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A PREMATURE REPORT ON THE ROYAL PROGRESS. Of our amusements ask you V'—CRABBF.. A correspondent of a London print had written fortrans. mission home the following paragraphs Rather sick of reporting the small events' of a Royal Progress—the changing horses—the time occupied therein— the princely toasts and royal welcomes, how refreshing is our present duty—namely, to record the truly Queenly actions, the right royal sentiment of our beloved Sovereign! Here is one added to other traits of character on which to found our love, and give a reason for the faith of loving loyalty that is in us. Her Majesty having been kindly informedfully by those of her own Old English' party, of the nature of the deer hunt (so called) preserved silence on the subject, until the arrival of the whole illustrious spectators of death and torture, thereby proving her wish to avoid everything like a desire to dictate to foreigners in their amusements, however repugnant to her own English and feminine taste. CI Just before the slaughterous work, her Majesty desired Prince Albert to signify through some of his own illustrious kinsmen to the eager spectators, that a little I infirmity of nerve,' a very slight feeling of something like a shock, joined to a tnn ng degree of aversion to seeing pain inflicted, would induce her Majesty to retire, particularly requesting that the whole might proceed exactly as if she were present. Accord- ingly, her Majesty (without her retiring being fully known to the plebeian population without the enclosure, or causing the least sensation, she being supposed to be still within the pavilion,) retired, and amused herself with viewing the beau- tiful and innocent creatures enjoying themselves, and perform- ing their graceful bounds and antics, over the velvet expanse of vivid green, or moving in and out among the forest trees surrounding their pastures. Her Majesty was much pleased with the tame gentleness of many, which, accustomed to the presence of persons about the rural palace, almost allowed themselves to be caressed, and receive the favour of the f royal touch.' Other beautiful ferae naturae, reclaimed from wild- ness, engaged her Majesty's attention. Her Majesty could not help betraying a natural feminine emotion every time the reports of fire-arms close by, in the canvassed enclosure (alias slaughter-house), which she had escaped from, assured her that several of those gay, happy, and graceful animals who were playing about her, butrtng each other in sport, glancing at her and her female attendants, with their bright, fearless, healthy eyes, were at that moment dying in agony, striving to stand again on limbs of which Ihc bones projected —struggling ap, all over blood, rolling those fine eyes in wild terror of the approaching 'Jack Ketch *'of a German deer hunt (!), who occasionally cuts the throat of the poor sufferer by noble' and princely hands—terror strong as the agony of its wounds, at his close contact which it could no longer fly from. What a delicious contrast (to our English TASTES at least) was presented in this scene, to that being acted in the g'een shamble, to which an English Queen had been invitedl May we not presume to add, that this full information of the nature of German royal pastimes would have come very gracefully from her illustrious Consort? Certain we are that his suggestion of HER absence from such loathsome butchery would have been superfluous. Her own fine sense of what the English nation approves in Woman would have instantly prompted an English Queen (the grand example of the sex) to the dignified (yet but natural, but teomaM/y) course she adopted. A yet more delightful office remains for an English reporter to perform. Her Majesty's objection to the barbarous pastime becoming known afterwards, it is confidently reported that a total abandonment of it by ladies is likely to be the result and who can limit the possible humanising, exalting effect which the influence of the sex may produce on EVEN whole Continental society What was the humane Reporter's" authority for this in- tended London bit of news, I shall not enquire; but lamenting its grievous remoteness frem the fact, let us ask the British people, would it not have been a very gratifying communica- tion? I dare to answer for man, woman, and child, almost uni- versally, that it would. Why was it left for a dreamer to imagine ? Why was It permitted for every Hadical news- vender in England, to snatch eagerly at a fresh pretext for abusing Royalty? Why was the sad anomally permitted that men (reporters to public prints) are venting real humane feelings of disgust and pain, at what their beloved Queen sat two hours for pleasure to witness ? I say permitted, as we must hope that the fault, the false taste (to say no worse), is chargeable on those who failed to apprize the Queen of the whole revolting scene she was to be present at, because she might, doubtless, feel embarrassment in retiring suddenly— feel aversion to such a tacit condemnation of her husband's native sports and pastimes." In the manner imagined by our dreamy reporter as above, no such irksomeness would have attended her assertion of a woman's proper feelings and jnst respect to them—to herself—"to her Crown and dig- nity for say what we will, in our loyal desire to approve, civilized nature still says, that a purely voluntary attendance at such a spectacle, is unwomanly, is inconsistent with self- respect, repugnant to English feelings of right and wrong, is subversive of that royal dignity, it is even perilous to Crowns to utterly cast off. As the Sovereign "can do no wrong," we must then assert that the advisers of the Sovereign have done wrong-shameful wrong, in not advising their gracious Sovereign a"ainst such acquieseuce in foreign habits, as would revolf her subjects at home—revolt her own sex- afford a STRONG handle for every deinocraucal foe of monarchy, to revile royal tastes and characters. For judge them as we may as not actuated by really humane aversion, who can deny the fact that there lives not a gentleman in Great Britain with the refinement belonging to that character, who would see with patience his wife, his daughter, or even his son, hurrying away to see beautiful inoffensive animals mangled to death, without the least sport afforded by chance of escape to feast their eyes on the dead bodies, fresh in their wounds, and dying distortions of agony; piled, pur- posely, beside their way to their carriages; their delicate robes brushing the beastly and mournful abominations of blood and filth, inseparable from the slaughter of a great number of large robust animals (" fat deer"), foul as a Newgate market alley, or nearly so, and ten thousand degrees more cruel to the mind Let the Conservative Press speak out—let it vie with the mock humanity of political grumblers, in denouncing really unroyal pursuits and habits Let the spirit of real humanity know no party, in reclaiming to the light old English path, even Royalty led astray. I say, fear- lessly, that no man would endure in his wife or daughter such a taste as thus by royal license," as it were, is presented as an example to the women-the unparalleled women of Eng- land Unparalleled in the general sense of delicacy, modesty, humanity, gentleness, and in acting up to that sense in every rank, almost down to the lowest. Must not her Majesty have remarked, that when she adopt- ed the little riding cap, and shewed fondness for equestrian exercise, all the ladies iu England became fond of caps, and all who could command a horse, mounted, and Hyde Park presented more pretty Victorias mounted cap a pie," than did Shrewsbury plain Hotspurs, allfac-Ilmdes of her Majesty ? This may show how powerful is her example. Let it no longer be said, that she set an example which we, as English people, will not endure woman or child to follow. It is not enough to say, that her Majesty only lent her presence to thencsty, and unmanly, and inhuman spectacle as a foreign one! We do not surely regard her as a foreign Queen an alien all the while! Why, then, are all her habits to be ex- patriated during her absence ? Suppose she had intermarried with a prince of Spanish birth, and had visited Madrid, *would the English people have been doomed to read of their "most gracious" Queen sitting to bull fights with those two really revolting creatures under crowns and petticoats who have lately made themselves odious to us, by enjoying the sight of that noble creature, the horse, forced on against the horns of a mad bull, after its bowels had been forced out, and go, trailing and trampled on by its own hoofs, along with it?—enjoying the agony of the bull, with darts of fire exploding In its neck to increase its madness, that its madness may increase the misery of the horses by more horrid goring—all to increase the pleasure of those Queen ladies. I say, would it be endured in England that the Queen should partake of these pretty joys, these most elegant and feminine pastimes of her •< royal sisters 7" Surely not. Her Majesty s own taste, own English breeding would (let us hope) spare her^ubjecU the pa.uful necessity of asserting their own tastes, and moral, Chrlst.an prejudices in opposition to hers. WouW Prince Albert exalt that negative popularity he enjoys as a very harmless prince Consort into a positive high favour,let him conform himself to, and with all his conjugal influence foster in our popular Sovereign the true Old English character—not the ancient feudal character and taste, but which he at present sees a few steps below him-in that sphere where national character is certainly most truly deve- loped, in a free people under a limited monarchy, the upper portion of the middle classes. Builth, 1)




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