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a military country;-Punch—Punch, who in the days of our ancestors was accompanied—companied by a fiddle, or a-fiddle or a dulcimer, was now accompanied—companied by a drum—by a drum and fife— and fife:—every servant wore cock—cockades, and several, cocked—and several cocked-hats:–These were enormities—ormities not to be borne.” His Lordship then made a violent attack upon Mr. Merryman, the Chief Clerk in the War Office, and gave notice of a motion for the release of Miss Kitty Willis, who had been last night committed to Tothill-fields Bridewell, for only wiping her face with the handkerchief of a Gentleman whom she happened to meet in the Willow-walk. The next pair were Mr. CROKER and Mr. H. MARTIN: Mr. CROKER at first objected against having any thing to do with Mr. MARTIN's skull, which he averred never could fit his head; but the

voice of the House appearing to sanction the Speaker's decision, he was obliged to submit, which

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he did however with a very ill grace. After the operation, as soon as Mr. CRoKER had resumed his seat, he fell into a profound sleep, from which he did not awake, even while he made a very violent speech, which seemed to be directed against the memory of the late Mr. Percival; but as the Hon. Member had totally lost his voice, as well as his sight and hearing, I was not able to collect the precise points of his harangue. Mr. MARTIN, on the other hand, seemed wonderfully enlivened by the operation: he opened his eyes with great agility, and talked with considerable vehemence and volubility; and though he had lost but little of his own modest assurance, he seemed to have acquired something of an Irish accent. He entered into a long defence of the ef. ficiency of his Honourable Friend Sir G. WARRENDER, as a Lay Lord of the Admiralty, and appealed to Mr. TiERNEY, as an instance of a Civilian being able to attain a most perfect and useful ac

quaintance with the affairs of the naval departments.

On finishing what he had to say, Mr. MARTIN immediately joined Mr. PEEL and Mr. Robinson* on one of the back benches, where there was a good deal of laughing, and it seemed by their gestures that Mr. MARTIN was entertaining his new companions with some ridiculous story about Sir SAMUEL Romilly and Sir ARTHUR Pigott. The next couple which presented themselves were Mr. H. ADDINGTON and Gen. MATHEw : Mr. Cline, who operated on Gen, MATHEw, had great difficulty in getting through the operation, on account of the immense quantity of hair, and he was at last obliged to shave the head : observing with a smile, when the skull was separated, that the head appeared much better furnished on the outside than within. As soon as the interchange had been completed, Mr. ADDINGTON rose, and in the most vehement manner denounced the Government, and more particularly the Home Department, for its conduct to the Irish Catholics; he declared that there was not one Protestant soldier at the battle of Waterloo, and that ten-ninths of the whole of Lord Wellington's army, including the Belgians, were Irish Roman Catholics. “If that gallant people, I mean the Irish,” said Mr. ADDINGTON, with great animation, “remain one week longer in their present state of torture, agony, and inconvenience, I will put myself at the head of seven millions of this suffering people who now were starving in Dyot-street, St. Giles's, and with them effect the conquest of Great Britain, and put every Protestant householder to the sword, except only those who profess Popery.” On the other hand, Gen. MATHEw, with considerable diffidence, and in a rather inaudible voice, replied to Mr. ADDINGTON: he complimented him on his great abilities, and thanked him for his candour and moderation. He said, he should feel

*The Right Honourable Fred. Robinson, Vice-President of the Board of Trade.—E.

it necessary, not only in point of courtesy, but as a

part of his official duty, to communicate his remarks
to the Noble Lord, at the head of the Home De-
partment; to whom, the General further observed,
no complaint was ever made in vain, and whose
diligence and integrity in the discharge of his public
functions all parties were ready to acknowledge;
and he pledged himself to be able to give a most
satisfactory answer to Mr. ADDINGTON's remarks
in the course of a few—he might say, a very few
I next observed a Gentleman, who seemed very
anxious to catch the Speaker's eye, and appeared
much mortified that he had not been considered
of sufficient, consequence to be called upon before—
It was Mr. METHUEN : on his offering himself, Mr.
Speaker rose, and requested the directions of the
House, as he felt himself unequal to decide who
should be considered a fair contrast for Mr. ME-
ThueN ; who had agreed with every side by turns,

and seemed to be in determined opposition to no

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