Champion, December 23, 1820

Champion

December 23, 1820

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Champion (Newspaper) - December 23, 1820, London, Middlesex THE CHAMPION. l'HF, h1imhty OK Till", PRESS, W HEN WK ii \ v r, IT N O T- is i.ikk Tin: aiu wr ureathk, -wk i)if.. Home Tookc. No. 416. Saturday Evk.nimj, Dkckmuku 23, 1820. Price lOd. Hebieto of folates. NEAPOLITAN AFFAIRS, THE AFFAIRS OF ec now:. rtana\ calculated to undeceive them ; hitherto uw-puhlished. By Cojifain Francis Romeo, c. c Ijord Tjivcrpool'x Declaration on the Neapolitan Declaration. Answer to his Lordship's Statements, hi/ Captain F Romeo, a Neapolitan Subject; addressed to the Right Hon. Lord Viscount ('asllereugh, c. Second Letter in answer to the confidential Note which was circulated in Germany, and of which sercral Journals ham spoken. These respective publications abound with information and remarks of the highest importance to the interests of nil Europe : and the friends of liberty in thi� country-the enlightened of every class-�ve called upon to give them an especial attention. Whatever short sighted politicians, in the dream of an exclusive patriotism, may suppose, the fate of Naples is the fate of England ; and the fate of England that of the European world. The statement would be equally true, if for Naples we should substitute Spain or Portugal. All nations must be independent, or none will be so. Equity must be established +h oughout the whole, of Christian Europe, or from the who) of Christian Europe it must be banished. The system of Representative Government is at issue with the system of Government by the Sword. The progress of information hath made this a general-a universal issue: the combination of Kings, and the recently avowed object of that combination, have decided and confirmed that it can be no other. The local virtue of patriotism can no longer be efficacious, no longer preserved from extinction, but by the more comprehensive virtue of cosmopolism. Our general principles must become our general countries ; or we shall soon have nothing left in our particular countries to defend. If the people of all the nations feel not, and recognize not this saving truth, the Governments of all the nations are already in active combination to destroy them one by one. This is now the obvious object of that diabolical combination which, with most blasphemous mockery, they have named the Holy Alliance: an alliance, the component members of which (secret and avowed) have adopted all the bloody Machiavellian policy of degenerated and perverted Jacobinism; and are every where, with prepared arms and organized persecution, trampling upon all pretences of law and equity ; establishing political inquisitions, crowding jails, uprooting all morals, destroying, by vile systems of espionage, all confidence between man and man, and immolating, at discretion, thelivesof their oppressed, and therefore murmuring people. What are those oppressed and trampled people anv where to do? If the injured, in any given country, petition or complain, thev may he sabred ; if they fly from persecution, the ports of all other nations are closed Against ihem : an allied police makes all Europe the common gaol of the allied Governments, from which the victim people have no escape. If a unanimous nation (peaceably because unanimously) throw off the yoke, and proclaim the regeneration of liberty and justice, the Regal Oligarchy denounce the innovation, and menace the regeneratad nation with the sword. There shall he but one form of Government, their actions aloud proclaim, and that shall be the Government (if so it maybe called) of Despotism. Those Governments which are not yet sufficiently simplified, may proceed with what rapidity they please to the determined point of their " perfectability," may extinguish as rapidly as they please, the ancient claims and pretensions of Freedom, and make as many revolutions as they please against their people ; but Kings themselves shall not be permitted to grant, or to abide by, any new eharttrs of liberty, or to " endanger the thrones of still existing despotism, by the contagious example of the happiness and prosperity that must result from the establishment of free and equitable governments." Such is, in fact, the clear interpretation of that " Confidential Note circulated in Germany," to which the last of the above enumerated publications spiritedly replies. We shuddered during the highth of Napoleon'* prosperity, and we justly shuddered, at the prospect of a Universal Monarchy. The apprehension of that calamity was the immediate and operative cause of his final overthrow. Rut in crushing him, we have promoted, in a worse shape, and with a more ominous prospect of continuity, the very evil wre so justly apprehended, but so unwisely combatted. In the despotism of Napoleon there was always one consolation. It was a despotism that rested upon the basis of individual character; and its materials could never have been so cemented by him but that they must have fallen to pices when that basis was removed. There was another consolation, also- It was the despotism of a large and comprehensive intellect, not of narrow and pettifoging minds : the despotism of one too superb in apprehension not to mingle boons as comprehensive with his worst injuries-whose very vanity had a tinge of the noblest kind of ambition ; and who, aspiring at immortality by the munificence of great and useful works, wherever the footsteps of his dominion trod, left permanent advantages to c .mpennte for the temporary ravages of hit insatiable lust of sway. But in changing the individual, for ;

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