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for their political creed by their personal conduct and the most unfeigned attachment to their Sovereign. No sinister allur sions to the mock majesty of the people, no scurrility in the form of toasts or sentiments, no empty declamations, have disgraced their proceedings, though a wider field for declamation has never been opened. No doubt the friends of Reformn will leave the new dining system to those, who have the facilities for multiplying the number of Cabinet dinners beyond any former examples. Still, the affectation of extraordinary hilarity, under circumstances really

alarming, is not new. Nero, we are told, -played on the fiddle after he had set ancient -Rome, on fire! And the application of this event to the conduct of the ministers of the modern Augusta, may not be quite foreign.

Some of the following observations on the State of Great Britain, &c. may appear povel ; but the judicious readers, to whom they are particularly addressed, will peruse them with candour, and draw their own conclusions,

MEMOIRS

OF THE

LIFE

OF

COLONEL WARDLE.

As it is beyond all doubt that Col. Wardle has been most happily instrumental in creating a new era in British politics, it would be indeed much regretted should the records of so great a change be suffered to sink into oblivion; or even left to the future historian to glance at, or, like a judge, to sum up the glorious evidence of such an important event in a short cursory manner, or in general terms.

Instead of such an abstract of proceedings so highly creditable to the nation ; instead of a dry and compendious detail of so many heart-cheering evidences of public spirit, public virtue, and the promising prospect of a happy reform ; it will no doubt be found more congenial to true British

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feelings, to contemplate, in one point of view, the many and still accumulating proofs of that moral regeneration, and those united efforts of honest and disinterested men, which alone are sufficient, if it be possible, to save the country, and restore the best constitution in the world to its pristine vigour. In fact, at a time when reform in the administration of public affairs has become indispensably necessary ; when taxation has approached its ne plus ultra ; and when abuses have become so rank as to taint the morals of all descriptions, not even the clergy excepted; the public have a right and an interest in being acquainted with the characters of the truly great men of the age, who have undertaken the Hercu. lean task of cleansing this Augean stable, and of resisting that torrent of corruption, wbich bas hitherto intimidated the honest and well-meaning by the mad infuriated cry of Jacobins, Conspiracies, No Popery, &c.! Many pictures of statesmen have been lately drawn; but the gratification of a party-spirit, or the meaner view of obtaining court favour, have spoiled their execu. tion. These objects have now lost their dangerous charms; but to sweep away and punish corruption, and, at the same time, to prevent the rude hand of popular innovation from injuring the noblest supporters of British liberty, these are the honourable duties which the present times reqoire; and which, very fortunately for this country, no inconsiderable number of real patriots seein now disposed to fulfil. To stem the torrent of abuses, extravagant profusion, and the wanton dissipation of the public blood and treasure, we now see some of the richest commoners standing forward. The Cokes of Norolk, and the Curwens of Cumberland, are sufficient, with the band of upright members connected with them, to awe the hardiest and most abandoned tools of ministerial corruption. Indeed every thinking man in the country has begun to reflect on the propriety and necessity of a radical reform, and to distrust all the old parties of Whigs or Tories, Ins or Outs. And in no one instance has the conduct of Col. Wardle, whose history we are going to enter upon, given greater satisfaction than in his de clining to become a member of the Whiğ Club, to which he had been proposed by a friend. This is a specimen of that genuine independence first adopted by Sir Francis Burdett, and which has not been lost upon many of his worthy com peers. But to return, Col. Wardle is a native of Cheshire, and was born in Chester, in 1762, within nine miles of his family residence. He is an only son of Mr. Wardle, of Hartsheath, in the county of Flint, where his ancestors have long resided, beloved by the peasant, and respected by their super riors. His father, who died several years since, his determination to maintain inviolate the laws of his country and fealty to his sovereign, all prove that his character is alike unassailable by the charge of Jacobinism, or systematical oppo• sition to His Majesty's government, or servile adulation to “ the powers that be."- This is the true character of genuine independence and political virtue.

Col. Wardle having remained with his regiment till it was reduced by the peace of Amiens, in 1804, retired, like another Roman Cincinnatus, from the fatigues and pomp of a military career, to his rural pursuits, and passed his time in improving his estates, particularly in Caernarvonshire, where he devoted an ample fortune to the advancement of agriculture, and the farming of an extensive tract of ground.

At length, it seems, the education of Col. Wardle's children induced him to remove to Batb, where he resided about two years. Athough retired and domestic, he was not obscure, as has been most falsely insinuated. The independent electors of Oakhampton, in Devonshire, in 1807, solicited him to become their representative, and at the poll, out of 113 voters, 88 were plumpers for Col. Wardle. How far he has since rewarded their generous confidence, in the discharge of bis parliamentary duty, may now be attested by the voice of grateful millions.

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