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member, and his professional as a having been unanimously appros great lawyer, on the question of ed of by that houte.- Hic histed competency in parliament with re- at injury in a recent tanluction, Ipect to the controul of the civil from which the minister and he list revenue, Sir Fletcher Norton, must from thenc forward liand after stating several causes which upon the most inequivocal terms. rendered him extremely averse to He declared that he was not a the giving of any opinion in that friend to the noble lord, and that house, except in his official capa- he had repeated and convincing city, likewise observed, that a prin proofs, that the noble lord was not vate opinion which he had for. his friend. The time was not yet • merly given on a grcat law ques. arrived, he said, when it would be
tion in that house, and which he proper to make the circumstances thought himself professionally called of the transaction public. But if upon to give, (supposed to allude the noble lord did not do him jul. to a clause in the royal marriage tice, he would liate the particulars bill) as well as in compliance with to the house; and he would submit the apparent desire, and seeming to them, how far he was bound to wich of the house, not only sub- remain in a situation, where a perjeđed bim to a misinterpretation formance of the duties annexed to of his conduet, but he had also the it, subjected him to gross and flamisfortune to find, had given great grant injury. offence in a quarter, where he cer. The minister equally pleaded ig. tainly did not intend or wish to give norance and innocence, accompaany.
nied with ng small degree of fur. He afterwards observed, that the prize at the charge. Enquiry, exo noble lord at the head of affairs, had planation, and talking the subject long withdrawn all friendthip and' over, instead of mollifying matters, confidence from him. That from only served to blow them up to a the time of his reporting the sense Alame; and at length induced the of that house at the bar of the speaker to depart from his precedother, on occasion of presenting the ing avowed intention, of reserving money bills, for the discharge of for future contingencies, bis disclo. the civil lift debts, and the increase sure of the cause of complaint. of its revenue, all appearances even He accordingly stated, that upon of friendship, confidence, and good the death of the late speaker, he will, had ceased on the side of the had been strongly solicited by the noble lord. He was still at a loss then minister (Duke of Grafton) even to guess, what just cause of to accept of his present honourable offence he had then given. What situation, before he could bring he had done upon that occasion himself to a compliance. That be. was, to the best of his judgment, fides his sense of the great weight only in discharge of his duty. If of the important duties which he he had a&ted wrong, it arose from was to discharge in his present of. error, not from defign; and what. fice, there were other very cogent ever others might think of his con- inotives which operated to this re: duct, he had the satisfaction, of its luctance. It could neither be deem
ed arrogance or vanity in him to he did of the supposed injury of say, when his chara ter at the bar, the transacion. He assured the his standing, and his general pre- committee, that he never meant to tendons were confidered, that he challenge their attention, upon any was thed at the head of his pro- subject merely personal to himself; feffion as a corninou lawyer. The but thinking at all times, that nohonours of his profession were ac- thing should be kept more pure cordingly open to him; and be and unpolluted, than the fountains was determined not to relinquit of justice, he could not but feel his claim to these upon any account when any measure was adopted, whatever. The nobleman then at under whatever pretext, that might the head of adminiftration wished afford even colour for a suspicion to remove this objection; and pre- of their being corrupted ; or that vailed on a gentleman, then pre- any improper means were resorted sent, and in high office, to nego- to, for rendering the courts of ciate the business. The terms justice subservient to party, and concluded upon were, that until to factious views; he therefore he could be provided for in the thought it a duty highly incumway of his profession, (that fti- bent upon him, to take notice of pulation taking place of all others, the present transa&tion. He conand consequently, that whenever cluded by asserting, that money an opportunity offered, the way had been proposed to be given thould be kept open for his return and received, to bring about the to Westminster Hall) he should arrangement he had mentioned; bold the Ginecure office of lord and pledged himself to the house, chief justice in Eyre, which he that at a proper time, he would unnow poffefsed, as an equivalent, dertake to prove it to their satisfacand compensation, for the advan- tion. tages he had given up, and the The gentleman in office, who duties which he was to under- had been alluded to by the speak. take.
er, with respect to the original But notwithstanding this com- transaction, acknowledged, that he paa, he had lately discovered, to had been prevailed upon by the his infinite surprize, that a nego. noble duke, then at the head of ciation was in train, between the public affairs, to deliver the mera noble minister then present, and the fage in questions and that the parchief judge of one of the courts, ticulars appeared to him to have by which the latter was to retire been now fairly stated; but as far on a penfion, for the purpose of as he could charge his memory at appointing another person (a law this distance of time, he bad neofficer then likewise present) to ver understood, that any of those Supply his place, and to the utter particulars came regularly or prosobyerfion of bis own claim. He perly to the knowledge of the noble scarcely complained less of the lord now at the head of adminittra. conduct and behaviour of the mi- tion. pifter, upon his perfonal applica. The minister declared, that he tion to him on the subject, than did not look upon himself respon:
lable sible for any promise which might duced no other effect, than that have been made by his predeceflurs of affording a new ground of arin office. He did not question the gument to the opposition, that account given by the right honour- the alarining influence which they able gentleman, of the confidera- charged to the crown, had not tions on which he had accepted of only pervaded, but disturbed the the chair in that houle ; but he due order and aconomy, of every could fairly answer, that he nei- department,' of whatever nature, ther knew of the transaction at the in the state. In the mean time, time, nor looked upon himself as that law arrangement, which was bound, when he did come into of- now charged to a supposed negofice, by any such promise. With ciation, not found, or admitted to respect to the speaker's assertion, exist, took place not long after in of a negociation, such as he had the fame degree and eftea, which described, being on foot, and of the completion of such a negociamoney being proposed to be given tion could have been expected to and received, he must difrent to produce. tally from it as to the point of fact. We liave lately feen tlie ferere He allured him, that he had been strictures tirat were paffed in the grofly misinformed; and as he was House of Lords, on the appointhiinself accused of being one of the ment of Mr. Fullarton, to the acting parties, he was entitled to rank of lieutenant colonel in the fay, that no such negociation was army, and to the command of an on foot, as that which had been intended new regiment. Some ftated.
terins and expreflions which were This brought out much warm used on that occasion, having given altercation, which run into affer- great offence to the gentleman in tion and direct contradiction, bequestion, he thought proper to call tween the speaker and the mini. the fubje&t up in his place, as a lier ; and which gave rise to fuch member of the House of Coma scene, and with fixeh person- mons, before he entered upon mea. ages, as never had been exhibited fures of a more summary and deci. there at any former time. The fire nature for the obtaining of fafirit law officer of the crown in tisfaction. that house, who had been alluded He accordingly took ne . to as a principal party in the ne- tice in that House, that 20
20th. gociation, disclaimed the imputa. his character, and his conduct in tion with great spirit; and in a offering to raife a regiment, bad fpeech fraught with his usual tharp been reflected upon by a noble and pointed eloquence, threw out earl in the other; a matter which no fall thare of severity, in a pe- had given him the greater uneaficuliar firain of larcasm, and ironical nels, as he was puzzled how to satire, upon the complaint and con- act, in order to wipe away the duct of the speaker.
imputation. He rose therefore to Although this affair made a explain the motives of his conconfiderable noise at the time, duct, and bespoke the patience of yet it foon died away; and pro- the house, as he felt his honour
wounded, wounded, and had ardently wished ted, that it was certainly wrong, for an opportunity of removing the in either house, to introduce the bad impressions of his conduct, to name of any member of the other. which the place where the reflec. There were some occasions, how. tions were thrown out, was likely ever, which would justify it, and he to give occasion. That the reflec. thought the present çare one of tions, as he understood, were ex- them. After high compliments tremely gross; the noble earl, term. and praise to Mr. Fullarton, and ing him a clerk, and in the most infinuating, that he had gained contemptuous manner remarking, great honour by the spirit with that a clerk ought not to be trusted which he had felt and resented the with a regiment; at the same time injury, even fuppofing that he had adding to that remark, other insi- erred in the means of justification; nuations, as false as they were illi- he, however, recommended to him, beral. i
to treat all personal attacks with He then proceeded in a stile of indifference and contempt. To personal insective against a noble give efficacy to this advice by exo earl by Hame, which called up Mr. ample, he informed the gentleFox to order, who exclaimea a. man in a friendly manner, of his gaiuft the unparliamentary conduct, own conduct in such situations. of thus stating what was said in the Noble "Jords in another place, he other house, and of thus mention. faid, were very apt to be personal, ing peers by name, in that; a prac- and they very often made free tice, not to be endured, and con- with himself. Among other pames, trary to every rule of parliament. one of them had lately called him After stating the impoflibility of a thing. The appellation, howtheir knowing, whether the words ever contemptuously meant, was alluded to were really spoken, he certainly truly applied; for he un. proceeded to argue the improprie- doubtedly was a thing. But the ly, of considering what was said in noble lord had put an addition to debate as a private and personal it; he said he was a thing called a attack. On that ground, he muft minister. A moment's copfideraonce for all declare, that if such a tion convinced himn that this ought cuftom prevailed, the freedom of not to be regarded as an affront, debate must cease; and he con- because a moment's confideration tended, that the most effential of reminded him, that the noble lord all the rigbts of parliament would who had dubbed him a thing called be lost, if it were once admitted as a minifter, had not the smallest ob. a principle, that a personal affront jection to become that very thing was intended to gentlemen, when- himself. ever their names and public conduct Tbis advice and example, had were mentioned in debate.
not their effe&t. Much altercation The minifter, (who had him. 'continued ; strong words were still self smarted, particularly during uted; and Mr. Fullarton detend. the present session, under the fe ed himself by observing, that the verities of the noble earl, whose noble earl bad attacked him by name was now in question) admits name. He, however, vindicated
his warmth by informing the house, quence of parliamentary business, that the earl in question had af- or of expressions dropped in deserted, that he and his regiment, bate in either house, seemed grow. would be as ready to draw their ing into such a custom, that it be. (words against the liberties of their hoved them to interpose their au. country as against its foes.
thority, before it acquired the The matter did not end there. force of a settled habit; other. In consequence of a message from wise, that there must be an end Colonel Fullarton, and delivered of all freedom of debate, and con: by the Earl of Balcarras, the Earl sequently of all business in parlia, of Shelburne, accompanied by Lord ment. He therefore hoped, that Frederic Cavendish, as his second, the house would exert itself in such gave them a meeting in Hyde- a manner, as to render the two Park. The earl being wounded recent instances the last of the by his antagonist's second shot, kind. If free debate was to be with great generosity of spirit, interpreted into personal attack, fired his own pistol notwithstand and questions of a public nature, ing in the air. But foniething which came before either house, being afterwards hinted of a de- were to be decided by the sword, claration that he had intended no. the British parliament would be at thing personal, he replied, the once reduced to the condition of affair had taken another train, a Polish diet. In such circum, and that was no place for expla. Itances, he thought it would be nation; at the same time telling better for the members totally to his adversary, that if be felt any give up all ideas of parliamentary relentment, he found himself, not. dcnflion, to abandon the senate, withstanding bis wound, able to and resort at once to the field; go on. But Mr. Fullarton dif. where, without farther trouble, they dained the idea, and hoped that might have recourse to arins, as the he could not be thought capable sole arbiter of political difference of of harbouring such a sentiment.-- opinion. We are not fond of dwelling on Mr. Fullarton's friends, besides the circumstances of these unhappy passing the highest eulogiums on personal contests, which had arisen that gentleman's character, hinted from the violent and disordered the inipropriety or indelicacy of ftate of the times; further, than entering at all into the matter in their connedion with parliamen- his absence ; Sir James Lowther tary history, renders absolutely ne- replied, that as it was the last day cessary.
of their fitting before the Easter This matter, which recess, and he knew the house bad March 22d.
4. happened in Hyde- still much neceffary bufiness before Park early in the morning, was it, he had no intention of proceedbrought forward in the House of ing any farther then upon the subCommons, on the afternoon of the ject; but he considered the freee same day, by Sir James Low. dom of debate as so immediatether. He observed, that this man. ly involving the very existence of ner of fighting duels, in conse. parliament, that he should move,