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DUBLIN:
WILLIAM CURRY, JUN. AND COMPANY,

SAMUEL HOLDSWORTH, LONDON.

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ON THE FIRST OF MARCH WILL BE PUBLISHED,

No. I.

PRICE ONE SHILLING,

(To be continued Monthly,)

OF THE

CONFESSIONS OF HARRY LORREQUER,

Late Captain in the 4-th Regiment.

WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS BY PHIZ.

DUBLIN: WILLIAM CURRY, JUN. AND COMPANY,

9, UPPER SACKVILLE-STREET.

AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

The remaining Chapters of Harry Lorrequer will appear in the University Magazine at short

intervals.

THE DUBLIN

UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE.

No. LXXIII.

JANUARY, 1839.

Vol. XIII.

PROSPECTS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE-RUSSIA-CANADA-LORD DURHAM

GOVERNOR ARTHUR'S PROCLAMATION-DISSENT-ESTABLISHMENTS.

WELL, the tug of war is about to come, their hearts grew as fat as brawn ; and, and the merits of the Reform Bill are in the very wantonness and intoxicaabout to be tested. The world will tion of triumph, they have snapped soon have an opportunity of comparing their fingers at Providence. All this is England under her old constitution, most natural ; but still it is not that with England under her new. It will which will satisfy the people of Engsoon be seen, whether or not, England land. They were taught to expect that has gained any thing by the transfor- a new order of things would arise out mations which have taken place in her of the peaceful revolution which was legislature ; and whether her vigour, effected, as much superior to the old, her wisdom, and her efficiency have as political honesty is to political corbeen increased, by the headlong rapidity ruption. They imagined that they of her democratic movements; whether, were about to enter upon a new era of in fact, in proportion as the strength of sound principle, and disinterested and the executive has been diminished, enlightened legislation, which would there has, or has not, been a corres- put to shame the petty, borough.mun. ponding and a compensating increase in gering monopoly by which it was prethe wisdom and the worth of that por- ceded; and ihat, whereas the national tion of the legislature which is supposed honour, and the civil liberty of Engto represent the people.

land, had before existed, liable to the Let us not be mistaken. We do not mischances and accidents, by which entertain a doubt, that, for the framers they might at any time be extinguished of that measure, it has well accom- or impaired, they were now about to be plished its leading object. It secured stereotyped in a new and an improved to them a continuance of power. It edition, which would transmit them, in enabled them to cling to office, when unblemished and undecaying beauty, they must have otherwise been shaken to the remotest po ity. We shall off, with loathing and with scorn, by an soon see how far this notion is likely to indignant nation. It enabled them to be borne out by matters of fact ; and glut themselves, and a voracious brood whether it has had its foundation in reaof followers, with gain ; and to grin son, or is to be regarded in the light of with a malicious triumph at their poli- a national hallucination. tical adversaries, who stood before Russia menaces the East. Canada them naked and powerless, and inca- is causing some anxiety in the western pable of offering any other opposition part of our colonial empire. The forto their frantic counsels and destructive mer power, it cannot be denied, is the measures, than that of feeble and la- most formidable despotism in the world, chrymose expostulation. All this the In point of superficial extent, it spreads reform bill has done for its framers. over 7,000,000 square miles, being a It has been, hitherto, a dutiful child. full ninth of the habitable globe, and It has provided well for its parents. It numbers not less than seventy millions* has fed them with good things, until of a hardy and warlike population ; a

* In 1820 the census gave a population of 56,000,000 ; supposing the increase to be but one-fourth since, the result must be nearly as above.

Vol. XIII.

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