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thing of England or the English language, except | Captain Grover, and the details which Dr. Wolff the Nayib's halt-front,' and no force. What may soon be expected to cornmunicate, will rouse then means this "God save the Queen,' played the authorities to a sense of what is due to the passing the doctor's residence, or I should say national dignity. If not, the nation itself must prison?

insist upon some effort being made to rescue her “ I will give the reader my opinion, upon which envoys, and to ensure the extinction of this newlyhe will place his own value.

invented system of sacrificing honorable and brave During the Cabul disaster numerous British men to political expediency. The thing must not soldiers and sepoys were taken prisoners, and I stop where it now rests. have good reason to believe were sold at Bokhara. One of the chief objects of Dr. Wolff's mission was to purchase the release of these unfortunates, STEAM COMMUNICATION WITH FRANCE. and he had authority to draw upon my small fortune for that purpose. Among these prisoners Great competition at present exists between would probably be found some musicians, and the the ports of Dover and Folkstone as to rapidity of king would most likely form these men into a communication with the French coast. The band. The king of Bokhara would of course be South-Eastern Railway Company having made most anxious to conceal from Dr. Wolff the pres- Folkstone a principal station, and improved its ence of these men at Bokhara, while they would harbor, several fine iron steamers were built and be most anxious to make themselves known; and regularly connected with it-namely, the Princess the safest and most natural means of doing this Alice, the Princess Mary, the Princess Maude, and would be to play our national air. Such modes the Queen of the Belgians, which last vessel was of communication have been commonly employed launched only a few months ago. Each of these, from the time of Richard Ceur de Lion, (* Richard, in the order stated, was an improvement upon the O mon Roi !') down to Silvio Pellico. Had I, at former one, and was considered the fastest steamer Bokhara, heard a man humming “Au clair de la in the world, until at length the Dover people, delune,' I should immediately have been sure that a termined not to be outdone, induced the General Frenchman was near, and should have whistled Steam Navigation Company to send down the • Dormez, dormez,' to show that I was wide Magician, also an iron steamer, to ply between awake.'

that port and Boulogne. The Magician has since Captain Grover proves, from Dr. Wolff's re- proved herself equal in speed to the best of the ports, that the accounts of the public execution of Folkstone boats. Colonels Stoddart and Conolly, for which Saleb Another iron steamer has lately been launched, Mohammed received 3000 rupees, and on the faith named the Ondine, to run on alternate days beof which the name of as brave a man as ever wore twixt Dover and Boulogne, with the Magician ; and the British uniform was struck out of the list of a very lively interest has been created along both the army, must have been false. It will not ap- coasts as to whether the palm of speed belonged pear remarkable, after what we have related of to the Dover or the Folkstone boats. intentional diplomatic sacrifice, that government On the 2nd inst., the Ondine, in going from should have paid 3000 rupees for such informa- Dover to Boulogne for the Indian mail, on account tion, although they would not contribute a far- of the Morning Herald, accomplished the run, thing to the rescue of their suffering emissaries. thirty miles, in one hour and fifty-one minutes, the Her majesty's government, in following out the quickest passage, we believe, ever made. The same determination that these envoys should be inhabitants of Dover, Folkstone, and Boulogne publicly dead, whether actually alive or not, pub- were on the qui vive, as it was known that a trial lished in the papers a communication from the would take place betwixt the Ondine and the Russian minister to that effect: but to this day Queen of the Belgians, which was waiting at Bouthey have never published the contradictory state- logne for the Indian mail on account of the Times. ment received shortly afterwards from the British On that occasion the Queen of the Belgians minister, Colonel Shiel; it did not suit their pur- performed the distance in one hour and fifty-three pose to do so. After the disavowal of the envoys minutes, beating the Ondine by sixteen minutes ; by their government, the Russians expressed their but the cause of this apparent superiority was an wish to convey them away in safety from Bok- accident to the Ondine's machinery, one of the hara as travellers; but Colonel Stoddart refused slides having given way. But as on the previous to avail himself of such a dishonorable subterfuge. day the Ondine had made the voyage in two min

known," said the Russian envoy to Cap- utes' less time-namely, one hour and fifty-one tain Grover, “that these gentlemen were agents minutes—it was resolved by the owners that as of the government, I could have saved them at soon as her machinery was repaired another trial

of speed should take place on the first opportuThe public owe a heavy debt of gratitude to the nity. chivalrous and generous Captain Grover, for the Everything having been set to rights on board uncompromising manner in which he has taken up the Ondide by the 13th inst., she proceeded on this important subject. He throughout exposes that day from Dover to Boulogne, to try her qualithe demoralizing results of such conduct, and the ties with the Princess Maude, which has hitherto contempt brought by it upon the British nation in had the reputation of being the fastest boat on the a masterly and unanswerable manner :

station. “I consider it my duty,” he says, in his ad- The following account of the interesting trial dress to the queen, “to state to your majesty, has been transmitted to us by eye-witnesses. that the circumstances attending this extraordi- “ The Ondine was put into the roads this morn nary case are degrading to the British nation, and ing, and went over to Boulogne to meet the Prin are of a nature to dim the lustre of your majesty's cess Maude, and met her accordingly about half an crown!"

| hour after she had left Boulogne. The weather It is sincerely to be hoped that the work of was thick at the time, the wind blowing fresh ; she

* Had

once.

was, however, made out, the Ondine being to the the second he gets nothing but contempt. If this windward of her. The Ondine bore down and be his way of following up his appeasing meashoisted her red flag of defiance. She took her ures, in what excess of exasperation will it end ! station about a cable's length behind the Maude. It is clear that as yet nothing but mischief has Some few minutes elapsed before it could be told been done. The temper of Ireland is at this mowhich of the vessels would prove the victor. The ment worse than it has been at any other time Maude had her staysail and foresail set. The since the rebellion. The popular press teems Ondine soon set two sails also. In ten minutes with the worst sort of treason ; not treason against the competitors were paddle-box and paddle-box, the state, not the treason that would overthrow a and in twenty minutes the Ondine was so far form of government, but the treason that would ahead that she actually put the Maude into her arm one part of the population against another; a wake. The Ondine proceeded on to Folkstone, treason not against the crown, but against the and when within about a cable's length of that people; a treason ready to league with any forharbor she hove to in sight of all the Folkstone eign foe, French, Russian, American, careless of people, who had apparently assembled to witness the cause, no maiter whether the ally be despot or ihe issue. In eight or ten minutes the Maude democrat, enmity and injury to England being the passed close to the Ondine's stern, and went into only bonds of alliance regarded. There is nothing ihe harbor. Knowing that she had to land her very heroic in this, it must be confessed. If seven passengers and return to Boulogne, the Ondine millions of spirited people were as inflamed with waited, standing off and on, till she backed out; wrong as the popular organs of Ireland represent, and when she had got her head right for Boulogne, they should need no foreign aid ; they would and considerably ahead of the Ondine, the latter scorn to lie by waiting a juncture of difficulty or once more started after her, when a most interesting danger to their oppressors, but would straight, by struggle took place. The Ondine, however, was their own power and a just cause, work out their soon again paddle-box and paddle-box with her own redemption. But allowing for much exaggeraopponent; the sea was very rough, and, appa- tion, yet the anti-Anglican feeling prevails to such rently, the Maude, at times, shipped a great deal an extent, and is still so spreading, as to warrant seof water; the Ondine threw it off both sides of rious apprehension for the future. The repeal agiher paddle-boxes. When sufficiently ahead of the tation is a minor evil; the hostility of race to race Maude, so as to run no risk, the Ondine crossed is what we regard as the serious and menacing her bows and went round her!! thus demonstrat- evil. Men hacknied in public affairs are likely to ing, a second time, the great superiority in speed make light of this source of danger. The cry of of the Ondine over the Princess Maude. Both wolf has been so often raised in Ireland that they the City of London and Magician, in crossing to think little of alarms in that quarter. But they and from Boulogne and Dover, saw the trial, and have to observe that the mind of Ireland was never bore to each place the news of the Ondine having before at once so alienated and inflamed, and so gone twice round the Maude in so short a distance. marshalled as it is now. It is a thoroughly disIt is the general opinion that the Princess Maude ciplined malignity, and while it is biding its time is superior to the Queen of the Belgians. The for mischief, it is making its time too. rate was seventeen and seventeen and a half miles Mark the language of the Nation, which, hav

ing enumerated ihe concessions that should satisfy This splendid little vessel, the Ondine, was Ireland, (with one or two exceptions judiciously built and fitted with machinery by Messrs. Miller, selected,) proceeds thus :Ravenhill, and Co., of Blackwall. The engines “But we fear that ere he (Sir R. Peel) would of the Ondine are two fifties only, while those of be induced to yield even a few of these just measthe Princess Maude are, at least, twenty horse ures, the war should have got to its summer heat, power more. The Princess Mary, the Princess the American privateers should have been busy with Alice, and the Queen of the Belgians, were con- the ships of London, the tricolor of France should structed by Messrs. Ditchburn and Mare.—Morn- have begun to flutter, and the organization of the

Irish brigades have been reported forward by his

New York spies.
From the Examiner, May 17. Fervently attached as the Irish are to the

greatness of England, these events would doubtless HOW TO DEAL WITH IRISH TREASON.

cause them bitter agony. How our coasts would We were assured by Sir Robert Peel's ad- be thronged with weeping citizens as the Yankee mirers that the Maynooth grant was to be looked frigates floated by with their prizes. How our upon as earnest of more important measures of corporations and reading halls would storm against conciliation. What the happy effect of it has the threatening French. Sure there would be been, with the premier's adroit explanation of the moans in every cabin when the word passed on unworthy motives for it, we need not repeat ; but that the exiles were ready: and every parish what has been the reception of the next act of would have its volunteer company preparing to grace, the establishment of the three lay colleges ? expel the enemy. Why, the Catholic organs denounce the plan, How painful to think that a struggle which agreeing with Sir Robert Inglis that it is a scheme would so peril England, and so distress Ireland, of godless education, and Mr. O'Connell condemns should be a means of gaining for us franchises, it as a plan as idle as ever came from the lips of tenures, representation, resident landlords, naman, and promises it all the negative opposition in tive administration, perhaps a native parliament ! his power.

How wicked of the minister to make his justice conSir Robert Peel's conciliation seerns thas taper- ditional on such events! How insane of him to ing away very quickly, “ small by degrees and avow that the cloud of coming war was full of benbeautifully less." For grant the first he got a efits to Ireland !little flummery, a few fair words of acknowledg- But how is the state of feeling here represented ment, of which he made the most; but for grant to be dealt with? It is not unprovoked, ihough it

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may exceed the provocation. It is encouraged, graph established on that important line, reaching too. It is the only language that has succeeded from London to Holyhead, a distance of between with tory administrations. Appeals to reason, 200 and 300 miles, and embracing in its route the justice, humanity, have been slighted; wrongs commercial capitals of Liverpool, Manchester and have been and still are insolently persisted in, and Birmingham. The adoption of this invention on the only avowed motive for any act of grace or a scale of magnitude bids fair to effect a change in equity is fear. Can we then wonder that menace, the entire correspondence of the country, by bring. which alone has been successful and encouraged, ing, as it were, momentarily into close consolidais carried to the pitch we witness. And though tion and communion the exchanges of London, vapor, yet as vapor it is not to be despised ; for Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham, conveywe must not be too sure that the vapor is not of ing with lightning-like velocity every fluctuation that sort which fires and explodes in a great of affairs, and telegraphing from mart to mart, mine of disaffection.

with marvellous exactitude, and over areas of There is but one safe way of dealing with it, hundreds of miles, intelligence that may be reand of the causes under it—ihe removal of every ceived and reciprocated almost simultaneously by ground of just complaint, the establishment of a every mercantile community in the kingdom. thoroughly impartial system of government, plac- Great advantages have already been developed to ing the Catholics in every respect on an equal foot- the admiralty and commercial world by its adoping with the Protestani portion of the commu- tion between London and Gosport. The old semnity. England having thus put herself in the aphore system is now nearly superseded, and imright towards Ireland, freed herself from the in- portant government orders and intelligence, that cumbrances and impediments of unjustifiable prov- formerly occupied hours in transmitting by the ocations, her course, if the enmity should survive ordinary semaphores between London and Portsthe causes, and threaten her peace and safety, would mouth, are now forwarded and fulfilled in a few be of that firm and bold character in which true seconds, the communicating wires which will shortprudence lies. She would not wait to be stabbed ly be carried from Nine Elms to the Admiralty, at in the side when attacked by a foreign foe in Whitehall, terminating in the very barracks of the front. With all parties united in Great Britain, garrison at Gosport. The establishment of teleand with the reasonable part of the Irish nation graphic communication between Liverpool and coöperating, she would put down the treason be- Holyhead, Lloyd's and London, will give every fore its opportunity of mischief arrived. As the facility for shipping purposes; and in this respeci Morning Chronicle remarks,“ They who announce the invention has worked most efficiently between beforehand their intention of resorting to civil London and Southampton, where, as at Gosport, war, are not always allowed to bide their time, there is a telegraph station, telegraphic polices and to wait their opportunity; and if the leaders being daily despatched, on the arrival of imporof Conciliation Hall (what an appropriate name!) tant mails and merchantmen. The advantages, continue to go on declaring that it is their inten- moreover, that may accrue from a line of wires to tion to join the enemy on the first occasion when Holyhead, in establishing a closer connexion betheir country may be at war, it is just possible tween the metropolis and the sister isle, is of a that this intention of theirs may be defeated be- nature not to be overlooked, either in a political or forehand, in a manner somewhat inconvenient to social point of view. Lines of telegraph, we unthem."

derstand, have been or are about being adopted on While England is, however, to any extent in the following, amongst other, lines :- On the the wrong, there would not be the union neces- South-Western, as a government telegraph for sary to coping with the intentions in question. the Admiralty to Portsmouth, 90 miles : on the Full justice must first be done, conciliation in the same line, as a commercial telegraph, from Nine largest sense exhausted, before resort to such Elms to Southampton, 77 miles, with branch to means as the self-preservation of the empire may Gosport, 21 miles; on the South Devon atmosdictate.

pheric line, now in progress, 52 miles ; on the Much important time has already been culpably Great Western from Paddington to Slough, 18 lost. First, there was the loss of time in the miles; on the Yarmouth and Norwich, 20 miles; policy of doing nothing ; next, in the more abor- on the Dover line, from Tonbridge to Maidstone, tive plan of repression through injustice; and 15 miles ; on the Croydon atmospheric; on the now, in these petty palliatives, while the great op- Blackwall; on part of the Manchester and Leeds, pressions and affronts are maintained. Every day and its branch to Oldham; on part of the Edinthat the reforms, which must come at last, are de- burgh and Glasgow; upon the Dalkey aimoslayed, the evil spirit of hatred to England is pheric branch of the Dublin and Kingsiown, apgrowing, and the probability of its dying away plicable alike to the conveyance of commercial with the removal of the irritating causes is dimin-intelligence and to the safe conduct and working ishing. The rate at which the Syhil's books are of the line. The above embraces an extent of burning may be marked in the reception of Sir nearly 250 miles over which the telegraphic prinRobert Peel's concessions, such as they are, and ciple is already in operation ; and its adoption bethe time may come when the tardy discharge of tween London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingthe debt of justice to Ireland, though it may re- ham, and Holyhead will add about 300 miles lieve the conscience of England, will be unavail- -Globe. ing to the restoration of concord between the races, a result which we regard as the most bane- In a letter to a clerical friend, the Reverend ful calamity that can befall the empire.

Theobald Mathew announces that his debts have now all been liquidated, to the amount of 7,0001.,

principally by contributions from England, with ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.

some partial aid in Ireland. (What has become We understand it is the intention of govern- of the annuity that was to be secured to Mr. Maat, in conjunction with the Chester and Holy. thew? Was not Mr. O'Connell to be active in

d Railroad Company, to have the electric tele- that behalf?)

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From the Examiner. alleged boasts conscious that he has promulgated IMPUNITY OF MILITARY MISCONDUCT.

a gross and injurious falsehood.

Surely, when a man of honor finds that the A CORRESPONDENCE between Mr. Barker, of authority of his name has been used to give curDrury Lane Theatre, Captain Sutton, of the 7th rency and credit to a calumnious falsehood, he Hussars, and the commander-in-chief, the Duke feels bound to use all the means in his power to of Wellington, has been published by Ridgway, counteract the mischief, and he regards the person under the title of Impunity of Military Insolence who has taken such unwarrantable liberties with and Licentiousness. The question involved in it his name, and misrepresented his words, as guilty is of no small importance to society, as it relates to of a wrong to himself, only second to that to the the security of female reputation.

cruelly aspersed woman. The main facts seem briefly to be these : Sir “ The laws of honor, indeed, imperatively forW. Russell, of the 7th Hussars, publicly stated bid such practice, and to the rules for the regulathat Captain Sutton had boasted of a criminal in- tion of the army, I therefore make my appeal, to tercourse with Mrs. Barker. The husband wrote protect me and mine against the injurious effect of to Captain Sutton, asking whether he had ever it in this instance; and I trust that measures will uttered such a boast. The reply was, that he be taken to ascertain the fact, whether one gentle(Captain Sutton) had never mentioned the name man bearing her majesty's commission has falsely of the lady in any disrespectful or disparaging reported a brother officer to have made the stateway.

ment, that he had a criminal intimacy with my Mr. Barker then called upon him to take steps wife, or whether another gentleman bearing her to contradict the calumny circulated, on his alleged majesty's commission has falsely denied such stateauthority, by his friend. Captain Sutton's answer ment, he having made it?" to this, in no very intelligible style, was, in effect, Colonel Whyte refused to interfere, on the score that, as he found upon inquiry that Sir W. Rus- of the impracticability of a military inquiry requirsell and another gentleman had not spread the ing the testimony of several civilians not amenable report, there was nothing more to be done, and to the jurisdiction. Mr. Barker then carried his with this curt decision he peremptorily closed the appeal to the commander-in-chief, and was incorrespondence.

formed by Lord Fitzroy Somerset that his grace The husband, on the contrary, avers that he could not interfere, as the subject of complaint was prepared to prove that the calumny had been could only be fully investigated and decided upon extensively circulated.

by the civil tribunals. Upon this stage of the case Mr. Barker remarks, Upon this he took counsel's opinion, and was in a memorial to Colonel Whyte, in cominand of advised by Mr. Peacock that an action could the regiment

not be supported unless special damage could be “ It is to be observed, that Captain Sutton has proved. not denied that Sir William Russell had stated So that under our boasted laws any unscruputhat he had heard him, Captain Sutton, boast of lous boaster can claim any married woman as his an intrigue with Mrs. Barker. As he does not mistress with impunity, provided that no specific deny this important fact, he must be understood to damage can be traced and proved (and the damage admit it. Captain Sutton denies, indeed, that he may have been done, though it may not be deever spoke disrespectfully or disparagingly of tected.) Mrs. Barker, which is tantamount to a denial that The higher the character of the woman, indeed, he ever

the gross calumny attributed to the greater the safety of her slanderer ; for if her him, but this leaves either Sir William Russell or reputation be so fair as to forbid belief in the him committed to an untruth.

story, no special damage results, and no action “It might have been expected that Captain consequently can lie. If her repute be less good, Sutton would have followed up his own denial of and the tale be accordingly credited and acted the calumny, by immediately procuring from Sir upon to her prejudice, there may be a case for William Russell an admission ihat he had grossly redress. What a monstrous absurdity is this, misrepresented him, (Captain Sutton,) in citing denying protection to the characters most deservhim as his authority; this is the course which a ing of it. gentleman of truth and spirit would have naturally Let it not be said that the good repute is the taken, in such a case, but nothing of the sort has sufficient protection. A virtuous woman's name been done by Captain Sutton. He appears to cannot be so indecently brought into question withhave rested content with denying that he had out an injury and pain to her, which

he has a uttered the slander, which Sir William Russell right to be spared, and which it is a scandal to the declared publicly and notoriously he had spoken. laws for her to be subjected to.

Finding that he could have no redress from the “ If such a wrong as has been done to my wife, civil tribunals, Mr. Barker again appealed to the in this case, can be committed with impunity, and commander-in-chief. without reparation, what woman's character can “ Your grace having declined to take cognizance. be secure, what reputation may not be blasted by of my complaint under the impression that it felli the same cruel sort of attack?

within the jurisdiction of the civil tribunals, which, “ Upon the averment of a boast, the character is unfortunately, proves not to be the case, I now defamed, described as the most wanton and infa- again most respectfully renew my appeal to your mous, the alleged boaster when called upon grace to afford me that justice which it is now cer-. denies, makes protestations to the contrary, but tain can be obtained in no other quarter. will do no more ; he is asked, as an act of mere " It is a boasted maxim that there is no wrong justice, to do what lies in his power to correct the without a remedy. Is it no wrong that Sir Wil-. wrong that has been done on the abused authority liam Russell has publicly declared that Captain of his name, he cavalierly refuses, and does not Sutton had boasted of a criminal intercourse with even show that he has made the repeater of his my wife, and that he could sleep with her when

ever he liked ? And for this wrong, so wanton, so if criminal, or affording ground for civil proceedthoroughly unprovoked, so cruel, so intolerable, I ings. have yet in vain soughé the redress which is said * But if not considered an offence at law, it does to be obtainable for every wrong. The law, as not appear practicable to constitute a military your grace will see, does not afford me a remedy, offence; and to found it upon loose conversation, because I am unable to discover and adduce any however reprehensible.” specific damage as the direct consequence of the To this unmeaning twaddle, which amounts to calumny. It is not for me to point out to your this nonsensical conclusion, that, if the act comgrace the great hardship and anomaly of this point plained of was not an offence against law, it could of law, the worst working of defamation being in not be a breach of military discipline, there being its subtlety, and that good opinion is lost, and ill notoriously a multitude of breaches of military disopinion formed in place of it, without any avowal cipline which are no offences at law, Mr. Barker or betrayal of the causes.

rejoined thus“I cannot but feel confident that your grace " I beg most respectfully to remind your grace, will comply with this prayer, because every one that it is not as a breach of military discipline that must be aware that the discipline of the army can- I have solicited your cognizance of the conduct in not coëxist with a license outraging both manners question, but as ungentlemanly conduct, which is and morals. The uniform of an officer has so closely connected with military discipline, that hitherto been supposed to be a guarantee for truth the 31st article of war provides that any officer and honor; but if it can be worn by men per- behaving in a scandalous, infamous manner, unmitted with impunity to indulge in boasts, profli- becoming the character of an officer and a gentlegate and base if true, unutterably wicked and man,' shall be tried by court-martial, and punvillanous if false, there must be an end to the re- ished on conviction. spect in which the service has as yet been held, “I submit, then, to your grace, that the slander and a serious diminution of the self-respect of the of an innocent woman is scandalous, infamous, and members of the profession ; for true gentlemen unbecoming the character of a gentleman. I submust feel degraded by finding that conduct not mit also that the utterance of a falsehood is scanonly unworthy of gentlemen, but disgraceful to dalous, infamous, and unbecoming the character men in any condition of life, is permitted and of an officer and gentleman. suffered in the service to which they belong: “ I beg to repeat that I am fully prepared with

“I rely then on cognizance of my case by the proof, that either Captain Sutton has told a falsemilitary tribunals, because the charge which I am hood in denying that he ever uttered the calumniwell prepared to maintain, impugns the truth and ous boast attributed to him by Sir William Russell, honor of officers, and because vital to the disci- or that Sir William Russell was guilty of falsepline of the army as upholding the standard of con- hood, in asserting that such slanderous boast was duct in its officers, and correcting any license ever made by Captain Sutton. which would involve them in disgraceful quarrels, “One of these officers must be guilty of falseand subject them justly to public odium. "If I am hood, the thing most scandalous, infamous, and not much misinformed, this principle of policy in unbecoming the character of a gentleman ;' and the military administration may be traced in vari- coming, therefore, most strongly within the deous proceedings taking cognizance of conduct not scription of the misconduct for which the articles directly relating to technical points of discipline, of war direct the cognizance of the military tribut bearing importantly on the higher essential of bunals. discipline-gentlemanly conduct.

“My charge is two-fold ; first that a wicked Your grace's anxiety to discountenance and calumny has been spoken of my wife ; secondly, repress duelling in the army has not been un- that in the very denial of that calumny by the marked by the public; and it is calculated to en- officer to whom it was attributed, the conclusion is courage me in the expectation that your grace will inevitably involved, either that the denial is a be as determined to repress the spirit of insult and cowardly falsehood, or that the original repreinjury, and to check intolerable provocations, as sentation (that of Sir William Russell) was a to prevent the settlement of quarrels arising too wanton falsehood, and double calumny—a caloften from such causes, in the mode which has so umny upon Captain Sutton, described as a proflilong had the sanction of evil custom."

gate boaster, and a calumny against my innocent To this the Duke of Wellington replied as fol- wife. lows :

“If this be not the conduct unworthy of the “ Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington pre- character of a gentleman, for which the articles sents his compliments to Mr. Barker.

of war provide cognizance and punishment, what “ The officers of the army are, equally with all vice or villany can come within the scope of the her majesty's subjects, amenable to the courts words ? of law, for any offence which they may commit, • Your grace writes lightly of loose converor any injury they may do to any individual. sations,' but slander must be conveyed in conver

“ The act complained of, whether alleged to sation, and the malignity of its purpose and have been committed by Sir William Russell or cruelty of its effect are not diminished by attaching Captain Sutton, if not a calumny, slander or defa- the epithet 'loose’ to the vehicle or mode of promation, or a provocation to a breach of the peace, mulgating it. by one or both of these officers cognizable by a “I find that there are many precedents for cog: court of law, cannot be considered a breach of nizance of conduct, not involving any breach of military discipline.

military discipline in the technical sense of the " It may be a slander or calumny by Sir Wil-term, and I beg most respectfully to draw your liam Russell against Captain Sutton.

grace's attention to one case in point, in which the “It may be a slander, calumny, or defamation offence seems far less grave than that of which I by one or both officers against Mrs. Barker, of complain. which a court of law would take cognizance “There was a race ball, at the Bell Hotel,

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