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wards Lord Grey. It is not to be denied that this virtuous, experienced, and most able statesman, has arrived at an age when rest has more charms than power; and when, without grudging, he might, in ordinary times, be suffered to seek a repose, which no man ever better earned by a long life devoted to the service of his country. But we must look to his vigour-we must ask whether or not any one symptom of failure has appeared—before we can allow, that in these times, he has any right to prefer rest to duty. The place he occupies is the proudest man can aspire to. With the full confidence of the Monarch, the undoubted love of the People, the admiration and esteem of his Colleagues, the cordial affection of Parliament-what man ever willingly resigned such a preeminence? His leaving the helm at present would be the subject of universal regret Then, what claims to his ease' can Earl Grey urge? Who ever pronounced more spirited, able, and eloquent speeches than he has this very session made? The united testimony of all members of Parliament that has reached us, convinces us, that Lord Grey never in his whole life showed more entire vigour of mind than he has this present year. His Lordship, we have heard, is accustomed to say that he is himself the best judge, and that he feels his own decline. We have, we confess, very little faith in the justness of such a feeling. Nerves, stomach, weariness, all concur to discredit a man's judgments against himself in this particular. Proverbially, no one's estimate of his own capacity is trusted for a moment-and why? Because he sees through a deceitful medium. Lord Grey, in a word, is a very extraordinary man, such as few countries have produced; and the continuance of his services is a blessing with which the exigencies of the public service cannot easily dispense.

Since this article was written, an event has happened which showed by its immediate consequences how accurate were our estimates of the condition of parties, in the foregoing pages. Lord Grey has retired from office; but all attempts to change the Government, and put a Coalition Ministry in its place, seem to fail immediately; and the hopelessness of any Tory administration lasting a week prevented, as we are informed, any such arrangement from once being thought of. With the addition of two useful and popular names, the former Government continues under Lord Melbourne at its head instead of Lord Grey.

This has, we verily believe, given universal satisfaction to the friends of liberal principles throughout the country. The objectors are a few individuals chiefly connected with the press; and

it must be admitted, that for some time past, the portion of the daily and weekly press to which we allude, has been absolutely incomprehensible. The objects of unceasing attack have been the members of the liberal Government, and of these Lord Althorp chiefly. Any thing more offensive to the feelings of the country has seldom been attempted. The man best beloved and most universally respected of all the statesmen of the day, and who commands, by his sound sense, and his unsullied character, the confidence of the people and the people's representatives, beyond any man living, is daily held up to contempt and even hatred, by the chief paper among those pretending to the character of liberal! There are some who pretend to see through the motives of all this: we shall not attempt to dive into them. Whatever be the motives, the effect is certain. Without in the least injuring the Government, these writers bring sufficient discredit on themselves. The most charitable cannot avoid suspecting some personal feeling to lurk beneath all this rage against one or two individuals; and the eager anxiety of these journalists to force on a crisis, by the attempt to make a Ministry of Tories, and the consequent dissolution of Parliament, seems really to betoken some wish that confusion should reign in the country, and enable editors of newspapers to rule the sinking State.

The loss of Lord Grey is most deeply to be deplored. We have fully expressed our opinion on this head in the preceding pages. But that Lord Melbourne has shown the greatest talent and firmness in the execution of a most difficult office in very critical times, every one knows. His natural abilities are of the first order, and his accomplishments are on the same scale-an impressive speaker, formed on the best and most classical models; a man of large and comprehensive views, matured by extensive reading; a functionary, whose habits of business, and capacity for despatching it, have no superior; in private life, one of the most amiable and universally beloved characters that ever appeared in society. No wonder that sanguine hopes are entertained for a Government formed under his auspices. Such a man may well despise the sneers of a few newspapers, possibly under the guidance of disappointed individuals-certainly influenced by some personal feelings, and which would represent Lord Althorp as unworthy of trust, and the Tories as fit to rule.

It would give us sincere pain, could we think that such writers represent truly the sense of any considerable part of the community on the contrary, we are persuaded that the people will before long convince these journalists how highly they disapprove of their conduct. If the reconstructed Ministry were not to receive the support of the country, the state of our affairs would indeed

be desperate. The last chance of perpetuating a liberal Government, and excluding the enemies of all reform and all improvement, would be lost; and a Tory Ministry would be the inevitable fate of this kingdom. Some government there must be; and if all the liberal Cabinets are rejected by the people, there is nothing for it but one formed upon the opposite principles. It may suit some to bring about a crisis, and convulse the whole country: honest and enlightened statesmen, and the proprietors of the country, never will consent to see anarchy reign in this island, in order to gratify a handful of individuals.

No. CXXI, will be published in October.




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