, and the pillory'; and, so firm was my writers, fund-scalers, contractors of various conviction of this from the out-set, that, if sorts, and, in short, of that description of a collection had been made at the church of persons, whom it would be the most dan, the parish where I live, I was resolved upon gerous to suiter to gain an ascendancy in our puiting the larr, upon this subject, to the troops, either by land or by sea. They have test, and upon deciding the great question opened an official correspondence with our now at issue, whether the Funds had ac- commanders, to whom they have commutually superseded the law of the land, or nicated their decrees, in order to their being Dot For an ottance, analogous to those we officially made known to the men under have been speaking of, a clergyman of the their several commands. Many of these naine of HENDLEY was, with others, pro- commanders have made reports to them socuted in the reign of George I. and, in as have also the Secretary to the Adrirally, and the Directors of the Royal Hospitals on le:ters missive from a self-cre il corporafor Invalids. Ther hive sent at their de- tin at Llorri's, transininent to them under ctees to the governors of our iskaudsed pro- the front of the Secretary of the General vinces, who have, several of thun, raised Post-ice. Vould it not be a livel upon Diony upon 11.e rechle uier their the House of Commons to suppose, that gorcrument, and are rezitied it to
they would wink at such an outrageous 170Lord's, making ibeir reports to the lation of their privileres? Sometody nast Coinmittee, without any peruission from beyin. The thing must be put a stop to; king or parliament. Private soldiers and sai- for, proceed it cannot, witlout withdraising Jors have made application to the Committee, the arity and the navy from the king; and, and grants have been made by it, in conse- if this terrible inischief were less lo be apquence of such application. And, stall the prehended than it is, what a precedent, if parliament ; if the ministry do: if the Nothing be done as to those ministers of the kiirg's servants viuk at this daring, this au- church who fiave made collections, wili be dacioas contempt of the law; this most dan- established ? Money may be, by thein, gerous incision of the royal authority and raised upon the people for any purposes otrice'; if the “ king's friends ;" if the Why noi ter a disabled minister, as well as ever-famous - king's friends' wink at this, for a disabled seaman or soldier? Why not? for fear of ottending the loan-makers, shall And, when the people come to consider, the parliament wink at it too. If there be that the army and the fieet can be rewarded no one to speak for the king's prerogative, by voluntury contributici, would it be very shall thete be no one to speak for the privia extraordinary, it they should think that to leges of the people, thus set at nought by be the best way, and should regard it as unthe means, so well described by Judge reasonable to be toured for that purpose, esPowys ? Wil the House of Commons stand pecially as a considerable saving must erise quietly, and look on, while a quarter of a from the money being distributed by men, milion of money is thus levied upou their who so generously perform the office of disconstitoents without their couistut, and a tributon ruilwat taking any setary for-scvdoconsiderable portion of it through the means ing? Su MUMCHusre tetik, attendant of colleștions in the parish churches it upon this #1: haciendo total, that there is they do, we may continuo; to talk about the no getting rid of them. They meet us like great powers and the watchfulness of the i thoras in a bedge. ad stick about us like House of Conimons; but, there will remain ! burrs. Yet, annesi then all, that which
very few persons, upon whon suu! talk I first of all parceivel and pointed out to the will make much impression. It is said, in- mblie, is by far the greatest ; n.mely, that deed, that the ministers therselves near tu of creating, in the army and the nary, a to something ; but, what that something feeling that sl. prekr the duration of the will be, that it will go no further than a w
.. Furals to the dution of the Nyonarchy. My serable compromise, lave we rot reason t5 opinion respecting the approaching necessity fear? That they for, at least, the more fi- of making a very grett diuction, at least, tional part of them) have not countender? froin the interest now paił upon the national the impudent proceedings at Lloyd's, incedett; this epinion, t'ia firmly rooted in main; and, except in one instance, that of a my mind, ay possibly be erroneous; but, letter, in the COURIER, in defence of 1}. it it should not; is, as 11:any, very inny, Ireland and Colonel Robinson, which leti, persoons begin to think, my opinion be wel. from its indescribable dullness, one world founded; it it should becme a question, attribute to Dr. Ireland him.alf, the-micis. whether such a dedwion be net absolutely terial papers, though devoted to the fuot
necessary to the preservation of the throne dealers, have, of late, said. very little in de- and of our libcrtica; if this should, at 110 fence of the corporation at Loyd's. }it, very distant day, beactie a question in para this is a grievance, the ratress of vich liament, what will then be our situation, the caght not, for one hoar, to be left to the soldiers and salur bedely apprised of the ministers. It is one which calls aloud fur circumstance, that the source of their rethe interferance of parliament; and furi- words and at the ?ment of the 2010cularly of the House of Comunens. Eute rous pensionis already gruntal them, thegend are the means of rewarding and le main- entirely upon the minimisiei existence of taining of an army and a navy raised without the Funds; upea je cuntinuation of the even the semblance of their assent; and prosperity and the preciominance of the that, too, through the instrumeniality of the Fand-Dealers? in this question I like magistrates and the clergy, acting upoulet- leare of the sują t, for the present, liebers missive, operly and expressiy acting up- seecling the reader, particularly i he be a
member of parliament, to honour it with " The disasters in Moravia, by producing his serious consideration.
a change in the sentiments and system CONTINENTAL WAR.--Upon this subject " of Prussia have, it is true, left our ;roops little remains to be said, at present, but to exposed to an attack from an army supeexpress, what the reader will not fail to re- "rior in numbers. But that is an event, member I expressed long ago, a regret, that “ for which, however we may deplore it, any of the few regular soldiers we had should, no man can justly blame his Majesty's under such inauspicious circumstances, have “ Ministers--they could not possibly have been sent to the continent. But, it should - forescen it.”--IVas decmed! But, supposnot be forgotten, that the sending of our ing the motive to have been good, which I troops to the North of Europe, instead of do for argument's sake, what has that to do sending them to Italy, where, if any where, with the came? The blame then is only they might have been of some service to the transferred from the heart to the head. And, common cause, was, by the ministerial wri
as to presages,
what assurance must this ters, upon the assertion, a hundred times man have to assert, at this day, that the Opmade, that Prussia was with us in the war, position writers never foretold that Austria It will be recollected, low often this asser- would be defeated, and that Prussia would tion was repeated by them, and in how ma- not join as in the war! The readers of the ny ways they propped up the falsehood; how Register must bare been wearied with my many times they said and surore, that I'rus- endeavours to warn them against the belief sia was decidedly hostile to France; and, in- of Prussia's taking part in the war. Not deed, that her armies had aciually marched only might the ministers have foreseen to the attack; now, however, it would seem, what has happened; but it was foreseen to that Prussia has deceived us; and, this is sta- their hands; and, instead of profiting from ted pretty broadly upon the anticipation of the the advice, they obstinately persevered in capture of our troops in Hanover, whither their schemes, while their underlings inEliey were sent for purposes that Mr. Pitt and vented and published falsehoods to keep them the Colonels of the Horse Guards can best in countenance. The main point now to be tell. Supposing,” says the Courier of 110. iced is, however, the saying and unsaythe 14th instant, “ that the French do ing of these writers with respect to Prussia; “ make an attack upon our troops in and I beg the reader to compare what I have “ Hanover, why are ministers to blame?" just extracted with what I am about to exWhy, for sending them there, and keep tract from the same publication of the bih ing them there, doing nothing at all, oll instant. “ There is another very material Napoleon had dispatched the allied armies, point too to be considered with respect to and had troops to spare to send against them. « Prussia; she has never deceived us ;
she But, to proceed with the extract : " has never promised support and then x'ith
troops were sent to co-operate with the so held it; she has never held out hopes and “Russians, Swedes, and Prussians; there " especiations which she has afterwards te
was no mult then of the co-opevation of “ fused to fulfil: she has always acted in an & Prussia. But if, in consequence ct recent Opel, candid!, and manly manner towards " events, which no man living coulil foresep, ist: she has never decriverius. We trust " and which even the Opposition with all " therefore, we skall hear no more irritating " their eagerness to predict defeat and dis- “ and goading language applied to her; our !. aster to every effort against France, dil policy.should be to conciliate her by all not venture to presuge, Prussia deemed
to be upon the mase “ it prudent to abandon her intention of “ friendly and cordial footing with her, and " acting against Buonaparte, why are mi- " to do every thing in our power to create " nisters deserving of censure? The troops " and cement the most intimate alliance be
sent where, in the cren of "tween her, Russia, and this country.”“ the continuance of the war, it was deem- Well, then, what fools, or, rather, what " od they would be most useful. If it be barefaced liars (for nothing clse can they be “ asked why they were vot sent in prefer- called). must those writers and their employ.
ence to join the Austrians and Russians in ers have been! Never even hell out hopes ! " Bavaria or Aloravia, the answer is, that Good God! And yet, they have the effion" the combined force of those two Powers tery to defend the sending of our troops to "' u'us deemed equal to contend with any Hanorer iipon the ground of lopes and ex“ force France could bring against it; pectations of the hearty co-o, ration of Prus“ buc upon this part of the subject, we sia! But, of the language and conduct of “ have expressed our opinion at length in such men it is waste of time any more to
our review of the cunduct of the war. talk. It is for the meinters of parliament;
for those to whom the people now look for in the personal confidence of the heir appawisdom, firmness, and decision ; it is for rent ; many of them having been in the them cow to inquire, and to obtain a specific King's cabinet; and many others of them answer, whether Prussia las or has not deceiv- now of his privy council; to accuse all these, cd us; whether she did, or did not hold out in a lump, of triumphing and erulting thac hopes and expectations. To them, as to our the King is unable, from want of sight, to last remaining hope, we now look for satisfac- read his speech to the parliament is sometion as to the cause of all our calamities and thing so base and so insolent as to authorise our dangers, and that satisfaction we have a us to pronounce it impossible to have proright to expect. We have long enouglı been ceeded from any other ninds than those, the spart of the Wards and the Cannings; we wherein were invented the two atrociously have been, or, at least, the great mass of false bulletius.--As to the illness of Mr. the people have, long enough been, deluded by Pitt, that is another thing. Every man has them and their newspapers; and we have a right to wish and to express his wishes upon now a right to know the truth and the whole that subject; and, it would be by no means trista.
extraordinary or blameable if ihose wishes CHANGE OF MINISTRY.- -By way of in
were contrary to the wishes of the Editor of troduction to the little that I shall think it the Courier, and persons of that descrippecessary to say upon this subject, I cannot tion. But, in asserting this, I am laying no refrain from noticing an article in one of the ground for an apology either for myself or ministerial papers relative to the illness, or for any opposition writer that I have ever reputed illness, of Mr. Pitt, the great cause read; for, in no one instance have I ever alof all our calamities, " It would have been luded to his illness, and in no other opposi
stran're indeed if his Majesty's weakness tion print bave I ever seen any thing, that
of sight, and Mr. Pitt's illness, had not could possibly be tortured into a triumph " afforded the Opposition cause for triumph upon the occasion. I will go much furthier, “ und exultation. The intelligence from as to myself, and declare with the utmost " the Continent is with them a subject of sincerity, that, if he be really ill, so plll as to « less importance than the intelligence from prevent him from attending parliament, I " Putney. Piccadilly swarms with anxious am sorry for it; and, that, not for his own
Opposition enquirers, anxious, not for sake, but for the sake of the country, I “ Mr. Pitt's recovery, but for his getting should be extremely grieved, if he were now
worse: “ He can't attend Parliament, and to die; being fully p rsuaded, that, in that
we shall have it all our own way,” is the case, there would not be wanting, thousands "gratulatory greeting of the different men- of deceivers, and, perhaps, initions of de"bers and partisans of the Oppusition as ceived, to maintain, that, if he had livad, he
they meet each other. Mr. Pitt's health would have extricated us trem the ditteul" is certainly not worse than when he left ties, into which his selfish ambition and “ Bath; but it has been declared by his phy- want of statesman-like talents have penged "sicians that it is indispensibly necessary Triumphl, truly! Why should I, for in" for him not yet to expose himself to the stance, triumple in the only event that could
severe fatigues of business; to remain give his fatal system a chance of being proquiet, and reside in a clear and healthy air. longed? In the only event whereby be could No apprehensions, we are glad to state, be enabled to preserve a rennant of its cele. are entertained for his life; his complaint trious reputation? In the only event, that " is a debilitated stomach, produced by ex- coull tend to the prevention of ths clean
cessive application to business, or, we sweeping-away of that innumerable staan " have no objection to borrow the descrip- of underlings, with whom he has crowdexl; " tion given by the Opposition of his indis- even lo mutual annoyance, every department
" the mania of doing every of the state. In the only event that could thing himself,”-that is, of superintend- hare the ettect of sealing men's lips, and of "ing himself erery branch and department depriving the nation of the inestimable be" of adıninistration. The perils of our si- nchis to be derived from a ful exposure of ** tuation are said also to be aggravated by all the procer dings, domestic as well as fi:" bis Majesty's weakness of sight. “ At reigi, by ulicy we have been reduced to * this moment also his Majesty's sight is so our present situation? I have not spoken
imperfect, tbat Parliament must be open- upon- this subject betöre; but, being put "ed by Commission."—Now, I appeal upon it, I cannot refrain froin ting, that it to the reader, whether he ever before heard will be a shameful dereliction of duty in of any thing so base as this ! To accuse the any man to abstain from speality of Mr. Opposition, many of them well-known to be Pitt and his teatures, in the inauner in
which they ought to be spoken of, merely | or all of them put together.- -Let us hope, because he is ill. We, the people of Eng- therefore, that there will be no coiiromises; land, were not made for him, nor for his fa- no concessions in order to obtain votes and mily, nor for his friends. Our liberties and secure majorities; let us hope, that ihose our country are at stake. They have been who are against the Pitt system of governbrought into jeopardy ; into imminent pe- ment will openly and explicitly declare their ril, by this minister; we have a right to ex- principles, and adhere steadily to them, pect, that no considerations whatever will though they should be left in a minority as prevent his conduct from being fully and to numbers however sınail. If they do this, freely discussed ; and, the man who is in- as I am confident they will, they will iné duced to flinch from this will thereby afford crease like the grain of mistard-seed; but, us a tolerable good reason for suspecting, if they were to adopt the contrary course, that his attachment to Mr, Pitt is much too they would continue to dwindle in character great to leave him a sufficiency for the ser- and in ipfiuence, till the poisonous weeds vice of the country: --As to a change of would once more overrun them, usurp the ministry, too, my thoughts are nearly of the soil, and render it habitable for nothing but sane description. The change, to answer vermin. It is the system, the vermin-brealany good purpose, must be rudical; it must ing system, that I, for my part, ain at war include ali; yea, underlings and all; there withi. The people are weary of it. They must be a clean sweeping out of all the dirt want something to re-animate them; someof twenty ycar's collecting; it must be such thing that smil form such a striking contrast a charge as will lead to, and very soon pro- with the past as to excite atiention in the duce, a complete charge nf system, or I shall most unobserving. They want to be rouzed, have no hope in it. The influence, the pre- pot with "rabble-rouzing wori's ; noi with dominance, the over-bearing insolence, of threats and terrors; as far as these can go jobbers and contractors and nabobs must be, they are rouzed enough; but, with hope, put an end to; or nothing worthy of a wish hope built upon a solid foundation ; upon will be accomplished. "If the system is to ibe evidence of truths, truths not only heard continue, Mr. Huskisson could carry on the but fels. The questions of peace and we affairs of the nation, as well, if not beiter, are now questions entirely neir', to be disa than Mr. Pitt;'and, it will, I imagine, be
cussed with reference to a set of circumstansoon seen, that, unless the means are cut off, ces entirely nen. But, it is nt home; it is the former will be as well backed as the lat- here, where, to use an expression ouce beter ever was; it will be soon seen, that fore quoted by me upon a similat subject, words are not the means by which his sup- we must lire, or bear no lite; where our porters were convinced.--As to a botched “ current runs, or else dries up for ever;" ministry; as to any thing that, under the here it is that something must be done ; that name of conciliation, would embrace the some effectual change must take place, or Hawkesburies and the Cunnings and the Oid we silk under the arms of our enemy; and, Roses and many others of that stamp, not to suppose that any such change can take only would it fail of any good national end, place under a ministry made tp of comprobat it would soon destroy itself, and, indivi- mises and concepsions ; to act upon such a dually, the political influence of every man | supposition woald argie a degree of mfatua. who should be weak enough to be inveigled / tion such as never before possessed the mind into it. One of the things which we most of man. Much better would it be for the want, is a serious and solemn retrospect ; a Tilts, or their underlings, to hang on; bestrict examination, without favour, into past cause of their career erents would soon bring conduct. Iu any ministry, the composition us to the end, when we should always have of which would prevent this, or that would a grand reserve of talent and character to check it, though but in the smallest degree, look to; but, if oize they were to worm the people would now have no confidence. themselves in amongst those, who por comThe nation, in the midst of this terrible con- pose this reserve, the country would have notest, and breaking down under its burdens, thing to rest upən; no ground of hope, no was, only in the last year, loaded with a fresh reliance upon any public nian whatever; in mortgage of about 800,000 ). for grants of difference and disgist would ensue, and of money and pensious. Is this to go on? Is these, in times like those that are - fast ap. this to pass so? If it be, George lose is just | proaching, who does not perceive the natuthe same to us as any one of the Opposition, ral, not to say the inevitable, consequences ?
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