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the state, not of the pot-house.” The proper opportunity for assisting the Turks
may be the worst people in the Greeks by their interference and meworld, and the Greeks the best-but diation. But we are satisfied that no are we to be the judges ?-ay, are we interference even of that kind will be to be the executioners? Who has call- of any use, unless the measure be a ed us to this office ?- Where is our general one. And we are most sincereright?-Are we, private men,we hum- ly of opinion, that the greatest disble individuals, sitting each man with service any one individual can at this his legs under his own mahogany here moment do to the Greeks, is to assist in England, are we invested with any in any way whatever in increasing the title to meddle between the Grand importance of these officious AssociaSeignior and the Prince Maurocordato? tions, the meddling of which, it is but Are we all so many Sovereign Powers too manifest, can have no substantial here over our port? If so, what is the effect whatever, except that of creating use of all this humbug of a King, and much unhappy suspicion and distrust à Parliament, and a Secretary for Fo- in those high and responsible quarters reign Affairs, and all the rest of it ? from which alone the Greeks have any What is the use of such idle names ac right to expect or to receive assist' International Law,' and so forth ? “-Am not I a Nation-I, myself, 1, Mr Blaquiere's pamphlet contains with this five-pound note in my no information at all worthy of the breeches pocket? I can buy five name--and the few facts he does propounds worth of spherical case shot, duce have any tendency rather than to and send them out to Greece-I theres confirm the conclusions he appears so fore can go to war with this Turk- eager to draw from them. The Greek and why not?”
Congress of this year, he says, met in This nonsense must be put a stop
an orange grove and deliberated on to. If these people send over any sup- three great subjects-first,“ the best plies that can do the least good to the mode of introducing trial by jury, and Greeks, they must send a great deal, a regular system of education, on the for, according to their own pamphlet, principles of Bell and Lancaster;" sethe Greek government has never yet condly, “ on the state of their finances, been able to pay their soldiers at all, public accounts, and national resouror to clothe above one-third of them ces;" and thirdly and LASTLY, at a time. If“ the Greek Committee” extent of the naval and military forces, supply all these deficiencies if they and the most effectual plan for repelequipand pay the Greek army, pray who ling every future attempt of the eneare the real belligerents ?- The Greek my.”-Now, if this be not putting the Committee, on the one side, evident- cart before the horse, we should be ly, and the Grand Seignor on the other. glad to hear what it is. Fretty legis Can this be, without creating a war be- lators indeed! Bell and Lancaster's tween England and the Porte ? Most education taking place there and then certainly not. In short, it is only the of the inquiry into their military reutter imbecility of these well-meaning sources, and the means of repelling thre people that protects them for a mo- enemy! ment. If they could do anything worth Once more--we devoutly hope the thinking of, we should soon hear more termination of this struggle will be the of it. They have done, and they can establishment of an independent Greek do nothing; and therefore they are Government in Greece. The course allowed to make just what speeches, of events, so far as we can understand and publish just what pamphlets, they matters, seems to render this consumplease.
mation every day more probable ; but We have not been talking of the it certainly will not be hastened by the Greek cause, be it observed, but of Greek Committee, although we think the Greek Committee. To see a libe- it very probable it may be deferred, ral enlightened Christian government These agitators, when they simply, established in Greece, would be to us, avowedly, and distinctly, in their priand to all the European world, the vate capacities, meddle with such matmost delightful of spectacles. We hope ters, do what we humbly conceive they such a government may be established have no right to do-usurp the privithere and most happy should we be lege of the government under whose to hear that the Christian governments protection they exist ; and eventually, ‘of Europe had been able to find any if their exertions are of any conse
quence whatever, injure instead of be- LESS! and toast " Kinloch of Kinnefiting the causes they are pleased 'loch,” and “ the memory of Emmett.” to adopt. But when they assume, as It is not our fault, if the cloven hoof of late they appear to have no scruples will not be at the trouble to keep itin doing, something like that public self decently concealed. and authoritative character to which We must disclaim, however, any they have no claim more than the cat- intention of saying anything against tle in the fields—when they hint that Mr Blaquiere. On the contrary, his their voice is the voice of their coun- pamphlet leads us to believe that he is try, that their interference is the inter- an amiably disposeıl young man- -very ference of England, that they are any much so. We have no doubt he has thing more than they really are-their the best possible intentions, and we conduct both assumes a character of honour him for them. But we really more intolerable arrogance and pre- do not believe that there was any ab. sumption, and seems well calculated solute necessity for his interfering beto produce consequences of the most tween the Turks and the Greeks. We tragic nature.
consider it as quite possible that these Sir Robert Wilson negotiates in parties may in the end settle their Spain; and Mr Blaquiere talks of its matters without thinking of “ the “occurring” to him “ that the presence Greek Committee ;” and hope, in the of an agent of some kind would be fu- meantime, that Mr Blaquiere's book, vourably interpreted by the Provisional which is to come out at the beginning Government and people of Greece !!" of the next publishing season, may be A notion in which he says a “ most better got up than his pamphlet, which flattering reception afterwards convin- appeared at the fag-end of the last. ced him he was not mistaken !" Good, What is become of General Pepe ? very good ! are we really come to this, Where is Count Pecchio? Are Sir that any foreign peoples or govern
Robert Wilson's “ Commentaries on ments are to put favourable interpre- the Peninsular War” to be in 8vo or tations upon matters of this mighty 4to? Is there to be no subscription importance ! Tlie arrival of Mr Bla, for a monument to Dr Watson, juquiere ! " the presence of an agent of nior? Is it true that Lieut.-General some kind !” An agent indeed !- the Earl of Rosslyn is about to give up “ With surety stronger than Achilles' arm
his office in the Chancery of Scotland ? *Fore all the Greekish heads, which with Is it true that all the lawyers have adone voice
vised the dishing of the Jury Court in Call Agamemnon General !”
Scotland? Isit true that Mr Brougham
SHAKESPEARE. is resolved to have another run at the Lord Byron has gone to Greece: Chancellor? Is it true that Air John this is, to be sure, rather a different M'Farlane, advocate, approves of the matter from Mr Blaquiere's embassy: plan? Is it true chat Mr Shireff of St But we must have rather more facts Ninians has really quitted the Kirk of than Mr Blaquiere's pamphlet fur- Scotland ? Is it true that he declined nishes, before we commit ourselves by being the new Pope? Is it true that saying anything as to his Lordship's the Princess Olive has fallen in love prospects in this picturesque, and, we with Mr Owen ? Is it true that every doubt not, generous adventure. body is eloping? Is it true that Mr
It is not our fault, if these people Waithman is Lord Mayor of London? manage matters so as to make all ra- Is it true that Mr Hone is turned Metional men regard them with jealousy: thodist? Is it true that Mr Irving It is not our fault, that the Edinburgh has come to the end of his tether? Is Review, and its worthy colleague, the it true that Alaric Watts blew up Morning Chronicle, attack everything' Fonthill ? Is it true that there were that the Christians of this country sixteen Guidos ? Is it true that Mr have been taught to hold dear, in the Beckford thinks Mr Fox was no better one page, and sound a trumpet about than he should have been ? Is it true the necessity of humbling “ the Infi- that Cooper and Russell are to fight dels” (whatasweet phrase from them !) next spring on the Steyne? Is it true in the next. It is not our fault, if thé ' that Mr Leslie has brought home the same loyalandenlightened Whigs, who Belvidere Apollo? Is it true that the give a dinner to Messrs BrouGHAM Morning Chronicle has been talking and Denman, and toast “ Reform, of “ the two celebrated Generals, the one day, are pleased to give a sup- Odysseus and Ulysses?" per on the following night to Mr Law. We
for a reply.
fifty to one in wealth and prosperity. statute-book for a moment in either Lawless well knows that no legislative case. If it be necessary to keep them enactment--at least no legislative en- out, their numbers are nothing at all actment in the contemplation of the to the justice of the business--it is only party he was addressing—could reach an argument to expediency, or, in other the millions about whom he was sput- words, to our fears—an argument, tering. An important change must Christopher, which we have at all take place in the frame of Irish society times, through good report and evil, before anything can be done which treated with the bitterness of scorn, by will raise them to the level of a civi- whomsoever, or in whatsoever cause, it fized population; and that change will may be advanced. As for the Orangenot be effected by putting down the men, he must be wilfully blind who Protestant Church, and substituting does not see that they are forced into the Roman Catholic in its room, as union by fear. Nobody likes domici. his friends are fondly hoping. That liary visits from gentlemen furnished would indeed be a sad retrograde move with sledge-hammers to extract bis ment. Do not think I am too harsh in brains. The very secrecy of their meetthe character I am giving of the Irish ings the mere fact of their having peasantry. They are at present, in the private signs and symbols to know one south of Ireland, (where they are ex. another by—is a proof of their being clusively Roman Catholics, the north, apprehensive, not of their being dowhich is tinged with the much abused mineering. Their atrocities are con colour of orange, being quiet,) engaged fined to putting tawdry ribbons, in in a system of assassination and arson, most vile bad taste, upon a paltry which would disgrace the Cherokees. statue (a piece of tom-foolery always It is scarcely a month since a Mr Franks disapproved of by their leaders, Sir was shot in his own parlour, the skull Abraham Bradley King for instance, of his wife shattered by a crowbar after it was made matter of offence, while she clung to the arms of her son, and now given up)--and toasting the the head of the son smashed to pieces memory of William III. That this by the same instrument, and his body toast should excite Whig indignation, pierced by a pitch-fork, which was is strange ; and stranger still, that the passed from hand to hand between Orangemen should be accused of innearly a hundred peasants, in order sulting intrusion on the feelings of that each might participate in insult- their countrymen, when they theming the lifeless body, while a fellow, selves are to be refused the poor priwho was left outside as guard, whistled vilege of giving as a toast the memory and danced a hornpipe for joy. The of him who may justly be deemed the crime this family was guilty of was founder of the dynasty now occupying this--the son had been evidence in a the throne. What would the Whigs criminal prosecution against a man say, if the Whig Clubs were prohibitconvicted of extorting fire-arms, to be ed from giving the memory of Charles employed in carrying on the system James Fox, because, though acceptable which produces these results. Such to them, it stinks in the nostrils of all are the millions for whose ascendancy the honest men in the kingdom ? Then Mr Lawless is preaching. It is only indeed would we have the nose of insulting our understandings to appeal Brougham twitched in tenfold fury, in to this numerical argument. Let the defiance of us and all our works. question of Roman Catholic emanci- Observe, I am not giving any opipation be argued on its own merits. nion whatever as to the expediency, If it be unjust to keep Roman Catho- or inexpediency of Orange Associalies from power, it is no matter whe- tions. I am too far from the spot, and ther the injustice affect a thousand or the accounts from Ireland are too cona million ; it should not disgrace our tradictory, and too fierce, for me to
* Not to break my sentence above, I throw into a note, the fact that this offensive ceremony of dressing the statue in College-Green, Dublin, was a regular state ceremony, at which the Lord Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor, the Chancellor, &c. assisted in much pomp and procession, without exciting a complaint from the Roman Catholics, for a long series of years until it was made a question of by the Duke of Bedford_God bless the wise statesman ! - who refused to join. It has ever since been a bone of contention, but was gradually falling into the hands of the mere rabble, and would certainly have died of itself in a year or two.
hazard any very decisive assertion on dominant religion of any part of the their credit. But one argument against kingdom, I am quite sure there would them I know to be fallacious. It is not be a word against what is modesta said that they are useless, and not re- ly called Catholic claims, spoken by quired in England or Scotland, and one of us in or out of Parliament. No therefore not in Ireland. Negatur man of common sense could imagine conclusio. I deny the ergo. The state that a general would betray his duty, of society here is not like that in the because he believed in the infallibility sister island. God forbid it should of the Pope, or any other old woman; We have our angry politics, to be sure, or that a judge would violate the laws but are not living in the middle of a he was administering, for the same Jacqueric, in spite of the exertions of reason ; and as for Parliament, you Hunt, Watson, or the late Queen and know, North, what my opinion always her advocates, to get up one. What, has been on that point. I never feared therefore, may be altogether unneces- the efforts of any demagogue fellow sary here, may be called for in Ire- within those walls. I sincerely rejoiland. Even if useless there also, we ced in the election of Waithman, for may easily pardon those, who, seeing instance, for I knew the Midas ears, their friends massacred unprotectedly which were taken by the jobbernowle all round them, adopt means of draw- ed corporators for horns of offence, ing together people to oppose such powerful as those of the bulls of Baoperations. Denman, at this dinner, shan to batter down borough-mongery, was quite absurd in his remarks on would be found out in half an hour, the Irish Insurrection Act. It is very when brought into company with the easy for a gentleman, strongly en- flower of England's gentlemen ; and, trenched over a bowl of cold punch, accordingly, it was soon discovered, or a bottle of claret, in a quiet orderly that he was, as Cobbett called him, a city, among a knot of people, who, water bladder, from which nothing though Whigs, are in a great degree could come, because nothing was in it. civilized, to talk about the severities So would it be with O'Connell and of a law imperiously required; but if his compeers. A sentence from CanMr Denman will take a house in Kil ning would dispose of the first dozen dorrery, or thereabouts, and have the of them for life. Tragedy-man Shiel audacity to expect rents for his ground, would sit down in happy obscurity he will, before the moon has changed, with Comedy-man Twiss. Fingals alter his opinion, and call lustily for and Frenches, and the other sage any enactment that will keep the nobility, would range with the Albehouse over his head. I should be marles, the Nugents, and the rest of sorry indeed that such laws were put the rubbish of the House of Lords. It in force among our quiet hills on the always makes me laugh when I think Border ; but there is a very different of such people sitting in the same order of things going on in Duhal- house with Eldon, or Stowell, or Liverlow.
pool, or Wellington; ay, or even thereNor am I giving my opinion against mains of Erskine, * dilapidated as they Roman Catholic emancipation. I hope are. Byt I fear that these concessions and trust the time will come, when would only pave the way to the demand the privileges and immunities of the of Roman Catholic ascendancy in Irestate will be open to all; but I hope land. I know it is an object earnestly and trust also, that those privileges desired by some of their velvet-pawed and immunities will never be opened to petitioners to Parliament. Look, for anyone who will make use of them to example, at the amazing insolence of wage war on the glorious institutions the language addressed daily by priestof the country. If we could be satis- lings in Ireland, to that great theolofied that the Roman Catholic priest- gian, and most exemplary man, the hood would be content to remain in Archbishop of Dublin, and you canobedience to the laws of the land to not doubt the fact. And if we admit subniit, as every other sectarian body the arguments now relied on to be submits, to the paramount authority valid, we cannot resist it. If the simof the Established Church, and make ple fact, that a barbarous people outno efforts to put themselves up as the numbers the intellect of Ireland, be
Ay, Tim, or Byron.-C. N.
sufficient reason for our giving up one heresy will be extirpated, with violent of the bulwarks of the Constitution, the punishment and slaughter, all over same will hold equally strong for our the world. This piece of bigot stupisurrendering any other which it pleases dity, forgotten everywhere else, is fully them to demand. They can always believed by the low Irish. The book, plead the millions, and the disturbed printed on common paper, is circulastate of the country, which the priest- ted industriously among them in thouhood can always provide as an ever sands, at a price barely sufficient to ready argument.
cover the cost of publication. Extracts The late miracles of Prince Hohen- of the most piquant parts are publishlohe have, in some degree, opened the ed separately-halfpenny brochures eyes of the British public to the intel- of that particular prophecy, are hawk. lectual value of the millions of Roman ed about the streets-and it is one of . Catholic Ireland. We have seen peo-. the stimulants which keeps the whiteple, calling themselves Bishops and boys in full operation. The whole Archbishops, writing pastoral letters, country is full of holy wells, holy vouehing the authenticity of the mi- stones, holy caves, holy waters, holy raculous powers of this High German oils, holy bones,---all visited, or used, impostor—we have thousands of be- by devout pilgrims of the same cast of sotted creatures supplicating him for understanding as the worshippers of restoration of hands, and eyes, and Juggernaut. And these are the milspeech, and everything but what they lions whom we oppress by restrainwant most, brains. We have, prohing, as a precautionary measure, their pudor ! newspapers filled with de- leading people from situations of high tails of their grovelling superstitions authority! and newspaper editors frontless But here comes the argument which enough to advocate them. Nay, Mr will be undoubtedly thrown in my North, this very Lawless himself, who face :-“ You have first brutalized the was ashamed not to join in the ex- people by misgovernment, and you are pression of contempt for the imposi- now abusing them for what is only tion, while speeching in Glasgow, had attributable to yourselves.” On bewhat, if it had happened elsewhere, half of the Tories I strenuously deny I should have called the incredible the fact. I am not a very sincere beaudacity, or stupidity, to print a de- liever in the doctrine that ill governfence of that imposition in his Irishment is the great agent in brutalizing newspaper, and the brazen forehead to any people ; but, supposing it true, call on the manly understanding of our withers are unwrung. The Protestant Ulster to prostrate itself in Whigs enacted the penal code-the belief. But those who have long and Whigs passed the laws pricing the carefully turned their attention to head of a priest, and prohibiting a PaIrish affairs, did not need this addi- pist to ride on a horse worth five tional instance of the mental degra- pounds. When the Tories came into dation of the sister island. With cha- power, they relaxed these laws; and, racteristic esprit de corps, Sir R. Phil- sorry am I to say, they have been lips finds the cause of the success of treated with great ingratitude. Their Hohenlohe in the fact, that in eleven attachment to the Church of England counties out of thirty-two, there is no renders them more obnoxious to the bookseller's shop in that country; a Roman Catholics than the Whigs, circumstance that strikes the worthy who, oppressive as they were, are acbibliopole as being awfully atrocious. knowledged foes to the church, and, on Had he looked a little deeper, he would account of that hatred, popular with have found that the want of booksel- its enemies. But let not Brougham lers is an effect, not a cause, an effect or Denman lay the flattering unction of the gross ignorance of the popula- to their souls, that their protegés fortion. That same ignorance makes get who it is to whom they owe the them swallow mock-miracles, and lis- code which they clamour against. I ten open-mouthed to bloody prophe- shall quote the very man who was cies. Pastorini (Dr Walmerly, an buttering them at this dinner. LawEnglish Catholic Vicar Apostolic, who less, when a roaring member of that wrote a commentary on the Apocalypse blatant beast, the Catholic Board of some fifty years ago, under that name,) Dublin, wrote a stupid book which he has declared, that, in the year 1826, thought fit to call a compendium of