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patriot statesman, whom true loyalty inspires, history is no old almanack; for an old almanack is the deadest of all dead things and more useless than dust. . To him history is a record ever new-all its pages are instinct with life--and its examples show the road to honour on earth, and happiness in heaven. Let us not fear to compare our King with his Peers. The place assigned him by posterity will be a high one; and among his many noble qualities will be reckoned scorn of sycophaney, and intolerance of falsehood. As long as his servants served bim according to their oathin its spirit as well as its letter-he was willing to make sacrifice of some thoughts and feelings that to him were sacred, of some opinions so deeply rooted he could not change, though he could give them up—but as soon as he saw and knew that be must not only sacrifice feelings, and relinquish opinions, but violate his conscience, he exerted his prerogative-a prerogative bestowed by God-and called on that Man, who had been the Saviour of his country, again to rescue her from danger-by the weight of his wisdom, and the grandeur of his name, to bear down her interval enemies, as, by his valour and his genius, he had crushed or scattered all foreign foes—so that the land, by a succession of bloodless, and, therefore, still more glorious victories, might again enjoy that liberty wbich consists in order and peace.
SHEPHERD. You dinna fear, sir, I howp, that there will be ony very serious disturbe ances in the kintra, on account o' the change o' Ministry?
NORTH I think there will be a great deal of very ludicrous disturbances in the country, on account of the change of Ministry, and that the People will find it so difficult to assume a serious countenance, on the kicking out of the Whigs—if a kicking out it has been that they will almost imme. diately give over trying it, and join in a good-humoured, yet perhaps : rather malicious peal of hearty laughter.
SHEPHERD. That's a great relief to my mind. But are ye sure, sir, o' the Political Unions ?
NORTH. Quite sure. It is not improbable they may be revived in a small sort of way, but half-a-million of men will not march up to London from Birmingham, as about half-a-dozen men talked of their intending to do in the delirium of the Bill fever.
Very. For my own part, I rather liked the Whig government.
NORTH. For it is an amiable weakness of mine to feel kindness towards any man or body of men whom I see the object of very general contempt or anger. No Ministry in my time was ever so unpopular-to use the gentlest term-as the one t'other day turned to the right about-and as for my Lord Melbourne, though you, James, say you never heard of him - I know him to be one of the most amiable and accomplished men--and that is saying much—in the Peerage. So that I am sorry that any Ministry, of which he was the head, should have been so universally despised when living, and so universally ridiculed when dead.
However, it is the true one. I am disposed to think they were not kicked out-but that they backed out, in a state of such weakness, that had there been any rubbish in the way, they would have fallen over it, and injured their organs of philoprogenetiveness and Number One. All the world has known for some time, that they intended to resign on the meet
ing of Parliament--for they had got quarrelsome in their helplessness-as teething childhood, or toothless age.
I wish your friend Brougham, James, would publish his epistolarý correspondence with the King during his Lordship’s late visit to Scotland.
But wou'd na that be exposing family--that is, Cabinet secrets? And Hairy wou'd never do that, after the dressin' he is thocht to bae gi'en Durbam on that pint. Besides, it wou'd be awfu' to publish the King's letters to him without his Majesty's consent !
I think I can promise him his Majesty's permission to publish all the letters the Lord Chancellor ever received in Scotland from his most Gracious Master.
Umph. The vol. would sell-title, “ Letters from the Mountains.”
Na--that wou'd be stealin' the tittle o' a delichtfu' wark o' my auld freen' Mrs Grant's.
I think I can promise him Mrs Grant's permission to publish under the title of what you justly call, James, her very delightful work, all the letters the Lord Chancellor ever wrote to his Most Gracious Majesty from Inverness, Elgio, Dundee, Edinburgh, or Hawick.
A' impediments in the way o' publication being thus removed, I shall write this verra nicht-sae that my letter may leave the post office by tomorrow's post—to Lord Brumm to send down the MSS.--and they maun be a' holographs in the parties’ ain haun-writing-to Messrs A. and R. Blackwood-and I shall stay a month in Embro, that I may correct the press mysell—in which case I houp there may be a black frost, that at leisure hours we may hae some curlin'.
The Grey Ministry, in its best days, was never, somehow or other, inordinately admired by the universal British nation.
That was odd. For the nation, I have heard it said, was for Reform to
All but some dozen millions or thereabouts—but people are never so prone to discontent as when they have had every thing their own wayespecially when, as it happened in this case, not one in a thousand knows either what he had been wanting, or what he has got, or what else he would wish to have, if at his bidding or beck the sky were willing that moment to rain it down among his feet. They surely were the most foolish financiers that ever tried taxation.
NORTH. Of not one of them could it be sung,
“ That even the story ran that he could gauge." They were soon seen to be equally ignorant and incapable on almost all other subjects ; nor-except with Brougham-was there a gleam of genius - nor a trait of talent beyond mediocrity — to make occasional amends for their deplorable deficiences as men of no-business habits, and of non-acquaintance equally with principles and with details.
Hollo! we are forgetting Stanley and Graham.
So we are, I declare - but I hope they will forgive us -- since they too often, or rather too long, forgot themselves--and I should be happy to see them-whether Ins or Outs-at a Noctes. Their secession left the
Reform Ministry in a state of destitution more pitiable than that of an y pauper.family under the operation of the new Poor Law.
Strange how it contrived to stand for the last six months-yet all of us must have many a time seen a tree, Kit, lopped, barked, grubbed-remaining pretty perpendicular during a season of calm weather-by means of some ligature so slight as to be invisible--till a brisk breeze smites the skeleton, and down he goes-whether with or against his own inclination you can hardly say—so resignedly among the brushwood doth he lay his shorn and shaven head.
Haw-Haw-Haw! But it's no lauchin' maitter. I'm glad, after a', sir, that at this creesis you're no Prime Minister. The Duke 'Il bae aneuch to do to get a' richt_and to keep a' richt-and I only wuss Sir Robert were hame again frae Tureen.
So do I. A Conservative Ministry can now be formed, stronger in talent, knowledge, eloquence, integrity, power, and patriotism, than any Ministry the country has had within the memory of man.
Then whare's the difficulty wi' the Duke ?
I will tell you, James, some night soon. The difficulties are strong and formidable and there must be a dissolution.
The Ex-Chancellor has assured us that the Press has lost all its power -so the elections will not be disturbed by that engine. The Whigs disdain to use bribery and corruption and the Rads, for sufficient reasons, seldom commit such sing. No Reformer would condescend to receive a consideration from a Tory. A fair field, therefore, lies open to all parties --and, though not of a sanguine but melancholious temperament, I will bet a barrel of oysters with any man that the new House of Commons will back the Duke.
He will carry, by large majorities, all his measures of Conservative Reform in Church and State. He did so before the Bill was the law of the landmand he will do so now that it is the law of the land—but, to speak plainly, gentlemen, I am getting confounded sleepy; and I feel as if I were speaking in a night-cap.
And I as if there were saun in ma een--sae gie's your airm, sir, and I sall be the chawmermaid that lichts you till your bed. Its wice in you to lodge in the Road sic a nicht.—Do ye hear him—"tirlin' the kirks ?” Be a good boy, and nover forget to say your prayers.
(Exeunt the T'res.
INDEX TO VOLUME XXXVI,
vocate, Lord, of Scotland, his remark Letters on a Regicide Peace, 230_Con-
tive of the principles of the French Re-
tirement, 335–His death, 339.
dents in Greece in which he was con-
Byron, his opinion of Sir Walter Scott, 394
its effects, 747
cracy in Europe, and especially in
France, 20, 21-Reflections at sea, &c.,
leyrand, 245—Memoirs, 802_Uni.
-His letter to M. Ed. Merrechet,
803–His description of a spring in
Coercion, Irish Bill, diminishes crime,
757-Renewed without clauses against
542-Christabel, 563-Ancient Mari-
Colonsay, Christopher on, Fytte Second, 1
Cousin Nicholas, Chap. IX. 97–XI. and
XII. 341-XIII. and XIV. 493
extreme unction, payable to them, ib.
Chap VI. 190_Cap. VII. 30 Janin, M. Jules, Baron Billings' letter to
old Scottish Parliament, 666
Ireland always most turbulent when
most kindly ruled, ib.--Prospers un-
ble showing Exports and Imports into
showing shipping of Ireland from 1801
to 1831, ib._Exports of sheep, oxen,
rative state of Irish income and ex spirits, tobacco, &c. consumed in Ire-
of Government to Ireland in not exact-
11. 408_Part III. Legend of the Red period since the Union, 750 — Irish
Cross Knight, 681– Part IV. 715 disaffection rendered the income tax
of all government, 307––Russian power cultivated and uncultivated land of
Scotland, 752_Great attention to Irish
lar party have never suggested any
sure from without,” 218_But more 754-Decline of Irish imports, in-
mentary schools established in Italy by
Law, criminal law, as settled by the Old
sonuets, devotional and memorial, 799. Levant, Whig diplomacy there, 516
doctrine of a Ruling Passion, 274-On letter to bim, 803.
thorpe's continuance in office, &c., 280 VII. 652
Chap. VI. 190~Chap. VII. 300
Chap. X. Where is the Ballahoo, 812
Moses, a sacred drama, by Chateau.
Scottish Parliament relative to, 664 Mirabeau, Memoirs of, 458