« PreviousContinue »
done. The word of God, he said, would not let him support the Bill! Strange excuse! Every thing in this transaction has turned upon expediency. The guilt or innocence of the Queen has been but a secondary object, and we admired Lord King's clause, y bich enacted that the law should be repealed immediately on Her Majesty becoming Queen Regnant, and that the same Bill should assert her innocence on that condition, as a matter of further expediency and loy, alty!
The Bishop of Gloucester, bad but a part of the Archbishops scruples--he would vote for the Bill without the Divorce clause! What a horrid opinion these men must have of the King! They must know something more of him than we plebeians do. We know enough. Another circumstance still more strange: These men, who have been so well paid for reading the Bible, can make no sense of it. At least, by their opposing each other they admitted that it was contradictory as to the law, of divorce. How can those who are not paid to read it make any sense of it? We would seriously recommend the King to change his religion, and the religion of the law, and substitute the Koran for the Bible: the former book has no contradictions, and is well adapted to the disposition of the WHOLB GUELPHIC FAMILY. Mem. We shall hope the first appointment to the rank and office of Musti. Under this religion there is no need of divorcing wives, to get others, as they may be multiplied. " Damn good maxims,” cries George the Fourth. Then follow it, for the Koran will outlive the Bible by many centuries.
The Bishop of London insisted upon it, that the King could do no wrong, that he could not commit a folly much less a crime, and, therefore, recrimination was out of the question. To act strictly upon this grand constitutional maxim, as it is called, the better and more rational way would be, to have a figure made out of some material, and put a crown upon it, or to employ the Prussian Mechanist to make a speaking automaton, as a consistent and cheaper method of keeping kings. Then the King could never die nor do wrong, nor kill his groom, nor abuse his wife, nor cheat his creditors, nor get beastly drunk, nor make use of other men's wives, nor spend the people's money. This must be admitted on all sides, and by all parties, as an amendment upon the present system of king-keeping:
The Archbishop of Canterbury insisted upon it, that the word of God the Father, and God the Son, both sanctioned the law of divorce as required upon this Bill, and that he
could see no objections to it, and the least of all upon religious grounds! Bravo! bravo! Mr. Archbishop, stick to your text, and never mind what Grosvenor said about throwing the Book of Common Prayer in the King's face. He is a treasonable and seditious fellow. Serve the King, as the Head of your Church, and never mind serving your God: you will bave plenty of time for that when you become immortal and have nothing else to do.
Mem.--All the Bishops who made their appearance pronounced the Queen guilty! How comes it to pass that the Dandy Bishop, late of Exeter, but now of Lincoln, was not present? Report says that he has been telling tales of the King, and that the King would not keep him as a playmate any longer. Rather unfortunate for the Dandy, as he missed the see of Winchester by a slip of his tongue! Courts are strange places; and courtiers are strange creatures.
Lord Lauderdale has been bottle-holder and second to the Attorney-General (Gifford). His retaining fee must have been weighty, for he has “ laboured more abundantly tban they all” to condemo and blacken her Majesty. He bas displayed all the vices which provincial prejudice has attributed to Scotchmen. Far be it from us to apply our ex. pressions to all Scotchmen, we have had some of our best friends from among them; but we would put it to every liberal-minded Scotchmen to say, whether the majority of their Lords have not filled up the vices of treachery and over-grasping on this question of the Queen. Whether they have not displayed the character of over-servile servants and domineering masters as far as their authority has gone. Answer this Landerdale and Colville. By way of set-off, we wish to add, that the majority of both English and Irish Lords are not a jot better.
The Earl of Limerick has been conspicuous as a Prosecuting Judge, particularly in attempting to confuse her Majesty's witnesses. We think it abominable that a Judge should try to harass a wituess: his duty should be mildly to extract the truth. But the Queen has in a manner had above a hundred Attorney and Solicitors-General to deal with. She must be a woman far above the generality of women to have come clean through such an ordeal, notwithstanding the filth so many blackguards have endeavoured to pour upon her. Whenever the bubble of the funding system bursts, some poor dupes will lose a million of money on account of this pretended trial of the Queen. This will be the moment for counting the costs, this will be the moment of lamentation. However, the honest part of the
community have had sufficient warning to withdraw such property, and whoever stands a share of the loss cannot complain, it will be the result of obstinacy and imprudence.
The following Lords are bold denouncers of the Queen: Huntley, Sheffield, Home, Somers, with the Duke of Athol.
Ellenborough and Calthorpe have been amongst her Majesty's greatest enemies, although they have voted against the Bill. They have evidently endeavoured to support the Ministers by justifying their conduct in this measure, in denouncing the Queen as guilty, and yet voting in her favour! Strange fellows these! Must not be forgotten at the day of judgment.
As to the Ministers in this House, we need not say much of them, they are so well known as to render it needless. Old Eldon had no doubts about the Queen's guilt! QuereIs it not high time that he left off doubting and hesitating elsewbere. A rare tormentor has this fellow been as an equity Judge. Sidmouth has been a silent actor in this scene of the drama, but the Bill was no sooner thrown out, than he went home and fell sick. We
pray that he may recover. Wellington had better have been defeated at Waterloo, or Vittoria, or Talavera, or Vimeira, than have tarnished his imaginary laurels in encountering and being defeated by a woman. Tbis man will find no more applause in this country.' He will wish himself Sir Arthur Wellesley within a year or two.
Lord Kenyon attempted to set the Bishops right about the Bible, but as he has not abused the Queen, nor voted for the Bill in its latter stages, we will spare bim.
We feel some respect for him as one of our friends of the committee of the Vice-Society.
Lord Duncan is the only Lord who manfully met the Bill by saying, that the prosecution was a conspiracy, and that every person who bad sworn against the Queen had been bired and perjured. We record this, because we have learnt it since we made the assertion, that po Lord had done such thing. Not one of tbe leading Whigs had the honesty and courage to say this: they were evidently as willing to leave a stain upon her Majesty as the Ministers were. Lord Holland has been in a measure silent, until he found that he had not signed the protest against the second reading. All these Whigs would gladly give the present Ministers a good character and indemnity if they could but exchange places.
We have no further recollections of any individuals that. are worth notice, should any thing recur to our memory, or
should any person remind us of a few facts, which it would be useful to record, in the foregoing precise form, we shall readily insert them. The day of retribution must come, and Justice must again bold the scales. She bas been long banished from this country, and nothing but a Reform in the Commons' House of Parliament can replace her; but this Reform must take place ere long, or we shall see more disgusting scenes than we have seen within the last four years. We might now well say, Representation or Death.
As yet, we have no particulars of what the Despots are doing at 'Troppau, but we are inclined to think that they are bent on an annibilating the Neapolitan Government, and that the English Government is privy to this measure. An English squadron has concentrated itself in the Bay of Naples, to the consternation of the inhabitants; but pretends to have no authority to act or take any measures whatever, and that the meeting of such a force bas been rather accidental than otherwise. We must doubt this until we see better proof of it. Canning lurks about the Continent, and seems afraid to come home! The last account of him is from Paris, where he was seen attending a political trial, or the trial of a modeller for selling busts of Buonaparte. It It is not yet said, whether he is to represent England at Troppau or not; but we are inelined to think, that he will hesitate about coming home in the present state of affairs. We would not wish for a better proof, that all the charges against the Queen have been false, and the result of a conspiracy and perjury, than that Canning durst not stay to take a part in them. He must have contemplated their failure, or he would have been proud of the task of supporting such charges if he had seen a chance of success.
Old Louis of France, seems to have forgot the fate of the several members of his family in the presence of the young Duke of Bourdeaux; and the old boy begins to affect gaiety and good humour. We are not inclined to think, that he will instil much of his disposition into the French nation ; for already the legitimacy of the young
Duke is disputed, and a protest; with the name of the Duke of Orleans attached, has been circulated throughout France, and throughout Europe, shewing some very weighty reasons as to the impossibility of this being the child of the Dáchess of Berri. It is a proof of what is the feeling of the French nation towards the Bourbon family: we are by no means inclined to think that a trick has been played off in procuring this young Duke. Such a circumstance is altogether improbable under the present state of public feeling in France.
We fear that the Neapolitans are playing a treacherous part towards the Palermitans in Sicily. No further accounts have arrived, than that General Pepe has nearly disarmed the citizens of Palermo, whilst we know that the treaty under which that condition was to take place, has been violated and abolished by the Parliament of Naples. It is supposed that the Palermitans know nothing of the violation of their treaty, and that they will be apprized of it when they have no means of resistance teft. We fear that the Rè. volution of Naples has but a rotten base, and that a few months will see a counter-revolution. It has been much degraded by the invasion of Sicily; and when we read of a member of the Neapolitan Parliament condemning the treaty entered into by General Pepe, on the ground that the Pa“Termitans were a base populace and not worthy to be treated with, we felt indignation at such despotic expressions, and an assurance that an assembly, that could silently tolerate such expressions, could neither possess a love of liberty, nor any correct notions as to principles of government. They have not yet read the “ Rights of Man" in Naples, or they would have never outraged the name of liberty in such a manner. The proceedings of the Cortes of Spain are admirable
All monastic orders are suppressed, and the Patriots, who set the example of proclaiming the Constitution, are to be rewarded with estates from the ecclesiastical lands and property, This is as it should be: and whenever the revolution comes in this country, the property which the church is said to hold must be examined and duly regulated. Spain 'bas performed wonders within the last year, and we doubt whether even England would have done as much if placed in the same situation. The anniversary. of the Spanish Revolution will be á something worth celebrating; we mean the day it commenced, and not the day on which the King signed a promise to support the Constitution.
Vol. IV. No. 12.