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it was quite pleasant to see how energetically Mr Huskisson worked in support of a Government precisely opposite in its principles to that which it is known he wished to see formed in November and December last. There was a little wincing, to be sure, on his part and that of Mr Grant, on the introduction of the Corn Bill this session; but even this only proved, that, in the teeth of their own opinion, they were discharging their official duties, and carrying into effect the policy of the Duke of Wellington.
It is evident, however, that with men acting in this way upon constraint, that perfect cordiality and unlimited confidence could not exist, which must be so desirable amongst those to whom the Government of the country is intrusted; and, therefore, it is not surprising, that when this want of cordiality broke out into an overt act of opposition, the Duke was very stern and inflexible as to the exclusion of the offender. In an unlucky hour for Mr Huskisson, he gave an imprudent pledge about the East Retford Disfranchisement Bill. This pledge he had to fulfil, because (as he says himself,) he was " called upon" to do so, and not because he thought it his duty; and then having found himself in a difficulty, he thought he would as usual get out of it by a stroke of cunning. On this occasion, however, he mistook his man. He over-reached himself when he thought to over-reach the Prime Minister. Mr Huskisson manifestly, and indeed we may almost say by his own confession, intended that the Duke's anger for his disobedience should be swallowed up in regret for his resignation, and that he would have sent for him, and soothed his irritated spirits, and entreated him to stay. Never was man more completely disappointed; he seems hardly to have been able to believe, that he who had always managed matters so cunningly and so successfully before, who had tried the very same trick with other Prime Ministers and gained his point, should now have utterly failed. He thought it the strangest thing imaginable, that a resignation, written and signed with his own hand, should be taken as a final resignation, without parley or explanation; and that when he said he placed his situation in the hands of the Duke, it was not understood that
it was for the purpose of being handed back to him again. He is quite thunderstruck that his words should be taken according to their plain distinct signification; and he sends to assure the Duke," that there is a mistake in the matter." We almost think we see the look of astonishment and mortification in Mr Huskisson's countenance, when Lord Dudley returned to him and told him, that the Duke said, "There was no mistake at all."
We really wonder how Mr Huskis son prevailed upon himself to tell the story in the House of Commons, and we cannot be surprised at the general laugh with which the House received it. The "old stager" now found, that he should make a real struggle to keep the office which he had pretended to resign, and a most pertinacious struggle he certainly made; but still he could not bring himself to forsake his old habits, and, instead of openly and plainly saying that he was sorry he had resigned, and that he would be extremely happy to have his place again, he went on insinuating that he had not resigned at all. This would never do with the Duke; it is in vain to practise twisting of words or facts with him. We recommend his letters on this occasion to be read over and over again by those who have a notion that a statesman cannot be a candid straight-forward honest man. They form a most excellent commentary upon Lord Bacon's text, that "plain and sound dealing is the honour of man's nature." The end of the whole matter is, that Mr Huskisson found himself, in spite of all his ingenuity, turned out of office, and another appointed in his place; and then it would appear he thought of his revenge, and summoned all his party to quit the camp along with him.
We have heard much of the persuasion made use of upon every official person, with whom this party had influence, to quit their posts, and thus embarrass the Prime Minister; and we know that several of those who have resigned do not scruple to express their regret, that the requisition of their party almost compelled them to do that which as individuals they were not in the least inclined to; but we suppress the indignation which we might justly express on this occasion, in consideration of the contempt which
such an endeavour from such a party deserves. The Liberals were so puffed up with a false idea of their own strength, that they vauntingly declared it was impossible the Government could go on without them, and that even if the official places were filled without their assistance, the first division in the House of Commons would show how completely triumphant they were in that assembly. They reckon ed without their host. The Tories, who had of late forsaken the House, sickened by the Liberalism of a part of the Treasury bench, yet unwilling to oppose a Government with the Duke of Wellington at the head of it, now rallied round a Ministry, to which they could give their full and hearty support; and the Liberals, even in the very hour of their boasting, were beaten into a ridiculous minority. The annals of Parliamentary conflicts scarcely furnish an example of such a complete overthrow in a trial of strength between parties. The next day,
“Their giantships were somewhat crest-fallen,
Stalking with less unconscionable strides."
The country, already disgusted with their folly, now laughed at their weakness, and the Liberals have sunk, we hope never to rise again. the fellows who put forth shallow nonsense in the newspapers, about "military government," they are hardly worth noticing, except that, in this age of superficial knowledge, they may have some effect upon those who have been taught to read, but not to think. We wish to tell these people, that a military government is one thing, and a civil government, partly administered by military men, another. It is impossible that, while our constitution lasts, we can have a military government; but if it so happen, that the habits of vigorous observation, and of prompt and decisive conduct, acquired in a military life, are useful for civil purposes, it would be the greatest conceivable folly not to make use of them, merely because they have been previously serviceable for military purposes. This would be true at any time, but at present its truth is particularly obvious when the wavering and timorous, yet rash policy of the Liberals, has put our affairs in such a state as nothing but the habits we have just described would recover them from. Upon the
present state of the Government we have but to echo the hearty congratulations which are to be found in the mouth of almost every honest man, gentle or simple, throughout the country. It is not merely in places where politics form the chief subject of conversation, that these sentiments are to be found; it is not only in the clubs, and in London streets, but at fair and market, you see hale stout fellows meeting with a more vigorous shake of the hand than usual, and proposing an extra glass of ale to the health of the Duke and the new Ministry. Such is the triumph of honesty and plain dealing; the people are cheered at the sight of it, and England is herself again. The pleasure which men of observation feel at the change, is pro portioned to the danger from which they see the country delivered; for it was an alarming fact, that the system of the Liberals to entrap the young men who were coming out into public life, was pursued in many instances with the success that too frequently follows when flattery is applied to inexperience.
There was a set within the doors of the House, a knot of "bustling bo therbys with nothing in 'em" but a confused mass of crude ideas upon every subject, who went buzzing and fizzing about, a-telling of the wonderful wonders of political economy, of their own philosophical and enlightened views, and pronouncing the subyersion of our constitution, and of all our ancient institutions, the sovereignst thing on earth for procuring the greatest happiness to the greatest number.
They persuaded the young men of enthusiastic minds and unsettled opinions, with assurances that it was the most old-fashioned and stupidest thing in the world, to think, or speak, or act, as their fathers did before them. They extolled the wisdom and the wit of the rising generation, and then they mixed in a few modern witlings of their own brood, to act as decoys; smart young men for small affairs, who come up from the semi-whig university, brimfull of prate and pedantic affectation. These deafened their less fidgetty companions with endless argumentations about fiddle faddle, to which the others listened with sad civility, and if they remained proof against the flattery of the old ones, at
length gave in, through mere weariness and exhaustion, to the pertinacity of the young. It would be a curious calculation to see how many votes the cunning old stagers obtained, by making cat's-paws of the novi homines, whom they patted on the back, crying, "See what an interesting creature! with such a mind! he must be one of us." We trust that all this is now at an end, and not only so, but that those young men of ability who have, unfortunately for themselves and the public, become connected with the party of the Liberals, will see their error, and return to solid and fixed principles. It is indeed almost certain that this will be the case, because it will be the natural result of the progress of knowledge and experience-the old stagers of the Liberals, we think, will find that their party must die with them. Independently of political distinction, it is necessary
for the success of young men in good society, that they should get out from the circle of the Whigs and Liberals. A true gentleman, with manly feeling and a knowledge of the world, had rather, at any time, meet a furious bull, a mad dog, or another gentleman at twelve paces, than one of these pests who canvass for applause among Whig people of both sexes, as interesting young men. There is a class of persons advertised for in the streets, in bills a yard square, as "spirited young men," to enlist at L.16 a-head, in the service of the African Company, whom we take to be far more respectable and useful members of society, than the smirking, mawkish, awkward apes of the other set. But we are wearied at the thought of them, and must bid the subject good by, ending, as we began, by the expression of our great joy, that the Liberals have fallen.
TWENTY quarts of real Nantz,
Oranges, with skins of gold,
As all must know, who aught can tell
Then, as doctors wise preserve
Things from nature's course that swerve,
Insects of portentous shape-worms,
Wreathed serpents, asps, and tape-worms,
Ill-fashion'd fishes, dead and swimming,
In Alcohol's Phlogistic dews.
Through half his mighty round hath run-
Their inmost virtues to extract.
Lest the potion should be heady,
Strain the mixture, strain it well
Wedded maids, and virgin brides,
Thirsty thing, with nought content,
Then, to hold the rich infusion,
But clean and pure from spot or taint,
Pure as any female saint
That within its tight-hoop'd gyre
Has kept Jamaica's liquid fire;
Or luscious Oriental rack,
Or the strong glory of Cognac,
Whose perfume far outscents the Civet,
To make the compound soft as silk,
Stir it round, and round, and round,
Which we are afraid to mention ;
'Tis the Punch, so clear and bland,
Growing brisk and stout with age.
N. B. The Arabians, notwithstanding the sober precepts of their prophet, are supposed to have discovered distillation, as the word Alcohol plainly indicates. The Dodo is a clumsy good sort of a bird, the Lord Gh of the feathered creation, whose conciliatory politics have nearly, if not quite, occasioned its extinction.
SUMMER MORNING LANDSCAPE.
THE eyelids of the morning are awake;
The dews are disappearing from the grass;
The sun is o'er the mountains; and the trees,
Moveless, are stretching through the blue of heaven,
The shadows of the twilight fleet away,
As in Medina's mosque Mahomet's tomb.—
Up from the coppice, on exulting wing,
Mounts, mounts the skylark through the clouds of dawn,
The clouds, whose snow-white canopy is spread
Athwart, yet hiding not, at intervals,
The azure beauty of the summer sky;
And, at far distance heard, a bodyless note
Pours down, as if from cherub stray'd from Heaven!
Maternal Nature! all thy sights and sounds
Now breathe repose, and peace, and harmony.