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tures are disposed, as it seems they ment; and then Lord Glenelg and are, to fall in with the Atheistical spi- his coadjutors would be boasting of rit of the age, giving to Popery as their love of freedom, and declaring readily as to truth, and, like Gallio, their attachment to liberty, being en"caring for none of these things,” it gaged all the time in a sneaking and is clear that they have great chances pitiful slave-trade, a despicable trick,

of success, with their attractive and whereby, under the cover of a sly E. enticing ceremonies.. It is equally Order in Council, human beings might

clear that it is quite useless to look to be stolen and smuggled like illicit the Home Government for any imped- goods, and sold for something more iment to this system, while it is actu-, than the freight. Could any thing be ated by the principles which at pre-' more mean and unmanly ? Could any sent guide it. On the contrary, the thing, both in its commencement and Governors of our Colonies and the termination, be more worthy of the local Legislatures, both of whom look wretched Melbourne Cabinet, the totvery cautiously to the wishes of the tering, hypocritical, imbecile, and vaColonial Office, doubtless now find it cillating compound of the selfish, the very gratifying to that department to jesuitical, and the absurd? see any assaults on the Protestant sys- joice that the Order in Council was tem, and any aid to Popery. Lord issued, that it was disclosed, and reGlenelg, therefore, is not only mis- called; because, when we hereafter chievous himself, but the cause of mis- shall meet any fraudulent pretensions chief in others; and all this, too, with to liberalism in Lord Glenelg and marvellously pure and patriotic pro- others who were parties to this base fessions, and with the constant cant of transaction, we shall know well at liberalism on his lips. Our readers, what price to value them, and where however, do not need to be told how to seek for their refutation. Truly, if empty and ridiculous such professions the Tories in any part of their career are, and that cant is, when duly exam- had been parties, directly or indirectly, ined. In Lord Glenelg's case we immediately or remotely, to such a are fortunately enabled to appreciate transaction, the whole country would both, by his celebrated Order in Coun- have been agitated from one end to cil concerning the Hill Coolies. Ap- the other, by the indignant denunciaplications were made to him to allow tions of the very men, including Lord the importation into the West India Glenelg himself

, who have now been Islands and the Mauritius of certain parties to this Order in Council. How poor creatures in Bengal called Hill loud and vehement would have been Coolies, who appeared to be fit for the invectives of every Whig who now West Indian labourers. His liberal finds himself compelled to be an apoloLordship considered the request, and gist; how fierce and how fluent would issued an Order in Council authorizing those Liberal members and Liberal asthe unholy traffic ; and the very con- sociations have been, who now have sequence has ensued which, perhaps preserved their silence, and by silence the applicants and his Lordship wished given their assent! We say, then, we -namely, a restoration, under another rejoice the Order in Council was is. form, of the odious slave-trade. Car- sued—not that we feel no abhorrence goes have arrived in the Mauritius, in of the light and trivial manner in British Guiana, and elsewhere, of which a Colonial Secretary dared to weak degenerate natives of an Eastern treat his fellow-beings; not that we climate, imported by hundreds, nom- feel little for the captured and deluded inally as freemen and actually as Indians, who died on their passage, or slaves. But the Order in Council pined in slavery for their homes, but came to light, the whole iniquitous because it has taught a lesson worth discovered, and the Colonial learning

—it has stamped Liberalism for Secretary was compelled to promise a ever with falsehood and tyranny. But rescinding of the Order, and an imme- we may be told that Lord Glenelg was diate restoration of the Coolies to their not to blame, he was only deceived own land." Doubtless the only error and mistaken. Yes; Canada was in the Liberals could see in the whole rebellion, and Lord Glenelg had been affair was in its detection.' It might mistaken;" Newfoundland is in a have gone on for years without re 'state of violent excitement, and Lord mark or complaint from liberalism; Glenelg has only been inattentive :" it might have proceeded without com- the slave-holders in the West Indies


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oppress their apprentices, and Lord convenient present, no doubt, for har. Glenelg “cannot help it;" Popery is ing given their aluable bol days to progressing in the Cape of Good the patriotic undertaking of cruising Hope, and Lord Glenelg did not for pleasure. The Duke of Welling. know it;" the Hill Coolies are snatch- ton (a man not accustomed to deal in ed from their native land, and carried hard words without much cause and thousands of miles to toil at labour provocation) publicly declared in the even the Africans themselves will not House of Lords, during last session, perform, and Lord Glenelg is merely that “this was one of the grossest 6. deceived ;” —these, or such as these, jobs he had ever heard of." And, iDare the only defences his Lordship's deed, it is quite evident that that cenadvocates ever attempt for him ; these, sure was well merited; for there were or such as these are the pleas for persons in the island, the Governor this liberal statesman's delinquencies, and others, who must have been far Wherever he is found to have done better acquainted with the real wants wrong, his friends labour to prove, not of the population, and far more cathat he has done right or tried to do pable of advising, than any bungry right, but that he was either slumber- lawyers who might be honoured with ing or duped. And, indeed, we believe the opportunity of spending a few the defence is generally correct, for weeks as guests at the Governor's we know of no end either to the Jazi- table. This, however, never appears ness or imbecility for which this libe. to have entered the mind of the sapient ral and enlightened Reformer is dis- Lord Glenelg. He prefers the wise tinguished.

and statesmanlike plan of paying for In some respects it must, however, opinions he might have obtained for be admitted, that his foolish and mis- nothing, and of receiving recommendachievous proceedings are merely inci- tions from the inexperienced instead of dental specimens of the general policy from those most capable of judging of the Administration, and not inde. and best informed. No one, there pendent and headlong acts of personal fore, will be astonished to hear that he indiscretion. We allude particularly was entirely misled. . The commis. to the Malta commission. Certain sioners came home to recommend a Papists in Malta, with the Bishop at free press and all other liberal enact. their head, being determined to show, ments; that is, they came home to renot only that they partook of the spi- commend precisely those things which rit, but also were influenced by a right their Liberalism would have suggested appreciation of the signs of the times

, had they stopped at home, which the sent home sundry complaints, peti- Popish Radicals of Malta had demandtions, and claims to the British Gov. ed, and which the Governor had re. ernment, with a view, principally, to fused to sanction. But with that keen the establishment of a liberal policy and simple wisdom for which he is in that island. Our readers will be distinguished, the Duke of Welling, amused, though not surprised, to hear ton at once exposed the fallacy of all how Lord Glenelg met these applica- these crotchets. He said, and said tions. It was in the long vacation; truly, that Malta was nothing to this all lawyers were idle; some were country but a fortress in the Medtter. weary, some more were desirous to ranean; that we had no interest in preobtain, by travelling, relaxation and serving it except in that character; health. The opportunity, therefore, that the people were disinclined to was peculiarly tempting, and it was consider themselves English subjects, not thrown away. A commission was and were disaffected to our Goverappointed to go out and enquire ! Mr. ment; and that, therefore, in such a Austin and others, therefore, sailed in place, affecting to apply fine theories a Government vessel, visited Malta, and to establish democratic institutions, were entertained and lodged, paid reg. was perfectly ridiculous. He added, ularly five guineas a-day, and then, that the Whigs might as well talk of after two or three months' absence, re a Parliament for the Tower of Lon. turned with their valuable report. As don and St. Helena, and a republic for they sailed in a man-of-war, and were Gibraltar. Perhaps they thought so chiefly entertained in Malta at the too, and certainly all the governors local expense, their charge for wages and experienced persons of the island and printing was only £.700—a very concurred in the opinion. What, then,

was the secret of the whole affair ? to break up that grand colonial system Was advice really needed? Were which has long been the pride, and the petitions and claims really incapa. not unfrequently the great source of ble of being understood by the local strength of this country. He has sent authorities ? Was it, in fact, ever in- out men as governors who are notoritended to make Malta a hotbed of onsly incompetent ; in some cases he sedition and an insecure possession, has despatched the very men who are like Newfoundland and Lower Canada, of all others the least qualified to obby the same process as has led to tain confidence either at home or abroad. these results in those colonies ? No, Why, for instance, was Sir Andrew certainly not. The secret of the mat- Leith Hay, who was the only member ter consisted in the word commission; in all the House of Commons who opand though the advice of the governor posed the abolition of slavery in 1833, was amply sufficient, though it was sent as govenor to Bermuda ? Why never meant to act by any other re was an O'Connell sent out governor of commendation, that magic word settled the important colony of New South the conduct of the Administration, Wales ; the Radical Mr. . Hutt and gave vigour even to Lord Glenelg. to South Australia ; and Lord NuWell, therefore, may we affirm that gent to the Ionian Islands ? But the Melbourne policy has no equivo- above all, what folly less than complete cal and backsliding disciple in his infatuation could have induced the MinLordship! Well may we congratu- istry to send Lord Durham, Mr. Buller, late that noble advocate for “ peace, Mr. Ellice, and Mr. Turton, to Canada? reform, and retrenchment;" that pure And what madness led Lord Glenelg, No-patronage ruler, on his complete whose private character none can im. accordance in principle and in his peach, to sanction not only these appractices with those patriotic

, persons pointments, but also that of Mr. Ed. by whom he is surrounded. Lord ward Gibbon Wakefield ? Here again, Glenelg is one of those reformers who his Lordship is only following the exprate very much about Tory corrup- ample of the rest of the Ministry. If tion. We deny the correctness of Lord Palmerston can send a Mr. Henry the imputation, but, this at least is cer- Bulwer to Constantinople, a Lord Clantain:- If it be correct (and Lord Glen- ricarde to St. Petersburgh, a Mr. Kenelg, having long been a Tory, is per- nedy to Cuba; if Sir John Hobhouse haps somewhat capable of judging), he be content with a Lord Auckland in has not lost his opportunities of ac- Calcutta, and a Lord Elphinstone in quiring perfection in the art; if it be Madras ; if Lord John Russell be al. not, he has proved that he has at least lowed to give places to a Whittle Hargenius enough to be original in one vey, a Joseph Parkes, and a Fitzsimon; thing-namely, ingenious Colonial job- if Lord Melbourne makes a Dr. Hamf. bing. Canada shall speak for his en- den a professor, Evans a K. C. B., and ergy, Newfoundland for his liberalism, Tom Moore a pensioner,--surely Lord New South Wales for his attachment Glenelg, who generally is only one of to the church, the West Indies for the “ imitatorum servile pecus," his prudence, India for his conscience, not be seriously blamed for following Sir Francis Head for his judgment, in the same track, and selecting similar the Hill Coolies for his humanity, characters for places and honour. If and Malta shall add her testimony to his colleagues establish a half-Popish, his marvellous economy and pu- half-infidel system of education in Irerity.

land, of course he, in duty bound, does These things we recommend to the so also, as we have shown, in New attention of the people. It remains for South Wales ; if they encourage Popublic opinion to declare whether in- pery, he does so too; if they pay its capable men are to conduct national af- priests, he does so likewise ; if Lord fairs, and whether Lord Glenelg, who Normanby makes high sheriffs accordnow stands at the head of the incapa. ing to his own caprice, and passes by ble class, is to remain in the most im- thuse who are duly nominated, Lord portant, difficult, and responsible post Glenelg, acting on the same principle, under the Crown. Already he has and going a little further in the working done much to alienate the affections of of it, hands them over, with the judges our colonists, already he has done much also, to the tender mercies of a New.



foundland House of Assembly. Nor is Glenelg's assistance; " when they his Lordship very backward with Rad- want a few dozen more priests in the ical Reforms, similar to those for which West Indies, they exclaim, “ Apply the present Administration is remarka- to Lord Glenelg, there can be no ques. ble." We have seen how he has follow- tion of his approbation !"* They dised up the appropriation principle in play constantly the most contemptuous Canada, how he has “reformed” the confidence in his indiscretion, inconsis. church in New South Wales, and even tency, and folly. They have no hesitaassailed the university of Nova Scotia. tion in making the most extensive deThus humbly does he labour in his vo- mands, and their past success undoubtcation; and the result is, as may be ex- edly is calculated to animate them with pected, that he destroys the security hope in all their future proceedings to and the peace of our possessions. secure their lost ascendency, and restore With mingled weakness and violence their regretted despotism. he hurries on apparently heedless of Such is a brief statement of Lord consequences, and utterly dead to the Glenelg's colonial misgoverment. No contempt he encounters. He imparts, matter where he is traced, no matter by his imbecility, strength to the mo- how closely or how superficially he is tives of all our foes, and increases all watched, every where and in every their demands by displaying to them thing there is discovered the same inthe existence of squeezable materials capability. He holds the office some in the Cabinet, sufficient to give induces of the ablest men this country ever saw ments to all who are willing to use have held, and the only probable conthem. How can it be otherwise? Mr. sequence of his career seems to be the Roebuck was the agent of the rebels decay of British influence, if not the in Canada, and the Whigs assisted actual loss of extensive possessions. them at Bath. Mr. Leader succeeded By the courage and prudence of me: to the post, and the Whigs voted for who have (as we have said, and repeat him in Westminster ; Mr. Henry Bul- again, and desire to sound loudly through wer was the paid servant of the disaf- the country) been disgraced and dismis. fected in New South Wales, and was ed, Canada was saved when no human rewarded by a good post, first in Belgi- foresight could have given a hope of its um, and then in Turkey. All those restoration to tranquillity and submission, governors who have done good are re. He delayed vigorous measures till somecalled, and their energy becomes a re- thing more than vigour was required, cognised and punishable offence. All till, in fact, a dictator could alone seofficers who do their duty are discour- cure what earlier measures of a far aged. So it was with Sir John Col- milder character might have entirely borne and the late Governor of Upper and permanently preserved from perii. Canada, with Chief-Justice Boulton, And Canada, though it be but one coloColonel Arthur, Sir Benjamin D'Urban, ny among many, is, as an exemplifica. Mr. Jeremie and others. Nothing is tion of Lord Glenelg’s imbecility, and now required to get rid of a vigilant of the wretched weakness of the whole governor but some false charges. No. Whig-radical Cabinet, a name for the thing is wanted to procure any violent whole empire. How long it shall so measure of innovation but a little pro- continue ; how long our most importportionately violent agitation, no matter ant interests shall be made the sport of whether in Ireland, Newfoundland, or a petty and trembling faction, ridiculed Van Dieman's Land. When the Ro- at home, imposed upon by foreign coumman Catholics want another grant they tries, braved in the colonies, it is for the say, “Of course Lord Glenelg will people of England to determine. It is give it.” When they find it necessary idle to attempt to conceal that every to their progress in the Ionian Islands year of Whig authority brands the that they should have government aid, country with disgrace, and loads they say, “There is no doubt of Lord her with difficulties. It may

• See the Catholic Magazine for these and other very edifying proofs of the esti. mation in which Lord Glenelg is held.

answer the purpose of hirelings to re- volcano bursting with terrific violence present, that, although Lord Glenelg and unprecedented desolation. Well, is inefficient, Lord Palmerston incom- then, we say, if Ireland too is but petent, and all the other Ministry another evidence of Whig misrule, wanting both in zeal and discretion, there remains not one corner of the yet they must be kept in, all for the empire to which their evil influence behoof of a Lord Normanby and a and their pernicious counsels have not Mr Drummond ; and on account of carried danger and occasioned injuries the blessings those persons are sup- the most deep and lasting. Every posed to confer on Ireland. But this where the same policy has been adoptweak invention of the enemy, this ed. Every where the same results paltry clap-trap, has no more power to have ensued. Time can only develop delude. It has had its day, it has been still more clearly the wounds that have exposed, and may now serve for a been inflicted on the constitution of the sarcasm, or pass current as a jest. And country, its power, and its reputation; if it were any thing, would it really nor is there one who in future days outweigh all the misdemeanors of the (and those not distant ones) will be Ministry, and all the risks to which recognised as the author of more misthe nation is subject? But it is not chiefs and the agent of more destructrue; it is a vain and valueless, a tive and disgraceful measures, than fraudulent and dishonest pretence ; that pretender to statesmanship who for Ireland, according to the testimony now, to the dishonour of the land, fee. of Parliamentary returns, according to bly acts as the ruler of our colonial the acknowledgment even of the pau- dominions. pered demagogues themselves, is a



Why then, the world's mine oyster

Ancient Pistol.

THE important and difficult ques- ing for their blood. I am well aware tion of precedency among oysters has of the apathy of the oyster-eating pubnot yet ceased to exist as a “ vexa- lic of England. But I do not despair ta questio" with enlightened and phi- -No, my countrymen,-our oysters losophic oyster-eaters. Information shall be put on a perfect equality with upon the subject is scanty, and when the oysters of Purfleet and of Milton facts are few, theories abound, and the banks of Burren, and Carlingconclusions are usually false and illo- ford, and Lissadell

, shall be adequate. gical. I have employed the tedious ly represented in the Imperial oysterinterval of the spawning season in cellars. Are our oysters inferior to putting together a few memoranda of their oysters-hence, then, for the Maà tour in the sister island, which I lahides and the the Po]doodies, we deventure to hope will afford better mand justice-cour oysters call for jusgrounds for instituting an exact com- tice-we require for our oysters no parison between the present state and more, and our oysters were slaves to prospects of oyster-eating in England be content with less ! and Ireland than are any where to be The city of Londonderry lends her found, and may be the means of set- maiden name to the oyster of Lough tling disputed claims, and of uniting in Foyle, which finds a ready market in one natural bond of union and mutual Liverpool, where the judicious tourist support, oyster-eaters of all denomina- will do well to spend a few forenoons, tions.

the clean and well-regulated fish mar. I am aware that I shall have much ket affording every facility to the to contend with in putting forward the crustaceous epicure. Heavens! what just claims of Irish oysters. I know a goodly show the marble benches there exists an anti-Irish faction, eager boast ! Gigantic turbot, already garto depreciate our oysters, and thirst- nished with the live lobster-slimy

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