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case of Mr. Thady O'Flynn, which Mr. very natural expression of his regret, O'Connell, from his knowledge of Irish that Mr. Hume had not thought of matters, bad at his fingers' ends. Mr. making this explanation a little sooner, O'Flynn was accused of havinz stolen said that as the offence was admitted a pair of brogues from behind the door to have been given in error, he was of the cabin of bis sister-in-law's aunt, willing to express his regret for having Mrs. Bridget Muldowney.

He was

written the letter complained of by Mr. informed that ten witnesses were ready Hume. Thus ended this “ modern into swear that they saw him steal the stance” of chivalry, in which the membrogues. Plase your Reverence,” ber for Middlesex—that renowned returned the clever Thady, to the knight of the shire--and his squire, the priest who investigated the affair ; sapient and modest Mr. Roebuck, must “ Please your Reverence, I be adınitted to have shone with all bring a hundert witnesses to sware their accustomed lustre. It is not that they did not see me stale the likely that the affair will add much to brogues.” Now, Thady's defence was Mr. Hume's reputation in the puguanot adınitted, simply because it ap- cious region of the county of Galway, peared that his century of witnesses not but what is that to him? Had hedone only did not, but could not by any battle with Mr. Charlton, the country physical possibility, have seen what he might have lost him; as it is, he lives did or did not do, on the occasion in to do battle with the governinent esquestion, they having been elsewhere. timates, and to get papers printed at But the matter adverted to by Mr. the expense of three hundred pounds O'Connell was very different, for the for the purpose of exposing an extrawitnesses in that case were present, and vagance of thirteen pence halfpenny did hear the conversation, or rather per annum. As for Mr. Charlton he the retort discourteous, between Mr. seems to have been rather baulked of Hume and Mr. Charlton, but although the satisfaction, which he desired from there present, and there listening, they the perverse but patient member for did not hear the words which hot Mr. Middlesex. This is hard, but still he Hume, and cool Mr. Roebuck, declared need not be inconsolableto have been addressed by Mr. Charlton to Mr. Hume. Mr. O'Connell,

Durum : sed levius tit patientia,

Quicquid corrigere est nefas. whose sympathies are as keen in a matter of this kind as his arguments are

MR. BUCKINGHAM'S COURT OF HONOR. subtle, concluded his speech with a proposition that Mr. Hume should The subject of the duello having withdraw the words he had spoken, and been incidentally before the house in Mr. Charlton the letter he had written, the above affair, it is to be regretted and that failing this amicable settlement that advantage was not taken of the both gentlemen should be committed advice of the “ liberal and enlightened" to the formal and fee-creating custody member for Sheffield. That reform, of the sergeant-at-arms, lest a worse and voyage-round-the-world-projecting thing should happen to them. There gentleman, has a votice of a motion beare many who think this would have fore the house, which it is but fair to been a very superfluous piece of can- suppose he has not determined upon tion, so far as one of the parties in the without much study of the subject of dispute was concerned, and as a man getting out of scrapes by some other cannot conveniently fight by himself, method than figliting one's way out of the assurance that either of them would them; and yet it happens, strangely prudently refrain from battle, removed enough, that although even Mr. Waka anxiety as to both. Sir Robert Peel, ley's opinion was listened to, in the however, concurred in Mr. O'Connell's affair ju-t noticed, Mr. Buckingham view of the propriety of an ainicable ar does not appear to have been invited to rangement by inutial concession, and any coutribution of his wisdom on the the weight of his opinion settled the occasion. Perhaps, as the house is apt affair. Mr. Huine volunteered a con to be impatient sometimes, it was apfession that he had spoken the offen- prehensive of getting too much.

But sive words in error, and under a wrong a time is coming when it will not escape impression, and Mr. Charlton, after a the instruction it requires, for though

Mr. Buckingham's subject has been once court which he proposes to institute. or twice postponed, there does still re How important and how delicate his main upon the notice-book the following: predecessor, Bickerstaff, deemed the “ Mr. Buckingham-Bill for authoris- duties he might be called upon to pering the constitution of courts of honor, form, may be gathered; from the folas tribunals for the adjudication of those lowing extract, copied from his first disputes, now commonly decided by an publication on the subject : appeal to arms ; with a view to pro “ I am very sensible that the office I vide a competent substitute for the ab- have now taken upon me will engage me surd, murderous, and unchristian prac- in the disquisition of many weighty points tice of duelling.” All this is very well

, that daily perplex the youth of the British and will appear especially wise and nation ; and therefore I have already disproper to those particular 'friends' of cussed several of them for my future use; Mr. Buckingham, who belong to the as, how far a man may brandish his cane suciety so called, and for whose editi- in telling his story without insulting his cation, rather than that of the House hearer ; what degree of contradiction of Commons, it may be more than sus

amounts to the lie ; how a man shall repected, that the inzenious member for sent another's stariny, and cocking a hat Shetfield intends this notice of motion. in his face ; if asking pardon is an atone

whe. But with all respect to that gentleman, it ment for treading upon one's toes ; is but fair that the originality of this de- ther a man may put up with a box on vice of his should be attributed to ano

the ear, received from a stranger in the ther person, namely, the renowned dark; or, whether a man of honour Mr. Isaac Bickerstait, who conducted may take a blow of his wife ? with several a periodical called the “ Tatler," in the other subtleties of a like nature." reign of Queen Anne. This Bicker The considerateness of all this must staff was not half so Solomonish a man strike every one, and it will certainly as Mr. Buckingham, but he had a be no discredit to Mr. Buckingham, if ready wit, and hence by a mere flash in his practical and praiseworthy of fancy, he arrived at the same con- undertaking, he shall avail himself of clusion which the learned M.P. has the collateral suggestions, as he already dug out of the mine'of philosophy, where- has of the plan and its title, of those in he continually labours for an un- who have gone before him. grateful public. The curious in such

N. B. In several of Mr. Bickermatters will be well repaid if they will staff's papers, between the 14th Nov. take the trouble to look to No. 250, 1710, aforesaid, and the end of that et seq. of Mr. Bickerstaff's papers, for year, will be found deeply interesting nice disquisitions, and instructive re- reports of the proceedings before the ports touching this same court of ho- court of honor, of which he had the

The plan of the court was an honor to be president. The evidence nounced under date the 14th Novem- is set down in a concise and yet very ber, 1710, and it contains some admi- lucid manner, and the decisions are rable hints, which, if Mr. Buckingham distinguished by a most felicitous aphave not yet availed himself of, he propriateness. ought so to do forth with. A little alteration is, of course, necessary, from LORD WELLESLEY'S RESIGNATION. the change of habits and authorities Whether considered morally, or since that time, but so practised a re- politically, this distinguished nobleformer as the member for Sheffield, will man's resignation cannot but be looked feel no difficulty about that. One upon as rather extraordinary. He thing, however, he ought to follow resigns his place as lord chamberlain, strictly--- Mr. Bickerstaff named him- and then be appears quite resigned to self president of the court. Mr. Buck, the mystery which hangs about the ingha:n must not allow his disinterest cause of this very decisive step during edness or his modesty to prevent biin the early career of the renewed Mefrom following so respectable an exam bourne administration. Lord Londonple. No doubt he has so much consi- derry, in the House of Peers, quotes dered the subject as to make him the the fact of his resignation as circuinfittest judge in questions of such nice- stantial evidence of the disgust with ness as are likely to come before the which the noble marquis regarded the



new order of affairs in the Irish go- Lord Melbourne's conduct was a pitiful vernment. Lord Melbourne, in reply, combination of shuffling and hauteur. insisted that the policy of the government, as regarded Ireland, was much approved by the noble marquis. On The conceited Whig-radicals of the 2nd of June, the noble marquis South Staffordshire, with that political being then present in the House of menial, Edward John Littleton, at their Lords, and Lord Melbourne, and a head, were arrogant enough to think, royal duke, from whom Lord London, and confident enough to persuade the derry was understood to have received government to think, that they had his information on the subject, being the representation of the county all also present, Lord Londonderry, al- in their own hands, and could make luding to his former statement, and sure of a seat, for any Whig countrythe sort of denial given to it by Lord gentleman, with ordinary pretensions Melbourne, intimated that he was pre- to that honor. In consequence of pared to shew by documents, the cor- this, the creature Littleton was made rectness of the statement he had made, a peer, and the Hon. Colonel Anson if that were desired; though, for his was nominated as his successor in the own part, he had no inclination to representation of the county. This press the matter farther. Upon this Colonel Anson is brother of Lord Lord Melbourne, who had contradicted Lichfield, who made himself convethe former statement of the noble mar nient to the Russell and O'Conneil quis, (Londonderry,) and Lord Welles- party, during the administration of Sir ley, from whom that statement, or Robert Peel, by lending them, free of something to that effect, had originally charge, an empty house of his, wherein come, both said they were satisfied, to hold their factious meetings. and had no wish for the production of The colonel himself had been beaten the documents. This shews pretty at Yarmouth, in the general election, plainly, how much Lord Melbourne's by a Conservative opponent. It was denials are worth, however confidently his luck to be beaten again in Staffordthey may be put forth. The belief of shire, notwithstanding the confidence the best informed upon the subject of his friends, and again by a Conserseems to be, that at the first levee vative. The dirty mob of Wolverwhich took place after the memorable hampton were so provoked at this, that procession of Lord Mulgrave into they got up a pretty considerable row, Dublin, the Marquis Wellesley, told which a magistrate of the county, who His Royal Highness the Duke of was also a clergyman, and a supporter Cumberland, that he had resigned in of Colonel Anson, thought serious consequence of the dissatisfaction he enough to demand the interference of felt at the way in which the authority the military. Some thirty or forty of government was represented in dragoons were accordingly called in, Ireland. Some maintain that all the the riot act was read, and the rioters dissatisfaction he felt arose from the put to flight, by the three dozen solfact that he had not himself been re diers. In the engagement, one horse appointed to the Lord Lieutenancy, was killed on the side of the military ; while others insist that it referred to and several men scratched, and one the political junction with O'Connell boy severely wounded, on the part of and his gang. Whatever it may have the mob. This was no very mighty been, it is now clear that he did make affair, and here it might and ought to a communication to the Duke of have ended; but the radical tail of Cumberland, touching his resignation, Colonel Anson's committee thought it which was understood to convey dissa a fine opportunity for a fuss, so they tisfaction with government arrange- constituted themselves a committee of ments in Ireland; and it is further upon inquiry, took evidence (not on oath), record that when invited to an expla- and forwarded the same to the office of nation upon this point, in the House the Secretary of State for the Home of Lords, he declined it, and preferred Department. Lord John Russell leaving the matter as it stood. As far wished the impertinent meddlers far as can be judged from what has come enough for their pains, for as it was before the public, regarding this matter, not a Conservative politician who

called out the military, he had no ing the discussion of corporation desire to make a grievance of it. The reform having gone off much more Horse Guards sent down an order to quickly and quietly than was expected, some one, to see whether the military worthy Mr. Hume, willing perhaps to had behaved properly or not ; and it divert the thoughts of ministerial was found that they had. Meantime members from a painful sense of disthe hearts of certain magnanimous appointment, entered upon the subject members connected with Staffordshire, of costume. He spoke with his acwaxed great within them, and they customed feeling of the inconvenient talked big in the House of Commons necessity which existed for wearing a about the necessity for a government bag-wig and sword, at the levees of investigation. Lord John Russell the Speaker, and in a strain of energewished to get off, but the Radical party tic eloquence, recommended a dispengave his chain a tuy, to remind him of sation to be granted regarding these their mastery, and he grumbled an appendages to senatorial gentility. assent. He determined, however, to The subject was discussed with infinite be even with them in another way; gravity, and eventually postponed and, in order to shew his respect for until a greater number of members their suggestion, sent down as the should be present to give due weight investigator, one Sir Frederick Roe, a to whatever decision might be come to police magistrate, a very respectable upon so important a point. The consiman in his line, which is that of ex derateness of this can only be duly amining cases of larceny and assault, estimated by those who have seen the and reducing refractory cab-drivers, most important votes, regulating the and the like, to order, and a due sense application of millions of the public of their enormitiess. No sooner did money passed, as they do every session, Sir Frederick get to Wolverbampton, with fewer members in the house than a meddling idiot named Roaf, than were on the occasion of the bagwho began the fuss about inquiry, pro- wig and sword discussion. There are ceeded to bother him about publicity, different opinions as to Mr. Hume's and half a dozen reporters from the own views in seeking the abolition of London newspapers attacked bim all “court dress” at the Speaker's levees. at once upon the same score. These Some say that he has a political object gentlemen, of course, even sent forth in it, and is anxious that nothing that their complaints to all parts of the savours of a court, not even its cosearth, borne on the broad sheets of tume, should appear at the levees of the London papers; and the fuss grew the head of such a great democratic more and more prodigious. Several assembly as the House of Commons special despatches have gone down now is. Others affirm that he had from the Home Department since ; nothing but a little economy in view, and at this present writing, it cannot and was anxious to save the half guinea be anticipated what mighty agitation which the hire of these court ornathis affair may not lead to. This ments for the evening would cost him. much is clear, that half a dozen Pro- Some, again, will have it, that the testant clergymen might be murdered wearing of a sword, and seeing others by Mr. O'Connell's friends in Ireland, wear such weapons, makes him feel without the House of Commons, or a little queerish about the heart. He the government, taking a fiftieth part cannot help recollecting, that were he of the notice of it, wbich has been to meet with a hasty opponent, like bestowed upon this row of the Wol. Mr.Charlton, for example, things might verhampton blackguards, in which one be brought to a crisis, undersuch circumhorse has been killed, and one boy stances, before there was time to lay the wounded.

affair before the House as a question of privilege. Another view of the matter is, that Hume was put up to speak on

the subject by the members of the The member for Middlesex, if not tail, who consider that the Hollywellvery profound in his knowledge, must street Jew dealers have used them ill be admitted to occupy himself with a in this matter. The old-clothes men great variety of subjects. This even have, it seems, raised the hire of bay



wigs and swords to the gentlemen of all crushed into one mass-some faintthe tail, and demand thirteen and four ing, some laughing, all sweating, and pence. This would be bad enough, all more or less satisfied that they are and hard enough to bear; but the “taking their pleasure.” The boat reason they give adds insult to injury. roils, and almost pitches them into the They insist that they run some risk of river-the smoke, thick and black, is their property being pawned or hypo. vomited forth from the iron chimney, thecated by the hirers, and that there and the flakes of falling soot settle on is almost a certainty of its being so their melting visages, and soon dissolve pawned and soiled, as to cause a much into black paint. The steam puff's out, inore than ordinary expense for clean- and its odour, mingled with that of ing, even supposing it honestly re heated grease and iron, regales the turned. Application was then made nostrils of the crowd; but wliat is that by the tail to Mr. O'Connell's friend, to them ? they are "going a pleasurMr. Sheriff Raphael on the subject; ing"—they " niver seed such fun." but he informed them that being no They arrive at their destination, and longer a Jew, but a Papist, he had awful then is the consumption of beer, lost his influence in Hollywell-street, considerable that of gin, and immense and could do nothing. As a last that of tobacco. Children, white and resource, therefore, to save their shil. swollen, with excessive and unwhole

gs, and be revenged on the Jew some feeding, cry with indigestion, brokers, they got Mr. Hume to speak and are appeased with more greasy for the abolition of the costume alto- cakes. The parents seek a public gether. I shall not pretend to decide house, and enter room already which of all these reasons is the most crowded, where, to a natural nose, the correct one. Perhaps the fact is, after fumes of beer and tobacco seem to all, that the honorable member has have had possession ever since the some acquaintance sincere enough to food : the man has bis pipe and pot, tell him how shocking an appearance the woman her gin and water-the he makes in a court dress.

children sbare both, and then get sick. knew a man skilled in such matters The hour arrives for the boat to depart who used to say that nothing in out

--they hurry' on board again-get ward show was such a test of a real jambeil, and crammed, and smoked, gentleman as a court dress. A gen- and steamed as before, and at last tleman, he said, looks more a gentle- arrive at home to a supper of bread man in that costume, while a coarse and cheese, and more beer, satisfied vulgar fellow is sure to look like a foot- that they have got through a day's

According to this canon, it is "pleasuring." This is the mechanic's needless to say, which Mr. Hume holiday. The shopman flatters himwould most resemble.

self he is niuch more genteel. He gets on the top of a coach and is borne into the country.

Does he delight

himself with the prospect of noble “ The suffering eye, inverted nature trees and rich meadows, and inhale sees," in all that regards cockneyism. the delicious odours of blossoming Even in their pleasures they seem to cul- bean fields, and all the sweet breath of tivate what would give any unsophisti- the country? Not at all—that is a no cated human creature the most supreme go"--"not the thing"-he must show disgust. It is now the Whitsun holi- his gentility on the coach-top, and days, and the weather has suddenly be therefore takes out his cigar case, gets come hot as that of the Tropics. What the coachman to stop for a light, and then do our worthy cockneys? They to prove his liberality rewards him all “ go a pleasuring," and a pleasant

with a cigar.

Presently, all round business they make of it, truly. Go him is involved in smoke, and stench, down to the Thames wharfs, and look and city slang. The ugliest, or the at the steam-boats starting for Green most beautiful country, is all the same wich, and Woolwich, and Gravesend. to him-he is busy talking of the minor Look at the hundreds and thousands theatres, and spouting the eulogy of crammed together-men, women, child his cigars, and telling how much they dren, provisions, drink, pipes, tobacco, cost by the pound. He arrives at his

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