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TO Tif I' EDITOR OF THE GAZETTE AND GUARDIAN. S I R,-Having waited until pur Reforming Ministry had developed their. plan of Church improvement before I addressed you, or rather before I resumed my correspon- dence, it is with something of congratulation that'I speak of the light hand with which the threat of the Premier has oeen executed. A commutation of tithes—and the regula- tion of pluralities; if the Reformers will end here. we may well forgive their interference; but we look at their pro. ceedings towards the Irish Church, and have but little confidence in their tender mercies. Their dealings however with either Church, we suspect, will beadjollTIJcd sine die: the position of the great Incapables becoming daily rrrore perilous, and the stability of their administration more questionable. They have raised spirits, who are become their masters. tliey have waked the demon,-and he will not be laid. It was passing strange, that the real object of the Whigs in proposing and carrying the Reform Jiill was never broadly set forward in the House of Commons, and the (selfishness of the whole proceeding fully exposed. After more than half a century of exclusion from power and place, they suddenly found themselves, by the indis- cretion of the Duke of Wellington, failed to oiffce, and they immediately devised a scheme by which they hoped to make that possession perpetual. lhey introduced their bill, agitated the country from centre to extremity, dis- solved the Parliament at the very height of their ferment, and secured a very large and pledged majority^ Long was their project resisted by the hereditary branch of the']'enis. lature, and it was only the prospect of a great national convulsion, that urged the Peers to withdraw their oppo- sition. The bill "passed, and a Reformed Parliament assembled, and the bubble has burst—burst in a way that was forespen by every man that was not blinded hy passion and prejudice. It is a fact not more new in Parliamentary tactics than creditable to the Tories, that they have exhi. bited the reverse of a factious opposit ion, le; them alone, they appear to have said, and they will destroy tiiem- selves-" give them rope enough" the proverb is somewhat musty—never was incapacity more manifest never patience more exemplary the chef d'eeuvre of fiscai ahsllrdity was the budget. Where, cry the tax-ridden, is your relief? Tiles, and soap, and advertisements, says the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The division on the malt tax was a disgrace to the Administration as men of bllsiness, and the method by which their blunder Was rectitied struck at the root of all confidence in the decisions of Parliament. It is notorious that they obtained their majority, not in approbation of the celebrated "resolution," but because one fourth of the seats of the members would have been endangered by the resignation of the present Adminstration. The question was not, shall the public burthens be relieved ? but, shall we retain our seats? Oh, this Reform Bill has covered a multitude of sins already; how long it will stand between those who devised it and public indignation, time is rapidly showing. Yes, the bubble has burst, all the good that was promised has turned out a dream; all the evil that was predicted is receiving rapid accomplishment. Agitation is now the watchword, and it is an ominous sound in the cars of those who know what it has already effected it is now ringing the knell of Lord Grey's Administration it has encouraged Radicalism into open rebellion. There is nothing between this country and revolution, but the sound of Conservative spirit, which, insulted as it has been and reviled as it still is, has genrqsity enough toforgive its injuries, and to stand between the incapacity of the Whigs and the madness of the people, not with the sordid hope of place, but the patriotic temper of moderators. If Radical heat can be checked it is only this way that its temperature call be reduced, and Radical moisture, with its high pressure, can only this way be saved from explosion. We are glad to see the Conservative spirit is spreading far and wide men look back, and are ashamed of the folly into which they have been duped, and mourn the delusion by which they have been led astray. It is not that we care to see the lories in place, their post of honour is now between an incapable government and its enraged dupes. The conduct Of Sir Robert Peel in these trying times is precisely what might have been expected from a statesman and a man of honour. His moderation has made him an object of sus- picion to the more violent men of his own party, but we cannot see aught in his public conduct that is not consistent with the soundest wisdom and the most disinterested patriotism. There is health enough, there is soundness sufficient in the country, to save it from the ruin that threatens it: but there must be a more decided manifesta- tion of the prevailing feeling. Let us not stop to enquire who is,the incendiary, but apply our first energies to stop the progress of the flame. Let us, as Christians and as patriots, hold fast by our Church which, however de- Pnved of her temporalities, will be spiritually the same and Cling to our institutions, which, however threatened, however in the guardianship of the feeble and the incompetent, are still untarnished in their lustre, and still worthy of defence. PORTlUS.




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