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But if each preserved his known opinions, and, at the same time, exerted his talents, seeing that in each these talents are precisely of the same order, and to be exerted only on the same object, they must for ever clash, and the parties be continually at variance. On the principle, therefore, of the acquisition of talents, the coalition of these three men can never be defended !
How far, supposing the alliance quadruple, Mr. Windham could contrive to reconcile his opinions, we shall not here enquire; but there would, after the accomplishment of this point, remain yet a most important one for him, in the distribution of the " loaves and fishes.” The Hon. Gentleman would but little relish, we conceive, a division, where he must stand by and see three greater men than himself first served. - "But let us now suppose a coalition simply between Mr. Fox and his former disciple, if it were possible, under the circumstances above alluded to. In spite of the versatility of a Windham ; there would be a vast chasm to fill up, a mighty chaos to be passed, ere they could come together. That Mr. Windham would not hesitate, on this occasion, to pare for himself
a broad and beaten way « Over the dark abyss," his ingenuity and his dexterity in such works, on a former occasion, leave but little doubt; and that he would, in that case, be compelled to it, by the obstinate consistency of the veteran, is as certain.. What then? would not the country, if it acquired the addition of Mr. Fox's power, lose the invuluable items of Mr. Windham's present political code ?-Certainly, if they coalesce, Mr. Windhan must meet Mr. Fox, and must then sacrifice all those opinions which have resulted from the experience of his late glorious and successful ministership. Thus, any how, therefore, the country would be the loser, and the coalition in question either consign all its members to disgrace and inconsistency, or perplex their councils by the vain attempt to reconcile their honour and their administration.
Let us now, therefore, examine how far the same rules" will apply to those persons in the present administration, who are particularly named in this extravagant comparison to Mr. Addington, Lord Hawkesbury, Mr. Hobhouse, and Mr. Tierney.
MR. ADDINGTON, the principal character in question, previous to his being ealled by his Majesty to the high and most important post he now fills, took no. part in administration "so decided as to bind him down to the principles of the late ministers. In the commencement of his political career, moreover, he was placed in a situation which seldom gave him the opportunity of declaring his opinions; and though during that period, Mr. Pitt so far possessed his confidence as to receive his occasional support, still that support, from the very nature of his duties, was limitted but to a few points. The impartiality of the Honourable Gentlemen was, as Speaker of the House of Commons, universally allowed to have been the admiration of the House and of the country at large; and he would as freely have called to order his friend
* His having been made a Lord of Trade and Plantations, will not be contended to have given him any very active share in administration.
Mr. Pitt, as any the most insignificant member of opposition ; sitting thus impar. tially, as he did, in this seat, for a period of more than ten years, surely it will not be contended that any act of his life can have entailed upon him any share of responsibility for the conduct of the late ministers ; nor that any reproach of incon. sistency can attach to him now that he is minister himself, if he does not retain all the fends and prejudices of his predecessor.
To have seen Mr. Pitt coalesce with Mr. Tierney, would, indeed, have been nearly the same as if we were now to behold him unitinge with Mr. Fox; but, that Mr. Tierney has been made a subordinate Officer in Mr. Addington's administration, (even if it could not be defended on other principles, which we have to state) carries not with it the slightest appearance of contradiction, much less any grounds for the foregoing comparison, or for the charge of political profligacy.
Nearly as much may be said, and on the same grounds precisely, in vindication of my Lord Hawkesbury and Mr. Tierney being component parts of the same government; for though his Lordship was in office during the late administration, it was, in fact, an office of no party responsibility. He was made, it is true, Master of the Mint, but it was unsolicited on his part ; and although he supported, with his present energy and ability, many of the measures of the late ministers, certainly he never pledged his independence to them ; nor do we see that his present association with Mr. Tierney, at all resembles the inonstrous coalition of a Pitt, a Grenville, and a Fox.
But in fact, the alliauce' of Mr. Tierney with the present administration, is less of a political, than of an official nature. It was universally thought, in the House, that Mr. Tierney, next to Mr. Pitt, was best informed on financial subjects. The overtures of the present ministers, for the return of Mr. Pitt to power, directed, as they were, to the acquisition of his talents for the public good, and rejected, as they were, by the influence of intrigue, sought, in the same spirit of patriotism, to replace the loss. Uninfuenced and unfettered, by the prejudices of the Grenville party, they disdained not the assistance of those talents, which were reputed 50 nearly to approach the financial skill of the late premier*.-Surely, therefore, this act should entitle them to the praises, not the censure, of those men who are now bellowing aloud for the coalition of talent!
Where, then, is there a sympton of profligacy in the organization of the present government, constituted, as it is, of men whose former politics had sown no seeds of inceteracy amongst them; who may be, and are, sincere in their co-operation, without recanting former opinions, or without the reproach of inconsistency ?-Or how can it be compared, to a coalition which must, if it be really in contemplation, be either founded in the inordinate lust of power and place, or in the most flagitious design of condensing such an opposition, as may be able to distract
* Mr. Tierney's silence, on general political subjects, in the House, last sessions, is a proof of what we have here asserted--that he is employed in the present administration on account of a particular talent, and not for the purpose of supporting ministers through “ thick and tbin.”
We have omitted the mention of Mr. Hobhouse, as what is said of Mr. Tierney more than applies to him-nor have we noticed the absurd introduction of Mr. Sheridan and Mr. Erskine into the comparison, as certainly, however much they may be inclined to support ministers, they are no component parts of administration, in which light alone they could enter into the comparison. We shall hereafter have occasion to notice the patriotism of these gentlemen as it deserves,
the counsels of his Majesty's servants, in ản hour of uncrampled danger, and at a moment when they have produced the most unexampled exertions in the country to meet the danger. Will, then, or can the people be blind to the true mon, tives of these men? Surely not! it is impossible! Neither will his Majesty suffer the exercise of his prerogative to be polluted by a coalition so monstrous, so abandoned, so ruinous to the country-in fino, a coalition, speaking of which, no epi. thet can be too degrading or severe.
Hence, therefore, indeed, we cannot conceive, however anxious the base hirelings of faction* may be te promulgate any scheme, tending to the reinstatement of their OWNERS, that either Mr. Fox, or Mr. Pitt, would ever have listened to such pernicious advice to counsel, so damning! Can Mr Fox have forgotten the execra. tion, the disgrace that followed his coalition with Lord North? Can he have for: gotten, that, from that hour, he has been fallen ?-Or can Mr. Pitt have forgotten the language he used upon that occasion ?
-But,” said he, if this banefut alli“ance is not already formed, if this ill-omened marriage is not already solemnised, “I know a just and lawful impediment ; and, in the name of public safety, I here 6 forbid the banns!"
!!! If they have been tempted the recollection of these ever memorable words- may proye to each a well-timed admonition.
At length we find that COBBETT has selected his chum for the Cayenne diligence That he has chosen a companion no less extraordinary for himself than the <MAN or THE MORNING CHRONIOŁE ! A man whom he has honoured as one of the “ fram ternity of London news mongers," with the choicest specinens of his dabuse.?" .! How, then, are we to reconcile these seeming oddities? Is it in the spirit of fear, in the apprehension of not being able to stand or to travel alone? Or is it in the present returning spirit of monstrous coalition-in humble imitation of his mightier masters? If the last of these causes has moved him, if he has done this in the 'ară duous hope to 'reconcile their contradictions, then, indeed, Mr. Cobbett deserves every thing of his party-Sacrificing thus 'his boasted superiority over other prints, as he has done -- and on the very day he tells us, “ the REGISTER is not to be esti, mated like. COMMON NEWSPAPĄPÈR," "condescending, as he has done, to borrow 2 long and vapid article from one of them.
But, in these days, nothing should surprise us--when we hear that Lord Grenville and Mr. Fox, statesmen, who have, for twenty years past, dissented from, and reprobated each other, on every political subject, are about to coalesce-shall we wonder that a COBBETT and a Perry, in spite of their revilings, have united ?
* We do not hesitate to fix the first invention of this scheme upon Mr. Windham. It is too monstrous, to have been derived from any other source=but the native luxuriancy of Mr. Windham's imagination, is productive of every thing that is wild and extravagant. It is worthy of remark; that the disgraceful coalition with Lord North, (which has for ever ruined the political réputation of Mr. Fox) originated in the distorted and prolific fancy of Mt. Burke, the great model and prototype of of the celebrated Ex-Secretary at War:
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ROYAL STANDARD. SIR, Some of our wise ones would do well to take a hint from Don Quixote, mad as hewas !
“ Sancho, says he, you must not intermingle so many proverbs with your dis* course, for although proverbs are short sentences, you very often bring them in “ head and shoulders, so preposterously that they look more like the ravings of dis. “ traction than well chosen apothegms.
66 That defect God himself must remedy, said Sancho, for I have more proverbs by “ heart than would be sufficient to fill a large book, and when I speak they crowd 6 together in such a manner as to quarrel for utterance, so that my tongue dis6 charges them just as they happen to be in the way, whether they are or are not to the purpose.” Thus far, Mr: Editor, had I read in the 11th chap. of the 4th vol. of Don Quixote, when laid my book upon the chair by my bed side, put the extinguisher upon my candle, and my head upon my pillow, and soon dropped asleep. Without entering deeply into the theory of dreaming, I think it will be allowed by all, that the material occurrences of the day produce an influence upon the mind, during sleep, and form the ground work upon which the imagination raises those airy and unsubstancial fabricks, which so often delight and alarm us in that solemn moment, when“ nature seems dead." Upon no other principle can I account for the following illusion; no other operation of the ideas could have produced it; for I can assure you, Mr. Editor, I never had, when awake, the slightest expectation that his Majesty could confer the government of an Island, or any confidential situation upon the Right Honourable Gentleman who formed the subject of my dream; I thought that the Island of Lampedosa, by some diplomatic arrangement, had become anTexed to the Empire of Great Britain. I fancied that the King had, as a sort of banishment, a kind of political transportation, bestowed upon the mouthpiece of that indescribable monster, the new opposition, the government of that Island, under one restriction only, which was this—that Mr. Windham was not to destroy the peace of mind of the Hermit, who has these many years been the only inhabi. tant of this unfrequented spot, by teaching him metaphysics. Such were the wild notions that floated upon my brain. The particular scene at which I was pre. sent, I shall proceed to describe. I conceived that I was at court, surrounded by all that loyalty and beauty which give splendor and stability to the throne of our : Sovereign. Led forward' by the usual officer upon these occasions, advanced the Right Honourable W. Windham. His dress appeared to have been intended for the full uniform of the Felbrigg volunteers, but modesty had unpicked all the lace, or æconomy had forgot to put any upon it. Descriptive of the county which gave him birth, a party coloured cap was ornamented with the feathers from the wing of a bustard. He advanced towards the King, dropt upon his knee, and after kissing hands on his appointment, he thus addressed his Majesty :
Sire, “ Though I may have appeared toyour Majesty to have played fast and loose upon many occasions, this signal mark of your Majesty's favour, will convince my enemies and the world, that when I came for wool, you did not send me home shorn. Your Majesty has furnished me with with two weapons against my slanderers, for
daub yourself with honey and you will never want flies; and it has long been ac, knowledged, that too often might overcomes right. You are worth as much as you hade, was the lesson of my grandmother in early life; I am now worth a government, and hope I shall know its value. It is true, that during your Majesty's reign I have fought the political battle under different leaders. Mr. Fox, the Exchancellor of your Majesty's Exchequer, and, a noble Lord of the upper Honse ; and, truly, I began to put faith in the words, three removes are as bad as a fire, and a rolling stone gathers no moss. Thus provided for, by your Majesty's bounty, I shall never hereafter thrust my thumb between another man's grinders ; for I have Jong been convinced, that whether the stone goes to the pitcher, or the pitcher to the stone, įt és='ware pitcher. With respect to the regulations I shall adopt for the protection of the Island your Majesty has confided to my care, I must, upon the military establishment trouble your Majesty with one word more. Of the volunteer system your Majesty has long known my opinion, founded upon that ascertained truth in physics, you can't make a sålk purse out of a sow's ear. Of the value of the regiments your Majesty has appointed to the garrison of Lampedosa, I have the most exalted opinion; and I am confident, that when they have got rid of their grass flesh, and got the beer out of their bellies which they have been drinking at the rate of fifty guineas a man, since they were raised, I shall be equally convinced of the excellency of their discipline. With regard to the commands of your Majesty on the subject of metaphysics and the Hermit, they shall, Sire, be scrupulously obeyed ; and, for this, your Majesty has better security than my bare assurance ; for, as reputation for talents in speaking, which I do not possess, can now avail me no more, I here confess to your Majesty, and the world, that of the science of metaphysics I know no more than a Bustard.''
This jumble of proverbs, alike the jargon of the Governors of Lampedosa and of Baratąrią, so affected my risibļe muscles, that I awoke' in a horse laugh.
I am, Sir,
VOLUNTEER ESTABLISIIMENT. The editor of the Weekly Political Register, who reprobated" the volunteer $y$. tem, at its commencement, as the worst that could have been adopted,” and in the exuberance of his expansive malignity, represented the volunteers as “ ignorant of the 6. nature of the service in which they were engaged,” as a mass of showy, swagger. ing, specifying shopkeepers ; as a talking, snarling rabble, forming seminaries of indis. cipline, as men of whose courage he entertained such serious doubts that he “ thonght some plan should be adopted for ascertaining whether they would meet “ the enemy at all,” has now foreboded in its establishment the suppression of the liberty of the press, the destruction of Parliament, and the ruin of his country,
66 Whether first nature or long want of peace “ Has wrought his mind to this I cannot tell,
( But horrors pow are not displeasing to him.” Finding that the system has been sanctioned with the approbation of the best and Visest and ablest men in Barliament, that the volunteers maintain a steady perseve.