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   Champion And Review (Newspaper) - January 10, 1819, London, Middlesex                                THE CHAMPION AND OF WEEKLY NEWS, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS. Vo. 314. SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 1819. Price 10rf (tjr We have no connection with any Party, Committee, or Individual. We stand alone, upon th� basis of our single integrity j h> free in obligation, as determined in principle, to do, according to the best of our judgment and ability, impartial juiticeti* all. We love Liberty ; our sword is against the Oppressor: We love Order and Security ; our shield is against the deluded Anarchist. Our object is Refrtnn ; and the inscription on our standard is Pence and Reason. SIR FRANCIS BURDETT & MR. W. COBBETT. THIS curious correspondence has necessarily excited a considerable degree of interest; and, perhaps, in many readers, a considerable degree of surprise : for there were many, notwithstanding recent circumstances, who still clung to the idea of some existing principle and integrity in the oncC almost idolized author of-the'Political Register.   Of that number, however, neve> was the writer of this article.   He never contemplated in Mr. Cobbett any thing (great talent and capability of mischief alone excepted) but the adroitness of an interested dealer in faction and abuse ; who i could run the whole circle of party metamorphose and | apostacy,-true to no principle or opinion for any duration of time ;<* but equally furious upon fell, and equally fortunate in turning all to his immediate profit and advantage: for what political creed is there, or what political character, which he has not alternately advocated   and   opposed?-exalted and villified }- shooting at random his porcupine quills, and always contending that the last direction was the only right aim.   That he wras for a long time, however, a very useful writer, cannot be denied :-that he unmasked many corruptions, exposed many abuses, diffused, far and wide, a habitude of enquiry, and roused a spirit of determination in the country, which, if it can be kept within the limits of peace and order, must be ultimately favourable to public liberty: and, while he Was yet within the country, he had at least the discretion, if he had not the moderation, to avoid excitements and invitations to open tumult and insurrection.   So far, therefore, that even menofsen.se and education -the honest & upright friends of reform and liberty ! should have winked at the day-broad evidences of his total privation of all principle,-should have availed themselves of his instrumentality, and given additional currency to his writings, while they were in accordance to their mure steady and coherent views, was not surprising.   But when we have seen such a man as the late Col. Bosville evidently giving him both his'friendship and his confidence; when we have seen Sir Francis Burdett apparently reposing upon lum as one entitled to hisr respect and association, we have wondered with t'ie eyes of our silent speculation, and felt reconciled to the necessities which kept us from those public scenes in which tergiversation and apostacy were as suming the distinctions and enjoying the popularity, which to consistent principle should alone belong. But the more enlightened part of the admirers of Mr. Cobbett have long been undeceived.  The flight of this bullying demagogue (evidently not from the dread of political incarceration-but from the claims of his creditors;) and the many disgraceful circumstances by winch it was accompanied, opened the eyes of many ; and the well-timed publication of this correspondence , cannot fail of putting an end to whatever remaining popularity the ambiguity of his conduct had hitherto suffered him to retain?  Even the ill-informed and deluded multitude, which he has appeared particularly anxious of late to excite to  open acts of tumult and violence,which could only lead to their destruction, and finally promote the dark designs of our oppressors', by encreasing their power, and giving them pretences for introducing the military despotism they aim at-- even this simple, but honest and well-meaning multitude, will now abandon him to the contempt lie merits. for the moral character of the country (though sorely affected by the oppressions of the times-and bowed to abjectness by the growing degradations of pauperism) is not gone;-and he who can have the audacity thus openly to spurn the obligations of faith and honesty, will be spurned himself by every individual who bears the name of Englishman. In the mean time, the character of Sir Francis Bur* dett will rise in public estimation, as that of Cobbett falls : as it will not only be evident that the imputation of closeness and inflexible parsimony which whs beginning to gain ground against the noble Baronet is not so well founded as it was pretended to be; but will shew also the true high spirit and magnanimity with   

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