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" The circumstances to which you are reduced will not admit of a com-npromise with the English nation . Undecisive qualifying measures will dis-sgrace your government more than open violence ; and without satisfying thae people , will excite their contempt . *'—Junius , , My Lord , Were the fate of the ministry of no greater importance than itss measures ; were there no other reason for contributing to its
sta-i-bility than the prospect of an invisible instalment of churchb sinecures for Irish education—of the liberty to eleven Catholics towns to light and pave their own streets—or of fifteen poorr houses for two millions of starving paupers—had England merely * to expect from your administration an Act of Parliament to withhold a tax on Dissenters' consciences , which is already withheld ,, and which it is not in the power of Parliament to enforce—E confess I should agree with the Tory estimate of the utility of
your government . I wish your continuance in office , however , because I believe you , who form the cabinet , in the present posture of parties * and in the present temper of the times , can , if you choose , da better service to reform than any other junta of men in the country .
Y 1 a . 1 .. . » 1 * 1 . 1 t * i * \ \ I Wlieve the situation in which the cause of reform is placed to be sufficiently critical to arouse the apprehension of every man who pretends to the slightest interest in its progress . If you find , my Lord , less of compliment , I will at least venture to promise you more disinterested counsel in my humble
hints than the partisanship of the press is wont to afford you . Whilst I eschew the systematic calumny with which the Tory journals maintain so valiant a competition with the Ministry , I neither emulate the brilliancy of apologetic sophisms , nor the dreary eloquence of your more ductile supporters .
I think , my Lord , you will readily admit that it is by no means consistent with the honour or duty of a Statesman to maintain passive occupation of office , whilst the principles , on the promise to advance which he accepted power , are retrograding daily before his eyes . The progress of actual Reform was fa ? greater during the last two BtWughmonger Parliaments than i ( has been since the Reform Bill passed ! This is a startling facta fact which the Ministerial press dare not reveal to the people , I appeal to the chronology oi Legi s lation for the last ten years let the facts speak . /^ mf ^ &s ,
No . 125 . rfMRBKcl
Hints To The Home Secretary.
HINTS TO THE HOME SECRETARY .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 1, 1837, page 257, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1831/page/2/