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perceived it, we may be quite sure, that " power to the meritorious, persecuted, and they would have taken good care to prevent

“ illustrious object of it. The long and the cause of our present regret.—_ To the “ cruel suffering she has undergone, the Westminster Meeting, Sir Francis Bue-“ many estimable qualities she has displayDETT, who, it appears, was unable to at "sed throughout, and the destitute and fortend from ill-health, sent a Leiter, to apo- Jorn condition in which, not withstanding logize for his absence, and also to express " her now universally acknowledged mehis sentiments upon the subject before the " rits, she is left, having lost her father not Meeting - -This Letter I must also place " long since, and her mother still more reupon record amongst the proofs of the na- “ cently; the King, to whom alone she Lion's opinion with regard to this meinora." looked for justice in this country, deble affair--Let those, who are unhappy "s prived of his mental faculties, and that at seeing all this stir, blame for it, not the - ihe cup of affliction might be full, the persons who make the stir, not the person o mind of His Royal Highness the Prince, who is the subject of it; but let them blame" her husband, poisoned against her; and those who were the CAUSE : let them os can it be possible that there are men, and blame the base and deloslable conspiralors, " even good men, who think this a cause be their rank in lise what it may.--Sir

-Sir" unbecoming the people of England to Francis most excellently well points out the “ espouse ? one in which they ought not to inconsistency and folly of those who pre" interfere, and in which they have nothing tend, that this is a matter with which the to do? Is it not curious to observe, that people have nothing to do. But his Letter, " those persons whose sensibility was so when we have read it, will call for some- 66 alive to the misfortunes of the Queen of thing further in the way of comment. It" France, who thought all England and all was in the followilej words :

6 the world should draw the sword to

" avenge her injuries, have no sensibility PICCADILLY, APRIL 15, 1813. ! alive, no coumiseration awake, to the "GENTLEMEN ---I am exceedivgly mor- injuries of the innocent and calunniated 66 tified at my inability, through illness, tu 66 Princess of Wales ? What, in fact, has 66 attend the Meeting of the inhabitants of "s been proved with respect to Her Royal " the City and Liberties of Westminster," Highness ? that Her Royal Highness is is convened on this important occasion, “ full of condescension and kindness, and • both because it is my duty, and because, of a most benevolent mind that her " that which rarely accompanies my duty" charity is not of the vulgar, casual, and ' in other places, pleasure and satisfaction, - eleemosynary stamp, but a well regulated " would have accompanied me on this. " principle, uniform and alive! that Her us Gentlemen, there never was an occasion “ Royal Highness takes the trouble to think " which appeared to me more calculated to - how her charity can be applied most bebe.call forth those manly feelings, and that " nefcially for its object and for society! " love of justice, for which the people of “ nor could benevolence, united with wis. is this country have been ever remarkable. " dom, direct a course more admirably ! To protect the oppressed, and to prove to " adapted to these enlarged views, than the is

future Sovereign the interest we take" one which Her Royal Highness is proved $ in what so nearly concerns her, is a mea" to have adopted. The well.considered

sure creditable in itself, and founded no " objects of Her Royal Highoess's charity « less in policy than in humanity and jus- " are the children of poor but honest pa"tice. With respect to the importance of " rents ; these Her Royal Highness not only “ maintaining that great bond of society, ó maintains, but educates ; not only edu. “justice, no difference of opinion can be " cales, but places in useful and creditable " entertained, and as little, I should think, “ callings; nor even then does the superin" of the violation of all its fundamental " tending, ever active and enlightened be

principles and maxims in the person of " nevolence of Her Royal Highness cease; “ Her Royal Highness the Princess of" but the little influence Her Royal High“ Wales—a Lady eminent in rank, eminent " wess possesses is ever ready to exert itself " in virtue, but super-eminent in misfor- for their fair advancement according to

tune ; and, I trust, our opinions will be " their merits; and the nation has only to as unanimous of the propriety, and im- " regret, that this influence is not as extenportance of this Meeting, as our deter- " sive as the benevolence which directs it. $ mination will be, to shew every mark of “ These Her Royal Highness's virtues have respect, and afford every support in our not been displayed by ostentatious hypo



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si crisy, or the modern pharisaical cant of fidelity that the world had ever beheld. “ those who ever stand praying in public Indeed, her warmest friends did not scruple

places; no, nor by any friend or well. to confess, that her conduct was not unex" wisher to Her Royal Highness; but by ceptionable; and, her extravagance, her “ her enemies by those who, like Balaam, waste of the public money, and other acts « when sent for 'by Balak to curse, was offensive to the public, were loudly talked “ compelled to bless, and was thus re of on all sides. Yet, did all the aristocracy "proached : “Lo, I sent for thee to curse and the clergy in this country rise, as it “mine enemies, and behold thou hast were, in an insurrection of indignation at " blessed them altogether.” Thus have the ill-treatment she received. It puzzled " Her Royal Highness's enemies dispelled John Bull, who, though a great thinker, is “the foul vapours engendered by their own not very deep-sighted : it puzzled John's

malice, and thrown a sunshine upon pate to find out, why they should trouble " those virtues which would, but for them, their heads so much about a Queen of 66 have continued to flourish in the shade. France. Be that as it may, we cannot now « And that should teach us

fail to observe, that neither the aristocracy “ There is a Divinity that shapes our ends, nor the clergy move an inch in the way of “ Rongh liew them how we will.”

resenting the treatment of the Princess of “ Their blind and indiscreet malice seem Wales. I think this conduct of the clergy " literally to have considered “ her virtues worthy of particular notice. Upon the "'* as sanctified and holy traitors to her," death of Perceval, they did not fail (espe“ and preposterously imagined that Divine cially in the diocese of Salisbury, I remem

charity, which in others covers a multi- ber) to come forward with Addresses in a "tude of sins, could be by falsehood per- most heroic strain. They could feel and “ verted into the means of covering Her express indignation and abhorrence un“ Royal Highness's innocence, magnani-bounded at the killing of that minister; "mity, and virtue, with the appearance but, how quiet they are now ! How still ! " and confusion of guilt:- Gentlemen, How placid and smooth they are! They “ the treatment Her Royal Highness has, do not wish to agilate the public mind.

received, owing, no doubt, to the ear of Agitate the public mind, reverend Sirs, “His Royal Highness the Prince, her hus- what do you mean by that? Would it “ band, having been abused, the severity of agitate the public mind more for you to cry " Her Royal Highness's lot- a woman, a out against perjury and subornation, than it

Princess, and a stranger in a foreign did when you cried out against murder ?

Jarid, is of itself more than sufficient to Would you agitate the public inind any “ inlist every generous feeling, every Eng- more by addressing the Prince upon the "lishman's feeling, in anxiety for Her subject of infamous attempts against the life

Royal Highness's welfare, and gives Her and honour of his own wife, than you did “Royal Highness a natural and irresistible in addressing him upon the subject of the " claim to the protection of every honour-shot that killed his minister ? Why, reve"able mind.- Gentlemen, unable as I am rend Sirs, should an Address from you

in "to have the honour of attending this support of injured innocence, agitale the “ Meeting, I think it due to the respect I public mind? One would think, that this, “ bear you, thus shortly to lay before you above all others, was a subject upon which "my plain, undisguised sentiments on this the Clergy would come forward. And,

singular and important occasion.- what can be the cause of their not doing it? “ I have the honour to subscribe myself, They are said to have very fine noses; but, your most devoted very humble servant, surely, they cannot have smelt out any thing “ FRANCIS BURDETT.” offensive in such a proceeding on their part

They cannot but be well assured, that His Certainly, it is curious indeed, to per- Royal Highness, the Regent, must fe 1 ceive those completely dumb; nay, at best greatly gratified by every testimonial of the dumb, and generally openly hostile to all innocence of the Princess, his spouse. And, steps in defence of the Princess of Wales; as to the ministry, it is the very same set those very persons, who were so loud, so who declared her honourable acquittal in clamorous for war, because the republicans April, 1807. They inay, indeed, be called of France were ill-treating the Queen of her ministry; for she was manifestly the

-It was not pretended that principal cause of their first getting possesMarie Antoinette' was, though' living with sion of power; and, for which the Whig her husband, the best model of conjugal | faction love her as the Devil is said to love

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water that has passed under the sanctified the censorship of the public. It is curipaws of a priest. -What, then, can pos- ous enough to hear men talk about the dosibly keep the Clergy back upon this occa- mestic virtues of the King, as a ground for sion? An occasion when they might gra- love of him in the people; while, in almost tify both Prince and Ministry in the highest the same breath, these same men will tell degree, and might, at the same time, give you, that the people have no business to encouragement to virtue, and anathematize meddle with the family affairs of the Prince perjury, suboruation, and all the base and and the Princess. Just as if the King's doblack arts of the most cowardly and execra-mestic virtùes, "the qualities as a father and ble conspiracy that ever was heard of in a husband, were not also an affair of family! the world. What can keep them back? Yes, but these we are permitted to meddle What have their fine noses smelt out? Do with; we are permitted to praise these, and they suspect, that they should displease any even to consider them as a compeusation to body, whom it is their interest to please? us for the misfortunes of the reign; for the

However, be this as it may, they have loss of America, and for a Debt of count. not yet come forward; and, if they do not, less millions. But, if we should descry, it they shall hear of it, upon proper occasions, any quarter, upon any occasion, qualities as long as I hold a pen to write for the pub- of a rather opposite kind, in any branch of lic perusal.--I am decidedly of opinion the Royal Family, we are by ng means, I with Sir FRANCIS (whose present Letter, suppose, to open our lips upon the subject. at any rate, can hardly have been written -This is too degrading; one cannot by Mr. Horne Tooke!); I agree with him þear the thought of this; and, the people decidedly, that policy as well as justice call do very right in showing, that they know for these movements on che part of the peo- how and when to exercise the only right, ple.--In the first place, there is a right that, in such cases, they have. I made , to exercise, and the exercise of a political the remark before, but I will not deny my. right is, ninety-nine times out of a hundred, self the pleasure of making it again: that a good of itself. It becomes the people to the persons, who have appeared most prolet the Prince, to let his ministers, to let minent in doing justice to the Princess of the aristocracy and the Clergy see that they Wales, are those who have been denomi. (the people) have not forgotten, that they nated Jacobins; those who have been ac.. have rights. If the people were to be kept cused of being enemies of the Royal Family: silent, at this time,' by being told, that enemies of all law, government, and order; they have no business with the matter, why men who wished for universal confusion not keep them silent another time upon the and a consequent scramble for property. If same ground ? It is a family affair; and so this were true with regard to Sir Francis was the marriage of the Prince, and so was Burdett, whom the vile hired news-papers, the birth of the Princess; and yet court have put at the head of this desperate set. sycophants could see nothing improper in of men, he must have a very high opinion Addresses upon those occasions.--The ob- of his powers at scrumbling; for, unless he ject of an Address now is to applaud the saw himself in this light, he could hardly conduct of the Princess, and to reprobate hope to gain by a scramble. Mr. Wurt, her base enemies. Justice, bare justice, BREAD, too, who has been put pretty nearly skin-flint justice, demands this; but, it is upon the same level, must scramble hard also demanded by policy; for, it is of great to get back again what would slip out of consequence, that the people should cause it his hands by universal confusion. ---How10 be kept fresh in the minds of all the ever, be this as it may, it does so happen, branches of the Royal Family, that the for- that those, who have been thus stigmatized mer have a right, at all times, when they by the tools of corruption, have been the deem it proper, to express, in this solemn most forward, and, indeed, have been the manner, their opinions and their wishes as only persons, who have appeared at all. in to the conduct or treatment of the latter. support of the Princess of Wales. Mr. The Royal Family are amenable to no law COCHRANE JOHNSTONE has not till now been, as other people are. They are not exempt. much known in politics, and has, therefore, ed, indeed, by the letter of the law; but, not been honoured much with the abuse of it is impossible, in practice, to subject the tools of corruption; but, Sir Francis them, in all cases, to common rules ; nor would it be desirable to do it. There is, Wood, Mr. Thompson, Major Cartwright,

Burdelt, Mr. Whilbread, Mr.

Alderman, therefore, the greater necessity that they Mr. Wisharl, Mr. Harris, have all been should feel themselves continually liable to long-numbered amongst the men of despe

rate politics ; nor do I believe, that I shall | Wales received the Citizens of London ; be thought to arrogate too much to myself, when she saw, and when her Daughter if I take it for granted, that the tools of read of, the procession of the citizens to corruption have done me the honour to put Kensington Palace; and when they heard or me, however low down, in the same list. read of the shouts of applause which ac

Now, then, let the nation observe, and companied that heart-cheering ceremony; bear well in mind, that it is this desperate they would then, undoubtedly,, contrast " faction" who have appeared alone to do this with the silence in other quarters; public justice 10 the Princess of Wales. and, I much question if either of them The whole nation have declared her to be would have been so much gratified by a an innocent and most injured woman; the joint Address of all the privileged orders whole nation have felt her wrongs, and put together; I much question whether have also felt that she iperited support ; they would exchange this testimonial for never was there any person, whose case any other that could have been given.called forth so universal a wish in favour of We have known of Addresses before; thouthe oppressed. How comes it, then, that sands of Addresses have been presented to the "Jacobins" only should have really kings, queens, princes, and princesses, made any movement, any public demon- upon various occasions; some on marstration in her favour? The truth is this : riages, some on births, some on recoveries the "Jacobins," as they are insultingly from dangerous disorders, and some on called, have no views but such as are con- escapes from attempts at assassination ; but, sonant with public liberty; with justice ; did any man living ever before hear of an with the support of the rights of the people Address, an Address of loyally and affecänd of the ihrone. They are under no cor- tion, escoried by hundreds of thousands of rupt influence; they are not goaded on by the people, and the mover of it, in appro the hopes of gain, or, held in check by the bation of his conduct, drawn in his car fear of losing a share of the public money. riage for many miles by the people themThey seek for no places, pensions, con- selves ? When, I ask, was such a thing tracts, or any other thing for their own heard of before? And, must it not be

a emolument; and they possess none of either. little mortifying to our calumniators to be

Having, therefore, nothing to hope obliged to acknowledge, that this address, for, nothing to lose, nothing to fear for this " loyal and' affectionate" Address, the themselves, they are under no influence, in " noble sentiments” of which even the such a case, but that of their reason and Morning Post has been compelled to aptheir sense of justice; and this being the plaud, was brought forward by, was the case, they have stepped forward to speak work of, was begun and carried into extheir sentiments freely; they have stepped ecution through the sole agency of, those forward to give utterance to the national who have been called Jacobins and Level: feeling.–– Is it too much, xhen, for us to lers? If this fact be lost upon the obduhope, that those persons, those men who rate tools of corruption, it will not, I am are really good and disinterested, but who convinced, be lost upon the Princess of have been misled by the calumnies of the Wales and upon her Daughter, our future tools of corruption, will now, upon per- sovereign. They will see, that, after all, ceiving that it has been reserved for it is the people on whom alone any

safe the Parliamentary Reformers to act this liance can be placed. They will see, that honourable part,

a part so necessary real loyalty is the associate of an attachto the fair reputation of the country; is ment to popular righls; and cliat those it too much to hope, that good men, thus who are the friends of the people are also misled, will now hesitate before they give the best friends of the throne. -- They their further countenance to these calumnies? will not, I am sure, 'forget the conduct of Is it too much to hope, that they will now be- the two great political factions upon this gin to think, thai the Parliamentary Re- occasion. Not a word, in the way of formers are not the men who have no sense support, has the Princess received from of law and justice ? ---- The Princess of either of them. How they have acled toWales, and also the Princess Charlotte, wards her she need not be told; what they will, too, now be able to form an estimate have done in her case she well" knows ; of the real character of the different de- and, indeed, she will want no one to rescriptions of politicians. They will be mind' her of what they have now left unable to judge of the value of the people's done. It will appear strange to postegood opinion. When the Princess of rity; and, indeed, it does now strike every


one with great force, that, while her Let-cophant will ever be able to remove it from ter, that excellent Letter which she ad- her mind. Her love for her mother; the dressed to the two houses of parliadient, joy, the exultation, which she must ex. through the Lord Chancellor and the Speak-perience, at these spontaneous, these uner; while that Letter lies wholly unno- purchased, these unfeigned movements on ticed by the two Houses, the people have the part of the people, must implant in taken up the matter, publicly and constitu- her heart feelings of gratitude towards tionally discussed it, and pronounced their them. She will now, I dare, say, seç decision, in the most decided and most re- them in a light in which she never before gular , manner. She will, herein see, saw them. Those notions of contempe for and her Daughter will also see, the value the people, which court sycophants are but of the people's rights; they will reflect on too apt to inculcate, she will now be in the awkward stale in which Her Royal much less danger of imbibing. She has Highness the Princess of Wales, would had a striking proof of the great imporeven now have been, if the people, accord-tance of the people, of the great weight of ing to the wish of the enemies of liberty, public opinion; and, I trust, that it had been possessed of no rights. She will will, through her whole life, serve to see, that the eyes, not only of this nation, guard her against the insidious counsels of but of the world, were fixed upon her. those, who would teach her, that the Her case was become as notorious as any people are nothing; that they have no great question between nations; and, if rights that are of any use, and that they the English people, whose love of justice ought always to be an object of Royal jeaand fair-play is their best characteristic, lousy:- -From the scene now before the had remained silent; if they had taken no eyes of Her Royal Highness, who is of an notice of her treatment; if they had shun- age to form a correct judgment, she will ned her cause, what would have been the not, I am persuaded, fail to gather most conclusion of the world? The documents useful knowledge. She will see what it is were, indeed, all published ; her inno-to deserve and to receive the people's love sence was clear to all those who had the and admiration; and she' may easily form means of reading these documents; her an idea of the condition of a Queen, as she cause had been espoused by public writers; one day will be, who should be an object but, with the silence of parliament upon of the people's hatred, or, still worse, of her remonstrance; and with a people si- their contenip!. She will, I hope, contently looking on ; with both these before clude, that, to reign over a people without their eyes, the unreading mass of the na- reigning in their hearts; that to coiomand tion and the world at large would still their unwilling and sullen obedience ; that have had their doubts. The step taken by to possess a life about the preservation of the City of London, followed, as it has which, even for a single day, her people been, by the City of Westminster, have would not care a straw ; that thus to reigu settled the point for ever. She has ob- and thus to live, though surrounded with tained a glorious triumph over all her hundreds of flatterers, would be intolerable enemies, a triumph for which she is, in existence. This, I hope, will be her conthe first place, indebted to her own inno clusion; and then, in striving to make hercence, sense, and courage, but which self beloved, she will make her people could not have been sealed to the satisfac- happy; she will watch over their rights as tion of the world without that exercise of the best, and, indeed, as the only, secu. popular rights, which led to her palace the rities of her own; she will set the example Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, and Citizens of of a love of freedom, in casting from her London, accompanied by ten thousand the traminels of faction; she will be indeed times more people than, probably, ever a Queen, and the nation will be great, hap. before accompanied an Address to any king, py, and free.--It is the constant endeaqueen, prince, or princess in this country. your of courtiers to persuade princes, that

The benefit, which the people will the people are their natural enemies. The receive from these memorable occurrences, Princess of Wales is now able to contradict will naturally proceed from the impression, this wicked doctrine, which has its rise in which, at an age of susceptibility, will be a desire to make the prince and people produced on the mind of Her Royal High-hate each other, to keep them at perpeness the Princess Charlotte of Wales. tual variance, and, by that means to subThat impression must be in favour of the due both to the will of those who hold people's rights; and, I trust, that no sy, such doctrine. They terrify the Prince

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