Imagens da página
PDF
ePub

elbow o£the Speaker's chair, who, whenever a pernicious measure like that under consideration is brought forward, should repeat incessantly to the Treasury Eench, "disgraceful, shameless coalition." I should not have been hurt to the degree I now feel myself, if the right honourable Secretary had deserted alone, and had not seduced numbers of men, who stood high in public estimation, with whom I have formerly thought it a very high honour to associate, but who now, however elevated their station, compared to my humble lot, I shall endeavour to keep myself free from, for the infection has spread far and wide, and has taken effect upon many gentlemen, whose constitutional principles I thought free from danger.

Mr. Martin, Dec. I, 1783.

It is impoffible to be too greatly alarmed at the vast effect the influence of his East-India Eill will have on the right, honourable Secretary, (Mr. Fox), to whom I at present am ready to subscribe as a man of unmoved integrity: but 1 cannot help citing here the following lines from Shakespeare's Julius Cesar;

« He would be crown'd

How that might change his nature, there's the question.
It is the bright day that brings forth the adder;
And that craves wary walking; crown him—that—
And then I grant we put a sting in him,
That at his will he may do danger with.
Th' abufe of greatness is, when it disjoins
Remorfe from Tower: and, to speak truth of Cesar,
I have not known when his affections sway'd
More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof,
That lowliness is young ambition's ladder,
Whereto the climber upwards turns his face;
But when he once attains the upmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back I
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees

By which he did ascend: so Cesor may:
Then lest he may, prevent

Mr. Arden, Dee. I, 1783.

We have this day been honoured with the counsels of a complete gradation of lawyers. We have received the opinion of a Judge, (Kenyon); of an Attorney General in petto, (Bearcroft); of an ex-Attorney General, (Lee); and of a practising barrister, (Taylor). I agree with the learned gentleman (Mr. Bearcroft) in his admiration of the abilities of my honourable friend (Mr. Fox). What he has said of his quickness and of his profoundness, of his boldness and his candour, is literally just and true, which the mental accomplishment of my honourable friend is, on every occasion, calculated to extort even from his adversaries. The learned gentleman has, however, in this insidious eulogium, connected such qualities of mind with those he has praised and venerated, as to convert his encomium into reproach, and his tributes of praise into censure and invective. The boldness he has described is only craft, and his candour hypocrisy. Upon what grounds does the learned gentleman connect those assemblages of great qualities and of cardinal defects? Upon what principles either of justice or of equity does he exult with one hand^ whilst he insidiously reprobates and destroys with the other? If the wolf is to be feared, the learned gentleman may rest assured, it will be the wolf in sheep's cloathing, the masked pretender to patriotism. It is not from the fang of the lion, but from the tooth of the serpent, that reptile that insidiously steals upon the vitals, of the Constitution, and gnaws it to the heart ere the mischief is suspected, that destruction is to be feared. With regard to the acquisition of a learned gentleman, (Mr. Taylor), who has declared that he means to vote with us this day, I am sorry to acknowledge, that, from the declaration the learned gentleman has made at the beginning

of

os his speech, I see no great reason to boast of such an auxiliary. The learned gentleman, who has with peculiar modesty stiled himself a chicken lawyer, has declared, that thinking us in the right with respect to the subject of this day's discussion, he shall vote with us; but he has at the fame time thought it necessary to assert, that he has never before voted differently from the Minister and his friends, and perhaps he never shall again vote with those whom he means to support this day. It is rather singular to vote with us prqfefledly, because he finds us to be in the right, and in the very moment that he assigns so good a reason for changing his side, to declare, tfyat in all probability he never shall voje with us again. I am sorry to find the chicken is a bird of ill omen, and that its augury is so unpropitious to our future interests. Perhaps it would have been as well under these circumstances, that the cbickef had not left the barn door of the Treasury, but continued side bv side with the old cock (Mr. K n) to pick those crumbs of comfort which would, doubtless, be dealt out in time, with a liberality proportioned to the fidelity of the feathered tribe.

Afr. Sheridan, Feb. g, 1785.

Thhe right honourable gentleman (Mr. Fox) allows no opportunity to slip, in which he can be at all of service to his favourite object of pursuit. I think, however, that for some time past he has been engaged in pursuits which were unworthy of the ambition and dignity of so noble a mind as he possesses. He has taken a kind of whim and craze respecting this said Westminster Election, and .whenever any cause occurs in which it is in any respect concerned, there he is sure to be. He is sometimes to be seen on a scaffold in a Court of Request, and sometimes on a coach-box in Palace Yard. I myself was lately engaged in a cause, in which there was, some how cr other, reference to the Westminster Election, and, to my great astonishment, I there found the right honourable

gentleman. gentleman. I happened to say, during the course of my pleadings, that I wished to put all thoughts of the Westminster Scrutiny out of the question, as it would overwhelm all ideas of law and justice. The trial was on Saturday last, and I went that morning, Monday, to the coffee house in full expectation of seeing my name and speech in the newspapers, but, to my mortification, I found neither. The right honourable gentleman, however, was not disposed to treat me with so much gentleness: he had taken a note of my expression with a pencil when uttered, and has this day brought it up in the debate. To all his other great characters, by so doing, he has thereby added that of a vjord-catcber!

Mr. Bearerof"t, Feb. 9, 1785.

Before I sit down, I cannot but take notice of the honourable gentleman's (Mr. Powys) address to me about the word trumpery. I do assure the honourable gentleman I did not apply that phrase to him. I talked of Generals, and Serjeants, and Corporals, and I know not what; but I am astonished the honourable gentleman should have taken the phrase to himself, or have thought that I could have regarded him in any subordinate rank, or as any thing less than a General! I admit him to be such! I have seen him head armies of observation, and even as an Admiral of a fleet sailing under a neutral flag. In all the different manoeuvres of political tacticks, I know him to be perfectly skilful. And what still more astonishes me is, that the honourable gentleman should think I meant him, when I. was talking of perfect consisteney at the moment that I let drop the silly expression.

Mr. JDundas, Feb. 23, 1785.

v 1'

g I M I L E. SIMILE.

Th E honourable gentleman who spoke last but one talked of prophesies, and asked, what those prophets had prophesied. Had they, said he, prophesied this? or had they prophesied

hat? What prophets or prophesies he means I <k> not know;

ut I may fay, that without any great spirit of prophesy, the ..lornent you separated the courts of Vienna and Spain, every thing that has since happened might have been easily foretold. The gentleman likewise talked of pamphlets. I have likewise lately seen a pamphlet, just published; and whether from the stile it is wrote in, or the perplexity in the way of thinking, which is discovered in every part of it, I think I can be almost certain as to the author of it. The whole of this fine performance results in this, that the nation is in a very bad situation; something must be done; but what is to bs done, the author does not know: if we do one thing, we are stili in the fame situation we were before, perhaps worse; if we do another thing, our case will still be the same. In short, he at last leaves us in the fame wretched situation he found us; upon which, I must suppose this cafe: suppose a physician to hava a patient for some time under his hands; the patient lingers and decays, and at last finds himself in so low and weak a condition, that he begins to despair; the physician is sent for; the patient complains, and asks what is to be done; the doctjor answers gravely — Sir, you are, indeed, in a very bad state; there are but two or three different ways of treating your distemper, and I am afraid that neither of them will do; a vomit may throw you into convulsions, and kill you at once; a purging may give you a diarrhœa, which would certainly carry you off in a short time; and to bleed you, Sir—I have already

- bled

« AnteriorContinuar »