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LETTER FROM A YOUNG TORY MEMBER TO
HIS FRIEND IN THE COUNTRY.
MY DEAR HUMPHRY, You desire me to give a sketch of Ministers and mea .sures; the subject is in every respect gratifying, and I hasten to comply with your request. You remember how old Square-toes prated about the business of legislative importance, awful responsibility, and such trashy words of course, devised to scare us younkers, and make us diffident and distrustful; it is all humbug; the thing is the simplest in the world, and only perplexed by the cavils of those old enemies of the Constitution, the Whigs. Lord Castlereagh, to whom we are indebted for every thing that is simple in Government, is remarkable for the clearness of conception and solidity of judgment which characterize his countrymen; he also boasts a species of eloquence all his own, like nothing we have ever heard, nothing we have ever read-mystic and sublime, you hear the oration with much the same feelings that we have together felt, when observing a piece of complex machinery in motion-periods revolve, and argument rise to fall, with an appearance of inextricable confusion. The principle is unknown, but the effect certain. Hisfeatsin legislating against time are wonderful; we think nothing of passinghalf a dozen bills in a fortnight ; hearing them read is a loss of time and a bore, but we never listen, and may soon, perhaps, dispense with the formality. As I love to be brief, you shall judge of the Minister by his measures, and thus I give a sketch of the Bills and their policy.
Seditious Libel Bill. The tendency of this is the promotion of learning, by banishing saucy printers and frightening writers; it also operates to the encouragement of shipbuilding, and the navy in general, for the carrying trade will find plenty of employment.
Newspaper Stamp Bill-Promoting the respectability of the trade, by confining booksell ng to opulent independent men; for, how impossible it will be for any other than a man of influence and fortune to find two persons who have such a confidence in his legal knowledge as to give security, providing against the contingency of his publishing a libel; a thing undefined to the present moment.
Training Bill-Will oblige the Radicals to drill in a comfortable manner, like Major Sturgeon, within doors, when the shop is shut up.
Arms Searching Bill-Preserving the purity of females,
“ Never did martyr, with more lovely grace,
The moon, with mild splendour, illumin'd the hill,
And shed her pale radiance around the dark heath; The lake was únruffled, the green wood was still ;
The wind of the west had forgotten to breathe-
The genius of Erin, in glory arrayed,
And stood on the spot where her Russell was laid.
Partook of the anguish that reign'd in her soul; And while to its plaintive rais'd numbers she sung,
Thus sad on my ear, the sweet melody stole:4 0 Russell ! enthron'd with the souls of the brave,
Look down with mild eye, from the regions of days 'Tis Erin that calls thee, that kneels by thy grave,
And kisses the turf that encloses thy clay! The tear of affection, for thee does it fall,
And thine is the sigh that escapes from my breast-Oh!' could they the strength of the mighty recall,
And win back the soul from the realms of the blest : For ever the torrent should stream from mine eyes,
And sighs, ever swelling, employ my fond breath, Until thy great spirit, restor'd from the skies,
Should wake thy remains from the slumber of death;
I saw thee the prospect of ruin despise,
And firm, mid destruction, thy progress pursue; When oft would a tear at thy danger arise,
And hide thy strong efforts awhile from my view.mm But, shade of the mighty! thine efforts were vain,
To rouse in my cause each degenerate son; Their spirits recoild at the prospect of pain ;
They buw'd to their fears, and the brave were undone! Foul falsehood rejoield, when MD......* had trac'd
His name on the scroll thy destroyers unfurld; Truth wept o'er the word, that she would have eras'd,
And Infamy publish'd the tale to the world! When Treachery's triumph at length was complete,
And Death, the resource of the wretched was near, I heard thy bold accents when high on his seat,
They shook the proud heart of Injustice with fear ! Collected and calm, in the soul-trying hour,
Firm, firm, was thy footstep, nor faulter'd thy breath ; Thou smild'st at the utmost exertion of power,
Resign’dst thy great spirit and triumph'dst in death O, Russell ! tho' high o'er thy mouldering dust
No sculptor has chiseli'd thy actions in stone, Nor reard the tall column, nor moulded the bust,
To grace the green sød that embosoms my son; Yet there will the muse, in her sorrow, recline,
And cull sweetest flow'rets, to strew on thy grave; The bosom of friendship thy name shall enshrine,
And dwell with delight on the deeds of the brave, Farewell, blessed spirit! the finger of Fame
Has twind her fair chaplet thy brow to adorn; - In ages to come will she boast of thy name,
And tell thy sad story to millions unborn."
No longer were swept to the numbers of wae;
She heavd a fond sigb for her hero laid low!
A physician in Belfast, formerly an intimate companion of T, Russell's, but who afterwards basely joined in offering a reward for his apprehension,
PROSPECTUS FOR A NEW DAILY PAPER,
ENTITLED " BOMBASTO EGOTISTICO'S EVENING POST.”
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CAP of Liberty, Sir, Having determined upon encountering the trial of a daily Newspaper, I would request an early insertion of this my Prospectus. My Paper, for many reasons, ought to succeed, for, beyond a doubt, I am the greatest writer this world ever produced. For eighteen years I have carried on a weekly publication, containing nothing but dry, unalluring politics. I have sought none of the aids of poetry, of news, of advertisements; nothing to tickle the fancy, to gratify cupidity, or to entice the curiosity ; I have appealed to the understanding, the sober sense and reason, the reflecting capacity of my readers, whose foibles I have never flattered, and whose vices, if they had any, I have always censured. I have always been a contemner of frivolity and effeminacy; I have always been an angry censurer of idleness, extravagance, gaming, and druukenness; I have ever uniformly reprobated that degrading want of principle which could induce a man to leave, bis debts unpaid while he had suflicient property in his possession: I have, in short, rather rejected than made use of allurements of any kind : and, therefore, I prided myself upon carrying on for so many years, and with such unrivalled and dazzling talents, under all circumstances of difficulty and danger, whether at large or in a prison, whether at home or abroad, this publication, undeniably the most eloquent in point of diction, the most profound in point of reasoning; in short, the most famous in the world, and that, too, without any, even the smallest degree of assistance from any human being. I thought * mine not only the most respectable periodical publication in England, nay, in the world, but I thought it the only one that merited that appellation. My abilities are unrivalled; I stand as it were alone-a mass of sense amidst a host of fools. But it appears now, that the newspapers are the Téspectable part of the Press," and that the new stamp laws are intended as merely a protection of that respectable part, against such writers as the renowned Bombasto Egotistico, who, upon this occasion, has been named outright! Now, therefore, without stopping to laugh at the miserableness of this pretence, be it hereby declared to all those whom it may concern, that I mean to avail myself of this protection!
My Paper being an evening paper, shall follow close upon the beels of that prime tool of Corruption, “ The Courier." Those who may choose to be deceived by that Paper, to adopt and cherish its base and sanguinary-principles, and to believe its atrocious calumnies and lies, will stand in no need of my Paper, which shall be, like myself, the mirror from whence truth shall be reflected. But those who wish to see those lies exposed, to see the false pretences which are put forth through that channel, instantly detected; those who who wish to see the measures wbich are first announced in that Paper, instantly commented with an unequalled degree of perspicuity and talent,-those persons shall find in my Paper an instructive and useful companion. As things now stand, the Newspaper Press is divided between two factions, both of which are hostile to the interests of the people at large. No truth which is useful to the nation, makes its appearance in the writings of the Editors of those Papers. Some of them are more immediately devoted to one faction, some to the other faction; some leaning to one faction or the other occasionally, but uniformly devoted to stock-jobbers and to that immense tribe who are concerned in the affairs of the paper-money; so that, taking the whole together, it is a mass of stupidity, fraud, and falsehood; which mass it will be my endeavour to expose, to dissipate, and to destroy the effects of.
Another strong motive to this undertaking, is, the pressing necessity of speedily noticing what passes in Parliament, of which I think myself able
to give a better account than is given by the lazy and selfish wretches, whose comments are stupid when compared to mine, who now disgrace the daily Press.“ Never was there a time so full of events as thé present. The fate of England will probably depend upon what the Parliament shall do during this very session. To wait a week, in order to be able to observe on what
passes in Parliament, at such a crisis, is to neglect the means of doing a great part of the good that I know myself able to do. “Şulicient unto the day be the evil thereof;" a week produces a load so great as to make it impossible to disengage one's self from it.
The nation is too well accquainted with my manner of doing things, to make it necessary for me to enter into any particular detail as to minor objects. Indeed, I need not say any thing to induce any one to believe, that, if I clap my shoulder to this sort of undertaking, all the questions relating to commerce, manufactures, agriculture, improvements of every kind, affaire connected with foreign nations,