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Champion (Newspaper) - January 30, 1814, London, Middlesex �in TH E C HA M P I OK: % Concon Wfttefcl; journal. "iBlt NOT ENGLAND FORGGT HU PRECEDENCE OF TEACHING NATIONS HOW TO LITE.-MILTOty.' AflatordayEditionofthisPaperisprinted, but Uchiefly calculated for the CountryReader. It brings down the Intelligence of the week to theihoment before the Port-hour of Saturday, and MJitaiaitheRetarMoftheCorumarkeU The SaturdayEdition iscalfculated for London and Usen , SUNDAY* JANUARY SOift, 1814. Price OJi/.. tHB INFLUENCE OF PUBLIC EVENTS ON THE PROSPECTS OF EUROPEAN SOCIETY. Several persons, for whose judgments we have the highest inspect, and whose good opinions we chiefly covet, think us much too sanguine in expecting results favorable to public liberty, and, of course, to happiness, from the triumphs of the allied sovereigns. They say, that the courts now uuited against France, have given no evidence of harbouring improved notions- on the subjects of public liberty and the duties of government;- �that/- on the contrary, as they trace their former misfortunes to the breaking out of the popular spirit and force agaiust established, institutions, it is likely that their recent successes'will but inspire jthem with courage, as they already have the disposition, to keep their subjects more down than ever, thinking thus to provide more effectually for the security of thrones. It is further urged, in support of these sentiments, that the greatest horror is expressed by the writers who inlets to knowledge * they destroy something that is bad, and substitute something that is better. In the mean time, men's -minds are probably pointing to very different results from those that are in preparation for them. Some stubbornly oppose themselves to any change,--while others can be satisfied with nothing less-than what they, poor short-sighted creatures, would call a complete renovation.-Such complete renovations, however, as we can imagine, would be found very inadequate to our complicated and clashing necessities; and, therefore, by granting us apparently less than we want, the operations of providence are suited to the constitution of the-world, and go far beyond all our schemes of advantage. It is in this way that an improvement of the political and other establishments of Europe seems to be now in a course df progress. There may not, as we have said, be any regular plan of reform resolved on by those who have the power to carry it into effect: but, if we do not much-mistake, circumstances have given a death-blow to many of e------- publish the sentiments of authority, at the idea, the worst abuses and superstitions of the old order broached by some, that this is in a peculiar man- of things ; people have every where gained infor- ner f/texoar of the people. Great care is taken mation- on matters of which *hey have hitherto to keep the people quite out of sight; and in the been craftily kept ignorant, for purposes inimical expectation that qertain dethroned princes will be to their rights and happiness r-good examples replaped, nothing is talked of but the triumph of have been placed before, their eyes;-their rulers royal houses, the restoration of ancient lines, the have been taught,the value of posses'sin�- the affec. redeemed glories of the illustrious sons of Saint tion of their subjects ; and, in consequence of the Louis,-with much more cant of the same kind, successes of the allies, a period of quiet is likely Not a syllable is hinted of any fresh and more ef- to take place, affording an opportunity for the iicient provisions for the security of Jhe people's developement of these acquirements, which vio. natural rights, although the history of the kings lence and terror have up to the present moment for whose families they are bid to feel an interest, repressed, and rendered useless.--We shall oiler is little else but a history of the evils that �all on a remark or two on each of these features of pro nations through the abuse of confided power. It misc. is added, by those who take this side, that if the persons who have lost their crowns through the late revolutions, now get "them back in consequence of the defeat of Buonaparte, this change in their condition, being the result of a conflict of force, and taking place .with a stormy rapidity, is not likely to be attended by any arrangements in behalf of their subject's liberties. The latter, therefore, it is said; will be left entirely at the inercy of their returned rulers, whose inclinations Unless events take a very unexpected turn indeed, Europe will shortly be relieved from the miseries of this monstrous struggle of morp than twenty years' duration, that has scarcely left her a single plain undrenched with blood, a single-village unshattered by cannon, a single family that is not lessened by one or inore of its members becoming the victims of war. Peace, it is true, may be a very doubtful benefit;' it may even be a calamity. It would be'a great calamity were it; caunot be supposed to be in favor of putting con- I produced by the final success of despotism against troul into the hands of the people, and whose friends, and advisers belong to a set that have no feeling but for bloated and greedy prerogative We are far from denying that these remarks have force,, and that facts unfortunately give a plausibility to such reasoning. We are not wil ling, however, to be its converts; and we think that if the present state of affairs be considered with a closer attention to its more hidden indications, it will be found pregnant withi consequences of a happier kind. It is, we admit, but too cer-tain that the allied sovereigns have no determi. nate .views in the way of imprpviug the constitu. tions of their respectiye governments ;-we will further allow that most of .these constitutions are radically bad, and that the late victories are calculated to strengthen their authorities so as to render any thorough and immediate change in their iustituttyns quite out of the question. But, The restoration of peace, however, is but a very insufficient return for all the sufferings of Europe, during the age of iron that succeeded the Revolution. Has it made no such advance in political knowledge, aud has it no reason to hope for such improvement in political practice, as will tend to check, if not to prevent, these disorders in future? It certainly appears to us, 'that men, in their several degrees and capacities, have become wiser as to their public interests, and that they are about to derive benefit from the instruction they have received. It is a piece,of wolLkndwn fact, that many of the most crying abominations of the old system, have been totally destroyed "by the new tyranny. The oppression of the latter, though o.f a very intolerable nature, was united with a clearness of judgment, that led it to be unsparingly severe against alt cruelty and profligacy, that did not directly tend to its own support;*- Thus, for instance, the iniquities of* prje'steraft,, which debased and distressed society, and which were totally incompatible with free governments, have been almost entirely swept awtfy. The Inquisition has been razed to its foundation; monasteries, those hordes of sloth and villainy, have been put down; and in France, religious toleration has been established. In the latter country, also,'-and, what is still more important, through, out all the countries over which it has of laieytars exorcised a con troul,extending to a' very large, and the most interesting proportion-of the Continent,---the feudal privileges of the nobility have been abolished,-those grievous outrages oti common justice and common*' sense. Law, too, among the nations in question, has been-in a great measure rescued from that smotheringIbadjof antique customs and inapplicable provistfonsy.w;hich are adored by its professors, as iu>'antiquarian adores the dif t and rust on a favorite relic,-but , which sadly mar its utUky.. We have already said, that evils of'at least equal* magnitude with those It destroyed, have been introduced, under the ascendancy of'Jfrance.-But that aseeudaucy. exists no lorig.ep|,aiid its peculiar 'hardships and' oppression^ not being congenial with the spirit thai animates its conquerors-, w.ill not be perpetuattdby them, What then will' the latter do? New forms are to bii- struggling liberty.*. But surely few are inclined provided for the emancipated countries; Will to attribute to Buonaparte a disposition in favor of -popular rights and limited governments;- surely few will maintain that he thinks more liberally on'these subjects than the allies.-The reduction, therefore, of that enormous power by whicKTie was perpetually stirring up war, must be regarded as a gratifying occurrence, inasmuch as it is likely to give a respite to the work of death.-Men will at least be thus enabled to re: turn*o their oliTtiabits, to indulge iu their former little luxuries, to engage in their old pursuits,- to call things'by their old names,-to keep their sons at home, instead of seeing them dragged to butchery,-and to pass a year or'two without being deafened by the sound of cannon*. * The various narratives that have recently been ^pub-lished:, and even thestatements in our own Gazettes, 4s we saf^d'on former occasion, our hopes are j and the different public - papers, may furnish an Idea of founded on considerations df a sdperiof nature to It is not what the dispositions of* individuals. It is;fnot men propose that fixes their destinies ^-this is done by the influence of circumstances ; by the operation, of causes quite distinct from human will, and in the course of a general system of things that is not to be hastened or impeded by the resolutions of the creatures whom it affects. Further, it is to, be observed, that improvement in. the conditionof roankirtd has sdldoin or uev.er been tlie result of any of their plani, ."When pea- pie (we speak of them as bodies, and not as individuals) have started with a determination to render themselves wiser and happier, they have usually but proved their folly and added*to tlteir sufferings. The advance of the world grows oht of 1 efents^ not out, of .purposes. - Events gradually * OccasipOs si change of character  they open fresh the* old lumber be replaced? We profess it ap. pears to'.'us very unlikely that it willy- andL for-two reasons. " : vi First, there is no power so absolute and con-.-fidont, as not to be under a controul, proportioned to the degree of inlellgence .prevailing, among 'the public.- The miseries of late year*, have answered one good purpose: they have lod' ' men to think on. political' subjects^ where it: was-deemed very little short of impiety for common) persoijs to form an opinion on matters of government. The conflict, since the' Revolution, has been waged between opposite faiths,--if we may so speak,-rat>d. not, as before, between the-holders of the same "creed, nierely disputing about their own concerns. Much truth} therefore, has. necessarily escaped in the contention,-and each-, party," by proving the other in the wrong} .has. helped to instruct the world as to , what is- right. People, accordingly,- are now more enlightened' relative to tluiir just claims and-interests than* formerly ; -and it is unnatural,; and'contrary to experience to imagine, that institutions applicants' to a very different state.of society, of wMtih- the supreme miseries of war, as they fall on the countries where its horrors ar>'enactedv From these countries Imp-pi nesx of every'kind. i� utterly banished.', For property and life'there is no security: the commonest con\forts are, only possessed from day to day,'and cannot be expected to belong possessed: the hofoe: Jt.no loogVa cattlei^e jflrt- b, 'w*"' 7; "VV"*"* '"^r;, sideis no longer asaoctuary/ The inhabitH^of^ vt|. t^y have got ridVcp Inges are sure to be detroyed : .their .habi&i^ of governors have-. not unfrequently pu))ed ddwti to kindle* a watch fal �nO�rgOiW wo^Ohange. v ^- ; * , |Xt,otHertimei|heybecp^ for the'spldfcry tp defend But'we cannot admit'any such thiiig. Govetnorgi during the battle. ' Tlieir fields^ to ,|he extent of many %hei|,^^ miles around, are stripped-iW^th*pofirx of n night: /heir}, foil^"ui)ider wrpncOtlS views as to that in Which and itswa^teroHst.besatlsOed .by-jh^/.w^^e^nMllvli]' afrg^O^au^ , -in want j. it retreats, and i|s enemies pursue, and.they are ^suppose jt^ii^t SbydireiSfna"ve not advanced a'littlo to be supported in the same way I Stich ore- the miserie* {fo 'yg\ii^6^''i4]:yfj:iX.;�s^tnetrjttbje'ctsf^a>*:'t'hf� jame which �para has wfteredfor. years, and to which one .part time so perverse is pride, and so strong i� the ten-brother ^f Gerntany is'almostooostautlyex^0i' deil^y to cliug.tp what l� heid^irtpossessioay that.

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