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have but too often come forth to scandalize and insult the natio?
- ENGLAND'S GLORY”
AND under the title of Public Papers. -It is no sacrifice for me to con
MR. CANNING. fess, that I view this paper with feelings less hostile, on account of its recognizing several principles, The Electors of Westminster. for which I have myself long contended, and for so contending
Kensington, 26 June, 1821. have, for years, been an object GENTLEMEN,
It was not my desire to trou: of abuse.--Enough, however, on
ble you with any remarks on this subject for the present. I
..) GLORY’s” conduct. His adshall be my anxious endeavour to make the whole matter clear to
ventures since the month of Fe
bruary last were quite sufficient every reader; and this I trust 1 shall accomplish before the sub
to render all further notice of him ject goes out of my hands. The
wholly unnecessary; but, this re· next session of parliament w
cent affair between Mr. CANNING probably determine, whether this
and him really does call so loudly,
for something, from some quarter nation is to continue to be great ; or, to become very little. It is."
or other, that I cannot remain si
lent. As a mere duelling affair, fitting, therefore, that we should
I should, probably, only have be duly prepared for the discussions that will then infallibly
joined others in laughing at arise.
“ Glory's" conduct in it; but, the correspondence, in this case, involves matter of political principle and consistency (that precious quality in “Glory's” eyes); and, therefore, the thing becomes
matter of importance, more espe-| disaroval was made ; and that,. cially as he is a member for your too, in the most prompt manner. populous city, and as he still occa- There was no want of industry sionally talks about a Reform in on this occasion! There was no the Parliament. .
. shilly-shally. Prompt enough, The short history of the quarrel faith in this affair. between “ Glory” and Mr. Can . Now, gentlemen, if this matter ning is this :-The former, being had been a mere duelling affairs at the time passing his three months If it had embraced nothing of “ in the custody of the Marshal of politics, it would have passeck “ the King's Bench,” wrote and wholly unnoticed by me. But; sent to the Chairman of what was you will find, that the disavouad called " a Reform Dinner," on strikes at the very root of pothe 4th of April last, a letter to litical justice; and that, if it bei be read to the persons then and to pass uncensure, all that rethere assembled. In this letter sponsibility in public functiona-- · he spoke evil of Mr. Canning, as ries, for which we have always. you will presently see. The lat- been contending, and for which ter, who was then in England, " Glory” has always been con-. took no notice of this letter at the tending, is completely swepa time; and, soon afterwards, went away. to France. - But, as soon as We will now take the doca“ G.cry's" three months “ cus- ments, beginning with" Glory's."** “tody” were expired, Mr. Can- letter aforementioned. And, ning came home, and wrote to here, before I proceed further; “ Glory,” by the hands of Lord let me observe, that I give no William Bentinck, demanding nick-name. This is the name, or (and, as you will see, in a most title, given to him by his own peremptory style) a disavowal, band of creatures; his own or, the “other alterna!ive.” The Rump; his own friends and par
tizans. Does he merit it? 18 | nauseous ; did ever subject of the
he the “ Glory of England ?" | Grand Monarque of France or - Then it is a title due to him; and slave of Turkish Sultan, utter
it can be no nick-name, no flattery so base and disgusting as mockery. Is he unworthy of it? that wbich has been poured on Does the application of it to him this man by those creatures who. excite laughter? Then let him have the audacity to put forth no longer surround himself with their slavish eulogiums in your the band of base flatterers, who nane? We have heard of nuhave bestowed it on him; and merous instances of hyperbolical
who, by the various arts, of which battery, but never of one equal . I shall by, and by speak, extort to “ England's Glory," applied
from you that support of him, to a fickle, an irresolute, an inert, which your own good sense and and inefficient being, who himhonesty, if left 10 themselves, self acknowledges that he can do would never suffer you to give. no good, though placed in a siGentleinen, we hear enough of tuation, where even the poorest
flattering courtiers; we despise of talents might, and must, if - the parasites of kings; we think honestly exerted,' do great ourselves fully warranted, in this good. To apply an appeilation case, to express our contempt of like this to such a man, is not . the receiver as well as of the ut-only shameful in itself, but it would terer of the flattery; we are seem to indicate a widely prevalent moreover, in the habit of com- want of public principle; and it Inending blunt sincerity, and I must have a tendency to disgust bope, this commendation is not inen of real worth, and to make unjustly given to us as a nation. them despise, and, of course, to
But, Gentlemen, Electors of be careless about the fate of, à · Westminster, was ever flattery people who can be at once so base
so fulsome; was ever flattery so and so unjust. If this man, who
can, or, at least, who really does, To return from this digression, do nothing, be “ England's I shall, as I before said, insert « Glory;" if he be « Westmin- the documents, beginning with 3 ster's Pride;" if this be the way, “ Glory’s” letter to the Lord in which the people estimate, what Mayor, who was Chairman of man can think it a duty to make the “ Reform Dinner.” Then real and efficient exertions for will come Mr. Canning's demand
such a people? However, let of a disavowal, or -- >! - me dismiss this topic, for the pre- | Then Glory's prompt and ample
sent, by expressing my convic- disavowal; and then the curious tion, that this preposterous and letter of Mr.' KINNAIRD (une of ridiculous appellation has been “ Glory's” chickens!) accusing given without your sanction. the editor of the Courier of But, let me add, that it is your forgery and complaining of breach bounden duty to interfere, and of confidence. Lord WILLIAM that, too, in an efficient manner; BENTINC K's exposure of
Bentinck’s exposure of the nonwhenever the occasion again may sense of this complaint will close arise. I know, that you do not the collection, which collection, sanction those contemptible an
unless you separate yourselves nual festivals, where - purity of from the Rump and their hero
election” is chaunted by impu- will long remain a deep stigma on dent men, who hare, in effect, yourselves; for, the question made your great city no better naturally arises: if such be than a rotten borough, and where “ Westminster's Pride," what the hero of the Rump has the must the people of Westminster modesty to sit and hear himself be. styled the “ Glory of England;" King's Bench Prison, April 4, 1821. but, those festivals are held in
You will not, I am sure, doubt the your name; and, it becomes you sincerity with which I express my reto vindicate your character.
gret at being unavoidably detained
from the Meeting of this day. My,“ For 'tis their duty, all the learned heart is however amongst you, and my think, mind altogether in the great cause “ To espouse the cause by which they which you are met to promote. That cat and drink.” cause has been supported by so much Do I therefore say the House of Comability, acute reasoning and profound | mons is corrupt? Not I indeed, even learning, that it baffles ingenuity to
though I should run no risk of offe: any thing importantly new upon being transported-no such thing; , the subject. Nor do I now take up they are true to the interest of those my pen with the vain hope of doing who send them. “ The ox knoweth any thing more than expressing my“ his owner, and the ass his master's respect for the Gentlemen assembled." crib,” and they ai least equal thè Indeed, the question is itself so plain, lox and the ass in knowledge and virtue, and has been so elaborately set forth and are, moreove
en so elaborately set forth and are, moreover, superior to the ; and illustrated, that to use the slang of Jews, for they do know their Maker. the Honourable House, the people out I will, however, boldly adduce their of doors, the profane vulgar, perfect- example, as proof undeniable, of bely understand it. For in this enlignt nefits the people would derive from apened age and country, no one is, I take pointing their own representatives, it, so ignorant as not to know, that to
seeing that these gentlemen are ever have is to have, which is the whole true to their own and their patrons of the subject'; that if what I acquire, linterest. This identity of interest keeps either by good fortune or the sweat of all smooth, and the public may rest asmy brow, another can take from mesured that the same cause will ever without my own consent, it is not my produce the same effect, and that whenproperty, but his; that in that case lever the public shall have the appointam tenant at will ; and that if any man, ment of their own House of Commons, or set of men, can make laws to im
the public expenditure will be conprison my person, to which I have trouled, the public burthens diminished, never consented, my person is as in
the public money applied to .public
the nublic moneta secure as my property, in other words,
purposes, and the public happiness and that“Liberty and Property,”the watch- prosperity, in other words, “ Liberty word of our forefathers, are sounds as and Property” secured, and not till senseless and empty as the beating of then. In the mean time I take this opa drum-as
portunity of expressing my satisfac“ Sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.” tion at the cause being in such good
hands, and to add, that the Reformers Gentlemen, that Mr. Canning, I men
may always command, such as they tion him as the champion of the party.
are, my services in any way or situaa part for the whole, should defend
Ttion which they can think useful. to the utmost a system by the hocus
I remain, Gentlemen, pocus tricks by which he and his family get so much public money, can
Your most obedient, cause neither me nor any man suspicior ,
FRANCIS BURDETT... or anger.