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answer of Mr Huskisson. No answer excellent business abilities like his were had arrived up to that hour; in an not the commonest article to be found interview which the Duke had with in a great manufacturing and com. the King, a successor to Mr Huskis, mercial country! If all clever and son was proposed ; and under these acute clerks were to be collected toge. circumstances, the Duke returned him ther in Smithfield Market, to the sound his letter unopened, as he thought of a horn, heavens what a heap of that it would not be fair to open it, Huskissons in every hurdle! while Mr Huskisson did not know The praise, however fervent and that an interview had taken place, sincere, which a public character bea and that his successor had been ap- stows on himself, never impresses us pointed. This is a kind of delicacy half so much as that which comes, more easily understood, and more dife even coldly and reluctantly, from the ficult to be appreciated than that ex. lips of others. During the whole of hibited by Mr Huskisson in his first these explanations, nobody said a sin, letter. It is genuine-the other is spa gle good word for the ex-colonial Serious—and of all spurious things, spu- cretary but Mr Huskisson-but he, it rious delicacy is the most disgusting. must be allowed, laid it on thick
The audience of the King, solicited over eyes, nose, and mouth, till the with such a parade of loyal gratitude, object of his panegyric must have been by this reformed Jacobin, was grant. really both blinded and smothered. ed-and enjoyed, no doubt, with those “ Usefully I will not say, but zealousfeelings peculiar and appropriate to ly I can promise, to attend to the pubthe least enviable situation in which lic interests of this great empire, to a minister of the crown can be placed, the utmost of my power, and the best by his own folly and intrigues. His of my ability. Sir, these last best Majesty's gracious favour was, how titles and honours to win and wear, ever, rich recompense to this disinte is, in this country, fortunately, not rested Patriot for the loss of office, the exclusive, the peculiar privilege and he is now-no wonder-no doubt of any one particular class of the com-one of the happiest and proudest munity. There exists here no confeof men.
deracy of any great families no array He is, we say, one of the proudest of noble houses, which can deprive of men. Hear him crow. " I hope me of my fair claim to compete for I have preserved self-approbation, my them. These are my birth-right as personal honour, my public character, an Englishman-not being a Catholic, the support and approbation of my and in the earnest exercise of that adpersonal and political friends-an un- mitted birth-right, I shall still contarnished public character !!!” Oh! tinue, sir, to endeavour to deserve the that Heaven would give us “ the gift good opinion of this House, and the to see ourselves as others see us !" approbation of my country.” Mr Then would this person feel the folly Crabbe, in one of his poems, after inof sucb vaunting, and, brazen-faced dulging himself in a larger dose of de as he is, hang down his head beneath scription than he generally allows the universal contempt and scorn with himself—a fine description of a ghost which it has been assailed all over the seems to be suddenly struck with empire.
a sense of the absurdity of making use Why, even the often-purchased of so many fine words about little or Whig and Radical Press is mute in nothing, and breaks off with a line his defence. Not a greasy chin wags something like the following: in behalf of his “ untarnished repu- “ Bah! bother! blarney! what the deuce tation." Untarnished indeed! It is dyed black-so that the spots are not Mr Huskisson might have so ended visible. Never was public man sunk his peroration with great effect and perso low-so meanly and so basely low. fect propriety-for never was there a Willing to work for pay under any Mie clumsier edition of Much Ado about nistry-even under the men who, in Nothing published in that House. Nohis opinion, murdered his best Friend, thing can bemoreunlike eloquence than his Patron, his Benefactor, his very such miserable and misapplied comMaker! Yet, with all his greedy mean- monplaces. A third or fourth rate man, Dess, proud as a piece of red flesh, and Mr Huskisson is no more, looks Beelzebub, or a Turkey Cock. As if inexpressibly absurd on his legs, be
daubing himself all over with fetid gether ; but ere a couple of hours have flattery, and playing the Spirit of expired, hear-see how he lets the the Age in the hearing of some hun great big red thundering cat out of the dreds of people who all very well bag-how he hates the aristocracy of know him to be a capital hand at ac- England,-how he fears, distrusts, counts, but not one of whom would and dislikes the Duke of Wellington ! care twopence though he were dead “ I began by stating, sir--and I really to-morrow. Mr Huskisson, in that am sorry to have been compelled to detain inspired fit of self-laudation, stood in the House at such length-that I have not that predicament. The House, who the time, neither is it for me to attempt, to knew him to be an able man, was account for the motives which led to my perplexed to hear him braying on this
dismissal. With these motives (of which occasion like the creature that chews
I cannot profess to know anything) I have the thistle. There he stood-for near
now nothing to do; but this I will say,
that when the present administration was ly three hours as we have heard it cal.
formed by the noble Duke who is at the culated-visibly and audibly in the head of it, I did (contrary to the advice wrong-floundering along like a half
of several of my friends, contrary to the
of several of my friend drunk man in a moss and a mist deliberate judgment of many who would and often planted up to the middle in have dissuaded me from that 'step) consent a quagmire. All the House smirk to take a share in that administration. I ing, smiling, leering, laughing, gufa consented to do so exclusively on public fawing-even like the Blue Parlour in grounds. When I considered that the proPicardy during a Noctes Ambrosi
posal which was thus made had been made anæ-and yet the orator convinced all
to me jointly with so many of my friends, the while of his “ continuing to dea
who had, like myself, held office under the
administration then recently dissolved ; serve the good opinion of this House,
when I looked to the perfect similarity of and the approbation of the country !”
opinions and general policy which had so It is painful to see a fool publicly ex. long subsisted between me and the parties pose himself; but pleasant to see a to whom I allude; when I reflected that person do so of an entirely different the great executive departments of the description; and we lost å treat by state, one of which, indeed, I myself was losing our passage in the James Watt invested with, were committed to their Steamer the week before Mr Huskis charge ; when I reverted to our former son's exposé and exposure.
perfect union, cordial co-operation, and As Mr Huskisson waxed warm, in
good understanding; and when I consideed wroth, towards the conclusion of
dered, also, the nature of certain intima
tions which I received at the same time his harangue, so did he also wax im
I did think, sir, that, as a public man, I prudent. The veil of affected mode
was bound to continue in the King's serration, and humility, and delicacy,
vice. I felt that by so continuing, jointly and so forth, with which he at first
with my friends, under the circumstances shaded his fair features, fell off, or I have just been referring to, I should fiod rather was thrown aside by the im the best chance of following out and estapassioned Ex-secretary, and he gave blishing those principles, and those mea. vent, in terms somewhat abusive and sures, of free trade and commercial policy, Billingsgate, to the rancour which it to which I am known to be attached, and then appeared must have been long
for the full developement and ultimate gathering within his bosom. The
success of which I have long been so an. ,
xious. (Hear, hear.) large pustule, having come to a point,
Let it not be sup:
posed, however, I was blind, in the mean. burst, and there was a copious disa
while, to the mighty influences which charge of green and yellow matter.
were so actively opposed to those princi. According to his first letter, all was
ples let it not be supposed, that after unanimity in the Cabinet.
the hostility which had been manifested to
those measures that after all that I had “ Behold how good a thing it is,
experienced, and all that I had witnessed, And how becoming well,
on this head, for the twelve months then Together such as brethren are
last passed, I was blind to the prejudices In unity to dwell!"
which existed against them, or unconsci. Of that perfect unanimity his vote on
ous of the antipathies which had been
excited and encouraged against all men the question of East Retford was, he
who entertained such views and such opi. tells us, but a seeming disturbance.
nions_let it not be imagined that I was All was right and tight, like a bundle not aware of all the difficulties which of sticks-and he himself the band would beset our perseverance in that sys. which bound them all infrangibly to tem. I did know of them. But as those
influences, powerful as I felt assured they highest authority, which did the indivi. were, and the sway of these prejudices and dual from whom they proceeded the highantipathies, had again become predomi. est honour." Dant, I did feel,' that if a victim to them Here he rung off into some details were required, it were better that that should be the individual advocate than
not very intelligible to us and most the general principles which he had en
profoundly uninteresting-yet spiced deavoured to support. Without these, I
throughout with meanness and malice.
can believed it would not be long possible to
Suffice it that we now ask the reader retain that influence and support of the one question and be he Whig or present political connexions of the noble Tory, to that question he will return Duke, as we had retained them during the but one answer, if an honest man. Is last session of parliament, unless I was to the passage we have now quoted from suppose that different views and principles Mr Huskisson's speech consistent with were really to be acted on by that noble his assertion, that on writing his first person, and that those of which I have letter to the Duke, he was influenced spoken, were no longer to form any part of solely and entirely by an earnest des the policy of the new government. But when I look to the-satisfaction (shall I
sire to relieve him from the “ delisay)—with which I must infer that my
cacy” of the situation in which, by communication was received ; to the inci.
that unlucky and unavoidable vote, he dents which attended, and the result which had unexpectedly been placed? But has followed from it; I do think it must one answer, we say, can be returned have been considered necessary, in order to to that question by every honest man. pacify the powerful party I have adverted For here is a confession of latent fears to, that the state of things for which they and suspicions, and dislikes in his own were anxious should be supported by the bosom-towards his colleagues, and removal of the individual whose principles
the friends and supporters of his colwere most opposed to it. (Hear.) I own
leagues-here is something like the that it would have been far more satis. factory to my feelings if I had been in
old leaven of Jacobinism, seeking to genuously told that a necessity for my re
leaven the whole mass. signation had arisen out of their appre
But, emboldened by the sound of hensions about those principles, and that his own voice, harshly grating on all policy; that they augured so much danger ears but his own, during so long a peto the public and to themselves from the riod of precious time, (half an hour views which I espoused, that, short of this, would have done the business, had his nothing would allay their fears. It would cause been good,) Mr Huskisson lifts have been far more satisfactory if the noble up his leg, and exclaims, “Lo! there Duke had said to me:_ Such are the is the cloven foot-ye Tories - ye alarms entertained by the individuals on enemies of all improvement." Let us whose assistance I principally rely for cars rying on my administration, that I am
hear the blundering blusterer :obliged, on their account, to act upon the “Notwithstanding the many zealous and only option which remains to me, by part mutual congratulations which the friends ing with you. I do say, looking to what of Tory principles, as they call themselves, was the feeling of certain parties during which the enemies of all improvement, the last session of parliament, and compa. have so liberally interchanged since my ring it with that which seems to be evi. removal potwithstanding, sir, I say, those denced by the events that have occurred ebullitions of zeal, and those oversteppings within the last two months; and looking of prudence, which I have witnessed in to the very different manner in which cir. some intemperate individuals, who think cumstances, similar in their nature to some that the removal from office of those friends that were then dealt with, have now been of mine, my late colleagues, who are now taken up, I cannot help thinking that some no longer members of his Majesty's governsuch sentiment as this has really operated ment, is the only adequate apology which in respect of myself. If I must assume the noble Duke can make for ever having the fact of this resignation as an intima. at all connected himself with us; and al. tion, if not of a reversal, yet of a change though I find that some of those indivi. of this system of policy, I cannot but regret duals think it is the best mode of doing that this unfortunate two-o'clock-in-the honour to the feelings of the noble Duke, morning letter of mine was written, or that, (in which action they are most egregiouswhen it was received, it did not occur (as ly mistaken,) to say that his best excuse it might have occurred) to the recollection of is to be found in the removal of my col. some persons, that on an occasion some. leagues all at once-notwithstanding all what analogous to this, and which hap. these ebullitions, and in spite of_I know pened not more than two months ago, cer not what to call them—the boisterous fits tein sentiments were uttered upon the of mirth of those clubs I should rather
say of those venerable buffoons (cheers) the spread of knowledge, or contemplates - who congregate once a-year to attempt with alarm the extension of a system which a fraud on the ignorance of some classes shall communicate and reciprocate in all of the people, under pretence of doing parts of the world the benefits resulting honour to the memory of an illustrious from commercial intercourse, or from the statesman-I say, sir, notwithstanding these interchange of those improvements which extravagant expressions of joy now burst. have been for some time past gradually difing from the same quarters where, but a fusing themselves over all the civilised few days before, all was deep and bitter states of the world an interchange which wailing at the progress which the cause of involves the surest principles of general civil liberty had made in this House, and advantage with the capability of its widest at the prospect thus opened, so far as á vote possible diffusion. (Hear, hear.) I will of this House could indicate it, of giving not think such things of such an individual religious and political tranquillity to Ire I will not think so lightly of a man of land (hear) —notwithstanding these cla. whose judgment I entertain so high an morous exultations, these untoward signs opinion. I should be indeed passing the of the times, I for one do not think that foulest libel on him if I were to suppose the triumph of this party is so great, so that he could wish to see England again certain, or so complete, as they are pleased placed in that political position in which to anticipate (cheers)—and I cannot think she should occupy but the fifth or sixth stathat my right hon. friend, (Mr Secretary tion among the nations, or in which she Peel,) who, as far as I know, has never should be again dishonoured by a connexentertained any opinions different from ion with, or a dependence on, the Holy Al. those which I had the honour to advocate liance (loud cheers); or if I could imagine in this House, connected with all measures that he would think it a cheap price to pay of general policy--the Roman Catholic for the support of such prejudices as I speak question alone excepted—I cannot believe of-the putting down public opinion, the that my right hon. friend has abandoned freedom of discussion, the freedom of the principles to which he has heretofore given press, and all those other moral causes his cordial support-I cannot believe that which now operate to the improvement of while the feelings of this House and of the our common nature and of our political in. country in favour of that general policy stitutions. (Cheers.) I will not believe remain unchanged, they will sympathize that my right honourable friend would with those exultations, whatever may be give the sanction of his support to meathe doctrine now about strict discipline sures calculated, or at least intended, to (cheers)—I cannot suppose that my right restrain the advance of human improvehon. friend will think or believe the sub. ment -to impose fetters upon the energy stantive power of the State ought to be in of the human mind to place it again un. powerful, but unknown hands ; in the der the tutelage of superstition or the bon. hands of persons who, for reasons which dage of ignorance, or that he would oppose I will not call in question, because I do those measures of commercial policy which not know them, and which they who do are the best, and safest, and most perma. know them will not divulge, declare that nent securities of the prosperity and gran. they are not candidates for public honours, deur of states, without compelling them to and who yet, not being candidates for such have recourse to the more ancient and honours, attempt to put a veto upon the much more dangerous defences of standing councils of the country, and endeavour to armies. (Hear, hear.) I trust that if such exclude from those councils such public ser- mischievous projects should ever be the vants as they happen to disapprove. (Hear.) views of any party in this country, my I cannot imagine that my right hon. friend right honourable friend would be the first either believes, or can be taught to believe, to repel and discountenance everything of that such a party is a more proper tribunal that sort, and in that arduous task I am than the House of Commons or the public confident he would at all times receive the of England to decide upon the merits or support of parliament and the countenance demerits of individuals connected with the of the British public.” executive departments of the state: as little can I believe that he is one of those per John Lord Eldon called a venerasons who deem it to be the first duty of the ble buffoon, by such a vulgar fellow legislature to resist the progress of improve as William Huskisson! How must ment, and to counteract every attempt to
the gentlemen of England, spite of all remedy those defects in our ancient insti. tutions, whether existing in our legal tri.
party spirit, despise in disgust the bunals, or in our system of commercial po
insolent slanderer! As for Mr Peel, licy, for example, which have grown up in
we hope, for the sake of his high hothe lapse of ages, and of which public nour and his high talents, that he opinion and the exigencies of society de. scorns the insidious eulogy thus spitemand the removal_I cannot believe that fully spat upon him; and certainly, he is one who looks with apprehension at though in some few parts rather too mild and mawkish, his speech in re things, of which Mr Huskisson knows ply to Huskisson was most triumphno more than a Bat knows of rainant. Huskisson seems to think the bows, Mr Huskisson, therefore, should powers of a Minister far greater than not give his advice till it is asked for ; they ever were in his hands, and that Mr Peel is no patient of his, and needs Secretaries, Home, Foreign, and Co- not powders; to attempt thrusting lonial, can place Britain as low down medicine down a man's throat, who, as they choose in the scale of nations. the quack himself admits, is, for the He cautions Mr Peel not to reduce time being, in good health, is, though her to the fifth or sixth order. That Mr Huskisson be no Catholic, a work is childish folly, and impertinence. of absurd and insolent supererogation. Britain will take too good care of her. That is not a privilege, or birth-right self, in the midst of all imaginable of his, by any manner of means; there mismanagement, to suffer any minise certainly are confederacies of noble ter, or set of ministers, to class her families in Great Britain to prevent among the junior optimes to place that; and the aristocracy of the coun. the wooden spoon in her mouth. To try will not endure such practices at any man, who will tell us what this the hands of any Jacobin that ever brawler means, by hoping that Mr wore a red cap, or applied his feeling Peel will not put down public opin finger, with a well-satisfied grin, to nion, and destroy the liberty of the the fine edge of a guillotine. press, and stop the march of intellect, Mr Huskisson concluded his long and all those other moral causes which and windy harangue, by declaring now operate to the improvement of his belief that “ he has not incurred our common nature and of our politi- the displeasure of his Sovereign, nor cal institutions, we here come under placed himself in any situation to a solemn engagement in the face of stain the fair character which he Europe to give, on the arrival of the hopes he has always maintained in first month with an R in it, a bushel this House." He is grossly mistaken of Powldoodies.
his Sovereign cannot but have been Mr Peel is in all things Mr Hus- displeased by his most suspicious rekisson's superior. Were the world all signation ; the House cares little about at once to be darkened, Mr Peel would him; and he knows that the whole feel exceedingly uncomfortable, and country is rejoiced that he is out of call for lights. Mr Peel knows well, the Government. and much delights in a thousand