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Drakards Paper (Newspaper) - October 3, 1813, London, Middlesex A Saturday Edition of this IWr isprint^ut is chieflj-circulated[for the Cowtry Redder. At brings down the bMtUfttftee of A* Week to the MtfMtta h*fb�* ** *ft**<far of *itt**�y,W' contains the Returns of the Corn-market. The Sunday Edition is calculated for London and Its Environs, and contains whatever Net $UJrDi*r obstinacy, duplicity,- and intolerance may be discovered in the conduct of some who style themselves the friends of reform, justico, and liberty. What are we to think of the judgment or the sincerity of the man, who Will tell us that tho prosont campaign opened with more likelihood of failure on the part of tho allies than any former one- that the first act of Buonaparte that was calcu-ated to inspire a doubt of the sincerity of his re. volutidnary career, was his marriage with an Austrian Princess-that the allied courts are blame-able for having availed themselves of the strong minds and enlarged views of Bcriiadptte and Moreau 2 It is true, by this last step they contradict many of their old declarations, and shew that a great change has been wrought on their convictions ; but is it not such a change as the friends of mankind have been earnestly wishing for, and shall wc repress it in its dawn with coarse mockery and reviling ? ed. OPPOSITE ERRORS. celebrity of whose work -was once very considera- te is curious to observe KoV totaflfy different are b,e* The strain of!. the Russian document is as the conclusions that various persons are disposed self-satisfied, and magnanimous as might be to draw from the same circumstance, according to^ Wetted from autocrats in an address to slaves. It the bias of their feelings. It is to this disagree- fe said to be " humiliating, that an age which is ment in our mode of reasoning from facts, cal,cd *** tried b7 80 many,calauMties, will understand and unsatisfactory are the commentaries supplied their reaj interests better.� Hence .we may infer by mankind. It is true, there are few things, that that> in thfi opinion of the Russian rulers, it is Will not* when looked at, only in one way, assume *nlY nations who have mistaken their real interest? a peculiarity of appearance which may be dis- and-violated their proper duties;-mpnarchs and puted by those who persist in observing them from their ministers have been wholly guiltless. But the a directly contrary position, or who, being of a prospect is now clearing up: �tho spirit of revolt more enlightened artd liberal cast, rest their judg- will �q longer place arms in the hands of men to ment on a viewof the whole. Thus, two knights use against themselves or against their sovereigns; quarrelled, and came to deadly blows about the me. theV wili' nom> on the contrary, offer the more tal of which a shield was made. Hewhohadseeu touching spectacle of devotion towards their only its back, maintained itwas of silver, the other, staring on its front, insisted that it was of gold : had they looked at both sides of the matter which became the subject of their fatal animosity, they \princes jind their country The English writer is about as candid and judicious as the Russian. He acquaints his readers that the present war has," begun, to all appear. would have saved their blood and discovered the ^9 ^ more likelihood of failure on the part truth. This, probably, thev would have done, of tliealMes7 than has marked the commencement had there been no dispute: but it unfortunately �f anv. formef w�r on the Continent, since the happens that opposition, which should lead to a beginmng of the French revolution t'� After this suspicion of our own correctness, and set upon �cnunc.atiOn, which certainly was as contrary to investigating with caution and forbearance, has too Probability as it has turned out inconsistent with generally a very opposite tendency. It calls up fa<*� h* rtext nu,nber redufe'* h,m to,the necessity pride to exclude conviction ; it fixes us to the post this commencement:-� he intelligence from-wehave chosen to defend, be it good or bad.- the Continent, though greatly disfigured, &c&c and renders a triumph over our adversary a very does ^tatnly lead one to" believe that the dilh- superior consideration in our. esteem, to the triumph of justice. Of all who are in the habit of limiting them Selves to a view of that one side of a thing which lies most conveniently for their own situation, and of obstinately and angrily denying that it can appear to others in a different shape, politicians are perhaps the most positive and vehement; and of this class such as are in the possbssion of power are generally distinguished by peculiar narrowness culties of Napoleon are become very great.1*' For the cause of this unexpected reverse we are referred to his marriage with an \Austrian Princess! This was the first act of Buonaparte that was ** enough to make one seriously doubt of his sincerity through the whole of his revolutionary '--before he committed this wedlock the writer " thought that at bottom he was welt disposed towards the liberties of mankind but the marriage, and that alone, " does make one of discernment and intolerance of disposition. We ^\ that he ^ brought Ins mindio re-establish, might safely refer to any minister or prince, whom and *� Pe^petnate a despotism in France.' The we could persuade that we intended no insinuation �reater Part of thesJ �JlcIf. !s ab,"?e of thc} ?cm.' against his own rule, to say whether the history of d?l?us meanness^of the alhes" in employing in ^Ww^riWin^uiin. their armies � e constrained to imitate the conduct, as it is described by the poet, of him who first introduced corruption into the world �- i-The fiend look'd up, nnd knew His mpuntcd beale ulofl; nor more,-hiicyferf Murmuring, and teith him fled the shades of night. These two points aire, first, the propriety of reform j and, secondly, the integrity of those, who by warmly and early recommending it, and boldly striving for its accomplishment, render it at least probable, that they will materially infiueuce the nature of the alteration that may take place. Relative to the propriety of effecting a reformation iu the present system of election, the public ni(i!d, if not quite unanimous, is pretty nearly made up. If the pre- ' sent mode of conducting elections be a prbpor one, it appears to every one of common sense, that the law should be altered, and the right be vested where4he power is placed, namely, in the administration for tho time being, and a few great families. By this means, much trouble, much perjury, much cruelty, much drunkenness, and profligacy of every description, would be avoided. This would be an honest and intelligible proceeding; but it is at once ridiculous and base to tell the people that with them it re*\� freely to elect persons to represent them in Parliament, when it is a notorious fact, that the great majority of the people have no voice in the elections, and that those who have, unless they happen to he perfectly independent in their circumstances, must give it, under the penalty of ruin, according to the pleasure of some peer of the realm, or other great man. There is not a tradesman throughout the kingdom, with, perhaps, a few fortunate exceptions, who is at liberty to vole according to his conscience j-yet it stands in oiir fnce, to insult, and ,�'>t benefit us, a positive stipulation of the Bill of (lights, that the election of members of parliament siMM. bb frbr !-To a stipulation in the same bill the king; owes his throne, and to violate this wOuld) be

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