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The last declaration in this imperial book is copied from the speeches of opposition in a mass, it is this
“ There ouly remains one mode of salvation; and this is, to reduce expenses of every kind to a just proportion with the wealth and the resources of the united kingdom; to acknowledge a maritime code of laws that may be conformable to the independence and the rights of all nations; and thus to open to the commerce of Britain, the ports and markets of the continent of Europe. In a word, it is only by peace, and by the measures of a wise and enlightened administration, one that is awake to the real interests of the nation, and proud of the honour of saying its country, that the British people can yet avoid the misfortunes, the revolutions, and the calamities of every kind, which at this time threaten Great Britain with total subver
Who, after these extracts, will dispute what has been said in those portraits, that the system adopted by Mr. Pitt, and persevered in by Mr. Perceval, and the present ministers, was the system that Buonaparte dreaded most of all things; and that, on the other hand, to withdraw from the continent,
seek safety in economy, and offer peace, was his greatest wish?
If Buonaparte is but half as great a statesman as the opposition orators describe him to be, we must suppose he had some reason for this ardent wish for a change in our politics; and it is not saying too much to advise British statesmen to beware of what comes as advice from an able enemy.
This very production of Montgaillard ought to put us on our guard against those who call out for peace and a change of system in regard to the continent of Europe*.
Montgaillard was so delighted with his work, that a few months after it was written he added a postscript, in which he says, “ It is all over with Great Britain; its splendour is extinct.”
Lord King is the modern Eratostratus! He is the man who has set fire to the temple of Ephesus; and “ininisters have rendered its destruction complete. Surely my Lord Eratostratus is bighly obliged to this Frenchman, who gives him the credit of ruining his country. But luckily the Gallic scribe did not know that the Earl of Stanhope, one of the most ingenious and inventive men the world has produced, (and who stands always forward to protect his country, though he does not always agree with ministers), had long ago invented a means of extinguishing firc; and on this occasion he not only saved the temple, but secured it from future danger.
The complete change of affairs that has been effected in Europe by the imprudence and audacity of Buonaparte, and the readiness with which his protected nations flew from his iron gripe, explains pretty well, that part of the business; and his own fall shews whether or not he has been indicated to all nations by Providence, as the avenger of their rights, and the protector of their liberties.”
The contradictions of those flatterers of Buonaparte are difficult to conceive; for after saying that it was all over with Great Britain, he finishes by adding, that nothing can prevent the ruin of British power, but one thing, that is, peace.
Montgaillard avails himself, throughout, of the speeches of the opposition members, evidently thinking that their advice would ruin this nation, and that this nation was inclined to take their advice: if therefore any thing has been said in these portraits that tends to insinuate that opposition were unintentionally forwarding the views of France, Montgaillard's book will be our justification; for he even goes the length of recominending to us a reform in parliament, as one of the ways to save a country that he says is already ruined.
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
THE EARL OF MOIRA.
If there is any man,
of any rank, in any counitry, who runs a risk of falling under the Bible woe*, the Earl of Moira is that man.
There are many persons, who, by their apathy, by standing aloof, or merely by care and prudence, by what is termed worldly wisdom, avoid any great errorsat. Of such persons little that is bad can be said; for, as nothing can come of nothing, little can never produce much, and the good and bad are both
* The Bible woe.
“Woe unto ye when all speak well of you." † We could give a list of such unblemished characters, quite as long as Buonaparte's legion of honour; but that would be as useless as to give an account of the features of a flock of sheep. It would not be more entertaining or instructive, though it would be infinitely offensive; for those correct men would rise up in wrath like the troubled ocean. To accuse a man of a crime is sometimes forgiven, but of insignificance never.
capable of being contained in a nutshell: an Irishman would
say in an empty nutshell perhaps; but to speak more correctly, as becomes an author, in a nutshell that would not then be full.
The noble earl, from his first entrance into public life, has been extremely active; and never looked on an indifferent spectator, when propriety admitted, or duty demanded his interference. The most humane heart, guided by the most strict, and even punctilious honour; generosity even almost to a fault; and the most unbending attachment to principle; are the leading features of his character. It is impossible to mistake the likeness; the features are all so marked, and they are so polished and rounded by a refined affability, tempered with dignity, and corrected by taste and propriety, that, as it cannot be matched, the portrait must stand alone. In any one good quality, we can find his equal, but in all we find not one. He is to be compared to the Venus of Apelles, if we may be permitted to resemble moral excellence to personal beauty*.
* The manner in which the Grecian painter formed his Venus is well known; and the amiable Countess of London and Moira wili