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There were no less than six Duchesses of D---n---e on the town yesterday, canvassing for Mr. Fox. Her Grace, four of her Grace's women, and Nicky Noodle's wife, the needy Squire of Northamptonshire (who, though he has got glass eyes--fcurvy politician! cannot see the end of his wife's canvass) all equipped and iitled as her Grace. A tallowchandler, who had been caressed by these mock Duchesses, humorously burst from his thop, and exclaimed with King Richard--
« Sure there be fix Ducheffes in the streets,
“ Five have I kissed to-day, instead of her!" A correspondent observes, that Mr. Fox must unavoidably get the Election, as there are many hundreds of the inhabitants of Spitalfields in that Gentleman's interest, who have not yet polled.
A certain Duke is quite charmed with the public and political conduct of his amiable Duchess, and regularly calls for the Morning Post at breakfast, to read the history of her Grace's canvass.
The current prices of Westminster voters for the last four days, as settled by a certain Coinınittee, are as follow :
From Spitalfields, and parts adjacent, seven shillings and fix-pence.
From Old Gravel-lane, Whitechapel, Field-lane, and Black-boy-alley, a quart of gin and bitters, hot with nutmeg.
From Kent-street to Rag-fair, two drams of Usquebaugh.
If, however, any voter was found to faulter in his oath, or otherwise misconduct himself at the Huitings, the agreement to be void, or else to remain in full force and virtue.
Brookes's and Weltjie's now exhibit a most useful, though agre able scene, of the weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth, of those political devils, who were expelled lately out of Paradise ! each accursing the impetuous temper of the other ! all lamenting! few consoling! and none amending!
It is highly gratifying to find what good sense and decent firmness has appeared among the Westminster Electors on the late extraordinary exertions of undue influence by our female canvaffers. Several fhopkeepers plainly told them, that they suffered no creature breathing to controul their opinions and affections; and one very sensible tradesman in Bondstreet, very shrewdly suggested to the Duchess, his admiration of all the mild and unassuming perfections of the Queen ; and above all, in reference to politics, the unmedling spirit that had never ceased to adorn her throne. Foreigners are horridly chagrined at the Elections going fo universally in favour of Administration. There is now no longer any hope for them of a public bankruptcy, or the constitution being changed to a republican aristocracy.
The little wantons, who with happy effrontery paraded it about the town, representthe Duchess of
and Countess of , are to be portioned by a subfcription purse from the first money they may have at Brookes's, and to be married to thofe waiters who shall most distinguish themselves in the fabrication of votes !
No less than three hand-bills were circulated on Saturday, relative to Lord Mountmorres's intention to impose a bad vote for Westminster upon the High Bailiff. The truth is, that upon the objection being made by Mr. Fox's agents, the lease was examined, and it appeared, that it was specifically mentioned, that he was rated, and paid
the customary taxes, and he was allowed to poll for Hood and Wray, the High Bailiff declaring that if he had not a good vote, he could not tell what a good vote was. Such are the little subterfuges of party---such the mean arts of the partizans of the late man of the people, and such their groundless infinuations and vain attempts to depreciate a worthy and valuable man.
Horace's fine fentiment of Integer Vita, &c. may be applied to Sir Cecil Wray's confcious integrity, and his unexampled mercy towards the character of his opponents. Though they are naked and sore all over, and of course must have crouched before
any attack, Sir Cecil has not offered the smallest annoyance whatever.
Another correspondent, not so favourable to Sir Cecil, imputes this filence of his to other motives, and cautions the Baronet not to insult Mr. Fox with such marks of killing contempt.
The influence of the fair and frail, joined to the authority and consequence of the houses of Bedford, Portland, and Devon, and the gaming houses, have deterred many very worthy but dependant voters of Westminster from coming forth and supporting the cause of the Constitution. It is true, consistency is a noble virtue, but every hoReft man has not courage and resolution enough to bid defiance to the threats of haughty opulence and disappointed ambition.
Lord George Gordon, who is well known to love fun, certainly made his appearance on Saturday morning at the Huftings with a view to indulge his humour. His Lordfhip is not fond of calm retreats-- he loves bustle; a little earthquake, and whirlwind, and hurricane, agree adınirably well with the constitution of his brain ; and there is no doubt but his Lordship took his rout to Covent Garden with a serious expectation of contributing to that electioneering fpirit for which Mr. Fox's friends have been distinguished.
A person who sells oranges within a mile of Mount-street, Grosvenor-square, was honoured a few days ago with a visit from the lovely Duchess. The Duchess examined his fruit; Me pronounced them fine; they were truly excellent; they were incomparable! then ordering the servant to take a certain quantity into the carriage, the coolly placed five pieces in the palm of the orange merchant's hand, fignificantly observing at the same time she did it, that the oranges were fine, and she had paid for thein. Ånd now, fays her Grace, I am sure you will oblige me, in giving Mr. Fox a plumper. The man paused-stared-examined the cash- and then putting it quietly into his pocket, protested he was infinitely sorry he could not oblige her Grace, as he had polled for Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray about half an hour before.
Carlo's Khan's troops consist of Iris White Boys and English Black-guards, from whofe adulation his friends collect what is called the sense of the people.
If, in the present contest, her Grace of Devonshire exposes her person, she must give pleasure to every man, consequently the indecent animadversions of a correspondent are below notice.
It cannot be denied that Mr. Fox has prostituted his parts; as the women of the town are deeply interested in his favour.
One of the men wounded by the Chairman in their late riot in Covent Garden, is pronounced irrecoverable by the medical people who attend him. If the event should be a fatal one, it will be also fatal to the Gentlemen who instigated these ruffians to the riot.
The termination of the bribery business at Taunton will again give us an opportunity of vindicating our rights, should bribery, false votes, and undue influence at last be able to overbear the integrity and sense of the Electors of Westminster.
Hint on the canvafling Duchesses and Countesses.- When these Ladies may again give, as it can be proved they have given, five guineas for a bundle of brocoli, eight guineas for a leg of mutton, &c. &c. the tradesman may certainly take the money with a safe conscience, if he votes on the other side; and this already has been done in three instances in Westminster.
Now that the poll is check'd by the rate books of each parish, the event of the Election is about seven to four iu favour of Sir Cecil Wray.
On the two days in which Charles Fox's poll advanced the most rapidly, the majority of legal votes in favour of Sir Cecil was 17 the first day, and 29 the fecond day.
By an accurate investigation, it already is determined that there have been 389 bad votes polled for Mr. Fox. Should a scrutiny ever take place, there can be no queftion but that the abovemention d number would be doubled. The number of bad votes for Sie Cecil Wray and Lord Hood, is
Supposing Mr. Fox as much in advance as he is behind hand on the Poll, the manner in which his Election has been carried on by the most outrageous exertions of undue influence, the aristocracy Peeresies, if not Peers,-nay the unblushing influence of ---, the
himself!-When this is all taken into the account, Mr. Fox will not, as the Duke of Devon so well foretold, prove any thing by this Election but the downtall of his acceptance with the people, and the yet more violent reprobation of his cause.
The extreine uncertainty of young Lord Holland's life; the yet greater uncertainty of the event of the Taunton business ; either of which would make necessary another Election for Weitininster; the excessive diminution of Charles Fox's Poll by the detection of bad votes; all these causes to a certainty producing a new Election, to a certainty also operate against any but compulsive voters going to the books for Mr. Fox,
The Committee have come to the resolution of profecuting, with the extremnest rigour, any attempt to impose on them unqualified votes; and in the first instance, the name of the impostor, and his abode, if he has any, will be posted about the town.
The Poll at Covent Garden, by agreement between the Candidates, is to clofe tomorrow, the 21st of April, at three o'clock.
The expences of a scrutiny for Westminster are computed at about goool. each. candidate. Mr. Fox and his party have conceived that an idea of the expence would. deter Sir Cecil Wray from profecuting a scrutiny. It is not the first time that a great genius has been milíaken.
It is a very fingular fact, that the French Ambaffador, at the commencement of the Westminster Election, laid particular injunctions on his different tradesmen to vote for Mr. Fox.
Yesterday an eminent weaver gave information that near fixty distressed manufacturers in the neighbourhood of Spitalfields, had been feduced to pöll for Mr. Fox; and defired at the same time that proper steps might be taken to prevent such shameful scenes of perjury and corruption. The intelligence was received with thanks, and attended to with care; the return of the poll beit bespeaks its consequences, a dead majority appearing in favour of Sir Cecil Wray.
It certainly was an oversight in those friends to the constitution who framed the difa frent laws against bribery at elections, that a penalty was not laid on handiome women,
who went about kissing men out of their votes, which ought to be confidered as undue
The Duchess has been distinguished as a first-rate---the salutes she has received have been
We are to happy to find, that Mr. M Nally has turned all the lead of the hypercritics
“ May sing merrily, merrily.”.
Her Grace of Devonshire has now directed the efforts of her canvass to the purlieus
Nothing can be more ridiculous, nor more unlikely, than that Lord George Gordon has given his interest in Westminster to Mr. Fox; it surely would be the height of inconsistency in that nobleman to support one who has already polled 300 Catholics, and whose warmest advocates are among the friends to popery.
It is a poor and pitiful excuse that the Electors of Westminster make use of to avoid taking a part on the present occasion, and to emancipate themselves from the tyranny of a capricious and tyrannizing aristocracy—“ I have customers on both sides, as whom I do not wish to disoblige.” Be it known to those who adopt this reasoning, that they are relinquishing their franchises to a mob, the birth-rights of a freeborn Englishman, to please their haughty despots, and by so absurd a conduct, instead of making friends on one side, are more to be despised by both; and not satisfied with this, they are extending a wide and pernicious example to the freeborn inhabitants of Britain. Had the rest of the counties and boroughs reasoned in this way, would they have set the glorious example of overturing an odious and execrable combination, tyrannizing and lording it at once over the King and over the people?
During the whole of our electioneering Duchess's canvassing excursion, she was never observed to wince at the general disapprobation she met with till yesterday morning in Cannon-row, Westminster; on hearing an antiquated servant of Lord S-exclaim, 66 Ah! sure your Grace's father never was an enemy to the people.” Shame and confusion were so visible as to induce her two gallants to order her carriage to drive on, 6 snatching the blushing fair" from the enraged mobility.
Such are the attractions of the Queen of Golconda, that it seems we overlooked the electioneering-mad Duchess on Tuesday, and that she spared near an hour from her more important avocations in order to be present at part of the above Opera. She was so highly pleased with the performance, that she alınost forgot her appointment with several of the party to consult
It is credibly reported, that if Mr. Fox should be disappointed of his Election for Weftininfter, he will be returned for a district of Scotch burghs, which he will reprefent until he shall be elected for some populous city or county of England.
A Scotch gentleman, who had received an office from Mr. Fox of about an hundred a year, on the fall of that Minister, desired leave to resign it into the hands of Mr. Pitt. The young Minister told the gentleman, that he knew he had a large and encreasing family, and desired him to keep his office, assuring him that he had no defire to deprive him of it. The gentleman, however, with more knight-errantry than either good fenfe or public virtue, perfilted in his resolution of resigning his place, and has . actually gone to Scotland, to oppose a very respectable adherent of Mr. Pitt, on the western coast of that kingdom, in the General Elections.
Mr. F-x applied to Mr. C-y of Westminster for his vote; on which Mr. C. told him, that he did not mean to give his vote to any man. Mr. f. having expressed some astonishment at the reply, Mr. C. told him, “ Knaves shall never have my protec“ tion, and honest men do not stand in need of it.”
A gentlemen looking at Mr. Fox as he was haranguing the mob one day last week, wondered that he should be out in so cold a day without gloves. A friend who food by confessed, that it was indeed odd; but added, at the fame time, that it was an oddity which would soon cease to exiit; for he was persuaded, that the moment he got into office, he would make gloves of all the breeches pockets in his Majesly's dominions.
A correspondent thinks, that Mr. Fox, supported as he now is, by the late Man of the People, Lord George Gordon, and his very old and faithful friends, Mr. W. Adam and Colonel North, cannot, from any concurrence of circumstances, fail of carrying his Election. So great is Lord George's zeal said to have been, to have his friends from the regions of Boreas, to give their pious voices for the great supporter of Church and State on an early day, that he would not wait till the breeches which the Duchess of D. e had ordered were got ready, but repaired to Monmouth-street, where he left not a stitch sufficient to keep out either wind or rain.
“ Liberty Hall” was formerly one of Lord Derby's favourite songs, which he generally humdrummed at the Shakespeare meetings; but as he lately wanted to pull down that venerable fabric, by uniting with the Man of the People, in support of the India Bill of infamous memory, he has wisely changed his tune, and now joins Lord Surry in his much-esteemed song of “ Push about the forum."
Mr. Fox is acknowledged to be a great orator, and a inost acute logician. The first is not contested; and to those, who might be inclined to dispute the second, we beg to submit the following syllogisms of his fabrication.
1. The King's Prerogative is that power which he has independently of Parliament. But the King is not to exert this prerogative, in opposition to the sense of Parliament.--Therefore the King has no prerogative.
2. The King can govern only by influence or prerogative. He must not govern by influence, because it is corrupt; nor by prerogative, because it is violent---therefore he must not govern at all.
On Monday a publican, who had interested himself greatly in the cause of Mr. Fox, cut his throat through despair of that Gentleman's success in his Election. We heard, though in so delicate sa matter, we should not chuse positively to affert it, unless on better authority, that the misguided man was Mr. Samuel House of Wardour-street,
Mr. Fox and his colleagues took care whilst in office, to secure to the Minister that should succeed him such a weight of unfunded debt to provide for, that he is not with