THE REFORM BILL
wishing O'Connell*) was hanged, drawn, and quartered,—then a barrister, who has written an article in the Quarterly2), and is very likely to speak, and refute M'Culloch8); and these five people, in whose nomination I have no more agency than I have in the nomination of the toll-keepers of the Bosphorüs, are to make laws for me and my family—to put their hands in my purse, and to sway the future destinies of this country; and when the neighbours step in, and beg permission to say a few words before these persons are chosen, there is an universal cry of ruin, confusion, and destruction;—we have become a great people under Vellum and Plumpkin—undèr Vellum and Plumpkin ourships havecovered the ocean—under Vellum and Plumpkin our armies have secured the strength of the Hills *)— to turn out Vellum and Plumpkin is not Reform, but Revolution.
(b) THE DAYS OF MAY On May 7 Lord Lyndhufst5) moved8) in Committee7) to
1. Daniël O'Connell, 1775—1847, the great leader of the Irish people in their struggle for Catholic emancipation and the repeal of the Act of Union.
2. The Quarterly was a periodical appearing every quarter, i.e. every three months; it had been set up in 1809, in opposition to the Whig Edinburgh Reviexv (first published in 1802).
3. John Ramsay M'Culloch (1789—1864) was one of the best-known exponents of the new school of political economists.
4. secured the strength of the Hills: an allusion to Psalm 95,4 (In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also).
5. Lord Lyndhurst was one of the Tory leaders.
6. to move: to propose in the form of a motion in Parliament.
7. A meeting of the House of Commons for the purpose of considering a bill in detail is technically called a Committee of the House. The practical difference is that the rules of procedure are less strict, members being allowed, e.g., to speak more than once. The meeting is not presided over by the Speaker.