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of its suppression. Let them be wise in season, and from precept, and not wait for the instruction of further calamitous events. But in a disposition of grace and favor, let them lay down imaginary privileges or rights, which are not suited to the condition of things, or cannot be exercised without working extensive practical inconvenience, and, without endangering the very foundation of justice. There are none amongst the warmest advocates of this fanciful right of suspension, who can go the length of supporting it, in its full exercise, as in relation to the presentacts. For, whateverpower the legislature may be supposed to have given to the representative body of the East India company, it never could have intended, that it should have been deputed by them to any other, who might disband at its own will, and at its own caprice, without the shew and the form of any judicial proceeding, their best officers from the army, nay the whole extended circle of them, with a single dash of the pen. Let them renounce this suspicious and dangerous practice, and comfort themselves with this undoubted consolation, that what they may lose in power,
they will gain in reverence and respect. This act alone would call back men's duties and affections, were they estranged at a greater distance than they are. Such a willing offering to peace, would do more than a hundred examples of sanction and of vengeance. The hour may come, notwithstanding the present meridian height of our Eastern splendour, when every heart and hand may be required to secure even a safe possession. Let not any ungracious pertinacity dissever one from the other. Let not any one represent these plain observations, as adverse to the interests, or disrespectful to the rights of the constituted body, to which they are principally addressed, They are not offered in the feeling of an enemy, but in the sentiment, and with the warning voice of a friend. If the style or manner of the address shall be deemed in some parts to be rude, the intent at all times, and in all places, will be seen, we trust, to be honest. The case in our view of it, appeared to be extreme, and desperate, and not to admit of any trifling palliatives, or more flattering digestives. It would, in our contemplation, have been an act of dishonesty, to “skin and film the ulcerous part,” and leave the Constitution to be wasted underneath, by secret and lurking corruption. We have boldly applied the bold treatment, which, in our mind, it seemed to demand, though the caustic burn, and the knife should wound.
SINCE the preceding pages have been in the press, letters have been received from India of so late a date as the 22d of October, which confirm the previous accounts of the amnesty granted to the parties involved in the late unhappy occurrences on the Coast of Coromandel, and describe the particular exceptions, which are more numerous than hitherto supposed, as well as the grounds on which they had been governed, in the application of the general rule. This act of grace was declared in a General Order of the Governor General of the 25th September.
The principle on which it proceeds may be best understood from the language of the order itself, in which Lord Minto thus expresses himself:
the whole country with consternation and dismay. Let them examine, comprehensively, the events which have happened with their own eyes, and we shall look with confidence to such decision, as the necessity of things requires. None of the calamities that have happened can be ascribed, with fairness and with truth, to any mistaken proceeding of their own—except the removal of the Commander in Chief, from a seat in the council, may be viewed in that relation. But the surest and best amends have already been made for this unfortunate policy, in the revocation of its principle, and in the arrest of its effects. The Court of Directors, therefore, will feel their conduct free and unrestrained, in the full range of the inquiry, which we zealously recommend. Fortunate, indeed, it would have been, if the necessity of such an investigation had been obviated, by the exercise of a preventive caution in India, operating upon, and restraining the manifestation of, that early spirit, which, in its full growth, produced so many and such mighty mischiefs. If the shame and the reproach of these deeds could be now done away, what sacrifice too great, what
sum too large, for the accomplishment of so signal a service. Yet these might have been once purchased, Oh! that wisdom had intervened 1 at an easy and a small price. If an obnoxious, we will not say an offending, member and minister of the army, had been rendered up, not to the clamours of a military public, but to the course of military justice. How sincerely is it to be lamented, that the authority which should have consulted the popular feeling, was alone busied and delighted with the demonstration of extreme power, instead of using its true strength in moderate and temperate rule, sweetened by the ministry of grace. If we have spoken with more freedom than may be supposed to become us, of great persons, and of dignified offices, our excuse is, that we were desirous that the eminence of station should not dazzle weak eyes, and so conceal the urgency of inquiry. If the times were more smooth, we should have been inclined to be mor COurteous. - - It may be considered presumptuous and arrogant in us, to point out the line of policy which should be adopted in the diffi