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fectation. Mr Huskisson said very were then trying to get in the small truly this evening, * that the “ argu. end of the wedge. “ It was never ments he had heard against the stated to us, that because we admite emancipation of the Jews were pre- ted our fellow Christians to a particisely the same, mutatis mutandis, cipation of power, that therefore, as wbich he had been in the habit of an unavoidable and necessary conhearing urged, for the last thirty sequence, we were bound to admit years, against the emancipation of to all the privileges of the Constituthe Catholics;" and Sir Robert Peel; tion, men who reject Christianity alas if it were his ambition to give pe- together.” Did it require to be staculiar point and emphasis to this de- ted? Was not the “unavoidable and claration, rose immediately after the necessary consequence, at which right honourable member for Liver- you are now so terrified, plainly pool, and spoke a speech-aye, just written upon the face of your own the sort of speech he was wont to apostate measure? Or if it were not, utter in his better days, when he was was it for those who were seeking the champion of Protestantism. I to subvert the Constitution by your declare, before God, I should be sore- aid, to apprise you of all the mischief ly put to it, to make my election, that would ensue? A well-armed were I asked which would prefer traveller, who delivers his pistols to to endure—the consciousness of a highwayman, might as reasonably enormous apostasy, or the intoler complain that he was afterwards robable martyrdom of having to deliver bed by him, as you to affect to dethe sentiments Sir Robert this night precate the “unavoidable and necesdelivered, to the same House of sary consequence” of delivering up Commons, and in the very presence
the Constitution to Catholics and of the same men, who, not twelve Dissenters. Your distinction bemonths since, bad heard and seen tween Christian Papists, Unitarian me declare my apostasy. The right Christians, and Unchristian Jews, is honourable Secretary is either dead a poor and puling one; every way to all feeling, or every word'he ut- unworthy a man who aspires to the tered was wormwood on his tongue, character of a statesman; and if you and anguish in his heart.
be sincere in your surprise at what How innocently, how ingenuously, has followed, you only prove yourforsooth, he regrets” the principle self to have been grossly ignorant of now assumed, that because, in the
consequences which the lowest clerk session of Parliament before last, in your own office could have laid "! we were called upon to give our before you. You cannot claim our support to a measure for the relief confidence in your sincerity thereof the Protestant Dissenters, and fore, without awakening our conlast session we passed a bill for the tempt for your imbecility. relief of his Majesty's Roman Catho What a fascinating air of novelty lic subjects," therefore, we are there is in the following discovery bound in consistency to follow up and arguinent ! “ In the speeches of these measures by adopting the pre- Burke, and in his recorded sentiments sent!” “ I hear this with regret, and as contained in his writings, we learn I hear it for the first time." Very that he rested his strongest reasons likely, Sir Robert ; but not for the upon the Christianity of the Roman last time ; of that you may rest as Catholics; so of Mr Grattan, of Mr sured. “In the discussions respect. Canning, and of all the great and ing either the Catholics or the Pro eminent advocates of that cause. testant Dissenters, nothing of the sort Even my right honourable friend on was ever intimated.” No ;they my left, (Sir George Murray,) in press
A breed of barren metal of his friend ?)
Exact the penalty.'
* See Debate, May 17.
ing their claims upon the attention of confining our yiei solely to this bill the House last session, observed, it does not go beyond that class ; yet that when serving with the Protest we shall, if this be agreed to; have to ants in the army, they entered to- pass other bills most objectionable gether the same breach, they fought in my views of the Constitution." together on the same field, reposed Your views of the Constitution, Sir together in the same grave, and rest- Robert, what are they? and what ed their hopes of future happiness are they worth? What is the Conupon the merits of a common Re- stitution itself since your views veerdeemer : those appeals were forcibly ed round from north to south? Again, made, and successfully made ; for • What is the case made out respectit was not to be denied that Protest- ing the Jews ? It would seem-I take ants and Catholics admitted the same my information from a book, which great doctrines of Christianity:" I understand is written by a very reTheology and sentiment-twaddle spectable Jew, and is considered a and cant! These would be pretty work of authority—that there are resentences, Sir Robert, from the lips sident in the United Kingdom about of your brother-in-law, Mr George 27,000 Jews, natural born subjects Dawson, after dinner at a tavern, or of his Majesty, of whom 20,000 are from the pen of a very young lady, resident in London, and 7000 in the in the shape of an Elegy upon
the other parts of the kingdom ; and brave men who fell at the Battle of for these seven-and-twenty or thirty Waterloo;" but as an argument in thousand individuals, I am invited to the Senate, to vindicate the wisdom depart from the principle which has of a great national measure, they are been acted on from the earliest period contemptible. For to what do they of the Constitution.” . I can easily amount? That a Catholic, having ta- imagine how shocking, how distressken the King's bounty and enlisted, ing, it must be to your feelings, to be when on the field of battle fights as invited to depart from any principle well as his brother Protestant, know of the Constitution. You have shewn ing that if he does not, he may be such a reverence for the Constitutried, perchance, by a court-martial tion such an attachment to the Confor cowardice, or, that if he runs stitution such a love for the Conaway, he will be shot as a deserter : stitution. Your passionate devotion
that when a Catholic is killed in bat to the Constitution is so notorious, tle, he is buried in the same hole, that for one, would not be the man with fifty or a hundred other Catho- bold enough to “invite” you to offer lics or Protestants, as it may happen; any violence or disloyalty to the Conand that if a Catholic has time to stitution. I only wonder how his think about it before a cannon ball Grace of Wellington escaped killing carries his head off, he thinks of the last year, when, instead of inviting, same Mediator as a Protestant. But he ordered you, to "
break in upon it is in this last particular only that the Constitution." But enough of your parallel is perfect; for as to this. It is sickening to hear these entering the same breach, fighting on phrases from your lips; though, to do the same field, and reposing in the you justice, you have adroitly shiftsame grave, I apprehend deists and ed your constitutional ground, and atheists, of which
dare be sworn now talk only of the “ earliest periods there is a tolerable sprinkling in of the Constitution”. “ the earliest every army, fare just as well; there foundations of the monarchy”_"the fore, so far as these merits constitute beginning of civil government among a claim to the relief which the Ro us,” and so forth. Even you have man Catholic has received, they not the effrontery to play the queasy who are not Christians are entitled, minister, and keck at being invited upon your own shewing, to similar to depart from the principles” of privileges. I am ashamed to have the Constitution as established by the bestowed so many words on so glorious revolution of 1688.-One Alimsy and puerile a piece of decla- word more on this part of your speech. mation.
• For these seven-and-twenty or But if this bill pass,” you go on thirty thousand individuals, I am in
though it may apparently' vited to depart from the principle," be limited to the Jews, and though &c. The claim advanced on bę.
half of the Jews, is either founded ing it, I should judge your strongest, upon justice, or it is not. If it be argument, in your own estimation. just, thirty, or thirty thousand, or
it,” say you,
« this bill were pass thirty millions, can neither weaken ed, other bills must come;" (aye ;nor strengthen it. But this argument as certainly as this bill has come in supplies the solution of your apos- consequence of
Catholic Emantasy. Had there been only thirty cipation bill having passed ;)" and thousand Catholics, you would not is it wise, year after year, to disturb have discovered the justice of admit the country by the introduction of ting them to power; but being six these separate bills, instead of a gé millions, their right became as pal- neral admission to power ?”' It is not pable as their magnitude,—in other wise; no wiser than was the fatal words, intimidation looked big, and measure of last session ; but the evil principle dwindled into a dwarf. you would now, too late, avert, is the
“What I contend is, that if the legitimate offspring of that comprinciple be adopted, (the principle pound of treachery and folly. Your of admitting into Parliament persons piteous lamentations are vain. The not professing Christianity, it will integrity of the constitution is deplace infidels on the same footing as stroyed; its perfect beauty is defaProtestants ; and if this principle be ced; they who conjured you to derecognised, the House must be pre- sist from the sacrilege would have pared for its revolting the feelings of stood by you, a firm and faithful the country." Granted. It would re- band, and given you victory in every volt the feelings of the country to struggle: you deserted them for pursee atheists and infidels, avowedly poses of your own, and they now such, sitting in a Christian legisla- stand aloof from you, in your frightture, and making laws for a Christian ened extremity. It is even possible people. But is it on this ground (for revenge, as one of our old die alone that you, Sir Robert, are so vines has said, is the most delicious repugnant to “ depart from the esta morsel with which the devil can blished
usages of the constitution ?” tempt the soul of a sinner) that they Have you no higher and better feel- may exult over your embarrassment ing on the subject? Are you only and alarm, though they see them anxious to spare the feelings of the caused by an extension of those very people, and to save them from being calamities they so bitterly deplore. revolted ? I will tell you why I ask “ There is no one ground," you these questions. Because I like con- add, “ on which the Jews are sought sistency, even in bad men. A steady to be relieved, that does not apply determined villain is of the two a with equal, nay greater force, to the more manly character, than the shift- Quakers. I know no tenet of the ing, equivocating, ducking, half-and- Quakers which incapacitates them.” half knave, who has all the moral Certainly not. And Mr Brougham, laxity of a rogue in his composition, in the early part of the evening, anwithout the bold energy which con swered this argument by anticipastitutes a hero, even in a bad cause. tion. Mr H. Calvert, in a sort of Do not imagine I am capable of ap- preliminary discussion which took plying this comparison to you. I place upon a petition presented by would do so, if I thought it applica- the honourable and learned gentleble in itself; but I will not weaken man in favour of the proposed relief my own cause, by casting unmerited to the Jews, said, “I object to the contumely upon our opponent. All measure, because it is partial and not I mean to convey is this, that the general. The Society of Friends, sensitive regard you now manifest commonly called Quakers, will still for the feelings of the people, was be excluded; and that appears to me dormant or extinguished last year, to be the height of injustice. It may be when you carried a measure by which, said that they do not petition ; and not the feeling only of the country, that they are an unambitious people; but the confidence, the allegiance al- but though this is true, it is no reamost, (as some hereafter may prove son why parliament should not do perhaps,) were revolted.
them justice.” Precisely so, replied I come to your last, and, from the Mr Brougham with admirable tact; *solemnity of your manner in deliver- " I entirely agree that it would be
unjust to make a distinction between possible but that you
your situathe Jews and the Quakers; but it is tion; and surely there were moments not by excluding the Jews, but by when, if you could have forgotten admitting the Quakers, that justice is what you are, you might have fancied to be done; and I marvel that the you were defending the Protestant honourable member for Hertford Constitution of England as in days shire should be for taking up the of yore; but one thought of those question at the wrong end. If the days was sufficient to make your honourable gentleman vote against tongue cleave to your mouth, and the Jews now, on the same principle parch it like a dried potsherd. I he ought to have voted twice over pitied you, however, while Brougham against the Dissenters and the Ro was rending into shreds and ribbons man Catholics." You were in the your notable argument derived from House, Sir Robert, when these few the importance of adhering to the pithy sentences were uttered, and “ ancient practice of the constituyet you adopted, as your own, the tion,” which admitted none but prospecious argument they annihilated. fessing Christians into the legislature. Altogether this must have been a night His task was easy, I confess; for his of sore humiliation to you. It is im strength lay in your weakness.
MESSRS NORTH, DOHERTY, AND O'CONNELL:
Brabo. Ha! ha! to see the world! We swaggerers
When next I find him here, I'll hang him up,
A Pleasant Conceited Comedy, 1602.
The BallBy CHAPMAN and SHIRLEY, 1639.
It was well remarked by Canning, in any of these, is so striking, so in one of his speeches against parlia- signal, and so complete, as it is in mentary reform, and in reference to the person of the “great agitator, some of the vulgar demagogues of the redoubted Daniel O'Connell, libethe day, (Cobbett, Hunt, &c.) who rator of Ireland, and Catholic memlooked to universal suffrage as the ber for the county of Clare. And only passport they could ever hope the reason of the difference is obg to obtain into the House of Com vious, partaking partly of national, mons, that if they did find their way partly of personal considerations. It there, or if any other mob-orator, or would be ridiculous to compare brawling politician, the oracle of O'Connell with either Grattan or clubs and hustings, found his way Flood, both of whom sunk, in the there, one and all, they would soon English House of Commons, far bereach their true level, and shrink to low the standard at which they stood their proper dimensions. The jus in the Irish one. The fact is, Irish tice of this opinion has been fre oratory requires Irish auditors, Irish quently verified. Burdett himself is feelings, and Irish subjects, to proa greater man at the Crown and An. duce its full effect. It is completely chor, than on the Opposition benches; a home commodity, and fetches a Hobhouse tells far more in Covent good price in the home market; but Garden, during an election, than he being manufactured specially and does in St Stephen's Chapel; and as exclusively for that market, the moto Waithman, poor body, he is the ment it is exported, it deteriorates very Chatham of the Common Coun in value. With regard to O'Connell, cil, and the veriest unheeded chat however, while I admit that some terer of the House of Commons. portion of the comparative insigni
I doubt, however, if the contrast, ficance into which he has fallen,
may be ascribed to the same causes thoroughly done to Mr Doherty, which dimmed the lustre of such without quoting a few passages from men as Grattan and Flood under other parts of his speech on the night similar circumstances of transplanta- referred to. tion, I am aware that by far the “ The honourable and learned gengreater portion belongs to his own tleman,” said he,“ told us, that on personal insufficiency. Those rodo no one evening-on no one moment, montades—that superlative fustian would he be absent from his place -that brainless bombast and crazy or from this House. But, sir, there eloquence, at which Englishmen only was a very important evening on laugh as they read it, Englishmen which he was not only not in his would cry out upon with contempt place, but not in this House; and this, and disgust, if it were attempted to sir, was the evening on which the homake them listen to it. O'Connell nourable member for Mallow gavenohas sense enough to know this, there- tice that he would move for certain fore he has not attempted it; and papers respecting those persons who being nothing if he is not bom- . were tried for the Doneraile conspibástical, having nothing in him but racy. Now, sir, to all who have lived fustian, rodomontade, and crazy in Ireland, to all who have observed eloquence, he has consequently be- what has taken place there for many come nothing in Parliament. The months past, it must have been a success of his plans for obtaining matter of notoriety, that this was a Catholic Emancipation, has proved question to which the honourable a complete act of political suicide. and learned gentleman stood pledgIn Dublin, he had a voice more po- ed; and it was an occasion on which tential than the Duke’s; in London, Ifully and anxiously expected to meet he is reduced so low (can he fall the learned gentleman face to face, lower ?) as to be taken under the -because he had made the strongprotection of Joseph Hume, while est allegations against my personal he lay whining, like any lady's lap- character; and (highly as I do, and, I dog, beneath the chastisement of trust, ever shall, regard my personal Messrs North and Doherty. In vain character) because he had done that he first tried to escape silently from which affects me still more nearly his blustering accusations and pledges he had brought a charge against the made in Ireland, touching the Bor- pure administration of justice in Irerisokane trials, and the Doneraile land. I LOOKED for him, but he was conspiracy. In vain he next sought not to be found !"-"I am not, sir, to play the magnanimous hero, by in the habit of entertaining suspigenerously offering to bury all past cions respecting the conduct of hotransactions in oblivion.
nourable members of this House; but into this House,” quoth he,“ with when I clearly observe a man medino desire to recall them,” (I give him tating a retreat, and if he at the same full credit for speaking the truth time happen to be a lawyer, apply: here,)“but instead of having received ing to his object all the cunning and any reciprocal feeling, I have been 'dexterity supposed peculiar to his taunted and misrepresented both for profession, I anxiously watch every my words and actions."*
stone he lays down to construct the “Yes," replied the Solicitor-Ge bridge on which he intends to run neral for Ireland, (Mr Doherty,)“ I away." “ The learned gentleman have at length driven you by my has declared he has two distinct taunts, again and again repeated, charges to make against me. First; to take something like a decided that I have wielded the powers of
I have compelled you, for my office for the protection of the the first time, to take courage in this guilty. The next and deeper charge House.” t. But the enviable position is, that I, in concert with others, as. in which the honourable member for honourable and high-minded gentler Clare had placed himself, cannot be men as ever belonged to the legal thoroughly appreciated, nor justice profession, formed a league to prom
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