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; (and quickly, too, mind) as hard sizes at Lancaster. At any rate,'
as ship biscuit (which is much one thing is certain, that, at harder than the limber of Scotch Lancaster, he acted as Attorneyfirs or Canada firs); and to do General, or Prosecuting Lawyer, this in the sun (for it must not be of a Mr. THOMAS John EVANS, fire), where are we, in this cli- the late proprietor of a newsmate, to get the sun? In 1816 paper, called, the MANCHESwe could not; for, that year, me- TER OBSERVER. It is culons rotted in the glazed frames rious enough to behold Mr. and never ripened. But, in every SCARLETT, “ a gentleman oppo- , nine summers out of ten, we have," site,” in the 'House of Comin July or in August, a fortnight mons, and a supplier of the place of hot sun; and that is enough. of Attorney - General in Lan; Nature has not given us a peach- cashire. I always said, that
climate climate ; but we get we wanted no change of ministry. peaches. The cakes, when put that would merely put out Gifin the sun, may have a glass sash, ford and Copley, and put in' or a hand-light, put over them. Scarlett and Brougbam! Oh, This would make their birth hotter no! The gentlemen on one side, than that of the hottest open-air and “ the gentlenen opposite," situation in America. In short, are, us-ward, precisely the same. to a farmer's wife, or any good " gentlemen.” That which one house-wife, all the little difficulties does, the other would do, if they to the attainment of such an ob- l had the power; and, therefore, ject would appear as nothing. let us, as to ministries, be con-. The will only is required; and, if tented, notwithstanding all that there be not that, it is useless to Mr. James Perry says against think of the attempt.'.
the ministers in his news-paper, I have now fulfilled my pro- and, which is worse, all he says mise to you; and, I wish, with all in their favour at the Indiamy soul, it was as easy for me to House! cause you to be supplied with the The Mr. JOHN THOMAS flour in abundance, as it has been EVANS, prosecuted upon this ocfor me to teach you the art of. casion, is, I believe, the same making yeast to raise it with that was sent to prison, with his
father, the SPENCEAN, just be
fore the passing of the Bill in MR. SCARLETT, 1817, on a charge of High Tren
son, and was released, with his Figuring away in the North. father. the next year, without
This Hector of the Bar, is, it ever being brought to trial. It would seem, “ Attorney-General" appears, i hat he afterwards befor the Duchy of Lancaster; or, came connected with the West-i at least, they call hing in the minster Rump, and purchased news-paper that I have before the Manchester Observer, a me, “ the Attorney - General,"| branch of the Rump being about and the article, in which lie is so to be established in that little called is giving a report of London. In the spring of last speeches made by him at the as- year, there was a drunken quarrel
and fight, in a public-house at|cause, too, against the soldiers, · Oldham, between some soldiers as soldiers : when nobody but a and some weavers. Mr. Evans half-ideot could fail to see, that. published an article upon the this was precisely the thing that subject, in which he, in a fit of the enemies of Reform must wish bombast, rather than of any thing for? Young Mr. Hobhouse (son else, made a great mouthful of of the Commissioner of Arcot the matter, called it " military Debts !) presented a petition to 6 outrage," and seemed to sup- the Honourable House upon this pose, that this drunken squabble subject. The Ministers very was a proof, that the whole coun- eagerly said, it was a matter of try was about to be trampled “ real importance." To be sure ! under foot by the soldiers. Mr. Hobhouse never moved furNow, mind, I do not blane the ther in the matter. But, if I, indignation of Mr. EVANS; nor do with the ministers' notions, had 1, indeed, blame him at ull; but I been iu their place, I would have lament, as I did at the time, his made bim bring the matter forweakness. In the first place it was ward, and have knocked up a a drunken squabble; it was a pub-pretty dust about it. I would lic-house brawl; there would be have made famous flashy haranlying snd swearing enough on both gues in praise of the soldiers ; sides ; there was no telling who and the more the little “gentleman was right and who wrong; and,“ opposite” railed against them, my answer to the complaints of the better should I have been the weavers would have been: pleased! What could have served “ how came you in the public- my turn so well as an opportunity “ house?” In short, those who of placing the Radicals at open could expose themselves to the war against the Soldiers ; and of risk of being in such a brawl, must defending the latter against the run the risk and abide by the con- former? Ah ! lack-a-day! It .. sequences. As to the weavers is not given to every hair-brained being Reformers, they might call blade with a pen in his hand, to themselves such; but, was going deal, with effect, with a thing such to spend their money on an article, as that which we have in hand. more than one half of which is The ministers, listening to tar, and which article was wholly wrong, or defective information, unnecessary to them, while the use bave often 'levelled their artillery of it must be injurious to their against that which their true pofamilies; was this a proof of their licy would have taught them to being Reformers : and was their suffer to go untouched. This having been beaten by the soldiers Mr. Evans was doing the cause of to be taken up and tacked on. to Reform all possible injury ; and the cause of Reform? Were the that, too, without knowing it. Reformers, who had protested and, therefore, the more likely to against the use of exciseable ar. persevere., He could not see a ticles, to make common cause soldier go reeling and swearing with a handful of pot-house along the street, without noticing brawlers, and to make common it in his paper! I remember a
story he told of two soldiers beat-| appear to be of a different way of ing and kicking a gentleman on thinking; and hence this prosecuthe highway. Well, and what tion of Mr. Evans, and the speeches of thai ! The gentleman, I dare of Mr. SCARLETT, some parts of say, approved of a standing army which I am about to notice. But, in time of peace; and, the gentle there were two other indictments man must have known, that the against this unfortunate' missionsoldiers have fists, and toes to ary of the Rump; one of which their shoes, as well as other peo- I have seen no account of, and ple. I would have left the Lan- the other, of which an account is cashire gentleman to tell his own given, for a libelona Dr.CUNLIFF, story, and to get redress for him- of Bury. This, though a private · self. For my part, I like soldiers affair, is worthy of notice, on acas well, and rather better, than count of some singular circumthe mass of the people; and it is stances belonging to it. The very natural and very proper Lancashire libel was in the followthat I should. They are not only I ing words : flesh and blood as well as the “ The letter of Telemachus, from rest of us; they are not only the “ Bury, respecting the language and brothers of us of the " Lower / “ conduct of Dr. C- has reached sOrders ;” but they are in ge
“ us safely. We are obliged to our
"correspondent for his communicaneral, “good fellous ;” and I “ tion, though we decline to insert it. * have seen amongst them proofs “ The disgusting brutality of the lani of greater generousness of spirit
“guage which this wretch has applied
" to the Queen, is certainly well conthan I ever saw amongst people
“ trasted, with his , own adulterous of any other description. They 66. intercourse' with his maid servants. will resent affronts, and who but " The utmost severity is richly dea slave will not? I remember
“'served in this case, but really we
“ cannot inflict it: meanwhile we do the affrays that I have seen be- not promise that some notice shall tween soldiers and apron muen, " not be taken of this smooth hypowhen they have been drunk all|
“ crite, unless he mends his language : together. If the OLDHAM people
“ his morals we despair of.”. and the soldiers had been 'let Now, observe, the Old Doctor alone, the odds are, that they was dead before the trial came would all have been drunk again on; but, Mr. SCARLETT said, that together the next night, shaking the Lancashire libel had, “ there hands and laughing at the past was reason to fear, hastened his night's adventure, and then quar- " death.” He said, that it was relling and fighting again. My “ a most affecting case." I do
advice to Radicals is this : say not know whether he did not shed í nothing against soldiers ; do tears; whether, like his prede
nothing to offend them ;. be cessor, Ulysses, he did not friendly and kind to them when“ wipe, or seem to wipe, some kinyou can ; if they be sober, they “ dred drops” over the lamented will not offend you; if they be Doctor's urn. He said, that the drunk, keep or get out of their Doctor was a man, “ whose chaway.
|“ racter was above every immoral However, Mr. Evans and the " or vicious imputation;" and Manchester branch of the Rump, yet he said, " the good Doctor
“ felt this attack most keenly." | SCARLETT was bravely pouring Well, then, it seems his character out abuse on me. was not above the reach even of As to this “ inheritance," this this anonymous paper-pellet. He “ possession,” of these young was killed by the imputation. His “ Lancashirers, there is, as is son swore, that he believed, that frequently and truly observed, no the pellet • hastened his father's accounting for tastes. What is " deutlı ;” and yet, the father's “ one man's meat is another man's character, Mr. SCARLETT said, 1“ poison.” But, I can answer was above all imputation. Now for myself; and, I have no scruwhat is being above imputation ? ple to say, that I should prefer Why, if it mean any thing, it | being the son of a deceased father, means, that the character is so who left a charge of going to bed good, so well established, stands to his maid servant without any so high, that no imputation can notice at all, to being the son of a affect it. It is not possible, that deceased father, who left the prose-a man can enjoy such a character cution of the accuser as a legacy to without knowing it, and knowing me; and, especially, when the nait, how could he keenly feel the ture of the process that he himself imputation? How could such bad chosen, was such as to prevent an imputation tend to produce the defendant from justifying the his death? If the Doctor's cha- charge by proof of its truth. racter were above the imputation, However, if this be the taste of there was no need of the prose-these young Lancashirers ; if they. cution; and, it was something like legacies of this sort; if they · worse than useless; for, it certainly be ambitious of such fame; if brought the character down to they be fond of such “ inherita' struggle with the imputation. So “ ances;" if “ possessions” of keenly did the Doctor feel this such a descriprion chạrm them; imputation, that Mr. SCARLETT in God's name let them enjoy said, that his sons “ considered them, and with them all the ho" it as almost the last dying re- nour, which they are likely to de- , 66 quest of their father to conti- rive from the praises bestowed on : 6 nue this prosecution. The libel their piety by such a man as Mr. “ could not now reach their SCARLETT, he having, of course, “father, but the memory of his their fee in his pocket!
virtues was their inheritance To be sure, the attack on the os and possession, and was still Old Doctor was brutal enough; “ equally dear to them. They land, if it were false, it did deserve “ were now piously fulfilling his punishment of some sort.' But, " last solemn legacy.”—Heh, hem! | a wise man will take time to reGood Lord! But, let the Rump flect on consequences. He will recollect what this same lawyersoon find, that, though punishsaid in praise of his client and of ment, at his hands, may be merita their friend and associate and co-ed, it may be no act of wisdom operator, Wright! And, let to inflict it; and, especially, in them recollect how they then such a way. If the charge were, sniggered out applause, while as Scarlett says it was, and as I
suppose it was, nttoriously false, / was cheered by the Rump, when it ought to have been treated with he abused and becalled me; and silent contempi, and have been Mr. SCARLETT is the man who left to expose its author to the in-has put down the Manchester dignation that he merited, and branch of the Rump! Mr. Evans, which, amongst all men worth a who has, as the sailors call it, straw, he would have received; “ cut and run,” even before batand, if the charge had been true, tle began, and at the mere signal or suspected to be true, the Doc-being given; that is to say, he tor might have been sure,' that has given up the paper, before the success in such a prosecution, trials took place; will find, that it would not have the smallest ten- is not so easy a matter to carry dency to remove the suspicion ; on a Rump branch amongst the and, in spite of what Mr. Scar- Lancashirers ; but, if he should, LETT said in praise of their piety, which I am afraid will be the case, in pushing on a posthumous pro- have to feel the bodily effects of secution, the young Lancashirers the success of Mr. Scarlett's may be sure, that very few per-harangues, he will, during the sons indeed will envy them their continuance of those effects, have 66 legacy,” their “ inheritance,” the consolation to know (and, their “ possession.” - doubtless, a great consolation it
As to the trials of Mr. Evans will be !) that the great Don, the for public-libel, I have, in this sovereign of the Rump of Rumps, Register, no room to remark on is, in virtue of the harangues of them. Their grounds and their this very Mr. Scarlett, and of result are too common-place to be something else perhaps, both toworthy of notice, But, there gether, breathing the sweet air; were certain doctrines laid down is enjoying the delectable conby Mr. SCARLETT; certain opi- versation of Messrs. Adams, nions laid down by him ; certain Place and Hobhouse; is disportextraneous matters introduced by ing himself in fox-hunting with him ; certain assertions made by army taylors; or is studying mihim; and of these I shall take litary tactics with a no very dissome notice in my next. Even tant relation, who has the honour now, however, I cannot take off to belong to that very standing my pen without observing, that, army, the existence of which Mr. here again we behold a striking EVANS so furiously attacked !instance of retributive justice. Ah! Mr. Evans! You will Mr. SCARLETT was the man who know things better in time!