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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT,

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

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conduct of her Majesty's Ministers on the Corn L:I\ Question? Asgiir(,div A palpable and pitiful scheme. All throuuh their crooked policy they have been compelled, Janus like, to look two ways. In the first place, they know that if ever the repeal of the present Corn Laws were likely to prove an in alculable misfortune to this country, it must be so in a tenfold degree, when there is but a step, and that a very short one, between peace and war. Is there no danger* at present to be apprehended from the, Continent ? Are all the rlesigns of Russia, peaceful? Are we in no fear of h ivitig to expend millions of money and millions of lives in India? Are the Canadas perfectly safe without any support from Eng- land? And if in any of these cases, open hos- tilities are forced upon us, in the words of the Duke of WELLINGTON, it will be no little war. A pretty condition forsooth for us to be placed in, a sea-girt nation, unable to stand a seige, for want of bread. This is a condition which must have forced itself on the consideration of those now in office and without doubt the votes of a part of the ministry have been given ac- cordingly. Foreign questions, however, could not be allowed to supplant entirely those of home. There were place and pay'to keep and the only way to keep them was by countenancing the senseless clamour of the Radicals. It therefore became equally necessary that some of the Ca- binet should vote with them. A corrupt motive being shown, there can be no (liffictiltir for honest inen coming to the con- clusion, that the object sought is a bad one; and honest and wise men will therefore pause before they commit themselves to that which would not only produce a revolution,but a bloody revolution. The clap-trap that bread would be cheaper, be- cause there would he less money to pay for it,may I t but when do wet! enough to deceive the ignorant; but when the ignorant,asthey are called, find that they have less wages to buy bread with than before and when they find that after a very short time, when corn is 110 longer «rown in our own coun- try, and we are entirely dependent 011 the foreign market, that It has again come to cost as much money as before, and perhaps more, to say nothing of (luxations greater than they have ever yet experienced; then where will the Chambers of Commerce, an(| t|ie fevv bloated mill-owners find themselves > They would soon behold a yawning g'nlph at their feet; and one that would refuse to be closed till they were tumbled headlong into it. The seven days' Corn Law debate has at ■length ended in the defeat of Mr Villiers's mo- tion, by a majority of 342 to 195—much more than a clear majority of the House voting in defence of the existing laws. The Standard aptly says "It is useful to remember this, and to remember also that not more than one-fourth of the Members of the House of Commons are returned by agricultural districts. After such a demonstration it must be as absurd to (-all the question a Landlord's, or even a Farmer's question, as it always was to consider it as such." —————

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