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MKRTHYR TYDVlL, AND BRECON, February 9, 1S39. 410 The Speech of our gracious QUEr--N,-or ra- ther, the Speech of Ministers, graciously read by Her MAJETTY, at the opening of the Session, is this dav beforr. nnr renders Holding the opinion, that in these days of "words, words, words," it is the wiser course so to arrange this pro forma affair as may he least likely to furnish excuse for unmeaning,and generally issueless debates, we should be the last to quarrel with it, because it meant nothing. To us (under existing circumstances) this seems to constitute the beau ideal of a Queen's Speech. There may, however, be omission of allusion to certain given subjects or there may be gross injustice iu the notices of others, which call for a few remarks. Such seems to be the case in the present instance. We are not, it is true, among the disappointed ones respecting there beiii, no allusioil to the marriage of Her MAJESTY* But we cannot al- low this opportunity to pass, without expressing our disgust at the unseemly manner, in which the Radical portion of the Metropolitan Press have lately been disporting themselves on this topic. The Marriage of Her Majesty is in truth no such light affair, as to be treated with no more respect and consideration than the ques- tion whether Lord MELBOURNE should continue his cook in olfice or not. On it, under Provi- dence, depends very much of the welfare of this great nation. On it depends the happiness of our beloved Monarch. With respect to the for- mer, whether the choice shall fall on one who is a Protestant at heart, a Protestant in name only, a disguised Papist, or a Papist altogether, the cause of Truth, in its most holy and enlarged acceptation, may receive a check, or may be immeasurably advanced. This then is no mat- ter for a nine days' talk, or a nine days' won- der; but for deeper thoughts, and better de- sires, than apparently actuate the II Liberal" Press. It is a fact also, that the intention of Her Majesty, personally to open the present Session, has been publicly known for some time; and yet, in the face of this, the Sun and other equally reputable prints, would have it that the Speech would contain allusion to this delicate siil)jet,t pJ'(. pudor! But what will the Manch 'ster Orators, lately so eloquent on the Corn Law Question say, when they fi/id that Ministers have not deigned one word respecting their present hobby ? But though we care not a jot about its omission, does it not strike every man possessed of a grain of common sense, what a precious set of shufHers hold the helm of state. One writes a letter to his constituents, holding out the bait of hii in- dividual opinion" in favour of the Anli-nten; evidently for no other purpose than to set them a-guesssing what the Cabinet would do; when lo they do just nothing. In this decision they are to be applauded: but the mode by which they make their decision known, is meanness it- self. In spite of them, nevertheless, the ques- tion will be raised before the Session is many days old but we are confident the good sense of the Legislature will prevail, and that the ex- isting Laws will yet be preserved inviolate. We are not disposed to travel through the whole Speech, paragraph by paragraph. Nei- ther do we think the patience of our readers would follow us. We must observe, however, that no similar document for years has presented so gloomy a prospect with regard to our Foreign and Colonial relations, as the present. Even the credit of that which is good in this depart- ment, belongs not to Ministers. Witness their treatment of Mr UKQUHART, and that which he has eflected for his country. But the damning spot of all, is that wherein Justice to Ireland," peeps out; proving indis. -11:: C1';L, putably the utter depeiidance of the present officials on the most infamous man of the age,— O'CONNEI.L. There have been in that unhappy country, since the close of the last Session, crimes per- petratcd of the blackest hue. Murder has stalked forth and both in the blaze of noontide SlIn, alltl beneath the shades of tlie. blood offht; victims has moistened the earth. Deeds of darkness, of cruelty, and vice, have been committed with before unheard of, and frightful reiteration* The laws have been secretly evadedand openly contemned. A special commission has just closed its labours; con- signing some to ignominious death, and some to other (earful punishments: while the majority of the perpetrators of these horrid deeds still walk the earth, unmolested in their course of wickedness. No sum issuflicient, to induce the poorest peasant to give the slightest particle o' evidence, which might lead to the discovery of the murderers of Lord NOKBURY so complete and so general is the conspiracy What then have the Queen's Ministers to say on this awful state of tliitigs ? This The reform and amendment of the municipal corporations of Ireland are essential to the interests if that part oj our dominiolls." Not one word more on Ireland is to be found from the top to the bottom of the speech Incre- dible as this may seem at first sight, the half is not yet told. First, let us recall the sort of "reform and amendment of the municipal cor- porations of Ireland," which O'CONNELL sought. In one word, his object was to establish Nor- mal Schools of Agitation." These would have rendered his horrid and murderous machinery complete. In the next place, let us look to the state of England, and the manner in which it is spoken of, as completing the measure of Justice to Ireland," meted out in the precious production now under our notice. The torchlight meet- ings in the north, which, let it be remembered, led to no serious ill consequences, and have for some time ceased, are made the subject of pro- minent observation in the Royal Speech. Two reasons may be assigned for this. One, that having begun a State Prosecution, in which they are likely to fail, it was necessary to put the best face on the matter, merely to save appear- ances. Another reason is, that the English Radicals being the object of O'CONNELL'S bitter hatred, it was necessary for Ministers to grin at them also. There may be others, but these we believe to be the chief reasons why the present snarling curs shew their teeth on this occasion. Putting the whole together, we repeat in effect what we have already said,—Who will doubt that Ministers do not render O'Connell- itish justice to Ireland ? Gentlemen of the House of Commons what a "Budget" may you expect from the Chan- cellor of the Exchequer! Surely, surely the passage about the" eSlimates," "adequate provision" and so forth, will be the death of Jor. HUME! What! The speech contain no allusion to "reduction" in any shape, and yet her Majesty rely on JOSEPH'S loyalty and patriotism, i" Thank goodness we breathe once more. The vision of the coroner's inquest, and of the verdictjèlo de se, has passed away. JOSEPH can" vote black is white" to keep the Whig-Kadicals in, and the Conserva- tives out; and it is the Whig-Radicals who have brought the finances of the country to their nrppnt otofo

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