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or known, they are detested by all men, and it by these means ? What is Mr. Wandle, “ is only when they can delude the people 6 or Miss Taylor, or Mrs. CLARKE, or the « to their side, that there is any stiength in “ Duke of YORK, to these designing men, but o their arm.-Their art is to hide the cloren “as so many objects by which they can foot, and, under an assumed form, take promote their grand design against the “ the advantage of a popular feeling, ex- Government of the Country ? - Is their duty “ cited and forented by their vile stratagens, “ now so rarely performed by our public " and, by working on this tertile soil, turn « Men-by our Opposition Virtue-mongers, or to their own horrible purposes, passions “ as seldom as by our Ministerial Opti" which are perhaps founded in virtue, « mists, that Mr. Wardle must be demi-de« and directed to the reform of abuse, not ified for having done his ? That is, for 6 to the overthrow of Government. It is having, from a suspicious connection “ to guard ag unst this specious itelusion; “ with an infamous prostitute, been in" it is to warn our countryinen against “ duced to bring forward charges against “ lending themselves, under the idea of « a Member of the Illustrious House of correcting errors, to the views of those “ BRUNSWICK, which, by a signal and tri“ mercenary and villainous men who plot the umphant majority of 241, hare been dedestruction of all that is deur to us; it is to clared to be unfounded.-Oh, fortune-fa

open their eyes to the dangers which « voured NAPOLEON! even the patriotism 6 surround' them, that we dare, even con- rs of Britain aids thee in the attainment of “ trary to their now ruling persuasion, to "thy ambitious hopes. Every thing cono call on them for reflection and a short “spires to render thee invincibie. The “ pause, before they plunge into the streain « Chronicle of London fights thy battles a“ from which in its course there is little “ gainst Austria. 'The Patriots in the British hope they will at any future period be “ Senate fight thy battles against established “ able to extricate themselves. It is with crowns and legal constitutions.—After this grief and concern we daily witness the writer goes on to repeat what Mr.WIND“ what twenty or thirty intriguing and HAM said:

that there was no act of which Jacobinicul spirits can compass with the “ the Duke of York was accused, of which “ British public. It is with deep shame and “ he would not rather be found guilty than sorrow, that we see the noblest feelings “ of having taken away, without her con~ of human nature made subservient to the 6 sent, and against her will, the letters " basest purposes of a detested Faction. It 66 taken from Mrs. Clarke by Mr. War« is with heartfelt anguish that we behold dle." _Of all that was said, during “ the real, patriot, and in-born love of li- the whole of the debates, nothing gave me

berty of the British people, turned by any pain but this; and, I cannot help “ the cunning of those whose idea of liberty hoping, that, in spite of this repetition, « is licentiousness, and whose minds are there must have been some misrepresen- intent on nothing but revelling on the plun- tation. To be sure, if Mr. Wardle had so der of a Nation, overthrown to aid their acted from any view of advancing his own " projects and consummate their plans.- interest; if the affair, to which the letters « Such do we consider the addresses to Mr. I had related, had been a private one; if it “ Wardle, whose accusations the represen- had been between man and man, and had “ tatives of the people have pronounced to been unconnected with the duty of Mr. « be unfounded; such do we consides the Wardle as a member of parliament; if subscriptions to Miss Taylor, the associate this had been the case, there might have of the most infamous prostilule of the age: been some doubt as to the propriety of his “ such do we consider the instigations to hold conduct, though, even then, the question public meetings; and such do we consider must have turned wholly upon the circum

every act connected with or promoting stances of the case. For, suppose you to " these objects.—Let the Public reflect see, in the hands of any one, papers prov“ for a moment who the wretches are that ing the commission of a murder, are you o set these matters on foot. Can they to let such papers escape you? No, per“ imagine for a moment that a base noto- haps, it will be said ; but go and lay the rious libeller, his associates, or his miserable information, leaving it to others to seize satellites, are inspired by a love of their the papers. But, where is the difference “ country or of virtue to engage so ar- between giving this information and seiz« dently in these schemes; or must they ing the papers yourself? So, then, for any not rather instantly acknowledge that thing that you care, the murderer is to " there is something ulterior in view yet hid escape; he is to be left with his sharpen“ from their sight, which is to be attained led knife in his hand, rather than you will


be “ guilty" of seizing the proofs of his is still better worthy of being remembered, guilt. So much for this doctrine when they found a parliament to pass such law. applied to a private case; but, suppose --I will not cram up my space and ocyou to see, in the possession of a friend ; cupy the time of the reader with any of a brother; nay, of that nearest and commentary upon what I have extracted dearest of all connections, a parent or a from the Morning-Post. It is the mere child, papers containing proofs of treason, echo of what we have heard else-where, committed, or to be committed? Would and what already stands admirably exposed you not seize these papers, or give infor- to public contempt. Yes, it is too late to mation (which is precisely the same thing, tell us, that to bring to light, and to exeof their existence! I put this question crate corruption and public robbery, it is too home to you; and beg you to remember, late to tell the people, that this indicates that if you failed to do it, you would be desire to overturn the House of Brunswick liable to be hanged for the failure. And, and the constitution of England; that this shall the law tell us this; shall it thus act, indicates a plot for the effecting of a bloody in behalf of the king, and be applauded jacobinical revolution, and that those, for so acting, wbile one of the makers of who voted with Mr. Wardle, fight the that law tells us, that it is an offence to act battles of Buonaparte against established in behalf of the public, upon the princi- crowns and legal constitutions. The peoples of that law? We may differ in our ple of England, as Mr. LYTTLETON (1 ho estimate of the relative magnitude of is one of the jacobins) said, are no longer robbery of the public and of conspiracy against to be duped; and, what is still more sathe king ; but, without entering into any tisfactory to observe, a very great part of argument upon that point, I think that the nobility and gentlemen of England, and few persons will be found to deny, that it that part, too, who are to live for an age to is impossible to justify the law of mispri- come, seem to have now imbibed the same sion of treason, unless you allow, that it contempt for the means that have been would have been a crime in Mr. Wardle used for the purpose of deceiving them not to have availed himself of the best into a belief, that it was their interest to side means within his power, of securing the against the great muss of the nation. Comproof of public robbery, of the existence pletely to eradicate this belief, the folly of which he had obtained the knowledge. of which yields to that of no creed that ---The system of spies and informers is imposture ever invented for the purposes interwoven with our system of finance, of subjection and of plunder, is all that is and I do not recollect that Mr. Windham wanted to bring about that general reform, ever made opposition to any of those laws of which Mr. Whitbread spoke the other No, ail is good; all advantages are fair day, and without which all but those, who which operate in favour of those who fatten or wish to fatten, upon public plunrule; but if you take advantage of any der, are so anxious to see brought about. circumstance in favour of the public, you -It is not the “rabble," who call for are accused of acting a mean and dustardly such a reform. The rabble, properly so part; as if the government was a thing called (and more or less of rabble there so weak and so very defenceless ! always will be,) profit from abuses and This is like inany of the clergy, who were corruptions. They are peculators and amongst the first; who were, indeed, the plunderers of another sort, and different very first, to encourage spies and informers look, to be sure; but still they are pecuagainst the Jacobins and Levellers, and to lators and plunderers. No: it is not the justify all the means, of whatever descrip-rabble; it is those who suffer from the tion, to come at proofs of their machina- rabble, who know them well, and who are tions. But, behold, when the bitter cha- su anxious about nothing as to keep power lice was put to their own lips; when, in out of their hands.--I cannot refrain 1800, or thereabouts, qui tam informations from a remark or two upon the passage, were laid against them for having neg- relating to Miss Taylor, the only accusalected their bounden and sacred duties, tion that this base writer prefers against they could then set up a loud and general whom, is, that she was the associate of Mrs. cry against informers, whom they repre- Clarke, whom he denominates the “ most sented as the most infamous of mankind; " infamous prostitute of the age;" forgetting, they could come to the parliament for a apparently, that she was so long the great law to suspend the operation of these in- patroness of the army; the Venus of our formations; aye, for an ex post facto law to great and mighty Mars; the “ darling! " protect them against informers; and, what l of his affections, the "Angel" of his de

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votions, and his connection with whom don Common ; that they are fast sinking this very writer has 2,ologized for, not under the waves ; anil, seeing this, they to say justitied, in numerous

Essays. Oh! are bursting with sipeen and envy. Hence pandler of inco. parable impudence; to they are sulky; they preserve a sullen vility ihe modriess whne bje exto is the vo- silence; or unlock their lips only for the tary, oli jus! lies the deveriai!

purpose of emitting their drivel for the hanks to Mr. Inte bare, as will be exunguishment of real public spirit. If

been voied by the Ciry of this worn-out, this decrepit, this dotard, Westminstei. -1 perceive, tha' the Mayor this dying party, tad not seen enough of Loncior. isas, atar, at er inucli bogeling, before, to cen'ince it, that the days of poand many ditirsinlics, called a Common litical quickery were past, it would, Hail, ai which is vificulties ougiit not to surely, see it now, if total loss of sight had be forgotkul.---TO1.coppie of Glasgero not preceded its dissolution. This party, have sh'wn an admirable, irit, and sei an

which bad raised the gre. test of expecexample worthy of general imitation. tations, deceived we people more than They have seni, hivigli Loru Fuikeste ne, they ever were deceived before. They an address to Mr. Warule (a copy of had got into favour by professions about which was inscuted in my last, at page reform and retrenchment: they obtained 451) W uwards of four thousand power : the first act of that power was to NAMES at the bottom of it. This is pass a law to make a great sinecure office what I like.. That man can never be enable along with a place of 6,0001. a depended upon; he is not worth a straw, year, though the two offices were incomif he is not ready to put his name to the patible in their natures; their second act expression of his sentiments. In some was to pass a law making an addition to cases it is inconvenient; in others nearly the number of foreign troops in the counimpossible; but, where practicable, it is try; and, their last aet was, the withalways the best way.- --This very drawing of a bill from before the House great inconvenience the people of Glas- of Conimons, in consequence of the king's disa gow have, I am informed, had forced approbation of that bill; and this, too, for

Their intention, at first, the evident and sole purpose of keeping was to call a public meeting ; but, their places. Can they be so infatuaied their requisition was refused by the Pro- as to suppose, that there is a single man vost. The next step determined on was in the country, out of a madhouse, who to achvertise in the news-papers ; but all will ever contide in them again? They their n ws-papers refused to publish their have dug a pit for themselves; their readvertisements. They then possed bills, cent conduct has plunged them into it; and desirboied printed papers; and, in the nation is now kicking the dirt in upon six days, ihese suur thousanii nanes were them ; Dr. O'Meara may daub them over signed. -These are the sort of men; with his celestial unction ; but, not a tear men, who see no difficulties iso great to will be shed for their loss, ercept by the mibe overcome. These two men would, nisters, to whom the loss will, in time, be in the defence of their country, be worth fatal.- Here follow the ten millions of those balancing, timid, passed by a Meeting of ten thousand peosheep-like creatures, who wait for a betl ple in Westminster, on Wednesday, the wether to lead the way. Scotland, I shall 29ch of March.honour thee, as long as I live, for the sake of Glassow! Where there are such men

Resolved Unanimouslyfor a population, there is no danger to be “ Ist. That the inhabitants of this City, apprehended from the undue influence of | from the means of information which their persons in authority, nor even from that local situation allord; them, have long been base and servile press, which appears to

aware of ile existence of scandalous and corexist in Scotland. In this work of rupt practices in various departments of the stilling in the birth, or rather, of prevent state, and by the late investigation in the ing the existence, ot thanks to Mr. Wardle, bon. the lue of Commons, the fact has the Whigs (always excepting those who been made manif'st to every part of the veted in the 125) are not at all inferior to United Kinguum. their political opponents. They plainly “ 2nd. That Gwyllim Lloyd Wardle, esq. sce, that their doom is sealed ; that the by bis singular intrepidity and integrity people care about their regular sham- in instituting an Inquiry into the conduct fights no more than they do about the of his royal higbness the Duke of York, great fights upon Black-Heath or Wimble- and by persevering in that Inquiry, in

u pon them.


spite of the greatest difficulties and they been paid in the House of Commons to most formidable discouragements, has ren- the investigation of the Charges brought dered an important service to his country, in this particular instance, ought to aniand merits the grateful thanks and warm- mate the people to prosecute Inquiry and est approbation of this Meeting.

Reform in all the departments of the 3d. That the Thanks of this Meeting be State ; and they recommend to every given to our worthy Representative, sir F. county, city, and borough of the United Burdett, bart. for the independent manner Kingdom, in which the present state of in which, at a very important moment, the Elective Franchise will admit it, to and under very critical circumstances, he follow the example which it has been the seconded the Motion for Inquiry; for the duty and pride of the City of Westminster assistance which, as far as his health per- to set them, of returning, free of expense, mitted, he afforded during its progress, honest and independent Representatives; and for the able and patriotic Speech who shall have no interest but that of rewhich under the pressure of great bodily storing what is obviously wanted-integpain, he delivered on the result of the In- rity and economy, in the receipt and exrestigation : thus adding one more to the penditure of the public money, and of many proofs he has already given, that he preserving inviolate the rights and priviis the fuithful steward of that body, by Ieges of the people. whose free and spontaneous voice he was

“ Arthur MORRIS, High Bailiff. so honourably elected.

It was then also unanimously Re“ 4th. That the Thanks of this Meeting

solved, be given to lord viscount Folkestone, for “ That the Thanks of this Meeting be the active, judicious, and firm support be given to Arthur Morris, esq., high baililt, afforded to col. Wardle during the Investi

for the promptress with which he called gation ; and for his manly, able, and per- this Meeting, and for his able and imparspicuous Speech on the Conduct of the

tial Conduct in the Chair.” Coinmander-in-Chief.

6 5th. That the Thanks of this Meeting -There is but one tord, that I dislike are particularly due to Samuel Whitbread, in these Resolutions, and that is the word esg., sir Samuel Romilly, knt., major-gen. Colonel. Not Colonel, but Mister. After Ferguson, Henry Martin, esq., sir Thomas what we have recently seen, let us, I pray Turton, bart., Thomas William Coke,

esq., you, have it plain Mr. Wardle.---These John Christian Curwen, esq., the hon. are good sentiments. It is useless to talk : Thomas Brand, the hon. H. W. Lyttleton, they must prevail. There must be a salord viscount Milton, lord viscount Al. | lutary, constitutional, legal, loyal reforthorp, Chas. Watkin Williams Wynne, mation; a radical reform, from Christs': esq., lord Stanley, and the Minoriiy of Hospital to St. Stephen's Chapel, or this 125, who divided in favour of colonel nation sinks into everlasting ruin.—Mr. Wardle's Motion for an Address to the Whitbread was, I hear, at this meeting, and King, on the Conduct of the Duke of York, took an active part. That is good. It shews. and the Minority of 137, who supported that he has broken through the cursed the Amendment proposed by sir Thomas trammels of faction; that he is, at last, Turton, bart.

weary of an association with the Sheridans “oth. That ihe Thanks of this Meeting and Fitzpatricks. Foh! Oh! it was truly be also given to the Minority, on the mo- lamentable to see him so yoked. Well, tion of Henry Bankes, esq.; and also to now, were these ten thousand jacobins ? the Minority who opposed the Motion of Tremble, then, Mr. Yorke, for the “conthe right hon. the Chancellor of the Ex-“ spiracy' is formidable indeed, though chequer ; and it is their unanimous opi- , you can, I think, no longer complain, that nion, that, after the concurring declara- it does not appear in a " tangible tion of so many Independent Representa- it not the best, and wisest, and safest way; tives of the People, whoever shall, at any for the government to set about a radical future time, advise His Majesty to rein- reform at once, to anticipate all the e jacostate his royal highness the Duke of York bins, and so spite the rogues ? Perhaps in the situation of Commander-in-Chief, you will tell me, that there are nuillions will, by such advice, prove himself an upon millions of good and solid reasons enemy to the country.

why this will not be. But, there are 120 “ 7ih. That it is the opinion of this Meet- men, even in the House of Commons, who ing, that the discoveries made by this In- demand a statement of these weighty reaquiry, as well as the attention which has sons. They, who are almost all of them,

men of great property, do not seem to fear taken the command of other regiments as the consequences of a reform. Poor fools! well as of his own company; for, how what, I warrant, they do not understand often does it happen, that the command what is good for them half so well as Mr. of a regiment is left to a Captain LieuteHuskisson and Mr. Canning and Mr.Ward nant? _An account, which I will give, and General Fitzpatrick and Lord Castle- one of these days, of the way in which it reagh do ? Poor silly young fellows! they was managed to get this young man on, are, as the Morning Post says, misled by with a positive and direct violation of the designing men ;", or, as Mr. Perceval rule not to promote one man over the has it, by

cooler heads." And so, they, head of another, in the same corps, will however plain the thing may be, cannot be highly amusing. see, that it does them good to take out of The Electors of Westminster have pubtheir estates immense salaries for Mr. Hus- lished the Speech of Sir Francis Burdett, kisson and Mr. Ward, and pretty decent upon the Conduct of the Duke of York. pensions for their wives. They cannot It is my intention to have published a List see, country cubs that they are, how it is of the 125 members, who voted with Mr. that they and their children are to be be- Wardle. To have it printed upon fine nefited by paying £.300 to Lady Louisa and stout paper, capable of being framed, Puget, upon the English pension list, and and preceded by the motion, and a sucanother £.300 a year to the same identicinct history thereof; so that it may

be cal person, under the name of Lady Louisa hung up, and read as one sits before the Erskine, upon the Scotch pension list. It fire. -It would be very desirable to is useless to enumerate any more cases ; have the List of those who voted against for if they are blind to the benefit here, him. Can no one assist me in this? It so they would continue to the end of the would be a most valuable thing for the chapter, which, by-the-bye, is a pretty nation to possess. Much more valuable long one. -To be serious, these 126 men than “ Our Empire in the East." shew that a Reform must take place. Truth has triumphed, and the vile writers,

COBBETT'S the vile traders, the reptile and venomous COMPLETE COLLECTION OF traders in Anti-Jacobinism must be trodden under foot; a triumph, for which State Trials: amongst other things, we have to thank To be completed in Thirty-Six Monthly Mr. Wardle.

Parts, forming Twelve large Volumes in Botley, Thursday, 30th March, 1809.

Royal Octavo.

The Fourth Part of the above Work In speaking of the List of the Minority is this day published. One Part will apupon Mr. Wardle's Motion, I observed, that there were only two lawyers in it. 1 pear, with the greatest regularity, on the did not know that Mr. HENRY Martin Subscribers who have expressed their in

first of cach succeeding Month. Those was a lawyer, and I overlooked the name tention of taking the Work in Quarterly of MR. FRANCIS Horner. I beg these Volumes, are respectfully informed that gentlemen to be assured, that the omission the First Volume is now ready for deto mention them as gentlemen of the law

livery. was not intentional,

A correspondent points out an error in my statement respecting Mr. Adam's son's

COBBETT’S promotion. Any one must see that, sup- Parliamentary Debates: posing the thing to stand as my correspondent supposes, it was a mere error ; be

The Twelfth Volume is in the Press. cause it is inpossible, that it should have All Communications for the above Work, been intentional, as I myself furnished the if sent to the Publishers in due time, shall means of detection.- Nor does it at all be carefully attended to. alter the merits of the case.

But, the thing is even worse than I represented it ;

OFFICIAL PAPERS. for, a Captain in the Guards ranks with a TREATY BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND Major of other foot regiments, and a Lieu- SPAIN. ---Treaty of Peace, Friendship, tenant with Captains of other foot regi- and Alliance between his Britannic Majesty ments; so that, in any Garrison, or Camp, and his Catholic Mujesly Ferdinund VII. Lieut. Adam, just warm from school, in Signed at London, the 14th of Jan. 1909. 1799, at the age of sixteen, might have in the name of the Most Holy and

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