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tures are disposed, as it seems they ment; and then Lord Glenelg and are, to fall in with the Atheistical spi- his coadjutors would be boasting of rit of the age, giving to Popery as their love of freedom, and declaring readily as to truth, and, like Gallio, their attachment to liberty, being en“ caring for none of these things," it gaged all the time in a sneaking and is clear that they have great chances pitiful slave-trade, a despicable trick, of success, with their attractive and whereby, under the cover of a sly enticing ceremonies. It is equally Order in Council, human beings might clear that it is quite useless to look to be stolen and smuggled like illicit the Home Government for any impe- goods, and sold for something more diment to this system, while it is ac than the freight. Could any thing be tuated by the principles which at pre more mean and unmanly ? Could any sent guide it. On the contrary, the thing, both in its commencement and Governors of our Colonies and the termination, be more worthy of the local Legislatures, both of whom look wretched Melbourne Cabinet, the totvery cautiously to the wishes of the tering, hypocritical, imbecile, and vaColonial Office, doubtless now find it cillating compound of the selfish, the very gratifying to that department to jesuitical, and the absurd? We resee any assaults on the Protestant sys- joice that the Order in Council was tem, and any aid to Popery. Lord issued, that it was disclosed, and reGlenelg, therefore, is not only mis- .called ; because, when we liereafter chievous himself, but the cause of mis- shall meet any fraudulent pretensions chief in others; and all this, too, with to liberalism in Lord Glenelg and marvellously pure and patriotic pro others who were parties to this base fessions, and with the constant cant of transaction, we shall know well at liberalism on his lips. Our readers, what price to value them, and where however, do not need to be told how to seek for their refutation. Truly, if empty and ridiculous such professions the Tories in any part of their career are, and that cant is, when duly exa had been parties, directly or indirectmined. In Lord Glenelg's case we ly, immediately or remotely, to such a are fortunately enabled to appreciate transaction, the whole country would both, by his celebrated Order in Coun- have been agitated from one end to cil concerning the Hill Coolies. Ap- the other, by the indignant denunciaplications were made to him to allow tions of the very men, including Lord the importation into the West India Glenelg himself, who have now been Islands and the Mauritius of certain parties to this Order in Council. How poor creatures in Bengal called Hill loud and vehement would have been the Coolies, who appeared to be fit for invectives of every Whig who now finds West Indian labourers. His liberal himself compelled to be an apologist; Lordship considered the request, and how fierce and how fluent would those issued an Order in Council authorizing Liberal members and Liberal associathe unholy traffic ; and the very con

tions have been, who now have presequence has ensued which, perhaps, served their silence, and by silence the applicants and his Lordship wished given their assent! We say, then, we -namely, a restoration, under another rejoice the Order in Council was isform, of the odious slave-trade. Car- sued—not that we feel no abhorrence goes have arrived in the Mauritius, in of the light and trivial manner in British Guiana, and elsewhere, of which a Colonial Secretary dared to weak degenerate natives of an Eastern treat his fellow-beings; not that we climate, imported by hundreds, no feel little for the captured and deluded minally as freemen and actually as Indians, who died on their passage, or slaves. But the Order in Council pined in slavery for their homes, but came to light, the whole iniquitous because it has taught a lesson worth plan was discovered, and the Colonial learning-it has stamped Liberalism for Secretary was compelled to promise a ever with falsehood and tyranny. But rescinding of the Order, and an imme we may be told that Lord Glenelg was diate restoration of the Coolies to their not to blame, he was only deceived own land. Doubtless the only error and mistaken. Yes ; Canada was in the Liberals could see in the whole rebellion, and Lord Glenelg had been affair was in its detection. It might » mistaken ;" Newfoundland is in a have gone on for years without re state of violent excitement, and Lord mark or complaint from liberalism; Glenclg has only been “inattentive;" it might have proceeded without com- the slave-holders in the West Indies

oppress their apprentices, and Lord convenient present, no doubt, for hay. Glenelg "cannot help it;" Popery is ing given their valuable holidays to progressing in the Cape of Good the patriotic undertaking of cruising Hope, and Lord Glenely « did not for pleasure. The Duke of Welling. know it; 'the Hill Coolies are snatch- ton (a man not accustomed to deal in ed from their native land, and carried hard words without much cause and thousands of miles to toil at labour provocation) publicly declared in the even the Africans themselves will not House of Lords, during last session, perform, and Lord Glenelg is merely that “this was one of the grossest & deceived ;''-these, or such as these, jobs he had ever heard of.” And, inare the only defences his Lordship's deed, it is quite evident that that cenadvocates ever attempt for him; these, sure was well merited; for there were or such as these are the pleas for persons in the island, the Governor this liberal statesman's delinquencies. and others, who must have been far Wherever he is found to have done better acquainted with the real wants wrong, his friends labour to prove, not of the population, and far more ca. that he has done right or tried to do pable of advising, than any hungry right, but that he was either slumber- lawyers who might be honoured with ing or duped. And, indeed, we believe the opportunity of spending a few the defence is generally correct, for weeks as guests at the Governor's we know of no end either to the lazi. table. This, however, never appears ness or imbecility for which this libe to have entered the mind of the sapient ral and enlightened Reformer is dis- Lord Glenelg. He prefers the wise tinguished.

and statesmanlike plan of paying for In some respects it must, however, opinions he might have obtained for be admitted, that his foolish and mis- nothing, and of receiving recommendachievous proceedings are merely inci- tions from the inexperienced instead of dental specimens of the general policy from those most capable of judging of the Administration, and not inde. and best informed. No one, therependent and headlong acts of personal fore, will be astonished to hear that he indiscretion. We allude particularly was entirely misled. The commisto the Malta commission. Certain sioners came home to recommend a Papists in Malta, with the Bishop at free press and all other liberal enacttheir head, being determined to show, ments; that is, they came home to renot only that they partook of the spi- commend precisely those things which rit, but also were influenced by a right their Liberalism would have suggested appreciation of the signs of the timez, had they stopped at home, which the sent home sundry complaints, peti. Popish Radicals of Malta had demandtions, and claims to the British Go. ed, and which the Governor had revernment, with a view, principally, to fused to sanction. But with that keen the establishment of a liberal policy and simple wisdom for which he is in that island. Our readers will be distinguished, the Duke of Wellingamused, though not surprised, to hear ton at once exposed the fallacy of all how Lord Glenelg met these applica- these crotchets. He said, and said tions. It was in the long vacation; truly, that Malta was nothing to this all lawyers were idle; some were country but a fortress in the Mediterweary, some more were desirous to ranean ; that we had no interest in preobtain, by travelling, relaxation and serving it except in that character ; health. The opportunity, therefore, that the people were disinclined to was peculiarly tempting, and it was consider themselves English subjects, not thrown away. A commission was and were disaffected to our Govern. appointed to go out and enquire! Mr ment; and that, therefore, in such a Austin and others, therefore, sailed in place, affecting to apply fine theories, a Government vessel, visited Malta, and to establish democratic institutions, were entertained and lodged, paid re was perfectly ridiculous. He added, gularly five guineas a-day, and then, that the Whigs might as well talk of after two or three months' absence, re a Parliament for the Tower of Lonturned with their valuable report. As don and St Helena, and a republic for they sailed in a man-of-war, and were Gibraltar. Perhaps they thought so chiefly entertained in Malta at the lo- too, and certainly all the governors cal expense, their charge for wages and experienced persons of the island and printing was only L.700-a very concurred in the opinion. What, then,

was the secret of the whole affair? much to break up that grand colonial Was advice really needed ? Were system which has long been the pride, the petitions and claims really incapa and not unfrequently the great source ble of being understood by the local of strength, of this country. He has authorities: Was it, in fact, ever in sent out men as governors who are notended to make Malta a hotbed of toriously incompetent; in some cases sedition and an insecure possession, he has despatched the very men who like Newfoundland and Lower Cana are of all others the least qualified to da, by the same process as has led to obtain confidence either at home or these results in those colonies ? No, abroad. Why, for instance, was Sir certainly not. The secret of the mat. Andrew Leith Hay, who was the only ter consisted in the word commission; member in all the House of Commons and though the advice of the governor who opposed the abolition of slavery was amply sufficient, though it was in 1833, sent as governor to Bermunever meant to act by any other re da? Why was an O'Connell sent out commendation, that magic word set governor of the important colony of tled the conduct of the Administration, New South Wales ; the Radical and gave vigour even to Lord Glenelg. Mr Hutt to South Australia ; and Well, therefore, may we affirm that Lord Nugent to the lonian Islands ? the Melbourne policy has no equivo But, above all, what folly less than cal and backsliding disciple in his complete infatuation could have inLordship! Well may we congratu- duced the Ministry to send Lord Durlate that noble advocate for 66 peace, ham, Mr Buller, Mr Ellice, and Mr reform, and retrenchment;" that pure Turton, to Canada ? And what madNo-patronage ruler, on his complete ness led Lord Glenelg, whose private accordance in principle and in his character none can impeach, to sancpractices with those patriotic persons tion not only these appointments, but by whom he is surrounded. Lord also that of Mr Edward Gibbon Glenelg is one of those reformers who Wakefield ? Here, again, his Lordprate very much about Tory corrup- ship is only following the example.of tion. We deny the correctness of the rest of the Ministry. If Lord the imputation, but this at least is cer Palmerston can send a Mr Henry Bultain:- If it be correct (and Lord Glen wer to Constantinople, a Lord Clanelg, having long been a Tory, is per- ricarde to St Petersburg, a Mr Kenhaps somewhat capable of judging), he nedy to Cuba; if Sir John Hobhouse has not lost his opportunities of ac be content with a Lord Auckland in quiring perfection in the art ; if it be Calcutta, and a Lord Elphinstone in not, he has proved that he has at least Madras ; if Lord John Russell be algenius enough to be original in one lowed to give places to a Whittle Harthing-namely, ingenious Colonial job- vey, a Joseph Parkes, anda Fitzsimon; bing. Canada shall speak for his en if Lord Melbourne make a Dr Hampergy, Newfoundland for his liberalism, den a professor, Evans a K.C.B., and New South Wales for his attachment Tom Moore a pensioner,--surely Lord to the church, the West Indies for Glenelg, who generally is only one of his prudence, India for his conscience, the “ imitatorum servile pecus, Sir Francis Head for his judgment, not be seriously blamed for following the Hill Coolies for his humanity, in the same track, and selecting simiand Malta shall add her testimony lar characters for places and honour. to his marvellous economy and pu. If his colleagues establish a half-Po. rity.

pish, half-infidel system of education These things we recommend to the in Ireland, of course he, in duty bound, attention of the people. It remains does so also, as we have shown, in New for public opinion to declare whether South Wales ; if they encourage Poincapable men are to conduct national pery, he does so too; if they pay its affairs, and whether Lord Glenelg, priests, he does so likewise; if Lord who now stands at the head of the in- Normanby makes high sheriff's accord. capable class, is to remain in the most ing to his own caprice, and passes by important, difficult, and responsible those who are duly nominated, Lord post under the Crown. Already he Glenelg, acting on the same principle, has done much to alienate the affections and going a little further in the workof our colonists, already he has done ing of it, hands them over, with the


judges also, to the tender mercies of Lord Glenelg's assistance ;" when a Newfoundland House of Assembly. they want a few dozen more priests Nor is his Lordship very backward in the West Indies, they exclaim, with Radical Reforms, similar to Apply to Lord Glenelg, there can those for which the present Adminis- be no question of his approbation !"* tration is remarkable. We have seen They display constantly the most conhow he has followed up the appro- temptuous confidence in his indiscrepriation principle in Canada, how he tion, inconsistency, and folly. They has “ reformed” the church in New have no hesitation in making the most South Wales, and even assailed the extensive demands, and their past sucuniversity of Nova Scotia. Thus cess undoubtedly is calculated to ani. humbly does he labour in his voca mate them with hope in all their fution; and the result is, as may be ex ture proceedings to secure their lost pected, that he destroys the security ascendency, and restore their regretand the peace of our possessions. ted despotism. With mingled weakness and violence Such is a brief statement of Lord he hurries on, apparently heedless of Glenelg's colonial misgovernment. consequences, and utterly dead to the No matter where he is traced, no matcontempt he encounters. He im- ter how closely or how superficially parts, by his imbecility, strength to he is watched, every where and in the motives of all our foes, and in every thing there is discovered the creases all their demands by display- same 'incapability. He holds the ing to them the existence of squeezable office some of the ablest men this materials in the Cabinet, sufficient to country ever saw have held, and the give inducements to all who are will. only probableconsequence of his career ing to use them. How can it be other. seems to be the decay of British influwise? Mr Roebuck was the agent of ence, if not the actual loss of exten. the rebels in Canada, and the Whigs sive possessions. By the courage and assisted him at Bath. Mr Leader prudence of men who have (as we succeeded to the post, and the Whigs have said, and repeat again, and devoted for him in Westminster; Mr sire to sound loudly through the counHenry Bulwer was the paid servant try) been disgraced and dismissed, of the disaffected in New South Wales, Canada was saved when no human and was rewarded by a good post, first foresight could have given a hope of in Belgium, and then in Turkey. All its restoration to tranquillity and subthose governors who have done good mission. He delayed vigorous meaare recalled, and their energy becomes sures till something more than vigour a recognised and punishable offence. was required—till, in fact, a dictator All officers who do their duty are dis- could alone secure what earlier meacouraged. So it was with Sir John sures of a far milder character might Colborne and the late Governor of have entirely and permanently preUpper Canada, with Chief-Justice served from peril. And Canada, Boulton, Colonel Arthur, Sir Benja- though it be but one colony among min D'Urban, Mr Jeremie and others. many, is, as an exemplification of Lord Nothing is now required to get rid of Glenelg's imbecility, and of the a vigilant governor but some false wretched weakness of the whole Whigcharges. Nothing is wanted to pro- radical Cabinet, a name for the whole cure any violent measure of innova- empire. How long it shall so contion but a little proportionately vio- tinue ; how long our most important lent agitation, no matter whether in interests shall be made the sport of a Ireland, Newfoundland, or Van Die- petty and trembling faction, ridiculed man's Land. When the Roman Ca. at home, imposed upon by foreign tholics want another grant they say, countries, braved in the colonies, it is “ Of course Lord Glenelg will give for the people of England to deter. it." When they find it necessary mine. It is idle to attempt to conceal to their progress in the Ionian Islands that every year of Whig authority that they should have government brands the country with disgrace, and aid, they say, “ There is no doubt of loads her with difficulties.

It may

See the Catholic Magazine for these and other very edifying proofs of the estimation in which Lord Glenelg is held.

answer the purpose of hirelings to re volcano bursting with terrific violence present, that, although Lord Glenelg and unprecedented desolation. Well, is inefficient, Lord Palmerston incom then, we say, if Ireland too is but petent, and all the other Ministry another evidence of Whig misrule, wanting both in zeal and discretion, there remains not one corner of the yet they must be kept in, all for the empire to which their evil influence behoof of a Lord Normandy and a and their pernicious counsels have not Mr Drummond ; and on account of carried danger and occasioned injuries the blessings those persons are sup the most deep and lasting. Every posed to confer on Ireland. But this where the same policy has been adoptweak invention of the enemy, this ed. Every where the same results paltry clap-trap, has no more power to have ensued. Time can only develope delude. It has had its day, it has been still more clearly the wounds that have exposed, and may now serve for a been inflicted on the constitution of the sarcasm, or pass current as a jest. And country, its power, and its reputation; if it were any thing, would it really nor is there one who in future days outweigh all the misdemeanours of the (and those not distant ones) will be Ministry, and all the risks to which recognised as the author of more misthe nation is subject ? But it is not chiefs and the agent of more destructrue ; it is a vain and valueless, a tive and disgraceful measures, than fraudulent and dishonest pretence; that pretender to statesmanship who for Ireland, according to the testimony now, to the dishonour of the land, feeof Parliamentary returns, according to bly acts as the ruler of our colonial the acknowledgment event of the pau

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lic of England.—But I do not despair ta questio" with enlightened and phi- -No, my countrymen-our oysters losophic oyster-eaters. Information shall be put on a perfect equality with upon the subject is scanty, and when the oysters of Purfleet and of Milton facts are few, theories abound, and - the banks of Burren, and Carlingconclusions are usually false and illo. ford, and Lissadell, shall be adequategical. I have employed the tedious ly represented in the Imperial oysterinterval of the spawning season in cellars. Are our oysters inferior to putting together a few memoranda of their oysters—hence, then, for the Maa tour in the sister island, which I lahides and the Poldoodies, we de. venture to hope will afford better mand justice—our oysters call for jusgrounds for instituting an exact com tice—we require for our oysters no parison between the present state and more, and our oysters were slaves to prospects of oyster-eating in England be content with less ! and Ireland than are any where to be The city of Londonderry lends her found, and may be the means of set maiden name to the oyster of Lough tling disputed claims, and of uniting in Foyle, which finds a ready market in one natural bond of union and mutual Liverpool, where the judicious tourist support, oyster-eaters of all denomina- will do well to spend a few forenoons, tions.

the clean and well-regulated fish marI am aware that I shall have much ket affording every facility to the to contend with in putting forward the crustaceous epicure. Heavens! what just claims of Irish oysters. I know a goodly show the marble benches there exists an anti-Irish faction, eager boast ! Gigantic turbot, already garto depreciate our oysters, and thirst- nished with the live lobster-slimy


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