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THE PRAYER OF THE POOR.
canse brought from the Holy Land by the Crusaders.
Many other venerated flowers there Translated from the French of Lamartine. are, dedicated to saints, as among the daffodils, Narcissus, Veronicas, &c., (0 toi dont l'oreille s'incline &c., but we have mentioned them in
Au nid du pauvre passereau, &e.) former floral papers. We must not, however, forget the
Thou who dost gracious ear incline Passion FLOWER (Passiflora) which
E'en to the humble sparrow's nest, was viewed with much reverence by
E'en to the flowers and grass that pine the Portuguese when discovered in
For water on the mountain's breast. Brazil in 1699. They fancied they saw in it a representation of our Thou thou dost pity them in heaven, Lord's crucifixion, and changed its The hand is only known to thee, original name, Murucia, to Passion That hand whose secret almsaregiven Flower. As every one may not dis- To help the needs of poverty. cern the emblems as easily as the Portuguese discoverers, it may be as well Thy power did into being bring to remark, that the leaf represents the Abounding Wealth, Want thin and spear; the tendrils the cords for bind- nude, ing; the ten petals, the ten Apostles, That from their intercourse might two being absent, Peter having de- spring serted his master, and Judas having Charity, Justice, Gratitude. hanged himself; the pillar, or style in the centre, is the cross, the smaller Do thou our benefactors keep styles, nails; the stamens, hammers; In mem'ry, bounteous Providence ! the inner circle round the pillar, the
And let them in thy blessings reap crown of thorns; the outer radiate Their tender pity's recompence. circle, a glory; the blue colour represents heaven, the white, purity: They for whose weal to thee we sue,
The Passiflora Elata has drops like Are from our hearts for ever hid; blood on the central pillar, or cross.
Because their left hand never knew As a leave-taking of these religious The good their right in secret did. flowers, we shall conclude our paper with a devotional poem.
M. E. M.
MEMOIRS :--GEORGE III. AND TUE REGENCY.*
History, in its highest and most ap- species of literature, therefore, if it propriate sense, is one of those refined
possess a temporary value liable to be and subtle essences which are only at- destroyed at any time by the industry tained after an elaborate process of of a laborious historian, can boast at biographical exhaustion and mental least of a constructive character. No analysis. The official correspondence just criticism, indeed, can depreciate of public men, long secreted in the the ultimate importance of such archives of their families, serves at works as those which form the object this date to form the raw material of of the present review, any more than political memoirs : and the works, it can succeed in underrating their again, thus formed by a collation of present interest. Historical memoirs letters illustrative of the policy of have gained a new impulse during successive governments form the raw the last twenty years, and have largely material of future history. This illustrated within that period the an
* Demoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, from original family documents. By the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, K.G. 4 vols. 1853-55. Hurst and Blackett. London.
Memoirs of the Regency, &c. By the Duke of Buckingham and Chandog. 2 rols. 1856. Hurst and Blackett. London,
nals of England under the House of to British interests in that quarter. Brunswick. Nor do we know of any These twelve years were replete with method of treating the history of an great events. At their commenceimportant epoch which gives so life- ment, the United Kingdom retained like a representation of the events the prestige and the power which it with which it deals, as that which had acquired under Chatham. At its teaches by a judicious selection of cor- close, not only was that power and respondence. Its defectiveness, in- prestige annihilated, but the country, deed, is in one respect inevitable; in- equally unable to support the war or asmuch as it offers but a partial view to endure the government, pronounced of events; and, by dealing with pub- against the policy of the administralic affairs from its own point of view, tion, established a new one in its place, distorts the relative importance of and recognized the independence of particular scenes and particular ac- America. tors. In this manner, while the pre- On the 19th of March, 1782, Lord sent works detail to us the policy of North, after encountering a variety the Grenvilles with a prominence in- of motions with the alternate fate of a dicative of their own supremacy minority and a majority seldom exin the political world, the Memoirs ceeding fifteen voices upon either of Lord Rockingham, and those of side, communicated to Parliament the Mr. Fox, necessarily give a totally final beak-up of the war ministry. The different complexion to the political Opposition was then constituted by annals of the same period. It will two distinct parties in the State. That thus be the task of the historian to which commanded at once the greatreconcile these inevitable inequalities est ability, and the greatest numeriof partial narration ; but until such cal force, was the more liberal branch an analysis has been made, it will be headed by the Marquess of Rockingthe task of the reviewer to examine ham in the House of Lords, and comthe additional light which the more prehending Mr. Fox, Mr. Burke, Mr. important of these historical sketches Sheridan, and Lord John Cavendish, in may throw upon hidden facts of go- the House of Commons. These were the Yerament.
genuine Whigs-a party so pure, and In dealing with works relating to severely exclusive, that they formed periods of such magnitude and im- in reality a political caste. The other portance, it will of course be impossi- party was that of which Lord Chatble to attempt continuous narration. ham, up to his death in 1778, had The correspondence here begins with been the head, and which now acthe dissolution of Lord North's Ad- knowledged the leadership of Lord ministration, and the consequent ter- Shelburne. The opinions of this mination of the American war in party appeared to hold an intervening 1782. It thence elucidates questions place between those of the Whigs relative to the Rockingham, Shel- and Tories. They may perhaps be burne, and Coalition Ministries ; to assimilated to the 'Peelites' of the the final establishment of Mr. Pitt's present day. The coalition of these par. Government; and to the struggle of ties now formed the obvious means of that period between the crown and a new Government being established the parliament. We shall therefore in 1782, much as the coalition of the endeavour to point out the instances parties headed by Lord John Russell, in which the present works serve to and of Lord Aberdeen formed an enlarge our knowledge of the politi- expedient dictated by the same concal affairs to which they relate, by sideration seventy years afterwards. touching upon different subjects singly Very strong jealousies and antiand disconnectedly.
pathies had developed themselves beThe year 1782 opened with the fi- tween these parties, even before the nal discomfiture of the war party, out-break of the American war. Lord and of Lord North's Government. Chatham had on a former occasion During twelve disastrous years, that endeavoured to form a combination minister had represented the party with Lord Rockingham similar to opposed to the conciliation of Ame- that of 1782, and so high did the anirica, which under the preceding Ad- mosity run between the two parties, ministration of the Duke of Grafton that Rockingham refused to give (1766-1770) had iuflicied a fatal blow Chatham admission to his house. In
1782, however, after so long an es- this knowledge to sow dissensions." trangement from the Treasury bench, (vol. 1, p. 27). the love of office got the better of a The Duke of Buckingham has also love of jealousy and distrust; and brought to light the fact, that Fox the Whigs, on the condition of the himself considered the Administration Premiership of Lord Rockingham, as defunct from the moment of Lord agreed to share the sweets of official Rockingham's death ; and that the life with the party of Lord Shelburne. proposal of the Duke of Portland was It was endeavoured to establish the made simply in the character of an Coalition Government which was thus impracticable ultimatum, to justify formed, on a balance of jealousies. the resignation of the Whigs. This This equipoise, however, was lost is revealed by a letter of his own. within six months of its formation, It must be admitted that this corby the death of Lord Rockingham. respondence has served to offer some The King, who, distrusting the whole palliation of the conduct pursued by liberal body, preferred nevertheless Mr. Fox towards Lord Shelburne, the least anti-monarchical of the two, and to show that public as well as and had wished from the outset to private considerations rendered it diffisee Lord Shelburne at the head of af- cult for that minister to serve with fairs, now insisted on his taking him while he was undisputed master Lord Rockingham's place. Fox, of the State. meanwhile, determined to maintain It will be remembered that on the the ascendancy of the Whigs, pro- accession of the Rockingham Minisposed the Duke of Portland in place try, it was determined that an envoy of Rockingham, and to the prejudice should be sent to Paris to negotiate of Shelburne. When he had sub
with Franklin, then at that capital, mitted this proposal to the King, and on the terms of a pacification with was informed that the Treasurer's America. Mr. Thomas Grenville was staff had already been committed to the statesman selected for that purLord Shelburne, he asked leave to pose ; and it would have been diffi. nominate the new Secretary of State cult to have made a more judicious in Lord Shelburne's place ;
selection. While, however, Mr. Gren. learning that that place was also al. ville was thus publicly accredited in ready disposed of, resigned office the name of the Government, Lord in conjunction with the rest of the Shelburne, as it appears from this Whig leaders. Thus ended, in a few correspondence, took upon himself to months, the Administration represent- send out a secret envoy without the ing the fruit of twelve years of parlia- knowledge of Mr. Fox, the Secretary mentary opposition.
for Foreign Affairs. This envoy apThus far, the incidents we are re- pears to have been charged with the lating are matters of history. But special mission of thwarting Mr. the present Memoirs reveal much of Grenville, and defeating the policy the under-current by which these re- of the majority in the cabinet. " It is sults were brought about. Fox, it is to be suspected that the king must clear, placed no confidence in the in- have been cognisant of the matter, tegrity of Shelburne ; nor Shelburne for it is difficult to understand in what in that of the King. When, then, we manner an envoy proceeding in so bear in mind that the integrity of Mr. anomalous a manner could otherwise Fox himself was not of the highest have gained the confidence of the order, we may gain a fair notion of authorities in France. This is exthe exalted point of view from which plained by the following selections Shelburne must have contemplated from a letter given at length in these the morality of the sovereign ! "Lord memoirs :Shelburne said of the King,” says the Duke of Buckingham, “that he possessed one art beyond any man he had
Paris, June 4th, 1782. ever known ; for that by the familia
Dear Charles, rity of his intercourse he obtained
I beliere I told you in your confidence, procured from you my last that I had very sanguine expectayour opinion of different public cha- tions of Franklin's being inclined to speak racters, and then availed himself of out when I should see him next: indeed, he
MR. THOMAS GRENVILLE TO MR, FOX,
expressly told me that he would think over of the cabinet deciding against his all the points likely to establish a solid recon- views. On the other hand, it has ciliation between England and America.
lately been shown in the Memorials For this very interesting communication which I had long laboured to get, he fixed
of Mr. Fox, published by Lord John the fourth day, which was last Saturday;
Russell, that that minister was ready but on Friday morning Mr. Oswald came,
to degrade his country in the eyes of and having given me your letters, he went
the Court of Berlin (see his letters to immediately to Franklin, to carry some to
Frederic the Great); and there was, him.
But when I came to lead therefore, grave doubt whether Fox the discourse (with Franklin) to the subject were not as insincere towards his which he (Franklin) bad promised four days country as was Lord Shelburne before, I was a good deal mortified to find towards Fox. The indignation of the him put it off altogether till he should be Rockingham Whigs, however, knew more ready; and notwithstanding my re- no bounds, as will be seen in the folminding him of his promise, he only answered, lowing extract from the answer of it should be in some days. What passed Mr. Fox : between Mr. Oswald and me will explain the reason of this disappointment.
MR, FOX TO MR. THOMAS GREXVILLE. Mr. Oswald told me that Lord Shelburne had proposed to him, when last in England, to take a commission to treat with the Ame
St. James', June 10th, 1782.
Dear Grenville, rican ministers; and that upon his mentioning it to Franklin now, it seemed perfectly
I received late, the night before last, agreeable to him, and even to be what he
your very interesting letter of the 4th ; and very much wished ; Mr. Oswald adding that
you will easily conceive that I am not a little he wished only to assist the business. He
embarrassed by the contents. mixed with this a few regrets that there
I have taken upon me to show your letter to should be any difference between the two
Lord Rockingham, the Duke of Richmond, offices; and when I asked upon what subject,
and Lord John (Cavendish), who are as full he said, owing to the Rockingham party
of indignation at its contents as one might being too ready to give up every thing.
reasonably expect honest men to be. You will observe, though, for it is on that
With these two points we wish to charge
Shelburne directly; but pressing as the King account that I give you this narrative, that this intended appointment has effectually
is, and interesting as it is both to our own stopped Franklin's mouth to me; and that
situations and to the affairs of the public, when he is told that Mr. Oswald is to be
which are, I fear, irretrievably injured by Commissioner for England, it is but natural
this intrigue, and which must be ruined if it
is suffered to go on, we are resolved not to that he should reserve his confidence for the
stir a step until we hear again from you. If quarter so pointed out to him ; nor does
this matter should produce a rupture, and this secret seem only known to Franklin ;
consequently become more or less the subas Lafayette said, laughing, yesterday, that
ject of discussion, I am sensible the Canada he had just left Lord Shelburne's ambassador at Passy. (i. pp. 34-36.)
paper cannot be mentioned by name; but
might it not be said that we had discovered This letter proceeds to mention the that Shelburne had withheld from our know, several points on which Oswald en- ledge matters of importance to the negotiatered into separate and secret nego
tion ? And with respect to the other point, tiation.
might it not be said, without betraying any. Now it is certain that this corres
body, that while the King had one avowed
and authorised minister at Paris, measures pondence reflects more or less discredit
were taken for lessening his credit, and for upon the Whig coalition, in both its
obstructing his enquiries, by announcing a branches. It shows that there was
new intended commission, of which the cabia neither honour now confidence in the net had never been apprised ? &c. (i. p. 40.) composition of the Government. The conduct of Lord Shelburne was wholly It
appears certain from this letter, indefensible, even on the supposition that Mr. Fox and his party had conwhich a passage in the above letter templated a retirement from the cabicertainly authorises, that Mr. Fox net, even before Lord Rockingham's was not very solicitous for the honour death. They proposed openly to assail of his country, under the delicate Lord Shelburne in parliament; and task and inevitable necessity of re- they were ready, by implication at cognising the independence of a re- least, to assail the king also. Yet these bellious colony. The course open to were the Ministers of the Crown ! Shelburne was undoubtedly that of a And foremost among the assailants resignation, in the event of a majority stood the First Lord of the Treasury, and the Secretary of State for Foreign of uncertainty and alarm, and, as Mr. Affairs ! It is ditficult to say which Grenville describes it, wholly without party is most culpable in these trans- any Government whatever."--p. 172. actions. It was the duty of either The Whigs, however, had not coaparty, instead of cherishing secret lesced with the Tories for nothing. schemes or smothered resentment, to The King at length endeavoured to have submitted the question to the tempt the cupidity of Lord North by cabinet, and to have abided by that offering him the Treasury, a scheme issuie. Shelburne might have de- which would have at once excluded claimed against the contingent dis- the party of Mr. Fox, who were dehonour of the country: Fox against termined to enter the Governinent the certain dishonesty of the minister. upon at least equal terms. This prol'trum horum maris accipe!
posal rejected, his majesty next sugIt is, however, only due to Mr. Fox gested, as an ultimatum, to place a thus to wipe away the stain attaching “neutral person” at the head of afto the charge of his having thrown up fairs. This “neutral person" Mr. Fox the seals under the influence of a pri- insisted should be no other than the vate pique, upon the promotion of Duke of Portland, whom he had preLord Shelburne to the 'Treasury; for viously endeavoured to prefer to Lord it would have been obviously impossi- Shelburne upon the death of Rockble, whatever were the shortcomings ingham. The Duke's “neutrality" was of his own administration, that he denied by the king, and the scheme should have continued to serve in a rejected. It was not until the 20th of Government thenceforth altogether March, after an unparalleled delay of directed by an alien policy. So much nearly a month, that an administrafor political coalitions !
tion was finally formed by the concesWe now pass to the memorable co- sion of the King. His Grace of Portalition between Lord North and Mr. land became nominal Premier, the Fox, which resulted in the definitive Government, meanwhile, being virtuestablishment of the Shelburne party ally directed by the two secretaries of in power, under the Premiership of state, Lord North and Mr. Fox. It young Pitt.
was so contrived, howerer, that all the On the 24th of February, 1783, (as other offices of trust should be conferred Mr. Grenville writes to Lord Temple) upon the Whigs; and the new AdLord Shelburne, overwhelmed by the ministration, therefore, became more confederacy of Mr. Fox and Lord odious to the king than that of Lord North, gave in his resignation. The Rockingham itself. Thus the Whigs correspondence seems, at this point, came into power once more, using the very strikingly to illustrate the confu
Duke as a go-between, and Lord North sion which ensued, and to show that as a cat's paw ! it was only after a hard struggle, after The steps which brought about the all, that the coalition acceded to power. fall of this Administration are well “ The offer," says Mr. W. Grenville, on the
known. Mr. Fox's India Bills, which 26th, “ has been made to Pit:of the Treasury, proposed to transfer to a Whig Parliawith carte blanche, which, after two days'
mentary Commission, irresponsible to deliberation, he has this day refused."
the crown, the whole executive power
of India, were introduced on the 18th The King, therefore, immediately of November in the same year. There on the resignation of Shelburne's minis- can be no doubt that this measure was try, must have sought to reconstruct a signal blunder. It promised, indeed, it by raising the defeated Chancellor if accomplished, a vast extension of of the Exchequer to the Premiership. power to the Whig party. But there On the 1st of March, he sent for was a secret cabinet which had the ear Lord North ; but positively declined of the sovereign, more powerful perto negotiate with Mr. Fox. “ The haps than the acknowledged governking's reluctance to see him," writes ment. This was regarded as headed the Duke of Buckingliam, “could not by Lord Temple, and stood in the inbe overcome ; upon that point his ma- terest of the King and the Shelburne jesty was inflexible ; and interview party. It is clear, from the correafter interview followed, ending in spondence published by the Duke of the same unsatisfactory way, the coun- Buckingham, that the final defeat of try continuing to be kept in a stat: these billa in the House of Lords,