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• Vol. 39.-No. 10.) LONDON, SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 1821. [Price 6d. ::...

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and the other speeches at the late THE LORD CHANCELLOR.

meeting of the Club in question. ,

Before, however, I come to On the Pitt-Club proceedings ; on

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our the Budget ; ånd on Lawyerlche

yer Chairman, GAFFER THOMAS Scarlett's Bill.

SHERLOCK. Gooch, than who it.

would have been impossible to al • Kensington, 5th June, 1821. find a fitter man for the office..

My LORD CHANCELLOR, None but just such a man would ; "I am always pleased when any have been fit : he was qualified of you gentlemen“ in doors” in all respects for the post; and step " out of doors," and there- certainly for no other post that. by put yourselves so far upon al I can imagine amongst mortal level with us as to entitle us to men. The GAFFER's speech y talk to you a little, without the was too curious to be passed over .. risk of being , banished. The lightly; and, therefore, I shall speeches you make “ in doors "insert it here, entire, as I find it.. are protected by privilege : those given in the Courier news-paper. you make out of doors have, as of the 29th of May. The Gaf-. yet, no such protection ; and, fer's speech may be considered. therefore, I shall make a remark as the say of all that class of: or two on your late speech at the men to which he belongs ; and, London Pitt-Club. The Club, there is something in the close of and all the whole family of Pitt- his speech, which is well worthy, Clubs, are become so completely of attention. Not on account of and deservedly contemptible, that the matter itself, but on account there is no public duty that calls of the doubts, fears, and chagrin: for an exposure of them ; but, that it discovers. we have a right to laugh when “ The Chairman then rose We can; and, never in this world “ and said, that it might appear was there a more legitimate sub-" presumptuous, or at least, un.. ject of laughter than your speech" necessary in him to preface the,

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o toast which he was about 'to," unavoidable.' It was one of “ propose, with a single obser- “ twò' evils. It was the alters vation. They were assembled | native to dependence, and Mr. si on that occasion to celebrate “ Pitt'chose rightly, and nobly o'the birth-day of the greatest chose the alternative. (Cheers.) 66 and the most virtuous States. " It was their duty, as he was “'man that this" or any other“ sure it was their inclination, “ country ever produced.-(Ap-1" to relieve, by every possible s planise.) England had been" and practicable means, the exo blessed with him, providentially “ tent or the severity of their dis7.56. Blessed with him, at a moment tress ; but whatever means .66 when his services were most " were calculated to diminish it, “ required by this vast, and, at “ 'he was sure that its reduction -66 that period, troubled empire. did not depend upon modern (Applause.) It was to the patriotism, or revolutionary docs principles of Mr. Pitt, and to trines. (Loud cheering.) Hé or his steady adherence to those " begged, in conclusion, to pro“ principles, that they were in his “ 'pose—“Thé immortal memory

conscience, he believed, to at- “ of the late Right Hon: William -6 tribute to the present indepen- |- Pitt, with three times three.'· “dence of the English nation. Bravó, GAFFER! You did 16 His firm resistance to French describe the principles of Pitt ; or principles, as his skilful and and, perhaps, you could not. “ well concerted policy, when However, let that pass for the “ immense efforts on the part of present. , We will, by and by, 66 the enemy abroad, and dismay ask ́a little what those principles 6 and faction at home, seemed were. It is the close of the Gaf66 to paralyse the country, saved fer's speech that is interesting. 66 it from impending ruin, and He says that our distresses were s raised it to a height uñerampled the natural consequence of the Pitt 66 even in our most favoured an- measures, and, as the measures so'nals. The natural consequence arose out of the principles, how or of these great and extraordi- the devil does the Gaffer make it o nary exertions on the part of out that the principles were good? or our population is a temporary Oh! says he, we must have been « distress, that distress was, dependent if we had not done o under the circumstances, quite that which has caused the distress. There were two evils before us : who it was that caused the necesdistress and dependence ; and Pitt sity of our being conquered in nobly chose the latter." ... war, or distressed in peace!.

The Gaffer did not attempt At last, after this loose talk, any proof of the truth of these the Gaffer came to the pinch ; he' assertions. They are completely came to those distresses ; those false, as all the world knows." agricultural distresses,” which But, my lord, may we ask such | have so long engaged the attena man as the GAFFER, what “de- tion of his enlightened skull: he. pendence” may mean? Does came to the relief of those dis. it mean being conquered by tresses. And here, according to! France ?. This, or nothing, is the Report, he talked some preits meaning. And, may we, then, cious stuff. He said, tliat it was beg the Gaffer to tell us what it their duty, as he was sure it was that made it “ unavoidable“ was their inclination, to relieve, for us to endure being conquered, “ by every possible and practica-i , or distressed ? It could not be “ ble means, the extent, or the providence ; for the Gaffer' says " severity of their distress.that Pitt was sent by providence Now, I will allow, that this Scotch to-save us! What was it, then, Editor, Mr. Daniel Stewart, forgood Gaffer, that reduced us to merly Secretary to Mr. TIERNEY'S this dreadful alternative? Pitt Reform Society, must have miswas lord and master for ten years represented the Gaffer; and I before the war against the French take the meaning, as the country people began. He began the people say, by the gaping. I. war. Who was it, then, I say; take him to have meaned, thát who was it Gaffer Gooch, that the Ministers were disposed to caused the necessity of our being relieve the distress of the farmers, conquered in war, or distressed in landlords, and traders by all pospeace? The French? O, fie, sible and practicable means. Gaffer ! What! The French - But,” said he, " whatever have the power to conquer us in those means may be, I am sure war, or cause us to live in distress" they will not depend on modern in peace! If this be true, .what “ patriotism and revolutionary, a pitch of glory? ours is! And,“ doctrines;" that is to say, that if it be false, how puzzled that the means of relief would not . head of yours must be to find out arise out of the acting upon mo

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dern patriotism and revolutionary We shall do very well with them. doctrines. Here again we have They will break up the musses of no descriptions, or definitions, to property, and disperse' them assist us. We cannot tell what about. The loom-lords and anthe Gaffer may mean by modern vil-lords and bank-lords will come patriotism and revolutionary doc- down; and the labourer will once trines ; but this is what we gather more be their equal. The Bullfrom the “ gaping:” that the Frog farmers will come down relief shall not come at all, if it quickly, or disappear. The truth cannot come without oversetting is, that they will, for the most the Pitt-system of paper-money'; part, withdraw with what they that, in few, the farmers shall have got, if they be renters; and yield up their last sack, and the will leave the landlords to get on landlords their last acre, rather with the Jews in their own good than the measures of Cobbett and “ loyal” way. A man that shall be adopted; rather than a can draw four or five thousand reduction of the interest of the pounds out of the fire will be rich. debt shall take place !

If he keep it a year or two in Well said, GAFFER ! Stick to gold, he will have the means of that, and I will never ask for the buying a fine estate. He can. punishment of any of those petty live snugly in the mean while. tyrants who have lashed the peo- No taxes can reach him. He has ple in all parts of the kingdom. nothing visible. And, when the Go on : let the Bank go on pay-wash comes, he has his ready ing in Gold (which, however, is money to purchase with. my measure), and these men will! Many of these Bull-frogs are suffer precisely in the manner and moving off to America with the in the degree, in which they ought produce of their stock and goods. to suffer. I do not wish to see This is one way, and an effectual the interest of the Debt reduced way too, to avoid the tax-gatherer. yet. I wish to see the thing go There have been, within a year, on just as it is now going not less than about a hundred on for a year, or two years. I farmers who have gone out of: wish to see the Jews enter up Sussex alone! They have no their mortgages. I wish to see relish' for hard labour, and they the orange - boys and pencil-wish to avoid losing their all by venders actually in possession. taxation. It is very curious, that

not a word, not even a whisper, clearer-headed man than I am to about this has ever been heard guess ; but, if the wisdom of from the gentleman “ within parliament had caused to be taken “ doors.” For English farmers an account of the diminution of to cut and run is something new; the number of farms within the is something well worthy, one last forty years ; and an account would think, of the attention of of the number and quality of - the wisdom of parliament.”) persons that have gone to settle Not, perhaps, of equal import-in America within the last six ance with the “ furious driving” years. If it had caused an acof coachmen; the cruelty of men count to be taken of the prices. and maids to horses, mares, mules, of labour compared with those asses, dogs and cats; or the mak- of food for a hundred years back, ing of chimneys devour their own and had caused the amount of the smoke; or the like; but, surely, poor-rates to be stated at every when English farmers are packing period of ten years. If it had off with their property to other been pleased, in its wisdom, to countries, there must be a cause do something of this sort, some somewhat singular, and worthy practical conclusions might have of attention. A man has got been drawn from the informathree or four thousand pounds. tion. . . . n . He sees he shall lose them, if he However, my Lord Chancellor, remain in England, and, there we will now quit the Gaffer's fore, off he goes. And, I dare speech and come to yours, which say, that, in the course of about we shall find much fuller. of matanother two years, a quarter part ter for a May-morning. Your of the Yeomanry Gavaltary will colleague, LORD LIVERPOOL was be cultivating Indian Corn in the absent, and also your colleague, United States. Unable to gain CASTLEREAGH ; so that they here by deductions from labour, could not partake in the honour they will quit the scene, and which the Club did you in drinkleave the land to the orange- ing your healths. Whether they boys and pencil-venders. The begin to be ashamed of singing wisdom of parliament has the praise of a man, who sowed caused another account of the the seeds of all the difficulties population to be taken ! For that they have to contend with, is what it would puzzle a much more than I can say; but, this I

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