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St. James's parish have promised at least fifteen hundred plumpers to Mr. Fox. St. Clement's, St. Martin's, St. Anne's, and St. Paul's, are faid to be at least five to one againit him; the others are divided with tolerable equality.

A Gentleman palling through Covent Garden yesterday, obsurved, that he had long prognosticated what Mr. F's violent and factious disposition would bring him to in the end, yet he had not expected, three months ago, to see him fo toon upon a scaffold.

It is expected that the present Election for Westminster will afford the warmest contest; since the time of Sir George Vandeput and Lord Trentham. Westminster is said to contain not less than forty thousand Electors, one half of whom are expected to poll on the present occasion.

We are informed that a huge foreigner goes about to the P. of Wales's tradesmen, with pretended orders for them to vote for a certain candidate, on pain of loting his R. H.'s custom. If he has no such orders, it should be disavowed; if he has them, his einployers should be told serioully, that a menace is as unconstitutional as a bribe, and a violent infraction of the rights of the Electors, and of all the people; and is a mean, cowardly action.

Nothing but a Poll can ever ascertain the inclinations of the people of Westminster, as the place of meeting is open to all distinctions of society; and accordingly Covent Garden was on Thuriday filled with chimney-sweepers, draymen, chairmen, pickpockets, whores, bullies, blackguards, barrow-women, &c. &c. without number. Such, we aver, composed the majority of the Thursday's ineeting.

The motives which actuate voters in disposing of their votes, are rather curious. One gives his vote to a member, because he has known him many years : Another, because he knows nothing at all about him, and therefore fuppoles he inay be honett : Another, because he expects a favour from him: And another, because a friend of his was once obliged to him. Thus, not once in one hundred times do we find a voter qualified by knowledge, or by integrity, to give his vote to the man who deferves it.

The Bub and Grub Committees have already been very successful. Hardly a rotten Sheep, or a bottle of bad wine, to be got in London, or its environs.

On Saturday a friend of Mr. Fox's, who had constantly obeyed the signal to huzza, given with a Fox's tail from the Hustings, was detected with his left hand in a gentleman's pocket, while he was waving his hat with the right. He was immediately conGgned to the proper officers to undergo the usual discipline, from which neither his numerous friends, nor the blue cockcade with his hero's name upon it, could protect him. Several seals were found about this rogue, and it is imagined, from the money in his pocket, that he had been bribed.

Among the many artifices used by Mr. Fox's friends to obtain votes, has been that of promising different tradesmen to procure thein his R. H.'s custom. Some have been seduced by these means; but they will find themselves the dupes of their own credulity.

We hear that Joseph Surface, Esq. who has long officiated as Jack Pudding to Carlo Khan, has lately Tworn horribly, that if he lost his Election, he would resign

that post, and leave his friend Charles to eat fire, spin ribbands, and play on his own falt box.

Mr. F---'s great attention to the property of the East India Company proves that he has no indifferent qualification for the place of an over seer.

The punishment for bribery is fine and imprisonment, though frequently the pillory is substituted in lieu of one or both of them. Should a certain orator be convicted in consequence of the bill of indictinent found against him, he may possibly have an op

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portunity of haranguing the mob at Bridgewater, and having his brows crowned with a wooden laurel.

After having been once mad, when the people again return to their senses, it is seldom they relapse into their former folly. The leaders of the Coalition may flatter themselves with the hopes of a return of their popularity; but it is not to be expected that the public will be a second time duped by these pretenders to patriotism and virtue.

Mr. Fox is certain of at least five votes in the parish of St. James's. However his Majesiy may be affected towards him, his interest is strong in King's Place. The Ladies from that seminary appeared at the Opera-house on Saturday, decorated with Fox's tails, and seemed determined to support, with all their influence, whether open or secret, their favourite Candidate. Hence an argument for the truth of an old adage, which the reader's recollection will render it needless to repeat.

Not long fince a Gentleman, who was thought to be a well-wisher to the present Miniftry, happened, in a mixed company, to allert, that of all men in this country, Mr. Fox was the most proper for a Prime Minister. How, said one present, is that your opinion? Yes, said the other, it is allowed on all sides, that these are desperate times, and by H---ins, he is the most determined v--- I ever knew,

Lord North lost his election at Banbury, by a single vote, which was given by the Mayor against his Lordship. When this defeat was first reported yesterday to Mr. Fox, on the Huftings, he offered a bet of five to one, it was not true; but a friend, more in the secret than Mr. Fox, advised him to make no bet on the subject, as it was an undoubted fact*.

Nothing has more maimed a certain miscreant on his canvass, than the filly zeal of some of his adherents---ignorant as unprincipled, they mistook time and place, and treated the independent and substantial tradesmen of Covent Garden parish, like the groveling vaffals of Tavistock !

Chelsea Hospital.- -Sir Cecil Wray wishes to provide for the old soldier---Charles Fox wishes to provide for a number of foreign footmen and other drones in Chelsea Hospital. Thus Mr. Fox's friend, Rigby's man, one Petonet, à Frenchman, has a suite of rooms, that ought to hold a dozen old foldiers, at 100l. a year falary and other perquisites, which according to Sir Cecil's plan would feed and clothe fix or eight of our decrepit warriors---Mr. Fox's friend, Rigby, has also a brother-in-law, who possesses the deputy government, a useless finecure, with emoluments and apartments, that, if Sir Cecil's plan (as every good man must with) was carried into execution, it would provide for half a regiment!!!!!!!!! &c. &c. &c. Bakers who never bake, washerwomen who never walh. Look at the red book.

Nothing can equal the joy of the wise and good at Cambridge on the success of Mr. Pitt and Lord Euston. It is something more than a personal affair---it is the triumph of parts and virtue, over their deplorable opposites.

The contest for the city and liberty of Westminster is likely to prove so warm, that, in all probability, the Election will be fpun out to the last poflıble hour for returning the members; and after that, should Mr. Fox be one of the two, it is strongly reported, that a scrutiny is resolved on. It is certain, that the majority of those who have hitherto polled for that Gentleman, had a most suspicious appearance. Their drapery, and other circumstances about, renders the validity of their votes extremely questionable.

The mode that prevails so much at present, of aspersing the characters, or otherwise misrepresenting the conduct of competitors in Elections, is no less unmanly, than wicked

• Poór Mr. Editor of the Mor Poft was obliged soon after co retract the above affertion, which appeared in his paper. He owned it a LIE, and begged pardon of the public for telling is.

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and dishonourable. The late attacks on Sir Cecil Wray and Mr. Atkinson can only excite the indignation of men of liberal sentiments, instead of answering the malignant views of their authors, or serving the odious and dishonest purposes for which they were made. Calumny must ever give a bad title to recommendation. It is therefore, in good policy, as well as in cominon justice, the last expedient that a man of fenfe or honour ought to have recourse to for procuring favour: and none ought to trust those who . think a crimination of others neceffary to give an advantage to themselves. It is a fure fign that they cannot stand on the bottom of their own merits. The spirit that shewed itielf in Covent Garden on Saturday proves the impotence of detraction in the one case; and it is to be hoped that Guildhali will exhibit a like laudable example in the other.

It must be a matter of indifference to Mr. Fox whether he is successful or not in his Election for Weitminster : for should the indi&tment against him at Taunton Afizes be established upon trial, the immediate consequence must be an expulfion from Parliament.

It is not true that the late watchmen of the people were dismissed and sent home to their parishes for sleeping on their stands: the fact is, that more than half of them were detected in the attempt of plundering that very property, which it was their duty to guard and defend.

The tradesinen at the west end of the town shew altered countenances on the events of the Elections, as they have hitherto turned out. Writs, very different from those of Election, are already preparing. In a word, Capias !!!

“ Let 'em look to their bond” is now the exulting language of the shopkeeper and money lender, on the near prospect of being able to arrest some of the honourable Jharpers, who, under prophaned protections, have so long preyed upon the metropolis.

If the nation for their fins should ever be again visited with an Administration formed out of the club at Brookes's, and that incapable villainy which blundered throrgh the American war, Mr. Weltje, and two or three of the head waiters, are certainly to be brought into Parliament; and, perhaps, made Bank or India Directors.

Mr. Fox's property is really spoken of as next to the Duke of Bedford's !!!

Beautiful ladies, in all future Elections, it is thought, will be provided by all Candidates to aflift them in seducing the Electors. Girls will be brought from Armenia, and the Grecian Islands; Covent Garden, with its environs too, will supply females for electioneering. In short, since it has become fashionable to seize the voters by this handle, there is no saying what may not be done.

Can there be a greater proof of the freedom of Election being attempted to be destroyed by opposition, than the threats which are daily making by young hopeful, the lately prolinc Duchess, &c. denouncing bankruptcy on all those honest tradesmen who dare voie according to their judgment.

Mr. Fox, one day last week, on attempting to speak to his little audience at Covent Garden, found them rather vociferous and turbulent; on which he observed, that he did not think “ he should ever be able to make them hear him again.” Why, I fear not, faid a gentleman that stood by; if you want your speeches to be heard, you must make thein of a very different kind from what you have hitherto done; and you must now and then endeavour to substitute aftions for words. My Lord Hood, added the Gentleman, is, you see, very well attended to; but then, you must observe, he has been on actual duty, and his works speak for himz*.

* Neither Lord Hood or Sir Cecil Wray ever addressed the Electors on the out or inside of the Huftings during the whole Election. The ceremony they performed each day after the Poll finished was to come in front of the lage, and join hands in dumb shew-bowing to the populace, and exhibiting the pantomime painted on many liga ports, known by the name of “ I be Saluterien." "Mr. FOX spoke every day for some time together.

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The publication of the poll, confronted with the names of those who signed the Address, will be a strong test of the confiftency and independence of the Westminster Electors.

Mr. Fox, at the close of the poll yesterday, attempted to harangue his old friends the mob, but the noise of hiling was so great, it was impossible for him to be heard ; his carriage food near the Hustings, with the harness loosened and unbuckled, and surrounded with a chojen band, in readiness for the business which was to follow. On his returning to the carriage, the horses were instantly taken out, and his bireling few drew him to his house in St. James's-street, not amidst the acclamations of the populace, as was expected by his friends who planned the scheme, for the manæuvre was too paltry and too clearly feen through, to excite any thing more than a contemptuous laugh at the absurd attempt to recover the popularity of a man, who seeins to have lost every shadow of right to public favour.

When the Duchess of D-re was canvassing for Mr. Fox's party at St. Alban's, as she stepped out of her carriage to go into the houle of a butcher, by some accident her shoe was torn, insomuch that it was with difficulty she could keep it on her foot. In this embarrassinent, the beautiful politician acquitted herfelf with great vivacity and good humour; the kicked the shoe from her, and said, “I gladly serve my friends, even bare-footed.” When Julius Cæfar landed in Africa, as he jumped out of the vessel he stumbled, and fell to the ground. The superstitious foldiery would have been discom fited at so ominous an incident, had not Cæsar with great quietness turned it into a fa• vourable prognostic. He grasped the earth, and exclaimed Teneo, te Africa. “ I hold “ thee Africa.” As if he would conquer in spite of fortune. What an excellent couple Julius Cæsar and the Duchess of De would have formed?

Monday at three o'clock, as one of the clerks appointed to take the Poll for Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray was retiring from the Hustings, he was assaulted in a most outrageous manner by a chairman, who struck him several times on the shoulders with a bludgeon. The clerk endeavoured to inake his escape to Wood's Hotel, but the chairman pursuing him, made a stroke at his head, and he fell down. The mob perceiving the transaction, protected the clerk from further violence, and they endeavoured to secure the chairman, who had also struck a failor on the eye with his bludgeon, and it is supposed that the poor fellow will lose his fight.

The chairman being thus taken, was carried to Covent Garden Round-house, and the clerk's head was examined by a surgeon, who advised bleeding, the application of a poultice, and he pronounced the wound to be of a nature which rendered it impoflible to answer for the consequence.

In the evening the chairman was removed from the Round-house to Bow-street, where Sir Sampson Wright attended as the acting magistrate, The person of the chairman was identified by several witnesses; the fact of his giving the blow, was proved on oath, and every circum{tance was investigated with the greatest impartiality.. The chairman of course denied the charge, and a person attended in quality of Solicitor to offer bail for his appearance. The consequences which might result from the contufion being not, however, yet ascertainable, the tender of bail was refused, and Mr. Patrick Joyce (for that is the chairman's name) was committed to prison.

It is curious to observe how the Candidates of every description, at the present moment, assume to themselves the title of Friends of the People. The venal and the amo bitious, the tyrant landlord, the profligate gamester, the encroacher upon legal rights and constitutional privileges, all boldly pronounce upon the integrity of their past conduct, and talk of virtues which they never knew. Amongst the foremost of these bold Hypocrites, are the very persons who, in the contest for power, trampled upon

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The great charter, insulted their constituents, and would have facrificed the three branches of the legislature to a fourth unnatural, hateful, monstrous power of their own creating. But let these truths be impressed upon the mind of every Elector throughout the kingdom :

1. The friend of the people is the friend of the constitution, as settled at the glorious Revolution.

2. He that would lop off any one branch of the legislature, is an enemy to all. 3. Pasi good conduct is the beít teit of future integrity. Mr. Fox, in his canvas for the city of Westminster, met with many rude and mora tifying refusals, but his great affability and facetious disposition gained him over some friends, who declared they could not refuse him a vote, (though they disliked his political principles); but his great support is from the Bedford and Devonihire interests, who frain every nerve to serve him.

Yesterday the beautiful coalition Duchess again exerted herself in the cause of her friend. Her Grace was dressed in a black riding habit, probably lamenting the hopeless condition of the party. The weather being rather cold, her Grace had Paddy Lthe blanket merchant, in her carriage. It was remarked, that affairs must be in a desperate way indeed, when the ladies were obliged to have recourse to brandy.

It is said, that speedily will be published, a new List of the Covent Garden Ladies.

When the canvafing Duchess solicited a tradesman in York-street for his vote and interest in favour of Mr. Fox, he said he could not have refused her request, if she had been in company with a gentleman.

It had been reported, that Perdita's carriage was distrained upon for a debt of several hundred pounds; but the fair one gave the lie to the report, by appearing yesterday in the Covent Garden cavalcade.

Notwithstanding the assiduity of our modern Venus, in her canvass of yesterday, to her great disappointment, she could not secure a single plumper.

The D-fs of Dev-re fays, at all events, if her friend Charley should be discharged at Westminster, the only borough in her gift is at his service.

If men find themselves abashed on being under the necessity of applying for votes among strangers, and people of rude aud unpolished manners, what are we to expect from women? What are we to think of their female Softness and delicacy, who bounce from shop to snop, insisting on men giving their voice according to their desire? In truth, these ladies may meani well; and it hews them to be friendly at bottom, but it also shews, that they have parted with that feminine modesty, and unassuming delicacy which form the characteristic of an amiable woman.

Though the tide was against the Hood and Wray men of war at their first setting out, yet the wind changed so favourably on Saturday, and the Commander of the former, being an experienced failor, knew so well how to make a good use of it, that, taking his confort in tow, he shot rapidly a-head of the Fox fireship, which is left now beating up aftern. Poor “fix to one," what a sad reverse ! If some fair breeze, of which there is no appearance in the hemisphere at present, does not suddenly spring up, he will, in all likelihood, be obliged to invert the former reckoning of his log-book, and, in place of it, set down only one to fix.

A certain beautiful lady of quality, who has for some days past canvassed on foot for her favourite Candidate, met lately with such a reception as the might reasonably expect; one man offered 100 votes for one of her favour s.

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