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one but himself. Upon this, methought, a long debate ensued, which ended in appointing Mr. PLUMER to change heads with Mr. METhu EN. Mr. PLUMER assuring the House that he never had changed his side or his vote, and that he had never once voted with any Government, nor ever would, whatever should be the subject, and whether he considered them wrong or right. This preliminary being thus arranged, Messrs. METHUEN and PLUMER placed themselves in the hands of the surgeons: I observed that Mr. Cline had great difficulty in sawing off Mr. PLUMER's occiput, which seemed to be of the hardest and thickest substance; while Sir Everard Home, aster feeling Mr. METHUEN's skull, laid by his instruments, and taking up a small pen-knife, divided the scalp with as much ease as if he were cutting a piece of paste-board; and, indeed, when the piece was taken off, I observed, with great surprise, that there
was nothing whatsoever in the head, and that in fact it appeared in every particular like one of those paper masks which one sees in the shops of the Haymarket. When the change was effected, Mr, METhueN took his seat on the corner of the opposition bench, and stretching out his legs, crossed them upon his cane, and remained in that attitude without speaking or moving till eleven o’clock, at which hour he went away to bed. Mr. PLUMER, on the contrary, took his seat close behind Lord CASTLEREAGH, and immediately gave notice of a motion for impeaching his Noble Friend ; whom, with all due affection and regard, he would say it, he hoped to bring to the blockAfter a few other equally discreet observations, he was proceeding to make his motion, but it unluckily turned out that he was unable to read it,” and he sat down amidst shouts of laughter from all sides of the
Mr. PEREGRINE Court.NEY now rose to observe, that he thought it was very indecorous for a Gentleman holding such opinions as Mr. PLUMER now professed to sit behind the Treasury Bench, and to be in a situation to overhear the conversation which might pass between Members of the Government; but Lord CASTLEREAGH observing that though the Hon. Member might overhear such conversation, yet it was notorious he could not understand them; MR. PLUMER was, therefore, allowed to keep his place.
The Speaker next called on MR. PEEL and Lord ALTHORPE, who immediately advanced to the table. The operation on MR. PEEL was soon performed by | Sir Everard Home, but Mr. Cline's instruments seemed to make very little impression on his Lordship's head, though he held it, with Doctor Spurzheim's assistance, tight between his knees, and though he tried all his knives and saws, one after
another, it was evident he made no kind of progress. Sir Everard Home was then called in to assist, but after a considerable delay, MR. PEEL declared “he could wait no longer, as he found it very cold without his head;” and taking his occiput off the table, he put it on, and went to resume his seat near Mr. HENRY MARTIN. After, however, a great deal of labouring, and blunting and breaking most of their instruments, the surgeons contrived to get through Lord ALTHoRP's skull; but the piece that remained in Mr. Cline's hand proved to be so unexpectedly heavy, that it escaped from his grasp, and fell upon the floor with so loud and heavy a sound, that I awoke with the noise, and to my great asto. nishment found myself in my own bed, up two pair