THE REGENT AND THE EXAMINER.
"The Prince on St. Patrick's Day."--Indictment for an attack on the Regent in that article.--Present feelings of the writer on the subject.--Real sting of the offense in the article.--Sentence of the proprietors of the Examiner to an imprisonment for two years.--Their rejection of two proposals of compromise.--LordEllenborough, Mr. Garrow, and Mr. Justice Grose.
EVERY thing having been thus prepared by myself, as well as by others, for a good blow at the Examiner, the ministers did not fail to strike it.
There was an annual dinner of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day, at which the Prince of Wales's name used to be the reigning and rapturous toast, as that of the greatest friend they possessed in the United Kingdom. He was held to be the jovial advocate of liberality in all things, and sponsor in particular for concession to the Catholic claims. But the Prince of Wales, now become Prince Regent, had retained the Tory ministers of his father; he had broken life-long engagements; had violated his promises, particular as well as general, those to the Catholics among them; and led in toto a different political life from what had been expected. The name, therefore, which used to be hailed with rapture, was now, at the dinner in question, received with hisses.
An article appeared on the subject in the Examiner; the attorney-general's eye was swiftly upon the article; and the result to the proprietors was two years' imprisonment, with a fine, to each, of five hundred pounds. I shall relate the story of my imprisonment a few pages onward. Much as it injured me, I can not wish that I had evaded it, for I believe that it did good, and I should have suffered far worse in the self-abasement. Neither have I any quarrel, at this distance of time, with the Prince Regent; for though his