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A Lawyer's “Farewell” to Themis on leaving Town for the Long Vacation :
|- When from this sultry Town I flee; For Sirius reigns. And who can dare
His scorching influence to bear 2
I leave the Common Law in peace,
In deep research or legal toil.
But yet “Farewell ”; I go away
To seek repose without delay,
To breathe the balmy air, until
When back again will I return
| For Themis’ words once more to burn,
|| || || Again to eat the Temple fare,
Again the work and toil to share,
Again, with deepest joy to find
The Goddess fair I left behind |
|| || More can I say! such joys in store
To meet thee, Themis, then once more !
| | The Middle Temple.
I.—JOHN WILKES AND THE LIBERTY OF THE
N the year 1772, on the 24th of January, the Court of Common Council of the City of London voted a Silver Cup" to the celebrated patriot John Wilkes for his defence of the freedom of the Press, and left the design to his own direction. The death of Caesar in the Roman Senate House was the subject of his choice, being, he said, one of the greatest sacrifices to public liberty recorded in history. The dagger being in the first quarter of the City Arms,
furnished the hint of
“The dagger wont to pierce the tyrant's breast.”
Julius Caesar is represented on the Cup as he is described by historians at that important moment, i.e., gracefully covering himself with his toga and falling at the base of the pedestal which supports the statue of Pompey. Brutus, Cassius, and other Romans who conspired on behalf of their country, form a circle around the body of Caesar. Every eye is fixed on Brutus, who is in the attitude of congratulating Cicero on the recovery of the public liberty, and pointing to the prostrate and expiring man. At the bottom of the Cup is the following inscription, encircled with myrtle and oak leaves:—
“. . . . May every tyrant feel The keen deep searchings of a patriot's steel ?” —CHURCHILL.
On the reverse of the Cup is the inscription: “The gift of the City of London to Alderman Wilkes 1772.”
* Drawn by my daughter Miss Henrietta Sherston Baker, from the original now in my possession. Miss Mary Wilkes (second sister of the above John Wilkes, married to George Hayley, Alderman and M.P. for the City of London) being my ancestress.
The facts which occasioned the presentation of this Cup are very interesting, and were as follows: On the meeting of Parliament in 1769, some occasional sketches of the proceedings of the House of Commons were printed in the London Evening Post; other newspapers in a short time followed the example. On the 12th of February, I771, Colonel George Onslow, at the instigation of the Cabinet, complained that six printers of newspapers had printed Parliamentary debates and proceedings. All these persons were ordered to attend the House. Some obeyed the summons, but Miller, the printer of the London Evening Post, did not comply with the order. Colonel Onslow having previously declared that he intended to bring before the House every printer who had printed any of the debates or proceedings of Parliament, in order that they might receive the punishment of their contumacy, it was concerted between Wilkes and Mr. Almon, the proprietor of the London Evening Post, that if Miller, the printer of that journal, should be sought for, a serious, a bold, and a strong resistance should be made. The plan was this: The printer should pay no regard to the order to attend the House of Commons, but if the House, sent a messenger to apprehend him, Miller was to have a City constable in readiness to take the messenger into custody, that then they were to proceed to the Mansion House, where Mr. Alderman Wilkes, the Lord Mayor (Brass Crosby), and Mr. Alderman Oliver would attend as Magistrates. Circumstances happened exactly as had been foreseen. The printer having neglected to attend to the order of the House of Commons, on the 15th March, a messenger of the House came to take him into custody. The printer thereupon gave the messenger in charge to the city constable for an assault, and they all proceeded to the Mansion House. The messenger attempted to justify the arrest of the printer by virtue of the Speaker’s warrant, but on it being shewn that