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fice should be recommended as necessary for accomplishing throughout the world an uniform and beautiful system of theoretical liberty: and We should at all times exert our best endeavours for upholding its constitution, even with all the human imperfections which may belong to it, though we were assured that on its ruins might be erected the only pillar that is yet wanting to complete the most glorious fabric which the Integrity and Wisdom of Man bave raised since the Creation.”
If, as Philosopher Monge avers, 'in his eloquent and instructive address to the Directory, “ The Government of England and the French Republic cannot exist together," We do not hesitate in our choice; though well aware that in that choice we may be liable, in the opinion of many critics of the present day, to the imputation of a want of candour or of discernment.
Admirers of military heroism, and dazzled by military success in common with other men, We are yet even bere conscious of some qualification and distinction in our feelings: We acknowledge ourselves apt to look with more complacency on bravery and skill, when displayed in the service of our Country, than when we see them directed against its interests or its safety; and however equal the claims to admiration in either case may be, We feel our hearts grow warmer at the recital of what has been atchieved by Howe, by JERVIS, or by DUNCAN, than at the “ glorious victory of Jemappe,” or “ the immortal battle of the bridge of Lodi.”
In MORALS We are equally old fashioned. We have yet to learn the modern refinement of referring in all considerations upon human conduct, not to any settled and preconceived principles of right and wrong, not to any general and fundamental rules which experience, and
wisdom, and justice, and the common consent of mankind have established, but to the internal admonitions of every man's judgment or conscience in his own particular instance.
We do not dissemble,—that We reverence Law,We acknowledge USAGE,-We look even upon PRESCRIPTION without hatred or horror. And We do not think these, or any of them, less safe guides for the moral actions of men, than that new and liberal system of Ethics, whose operation is not to bind but to loosen the bands of social order; whose doctrine is formed not on a system of reciprocal duties, but on the supposition of individual, independent, and unconnected rights; which teaches that all men are pretty equally honest, but that some have different notions of honesty from others, and that the most received notions are for the greater part. the most faulty.
We do not subscribe to the opinion, that a sincere conviction of the truth of no matter what principle, is a sufficient defence for no matter what action; and that the only business of moral enquiry with human conduct is to ascertain that in each case the principle and the action agree. We have not yet persuaded ourselves to think it a sound, or a safe doctrine, that every man who can divest himself of a moral sense in theory, has a right to be with impunity and without disguise a scoundrel in practice. It is not in our creed, that ATHEISM is as good a faith as CHRISTIANITY, provided it be professed with cqual sincerity; nor could we admit it as an excuse for MURDER, that the murderer was in his own mind conscientiously persuaded that the murdered might for many good reasons be better out of the way. '
Of all these and the like principles in one word, of JACOBINISM in all its shapes, and in all its degrees, political and moral, public and private, whether as it openly threatens the subversion of States, or gradually saps the foundations of domestic happiness, We are the zvowed, determined, and irreconcileable enemies. We have no desire to divest ourselves of these inveterate prejudices; but shall remain stubborn and incorrigible in resisting every attempt which may be made either by argument or (what is more in the charitable spirit of modern reformers) by force, to convert us to a different opinion.
It remains only to speak of the details of our Plan.
It is our intention to publish Weekly, during the Scs sion of Parliament, a Paper, containing,
First, An Abstract of the important events of the week, both at home and abroad.
Secondly, Such Reflections as may naturally arise out of them: and,
Thirdly, A contradiction and confutation of the falsehoods and misrepresentations concerning these events, their causes, and their consequences, which may be found in the Papers devoted to the cause of SEDITION and IRRELIGION, to the pay or principles of France.
This last, as it is by far the most important, will in all probability be the most copious of the three heads; and is that to which, above all others, We wish to direct the attention of our Readers.
We propose diligently to collect, as far as the range of our own daily reading will enable us, and we promise willingly 'to receive, from whatever quarter they may come, the several articles of this kind which require to be thus contradicted or confuted; which will naturally
divide themselves into different classes, according to their 17 different degrees of stupidity or malignity,
There are, for instance (to begin with those of the be highest order), the Lies of the Week; the downright, zu direct, unblushing falsehoods, which have no colour or the foundation whatever, and which must at the very momento of their being written, have been known to the writer to be wholly destitute of truth.
Next in rank come MISREPRESENTATIONS which, dia taking for their ground-work facts in substance true, do so colour and distort them in description, as to take away all semblance of their real nature and character.
Lastly, The most venial, though by no means the least mischievous class, are MISTAKES; under which description are included all those Hints, Conjectures, and Apprehensions, those Anticipations of Sorrow and Deprecations of Calamity, in which Writers who labour under too great an anxiety for the Public Welfare are apt to indulge; and which, when falsified by the event, they are generally too much occupied to find leisure to retract or disavow:-A trouble which we shall have great pleasure in taking off these Gentlemen's hands.
To each of these several articles We shall carefully affix the name and date of the Publication from which We may take the liberty of borrowing it.
With these views then We commence our undertaking. Whatever may be the success, or the merit of its execution in our hands ;--the want of something like it has so long been felt and deplored by all thinking and honest men, that we cannot doubt of the approbation and encouragement with which the attempt will be rem ceived.
We claim the support, and We invite the assistance, of all, who think with us that the circumstances and sharacter of the age in which we live require every ex;' ertion of every man, who loves his COUNTRY in the old way, in which till of late years the love of one's COUNTRY was professed by most men, and by none disclaimed or reviled ;-of ALL who think that the Press has been long enough employed principally as an engine of destruction ; and who wish to see the experiment fairly tried whether that engine by which many of the States which surround us have been overthrown, and others shaken to their foundations, may not be turned into an instrument of defence for the one remaining Country, which has EsTABLISHMENTS to protect, and a GOVERNMENT with the spirit, and the power, and the wisdom to protect them ;-of all who look with respect to public honour, and with attachment to the decencies of private life ;of all who have so little deference for the arrogant intollerance of JACOBINISM as still to contemplate the OFFICE and the PERSON of a King with veneration, and to speak reverently of ReLIGION, without apologizing for the singularity of their opinions ;-of ALL who think the blessings which we enjoy valuable, and who think them in danger ;-and who, while they detest and despise the principles and the professors of that new FAITH by which the foundations of all those blessings are threatened to be undermined, lament the lukewarmness with which its propagation has hitherto been resisted, and are anxious, while there is yet time, to make every effort in the cause of their COUNTRY.