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noble efforts been made to alleviate the being to whom, on earth, he them. When, therefore, we hear owed the most allegiance, his consuch men as Owen, Carlyle, and stant thought was how to preserve the Kingsley denouncing everything dignity of the Crown unimpaired. It which exists, and railing against the was this strong feeling of loyalty institutions and arrangements of their which induced bim, on more occasions country, we confess to a certain de than one-to the astonishment of those gree of pardonable irritation, which who knew his native ivflexibility of would be far greater if we believed mind-to sacrifice his own judgment, that they had brains enough to ac and give way to counsels of which he complish permanent harm. But Bri could not conscientiously approve ; tain is not like France at least as because, though ready in his own yet-liable to be led astray by the person to make any sacrifice rather crotchets of visionary enthusiasts. than abandon a principle, he yet conEven in France the doctrines main sidered the security of the Sovereign tained by Louis Blanc, and men of to be the paramount object of a British his school, have been for some time statesman. Of his self-abnegation thoroughly exploded, and we no more we need not speak. A crown was look for their revival, than for a absolutely within his reach, but be resurrection of the reign of the Ana waived it from him as a forbidden baptists.
thing. The first of subjects, he occuGradually but surely the Holidays pied a higher place than many an are passing away, and the time has anointed king; and, long after he has almost arrived when the new cam been laid in his grave, we shall all of paign must begin. After the lapse of us feel proud of the rich inheritance a very few days, the walls of St of his fame. From his example, the Stephens will be once more resonant young may learn to love their counwith the hum of voices; yet there try and honour their Queen, not only remains one task to be performed ere through generous impulse, but as a the opening of political strife. The high and sacred duty; for loyalty, Hero of the Age--the Great Captain though despised and sneered at by - these are titles we may freely use the ignoble children of revolution, is, since they have long been ratified by and will ever remain, the pole-star history—has been taken from amongst of the honourable and the brave.
Honoured and beloved by all Greatly will he be mourned, and men, he has fallen asleep, full of years greatly missed in the councils of the and glory, and centuries may elapse nation, where his words, though not ere England shall be able to point clothed in eloqnence, were listened to with exultation to his equal. It is with an attention more deep than was not our purpose now to insist upon accorded to the skilful orator; and his last emphatic warning, or to refer deeper than the mournjug of others, to those apprehensions for the future will be the mourning of that Royal security of the kingdom, wbich dark Lady, who in him has lost ber best, ened his declining years. The warn her wisest, and most devoted friend. ing has been spoken; aud if his words Such an event as this ought to have have fallen in vain, no others will be a deep influence upon us all. Even effectual. But from the character of the ambitious, in their full career, the man, at whatever humble distance may profitably pause for a time bewe may stand, there is not one of us fore the coffin of the mighty dead. that may not derive a wholesome “Dust to dust-ashes to ashes," that lesson. In him we perceive, more is but a trite homily, and common to perhaps than in any other liero of the pauper and the peer. But why is ancient or modern times, the deve it that the mourning is universal ? lopment of two great heroic attri Why is it every one feels that a glory butes-loyalty and self-abnegation. has departed from the land ? Not Never had the Crown so faithful because he was the victor in many and devoted a servant. There was fights-not because he was the greatno sycophancy in his service, for est general that in our day has taken the Duke was little of a courtier; the field---but because he was a true but, regarding his Sovereign as patriot and lover of his country-be
cause he had a nature so noble, that lature, but of the more pressing queseven ambition, “that last infirmity,' tions which concern our welfare, and, could not sway him from his balance. it may be, our independence as a naHE WAS A NOBLE MAN, if ever such tion. Circumstances which have lately existed, and we could not wish him occurred must compel us to look with a better epitaph.
minute attention to our national safeStill the world will go on. After a ty. We are not alarmists, but we decent space, politics will resume their believe there is hardly a man in the course, and the tocsin of party again kingdom who at this moment is free clash in the public ear. We confess from an undefined apprehension of that we are not sorry to observe that, coming danger ; and, considering the within the last few weeks, the Oppo- enormity of our stake, it behoves us sition journals have been peculiarly ac to be upon our guard. Some two or tive in their attacks upon Lord Derby's three years ago, when the French Government. Such onslaughts, at ideologists were in power, our demaproper times, and upon good or plau- gogues sneered at the possibility sible cause shown, might possibly be either of the subversion of the Rerather damaging - but, at present, public or of an aggressive movement. when the journalists have nothing Mr Cobden referred to his friend tangible to lay hold of, these diatribes Cremieux as the Jupiter Stator of invariably react in favour of the party France—where are the Republic and assailed. To abuse a man without M. Cremieux now? If the men of being able to assign a reason for it, Manchester bad studied history, they is, in reality, bad policy. It natu- must have seen, through analogy, that rally suggests a suspicion that the some crisis like the present would abuser is more actuated by spite than occur; but their studies lay in a difby conviction-indeed, it is very like ferent direction. They consulted noreviewing the work of an author who thing but importation and exportation has not yet published his book. We tables, looking upon the mind of man gather, however, from this sudden as cartridge-paper ; and so the coupactivity on the part of opposition d'état came upon them like a thunderwriters, that they do not anticipate bolt. We wonder if they have suban easy dislodgment of the present scribed any funds for their former Ministry, but that they must work confederates now at Cayenne - we hard, as they have already begun to doubt it sorely. Such is the cohesion work early, before any such consum of fraternity, that neither Blanqui nor mation can be effected.
Barbes would have contributed a sous To us it seems that what the coun for any of their English brethren try absolutely requires is a firm, intel- whose zeal might have exceeded their ligent, and clear-sighted government. discretion. We have had many experiments of Let England look to herself, and to late, and much discussion which may her own safety. Much good has been now be profitably suspended. The achieved by the existence of rival meeting of the new Parliament is a parties in the State ; but party is not new era, and such it was proclaimed faction, and of that we must now to be by Lord Derby, long before the especially beware. Party acts on dissolution. Civil strife, when un principle, faction on none.
When an necessarily prolonged, may be almost Opposition opposes simply because it as hurtful to the general interests of is not in power, then it is factious, the country as civil war; and, now and ought not only to be discouraged, that an appeal has been made to the but to be crushed. Then it becomes electoral body of the nation, it is, we not the enemy merely of the Ministry, think, the duty of all to acquiesce in but the enemy of the Constitution and the verdict which has been returned. the country, and, as such, deserves to There is a great deal of business on have the brand of infamy stamped hand which will brook no delay. We upon it. We say this without antido not speak of schemes of reform in cipation of what may take place within any department, which, though needed, a very limited period of time. We are not of that instant importance know nothing of the designs of party; to engross the attention of the Legis- but we are convinced of this, that
there never was a time when, from feebly, the impressions which we the indications which are visible in have received among the grand solithe political horizon, good men and tudes of the mountains, than refer true were more imperatively called to subjects suggestive of wrangling, upon to sink minor differences of stifling rooms, uncomfortable banopinion, and to unite together, to quets, and the platitudes of fourthconsult seriously regarding the public rate oratory. But what help for safety, as now. Blustering we have it? We must return to work, had enough : let that cease. It will and we cannot quite pass over cease, as blustering always does, on without remark the manner in which the advent of imminent danger. the Whigs have contrived to abuse
We are sorry, in this wise, to take the shooting season. Peace be with our farewell of the Holidays. We them! They are very bad shots, and should like to have expatiated on we are thankful that our principles the humanising and indulgent spirit free us from the temptation of partiengendered by such a period of re- cipating in any of their battues. But laxation, of which perhaps no better when the real strife commences, and instance could be found than the when the best interests of the country mildness of our present remarks up- are evidently the topics of discussion, on our political adversaries. Much then the patriotism of party must dewe might have said of pleasant pas- clare itself-disengage itself, if necestime, of adventures by flood and fell, sary, from antiquated views-since a of the long sea-loch with the fleet of paramount interest (that of the nayachts traversing the water like wild tion) is common to us all. swans, of the dark correi by the And so we bid the Holidays faresprings of Aven, haunted by the well! Sweet has been our repose stately deer. More congenial to our upon the mountain turf, and by the mind are the sights and sounds of well where at mid-day we counted nature, than the babbling of small our sylvan spoil; and if Lord John Oppositionists over their modicum of Russell had done nothing more, and fiery drink; or even the fierce decla- his satellites confined themselves to mation of a provincial Hampden, such glory as they might derive from who conceives that, without his assis- an exhibition of their game-bags, tance, there can be no security for our present article on the Holidays Britain. Far rather would we have would certainly have remained untransferred to our pages, however written.
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