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Few words are more frequently abused, in modern politics, than the word respectable. To say the truth, it is a word entirely of newspaper creation, having no authority above a speech in Parliament, or a Coalition pamphlet, to defend it*.
A respectable meeting of Electors is a meeting when: nine out of ten have neither house nor vote-in the place.
A respectable member is one who is more affiduous to please his patron than his conftituents; and of such respectable members the number has of late increased very much.
A correspondent thinks, that in future those meinbers, who, to serve their country, give ten or fifteen thousand pounds, or perhaps squander a whole estate upon a borough, should make a bargain with Government that Parliament should last its whole time. Some respectable gentry seem to feel very sore on this point, and are wonderfully • nervous on the mention of a diffolution.
It is remarkable, that the meetings of respectable men generally happen to be held in taverns up.
The citizens of London have now an opportunity of evincing to the world, that they really possess some degree of consistency, a matter at present much doubted. Mr. Pitt's Administration, and his conduct as a Member of Parliament, have hitherto deservedly received every mark of their approbation; let men of Mr. Pitt's principles then, the true friends of their King and Country, receive that confidence and support, which the abettors of an infamous and unprincipled faction have so justly forfeited.
Mr. Fox is an orator, and nothing but an orator; his whole conduct as a Minister proves his total want of experience or address in foreign negotiation, as well as his deficiency of public virtue in the management of our domestic concerns. Salluft, in one of his fragments, characterizes a famous orator of his country and times in this manner :---“ Cujus omnis vis virtusque in Lingua sita eft."
In the contest between Lord Hood and Mr. Fox, it will appear whether the people pay the greatest honour to the character of a crafty and subtle pleader, or to that of a plain and gallant foldier.
WESTMINSTER ELECTION. April 2.] Yesterday at eleven o'clock the Election for the city and liberty of Weftminster commenced at Covent Garden. The prodigious concourse of people afsembled on the occasion considerably obstructed the regularity of the proceeding, and so far favoured the designs of Mr. Fox and his friends, whose intention seemed directed to create confusion.
Mr. Baker opened the business, by stating the nature and the importance of the trust about to be delegated; and as to the merits of the several candidates, he said he should consider them ail as equally honourable. This expression excited general resentment; the auditors almost with one voice exclaiming, “ Talk not of the honour of Mr. Fox.” Others exclaiming, “ What! compare him with Sir Cecil Wray, who is an HONEST « MAN !"
Mr. Fox then advanced to the front of the Huftings, and amidst the hilles, catcalls, and execrations of thousands, proceeded to harangue the multitude. He said he was extremely happy to meet his friends on the present occafion; that he loved the people, and had been uniform in supporting their rights; that the cause he had so lately
* An idea of the most respectable Mr. W.'s, Editor of that most respectable paper “ The Morning Poft.!"
+ Happening to know fomething of the author of the above newspaper affertion, we beg leave to inform our seaders, that all bis respectability ensirely arises from tavern doctrines and beassay evidence.
struggled for, was the cause of the people; and that he conceived too well of their public fpirit, to suppose them capable of deserting a man, whose ftrenuous efforts had been recently exerted in their behalf.
He was proceeding in this strain, when the hootings froin every quarter preventing a fyllable from being heard, he declined; and that it might not appear he was so univerlally the object of dislike, the marrowbones and cleaver's, stationed for the purpose, ftruck up, and thus overpowered by their discordancy, the noise resulting from a general hiss.
This maneuvre being happily adjusted, Lord Mahon came forward, and was received with the loudest acclamations. His Lordship strongly recommended Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, as two characters d:serving the most vigorous support of the Electors. The one had gallantly distinguished himself in the fervice of his King and country; the other, as a Member for Westminster, had acted with consistency, uprightness, and honour. That his conduct had been unexceptionable was evident; because, after the enemies of Sir Cecil Wray had exerted their utmost ingenuity to difcover a cause for reducing him to a level with themselves, all they had been able to advance againft him was, that he had declared, “ even another tax on domestics would be less oppreljive than the Receipt Tax;" which had been the odious measure so strongly supported by Mr. Fox.
Lord Mahon then retired to the back of the Huftings, and Sir Cecil Wray and Lord Hood advanced, both of whom experienced every mark of approbation. Lord Hood profelled his intention of devoting the remainder of his life to the service of his Confti tuents, and in support of those measures only which would benefit the country.
Sir Cecil Wray declared himself entirely at the disposal of his Constituents. Their instructions he would always obey; their wishes he would consider as obligatory on his conduct. To every measure of national utility, he declared himself a friend. The Reform of Parliament, the repeal of the odious Receipt-tax, were objects nearest his heart. His late colleague Mr. Fox had deserted him on several occasions, particularly when the Receipt-tax was in agitation. That tax, so universally oppressive to trade and commerce, had been approved by Mr. Fox; but Sir Cecil said, that it had always met his marked disapprobation. He had spoken and voted against the Receipt-tax, in every stage of the Bill, from its first introduction to the final passing of it by the House of Commons.
This declaration called forth a burst of applause, and Sir Cecil Wray retiring from the Huftings, the High Bailiff praceeded to the business of nomination.
Mr. Baker nominated Mr. Fox on the inside of the Huftings.
Dr. Jebb in the same place nominated Sir Cecil Wray. He requested the attention of the people, and addressed himself to them in nearly the following words :
“ Before I speak to the character and parliamentary merits of the gentleman, whom “ it is my purpose to recommend to your fuffrages, permit me to premise a few words “ respecting a subject intirely unconnected with party, and which more immediately “ concerns yourselves. You are now met to exercise the most important franchise you “ possess to delegate the most important trust which can be conferred on man-the
power of making laws, which may possibly tend to your peace and welfare, but may " also be the occasion, to yourselves and posterity, of distress, of lavery, and final ruin. “ By the present unconftitutional practice, you are called upon to delegate this trust for “ seven years. It is therefore your duty, until the ancient salutary custom of annual “ Parliaments shall, by the exertions of the people, be restored, to guard, with especial “ care, a delegation of a nature so important, and to use every precaution which can “ secure you against the consequences of its abuse; and it is more particularly incum“ bent upon you at this important crisis, when the attention of the people is so
« strongly called to that Parliamentary Reform, which alone can preserve this country “ from destruction. The city of London has fet a noble example, worthy of imitation « by the whole kingdom. The principle is liberal, constitutional, and just. It is my " purpose therefore to call upon your Candidates to express their assent to the following « declaration :
“ I do declare upon my honour, that upon a fair fignification of the wishes of a ma“ jority of my constituents, I will either act in conformity to their instructions, or « embrace the first opportunity of vacating my feat.”
Dr. Jebb then proceeded to express his abhorrence of that coalition which had effected so much evil to the country; and pointed out, by variety of arguments, the necessity of marking it with peculiar censure. He declared, that if after such defection, men found they could regain the support and good opinion of the people, others would be encouraged to trifle with the most solemn engagements, and at first delude with false shews of patriotism, and afterwards at their pleasure insult the honest feelings of their countrymen. He then entered fully into the character and conduct of Sir
Cecil Wray, whom he warmly recommended to the citizens of Westminster as a truly honest man; that his parliamentary conduct had always been steady and consistent; that he had ever been sedulously attentive to his duty; that he was the friend of parliamentary reform from principle, and that as he acted from principles of the purest kind, he trusted he would ever serve them with fidelity and zeal. With full persuasion, therefore, of his virtues, he with confidence nominated Sir
Cecil Wray as a proper person to represent the City and Liberties of Westminster in Parliament. He was warmly seconded by Mr. Vardy.
Sir Cecil, in his speech, acquiesced in the preceding declaration.
The names of the Candidates being then severally put up, the majority of hands was declared to be in favour of Sir Cecil Wray and Lord Hood. A poll, however, being demanded by the friends of Mr. Fox, the books were opened, and it began at one o'clock, and clofed at three, when the numbers stood,
For Mr. Fox,
238 Several Ladies of a certain rank in Westminster, are exerting very extraordinary interest for their friends.---Let who will rail against secret influence, and back stairs, there will always be fome infuence, and certain stairs, which honeft men do not scruple to mount on certain occasions.
QUERIES and REPLIES. What is the meaning of the phrase, Modern Patriot ? ---A man who, under pretence of rendering services to his country, is aiming at the acquisition of power to gratify his private ambition or avarice.
What is the meaning of the phrase, Political Consistency ? -Acting directly in contradiction to strong professions and promises; speaking one thing to-day, and contradicting it
What is the meaning of the phrase, Secret Influence ?--A political bugbear, used by fome to alarm others; as nurses frighten children, by crying, raw head and bloody bones!
What is tbe Man of the People ?-A barking dog of the Fox breed.
What is a Lord Chancellor ? -Except one, the greatest man in Britain, if his name happens to be Thurlow.
What is a Lord?-A Lord is a Temple, which the people decorate with laurels.
What is the Crime of Youth ?-To be eminently virtuous, and to poffefs the wisdom of old age, with the strength and spirit of manhood; to refuse associating with public plunderers, blacklegs, and sharpers.
The proper answer the public ought to give to those long winded orators on the Source of the Evil, Back-stairs, &c. is the reply of Cleomenes, the Spartan General, to the Ambassador of Samos, viz. “ As to what you have said, the first part I do not re" member; the middle I do not understand; and the laft I do not approve."
The public are respectfully informed, that in case of a vacancy in Chelsea Hospital, General Blackbeard intends offering himself as a Candidate; the dangerous wounds he received in the battle of Leadenhall-street, his loss of popularity, honour, and conscience, he trusts, will be the best recommendations in his favour.
The learned divine at the Evangelical Cockpit observes, that ele&tion must imply that there is a re-probation. It is imagined, that the ensuing General Election will verify his affertion, and that the number of the reprobates will be considerable.
The majority by which Carlo was admitted a Knight of the Brush, was of the same respectability with that by which he carried his last motion against the Minister. He was within one of being black-balled.
An eminent grocer being solicited by Mr. Fox to give him his vote, laconically replied, “ We have tried your professions long enough already, and I'll be d-- if I
give my consent to make any further experiments, either of your honour or “ honesty."
How fanguine foever Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray may be of the support of the Chairmen of Committees, their friends the Chairmen at Brooks's are determined to support the cause of Cataline, and to poll for him in Covent Garden in the same spirited manner they did in St. James-street; and it is said they have received their orders accordingly.
One cannot hesitate on which side to declare from the very emblems of the two par-ties that now contend for Westminster. On one side you see a union flag displayed over the colours taken from France and Spain, and their true motto is, the Conftitution, On the other side the pitiful device of No Tax on Maid Servants, and a wretched allufion to what was never said respecting Chelsea Hospital, and their true motto, Coalition
It is remarkable that two celebrated Duchesses are no less opponents in politics than rivals in beauty. Their relative condition seems to be much the same in both; the one is gradually declining, while the other is rising to her meridian.
We are much pleased to find, that no-body sends to our paper paragraphs to counteract matters of fact. It is also a happy circumstance that no-body takes an active part supporting a faction against the united efforts of the King, the Lords, and the people.
Humphrey Cotes, Esq. fet up, a good many years ago, as a Candidate for the Representation of Westminster on a very slight intereft. At the close of the Poll, while the other Candidates were supported by thousands, for Humphrey Cotes there appeared only eighty; on which Mr. Cotes said, “I am surprised that I had so many, I did not think there had been that number of honeft men in Westminster.”