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A tradesman of the Prince of W. being asked by his friends, whether he had voted for Mr. Fox, replied, “ Yes, d --n him: but I have procured nine of my own depen“ dants to vote against him.” This anecdote, which proves how difficult it is to refift the popular current in a free country, may be depended on as a fact, although, from a regard to the interest of the spirited tradesman, we avoid giving any hints of his name, profession, or place of abode.
Anecdote.-The Duchess of D---- asked a butcher for his vote, “I will give your “ Grace a plumper," says the tradesman, “and procure you five more, on a certain con« dition.” " What is that?” “ That your Grace will give me a kiss. " Why then," says the charming Duchefs, “ take one.
A gentleman, who had a vote both for Westminster and Surry, being very strongly folicited, by a certain Duchess, to vote for Charles Fox and Sir Robert Clayton, anfwered, “ That he was very forry that it was not in his power to oblige her Grace, “ but that he had made an unalterable resolution, neither to vote for Fox nor Gaufe.”
Extrałt of a letter to Mr. Fox, from a certain canvassing Duchess. Dear Charles, “ Yesterday I sent you three votes, but went through great fatigue to procure them ; “ it cost me ten kisses for every plumper. I'm much afraid we are done up---will see you “ at the porter shop, and consult ways and means.
Yours, D e House.
SADE. N. B. Clare Market is a filthy place-keep up your spirits; I have a borough-you know where.
The Duchess of Devonshire yesterday canvassed the different alehouses of Westminster, in favour of Mr. Fox. About one o'clock the took her share of a pot of porter at Sam House's, in Wardour-street*
Mr. Fox, it is said, means to stand for Middlesex, in conjunction with Mr. Byng.
Carlo Kyan presents his compliments to his approved good friends, and requests them at least to countenance his cause, and not any longer to cart a danıp upon his hopeful prof petis by such rueful and woe-begun looks, as he has resources yet unexhauíted. His chairmer, porters, linkboys, and ballad-fingers, who have not yet polled, are requested to give an early 1 tendance to-morrow. The great coats, purchased by the fubîcriptionmoney, and ih- shirts and small clothes, furnithed by her Grace the Duchess of , will be delivered out at the several places of rendezvous. On Tuesday night last it is certain
that a very serious encounter was apprehended between the Irish chairmen and Lord Hood's failors. The scene of action, it was expected, would be St. James's-street. A regiment of guards had orders to be in readiness.
Wedne day evening, about five o'clock, a strong party of chairmen pursued a few fugitive failors into a Mews in Charlotte-itreet, Portland-place, where they absolutely killed one man: another seamnan had his skull fractured, and many others were very much hurt.
Notwithstanding the exultation expressed by the opponents of Mr. Fox, upon his. being rather behind upon the poll; and though appearances, it must be confessed, seemn rather unpromifing, yet it has been whispered by his friends, with some confidence, that fhould huinan means fail, he is not deititute of other resources, having been encouraged by repeated applaufive puriings, to expect the aid of the superhuman talents and abilities of Dr. Katterfelto's thrice-celebrated black cat, the wonderful wonders already performed
Norring Poft In the course of these paragraphs, we have only to caution our readers, that all the abuse ani' illiberality against the virtuous and lovely Duchess of Devonshire is taken from this infamous paper, whose Nander, however ill-meant, cap never take effect with the lovers of truth, and those of the public, who know. any thing of the Editor,
by whom can leave no room to doubt a favourable issue for Mr. Fox in the present conteft.
The Westminster Election, which now may be considered as settled in favour of Sir Cecil Wray, adds another proof to the old experience, that “ honesty is the best “ policy,” that nothing but thabby failure can attend a plan of imposition and roguery.
The publication of the Poll for Westminster will be the completest libel that ever was, on the few individuals of decency and substance who have been furprised or forced among the infamous and insolvent wretches who have been the supporters of Mr. Fox-pimps, brothel-keepers, quack doctors, uncertificated bankrupts, blacklegs, and blackguards of all denominations !
It has ingratiated Sir Cecil Wray with all ranks of men, that he has pledged himself, according to Doctor John Jebb's test, to be the faithful agent of his constituents; and of course, among other proposed emendations of a public nature, is the fait friend of a Parliamentary Reform.
It was Mr. Wilkes and Sir Cecil Wray who laid before Administration the plan for taking off the last tax upon porter; by which that wholesome beverage will again be retailable at three-pence a quart!
The dissenters, a most valuable body of men, as well as all the London clergy, are decidedly in favour of Sir Cecil Wray and Lord Hood.
The other day upon the Huftings, but where our correspondent does not mention, a Candidate, whose private character was of a loose and profligate kind, was positively dunned for several debts in the hearing of all the byestanders.
Chelsea Hospital.-Look at the red book, and see how the French footmen, the foreign cooks, the runners, the parasites of former paymasters and their accomplices, are wallowing in costly and useless accommodations, to the exclusion and starvation of the worthy old warriors. Petonet, Rigby's footman, eats up 150l. a year; Beaumont, the Duchess of Bedford's butler, 25ol. Horfington, Lord Keppeľs bailiff, 1001. Champion, the baker, 100l. though all the bread is bought from a contractor, &c. &c. Let Charles Fox answer this if he can. The Political CONFESSION OF FAITH of -- before the great Congregation of the People, in folemn Meeting assembled on the 30th Day of the Month Abib.
N E G A TI V E B E L I E F.
Any eyes of his own
Any purse of his own.
Eyes of his constituents,
Temple Bar and the Counter-gate now lift up their heads--in hopes of their proper garniture. Their “promotion coineth neither from the East, from the West, nor yet
from the South !"
On the publication of the Poll for Westminster, a bet was offered last night at the Cocoa Tree, that not one considerable stock-holder in the public funds would be found in the Poll of Charles Fox. The bet going on the principle of self-interest, and each man's regard to his own property, was on its first face such a truism, as makes it sure of winning
The friends of a certain desponding candidate having exhausted their immense stock of falsehood and abuse upon those real favourites of the citizens of Westeninster, Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, are determined at last to end the matter handsomely, by resigning their pretensions on the glorious 12th of April, and making the amende honorable to those brave men, on whom they have so unmeritedly thrown the most ungrounded aspersions.
We are assured that a certain Great Personage has ordered the German confectioner in St. James's-street to prepare an elegant model of the Ville de Paris striking to the Barfleur, with the other professional devices, to celebrate this second victory of the gallant Hood on this great day, so fatal to the enemies of Great Britain.
This being the 12th of April, the anniversary of that glorious day, when the empire of Great Britain was saved, perhaps from annihilation, by the victory over Admiral De Graffe in the West Indies; a victory which was acknowledged to have been obtained principally by the intrepidity and exertions of Lord Hood; it is hoped that the people of this capital will not forget an occurrence so glorious and to beneficial to Britain, but will attend in Covent Garden to congratulate the brave veteran on the recollection of a triumph so flattering to the pride of every one, who deserves the honour of being called an ENGLISHMAN.
Let this anniversary be contrasted with that of the 27th of July; and then let a just comparison be drawn beetween the Coalition Admirals, and those who support the pregent Administration.
The story of Lord North's discomfiture at Banbury, was an election manœuvre of good effect at Covent Garden, and well managed by Mr. Jackson, agent to the Duke of Newcastle. Printed bills were pasted on the walls, posts, &c. and parties brought to huzza the event. A note was handed up to the Chancellor, as he was hearing a cause. It threw him into a violent fit of laughter, from a state of gravity bordering on morosenets; and he communicated the occasion of his merriment to the Court.
Which is the most genuine description of Secret Influence ? A Peer of the realm advising his Sovereign in great national concerns, and avowing it openly in the great national assembly, or a Pue obliging his tradesmen by the terrors of dismiffion, and D----les employing all the fascinating attractions of female beauty, to cause them to vote contrary to their judgment, and in opposition to what they conceive to be for the public welfare?
We are assured, on authority not contemptible, that there is no borough at present vacant for Mr. Fox. The D. of P. kept one in reserve for some days, 'till it 1.s thought that Mr. Fox was certain of carrying his point in Westıninster. It is not to be imagined, however, that Mr. Fox will be in the situation of many among his friends. His great abilities entitle him to a seat in Parliament, and his usefulness to the party will ensure hiin a seat for one of the Coalition boroughs.
Whatever measures the Minister may attenspt to carry, he will meet with a formi. dable and constant opponent in Mr. F. unless it be during the interval the latter will be on his trial, or answering for the consequences of it in Somersetshire.
A certain Orator has lately won 15,000l. at Faro, and is said to have near twice that fum at his banker's. If so, it is not extraordinary that he should be so expensive to his friends.
Mr. Fox has met with great support, during his canvass, from the officers of the Pipe Office. This useless office was founded by Oliver Cromwell, and is now under the direction of the Duke of Portland's eldest son.
CROSS READING S. During the Election Mr. Fox has received the free, independent, and unbiassed suffrages of ---A large body of Irish Chairmen, armed with cutlasses, bludgeons, &c. for the purpose.
Mr. Fox's Committee are still fanguine in their expectations of success---Should a majority of votes appear in his favour.
The Westminster Poll will close the end of next week---With the entertainment of the Devil to Pay.
When the D-fs of D-e alighted, on Friday, at a tradesman's in T-street to folicit his vote for Mr. Fox, the man told her Grace, that her person was charming, her eyes bewitching, her mouth inviting; but all these made no alteration in the principles or conduct of Mr. Fox, he should adhere to his former declaration in the address, by giving his vote to Sir Cecil Wray.
A certain lady of great beauty and high rank, requests that in future when she condescends to favour any shoemaker, or other mechanic, with a salute, that he will kiss fair, and not take improper liberties.
Good velvet cushions will prevent the ladies, who drive about the town on canvassing business, from being too much jostled with the motion of the carriage.
Henrietta-street is now become the resort of all the fashionable reps. Perdita attends constantly, and throws out Fox's colours. Query, How many voters inay Perdita's fair face gain over to the cause?
* Perdita seems to have lost her bloom, as well as her spirits. Is the still insensible? Or does the lament the decay of the party? By the little balkets of flowers, which so exactly. resemble coronets, one may easily discover what her mind is fixed on.
Ladies of Pleasure have ever been of prodigious service to conspirators. Not only Cataline, but also the famous Jacques Pierre, and several other contrivers of mischief, have carried on their operations through the medium of a Courtezan.
Considering the quantity of brimstone used by a certain candidate in his canvass, it is rather extraordinary that he should be over-matched.
We can assure the public, that the beautiful and accomplished Duchess of Rutland does not drive about the streets and alleys, or otherwise act in a manner unbecoming a lady of rank and delicacy.
The three seducing Duchesses have been indefatigable in their canvass, which they have managed in a different way. The old Dowager Duchess of Portland has attacked with