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Mr. Fox made a reply to Mr. Walker, adducing the cases of Buckinghamshire and Bedford/hire, in which counties the High Sheriff had refused the demand of a frrutiny. The case of Middlesex he chose to forget, for that would not have been in point.
Mr. Fox by this time losing that temper and moderation, which are constituent parts of oratory, and for which his friends so exceedingly admired him, concluded by abusing the High Bailiff, for his improper behaviour, alledging, that his conduct on the present occasion had been infamously corrupt and partial.
Mr. Morgan entered on the business with that confidence, which always actuates an honest man in a good cause. He said, there could be no more doubt of the propriety of granting a scrutiny, than there was of the necessity of demanding it. Illegal votes had been polled in great numbers at the present Election. Those votes had been procured by the most illegal and corrupt means; and, to argue, that the High Bailiff was not competent to give the injured Candidate an opportunity of redress, was as absurd as it was contemptible, to threaten him with pains and penalties for discharging his duty.
The arguments being concluded, the High Bailiff, with decided firmness, declared, « That he had made up his mind; that he was neither to be intimidated or brow“ beaten; threats he despised; for having always acted conscientioully and impartially, " he courted no other favour than that which his conduct merited ; and he held every “ menace in conteinpt of which his heart informed him he was undeserving.
“ Having, fully considered the matter, he said, he would grant a scrutiny, expressing “ a wish, that preliminaries might be adjusted by the Candidates for carrying it on."
Mr. Fox said, he would not agree to any preliminaries, nor would be be at any expence to carry on the scrutiny.
The High Bailiff defired to know if that was his final determination ? and being anfwered in the affirmative, the commencement of the scrutiny was fixed for Friday the 28th instant, in the Vestry-room of St. Ann's, Soho. The High Bailiff concluded, “ That Mr. Fox was at perfect liberty to call for his attendance before the House of « Commons when and in what manner he pleased.”
Thus ended a bufmess of infinite importance to the Electors of Westminster; and it is not the exaggeration of party-spirit to say, that it ended as much to the difapa pointment of Mr. Fox, as to the entire satisfaction of Sir Cecil Wray and his friends.
11e are now come to the Selection of Advertisements and Hand-bills for
Mr. Fox. Strict Impartiality obliges us to give them as we have already done those of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, with all their unmutilated Periods. More Writers having voluntarily entered the Lifts for Mr. Fox's Side of the Question, than for the other Candidates, of Course greater Variety of Matter appears colleated for him. The Merit of the respective Productions we are now entering upon, we leave to be determined by a discerning Public. We mall on our Part only observe, that many of the first literary Characters have handled their Pens in Behalf of their favourite Candidate.
A D V ER TISE MEN T.
To the Worthy and Independent Electors of the City and Li
berty of Westminster. Gentlemen, His Majesty's Ministers having thought fit, in contradiction to their own declarations, in defiance of the sense of the House of Commons, and without any public pretence whatever, to subject the nation to all the inconveniences which must infallibly attend a Difolution of Parliament at the present Moment, I humbly beg leave once more to solicit the favour of your votes and interest, to represent this great and respectable city.
To secure to the People of this country the weight which belongs to them in the scale of the Constitution, has ever been the principle of my political conduct.
Conscious that in every situation (whether in or out of office) I have invariably adhered to this fyftem, I cannot but flatter myself that you will again give your sanction to those principles which first recommended me to your notice, and which induced you, at two subsequent periods, to honour me with your fuffrages.
I have the honour to be,
Your most devoted, and
grateful humble servant,
C. J. FOX. N. B. The Committee meet every evening at eight o'clock, at the Shakespeare Tas vern, Covent Garden.
ADVERTISEMENT. The worthy and independent Electors of the City and Liberty of Westminster, in the interest of the Right Honourable Charles James Fox, are requested to meet this day, at twelve o'clock at noon, at Suffolk's Auction Room, late Barford's, Covent Garden, to consult on the proper means for conducting the Re-election of that tried friend and able fupporter of the rights, liberties, and privileges of his fellow. citizens.
At a very numerous and respectable meeting of the Electors of the City and Liberty of Westminster at the Shakespeare Tavern, Covent Garden, this day, it was unanimoully resolved, That a General Meeting of the respective Parochial Committees, appointed to conduct the Re-election of the Right Honourable Charles James Fox, be held at the Shakespeare Tavern to-morrow (Thursday) at eight o'clock in the evening precisely, to report the state of the canvass.
By order of the Committee, 24th March, 1784.
JOHN ROB. COCKER, Sec.
Mr. Fox begs leave to return his most grateful thanks to the worthy ard independent Electors of the City and Liberty of Westminster, for the very flattering and generous assurances of support he has received on his canvass, a continuance of which cannot fail to ensure success; and as, on account of the shortness of the time since the Diffolution of Parliament took place, he has not yet been able personally to wait on all the Electors, he hopes those gentlemen to whom he has been thus prevented from paying his respects, will impute it to the real cause, and not to any want of attention on his part, as be proposes to have the honour of waiting on them as early as poflible.
St. James's-street, March 30, 1784.
A D V ER TISE M E N T.
The Committee for conducting the Re-election of the Right Honourable Charles James Fox, are requested to meet at the Shakespeare this evening, at eight o'clock.
If Sir Cecil Wray entertained so conteinptible an opinion of the Electors of Weftminster, to think they would again choose him for their Representative, could he find no other way of offering himself, but through the medium of the most fruitless ingratitude that ever disgraced a man, or ever insulted a respectable city?
I say, I would not insist upon Sir Cecil Wray's wishing to stand again with Mr. Fox. I do not know that Mr. Fox would have agreed to it. But Sir Cecil Wray, if he did not stand with Mr. Fox, ought certainly to have stood alone, and not with any other Candidate whatsoever in oppolition to Mr. Fox, who certainly brought him in. I do maintain, that Sir Cecil Wray has forfeited all pretensions to respect and confidence, unless ingratitude and a palpable want of understanding can now be esteemed the best recommendations of a member to represent the city of Westminfter in Parlia
Of the mockery of offering Lord Hood as a Candidate for Westminster, I shall only at present observe, that independent of the objections that lie against him for accepting the countenance of such a man, I have no knowledge of what pretensions Admiral Lord