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The Shield op Wellington
PRESENTED MDCCCXXI TO FIELD MARSHAL
THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON,
BY THE MERCHANTS & BANKERS OF LONDON EXECUTED IN SILVER-GILT BY MESSRS GREEN, WARD & GREEN, LUD GATE STT
--The king's name is a tower of strength, “ Which those upon the adverse faction want."
IN entering upon a subject of this highly momentous nature,
, we are sensible how far it exceeds our abilities to execute the task which has devolved upon us in a becoming manner. We know that a “divinity doth hedge a king,” and confess that it is with a feeling nearly allied to veneration, with a consciousness of our responsibility painfully impressed upon us, that we undertake to eulogize the virtues which adorn our beloved monarch. We love our king, because every action of his reign has manifestly indicated his affection for his people ; in him we behold the brightest gem of our constitutional crown, the bulwark and safeguard of our national honour. Viewing him with such senti-, ments, and founding our affection not on the regal splendour, and ancestral glory which he inherits from his forefathers, but on the firm basis of individual respect, for the paternal regard he has ever shewn for our welfare and interests, we feel that this affection must grow with our growth, and strengthen with our strength, till it becomes an inherent part of our constitution. Let the Reformer and Radical hide their diminished heads; letthem sink into utter insignificance, and no longer attempt to deceive the public by holding up to derision the common parent of all; where are their prophetic forebodings of evil? where are the fruits of their plots to destroy a constitution which they profess to uphold ? every venomed shaft aimed by the tongue of malice at our monarch's honour, is aimed at the vital part, the very soul of our constitution : but these demagogues, nourished VOL. I.