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bled you so much, and so often, that you can bear it no longer. In such a situation, would not the patient probably exclaim against his doctor, and fay, Sir, you have always pretended to be a regular physician, but I have found you an arrant quack; I had an excellent constitution when I first came into-your hands, but you have quite destroyed it; and now I find I have no other choice for saving my life, but by calling for the help of some regular physician.
Mr. IV. Pultjgney, Jan. 25, 1734.
The reasoning of the honourable gentleman who spoke last (Mr. Pelhani) is not unlike that of a physician who was called to visit an acquaintance of mine. Two or three other members of the faculty were called at the fame time, and all of them, except this "physician, agreed in their consultations, that the nature of the patient's disease required lenitives. The reason which the singular doctor gave for differing from his brethren was, "that corrosives were only to be cured by corrosives.* Sir, we have long had corrosives applied, to correct the sharp humours of a people whose constitution has been vitiated by a course of severe exactions and taxes, without any apparent advantage to the kingdom; and it was reasonable to expect, Sir, that by this time some lenitives should have been applied: but this, Sir, it seems, is not agreeable to the maxims of the honourable gentleman, who last session entertained us with the ever-memorable speech which concluded by telling us from a Roman poet, Immcdicabilc vulnus ense rcadendum. I am afraid that this, Sir, may, indeed, be the only remedy that can be applied, if we should proceed in exasperating the people, by not only continuing but increasing the principal grievance they have.
Walter Plumer, EJq. Feb. 3, 1738.
I shall not pretend, Sir, to be a competent judge of our conduct for several years .past. I shalj not pretend to fay positively, I t. ..,.,: . - .
f ively, what we have done, or what we might have done; but, in my opinion, we have had several opportunities for inducing, if not compelling the Spaniards, and likewise some other of our neighbours, to give us full satisfaction for injuries past, which would have been the best security against an,y such for the future; nay, I am of opinion we might have prevented most of the indignities put upon us, without involving the nation in a war. If my information be right, our neighbours, the Datch, have fallen upon a way of preventing such indignities, without involving themselves in a war. I shall not affirm it for a truth, but we have been told, that they have lately taken a method with the Spanish guarda costas, which will make them a little more cautious, at least, with respect to them, in time to come: they have fitted out ships proper for the purpose; and when they have found guarda costas not properly commissioned, or such as had seized or plundered any of their ships, contrary to the law of nations, and to the instructions they had from those who gave them their commisliens, they have treated them as pirates, and have hung them up at the yard's arm as soon as taken. This is what has been commonly reported; and it calls to my mind a story I have heard of a gentleman who received a box on the ear from a famous bully at a coffee house. The gentleman, it seems, had not so much courage as a gentleman ought to have, and therefore took it patiently; he thought only of obtaining satisfaction in a peaceable manner; but soon after he heard, that the same bully, for luch another piece of behaviour, had been caned and kicked out of the coffee house by another gentleman. Godsso! says the poltroon* if I had known that fellow wc-uld have been treated in such a manner, I should not have taken tfce blow he gave me so patiently,
Sir John Barnard, Fib. 3, I73?.
For my part, Sir, I am surprised that such an open and avowed insult upon* the flag of the Crown of Greats Britain
was was not pursued with immediate vengeance; and I am surprised we had the patience to send to the Court of Spain to demand satisfaction and reparation; and yet, Sir, I don't find that we have hitherto received any satisfaction for the affront, nor any reparation for the damages done; nay, the Spanish Court seems to mind it so little, that they have not so much as once mentioned it in their last memorial. This affair, I must fay, Sir, puts me in mind of the story of a gentleman, who, upon receiving a box on the ear, asked him that gave it, if he was in jest or in earnest; and upon the other's answering, he was in great earnest, the honest gentleman replied only, I am glad you are, Sir, for I do not like such a jest. Whether we had our joke upon this occasion, I do not know; but I hope the nation will not content itself with returning a joke for such a serious blow.
Mr.Pulteney, March 30, 1738.
I must think, that those gentlemen who are for securing the people's loyalty by a. numerous mercenary army, are exactly in the case of a jealous husband, who, to secure his wife's chastity, locks her up. She will certainly, some time or other, get an opportunity; and the first she gets, she will certainly make the proper use of; such a use as such a husband deserves. Sir, the EngUjh padlock is certainly the best. Clap the padlock upon the minds of the people; this can no ways be done but by trusting to themselves the defence of their king and country.
Afr.Carew, April 25, 1742.
The fear of an invasion, or an insurrection in favour of the Pretender, is such a threadbare argument, that I afn surprised to hear it again seriously made use of in this House. What the honourable gentleman said of the redress of grievances, may much more justly be applied to the fear of the Pretender; for this argument is never made use of lately, but you may
sec see a general smile spread itself over the whole House: nay, in the countenance of every gentleman who makes use of it, you may see such a contrast, as is generally observed in the countenance of a young widow upon the loss of an old husband;— she affects a sorrow, but, in spite of all she can do, her inward joy breaks forth in the disposition 6f some of her features.
Mr.Carew, April 25, 1742.
The Opposition, they raise a hue and cry about something, but they know not what, in order to make the world stare and gape, and look amazed and confounded. Their conduct puts me in mind of an old Greek story, which I read when I was a boy at school. It is a well-known story; you have all read it. It is the story of Ulysses. This good old Grecian, wife as he was, happened to be shipwrecked on an island inhabited by a race of giants. It was his misfortune to take shelter in the cave of Polyphemus, the most formidable of the whole tribe. This Polyphemus used, after the manner of the giants, I suppose, to stay his stomach with some of these wretched Greeks, whom he had caught on his premises. Out of revenge, as well as for his own security, Ulysses watches his opportunity, and with a firebrand put out the eye of the Cyclops as he lay asleep, in the fame manner, as our giants alledge, that Lord Mansfield has put out the eye of the law. The pain, as you may easily perceiv?, waked the giant. It did; and after groping his way out of the cave in the dark, for neither he, nor any of his nation, had more than one eye, which, by the bye, was in the middle of their forehead, he raised a terrible outcry, you may be sure. I question much, whether it was not more frightful than the Indian war-whoop, or the Irish howl. — Well, be that as it will, his dolorous lamentations brought together a large posse of his one-eyed brethren, and they found him, I dare fay, in as bad a pickle as our patriotic Cyclopses have found the constitution: but still it remained for Polyphemus, who had raised all this noise and hubbub, to refolvs the grand question, Who did it? The Greeks having stole away in the bustle, he could produce nobody; and all the answer that his brothers could get was, that nobody did it. Thus are -yve alarmed with terrible encroachments On our liberty and property; but when we demand the authors, they are not to be found. There *re sad doings, but nobody did them.
Lord Clare, Deed, 1770.
The passion of gain is as strong as the passion of love. I will suppose that two intimate friends have lived long together; that one of them has married a beautiful woman; that the friend still continues to live in the house; and that this beautiful woman, forgetting her duty to her husband, attempts to seduce the friend; who, though in the vigour of his youth, may, from a high principle of honour, at first resist the temptation, and even rebuke the lady: but if he still continues to live under the fame roof, and she still continues to throw out her allurements, he must be seduced at last, or fly. Now the Banyan of Bengal is the fair lady to the Company's servant. He lays his bag of silver before him to-day; his gold to-morrow; jewels the next day; and if these fail, he then tempts him in tire way of his profession, which is trade. He assures him that goods may be had cheap, and fold to great advantage tip the country. In this manner is the attack carried on; and the Company's servant has no resource, for he cannot fly. In stiort, flesh and blood cannot bear it.
Lord Clivc, March 30, 1772.
The learned Counsel has so ably gone through the Company's right of appointing Supervisors, and so ably stated to the House, the urgent necessity of such an appointment, that I will not follow them through one inch of ground they have gone over; persuaded as I am, that they have left conviction on the mind of every gentleman who retains the least particle of parliamentary independence, and the least regard to national