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are shut out from the continent for twenty years more, they will despise reading and writing*.

Lord Milton has made some good speeches in parliament, but he is on that side of politics that, according to the turn which things have taken, though he is yet a young man, he may arrive at a good old age before he will have much opportunity of displaying his talents as an efficient minister, This is a new era, in which there probably will be less political debate than there has hitherto been, because two or three great leading questions (stock pieces, in the theatrical phrase) have been laid to rest. Parliamentary reform is not likely to take place: the Roman Catholics of Ireland will not have every thing their own way: and the opposition will find less occupation than they have done since the accession of George I. to the British throne.

* There was always a visible difference between those who had been in foreign countries, and those who had not. This did not arise from other countries being better than England, or the society so good; but it naturally leads a man to correct what is absurd, by comparing the variety of manners of wbich he is witness. All good and bad, great and small, are comparative,

LORD MINTO.

Almost the only political character now in office, who is of the old school, as it is termed; a man of strong natural abilities and tried integrity. He was long united with opposition, but when the French revolution broke out, he perceived that it was no longer the time to oppose himself to the government of his country.

His lordship was viceroy in Corsica during the short period that that island was united to Britain; and, in a very troublesome and difficult situation, he acquitted himself with great ability, and to the satisfaction of all with whom he had business to trans

act.

Since that period his lordship has been in India, and whatever may be the reason, certain it is, that during his power there, all hostilities, conquests, intrigues, and revolts, have been suspended. We cannot help thinking that his lordship has much merit in this, though we do not pretend to say absalutely, that he is the cause of it.

The British possessions in India have been in some degree like the ocean, occasionally in a state of profound calm, and then again all at once agitated as in a violent storm. This looks as if the agitation proceeded rather from the restless ambition of the British governors,

than from the resistance of the natives; but it would require a greater knowledge of the subject than we possess to determine that point; it is, however, highly to the honour of Lord Minto, that during his residence in India, there have been no oppressions, nor complaints of resistance*.

* Without doubt our possessions in India are beld by the power of the sword, and not by any right. We cannot then expect the governors to be very scrupulous in regard to the natives; but we highly applaud those who tread lightly on the withered leaf.

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The writer who is employed' by Buonaparte to make a display of his plans for the benefit of mankind, and to try to deceive the world, is no insignificant political character; and therefore we have thought it necessary to give the portrait of M. de Montgaillard*.

This person, who holds a high situation under the minister at war in Paris, published a book intituled_The Situation of Great Britain in 1811. It appeared in England, a little time previous to the famous and fatal expedition of his master to

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* Montgaillard has for several years been employed by Buonaparte to justify his usurpations, and to try to make those whom he perfidiously subdues, submit with some degree of patience to his galling yoke. The mode is, to prove that it is just and right, that Buonaparte is infallible, and that he and destiny march hand in hand. He is author of Remarks on the Restoration of the Kingdom of Italy; of the Right of the Crown of France to the Roman Empire, &c. &c. In short, if it were wanted to prove that Buonaparte should be the Einperor of the world, Montgaillard would try to prove his right.

Moscow. The intention of the writer is to prove that England is an enemy to the peace of mankind, and that therefore all mankind should combine against England. The inconsistencies into which the writer falls, and the absurdities which he utters, would be surprising in any man of talents, were he not in the service of Buonaparte. The practice of Buonaparte is precisely like that of a juggler at a country fair. He plays whatever tricks he pleases, and asserts whatever he thinks fit, and believes that all those who see and hear will give him implicit confidence*.

Our readers will see (and it is both curious and important to observe it) that the speeches in parliament for peace, the complaints about bank notes, and the want of specie, are in wonderful unison with the assertions and opinions of this writer. We shall therefore, (considering him as speaking the sentiments of his master), give some extracts from,

* Whether this proceeds from their impudence, and a contempt for mankind, or from vanity, want of taste, and want of recollection, is difficult to say; but never before were either such audacious or such contradictory assertions promulgated to insult mankind; and to their shame, so long as Buonaparte was successful, he had a number of advocates.

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