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Recollect also, friends and fellow-citizens, that even double diligence in a good cause is an offence very easily pardoned, what every true Life-guardsman will applaud, lave ole, and the employers of every true Life-guardsman will, without much difficulty, be prevailed upon to overlook a transgression to casual and inoffensive. You understand what we mean---double diligence is the word---your early appearance is expected.
HOOD AND WRAY FOR EVER!
To the Free and Independent Electors of the City and Liberty of
Westminster, who love their Country, and are determined to be Free.
Friends and Fellow-citizens, I sincerely congratulate you on the event of this day's Poll. Our Champion and Friend has outdone Sir Cecil, by a majority of forty-five, a number propitious to English liberty, I rejoice to find you have taken the hint I threw out to you, and have spoken out like Britons; I consider this as a mortal wound given to the enemy, who at this moment is exhausted. For God's sake then, Gentlemen, as you value your lives, liberties, and properties, exert yourselves, speak out, instantly unite, and come forward, follow up the blow, do but persevere, and the day is our own; we are led to the field by as brave a General as ages past can boast of, who will sooner part with the last drop of his blood, than desert or give up your cause, there cannot therefore be a doubt of success. I fee Victory hovering over us to crown him with laurels, and liberty with extended arms, panting to receive and press her beloved Hero, her Fox, to her bofoin; fo fhall we in the end secure to ourselves, to our children, and to pofterity, those bleffings which none but the noble, the virtuous, and the free, are intitled to, or inherit.
I am, Gentlemen,
AN INDEPENDENT ELECTOR.
In the Devil's Name, help Judas !
Pandæmonium Pałace, April 1784. At a Public Council, held by command of His Moft Diabolical Majesty, Lucifer, King of Hell, the Princes, Potentates, &c. &c. of his kingdom being present, the following resolutions were agreed to, and
Resolved unanimously, “ That every effort be exerted to secure by the most illegal and villainous methods “ the Election of our well-beloved subject Judas Iscariot, Knt. of the Back-stairs, he “ having proved himself on divers occasions a steady friend to our interests.
“That his truly infernal conduct (however misrepresented) in propofing a tax on Maid “ Servants, is such as merits the particular thanks of this Assembly; as it tended to • distress those innocent beings who were designed to be protected by, and add comfort " to man !
“ That his ungrateful behaviour to his patron and friend, is a fresh proof of his “ loyalty to us, and entitles him to the approbation of all lovers of vice and « ingratitude.
That the thanks of this Assembly be given to those Gentlemen pick-pockets, returned 66 transports, and others of our subjects, who have during the contest, ill-used the s friends of Judas's opponent, he being the declared Champion of the people's rights and “ privileges, against the attacks of our dark-lanthorn allies.
To the Worthy Electors who wish well to the Election of Mr. Fox, and have not yet polled.
Wednesday, April 14. It must be evident to every man who has attended the canvass in behalf of Mr. Fox these three last days, that there is strength enough among the friends to the cause he Lupports, to carry it triumphantly. I rather put this address upon the cause, than upon the Candidate, highly as he deserves respect for his talents and his merit.
The issue of this contest, considered even in a confined view, is decisive upon the independency of the city of Westminster. The question is, hall this city be saved from becoming a burgage tenure borough to the Court and Lords, or Lords that are to be bartered in recompence for favours received, or as the price for favours to come?
The contest, considered in the extensive sense, is that of the people of England against an attempt to destroy them in their great essential privilege, their collective voice in Parliament, as one of the three estates of the realm.
It is not my purpofe to demonstrate these truths for the purpose of making converts--our cause wants no converts. It claims only the general and due exertions of that
great and glorious majority, the believers, and the convinced in these truths, who nevertheless procrastinate their appearance at the poll. It is to you, my fellow citizens, of that description, that I appeal, and I call upon you, by your consistency, by your contequence, by your honour, and by your private intereits, ultimately (if private interest can have place in breasts open to these noble feelings) to follow the example of those tive thousand coinpanion advocates of the fame cause who have already nobly committed themselves, and to avow your public principle in the face of the world.
Examine, for a moment, as men of honesty and spirit, the excuse upon which some men have been persuaded to hang back, viz. “ that they have friends on both sides, and “ would ditoblige none. Ask your own hearts, as Engliifhmen, as guardians of our Comititution, as entrusted with the preservation of the people, delivered down to you from your ancestors, and now depending upon you to be transferred inviolable to your posterity: You are as effectually acting at this moment, in this great public capacity, as your Delegates will be after the assembling of Parliament. Think what would be your thoughts of them, if they proffered to you, upon any great national struggle, the excuse sometimes tendered upon this canvass, that private intereit must be preferred to duty. Be assured, you affront yourselves grossly, when you let it be supposed, for a moment, that you put the risk of a few perfonal resentments against you, in coinpetition with the great national trust now in your hands. You have no right to with-hold a franchise, in which the public welfare is concerned; it is part of the common stock of the people; to keep it unemployed, or to inifeinploy it, is the fame; and incur the centure of the gospel upon thi man who buried the talent placed in his hand for beneficial purposes.
This reasoning ought to have weight in the minds of Englishmen, were private interest the most deeply affected; but I deny that it is so, in a small degree. You pay an ill compliment to your customers, when you suppose you can give any material of fence in voting for the men of your choice. Few, very few indeed will be so illiberal, and their resentment will recoil upon their own characters, while it will serve to recommend and endear your conduct to every admirer of justice and of spirit.
Neutrality may make as many enemies as decision---it cannot make one friend.
Neutrality in a great public cause, and in a free nation, has always been held a crime; and it is the more odious, as it is a mean crime. There is an honest pride in the Electors of Weftininster, that will never bear the poffibility of such an imputation.
The security of success to a great cause, and of honour to the supporters of it, depends upon every individual acting, as if victory was the consequence of his fingle exertion.
A NATIVE and CITIZEN of WESTMINSTER.
Second Chapter of the Times ! 1. And after the people had proclaimed that Fox should be one of their Elders, the tribe of Judas arose and said, “ It shall not be so, we will have one of our own kidney, yea one that will support the Back-stairs.
“ And lo we will have a Poll demanded, as in the times of Trentham and Vande“ put, and moreover we will send forth our bludgeon-men and terrify the people," and they did fo.
3. And they thought themselves fure, and scoffed and reviled the Man of the People, faying, “ We have conquered.”
4. Now it came to pass that there arose a fair and wise woman from the west; and she said, “ I will prevail against the unfaithful, and will join in the cause of " the just.”
5. Then she ordered the steeds to her chariot, and girded herself with the armour of truth; and her face was bright as an angel, and her voice as a fine toned cymbal.
6. Then fhe went into the city saying, “ Hearken unto me, O ye matrons, our fa" thers left us a free people, let us break the shackles preparing for us, left our children “ be bond flaves.” And they blessed her, yea women with infants at their breasts fang in her praise.
7. But as she passed by, a certain Dippite reviled her; and his face was as the colour of a tallow candle, and on his head was a cap like unto his heart, for behold it
8. And when he saw the daughter of Truth succeed, he smote his breast and gnashed his teeth, and called upon Satan to bring his Rains forth to trouble the children of Truth.
9. Then the men of the city arose as from a deep sleep, and their eyes were opened, and they said, “ Let us go up in numbers, for our cause is good; and let the sin of " ingratitude fall on Judas Iscariot."
10. Now this Judas was a lanky man; and when he saw the people's champion prevail, his jaw dropped, and his face was an ell long; and when he would have spoken, a certain quivering came over him, yea even from the crown of his head to the foles of his feet, and he fell flat on his back, even as a founder.
11. And it came to pass that there issued from him an unfavoury linell, insomuch that the people cried, “ Cast him out; cast him out.” And they did lo.
12. Then they brought forth their champion and seated him in triumph, crowning him with laurels, and linging,
LONG LIVE FOX!---MAY OUR CHAMPION LIVE FOR EVER!
Found in Covent Garden.-A Manuscript Tragedy. The Owner may have it again without further Expence, than procuring Twenty V---s for
Judas Iscariot. Apply to George Antifox, up the Back Stairs, No. 3, Crown-court,
The following is quoted from Act II. Scene I.
Enter the D--V.-L.
Hast thou to make?
I know thy fov'rain pow'r,
Before I crave.
For every subject added to my kingdom,
Will send thee an Elector.
Is to drive merit quickly to despair,
Seducers of mankind.
Then bring (with caution, left the truth appears,)
And catch the yielding prey.
To the Worthy and Independent Electors of the City and Liberty
of Westminster. Gentlemen, I cannot find words sufficient to express my sentiments to you upon the present occafion; your conduct is such as ought and I doubt not will be followed by every true Englishmen and lover of his country.
Gentlemen, In a land of liberty there is always a trait to be discovered which characterises and marks the people; in vou it is that this character now thines forth in its brightest luftre; at a inoment when we seemed upon the very brink of the precipice, when, through the threats of Ministers, the (miles of Royalty, and the powerful workings of Secret Influence, every thing was carried away, and seemed to yield to the desperate efforts of a Court faction. I lay, Gentlemen, at this awful moment, seeing the danger before
your eyes, you have nobly stood forth, and by your manly exertions bid fair to save the liberties of your country; you have come forward with firmness, and spoke out that language which fouls like yours only are capable of speaking, as men who felt their country's wrongs, and are determined to redress them.
But, Gentlemen, we must not rest here; we must press forward, and persevere in the cause. Our enemies are practising every manæuvre that art and cunning can suggest to deceive and betray you. I therefore conjure you, by the love you bear your country, to be vigilant, fiir up your friends and neighbours;---come on---speak boldly---support your tried Champion, and tell the man, who dares to deceive and betray his country's best friend, that he thall, by your deferting him on the present occasion, fall under that chastisement from your hands, which his ingratitude and his bateness merits.
I am, Gentlemen,
Your's most truly, Wednesday, 14th April, 1784.
AN INDEPENDANT ELECTOR.
To the Free and Independent Electors of the City and Liberty
Gentlemen, It affords me the highest satisfaction to find that the sensible and pointed addresses of an Independent Elezior, recently distributed, have had every effect the patriotic philanthrophy of that gentleman could wish. Your understandings are now lighted up, and the courtly damp he spoke of, rolls back on its promoters and confounds the enemy, Purlue then, Gentlemen, the dawn of conquest that now breaks in, and cease not to perfevere in your exertions, until victory in meridian splendor fhines out to crown yout cause in glory. My heart at this moment exults in the thought that places once again the friend of his country and darling of the people above the reach of a Court faction, affisting his Sovereign in restoring to a state of vigour the Constitution and splendour of a kingdom, that on the accession of his present Majesty, had become the envy and admiration of surrounding nations. It is painful to reflect at this moinent, Gentlemen, how rapidly since that period we have declined as to weight and consequence in the political balance of Europe; the same Sovereign is fill on the throne, but wretched Councils have prevailed to destroy---I will speak out, Gentlemen, ever fince the Butean [y/tım found its way into the Cabinet, not one great or comprehensive difign has diftinguithed our politics -- That little, narrow, moleworking principle, governing by intrigue has been the Dragon of the Court. During Lord North's administration, this phantoin of cunning and wickednils bewitched the nation and loft us America. ludefatigable in his endeavours to destroy this demon of Scotch Extraction, Mr. l'ox perfevered to the last and conquered ;--he came into the Cabinet and gave a jubilee to his country---but alas ! short was the triumph !---Secret Influence still operating, he found his colleagues in office going over to the tyrant---Immediately he retigns--- But again nobly attempts the cause of the people--A convert to his principles, Lord North unites with him, and they jointly fucceed,--By this Coalition, the jnoke in the grass trembled for its existence --- There is but one