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With three legged stools* all around,
Oh! what a queer place is heaven!
Sing fol de rol lol-lol de-
Singing Holy! Holy! Holly!
To convey our souls to Jah's feet, * A three legged stool is the most correct emblem of the Trinity in Unity; and the Tripod, a kind of three legged stool, was an emblem of a three fold
power in one or more of the Pagan Deities, and common as a sacred seat in the Temple and where oracles were delivered. St. Patrick taught the doctrine of the Trinity in Unity to the Irish Pagans by an exhibition of a piece of trefoil or three leaved grass. The Tripod, or sacred three legged stool, the seat of mystery, divinity, and oracular power, is the real origin of the doctrine of the Christian Trinity. Hence my authority for saying that the seats of the Elders in Heaven were three legged stools.
7. A sea of glass," as a figure, would have been much more applicable to hell, than heaven. It is very natural to suppose, that perpetual hell-fire must vitrify all the matter that comes near it.
may. we suppose, that heaven is a hell purified by a sufficient vitrification? This will accord with some of the Christian theories of a universal restoration.
Free from wrecks and all the toils
Oh! what a queer place is heaven!
MORAL OF THE SONG.
Roar Lion, bleat Calf, shout Man, or clack Eagle,
Can never impose upon the chary and wise. There, Judge Bailey, I think that makes a very good finish; so no more at present from your note-critic,
EXTRACTS FROM A LETTER FROM
6 ACCORDING 'to the calculation of M. Olbers of Bremen, after a lapse of eighty three thousand years, a comet will approach to the earth in the same proximity as the Moon; after four millions of years, it will approach to the distance of seven thousand seven hundred geographical miles; and if its attraction equals that of the earth, the waters of the ocean will be elevated thirteen thousand feet and cause a second deluge. After twenty millions of years, it will clash with the earth.”
Now, Sir, if this account is true, and I cannot see any thing suspicious, we shall, after death, have a pretty long reprieve, before we are called up, at the day of judgment, to receive our much-talked-of dreadful sentences.
Twenty millions of years is time long enough to look forward; therefore you may call on the brutalized Christians to cheer up; store especially, your neighbourly friend, Mr. Butterworth's class, who say and who preach that Hell is to be the instant lot of every one, who does not pay his 'money freely to the preacher, when he thinks proper to order a collection.
In the Republican of the 11th instant, you say that you cannot see how the Noblemen are taking ten millions a year, out of the people's labour. I have said, that the Noblemen do take ten millions every year from the people; and I now say, that they are taking one hundred millions of the peoples' property in addition to the ten millions a year. This
I think I shall be able to prove to your satisfaction, and to that of your readers too. But not now, I have not time.
The Peep at the Peers, shows that the Noblemen are now receiving, in pensions, sinecures and the like, nearly four millions every year out of the taxes; which are laid on every article that we consume! Suppose they spend two millions, then they have two left, with this they purchase something which is instantly entailed, that is to say, it is instantly settled on the title. The owner cannot make away the estate; it must go to the next heir. This is primogeniture with a vengeance. This property has no chance of ever coming back to the people. It is made fast to the title. The owners of all other property in the nation, may have, indeed they are almost sure to have, a spendthrift in the family, one who is heir to all, and wbo spends all, once perhaps in the course of a hundred years; then away goes all the property to be divided amongst the people again. Not so with the Noblemen! Not so with what the tax-gatherer takes from the people to the Noblemen; Each of them has only a life interest in his property! If be runs five hundred thousand pounds in debt, the moment he dies bis debts are paid. O! rare primogeniture! What do you think of this, Sir? Do you not think that we are a parcel of the most despicable slaves in existence? But, I will go on a little further. The Noblemen vote one million four hundred thousand pounds every year to the King; for what they, in the slang of the day, call the civil list. Mind the members of parliament are mere tools to the Noblemen; therefore, vote in any way that they may think proper, no sensible man can blame them. It is the Noblemen that we must blame! They order the millions to be voted for new churches! They place all the parsons in their good fat livings; and they (the Noblenien) divide this one million four bundred thousand pounds amongst themselves or nearly so; because the King cannot expend more than two thousand a year, himself, for victualş, drink, and clothing. And that is good allowance too.
Suppose his servants, houses, carriages, and the dinners and money that he gives away, cost fifty thousand a year all together, then there remains thirteen bundred and forty-eight thousaud pounds to be divided by the Noblemen. The sum added to the four millions a year, received by them in pensions and sinecures, I will say that all together, will make five good millions received by them every year. You will allow this to be a fair estimate, I think. ''Then, in order to make doubly sure of receiving this civil list allowance, all
themselves, there is an act of parliament which says, that po Gentleman under the rank of a Lord, shall be elegible to attend on the King; or, at least, that no Gentleman under the rank of a Lord shall fill such and such offices in the King's housebold. These offices have each from two to thirty thousand a year attached to tbem! Nice picking this! All that money comes out of our labour. Many thousands of our beds and cloaks have been sold to raise these different sums of money; and, now, when they have stripped us as naked as the back of my hand, tbey have repealed the combination laws! My letter is already too large, therefore I will conclude with wishing you out of that den that you
have occupied five years for telling the truth.
JAMES HALL. P.S. Iturbide is SHOT, Huzza.
London, September 23, 1824. In my last letter, dated the 21st of this month, I gave you a pretty clear account of five millions of money, received regularly every year by the Noblemen, in pensions, sineçures, and salaries for the various offices in the King's household. You will allow, I think, that the statement made in the letter, is not an exaggerated statement. At any rate I do not wish to exaggerate; because, I shall, by and bye, be able to bring more against them than any honest man would wish to bave brought against him. Indeed I have brought too much against them already; therefore I would rather be under than over the mark, in my calculations. However, under or over, the truth ought to prevail in all our accounts and actions. Though the late Lord Ellenborough declared on the Bench, that is, on the seat of justice, from which seat mercy ought to flow, that the truth is a LIBEL! The word Libel* means defamatory; or it means to slander, to defame, to tell lies, to injure our fellow creatures; therefore, when Lord Ellenborough said that the truth is a Libel, he said that telling the Truth is telling a falsehood. But, then, mind the time, when Lord Ellenborough said this, he was settling ten thousand pounds a year, out of the Taxes, on his Son! Here you see through Lord Ellenborough's meaning in a moment! He is settling ten thousand a year on his son, good man, good fa
* I know of no meaning in the word libel, but a book-a little booka piece of writing. It wants an adjective to give it a character.
ther; and, if I tell bim, that this ten thousand pounds a year comes out of the Taxes on our Tea, Beer, Sugar and so on, lam guilty of Libel; that is to say, I am guilty of telling the Truth, and of course liable to be punished! This is very pretty Law! is it not? Yes; if I tell Lord Ellenborough, that this ten thousand a year comes out of the Taxes, I am guilty of telling a FALSE TRUTH: which is a thing that never was, nor never can be! You cannot tell a false Truth! A statement must be either true or false. The same words, without any alteration, cannot be true and false both at the same time! So much for Lord Ellenborough's law or justice.
I beg pardon for this digression, and will now returu to my subject. Pray look at my last letter again, to be satisfied that I have fairly accounted for five millions, taken from us every year by the Noblemen! If you, or any of your readers are not satisfied, I will give any explanation in my power. Now, Sir, pay great attention to what I am about to say, because I intend to give you an account of more than five millions, taken regularly from us every year, in another direction, by the Noblemen! This five millions, added to the five millions accounted for in ing last letter, will make ten millions, received every year by the Noblemen!
In my letter, dated August 29, 1823, id volume VIII. page 245, I said, “ An honourable Gentleman in the House of Commons, acquainted the House, that we are two millions more in debt now, than we should have been, had we never had any sinking fund. I will suppose," said I, " that we have had a sinking fund forty years; for, if we have had one longer it is more against the Noblemen. Very well, then, the sum of five millions every year, during forty years, amounts to two hundred millions, and the two millions lost, makes the gross sum two hundred and two millions. Now, Sir,” said I, “ somebody must have received this sum, must they not? Yes; and I am now going to show you who has received it. The Noblemen bave received every penny! and I shall presently show you how.” I then showed you, that this five millions has been taken, every year, by them raising and lowering the Funds. The first dinner, that the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave this year, pulled down the funds two per cent; that is to say, the funds were two pounds in every hundred lower on that day, than they were the day before. But this reduction is a mere trifle; for the three per cent stock was at pinety-seven; and, in a week or two afterwards, that same stock was at ninety-two pounds to the hundred.
No. 15, Vol. X.