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cannot execute, and which does not depend on stage coaches, flies, dillies and turnpikes.
1 his friend to the Conftitutional Candidates will defcend upon the public huftings, between one and three, in an Air Balloon, with succeflive parties of outlying voters, for the remainder of the poll, to the no small admiration of the public, as well as confusion of all foxites.
KATTERFELTO, junior. Piccadilly, April 28.
And One who scorns to impose on the Public.
To the Independent Electors of Westminster. Gentlemen, Notwithstanding the several Committees for conducting the Election of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, have determined to support a scrutiny with the utmost vigour, in • case it should ultimately become necessary; yet knowing that there remains of unpolled Electors (acknowledged friends to the Constitution) a number fufficient to secure a majority in favour of those patriotic Candidates, greater than has appeared during the poll, they most earnestly entreat such voters to give their immediate fuffrage, which cannot fail of putting an end to the many inconveniencies which have attended this City during the present Election. Wood's Hotel, April 28.
JOHN CHURCHILL, Chairman.
WESTMINSTER ELECTION. The Committee for conducting the Election of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, acquaint their friends, that there will be a General Dinner at Wood's Hotel, this day, the 29th instant.
Tickets 5s. each, may be had at the bar of the Hotel, or at either of the Parochial Committees.
Dinner on table at four o'clock precisely.
Mr. JOHN CHURCHILL in the Chair.
W O OD's H O TE L. May 3, 1784.) The Committee for conducting the Scrutiny in favour of Lord Hood and Sir
Cecil Wray (unanimously appointed by the General Committee) hereby inform the public, that should the various manquvres practised by their opponents render it
necessary, they will without delay acquaint them when a general subscription will be opened, with the names of the Bankers appointed to receive the same. This Committee, determined as they are, in justice to the injured rights of the Electors, to profecute the Scrutiny with every exertion, moft earnestly entreat the friends of the Constitution, who have not yet polled, and are sufficiently numerous to give a decided majority in fayour of those patriotic Candidates, to come forward with their fuffrages, which alone can prevent a Scrutiny taking place, and will be the means of immediately conveying the genuine sense of the independent Electors of Westminster to the Commons House of Parliament.
JOHN CHURCHILL, Chairinan.
A DVERTISEMENT A very false and erroneous account of the several riots and attacks made on Wood's Hotel on Saturday night last (May 1], having appeared in several papers, the public are earnestly requested to suspend their opinions on the subject, as well as on the extraordinary releasement of the prisoners on Sunday, until an authentic narrative thereof shall be laid before them, which will be as soon as possible.
To the Electors of Westminster.
We are, Gentlemen,
Moft humble fervants,
and whether you will not feel yourselves most exceedingly hurt, should the great Cause now at stake, and the interest of those Candidates, whole general conduct you have to repeatedly approved, te facrificed by your unaccountable fupineness and inactivity ?
Why not immediately ftep forward, and by giving your fuffrages to Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wiay, do justice to those patriotic Candidates, and put an end to the riots and disorders which have to long interrupted the peace of the City of Westmintter?
Why will you lote fight of that truly laudable line of conduct, whici, has hitherto ever distinguished, aud been the pride and characteristic of the free and independent Electors of Westminster?
AV INDEPENDENT ELECTOR.
ELECTION RIO T.
Wood's Hotel, May 4, 1784. A most fallacious account of the riot which happened on Saturday evening, having appeared in feveral of the papers, the public may depend on the authenticity of the subsequent relation.
About a quarter past ten o'clock on Saturday evening, several fellows, with marrow bones and cleavers, assembled before the door of Wood's Hotel, apparently with a design of giving rise to those outrages which afterwards ensued. These gentry were very soon joined by a considerable number of ruffians, armed with bludgeons, who violently assaulted every person quitting the Hotel. Apprehensive that this hired mob would force their way up stairs, Mr. Wood and his servants endeavoured to guard the paffage, and prevent an entrance.' This repulsion was the very thing which the afrailants delired; for no sooner was the attempt made to defend the Hotel, than the ruffans, with that peculiar fayageness which distinguishes the partizans of Mr. Fox, exercised their bludgeons on the heads of every opponent. With extreme difficulty the door was at laft ihut, which fo exafperated the ruffians, that they attempted, with cleavers and other weapons, to break it open; but failing in their efforts, they demolished several of the windows, and pretended to disperse, Conceiving their vengeance to have been satiated, and every thing appearing tolerably quiet, Mr. Wood and his servants ventured into the Piazza, with an intention of putting up the window-shutters, when on a sudden a whistle was given, and repeated at several parts of Covent Garden; and before it was possible to shut the door of the Hotel, a banditti formed themselves into a body, and knocked down all persons whoin they met. Every effort to keep them out being now found to be impoffible, Mr. Wood, his servants, and several of the clerks, endeavoured, as well as they could, to defend their lives, which were conceived to be in imminent danger, as the rushians frequently made ufe of this expression :- -" Push in upon the
Scoundrels, and knock them on the head.” In this dreadful affray several persons were most terribly maimed, the principal of whom were Thomas Smith, who was rendered fenseless by a violent blow which he was struck by one of the ruffians, with a piece of a coach-wheel; John Taylor, a constable, who was wounded on the head, and narrowly escaped a blow aimed at him with a cleaver; Christian Hennings, who from a contusion he received lost a considerable quantity of blood; Timothy Murphy, who was knocked down by one of the ruffians, and beaten by others while he lay on the ground; John Whelden was several times knocked down, and dragged by the ruffians along the Piazza, while he continued in a senseless state. Still not content with wreaking their vengeance on this unfortunate man, when he was brought back to the Hotel the ruffians again attacked
him by repeated blows on his head, wounded his right hand, and struck him in several parts of his body; a large stone thrown into the house and hitting him on the stomach occafioned a prodigious vomiting of blood, which continued for a considerable time. To the preceding instances the following names of persons who were severely wounded in different parts of their bodies may be added, viz. Edward Watkins, Thomas Rennison, John Tork, Róbert Nichols, and John Johnston.
By this detail it appears, that the suffering parties were not, as falsely stated in the published account, the innocent adherents of Mr. Fox; nor is it true, that " a body of “ ruffians ifjued from Wood's Hotel, armed with cutlasses and pistols.". The ruffians were. engaged on the other side of the question; that jewel. of a bruiser, Peter Cockran, was their leader, and he is confessedly too much of a Swiss to fight for any thing but pay.
The ruffians having thus signalized themselves in the cause of Mr. Fox, and proceeding still in the commission of greater outrages, it was judged necessary to send for a party of the guards, and they reached the Hotel with Sir Sampson Wright. The mob had dispersed previous to their arrival; and it being proposed to visit the houses of their resort, several of the ringleaders were taken into custody, among whom was Peter Cockran. The fellows thus fecured, had all bludgeons, and it appeared they had been used to some purpose, as they were in general stained with blood.
The next day (Sunday) a gentleman belonging to the Sub-committee of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, received a meflage from Sir Samplon Wright to attend an examination of the ruffians in custody:
At the public Office he found Mr. Sheridan, and several other Gentlemen, who be. nevolently offered to bail the culprits at the bar. The Gentleman was asked, “ Whe“ ther a prosecution of the offenders was seriously intended :" And having replied in the affirmative, it was intimated, “ That the waiters of Mr. Woad must expect a similar treatment.” The Gentleman on this declared, “ That if any of tbe Waiters could be proved guilty of offences equal to those committed by the men at the bar, it would be
per“ feetly right to prosecute them.” Mr. Wood heartily concurred in this opinion; and « 'the Gentleman added, “ That the ruffians now in cuftody ought to be punished, as from " the frequeni liberation of such men they had only become more daringly outrageous.” The Magistrate proposed, that the fellows should be severely reprimanded and discharged, as a serious prosecution might only create ill blood, and widen differences. The gentleman pratested against the measure; alledging, That he was not authorized by his Committee to content to any such compromile; and he concluded by saying, “ 'That 6. could he have conceived that an examination of the kind would have been entered “ on that day, being Sunday, the witnesses against the prisoners should have attended.”. In conformity, therefore, to the plan recommended by Sir Sampfon Wright, these derperadoes were reprimanded, and turned, as before, loose on society, to the fingular honour of the police of this country.
Thele are the facts; and they will be attested, if necessary, by several Gentlemen of unimpeachable veracity. On luch facts the Public will nake their own comments ;) while every man of honour and of feeling who hears of the perpetration of bloody. minded villainy by a set of miscreants, whole existence disgraces huinan nature, will wish, in the language of the late Serjeant Glynn, “ That the punishment may be brought home la
the hirers and the hired."
AD V ER TISE M E N T.
WOO D's HOTEL, May 5, 1984.] The Committee for conducting the intended scrutiny in favour of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, take this opportunity of informing the public, that thic, undermentioned banking houles are opened to receive subscriptions for supporting the faid scrutiny:
Mesf. Drummonds, Charing-crofs;
Mefl. Biddulph and Cocks, Charing-cross. The Committee wish to recommend, in the strongest manner, to those Gentlemen who have not yet polled, the necessity of coming forward immediately, and giving their fuffrages to Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray; and this Committee once more declare their determination not only to demand a scrutiny, but to fupport it throughout with a spirit becoming Englishmen, feeling themselves essentially injured in their francbife,
JOHN CHURCHILL, Chairman.
To the Worthy and Independent Electors of the City of West
Gentlemen, The present state of the Poll exhibits a mournful example of the success with which the exertions of the worst men in the worst cause may be temporarily attended.
But in order to render their interested malice vain, to blast their imaginary triumphs, and to cover them with the infamy they deserve the real friends to virtue, to the constitution, and to their country, are requested to unite in one last effort, which cannot fail to be attended with fuccess.
The present contest is an awful appeal to the understanding and generosity of the Electors of Westminster : they must determine whether they will support the cause of those who have uniformly asserted the public rights and interest, or whether, they will transfer the rewards which are due to their integrity, to the professed enemies of the country and constitution. Whatever, therefore, may be the perfonal feelings of Sir Cecil Wray, should he be ultimately disappointed, they will be little, in comparison with the more weighty concern which he will feel for the degraded state of one of the noblest, and hitherto the most independent cities in the world.
Mr. Fox, indeed, shelters himself under general names and general profeffions; but these professions, however graceful they might formerly have been, are now ridicuJous; fince they afford a glaring instance, that no name is so revered, no cause so facred, as not to be proftituted to the vileft purposes of interest and party.