to-morrow. It will be the finest thing the Commons have had since Pitt's time. Sheridan, who is to open it, says he and Canning are to be absolutely unanimous ; and, by God, like the parties in his " Critic," when Government and Opposition do agree, their unanimity is^ wonderful! Viscount Materosa, you and your friends must be in the Gallery. O dammy, you must !
MATEROSA Sir, we are already pledged to be there.
PRINCE OF WALES
And hark ye, Senor Viscount. You will then learn what a mighty fine thing a debate in the English Parliament is ! No Continental humbug there. Not but that the Court has a trouble to keep 'em in their places sometimes ; and I would it had been one in the Lords instead. However, Sheridan says he has been learning his speech these two days, and has hunted his father's dictionary through for some stunning long words. — Now, Maria (to Mrs. Fitzherbert), I am going home.
At last, then, England will take her place in the forefront of this mortal struggle, and in pure disinterestedness fight with all her strength for the European deliverance. God defend the right !
Th« Prince of Wales leaves, and the other guests begin to depart.
SEMICHORUS I OF THE YEARS (aerial music)
Leave this glib throng to its conjecturing, And let four burdened weeks uncover what they bring !
The said Debate, to wit; its close in deeds ; Till England stands enlisted for the Patriots needs.