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had demonstrated its partiality to the utmost existed, could not possibly be refuted by the extent of conviction. 'The Chancellor of the resolution which had been read ; the House Exchequer had promised its total repeal, if had pledged iifulf to punish such conduct, it could be proved that the tax was perso- and the idea of ponilhment certainly innal; but, after so clear a proof of its per- cluded that of previous enquiry, which was sonality, a modification, which was not all that was now di manded. He was the worth accepting, was offered. The result more particularly anxious for the present is, that as this aggrieved body of people papers, as they related to a separate and inwere unsurcessful in procuring a total repeal dependent transaction, militating expressly this feffion, they reserved themselves for a against the refolution of the House, and conmore fortunate endeavour to that purpose in taining in itself an epitome of the conduct, che ensuing period. He was instructed to and an abstract of every enormity which had sav, that many of the most respectable per- been attributed to the late Governor-Gefons who were assembled to deliberate on neral. the fubje&, were delirous of preferring a In the review of this business it was n general house-tax (though very exception- cessary to consider of three circumstances : able in itself) to this very partial one, as it first, whether such a transaction had taken would be more just, from the general ex- place between Major Browne and the Mogul, teni of its operation. But as that measure, under the sanction of Mr. Haítings ? Seco.de which had taults sufficient for its own, ap- ly, whether fulhcient documents for the enpeared more impracticable, the Public quiry were to be tound in Europe ? and mutt suffer for the hard thip arising from the thirdly, what mischieis could pollivly result present grievanc“, till a more favourable op- from the full discovery of the circumstances ? portunity offered itself.

With relocet to the first of these points, Alderman Newnham reprobated the prin. he begged leave to remind the House, that ciple of the tax as partial and iniquiious; the relolucions read had passed at a period bu the commutation for a general house- when unanimiry of opinion was uncoin. ixx, mentioned by the right honourable Gen

When political differences generally tieman below him, was by no means the prevailed, this code of resolutions was apo general opinion of his conftituents. It was proved. Resolutions of this nature were ontrue, that a respectable meeting was held in gular things. It was, perhaps, the first in. the city, at which the idea was suggested; ftance in which the House had laid down a but from all that he could learn in ditferent rule for the conduct of executive government. conversations with the most respectable of They contained a prohibitorycondemnation those whom he had the honour to reprelent, of all schemes of conqueft and enlargementof who were a very numerous body, no such dominion. They foi bade every in:erference idea had the least foundation; and he re- as a party in the nation :I or domestic quarqoelted the House would entertain no other rels of the country powers. They recomopinion, than ibat any thing short of a total mended an inviolable character for moderarepeal could give them the larisfaction they tion, and a scrupulous regard to treaty. Such required.

were the objects of the refolutions. They MARCH 17.

were to lie on tie table as a monument of Mr. Fnx desired that a part of the reports the justice of the House, that it mig t be of th Secret Committee on India affairs, in known abroad, that whatever acts of opMay 1782, should be read. Il consisted in preffion mighi have exitted in the ex-reinities an cncoin.um on the mandate of the Die of this extended empire, thine wos till a rectors, that no offensive war should in fue principle of equity inherent in Parliament to ture be prosecuted in India, con any alliance vindicate the rights of mankind, and to relo of such tendency contracted; and also repro- cue them from the encroaci.menis of tyranbated in itrong language the conduct of any ny, wherever it existed in the British domipering who by any inter erence in the concerns of the native Princes, thoud embar- The charges against Mr. Hastings were, Taís the future government of India. dilobedience to orders, and breachas niana

Mr. Fox the rose;-hi apologized to the gagement. These were the objects of the Houle for calling their attention to a business relulutions. which had fo recently been agirated- There was not so great danger in prothe negociation at the Court of D-Ibi between ducing any papers witń regard to Indio, as Major Browne and the Mogul, under the there could be in thar Hours, of nol carau hority of Mr. Hastings. Bui ne faw so rying its own resolutions into elét; and of in any reatons to be diliatisfied with the de. non cailing to account thole in that country, chon that had taken place, he thought the who had contemned its orders. 1: thev were ppers on this subject could with fo litee he screened by the more info dixit; at a propriety be retuled, that he found himself mimitter, there was an end otsid opu'on of under the necetlity of bringing on the dit- public justice.--In such a cals a Goieri.or of cullion in another form. The authority an outlying province might cuminit the which declared that such a transaction had highcit act of depredation with impunity, EU ROP, MAG.

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and even vindicated in so doing by a minis- pressed upon the minds of gentlemen as an ter afferting that there was danger in pro- objection of great importance. In time of ducing the evidences of his criminality. He warlike operations, such obícrvation from considered a proper check on executive go. a Minister in whom he had confidence, might vernment as the lource of our freedom, and convince him of the propriety of the measure; that the publicity of our measures was not but in these times, when the production of only a ground of our credit, but the sup.. the papers wanied could not be injurious to port also of our character amongst nations. the interest of the country, and when the Having enlarged on tl.cle and other points at objections made were advanced by a Minilength, he moved, " that an extract from fer in whom he could have no confidence, the consultations at Bengal, in January he thought it a duty incumbent upon him 1784, as lar as they related to any letter's nnt to shrink from the service of the public, from Major Browne, be laid before the but to declare his sentiments openly and House."

boldly on the occasion. Befides, it was a Mr. Francis feconded the motion.

fundamental principle in the government of The Chancellor of the Exchequer faid, the East-India Company, that there should that it was disagreeable to him to differ from not exist any matters of secrecy. The State the Right Hon. Gentleman upon a point of had no connection which the negotiations producing any papers, and that he always formed in India. The King's name had never, wished to avoid it; but the present papers on any occasion, been used in the transactions contained nothing that could be the grounds of the Company. The negociations are carried of any criminal accusation; and secondly, on between the sovereign Princes of India, they were so detective, that no evidence and the subjects of this country: therefore it could be drawn from them; that the trans

was nugatory to assert, that if the evidence action of Major Browne was entirely with necellary were divulged, the British empire the Government General of Bengal, and not would be in danger. He then glanced at the with the Governor-General, and that the conduct of Mr. Dundas, and fiartered him. opinion of the majority of the Council, al- self, that if the right honourable Gentleman though contrary to Mr. Hastings's own opi- was a friend to confiftency, he would vote nion, was followed. He argued that Major with him this night, as all the House, and Browne was sent to Delhi not to form an indeed the people both here and in India, offensive league with the Mogul, but only to might easily recollect, that he had been the express that regard which we had always firit who instigated a prosecution against Mr. thought it necellary and right to express to Hastings. The Houle nad then dec ded casthat Prince, from whom we derived our title didly and fairly, and never allempted to to India. He had also to produce a letter of withiold papers, precedents, or any article Major Browne's to Mr. Macpherson, the of information from him. They had gone present Governor, in which he particularly hand in hand with the right honourable referred to iwo memorandums he had sent Gentleman, conscious that he a&cd agreeably to the Government, of the whole of this to the dictates of an uprigint member of transaction, which memorandums were not Parliament, and consonane to the policy fent to this country, and are most eflentialio of a

real friend to the country.the elucidation of this matter. Without The times, however, were altered, and the there, he said, it was imposible the House Righe Hon. Gentleman did not hesitate to could form any judgment of the business. recede and renounce all his former opinions.

It was said by the Ri. Hon. Genileinan He affirmed, that Major Browne had acted that there was no danger in the Fiench, or entirely by the authority and la notion of Mr. any other European power being in the le. Hastings, and read various extracts from a cret of this transaction

The right honour. number of papers, in corroboration of his able Gentleman must furely have forgot that arguments, by which he exposed the futility it is expressly mentioned in Major Browne's of with-holding the evidence neceffarily communications, that the French, through aik-d. The letter which had been so olten M. Bulli, biad n:ade offers to the Prince alludd to, as foon as received, had been of Delhi at the time he was at his Court.

communicated to the Board, therefore there The French surely might take advantage could not be any secrecy in that particular. from this, although he was happy in taying, Mr. Haltings had immediately convinced that from the difpofition of chai Court we had his friends, that tor private reasons his prenothing bottle io fear froin them.

fence would be necellary at Lucknow, and Mr. Sheridan observed, that those who consequenly repaired thither. now contended for the supprellion of the that the letter was no fecret, it had been papers wanted, had mild their ground, publifhed by Major Scoti, Mr. Hettings's and deserted the principle on which they

agent. We now tee Mr. Hattings at ibe had argued on a former day. It had been

court of the Vizier, and he approved of faid, wed the suppruition of the eviderce re

Major Brownc's syliom of policy, and adfuited from matters of laícty and expediency vised according to the emergence of the or10 the Slale. This argument bad been im calion. Mr. Haflings alterwards received a

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visit from the son of the Mogul, who had belonged to the Court of Proprietors, he been driven from his father's territories by a would also willingly have consented to a back-stairs Minister, to whose junto (the vote of thanks to Mr. Hastings. If he difPrince said) bis father was an abject Nave.- approved of Mr. Hastings's conduct, he We are now, said Mr. S. on a serious im- would certainly never thank him for his des peachment, which an Hon. Friend of mine merits. Considering, therefore, all these has pledged himself to bring forward ; he circumstances, he was of opinion, that peothought nothing should be hidden from the ple would naturally believe that the Right Houte. But he was sorry to see that Ministers Hon. Gentleman (Mr. Dundas) had carried food aloof. Having alluded to what had himself into power by prosecuting one debeen supposed to have fallen from Mr. Dun- linquent, and that he had retained his emidas in a former debate, “ That the latter nence by protecting another. part of Mr. Hastings's conduct served as an Major Scoll warmly defended the conduct atonement for his prior mismanagement;" of Mr. Halting3 ; and said that Major Browne

Ms. Dundas rose, and denied the asser- would be in town in eight or ten days. tion.

Lord North made a humourous speech on Mr. Sheridan then wished to refer to the occasion, in favour of the motion, and printed documents. He affirmed that Mr. kept the House in a roar. At length, Dundas had said, that if hc had at that time The House divided, Ayes 73, Noes 140.

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TO WILLIAM PARSONS. Esq.

Now wak'd by my countryman's voice

once again By Mrs. PIOZZI.

To enjoyment of pleasures long paft, HILE Venus infpircs, and such verses

Her powers elastic the soul shall regain, WHILE

And recal her original talte : you fing,

Like the load one which long lay conceal'd As Prior' might envy and praise ;

in the earth While Merry can mount on the eagle's wide

Among metals that glitter'd around, wing, Or melt in the nightingale's lays ;

Inactive her talents, and only call'd forth

When the ore correspondent was found. On the beautiful banks of this classical stream

To Mrs. PIOZZI,
While Bertie can carelessly rove,

REPLY.
Dividing his hours and varying his theme
With Philosophy, Friendship, and Love; Written on thc Anniversary of her Wedding,

July 25, 1785: In vain all the beauties of nature or art THO' “ footh'd by soft music's seducing To rause my tranquillity tried ;

delights, Too often, taid I, has this languishing heart " And bless'd with reciprocal love,"

For the charins of celebrity figh'd : These cannot impede your poetical flights, Now footh'd by soft mulic's seducing de- For still friends to the Muses they prove. lights,

Then sitting fo gaily your table around, With reciprocal tenderne's bleft,

Let us all with glad sympathy view No more will í pant for poetical fights, What joys in this fortunate union abound, Or let vanily rob me of relt.

This union of wit and virtu!

May the day which now sees you so mutu• The Slave and the Wrestlers, what are they

ally bieft to me!

In full confidence, love, and esteem, From plots and contention remov'd ; Still return with increase of delight to your + And Job with ftill less satisfaction I see,

breast, When I think on the pains I have prov'd. And be Hymen your favourite theme : It was thus that I thought in oblivion to Nor fear that your fertile Atrong genius can drown

fail; Each thought from remembrance that All thoughts of stagnation dispel : flows;

The fame which so long has attended a Teus fancy was stagnant, I honefly own,

Thrale,
But I callid that stagnation reposc,

A Piozzi alone can excel!
Two celebrated pieces of sculpture in the Tribuna.
† The fine picture of Job, in the same place, by Bartolomeo della Porta.
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As the ore mait for ever obedient be found, May every bird of tuneful note
By the loaditone atıracted along,

(When morn shall o'er the shades prevail) So in England you drew all the Poets around Expand with pride its little throat,

By the magical force of your song : And chaunt the name of Stavordale. The same power on Aino's fair side you

Her charms with gentleft influence shine, retain,

By all (except herself) confess'd ; Your talents with wonder we see ;

And whilst we think her form divine, And we hope from your converse those ta

She seems to know her power the least.' lents to gain, Tho', like magnets in smaller degree. When Sol exhales the morning dew,

W. P. And bids each flower perfume the gale ;

Thou rose ! Thalt wear a paler bue, IMITATION of a SONNET on an AIR- Compar'd to blooming Stavordale. BALLOON, from the Italian of

Her cheek requires no foreign aid,
PARINI.

Her radiani eyes with truth express,
By Mrs. PIOZZI.

In all their native charms array'd,

Virtue, good-fense, and tenderness. The sport and wonder of the world, Ye shepherds ! tune your oaten reeds, Who eager gaze while I aspire,

With rural music fill the vale ; Expanded with aerial fire.

Let echo to the distant meads

Repeat the praise of Stavordale ;
And since Man's selfish race demands
More empire than the seas or lands; Applaud her unaffected grace,
For him my courage mounts the skies,

Her innocent and tranquil air,
Invoking Nature whilft I rise.

The sweet expreflion of her face,

The smile that speaks a heart fincere.
Mother of all! if thus refin'd,
My fights can benefit mankind,

(The woodland chorus to improve,). Let them by me new realms prepare,

Obedient zephyr will not fail, And take polufsion of the air.

Beyind the limits of the grove,

To waft thy name, Oh Stavordale.
But if to ills alone I lead,
Quickly, oh quick let me recede;

The Muse, delighted, hears the sound ;
Or blaze a splendid exhibition,

To thee the vows her humble strain, A beacon for their mad ambition !

Whilli thou on Avon's banks fart found,

The fairest of the female train. On the Right Hon. Lady STAVORDALE, written at Bath in 1771.

We many blooming flowers have seen,

Who to the role compar'd are pale,
E sately swans, in beauty's pride, And many blooming nymphs have been

Who down the silver Avon fail, Eclips'd by lovely Stavordale.
Awhile neglect the urging tide,

Unrivall’d charms are those she wears, To gaze at lovely Stavordale.

Serene and steady, like the moon;
Your downy breasts are not more white Sne for outshines surrounding stars,

Than her's is free from stain (I ween): And men her gentle empire own.
In beauty, she appears as bright
As her you serve, the Paphian Queen!

On C A M B R I A.
Come from the woods, ye timid doves,
That thus in lhades delight to dwell :

By Dr. WOOLCO T.
Nor fear to leave your peaceful groves,
And hover round fair Stavordale.

NEAR yonder solitary tower,

Lone glooming midst the moony light, For she is of the genilest kind,

I roam at midnight's specter'd hour, That e'er in Beauty's bloom hath Thone; And climb the wild majestic height; And Fame declares “ her artless mind Low to the mountain let me-reverent bow, Hath every virtue for its own."

Where Wifdom, Virtue, taught their founts When dusky evening shall appear,

to flow. May'lt thou, melodious nighuingale! Pale on a rock's aspiring steep, Exer i ny noies to please her ear,

Behold a Druid fits forlorn, And nail che naine of Stavordale.

I see the white-rob'd phantom weep, Then perch'd upon some humble spray, I hear his harp of sorrow mourn. To her thy vocal tribute give,

The vanish'd grove provokes his deepeft igli, And linging sweet thy pentive lay,

And alcars open’d to the gazing ay. A finile of thanks thou thalt receive.

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grive

Permit me, Druid, here to stray,

You must be left to revel with the glooms And ponder 'mid thy drear retreat ;

That play in circies round your ancient

pilc, To wail the solitary way

And barter darkness for the rich illumes Where Wisdom held her hallow'd seat :

That give your huge foleninity a smile. Here let me roam, in spite of Folly's smile, A pensive pilgrim, o'er cach pitied pile. Ye limpid Icets, that trickle thro' the Poor short ! no more the Druid race

O'er banks of pebble! hail, delightful Shall here their sacred fires relume ;

Itreams, No more their fhow'rs of incevse blate, Where Nature dictates ev'ry thought to rove, No more their tapers gild the gloom.

Thc lover's rapiure, or the poet's drea.ns. Lo snakes obscene along the temples creep, Io vain ve swell! the foaming eddies round And foxes on the broken altars sleep.

Involv'd in duik, your ringlets claim no

charm ; No more beneath the golden hook

Yet as you ruth across the rural ground, The treasures of the grove shall fall,

Indulge my fancy with a fote alarm. Time triumphs o'er each blasted oak, Whole power at length shall cı ish the ball, Ye lovely herds, be gone to slumb'sing folds;

Swect reft! that knows no horrid pangs Led by the wrinkled power with gladden'd

of thought! mien,

No conscious guilt disturbs your happy Gigantic Ruin treads the weeping scene.

holds, No more the bards in strains sublime

Nor luft of pow's—that pow'r so dearly The actions of the brave proclaim,

bought ! Thus rescuing from the rage of Time And you, ye choir, whose Hallelujahs ring

Each god-like deed approv'd by Fame. In floating wa.bles thro' the early breeze, Deep in the dust each lyre is laid unstrung, Ceale your loud lonnets, till the day ihail Whilft mute for ever stops each tunelul

spring,

And seek repose in yonder awful trees. tongue.

This grey-clad scene, remote from common Here Wisdom, Virtue's awful voice

view, Inspir'd the youths of Cornwall's plains ;

Where by yon gliding brook and tufted With such no more these hills rejoice,

bow'r But death-like, fullen Glence reigns ; My Friend and I an heart-felt language Whilft Melancholy, in yon mou!u'ring bower,

knew, Sits lift'ning to old Ocean's distant roar.

The sympathetic tsansport of each hour: Let others, heedless of the hill,

This spot serene now links in ballow'd With eye incurious pass along,

gloom ; My muse with grief the scene shall fill, The shad y elm-tree, and the dimpied flood;

And swell with softett sighs her fong. Droops into llence ev'ry living bloom. Ah! pleas'd each Druid mansion to deplore,

The sweets unnumbei'd of the darken'd

wood. Where Wisdom, Virtue, dwelt, but dwell no more,

See there ! the fober clouds, in chequ’ring

nod, E V E NING:

Court other vapours to the dark display; A SUMMER PASTORAL.

Till form'd in heaps together swim abroad,

And Night's black enlign takes the place HE golden robe that crowns the play

of Day.

W. THOMAS. Rides thro' the ocean in the boundless skies,

Supposed to be spoken by a BIRD to a Diffusive murmurs roll the brilliant way, YOUNG GENTLEMAN about to de Till day's bright herald drops the scene,

prive her of her NEST. and dies.

ITY the tears of plaintive woe,
See ! yonder blaze that gilds the lucid air

Call ev'ry'beauty from the fruitful dale ; Before this hour I knew no so,
Attend, each odour, mount the tyrant's car; To rob me of my neit.
You mut not stay to bless the lovely vale.

But now, alas! what doom awaits
And you, ye hills, whom kinder influence

From those mischievous hands;
knows,

No more the sweet, th: jocund mates
Who first receive the many-spangled Shall meet in merry bands;

beams,
On whose vaft top the morning-chariot

But general inourning fill the choir ;

The warbling long ters cease ;
grows,

A shock so sudden, and so dire,
And Ihoots the virtue of its sultry streams ; To rob us of our peace.

Ceale

THE ful day

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