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the whole matter of complaint refer- Government, nor authorized others red to their investigatiori, was entire to make the communication, of opiand unquestionable.
nions different from those which he " The Committee felt bound at expressed in his place in that House; the same time to express their full but there was another question, confidence in Mr Hill's declaration, namely, whether the Hon. and Learnthat the statement impeaching Mred Gentleman expressed on converSheil's character was made by him sation sentiments different to those at Hull under a sincere, though mis- he maintained in the House. Upon taken, persuasion of its accuracy. this point he received his informaThey derived this confidence as well tion first from persons on whose vefrom the tone of generous regret racity he placed the utmost confi. which characterised his coinmunica-. dence, and the Hon. and Learned tion at the close of their proceeding, Gentleman did not appear to him at as from the candid admissions and first to deny the statement made by the evident anxiety to avoid all ex- him (Lord Althorp). He did not aggeration and mistatements which think when he made the statement they had observed throughout his that (as we understood) he was say. testimony as delivered in their pre- ing any thing which could be consi
dered disparaging to a Member of This report having been read to Parliament; but, as a Minister, perthe House, Lord Althorp rose, and haps he acted imprudently in making was received with loud cheers from the it." As he mentioned before, he had Ministerial benches! He ought to have his information from persons on been made to hear what a greater whose honour and veracity he repersonage, in a nobler assembly, lied ! But if the Hon. and Learned heard on his return-"one dismal Gentleman now came forward and universal hiss, the sound of public declared before the House that he scorn.” His Lordship—thank God we did not express in private, opinions were not present-is said “to have different to those he expressed in spoken in a tone of voice so low and his place, he should be convinced, indistinct that it was difficult almost and rest satisfied that he had been throughout to catch his sentences, misinformed, or that the Hon. and except by conjecture from particu- Learned Gentleman had been mislar words.” It would not perhaps understood !”. be fair, therefore, to his Lordship, to Insolent folly-brazen-faced incriticise “sentences which it was justice--ox-like insult, by an animal difficult for the reporter to catch without horns! Honest Lord Alexcept by conjecture;” but we may thorp! Why, ask why he did not speak up like a
“ An honest man's the noblest work of man? He had no right to stand there
God." and mumble, for the people of Eng. land, and Ireland, and Scotland, And is Lord Althorp, indeed, the wished to hear what he had got to say noblest work of God? Such a danfor himself—and he should have been gerous assertion should not be hamade to clear his throat and jaws, nor zarded-for it might make people suffered either to hem, or hå, or stut- atheists. The convicted calumniater. We have compared half-a-dozen tor ought not to have thus mumbled reports of what he tried to say, and -he ought rather to have been we quote part of it, in the belief that mute, it is accurately reported, notwith- But it is absurd in us to wax standing that the reporters may have wroth with one who stood there stuhad occasionally recourse to pified as a stot in a stall. Had he jecture from particular words.” not lowed we should not have lost
“ He supposed that by the call our temper. We have, however, which the House now made upon recovered it; and calmly ask we him it was expected that he should our country, if ever she heard such express some opinion as to the Re- atrocious attempt as this of port He was ready to declare him- honest Lord Althorp's to withhold self quite satisfied as to the fact that the benefit of complete vindication the Hon. and Learned Gentleman of character, thus solemnly proneither himself communicated to nounced by his peers, from a gentle
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man whom the mumbler had insulted ley expressed himself. He had oband slandered, with all the malignity tained a complete vindication of cha-not of a fiend—but far worse-of racter, and was relieved from the an old woman ?
painful situation in which he had But Mr Sheil could now afford to stood. There was not now the shado or say any thing honest Lord Al- dow of a doubt resting upon the thorp chose, in his stupidity, to ask word of the honourable and learned in a low tone of voice, and in a lower member.” If there was not a shatone of spirit. An innocent man dow of a doubt, then pray why should stands in light, and candour is his Mr Secretary Stanley strive to create robe. “ The noble lord has stated, one? But Sir Henry Hardinge would that if he (Mr Sheil) would state that not suffer this fresh injustice to eshe had not done those things which cape exposure. “ The Right Hohad been imputed to him, he should nourable Secretary appeared to him feel bound to believe him. He ac- to have assumed most unjustly that cepted the noble lord's apology and the vindication of the honourable his invitation at the same time; and and learned gentleman rested in he did solemnly declare that he was part on his own denial. The report not guilty of any of the charges that acquitted him, not only from the had been made against him. He had charge brought against him at Hull, been led to make these observations” but also from every other charge whatever (we cannot quote his most manly connected with the subject.” Mr Stanley speech) “ against his original inten- had the grace to interrupt Sir Henry tion. After all that had been said and --and say——" he had exonerated the hocirculated against him upon this sub nourable and learned gentleman in the ject, the materials that had been fur- most full and complete manner.” Well nished to newspapers for months past - be it so. to wound and slander a reputation “ Sir H. Hardinge reminded the dear to him, not on his own account Right Hon. Secretary that he had merely, but on account of others, who expressly declared that the Noble were dearer to him than his life, and Lord's informant believed in the to whom his reputation was more truth of the charges, and that the dear than their existence, he had Noble Lord himself believed in the found it impossible to remain silent. veracity of his informant.-(Cheers.) He accepted the apology of the noble -Now, the gentleman who had lord, and if on his deathbed, at that given evidence before the Commit. moment about to appear in the pre- tee, and who was the informant of sence of his God, he would fearlessly the Noble Lord, had declared very protest that he was not guilty.” frankly and honourably, that when
Mr Secretary Stanley then address. he mentioned the matter to the ed the House; and we shall say no- Noble Lord, he attached no importthing either in praise or censure of ance whatever to it-(Loud cheer. what he said-though we might welling from the Opposition benches)do both-till we come to the conclu- and further, that the conversation sion of his speech, and that, we are he had held with Mr Sheil was held sorry to say, was a shame to the at dinner in the Atbenæum Club name of Stanley. “ He also stood ac- House, and that Mr Sheil then exquitted upon his own statement of having pressed to him the strongest disapheld conversations of the character probation of the Coercion Bill. imputed to him, the imputations ha- (Continued cheers.) He (Sir H. ving originated in loose reports and Hardinge) had asked the witness exaggerations. He did not wish to de- whether he had ever stated the parrogate from the triumph of the ho ticulars of the conversation to any nourable and learned gentleman; other person, and his answer was but he was bound to state that his noble that he had not, not having thought friend would not have advanced the state. it of any importance. He had said ment if he had not believed it! He was also that he did not mention the glad the House had been spared an en.. matter to the noble Lord till Decemquiry into loose and vague conversations. ber, which was after the statement He hoped the honourable and learn- made by the honourable and learned ed gentleman was satisfied with the Member for Hull.-(Hear, hear, manner in which Mr Secretary Stan- lear.)—Under these circumstances, he must contend that the exoneration countenance of the animal when of the honourable Member for Tip- engaged in that employment;--next, perary rested, not upon his state- he is like an ox, after rumination, ment, but exclusively and compre. lazily returning with no very vorahensively upon the Report of the cious appetite to his cut mangelCommittee of Enquiry. He did not wurzel and oil-cake; then, he is like mean to cast blame upon the Right an ox in an enclosure unwieldily Hon. Secretary; but he thought the tossing up head and heels, and gihon. and learned Member for Tip- ving himself a clumsy set of airs, in perary entitled to be relieved from imitation of the “fortunate youth,” the distinction which the Right Hon. his brother ; again, he is like an ox Secretary appeared disposed to draw. lowing in a lane, without any osten-(Hear.)
sible motive or object whatever ; Lord Althorp said, that after the soon after, he is like an ox, marching speech of the Right Hon. Baronet, it with vacant eyes and unprophetic became necessary that he should ad- soul in below the archway of a dress a few words to the House. slaughter-house; anon, he is like an The gentleman (Mr Wood) who ox presenting his numbskull to a had appeared before the Committee succession of blows from an axe exhad certainly given him (Lord Al. pertly handled by a man a blue thorp) such information as had just apron; ever and anon, he is like an been stated to the House. But he ox shuddering and staggering under was not the only person who had the hits that confound his brain, till given him information-(Cries of down he sinks on his knees, rises up
Oh!) He did not mean to retract again, and then falling on his side what he had said. He had the great with a squelch, seems to expire ; est reliance on the veracity of his finally, he is like an ox, in whom the informant, but he did not wish to go vital spark is extinct, hauled out of into that question. He was then only the stall of slaughter by mules, like defending himself from the charge and unlike the famous Andalusian of having made a statement of a con- Bull, Harpado, so justly and so finely versation different from that which celebrated in one of Mr Lockhart's he had beard. Mr John Wood was Spanish Ballads. undoubtedly one of his informants, As for Mr Hill, the honourable but there was another, whom he did member for Hull, we cannot recolnot intend to name. He thought the lect, at present, any word in any Honourable and Learned Gentleman language by which we could fitly stood perfectly clear from imputa- designate his conduct. Up to the tion."
last minute, did he insolently stick You have heard much, we do not to his slander; and his dignified doubt, experienced reader; but heard demeanour so far imposed on the you every any thing at all comparable House, that he was cheered with with that? He believes Mr Sheil frequent hear - hear — hears! In guiltless, and he believes the person spite of his solemn asseverations of who told him that Mr Sheil was innocence, Mr Sheil seemed indeed guilty! He has entire confidence in standing on the brink of a precipice, his informant's veracity-not in the over which he was, by a power in least shaken by the conviction that Mr Hill's hands, to be pushed to he had told him nothing but false perdition. The word was given in hood. Is that Lord Althorp's the Committee of Privileges to meaning ? Or does he dare yet to apply the power-and it fell on the doubt Mr Sheil's honour ?– Is this unquaking “Irish Member" like a mere folly-or is it something worse goose-feather wafted on the wind. than folly ?
The whole charge was a fabrication Leaving every one to answer that of his many calumniators' want of question for himself—may we be brains ! Nobody had ever told Mr permitted to say that Lord Althorp, Hill what he told his constituents in in this affair, shews himself, in varis the Cross-keys ! The gentleman ous ways, very like an ox?
appealed to for confirmation of the First, he is like an ox chewing the truth of the tale he had drivelled, cud, or ruminating, and you must be declared he knew nothing whatever well acquainted with the half-asleep about it! The Committee of Privileges and the House had indeed “a and the Courier states that the Comspecimen of the sort of mistakes to mittee cheered Mr Macaulay when which the reporters of conversations he refused to answer their ques. were liable. Such was the mistake in tions; and he asks why Mr Sheil this case, that the conversation was and Mr Hill did not apply to the the very reverse of what had been House to commit Mr Macaulay ? reported.” Crest-fallen, the Bantam adding that the Committee have will nerer crow again—the feathers reported without obtaining the neare up on the nape of his neck-and cessary evidence, and Mr Macaulay he gives vent to a lamentable scraugh. is now on his way to India.' We How changed from that Bantam lose no time in correcting these misclapping his wings to his own shrill conceptions. The only witnesses exclarion in the Cross-keys!
amined were Mr Hill, and Mr John Do we say that Mr Hill invented Wood and Mr Macaulay, both of the accursed calumny? No-no-no. whom were called by Mr Hill. Mr It was a lie begotten by many fa- John Wood stated that Mr Sheil bad thers on a common cloud. Not one condemned the Coercion Bill. Mr of them all but disowns the mon- Macaulay stated that his conversastrous birth-the black bastard dies tion with Mr Sheil on Irish politics an unnatural death-and is stuffed
was previous to the introduction of away, we suppose, among the chaff the Coercion Bill, and that consethat deadens the ceiling of the room quently nothing that passed in it -if there be one-below that of the could be relevant to the subject of Committee of Privileges.
the enquiry. As a matter of social Mr Hill has confessed himself to principle, he declined disclosing a be at the best-a_foolish and a private conversation, unless comdangerous gossip. The Committee pelled; and as the date of the conmay praise him as it will-but all versation established that it could the rest of the world can feel for håve nothing to do with the question him but pity more or less mingled before the Committee, of course he with contempt.
was not pressed to disclose what was With indignation and disgust obviously irrelevant. Thus the Coumust all men, worthy the name of rier may be assured that Mr Macaumen, regard the attempts yet making lay has not carried any information by the malignants to shew that Mr with him to India, that would bear Sheil's acquittal and triumph are not on the abandoned charge against Mr complete. We quote with pleasure Sheil. Nothing can be more coma few sentences on such base endea- plete than Mr Sheils acquittal, unvours, by that accomplished and ho- less it be the defeat and confusion of nourable gentleman, the Editor of his assailants." the Examiner, whose perspicacity And who is the Gentleman in political feelings have never obscu- Black ? The dark shadow in the red, and whose conscience political back-ground ? The lowest of all feelings have never tempted to for- the Devils ? Is his name in Greek, get its trust.
Outis? In Scotch-NOMAN OF THAT « The Times infers from the re- ILK? If he be not a non-entityport, that the witnesses brought and indeed in the flesh-we address forward by Mr Hill declined to give him in a hackneyed quotation evidence of the facts upon which “ Ferdinand Mendez Pinto was but they were questioned, on the score a type of thee-Thou LIAR OF THE of their having reached them through First MAGNITUDE.” the medium of private conversation ;'
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Time was—and that not immemo- anon, and insolently exposing honest rial—when a single defeat told Mi. Lord Althorp, then apparently their nisters to resign, and when they bottom, to the uplifted foot of the would have been ashamed to retain Nation, as if they dared it to attheir places for an hour, after having tempt kicking them out of their been left in a minority on a Ministe- shameful position. The sight is hurial question. But now—though miliating, and cannot be long witbeaten black and blue, over and over nessed without degradation of the again-they will not budge, but keep national character. as obstinately in their burrows as so What a House of Commons! It many badgers. Shame, pride, ho- is not of the crowing of cocks, nor nour, conscience-all once forbade even of the braying of asses, that we our rulers to persist in being our complain--the imitations of the latrulers, in spite of the declaration of ter animal being generally perfect; the House of Commons that they nor is our wrath excited by those were unprincipled or incapable; nor indescribable noises which baffle would the country have endured the art of the most skilful reporter. such tenacity to office as is now ex- In a popular assembly it was still to hibited by the rump of the Whigs, be expected that there would frebut plucked them from their places, quently be heard oh! oh! oh! and and flung them aside like rubbish. even in a Reformed Parliament, we The people seem now to have lost laid our account with meeting much that power. There sit a set of men expectoration. We have no objeccalling themselves a Ministry, all tion to any quantity of coughing, quarreling with one another, sus- provided it effect its purpose; but pected, despised, or hated by all now nobody can be coughed down parties, and yet at times all talking —not even Pease. Why should the big and all pocketing their salaries, as House “here exhibit symptoms of if they were toiling from morn to impatience,” each successive pronight for their country's good. Not ser being a worser, till the debate a creature can you meet anywhere, is closed by an anonymous oddity out of the circle of their own imme- from some manufacturing town, diate menials, who does not regard who, it is conjectured in the gallery, them with dislike, indignation, or may be reading a lecture to the disgust; and yet—look—there they country-gentlemen in the unknown sit-with honest Lord Althorp, now
tongue? apparently their head-resolved to A few years ago, it was ennobling sit for ever-immovable by groans to read the debates—though even or laughter-or rising up, ever and then the age of eloquence was well