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a sad libeller, and particularly of our army, besides being a most atrocious violator of property, and especially that of " princes." What think you, dolt, of an ejectment against him for Hanover and Mecklenberg Strelitz and the Duchy of Brunswick? Is there no action, whether of trover, or of detainer, or of any other queer name that would lie against him? Do, try if you can find out some way of coming at him. Of assault and battery you would have no " difficulty in convicting" the fellow, and, in that way, you would come at him in the king's name, and might have a whole rookery of silk gowns arrayed against him. All you have to do is to catch him. That, indeed, may be" difficult;" but, until you can do that, you may as well hold your stupid tongue, and not pester the public with dirty pamphlets, about libels," inscribed "to Frederick, Duke of York and Albany." | “ LOYALTY.”—I mean not vulgar loyalty, but loyalty in the modern sense of that word, as it is understood and passes current at Whitehall and in the neighbourhood; and of which loyalty I shall, under the indulgence of the reader, give some very striking instances. At one time in my life, when, indeed, I was at too great a distance from my country to be able to know much of what was passing in it, I was dreadfully alarmed for the safety of the throne. I heard of nothing but meetings of Corresponding Societies, United Irishmen, and Jacobins. Little did I imagine, that the loyal were so numerous as I have, since my return, found them to be; nor, indeed, was it till very lately that lobtained a complete and authentic return of their mumbers: I mean, the Lists of place-men,pensioners, and reversionaries, Contained in the Report, laid before the House of Commons, by the Finance Committee, in the month of June last. Complete, indeed, this return is not; but, defective as it is, it is quite populous enough to remove, from the mind of any reasonable man, all fears as to a want of loyalty in these United Kingdoms.-There are many individuals, and many whole families, to whose distinguished loyalty it would well become me to attempt to do justice; and, as opportunities offer, I may, perhaps, towards many of them, be able to perform this very pleasing and not unuseful task. At present I shall confine myself to the displaying of the proofs of this most estimable quality in the VISCOUNT CASTLEREAGH and some of his relations; and, I select this nobleman, not so much
because he is one of the ministry, as be cause he is well known to have been, of all mankind, the man after the late Pitt's own heart; the man, of all others, the nearest resembling him in talents as well as in disposition; and, the only man on earth, perhaps, whom he could have found to execute his commands in Ireland.In making this display, it will not be suf ficient merely to state the sum that each person annually receives. We must also see how long they have been in the receipt of it; whence will naturally proceed a calculation of the total amount received, including, of course, the compound interest thereon; because, it is clear, that if a man has been in the receipt of a thousand a year, out of the taxes, during the space of twenty-eight years, he has, in fact, received fifty-six thousand pounds from the public, or, which is the same thing, taken from the public that, which if left in its hands, would, at common interest, have been worth fifty-six thousand pounds.Having made this preliminary remark, I shall now proceed to my statement, numbering the offices, as I go, for the sake of brevity in the case of reference. 1. LORD CASTLEREAGH. Secretary of State, £.6,000 a year.
2. BRIGADIER GEN. STUART, (brother of Lord Castlereagh) Under Secretary of State, £.2,000 a year.
3. Same person.-Gen. upon the Staff; upony our famous Staff, £.1,500 a year.
Same person.-Lieut. Cǝi. of a regiment of dragoons, £.500 a year. LORD HENRY MOORE (a first cousin of Lord Castlereagh) joint mustermaster gen. in Ireland, a patent place, £2,100 a year.
6. MR. JOHN ORMSBY VANDELEUR (a first cousin of Ld. Castlereagh)Commissioner of the excise in Ireland, £1,200 a year.
7. MESSRS. JOHN STAPLES and THOMAS STAPLES (first cousins of Ld. Castlereagh) Examinators of the customs in Ireland, £.918 a year.
8. LORD HENRY SEYMOUR
Ld. Castlereagh) Pro
LORD ROBT. SEYMOUR thonotary in the Court of King's bench in Ireland, £.12,511 a year. 9. Same persons.-Clerk of the crown in the King's bench in Ireland, £.427 a year. 10. Same persons.
Filazers in the King's bench in Ireland, £.1,105 a year.
11. LORD ROBERT SEYMOUR (uncle of
and his son
minded dogs, do cease your grumbling, and come forth with voluntary sacrifices, at this hour of peril!I, sometime ago, produced striking proofs of loyalty in the person and family of Mr. Garnier, who, as Apothecary General and Officer upon the Staff, residing, all the while quietly at Wickham, condescended to receive from the public, and, in part, of course, from the nasty, dirty, sweaty, smeary, hardfisted and hard-favoured "Jacobins and Levellers," the sum of thirteen thousand a year and upwards; but, the loyalty of this gentleman and his family is nothing, when compared with that of those abovenamed. Here we see noble Lords, who, rather than his Majesty's business should go unperformed, willing to become, Muster-Masters, Prothonatories, Clerks, Filazers, Excisemen, and Wharfingers; and, Lord George Seymour, not satisfied with what he can do in his life-time, has, we see, entailed this task of loyalty upon his son, though, at present a child of only eleven years old. Nay, so anxious is this nobleman to assist His Sovereign, in car
G. H. SEYMOUR, I1 years old sion of the office of Craner and Wharfinger of the Port of Dublin, valued at £1,930 a year, and now held, as just stated, by Ld. Robt. Seymour.rying The total annual amount, paid by the public to these several persons, is £.36,691; and, Nos. 8, 9, 10 and 11, having been held since 1766, the total sum, which, through those channels only, has been drawn from the public, including the compound interest, is, if my calculation be correct, £.2,160,056. 'Two millions, one hundred and sixty thousand, and fifty-six pounds. No. 12, has been held for many years past; as long, perhaps, as the others; but certainly for about eight years past, as will be seen by referring to a list of places, in the second Volume of the Political Register; and, without including in the calculation, the several sums of money, which Lord Castlereagh has received, in the shape of salary, under the administrations of the late Pitt, Lord Sidmouth, and the present; without including in the calculation, these sums, amounting to an arerage of about £.5,000 a year, for the last sixteen or eighteen years; passing over the interest and even principal of this large item; the total amount, drawn from the public by the above persons, does not fall much, if any, short of £.3,000,000. Three millions of the public money, drawn from the public, during the last 30 or 40 years, by six or seven persons!-There's loyalty for you!
66 Jacobins and Levellers" blush for shame! "Jack Cades," hide your heads Cease your grumbling, you villainous rebellious ruffians, you bloody
on the affairs of government, that he has not confined his loyal exertions to England and Ireland; but has procured himself, through Lord Castlereagh (into whose patronage these offices came) to be appointed Naval Officer and Harbour Master, in the ports of our newly-conquered Island of Santa Croix, where, as appears by the Gazette of that place, he was for mally appointed in the month of June last, by "His Excellency General Har"court;" though, from mere modesty, I suppose, the appointment was never announced in the Gazette at home.There are some circumstances belonging to this appointment, that are worthy of particular notice. The island of Santa Croix, it is well known, was taken, about a year ago, by Sir Alexander Cochrane and General Bowyer, who, jointly, according to the usual custom in such cases, made appointments of Harbour Masters and Naval Officers. They bestowed the four offices upon three persons, in the following manner. Captain Thomas Cochrane, of the Navy, son of the Admiral, was appointed Harbour Master of the two ports; Captain Pickmore, of the Navy, was made Naval Officer of the port of Fredericksted; and Brig. Gen. Ramsay, Naval Officer of the port of Christiansted.
All these appoint
ments were set aside by Lord Castlereagh, and the four officers united in the person of his uncle, Lord George Seymour, who was before, as we have seen, and had
been for many years, a Commissioner of the Excise in England; and, if my information be correct, this noble Harbour Master has demanded, from the persons who held these offices from the time of the capture to the date of his appointment in the island, the amount of the fees, recoved by them, or in their behalf, from the date of his commission in England. Look at this, you cursed "Jacobins and Levellers," and continue in your disloyal ways if you can!With respect to the propriety of making sinecures of such offices, I have no hesitation to say, that the practice is wrong. But, such having been the practice; and the Commanders by sea and land having uniformly appointed officers of the navy and army, to be Harbour Masters and Naval Officers in the conquered ports, the commanders, upon the occasion now referred to, cannot be blamed for what they did. At Martinico, Sir Charles Grey appointed his son, Capt. Grey, to be Harbour Master; at Surinam, Lord Hugh Seymour appointed his son to the same situation; Sir Samuel Hood, upon the reduction of Surinam, this war, appointed Capt. Maxwell, of the Centaur, who still holds the post; and upon the capture of Curaçoa, Capt. Wood, of the Latona, was appointed Harbour Master. None of these appointments were set aside. All were confirmed. These posts of profit appear to have been considered as a perquisite of the Navy and Army, particularly the former, in the gift of the capturing commanders. The three officers, amongst whom this perquisite was divided upon the occasion referred to, are, by the navy and army, well known to be very They were, at any rate, men engaged in actual and very perilous service, if we think only of the nature of the climate, under which they were compelled, and are still compelled, Lord George Seymour was not in the West Indies. He had run no risks from cannon balls or from yellow fever. He had, all his life long, been safe at home, and, for a considerable part of that life, a Commissioner of Excise, with a salary of £. 1,500 a year. He had had no buffetings of the seas to endure. His life had not been a life of suffering and of toil in that service, in that arduous service, in that navy, upon the fidelity, skill, valour, and zeal of the officers of which the safety of this kingdom does now almost solely depend, and towards which officers, therefore, policy as well as justice, imperatively forbid us to
discover the slightest symptoms of ingratitude.--Admiral, Sir Alexander Cochrane, after a life of service, after being, like his gallant nephew, Lord Cochrane, actually afloat one half of the time since he came into the world, and after many hard fought battles, has a large family with a very scanty purse; and, surely, this trifling temporary provision for his son might have been left to his enjoyment.
The only pension; the only gratuity from the public, to the family of Cochrane, as far as I have been able to discover, or to hear of, is a pension of £. 200 a year to the Lady of Sir Alexander Cochrane, which pension was formerly enjoyed by the Countess dowager of Dundonald, who, out of twelve sons, had seven in the navy and army. There are of this family, at this time, seven persons in the country's service: namely, Sir Alexander Cochrane, commander in chief on the WestIndia station; Lord Cochrane, in the Mediterranean; Capt. Archibald Cochrane, of the Fox frigate, in the East-Indies; Capt. Thomas Cochrane of the Jason frigate, in the West Indies; Capt. Nathaniel Cochrane of the Alexandria frigate, in the North seas; Lieut. Colonel Cochrane of the 36th regiment of foot; and Capt. William Cochrane of the 15th Regt. of dragoons, now in Spain. Where the Seymours, the Moores, the Staples, and the Vandeleurs are; where they are existing ; what actual service they are upon, I must leave the reader to find out; but, I am afraid, the remainder of our lives will pass away before we shall hear as much of them, as we heard of Lord Cochrane alone in the Gazette of the other day.-Surely, when all this was considered; when the long and arduous services of this family were taken into view; when the family, and the pecuniary circumstances of Sir Alexander Cochrane were thought of, Lord Castlereagh might have spared to Captain Cochrane a few thousand pounds of fees, as Harbour-Master, in an island, recently reduced by his father. If to no one else, this little forbearance might, one would think, have been thought due, to Lord Cochrane, in behalf of so near a relation. To Lord Cochrane, who has grown up to manhood amidst battles and sieges; whose whole life, body and mind, has been devoted to the service of the country; and who, while, from his modest demeanour, be excites envy in no man, is the boast even of that glorious service, barely to be enrolled in which is no mean distinction. If there had been only this consideration,
the trifling thing of Harbour-Master might, | [the Council of the Masta is composed of surely, have been left where the Admiral and General had placed it. But, Lord George Seymour wanted more; wanted more of good service; wanted fresh and additional opportunities of demonstrating the feelings of his loyal heart; and, the appointments were set aside by the authority of his nephew, whose mandates were conveyed, too, through the channel of "His Excellency" General Harcourt, a pupil of the Wellesley school, and since, as the people of that place well know, a candidate for Lincoln. This title of Excellency to a Lieutenant Governor is new in the West Indies, which now, it seems, are, in this respect, as well as in all others, to bend to the predominance of the East.Reader, what is your opinion, as to the influence of these things upon the fate of the country? How do you think, that such a distribution of the favours of the crown, and of the money of the people, is likely finally to operate with respect to defence against a mighty conqueror, who is, and who naturally must be, an- implacable foe? What do you think must be the feelings of those, who, after having, under a pestilential climate, fought and subdued, see the fair fruits of their toils and dangers bestowed upon those, who have remained at home in security and ease? Who see, that which might have diminished their wants, carried to augment the luxuries of others? The answer to these questions I leave to your sense of justice and of policy.
Botley, 19th January, 1809.
OFFICIAL PAPERS. SPANISH REVOLUTION.-Proclamation Buonaparte. (Concluded from p. 61.) BUT should all my efforts prove fruitless, and should you not merit my confidence, nothing will remain for me but to treat you as conquered provinces, and to place my brother upon another throne. I shall then place the crown of Spain upon my own head, and cause it to be respected by the guilty; for God has given me power and inclination to surmount all obstacles. Given at our Imperial Camp at Madrid, Dec. 8, 1808.-(Signed) NAPOLEON.
H. B. MARET.
Municipal Sitting.-Madrid, Dec. 9, 1808. THIS day at 11 o'clock in the morning, the hour appointed for the opening of the Sitting, the following persons assembled: -The Corregidor; the Regidors; the Alcades; the deputies of the Third Estate; the heads of the Assembly of the Masta;
the great proprietors in cattle.] the Procurators; the Alguazil-Majors; the Suffragan Bishops; the Vicars; the Body of the Curates and beneficed Clergy; the beads of the different Commonalties; the body of the Nobility; the deputies of the five principal Corporations; and all ne deputations representing the 64 divisions of the city of Madrid.-The Corregidor rose to address the meeting, and informed them, that he had had the honour of being admitted to present the homage of his respect to his imperial and royal Majesty, and to lay at the foot of his throne the tribute of gratitude of the inhabitants of Madrid for the kindness and clemency which his Majesty had shewn towards that city.-The Corregidor expressed to his imperial and royal Majesty the happiness which his presence shed over the city, and the desire with which all the inhabitants were animated to deserve and to justify such a peculiar mark of favour.The Corregidor observed, that his imperial and royal Majesty had condescended to converse with him in the most benevolent manner, and added, that the object of this meeting was to acquaint the Deputies of the city of Madrid with the beneficent intentions of his Majesty. Accordingly he had to repeat to them in the same terms he had heard them, the sentiments of his Majesty, and the favourable dispositions he entertained towards the whole of Spain; adding, that the fate of Madrid would depend upon its own conduct. That that would be a happy and prosperous one," if the inhabitants adhered faithfully to the constitution, and acknowledged with sincerity, for their legitimate king, Don Joseph Napoleon I.; but that, on the other hand, Spain should be reduced to a province of France.-Here, the Corregidor, drew a faithful picture of the good nature of king Joseph, who had employed his best offices and entreaties for the conservation of that capital, as well as of the neighbouring cities, and who treated them with the tenderness of a generous father.The Corregidor impressed upon the minds of all the deputies, that the presence of the King in his capital, should be considered as the greatest advantage that could be wished for. Accordingly, the Deputies deeply penetrated with the same sentiments, and anxious to contribute their best endeavours for the happiness of the inhabitants of Madrid, determined humbly to implore his imperial and royal Majesty to indulge the capital with the
presence of the King, that city, and even them oblivion of the crimes which they all Spain, being convinced of the signal have committed against us, our nation, advantages which must be derived from and the King, our brother:-Wishing at the wisdom of his government. The the same time to mark those, who, after Deputies insisted, that a fresh tribute of having sworn fidelity to the King, have thanks should be presented to his impe- violated their oath: who, after having acrial and royal Majesty, for the kindness cepted places, have made use of the auwith which he had treated that city, which thority confided to them, only to betray his triumphant arms had conquered, and the interests of their Sovereign; and who, for the generous pardon of what had hap- instead of employing their influence to enpened during the absence of king Joseph. lighten the citizens, have only made use His imperial and royal Majesty is of it to mislead them :-Wishing, in fine, also to be implored to extend pardon to that the punishment of great culprits, those whom fear had induced to desert should serve as an example for posterity, the city, as well as to all the peasants to all those who, placed by Providence at who had taken up arms. His imperial the head of nations, instead of directing and royal Majesty is also finally to be the people with wisdom and prudence, implored, that he will be pleased to order pervert them, involve them in the disorder his troops to respect property, the holy of popular agitations, and precipitate them temples, the religious institutions; in a into the miseries of war:-We have deword, the property of every class. creed and decree as follows:-Art. 1. This humbie supplication is to be laid be- The dukes of Infantado, of Hijar, of Mefore his imperial and royal Majesty, and is dina Celi, of Ossuma, the marquis of Santo be presented to him by a deputation ta Cruz, the counts of Ferran-Nunez and taken from among the representatives of Altamira, the prince of Castel-Franco, the the city of Madrid.-It was resolved, in the sieur Piere Cevallos, ex-minister of state, same sitting, that a tribute of the most and the bishop of Santander, are declared lively gratitude should be presented to the enemies of France and Spain, and traitors king Joseph Napoleon, whose happy in- to the two crowns. As such they shall tercession with his august brother, the em- be seized and carried before a military peror of the French, saved the city of commission. Their property moveable Madrid. His royal Majesty shall be hum- and immoveable, shall be confiscated in bly supplicated to grant the favour of his Spain, in France, in Italy, in Naples, in presence to the city of Madrid, that under the Papal States, in the kingdom of Hol-. his just and beneficent government, good land, and in all the countries occupied by order, justice, and tranquillity, may be re- the French army, to pay the expences of stored within its walls. His royal Ma- the war.-2. All sales and dispositions, jesty shall be implored to employ his royal whether with the living, whether testagood offices with his imperial brother, that mentary, made by them or their attornies, Pardon may be obtained to the absent, and subsequent to the date of the present deto those inhabitants, who had taken up arms. cree, are declared null and of no value.— -The present proces-verbal shall be pre- 3. We grant, in our name, and in the sented to his imperial and royal Majesty. name of our brother the king of Spain, ge[Here follows several thousand signatures.]neral pardon and full and entire amnesty -On the 11th a similar meeting was held, for the deputies of the inhabitants of the parishes, and who acceded to a similar measure, which was likewise accompanied with a vast number of signatures.
to all Spaniards who, in one month after our entrance into Madrid, shall have laid down their arms and renounced all alliance, adherence, and communication with England; shall rally round the constitution and throne, and shall return to order, so necessary to the repose of the great family of the continent.-4. Are not excepted from the said pardon and amnesty, neither the members of central and insurrectional Juntas, nor the generals and officers who have borne arms, provided that both the one and the other conform to the dispositions established by the preceding article.-(Signed) NAPOLEON.
In our imperial camp of Madrid, Dec. 4, 1808.-Napoleon, emperor of the