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Hood stands poffeffed of, to expect that one of the principal and moft independent cities in Great Britain should rely upon his abilities to support the cause of the people in the House of Commons. So fays one, who was once the friend, but now the opposer of
Sir CECIL WRAY.
To the Printer of the General Advertiser. SIR, The termination of the present Election must decide the honour of the city of Westminster, and perhaps our existence as a free people.
Westminster has ever been distinguished for its spirit and independence; and that spirit and independence were never more strongly confirmed than by sending Mr. Fox as its Representative into Parliament; and he was the first member who ever stood distinguished by the most honourable of all distinctions, “ The Man of the People.”
When Admiral Rodney was called up to the House of Lords, Mr. Fox recommended Sir Cecil Wray to be elected in his stead. He was then a respectable character, and believing him to be also the friend of the people, supported his Election even at the loss of some of his firmest friends; but those gentlemen who opposed Mr. Fox in his choice of Sir Cecil Wray as his colleague, appear now to have known Sir Cecil Wray's real character better than Mr. Fox did ; but it is no reproach against the wisest man to be deceived.
I have no intention of laying any blame against Sir Cecil Wray for differing with Mr. Fox in the House of Commons: on the contrary, I hold it a maxim that every
man has a right to vote according to his conscience, and if Sir Cecil Wray differed with Mr. Fox upon that ground, he would be entitled to the support of every honest man. A man acting from an honest heart may find some allowances for the weakness of his understanding. Of Sir Cecil Wray's goodness of heart, we need no stronger proof than his patriotic wish of demolishing the only afylum of a very few, out of the great numbers who have been necessitated to become the objects, by having been the defenders of their country. A wounded soldier wants comfort ; nay, has a right to demand it, and ill befal the man who would wish to disturb the little repose that men worn out in their country's cause have been accustomed to look up to as their last, their only right; but Sir Cecil Wray's last effort, was to wish “ Chelsea Hospital razed to the ground.”
What opinion must Sir Cecil Wray entertain of the humanity and justice of the city of Westminster, to think such conduct a recommendation to their future fuffrages?
I have already stated, that Sir Cecil Wray, though certainly brought in for Westminster by Mr. Fox's recommendation, was not therefore bound to vote with Mr. Fox, if he did not agree with his politics; neither was he bound even to join Mr. Fox again in the new canvass. It is impossible to give a greater latitude to a man who owes his having been a member for Westminster to Mr. Fox's popularity alone, than I allow to Sir Cecil Wray. I am too great a friend to the free exercise and noble independence of the mind, to see it shackled even under pretence of gratitude.
But what shall we say to Sir Cecil Wray's now joining another candidate in opposition to that very man to whom he owes whatever footing he ever possessed in the city of Westminster ? Lo! where he comes in full poffeffion of the blackest vice of the human mind,
To the Independent Electors of the City of Westminster. Who can deny that Sir Cecil Wray is the fittest man to represent this city in Parliament?
Sir Cecil is a firm friend to the revenue. He proposed the tax upon housemaids, which cannot fail of being productive. Many taxes are liable to be evaded, but every householder in Westminster, inale or female, rich or poor, would contribute his or her share to this tax. Sir Cecil is a good oeconomist of the public money.
He proposed the demolition of that expensive establishment Chelsea Hospital. Can any thing be more absurd than squandering the national treasure in maintaining a parcel of old, decrepid, useless soldiers, whole age, infirmities, and wounds make them absolutely unfit for service, and consequently only a burthen upon the public ?
If it were only for these two admirable projects Sir Cecil Wray is entitled to the support of every Elector who wishes to see the revenue effectually increased by strong taxes, and the public money not lavished under the mistaken idea of national generosity.
If Lord Hood (who has joined Sir Cecil) and is himself a seaman, would propose in like manner to deltroy Greenwich Hospital, 'a still greater saving would be made to the public, and they would deserve universal support.
A FRIEND TO PUBLIC ECONOMY.
To the Independent Electors of Westminster. Gentlemen, A junction between Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray is now proclaimed, between that man whom you formerly chose upon Mr. Fox's recommendation, and a noble Lord, who has declared he would not join any man not approved by the Court.
You are to deterinine whether to elect these two Court Candidates, or THAT MAN, whose utter ruin is the leading object of the Court, because He is the chief obstacle to the great, original, well known aim of the secret System, viz. The destruction of your freedom.
Who opposed Mr. Fox in the year 1780 ?---The Court. Who opposes him now?--The Court. The principle which then supported him, is the bottom upon which he now stands. His enemies and their aims are precisely the same. Examine the pretences of these two Courtiers.
these two Courtiers. Lord Hood may be a judicious man in his profession, but military officers were never esteemed the best guardians of Civil Liberty. Sir Cecil Wray might posibly mean well, but good men have some difficulty to reconcile honesty with consummate ingratitude; and wise men cannot easily believe that any true Whig would be a devoted instrument to the Back Stairs System.
If there existed no doubt whatever of the professional merit of the first, or the probity of the latter, do you really think that such men as either Lord Hood or Sir Cecil Wray are more proper objects of your choice than Charles James Fox? I do not lay he is faultless, for no human being is so; nor will I affert that, in some instances, he might not have displeased some of his Constituents (to please all men is, in any situation, difficult ; in his, impossible.) But this, I ask you, can you find a fitter man to represent you, take him for all in all, in England, in Europe, or in the Universe ? This question, if I am not deceived, carries its answers along with it.
Why have the Ministry done this lalt desperate act? They had no public pretence whatever for the diffolution. The Opposition called out to them for the bufiness of the
nation, and pledged themselves to forward it. Why have they not? Evidently because they thought the country was now deluged with ignorance; because they knew this delusion was wearing away every hour; because they feared that by the end of the session the true case in dispute would be so well understood, and men's eyes so opened to their attrocious attempts, that instead of being supported, they would be curled and reprobated by the people.
Such a system of base bribery and infamous corruption as the present Ministry have practised upon the House of Commons, cannot be matched in the history of the world, Unable to purchase that House, they now bring the public money to the public market; and at this moment are actually bribing the people with their own money to surrender their own rights.
You, they cannot buy, although they may sell you. I therefore call upon you to employ your good sense, your discernment, and your spirit; Thow yourselves superior to the shallow arts and miserable deceptions of this vile junto.
What was the City of Westminster before you chose Mr. Fox? A niere Court Borough! Desert him, and you fink into the same servility and contempt again ! Stick by, him, and you ftill preserve that independence which you have redeemed through his former struggles against the same confederacy! Support him, and you support yourfelves! for believe me, your cause is one and the same.
A FREE CITIZEN.
WO OD's H Η Ο Τ Ε L.
At a meeting of the General Committee for conducting the Election of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray.
Resolved unanimously, “ That as not one man of us were in the House of Commons at the time Sir Cecil “ Wray pronounced his elegant harrangue upon the subject of Chelsea Hospital, we are “ the best judges of its meaning and import.
Resolved, “ That whosoever shall deny our right to explain words that we never heard, is “ a malignant person, and is guilty of falehood and dishonour.
J---C-- -----, Chairman.
Queries to Sir Cecil Wray. 1. Did or did you not propose a tax upon Maid Servants ? 2. Could this tax be attended with any other effect, than that of oppressing that sex, whom every man is, by nature and humanity, bound to protect ?----On the contrary, was it not calculated to increase prostitution, by destroying the means of female subfiftence?
3. Did you or did you not declare it as your wish, in the House of Coinmons, that Chelsea Hospital should be demolished?
4. Are you so ignorant as not to know that Chelsea Hospital was founded as an affylum for those brave fellows who have grown grey, or have been disabled in the fervice of their country, and as the incitement to military emulation?
5. Are you so little of a politician as not to know, that the nation, by this act of inhuman economy, would lole more by the destruction of lo noble a fpur to brave actions, than it could possibly gain by the wretched favings of such despicable partimony?
6.' Is this system of military oppression to receive a final accomplishment, by your gallant colleague's proposing the same plan, with respect to the disabled seamen of Greenwich Hospital, that you have had the honour of suggesting concerning your fellow-foldiers of Chelsea ?
7. Was not Mr. Fox the first person that brought you into notice as a public mau? And was it not to his interposition that you were originally indebted for any connection with the City of Westininfter?
8. Did you not bately desert him on the first public occasion, and are you not, at this moment, endeavouring to requite him for the generosity of your election, by attempting to deprive him of his?
9. Was not your pretence for this ingratitude, that he had formed a junction with a party, with the major and more obnoxious part of whom you are at this time actually connected, in a league againít the independence of the House of Commons, and the natural rights of the people?
10. Can you, under this complication of disgraceful circumstances, expect, that either good women, brave men, or virtuous statesmen, can esteem you in private, or support you in public?
The free and independent Electors of Westminster, in the intereft of Mr. Fox, are apprized, that their adversaries, in order that the inferiority of their numbers may not be visible at the beginning of the poll, have had recourse to the pitiful ftratagem of assuming the same cockades as have been always worn by the friends of Mr. Fox and the Cause.
Another Chapter from the loft Book of Chronicles, which was found
by Nehemiah, the son of Hachaliah, under the broken Walls of Jerusalem, after the Captivity.
1. There are men of Belial about the King. 2. 3. A roll is brought forward, like the roll of
Fohn, sweet in ihe mouth, but bitter in the belly. The present John is an apoftaté. 4. The Hibernian volunteers fland to their arms, Honest Mordecai wrestles with Haman the vain young man, and Judas the falfe-hearted. 10. Much is to be found in a future book.
1. And lo! it came to pass, that the men of Belial, who are about the Throne of our Lord the King, led on by Haman the vain young man, sent out an ediet, upto the land of Hibernia, threatening the cunning men, who know how to work cunningly with types, and with ink, and with paper, to make impressions thereos; with heavy pains and penalties.
2. And now it fo happened, that one of the scribes named Foster, a Pharisee by sect, but a Saducee by nature, brought forward a parchment roll, into the House of the Elders, there; for five thousand, five hundred, fifty and five hekels, did he bring forward the fame, saying, “ We mean hereby to preserve for ye, your ancient liberties; to secure " to ve, the freedom of your letter-press.”
3. Howbeit, neverthelets, the roll fo brought forward, like the roll of John, was fiveet in the mouth but bitter in the belly; always remembering, that the present John is John the apoplate.
4. Furthermore the volunteers, comprehending not only those of Dublin, but all the fout hearted young men of Hibernia, arose, and turned out like one man; they stood to their arms, and lifted up their voices, saying, nay, nay, why seek ye to load our letter-press with weights, and to bind our wile men, and their works with fackles of iron ?
5. Wot we not, that the antient customs and flatutes of our forefathers, made in their days, and in the old time before them, alter not; but are strong enough already to punish evil doers, those who shall indite bad matters, and publish through the land untruths, concerning our Lord the King and his servants.
6. Wherefore then, bring ye forward this roll, but to beguile and destroy us, and in like manner, afterwards, to beguile and destroy our brethren in the neighbouring iland: Wherefore do ye this, but to cover the land with darkness, with more than Egyptian darkness, insomuch that
may not be seen or talked of? 7. But verily, verily, we say unto yon, that as our brethren in America would not crouch like asses of Issachar, under their burthens, and the oppressive yokes of the talk master, neither will we; we will gird up our loins, we will make use of the arm of feth, we will call for the sword of the Lord, and of Gideon, and will drive
ye hence, even unto the utterinost parts of the earth; and, if needful, we will seal the covenant of Freedom with our blood.
8. And the volunteers of Hibernia, spoke further, and cried out, Behold! also; is not honeft
. Mordecai, at this inftant, wrestling with Haman the vain young man, and with Judas Iscariot, the false-hearted, who betrayed his friend, for the favour of the men of Westminster, and finally in favour of us all ?
9. And the young men of Hibernia went forth with great shouts, and the sound of their trumpets, the beating of their drums, and the neighing of their steeds, were heard afar off.
10. But as to the rest of the acts of the Volunteers of Hibernia, their wars, their traffic, and their improvements in the fine arts, and in the works of the cunning workmen,---Lo! are they not to be found in --a future book?
N. B. The first and second Chapters were published at the commencement of the American war.
SHAKESPEARE, COVENT GARDEN. March
31, 1784.] The enemies of Mr. Fox, the miserable tools of the Court Junto, finding it impossible to gain over free Electors, by fair means, have recourse to stratagem and falsehood.
The Committee for conducting his Election have received the fullest information that the friends of Sir Cecil Wray, in the course of the canvass of yesterday, and this day, told many Electors that Mr. Fox had joined that unpopular Candidate, and accordingly requested their votes for Fox and Wray. T