« PreviousContinue »
The following pages are most respectfully submitted to the consideration of the public. Perhaps it may be truly said, that there is scarcely an individual, from one end of the kingdom to the other, who is not interested in the question which has occasioned them ;-Whatever may be the imperfections under which they may labor, they have one recommendation—they contain the real sentiments of their author. The reader, therefore, is not required to admit arguments in favor of an hypothesis, the strength of which the author himself does not feel,—for the author is of no party ;--and having no tie of dependence on any one, he is perfectly at liberty to BE LOYAL; and in all honest sincerity to express his attachment to his Sovereign, his love to his country—and his veneration for its laws. Whether any who may peruse his labors, and who may happen to dissent from the principles he may find there, may think proper to answer him, he cannot conjecture; but on this point his indifference is equal to his ignorance.--He, however, begs leave to say that he shall not conceive himself under any obligation to reply, nor is his silence to be of necessity attributed to his admission of the validity of the arguments brought against him. If the opponents of his Pamphlet argue no better than the friends of the Reform in Parliament have hitherto done, he conceives that there will be no very pressing urgency for vindication either of himself or his labors. His motive for obtruding himself on the Public is the very great length to which the clamor for a Reform in Parliament is carried; which, as many have joined in it from whom better things might have been expected, seems to call on every man attached to the constitution to oppose it, in as much as reason shows that it is fraught with incalculable mischiefs. Some few ideas occurred to him which he had not met with in any work written on the subject; and conceiving that they might have some weight with other minds similar to his own, he has ventured to bring them forward, for the consideration of those who may do him the honor to peruse them.