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rather than not try for an addi- must add that he is a man whose sertional vote in his own and Mr vices, whose experience, whose estim. Milner Gibson's favour, he will risk
able and popular qualities have given
him a high place in the favour and in increasing that chance by bringing
the affections of his countrymen. And his own representative into the field.
yet, forsooth, there has been no Gov. If the results of the contest be, as ernment during the last six years! And we hope and believe they will be, what is Lord Russell? Who will write to insure Mr Raikes's return, the the history of this country for this genWhigs will have still less reason eration without giving in that history than he has given them of late to
to Lord Russell one of the proudest
places? It is the practice, gentlemen, be satisfied with the place which he
and the just practice, to decorate the has worked out for himself in the
breasts of our soldiery with medals and Liberal party.
with clasps for the gallant actions in It is not our purpose, in the pre- which they may have fought; and if it sent paper, to dissect, as they de
were the practice likewise to decorate serve to be dissected, the details of
the breasts of statesmen with medals Mr Gladstone's extraordinary con
and clasps for the good laws they have
passed, and for the benefits they have duct througbout the whole of this
conferred upon the country, why, the business. Our readers will find
breast of Lord John Russell would be
breast of Lord Jo that matter thoroughly sifted and nothing but one blaze of clasps and discussed elsewhere. But the au- medals.” dacity of some of his statements in
Does Mr Gladstone suppose that the curious speech which he de
de- the people of Chester in particular, livered when vouching in the Town and the inhabitants of Great Britain Hall of Chester for his son's effi
and Ireland in general, have all lost ciency, and recommending him to
their memories,—that they cannot the support of the electors, renders
recall the time, not very distant, it impossible to be altogether silent
when of Lord Palmerston his preon the subject, even though we may
sent eulogist declaredbe compelled, in part at least, to say over again what has been bet
“Sir, I say that the policy of the ter said already. Take as the first
noble Lord tends to encourage and conexample of this quality the tenor
firm in us that which is our besetting
fault and weakness, both as a nation of his reply to an address by Mr
and as individuals. If he can, he will Raikes, in which that gentleman
quarrel with an absolute monarchy; if said, with perfect truth, that for he cannot find an absolute monarchy the last six years there has been an for the purpose, he will quarrel with Administration, butno Government, one that is limited; if he cannot find in this country :
even that, he will quarrel with a repub
lic. He adopts, in fact, that vain con"Mr Raikes is reported to have said ception that we, forsooth, have a mission that for the last six years there has to be the censors of vice and folly, of been no Government in this country. abuse and imperfection, among the other Well, there has been no Government of countries of the world; that we are to the kind Mr Raikes wishes to have. be the universal schoolmasters, and There has been no Government such as that all those who hesitate to recognise there was fifty years ago, when the Corn our office can be governed only by preLaws and Six Acts were passed. There judice and personal animosity, and has been no Government of any descrip- should have the blind war of diplomacy tion, Mr Raikes says; but I submit to forthwith declared against them"? you that there has been a Government of some kind or another. Who are the Are not the electors of Chester men forming the Government of the and the whole people of England country? Lord Palmerston and Lord aware that on an occasion still Russell. Lord Palmerston is a man who
more recent this same Lord Palhas established what I may justly call a world-wide reputation. Almost wher- mers
armerston was charged by Mr Gladever the name of England is known his stone with “bringing forward a name is known along with it; and I bill and recommending it upon
grounds and with reference to con- doubt whether the act be not as unditions that are not legal, that are constitutional as it is indelicate ; not social, that are not even Eng- and we have not forgotten that it was lish, but that are purely political"? once so regarded by Mr Gladstone And finally, is it any secret either himself. When declining, and proat Chester or anywhere else, that perly declining, to become a member Lord Palmerston—and Lord Pal- of Mr Stuart Mill's electioneering merston alone-has power to put a committee, he put upon record senmuzzle upon his loquacious Chan- timents which conveyed a just and cellor of the Exchequer—that the dignified rebuke to the Westmintwo men meet and consult without ster demagogues. But if to plead entertaining the smallest regard, or the cause of a stranger would have reposing one morsel of confidence been indiscreet, much more flagrant one in the other? As to Lord Rus- is the breach of delicacy when his sell, it may suit Mr Gladstone's own son becomes the object of his purpose now to flatter him. Any encomium, and his encomia take open show of estrangement between the particular turn which has been statesmen, both in some degree given to them. For what right pledged before the world to Radical has Mr Gladstone to train up a son measures, would be fatal. But no- not for public life only, but for body forgets the terms in which the office! What right has he to asnoble Lord was spoken of by Mr sume and to proclaim to the world Gladstone a few years ago, and no- that the youth whom he is putting body can doubt how he and his forward as a candidate for the represent laudator will stand towards presentation of Chester will, as a each other when by-and-by the matter of course, attain to place, and question arises, which of the two is work his way, with or without aid to take Lord Palmerston's place, or from higher quarters, to power and whether both are not to make way eminence in the Government of the for Lord Clarendon, or else for Lord country? The first Sir Robert Peel Derby?
did an act of questionable propriety, We may safely pass by, as requir- when on his knees, and in the priing no notice at our hands, Mr Glad- vacy of his counting-house, he dedistone's elaborate defence of Mr cated his first-born son to the serCobden's French Treaty. On more vice of his country. But the first Sir than one occasion of late we have Robert Peel's proceeding was at best shown how it has acted on British a modest one. He intended only industries ; and the paper-makers, that young Robert should become the ribbon-makers, the watch- a Parliament man rather than a makers of England, will to a man manufacturer. Here, however, is vouch for the accuracy of our state- a Chancellor of the Exchequer ments. But the peculiar logic in who seems to believe that place and which he recommends his son to honour ought to be hereditary in the favourable consideration of the his family, and he has the wretchelectors of Chester is too charming to ed taste to ask the electors of Chesbe overlooked. And first let us, with ter to give his first start to the out hesitation or circumlocution, destined inheritor of a father's confess our astonishment that Mr honours. Nor is this all. He reGladstone, a member of her Ma- minds the electors that Pitt, Fox, jesty's Cabinet and the undisputed Canning, Lord Macaulay, Lord Rusaspirant after the highest place in sell, and Lord Palmerston, all enit, should have so far forgotten tered Parliament very young; and himself as anywhere, and under any all achieved high position among circumstances, to make an election- English statesmen. Pitt, Fox, Caneering speech in support of any ning, and Macaulay, certainly entercandidate whatever. We very much ed Parliament young; so did Lord Russell, so did Lord Palmerston. change of mind in his own leader, But Pitt, Fox, and Canning, were swept him away, other speakers sought out by the leaders of their re- and writers to the constituencies, spective parties, just as Mr Gladstone more cautious than he, do their himself was sought out by the Tories best to conciliate public favour by in 1832, because of the brilliancy declaring that, if sent to Parliaof their brief careers, and the high ment, they will give Lord Palmerexpectation which these created. Ston an independent support. Now, Lord Macaulay, likewise, was taken this is a cry the absurdity of which up by a party ; Lord Russell and cannot be too plainly and unreLord Palmerston came in through servedly exposed. Lord Palmerthe pocket-boroughs of which their ston will never again ask for or families were possessed. But what require the support of any statesgreat party has taken up Mr Glad- man. His race is run ; his public stone the younger ; and what has career is ended. We have good he done to fix upon him the eyes of reason to believe that he would other party-leaders than his father? have retired into private life two
True, but he will do great things months ago had not the desperate vet. He has been admirably trained. state of his party constrained him “I have advised him to declare him- to retain office. In all human proself among you an adherent of bability he will not meet the new Liberal principles, not to measure Parliament as a Minister of the too nicely or too strictly the ap- Crown at all. But whether he plication of these principles, but meet the new Parliament as Ministo take the principles themselves.” ter or not, it is physically imposThis is plain speaking, at any rate. sible that he should go through It agrees well with the general tone the wear and tear of a single sesof the celebrated manifestoes which sion more. They, therefore, who the eloquent electioneerer put forth talk of going into Parliament to last year, once at least in the House support him, are making profesof Commons, and repeatedly in the sions of the hollowness of which provinces. And the father becomes they cannot be ignorant. Let no voucher for the son, on the ground elector who is unprepared to go that the son will follow the father all lengths with Mr Gladstone and to the utmost limits of Liberalism, the ultra-Liberal segment of the expecting to rise to place and present Administration, be taken in power on the shoulders of that by any such declaration. Constigreat party of which Mr Bright, Mr tuencies must consider now, not so Baines, Mr Milner Gibson, and much to what particular hands they the Chancellor of the Exchequer would be willing to intrust the himself, are the accepted leaders. management of public affairs, as What says the University of Ox- what line of policy holds out the ford to all this? Is it prepared to best assurance of keeping the honbe represented again in Parliament our and interests of the country by one who, to work out his own from damage. If they mean to acpurpose, misstates facts and pro- cept the six-pound borough franchclaims himself the champion of ise, and to be let down by it to univerLiberal principles, measured nei. sal suffrage—if they desire to push ther too nicely nor too stringently free-trade notions to such an extent in their application ?
as to throw all the burthen of the While Mr Gladstone is thus try State on realised property-if, as ing to connect his own name with farmers, they approve of the maltmeasures which he took no part in tax, and are willing as manufacturers passing, and to associate his policy and mechanicians to put themselves with that which he resisted till under the control of trades' unions, pressure from without, and the then let them be imposed upon by this cuckoo cry, and send to Parlia- navy cost us enormous sums, withment the individuals who raise it. out anything to show that they are But if none of these prospects please worth the outlay. Notoriously we them—if they wish to keep the have neither cannon for our batChurch in union with the State the teries and ships of war, nor firearms representation of the country with in the hands of our troops, capable men who have a stake in it—to widen of contending on equal terms with without lowering the franchise — those of other nations. And all to maintain tranquillity at home this because, as Mr Raikes justly and honourable peace abroad-then stated," there has been an Adminislet them ascertain exactly what tration, but no Government, for the each candidate means before they last six years in the country.” We vote for him, and vote for those alone cannot go on thus much longer who tell them plainly that such without suffering disasters at home shall be their objects in the House and abroad, the very thought of the of Commons. For look to what the possible occurrence of which may restless spirit of the age, and the well fill us with dismay. To vote at want of an efficient Government, the coming elections, therefore, for is bringing us. Austria will enter Lord Palmerston's candidate, is to into no commercial treaty with us. vote for a delusion. There is no such France is outstripping us in those thing in existence; there cannot be. very fabrics in which, but a few Lord Palmerston is, to all intents years ago, we beat the whole world. and purposes, off the stage. And And not France only, but Belgium the choice submitted to the constilikewise, bids fair to become hence- tuencies, therefore, is between Lord forth the source whence we shall Derby on the one hand, and Mr derive our steam machinery, as we Gladstone on the other. For, corare now getting it from our friends dially as they dislike, and entirely across the Channel. Meanwhile we as they distrust him, the Whigs can are eating dirt, day after day, in scarcely hope to keep Mr Gladstone order to propitiate, if we can, the down many weeks after a Liberal wrath of the Americans, and look- majority shall array itself at his ing back with vain regret on op- back in the new House of Comportunities presented and thrown mons; and woe to the nation when away of delivering ourselves and to him its destinies shall be comour children after us, from all ground mitted with such a Cabinet as he is of apprehension in that quarter. morally pledged, and, we honestly The war in New Zealand drags its believe, heartily disposed to gather dull length along. The army and round him !
It may seem a hardship, but, not acrid. The horse you had lent him, improbably, it is in its way an alle- and whose performance he had enviation, that we are never involved comiumised, if put up to auction, in any of the great trials in life, would be found spavined, or windwithout having to deal with cer- galled, or broken down. Such a tain material embarrassments, ques. stern test is money, so fearfully tions of vulgar interest which con- does its coarse jingle jar upon all cern our pockets and affect our the music of flattery, and make disfinances.
cord of all compliment. To such Poor Lendrick's was a case in point. a pitch is the process carried, that He was about to leave his country even pretty women, who as wives
to tear himself from a home he were objects of admiration to dehad embellished-to separate from spairing and disappointed adorers, his children that he loved so dearly, have become, by widowhood, very to face a new life in a new land, ordinary creatures, simply because friendless and alone; and with they are once more “in the marall these cares on his heart, he had ket.” creditors to satisfy, debts to insure It is well for us that Heaven itpayment of by security, and, not self was not in the Price current, least of his troubles, his house to or we might have begun to think re-let. Now the value the world lightly of it. At all events we'd sets on that which is not for sale have higgled about the cost, and is very unlike its estimate for the tried to get there as cheaply as same commodity when brought might be. to market. The light claret your From the day that the Swan's friend pronounced a very pleasant Nest appeared in the Dublin papers little wine at your own table, he “to be let furnished, for the three would discover, when offered for years of an unexpired term," Lenpurchase, to be poor, washy, and drick was besieged by letters and
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