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The present crisis is, beyond all ruption of their government, until question, the most important that has their dreams of eternal power vanishoccurred in this country since the ed into thin air, and the Liberal vision passing of the Reform Bill. The re- of everlasting dominion in the British action which the more thoughtful of empire has been cut short by decisive the Conservative party fondly anti. hostile majorities of 21, 24, and 36, cipated during the transport of “the on questions admitted to be essential Bill, the whole Bill, and nothing but the to their existence. Bill," and which the democracy so con- At such a moment, it well becomes fidently and strenuously maintained all those who are interested in their would never take place, has now, be- country's welfare, to pause for a moyond all question, been fully realiz- ment, even amid all the anxiety and ed. It was a very easy matter to excitement of a general election, and deny the existence of this reaction cast a retrospective glance on the as long as the Liberal party con- past, and a prospective eye on the trived, by means of Court favour, future. Coming events do now, inMinisterial corruption, and Whig- deed, cast their shadows most disRadical delusion, io maintain a majo- tinctly before ; and it requires not the rity in the House of Commons. But gift of prophecy to foretell, that the when all these efforts and arts were days of Whig-Radical rule and Minis. exhausted—when hope deferred had terial corruption are now numbered, made the Radical heartsick -- when and that the ancient, independent spirevenue failing had made the Minis- rit of the British empire is speedily terial purse empty-and truth, reas- about to triumph over the combined serting her empire, bad rendered even efforts of courtly adulation and Minisurban
constituencies hostile, it became terial corruption. But all anticipaimpossible any longer to maintain a tions of the future which are not restmajority in the House of Commons. ed on the experience of the past, are County after county was lost, from a founded on fallacious grounds; and, growing sense on the part of the agri- however brilliant and cheering may cultural interests, now too fatally be the prospects of the British emproved to be well-founded, of the pire at this time, there could be little dangers with which they were mena- solid ground for hope or consolation, ced from the ascendency of the revo- if the morning, which is now so brightlutionary party. Borough after bo- ly opening, were not ushered in by rough slipped out of their hands, from the well-known harbingers of a fine the general conviction which pene- day. But such harbingers have aptrated all the intelligent ranks of the peared the evening red bas preurban classes of the hollowness of ceded the morning grey;" and the Whig-Radical professions, the selfish- most cheering prospects for the inteness of their measures, and the cor- rests of the Conservative party, and
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