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Appoint the expectations of an enlightened people, t th i ensuing Session- of Parliament will, we are J rsuaded, find-tbe Peel Administration prepared. for the occasion. A careful review will have been taken of our whole foreign and domestic policy, %a I measures full and remedial will be submitted | to the legislation. If two domestic occurrence- ve in some degree thwarted their schemes of financial economy—we».mean -the Exchequer frauds, and'-the" conflagration of" the Tower of London,—it will not be forgotten, that if the former be matter of blame, it must rest on the shoulders of their predecessors, whilst the latter as one of those national calamities which human prudence could scarcely have averetd-Truest- is a melancholy thought, that in this season of Ur financial distress a million and a half steHfng should be added to our difficulties by these Occurrences, but wisdom and foresight will not bs wanting to remedy even these disasters,—and Under abler seamen and a better pilot, the state Vessel will gradually ride out all storms, and Escape all dangers—above or below—the battle I'nd the breeze-tlle sunken rocks- and the 'treacherous shore. Amongst other reforms to I tvhich the attention of a Conservative Government (has been directed, we are glad to hear of one by iMiich the preliminary proceedings in Courts of jEquity should be simplified and abridged. To 'the late Lo)-d Chancellor most unquestionably (belongs the flaerit' of suggesting the appointment lof two new Equity Judges, but like all good jftieasures in the hands of the Whigs, the bill languished, or in Homeric language was born, Squeaked, and died. To Sir Robeit Peel's jAdrainistratifon a more healthful progeny owes its birth. The measure and the men were of their iappointincrand two more able and efficient tawyers werCrflever raised to the seat of judgment,, Hor obtained "a more unanimous approbation from the Chancery Bar. A weekly paper, of extensive Circulation, thus speaks of these appointments, knd of the reforms still to be effected The appointment of Messrs Bruce and AVigram seems to be fully approved of by the bar. The former has been at the head of the Chancery "bar since the advancement of Sir Edward Sugden, and the latter is a lawyer of experience c, and learning. There can be no doubt that they will diminish the number of causes waiting to 4 be heard,' and so far good will be done. But '"the delay in the court makes but a small part Ie, of the delays of Chancery. It is the operation ^'[withoutj'he Court, the length of the prelimina- ries, the multiplicity of those delays originally designed to protect the injured, but oifering an "easy subterfuge to the injurer those unhappy forms by which a knavish attorney (if there be such a thing) can make a lawsuit fatten three 1generations, of the dwellers in Lincoln's Inn, reduce an opulent family to the Queen's Bench walls, and turn a noble estate into bills of cost and fees of counsel." In much of this we are disposed to concur. It is now twelve years ago that Mr. (now Lord) Brougham made his celebrated oration on the state of the law, and many of his invaluable Suggestions have been since adopted. It was addressing Sir Robert Peel, then Secretary for the tlome Department, that he used the following Words:—" It is not so much for anything he has "aciually done that I feel disposed to thank him, "as for the countenance he has given to the w subject. He has power from his situation to Cf effect reforms which others hardly dare propose. f, His connections in the Church and State render f, his services in this department almost invalu- !,f able. They have tended to silence the clamours 1** that would "otherwise have been raised against the reform of the law, and might possibly have "proved fatal to it. If (which I do not believe) "he intended to limit his efforts to what he has already accomplished; if he were disposed to say, Thus far have I gone, and no further can I go with you,' the gratitude of his country would still be due to him in an eminent degree "for having abashed the worst enemies of im- provement by his countenance and support. "But I trust he wil(ag-ain direct the energies of e, hií!i mind to the great work of reformation, and "bestow his exertions over a wider space." To this appeal Sir Robert Peel responded—and to this great work the energies of his powerful mind %re again directed,