Imatges de pÓgina

Eubæa'Was he not to cut off the best and most important resources of our enemies, and to supply those in which our country was defective ? And all this you gained by my counsels, and my administration. Such counsels, and such an administration, as must appear, upon a fair and equitable view, the result of striet inte. grity; such as left no favourable juncture unimproved, through ignorance or treachery; such as ever had their due effect, as far as the judgment and abilities of one man could prove effectual. But if some superior being, if the power of fortune, if the misconduct of generals, if the iniquity of your traitors, or if all these together broke in upon us, and at length involved us in one general devastation, how is Demosthenes to be blamed? Had there been a single man in each Grecian state, to act the same part which I supported in this city: nay, had but one such man been found in Thessaly, and one in Arcadia, actuated by my principle, not a single Greek, either beyond or on this side Thermopylæ, could have experienced the misfortunes of this day. All then had

free and independent, in perfect tranquillity, secu. rity and happiness, uncontrouled, in their several com. munities, by any foreign power, and filled with gratitude to you, and to your state, the authors of these blessings so extensive and so precious. ' And all this by my means. To convince you that I have spoken much less than I could justify by facts, that in this detail I have studi. ously guarded against envy, take-read the list of our confederates, as they were procured by my decres.

There are two distinguishing qualities (Athenians !) which the virtuous citizen should ever possess : (I speak in general terms, as the least invidious method of doing justice to myself:) a zeal fer the honour and pre-emi. nence of the state, in his official conduct; on all occa. sions, and in all transactions, an affection for his coun. try. This nature can bestow. Abilities and success depend upon another power. And in this aftection you find me firm and invariable. Not the solemn demand of my person, not the vengeance of the Amphicty nic coun. cil which they denounced against me, not the terror of their threatenings, not the flattery of their promises, no, ñor the fury of those accursed wretches, whom they roused like wild beasts against me, could ever tear this affection from my breast. From first to last-I have uniformly pursued the just and virtuous course of conduct; assertor of the honours, of the prerogatives, of the glory of my country; studious to support them, zealous to advance them, my whole being is devoted to this glorious cause. I was never known to march through the city, with a face of joy and exultation, at the success of a foreign power; embracing, and an nouncing the joyful tiding to those who, I supposed, would transmit it to the proper place. I was never known to receive the successes of my own country, with tremblings, with sighings, with eyes bending to the earth, like those impious men, who are the defamers of the state, as if by such conduct they were not defamers of themselves : wbo look abroad; and, when a foreign potentate hath established his power on the calamities of Greece, applaud the event, and tell us we should take every means to perpetuate his power.

Hear me, ye immortal gods! and let not these their desires be ratified in heaven! Infuse a better spirit into those men! Inspire even their minds with purer senti. ments !--This is my first prayer-Or if their natures are not to be reformed: on them, on them only discharge your vengeance! Pursue them both by land and sea! Pursue them even to destruction! But, to us display your goodness, in a speedy deliverance from impending evils, and all the blessings of protection and tranquillity!

XXVIII. Speech of Mr. Mackintosh, in defence of

M. Peltier, on an information filed by the attorneygeneral for a libel on Napoleon Buonaparte, first consul (now emperor) of France.



I WOULD not so far depart from my duty, or from the respectability of the body to which I belong, as to lend myself to the passions of any client. Whatever respect is due by the law to the rulers of any Genntry, that respect shall be paid by me. Nay niore,

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whatever concerns liberty, that dearest and best of all the interests of man, may indeed call forth my warm feelings, but I shall know how to repress these feelings in every instance in which they are not born out by truth. My lord and gentlemen, I have to intreat your

indula gence, beset as I am with topies of so much difficulty. You may, indeed, conceive that having had the presumption to encounter those difficulties, I have no title to indulgence in contending with them. I did not seek them, but having unexpectedly fallen in with them, I will not now turn my back on them: here I found them, and here I will meet and engage them with every exertion of whatever power I possess. · Acting on these principles, before an English jury, I am sure that if my feelings shall, in any instance, betray me into any ex. cessive warmth, my client will not suffer for my error. He imposed on me the trust of his defence, and I could not decline it. Still less can I betray it, having once undertaken to charge myself with it. He is entitled to a just, faithful, and fearless defence, and he shall have. it, so far as it can be afforded by my humble talents, actuated by a warm and honest zeal in the discharge of my duty. Intrépidity has been so long used at the English bar, that it is unnecessary for me, at this mo. ment, to-descant upon it; still less can I claim any merit før acting up to it. I have only to say, that if the bar could have been silenced or overawed by any power whatsoever, no jury would now be here. That pride and boast of our free constitution could not this day have existed. It is owing to the intrepidity of the bars that you, gentlemen, are now here to try this cause: It was therefore, perhaps, too much for me to say, that my client should have a fearless defence, in a place where fear never entered any bosom, but that of a criminal. Yet, sarely, if, in any case, a timid feeling could invade a place so fortified against it, it must be in this, where the prosecutor is the master of a great empire, and the defendant a poor proscribed French emigrant, come pelled to relinquish his country, in 1792, driven out by the daggers of his countrymen. Gentlemen, you recol. lect that eventful and calamitous period, when our shores were covered with helpless women, and children stil!

more helpless, with priests, strangers to the world, flying from their country, as from a tract overrun with tigers, and seeking in ours a shelter which they did not fail to find. Such of these unhappy fugitives as escaped the scaffold, as survived the trying changes of climates URknown to them, and the multiplied distresses and vexations they had to endure, were recently permitted to revisit their native country. They were indulged in the gratification, and a very high gratification it must be, worn out and exhausted with calamity as they were; they were indulged with permission to die at home. I do not mean to undervalue this indulgence; on the contrary, I am disposed to rate it high; but my client, and a few others, conceived themselves bound, from a feeling of loyalty, which I neither make the subject of commendation or of blame, to refuse to profit by this permission. I do not, as I said, make this refusal a matter of praise or of censure; I only hope that you will not judge too severely of my client, for what he conceives to be a just and honourable devotion to the allegiance under which he was born. Consider, gen. tlemen, that if we ourselves were, by any unforeseen revolution; I trust, and hope, such an event will never happen; but, if such an event were to place us in a state of dependence and destitution in a foreign land, we should not wish to be judged too unfavourably. This man, having from his youth devoted himself to literary employments, exerted his talents in the same line here, and produced a variety of works. After the peace, he abstained from all serious politics, and contented him. self with the publication of this obscure journal before you, which, if the jealousy of power could ever be at rest, appeared under circumstances the least calculated to give disquiet. It could not be read here, for it was not in the language of the country. It could not be read in France, for we do not understand that the police is supine or negligent in the execution of the prohibition against the admission of periodical papers from England. Under these circumstances, this work was issued for the purpose of amusing and consoling the fellow-sufferers of M. Peltier by occasional reflections on the factions which divide, and the disturbances which agitate the land from which they are exiled. It was intended as a con. solation and amusement to them to whom no consolation now remains, but in contemplating the instability of hu. man affairs, and seeing that those by whom they were expelled were often the victims of fortune as well as they. This was the only journal that dared still to speak in favour of a family once the most august in Europe. This court affords an instance of the instabi. lity of human grandeur in that family, and it is not a little remarkable that the last instance of a prosecution by the French government, as cited by my lcarned friend, was for a libel on that. princess who has been since butchered and massacred by her own subjects. I say this not for the purpose of disputing the principle laid down by my learned friend, that no government recognised by our sovereign is to be libelled with impunity. I agree with him, that in this respect all governments are on the same footing, whether they are governments of yesterday or governments confirmed by a succession of

ages. I admit that if lord Clarendon had published some parts of his history at Paris in the year 1656 ; if the marquis of Montrose had published his sonnets there; if Butler had published his Hudibras; and Cowley those works in which he so ably maintained the cause of his king against the usurper, the president. Du Morlaix would have been bound on the complaint of the English ambassado r to prosecute them for libels against a go. vernment recognised by France. I mention this, that my client

may feel the less repugnance at coming into this his last assylum upon earth; and it is, perhaps, owing to his majesty's ministers, that he enjoys even this. If it be so, I owe them my thanks, for their ho. nourable and dignified conduct, in refusing to violate the hospitality due to an unfortunate stranger, who now appears in your presence, as the only place in which his prosecutor and he can be on equal terms. Certainly, circumstanced as he is, the most refreshing prospect which his

eyc can rest upon, is an English jury, and he feels with me, gratitude to the ruler of empires, that, after the wreck of every thing else, ancient and veneTable in Europe, of all established forms and acknowledged principles, of all long subsisting laws and sacred institutions; we are met here, administering justice after the manner of our forefathers, in this her ancient sauc

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