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TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 18-50.
VOL. 1, NO. 17.
Who would sever Freedom's shrine?
\\ (,o would draw the invidious lint?
Thoush by birth one spot be mine,
l)car is all the rest ?
pear to me the South'* fair land,
|K ar the central mountain hand,
lhar New Fngland's rock) slrand,
l>c.ir the prairied West.
J's our altar- pure and free,
]!\ our I .aw's deep-rooted lice,
JI\ the past's dread memory,
ilv our Washington ?
J'.\ our common kindred tongue,
]ty our hopes ? bright, Louyant, young
1!\ the lie of country strong,
We will still be one.
Fathers ! have ye bled in vain?
.Ages, must ye droop again?
Maker, shall we rashly stain
Blessings sent by Thee f
No ! receive our so'emu v? w,
\\ hile before thy throne wo bow,
Kver to maintain, as now
" Union ? Liberty !"
Wanted ? a heart to eall my own,
To love me now and ever;
Wanted ? a heart, that ne'er shall roam,
That naught from me can sever.
Wanted ? an arm to lean upon,
An arm of might and power ;
Wanted ? an arm to shield me from
The cares of life that lower.
Wanted ? a lip, whose every word,
Should breathe affection's tone ;
Wanted ? his prayer whenever heard,
To breathe lV,r me alone.
Wanted ? a hand to clasp my own,
As onward we shall glide;
Wanted ? a voice to breathe loves' tone,
Forever by my side.
Wanted ? an eye that beams with love,
To me let every glance be given ;
And rtv raise our eyes above,
Find there, our home in Heaven. ? Alex.Gaz
Kqily of Mrs. Edwin Forrest.
The following most forbearitog an J tin
reproachful appeal needs no comment.
s.Ht lined, as its simple and most touching
deni ils are, by the support and sympathy
of every friend and acquaintance of the
ladv whose heart-felt utterance it is.
To the General Assembly of the State
of 'Pennsylvania :
I, Catharine Forrest, wife of Kdwin*
Forrest, now in ami being a resident ol
the city of New York, and State of New
York, respectfully represent ?
That the imputations contained in the
petition of Mr. Forrest, now on the tiles
of your Senate, and printed in numerous
public j^urrtals, are ol such a character
that silence on my part is impossible.
Though 1 would cheerfully suffer any
o'hef evil rather than say or do aught in
opposition to my husband, in this particu
lar manner, I cannot give even a tacit ad
mission to charges which, il established
in a due course ol trial, would justly ex
clude me from the society of all virtuous
persons, involve my innocent young sis
ters in shame, and bring the gray hairs of j
my beloved father with sorrow to the
grave. To do and suffer all things thai
Air. Forrest desired, save this, I have
freely offered, but to submit to this degra
dation I have declined, and must still de
cline. Silence might seem an admission,
and therefore I am constrained, most re
luctantly, to make this statement.
Mr. Forrest was dissatisfied with me in
November, 1818, for a difference <>f opin
ion on a subject not relevant to the pres
ent question, and from that lime I was
subjected to occasional marks ol his dis
pleasure. In January, 1810, about the
17th, he stated to me that a lady Imd in
fluenced me against him. For her sake
I repelled the charge. The denial was
couched in terms too dirnct and unequivo
cal. This Mr. Forrest at once pronounc
ed an unpardonable offence. He stated
that he eouUl not permit any man so to
address him, nor live with any woman
w 1 10 did it. He imperatively demanded !
that we should live apart ? 1 reluctantly,
but lullv and implicitly, acquiesced in his
1' rum this time it was distinctly under
stood that we should separate and live a
part, and the precise time was fixed. Cir
cumstances connected with his conveni
ence caused several postponements; hut
from January 17th until April 29th, 1849.
wben we actually parted, theie was al
w.i\s a certain day for our final separation
agreed and fixed between us. On tin
last named day, Mr Forrest accompanied ?
me to the residence of Mr. Parke Godwin. \
and there left me to he an inmate of that
highly estimable gentleman's house, and
Uie associate of himself ;md his amiable
aud gifted lady. Not merely or this, but
lor my first introduction to this estimable
family I was indebted to Mr. Foicest.
They are his friends? for u.em be has
always expressed and I bclievt .enter
tains, the highest respect. Mr. Godwin
and his lady had, subsequently to January,
visited Mr. Forrest and myself at our res
idence , by his imitation, and were enter
tained by our niu:ual care and attention.
Alter lie thus introduced me into their
lamily, he visited me on two occasions.
These undeniable circumstances reflect a
light upon the course of Mr. Forrest's ad
visers upon which I will not comment. ?
After we had been long separated,. Mr.
Forrest informed me that report attributed
our separation to a cause which reflected
unfavorably upon him, and that he must
'establish the existence of another motive.
He sugg sted a divorce, employed coun
sel, ami at length, in January, 1850, I
I sought similar assistance. Our counsel
met, and with my approval, it was offered
that I would uot oppose Mr. Forrest's ap
plication for a divorce or any similar act
which might conduce to his happiness,
provided he would not impeach me with
want of virtue. It was said to he impos
sible to obtain a divorce, without making
tli is charge, and many propositions for
the preservation of secrecy were made to
me. To all such propositions, though
accompanied by the offer of a provision
lor life, I fell bound by every considera
tion honor, virtue and duty, to return an
absolute and unqualified refusal.
When giving this refusal, I had already
been advised not to appear before the leg-'
islature of any sister state which might be
solicited to pass an act against me. I was
advised that such act, if any legislature
could be induced to pass it, would be
wholly inoperative. Especially was this
considered to be the case in respect to
Pennsylvania, the Constitution of that
state expressly forbidding the trial of such
cases bv the Legislature. For this rea
son I have not left the state of New-York
to appear before the committee to which
Mr. Forrest's petition was referred. Nor
has it been thought proper that I should
appear on notice of Mr. Forrest's counsel
to cross-examine his witnesses. My
counsel conceived mat the only consistent
course on my part was a full appearance
and defence, or a total declinature of the
peculiar and inappropriate jurisdiction in
voked by Mr. Forrest.
I am without pecuniary means to fol
low Mr. Forrest into another state, and
there conduct, a litigation. Far from my
native land and only male relation, I have
no fit protector to accompany me in the
requisite journeys. Distant from the wit
nesses who know of my life and conver
sation, and without process to enforce
their attendance, I would appear before
your body under great disadvantages. ?
Hut if none of these objections existed,
my course would have been the same. ?
In this, to me, untried field, I must sub
mit to the judgment of others, better in
formed, and bv their advice I am govern
ed, in respectfully protesting against the
exercise of jurisdiction, by your honora
ble body.
I have too much respect for your honor
able body to suppose this protest necessa
ry; and my sole motive in this address is,
to place upon your files, side by side with
the accusation, this solemn declaration
I have never committed any act of fidel
ity to my marriage vows; I have never
committed any act inconsistent with the
dignity and purity of the marriage state;
I have never, in deed, word or thought,
deviated in the slightest degree froin en
tire purity and chastity of life. Nor have
I, since my marriage with Mr. Forrest
failed in affection or honor for him, unless
it be in some thoughts and occasional ex
pressions wrung from me by wounded
pride since this most cruel accusation.
W lienever summoned, I am ready to
appear in a court of justice, and to vindi
cate my perfect innocence. In any result
of the present proceedings, I am consoled
by the moral certainty that Divine Provi
dence will afford me an opportunity ol
disproving the charges now before your
honorable body. Respectfully submitted.
Catharine N. Forrest.
State of New-York, >
City and County of New- York. ^
Catharine N. Forrest, of the city of
New-\ork, \\ ifeof Edwin Forrest, being
sworn says, that she has read the prece
ding paper, signed by her, and knows the
contents thereof; that the same is true ol
her own knowledge, except that part
thereof which relates to the conferences
between her counsel and the counsel of
Mr. Forrest, and, as to that part, she be
lieves it to be true.
Catharine N. Forrest.
Sworn before me, this 4th day of March,
A. I). 1850. Neil Cray, Com. of
Irish Twins. ? An old, ragged, red
faced forlorn-looking Irish woman, accost
ed us with ?
*'Plaise, sure, for love of heaven, give
me a lip to buy bread will. Iam poor
lone woman and have two young twins to
44 Why, my good woman," we replied,
"you seem too old to have twins of your
own. "
44Thcy are not mine; sur, I am only
raisin* em."
44 How old are your twins?"
4'One of 'em is seven weeks ould, and
the other is eight months old, plaise
God.' "
Pitjiy Hints. ? Snuffon the necks and
backs of calves and young cattle, will do
more good than in the nose of any maiden
ladv, dand v, or bachelor, and brimstone
bought for hogs, will not prove that the
itch has got into the house, Cards on the
cattle make them look as much better as
children with their hair combed. A clean
barn is a hint to the woman who takes
care of the kitchen. Cood milking stools
save much washing in the house. A scra
per on the iluor steps saves brooms and
| dust.
The Perils of .Falsehood. ? In the
beautiful language of an eminent writer :
" When once a concealment or deceit lias
been practiced in matters where all should
be fair and open as the day? confidence
can never be restored any more than you
can restore the white bloom to the grape
or plum, which you have once pressed in
your hand." How true is this ! and what
a neglected truth by a great portion of
mankind. Falsehood is not only one ol
the most humiliating vices, hut sooner or
later it is more ccrtain to lead to many
serious crimes. With partners in trade ;
| with partners in life ; with friends ; with
lovers; how important is confidence! ?
j How essential that all guile and hypocri
sy should be guarded against in the inter
j course between such parties ? How much
| misery would be avoided in the history of
many lives had truth and sincerity been
the guiding and controlling motives, in
j stead of prevarications and deceit ? "Any
I vice," said a parent in our hearing, a few
' days since, 44 any v.cc, at least among the
frailties of a milder character, hut false
! hood. Far better that my child should
commit an error or do a wrong and con
! fess it, than escape the penalty, however
| severe, by falsehood and hypocrisy. Let
me know the worst, and a remedy may
possibly be applied. Hut keep me in the
dark ; let me be misled or deceived ; and
it is impossible to tell at what unprepared
hour a crushing blow, an overwhelming j
exposure may come."
Scotch and English Enterprise in
Dublin. ? How comes it that strangers can |
flourish here ? At the head, or very near j
the head ,of every trade, you ran find an
Englishman or Scotchman. Is this be- 1
cause they work better ? ? and, if not,
what is the reason ? ^an we not com
plete with tlicm ? we, the natives, with,
advantages ? M Glashau, the most pros
perous publisher, is a Scotchman ; Poison, |
the most prosperous confectioner, ditto ; j
Gunn and Cameron, the most prosperous
advertisement publishers, ditto, Mr. 1 ig*
ot, the music publisher, an Englishman ,
\lr. Butler, Medical Hall, ditto. Mr.
Andrews. Dame-street, ditto. English
men and Scotchmen can prosper in Dub
tin, if we cannot. We ought to ask our- j
selves, what we have done, or left undone,
that produces this result? lam convin
ced that want of a good business educa
tion and training? of being drilled into
habits of punctuality ? are the great im
pediments. Look to this. ? Dublin Na
tion. __
Great invention in Engineering.?
The Cincinnati Times says that Mr. hel
lers, of that city, formerly of Philadelphia,
and known as one of the most ingenious
mechanics of the United States, has just
completed an invention which, it is said,
will simplify and revolutionize the whole
science of engineering. Mr. Sellers sub
mitted his machine to the inspection of Dr.
Locke, T. W. liake well, Mr. Rickey,
and other scientific gentleman all of whom
approve of it, and consider it a great tri
umph of mechanical skill. '1 he machine,
the Times leains, combines the operation
of the perambulator-with that of t he penta
<rrap'i, giving profile lines ot plats, sur
veys, and measuring distances. By trund
lincr it over a tract of country, a more ac
curate survey for a railroad can e 4 f
than by any other method; and at lea. t
fifteen miles per day mapped with correct
ness ? altitudes, depressions and space.
It can also be used on our streets, thus
dispensing with ihc services of an engi
Tobacco^? ^'heNashyille Banner of|
Saturday week, has the following notice
of that market : . . . ,
There is a considerable activity in a
tobacco market; the receipts are heavy,
and find ready sale a. high prices I he
receipts at the three warehouses, up to
tl.is tune an,o?n..o931hhds a,^ a,
during the present week of 1,0 hh.ls., i
prices ranging from -1 art to ?- < ? I
The last Clarksvillc ('I enn.) Chronicle
S3'The demand continues active and pri
ces very firm. One hogshead sold at *9,
being die highest price ever obtained in
this market. Sales at one warehouse on
Tuesday and Thursday of ,3 l'^s"
admitted at 0 a $9 ; 30 refused at 4 15 a
$7 10. !
From the Pacific Slation ? An offi
cer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard furnishes ,
the New York Tribune with the follow ingj
intelligence just received from an officer
on the Pacific station:
The writer states that the sloop-of-war
Preble will probably be condemned and
laid up at San Francisco, and that the
storcship Fredonia will be sent home.?
, Desertions from U. S. vessels are numer
OU3 ? the frigate Savannah has only lot.
I men remaining; the sloop-of-war 1 rehle,
10; the Fredonia, none-, sloop-of-war Fal
mouth see eight or ten have deserted.
Whatever is highest and holiest is ting
ed with melancholy. The eye of genius
has alwavs a plaintive expression, and its
natural language is pathos. A prophet is
sadder than other men ; and he who was
greater than all prophets, was a man ol
sorrow and acquainted wirh griel.
The Scotchmen of Rochester and vicin
ity had a merry timeonBorn s bin th-mg h .
Some 15,000 were present, and It
die. and gentlemen were on the floor at
the same time danc.ng the Scotch Keel .
in the French Assembly.
Gentlemen, as I made known to you ii
the beginning1, this project is something
more, worse if you will, than a politics
1 law, it is a cunning law.
I address mysell, not, certainly, to the
venerable bishop of Langres, noi to any
one who mav be ill this place, but to the
party which "has, if not drawn up, at least
inspired the project ot law ? to this part) ,
'at the same time extinct and ardent, to trie
clerical party. I do not know it it is in
the Assembly ; hut I feel it everywhere.
It has a quick ear ; it will hear me.
address myself, then, to it, and I sa) ,
Hold ! frankly, I defy you. To instruct
is to construct. I defy that which )ou
? 1 do not wish to confide to you the
i teaching of youth, the souls ot children,
| the development ol the new intelligence
which is opened in life, the mind of new
| Venerations, we may "say the luture of
; l'rance, because to confide it to you would
he to abandon it to you.
j It does not satisfy me that new genera
tions succeed us. 1 understand that they
'continue us. Therefore I do not wish
1 your hand or youi breath upon them. I
'do not wish that that which has been
; done by our fathers be defeated by you.
After that glory, I do not wish this shame.
' Your law is a masked law.
I It says one tiling, and it will do anoth
er. It is a design of slavery which takes
the charms of liberty. Il is a confiscation
entitled donation. I do not want it.
| This is vour way. When you forge a
chain you say, " Here is liberty!" when
you make a proscription, you cr) , tk Be
hold an amnesty !"
Ah ! I do not confound you with the
Church anymore than I confound the
mistletoe with the oak. \ ou are the par
asites of the Church ; you are the malady
of the Church. Ignatius is the enemy ol
Jesus. You are not believers, but the
disciples of a religion you do not compre
hend ; you are the getters up in a scene ol .
sanctity. Do not mix up the Church in.
your at fairs, your combinations, your
stratagems, your ambitions. l)o not call
your mother to make of her your servant.
Do not torment her under the pretext of
teaching her politics ; especially do not
identity her with you. feee the wrong
which you do her.
See how she has declined, since she
has been in your hands. You make
yourselves to be loved so little that you
will end by making yourselves hated b)
her. In truth, I tell you she will easily
pass away f rom you. Leave her in repose.
When vou shall be there no more, rest
will come to her. heave her, this mem
orable Church, in her solitude, in her
self denial, in her humility. These com
pose her grandeur. Her solitude \\ ill
draw the multitude to her ; her sell-denial
is her power ; her humility is her majes
ty. _
Y ou speak of religious teaching. Do
you know what is the true religious teach
ing, that before which we should prostrate
ourselves, that which we have no occa
sion to disturb ? It is the sister of Char
ity at the bed of the dying. It is the
brother of Mercy ransoming the slave. It
is Yinccnt de Paul taking care of the
foundling. It is the bishop of Marseilles
in the midst of the plague-striken. It is
the archbishop of Paris approaching with
a smile ihat formidable faubourg St. An
toine, raising his crucifix above the civil
war, and little disturbed at meeting his
own death, if it only brings peace. Here
is true religious teaching, real, profound,
cllicacious, popular religious teaching,
that which happily for religion and hu
manity, makes more christians than you
Ah, we know you ! we know the cleri
cal party. It is an old . party ; it has
some ways of service. This it is which
mounts guard at the door of orthodoxy.?
This it is which has found for the truth
those two marvellous conditions, igno
rance and error. This it is which forbids
to science and to genius, the going be
yond the missal, and which wishes to i
cloister thought in dogma. Every step
which the intelligence of Europe lias ta
ken, has been in spite of it. Its history
is written in the history of human pro
gress, but it is written on the back ol the
leaf. It is opposed to it all. 1 his it is
which caused Prinelli to be scourged for
having said that the stars would not fall.
This is it which put Campanella seven
times to the tortnre tor having affirmed
that the number of worlds was infinite,
and for having caught a glimpse at the
secret of creation. This it is which per
secuted Harvey for having proved the cir
; dilation of the" blood. In the name of Je
sus it shut up Galileo. In the name of
Saint Paul it imprisoned Christopher C o
lumbus. To discover the law of the heav
ens was an impiety. To find a world
was a heresy. This it is which anathe
matized Pascal in the name of religion,
Montaigne in the name of morality, Mo
i Here in the name both of moralit) and ol
religion. Oh! yes, certainly, whoever
| you mav be, who call yourselves the
Catholic party and who are the clerical
party, we know you. For along time al
ready the human conscience has revolted
against you, and now deinands^of )OU,
" What is it that you wish ine ?" r or a
long time already you have tried to put a
gag on the human intellect.
And you wish to be the master^ ol ec u
cation. And there is not a poet, not an
author, not a philosopher, not a thinker,
that you accept. And all that lias een
written, found, dreamed, dcductcc., inspi
: red, imagined* invented by genius-- thi
i treasure of civilization, the venerable in
heiitance of generations, the common pat
1 1 rimony of knowledge, you reject. It !??'
> brain of humanity were here before on
eyes, at your disposal, opened like tin
page of a book, you would make erasure;
upon it. Confess it !
In short, there is a book, a book whicl
is, from one end to the other, an eraanatioi
i from above, a book which is lor the wholt
world what the Koran is for Islam ism.
what the Vedas are for India, a book
i which contains all Iranian wisdom, illumi
nated bv all divine wisdom a book which
the veneration ol the people called I h?
Book, the Bible! Well,* your censure
. has reached even there. Unheard oi
thing- ! popes have proscribed the Bible !
I low astonished to wise spirits, how
overpowering to simple hearts, to see the
linger of Rome placed upon the book of
Go?d ! * r
And you claim again the libei ly ol
i teaching*. Stop, be sincere, let us under
stand the liberty which you claim again ;
| it is the liberty of not teaching.
Ah ! vou wish us to gr e you people to in
struct. " Very well, het us see your pu
pils. Let us see those who have produ
ced. What have you done for Italy ??
What have you done for Spain ? I or centu
ries you have kept in your hands, at your
discretion, at your school, under your te
rule, these two great nations illustrious
among the illustrious. W hat have you
done for them ?
I am going lo tell you. Thanks to you,
I Italy, whose nami any man who thinks
can any longer pronounce without an in
expressible filial emotion, Italy, mother
of genius and of nations, who has spread
over the universe all the most brilliant
marvels of poetry and the arts, Italy, who (
has taught mankind to read, now knows
not how to read.
Yes. Italy is, of the states of Lurope,
that where the smallest number ol natives
know how to read. .
Spain, mngnilicently dowered i Spam,
which recieved from the Romans hertirst
civilization, from the Arabs her second
civilization, from Providence, and in spite
of you, a world, America; Spain, inanKS
to you, thanks to your >okeot stupor,
which is a voke of degradation and of de
cay, Spain has lost this secret of power j
which it had from the Romans, this genius
of the arts which it had trom the Arabs,
this world which it had from God, and in,
exchange for all that you have made it j
lose, it has received from you the inqui
sition, . f
The inquisition, which cerlain men ot
the party try to-day to re-establish, with
a shameful timidity for which 1 honor]
them. The inquisition, which has burn- ,
ed on the funeral pile five millions ol ;
men ? (Cries of denial.) Read histor) ! i
The inquisition, which disinterred tne j
dead to burn them as heretics. W itness ,
ITrgheland Urnauld, Convent of 1' orcal- j
quicr. The inquisition, which declared
the children of heretics even to the sec
ond generation infamous and incapable of
any public honors, excepting only, (these
are the very terms of arrest,) those who
shall have denounced their father. 1 he
inquisition, which, while 1 speak, holds
still, in the papal library, the manuscripts
of Galileo, sealed under the papal mark.
It is true that, to console Spain, for that
which you have taken from it and given
to it, vou have surnamed it Catholic.
Ah, do you know ? you have forced
from one of its greatest men this painful
cry which accuses you " I would rather
have her great than catholic."
These are your master-pieces. I ms
fire which we call Italy you have extin
guished. This colossus which we call
Spain you have undermmded. Hie one
is in ashes, the other is in ruins. us
is what you have done for two great na
tions. What do you wish to do for
France? _
Stop ; you come from Rome ; l con
gratulate you. You have had fine suc
cess there. You come from gagging the
Roman people ; now you wish to gag the
French people. 1 understand. I his at
tempt is still more fine, only take care, it j
is dangerous; the latter is a lion quite,
a\vhat would 50U of it, then ? I will
tell you ; you would take from it human
'reason. Why? Because it brings da>
1 gYes, shall I te'.l you what you desire ?
It is that this immense flood of free lig 1
which France evolved now for three cen
turies, light made up of reason, lig
| more shining now than ever, light which
makes ours so brilliant a nation, that we
perceive the brightness ot I* ranee on th
1 face of all the people in the universc, th?s
dory of France, this free light, this direct
fight which does not come from Rome,
which comes from God, this is what y 00
wish to extinguish. 1 his is what we
wish to preserve. ,
I repulse your law. I rcpuUe .1, be
cause it confiscate* primary instrue ton.
because .tirades secondary instruction,
because it lowers the level of science, be
cause it belittles my country.
I repulse it, because I am one of those
who feel an oppression of the heart eTery
time France suffers by whatever cause
a diminution, whether it I c
territory, as by the treat.es of 1815, or
diminution of greatness, as by ,vou'
Gentlemen, before ending, permit me
,o address, f.om this lof.y tribune, Wthe
clerical party?the party which encroach
es upon us, serious counsel.
It is not skill that it wanis. ^jKn'ir
cumstances aid it, it ? *"ong. Il
the art of keeping a nation in a contu?
e and lamentable state, which is not death,
- but which is fto longer life. It calls this
c It is govcrnnfcnt by lethargy. But let
r it take rnrc. Nothing like this agrees
s with France. It is a formidable sport.
# which allows it to foresee, only to foresee
in this France the ideal which it ha* ? the
i sacristy sovereign, liberty betrayed,
i knowledge conquered and bound, book*
> torn, the sermon taking the place of the
, press, ni?ht made in mitlds by the shado
of the ra sock, and genius under the dis
. cipline of beadles.
It is true, the clerical pa:tv is skillful,
but this docs not prevent it from being
simple. What! it fears src.alsP.?
What ! it sees the wave rise at what it
says, nnu it opposes to h??to this wave
which rises, 1 know not what barrier of
open-work. It sees the wave rise, and it
imagines society will be saved because it
will have combined to defend it> s cial hy
pocrisies with material resistances, and
, because it will have placed a Jesuit every
where where there is not a gcniVarme. ?
\yhat a pity !
I repeat it, let it take enre. The nine
teenth century is opposed to it; let it not
be obstinate, let it give up lording it over
this grand epoch, full of instincts profound
and new ; if not, it will succeed only in
j exasperating it ; it will develope iinpru
dentlv the formidable side of our times,
and it will raise terrible consequences.?
Yes I insist upon i?, with this system
which Las just come out, the education of
the sacristy, and the government of the
confessional, with these doctrines which
an inflexible and fatal logic draws on not
withstanding men themselves, and fruit
ful with evil, these doctrines which cause
a horror when we look at them in history,
yes, with this system, this doctrine, and
this history, let the clerical party know it
I will engender revolutions wherever it
shall go. Everywhere, to avoid I'orque
mada? we shall throw ourselves upon
Robespierre. This is what makes of the
party which calls itself the Catholic party
a serious public danger. And let those
think well of it who, I'ke me, fear equally
for the nntionr overwhelming anarchy and
sacerdotal sleepiness, and let them utter
the cry of alarm in season.
You interrupt me. Cries and mur
murs cover my voice. Gentlemen, I
speak to you, not as an agitator, but as an
honest man. Ah now, gentlemen, shall
I be suspected by you, perhaps !
What, I am suspected by you T You
say so? Ah well ! on this point I must
explain myself. This is in some sort a
personal matter. You will hear, I think,
an explanation which you have provoked
yourselves. Ah, I am suspected by you !
And of what? Hut last year I defended
order in danger, as I defend to-day liberty
threatened, as 1 will defend order to- mor
row, if danger return then. I am suspec
ted by you. But was I suspected by you
when I discharged my mission as repre
sentative of Paris in preventing the effu
sion of blood in the barricades of June !
Ah, well ! you do not wish even to
hear a voicc which resolutely defends lib
erty. If I am suspected by you, you are
also suspected by me. The country shall
judge between us.
Centleinen, one last word. I am, per
haps, of those who have had the happi
ness of rendering the cause of order, in
different times, in a recent past, some ob
scure services. These services may have
been forgotten ; I do not recall them. ?
But now, at this moment, I have a right
to lean upon them.
Well, leaning upon this past, I declare
it as mv conviction, that what is nrcessa
ry to France is order, but that living or
der which is progress; it is the order
which results from the healthy, peaceful,
natural growth of the people ; it is order
showing itself both in facts and in ideas
by the full shining of national intelligence.
It is quite the conttary with your law.
! am one of those who wish for this
noble country liberty and not bondage,
growth and not degradation, dominion and
not servitude, grandeur and not insignifi
cance. What ! you governors, you leg
islators, you will put an end to yourselves!
you will put an end to France! \ ou
wish to petrify human thought, stifle the
divine flame, materialize the spirit. Do
vou not see the elements of the times in
which you are ! But you are then a a
strangers in your own country.
What! it is in this century ? in this
great century of novelties, of discoveries,
! of conquests, that you meditate immobili
ty. It is in the century of hope, that you
> proclaim despair. What, you cast upon
the earth, like men worn out with pain,
glory, thought, knowledge, progress, the
future, and you say, 44 It is enough, let
u i go no further ? let us stop/* But you
do not see that all goes, comes, is moved,
is increased, is transformed, is renewed,
around you, above you !
Ah, you wish to stop yourselves and
to stop us Ah well! 1 repeat it with
deep grief, I, who hate catastrophes and
falls. I inform you? death in the soul ?
'you do not wish for progress ! You will
have revolutions. To men insane enougi
to say, 4 Humanity shall not go forward'
Cod w ill reply by tremblings of the e^rih.
The casualities of this world rome on
like waves, one succeeding tlw? other# ?
We may escape the heavy ^
mighty ocean, am) be wrecked in the still
smooth waters of the landlocked bay.?
We dread the storm snd the hurricane,
and forget how many have perished with
in sight of shore.

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