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try what I can do to kindle and increase those prejudices. With respect to her Majesty's answers to her addressers, they have been written in that style which must have given a heartfelt satisfaction to every honest man and woman in the country. It is the first instance of royalty breathing a love of liberty, and the welfare of the human race. Whoever has been the real writer of those addresses, it matters not, it is evident that her Majesty has approved them: and it is very probable that she has found much insidious reprobation from dangerous friends for so doing. They have been written in a most becoming, and most masterly style, and all future kings' speeches will have to be contrasted with them, if any more nonsense of the kind be to be issued. It is the spirit which her Majesty has displayed, that must cause her ultimate triumph: her determination to resist a law enacted ex post facto by a corrupt legislature, has made her cause a something worth espousing by all the industrious classes. It is worthy of remark, that she has so far humbled her persecutor already, as to make him glad to receive a deputation with an address, even from an indiscriminate and humble body bearing none of those ridiculous privileges denominated corporate. Even the inhabitants and watermen of Cowes, the inhabitants of Ryde, Portsmouth, Portsea, Gosport, and Brighton, have been honoured with the royal presence: which hitherto has been considered profaned by being seen by any but the Livery of London, and the members of the two universities, Precedents of this kind are gladly broke through in a moment of emergency, and I doubt not, but his Majesty, like Old Louis of France, would be glad to see a deputation from the Billingsgate fishwomen,

The whole and sole object of the ministers and their minions is to blacken the character of Her Majesty, even if they should finally fail in carrying into effect their Bill of Pains and Penalties. The Courier cries out, what modest woman can pay Her Majesty a visit after the censure past upon her conduct by different members of the House of Lords? I would answer, that when the honour and virtue of those Lords stands one half so bright and clear as does that of her Majesty, their censure might be expected to carry some weight with it; but at present, it is only calculated to embellish and adorn her Majesty's character. I can perceive that the Whigs themselves cannot help spitting their venom upon her Majesty. But they are known: and what need have I to say more? Dorchester Gaol, Nov. 8, 1820. R. CARLILE.


We have often felt digust at the manner in which the members of the House of Ignobles address each other, but more strongly during their persecution of the Queen. The foul, the base, the cringing, the lying, hypocrisy, which exists among those ignoble creatures, render them a disgrace to all civilized society. We feel morally certain that, in the pursuit of every object which is calculated to oppress the people and degrade the country, they are in heart and principle unanimous, and the only real difference which ever exists among them is, that the Ins have a greater share of the public plunder than the Outs, and they alternately aim at the ousting of each other from the administration of the affairs of the government. But to the point:

We have been drawn to this subject in consequence of the speech of the Earl Grey, in the House, on Friday the 3d inst. On rising to address the House, this Ignoble Whig began with noticing what had been said by this Ignoble Lord, and that Ignoble Lord, and t'other Ignoble Lord, with the Ignoble Earl on the cross bench (Lauderdale), when the stedfast Whig attacked the apostate Whig in the following language:

"That he give the Noble Earl on the cross bench credit for acting from the most conscientious motives, as from a 30 years knowledge of the Noble Earl, he had always found him to possess the strictest honour, and the most laudable zeal in every thing which he took in hand; therefore he fully accounted in his own mind for the zeal the Noble Earl had displayed in prosecuting this bill of Pains and Penalties against her Majesty," But in the very same breath this noble Earl Grey goes on to say, that this noble Earl Lauderdale has a most extraordinary lynx eye, and that he felt astonished how the noble Earl Lauderdale could see every thing that made against the Queen, and nothing which made for her; yet he unequivocally stated that Lauderdale was a man of undoubted honour and integrity, which he had proved by thirty years acquaintance, and we dare say that the noble Earl Lauderdale will make the same voucher for the noble Earl Grey! No one who has read the proceedings of these Ignoble Lords in their persecution of the Queen, can hesitate to say, that Lauderdale entered on the question as a pre determined and a corrupt judge. He has scarcely been exceeded by the reptile


Gifford in virulence and blackguard conduct. We feel compelled to use the most vulgar epithets, as nothing short of those will apply to the case and the persons. These Ignoble, corrupt, and blackguard lords, have completely destroyed every thing like decent and moral example in the country, and even the ordinary language of ruffians, bullies, and cutthroats, is scarcely expressive of the odious and detestable conduct of the House of Ignobles towards the Queen. Or, at least, we feel, that we are not sufficiently acquainted with that vocabulary, to find words in which we might give vent to our feelings. Moderation and decent language must no more be talked of whilst England bears the disgrace of a House of Lords.

In just the same strain of lying praise is the ignoble Earl Liverpool addressed by all the ignoble lords. They one and all give him credit for candour, for honesty, for integrity, and for moderation; whilst he must be laughing in his sleeve to think that he can practise every kind of villainy at the expense of that praise, and the credulity, real or pretended, of his ignoble opponents. Such a set of swindlers ought, one and all, to be brought to the pillory and whipping-post, and then sent to the plough to get their living, or starve, which they like. Those who have been long in the habit of admiring titled thieves, will think our language coarse and extraordinary, but it is really and sincerely the language of the heart. We are by no means the advocates of Kings or Queens, or any species of royalty; but when we see the present Queen attempted to be destroyed, for no other reason or ground whatever, than that the King is not willing to recognise her as the Queen and his wife, although bound by every moral and honourable tie to do so, and when a gang of fellows who think they have weight and influence in the country, on the ground of titles and their authority as a part of the legislature, step forward to endeavour to gratify the appetites of an avowedly vicious and totally dishonourable man, because he has the power of increasing their fortunes and their titles, by his controul over the public plunder, we confess that we feel a disgust which we cannot express in the language of the country. There is something so cowardly, so base, so foul, so what shall we say-in the treatment of the present Queen, that, although we think a royal family a curse upon every country that wears such a distinction, we could willingly risk our lives in the attempt to re-instate her Majesty in her justly claimed authority. We say justly claimed, not on the ground

of the abstract principle, but because monarchy does exist in this country, and whilst it does exist it ought to be subservient to the rules and regulations of that monarchy which is pretended to be limited by laws and customs. The vices of the individual who fills the office of King ought to be curbed by the laws, as much as the vices of an individual in the lowest sphere of life. But what do we see passing now? A King, vicious beyond parallel, calls upon the other branches of the legislature to assist him in destroying his wife; and those branches, and although they comprise some hundreds, near a thousand, persons, have a bribed majority sufficient to acquiesce, and they do acquiesce, in the will and pleasure of this King, just as if it was a request of the most ordinary kind. The object for destruction is well known by all honest men, to be a woman who has shewn herself to be the life, grace, and ornament of her sex, but who has for five-andtwenty years, been exposed to the most wanton insults as a' female, the most brutal treatment as a wife, and the most contemptuous and degrading reception in the sphere of the English Court, as a princess and a relative, Nay, even in her retirement she was sought after for the infliction of additional misery and wretchedness. Her infant child is no longer allowed to lisp the name of mother, and every attempt is made to bribe her domestics either to poison or to perjure themselves by false accusations. Her persecutor wanted nothing but courage to use the dagger himself. Notwithstanding all this suffering, we have Liverpool, with a character from every ignoble creature in the house, spitting his venom upon her; we have Lauderdale, with his thirty years character from Grey, heaping every specics of abuse and opprobrium upon her; Old Eldon proclaims her guilty because she had a male servant in her employ, who by his fidelity and honesty had obtained her confidence; and the very Whigs themselves say, that they have their suspicions, but that as they are not in power they will not support the King! We hesitate not a moment to say, that the conduct of the outs towards the Queen is far more scandalous than the conduct of the ins. For whilst the ins abuse her Majesty in open and foul language, the outs support them by an acknowledgment of candour, honesty, and integrity. As we have never been in this ignoble assembly, and are not certain that we ever saw a member of it, we do not profess to be acquainted with their definition of the words candour, honour, and integrity; but if


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they are intended to convey the same meaning as they do in their common acceptation, a more foul misapplication of words cannot be imagined. Lord, or Earl, Grey (for we know nothing of these distinctions as to their meaning,) could not sit down, after lauding Lauderdale, Liverpool, and Eldon, without calling himself an honest man, and flattered himself that he should leave that title at least to his children. We should be surprised to hear any one else say this, unless it be Liverpool, Eldon, or Lauderdale, in return for the compliment of honesty passed upon them.

Grosvenor endeavoured to convince the ignobles that the elements had declared war upon them, and like Columbus with the Indians, wanted to frighten them with the eclipse: but these men are all atheists, or materialists, or naturalists, for either of these words express our meaning, and are not to be frightened by such bugbears. If any of those men, or lords, felt an impression of the divinity or reality of the Christian religion, could he violate all the moral precepts of that religion? No, he would shrink with horror from the attempt. No human gratification could induce a man that believed in hell and all the fables about it, to risk the torments described as certain to fall upon those who do not believe certain tales and follow a certain line of conduct. Whatever man or woman believed any thing of the kind would weigh their words and actions with the most scrupulous care, and dread the least slip from the path marked out. No, these lords have a contempt for all religious notions as far as it respects themselves, or they never could lie one against the other in such a manner, and inflict such miseries and calamities as they do among the mass of mankind, for their own momentary and private gratifications. They are a foul and useless body, calculated only to corrupt instead of preserving a purity in the legislature. The only just legislature must consist of the representatives of the people, without any controul but the people,


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