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The Committee take the earliest opportunity of cautioning the independent Electors against this pitiful device, and assure them that the whole is neither more nor less than a direct lie. By order of the Committee,
J. R. COCKER, Secretary.
By Command of their Majefties.
Old Obstinate, by Mr. King.
Champion of Liberty, Mr. Fox.
Champion of Prerogative, Mr. Wilkes. The parts of Voters for the first Candidate will be performed by a select Company from
the Land and Sea Forces. Voters for the second Court Candidate, by the Tallow-chandlers, Bug-destroyers, Mel
sengers, Scullions, and other respectable Officers of his Majesty's Household, being their first appearance in these characters.
Genius of Beauty, Duchess of Devonshire.
A MASQUERADE SCENE.
SOMEBODY behind the Curtain.
End of Act II. a DUET, called
By Mr. King and Mr. Wilkes.
knock down every friend of the Champion of the People.
CH A P. I. Of the Chronicles of the Kings of Gotham. 1. Now it came to pass, that when Solomon (nicknamed) the Wise, had reigned. over the Gothamites twenty and four years, that there arose a man named Carlo Khan.
2. The fame was a powerful man, and a great speaker, and he waxed exceedingly strong, and on account of his great wildom, the King made him one of the Chief Rulers, for he had been one of the Elders of the people even from his youth.
3. And his heart yearned to serve the people if that it in him lay, and to relieve them where it might be done.
4. The fame went in unto the inner chambers of the King, and he lifted up his voice, and said, O King, live for ever! Doth not my Lord the king behold the iniquities of the Gothamites, and the crueltics which they daily practite upon the innocent inhabitants of Alia, and along the coasts of the fame, even unto the Red Sea ?
5. How they bow their necks unto the yoke, and make thein pass through the brick kiln; how they bind their Princes with bonds of iron, and despoil thein of their wives and concubines, and rob them of their marriage settlements; and also deflower their virgins, and take the jewels from their ears, and the bracelets from their arms, their gold, their filver, and diamonds, and precious stones, and smite them jo grievonlly, that it penetrates even unto the bone,
6. And the famines they have caused among these people, by with-holding from them rice, which was their daily food, on account of their insatiable thirst after riches ? Know now, O King! that the blood of millions of these farved and Naughtered inhabitants, like the blood of Abel, cry aloud from the earth for vengcance upon them for these their evil deeds.
7. And the miscreants who have done these evil deeds, instead of punishment, and making retribution, and repenting in fackcloth and ashes, have clothed in gold and in scarlet, and have taken their seats in the high places, and inade Princes in the land of Gotham.
8. Suffer, then, thou thy servant to frame a strong law, that these things be done no more; fo fhall thy name acquire honour among the Princes of the earth, and nations unknown shall bless thy name. And these words which they spake seemed good in the eyes of the King, and in the eyes of the Countellors of the Sancium, Sanétorum! and the King faid, Let this thing befo; and the chief rulers faid, Let it be fo.
9. Then went Carlo Khan to the Sanhedrim, where the Elders of the People were wont to assemble to debate upon weighty things, and said unto them the words he had uttered to the King and the chief rulers in the Sanctum Sanctorum. And he said unto them, “ If now this thing seemneth good in the eyes of the Elders, let it, I beseech thee, “ be made a law."
10. Now it seemed unto the Elders a wise measure, and they rejoiced exceedingly, and were glad, and they said, Aye, aye; but some few (who were of a faction) laid, No, no: but the ayes had it by a great abundance.
11. Then arose Hurlo Thrumbo (who had been heretofore Chief Scribe) a morose man and surly, a great winebibber, and he cursed Carlo Khan with a grievous curse. And he conspired with the Chief Priests and the Scribes, and the Princes of the land of Eden Brough, and those who dwelt upon the coasts of the North Sea;
12. And with the Princes who flept in the King's chamber; and they laid their heads together in deep consultation, how they might thwart the wise ineatures which Carlo Khan had meditated, and said, Let not this fellow bring these things to pass; for should it be done, there will be left no plunder of the East for our fons, and the fons of our con. cubines, and they will be poor as the multitude, even as the scum of the earth.
13. Some therefore went unto the King up the back fairs, at the dead hour of midnight, with dark lanterns in their hands, and they whispered false tidings into the ears of the King, and set up false prophets to utter things that were not. And the King took privately a part against Carlo Khan, and gave orders to the Princes who slept in the King's chambers, and the fixteen Princes from the land of Eden Brough, and the Scribes, and the Chief Priests, not to suffer this thing to be made a law; and the law was not made.
14. Then the Merchants who traded to the East, and those who held dominion over the national treasure, and the Miteites, and the Dippites, and the Tartites, raised great
tumults against Carlo Khan, because he was the friend of the people, and had devised great things.
15. But Charlo Khan grew in the esteem of every wise and good man in Gotham.
16. At this Solomon the King grew wroth, and his fpirit was sorely troubled within him, and he rolled his eyes in anguish, and gnashed his teeth, and said, Of a truth this inan shall not prevail, fór I will lend him from my councils, and hide my face from him, and he did so, and if peradventure my people should be on his fide, I will cross over the great water, and sojourn in the houle of my forefathers, even in the land of turnips.
17. Howbeit Hurlo Thrumbo set up a youth, who was just come from the breast of his mother, (he was vain and arrogani, as is the custom with young men) and he reviled the wife men of the nation, and laughed at the People and at the Elders, and held them in scorn : As it befel in the days of Rehoboam the King.
18. Then said the King, I will rule this people with a rod of iron, and I will scourge thein with scorpions, and I will lay upon them heavy tributes grievous to be borne, (now at this time there was a great dearth in the land of Gotham, by reason of a great frost) that it might be fulfilled which was written by the Prophet, “A wise King is the
joy of his subjects, but a foolish King is the heaviness of his People.”
19. And he diliniffed the Elders of the People, and faid, Get ye home about your business, and let me have other Elders chosen who will follow my will and obey my orders, and let not the Sanhedrim be the House of Privileges, but let it be the House of Prerogatives. And this deed of the King's coft Gotham many thousand Theckles of fine
20. Nevertheless the People departed not from Carlo Khan, but they said, We will chufe him for our Elder, for he has wisdom, and he takes our part and supports our cause; and they caused the instruments to sound, and clapped their hands, and shouted aloud, Carlo Khan for ever! and they held feasts and drank wine, and fang, Carlo Khan is ile man, Carlo Khan is the man for me.
21. Now the rest of the acts of Solomon the King, are they not written in the book. of the Chronicles of the Kings of Gotham?
To the Worthy and Independent Electors of the City and Liberties
of Westminster. Gentlemen, When the popular delusion in favour of the prefent Ministry was supposed to be most prevalent, I was confident that the good sense and steadiness of the Electors of Westininfter would be proof against every art and every temptation.
The unparalleled succets which I have experienced upon my canvass fully justifies this confidence, and I have the greatest reason to expect, that your partiality towards me will appear to have increased in proportion to the perfecution of my enemies.
As I have ever stood forth, and am always resolved to continue firm in the cause of the people, so it is not to be wondered at that I should at all times be the object of the enmity of that pernicious faction, whose principles are as adverse to the Conititution as the dark and secret manner in which they have endeavoured to enforce them.
It would have been my moft earnest with to have paid my respects in person to every individual Elector, if the extent of the city had not made it impoffible. The very flat
tering reception I have met with among those whom I have had the opportunity of see. ing, cannot but add to my regret on this account.
My public conduct is too well known to you to make any professions necessary. Upon that ground I first experienced your partiality; upon that alone I can expect to retain it. To you who have approved it I need say no more; and I will not be guilty of the unbecoming flattery to those who have differed from me, as to pretend that I shall in any degree deviate from that line of political conduct which first recommended me to
Upon these tried principles I once more beg leave to solicit your votes, interest, and poll at the ensuing Election; and I do assure you that no expressions can do justice to the sentiments of gratitude and esteem with which I am,
C. J. FOX.
To the Electors of Westminster.
QUE, S T I O N.
ANSWER. 1. Because he had once before joined with a man who deserted HIM and betrayed YOU.
2. Because he offended so many of you by his last recommendation, that he is fearful of venturing upon a second.
To the Electors of Westminster.
The agents of Sir Cecil Wray have been endeavouring to circulate a deceitful notion with foine of the Electors for Westminster, that becaule they signed the Address proposed by Sir Cecil Wray, they are therefore bound to vote against Mr. Fox. Surely nothing can be more weak than this. May not a man think very highly of another on the whole, although he docs not approve some particular action of his life? Admitting Mr. Fox, for the sake of argumeni, to have been wrong in some single instance, does it therefore follow that you should set one act against the constant uniform conduct of years? This is a point too obvious to require argument; and the good sense of the Ele&ors will undoubtedly suggest to them that they never can be bound by a signature to an Address to withhold their approbation to the general conduct of a tried favourite.
An INHABITANT of WESTMINSTER.
The attention of the sober and independent Electors of Westminster is earnestly requested to some of the late proceedings that took place at the Committee assembled at this loufe. They publish an advertisement, ftating that the words used in the House of Commons by Sir Cecil Wray, on the subject of Chelsea Hospital, had been malignantly misrepresented. Wlien it is suggested in reply to this, that not one of those persons who took it upon themselves to explain the Baronet's words upon this occafion were present when he used them, they come out with a violent and angry defence of their conduct ftating, that although they were not present in the House of Commons, yet they heard Sir Cecil say so and so in the Committee. No person ever doubted that he would use qualifying expreflions concerning this infamous proposal, during the time of the Election. But what is that to the purpose? Is it any proof that he did not use the words imputed to him in the House of Commons, because he did not afterwards repeat them in an Election Committee ? If Sir Cecil's friends can contrive no better defence for him than such a one as this, they had much better be entirely filent. The fact is, humanity is a quality that every plain man understands, and the violation of it is what every honest man abhors; even the ingenuity of John Churchill, therefore, could neither explain nor justify this oppreslive, scandalous, and barbarous proposal of his friend.
Queries addressed to Sir Cecil Wray. Did you ever conceive the idea of seceding from your first friends, till you were taught to diflike them by the back-stairs cabal, with whom you had formed a confederacy?
Was it not to curry favour with the Court, that you broke with a man who from nobody raised you into the consequence of somebody?
Will your trite repetition of a few vulgar sarcasms reconcile the people of Westminster to such an instance of foul ingratitude and treachery as marks your conduct to the man of their choice, and the champion of their rights?
Do not cruelty to the veteran defenders of their country, and humanity to the fair, fuit such habits of perfidy and duplicity as are only to be found in the worst characters?
What are your pretensions to be a Member of Parliament ? Are you intitled by a single action of your life to the confidence of your fellow citizens? By what exertion, or in what capacity, have you done any material service to your country, or your late constituents, either with advantage to them, or credit to yourself?
Is there not some degree of effrontery in presuming to expect, from the independent Electors of Westminster, a preference, in competition with one of the greatest men that ever vindicated the franchises of freemen?
Have you any arguinents in your favour not founded in the blackest ingratitude to Mr. Fox? Your nibbling at him in private, and your impertinence to him in public, as if an empty parade of public duty ought to obliterate the most facred of all private obligations ?
Are you filly enough to imagine a mere semblance of fimplicity, honesty, and principle, fufficient to hide from the common sense of Electors such a craftinels and subtilty as are only to be found in the weakest and most worthless minds ?