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ward Ellice have retired from office, important settlement of Madras; and it makes a tolerable appearance. We with exquisite discrimination, while may mention, as specimens of these appointing those notable personages, patriots, Viscount Howick, Secretary have displayed their judgment and at War; Hon. Colonel Grey, com- discretion, by recalling Sir John Colmanding 71st regiment; Hon. John borne, who saved Lower Canada, Sir Grey, Rector of the rich royal living Francis Head, who saved the Upper of Wooler ; Hon. Frederick Grey, Province, Sir Peregrine Maitland, Under-Secretary of the War Depart- who will not, scrupulous man! comment; Sir George Grey, Under-Se- mit the trifling offence against God of cretary in the Colonial Department; sanctioning idolatry in India, and Sir Hon. Francis Grey, Rector, with a Benjamin d’Urban from the Cape of valuable living ; Hon. Harry Grey, Good Hope. With a Lord Glenelg Aid-de-camp in Ireland; Hon. Sir at home, and only such governors Henry Grey, General, and Colonel abroad as exactly suit his Lordship’s of a regiment in the army; Mr. Charles purposes and views and have not more Wood, son-in-law of Lord Grey, Se- vigour about them than he considers cretary of the Admiralty ; Mr. F. T. necessary, who will say our colonies Baring, married a niece of Lord Grey, are not secure, and are not certain to Secretary to the Treasury; Earl of flourish ? Durham, son-in-law of Lord Grey, With more materials in our posses. Governor of Canada ; Lord Ponsonby, sion, a much stronger case than we brother-in-law of Lord Grey, Ambas- have here made out, although this sador to Constantinople; Mr. E. El statement is perhaps amply sufficient, lice, jun., nephew of Lord Grey, Se- might easily be produced against the cretary of Lord Durham, &c. &c.- Whigs. But in truth, it is not easy

We believe the Elliots make a still to discover all their sinuous windings better show; nor are the Howards, and all their extended and increasing Russells, and Abercrombies quite for- corruption. It would be desirable to gotten. The judges they have made, be able to ascertain the exact number after all their fine promises of reward- of Roman Catholic chaplains and ing merit and merit only, are those schoolmasters now paid by the British on the bench who have had least prac- Government in India and the other tice as counsel, and are least learned colonies. Their number is not small, and efficient as interpreters of the law; nor their influence insignificant. The we refer to the Williamses and Colt- publication too of such a return as we mans, whose political principles were have suggested, of all the newly cre. their sole ostensible recommendations. ated places, would also be beneficial; -In the Church, they have dispensed but in the absence of the necessary their patronage among the bishops documents whence information on this in a manner to which we have already subject can be gained, we are left more alluded; and not content with this, to generalities and conjectures than have sought out as recipients of other we could desire. Still enough remains, favours only anti-church-rate agitators, and enough we hope has been stated such as Dr. Joynes of Rochester, and in this paper to prove that the Whig Dr. Knox of Tunbridge, of pamphlet- party have long been striving to eering and political dinner-speaking strengthen themselves by the unscrunotoriety. And then, in the Colonies, pulous abuse of patronage, and even they send a Lord Durham to Canada, by the extension of Ministerial influwith Messrs. Charles and Arthur Bul- ence in every possible direction. It ler, Thomas Turton, Thomas Dun- is natural to a weak government that combe, and Edward Gibbon Wake- it should be tempted to the use of arts field; and to New South Wales, Sir a strong one can neglect, and an hoMaurice O'Connell, a fit and proper nest one would despise. And in proinstrument for carrying out that infidel portion to the increasing weakness of system of education which is adapted its position, and the experienced fail. to please the Roman Catholic emi- ure of former intrigues, must be the grants, and against which, the excel. increased temptation to fresh and exlent Bishop Broughton has in vain tended corruption. The Melbourne protested. To India they have sent Ministry then, which hitherto has been Lord Elphinstone, the youthful cornet tottering in increasing imbecility ; of Life Guards, as Governor of the which never enjoyed public respect,

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and therefore had no inducement to verted by corruption. Peerages may struggle to retain it; which has found have been thrown away, but still the session after session end in greater county members are more and more, weakness, trick after trick issue in year after year, against the Ministry; new disappointment, must now, in its baronetcies, places, and favours are la decline and approaching fall

, in its dis- vishly offered, but the petty majority in tress rising to despair, be peculiarly the House of Commons is fást dwindling tempted to preserve its contemptible away at each successive casual election. existence by bartering places for votes, We feel convinced that nothing remains and honours for neutrality or submis- to do but for the Conservatives to consion. It is highly to the honour of the tinue firm and united, exposing not only age, that this wretched and unscru- the imbecility but also the frauds of the pulous Ministry, notwithstanding all Cabinet. It will then be known through its false professions and misused pa- the length and breadth of the land, that tronage, is now sinking lower and these pseudo - patriots who have prolower in influence, and is dependent mised so much and performed so little, for its permitted power on the conde- have gained power only to abuse it, and scension or contempt of its opponents. have held it long only to deprive the The fact proves that we are sound in country of the services of honest men core, though many may have been con- and able statesmen.

MEMORANDA OF THE ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF OUR VILLAGE, AND OF

ITS FOUNDERS.

man foot.

The time has been when even Our sert for a length of time, in all the Village had not an existence, and when dignity given to man by seclusion ; and those parts which are now covered here were given to the world sundry with dwellings, showing all the varie- little rat-catchers, destined in the course ties of brick and mortar, and exem- of time to become prosperous men and plifying all the vagaries that can enter women, and the ornaments of Our into the brains of a country architect, Village. was nothing more than a sandy de Year after year rolled on, and sert, unmarked in the map of our Adonijah continued blessed and in county, and scarcely trodden by hu- peace. He was the only rat-catcher

of a considerable district. His family As one of the means of peopling the was young and obedient, and he had district, it pleased Providence to plant what he called a house of his own; and one Adonijah Shufflebotham, a rat- as what he could not obtain by ratcatcher by trade and a thief by prac- catching, he helped out with thieving, tice, in the near neighbourhood of what, want and he were strangers, and nois now Our Village.

body could be more happy than AdoBy the exercise of his twofold pro- nijah. fession, Adonijah managed to accumu But unmixed happiness is not for late a sum of about some forty pounds, man, even though a dweller in a de. and being bit with the mania of living sert, and Adonijah the rat-catcher met in a house of his own, and still bear- with something as disagreeable as rats, ing in mind one part of his trade, he bane, in the person of one Ichabod stole a piece of land from the waste Wragg, a dweller in the neighbouring made some bricks and erected what forest. he called a mansion: that is to say, a It chanced that Ichabod Wragg dwelling, consisting of two rooms on heard of the comfortable doings of the ground floor, each seven feet by Adonijah, and was moved by envy nine, with similar rooms above, and thereat. He was a big powerful man, sundry conveniences for depositing his of dark and scowling countenance, by traps and the other paraphernalia of his trade an itinerant tinker, and if tradiprofession.

tion tells true, a greater thief than Here Adonijah sojourned in the de- Adonijah.

He strolled one day to the neigh- swine of his neighbour in the act of bourhood of Adonijah-saw his house tickling his gums with the last frag. and his homestead-glowed like an ment of the second duckling, and being ogre at the sight-and swore that he moved to wrath at the sight, he smote too would have a house, and live like the gourmand so fiercely on the head Adonijah in the wilderness.

with his staff, that he resigned his saHis first care was to erect his house, voury mouthful, and uttering an unand in the true spirit of an Englishman grateful and inharmonious grunt, rehe determined, that although he was signed at the same time his mortal about to become Adonijah's neighbour, life. he would have a house as dimetrical. The pig in question was Ichabod's ly opposite to that of Adonijah as it only grunter; and as the loss of a pig, was possible to make it. He accord- when a man has only one to lose, is a ingly planned it to have an opposite matter of some moment; Ichabod did aspect—as Adonijah's house was plain not entertain the most lively feelings in front, he determined to have a bow of gratitude towards his neighbour -and as the original house had but Adonijah for the morning's display of two stories, he resolved to have three. his prowess. Ichabod and Adonijah

In this determined spirit of oppo- met-fell out-shook fists at each other sition, he prevailed upon some trades. swore more than a little, and almost men from a distance to erect him his fought; but the before-mentioned muhouse; but the same tradition that sets tual knowledge which they had of down Ichabod as a thief, also states, each other prevented actual violence that those tradesmen sorely repented for that time, and they parted, having their undertaking ; for that Ichabod, first carefully sown the seeds of future amongst his other villainies, was villain animosity. enough to accept of their materials Ichabod, with a view to strengthen and their labour without condescend. his interest, erected another house ing for one moment to recollect so near his own, but of a different pattrifling an affair as payment.

tern and different dimensions, and imThe two houses of Adonijah Shuf- ported a colony, consisting of a relaflebotham and Ichabod Wragg were tive, his wife, and seven children, and the seedlings of Our Village, and the thus was formed the rudiments of the opposition evinced in their structure Higher Street. has descended to our times, for no man Adonijah, on his part, was not idle, ever thinks of building a house like his for he stole more land from the waste, neighbour.

built a couple of houses, and planted Their very locality displayed oppo- allies in the shape of a stout brothersition, and as houses began to be erect- in-law, and a one-eyed crony, a blacked, and roads made past the old orig. smith, with a large family, from an mal structures, that locality served to adjoining county, and thus was laid give names to the roads; and to the the foundation of the Lower Street. present day the streets leading by All this was very fair, and was them are called the Higher and the no more than would be allowed to Lower Streets.

every prudent man; but Ichabod · For some time matters went on stretched a point-he married his sispretty comfortably betwixt Adonijah ter, with a dowry of L. 10, and a fifand Ichabod—they were pretty equal- teen-year old cow, to a young ratly matched-their trades did not inter- catcher from the next town, and set fere with each other—and which was up his brother-in-law in a house that perhaps the strongest incentive to he built near his own, and thus added peace, they were a couple of rogues auother link to the Higher Street. and they knew it.

Flesh and blood could not stand that. At length the devil, who sometimes -It was bad enough that Ichabod uses contemptible instruments to effect himself, in the first instance, should obhis ends, prompted an unlucky pig trude upon the privacy of Adonijahbelonging to Ichabod Wragg, to treat it was still worse that his pig should himself to a dinner on a couple of take a fancy to Adonijah’s ducklings lively ducklings belonging to Adoni- but all that was not beyond forgivejah Shufflebotham.

ness—but to bring a brother-in-law, Adonijah went out of his house just and that brother-in-law a rat-catcher, in time to behold the unfortunate into the neighbourhood, and under the

and therefore had no inducement to verted by corruption. Peerages may 11 struggle to retain it; which has found have been thrown away, but still the session after session end in greater county members are more and more, weakness, trick after trick issue in year after year, against the Ministry; new disappointment, must now, in its baronetcies, places, and favours are la decline and approaching fall, in its dis- vishly offered, but the petty majority in tress rising to despair, be peculiarly the House of Commons is fast dwindling tempted to preserve its contemptible away at each successive casual election. existence by bartering places for votes, We feel convinced that nothing remains and honours for neutrality or submis- to do but for the Conservatives to catsion. It is highly to the honour of the tinue firm and united, exposing not only age, that this wretched and unscru- the imbecility but also the frauds of the pulous Ministry, notwithstanding all Cabinet. It will then be known through its false professions and misused pa- the length and breadth of the land, that tronage, is now sinking lower and these pseudo - patriots who have prolower in influence, and is dependent mised so much and performed so little

, for its permitted power on the conde- have gained power only to abuse it, and scension or contempt of its opponents. have held it long only to deprive the The fact proves that we are sound in country of the services of honest men core, though many may have been con- and able statesmen.

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MEMORANDA OF THE ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF OUR VILLAGE, AND OF

ITS FOUNDERS,

The time has been when even Our sert for a length of time, in all the Village had not an existence, and when dignity given to man by seclusion; and those parts which are now covered here were given to the world sundry with dwellings, showing all the varie- little rat-catchers, destined in the course ties of brick and mortar, and exem- of time to become prosperous men and plifying all the vagaries that can enter women, and the ornaments of Our into the brains of a country architect, Village. was nothing more than a sandy de Year after year rolled on, and sert, unmarked in the map of our Adonijah continued blessed and in county, and scarcely trodden by hu- peace. He was the only rat-catcher man foot.

of a considerable district. His family As one of the means of peopling the was young and obedient, and he had district, it pleased Providence to plant what he called a house of his own; and one Adonijah Shufflebotham, a rat- as what he could not obtain by nie catcher by trade and a thief by prac- catching, he helped out with the tice, in the near neighbourhood of what want and he were strangers. is now Our Village.

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