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(From the Morning Chronicle. ) The pertinacious attempts of the Tory press to prove that Ministers ought, in common decency, to have resigned their places in consequence of the events of last Session, are rivalled in absurdity by the extravagances of the French writers, who thought to console their national vanity, writhing under the ago- nies of defeat, by demonstrating, that according to all the rules of war, the English were beaten at Waterloo, and ought to have run away. Deep, indeed, must the mortification of the scouts and hangers on of the Tory camp be, if their baffled appetite for place can find any nutriment in such unsubstantial flummery as the Times serves up as a substitute for the solid good things of office, which they fondly imagined were within their grasp. Poor wretches we grudge them not this miserable satisfaction on the contrary, we almost sympathise with the soreness they feel at the cool-blooded cruelty of our able contemporary of the Scotsman, who has reft away even this last rag of consolation, by demonstrating, on the unanswerable authority of facts and history, that according to the strictest rule and precedent of the palmy days of bo- roughmongering Parliaments and Tory Cabinets, Ministers are not only justified, but bound and cal- led upon to retain possession of the reins of Govern- ment. It is amusing to watch the inconsistencies of the Times in its impotent attempt to answer this able article. It cannot but provoke a smile to see Sir Robert Peel held up as a paragon of parliamentary punctilio, because he retained office for two months in the face of a House of Commons in which he never obtained one single majority, while the Whigs are accused of unparalleled baseness because they do not resign the very moment they are beaten in some acci- dental unimportant division. For our own part, however, we frankly confesss we attach little import- ance to these appeals to precedent. The affairs of a great nation ought not to be conducted on the narrow pettifogging maxims of special-pleading ingenuity. The question is, not what would have been done in times past, under a different regime and different sys- tem, but what ought to be done now. If by retaining office the Whigs are retarding the advances of the great principles of civil and religious liberty to which they are pledgedâweakening the Liberal party, by whose support, and as whose representatives they were raised to and are retained in powerâobstructing the peace, prosperity, and union of the empire at home-compromising its interests and lowering its reputation abroad-then, we repeat it, although they had the Parliamentary precedents of a thousand Per- cevals and Castlereaghs to bear them out, they are base, unprincipled and degraded beyond the power of language to express. If, on the other hand, by standing firm at their posts they can feel the animat- ing consciousness that they are doing their duty, and are the instruments of good if in so doing they have the almost unanimous support of the great Liberal party of England-of the independent yeomanry- the intelligent middle classes-the important city constituencies, who have stood by them in so many battles, and to whom they are bound by so many ties; if they have the favour of their Royal mistress, whom they have pledged their honour not to desert-and if, above all, they feel that their presence at the head of affairs is necessary to save the honoured name of England from such disasters and humiliations as befel her, when, in 1828 and 1829 the task of watching the complicated web of Eastern affairs, checking the rival ambition of France and Russia, and maintaining the balance of power essential to the peace and wel- fare of Europe, was entrusted to the pusillanimous and unskilful hands of the very men who now seek to suc- ceed them in office-then we say shame upon them if they shrink, shame upon them if they think for a single moment of abandoning the post where they are bound by every consideration of duty and honour to remain.

CFrom the John Bull.)

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