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W. OLIPHANT AND SON, EDINBURGH; D. ROBERTSON, GLASGOW;
G. AND R. KING, ABERDEEN ; AND J, ROBERTSON, DUBLIN.
For JULY, 1847.
Art. I.-Speech of Sir Robert Peel, Bart, June 29th, 1846.* Op all the ministerial revolutions that ever occurred in England, there is none which, considered in its causes, in its circumstances, and in its probable consequences, has a better claim on the serious attention of politicians and moralists than the one we have recently witnessed. There is none which imparts more instructive or more important lessons to statesmen, to parties and their leaders, and to all classes of the people : there is none which so forcibly illustrates the national progress in the science of social economy, and prognosticates, with more certainty, the approaching triumph of truth over falsehood, of right over might, of national interests over the interests of castes or classes.
A retrospective glance at a few of the ministerial changes of our own times is a necessary introduction to the remarks which we intend to offer on the downfall of the late administration, and to our surmises on the composition, the system, and the prospects of the present ministry.
* This article was written in August, 1846, and was intended for our October Number. It expressed our well-considered opinion of the men who had just then been called to the government of the country, and anticipated the results of the restoration of the Whigs to power. Yielding to the fear of appearing hasty and unjust, we kept it back, though by no means shaken in our views, by the almost universal cry of " Give the Whigs a fair trial, and all will be right." Our anticipations have been fully realized. We now give, after “trial," the article as it was written ten months ago. A rapid review of the principal misdeeds of the administration since its formation, would prove that we were not unjust.