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The French Soldier, 432

The Oak, 196
The Birth of a Poesy, 435 Sal Sapit Omnia, ib
The Funeral, 436.

Extempore, ib.
The Two Heroines, 481

Epigram, 197
Vaults of St. Michan’s, Dublin, Paradox, ib

On the Birth of a Child, ib.
Westminster Hall 109

The Drinking Song, 256
Widow Chilcot, and Old John Fragment, 257
Stag, 176

Lines written under a Lady's
War and Commerce, 225

name, 258
Woman, 297

The Invitation, ih.

Epigram, 259

The Primrose, 319

Epigram, 320
Claude Lorraine, 37

Battle Song of a German Sol-
Epigram, ib.

dier's Mistress, 321
Palinyra, 38, 115

Fragment, ib
Friendship of Sorrow,

'Tis Fancy governs all, 322
Visit to Ranelagh, 75

Lines written in Richmond
The Night Piece, 76

Church-yard, 385
The Whistler to Jeanie, 75 Riddle, 387
Equity of Providence, 78

The Rubber, ib.
The Falling Leaf, 116

Remember Thee, 450
The Hermit, 117

Sonnet, 450, 451
Epigram, ib.

Riddle, 452
Sonnet, 155

A Highland Coronach, 453
Sea-side, ib.

Solution to a Riddle, ib.
The Kiss, 156

Lines from Little's Poems, 507
Impromptu, ib.

Law-suits, ib.
Adam's Lament over the dead Sonnet


the Recovery of
body of Eve, ib.

Health, 508
The Sybyl's Tomb, 157

On being awakened by a Sere-
Madrigal, ib.

nade, ib.
The Rebel, 195

The Kiss, 509

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For some time past, there has appeared to exist a regretted difference in opinion and action, between the Magistracy, who hold their sittings, twice a-week, in this town, and the legally constituted and numerous body of Local Commissioners. This difference, in an abstracted point of view, has puzzled many to account for, and may puzzle many more, who merely content themselves with looking at the surface of things. To render the matter, therefore, more easy of comprehension, a slight retrospect is necessary. The fashionable celebrity of our town, every one knows, is but of recent origin—less than sixty years ago, it was little better than a mere village, and its revenue chiefly depended upon its fishery. The salubrity of its situation

proximity to the metropolis, and other causes, at length, brought it into fostering notice, and the resuscitating rays of royalty completed what fashion, in pursuit of health, had begun. The government of the place, of course, was with the democracy ; but loyalty, vivid and active in its principle, was never absent from its councils. As the place rose in importance, and increased its population, an Act of Parliament was obtained for its government, with executive vested in the body called Commissioners. This Act, as the town enlarged, after a lapse of years, was con

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sidered inefficient, and the existing Act was obtained, with the executive as before. The lạtter has now become inefficient in many particulars, as the former had done, and from the same cause--increase of population, and the inevitable impossibility of providing a regulating code for whatsoever the future may produce. Another appeal to the legislature, therefore, has been talked of; but to such a measure an objection, at present almost insuperable, has appeared-—the Commissioners say, it would “.be better to bear the ills they have than fly to others which they know not of”—and why do they say so ?—why, because they believe the ancient system, so successfully practised for the local government of the town, to be in danger—they fear that the aristocracy are beginning to regard them with an eye of envy, secretly meditating how the " favourite residence" of the monarch, may be brought within an opposite jurisdiction and controul-that the recollection of how the town was raised to the commanding point of loyal importance on which it now stands, may be lost in the glittering change it may be their object to introduce. In this view of things, the counter-action of the Commissioners, is not only perfectly natural, but perfectly just; especially, as our unlimited retrospect will shew, that the town, under their combined management, has obtained the envied distinction which now marks it, to the common security and prosperity of its inhabitants, and to the often expressed approbation of the throne also. That no material change can be effected, but by a new Act of the Legislature, must be universally understood--if' to remedy 'the defects in the present Act, were obviously the only desideratum, it is not rational to suppose that the Commissioners would object to it; but they fear, as we have attempted to shew, a something very much beyond that-a something which, if once gained, would annihilate their authority

In this feeling they appear to have identified the Magistracy with the actuating cause of it--and hence those schisms between the two authorities—though we really believe that the Magistracy have no such object to gain as seems to be attributed to them. But as every thing appears yellow to the

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jaundiced eye,” and “ trifles, light as air, are to the jealous, .confirmation strong," so has almost every adjudication of the Bench recently, or a refusal, from a conscientious motive, to adjudicate at all, been tortured by inferences into meanings which do not belong to them, and which never would have been thought of, but for the heavily pressing matter mentioned. dt is true, that the Magistrates have said, that depositing rubbish on the beach, is not easting rubbish over the margin of the cliff, and that a wheelbarrow, nor every species of vehicle, which runs upon wheels and may be hired at the will of an applicant, does not come under the defined meaning of hackney-coach, and have been hostile to convictions, as touching such matters, in consequence. But then, what has a justly celebrated and very able barrister, Mr. Gurney, been made to say, in reply?why, that the Local Act, in its present state, absolutely authorises such convictions as we have pointed at, though the Magistrates may not, hitherto, have had the wisdom nor the patience of research to find it out. If, in all penal cases, as lawyers have repeatedly told us, “ the bird must be hit in the eye”-that is, that the law, in such cases, will turn the evidence, in the slightest absence of positive proof, in favour of the accused, we are at a loss to find upon what unerring principle Mr. Gurney's opinion is founded! It is no longer ago than during the progress of the last assizes, that, in one of the courts, a prisoner was tried for stealing a duck, and, upon the clearest testimony, might have been found guilty; but the jury acquitted him, because the duck turned out to have been a drake! In the construction thus given to a penal statute, an ample justification must be found for the conscientious scruples of our Magistrates ; and where conscientious scruples do exist, in the administration of justice, heaven forefend that they should not have their due weight and operation. It would have been no difficult task to have established the fact, that a drake is a male duck, and so to have defended the use of the word in an indictment-but as such a defence of the term would not have been directly in unison with the expression of “ hitting the bird in the eye," it was not attempted ; and yet, we are not only

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