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patriotismn, friendship, bumanity, are all intes, ba r s sometimes clash By being unwilling to forego the to any, we may forfeit the reputation of all; and, unstead the suffrages of the whole world in our favou, we d m becoming a sort of by-word for affectation, cant, bolos a trimming, fickleness, and effeminate imbeciing . choose and act up to some one leading character, ka n have some settled profession or regular pursuit in die
We can readily believe that Mr. Wilberforce's fins a principle of action is to do what he thinks right: bis sen s e we fear is of almost equal weight with the first) is to de aq be thought so by other people. He is always at a game of and buztard between these two: his "conscience will be base unless the world goes with it. He does not seem toatly be the denunciation in Scripture, but rather to count Woe you, when all men shall speak well of you? We r echea not quite easy in his mind, because West-Indien pasien Guinea traders do not join in his praise. His ears are not enough toned to drink in the execrations of the spesies die oppressor as the sweetest music. It is not enough that one of the human species (the images of God carved an ebay, add Foller calls them) shout bis name as a champion and a no through vast burning zones, and moisten their parched by a the gush of gratitude for deliverance from chainshe bare a Prime Minister drink his health at a Cabinet dinner fredag rivet on those of his country and of Europe! He gon hand and heart along with Government in all their notions of le and political aggrandizement, in the hope that they will be a sort of no-man's ground of humanity in the Great Deer, wan his reputation for benevolence and public spirit may spiag spand flourish, till its head touches the clouds, and it stretches out the es to the farthest part of the enrth. He has no mercy on the claim a property in negro-slaves as so much livestock on their the country rings with the applause of his wit, his eloquence, and be indignant appeals to common sense and humanity on this webyees
-but not a word has he to say, not a whisper dons be brede against the claim set up by the Despots of the Earth over a Continental subjects, but does every thing in his power to con
and sanction it! He must give no offence. Mr. Wilberforce's humanity will go all lengths that it can with safety and discretion : but it is not to be supposed that it should lose him his seat for Yorkshire, the smiles of Majesty, or the countenance of the loyal and pious. He is anxious to do all the good he can without hurting himself or his fair fame. His conscience and his character compound matters very amicably. He rather patronises honesty than is a martyr to it. His patriotism, his philanthropy are not so illbred, as to quarrel with his loyalty or to banish him from the first circles. He preaches vital Christianity to untutored savages; and tolerates its worst abuses in civilized states. He thus shows his respect for religion without offending the clergy, or circumscribing the sphere of his usefulness. There is in all this an appearance of a good deal of cant and tricking. His patriotism may be accused of being servile; his humanity ostentatious: his loyalty conditional; his religion a mixture of fashion and fanaticism. “Out upon such half-faced fellowship!” Mr. Wilberforce has the pride of being familiar with the great; the vanity of being popular; the conceit of an approving conscience. He is coy in his approaches to power: his public spirit is, in a manner, under the rose. He thus reaps the credit of independence, without the obloquy; and secures the advantages of servility, without incurring any obligations. He has two strings to his bow :-he by no means neglects his worldly interests, while he expects a bright reversion in the skies. Mr. Wilberforce is far from being a hypocrite; but he is, we think, as fine a specimen of moral equivocation as can well be conceived. A hypocrite is one who is the very reverse of, or who despises the .character he pretends to be: Mr. Wilberforce would be all that he pretends to be, and he is it in fact, as far as words, plausible theories, good inclinations, and easy services go, but not in heart and soul, or so as to give up the appearance of any one of his pretensions to preserve the reality of any other. He carefully chooses his ground to fight the battles of loyalty, religion, and humanity, and it is such as is always safe and advantageous to himself! This is perhaps hardly fair, and it is of dangerous or doubtful tendency. Lord Eldon, for instance, is known to be a thorough-paced ministerialist : his opinion is only that of his party. But Mr. Wilberforce is not a party-man. He is the more looked up to on this account, but not with sufficient reason. By tampering with different terrein and personal projects, he has all the air of the mus pana independence, and gains a character for impartiality and his when he is only striking a balance in his mind between the of differing from a Minister on some 'rantage ground, and or odium that may attend it. He carries all the weases artificial popularity over to the Government on vital porba hard-run questions; while they, in return, lend him a La 24 gilding of court-favour to set off his disinterested philanthross tramontane enthusiasm. As a leader or a follower, be ask: odd jumble of interests. By virtue of religious sympathy, be han brought the Saints over to the side of the abolition of Negro 1077 This his adversaries think hard and stealing a march upon en What have the Saints to do with freedom or reform of any ks Mr. Wilberforce's style of speaking is not quite parliamna is halfway between that and evangdical. He is altogether a ser entendre : the very tone of his voice is a double aldre. 1: and undulates, and glides up and down on texts of Sripats, B: scraps from Paley, and trite sophistry, and pathetic appea's t hearers in a faltering, inprogressive, side-long way, LLe thon sa of weak wing, that are borne from their straight-forwar!
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Something of this fluctuating, tinie-serving principle wa mia even in the great question of the Abolition of the star inte He was, at one time, half inclined to surrender it into M: PO dilatory hands, and seemed to think the gloss of novely wurde from it, and the gaudy colouring of populanty sank as the main ground from which it rose! It was, however, perved as me! carried to a triumphant conclusion. Mr. Wilberforce sain - * on this occasion of one, compared with whom he was bases frontispiece to that great chapter in the history of the wond e inask, the varnishing, and painting, the man that effected by Herculean labours of body, and equally giganta Labuan 4 mg was ("larkson, the true Apostle of human Radempara coloring Obod in, an who, it is remarkalı, r*4!!,,in l.
lineaments more than one of the Apostles in the Cartoons of Raphael. He deserves to be added to the Twelve !*
• After all, the best as well as most amusing comment on the character just described was that made by Sheridan, who being picked up in no very creditable plight by the watch, and asked rather roughly who he was, made answer “I am Mr. Wilberforce!" The guardians of the night conducted him home with all the honours due to Grace and Nature.