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taph”-dele rich man, says our Licenser. “ My life to a beggarly HORROR OF INNOVATION.-CAPITAL PUNISHMENTS." In England, coronet”-dele beggarly coronet. “Oh, stain to all nobility"-reform their Parliament was debating for near a century, before they would take that altogether, says the reverend George ! There are some lengthy off capital punishment from two or three cases, in which every body examples still more absurd. Has this old gentleman, in the pleni
Tallowed it was manifestly cruel and absurd : they have retained it in at tude of his second childhood, yet taken to a spoon? He is below
| least an hundred other of the same description."-Livingston's Project of burlesque; it must be sheer mental decay.
w a Penal Code for Louisiana, The play went off languidly, with a small portion of coughing, I
Royal ACQUIREMENT.-We last week supplied a pleasant instance of but it cannot possibly run. Some very beautiful scenery has been off with a ludicrous circumstance nearer home, for we know not why that
the profound acquirement of the French Blood Royal, we will pair it bestowed upon it. The house was well attended, and Mr. KEAN mirror of loyalty and decorum, the John Bull, should be allowed the was received without the slightest disapprobation; bis injudicious privilege of fabricating wretched stories against ove Royal Duke, and friends ought therefore, in their turn, to be quiet; the calling for him not leave us a right to detail facts concerning another. Our anecdote is after the play was absurd, and we were glad to see unattended to. as follows:-A certain Barrister and M.P. whose disproportionate adSince commencing the article, we learn that this piece has been with-vancement is much more attributable to companionable than professional drawn.
Q. talents, was some years ago requested, in a mixed circle of rank and COVENT-GARDEN.
fashion, to sing Dibdin's Soldier's Farewell. With this request he com
plied; and on pronouncing the lineThe Oratorios commenced at this Theatre on Friday Evening, under . " And wlien to beaven thy fervent orisons are flown," the experienced generalship of SAMUEL WESLEY, whose appearance was thus, in a friendly manner, corrected by an Illustrious Duke :-"! convincing them, by ocular proof, that he is indeed yet alive, was beg your pardon, Mr. - ; but, we sailors call that word horison !" warmly greeted by the spectators.
A Clergy man in Yorkshire, lately deceased, bequeathed a considerable We have barely room to notice the performance of Judas Maccabæus, property to his daughter, on the subsequent conditions: First, that she which, though comprising many of HANDEL's finest and most popular do not enter into the state of matrimony without the consent of his two pieces, appears to have had, even with the aid of a miscellaneous Act, executors, or their representatives. Secondly, that she be dressed with insufficient attraction to secure an audience commensurate with its greater decency than she had hitherto been accustomed to do. The tesmerits. The pit filled in the course of the evening, but the box tator's words were : " But as iny daughter, Ann — , hath not attended
I to my admonitions, respecting the filthy and lewd custom of dressing with visitors were few and far between. Much of it might certainly have
naked elboros will is, that in case she persists in so gross a violation of been spared; especially those parts least known, but by no means female dece
by no means female decency, the whole of the property devised by me as aforesaid, and least difficult, which are usually allotted to the secondary singers, who, intended as a provision for her future life, shall go to the eldest son of my in general, do justice neither to themselves nor the music :-it is, in- sister, Caroline , and his heirs lawfully begotten.” deed, sad up-bill work.
Young NAPOLEON.- A letter from a person of rank at Vienna, gives The performance of Sapto fully accredited the great estimation in the following particulars of the Ex-King of Rome, who will be fourteen which his talents are decidedly held. We see reason to believe, that years of age on the 20th of next month : It is not true, as has been said, he justly appreciates the approbation he has met with; we ascribe it that his education is neglected, or merely such as would fit him for the to his pure taste and altogether manly style. Applause bas not ecclesiastic state. On the contrary, it is on a much more liberal plan, induced any departure from his high road to eminence: be, at least, and more likely to render him a military character. Besides reading seems aware that he cannot sacrifice to vulgarity, without forfeiting the
books of general instruction, great care is taken to perfect him in all distinguished rank which he now possesses.
manly and robust exercises. His countenance, though handsomer than Miss Paton's mellifluous and is sprightly voice sweet descant ran"
that of his father, bas still that character of expression. His con
stitution is strong, and his health uninterrupted: he possesses for his age through many a charming air (which Mrs. Salmon delights to sing,
a rare degree of sagacity. The Emperor sees him frequently, and seems and, in singing, still delights) with a perfection which may make the
to take much delight in him; he indulges him in all his boyish fantasies. hitherto-acknowledged empress of sacred song look to her diadem, or He has already, though so young, read the greater number of memoirs at least look to a partieipated empire.
relative to his father; but through a fineness of tact, extraordinary at his The Concert, which commenced with a tribute, we suppose, to age, he never mentions the name of his father. Lately the Emperor made loyalty, the Coronation Anthem, continued with little intermission
him a present of a little horse, which happened to resemble a favourite five hours and a half: too much for the money, and in every respect
Arabian horse of Napoleon, called Le Visir. The Emperor asked him too much.
what name he should give to this horse: “ I wish to call him," said the 3.
child with great animation,“ Le Visir, because "-here he hesitated for
a moment, and then added, " because somebody that I love very much had NEWSPAPER CHAT.
a horse of the same name."-- Morning Herald.
Mr. Wilberforce is, in consequence of the declining state of his health, THE SILENT WOMAN.-Madame Regnier, the wife of a law officer at about to retire from Parliament, after sitting 45 years. Versailles, while talking in the presence of a numerous party, dropped Mr. Scott, the eldest son of Sir Walter Scott, is married (or on the some remarks which were out of place though not very important. Her very eve of being so) to Miss Jobson, a young lady with a fortune of husband reprimanded her before ihe whole company, saying, “ Silence, 60,0001. Her father is, we believe, a retired merchant, residing at Madam, you are a fool !"-She lived 20 or 30 years afterwards, and Dundee. We understand that his Majesty has, in the most gracious never uttered a single word, even to her children! A pretended theft manner, caused his congratulations to be intimated to the worthy Baronet was committed in her presence, in the hope of taking her by surprise, on this event.-Globe. but without effect, and nothing could induce her to speak. When her consent was requisite for the marriage of any of her children, she bowed
A NICE POINT. her head and signed the contract.- Madame Campan's Journal.
(From Lessing's Fables and Epigrams.) HUNTING.–Fox, and Mr. Hare his friend, both much incommoded by
SAY, which enjoys the greatest blisses, duns, where together in a house, when seeing some very shabby men
John, who DORINDA's picture kisses, about the door, they were afraid they were bailiffs in search of them.
Or Tom his friend, the favoured elf, Not knowing which was in danger, and wishing to ascertain it, Fox
Who kisses fair DORINDA's self? opened the window, and calling to them, said, “ Pray, gentlemen, are
Faith, 'tis not easy to divine, you Fox-hunting or Hare-hunting!"— Miss Hawkins's Memoirs.
While both are thus with raptures fainting, It is calculated that upon Railways enjoying the advantage of consi
To which the balance should incline, derable traffic, merchandise will be conveyed at the rate of about two
Since Tom and Joan both kiss a painting. pence per ton per mile, and each passenger at a cost of litle more than a
THE POINT DECIDED. halspenny per mile.—Leeds Mercury. The Dowager Lady Stourton, with a generosity which characterises
Nay, surely John's the happiest of the twain, ler noble family, has lately remitted to her tenantry, on the Draycot
Because-ihe picture cannot kiss again. property, the whole of their arrears of rent, amounting to nearly 30001.
POSTSCRIPT TO “ A WOFUL NEW BALLAD." Leeds Mercury.
Mr. HAYNE surely played a bold card, Tax On NewsPAPERS.-The Edinburgh Times, quoting our late article
The steps of the Foore were not tardy ; on this subject, remarks on the supposition of the advertisements being
For the Gentleman's heart it was hard, quadrupled by the reduction of the duty to a ls.-that “this would tend to the exclusion of news, and of all the most interesting topics of general
And the damsel's own character “ Hardy." reading, unless the size of the paper, or the number of sheets in one pub
Thus, though they're not married, they're matched; lication, were to be increased indefinitely."-Our brother Editor forgets,
In the breach very ill he behavedthat by the proposed simultaneous lowering of the stamp on newspapers,
You've an hole in your shoe-have it patched, two or three times the present number would be published, and conse
That the sole of your Foote may be saved. quently that the average of advertisements in each paper would probably
For such is the cant of these days : be little larger than at present. Besides, if a few favourite journals were
Play-house cant is capricious, I weenso over-pressed with advertisements, it would be well worth their while
Which, should a Foote slip, will bepraise ; to give frequent suppo rta stamp being so cheap.
Should Correcrow too loudly, cuis Kean,
We shall now see how the VICE-SUPPRESSORS proceed with respect to able catastrophe. After the witnesses had been examined, Mr. Baron the publication of Harriette Wilson's Memoirs. We like none of their GRAHAM proceeded to charge the Jury, dwelling particularly on the pernicious meddlings; but it will be curious to ascertain the extent of excellent character of both the deceased and the prisoner, and of the their boasted impartiality. They have hitherto confined their assaults harmony in which they had lived, observing, that it appeared an exto matters connected with “ low life," but here is a choice subject in tremely sudden affair, without any previous malice, which the conduct of * high life" for the exercise of their vice-suppressing propensities. As the unhappy woman afterwards fully showed. The Learned Judge also the great Captain ” would say (who cuts so prominent a figure in these particularly dwelt upon the blow which she had previously received from Memoirs) they must read the world“ a great moral lesson.” Then there ihe deceased, and wbich might have caused a sudden burst of violent is the worthy publisher, John Joseph Stockdale, the Protestant Ascen- passion, and led to the unhappy result.-The Jury returned a verdict of dancy Advocate and stanch supporter of “our holy religion,” who is Guilty of Manslaughter. The miserable woman was accommodated with rolling in the profits of this chaste and edifying work,-our Suppressors | a chair during the trial, and was in a state of the greatest agony, weeping surely are greatly obliged to him for the opportunity he has thus afforded bitterly. When the verdict was returned, she arose from her seat, and, them for displaying the extraordinary value of their delicate functions ! with clasped hands, in agony said, “ Thank you, Gentlemen.” The prospect is really delightful, and one begins to think at last, that William Bennett, a bricklayer, was tried for killing J. H. Parry, Esq. the “ Society for the Suppression of Vice” will at length do the state (as detailed in our last). It appears that Mr. Parry, who was intoxicated, some service, aided by his Grace the Duke of Wellington, the Right Hon. said something at the Prince of Wales public-house, Pentonville, which John Wilson Croker, and the engaging Miss Harriette Wilson.
offended the Prisoner, who in eonsequence followed Mr. Parry out of the
house, challenged him to fight, which he declined, and then struck him LAW.
some most violent blows, which caused Mr. Parry's immediate death. In his
no proof of this, and the Jury directly found him Guilty.
ACCIDENTS, OFFENCES, &c.
INQUEST on Chevalier DORFIBULLE.-On Monday, an inquest was This was an action to recover damages for a breach of contract.
held in Queen street, Seven Dials, on the body of the above-named genMr. BROUGHAM stated the case, the substance of which was this :-The teman.-Cornelius Hogan, of Queen-street, de posed, that deceased had plaintiff is an eminent engraver, and the defendant the well-known musi.
been a lodger at his house about two years, and conducted himself very cian, the instructor of Miss Stephens, Miss Wilson, and other distin
regularly, but was remarkably distant. Witness dever heard deceased's guished vocalists. With his musical pursuits he joins occasional specu
name during his life-time; he desired to be denied if any one inquired for lations in pictures. He was the proprietor of the copyright of the cele him, and letters were occasionally left for him, but without any address. brated picture of the Kemble family, which he sold to a publisher for Deceased would not admit any one into his room. Between two and
1,000 guineas. He was desirous of getting a picture painted on a similar three o'clock on Sunday, witness was informed that the boy could get no i plan, which shoold contain the portraits of Mr. Kean, Mr. Munden, and answer from deceased, and he had looked through a hole in the door, and
other actors. He employed Mr. Sharpe the artist, in the first instance, observed the deceased lying before the fire-place. Witness immediately to execute this design, but neither of the parties being sufficiently ac went up stairs, and forced open the door. On entering the room, witness quainted with Mr. Kean to induce him to sit, this plan fell to the ground. discovered deceased lying on the floor close to the fire-place, quite dead. The defendant next applied to Mr. Clint, and authorised him to go to Mr. He was naked, excepting his shoulders, which were covered with part of Reynolds, who was very intimate with Mr. Kean, and request that he (Mr. | a coat, literally a rag, and his body was swarming with vermin.-Mr. Reynolds) would prevail on Mr. Kean to sit for his portrait, and that in
Burgess, the apothecary at the Infirmary, found no mark of violence; consideration of Mr. Reynolds effecting that object, he (Mr. R.) should
the body bore the appearance of previous health, and was rather fat than bare the engraving of the picture, and 300 guineas for that work. The otherwise. It appeared that the deceased had not Jain in his bed probaplainrifi acceded, the picture was finished, but Mr. Welsh then said that bly for many months. In the room was found the greater part of a quarbe did not wish to get it engraved for the present.
tern loaf, some butter, bacon, eggs, vinegar, and arrow-root. It was After hearing the evidence, the Jury gave a verdict for the Plaintiff therefore evident he did not die from want of food; but he was found damages 150 guineas.
almost in a state of nudity; he had no shirt or any other lower garments
on, which it appeared he had not been in the habit of wearing.-On COURT OF COMMON PLEAS.
turning over the body of deceased, they discovered underneath it a Bank Wednesday, February 16.
of England note for 101. with its edges mutilated by burning. The Jury HARRIS v. COSTAR AND OTHERS.
returned their verdict" Died by the visitation of God." This was an action to recover compensation for injuries sustained by the On Wednesday evening, an elegantly dressed female, apparently about plaintiff, who was an outside passenger on the Gloucester mail, on the 1st forty, was observed to descend the steps of Waterloo-bridge, leading to ef October, 1824. The coach was upset, and the plaintiff's leg was the river. She was watched by two young women, who at length saw brokea. The defendants pleaded that they were not liable.
her endeavouring to jump into the water, from the second seat upon the After evidence had been adduced, the Lord Chief Justice summed bridge. With the assistance of a man, she was stopped in her design, up. Causes of this kind were very difficult to #ry, because it was impos. and afterwards put into a backney-coach with the two young women, who sible to divest the mind of a feeling to relieve the plaintiff. The Jury | undertook to see her home. According to rumour, ine unnappy vagyis must for a moment forget the plaintiff's injuries. 'He considered that not only married, but likewise the mother of several cbildren, and was coach-proprietors were not insurers for the safety of persons going by driven to this sad extrimity by matrimonial differences. their coaches. A man insuring a house from fire was liable for the insuraoce, no matter how the accident happened: but not so with coach-pro.
BIRTI. prietors, for the safety of their passengers. They undertake that the
On the 16th inst, the lady of Mr. Geo. Mactrone, of Bishopsgate-street, of a son. coach shall not be overloaded, or have dangerous horses. They were not
MARRIAGES. warranted in putting horses not previously tried into the coach, nor
At Scarborough, on the 14th inst. Arthur Davies, Esq. of the Dragoon Guards, allowed to try experiments. The plaintiff' had failed in his undertaking | eldest son of the late Colonel Davies, of Forest-hall, Carmarthenshire, to Catheto prove that the coach was overloaded, and in his assertion that the horse rine, daughter of Thomas Akinson, Esq. of Scarborough.
On the 15th inst. at St. Martin's, Lieut. W. G. T. Lewis, of the India Comwas shy, and had not been before used as a leader. If the defendants
pany's Service, to Caroline, second daughter of Mr. Hume, of Long-acre. were guilty of negligence, the plaintiff was entitled to a verdict; but if
At Aberford, William Mure, Esq. of Caldwell, to Laura, daughter of the late Bot guilty of negligence, and that the plaintiff received the injuries from William Markham, Esq. of Becca-hall, York. bere accident, the verdict must be for the defendants.
On the 14th inst. at St. George's, Hanover-square, Charles Mills, Esq. to
Emily, eldest daughter of Richard Henry Cox, Esq. The Jury consulted for about five minutes, and found a verdict for the
Lately, at Henbury, John Francis Worth, Esq. of Worth-bonse, Devon, to Defendants.
Lucy Worth, only daughter of the late Henry Bloydon Worth, Esq. of Tiverton, OLD BAILEY.
DEATHS. On Tharsday, Henry Muggleton, aged 17, was indicted for stabbing On the 10th inst. in Berkeley-square, Bristol, Gloriana, wife of John Loudon William Sheppard, with intent to murder, or do him some grievous bodily M‘Adam, Esq. harn. From the evidence, it appeared that the prisoner bad behaved in In Clifford-street, aged 15 years, William Lowndes Fuller, youngest son of
Augustus Elliott Fuller, Esq. 1 bost outrageous manner to his mother, and that three constables were
On Saturday week, in Hornton street, Kensington, after a short illness, Louisa sat for to take him into custody, when he struck one with a poker, and Trevor, daughter of the late Richard Wilson, Esq. M.P. for Barnstaple, deeply made a back-handed stab with a knife at Sheppard, and wounded him and universally regretted. in the breast. A surgeon from Middlesex Hospital stated the nature of On Monday last, Mrs. James Croft, wife of the Rev. James Croft, Prebendary
of Canterbury. the wound, and that he did not consider it “ a grievous bodily harm."
On the 1st inst. at Kells, County of Meath, at the extraordinary age of 109 Mr. Wontner, the Governor of Newgate, thought the prisoner of imbecile years, Mark Begg, Esq. who enjoyed the use of all his faculties, except hearing, med. The Jury found the prisoner Guilty, but recommended him to to the latest period of his life. Bercy, on account of us weakness of mind.”
On the 13th inst. Arthur Skeere Loftie, Esq. late of Canterbury, in the 78th
year of his age. CHARGB OF MURDER-On Friday, Mary Keaton, aged 28, stood in
On the 14th inst. Mr. John Garry, of Gray's-inn-lane, aged 68. dicted for the wilful murder of Joseph Keaton, her husband, in Lascelles At Commertrees, near Annan, a few days ago, Eliz. Shearer, at the age of 102 Gert, St. Giles's.-Mr. ANDREWs stated the case, the particulars of years. She w is a servant, and had lived in the same family during three
generations which appeared in our last, describing that the prisoner and her late hus
l o c Islington, the Rev. Wm. Draper, in bis 80th year, uni. OBSERVATIONS ON PARLIAMENTARY REFORM: community. This check, then, like others that we have been BY THE LATE MR. RICARDO.
speaking of, resolves itself into the fear which Goveroment A Monarch, or any other ruler, wishes to have no other and the Aristocracy have of an insurrection of the people, by check on his actions but his own will, and would, if he could, which their power might be overturned, and which alone' reign despotically, uncontrolled by any other power. In every keeps them within the bounds which now appear to arrest country of the world some check, more or less, exists on the them. The press, amongst an enlightened and well-informed will of the Sovereign, even 'in those Governments which are people, is a powerful instrument to prevent misrule, because it supposed to be the most despotic. In Turkey, and at Algiers, can quickly organise a formidable opposition to any encroachthe people or the army rise up in insurrection, and frequently ment on the people's rights, and, in the present state of indepose and strangle one tyrant, and elevate another in his formation, perhaps there would not be found a Minister who place, who is checked in his career by a dread of the same would be sufficiently daring to attempt to deprive us of it. species of violence.
This power, however, is irregular in its operation. It is not • The only difference, in this point, between the Governments always easy to rouse the people to an active opposition to of countries which are called free, and those which are called minor measures, which may be shown to be detrimental to arbitrary, is in the organization of this check; and in the faci- their interests--neither is it powerful, on ordinary occasions, lity and efficacy with which it is brought to bear upon the will in getting a repeal of those laws, which, however detrimental, of the Sovereign. In England the Monarch's authority is have been long in force, and therefore it is in a certain checked by the fear of resistance, and the power of organizing degree braved. In spite of the thunders of the press, men and calling forth this resistance is said to be in the aristo- continue to be placed in Parliament whose interests are often cracy and the people, through the medium of the two Houses at direct variance with the interest of the people. The of Parliament.
offices of state, and the lucrative situations under Government, • It is undoubtedly true that the Monarch would not long are not bestowed according to merit; bad laws continue to venture to oppose the opinioni decidedly expressed by the disgrace our statute-book; and good ones are rejected, House of Commons, and therefore he may be said to be because they would interfere with particular interests-wars checked and controlled by those who appoint the House of are entered into for the sake of private advantage, and the Commons. All great questions are decided in the House of nation is borne down with 'great and unnecessary expenses. Commons; the House of Lords seldom gives any opposition Experience proves that the liberty of the press is insufficient to important measures to which the other House has given its to correct or prevent these'abuses, and that nothing can be sanction. Nor, when the constitution of that House is consi- effectual to that purpose but placing the check in a more dered, is such opposition necessary; for the House of Com- regular manner in the people, by making the House of Commóns is not appointed by the people, but by the Peers and mons really and truly the representatives of the people. Of the wealthy aristocracy of the country. The really efficient all the classes in the community the people only are interpower of Government is, then, in the hands of the wealthy ested in being well-governed ; on this point there can be no disaristocracy, subject, indeed, to an irregular influence which I pute or mistake. Good Government may be contrary to the inshall presently explain. What is the consequence of this?- terests of the aristocracy, or to those of the monarch, as it may A compromise between the aristocracy and the monarchy; and prevent them from having the same emoluments, advantage, all the power and influence which Government gives are di- or power, which they would have if Government was not vided between them. The Monarch has the appointment to busied about the happiness of the many, but chiefly concerned all places of trust and profit-to the Ministry, to the army itself about the happiness of the few, but it can never be and navy-to the courts of law; he has also the power of ap- prejudicial to the general happiness. pointing to many other lucrative situations, such as ambassa- If, then, we could get a House of Commons chosen by the dors, heads and subordinates of public offices, &c. &c. Not-people, excluding all those whether high or lowv, who had withstanding this great power, his measures can be controlled interests separate and distinct from the general interest, we by the House of Commons, and therefore it is of importance should have a controlling body whose sole business and duty to Government to get a majority in that. House. . . it would be to obtain good government. It is not denied that,
This is easily obtained by giving a portion of these lucra- | in innumerable instances, the interest of the aristocracy and tive places to those who have the choice of the majority of that of the people will be the same, and therefore many good the House of Commons; accordingly, it is well known that laws and regulations would be made if the aristocracy were to no means are so effectual for obtaining situations of trust and govern without control. The same may be said of the profit from the Crown as the possession of Parliamentary Monarch, but in many important instances they will also be influence ; and, as the appetite for lucrative places is insati opposed, and then it is that we shall look in vain for good laws able, both in Ministers and their followers, and the oligarchy and good government. A Reform in the House of Commons and their's, places are often created for the men, and others then, the extension of the elective franchise to all those against are frequently continued after they have become unnecessary, whom no plausible reason can be urged that they have, or for the advantage solely of these favoured individuals. If, I suppose they have, interest contrary to the general interest, is then, there were no other check on both these bodies, Eng- the only measure which will secure liberty and good governland would not have to boast of a better Government than ment on a solid and permanent foundation. This is so selfwhat exists in those countries in which it is called despotic. evident that one is surprised that an argument can be offered But, happily, there is another check, and that a tolerably against it; but, to do the opponents of this measure justice, efficient one, which is with the people, and would not, with- they do not advance any direct argument against it; their out a violent struggle, be wrested from them. The check on whole endeavour is to erade it. this Government, which operates on behalf of the people, is A House of Commons such as you contend for, say they, the good sense and information of the people themselves, would be a good, but how are you to obtain it? Has not the operating through the means of a free press, which controls country flourished in spite of the imperfections you mention, not only the Sovereign and his Ministers, but the Aristocracy, and why would you wish to improve what is already demonand the House of Commons, which is under its influence. strated to be so good? The House of Commons is not chosen This is the great safeguard of our liberties. Every transac- | by the people generally, but it is chosen by men who have retion of the great functionaries of the state is, by means of the ceived a good and liberal education-whose characters are uns press, conveyed in two days to the extremities of the king- imprachable, and who are much better judges of what will condom, and the alarm is sounded if any measure is adopted, or Ideer the happiness of the people than they thema ve ara
the bulk of the people are interested, or think they are so, in the and would be more fatal to the poor labourer than to the rich equal division of property, and they would choose only such de capitalist himself. This is so self-evident, that men very magogues as held out the hope to them that such division should little advanced beyond the very lowest stations in the country take place. To which it may be answered, that although it be cannot be ignorant of it, and it may be doubted whether any true that the country has flourished with a House of Com- large number even of the lowest would, if they could, promote mons constituted as ours has been, it must be shown that a division of property. It is the bugbear by which the corsuch a constitution of it is favourable to the prosperity of the rupt always endeavour to rally those who have property to country, before such an argument can be admitted for its lose around them, and it is from this fear, or pretended fear. continuance. It is not sufficient to say that we have been that so much jealousy is expressed of entrusting the least successful, and therefore we should go on in the same course. share of power to the people. But the objection, when urged The question to be asked is, notwithstanding our success, has against reform, is not an honest one; for, if it be allowed there been nothing in our institutions to retard our progress ? that those who have a sacred regard to the rights of property A merchant may flourish although be is imposed upon by his should have a voice in the choice of representatives, the princlerk, but it would be a worthless argument to persuade him ciple is granted for which reformers contend. They profess to keep this clerk because he had flourished while he was in to want only good government, and as a means to such an end, mis employ. Whilst any evil can be removed, or any improve-| they insist that the power of choosing members of Parliament ment adopted, we should listen to no suggestions so inconclu- should be given to those who cannot have an interest contrary sive as that we had been doing well. Such an argument is to good government. If the objection made against reforin à bar to all progress in human affairs.
were an honest one, the objectors would say how low in the Why have we adopted the use of steam engines? It might scale of society they thought the rights of property were held have been demonstrated that our manufactures had flourished sacred, and there they would make their stand. That class. without them, and why not let well-enough alone ? Nothing and all above it, they would say, may fairly and advantais well enough whilst anything better is within our reach: geously be entrusted with the power which is wished to be this is a fallacy which can only be advanced by the jonorant given them, but the presumption of mistaken 'views of interest or designing, and can no longer impose on us. What signifies. in all below that class would render it hazardous to entrust a too, the upimpeachable characters and the good education of similar power with them- it could not at least be sately done those who choose the Members of the House of Commons ? until we had more reason to be satisfied that, in their opinion. Let me know what the state of their interests is, and I will the interest of the community and that of themselves were tell you what measures they will recommend.
identified on this important subject. If this argument were good for anything, we might get rid . This concession would satisfy the reasonable part of the of all the checks and restraints of law, as far at least as they public. It is not Universal Suffrage as an end, but as a regarded a part of the community. Why ask from Ministers means, of good government that the partisans of that measure an account of the public income and expenditure'annually ? |
2 ask it for. · Give them the good government, or let them be Are they not men of good character and education ?
convinced that you are really in earnest in procuring it for What need of a House of Cominons or of a House of Lords? | them, and they will be satisfied although you should not adAre they to restrain the Sovereign? Why should you not vance with the rapid steps that they think would be most place the fullest reliance in his virtue and integrity ?
advantageously taken. My own opinion is in favour of cauWhy fetter the Judges by rules, and burden them with tion, and therefore I lament that so much is said on the subject Juries? Is it possible that such enlightened and good men
of Universal Suffrage. I am convinced that an extension of could decide unjustly or corruptly? To keep men good, you | the suffrage, far short of making it universal, will substantially must as much as possible withdraw from them all temptation
secure to the people the good government they wish for, and to be otherwise. The sanctions of reiigion, of public opinion,
therefore I deprecate the demand for the universality of the and of law, all proceed on this principle; and that state is
elective franchise—at the same time, I feel confident that that most perfect in which all these sanctions concur to make it the effects of the measure which would satisfy me would have the interest of all men to be virtuous; which is the same
so beneficial an effect on the public mind, would be the means thing as to say, to use their best endeavour to promote the of so rapidly increasing the knowledge and intelligence of the general happiness
public, that, in a limited space of time after this first measure The last point for consideration is the supposed disposition of reform were granted, we might, with the utmost safety, of the people to interfere with the rights of property. So
extend the right of voting for members of Parliament to every essential does it appear to me, to the cause of good govern
class of the people. ment, that the rights of property should be held sacred, that! But it is intolerable, because the House of Commons is not I would agree to deprive those of the elective franchise disposed to go the full length of what is perhaps indiscreetly against whom it could justly be alleged that they considered | asked of them, that therefore they should refuse to grant any it their interest to invade them. But in fact it can be only
reformation of abuses whatever; that against the plainest amongst the most needy in the community that such an
conviction they should assert that a House of Commons, conopinion can be entertained. The man of a small income
stituted as this is, is best calculated to give to the people the must be aware how little his share would be if all the large
advantages of good government; and that they should confortunes in the kingdom were equally divided among the
tinue to maintain that the best interests of the people are people. He must know that the little he would obtain by I attended to, when it is demonstrated that they not only are such a division could be no adequate compensation for the not, but cannot be, whenever they are opposed to the inteoverturning of a principle which renders the produce of his rests of those who are in full possession of power,--namely, iadustry secure. Whatever might be his gains, after such the King, and the Oligarchy who are bribed to support his a principle had been admitted, would be held by a very in government. : . secure tenure, and the chance of his making any future gains would be greatly diminished; for the quantity of employment
City, 11 o'CLOCK.-Consols for Account, 945. In the Foreign Market,
Colombian-Bonds, 90%; Chilian, 89; Austrian, 97 ; ond Spanish, 24. in the country must depend, not only on the quantity of capital, but upon its advantageous distribution, and, above
POSTSCRIPT. all, on the conviction of each capitalist that he will be allowed to enjoy unmolested the fruits of his capital, his skill,
MONDAY, FEB. 20. and his enterprise. To take from him this conviction is at The French papers of Thursday contain an account of the
the projects of the Budget were presented. The Minister of
To sink the Offal-per Stone of 8lbs. Finance, M. de Villele, in the development of his system,
Beef .......... 4s. 4d. to 5s. 2d. Veal.......... 5s. 60 to 6s. 68.
Mutton ........ 45. 8d. to 5s. 60. Pork.......... 55. 2d. to 6s. 2d gave a flattering account of the financial state of France. The
HEAD OF CATTLE THIS DAY. whole receipts of 1823 (the year of the Spanish war) amounted Beasts ..
2,550 | Pigs ............ to 1,123,456,392 francs (or about 45,000,0001. sterling), and Sheep ................ 15,830 | Calves ..................
1 the expenditure to 1,118,025,162 francs, or about 200,0001.
PRICE OF HAY AND STRAW. less. The whole resources of 1824 amounted to 992,333,953 Hay .......... 23 5 to £ 5 0 | Straw............£2 0 to £2 8 francs (or about 39,693,3581.) and the whole expenditure to
Clover £4' 4 to £5 10 990,119,582 francs. The revenue for the current year is esti- The Average Price of Brown or Muscovado Sugar, computed from the mated at 928,000,000 francs (or a little more than 37 millions
Returns made in the Week ending February 16, 1825, is 34s. 8 d. per
Hundred Weight, exclusive of the Duties of Customs paid or payable sterling) and the expenditure at 926,500,000 francs. In ex
thereon on the Importation thereof into Great Britain. tending his view to the year 1826, the Minister estimates the
LAW AND LAWYERS. milional national income at 924,095,704 francs (or 37,000,0001.), and
come al 324,093, 041rancs (or 0,00U,VOOL.), and in a few days will be published, in three very elegant volumes, small 8vo. with the expenditure at 915,504,499 francs, leaving an excess of the about twenty Portraits and other Engravings, price 21s. boards, former over the latter to the amount of 8,591,205 francs (or
WESTMINSTER HALL; or Anecdotes and Reminiscences of
the Bar, Bench, and Woolsack; with the various reliques and curiosities about 343,3281.) “ I have,” said the Minister, “ laid before of Legal History, Biography, and Literature. you the documents necessary to put you in possession of the
Printing for Knight and Lacey, Paternoster-row; and Westley and Tyrrell,
Dublin. charges and resources of the years 1824, 1825, and 1826.
PROVINCIAL BANK of IRELAND.-CAPITAL, Two MILLIONS. You have seen that the expenses of the Spanish war borne
William Medley, Esq. by France have been paid and covered by the issue of four
Right Hon. Wm. Bagwell, M.P.
Moses Montefiore, Esq. millions of rentes, the balance of the last loan, and the excess James Brogden, Esq. M.P.
John Morris, Esq.
Charles Elton Prescott, Esq. of the ordinary income over the ordinary expenditure of the Harry Alexander Douglas, Esq.
T. Spring Rice, Esq. M.P. State.”
Sir Robert Farquhar, Bart.
Rowland Stephenson, Esq.
John Thomas Thorp, Esq. Alderman M. de Villele has ordered copies of the Report concerning Edw. Fletcher, Esi. Devonshire-square
Edw. Fletcher, Es. Devonshire-square W. H. Trant, Esq. M.P. the Commissariat Department in the Spanish war to be distri
Sir Charles Flower, Bart.
Samuel Nevil Ward, Esq.
Samuel Williams, Esq. Finsbury-square buted to the Members of the Chamber of Deputies. It con- T. P. Macqueen, Esq. M.P.
John Wright, Esq. Henrietta street, John Masterman, Esq.
Covent-garden sists of five quarto volumes.
Alfred Thorp, Esq.
William Peat Litt, Esq. with no other alleviation of the penalties, than that the
SECRETARY-Mr. T. Joplin. punishment of death, with a public acknowledgment of the
ENGLISH SOLICITORS--Messrs. Farrers, Atkinson, and Co.
IRISH SOLICITORs-Messrs. P. and D. Mahony. offence, will be substituted for that of death with mutilation.
Messrs. Masterman, Peters, and Co.; Messrs. Spooner, Attwoods, and Co. An amendment, proposing to substitute hard labour during Joint Stock Banking Companies have been the most uniformly successful life for the guillotine, was rejected by a majority of nine votes,
I of any of our Commercial Establishments, and when constructed upon proper
principles, and a scale of sufficient magnitude, have invariably proved a safe the numbers being 110 to 101. It is particularly remarked and profitable investment for capital.
The Banking Business of Scotland is almost entirely conducted by such Comthat the Archbishop of Paris and the Bishop of Hermopolis
panies, and the high price of their Shares is the best criterion of their success, were both absent during the discussions of this atrocious and and of the confidence reposed in them.
Their success has been accompanied, as might be expected, with a great in. sanguinary law.
crease in the commercial and agricultural prosperity of the country, and by FRENCH FUNDS.-PARIS, Feb. 18.-Five per Cents.
the formation of similar Establishments in Ireland, where they are imperiously
called for, similar benefits must naturally follow. opened at 103. 5.; closed at 104.; Bank Stock, 1,990. ; | The flourishing state of the Bank of Ireland, is the best proof of the value of
Bankins in that part of the United Kingdom. By an Act passed last Session of Neapolitan Rentes, 88. 30.; Spanish ditto, 181; Ditto Loan,
Parliament, the obstructions to the establishment of further Joint Stock Com1823, 53; Exchange on London, one month, 25. 5.; three
panies in Ireland, have been removed ; and under these circumstances, a Com
pany called the “Provincial Bank of Ireland," has been formed, to carry on ditto, 24, 90.--Cours Authentique.
business upon the plan adopted by the Scotch Banks.
The Capital to be 2,000,000). (to be divided into Shares of 1001. each) under the
management of a Board of Directors in London. It is said the dissolution of Parliament will not take place Establishments will be formed in the principal Provincial Towns of Ireland till a late period in the year 1826.
viz. Cork, Waterford, Clonmel, Wexford, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Westport, Londonderry, Belfast and other places.
These Establishments to be under the superintendance of a Board of Rosident THE LONDON MARKETS.
Directors, aided by active and intelligent Agents, sent by the general Board of
Directors, and the whole to be under the control of the General Board,
Jan. 21st, 18.5.
Company's Office, Levant House, St. Helen's-place, Bishopsgate-street, London. supply of Wheat was not very large, but there is a considerable quantity
CHARLES WRIGHT, Wine Merchant to His Royal Highness the of Barley, and a good supply of Oats. In the Wheat trade there is rather | Opera Colonnade, Haymarket, London, has on SALE the finest OLD PORT,
Duke of Clarence, next to the King's, and facing the Haymarket Theatre, more business doing, and the demand even for tbe inferior parcels that are 368. per dozen; superior SHERRY, 36s. per dozen; and CAPE MADEIRA
(unequalled in Europe) at 10s. per dozen. A hamper of one dozen of each of tho dry is better than for some time. Barley is heavy sale, at a reduction of
above Wines, bottles, package, &c. included, will be forwarded on receipt of 51.: 1s. and 2s. per quarter. Beans remain as last quoted, and Peas are dull or two dozen Cape Madeira, bottles, &c. for 21. ; Madeira, Vidonia, Teneriffe.
Lisbon, Mountain, &c. 21. per dozen. The Trade supplied.-Fresh emptied Wine sale, although we can quote no material decline The Oat Trade continues
Pipes always on Sale, 178. each. Old Cognac Brandy, 23s. 6d. per gallon. old brisk, but there is little demand for Flour.
Jamaica Rum, 15s.6d. per gallon. CHAMPAGNES, just landed, s1s. per dozen.
-Observe, Samples of the Wines may be purchased; Old Port, 3s. per bottle; CURRENT PRICES OF GRAIN.
Sherry, 3s.: Cape Madeira, 1s. 60. &c.-Postage to be paid.-No credit.-Fine Wheat, red (new) ...... 52s. 68s. Pease, White.......... 418. 455. sweet Devonshire CYDER, in full quart bottles, 78. 60. per dozen, by two Ditto old .......... 54s. 70s. Boilers ............ 50s. 54s,
dozens, well up.-Just landed, PORTUGAL GRAPES, of the first quality, in the
highest perfection, in Jars at 11. 15. per Jar.-EDINBURGH ALÉ, bottled in Wheat, white (new) .... 54s. 755. Maple.............. 39s. 41$.
that country, 12s. per dozen. Ditto old ........... 60s. 78s. | Grey .............. 37s. 38s.
FISTULAS and PILES.—The extraordinary cure of those painful Barley ............... 31s, 48s. | Oats, Feed............ 26s. 24s.
complaints, obtained by me under Mr. VAN BUTCHELL, Surgeon, No. 48, Rye ................ 35s. 40s. | Poland
....As. 27s ......
South-street, Grosvenor-square, London, induces me to publish my case for the Beans, small .......... 43s 458. Potatoe ............ 23s. 27s. benefit of persons so afflicted, and as a grateful acknowledgment for the great
Tick ditto .......... 35s. 38. Flour, per Sack........ 5:25. 65s. blessing I have derived through the exercise of his superior skill. When my Aggregate Average Prices of the Twelve Maritime Districts of Eng.
cure was begun, I had been suffering under both complaints for upwards of g1
years, and having been 12 months in hospitals (pine months in England and land and Wales, by which Exportation and Bounty are to be regulated three months in Ireland) and obliged to keep my bed 13 weeks, and to undergo in Great Britain.
three operations (two in England and one in Ireland) under eminent surgeons Wheat per Quarter, 65s. 1d.-Barley, 358. 20.-Oats, 235. 20.-Rye,
of both countries, and having been again ordered for a fourth operation, but
being afterwards told there was no cure for me, I nearly gave up all hopes of a 4ls. 4d.-Beans, 38s. 11d.-Pease, 413. 8d.
cure, but often thought within myself, surely there is some one to be found.
capable of curing those dreadful disorders, and being induced, from strone SMITHFIELD, Feb. 20.
recommendations, to place myself under Mr. Van Butchell, I joyfully found Beef is a shade better than on Friday, the best Oxen fetching 5s. 2d. those thoughts speedily realised, being cured in three months of my Fistula Mutton is rather dull, selling at 5s. 48. to 59. 60. per stone for the best and in the same riod of my Piles, and only hindered from my labour six days,
aud am now n as I ever was in my life. The truth of this statement Downs. The Veal trade is rather doll, the best Calves felching no more
can be resnaitiented.