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colonies in Connaught, exactly similar misrule. They forget that English cato Cromwell's in Ulster, so long the pitalists and farmers would long since object of Liberal hatred and declama have migrated to Ireland, and induced tion! They tell us now that the na corn cultivation in its western and tive Irish are irreclaimable helots, southern provinces, were it not that hewers of wood and drawers of water, Liberal agitation kept the people in a and incapable of improvement till state of menacing violence, and Libedirected by Saxon heads and support- ral legislation took away all prospect ed by the produce of Saxon hands. of remunerating prices for their grain They forget that it is these very helots produce. And thus much for the whom they represented as such im- Crowning of the Column of Free maculate and valuable subjects, the Trade, and Crushing of the Pedestal victims of Saxon injustice and Ulster of the Nation.
The discussion on the Canadian learned lord to have introduced his answer question, in the House of Lords, has to that speech by any unworthy taunts. had one good effect. It has elicited (Loud cheers.) His noble and learned from Lord Lyndhurst a most powerful friend's high position and great experiand able speech, in the best style of ence, his high character and eminent that great judge and distinguished ability, might have secured him in the
honoured decline of his course from any statesman's oratory; and it has caused Lord Campbell to make an exhibition
such unworthy taunts—(great cheering)
-as the noble and learned lord has not of spleen, ill-humour, and bad taste, thought it beneath him on such an occawhich his warmest friends must have
sion to address to such a man. (Renewed beheld with regret, and which was cheering.) If the noble and learned lord alone wanting to show the cogent listened with pain to the able statement effect which Lord Lyndhurst's speech
of my noble and learned friend, sure am I had made on the house. Of the that there is no friend of the noble and nature of Lord Campbell's attack on
learned lord who must not have listened that able and venerable judge, second
with deeper pain to what fell from him to none who ever sat in West
on this occasion.”—Times, 20th June
1849. minster Hall for judicial power and forensic eloquence, some idea may be And of the feeling of the country, formed from the observations in reply on this uncalled-for and unprovoked of Lord Stanley :
attack, an estimate may be formed
from the following passage of the “I must say for myself, and I think I Times on the subject :-" This debate may say for the rest of the house, and not has also recalled to the scene of his with the exception of noble lords on the
former triumphs the undiminished opposite side of it, that they listened to that able, lucid, and powerful speech Lord Lyndhurst. That it supplied
energy and vigorous eloquence of (Lord Lyndhurst's) with a feeling of anything but pain—a feeling of admira
Lord Campbell with the opportunity tion at the power of language, the undi
of making a series of remarks in the minished clearness of intellect-(cheers) worst possible taste on that aged and -the conciseness and force with which distinguished peer is, we suspect, a my noble and learned friend grappled matter on which neither the learned with the arguments before him, and lord nor any of his colleagues will be which, while on the one hand they showed disposed to look back with satisfacthat age had in no degree impaired the tion.”—Times, 22d June 1849. vigour of that power, on the other added
What Lord Campbell says of Lord to the regret at the announcement he Lyndhurst is, that he was once a Limade of his intention so seldom to occupy beral and he has now become a Conthe attention of the house. (Hear, hear.) But I should have thought that if there
servative: that the time was when he were one feeling it was impossible for any
would have supported such a bill as man to entertain after hearing that that which the Canadian parliament speech, it would be a feeling in any way
tendered to Lord Elgin, and that now akin to that which led the noble and he opposes it. There is no doubt of
the fact : experience has taught him passed, we yet cannot see that any the errors of his early ways; he has blame attaches to Lord Elgin pernot stood all day gazing at the east sonally for giving the consent of because the sun rose there in the government to the bill. Be the bill morning-he has looked around him, good or bad, just or unjust, it had and seen the consequences of those passed the legislature by a large majodelusive visions in which, in common rity, and Lord Elgin would not have with most men of an ardent tempera been justified in withholding his conment, he early indulged. In doing sent, any more than Queen Victoria so, he has made the same change would have been in refusing to pass as Pitt and Chatham, as Burke the Navigation Laws Bill. The passand Mackintosh, as Windham and ing of disagreeable and often unjust Brougham, as Wordsworth, Coleridge, laws, by an adverse majority, is a great and Southey. There are men of a evil, no doubt; but it is an evil indifferent stamp-men whom no expe herent in popular and responsible rience can teach, and no facts wean government, for which the Canadian from error-who retain in advanced loyalists equally with the Canadian life the prejudices and passions of rebels contended. Let our noble their youth, and signalise declining brethren in Canada reflect on this. years by increased personal ambition The Conservatives of England have and augmented party spleen. What for long seen a series of measures ever Lord Lyndhurst may be, he is pass the legislature, which they not one of them. He has not won his deem destructive to the best interests retiring allowance by a week's service of their country ; but they never in the Court of Chancery. He can talked of separating from their Liberal look back on a life actively spent in fellow-citizens on that account, or the public service, and enjoy in his blamed the Queen because she affixed declining years the pleasing reflection, the royal assent to their bills. They that the honours and fortune he has are content to let time develop the won are but the just meed of a nation's consequences of these acts;and meangratitude, for important public services while they direct all their efforts to long and admirably performed. enlighten their countrymen on the
The Canadian question, itself, on subject, and, if possible, regain a prewhich ministers so narrowly escaped ponderance in the legislature for their shipwreck in the House of Peers (by own party. The Canadian loyalists, a majority of THREE) appears to us second to none in the British empire to lie within a very small compass. in courage, energy, and public spirit, Cordially disapproving as we do of will doubtless see, when the heat of the bill for indemnifying the rebels the contest is over, that it is by such which the Canadian ministry intro- conduct that they will best discharge duced and the Canadian parliament their duty to their country.
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To Charles Lamb shall be allotted consent to Charles Lamb, nor are we -general assent has already assigned about to gainsay his right to this it to him, and we have no wish to position. He has all the genius that dispute his claim — a quiet, quaint could comport with oddity, and all niche, apart to himself, in some odd the oddity that could amalgamate with nook or corner in the great temple of genius. With a range of thought English literature. It shall be carved most singularly contracted, considerfrom the solid oak, and decorated with ing the times in which he lived, and Gothic tracery; but where Madonnas the men by whom he was surrounded, and angels ordinarily appear, there he has contrived, by a charming shall be all manner of laughing cherubs subtlety of observation, and a most -one amongst them disguised as a felicitous humour, to make us in love chimney-sweep — with abundance of even with that contractedness itself, sly and humorous devices. Some such which in another would be despised, niches or stalls may occasionally be as evidencing a sluggishness and obseen in old cathedrals, sharing the tuseness of mind. Perhaps there are eternity of the structure, and drawing few writers who could be named, of the peculiar regard of the curious and these later days, on whose peculiar loitering visitor. You are startled to merits there is so little difference of find a merry device, and a wit by no opinion. As a poet, he was, at all means too reverential, side by side events, inoffensive, and his mediocrity with the ideal forms of Catholic piety. has been pardoned him in favour of You approach to examine the solemn that genius he displayed as the hulooking carving, and find, perhaps, a morous and critical essayist. The fox clothed in priestly raiment-teach- publication of his letters, too, has ing, in his own way, divers lessons of materially added to his reputation, morality to the bears and geese. Such and confirmed him as a favourite with venerable and Gothic drollery sus all to whom his lambent and playful pends for a moment, but hardly mars, wit had already made him known and the serious and sedate feelings which esteemed. We are not aware, therethe rest of the structure, and the other fore, that we have anything to dispute, sculptured figures of the place, are or essentially to modify, in the verdesigned to excite.
dict passed by popular opinion on this Some such peculiar place amongst writer. Yet something may remain our literary worthies seems, as we to be said to assist in appreciating and have said, to be assigned by general discriminating his peculiar merits as
The Works of Charles Lamb.
Final Memorials of Charles Lamb. By Thomas Noox TALFOURD. VOL. LXVI.-NO. CCCCVI.