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ness distinctly gave his grace. to under- " know to be conformable to the sentiments si stand, that he wished to have no concern of bis majesty. -olt is from this period,

whatever with any party, farther han to act “ however, thiar must be diated the origin “sincerely and cordially with anyinen whom os ofibe ministerial alienation. The ministry his majesty might call to his contidence. scem resolved to compel every one to take

- When the Ministry was formed, if ihe a party--even bis majesty's súas " Wriier of these Notes be correctly intorm- “ fail within the ranks, ---His royal high"ed, it was intim:ted to his royal lighness 105s, we will presume to say, is perfectly " by the duke, that his recommendation, in unconscious of having given any personal

a certain appointment, would be attend. “ oftence to Mr. Cunning, or any of the “ed to; upon which his royal highness is " ministers ; yet, it any judginent may be

again said to have replied, obat he had " formed from the conduct of these gertie

merely executed the wishes of the king ; men, thej seem to hare entertained no in" that he wished to be considered as forming

" considerable personal animosity against 10 part of any administration whaterer ; “ his royal highness. Party-feeling sedoin " that if any difficulty occurred as to a suit- " proceeds so far as the unwezried persecuable person for the appointment in ques- "tion of individual enmity. There have, in.

tion, his grace would do well to consult “ deed, been instances, in which the kbok with lord Hawkesbury, who had the " weight of a party has been brought to beat

king's commands in detail.-Such, we against an individual; but in these cases "I will presume, was the share, and such some reasonable cause might be assigned the only share, which his royal highness " for such excess of bitterness. But in what "" had in the formation of the existing ad- “ bas his royal highness so offended all, “ mivistration. It may be collected from so that he is not only deserted by all, but “ these particulars, that on this, as on every persecuted by all ? Surely there must or other occasion, his royal highness never

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cause beyond what appears." departed a moment from his settled reso. Then follows an eulogium upon Lord lution, never to become a component | Castlereagh, and upon Lords Hawkesbury

part of any ministry.- Some time after and Liverpool, who are acknowledged to “ the formation of the cabinet, his royal have yielded protection to the Duke against

highness, we have heard, had an appoint- the workings of faction.-----Here, iben, ed conference with one of the members of we have stated the causes, which, according administration, in the course of which a to this writer, placed the two parties in subject of much interest 19 his royal high- enmity to the Duke of York, which causes

ness was introduced. To this his royal | appear to me to be quite insufficient to pro. “ highness is reported to have replied, that duce such an effect. The Opposition, in“ it was in the power of any member of ei- deed, if they suppose, that the Duke con. “ther hocse to bring it forward ; that he tributed towards putting them out of their «r wished not to influence either the ono places, depriving them of so many good

way or ibe other ; that the papers should things, may weil dislike him; but, ther, " be ready when called for; thai he certsin. unfortunately for the argument of this wii“ ly did not wish the miristry to take any ter, he himself states, that the inventions

part against him; that as ihe subject it- of malice and slander against the Duke " self would be brought forward as a party were exhausted by the Treasury writers,

question if brought forward at all, the mi. under the Whig ministry, long before tbere nistry might perhaps, deem it their duty was any notion of their places being in dan.

in take some share in the debate. Through ger; and, it appears, as we shall see in “ all these transactions, liis royal highness detail, by-and-by, that, if this writer is to "O must have been at a loss to discover any be believed, the Duke made frequent and

thing which could reasonably indispose tivítless complaints to that ministry respect“ the ministry against him. The adminis- ing the attacks made upon him in their jour

tration, indeed, had endeavoured in vain nals. So that the pretended slander, m3to annex his royal highness, by a distinct lice, and libelling, all existed before there picole, lo their ourn immediate party. was any proposal of a party nature made to But bis royal highres could have no sus- the D.ike. And, as to the present ministry,

picion, that, by adhering to the unitorm how could they be seriously affected by his “ maxim of his lite, he must necessarily declining to become one of their party?

give office to any party whatever. His They wanted no support, and, if they did,

Royal bigliness, moreover, never besitated it surely was not the way to obtain it, to sice Foto slou, that he would always persevere with persons who slandered the Duke, who, "In the line of acting which he should they had every reason to believe, possessed

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such powerful influence in a quarter so im- Who has presumed to attack the interest portant to be conciliated. There is no sense or the reputation of your royal highness? in this accusation against either of the par- There are lou's in the country to which ties. The cause of what is callesi hostility your royal highness may "ppeal. Why is quite inadequate to the producing of such “ should ibere be a for!pal inquiry where an effect. And what is this hostility? How “ there is no formal charge? Why should and when has it appeared ? I have perceived the ignorance or malignity of the daily 130 bostility, in eiiber of the parties, against papers be rai ed into the consequence and the Duke of York; and except upon one dignity of having called forth an official particular point, I have observed in the daily inquiry? If anything has been said or writpriats, no inclination to criticise either bis ten against your royal Highness, of which general or particular conduct. On the con- “ all his majey's ministers must solemnly trary, I a greatlý misinformed, it, upon

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any knowledge, the the occasion of Col. Cochrane Jobnstone's Attorney General should be ordered Court-martial, that gentleman was able to get “ forthwish to commence a prosecution ; inserted, in any one of those papers, a very “ and it your royal bighness be unwilling miid, and even a very humble representation personally to give your instructions to of the hardships which he couceived himself " that officer of the crown, they may be to have experienced; nay, I state as a fact, given to the treasury, ly your royal highthat he was unable to get inserted, except in mess's secretary. But his majesty's mione or two papers, and ihere by the means " nisters would think themselves deficient of beavy payment, even a bare statement of “ in a due sense of what they owed to their the fuct of his honourable acquittal. So that, “ own dignity as his majesty's councillors, it does not appear, that, in either party, . if they adopted a popular rumour as there ever existed any scitleri disposition to “ sutlicient grounds for an official inquiry." annoy the Duke of York This writer for- -Well, this was pretty weil, I think. gets all the good, which the“ bireling edi What more did this writer wish theni to do?

tors," as he calls ihuoi, bare said of the He will tell us directly, io speaking of Duke of York. He and his Duchess lave what he stys has been the conduct of the been the almost constant theme of their prescat minisiry, upon a similar occasion. praise. They could not waik tip any street

It may be arge:1, indeed, in reply together, but the conjugai circumstance was 10 all that has been said above, that the Luriced in detail, even 10 motions and glan- “ attacks complained of, have not been

All his birth-day festivals, all liis re- “ made with the knowledge, and still less vien's, all his motions have been noticed, " with the consent or concurrence of his and at every notice therelas appeare:l to be, a majesty's niinisters : that they are all of risalship in the sycophaney if the different " them ioo honourable men to concer in editors. Nay, I defy this writer to refer st such a system of anonymous attack : me, even at this day, io one single paragraph

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moreover, could in any daily paper, containing a censure, or “ answer no conceivable purpose: that the even a free remark, upon the conduct or the ministry are too strong in public opinion character of the Duke of York, What " and confidence, to require the assistance does this writer want, then? What does this " of such unworthy arts. In a word, that half-ideot, for such he must be, want of the • sich a persecution, and so indirectly put poor degraded press? Does he want it to “ into operation, can have is purpose, expose itself to the contempt of even the "s anxi therefore that it is a reasonable inlowest of the rabble? What does he want? “ ference that it has no existence.

To I should like to have bis answer to this or this it must be answered, that when his question.--Now we come to notice the royal highness made similar ripresencomplaints, which this writer says, were “ tations, under the late ministry, the made by the Duke to the Whig ministry, answer was uniformiy, that his majesty's and what he says is very well worthy of " ministers were totally ignorant of iho being remeincered. These incessant very existence of the facts alleged; that

attacks could not but very seriously aifect “ the law was open to his royal highness, “his royal highness, and after having " and that the Aitorney General might be

maintained a dignitied reserve as long as “ instructed to prosecute; that ihey had no human patience could support it, he at

- influence or authority over the tree press; length found it necessary to demand an " and that they advised his royal highness "inquiry into his conduct.-Nothing could " to hold all such libellous accusation in the

be so ridiculous as the atfected astonish- contempt which it merited. It is noment of the ministry upon this devand. torious, however, notwithstanding all

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" this disavowal, that the free press, as it " the daily papers, and then answer, if his is called, and as it should be, is almost " indignation be not moved by their savage equally divided between the two leading malignity-yet are these libels conceived parties in the country, und that the mi- “ in terms so studiously picked and culled, nisters and the opposition have the same as to elude the just vengeance of the law, « influence, NOT TO SAY AUTHORITY, -How many subjects, moreover, are

over them as if they were THE ACTU- “ there which, however grossly offensive " AL EDITORS. Has any instance ever to alt honourable feeling, cannot be pro( occurred, in which a lillet from Down- “duced to the publicity of a legal trial. « ing-street has leen refused admission, and Let any man put it to his own mind-how " if required, an ample confirmatory com- many slanderous reports are daily in ment, through all the Treasury papers ?

" circulation to the ruin of the peace and " And will any, either of the ministry or “ character of their unhappy ohject

, but " the opposition, declare, upon their ho- for which the ruderer is yet unwilling to

pour as gentlemen, that they have no “ make his appeals to the laws of his coun" authority or weight with the public pa- try. There is a necessary and ir discrimina.

pers? Whence dües it happen, that ihe ting publicity in law, from which a mine " honour of parties is not the same with of any delicacy cannot but avert. His " that of individuals, and that a party will royal highness has indeed suffered much, Le assert conjunctively, what every indivi- but he will sutter still more, we should “ doal of that pariy knows to be false ? “ think, before he can persuade him. " Why is there not the saine point of lio- "; seif' to call on the lou's of his country." " nour with a party as with an individual ? So, here we have an expression of this

-The indecent language in the daily writer's wishes. He seems to allow, that papers, is certainly not from the mouth | nothing has been said of the Duke that even " of the ministers. It is impossible that our libel law can lay its fangs upon, or, at

of honourable .siations should least, with a fair chance of success; and, “ descend to such terms, and so such ano. therefore, as the newspapers aro, as he says,

nymous act::ony. We are persuaded as completely at the conmand of the two " that his royal highness 0193t fully acquits parties, as if the leaders of those parties his majesty's ministers of any immediate were the actual editors ; and, as, with reparticipation in such libes. But the gird to the Treasury papers,

"a billet from ncouragement, the contenance, the im.

Downing Street is never re!uced admitfwrity of these lituilers, is the efficient " tunce, accomparied, if required, by an cause of the whole. Would die Errors

ample confirmatory cominent," he would " of the Daily Pubers thus write, and is have had orders issued from Downing Sireet,

they were perserieled that they were rico ! to those papers, to insert certain billets, and rucaling a cause generally pleasing to 10 iclas others, relaticg io the Duke of

their pritrons ? As to a legal remcity for Yuik.--I his writer must be an enemy " this torrent of libeland invective, though the Doke, under the mask of friendship;

a jery of his countrymen wereld visit the for, is it posible to form an idea of any or Bellers with marted punishment, his thing spore low, more mean, more shubby, " royal bighanese, we believe, will not be more scurvy', more dirty, more base, shan a liglicly persuaded to intro.lice a practice going to a ministry, and asking them to obr which he has rerer aproved. There tain ine publication or the suppression of pa" bave been perhaps already too many go ragraphs, respecting him, in prints, which versie:it prosecutions, and a precedent be must regard as being edited by the most

may this be consisted, which, much to Penil of mankiai? Asit be bad said to bim“ the injury of the free press, may be here. sell: : no; the law will nordo; the law can. " after acted upon. she to this, that there

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aily hold in the public ations against innumeraile alus:0:15, iduet)- me, and besides I do not like he publicity does, and even assertions, which may of law; I will, therefore, have recourse 10 1111 subsince enor, h to wound, and corruption ; I will, by the means of i:fiu" the most deeply, bit are not pripolle ence purebased with the public money, get a eng for the visitation of the 'last'. good word from those whom I despise. “The jibullers of bis rural higbocss hive This is what this writer imputes to the Duke been 100 log practised in their school, of York, and tbis he does under the mask r !0) con nii themselves to the bonjs of a of tiendly coupassion. This he does under

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was ever before imputed to any human being. | Eden, and boasts that the Duke has the If such be the friends of the Duke, well may friendship of the Duke of Portland So he, with the poet, call for a defence against here are one of the Secretaries of State, them; and, if de contents of a paragraph, the Secretary of State for the war départin the Morning Post of the other day, be ment, the Lord Chanceilor, and the First correct, he means to try the force of the law Lord of the Treasury, and yet the Duke has upon this libeller, at least, who, though he no friends. He is “ neglected or one party complains of anonymous slander in others, “ and passed over by another." How baptakes special care all the while, to keep his pens it that these persons have nothing to 0x3 name out of sight. What! go sneak- do with the press ? Did the Duke apply to ing to the ministry to beg of them to speak them in vain ? Why could they not have ina good word for him to the editors of the tefered, if any one could, to alter the tope newspapers ! Foh! it is so rank, it so stinks

of the press? This man coutradicts bime of meanness, that one's bowels are disordered self. He does not know what to say. It is at the thoughi, especially when imputed to evident that he knows he is stating false. a rhodern * CorioLANUS." I am not for boods. But, he must be half an ideot at appeals to the law, respecting matters of least, or he never would have put pen to this sort ; but, something should certainly paper. ---The challenge which be throws be done by the real friends of the Duke of out to the editors is curious enough. York, to convince the world, that this part " them," says he, “ produce a distinct at least, of the pamphleteer's statemenis is charge, and they shall have a distinct false. I, for my part, shall anxiously wait answer; but, whilst they only beat about for the contradiction, and shall hasten to " the bush, in what manner is their desalgive it to the world. What! (I cannot get tory malice to be brought within the pale it out of my mind) go to the ministry to sup- “ of an argumentative defence?". Within pricate their interference with the public pa- the pale of the law you mean, cunning and pers! It is such an abominable story ; such spiteful ideot as you evidently are. That atrocious slander, that, surely it will be is the pale wherein you want to see them. speedily contradicted. Why, if this state- Will you, malicious and vindiciive coward, ment be noi proved to be untrue, wbo will insure then from that pale ? This is what ever again pay attention to any thing which you should do before you challenge i hem to those papers may say in favour of the royal

" distinct charge." How mully missoldier? Will not the public have reason to creants have we seen challenging the press suppose, that the parties have, at last, been in this way, and, the moment, they could prevailed upon 10 issue their orders to the get a hold, appealing, not to the force of newspapers? It must be contradicted anjit | reason, not to the test of truth, but to the will, and I beseech my readers to watch, with fangs of ihe law, and that, too, by a form of me, for the appearance of the contradicuon. process which prohibits the accused from

-This supieme ass of a writer, afier hava urging, in his defence, the truth of bis ing accused the erlitorn of ignorance, malice,

statements.- -The editors, poor fellows! and so forth, and candidly acquitted the mi. How base we are, are we not? What vile sisters of any direct share in the “libels, scoundrels we are, for not speaking out as he calls all the publications not fiatter. plain upon all occasions ! It is stated by ing to the Duke of York, tells his readers, this writer, towards the conclusion, and that many of those editors are “ even well- that too in a very peremptory tone, that tho “ wishers to his royal highness, and few, Ministry and thie Opposition must disavow

or none, of them have any personal en- The attacks of the press upon the Duke of Duits against him. But," adets be, York. We shall see, now, whether this

ro, di hizmires, as the misfortane to have disavowal will be made. The pamphlet has fr been the topic of the day; they are com- certainly stated some very ugly things about . “pelled, therefore, to say sothething of the conduct of the parties. " him, and they consider it is their duty to sented them as contending for the favour Tender that something as palatable as pos- and the patronage of the Dake, and, being " sible to their patrons."

Here, then, the unable to gain him to themselves, bave, out ministers, or, at least, the leaders of the of revenge, persecuted bim. He has stated parties are the sole cause of this hostility of pretly plainly, that Mr. Canning paid his the

press against the Duke of York. But, court to the Duke; that that gentleman vothis same wiiter has confessed, that Lords luntarily made professious of kindness toHawkesbury and Liverpool had taken the wards the Duke ; and that Lord Moira and Duke under their protection ; he pronounces

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spoken from anthority ; but, he may have nistry, what claim has he to the protecting heard some rumour upon the subject. We influence of any party or ministry ? Il be is shall see, when parliament meets, whether as this writer says he is, of the "s domestic the disavowal will be made; andit will be wall party, the cosct council," why, it is to the worth while for us to keep a good look-ont closet-council, of course, that he ought to for it.---Upon the subject of a contest in look for a protecting influence, and not to the present cabinet, this writer has the fol- the parties, against Cach of whom, by trrr.s, lowing passage :

“ With soch opinions, so this closet-council is to be opposed. Nothing freely avowed, and so notoriously acted can be more reasonable and fair than this. upon, whence can originate the absurd -But, it is very strange, it is wonderfal,

suspicion said to be so cutrent amongst that the Duke of York shcuid stand in need “ his majesty's ministers, that his roya! of any proteciing intluence with the press.

highness had any share in the friendly What protection should he want? If the “ emulution of the two members of the cabi- press say of liin what is not true, why are " net, whose inconsiderable differences, iis sayings not answered? For this writer does “ much to his royal highness's satisfaction, noi pretend, that any thing in favour of the “ have been of late so happily composed. Duke, bas ever, in any quarter, been refu. “ his royal highness, we believe, was not sed admission ; and, besides, if the sayings “ even asked to take any part in the contest, are false, the falsehood will appear of itself, s and least of all, to take that unfair part, in a very short time ; when the promulgators « which is inferred in the language of the of it will sink into merited conieiupt. This

vague rumour. The nolle person in ques- base writer sets out, with laying it down as • tion would scorn to gain his purpose, if a maxim, “ that no characters are so obnox“ purpose he had, by such arts-his com- “jous to unjust reproach as those of the “ manding abilities--bis habits, and know- great; and that the pedestal upon which

ledge of business, distinguish' him emi. public characters are raised into more " nently. If ihere be any one who would conspicuous view, renders them, at the

most presionately scorn the indirect aid of same time, more assailable objects of envy “ the alleged intrigue, and who “ and malignity.” If to publish truth were

tainly stands in no need of it, it is the per- not criininal in law, this maxim might hold

son in question. His Majesty knows the good; but, I appeal to the reader, whether * worth of such a servant, and will not has. it holds good amongst us, at this time, and

tily either deprive himself of it, or by whether he does not see daily proofs of the

withholding any merited grace, diminish tact, that the great do, withont my one's " the zeal of his service. Upon this subject, venturing to comment upon their conduct, " therefore, we will most decidedly state, that which would render common men sub“ that his royal bighness had no concern jects of loud and general execration. Oh, whatever, and that he knew not that the how many instances are now at the point of " emulation existed, except by general re- my pen! How base, how cowardly, and “ port." The hint of preference is here yet how insolent is it in any one to accuse pretty broad ; and the rebuked rival will, the poor writers in England of a propensity doubtless, take care what he is about, if the to assai! the great!- --Amongst all the anec. facts alluded to be true. We see through dotes, in which this writer has thought proall this, that it is clearly the opinion of this per to deal, he does not seem to have paid writer, that the Duke of York is, in fact, much attention to that which related to the the master of the destinies of all the men subject the most generally interesting to the whom the king employs, under the name of public; namely, the supposed disputes in ministers ; and that, if they displease him, the cabinet respecting the Duke of York's they fail not, sooner or later, to meet with going to Spain, which he slightly tocches punishment.--But, in the meanwhile, upon, at the end of liis pamphlet, thus : the press, tame and bumble as it is, adula- "The point of fact is, perhaps, that such tory as are its columns when the subject is appointment was never solicited on the any one of the royal family, is, in this wri- one part, or offered, except formully, on ter's opinion, too bold. It is not yet huin- " the other. If the nature of the service bled enough. It is not yet sufficiently cor- " had been such as to require the employ. rupt; or at least, it is not yet enough wder "ment of olie Cominander in Chief, the the controul, as this writer thinks, of the ministry would, doubtless, have intimated Duke of York. The complaint against the “ it to his royal highness." Aye, aye, I dare minister, is, however, very unjust in one say they would ; I dare say they would. It is point of view; fur, if the Duke will be of all very' well. The ministers did not, then, I 720 party; if he will be a me'nier of no mi.

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