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drawn by every inan and woman, and consequently not one wishes te see her deprived of her share of the throne, if you are permitted to fill it: for why should infidelity operate as a bar in one case, and not in the other. Disgustingly depraved as the enemies of the Queen represent her to be, I am inclined to think, upon the supposition of its being true, that if the right to the throne depended upon the respec tive merits of yourself and the Queen, that you would be thrusted into the back ground : for your guilt we have every reason to believe, arises from depravity; whereas the guilt of the Queen does not Therefore, "twist which way you will,” you encounter the public scorn; for there still would be sutlicieut in your conduct to spurn ai, were the Queen guilty: but when it is known that she is innocent; that nothing can be alleged against her, except by perjured ureiches, first paid for their crimes, and then absolved (satisfactory to their sinds) from all responsibility, here or hereafter, by those monsters in human form, the priests who accompany them; when all this is " as notorious as the sun at noon-day;" imagine, Sire, (for I cannot describe it to you) the indignation it must create in the breast of every one not dead to all feeling.

For my part, I hope to live to see the day, (for I am not yet 20 years old) when the rights, interests and feelings of ibe wonien, as well as those of the men, will be consulted: and when it will be declared, that a woman shall not be deemed guilty of adullery, if she seek that happiness elsewhrre, which was denied her by her husband: and when 100, (under ordinary circumstances) the wife shall not be deemed nore guilty, nor suffer any greater penalty, should she transgress, than is imposed on the husband; as I conceive, that if a man would exact fidelity from his wife, he should consider it his duty to sel an example.

To appeal to you on the morality of your conduct, will be vain : and perhaps equally vain, will be an appeal to you on the policy of your conduct. But, surely Sire, you who are so superlatively gifted with every attribute, that can throw a dazzling lustre rond a throne; cannot wish for destruction to the noble and sublime edifice. Yet, I cannot but think you do, for nothing is more calculated to effect that object, than the "equitable, legal, and justifiable proceedings" now adopted against the Queen: proceedings so equitable, so legal, and so justifiable, that there is scarce a man or woman in the kingdom who is not lost in admiration !

How ashamed of his adoration, the most superstitious adorer of monarclıy must be; when he sees that your throne, instead of being ornamenied by every virtue, is debased by every vice; and should be ever contrast your conduct, with that pointed out by nature, reason, and morality; by every tie that can hold or ought to hold society 10gether, what a sight will one side of the picture be to bim; how amazed he will be, on beholding in you, vices which would disgrace the lord of a seraglio; on beholding in you a creature so destitute

of moral feeling, that you could deliberately marry a woman, when you knew, or ought to have known, that your inclinations were got disposed towards her, and swear fidelity to ber when you knew that fidelity was impossible; and what is more, wben you knew she had sworn fidelity to you, could basely, and, without the least remorse, deprive her of ihat intercourse which, as has been before ob served, is the main spring by which the happiness of married people is promoted; and when, too, you must have kpown, that as a new cessary consequence of this deprivation, every other source of matrimonial happiness would be destroyed. This, surely, must be enough to shake his faith in monarchy; but when he sees you raise your coward hand against the Queen, for having sought, or rather under the pretence of her having sought, that lappiness elsewhere which was denied by you, from whom alone she did, or ought to expect it. When he sees this, he cannot but exchange his monarchical faith for the indiguation of a man.

Your conduct presents itself in another odious light. You, doubtless, are aware that nature, by ber operations, seems to say to mankind, I have endowed you with certain propensities and feelings, in order, not only to conduce to your happiness, but also for the propagation of your species; and if you do not fulfil my dictates, you shall feel the punishment due to your crime. And pray what is the punishmeut usually inflicted by nature on those who disobey those dictates ? Is it not constant ill health, and in some cases premature death? Thus, Sir, you will perceive, that you have pursued a line of conduct that was caleulated, not only to shorten the life of the Queen, but to render that life miserable while it lasted: and if the people of England could silently view such an outrage on those natural feelings and inclinations which affect all in a greater or less degree, they would be a disgrace to human nature.

You will perceive by the signature to this letter, that I am a republican, yet I, as well as every other republican, would not scruple to lend a helping hand to obtain redress for the Queen; not because she is a Queen, but because (to use the words of that bold republican, Mr. Carlile), “ it is sufficient for us that we see her a persecuted woman, and that we know her persecutor or persecutors to be most abandoned villains-wretches in the human form-knaves and scoundrels, among whom, to be virtuous, is to be offensive, and to incur wrath and punishment.” Be assured that redress will be had for the Queen, if you drive things to a crisis. You may think that perseverance will not bring on such a crisis; or if it should, the soldiers will stand by you : possibly they may stand by you to see that you do justice to injured innocence; but to suppose they will stand by you while you commit a manisest injustice, is to suppose that to the possible which is impossible, for yon must know that soldiers are, married men, and do you think that their wives would countenance them, or that the lasses would countenance the unmarried soldiers, should they be disposed to

nid you in trampling on the rights of women ? No, soldiers begin to reason, as has been gloriously proved by the conduct of the soldiers of Spain and Naples. And do you think that English soldiers do not reason equally, or, perhaps, more acutely? But, lest I should be ac. cused of wishing to excite disaffection among the soldiers, I shall avoid any further observations with respect to them, and shall now conclude with the following observations—that, as an enemy to mo. narchy, I wish you to persevere in a similar line of conduct to that latterly pursued by you, in order that you may expose the corruptions; and, that, as a friend 10 every individual of my species, (if a king may be included amongst them), I advise you to pause, ere it be too late,

I am, Sire,



God save Queen Caroline
When wicked men combine,

Basely and mean;
Against her royal life,
As an adulterous wife,
From the assassin's knife,

God save the Queen,
May thy protecting arm,
Keep her from every harm,

And courtly spleen;
Though priesthood cannot pray,
For her, each sabbath day,
All loyal laymen say,

God save the Queen.
While potent lords accuse,
And Caroline abuse

With their bags green :
Most Englishmen declare,
Join’d by each British fair,
This is their heartfelt prayer,

God save the Queen.


Make her opponents pass,
Fearful as Balaam's ass,

When public seen :
Let thy chastising rod,
Make them not think it odd,
That an Almighty God,

Cao save the Queen.




By Tyrannicida.


The other night I went to bed,
And on my pillow laid my head-
Vetermin'd not the watch to keep,
Ere long I soundly fell asleep.
Some ancient God of high renown,
To me, poor simpleton, unknown,
I saw advancing ; in his hand
Not what is called a magic wand
He hield-but a simple flower,
Yet of strange illusive power :
He gently waved it o'er my eyes,
And bid such scenes, and ibings arise
To fanciful imagination,
Of certain persons in the nation.
I've been at Drury and the Garden,
(I crave my gentle readers pardon
For thus digressing) at Giles', at James',
But ne'er beheld such frantic games;
Tragic scenes, scenes sympathetic-
Actors mad, dwarf, fat athletic :
Actresses, Oh, such beauteous dames
As grace the moral, chaste, Saint James' !
For this delay I may be curst,
So now for act, and scene the first;
The acts and scenes successive came,
So you shall have them just the same.

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Act 1.-SCENX I.
Discovered in a conjuror's.cave.
A council of rogue, fool, and knave,
Hypocrites and pettyfoggers
And cowards, and dirty jobbers.
Open, lying on the table
A costly bag, tho' not of sable,
For all the blackness was within-
A budget of collected sin.
If memory err nut, it was green,
Containing charges 'gainst the Queen,
(Abominable to assail
An unprotected fair female)
News came, “ The Queen's at Dover,"
And when the mystic signs were over,
Old Hecate rose, came down the stage,
And in a vile, infernal rage,
Desir'd each officious fool
The Cauldron-10--the ridicule
To fill. Hecate hiinself first threw
All that was liorrid and untrue.
(Not Shakespeare's Hecate that I mean,
But the base husband of our Queen.)
Next came villainy, that prime fool,
Known by the name of Liverpool -
Of all, his portion was most vile,
And with a supercilious smile,
He fawn’d, and scrap'd, and bowed his head,
And to his gouty master said,
Rely on me, for all my spies
Shall back us withi ingenious lies;
Condemn her, by their perjury:
I'll choose the Judge-pack tlie Jury,
And check the low rabble's fury."
'Then came forth two hoary traitor's,
Not pious bishops, but dictators.
Oh, tie upon ye !-where is now
That heavenly maid in garb of snow.
Whose constant cry is, without me
What is faith, hope, or charity!
Preach not to me ye pamper'd sons
of indolence--ye tything duns;
Of piety you give a sample--
You preach, but follow not, example :
'Tis not the good you should reform,
Nor yet the comfortable warm,

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