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would seem as if the training and ex, inconsistency, the offence committed perience of all our public men, during by Lord John Russell at Vienna, is forty piping years of peace, had nar. vacillation, feebleness, or treachery in rowed their ideas of the policy and dealing with the enemy, under what. means of government, to a scheme of every party-flag the operation may be party tricks and combinations, and conducted. If Lord Palmerston has caused them to forget that the reality strength of vision to enable him to peof national danger has power to evoke netrate the mists that surround Lon. influences before which faction must don clubs, and cliques, and offices, and wither. The great majority of the to perceive the signs of public opi. people, in ordinary times, look with nion, he will know his course; he will indifference, or with the placid inte. require resolution and a strong will to rest of the beholder of a dramatic enable him to shape it safely. The ob. spectacle, upon the intrigues and even vious difficulties with which he will upon the honest struggles
of profession- have to contend will be, the Parliamenal politicians. Roman Catholic Eman- tary opposition of the avowed peacecipation, Parliamentary Reform, the party directly, and the indirect, but Abolition of Slavery, the Repeal of much more dangerous, hostility of rival Restrictive Customs' Duties, were all factionaries, some of them fully pledged carried by the exertions of individual to the Russianism of Messrs. Bright leaders, and by a skilled employment and Cobden ; others riding at single of the machinery of associations and anchor, and ready, at a moment's noleagues. But for such agencies, not tice, to slip and hoist the flag either of one of those changes would have been Russia or England. That this cateeffected at this day. While peace gory may include a large number of seemed durable, and a millennium of members of the House of Commons, industrial exhibitions--veritable towers will be admitted by the candid reader, of Babel-was in course of initiation, who recollects the parrow escape of the the requirements of faction establish. country from utter disgrace, last ses. ed a Peace Congress; but where is sion, by a majority of but three carrying the machinery by which the country the resolution guaranteeing the Turk, has been roused to a determination to ish loan. In the anti-national minoresist Russian aggression, and to fight rity upon that occasion, Mr. Disraeli to the last in defence of national inde- and Mr. Walpole voted, and thereby pendence? There is no war congress,
laid the foundation of those rumours of no anti-Russian league, no constitu. the coalition of the first-named gentle. tion-preservation society, with staffs man with Messrs. Bright and Glad. of hired chairmen, clerks, and lectur. stone, to which some degree of corroers, labouring day and night to stir boration has been lent by the tone of a society to its depths of cupidity, pas- journal supposed to be influenced by sion, and vanity. The trading patri- his inspiration. Whether or not the ots and professional politicians are all articles of alliance have been signed of counsel for the other side ; but the between those high contracting parties natural instinct of freemen, conscious will probably not be certainly known of danger to their hearths and forums, until the meeting of Parliament, and has banded the whole nation together the occurrence of the first opportunity as one man, and set at nought the to strike a blow at the minister. It craftiest devices of faction. The same is, however, undeniable that the leader overruling force of public opinion of the House of Commons, under Lord that has brigaded together in the field Derby's administration, did, as one of the English Protestant, the French his latest acts last session, lead the opRoman Catholic, the excommunicated position to the guarantee of the Turk. Sardinian, and the faithful follower ish loan, to which the honour of the of the Prophet, has obliterated from nation was pledged; and the fact dethe popular mind of England all re- mands the gravest consideration of spect for the old distinctions of party those members of the Conservative The ancient rallying-cries of faction are party, who may still remain so imperno longer intelligible to the masses. fectly acquainted with the state of Consistency is now taken to mean public opinion as to imagine that party fidelity to the national cause in com- juggling in the House of Commons bination with any faithful associates : will be permitted to make or unmake a ministry. The time requires-among that they should prove their fidelity to honest men the time always requires that flag, by the most scrupulous abplain speaking, and we feel that we stinence from every act of factious opshould imperfectly discharge the duty position, by the most explicit and we have undertaken, if we did not warn candid statements of their views upon all whom it may concern of the ex. all proper occasions, and by a straighttremely dangerous character of any forward and ready support of all measuch delusion. Again, we repeat, the sures of the Government calculated to nation requires that there shall be a advance the great work in hand, or Government strong enough to prose- which they cannot show to be likely to cute the war to its proper termination retard it. Such a course would, we -a peace secured by weakening the hope, often bring our most respected aggressive power of Russia and push- Conservative friends into the same ing back her frontier to a defensible Jobby with Lord Palmerston; they may barrier line. A few electiou agents be assured that it would never lower and local place hunters may desire to them in the estimation of any respect. carry Lord John Russell, or Lord able portion of their constituents. Nor Derby, into office; but the intention should Lord Palmerston's tactics be in of the people is what we have stated, any respect different. He will soon and no other. It is plain then to our learn, if he will be but true to himself mind, that the lines of duty and of and go straightforward, whether fac. self-interest coincide, as well in the tion or patriotism prevails in the House case of independent members of Par. of Commons. If it shall turn out that liament, as in that of Lord Palmerston. he cannot, by the loyal aid of the prePatriotism requires, and regard for sent representatives of the nation, ad. their personal position ought to sug. minister public affairs in accordance gest to respectable men - Conserva- with the national wish, it only remains tives, Whigs, or Radicals — that, at for bim to give the constituencies an least so long as the nation considers opportunity of selecting wiser and the object of the war not to be attain. honester men—he must DISSOLVE Par. ed, they should own no allegiance to liament. any party but that of the country, and
INDEX TO VOL. XLVI.
Ainsworth, W. Harrison, Ballads, reviewed,
volution of 1848, by an Officer of the
Part V., 566.
from the Fall of Napoleon, in 1815, to the
Vol. IV., reviewed, 1.
Day and Night Songs, reviewed, 229.
the Winepress ; II. On Gold and Wine,
Dramatic Writers of Ireland, Notices of ;
Atkinson, Joseph, 147.
Educational Reform, 499.
Ballads from the German: The Oak Har-
vest - The Fire-Bell of Cologne - The
Monk of Heisterbach, 496.
621 ; Part II.-Irish Rivers, No. XIII.,
Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac
Newton, reviewed, 308.
History, Vol. II., reviewed, 273.
Fall, the, of Day, Stanzas, 297.
Canada, the Rail in, 127.
114; Brictric of Bristol, a Chronicle in
with Essays, Literary and Political, re-
Geological Surveys; their Objects and Utility,
Lonely Landscape, 164; Chap. II., Glen-
Dark brothers, the Old House of — Part J.,
598; Part II., 664.
Grey, Sir George Polynesian Mythology,
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 463.
America, and its relation to the History
lonies, Vol. I., reviewed, 577.
Book, reviewed, 499.
Irish History, a Missing Chapter of, 719.
I., 621; No. XII.- The Barrow, Part.
239; Sebastopol, from the German, 241;
cember, 639; The Ingle-Nook, 640.
Spain, their Age and Origin, 70; No
Leatham, W. Henry, a Selection from the
Lesser Poems of, reviewed, 231.
M'Carthy, Denis Florence, The Bath of the
Dramatic Poem, reviewed, 234.
Poems, reviewed, 484.
bach, from the German, 498.
Napoleon III., Les Oeuvres de, reviewed, 56.
from Forth to Clyde, 427.
Old House, the, of Darkbrothers, Part I.,
598 ; Part II., 664.
ing Angel, reviewed, 222.
Railroads in Canada, 127.
of Napoleon, in 1815, to the Accession of
Papers relating to the Re-organisation of the
Civil Service presented to Parliament by
command of Her Majesty, reviewed, 409.
timer Collins, 114 ; Eighth Idyl of Theo-
the Civil Service, presented to Parliament
Arthur Helps, Vol. I., 577.
Tennent, Sir James Emerson, Wine, its Use
and Taxation, an Inquiry into the Opera-
and Revenue, reviewed, 208.
Mind, reviewed, 224.
Universities, the, of Germany, 82.
Sea-Songs, Our, 153.
Idyl of Theocritus, with Notes, 201.
tore, a Tale from Oriental History, 531.
War, the Plan of the, 383; Sonnet on the,
Embassy of, to the Court of Sweden,
Yacht-Cruise, Notes of a, from Forth to Clyde,