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   Champion And Review (Newspaper) - January 18, 1819, London, Middlesex                                OF* WEEKLY NEWS, LITERATURE, AND THE ART. No. 315. MONDAY* JAtffildiRY[ 18, 1849 Price 104. T-rrr (tJT We have na connection with anyParty, Committee, or Individual.   We stand alone, upon th� basis of our single integrity *n    w OWflMfaA.-d Hje^raiiMdno pKacipIe, to do, accordfii� to ttfe best df dur judgment and ability, impartial ju�ice I. all.  We love Liberty ; our,%wiird is against the Oppressor: Weilov.efOrder ^od ficcurity j our shield   against the deluded Anar chlst. Oar object is Jteforux} and the JoscripUpii on our slandjin),** P^tf^nd fisaxon. to ON tHJE  AXON 0WG1N OF THE ENGU9H CONSTITUTION. ! To persons used to any research into our Historical Antiquities, nothing can be more disgusting than the appeals that are perpetually made, in parliamentary debates in particular, to the period of Norman violence and usurpation, for the origin of those institutions, rights and liberties Which constitute tlie real glory; of t^is country.   A,re our legislators really ignorant of Ytlie r'faci|, or feye tfrey, an^frterest jn disguising it, jthat /everyt thing that 1 li ferity: has, to boast of, originated wtfh our Saxon ancestors ? 'upon which, the system of the Nprmpn invaders was, in reality, one eternal aggression r-r-thait the in&titutjqns of military uj^rpatipn and feudal violence were get.up by the latter, against �the equal law's and aHodiert tenures of the former ? that >the contentions of successive ages-the charters of Henry the First, qf .ti^enr^ .^e^co^d and King John, and much ihat followed ia ja la,ter .period, were .nothing more t{ian a series of struggles for the partial revival of what the Conqueror, as he is called, and his ruffian successor, had overthrown or trampled dow� ? a,nd, in short, that frpm that period to. tins tjje principles of S^oix liberty and of Norman oppression (though sometimes disguised under'the different denominations* of Whjggism and Toryism, Revolutionism and Jacotynism/Reforma-tionism and Court-sycophanjism, like the epptended iprinctples df light and darkness, have irttioteiped, and are still maintaining, an eternal warfare?-a warfare which they ever must maintain, while the people have a *euse of their in^^ra4)i,jight)s #nd,Ubprties, and tW* rulers an appetite ,Cor ,pQwer ,and peculation. Jn short, nothing can be more opposite than the Saxon and the Norman principle of government.   The former is a pyramid, fromthe broad, ^.asjs of winch, (Jhe universality :of the;frjee population) (ewy, 4hUig rises ijn ordered uccessionj-r-juries, parochial trustees, magistracy, ^en-.try, nobility!-^lessenm^ in numbers, as they advance in eleva/ion, tjll the ni^glity and.weU ordered m,ass terminates in the apex  \je may,rest on,t(ie 9QUd .basjs pf facts. -But where $hqll - we r#eejv those fa^ts 1-rnot .^s-�uredly in the pages of .Hume, that flimsy novellist, or that sophistical pleader, who (though almost tbc only authority ever quoted, to their eternal fJisgr&ce, by O^r(schpol-boy senators j^nd .yenalpjqqempn) abuses -his indolent readars^with factitious and mutilated narratives, and imposes upon their credulity by a perpetual reference to authorities, which whoever refers it'p. ,'\s perpetually fyiding directly in contradiction to t}ie ajssertipns foe has >tfie aud#cjty\to make. In sjior', Hume, though (despite of a few solecisms and barbarisms) a fascinating writer, in the allurements of style and blandishments of apparent simplicity,~is aw^terw^om,upopfapy, recondite or deputed fact, an honest And iptelhg.entflaan would be ashamed to quote. 'In th& remoter periods of our history, it is obvious that he almost errs as much'from indolence as from dishonesty ; Aim?c evgn w\h respect to fapts which one can. hardly discover a motive for falsifying, his staje-inen^ are frequently so lame and so fallacious, $pt, ,^Yeft^br his ft^it [Sal^e, pup .might have expected a little more accuracy, if ;he had not confided in the hope that his readers would be as indolent and as careless us himself. A;better age of history has, however, since ar}s$n, .andithe second chapter of the third book of Campbell's 'Political Survey, the introductory chapter, in particular,   

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