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" While we, in our respective countries, are pointing to
your Institutions as the legislative model of sound practical
Liberty, your people, in the name of their Sovereign, are not
only encouraged, but by the Ministers of Her Crown, in both
Houses of Parliament, are invited^ to demand extensions of
the suffrage, which the instant it be made universal consti-
tutes -a republic ; and then — alas ! when it is too late — ^your
virtuous Queen, in poverty and retirement, for the remainder
of her days, will mourn with us over the irreligion, woe, deso-
lation ana destruction of property, that unnecessarily and un-
naturally have been effected in Her Name I"

« « • • •

Although on arriving at Boulogne we found a smoking
steamer awaiting the train, I could hardly shake off the mel-
ancholy reflections which, on leaving the Republic of France,
had most unweloomely been occupying my mind. I had, how-
ever, scarcely descended about fourteen feet from the pier to
the deck of the packet, when the ladder was hauled up, and in



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the same instant there was loudly exclaimed in a boy's voice,
close to me,

" Heave ostarn 1"

For upwards of three weeks I had scarcely spoken my own
language ; and as Johnson's Dictionary does not contain two
words that at the moment could have been more acceptable to

me, my heart thrilled as I heard them.

« * *

A slight little long grey stain in the sky, about as broad
as my thumb-nail, just above the western horizon, gradually
became more and more perceptible, until, in the course of
rather more than two hours, being converted into white cliffs,
I not only gazed upon what did my eves more good than all
the hot and cold lotions to which they had been subjected, but
I eventually landed on — never^ I hope, to leave it again — my
own country.

"England, with all thy faxtlts^ I lovb THSB.siXLLr'



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