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Auditory; and as there is every probability that the cir. cumstances of the times will again call them forth on some future emergency.
Mr. ERSKINE concluded by recapitulating, in a 'strain of agonizing and impressive eloquence, the several more prominent heads of his Speech :-He had been a Soldier and a Sailor, and had a Son at WinchesterSchool-he had been called by Special Retainers, during the Summer, into many different and distant parts of the Country-travelling chiefly in Post-chaises He felt himself called upon to declare that his poor faculties were at the service of his Country-of the free and enlightened part of it at least-He stood here as a Man-He stood in the Eye, indeed in the Hand of God—to whom (in the presence of the Company and Waiters), he solemnly appealed--He was of Noble, perhaps, Royal Blood-He had a house at Hampstead—was convinced of the necessity of a thorough and radical Reform-His Pamphlet had gone through Thirty Editions—skipping alternately the odd and even numbers—He loved the Constitution, to which he would cling and grapple-And he was clothed with the infirmities of man's nature~He would apply to the present French Rulers (particularly BARRAS and REUBEL) the words of the poet :
« Be to their Faults a little blind;
And for these reasons, thanking the Gentlemen who had done him the honour to drink his Health, he should propose “ Merlin, the late Minister of Justice, and “ Trial by Jury !”
Mr. Erskine here concluded a Speech which had occupied the attention, and excited the applause of his Audience during a space of little less than three hours, allowing for about three quarters of an hour, which were occupied by successive fits of fainting, between the principal subdivisions of his discourse.—Mr. ERSKINE descended from the Table, and was conveyed down stairs by the assistance of his friends. – On arriving at the corner of the Piazzas, they were surprized by a very unexpected embarrassment. Mr. ERSKINE's horses had been taken from the Carriage, and a number of able Chairmen engaged to supply their place; but these fellows having contrived to intoxicate themselves with the money which the Coachman had advanced to them upon account, were become so restive and unruly, and withal so exorbitant in their demands (positively refusing to abide by their former engagement,) that Mr. Erskine deemed it unsafe to trust himself in their hands, and determined to wait the return of his own more tractable and less chargeable animals. This unpleasant scene continued for above an hour.
Mr. SHERIDAN's Health was now drank in his absence, and received with an appearance of general approbation ; -when, in the midst of the applause Mr. Fox arose, in apparent agitation, and directed the attention of the Company to the rising, manly virtues of Mr. MACFUNGUS.
Mr. MACFUNGUS declared, that to pretend that he was not elated by the encomiums with which Mr. Fox had honoured him, was an affectation which he disdained; such encomiums would ever form the proudest recompense of his patriotic labours ;he confessed they were chearing to him-he felt them warm at his heart--and while a single fibre of his frame preserved its vibration, it would
throb in unison to the approbation of that Honourable Gentlemen. The applause of the Company was no less flattering to him-he felt his faculties invigorated by it, and stimulated to the exertion of new energies in the race of mind. Every other sensation was obliterated and absorbed by it ;--for the present, however, he would endeavour to suppress his feelings, and concentre his energies, for the purpose of explaining to the Company why he assisted now, for the first time, at the celebration of the Fifth Revolution which had been effected in regenerated France. The various and extraordiany talents of the Right Hon. Gentleman-his vehement and overpowering perception, his vigorous and splendid intuition, would for ever attract the admiration of all those who were in any degree endowed with those faculties themselves, or capable of estimating them in others; as such, he had ever been among the most ardent admirers, and, on many occasions, among the most ardent supporters, of the Right Hon. Gentlemen-he agreed with him in many points in his general love of Liberty and Revolution; in his execration of the War; in his detestation of Ministers; but he entertained his doubts, and till those doubts were cleared up, he could not, consistently with his principles, attend at the celebration of any Revolution whatever
These doubts, however, were now satisfactorily done away. A pledge had been entered into for accomplishing an effectual radical Revolution; not for the mere overthrow of the present System, nor for the establishment of any other in its place; but for the effecting such a series of Revolutions, as might be sufficient for the establishment of a Free System.
Mr. MACFUNGUS continued-He was incapable of compromising with first principles of acquiescing in 6
short-sighted temporary palliative expedients: if such had been his temper, he should assuredly have rested satisfied with the pledge which that Right Hon. Gentleman had entered into about six months ago, on the subject of Parliamentary Reform, in which pledge he considered the promise of that previous and preliminary Revolution, to which he had before alluded, as essentially implicated. “ Whenever this Reform takes place,” exclaimed Mr. MACFUNGUS," the present degraded and degrading sys* tem must fall into dissolution ; it must sink and perish « with the corruptions which have supported it. The na« tional energies will awake, and shaking off their lethar“gy, as their fetters drop from them, they will follow " the Angel of their Revolution, while the Genius of “ Freedom, soaring aloft beneath the orb of Gallic Illu“ mination, will brush away, as with the wing of an " Eagle, all the cobwebs of Aristocracy. But before the « Temple of Freedom can be erected in their place, the « surface which they have occupied must be smoothed and “ levelled - it must be cleared by repeated Revolutionary .“ Explosions, from all the lumber and rubbish with which “ Aristocracy and Fanaticism will endeavour to encumber " it, and to impede the progress of the holy work.-The « sacred level, the symbol of Fraternal Equality, must " be passed over the whole. - The completion of the “ Edifice will indeed be the more tardy, but it will not “ be the less durable for having been longer delayed « Cemented with the blood of tyrants, and the tears of " the Aristocracy, it will rise a monument for the asto" nishment and veneration of future ages. The reniotest
posterity, with our children yet unborn, and the most distant portions of the Globe, will crowd around its Gates, and demand admission into its Sanctuary.-
« The Tree of Liberty will be planted in the midst of it, “ and its branches will extend to the ends of the Earth, « while the Friends of Freedom meet and fraternize and “ amalgamate under its consolatory shade.
« There our Infants shall be taught to lisp in tender " accents the Revolutionary Hymn—there with wreaths « of myrtle, and oak, and poplar, and vine, and olive, " and cypress, and ivy; with violets and roses, and dafu fodils and dandelions in our hands, we.will swear re« spect to childhood, and manhood, and old age, and vir“ ginity, and womanhood, and widowhood; but, above « all, to the Supreme Being. - There we will decree « and sanction the Immortality of the Soul - There pil« lars, and obelisks, and arches, and pyramids, will u awaken the love of Glory and of our Country - There « Painters and Statuaries, with their chissels and colours, 6 and engravers with their engraving tools, will perpe« tuate the interesting features of our Revolutionary « Heroes; while our Poets and Musicians, with an « honourable emulation, strive to immortalize their Me« mories. Their bones will be entombed in the Vault « below, while their sacred Shades continue hovering « over our Heads — Those venerated Manes which, from « time to time, will require to be appeased by the blood «c of the remaining Aristocrats. — Then Peace, and Free« dom, and Fraternity, and Equality, will pervade the « whole Earth; while the Vows of Republicanism, the « Altar of Patriotism, and the Revolutionary Pontiff, “ with the thrilling volcanic Sympathies, whether of « Holy Fury or of ardent Fraternal Civism, uniting and “ identifying, produce as it were an electric Energy."
Mr. MACFUNGUS here paused for a few moments, seemingly overpowered by the excess of Sensibility, and