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THE POLITICAL EXAMINER.
respecting marriage, &c. as if all that had anything to do with the
political question before them'; but they were capitally answered by Party is the madness of many for the gain of a few.-Pops.
the Earl of HARROWBY (whose whole speech indeed was remark
ably sound and practical) that these evils, as well as the pretended REJECTION OF THE CATHOLIC RELIEF BILL.
danger from the Pope, exist at present, and in reality form a strong GREAT and alarming will be the disappointment of the Catholics at
reason why we should counteract their mischievous tendency by con- the decision of the House of Lords against them. When men, and
necting the Catholics with the State by ties of interest. The Prime especially Irishmen, are not only thoroughly convinced of the justice
Minister, indeed, holds a most extraordinary doctrine as to the effect of their cause, but have suceeeded in convincing the majority of their
of equal rights upon the Catholics. He says but the whole fellow subjects and the more enlightened part of their rulers, they
sentence is so exquisite a sample of confusion of ideas, that we must cannot help feeling sanguine of success; they do not coolly calculate
let him speak for himself: on the mass of immovable bigotry and heartless corruption which
| * The bill would leave the two contending parties where they were, stops the march of right and policy. The Upper House has been well
except that by giving new powers to the Roman Catholics, it would be
bringing the parties upon an equality, and thereby increase the discord designated by a name that will always stick by it-the “ Hospital for and contentions." lacurables." There intolerance, hatred of innovation, wilful clinging to power merely for the sake of insult, find a strong hold, which no Russians, Republicans of the United States, Canadians, Colombians,
Hear this, Frenchmen, Germans, Dutchmen, Swiss, Danes, Swedes, liberal principle or charitable concession will easily penetrate. We
and even ye too, injured and unjustly contenmed BLACK MEN OP are not among those who argue, that the Lords ought to have passed Harri the Catholic Bill, because the Commons, the “ virtual" Representatives
Hayti,-hear it, and laugh at the blindness or impudence of the
Prime Minister of enlightened Britain! of the People, had declared in its favour. The boasted English Con
We were curious, when we took up the paper with the debate, to stitution designed this Assembly, whose feelings and interests are
see what the Anti-Catholics would say to the disgraceful contrast opposed to those of the nation at large, to be a “check” on the People's
between this country and the other civilised nations of the world, in House, that is to say, to thwart the decisions of the latter at its plea
regard to the treatment of their subjects of different faiths. Earl sure. Let it be consistent therefore with its character; and far from
GREY eloquently described the happy effects of equality of rights blaming it for exercising an undoubted right precisely as we might between Catholičs and Protestants in France, Switzerland, the United rationally expect such a body to exercise it,- let us admire the uniform
States, &c.; and the Marquis of Lansdown enlarged with great force - manner in which it fulfils the purposes for which it was created.
upon the same topic. Lord LIVERPOOL was enibarrassed : as for We have no inclination, nor do we suppose our readers would thank
answer to such a glaring fact, he could give none; and his evasion us, for arguing over again the general question of granting equal rights to the Catholic and Protestant inhabitants of this kingdom; but we
was as flimsy as his opponents could wish. “ He begged the House
to consider, that there were circumstances in the English Constitution, shall say a few words upon some of the prominent matters in Tuesday's which m
cers in Tuesdays which might make restrictions upon the Catholics more necessary than debate. ..
in absolute monarchies." Delicate insinuation !-A pretty answer to The speech of the Bishop of Chester was a fine specimen of the
the overwhelming facts of Lords Grey and LANSDOWN! Lord clerical violence and assumption. lo his zeal (we cannot say “Chris-le
Colchester however is a little less ambiguous :tian" zeal) he overstepped the bounds of discretion, and proved too “Under a Constitution like that of England, if a man of great talents much. He described the Catholic spirit as a restless one, which, the
were to influence the people upon a subject of religion, it might be difficult , more it obtained, the more it demanded; which, gaining connivance, to guard against his influence; but jo desporio countries, if such a man next seeks toleration, then equality of rights, and lastly supremacy were to strive to justil into the people feelings against the views of the and the destruction of Protestantism. If this be true, then has the State, he could be immediately silenced.” Legislature done too much already: it should retrace its steps, should We have a faint glimpse of his Lordship's meaning here, and we re-enact the penal code against the Catholics, take arms out of their take it to be this :-that under a despotism, if a Catholic orator of hands, and keep them in the abject condition of slaves. The Catholics great talents were successfully to carry on a plan of converting the are uoquestionably more powerful now than they were under the old Protestants, the Government could throw hin into a dungeon and system of persecution; and if their, ultimate and darling object be keep him there; but that in Britain, in such a case, it would first be Catholic Supremacy, the Protestants ought instantly to take measures necessary to suspend the Habeas Corpus; and therefore that equality to reduce then to their previous barbarism and weakness. If, as this of rights is more dangerous in a free ihan in a despotic state! The Bishop contends, they are animated with a spirit of vengeance and Learned Lord forgot one little circumstance; namely, that any “man pride, and are freed by their religion from the obligation of any oath of great talents" among the Catholics is now at perfect liberty to “ina which opposes their scheme of Ascendancy, we may be certain that fluence the people on a subject of religion," if he can, whether the they will seize the first opportunity of plunging the country into the Catholic Claims be granted or not;-a forgetfulness which rather horrors of civil war, and rendering Ireland independent; and such an invalidates the distinction of this egregious logician. The Prime opportunity will not be very long wanting, when England is fairly Minister was equally hampered with the reference to the perfect embarked in another serious war. Here in fact is the dilemma harmony among all sects in the United States. “He certainly could which seitles that part of the Catholic Question connected with not carry his argument," he confessed, “ to America, where extreme Expediency. The Catholics are formidable at present to liberty pervaded all the religious as well as civil institutions. *** the Protestants, in numbers and in spirit, because they are dis- He could only say '-(only, indeed)" that her's was not the British contented. There are two modes of diminishing this danger: to Constitution -an useful memento for the British lovers of repubrevive the old proscriptions, and so to thin their numbers by execu-lics !)_"nor was it the Coustitution which he wished Great Britain tion, and break their spirit by oppression--a course which not even to possess." (Who ever suspected him?) There was therefore no. a Bishop dares to recommend; or, to remove their discontent by parity of argument between the two countries, and the religious freeplacing them on a level with the Protestants in regard to civil rights. dom proper in the one might be far from proper in the other." All atteinpts at compromise between the two courses are absurd : We are surprised that the Minister stopped here, and did not whatever may be said (ridiculously enough) about Emancipation only avail himself of many arguments of this kind--as for instance: affecting the few Catholic gentlemen who might get into Parliament --" Their Lordships should recollect, that the United States or become Judges, &c. the Catholics at large will and ought to be were situated in the Western Hemisphere, that Great Britain disaffected, while they are marked with a badge of exclusion from was in the Eastern ; and that what might be proper on one side offices to which Protestants are eligible. They are dangerous to the of the Atlantic, might be far from proper on the other;"--or, perpeace and integrity of the State; and it is a happy thing for society, haps still more cogently—“A policy which succeeded very well in ihat bodies of men so treated are always dangerous to the States in one longitude, might fail in another; and it did not follow, that bewhich they exist ; otherwise oppression and exclusion would last to cause Catholics and Protestants lived amicably together in a state the end of time.
formed of one large continent, they would do so in a country consistThe Protestant Intolerants persist in reprobating the tenets of the ing of two distinct islands." We could fill a page with sentences like Catbolic faith, as if the dispute concerned the respective merits of these, on the non-sequitur construction; but however such nonsense the two creeds. The Bishop of CHESTER and Lord LIVERPOOL go may dispose us to laugh, the fact, that justice is denied to six millions
Salling about the mischievoueness of cónfession of the doctrine of British subiects unon the strength of such drivelling as this, is
enough to recall our seriousness. We say then, that there is “a parity others, who have wit enough to perceive, that the rising prospeof argument” between the two countries; and that the differencerity and political consequence of a great republic, founded on the between the “extreme liberty" of the United States, and the (what broadest basis of civil and religious liberty, form a practical satire on shall we call it !) moderate liberty of Great Britain, has no more to the narrow oligarchical theory which they are hired to support. The do with the matter, than the difference of climate or soil. The ques- satirist, whom we are told was a coadjutor of Mr. Washington Irving in tion is, whether a system of equal civil rights as regards Catholics and “Salmagundi," with great propriety forbears allusion to all such writers Protestants, conduces to the social harmony of those or any other on America as fairly deal with the subject, and confines his burlesque sects. America is appealed to, as an evidence in the affirmative. to Faux and the like, who, without a single requisite for a calm ap“No," says our Prime Minister, “ America proves nothing, because preciation of either national or individual character, mix all sorts of extreme liberties prevail there in every respect!" This official logi- fact, rumour, and absurdity together, with no other rule of judgment or cian cannot or will not see, that the degree of political freedom pos- discrimination than what is supplied by comparison with a country sessed by the nation at large is nothing to the purpose; and that the under altogether different circumstances; with which country, too, only circumstance to be considered is, whether the civil rights of the although their own, they are probably for the most part not much better different sects are equal or not. The “ extreme liberty " ought, in acquainted than with that on which they so pleasantly deem themthe opinion of Tories, to make the experiment of equal rights more selves fully qualified to expatiate. This as to the travellers whose dangerous: nay, that is precisely Lord Colchester's argument | labours it more especially delighteth the gentry of the Quarterly to against extending to the British Catholics the privileges enjoyed by honour; for as to the Reviewers themselves, it is not because they do those on the Continent. These two Intolerants have made a droil not, but because they do know both countries, that they are so angry. clashing of assertions. According to my Lord COLCHESTER, the What, in fact, can be more annoying than the prosperity and rapid equality of rights granted to Catholics in the despotic States of the aggrandisement of these mal-apropos republicans, at a moment when Continent would be dangerous in England, because our institutions the Holy Alliance and the Quarterly had settled it that anarchy and are more free:-according to my Lord LIVERPOOL, the happy effects free representation go hand in hand; and Dr. Southey, both as reviewer of the equality of rights granted to Catholics in the United States, and Vision-manufacturer, had proved that an established Church is the form no reason for a similar policy in Britain, because our institutions pivot of all that is politically and religiously just and true? Mr. Gifford, are less free! Yet irrelevant absurdities of this sort, and mere vague too, whose temper at best always reminds us of the exclamation of the suggestions of imaginary differences, supply the only answer to the drunken butler in the Tempest - Touch me not, I am not Stephano, triumphant proofs drawn from the experience of a dozen great and but a cramp !"-how natural that these American high doings should enlightened countries in favour of bestowing equal rights on all reli- infuse an extra portion of gall into his amiable composition ! As to the gious sects whatever.
Admiralty scribes, verbum sup. they can find reasons for being dissaAdmirably did the Marquis of LANSDOWN expose the irrational | tistied without stirring out of their own office. But why descend to fear, that the admission of a few Catholic Gentlemen into Parliament particulars, when it is enough to say, that having neither Kings, would be dangerous to Protestantism. These Catholic Members Bishops, Peers, Borough-proprietors, Game Laws, Test Acts, nor dis(say the Intolerants) would form a little phalanx; and disregarding qualifications of a third part of their population, these ci-devant rebels every consideration but that of promoting the ambitious views of their have the insolence to prosper; and not only so, but-hinc illa lachryme priesthood, would, by dextrous trimming between political parties, to convince at least half the globe that all these fine things are neither obtain advantage after advantage, as the price of their support some- essences nor substances, but simply what metaphysicians have agreed times to one, sometimes to another. Vastly probable! How com- to call accidents; some of them possibly convenient, but none of them placent and accommodating must the political parties of the Honour- indispensible. able House be, to let themselves be governed by the casting vote of On such travellers and such critics does the present little volume 50 or 100 Irish Members whose constancy was so delightful! What a turn. We need not inform our readers, that the perfection of Tory noble and disinterested adherence to engagements would these same and ultra controversial tactic in this year of grace 1825, consists in party-men exhibit in rewarding the Catholic phalanx for its occasional the affectation of regarding liberality as “ ungenteel," and republisupport, by voting in return the destruction of their own Protestant canism as “ vulgar." It is more than suspected, that men thus disprivileges! These Irish Gentlemen would of course be neither Whigs, posed and governed are dreadfully deficient in the exercise of the Tories, nor Reformers; they would care nothing about individual silver fork ; can neither expatiate on hors d'æuvres nor different vintages, rank or riches; but their souls would be wholly engrossed with the one and if Englishmen, that they are absolutely acquainted with the idea of aggrandizing their church! In short, we are required to be- site of Russell-square, and unacquainted with the coterie of the lieve, that (say) 100 Catholic Members of Parliament, coming in upon reigning Harriette Wilson. Our American scribe makes his John interests and principles of the most opposite kinds, would be able, by Bull a solemn pupil of this exquisite school, and most divertingly mere finesse, to obtain the Ascendancy for their Hierarchy, in spite of displays the operation of the real claims of an Englishman to be the other 558 Members.* Precisely similar, as Lord LANSDOWNproud, on this precious order of intellect. The repulsive reserve excellently described it, was the cry when the sixteen Scotch Peers which socially speaking is so annoying ; the affected apathy which is were admitted to the House of Lords at the Union. To listen to the so artificial and contemptible; and the excessive fear of being taken bigot-alarmists of that day, one would have supposed, that these six- in—which of course a residence in the huge capital of the most moral teen Noblemen would domineer over the whole body of the Peers, and religious people in the universe can have done nothing at all to and erect Presbyterianism on the ruins of the Established Church ! foster-are very humourously portrayed. As to the observation, Yet what was the fact? The Presbyterian Lords were introduced, and with now and then a little heightening and burlesque, it is journalized not an effort has been ever made by them, as a body, upon any reli- precisely in the sentiment and very nearly in the language-not of gious question whatever. It would indeed be a new thing now-a Coke upon Littleton-but of the Quarterly on Faux. We consider days for any band of Members of the British House of Commons, the aforesaid addition of colouring as the only defect in this very Catholic or Protestant, to be actuated by a religious zeal so exclusive pleasant jeu d'esprit : nothing of the kind was necessary : very little as to shut out all the motives of ambition and interest which usually more than Faux and the Quarterly would be quite sufficient, when govern politicians; but if such a phenomenon should occur, it would ended by the non sequiturs so archly detected, and the darts in their be a still greater, that so isolated and inevitably obnorious a party progress so ably caught and returned. A specimen of the latter faculty could actually, by any exertion of dexterity, carry their bigoted pro- we cannot withhold. Our John Bull is speaking of New York:jects against the wishes of the immense majority of the House. But “ One of the first things that disgusts a pious man, as all Englishmen, we are ashamed to fight with shadows any longer. Unless, however, particularly English travellers, are, is the horrible profanation of the Mr. CANNING and his more liberal Colleagues make a Cabinet ques- Sabbath in this town. This contempt of religion arises partly out of the tion of the Catholic claims, and throw ministerial influence into the turbulent spirit of democracy, and partly from the want of a privileged scale of justice and policy, the Anti-Catholics may, ere long, have to church establishment, such as has made Great Britain the bulwark of fight with something more substantial.
religion in all ages. There is in the first place such a natural and indi
visible association between a king reigning over his people by divine * By the way, the Intolerants ought to settle how the Catholic cunning right, and divinity itself, that it is next to impossible that a true subject men, aster disposing of the Commons, would manage the two other should not be a true believer. On the contrary, the pure spirit of demobranches of the Legislature.
cracy, which rejects the divine right of kings, will naturally resist every
other divine right, and thus it has happened that impiety and rebellion LITERARY NOTICES.
have ever gone hand in hand. Every person versed in the history of England must be familiar with innumerable examples of this truth.
Waving a reference to all others, it is sufficient to recollect the total John Bull in America ; or the New Munchausen.
relaxation of religion and morals which prevailed among the Puritans Turs is a broad and good-humoured satire on the tone assumed by too who rebelled against Charles the Martyr, and the brilliant revival of govof ur travellers in the United States, and still more on the exe- piety and the Church on the accession of his son. In fact, it is a maxim
madlo sir it by certain High-church Tory Journalists and with all orthodox writers, that a pious people will alwave he oharlient in
their sovereign, not so much because he governs well, as because he / on which Faustus rushes off the stage, and Mephistophiles sinks into governs by divine right."
the earth in a very new and clever manner. Heated by wine and
fiendish influence, the mind of Faustus now wanders on Rosolia (Miss I. " In fact, as the Quarterly says, the want of an established church has Paton) the beautiful friend of Adine, and after some harsh treatment made the bulk of the people either infidels or fanatics. There will
of the latter, whose brother he kills, as in the original, he gets into Dever be any pure religion here until they have an Arcbbishop of Armagh with 60.000 acres of glebe, and a Bishop of Derry with 150,000. It is
the latter's house, and tries to induce Rosolia to elope with him. By these and similar noble establishments in Ireland that have made the
the folly of his friend Wagner (HARLEY) he is made known to Count people of that country so orthodox, and so devoled to the king."
Cassanova (Browne) the father, as the magician Faustus. The There are many similarly arch passages with the foregoing, and Count locks them up in the room, and sends for the officers of these, in our opinion, form the most biting part of this little book. the Inquisition, when, by another very clever piece of stage trickery, For those who like to laugh out, however, there is much, as already Faustus and Wagner appear in six places at once, and then vanish observed, of a broader description ; and taken altogether-looking to instantaneously, with very considerable effect, the Fiend bearing off the personification of the traveller, the satire on a portion of our Rosolia, whom Faustus subsequently amuses with displays of his travelling manner, and to the miserable splenetic classes of opinion and power, to the exhibition of some very beautiful seenery. Mephistoof interested enmity castigated. John Bull in America will please all philes, however, at length declines obedience, and Faustus falls into persons who can admit a fair retort, even although occasionally severe the hands of the Inquisition, but is again delivered by his familiar, upon points, which, whatever their particular opinions, most people
who tempts him to kill the King of Milan, and assume his form. This are too national to really enjoy.
Q. murder he accordingly executes, and like Macheth at the banquet,
startles all his fair Court by his remorse and emotion. The forlorn
Adine finds him in this mood, and knowing him, musically conjures THEATRICAL EXAMINER.
him upon his throne, as a second Saul, to call upon heaven and King's-THEATRE.
repent. He is, however, obdurate, and Mephistophiles again forsaking It is our duty to insert the following letter, which we have received
him, he suddenly appears in his own form, and is finally carried from Madame RONZI DE BEGNIS, who will, we are sure, not accuse
away, in the presence of the whole Court, by the Demon in all his
majesty, up to hell, in a species of car or go-cart. WALLACK did all us generally of a want of due admiration of her great talents; but
that could be done for this species of Faustus, and when opportunity when we heard that the proceedings of this Theatre had been most
occurred, exhibited some very forcible acting. The Mephistophiles of materially impeded by her, we felt it due to the theatre, and ulti.
Terry was also well conceived, and the biting sarcasm of the chamately useful to herself, to take notice of the circumstance. We
racter ably delivered. The suggestive nature of the character was not most sincerely regret if we have given rise to an unjust accusation
sufficiently made out in the text, and consequently could not be shown · against one of our greatest favourites, and consequently one in whom
in the performance. Miss STEPHENS sang two or three pleasing airs. we least like to discover any flaw that might tend to lessen that
One, Sweetly now the Noonday, was exquisitely simple, and was exeestimation.
cuted with a simplicity as exquisite. We say nothing of a silly underMR. EDITOR,
Berners-street, May 19, 1825.
plot, of courtship between an innkeeper's daughter, and two or three In the Examiner of last Sunday an article was inserted, accusing me
lovers, old and young, as it was puerile to nothingness; nor could of capricious vagaries, and being disposed to run riot in proportion to
HARLEY do much for the silly part of a cowardly punning German the difficulties with which the Opera establishment was beset. Such a report has been very wounding to my feelings, and which I
student. Now punning may infest the German colleges, as well as bave by no means merited. It has always been my pride to attend my
our own; but the cowardice is clearly out of character with that very duties to the Directors of the Theatre and the Public, and nothing but pugnacious fraternity. The musical adaptation, to which Der Freisseyere illness has prevented my appearing before them when my ser-chütz and WEBER gave its tone and spirit, was at least pleasing; and vices were required ; and which was always attested by my medical the advertised Overture by WEBER was that to Euryanthe. Upon the attendants, who also have witnessed my refusal of a number of private whole, looking upon this piece, as a very elaborate Prologue delivered and public concerts, which to me would have been a source of conside- by TERRY called upon us to do, and attending to really good rable emolument. I have no doubt but your known justice and candour scenery, agreeable music, fair acting, and very clever stage manœuvre, will give insertion to the above avowal."
it deserves the applause it has met with, which, if not perfectly unaniI am, Sir, your most obedient servant,
mous, has been unequivocally in its favour. The underplot, we take
GUISEPPINA Ronzı De BEGNIS. To the Editor of the Examiner.
for granted, will be reformed in great part, if not altogether. Q.
DRURY-LANE. We believe it is to Mr. C. LAMB we owe an excellent essay upon
. FINE ARTS. the inadequacy of the stage, to deal with the more exquisite refineIdents of mind and the more etherial creations of imagination. We
SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER-COLOURS. never are more convinced of the fact, than when some complacent The Landscapes in this Exhibition are, in the mass, improvements upon playwright seizes hold of a story like Faust, or even attempts to do even the former one, beautiful as that was, containing fine examples of his best with an Arabian tale. Reduced to the palpable, all the familiar scenery in all its classes, and a sprinkling of even the poetical enchantment subsides, all the spirit evaporates, and in the worst of in some of Mr. BARRET's, who has certainly imbibed much of the spirit all possible senses, “ nothing is but what is not." The drama of of CLAUDE and Poussin; for there is a portion of that superiority over GOETHE is neither representable, nor can be made so; so subtle and
so. s ubtle and common nature, that results from an elegant arrangement of her most
co metaphysical indeed is it in its essence, the very attempt to visibly
beautiful forms, combined with Grecian architecture, -as in 5 and 33, personify the characters in that extraordinary production must
Evening, and 45, Morning. The presiding spirit too of the annual and
the diurnal seasons inspires his pencil, and when we look at his pictures, necessarily destroy the charm. Dealing with such elements, there
we feel the sweet influence of Nature in our bosoms—the cool of the fore, it is not surprising that Mr. TERRY and Mr. SOANE—the
morning, the noontide heat, the meditative calm of evening, the dun Beaumont and Fletcher on this occasion-have found them too vola solemnity of night, the mixed sobriety and brilliancy of moonlight; but tile for common handling in what they call the Romance of Faustus, especially when the sun in flaming grandeur, surrounded by gorgeous produced for the first time at this house on Monday evening. Al gold and purple, and every delicate tinge of colour, is retiring majesthough founded principally on that of GOETHE, with a small exception tically from lakes, and woods, and sublime mountains, and towers, and as to the character and office of Mephistophiles, it is incumbent on temples, and peaceful flocks and shepherds, and the contemplative and us to get rid of all remembrance of the original as rapidly as possible.
imaginative rambler among all these in a calm summer evening.
Mr. Varley has aimed at a poetical character, in his picture of the As managed by the new dramatic gemini, Faustus (WALLACK) has just
Bear destroying the Children who mocked Elisha, 146, for it is evidently found out in a valley surrounded with rocky precipices, the charm
imitated from ihe poetical Poussin, but the imitation is successful little which submits the powers of darkness to his will. He accordingly
farther than to show that it is an imitation. It is formal, without any of utters it, and Satan (O. SMITH) appears in dusky angelic majesty on the grandeur of the prototype. It is too much cut up into bits, instead of the edge of a rock. He is directed to assume a less terrific form, and appearing, like the great original, in important masses. But Mr. VARLEY he instantly starts up as Mephistophiles (TERRY) in a costume admi- has some good Landscapes. rably modelled from the outlines of Retsy. Faustus requests that! There are none of our Painters of rural Landscape, whose eye is better the Italian maid Adine (Miss STEPHENS) whom he has seduced, may
| educated to the harmony of colour than Mr. Dewint. It is a wellbe placed within his power. The fiend obeys, and by a masterly
| tempered union of neutral tints and lively colour, each correcting the
opposite quality of each. For this valuable power, and for an agreeable management of scenery, they find themselves in the midst of the Car
disposal of the component parts, 14, Ullswater,-97, View from Newnnival of Venice, without stirring from the place. Adine is separated
ham,-117, Pennarth Castle, -228, Hastings,-211, Stacking Barley—58, from her friends by demoniacal power, and finds herself alone with
Patterdale--271, Briton Ferry-are instructive exemplars. Faustus and Mephistophiles in a forei. Her lover tempts her to a life Mr. Cox has so much advanced this season, as to well deserve one of of pleasure and self-abandonneri, esisting, she calls on heaven, the centrical stations in the rooms assigned to him. We have little doubt that in a year or two his theoretic and practical powers will rank among the service of religion, all respect for the Establisbed, Religion would the most distinguished in this Society. His Carthage gives a various cease. He did expect that the Right Rev. Prelate would hage expressed tinting of rich colour in stately trees and rocks, &c. clustering the his disapprobation of the proceeding, but, to his astonishmrot and disman borders of a river and leading to a great city, and finely contrasting it. be had excused the clergyınan, and coupled his excuse with a paungyric
Mr. PROUT is our chief Painter of city scenes of streets, churches, on the man. If the clergy were to employ political disquisitions in the market-places, bridges, &c. His pencil is firm, his style peculiarly pulpit, they might expect that some individuals would reply to them, decided and broad, and he begets a temperance in bis highest ardour of brawling would ensue, and the place of worship be turned into a debating effect. It is so with his Ponte di Rialto, Venice, whose stately structures, society. If the Bishops did not feel asbamed of such conduct, it was the flittering sky, glowing sunshine, and Italian brightness of climale, are an more necessary for their Lordships to take the regulation of the church intense foil to the deep and solemn tone of Mr. Robson's Barnard Castle into their own hands, and rescue it from that ruin which the neglect of its above it. : The Master's hand has firmly marked and greyly tinted many professed guardians seemed to threaten it with.-The Bishop of LONDON Drawings at Ratisbon, Lahnstein, &c. and pleasingly dashed them with a here observed, that he was not called upon by anything that had occurred sunny warmth.
to censure the Minister.-Lord Spencer said, be was shocked to hear the 154, Tokon, Castle, and Port of Monaco, is a high promise from a newly Learned Prelate say that there was pothing 10 censure in such disgraceadvanced candidate for public regard, -Mr. J. D. HARDING, the able ful and shameful conduct, for no sincere friend 10 the church could posa drawer of Landscape, &c. in pencil and on stone. Boldness of de- sibly approve of it.-Lord Rolle defended the conduct of the Minister sign and composition are blended with well studied execution and Lords CLIFDEN and LILFORD strongly censured it; and the Archbishop of . great clearness; but the colouring wants solidity, for a pale yellow is too CANTERBURY said, he had before heard nothing of it, but be highly diso prevalent,
approved of the conduct of the Minister, for it was both irregular and Mr. Hills has remained many years at a stand in his painting of improper. Animals: a very noticeable circumstance where there was always so
Several petitions were also presented in favour of the Claims, wbea much room for improvement. He was a pleasing Painter of Animals
Lord CALTHORPE said he was sure the great majority of all the wellin Miniature twenty years ago. He is so now.
educated classes of the community, except the clergy, were in favour of Mr. FIELDING bas attained to a superlative power in the painting of
the proposed relief.—The Marquis of LONDONDERRY also took occasion to light in all its properties, in scenes of inarine or terrene beauty, of which
slate, that it was a matter of deep regret with one of the most efficient and it is as difficult to select for specimens out of the many exhibited, as an
honest Statesmen that ever lived - Castlereugh!) that he had not been epicure finds in choosing out of a largely provided feast. 159, The Clyde, |
The Clyde, able to accomplish the object he so much desired. When, under ebe with its descending sun blending the calm sky and fluttering wave in a blaze of yellow light ;-22, Shoreham Harbour, with its greyer liglit
| direction of that great man Mr. Pitt, he undertook to propose the Union
| with Ireland, the impression on his mind was, ibat, without the concar. bestowing identical distinctness upon all the marine objects of the place ; l range of the Catholics, the success of such a measure was impossible. -32, An effect of rain clearing off, where the grey, misty air hovers over Loch Fyne and blends softness with the outline and beauteous tints of
Having communicated that conviction to the Government here, aq qeder the rainbow. His execution is a good medium between blending and
standing was entered into, which, if it did not amount to a posiți ve pledge,
was soviething so near it, as Parliament was bound to redeem Hear, hardness. Mr. Robson is always pleasing, and has sometimes a noble simplicity
hear!)-This he knew to be the opinion of bis Noble Relation, and he in his mode of composing his lines and colour. He has not an appear.
hoped that his mind still so far aciuated the Cabinet of England, as to ance of such a heartfelt communion with nature as some of his brother
lead them to take the same view of the subject as he had taken. Exhibitors, but he has a bewitching serenity of atmosphere, and has
Lord LANSDOWN presented, with great satisfaction, a petition in farour acquired a complete unity and well qualified sobriety of colour: 39, of the Catholics, from a body who might be said to represent a greut Barnard Castle, 44, Durham, 96, Ben Lomond, &c. are able examples of portion of the science and literature of the country-namely, the Members cool coloured Nature. 131, Box Hill, bas a well tempered autumnal of the Senate of the two Universities of Oxford and Cambridge ; among tone, chastly bright liglit, receding into admirably arranged shades. them were two Heads of Colleges, thirty or forty Clergymen of the 205, The East end of Loch Katrine, had, when we saw it, a continued
Established Church, thirty Members of the University of Oxford, and group around it, admiring
many names distinguisbed and venerable both in and out of the Upi. 6. The grey mist leaving the mountain side,"
versity: the Professor of Greek, and the Professor of Astronomy were seen beyond an undisturbed lake, and a rich but soberly coloured and amongst them. broken foreground.
The Duke of Devonshire, in presenting a petition from Waterford, (To be concluded in our next.)
implored the House to give its sanctiou lo this just, salutary, and healing
measure-a measure which had been sanctioned by the most illustrious ILLUSTRATION OF GEOFFREY CRAYON.—The print in the May Number Statesmen, and which could nut, must not be allowed to sleep! (Hear, of the Lady's Magazine is so superior to ordinary magazine embellish
i 1 ay * ments, that it deserves separate mention as a work of art. The subject is taken from the “ Tales of a Traveller,"'-a jolly party round a table,
Lord GRBY then presented a petition from the Roman Catholic Peers, telling stories over their wine. The engraving is from a design by
Clergy, Gentry, &c. of England, signed by 30,000 persons, praying for a STOTHARD, who has thrown abundant humour and expression into all
repeal of the disqualifying laws, and complaining of the soul and false the faces present, in addition to the grace of figure and ease of attitude
aspersions which had beeu cast upon them. They broadly, said the Noble which characterize every stroke of his pencil.
Earl, assert, that there is nothing in the tenets of their religion whiela ought to exclude them from the full enjoyment of their civil rights (Hear,
hear!) And in proof of this assertion, they call your attention to the UNITED PARLIAMENT.
modern history of different countries around you. Look at Switzerland, a
country consisting of Protestant and Catholic cantons; there the people HOUSE OF LORDS.
are bound together by one bond of union, and differences on the ground of
religion are unknown.-(Hear, hear!) Look at France; there a Catholic Monday, May 16.
Sovereigo has granted an equality of rights 10 bis Protestant subjects A number of petitions, for and against the Catholic Claims, but cbiely
Look at the Netherlands; there several Protestant States are united under against, were presented; one of them was from Manchester, in their
one Goveroment with the Catholic provinces formerly under the dominion favour, sigoed by 16,378 persons; when the Bishop of CHESTER observed,
when the Bishop of CHESTER observed, of Austria, and there all enjoy an emality of rights, and that, too, vader that many of the signatures were those of " low Irish, chiefly labourers,"
the special sanction of the King of Great Britain (Hear.) In Hanoyer. and that another petition from Manchester, against the Claims, would be also, 'under the auspices of the same beneficent Sovereign, there exists no presented to-morrow, signed by 38,000 persons.-The Earls of DBRBY civil disqualification on the ground of religious opinions. (Hear, bear, and LIMERIC baving censured the Right Rev. Father in God for alluding hear') in Canada, ibe established religion is the Roman Catholic, and to tbe petitions as a low Irish," the Right REVEREND said, be only meant
yet no inconvenience, no ground of civil disquietude, is found to exist. In to allude to their worldly coudition--for far from him (bé exclaimed) be
the United States of America, a country wbich bas ad Fanced ia prosperity the idea of casting any reflection on those whom Providence had placed with a rapidity almost surpassing belief, the business of the state is wat in a lower situation of life than himself!
only not impeded, but facilitated by the total extinction of all predomiTuesday, May 10.
nance of sect or religion. That great power has been peculiarly careful CATHOLIC CLAIMS.
to avoid giving encouragement, or of holding out disqualification, an Many petitions were presented against the Catholic Claims-one from account of religious opinions-and by so doing, she has succeeded in Manchester, signed by 40,000 persons, and another from Liverpool, signed rising to her present pitch of greatness and glory.(Hear, hear!) by 30,000. Among them was one from a Congregation meeting in Percy- The Noble Earl proceeded to implore the House to graot the prayer of the sireet chapel, upon which Lord King made some remarks. The Minister, petitioners, and urged upon it the expediency and grace of doing that at he said, addressed the congregation at the close of his sermon, told them once which they must ere long certainly coucede. The feelings of the that the House of Peers was influenced by numbers, that the petition was other House, he said, at a period like the present, were no bad criterion of Jying in the vestry for signatures, and recommended all the females to be feelings of the country; for a Geperal Election being at band, it was sign it.-The Bishop of LONDON said, he had seen nothing to censure in Dot likely that they wonld act in direct opposition to the opinions and the conduct of the Minister in question, who was a most pious and worthy wishes of their constituents. (Hear!) Seeing, said bis Lordship, that man.-The Lord CHANCELLOR thought the Noble Lord should not be not one county meeting had been called by the opponents of the weasure dissatisfied wben the Right Rev. Prelate saw nothing to disapprove of.- -that hardly any great town bas petitioned against it; or, at least, that Lord CARNARVON, on the contrary, conceived that if Clergyoseu were on we have had no petition from any great town without having au opposite questions of political importance, or divided opinion, to wipgle bem witb petition from the same place, taking into consideration, 100, that where