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deal of meaning neatly wrapped upin here have cut to the bone-to the heart.
these few words: “ [have considered for that Mr Huskisson did use the
it my duty to lay it before the King." words imputed to him, on the hust-
Could Mr Huskisson hope, after that, ings at Liverpool, is at this moment
that the Duke, with a tretnulous voice, the avowed belief of every man in
and a tear in his eye, was to call upon the island, except himself and Parson
him, and beg him for Godsake not to Shepherd.
allow the Government to tumble to the A high-minded man, who knew that
ground ? " I cannot,” quoth the Ex- he had been wilfully misunderstood,
Secretary, “ understand how the no- in a matter of this kind, would have
ble Duke could reason in this man- indignantly closed the correspondence.
ner.” Then he cannot understand that But Mr Huskisson is anything but
which is level to the meanest capaci- a high-minded man--and shews in his
ty. Not an honest man in all Èng- subsequent letters how close is the
land who would not have reasoned in connexion between insolence and ser-
the same way. “If," he continues, "I vility, the haughtiest arrogance and the
had suffered a grievance, and said that most abject submission. After being
unless that grievance be redressed, I hit on the temple the mark-and
must resign and if then that grie. the jugular—why should he not have
vance was redressed, I can understand given in, instead of coming up to the
that I would have enjoyed some tri- scratch all abroad, puffing like a por-
umph, if there had been a divi poise, and bleeding like a pig? Was
sion of opinions in the Cabinet, and I there ever anything so lumbering and
had said, unless you come over to my ineffective as the following attempts
side of the question I must resign, and at warding off and putting in blows,
my colleagues in office had made this in the London Ring? He uses his
concession, I could understand that maulies like a yokel.
then I would have triumphed-but"
Now all this is a very silly, and a very “ Colonial Office, May 21, 1828.
insolent supposition. No doubt, had “MY DEAR DUKE-In justice to my-
Mr Huskisson had the foolish pre- self, I cannot acquiesce for a moment in
sumption to say so and so; and had the construction which your letter of last
the Duke of Wellington had the fool night puts upon my conduct.
ish servility to do so and so, Mr Hus-

* You cannot refuse to me the right of kisson would have had a triumph, and and I solemnly declate, that, in both my

knowing the motives of my own actions ; held up his head, while Great Britain letters, I was actuated by one and the same would have blushed to the very ears feeling. It was simply this:- That it with shame, and grief, and indigna- was not for me, but for you, as head of the tion. But never was there such a vi- Government, to decide how far my vote sionary hypothesis. So violent a fic made it expedient to reinove me from his tion can serve to illustrate nothing in Majesty's service. I felt that I had no ala world such as that which we inhabit. ternative, consistently with personal hoHad Mr Huskisson dared to behave nour, (in a difficulty not of my own seek in that manner, he would have been ing or creating,) but to give that votes kicked out with equal expedition, and that the question in itself was one of minor less ceremony than was observed to in appearance than in reality; but I also

importance ; that the disunion was more him on the late occasion, -his letter felt, that possibly you might take a differwould have given the Duke even a ent view of it; and that, in case you should, greater “surprise,” but less "con. I ought, as I had done on a similar occak cern;" and the nation would have sion with Lord Liverpool, to relieve you expressed itself otherwise than in a from any difficulty, arising out of personal general roar of laughter. There is als consideration towards me, in deciding upon ways something awkward in illustra. a step to which you might find it your tion by hypothesis. Mr Huskisson public duty to resort on the occasion, had reason to know and feel that,

“ It was under this impression alone when, not very long ago, the Duke of that I wrote to you immediately upon my Wellington said, that if be, Mr Huse return from the House of Commons. kisson, had spoken at Liverpool of pression, as well as the purport of my sé,

“ If you had not misconceived that im. “pledges and guarantees," he had for cond letter, I am persuaded that you could ever disgraced himself and ruined his not suppose me guilty of the arrogance of character. Your if is often an ex• expecting, that you and his Majesty's cellent peace-maker, but then it must governinent should submit yourselves to

the necessity of soliciting me to remain in Men's motives are often mixed ; and my office,' or do me the injustice of belie.

so, probably, were Mr Huskisson's in ring that I could be capable of placing writing that silly and insolent letter. you in the alternative of choosing between

He has himself told us that his mind, the continuance of my services, (such as they are,)

and the loss to your administra. during its composition, was under vaa tion of one particle of character, which, I rious excitation that he was fatigued, agree with you, is the foundation of public unwell, disturbed, annoyed, dissatis

fied, and probably, we add, hungry, confidence.

“ If, understanding my communication thirsty, and perhaps not a little sleepy as I intended it to be understood, you had -and yet he had no other motive, he in any way intimated to me, either that the avers, but an anxiety to relieve the occurrence, however unfortunate, was not Duke, from “ delicacy” forsooth, and one of sufficient moment to render it neces- embarrassment ! Now, this very statesary for you, on public grounds, to act in ment, from his own pen and his own the manner in which I had assumed that lips, proves that he did not know the you possibly might think it necessary, or motives of his own actions, and that, that you were under that necessity, in ei. under the circumstances, the Duke ther case there would have been an end of the matter. In the first supposition, I him the right of knowing them—for

was perfectly justified in refusing to should have felt that I had done what, in honour and fairness towards you, I was

in one and the same breath he attri. bound to do; but it never could have

butes his letter to motives utterly irentered my imagination, that I had claim reconcilable, and such as might rapided or received any sacrifice whatever from ly succeed each other, but could not you, or any member of his Majesty's go. be co-existent. Mr Huskisson is survernment.

prised at the notion of anybody pre“On the other hand, nothing can be fur. suming to look into his heart-and ther from my intention than to express an expects the whole world to take all he opinion that the occasion was not one in says about himself on trust. The whole which you might fairly consider it your world is not quite so weak as that duty tó advise his Majesty to withdraw from me the seals of office, on the ground

comes to; the whole world is now enof this vote. I do not, therefore, complain; gaged in the “march of intellect,” and but I cannot allow that my removal shall

on the present occasion the whole be placed on any other ground. I cannot world has paused to "mark time," and allow that it was my own act; still less by that movement to declare unequican I admit, that when I had no other in vocally, that though Mr Huskisson tention than to relieve the question on did certainly lose his temper at last, which you had to decide from any person- along with his office, yet that at first al embarrassment, this step op my part he behaved, beyond all doubt, with should be ascribed to feelings, the very re. the most complete resignation. verse of those by which alone I was actuated, either towards you or his Majesty's wished

The Duke must by this time have

my dear Huskisson" at the government. * Believe me to be, my dear Duke,

devil. The man was getting very pro“ Yours very sincerely,

lix, tedious, and tiresome, to po earth(Signed) “ W. HUSKISSON.” ly, purpose; and going on at that rate,

who could predict when and where he Here Mr Huskisson absolutely was likely to put a period to his political whines. “You cannot refuse to me existence? Had he put in even one sinthe right of knowing the motives of gle hit, through the Duke's guard, we my own actions !” Yes, the Duke can could have tolerated the prolongation refuse to him that right. “ There is of the contest. But it was plain from no mistake, there can be no mistake, the first, that it was no match; that, and there shall be no mistake.” To to make use of an expression invented know the motives of our own actions is in our own hearing, by Mr Wynd. the veriest most difficult thing in all ham, the Colonial Secretary could not this world. Know that, and you are “ make a dent in a pound of butter." indeed a Christian philosopher. The Had the Duke not been one of the Duke judges Mr Huskisson's motives best natured men alive, he must have from his words and deeds nor will he waxed wroth on such a sample of suffer him to attribute such words and floundering pertinacity ; but no-he such deeds to any other motives but to kept sweet

as a pot of honey, and pray those from which, according to the laws do admire with us the point and suaof nature, they did most certainly flow. vity of No. 6. Vol. XXIV.


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* London, May 21, 1828. nearly fallen down with a pain in its " MY DEAR HUSKISSON,--In conse- side. This message Mr Huskisson quence of your last letter, I feel it to be called “ oracular.” To us it sounds necessary to recall to your recollection the the least oracular response that ever circumstances under which I received your letter of Tuesday morning.

was submitted to the interpretation of " It is addressed to me at two o'clock in

the wit of man. It was in truth equithe morning, immediately after a debate valent to this—" tell Huskisson that and division in the House of Commons. It he is a sad blockhead-has put his informs me that you lose no time in afford foot through it—and is out-but ing me an opportunity of placing your though capsized, he knows how to office in other hands, as the only means in right himself again-Let him withdraw your power of preventing an injury to the that foolish letter of his, and I shall King's service, which you describe. It see what may be done as to permitting concludes by regretting the necessity for him to come in again.” Mr Huskistroubling me with this communication.' “ Could I consider this in any other mounting his high horse, in a very

son having succeeded by this time in light than as a formal tender of the resignation of your office, or that I had any al. clumsy and awkward way it must be ternative but either to solicit you to remain admitted, he was too big and mighty to in office contrary to your sense of duty, or

slip off over the tail-so he continued to submit your letter to the King ? astride, holding fast by the mane, ale

.“ If you had called on me the next though the “ fine animal” never momorning after your vote, and had explain. ved an inch, and there be sits till this ed to me in conversation what had passed day, deprived, as he dolefully whimin the House of Commons, the character pered, “ of all that relates to personal of the communication would have been quite different, and I might have felt my: honours, the privileges, and emolua

gratification, such as the rank, the self at liberty to discuss the whole subject ments of office. with you, and freely to give an opinion

Yet, had Mr Huskisson felt assuupon any point connected with it. But I must still think, that if I had not considered red that there was no intention on the a letter couched in the terms in which that part of the Duke of Wellington to letter is couched, and received under the take him in,--and that there was no circumstances under which I received it, as such intention must be known to a tender of resignation, and had not laid every honest man-he seems to hint it before the King, I should have exposed that he might have availed himself of the King's government and myself to very the “oracular” message. “ I did not, painful misconstructions. My answer to

and could not, know what might have your letter will have informed you that it been intended; I might have engąsurprised me much, and that it gave me ged in a game of political blind-man's great concern. I must consider, therefore, buff, and furnished amusement for the resignation of your office as your own act, and not as mine.

the noble and distinguished indivi“ Ever yours most sincerely,

duals about the noble Duke. The (Signed) " WELLINGTON."

dress circle might have laughed at my Mr Huskisson had told us that he tumbles, while, at the end, I might

awkward, and, perhaps, irretrievable now considered the matter at an end; be just where I was.” There is more and well he might; but not so, it candour than dignity in the declaraappears, the Duke, who, with a rare

tion. generosity, seems, after all this botheration, to have been not altogether and astonishment, was the difficulty.

Mr Huskisson's next cause of grief unwilling to allow Mr Huskisson to thrown in his way by the Duke of continue a while longer in office, just. Wellington, when seeking to have an ly considering, that his talents might audience of the King. To understand be made useful to the Government, how far he was entitled to complain under proper direction and control. He therefore sent Lord Dudley to tell read the letters referring to it in un

on this ground, it is only necessary to the half-disconsolate half-sulky Sec. that he “ was a man of sense,”—and,

interrupted succession. therefore, must know what should be done to set everything right again-, Mr Huskisson to the Duke of Wels message, which, when let out of the

lington. bag by Mr Huskisson, in his explana- “ Downing Street, 25th May, 1828. tory speech, shook the House with “ MY DEAR DUKE,-On Tuesday last laughter-as well it might-till it had I wrote to the King to solicit an audience.

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His Majesty has not yet been pleased to my first anxiety would have been to lay grant me this honour.

my reasons, in a respectful, but direct “ In the expectation (not unnatural for communication from myself, at his Majesme to entertain in the situation which I ty's feet ; but that, most certainly, in what. hold) of being afforded an opportunity of ever mode conveyed, the uppermost feeling waiting upon his Majesty, I have deferred of my heart would have been to have acacknowledging your letter of the 21st, companied it with those expressions of which, passing by altogether all that is dutiful attachment and respectful gratistated in mine of the same date, you con tude, which I owe his Majesty for the mapy clude in the following words :- I must and uniform proofs of confidence and kind. therefore consider the resignation of your ness with which he has becn graciously office as your own act, and not as mine.' pleased to honour me, since I have held

“ I will not revert to the full explana- the Seals of the Colonial Department. tion which I have already given you on " If I had been afforded an opportunity this subject. Not denying that my first of thus relieving myself from the painful letter might be capable of the construction position in which I stand towards his Ma. which you put upon it, I would ask you jesty, I should then have entreated of his whether it be usual, after a construction Majesty's goodness and sense of justice to has been from the first moment explicitly permit a letter, so improper for me to have disavowed, to persist that it is the right written, (if it could have been in my conone? It being, however, the construction templation that it would have been laid to which you adhere, I must assume, as before his Majesty as an act of resignayou laid the letter before his Majesty, that tion,) to be withdrawn. Neither should I you advised his Majesty upon it, and that have concealed from his Majesty my rehis Majesty is therefore under the same gret, considering the trouble which has misapprehension as yourself of what í unfortunately occurred, both to his Ma. meant; the more especially, as I have no jesty and his government, that I had not means of knowing whether any subsequent taken a different mode of doing what, for letters have been laid before his Majesty. the reasons fully stated in my letter of the

“ It was for the purpose of setting right 21st, I found myself bound in honour to any erroneous impression on the Royal do, so as to have prevented, perhaps, the mind that I sought to be admitted as soon misconception arising out of my letter, as possible into his Majesty's presence. written immediately after the debate.

* I was then, as I am still, most anxious “ I have now stated to you frankly, and to assure his Majesty, that nothing could without reserve, the substance of all that have been further from my intention, than I was anxious to submit to the King. I that the letter in question should have been have done so in the full confidence that at all submitted to his Majesty to make you will do me the favour to lay this state. known to his Majesty the circumstances ment before his Majesty, and that I may and feelings under which it had been writ- be allowed to implore of his Majesty that tento point out to him that I had taken he will do me the justice to believe, that the precaution (usual between Ministers in of all who have a right to prefer a claim matters of a delicate and confidential na. to be admitted to his royal presence, I am ture, when it is wished to keep the subject the last who, in a matter relating to myas much as possible confined to the re- self, would press that claim in a manner spective parties) of marking the letter pri- unpleasant to his Majesty's wishes or invate and confidential ;' that I understood clinations. I bow to them with respectful that this letter, so marked specially to deference, still retaining, however, a conguard its object, had been, without pre- fidence founded on the rectitude of my invious communication of any sort with me, tentions, that in being removed from his in respect to the transaction referred to, Majesty's service, I may be allowed the but not explained in the letter itself, laid consolation of knowing, that I have not before his Majesty, as conveying to the been debarred from the privilege of my foot of the Throne my positive resigna- office in consequence of having incurred tion.

his Majesty's personal displeasure. “ I should further have had to state to “ Believe me, my dear Duke, yours his Majesty the great pain and concern very sincerely, which I felt at finding that a paper should (Signed) " W. HUSKISSON." have been submitted to his Majesty, and described to him as conveying my resignation of the Seals, in a form so unusual,

The Duke of Wellington to Mr Husand with a restriction so unbecoming to.

kisson. wards my Sovereign, as is implied in the words private and confidential ;' that in

“ London, May 25, 1828. a necessity so painful (had I felt such a “ MY DEAR Huskissox,_It is with necessity) as that of asking his Majesty's great concern that I inform you that I pernission to withdraw from his service, have at last attended his Majesty, and have received his instructions respecting an ar- tender of the resignation of your office, and rangement to fill your office.

that the circumstance of its being marked " I sincerely regret the loss of your va. private and confidential' did not alter luable assistance in the arduous task in the character of the letter, or relieve me which I am engaged.

from the painful duty of communicating “ Believe me, ever yours most sincerely, its contents to his Majesty, as I did in (Signed) " WELLINGTON."


“ Your subsequent letters did not, acMr Huskisson to the Duke of Wele

cording to my understanding of them, lington.

convey any disavowal of your intention to

tender your resignation. I laid them beDowning street, half past 9 p.m. fore his Majesty, and my answers to them, 25th May, 1828.

and communicated to Lord Dudley that “MY DEAR DUKE,-Lord Dudley has I had done so. just sent to me, unopened, my letter to “ The King informed me, I think on you, which I forwarded to Apsley House Wednesday the 21st, that you had desired about 5 o'clock this afternoon.

to have an audience of his Majesty, and “ This letter was written as soon as I was that he intended to receive you on the day given to understand by Lord Dudley, who but one after. I did not consider it my called here after an interview with you this duty to advise his Majesty to receive you morning, that his Majesty had not signi. at an earlier period. fied any intention of granting me the ho. “ It is scarcely necessary for me to obnour of an audience. No other mode, serve, that your letter to me of the 20th therefore, remaining open to me of convey. was entirely your own act, and wholly un. ing my sentiments to the King, I address expected by me. If the letter was written myself to you, for the purpose of bringing bastily and inconsiderately, surely the nabefore his Majesty, in the shape of a writ. tural course was for you to withdraw it ten communication, what I am prevented altogether, and thus relieve me from the from stating to his Majesty in person. position in which, without any fault of

“I feel confident that you will not deny mine, it had placed me compelling me me this favour, and you will be satisfied either to accept the resignation which it by the contents of my letter, (which I now tendered, or to solicit you to continue to return,) that in writing it, nothing was fur. hold your office. ther from my intention than to intrude my- “ This latter step was, in my opinion, self between you and the arrangements calculated to do me personally, and the which, upon my removal from office, (for King's Government, great disservice; and such I have considered the result of our it appeared to me that the only mode by correspondence since your letter of the 21st,) which we could be extricated from the you have received his Majesty's instruce difficulty in which your letter had placed tions to make.

us was, that the withdrawal of your letter “ Your letter, communicating this fact, should be your spontaneous act, and that reached me about half past 7 this evening. it should be adopted without delay. I thank you for the information, and for “ The interference of his Majesty, pendthe kind manner in which you advert to ing our correspondence, would not only any feeble assistance which I may have been have placed his Majesty in a situation in able to give to your administration, as well which he ought not to be placed in such a as for the expression of the concern with question, but it would have subjected me which you have advised his Majesty to place to the imputation that that interference my office in other hands.

had taken place on my suggestion, or “ Believe me to be, my dear Duke, ever with my connivance. yours very sincerely,

“ I did not consider it my duty to ad(Signed) "W. HUSKISSON." vise his Majesty to interfere in any man

ner whatever. The Duke of Wellington to Mr Hus

“ His Majesty informed me this day, kisson.

that he had written you this morning, ap“ London, May 26, 1828.

pointing an audience in the course of the “ MY DEAR HuskissON,—I have re

day. ceived your letter of yesterday, accompa- ly,

«« Believe me, ever yours most sincere. nied by another letter from you, dated

(Signed) “ WELLINGTON." also yesterday, which I had returned to Lord Dudley, under the impression that ly to need a word of explanation.

All this speaks for itself too plain1 ought not to open it without your pren Ihroughout the whole affair

, the vious consent, under the circumstances that existed at the time I received it.

Duke acted with equal delicacy, de“ I have laid both before the King. In termination, and discretion. He had answer, I have only to repeat, that I con- mentioned half past two on Sunday, sidered your letter of the 20ch as a formal as the last hour for receiving the final

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