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Blander for them. Take this advice, ye Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and thou most noble and most holy Defender of the Faith.
Lord King stung the feelings and consciences of the supporters of the Bill, by some sarcastic clauses and amendments, enacting that the evidence which had been given against her Majesty should all be deemed perjury if ever her Majesty became Queen Regnant. In short, it seems to have been the levity which a few of the lords threw upon the Bill, that ultimately threw it out. The very supporters of the Bill began to be ashamed of it. It has been evident from the middle of her Majesty's defence, that there has been a coalition between all parties in the House of Lords, and all persons connected with the Bill, to leave a stain upon her Majesty's name; which we conjecture to have arisen from the manner in which her Majesty conducted herself towards the mass of the people. The aristocrats began to feel all their honours, as they call them, dropping from them, when a Queen acknowledged that the industrious classes were superior in intellect to their oppressors. This is an important circumstance, and her Majesty must beware how she makes new friends, as those who claim a right to associate with her will ever be ready to sacrifice her if they can increase their titles or fortunes by it. Her Majesty must not forget that the people, and the people alone, have saved her. If she once forgets this, she is lost for ever, or as long as she lives. Every effort will be used to divest her Majesty of the robe of the People, and as soon as she shows a disposition to forgive and to be reconciled with those who have been so many years persecuting her she will run into another labyrinth of misery. Her situation requires more boldness and courage than she has shewn yet, as it is more difficult to guard against the wiles of pretended friends than the avowed enmities of an enemy. She has completely bared her enemies, and the more she exposes them to the public view, the more will their prostitution and her innocence be displayed. Her situation is yet a critical ope; she has much to do to destroy the power and wickedness of ber enemies, and she has no effectual weapon but the people to oppose to them. We dread the influence of that swarm of reptiles, who will be daily and bourly paying what they call their respects to her. Some prompt and decided avowal seems to be necessary from her Majesty, as to her opinion of the political state of the country, such an avowal as should drive from her all hypocrites, pretended friends, and pretended patriots. Such
an avowal as noné but honest men durst support. Her Majesty would do well never to enter a royal palace until she sees the People of these countries represented in Parliament. She will not be safe until that time: whatever might be advised her to the contrary, let her pow strive to regenerate the representation of the People. It is her bounden duty. She owes it to the People.
THE THRASHER.No. I.
On the IVisdom of the Queen. Her Majesty acted wisely, and no doubt acted from the honest impuise of her heart, when she rushed to the shores of England and threw herself into the arms of John Bull. Had she claimed support from any power but that of the people, the honest, unbought, and unbiassed people of England, she would have been betrayed, degraded, and disgraced; her landing in England added one more to the seventeen millions of the persecuted and enslaved; she entered under the banner of hopesty and independence, and arrayed herself against crime and corruption. The deference due to sorereignty, and the persecution she endured, placed her at the head of the people oppressed by cruelty, perfidy, and rapine. Opposed by her husband, lewd, debauched, and viudictive, seconded by priests, placemen, pensioners, and sinecurists, enriched and enriching themselves by plundering the people under the name of taxation, swindling under the pretence of religion, and committing devastation and cruelties under the nick-name of law.
Under such array there can be no neutrality-indifference is suspicious between virtue and vice. The Whigs are attempting to act that part, selfishness makes them enemies to both; without honesty to combine with the people, and without strength and ability to turn out the gang in place, they fill the place contempt has assigned them; mistrusted by the people, and scorned by the Ministers, they kept aloof from the Queen-while the bark was at sea in a storm, not one went out to her assistance, but as soon as the uplifted ware was subsided, and her Majesty was acquitted on the
evidence, they went off in skiffs to tow ber iuto port. Her Majesty knows too well the trickery, and intrigues of the Whigs to place any confidence in the councils of the placebuuting rogues; they are not her friends, and only want to use her as a cat's-paw. The people will abide by the Queen, through good report and ill report, they will never fail to support her cause so long as she attaches herself to their cause. The ruling gang bave long triumphed over the people, encouraged by impunity, excited by the unpunished murders of Derby, of Manchester, and of Thistlewood, they dared to attack the Queen of England, and the Queen of England would have fallen a sacrifice to their machinations, had not the people unanimously vindicated her cause. A burst of enthusiasm has staggered successful villainy. Even the judges and accused, that have so long domineered over and robbed the people, hesitate about bringing the case to a crisis. Without intending to pay any tribute of respect to their intentions, I tharik them for their conduct, and pray that they will go on in their course of oppression, because the greater the degree of oppression, the sooner we shall have the balm of reaction ; tbe more the villains persecute the Queen, the more they do in effect serve her.
As her Majesty has not only been acquitted by the whole disinterested part of the people, as none but the rogues and fools condemn her conduct—the lawyers and the parsons, who tremble for fees and tithes—and the silly that believe all the tools of the Borougbmongers, say.' So the treble-headed monster of judges, accusers, and jury, could only add one more honour to her cause by finding her guilty ; if her Majesty truly understands her case, this act of the monster will convince her that the highest honour has been done her, and this act of persecution would make her popularity complete.
The whole people pay her Majesty the utmost respect; she is more adored than any sovereign since the days of Alfred; she reigns in the hearts of her people, and is the first of the line that ever deserved even the thanks of a pothouse; she is a compensation for the fools, the madmen, the hypocrites, and swindlers of her House. A titled thing, that was a fool in its youth, a madman in its middle age, an idiot at last, sacrificed her to swell up the debaucheries of its progeny; a large animated piece of blubber, a lewd Bacchanalian, day and night at its orgies, studying nothing. but its bad passions, and stroking its bog-chops; the thing is afraid of being seen in the day-time even through a palisade of sabres, it skulks about after dark from house to house, despised, scorned, and execrated.
Look at the different conduct of the Queen-she goes every where to meet the people, she rides about like one of them in the day-time, meets them on all occasions, addresses them in person—she never shuns them. She does not live and travel in a fortress, in bullet-proof carriages ; although she is beset by worthy spies and conspirators, she is not even afraid of dying suddenly; she feels for and sympathises with the people in their calamities, and does not, like the Porpoise, treat them with scorn and turn them from her gate. Her Majesty may be assured, that the people are all volunteers, if she had had as many Archbishoprics, and Bishoprics, and Prebendships, and Deans, and Judgeships, and places, and pensions, she might have boasted of as many priests and lawyers; but as she has nothing to give, they would see her expire before they would give her a drop of water if it would save her life. If her Majesty abides by the people she will triumph, if sbe wavers her cause is endangered.
Being recollections of the observations and conduct of various Lords and Dukes towards the Queen during the discussions on the Bill of Pains and Penalties.'
We shall not confine ourselves to any order as to time, but make a breviary of the general conduct and observations of some of those right truly and well known Ignobles. The most prominent, stand the two brothers of the King.
The Duke of York bas voted in support of the Bill through all its stages, has had nothing to say in public, but to reprobate the conduct of his Brother Sussex in not attending to his duty, and for making an excuse for his absence on the ground of consanguinity. Offered himself as an example of the futility of such an excuse, and has not failed to forward the object of the King in any instance where he had power and influence. Got rid of his own wife just in time to assist his brother to get rid of the Queen. It would not heighten the figure too much to say, that he turned from the burial of the corpse of his own wife to assist in hastening the Queen, the wife of his brother, to that same "bourne whence no traveller returns,” and where the traveller has no fear of being beset by spies and assassins.
The Duke of Clarence, the modern Philip Egalite, a perfect
Duke of Orleans, exulted with triumph, and with an exalted · voice, when he pronounced his “ Content” to the passing of the Bill of Pains and Penalties: seemed to wish but for one opportunity further, that the above parallel might have been complete. Has been guilty of the most atrocious slanders in private amongst her Majesty's prosecuting Judges. This is the individual to whom Mr. "Denman addressed himself, when be emphaticalty exclaimed: COME FORTH THOU SLANDERER. A mere block head in point of intellect.' A pair of admirable fellows are the above Dukes to Judge a woman for adultery! Let Mrs. Clarke and the shade of Mrs. Jordan speak to this! Never was there such a set of fellows before, as the Guelph Family, for their brutal treatment of women! A bone for Mr. Justice Best to pick and to polish, by way of illustrating bis observations on the excellent treatment which women find from Christians!
The Duke of Montrose, Master of the King's Horse, says that he never will look up to the Queen. A well timed observation; for he knows the Queeu never will look down upon him. Made this observation after the Bill was thrown out, and seemed half inclined to say that it should not be thrown out. Oh! the loss of the loaves and fishes! How reluctant to yield!
The Duke of Newcastle swore the Queen was a whore, without bearing a word of her defence, as a matter of political expediency; just as he has always supported the Ins on all occasions. Such a man would vote the King a Thief, a Cheat, an Adulterer, or a Murderer, if the Minister had asked his support. What a comfortable conscience such a man must have, it can never give bim pain go which way it will!
The Duke of Northumberland, was quite satisfied with the evidence against her Majesty: all very pure and consistent. Thought it quite improper that the Queen should be the Representative of Female Virtue in this most moral and chaste nation! Quere-Has the Duke any knowledge of the King and his Seraglio? It has been avowed on all hands and by all the tribe of titled Aristocrats, that the King is an adulterer: still the Bishops even, are of opinion that he is a fit Representative of the Church and the State. Oh! Morality and Chastity what abuse-what distortions- what misconceptions are thrown on your sacred attributes!!!
Archbishop of York—the ouly bishop who voted against the Bill on tbe second reading: Insisted upon it that the Queen was a whore, but seemed to bim that the King was more of a rogue in not protecting her as he ought to bave