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corporeal constitution, considerable Terræfilius is a person of a somepowers of application, he has been what different stamp. In 1799 he very serviceable in promoting the entered the office in the humble caadopted system of exclusion, by el. pacity of an extra clerk, with a sabowing out all strangers and inter- lary of five shillings per diem ; at lopers. He is, in short, the Cer- present he enjoys one of its superior berus to this minor hell, and denies posts; and he but recently relinentrance to all but the ghosts of the linquished his seat in the Senate, damned, and the privileged members which he held for ten years. Unof the Plutean family. He has the questionably, the advantage of posusual vices of upstarts-low cunning, sessing talents of a very respectable vulgarity, rudeness, slavish pliability order has contributed to his elevaof principles; and having, in the tion ; but he is mainly indebted to regular course of such an official circumstances which were wholly career, become charged with the fortuitous; and the chief defects of superintendance of a considerable his character and conduct are attridepartment, the whole of these ami butable to his neglect, while estiable qualities are at this moment in mating the extent of his acquisitions, full activity. He is prompt to a de- of separating the chance-gifts of forgree bordering on the miraculous, in tune from the dearer fruits of perdiverting every important occurrence sonal exertion-a mental process, no to his own advantage, either as the doubt calculated to act as a salutary means of attracting the notice of his check upon his superb spirit, and superiors, or of seizing, as his own inspire into his breast some respect peculiar property, the fruits of the for his less fortunate fellow-labourindustry and talents of the gentle ers. The “insolence of office” pemen who are so unfortunate as to be culiar to this exalted personage is so placed under his orders: his lan- much the more grating, as it is more guage, when he may safely permit it than usually refined. It is of that to luxuriate in the ear of vulgar fa. species which delights less in kicks miliarity, would be strictly suitable than in jumps ; it prompts him to to that class of society in the West- stride “ proudly unobservant" over ern Peninsula, who, in their own the palpable head of a passing acsignificant idiom, are said to be con- quaintance, with the glorious feel. tinually “hartos de ajos ;" his ad- ings of a being raised by innate medress is starched, constrained, and rit and extraordinary accidents above awkward, in the presence of the high, the common lot of humanity. At er agents of government, and rude one time numbered with the lowest, and insolent towards those of less he now disdains to appear cognizant official rank than himself; and he is even of the existence of an order of zealous to a fault, even in the eyes men so widely removed from his of his employers, in perfecting all present official rank: in spite of the the petty devilries of state-craft. evidence afforded by the experience Such is Plumbeus-broad-shoulder- of his own case, he affects to coned, ungrammatical Plumbeus-who, sider it impossible that any indivis by virtue of the aforesaid patronage, dual among them should possess by dint of perseverance, the silent respectable talents; he leaves them, lapse of time, and the indolence of therefore, with undisguised contempt, others, whose work, provided it be unpitied and unredressed, to the sufficiently profitable, he is always mercy, or rather the oppression, of willing to undertake, has contrived parvenus of even less feeling than to elevate himself into the post of himself. the indispensable drudge of the A grand era is rapidly approachhigher powers, who, from the fre- ing, when the petty grievance here quency of the practice, have at length adverted to will be swept away, tocontracted the habit of throwing, gether with others of greater moral from time to time, into his mouth, importance. Tyranny is too tena(always faithfully open,) some rich, cious of its prey to be wholly disbut, peradventure, half-picked bone, lodged before the lapse of large peas a reward for his servile and kna- riod of time : it lurks in a thousand vish exertions.
obscure corners, long after its over
throw upon the more prominent trollers, secretaries,--the middle men ground on which it first attracted the between the great lords of office and attention and indignation of man- the inferior workmen,--are still in kind. But it will finally be effece possession of inordinate, but concealtually suppressed ; for after its dis- ed, unobserved power: their respeccomfiture on the great public stage, tive departments are kept in expen. every succeeding defeat within its sive disorder, in subservience to their weaker entrenchments must hasten, interested purposes ; unnecessary buwith tenfold force, the great catas- siness is designedly in constant course trophe. The insolence of office must of accumulation ; and as an inevitbe acknowledged to be something able consequence of a practice having more than an injury which affects its foundation in fraud and deceit, only the feelings of the mind : it is pride, partiality, and cupidity are ena component part of a general system gendered and encouraged, making alof positive wrong and oppression, together that complicated description of a deprivation of right, as it affects of grievance denominated the “inboth the happiness and fortunes of solence of office." Where an abuse the injured party. It is never dis- so deteriorative of public economy pensed but by the vile and unfeeling, still subsists, after all the bustle and -it is never inflicted but upon the parade it has from time to time cree helpless victims of misdirected power. ated, sufficient proof is shewn of the It is, therefore, of that class of evils peculiar inadequacy of the means by which it is an especial effect of an which it has hitherto been attempted advanced stage of civilization to over. to be destroyed. The fact is, Pare throw.
liamentary inquiries, upon matters • Having predicted the eventual de of this nature, conducted, as they too cline of a species of wrong so hard to frequently are, under the controul be assailed, because so generally over. of a machinery impervious to the looked, we are, in conclusion, to ad- public eye, are altogether fruitless of vert to the means by which that good effects, and only serve to perpeeffect is to be accomplished. The tuate the old system of deception and Press will take the lead in this as in mismanagement. But it is impossiother salutary improvements; but ble long to delude an enlightened age its full attainment must be preced by expedients as shallow as they are ed by a complete reformation of the iniquitous : a better day must at mode of conducting the public busi. length arrive,-one less notorious for ness. After all the multifarious what in vulgar parlance is called por discussions upon the subject of offi- litical humbug, more sincerely facial abuses, it is astonishing how lit. vourable to improvement; and pertle has in reality been hitherto done haps no surer ineans can be devised towards this end : mismanagement of hastening its introduction, than of the grossest kind still prevails frequent and seasonable appeals to throughout the various departments; the Press, which are never entirely and there has not even an approxima destitute of utility, even when they tion been made towards an enlight- appear in the slight form of desultory ened system of official economy and Essays, of which the present is a regulation. Commissioners, comp- feeble and unworthy example. .
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