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my wit ;.
• Spurn'd from the door of grandeur and “ No more the muse, with fascinating of power,
power, If for a promis'd favour, cringing low, Shall bind my reason with her dazzling Or seiz'd by bailiffs in some evil hour,
crain; And thrown in dungeon dark to pine in Nor o'er the twinkling lamp, at midnight
Call forth the wild effusions of my brain. * The gay companions of my happier days, Whose flatt'ring tongues prov'd to my “ Perish, ye dreams, delusive to my heart! heart a charm,
Which from th' enraptur'd gust of fancy Fo now to pay their wonted praise,
flow; Shrink from my presence, as they would Perish, ye apparatus of the art, from harm.
Ye objects instrumental of my woe! " Oft at my board I've seen them joyful
“ This book—this pen and ink-stand here, sit,
I take, Nor speak a word, nor think a thought but mine;
My ready servants at the muse's call;
This book I tear-this grey-goose quill I While each fond heart seem'd to imbibe
And dash this empty ink-stand 'gainst And ah! too much, each open'd mouth
“No more impelled by mad ambitious rage, « But now I languish here, by all forgot, My house is empty-still so full before;
I'll strive for wich'ring laurels to my My snuff-brown beaver, and ny threadbare coat,
No more for flatt'ry swell the labour'd Fright all these sun-shine flate'rers from
page, Or pant for glory-while I starve-for
bread. * Or, if I haply venture to the street, Ac dusk of eve, or rising beam of morn,
( What tho' this frame was ne'er inur'd Each gaudy painted courtesan I neet,
to toil, Sly peeping, smiles to see my breeches Might not these hands the shining wea
pon wield; * From the rude insults of the low-born -Yet make their egress from this garret crowd,
vile, The tinsel'd robe, the nodding plume, And serve their country in the cented protect;
field ? But my mean garb speaks poverty so loud, “ Better to perish 'midst the stormy seas,
To me, it yields nor safety, nor respect. Or bleed with heroes on th' ensanguin'd " Curs'd be that fame which I so lately. Than lead a life of ignominious ease, •
plain, priz'd, To me the source of many a grievous
Oppress’d with hunger, poverty, and sigh;
pain. By friends deserted, and by foes despis'd, « The wretched votaries of the tuneful I mourn unpitied-unlamented die!
nine, "Cease, coward heart, forego these dastard
Tho' faint with hunger—tho'o'erpow'r'd fears,
with grief, 'Talk not of death in health and youthful
Must sink in sorrow-must in famine pine,
Unfit to toil-asham'd to ask relief. Tho' dismal, dark, the future now appears, Some cheering ray may yet dispel the
“ But the bold veteran, from the field of
Hops chearful on his yet remaining leg, “ See in my chamber, erst so dark and Talks of his valour-shews his honour'd
drear, Th' impurpl'd morning dart its orient Receives a pension; or gets leave—to ray;
beg." Such yet may comfort, drooping fancy cheer,
Smoke-lane, And shed the beams of intellectual day.
Ignis Fatuus. Nov. 284, 1807.
HOUSE OF COMMONS. the assistance and protection of the BriMonday, March 7.
tish navy for that purpose. Should the
Portugueze Government decline both MBOANNING presented the corres:
these propositions, and seem to abandon pondence between Mr Fox and Mr all idea of resistance or escape, they Windham, and the Earls of Rossiyn and were to be treated a Denmark has since St Vincent, and Lieut.-Gen. Simcoe, in been: their fleer first demanded by sale, August and September, 1906. Ordered or as a deposit, and, in case of refusal, to be printed. These papers are six in to be seized by force ; for which purpomiver, and consist of the instructions pose landings, if necessary, were to be of Mr Fox and Mr Windham to Lords made, and the forts occupied. Lord St Vincent and Rosslyn and Gen. Sim- Rosslyn, on his arrival at Lisbon, was coe, (who were on a special mission to convinced by the Portugueze Ministry, Lisoon in August 1806,) and their cor- that the assertion of Taileyrand was alrespondence with Ministers while on together false ; that there were only 1700 ihar mission. They have been laid be- troops at Bayonne, and these Italiaus; iore Parliament, to prove that the late that Bonaparte had made no preparation Adininistration gave orders to treat l'or- at that time for the invasion of Poriutugal exactly in the same manner in gal; and that our interference could on. which the present Ministers have treat- ly bring down bis vengeance upon that ed Denmark. It appears from Mr Fox's kingdom. As-bis Lordship's instruc. instructions, that during the negotiation tions had cot provided for such a statefor peace between the late Ministers ment of the case, he thought it most and the French Government, Taller- prudent to confine himself to the first rand, to induce them to agree to his part of the instructions, an oiler of asterms, had “ informed our Ambassador sistance, which ihe Portugueze declill(Lord Lauderdale) at Paris, that an arc ed; and the English Ministry, being conmy of 20,000 men was assembled at vinced that ibe information on which Bayonne to invade Portugai, and that they had acted was false, ordered the Ide object of this invasion was nothing squadron to leave the Tagus. The less than to dethrone the Royal Family, troops had never sailed fronu Plymouth. and destroy the very existence of the
Tuesday, March S. Portugueze Monarchy; the provinces Sir C. Pole moved for a bill to enact of which were to be partitioned out, that none but scafaring men should hold one part to Spaio, and the other part, any uflice under Greenwich Hospital. with the town and port of Lisbon, as a The motion was opposed, on the ground separate dominion, to the Prince of that there were offices in the establishPeace, or to the Queen of Etruria." To merit that could not be executed by naavert these evils, Lord St Vincent was val men, and negatived by a majority ordered with a strong feet to the Ta. of 78 to 52. gus, and a body of troops were embark.
Wednesday, March 9. ed, under Gen. Simcoe, to be sent after In a Committee of Ways and Means, him. Lord Rosslyn was sent as nego. Mr Percival proposed a resolution for tiator, with directions to propose to the funding four millions of Exchequer bills Court of Lisbon, first to take active in the 4 and 5 per cents.-Agreed to. measures for repelling the invasion by A long debate took place on the Oude force, for which purpose the assistance charge against Marquis Wellesley. It of the British Government would be was adjourned till Tuesday. granted, both in money and troops. In
Thursday, March 10. case this should be declined, the next Mr Canning presented a message from proposal was, to assist the emigration of the King relative to the subsidiary trea-' the Court to the Brazils, and to offer ty with Sweden, which was referred to Sept. 1808.
a Committee of Supply. He also pre- and, on the motion of Sir J. Anstruther, sented a copy of the treaty. Mr Alder. a resolution was passed by a majority man Combe presented a petition against of 180 to 29, that the Marquis, in his the orders in Council from certain mër- arrangements in the province of Oude, chants concerned in the American trade, was actuated by an ardent zeal for the which, after some conversation, was laid service of his country, and an anxious on the table. A petition was also pre. desire to promote the safety, interests, sented from certain merchants of Liver- and prosperity of the British empire in pool against the orders. A division took India. place on a motion for hearing the peti.
Wednesday, March 16. tioners by counsel--Ayes 66, Noes 99. In a Committee of Supply, resolved A second, a third, and a fourth division that a sum of 1,100,000l. be granted to took place, on motions for postponing his Majesty to enable him to fulfil his the bill, for adjourning the debate, and engagements with the King of Sweden. for reading the orders. They were all negatived by large majorities,
Friday, March 18.
Leave was given for a bill to make Friday, March 11.
valid certain orders in Council for perOn the motion of Mr Dundas, a se mitting the introduction and warehoulect Committee was appointed to in- sing of certain goods imported in Deu. quire into the present state of the af- tral vessels, and for indemnifying cerfairs of the East India Company. The tain persons for remitting the forfeiOrders in Council bill was read a third tures thereupon; and also for permittime, and passed.
ting the importation of goods from cer. Monday, March 14.
tain countries where the British flag is
excluded, in any vessels whatever. The The mutiny bill was passed, after a object of this bill is the relief of the undivision on the clause for giving an op- fortuuate inhabitants of Lisbon. A petion to enlist for life, or for a certain
tition was presented from Manchester number of years--ayes 180-noes 116. praying for the adoption of measures Mr Canning presented state papers relative to the expedition to Constanti. bill to prevent the exportation of bark
for a speedy and honourable peace. The nople. Lord Howick's instructions to
was read a third time, after a division Mr Arbuthnot were similar to those gi
ayes 73, noes jo. ven with respect to Copenhagen. He was to inform the Porte that the British
Monday, March 21. fleet came either to attack or defend, ac
Another long debate followed on the cording to circumstances. The latter Copenhagen expedition. Mr Sharpe would be preferred, but as a condition, made a mution strongly censuring it: the Porte must strictly fulfil its treaties Mr Stuart Wortley moved a resolution, with Russia, reivstate the deposed hos. warmly approving the conduct of Mipodars of Wallachia and Moldavia, and
nisters in having undertaken it. Mr allow a free passage for Russian ships of Sharpe's motion was rejected by a mawar thro' the Bosphorus. The secon. jority of 224 az ainst 64. The motion dary points were the dismissal of Sebas. of approval was carried by a majority of riani, the French ambassador, from Con- 216 against 61. stantinople, and the renewal of the trea:
Wednesday, March 23. ty with England. In case the Porte re. Lord W. Riessel reported from the Renfused to agree to these terms, the attack frewshire Election Committee, that Mr on the Turkish capital was to commence. Macdowal was duly elected, and that Tuesday, March 15.
the petition against his returu was not
frivolous or vexatious. The adjourned debate on the Mar. quis of Wellesley's conduct to the Na
Thursday, Alarch 24. bob of Oude was then resumed, and con- Mr Sheridan having failed to appear tinued till seven o'clock next morning. in support of his petition against the reOn all the resolutions against him, ex- turn of Lord Cochrane for Westminster, cepting the lasi, the previous question the Speaker signified that he had certiwas carried by large majorities. The fied the forfeiture of his recognizance to last was negatived without a division ; the Court of Exchequer.
Friday, Friday, March 25.
curity and better preservation of the The Attorney General obtained leave Records in Scotland. Mr Glassford for a bill for the better execution of brought in a bili for making and repairvarrants issued from the Court of ing roads and bridges in the county of King's Bench in England, for the ap.
Dumbarton. prehension of offenders in Scotland, and
Thursday, March 31. for enabling sheriff's taking bail to transfer the baitbonds to his Majesty.
Another discussion respecting the
Oude question, and another decision apMonday, March 28.
proving of the Marquis of Wellesley's Mr M. Pitt, from the Stırling district conduct--majority so to 20. of Burghs Committee, reported that the
Friday, April 1. sitting member was duly elected, and that the petition of Sir Johu Henderson
A petition from the City of London was not frivolous or vexatious. Mr
was presented relative to the rejection W. Dundas brought up a bill to regu- other House. In a Committee of Ways
of the Reversionary Grants bill in the late the trade between the Royal Burghs and Means, the Chancellor of the Exof Scotland and the Burghs of Barony and Regality. Mr Solicitor General chequer proposed that the future mastated it to be his intention to oppose nagement of the game duties be taken some of the clauses of the bill, A Com.
from the Stamp-office and added to the mittee was appointed to inquire into assessed taxes, for the more effectual Lotteries, and what further remedies
means of collecting the same, and that might be applied to lessen their evils, woodcocks and snipes should, in future, Mr Bankes obtained leave for a bill to be considered as game, so as to prevent prohibit, for a time to be limited, the persons from eluding the payment of granting of offices in reversion. (This game licences. The assessed taxes ais a revival of the bill rejected in the mounted to five millions five hundred Upper House.) Mr Percival did not thousand pounds; he proposed to conobject to the bill; but, to compromise solidate the taxes under that head, adwith the other House, he should, in the ding two per cent. which would yield progress of the bill, propose, as amend- 119,000l. The resolution, after some ments, not to prohibit grants altogether, conversation, was agreed to. but, in order to attach immediate res
Monday, April 4. ponsibility to the advisers of them, to Mr Biddulph prefaced his motion con. enact that no grant should be valid till cerning the Committee of Finance, by advertised in the Gazette ; and to en. maintaining, that the appointment of the sure any retrenchment which the Com- Finance Committee should be pure from mittee of Finance might recommend, he all suspicion. No person, he thought, should propose, that every grant should who held any office, could consistently for a limited time be subject to aboli. fulfil the duties of a Committee of res tion or alteration, as the King, with the trenchment. It was inconsistent with advice of Parliament, should think pro. every principle of the English law, and per.
common sense, that a man's own cause Tuesday, March 29.
should be committed to his own deci. Another long discussion took place sion. It was a common and just rule, respecting the Copenhagen expedition, that interested jurors should be challenon a motion of Lord Folkestone, for ged. He concluded by movingthe restoration of the Danish fleet on the
“ That Richard Wharton, Esq. be exreturn of peace. It was negativated by cused from any further attendance on 105 10 44.
the Committee of Finance, and that the
name of the Hon. John William Ward Wednesday, March 30.
be substituted in his place." In consequence of à motion of the The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, Lord Advocate of Scotland, a statement this was a question of peculiar delicacy, was presented of the proceedings of the and that unless a specific accusation Commissioners of Public Records so far were brought against the Hon. Chairas regards Scotland, preparatory to the man, he, of course, would feel it his duintroduction of a bill for the greater se ty to oppose the motion. He denied,
however, that offee was a disqualifica
Monday, April 11. tion to the discharge of duty. Against BUDGET AND WAYS AND MEANS. such an opinion he should ever decided- The Chancellor of the Exebequer rose for Jy protest.
the purpose of laying before the Com. Mr H. Browne observed, that the Com- mittee the Ways and Means which mittee would lose a very valuable mem- would be required to meet the expedie ber if the motion should be successful. ces of the year. The Right Hon. Gen
The Hon. W. Ward trusted the House tleman then siated the various heads of would do him justice to believe that he the wavy, the army, the ordnance, Swe. had not stimulated the motion. He dish subsidy, miscellaneous services, and rose merely for the purpose of express other subjects, for which the supply had sing his wishes, that the Hun. Gentle. been voted, the total of which amount. man would withdraw his motion, or at ed to 45,653,1701. but from which was least not press it to a division.
to be deducted 5,713,5661. being the The House however did divide, when proportion for Ireland. the motion was negatived 70 to 21. The Ways and Mears which were to
April 6. Mr Huskisson moved for an ac- be proposed, in order to cover this supcount of the surplus of the consolidated ply, were, ist, the malt and pension dufund for the year ending the 5th of A- ties, which he would take in round num. pril 1808. He stated, that such surplus bers at three millions. This was about scarcely ever before exceeded 3 mil. 250,000l. more than it had produced lions, but in the last year amounted to last year; but he should take the sur41 millions ; he further stated, that the plus of the consolidated fund at so much surplus of the last three months over lower than its actual produce. The ad. the corresponding period of the last year vances from the Bank amounted to three was 600,000!.
muillions and a half; the unappropriated April 7. The House went into a Com- surplus of the consolidated fund, up to mittee on the Reversionary grants bill, the 5th of April, was 726,870). The when the blank limiting the existence war taxes he should reckon at a rough of the act was filled up with the words, guess at 21 millions, and he thought “ for one year after the passing of the himself the more warranted in taking act,”-after a desultory debate noways them at that sum, wlien it was recoilecinteresting
ted, that the duties to be levied in conApril 11. Upon the motion of the Lord sequence of the orders in Council would Advocate of Scotland, the bill for the bet• be added to the war taxes. ter regulation of the records of Scot- The lottery he should reckon at land was ordered to be read a second 350,0col, which was somewhat less than time this day six weeks.
it had produced in the last year. He Sir Charles Pole moved an humble ad. proposed to issue four millions of Esdress to his Majesty that he would be chequer bills, towards the Ways and graciously pleased to direct, that the Aleans of the year. In addition to this, appointments to Oficers in the Naval heshould say about eight millions, which Asylum be granted only to persons who he would propose as the loan, and which had served his Majesty in a naval capa- was as much as he apprehended would city. The Hon. Member entered into be necessary for the service of the prea long investigation of this subject, sent year. When to these sums was ad. wherein he shewed that their situations ded the surplus of the consolidated tund, were at present filled by persons who which he would take at 3,750,000!. it had never been in any naval situation. would give a total of 43,076,00sl. for the He thought it would not only be a sys- Ways and Means for the service of the tem of economy, but provide for many year, which gave an excess of 337,0001. deserving persons.
above the supplies. Although the surMr Rose had no objection to an ar. plus of the consolidated fund bad been rangement being made, to prevent here- taken at 31750,000l, yet in fact it had after p'rsons who had not been in the exceeded that sum in the course of the naval service to these appointments. last year by no less a sum than 726,870l.
The motion was then ucgatived on a The interest of the four millions of division, 71 to 46.
Exchequer bills, and of the loan for the