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White's, that he loses his place. How will the public business go on then I wonder! Hear Mr. Demosthenes John Williams's seat not the securest in the House. Great grief to the Chancellor.

10. Hare's maiden speech last night was neat and elegant. Wonder very much Hume's petition from the “ starving Weavers of Blackburne" was received. Only think of its not only charging Ministers with the most corrupt and lavish expenditure of the public money, but with keeping up a large standing army “ to oppress and murrler their suffering fellow subjects!'' Had Peel been in the House, it would have been sent to the right-about with very little ceremony. Mr. Colchester Sunday Times D. W. Harvey, is rivalling the Globe and Traveller Torrens in doing the philosopher on the Corn Laws. That fellow had the assurance to quote my Stanhope joke (in the last number of the Inspector) as one of George Colman's.

11. Mr. Huskisson “ indisposed." Hear Lord Liverpool complains of a fulness in the head---a complaint not very ripe among modern Members of Parliament.

12. Met Dick Martin, yesterday, in Pall Mall; reproached him with having jostled his countryman (the Grand Duke) at the Opera, I only wanted (said Dick) to give some of his Staff a lift, by calling “ me or my son out. As to Wellington himself, I will never suppress “my contempt for his non mi ricordo hauteur towards me, who served “him and his family when they wanted it. The Duke of York was “the truth of a good fellow---in fact a thorough-bred Irishman. He

gave me forty-one Commissions, though I was tooth and nail

against him on the Catholic Question. Did you hear the answer Í "gave him about the extent of my Cunnamara demesne, the King

was near being choked from laughter. ' Mr. Martin, said his Royal

Highness, may I ask how many acres of your estate are in the im“ mediate neighbourhood of your castle ?” “ In truth, your Royal

Highness, I cannot tell ; but this I know, that from the Lodge “ gate at the end of my lawn, to my house or castle at the other, is

thirty long Irish miles.” Heard a good thing of Dick at Brookes's. Some violent attacks of his upon his cruelty-to-animals-opponents were, at his own request, made “conspicuous” in the report of his speech. They were printed in italics. Dick, who is always courting the patronage of the reporters, went up as usual to the reporter's room and reproached him with unfair play. They reminded him of his wish to have his points "conspicuous.'

“ Yes, but 'sblood, boys, “ sure I did not spake in italics!

14. My fellow traveller Villiers Steuart's maiden speech last nightof very amphibious success. I don't think it was all out a dead failure-it was ill-timed, and tumid in its style, but still, I am sure, had some latent meaning. Peel, I am glad to say, has profited by my advice; his speech on the Duke of York was appropriately sensible and well delivered. 'Tis not difficult to see that Peel will lead and command the House of Commons at no distant period. That Calcraft still at his airs and assumption of consequence. Why does not Tierney or Canning double him up for life? He was glad to see

no reduction of the navy estimates. I suppose he has a lot of relations in the navy as well as in the army, (disinterested man!) if there were, he would have felt it to be his duty to oppose it! Bless us, the fly on the chariot wheel is nothing to this.

15. A great congregation of Irish and English M. P.'s about the throne yesterday to hear Lord Lansdowne present the Catholic petition. Wellington listened with the most studied attention while the petition was being read. I watched his countenance closely; not a muscle relaxed, not a fibre changed position, or“ broke the line” of his fixed resolution. What a stupid place the House of Lords is! I am not surprised at my father and Lord Grenville's aversion to it. I always feel when I am going into it, as if I were entering a chapel of ease. There is so much solemn grimace, and such an absence of our noisy strife of tongues. We would not listen to six out of the whole peers a second time in the House of Commons. The Tierney of the Lords, is Lord Holland, who certainly says a great number of good things whenever he rises, but has not the point and wit, and ten arm-hitting power, of my respected old friend: the Brougham is Lord Lansdowne, who is to the full as wordy and lengthy, but wants the stuffing of the nasal operative. Lord Darnley has the high-toned feeling of Sir Francis Burdett, without his classical intellect; and Lord Calthorpe is as whining and stupid as — Lord Grey---(apropos of Gray.--I find a well-meaning, but not very wise, bookseller at Liverpool condemns a friend of mine, who sent the admirable sketch of Huskisson to “ The Inspector," as being a writer who ought not to be read by any one who “ fears God, or respects good

people.” What blasphemy some men are guilty of, when they would be most pious! ---Lord Grey's eloquence is more ponderous, but less effective and polished, than Mr. Canning's; and Lord King would be rated a bore to all hearers as well as the Chancellor, were he in the Commons', instead of Lords’, House of Parliament. The Joe Hume and philosophical Torrens of the house of my Lard Lauderdale, who meddles with every thing, finds fault with every measure of the Government, is never entirely right in any thing, and lays down the law on every subject upon every occasion. His lordship has read a great number of painphlets, reviews, parlia. mentary reports, and is endowed with a very retentive memory; but has not studied upon general principles; and possesses a judgment by no means happy in separating the chaff from the grain. His clearest views are muddy; his ablest views mystifying; and though he has more in his head on the Corn Laws and the Currency question than any man perhaps in either House, yet, from the absence of logical arrangement, his best arguments fritter before the clear, disentangling, cogent reasoning of Lord Liverpool. His intellect may be compared to a parliamentary drag net, in which the weeds conceal almost all that is valuable in the haul. I perceive his lordship has been renovating his outer man: he was a beauty before, but the new pepper-and-salt turn-out make him irresistible. Between the new coat and the dulcet tones of his voice, were he single, he would

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be a dangerous acquaintance for Mrs. Million. But for Clifden, their lordships should bring their night-caps: bis Irish jokes and his Irish brogue keep them alive, at least protects them from Morpheus.

18. Lord Liverpool's illness has fallen heavily on the minds of all W bigs and Tories. No individual was ever more respected. Brookes's fell all speculating on his successor. General belief, that Lord Wellesley, said to be the ablest man in a critical situation of the day, must resume the Foreignship in the Lords, and Canning take the Premiership in the Commons. Wellington and Peel chief obstacles; Chancellor's influence like bis wig--rather antique. Althorpe expects to go in with Lansdowne. Althorpe is solid, but yawniferous in speech; Lansdown chaffy, but specious. Three to one no go with either. Somebody must be sent into the Lords ; Bathurst an old woman; Harrowby an old man. My friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer would answer the business to a tI wish they would try my cousin, Dudley ard Ward. If I mistake not, he is one of the ablest men in either House; rather uncertain, like every other wit, but has it in him, as Tierney says. Tierney is for the Chancellor of the Exchequer's going into the Lords, and for Huskisson to succeed him in the Commons. Not a bad arrangement. The Marquis of Hertford says he was offered office, but refused; a man of real talent; the first to distinguish the genius of Byron, and that, too, at the unliterary employment of a gambling table. Byron was then very young, just before his travels, and was black-balled four times before his friend Major Audney could introduce him to the Union, then held in St. James's Square. Audney and Lord Yarmouth played for three days and nights without ceasing, till they were up to their chins in cards; quarrelled the third morning, went off to Richmond to fight; became reconciled there, and returned to the game. Byron adnired this, in which he partook intensity of excitement beyond any thing. Hertford declares that he was at once struck by the sublime, intense expression of Byron's countenance, when he became warm on the game; his rolling eye, quivering lip, and dilating nostril of intense excitement. This intensity is the secret of Byron's spell upon the passions of his readers ; he has less poetry than his admirers would be willing to admit, but he atones for that by his intense feeling. Hertford at once said, that whatever he would attempt, he would exceed in, from the intense excitability of his mind. Jeffery said the contrary. Who was right?

20. We agriculturists mustered thickly yesterday.--wouldn't hear a word of the Common Council petition presented by Alderman Wood against the Corn Laws---kept coughing the whole time--- great fun. I declare I don't approve of the grant just now to the Duke of Clarence; but as Tierney voted for it, I wouldn't do less. Tavistock and Althorpe made a good stand. Poor Tavistock looks very thin in spirits and flesh : I like him much better than Don Carlos, who thinks himself the genius of the age. What a pair of affected creatures were doing the Army Estimates last night---Palmerston and Col. Davies. The hemming and hawing and I am shauring of the

pair is actually disgusting, particularly in that Davies, who is less confident than the other affected creature.

23. The two ladies have been doing a bit of speechification--Miss Stanley and Miss Major Maberly. Such Master Slender pipes and manner. Maberly is getting more effeminate every day; and my Coz. Stanley is, I fear, incurable. Lord Liverpool still the sole subject of conversation. Mr. Tierney heard his maiden speech from the gallery, and declares it surpassed even the eulogies upon it. Lord Grey (then Mr. Grey) also heard it, and observed in the course of his speech, that were he not personally aware of the fact, he could not believe an oration so sound and eloquent could have been made at the first attempt. 'Tis a curious fact, that Lord Liverpool's first speech was in the style and tone of Mr. Canning's present ; while Mr. Canning's first was like Lord Liverpool's subsequent efforts, more directed to the understanding than the passions.

26. A great Duke to take the chair at the meeting for a national monument to the Duke of York. By the way, his Grace is determined to be a Marlborough in the cabinet as well as in the field. Canning struggled bard against his continuing in the administration with the commander-in-chiefship. “ An Arab lance,” says Gibbon, “ aimed at Mahomet, was near, and might have changed the destinies • of the world.” Strange the effects of wbat they call chance, the remote connection with yet-mighty consequences of trifling incidents upon the fortune of families. By the chance of play, Marquis Wellesley won some fifteen or sixteen thousands in 1793, and out of his winnings provided for his brother Arthur, by purchasing a lieutenantcolonelcy for him in the 33d. His being enabled to do so, was chance, pure chance. In 1795, Colonel Wellesley embarked for service in ihe West Indies; and was driven back twice by contrary winds. Illness prevented his embarking the third and last time. Would it be too much to say that a point of wind changed the face of Europe. Certainly not to say, if a breeze then struck up blowing off land, the Duke of Wellington, &c. &c. would, most probably, be now Brigadier General Wellesley. But for the chance connection occasioned by a contested election in Oxfordshire, of the late Lord Liverpool with Sir Edward Turner and the Lowthers, and other members of the Bute Leicester-house party, Mr. Jenkinson might have died a subaltern clerk, and the present Earl be a solicitor in the Court of Chancery. But for the Pretender, John Scott would never now have been Lord Chancellor of England: for his parents, in 1745, removed to Newcastle upon Tyne; and, by chance, settled in a hundred which has two university presentations, one of which, Wm. Scott (Lord Stowell) by great exertions obtained, and on that built his own and his brother's fortune. But for that chance change of residence, what might have been the condition in life of Lord Stowell and the Earl of Eldon! I could multiply such instances of the chance fortune of living great men beyond credibility. It does not detract from their merit; many men have had at least equal chances; none had more ability to turn them to advantage. By the way, I lost a hundred by

the Chancellor's decision in the Wellesley case, thought the letters would have saved him, backed by family influence. Heard Lord Eldon trembled from agitation when delivering judgment.

27. Was glad to see Mr. Plunket take the oaths yesterday.Will have a good speech on the 5th. By-the-bye, was rather surprised at Sir Francis's laconic denial of information to Mr. Peel; and the sonorous organ of Somersetshire presented three petitions with a few very happy observations. Gooch repeated two of my points with out acknowledgement;-very unfair. Sir T. Lethbridge in great spirits from Col. Torrens having lost his election. Where, in the name of St. David, did the people of Dover make out Pollard Thompson? He is worse even than Lord Calthorpe; such a sing-song, psalm-chiming, nose-snuffling sermon as his speech, I never heard : such a conventicle preacher has not been seen for a century. The House laughed till they got tired of the monotony. Laid Lowther 5 to 2 Thompson was a Saint-would not take it. What a tedious business the discussion of logging soldiers in the army was last night! The military men against it to a man. Sir H. Vivian spoke well for a soldier. Not a word in the paper to-day of his or General Duff's, or, indeed, of any of the speakers. Hobhouse spoke pertinently but ineffectively. Cam will never make an effective debater; he is too attentive to the manner, and lacks originality of thought and expression. He is very like, in his costume and figure, that Rev. Robert Taylor, the infidel man. I suppose there are other points of resemblance. Cam's eulogy the other night on Peel was unhappy and most invidious against Canning, who has settled Cam for life, by his contemptuousism. Besides, it was an insult to his constituents, to doubt their approbation's being flattering to any public man. I was sorry to hear such a left-havded attack upon him of the “ splendid” reputation ; it was unworthy the friend and companion of Sir F. Burdett, me, and Byron.

CLARA's song.
(FROM GOETHE'S COUNT EGMONT.)
Sound the trumpets and the drums,
See! in arms my hero comes,
Fast and fierce his bands advance,
As he waves on high his lance.
O how hot my cheek is Oushing!
O how fast my blood is gushing !
O that I had belt and brand,
Stately step and nervous hand.
Light as air, and gay as flame,
I would follow him to fame;
Over all the world for him,
I would peril life and limb---
Now our desperate charge is making!
Now our foeman's ranks are breaking-
O what bliss beyond compare,
Alanly heart and form to wear!

ZARIA.

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