TOPICS OF THE DAY.
GREAT DOINGS OF THE OPPOSITION—AND WHAT NEXT?
THE PEEBLES* were to have eaten all us Reformers up on the first day of the session of the Delegation Parliament ;—they only chewed the cud of their own mortifications. A fiery amendment of the Lords' Address, abusing the hi-coloured Ministry and the Jacobin Reform Bill, were the least with which we were threatened. The King was to have been alarmed, the Whigs displaced by the Peebles, the Reform Bill burnt, the Press gagged, the Habeas Corpus suspended, the soldiers called out, and the whole country conservatively convulsed for the preservation of Borouglimonger- ing. How have these mighty promises been fulfilled ? With what arms did the New Opposition attack the Great Measure ? These questions will he answered by the following notice of the important toaics which occupied the House of Lords for twelve consecutive hours following the delivery of the King's Speech.
Objected to the King's Speech being read until after the reading of "some bill." The first reading of the Select Vestries Bill moved, and the Bill read a first time accordingly—Spoke against the formal commencement of the Address, insisting on the third instead of the first person plural— Objected to the Address being at once voted by the House, without the previous sanction of a committee—repeated the objection—again repeated the objection—spoke at length on the same subject (rose and spoke six times.)
THE EARL OF WINCHILSEA
Explained at length, why, being a Tory, he had become a Whig, and was
now once more a Tory ; the main reason of the last change being some " toasts" drunk at some dinner somewhere North of London.
THE MARQUIS OF LONDONDERRY
Rose and spoke five times—four times on points of form and order, and at great length on his broken windows.
THE DUKE OF CUMBERLAND
On his Royal Highness's attachment to freedom.
THE EARL OF FALMOUTH
On one of his ancestors, to whom allusion is made in Buss DODDINGTON'S Diary.
On the conduct of the last House of Commons in "refusing the Supplies" —on the dissolution, the Lord Mayor, the illuminations, and Mr. COBBETT'S broken windows in 1814.
THE EARL OF MANSFIELD (the intended Premier of the FEEBLES) On the illuminations, the dissolution, the Lord Mayor, Mr. O'CONNELL, and the difference between stopping and refusing the Supplies.
On the connexion of the Government with the Times newspaper and Mr. O'Comist.t.; and the interference of the Government in the Irish elec- tions.
THE EARL OF RODEN
On the personal character of Lord FARNFIAM, and the state of Clare, which his Lordship likened to "the tranquillity of gunpowder."