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THE WELSH MEMBERS.

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THE WELSH MEMBERS. MRS. C., a respectable old lady (Who has seen better days, but whose appaarance has lately been considerably impr oyed by a suit of new clothes), has thought fit to commence busi. lie-is as censor of the press. In the exercise of her vocation the worthy dame has thought proper, on Friday last, in one of her graceful addresses (vulgarly termed leading articles) to chide our irreverence in speaking of the Welsh members. It seems that her tender sensibilities have been aroused by a print,"—■" a portion of the Welsh press," which declared that the members for Wales were without mind, energy, and principle," and she very indignantly and intellectu- ally exclaims, The plain paraphrase upon this is, that the gentlemen by whom Wales is represented in the House of Commons are devoid ..Of intellectual, of physical, and of moral force. But the negation of the last and most important quality, implies the affirmation of its opposite—namely, immoral force and the tenour of the article to which we refer has a bearing which warrants us in giving it that construction. We do not suppose that an) one of the hon. mem- bers so accused will see, or if they see, will trouble themselves about this abuse; but the credit of the press is staked by such proceedings, and on this account we repudiate the language." Mrs. C. may immediately dismiss from her mind all anxiety as to our lucubrations being seen by hon. members. Though the worthy dame is aged and venerable, we should not wonder if on examination she would find out that our subscription list is graced by as many M. P.'s as that of her own. We spoke of the Welsh members in general terms, and are prepared to abide by what we said. We then said that there were hon. members whose votes were generally good, and to them, of course, we desire to award all praise. The names of the members for Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, and the Monmouthshire boroughs, will readily occur to all friends of freedom, as those of the hon. gentlemen to whom we al- luded. The members for Haverfordwest and Monmouth are also good speakers, though they do not often take part in the discussions of the House. We are therefore anxious to do them the justice of removing an inference which might be dedu ced from our remarks that it was in vain to expect a good, telling speech from a Welsh member, as several such speeches have been made by these hon. gentlemen. We spoke of the hon. members generally, and are fully satisfied that a jury of twelve journalists would coincide with us. We re- member some hon. gentlemen who were loud in profession of liberal principles at the last general election, but who have invariably given the most illiberal votes during this session. A much higher authority than either Mrs. C. or ourselves has said, "by their fruits shall ye know them." By that standard we endeavour to regulate our opinions. None could be happier than ourselves in finding our countrymen eminent in the Senate. We are proud of the hon. member for Marylebone whose eloquence and arguments readily command the attention of the House. Would that he re- presented some Weisb constituency, and be thus enabled to take the lead on all Welsh matters. We must praise men for what. they do, and not for the consistency wherewith they follow the leader of a party. We shall be quite as ready to praise the eloquent and able Tory, as we shall the Whig. Our creed is-measures not men, truth and not party. Bye-the-bye, it must be very consolatory to all friends of truth and freedom to learn that Mrs C. Shall rejoice to see the day when the principles advocated by Mr. Hume and his solid plialanx can be put into operation though she cannot now feel justified in demanding their imme- diate adoption." There is some hope then that we shall eventually succeed. Mrs. C. will not always withhold from us her mighty in- fluence, because To oppose the introduction of the most rigid economy into all departments of our national edifice -to withhold the franchise from any Briton or Hibernian entitled (not by the law as it stands) to wield it—to refuse the most perfect protection to every one in the exercise of his electoral i-iglits,-is not, has not been, and, we trust, never will be the offspring of our political principle, nor characteristic of our expediency." Certainly we should have never known it but for Mrs. C.'s kindness in making this declaration of principles and expediency. How many will believe in the authenticity of the revelation, this deponent sayeth not and careth not, but with every sentiment of due respect we now take leave of our matronly censor.

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