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ENGLISH CARICATURISTS.


 Though the Times says I'm mad,
 And each rascally Rad
Abuses my tergiversation;
 Though those humbugs, the Whigs,
 Swear that my "thimble-rigs"
Were the cause of all their vacill-ation;
The whole story's a base fabri-cation
To damage my great reputa-tion;
 So now to be brief,
 Only make me Lord Chief,
And I'll serve without remuner-ation!'

 When he found 'twas ' no go,'
 And that Lyndhurst and Co.
Were deaf to all solici-tation,
 As 'twas useless with Lyndy
 To kick up a shindy,
He resolved upon peregrin-ation.
Not waiting for much prepa-ration,
He bolted with precipi-tation;
 A sad loss, I ween,
 To Charles Knight's magazine,
And to Stinkomalee edu-cation."

Lord Brougham, indeed, by his despotic, intractable conduct, had thoroughly shut himself out from all chance of office. Sir Robert Peel's Conservative ministry lasted till April, 1835, when a second Whig government came into power, under the premiership of Lord Melbourne, and from the re-constructed cabinet, Brougham much to his own surprise, but to the surprise of no one else was excluded.[1]

Irish Disaffection.Irish disaffection was, unfortunately, as stale a subject in 1833 as in 1883. For what particular sins of her own England has been cursed with a neighbour so bloodthirsty, so unreasonable, and so troublesome as Ireland, it would be difficult to say. Although we

  1. On this occasion the Great Seal was reserved and for the time put in commission, the commissioners being Sir Charles Pepys (Master of the Rolls), Vice Chancellor Shadwell, and Mr. Justice Bosanquet. Eventually it was presented to Sir Charles Pepys (Lord Cottenham), and the slight produced such a stunning effect on Brougham that he retired from active public life for a time, and sought solace in the pursuit and study of literature and philosophy.