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by saying, that documents connected be banished for life from the United with church patronage might be, Kingdom. A list of all such liand constitutionally ought to be, censes granted within the preceding signed by a Secretary of State twelve months was to be laid before The only consequence deducible parliament each session. The adfrom this was, that, if ministers dition was made to meet the case were sincere in placing church of eminent scholars, persons engaged patronage beyond the reach of Ca- in historical or other inquiries, or tholic advice, the three Secretaries other individuals who might be of State ought to be added to the specially called hither by their excepted offices.
pursuits of business, or of learning. The amendment was lost; as The motion for engrossing the bill were other amendments for extend with its amendments was carried ing the exclusion to the offices of by a majority of 233 to 106; and privy councillor, and governor in on Monday, the 30th of March, any of the colonies.
the third reading was moved by On the other hand Mr. Peel pro- Mr. Peel. The Marquis of Chanposed an amendment, by which, in dos, on the other hand, moved that the event of its becoming necessary the bill should be read a third time to exercise the patronage attached that day six months. A debate ento an office which happened to be sued, in the course of which all held by a Catholic, that patronage that had been already said, more was vested in the Archbishop of than once, on both sides, was said Canterbury for the time being, in- over again. The third reading was stead of a commission to be named carried by a majority of 178, there by the king, as the bill had origin- being 320 in favour of it, and 142 ally proposed
against it. Thus, in only three To the clause which required weeks from the time at which it that all Jesuits, or other persons had been introduced, was passed a belonging to religious orders, al- bill which its own supporters acready within the kingdom, should knowledged to be an infringement register themselves, and that no of the constitution, and which, others should be admitted into whether for evil or for good, inthe kingdom, after the passing of troduced into the frame and spirit the bill, an addition was made to of that constitution, an infinitely the effect, that it should be lawful more important change, than Brifor one of the Secretaries of State, tain had witnessed since the Revoby license, to allow a foreign Jesuit lution. or member of a religious order, to In the mean time, the speech of come into the United Kingdom, sir Charles Wetherell had procured and to remain therein for a period for him an intimation that his Manot exceeding six calendar months, jesty had no further occasion for with power to revoke such license his services. After the indignant if he should see fit; and if such plainness with which he had deforeign Jesuit or other person did nounced their manæuvring and not depart within twenty days apostacy, ministers could not allow after the license had been revoked, him to retain his office of Attorneyor within twenty days after the general, without admitting that expiration of the license, lie should he was their master.
But even be guilty of a misdemeanour, and his dismissal forced them into an
acknowledgment that they dreaded bill should apply themselves “to to intrust themselves to the judg- action," instead of wasting time in ment of the country. If they pro- argument. All petitions against moted the Solicitor-general to the the bill were scouted as mere ebulvacant office, a new election for litions of ignorance, bigotry, and Cambridge would have been ren- love of oppression, and that too by dered necessary, and that was à the very men who had raised on the danger which ministers dared not to opinions which these petitions conincur, in the present state of the pub- tained, the whole fabric of their lic mind. They therefore allowed political fortunes. The petitioners the office of Attorney-general to re- themselves were openly told that main vacant, until, their measure their opinions were worthless, that having been carried, and public the subject under discussion was far agitation having subsided, they removed beyond the reach of their transferred to it a nisi prius understandings; that is, that they lawyer who had once been a were utterly disqualified to judge whig, in the person of sir James of the value of their constitution, Scarlett; having provided for the or of the mischief which might be Solicitor-general by placing him done to a Protestant establishment at the head of the Common Pleas. by Catholic power. These, forsooth, They knew that they were acting in were topics on which the House of defiance of publicopinion; they con- Commons declared that no man in fessed that a new election would the empire could pretend to form send that opinion into parliament an opinion, except about two-thirds to confound their policy. Mr. of their own number. The truth Peel acknowledged that he reckoned was that, considering the character on the alienation of public confi- of the proceedings which, as minisdence, which is never alienated from ters alleged, had produced a state a man whom the public think right; necessity, the only fault of the and it is not easy to imagine a petitioners was, that they petitioned bolder avowal from the lips of a constitutionally. It surely could statesman than that he and his not be more criminal to “ agitate" friends are using the powers of in defence of Protestant rights, office (for there lay their logic) than in support of Catholic demands. to extort from the representatives Since ministers admitted they must of the people their consent to a bow to six millions of noisy Cameasure against which he knows tholics, headed by a Catholic Assoand admits that the hearts and ciation, what would they have said opinions of the great majority of the to fifteen millions of Protestants people are set. In the same spirit under the guidance of a Protestant the Protestant petitions, which, Association ? While they allowed night after night, expressed the that they neither could, nor were wishes of the Protestant portion entitled to, intermeddle with the of the empire, were treated, always former, until they had conceded with neglect, often with contempt. all that it claimed, what degree of The House of Commons actually effrontery would have enabled them grudged the time consumed in pre- to blame the latter, while they resenting them; and sir Francis fused every thing that it desired ? Burdett frankly declared on one The Catholics set the law at defiance, occasion, that the friends of the threatening tumult and rebellion, and they were met with respect, of a British monarch announced to flattery, and concession. The Pro- the British public, that, when they testants confined themselves within set their minds on some great pubthe quiet and peaceful paths of the lic object, or wish to avoid some constitution, which they and their great public danger, they are not fathers had been taught to believe to be listened to, unless they assume would protect them, and they were the attitude of insurrection, and treated with ridicule and contempt. speak the plain and bold language For the first time the government of open menace.
The Catholic Relief Bill moved in the House of Lords— Debate on the
Second Reading-Speech of the Duke of Wellington--- Amendment, to throw out the Bill moved by the Archbishop of CanterburyDebate during three Days—Speech of the Bishop of Oxford in favour of the Bill—Opposed by the Archbishop of Armagh, and the Bishops of London and Durham---Speeches of the Lord Chancellor, Earl of Westmoreland, Lord Tenterden, Earl Grey, Lord Eldon-Lord Plunkett Second Reading carried by a Majority of 105— The Bill is read a Third Time and passed, and receives the Royal Assent-Unwillingness of the King to consent to the Measure.
TITHERTO the most steady pendent on popular sentiment.
demands of the Catholics had been of command, as the Commons had found in the House of Lords. done; the same means which had Whenever the Commons passed a secured a triumph in the one House, bill, or adopted a resolution, favour- prepared the way for it in the other. able to their views, a large major- On the 31st of March, the day ity of the peers had always re- following that on which the bill fused to concur in any thing had passed the House of Commons, which went to alter the Protestant it was brought up to the Lords by characteristics of the constitution. Mr. Peel, and was immediately Even in 1828, when the lower read a first time. The duke of House had passed resolutions in Wellington then moved, that the tended to be the foundation of a second reading should take place relief bill, they had been rejected two days thereafter, on the 2nd of by the peers by a majority of forty- April. Lord Bexley and the earl five. Not twelve months had of Malmesbury opposed this motion, elapsed; and the Protestants, find- on the ground that such precipitate ing themselves deserted and be- haste was unbecoming ; urging trayed among their own represent- that, on all former occasions, a much atives, placed their last hope in longer time had been allowed for the steadiness which had so often consideration, and that such breathdistinguished the House of Lords. less hurry was the conduct of men It was not to be expected, how- who were merely to decide as anoever, that the dictatorial powers of ther dictated, rather than of legisthe ministry, which had been strong lators called to deliberate on a grave enough to make the lower House matter of public policy. The duke disregard the public opinion, of answered, that the subject had been which it ought to have been the sufficiently discussed already, and organ, would lose their efficacy, that the public were anxious to obwhen applied to a body less detain their lordships' decision. Lord VoL, LXXI.
Holland justified him by referring the people from fulfilling contracts to the haste with which the sta- into which they might have entertutes about to be repealed had been ed with Protestants? In such a originally passed ; and the motion state of society the best parts of was carried without a division. the constitution became inoperative.
On the 2nd of April, the duke Trial by jury could no longer be of Wellington introduced the mo- used in the administration of the tion for the second reading, by law. The king's prerogative, too, stating, that he trusted the House was touched. He could not create would believe that the course, which à peer, for such an act would have he had now adopted on this ques- produced an election ; while an tion, had not been adopted without election, in the state of the country, the fullest conviction that it was a was almost sure to end in bloodsound and a just one. From the shed ; might occasion a civil war, moment his majesty had intrusted and, at the best, could only be a hini with the high office which he new triumph to the Catholic Asnow held, the disturbed state of sociation. It was not fair to say, Ireland had forced itself upon his that all this arose in consequence notice as a public evil, which those, of the laws not being executed. to whom the powers of government There was no tangible violation of had been confided, were bound to the law; there was no resistance. remove, if it were practicable. It No troops were employed except was quite true that Ireland had on the occasion of processions in been disturbed for many years; the north of Ireland, because no but circumstances of peculiar ag- instance occurred, in which the gravation had occurred within the laws could not be enforced in the last year or two. Government usual manner. In a case which knew, although not possessed of extended over the whole country legal evidence of the fact, that it was impossible to have magisthere existed a general organiza- trates at every spot, and ready at tion of the people for purposes of every hour, to put an end to promischief-shewing itself by simul- ceedings so outrageous and distaneous meetings in different quar- graceful. It appeared clearly that ters-attending the footsteps of neither the form of the power, nor gentlemen sent from the Catholic the means possessed by governAssociation and manifesting the ment, were sufficient to extirpate influence of a superior source of such a state of things ; that they authority. That organization had must come to Parliament, and that, produced a state of society, which without concession, nothing could aggravated the previously existing be effected. This state of things, evils of Ireland. In two instances bordering upon civil war, attended towns had been attacked during by all the evils of civil war (and the night by armed bodies of men. which had continued for the last The Catholic Association had deli- year and a half,) might have conberated on the propriety of putting tinued much longer to disgrace the an end to all dealings with Protes- country and the government; and tants; and who doubted but that, those, who were at the head of, and if they had adopted that resolution, directed those proceedings, would they would have been able to carry have taken good care not to offer it through, and even to dissuade such resistance as would have given