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With luxury she did weak reason force, worthy silly personages who complain Debauch'd good nature, and cramm'd down of your quizzical allusions to the pub
lic follies of public characters, that the Yet, when she drank cold tea in liberal personalities of the present day are as
sups, The sobbing dame was maudlin in her oil and honey, compared with the vines
gar and salt of Pope and Dryden's cups. But brutal Tarquin never did relent,-
time, and that nothing can be more Too hard to mest, too wicked to repent ;
demonstrative of their own puerile and Cruel in deeds, more merciless in will, pitiful judgments than to speak of the And blest with natural delight in ill.” elegant satire of the one and the spi
rited sarcasms of the other, when alEnough. I do not call tion to these extracts as examples to would set the whole Parliament House
most the very least of their touches practise personality, but
to support my aghast. opinion, that personal as“ controversy
So much, my old friend, for the has become, it has still participated in the general refinement of manners have more leisure, I will perhaps re
present; at some other time, when I and that few things now actually pro- sume the subject, and give it a more secuted, are, in reality, so bad as many direct application, that is, make it things that were formerly tolerated. tell upon certain individuals whom I
But, in the days of King William and have in my eye. I shall not, however, Si Queen Anne, the circulation of satire.
mention them by name they have Ni and libel was comparatively very cire cumscribed, and the taste of the age in
made themselves sufficiently notorious such things was much grosser than that --butonly quote a few things, of which, of the present. Besides, the recipro- tice, and rejoice in the application.
every one will at once admit the jusa, cities of social intercourse were more strictly confined to particular classes tain your readers with two or three tit
In my last, I exhorted you to enterand families, so that the abuse of satire was then, in fact, less mischievous: the Morning Chronicle--the two great
bits from the Edinburgh Review and But now, when commerce has broken vehicles of Whig pretension and into down the fences of the privileged lerance. But in this you have been classes, and mingled all orders and pro- partly anticipated by a clever article fessions into one general multitude, in «Tue JOHN BULL;" and I now the peace of society is much more endangered by the additional chance of earnestly beg you to subjoin it to this
letters in order that your readers may conflicting interests and individuals
see how false in fact, and fraudulent coming into contact with each other. And it is upon this consideration that in motive, are those cries about your I would justify, were I in your place, creatures are making at every corner
personalities, which the discomfitted the necessity of restraining the licentiousnes of the press, and not upon
as if they had not long ago incurred paltry pretext of its having become by the libertine license which they
the contempt of all honourable minds, more libellous and blasphemous than have taken with private characters. of old, which it has not, as the extracts Meantime, I remain, my dear Kit, I have quoted abundantly testify.
OLD FRIEND WITH A NEW Face. ject of this letter, which was certainly not to point out the defects of the law, Cliff-House, Ramsgate, 2 or to justify the prevalence of person
October 2, 1821. alities, but simply to apprise those
We adopt the suggestion of our correspondent, and the more readily, as we may thereby be the means of preserving what might be lost in the columns even of such a newspaper as JOHN BULL. The following is the very able and striking article alluded to:
« When the Chronicle says, “We have that they presume to make such bare-faced HEARD OF NO WHIG who has made the assertions--but quote we must. We have s press a vehicle for inroads into the bosom to apologise to the noble and illustrious
of families, and that the Whigs are strana personages libelled by them, for doing so ; gers to this rancóur and meanness-that the necessity will plead our excuse it is they loathe the idea of detraction, and more our duty, and it must be done. especially when female reputation is the “ At the 59th page of the Fudge Fami: subject of it,'-it is from a supposition that lej iš Paris, we find this stanza : we shall be unwilling to quote their filth
• Hit-d, who, though no sot himself, traction in ridicaling the first subject in the Delights in all such
lib'ral arts, land, whose shoes the Whigs have licked, Drinks largely to the house of GUELPH, and would lick again if they were suffered And superintends the Corni parts.' to do so ; but, above all, there is a tender
regard for female reputation, and a holy At page 103 of the same book we find
reverence for the sanctity of private fami• Why then, my Lord, in Heaven's name, lies, in these lines, which is quite exem
PITCH IN, without reserve or stint, plary. The whole of R-–y's beauteous dame; " Why, says the Chronicle, to be sure, If, that won't raise him, devil's in't.' it is rather bad and rather licentious
and rather scandalous--but wewe Whigs “But, may say the Chronicle, this is an
loath such personalities. anonymous work, and we disclaim it.
“ Gentle reader, turn to page 149 of the 66 Whether anonymous or not, every body knows who wrote these libels, and preceding the couplet in question :
same book, and you will find these lines, we shall, therefore, look at them with a careful eye. We have, in the Two-penny
· The following pieces have already Post-bag, page 22, the most indecent allu- appeared in MY FRIEND Mr PERRY'S sions to the conduct of a married lady of PAPER, and are here,“ by desire of several high rank, and at page 58 we see these persons of distinction,' reprinted.T.B. lines
Every body knows (as we said before) * Last night a concert vastly gáy,
that they are by Tom Moore ; but whether Given by Lady C-stlər-gh ;
they are, or are not, we here see printed and
published that they are by some man who My Lord loves music, and we know,
calls Mr Perry HIS FRIEND. And, after Has two strings always to his bow. In choosing songs, the R-G-T named,
having put forth such friendly communi
cations to the world, to hear the Chronicle Had “ I a heart for falsehood framed ! Whilegentle H~rtd begg’dand pray’d, careful abstinence from personality, PAR
talk of the delicacy of the Whigs, and their “Young I am, and sore afraid.'
TICULARLY when female character is con“ The postscript to the second letter of cerned, is about the best joke that once pert the same book is, from the beginning to paper has hit upon in latter days. the end, a filthy libel upon female reputa
ic But lest the Chronicle should suppose tion ; and the third letter, giving a suppo- that we wish to particularize the extracts sed account of a private dinner in a private from the two works we have above quoted, family, beginning with these words, as being peculiarly striking proofs of its de“We miss'd you last night at the hoary bring before our readers some more specie
licacy, mildness, and moderation, we will old sinner's, Who gave us, as usual, the cream of good equally gratifying, as examples of the pure
mens of its style and manner, which are dinners,'
literature of the Whigs, who shudder at seems to us to be carrying war into domes- rancour and meanness, and are so careful tic circles as resolutely as Thistlewood him of female character, and so tender towards self would have done it.
disarmed enemies ! ! ! “ An Anacreontic, republished at page
“ In the first place, we would observe, 55, is pretty much in the same taste. The that when the Whig-radicals speak of the conclusion of the free translation of Ho. late Queen, they talk of a systematic atrace's Ode, at page 68, excels it in gross, tack, a continued attack, and an incessant ness and brutal scurrility, while the attack, having been made upon her. The cour' and “meanncss' which the Whigs attacks upon ONE noble lady, which were disclaim so vehemently, burst upon one in
made by the Chronicle, in the year 1812, every page of a work devoted to scandal of were, as we may shew, more systematic, the most shameful nature, and an unremit- certainly incessant, and assuredly of longting attack upon the Regent of the coun
er continuance, than any made by the contry, from whose hands the writer had re- stitutional press upon the Queen ; and when ceived every mark of kindness and consi. it is recollected that that noble lady is a laderation.
dy of superior mind, qualities, and accom“. And all this is avowedly done by a plishments- living honourably and happily Whig; but, says the Chronicle, we never
with her husband we think the few bijout saw them. Softly and fairly, my gentle
we shall collect as testimonials of the ChroChronicle-do you remember this couplet picle's consistency and consideration, will this vile, infamous couplet ?-
bear away the palm for rancour, meanness,
falsehood, and scurrility, from any Paper The Pa ejust in bed, or about to de.
ever published. part fort,
66 The Chronicle of the 12th of March, His legs full of gout, and his arms full 1812, contains a poem too long and too of .!'
disgusting to be copied. It is full of the “ There is no detraction here--no de most indecent and filthy invective. We
quote from it one or two couplets, to shew now lost, and the thing not worth repeatthe elegance of Whig wit :
ing; but it is evident, that though the • Oh! to my love my rage, my thirst, im- domestic privacy, yet when there is any
Chronicle seldom thinks it right to invade part, And leave, oh, wolf, my belly, for my cording, he pockets his scruples—particu
thing sufficiently ludicrous to deserve reheart!'
larly when a woman is to be ridiculed. “ Again,
cIn the Chronicle of Feb. 6, 1812, a • Where · avarice brings forth frauds as by far too indelicate for us to copy--but as
story is told of Lord and Lady Castlereagh, thick as LICE, With pleasing semblance thou canst cloak ing vulgarism, with a filthy allusion, is put
the thing is imaginary, and the most disgust. a vice.'
into the mouth of one of the loveliest and ". These we notice as specimens of style;
most exemplary of women, it is necessary a little farther on, speaking of the lady we
to mention it as another proof of the sweet have alluded to, he says,
consideration of Whig libellers for the most • Who not for Love's most childish sports to possess.
tender feelings a delicate female is supposed too old ;
** But if females are thus treated by the Whom not one couch or scarce one coach Whiç paper, let us see how carefully they can hold;
abstain from the attacks upon disarmed Hail! ever laughing, living, lovely, large, enemies. Mr Perceval was murdered in Thy fame shall be my muse's CONSTANT the Lobby of the House of Commons BY CHARGE.'
We pass over an epitaph “ Thereby holding out a threat, and ex- published in the Chronicle, (and re-pubpressing a determination of incessantly, sys- lished in the Twopenny Post Bag, full of tematically, and continually lampooning a political invectives against him,) and come LADY !
to the following paragraph, which we read “ In the Chronicle of March 27, 1812, in that paper of June 2, 1812, a few days a letter and poetry upon the subject of after his MURDER! weighing women, too long and too filthy to
666 The Post has published a volume of be quoted at length, contains some choice specimens. We extract the four last lines, said rhymes are all of one character.
verses upon the death of Mr Perceval ; the as indicative of Whig respect for females.
• Full of sighs, Accordingly, scarce had her most noble
Social ties !!!
Tears that flow,
Children's woe, came plump ;
Drooping head, And the R-g-texclaim'd, when heview'd
And Statesman DEAD!!! them together ;
And streaming tear, Poh! weigh'd against
Lie buried here.' feather.'
“ These verses put us in mind of some “ Our readers will observe, that the cow. which we once saw written on spring, beardly caution of leaving blanks, and insert- ginning as follows:ing initials, does not in the slightest degree • How beautiful the country does appear diminish the rancour of these attacks, al. At this time of the year.' though it adds considerably to their mean
We thik, as illustrative of respeet for the “ In the Chronicle of March 25, is another dead, and disarmed enemies, we need say attack upon the same lady, equally brutal but little on this article. and unprincipled.
" That the death of an able Tory, even "On the 23d of March, 1812, we have by the hand of an assassin, should delight a striking proof of Whig abstinence from the Whigs, we can easily fancy, and their making inroads into the bosoms of pri. joy at the prospect of place, opened to them vate families'-let us read it.
by his fall, is natural to men who have ““ We seldom think it within the pale of never had one single thought of any thing newspaper license to notice what passes in except loaves and fishes ; '-but that å the drawing-room of select society, BUT
London paper-A WHIG PAPER, a DEan incident occurred at the concert of the LICATE paper, an honourable paper, a Countess of D. in Grosvenor-square, last CHRISTIAN paper, should have made week, so comical and diverting as to be doggrel verses out of the sorrowing tears of worthy of record.'
eleven orphan children, and ridicule the
sudden dissolution by MURDER of the so« He then goes on to tell a tittle-tattle ciab ties of such a husband and such a fac story about a lady, and her age, and per. ther as Mr Perceval, does seem so incredi. sonal qualificøtions, the point of which is bly horrid, what if the fact did not stand re
corded in the columns of the Morning the subject of scurrility and personality Chronicle itself, we could not have believed is it drivelling ?-is it doting ? Or is it it.
downright mad?” “ How dare the Morning Chronicle, then, JOHN BULL, No. XLII. Sept. 30. use the language it does, when speaking on
Honest John returns to the charge in his next Paper, from which we have only room for a short extract:
“Mr Waithman appears to have borrow- the late Richard Brinsley Sheridan-the ed a little of the oblivious unction which wit—the patron--the favourite, and the the Chronicle has been using for some friend. Poor Sheridan had ventured to be weeks past, when it talks big about person- moderate in the year 1812, and we have ality and scurrility. The orderly and de. this: cent manner in which it takes the gentle
No, no, his fire he still retains, set down we gave it last Sunday softens
Whate'er you may suppose ! qur hearts and feelings towards it prodi.
Its lustre has but left his brains, giously.
And settled in his nose. “Our defence (for they attacked) is and vas unanswerable it is conviction out of “Let us contrast these with some infatheir own mouths ; but lest they should mous lines which appeared in the Chroniimagine that we are silent for want of ma- cle of June, 1816, on the death of the same terials to go on with, we shall continue to person, and we shall find a striking proof mention articles which may be adduced-in of political consistency, and of loyalty to support of our vindication, to quote which the King (whom the Chronicle now affects we have no room.
invidiously to praise) into the bargain. “We beg, in the first place, to call the " In short, let any impartial person come attention of our readers to a Character pare the productions, in verse or prose, of from the Persian,' in the Chronicle of July the Whig-radicals for the last eight or ten 16, 1812 ; and a poem in that paper of years, with any thing ever published, and Sept. 8, of the same year. On the score the palm must unhesitatingły be yielded to of beastly indelicacy, we beg to refer to an them, not only for their excellence in sediarticle in the paper of Oct. 12, in the same tion, blasphemy, attacks on females, peryear, with a Latin quotation; and for a sonal invective, and the violation of domesstriking mark of the durability and steadi- tic privacy, but for the invention and first ness of its principles and attachments, as adoption of the mode of warfare which chawell as its great caution against personali racterizes their works. ties, we insert four lines, published upon John BULL, No. XLIII. Oct. 7.
Our worthy friend, Dr Stoddart, too, in his excellent Paper, takes up the subject
with great spirit, and large as our extracts have already been from John Bull, we cannot help quoting the following from The New Times of October 8
6 The Chronicle affects great indigna- base and merciless ribaldry, with which tion that the raillery which has occasion. that virulent Journal has assailed every poally appeared in his columns,' should be litical opponent.' This is exactly what confounded with the infamous detraction John Bull has done. He only yesterday and the merciless inroads into private life," se'nnight detailed (with page, and day, which are to be found John Bull! So and date,) a long string of quotations from that imputing to men (and women too) the the Chronicle, and the Chronicle's corremost gross and flagitious crimes is mere spondents. What does the Chronicle say raillery, so long as it appears only in the in answer to this ? Does it deny any one of Chronicle ; but when charges not a tenth the quotations to be accurate ? Does it part so virulent are found in another pa. prove any one of them to be mere raillery ? per, oh! then they become detraction- Does it prove that more infamous detracthen they are infamous-merciless, &c. &c. tion, more merciless inroads on private life, Now, we have no other wish than to hold nay, more vile and libellous attacks on fe. the scales perfectly equal between these male character, are to be found in John Bull two journalists ; but the matter in dispute or elsewhere ? No. Not a syllable of all is a plain simple fact; and it is to be ea- this. It only blusters about its consistsily and conclusively settled, in the mode ent course during a long political life,' and pointed out by the writer whom we quoted, is pleased to say that our public life' has on Thursday last, from Blackwood's Mas been marked with inconsistencies--a cir. gazine. "Take,' says he, “any four or five cumstance of which we certainly were not files of the Chronicle, for the last thirty aware, and which we humbly conceive can years, and with page, and dars, and date, have nothing at all to do with a comparison dare them to match from your pages the between the Chronicle and John Bull."
JACOBUS CORCAGIEN6IB CHRISTOPHORO SEPTENTRIONALI, 8. D. Quum in Magazinâ vestrâ pro mense Augusti, (charissime) Dowdeni cujusdam civis mei, satisque mihi noti versus legerem, quosdam ex iis pseudo-prophetico spiritu inspiratos (ut probavit eventus) statim sensi. Ne posteros igitur ea res fallat, sequentem veram adventûs Regis historiam ad te mittere decrevi. Poeta enim noster prophetavit dicens, Regem ad Dunlearium appulsurum esse, quod ne credant futura secula, obsecro ut sequentibus versibus locum in Magazinâ tuâ haud deneges.
Datum Corcagiæ, hac die Octobris 10mâ, 1821.
* Glaucâ veste induebantur prope omnes adventum Régis expectantes.