A SHIRT WITHOUT SEAMS!
Thomas HALL, an ingenious linen weaver, in Ireland, has lately
finished a shirt entirely in his loom. It is woven throughout without seams, is very
neatly and accurately gathered at the neck, shoulders, and wrists; it is as
perfectly finished as if made by an expert seamstress. This shirt has been
exhibited to several gentlemen in the linen trade, who have completely satisfied
themselves that it is actually a produce of the loom, without any assistance
from the needle.
Lord ERSKINE has again taken up his pen in defense of the Whigs
against the charges brought against them by the Reformers, of not having gone the
whole length of their views of the question. After stating that his opinions
have undergone no further alteration than "as to the best and most probably
successful means of effecting an unchangeable purpose under circumstances that have
changed," his Lordship says:
"Those among the Whigs, who at any time supported a reform in
Parliament, have not, that I know of, departed from their declared opinions, that an
extension of the representation is most desirable, and is a just expectation on
the part of the people; but in my opinion, and speaking for myself, they
never can rationally act with those who defame them. They ought for ever to stand
aloof from all such reformers; not from resentment, nor even from a decent
pride, however natural and justifiable, but because defamation proves their views
to be different, and that their defamers are seeking nothing like an
improvement in the House of Commons by a widely adjusted balance of representation,
but, on the contrary, counteracting every prospect of it, by claiming rights in
defiance of the established laws; and instead of promoting petitions
encouraging their followers to revile the Legislature of their Country."
His Lordship strongly reprehends the bringing together such large
assemblies as have lately been held, however loyal it may be to do so; and finally
calls upon Parliament to avail itself of the present crisis to extend the
elective franchise without altering the character of the House of Commons, as the
best means of quieting the orators of sedition, who would be necessarily
silent when their topics of invective were destroyed.