Mn. Husxtssoar.—It is now asserted that this ; right honourable
gentleman had an offer to come into office if he would sacrifice his friends ; and that he resolutely determined to refuse office on such terms. If he had accepted, he Would perhaps have found, that in nominally sacrificing his friends, he had really sacrificed himself.
MrxisrEnIAL MaxtEirvitEs.—The recent proceedings in France, and the signal defeat which our Ministers have sustained in the elections just ended, have determined them, in order to strengthen the Treasury Benches, to bring forward, in the early part of the ensuing session, one or two measures of a popular nature. The first object contemplated is to neutralize the sticklers for Radical Reform, and at the same time to secure the support of the Moderates. This, it is calculated, will be effectually done by presenting a member, perhaps two each, to Man- chester Sheffield, and Birmingham : probably one or two other populous towns Man- chester, not Brighton?) may also be included. This sop for Cerberus
will, doubtless, have its due weight with some ; with us, knowing the motives which compel Ministers to take this step, it will be viewed as the shadow of honest feeling, not its reality. The next temporizing step will be to countenance a bill which Mr. Brougham has been for some time preparing, to regulate Church property. It is a motive of concili- ation which induces Ministers to aid Mr. Brougham in this important measure, and may certainly be considered as no silent acknowledgment of their own weakness.—Briyhton Gazette.
NAVAL Pitomorroxs--In looking at the late promotions, we see the names of Thomas Best, William Cuppage, and C. Drinkwater, who have barely served more than two years as Commanders, promoted over the heads of men, one of whom individually has seen more service in one month than the whole of the above three young gentlemen put to- gether have seen since they entered his Majesty's service ; and, after so. much as we have heard of his Majesty's sense of justice and determina- tion to promote merit and long service's, let us ask how consent was given to the above promotions over the beads of men who fought the battle's of their country, and were wounded in its defence, before these comparative boys entered his Majesty's service P—Standard.