MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1819
Since the dismissal of Earl FITZWILLIAM from the Lord Lieutenancy of
Yorkshire, it has been confidently reported, nor has the rumour been positively
contradicted by the Ministerial Journals, that a partial change will take
place in the Cabinet - in other words that a few of the present Ministers will
retire, and that Lord GRENVILLE and some of his most influential friends, will
take their places. As it is not likely that his Lordship will be satisfied with
a subordinate seat in the Cabinet, it may be inferred that the present
Premier will resign.
It is known, indeed, that Lord LIVERPOOL is anxious for an
opportunity to withdraw form public life, and through a period of difficulty, such as is
the present, would not be chosen by a man of spirit for putting such
intention into execution, yet when it is considered that Lord GRENVILLE and his
friends make Catholic Emancipation a sine qua non of their accession into office,
and that Lord LIVERPOOL and his party are strongly opposed to the measure upon
principle, it is most likely that he will rather go out than divide the Cabinet
on this measure.
The Lord CHANCELLOR, it is also hinted, has expressed a similar
desire; and it is generally understood, that if a fit successor could be found for
his most arduous and laborious office, he would be willing to resign the Seals.
It is likewise asserted that Earl BATHURST (Secretary for the War
Department) and Lord WESTMORELAND (Privy Seal) wish to retire from public
situations. Various other changes are spoken of, but as they appear to rest upon mere
rumour we shall not take the trouble of repeating them.
Parliament will meet, as our readers are aware on the 23rd of this
month. Under present circumstances, it is confidently asserted that Ministers
have waived all consideration of a Bill of Indemnity, feelings themselves
powerful enough to withstand the attacks which are mediated, and will, no doubt,
not only carry the point as to the augmentation of our regular military force,
but will also succeed in making out a case to justify their intended measure of
calling out a portion of the militia of every county.
In the meantime County Meetings are convened in various parts of the
Kingdom to demand inquiry into the much talked of Manchester transactions.
These performances, as the Courier of the 5th inst. with its usual flippancy and
arrogance styles them, are ascribed to the discontented and disaffected. It is
false. British subjects are satisfied with the institutions of their country,
but let them have those institutions. The sum total of their wishes and
efforts is to bring into life and practice the monumented liberties of England.
They do not, they cannot desire that those liberties should slumber in the
sepulchers of their fathers.