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WELCOME, LITTLE PRINCELY STRANGER! Long before this paper shall reach our reader, the news of the accouchement of the Princess of Wales on the 8th inst. will have travelled to the extreme end of the kingdom; nevertheless, the following seasonable words on the subject from the leading journal will be read with interest The announcement that the Princess of Wales has been safely delivered of a fine boy, and that both mother and child are going on perfectly well, will be received throughout the country with the greatest delight. No news is ever so welcome among all classes of the people as that of the happiness and prosperity of the Royal Family. Her Majesty centres the affec- tion and sympathy of her people in herself and her children so entirely, that every joy and every grief that affects them brightens or saddens the hearts at each fireside in the kingdom. In this case the spontaneous feeling of loyal satisfaction is enhanced by the universal goodwill which the Prince and Princess of Wales have 'T'on. Like all the n^embei"-of Her Majesty'* family, tb»jy are regarded, if Wfe mayTpe allowed the expression, Vith that personal regard which adds the keen sense of a private pleasure to the enthusiasm of a public delight. We have mixed ourselves up with their happiness from the moment their marriage was first spoken of. We have followed them with all our con- gratulations, sympathies, and hopes; and it will be felt as the completion of a most cherished wish that the happiness of their marriage has been perfected by the birth of an heir. ENGLAND FREE FROM DYNASTIC TROUBLES. For the moment this loyal congratulation will be the first feeling in the heart of every Englishman, but the impulse will be supported by the solid reflection of the addition made by this happy event to the stability of the Royal succession. Her Majesty, indeed, is happy in a numerous and healthy family, and her dynasty seems to all human anticipation established beyond all the usual chances of mortality. We are happily, free, too, in England from the dynastic trou- bles which seem now on the verge of plunging Europe into war, and have been one source of the distraction of our immediate neighbours. But it is impossible to be too secure. The mere mention of the confusion which disputed successions still produce on the Con- tinent is sufficient to make us thankful for any addi- tional pledge of the permanence of our Royal House; and the existence of two heirs to the Throne in a direct line is a visible earnest of stability which will be as welcome to the nation as to the Royal Family itself. ENGLAND HAS MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR Providence seems, indeed, while permitting confu- sion and gloom to settle on almost every other country in the world, to have chosen to shower upon us every blessing that a people can receive. In whatever di- rection we look, we find nothing but subjects for gra- titude, and the only shadows of gloom or anxiety on our prospect are cast by the quarrels and confusion of others. A firm and equal administration of the law, a freedom unknown in any country either of ancient ormodern times, a security for life and pro- perty which appears incompatible with any other form of government, and unparalleled public and 5rivate wealth, are established and adorned by a 'hrone which rests as deeply in the heart of the nation as it is rooted in its constitution. The passions of national antagonism or political enmity which Spread misery and bloodshed over the Old and New Worlds arerchecked at the narrow channel and the broad sea which separate us from Europe and America; and we present a nearer approach to those happy isles which the ancients imagined in the Western sea than any one but a poet would have anticipated a century ago. Even the evils we dreaded most are softened to us. What threatened to be an inevitable famine to thrrffe millions of our population is converted into an additional evidence and means of prosperity; ard now we are gladdened with a new gleam of happiness on the brightest feature in our prospect. ENGLAND'S NEW TEAR'S GIFT This auspicious event comes at a happy time to double the usual rejoicings of the season, and to scatter for the time the gloom which the troubles of other nations have been casting over our horizon. The Princess of Wales has presented the country with a New Year's gift, all the more welcome because it ful- fils the promise of the Old Year and holds out the brightest prospect for the future. The Christmas and New Year's rejoicings will be renewed with a heartier enthusiasm, and the nation will banish the gloomy forebodings of the last few days in unrestrained e delight and universal congratulation. We have all been settled down into a temper of anxious resolution, watching with care and dread the threatening signs of the times, determined, if possible, to keep our- selves free from the quarrels and wars which surround us, but yet with a painful expectation that we shall, somehow or other, sooner or later share them. But this event suddenly breaks on our view with an aspect of hope and promise. It reminds us that we are a united and prosperous nation; that if the New Year has difficulties and dangers in store for us, it has its supports and encouragements as well; and as we are made conscious how firmly the whole nation is bound 1together to the Throne, and beats with one pulse of mutual trust and sympathy at the happiness of the Sovereign as at the sufferings of the poor, we feel that we are strong enough to meet any shock that the ordinary destiny of nations may bring. < A HOPE! And now that we have run the round of all other congratulations, we mu3t recur to the first feeling of sympathy with the Throne, and utter the hope that the charm of a new life may wean the Queen from the sadness of the past, and dissipate the sorrow of the last two years..


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