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against it the poisoned arrows of Hercules, may, like Philoctetes, them selves receive a rankling wound. They humble their rival, they tread her in the dust; but let them take heed : Contagion menaces them, and if, in repressing their enemies, they stifle the sacred fire of public spirit, the weapon of vengeance which they wield, will burst in their own hands. The enemies of the English constitution on the Continent, repeat incessantly the opinion, that it will perish through the corruption of the parliament, and that ministerial influence will go on increasing till liberty is altogether annihilated : nothing of this sort is to be feared. The parliament of England follows always the national opinion; and this opinion cannot be corrupted, in the sense commonly attached to the word ; that is to say, paid. But it is the glory of arms, which seems the most likely to seduce the bulk of the nation. The pleasures which young men find in a military life, the vivid gratifications which attend a successful campaign, are much more suited to the taste of their age, than the durable benefits of liberty. A man must possess substantial personal merits to enable him to advance in the civil career ; but every vigorous arm can wield the sabre ; and the difficulty of procuring distinction as a soldier, bears no proportion to the pains of self-instruction and of thought. The multiplied employments of a military establishment yield to the government the means of holding many families in dependence. The decorations recently contrived, offer to vanity rewards not derived from the true source of glory-public opinion. In a word, to maintain a considerable regular army, is to undermine the very founda. tions of the edifice of liberty.
Lord Castlereagh has said in the llouse of Commons, that the English must not be contented with their blue coats wbile all Europe is in arms. It is, however, these blue coats which have rendered the Continent tributary to England. It is because the commerce and finances of the country have liberty for their basis, it is because the representa. tives of the nation lent their strength to the government, that the lever which has moved the world, has found its point of support in an island less considerable than any of the countries io which it furnished its aid. Convert this island into a camp, and then into a court, and we shall soon see its misery and its humiliation.
• What contempt for knowledge, what impatience of law, what thirst for power, are observable in men who have long lived in camps ! It is as hard for such men to submit themselves to liberty, as it is to a free people to bow to despotism. In a free country every man, as far as possible, should be a soldier, but no one more so than the rest, English liberty has nothing to fear but from the military spirit. It seems to me, that it is on this account the parliament should seriously concern itself with the situation of France : it ought to do so, as much from that sentíment of universal justice which is looked for from an assembly of the most enlightened men of Europe, as from the consideration of the proper interests of England. It is necessary to re-animate the spirit of liberty, which the re-action caused by the French revolution has unavoidably weakened. It is necessary to administer a timely check to that Continental spirit of ribboned-wanity, which has already insinuated itself into some families. The entire English nation, by its intelligence, and
its virtues, is the aristocracy of the rest of the world; by the side of this intellectual splendour, what are puerile disputes upon genealogies ! In a word, it is necessary to put an end to this contempt for nations, upon which the politics of the day are calculated. This contempt, artfully diffused, as infidelity has been, may at length attack the foundations of liberty, even in the land of its consecrated temple.'
* We have very recently met with a rather curious official statement, relative to that decline of French Literature, to which we referred in our number for March. It occurs in a discourse delivered before the Emperor, 2016 February, 1808, by M. Dacier, a member of the Institute, and Secretary of the class of History and Ancient Literature. Our readers will observe, that the first sentence in the quotation we subjoin, is a mere court flourish, serving to introduce a disagreeable avowal.
Votre Majesté verra que, malgré les troubles politiques qui ont agité la France, elle n'est, jusqu'à present, restée en arrière dans aucune des .branches de la litterature; mais c'est avec un sentiment penible que nous sommes forces de lui faire apercevoir que plusieurs sont menacées d'un anéantissement prochain et presque total. La philologie, qui est la base de toute bonne littérature, et sur laquelle reposent la certitude de l'histoire et la connoissance du passé, qui a répandu tant d'éclat sur l'Académie des Belles lettres que notre classe doit continuer, ne trouve presque plus personne pour la cultiver. Les savans dont les travaux fertilisent encore chaque jour son domaine, restes, pour la plupart, d'une génération qui va disparoître, ne voient croitre autour d'eux qu’un trop petit nombre d'hommes qui puissent les remplacer; et cette lumière publique, propre à encourager et à juger leurs travaux, diminue sensiblement de clarté, et son foyer se rétrécit tous les jours de plus en plus. Faire connoître le mal à votre Majesté, c'est s'assurer que votre main puissante saura y appliquer le remède. Some learned works, the reporter states to have been stopped in their progress. D'autres ouvrages
du même genre, qui ont été interrompus, attendent encore, à la vérité, des continuateurs; et nous sommes obligés d'avouer, quoique à regret, à votre Majesté, que nous ne pouvons espérer qu'ils en trouvent tous, à moins qu'un de vos regards puissans ne ranime ce genre d'etudes dans lequel la France s'est illustrée pendant plus de deux siècles, et qu'elle paroit aujourd'hui avoir presque entièrement abandonné.'
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