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committee must not fail to notice in its report the conduct of the Whigs during the Peninsular war-at the peace-on the repeal of the income-tax during the Manchester and other riots-on the trial of Queen Caroline -towards Carlile and other blasphemers at home, and the Continental deists and traitors, &c. &c.; and it must be careful to give a just description of the present Whigs, touching their abilities and acquirements—their character as honest men and states
That the long and arduous labours of these committees may be in some degree shortened and simplified, let the following motions be made by the individuals to whom I assign them.
Let Earl Grey, on the behalf of the Whigs as a body, propose a string of resolutions for the adoption of the Lords, purporting that the British constitution, though apparently a monarchy, is in intent and essence a republic-that all the powers, duties, and privileges which it assigns to the King and the Aristocracy, are mere names, and that it is highly unconstitutional to regard them as anything else; and that, as-the Constitution in spirit and working means the Democracy to constitute the nation, and a faction, domineering alike over King and people, to constitute the Government, it is in the highest degree unconstitutional to believe that factions ought not to possess despotic power, or that they can commit wrong-and that all who dissent from this are enemies of the Constitution.
Let the same noble person, on his own personal account, move the Peers to resolve, that no man is qualified to be the Prime-Minister of this great nation, whose political reasonings and predictions have not been through life falsified by events-who has not constantly studied to render inflammatory and turbulent times still more inflammatory and turbulent-who has not been the Parliamentary champion of the infidels and democrats of the Continent, -and who has not invariably made the weal of his country subservient to that of his party, and the propagation of the tenets of modern Whiggism.
Let the Bishop of Norwich move, that the alliance between Church and State be dissolved-that the Catholic ascendency be substituted for the Protestant one-that all passages be ex
punged from the Scriptures which militate against schism-and that it be made high treason for any one to say, that the Catholic claims have other opponents than the Clergy of the Establishment.
Let Mr Tierney, in a most pathetic speech, move that it is in the highest degree cruel, unconstitutional, and tyrannical, to suffer the clamourers for office to sink into their graves, without permitting them to have more than a trifling taste of it.
It will be alike beneficial to Sir James Mackintosh and his party, if he can carry a resolution to this effect: -A writer will be an impartial historian, in proportion as he is a bigotted political partizan. The despot Buonaparte, the murderer Buonaparte, the treaty-violator Buonaparte, the enslaver of the Continent Buonaparte, was a paragon, as a man and a Sóvereign, and his memory ought to be revered by every friend of humanity and freedom. It is highly expedient that this country do forthwith erect a monument to the memory of that benefactor to mankind, Napoleon Buonaparte. Crime will be restrained by mildness of punishment, and vice versa. Imprison a murderer for a month, and you purge the nation of murderers; hang him, and you make them abound.
Be it Lord John Russell's care to move, that a day-labourer from every town and village in the nation be summoned to the bar of the House of Commons, to be examined with regard to his proficiency in political and other learning. If such labourers answer, as in all probability they will, that they believe the Constitution to be some strange animal brought over-sea
-the House of Commons to be a public alms-house-the House of Peers, to be the place at which Pears are retailed to the Cockneys, &c. &c., let Lord John move the House to resolve, that such persons are, of all others, the best qualified for choosing Lawgivers and Statesmen. He must follow this with a set of resolutions to this effect :-Because a stray copy of Don Carlos has been seen in a remote northern village, it is the opinion of this House that the labouring population of the three kingdoms has become exceedingly learned and refined. Falsehood, sedition, and blasphemy, are knowledge and wisdom; therefore, this
House conscientiously believes that the lower classes have been rendered extremely knowing and wise, especially with regard to State matters, by the mighty increase of Sunday Newspapers. A large stake in the weal of the State, and a good education, positively disable a man from giving an honest and wise vote; therefore, this House is abundantly certain that none will ever vote honestly and wisely at elections, except those who are ignorant and destitute, whose votes are constantly on sale at the rate of a guinea, a yard of ribbon, and a couple of gallons of beer, and who know that Burdett, Hunt, Dr Watson, and Waddington, are the only men in the nation capable of forming a government. This House feels itself bound to declare, that all are evil-disposed persons who dare to assert that a House of Commons, chosen exclusively by such voters, would yield anything but blessings to the country. This House is fully convinced, that it was originally formed, not for purposes of national good, but that every poor man might have a vote to sell at elections, and it declares it to be highly slavish and unconstitutional to think otherwise.
It will be advisable in Mr H. G. Bennett to move, that, whenever a statement of the misery of criminals is made to the House, every member be compelled to shed tears over it; and that every member be ordered to go into slight mourning on the transportation of every convict, and into deep mourning at every public execution. He may follow it with a resolution, stating it to be highly necessary for public good, that honourable members should lose their temper, and make inflammatory speeches-that the Tory press should be destroyed by privilege of Parliament-and that he, himself, should be regarded, as Hume's friend and equal.
Mr, late Sir Robert Wilson, may move for a committee to ascertain how his character stands at present with the nation. The committee must be instructed to report on the following particulars :- Is not Mr Wilson a greater statesman than Prince Metternich, and a more able general than the Duke of Wellington? and was he not warranted in addressing Spain and Portugal, as he did, in language which clearly indicated that he believed himself to have a right to dis
pose as he pleased of both kingdoms ? Is there any loss of honour in publicly charging Buonaparte with the most heinous crimes, and then, through the mouth of a friend, retracting the charge on the hustings for electioneering purposes-in violating the laws of a foreign country to save from punishment a criminal convicted of perjury and treason-in being expelled the British army-in being publicly stripped of various foreign orders and in being indebted for bread to a factious subscription? On the bringing up of the report, Mr Wilson may move, that all writers be in future compelled to maintain, that when an alien endeavours to force a nation to accept, at the sword's point, a form of government, and a set of rulers which the vast majority of it abhors, he is proving himself to be a champion of national liberty, and an enemy of foreign interference.
Mr Alderman Wood may move, that the House do cause it to be notified to the public, that he is still alive, and in good health-that it is a high crime and misdemeanour in the mob not to cheer him as usual-and that, if his popularity be not restored forthwith, he will commence an action against the state for the recovery of his legal and constitutional property.
Sir Francis Burdett may move for a committee of discovery to search the records of the House, and report upon the following points.-What beneficial law calls him parent? Did he ever attempt to carry any such law through Parliament? Did he ever introduce or support any measure of general utility which had no connection with party politics? Has honest conviction, or party madness, produced his violent and disgusting changes of opinion on Reform? Was he, or was he not, the parent of radicalism? What will be his character with historians twenty years after his decease? On the bringing up of the report, Sir Francis may move the House to declare, that patriotism consists in the making of senseless and inflammatory speeches to the multitude,-in the diffusing of hatred towards constituted authorities, and, in the constantly opposing of all measures calculated to yield public good.
Mr Hume must prevail on the House to resolve, that the rules of arithmetic, which have been hitherto used
by the public, are grossly erroneous that no man in the nation can make correct arithmetical calculations except himself and that the calumnious and groundless attacks which he is in the practice of making on absent individuals, are exceedingly just and praiseworthy. He may then move for permission to place on the table a series of calculations, shewing, 1. That the national debt is more by one hundred and eighty-two millions than it really is. 2. That to expend ten thousand pounds on a building on shore, is to expend twenty thousand on a number of seamen at sea. 3. That two and two are five. 4. That armies and fleets should be lessened in proportion as territory is extended, and that the number of public servants should be diminished with the increase of public business. 5. That his own popularity is just eighty-nine times greater at present than it was before he became the object of public derision. And, 6. That the supporters of the Whigs are one hundred times more numerous than they were two years ago. He may then make the following motions:-1. That he be appointed sole financier and accountant to the state, and to every individual in it. 2. That that horrid old nuisance the Church of England be destroyed, and that Richard Carlile be made director-general of the nation's conscience. 3. That utter ignorance of a subject be regarded as a member's best qualification for making a long speech on it. And, 4. That every detection of his errors in calculation and opinion be regarded by the House and the nation as a proof that he cannot err. His zealous friend, Mr H. G. Bennet, being, of course, his constant seconder.
wisdom, and the imbecility of ministers, which have been so long clearly seen by himself,-and that five millions be annually set apart for the maintenance of his distinguished friends, the Spanish refugees. In his speech on the latter topic, he may introduce some droll and pointed story like this: -A distinguished foreigner, whom I have the honour to call my particular friend, asked me the other day-why are the members of your party called Whigs? My answer was-Because our office is to cover with plasters the broken heads of foreign runaways!
I would place a mighty burden on Mr Brougham's shoulders. Whatever the authors of a revolution may be in personal character and principles, such revolution cannot fail of being in the highest degree beneficial to the state in which it takes place. Every man, or at least every foreigner, who plots the overthrow of his government, and his own exaltation to a share of the sovereign power, is a disinterested patriot, and friend of liberty. It is essentially necessary that the sovereign power in every country be exclusively possessed by factions, for factions cannot oppress and tyrannize. Liberty can only exist under the rule of a faction. That kingdom must of necessity be free, prosperous, and happy, in which the king is stripped of all power, and the sway of a faction is absolute. The same institutions will produce the same effects in all countries, and the English constitution is as well calculated for any other country as for England; for the working of public institutions depends in no degree whatever on the conduct and circumstances of the people. Public institutions ought to be invariably founded on the Let Mr Hobhouse move, that Don axiom,-Man is a perfect creature. Juan and Tom Paine be used in our In proportion as this axiom is adhered churches instead of the Prayer Book to, they will render him perfect, and and the Bible.-Lord Nugent, that vice versa. The Spanish Revolutiona dukedom and pension be decreed ists, as a body, were embued with him for his glorious exploits in the the principles of the French RevoSpanish war. And Mr Peter Moore, lutionists,-therefore, it was impossithat the nation be indicted for per- ble for the revolution which they acjury, because it will not buy A complished to be anything but a blessVoice from England, in reply to A ing to Spain. Because the constitution Voice from St Helena." was forced upon Spain by the army, it was unanimously called for by the people. Spain can only be free, by having a form of government and a set of rulers which she detests. The friends of revolution throughout Europe are fotoriously infidels, as well as enemies
Lord Holland may move, that the Bishop of Peterborough be expelled the church for intermeddling with church matters-that the nation may be placed under the care of some eyedoctor, to enable it to see his own
of substantial monarchy, and their hos tility is avowedly directed as much against religion as against existing governments. They are, in general, not less immoral and profligate as members of society, than mercenary and unprincipled as public men: Therefore they are admirably qualified for revolutionizing Europe, and remodelling society; and they are the sole friends of knowledge, liberty, patriotism, and philanthropy-the sole friends of mankind that the world contains, save and except the Whigs and Radicals of Great Britain. Mr Brougham must embody all this in a set of resolutions, and prevail on the House to adopt them by a speech of inordinate length, and replete, even to redundancy, with misrepresentations, miscalculations, hideous metaphors, low scurrility, nauseous Billingsgate, and horrible imprecations. He may afterwards move,-1. That it be made high treason to call a man who maintains this, "a Brummagem statesman."-2. That the House do issue an order for beheading the French Minister of Foreign Affairs.-3. That a committee be appointed to ascertain why his public prayer for the destruction of the Bourbons was not granted.-4. That Mr Canning be compelled to hear in silence anything that Mr Brougham may be pleased to say of him.-5. That the community be compelled, on pain of extermination, to forget all the political predictions which he has hitherto delivered in Parliament, the Edinburgh Review, and elsewhere.-6. That the Lord Chancellor be impeached for refusing silk gowns to himself and Mr Williams.-7. That the exclusive power of prosecuting for libel be vested in the Whigs.-8. That if a man call himself a Whig, he be permitted to promulgate any principles whatever, without being deemed an enemy of the constitution.-9. That no man be suffered to call himself a Whig, who is not the libeller of the church, the clergy, and religion-the slanderer of constituted authorities a clamourer for vital changes in the constitution-an advocate for giving to faction despotic power-and the friend and champion of Europe's infidels and rebels.-10. That our allies be henceforth only known by the names, tyrants, despots, enemies, and destroyers of the human race, &c. &c.; and that he, Henry Brougham, be forth
with made the oracle and emperor of the whole universe.
I will supply no more motions at present. These will furnish the Whigs with ample matter of declamation for more than one session, and they will enable those eminent and distressed persons to bring themselves and their creed more fully than ever before the eyes of the country. If they do not profit by it, let not my charity be vituperated for the failure. I do not seek to trepan them into inconsistency-I propose no new faith for their adoption. So far as general principles are comprehended in my motions, I only translate into plain English what they have again and again, though in a less honest tongue, declared to be their own.
I will honestly own, that I have the good of the State in view, as well as that of the Whigs; but I must now cease to be jocular. A party like this, which makes The Morning Chronicle, The Times, and their copyists, its organs-which spreads its protecting wings over every blasphemer and traitor, from Lord Byron to Carlilewhich never has the weapon out of its hands, when royalty, the church, and all the best institutions and feelings of society, can be attacked-which openly. fraternizes with the revolutionary factions of Europe-and which boldly maintains, what are called “liberal opinions," to be the only true ones-A party like this is tolerated among us, as an equally honest and harmless one, and with even increasing feelings of indulgence and good will!
We see here the mighty magic of a name. There are neither Whigs nor Tories in the land, according to the original meaning of the terms; and assuredly, if any men amongst us can with propriety be called Whigs, these are the Tories. Nevertheless, because the persons of whom I have spoken call themselves Whigs, they are tolerated as well-affected and somewhat clever persons, although their creed manifestly contemplates the destruction of all the principles which the experience of men and nations has proved to be the only true ones. Let them change their name to Liberals, Carbonari, or Constitutionalists, without altering in one jot their conduct and principles, and they will be at once trodden under foot by an indignant nation.
To have a party like this, constantly forcing poison into the bowels of the state, is bad enough; but if it had been the worst, I should have remained silent. The cry of Conciliation is now daily rung in our ears; and by whom? The Tories. And to whom is it addressed? To each other. If this meant only the banishment of party rage, my voice should be among the loudest in propagating it; but, alas! like almost all other political terms now in fashion, it is meant to convey almost any meaning, except its Johnsonian one. The cry is not to the Whigs-Abate your evil practices, but to the Tories-Abate your hostility to these practices. To conciliate,— the principles of the government and its supporters must be modified until they approximate to those of the Whigs, and their tone must be lowered until the Whigs cannot goad them into a word of contradiction; while the principles and rancour of those persons are to remain unaltered. It was notorious that the Spanish revolutionists held principles diametrically opposed to those of the Tories-in a word, "liberal" principles, i. e. in substance, the old Jacobin ones—and that some of them even openly proposed a repetition of the enormities which were perpetrated in France. The Times newspaper actually confessed that the Spanish revolution seemed to be closely following the steps of the French one. Yet for purposes of Conciliation, no doubt; while the Whigs trumpeted forth those persons as models of what men should be, the Houses of Parliament and Ministers of England were to affect to sympathize with them-to regard them as honest, wellprincipled, patriotic men-and to treat them as the bona fide representatives of the Spanish people. The Protestants of Ireland were to be stigmatized by the Whigs, throughout the last Session, as a faction, a detestable faction, the tyrants of Ireland, the authors of Ireland's wretchedness, &c. &c. and this, unquestionably for purposes of Conciliation, was to be listened to, by Ministers and the House, in silent acquiescence, bating the disbelieved denial of some suspected Orangeman.
Against this system, I, for one, solemnly protest. If, to be liberal and to conciliate, we must abandon our creed, let us still be termed bigots, and dwell amidst the thunders of par
ty madness. If, after all our risks, and sufferings, and perseverance, and triumphs, we are at last to sacrifice our principles, let us, at least, do it like Englishmen, and not adopt the frenchified, Whiggish mode, of fancying that whatever change we may make in our faith, we shall remain the same, so long as we call ourselves Tories. The " Pitt system" was a system of principles, if it had any peculiarity whatever; the Pitt war was a war against principles, and he who would now admit these principles into the grand sphere of European action, is no disciple of Mr Pitt. The last ban was cast upon them, when the High Allied Powers, including England, proclaimed Buonaparte to be a man with whom no faith could be kept-an outlaw. The proclamation was against, not the man, but his principles. It stated in effect, that rulers who held religion to be a fable, and scorned the laws of morality—who practised the doctrines for the guidance of human life, which foreign " Constitutionalists" now maintain—were a curse to the world, and could not be tolerated in it. Be it remembered that it was dictated by experience, and not opinion.
In judging of the Spanish Revolutionists, we must look at the contrivers and heads, and not at those who, after their success, accepted employment under them, and swelled their train. We must look less at what they did, than at what they evidently intended to do, and at what the practice of their creed was sure of accomplishing. Of all Englishmen, dead and alive, Jerry Bentham was the man to whom they decreed public honours. This fact is of itself decisive. If we believe that England could be governed on the principles of Radicalismthat even the practice of the modern Whig tenets would not plunge the state into ruin, we must then, in consistency, fraternize with the revolutionists in question, or, at least, acknowledge them as one of the innocuous and legitimate parties of Europe. But we must then rail no more against Whiggism and Radicalism-against Bentham and Byron, and Hunt and Cobbet: we must then cease to be Tories and Pittites, and anything but apostates. The question will admit of no compromise. If we believe “ Liberal opinions" to be fraught with curses to