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out hopes it will turn the scale of popularity in his favour. This probably it what he
Mr. Fox bears a strong resemblance to Lewis XIVth, in love and ambition. The
The Dutch, as well as the French, have been under great obligations to Mr. Fox, and have not shewn themselves ungrateful. The former supported the Coalition in the city, while the latter are exerting every nerve for them in Westminster.
However well we may wish to the succeis of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, it is the height of impolicy to argue from our hopes, and not from our reason. The Westminiter Election demands the utmott energy, the utmost exertion on their fide, or Mr. Fox must prevail; 110 means fair or unfair are left untried; fair ladies and unfair bribery---are the powerful engines of Oliver Cromwell.
The ridiculous hand-bills and squibs that have been circulated about Lord Mountmorres's vote are the most impolitic matters that have taken place in the present conteft; public principle may surely be fuppofed to guide that noble Lord; for candour must confess, that no man has been more active, more successful in the cause of freedom in another country; but if folly leads a certain party to be duped by every gambler and adventurer, and to thew their ingratitude to men of principle and honour who have ferved them, there is no reason that the public should follow the tone of folly and absurdity, and suffer the leffening of such men in their opinion.
We are told by the puffers of Mr. Tox, that he was very active in bringing about a.
2. Is it not a proof of the general opinion of our enemies in respect to Carlo's prin-
3. Does the D- of D intend to keep up her acquaintance with the ladies she lately visited in Brick-firect, Park-lane?
By a paragraph in one of the Coalition papers of Wednesday, it seems that the ladies in the interest of Mr. Fox, finding the arts hitherto practised of kissing, coaxing, &c. less efficacious than usual, are come to a resolution of canvassing in buff They think they must then infallibly carry the point; though it is to be hoped every man of resolution will withstand them.
The Defs of D. is at present in the situation of Dido; who after trying in vain the celestial, proceeded to invoke the infernal Deities. Her Grace sometimes rides about in a black riding habit, which is very convenient in case the fhould be obliged to enter into contact with a Chimney-sweeper.
The mischief of canvalling indiscriminately is that one is ignorant not only of the principles, but also of the morals of the house one goes to. A certain lady has been observed to ca!l frequently at a B--y-house, not far from the corner of St. Martin'slane; and the Major Domo, being a man of gallantry, has frequently declared that he will not give a plumper, unless escorted by the D-ss in her own carriage ! *
When Lady Aman 1 comes again to Fox corner to add the influence of her matchless beauty to the power of the Black Mogul. The need not load herself so much with
* We have suffered this infamous paragraph to be inserted, that the public may judge how impudently those two scandalous daily papers, the Morning Post and Public Advertiser, have dared to attempt at traducing One of the mofi virtuous, mort dignified, and most lovely of women this or any other nation can boalt.
a certain commodity, as there is a shop at hand, whence she may be plentifully fupplied.
As a reward to the Irish chairmen for their assistance in the present emergency, they are to be made palanquin bearers to their countryman Dr. Edmund Cantwell, when lie goes to exhibit the phenomenon of a grey head in India.
John Wilkes is a man of humour, and therefore pleasantly observed to Mr. Manwairing, at Brentford, on Friday last, that he thould not be at any expence, as his old friends the blackguards would walk down, the mode of travelling ibey were maji used to..
Mr. Edmund Burke is writing a kind of political elegy, on the late House of Commons; the plan is copied from Grey's Church Yard. There is to be a great quantity of sentiment in it, and such a display of tropes and figures, as shall make old womens eyes twinkle while they read it. Alas! poor Edmund !
It is a maxim of policy among pickpockets to be the first to cry, “ Stop Thiet!" Thus a certain Committee, in the interest of a once popular Candidate, have never failed to precede the molt gross falsehoods and palpable forgeries, by accusing their opponents of fimilar practices, which they are conscious the cool process of law, and other modes of legal investigation, must bring home to themselves as soon as the phrenty of Election has sublided. A reference to the advertisements from Ireland's room will fufficiently justify this obfervation.
We have every reason to think that Mr. Byng, should the poll continue, will not again make to respectable an appearance as yesterday. Extraordinary exertions were made by the friends of the Coalition; they were so extremely anxious for Mr. Byng to head the poll, that they did not scruple to anticipate the fond hopes they had conceived of success, by putting up in large characters on Mr. Fox's alehouse in Covent Garden, that Wilkes was beaten, and that Byng was, by 200, foremost on the poll!
Mr. Cornwall's new correspondent fhews either a great ironical vein, or treacherous memory, in praising Mr. F--x; he compares him to Sir Robert Walpole; if he does not wish to couple his friend Charley with the acknov:ledged “ Father of Corruption,” he surely has not that great reccollection for which he thinks he has an exclusive patent.
Yesterday after the poll closed at Covent Garden, Mr. F. was extremely busy in can: vassing the few unpolled Electors. About seven o'clock he went into the house of a lottery-office-keeper at Charing-cross, to solicit the vote of his brother dependent on the chances.
We understand it was not Sam House that cut his throat on Monday, but one of Mr. Fo's partisans in Drury-lane.
A few days since, one of Mr. Fox's select friends, a gentlemen of the party coloured tribe, who thought proper to personate his master, in giving a plumper to his virtuous friend, was detected in the fact by the very gentleman whose name he assumed, and who was standing unperceived at his elbow.---He was immediately handed over to a party of pumpers, who were hurrying him away in order to administer a copious ablution; when several of the crowd enquiring eagerly the cause, were answered, “ only for taking his of master's name in vain.”
The public may be assured, that all the assertions relative to tradesmen having been influenced, or other persons obliged to vote, on pain of dismiffion, for Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, are equally founded in truth, with the late story of Mr. Whitehead being deprived of his place, for giving his vote to Mr. Fox.
So long as the Westminster Election was left to the free suffrages of the independent and unintinenced Electors, Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray had every day a considerable advantage; but now, since the introduction of bribery and petticoat manæuvres, the tide his taken allother turn.
It has been observed, that Mr. Fox has continued to gain ground ever since the return of the Duc di Chartres, and the other French nobiemen from Newmarket.
The people of this country have long complained of the conduct of their Representives in Parliament; and yet, when they have it in their power, as at present, to chuse iren of different principles, how often do they not return the same, or others, perhaps, no more worthy to be trusted? Though the spirit of the country was so inuch rouled of late, its exertions in producing the necessary reformation in the senate have fallen far thort of what might reasonably have been expected. From what we can at present judge, as motley a group as ever, is likely to occupy the benches in St. Stephen's for seven years to come. We see the most opposite characters, the spendthritt and the mifer, the swindler and man of honour, the real and pretended patriot, the firm friend to his King and Country and the factious demagogue, all promiscuously combined as legiflators and trustees for the public. How far it is possible for such an heterogeneous a lernblage of parts to unite into an uniform and consistent body, we wilh we may find no other cause to doubt than from our experience of former times.
We have it from good authority, that upwards of 300 bad votes on Mr. Fox's Poll have already been detected in one parish. If 1o, and a proportionable number is found in other parishes, (a thing most likely to happen) with what a vengeance muit he fall, at last, from his present towering height? He is now full blown, and floats in air, but, like a crackt balloon, he will then tumble down by his own weight.
Anticipation. As the majority of the new House of Commons is not likely to be on Mr. Fox's side, we may expect to hear him, if he comes in for any place, revert to his former language in Lord North’s Administration, and deny that the people are represented, or their voice heard, within the walls of St. Stephen's. Let the Minister be supported by ever such great numbers, he will maintain that the virtuous minority in which he stands himself, ought to carry every point, entirely forgetting that he argued a few months ago, that a majority, however small, was every thing. Superior numbers will be nothing but when they are for Mr. Fox. All who presume to be against him, will be termed venal and corrupt; and all the Resolutions and Acts of the House, to which he does not choose to affent, will be pronounced illegal and unconstitutional.
The attractive power of Carlo K--, not only draws to his standard the wives and maidens of most unblemished characters, but even the women of tbe people, and to conclude his triumph; the whole body of Saphonian votaries have turned out volunteers to support his cause.
The Duchess of Devonshire transacts business in a very expeditious manner, and therefore delerves much praise from her favourite member, as in her canvassing for voters the avoids being loquacious---but killes and comes at once to the point.
Harry House is as happy as his heart could wish --talk to him of oils, he answers Mr. Fox---of pickles, he replies Mr. Fox---of church and pudding, it is all the fame.--- Fox fills up every cranny of his brain, and dances on his tongue eternally.
A gentleman, who waited on Mr. Fox's Committee last night, declares they were all in confusion, like Old Hardcastle's servants in the play, no man knowing his office, but referring eternally to his neighbour.
No neighbourhood was ever so be-vermined as Westminster is at present; we are over-run with Foxes; but, as is generally the case, the b---h Foxes are by much the greatest nuisances to the honeft and decent inhabitants.
It is to be hoped, that Mr. Fox's conduct per se, et per alios, during the present contest, will have a national mark set upon it; such bare-faced impudent bribery and corruption can no more be forgotten than the Coalition. May it be as much resented and scouted all over the kingdom !
The hired mob of armed ruffians too should be remembered by the peaceable inhabitants, who on Wednesday last (as they have done before, sometimes more offensively) paraded before Mr. Fox and his women at Jennings's in Henrietta-street.
What a figure Mr. Fox would have made on the Poll, had he been left to his own boasted popularity, instead of being taken up by those who ought to be taken up in another way for their iniquitous support of an iniquitous cause!
It is believed by the knowing and impartial, that the Man of the People could not of himself have mustered 500 votes.
Mention it not in Gath! Let it not be known in the streets of Westminster, that the free and worthy Electors have been prevailed upon to make that man the iteward of their dearest rights and privileges, whom they have every reason not to credit for a single Guinea!
Mr. W--jie has been within this last month in more streets and alleys in Westminfter than he has ever visited since he rolled his wheel-barrow about with good spice gingerbread smoaking hot!
If a certain young Gentleman should succeed to a certain inheritance, it is expected that Mr. W--jie will be appointed Lord Chancellor, and Mr. 41--lls Ambassador to the Court of France.
The D-ss of D. is so jaded by the fatigues of canvassing, that she must step down from the niche she has hitherto occupied among the Bevy of Beauties. Perdita is nominated for the succession by the High Priest of the Temple.
According to the books of one parish only in Westminster, Mr. Fox has 240 bad votes; Sir Cecil Wray 46; Lord Hood 32.
Even bets- to a large amount are daily offered in Westminster, that if Mr. Fox is 200 a-head upon the poll, he will lose his Election on a scrutiny, by an hundred and fifty votes.
A certain black candidate's zealous partizans have taken an uncommon manæuvre to secure his Election, which accounts for the astonishing majorities of late on the poll. Of the whole real housekeepers in the city of Westminster, there are perhaps seven or eight hundred, either unnaturalized foreigners, or men of such fingular feelings, as cannot, or will not vote for any party; the fornier from incapacity, and the latter either from a delicacy of mind, that cannot stand the hislings and hootings of the opposite party while at the Hustings, or who are afraid of disobeying one fei of men, by voting for the other. The names of almost all thofe persons have been carefully taken down by Cromwell. His party, and their election crimps, have been sent into Spitalfields to kidnap neceflitous weavers, at three half-crowns per man. rag pot-wallopers * are conducted to Monmouth-street, and a fuit of cloths hired there to make them appear somewhat decent. They are afterwards conducted to the Secret
* We ́recommend the Morning Poft to our readers, as a paper peculiarly calculated to teach ckrance of lan. guage, and sublimity of thoughe!
Committee, the lifts of those housekeepers who have not voted looked over, and from thence a name is adopted by each. They are then introduced to one of their rendezvous houses as Mr. Such-a one, of such a profeflion, living at such a number, in such a street, court, or alley. After a hearty cold collation, they go in a body to the Huntings, and all their adopted names being in the parish books, their votes are never disputed. The above irode of proceding is a well known fact, and, what is very laughable, several of the weavers l ave forgotten the way back for their original tattered garments. What can the public think of the integrity of a party who thus act in such an unprincipled manner ?
Among the various chara&ers which ought to be considered as disqualified for having feats in Parlirment, none should operate as a stronger bar than that of the profligate and prodigal. Liverpool has wisely rejected one candidate of this defcription; and Westmninfier is in a fair way of paying a like courtesy to another. As nothing can be more impudent than for fuch men to folicit trusts of so much importance, to nothing can be more abfurd, on the other side, than to grant them. And yet, how many inftar.ces am there on the pretent occafion, of counties and boroughs trusting certain persons with their all, to whom none of those very Electors, in their individual capacities, would lend a fingle shilling! As the motives of such a conduct are out of the reach of common tenie, we shall not, fays a correipondeni, pretend to account for it. Some may endeavour to reconcile it to themselves, as is but too frequently done, by that fal1.:cious argumerit, that private vice does not neceffärily preclude public virtue. Whether this position has ever been clearly proved in any cafe, we shall not deterinine; but the instances, we will venture to fay, are to few, that it seems dangerous ever to try the experiment. In regard to the prelent point, who could rationally expect that a man, who has been an ill manager for himfelf, should prove a good steward for others?
Had those, who have re-elected the fupporters of the India Bill, considered duly what they were about, they would certainly never have incurred the reproach, nor risked the other hazards, of chuling such Representatives. To expect that the breakers of former laws should prove good law-makers for the future, is just as wise as to imagine, that any necellary reforms in our Courts of Juftice could be brought about, by filling t'ie Benches in Viisiminfier Hall with convicts froin Newgate!
Avthors of good repute have said, that Charles the Fifth sent to this country, at a time like the prełent, a sum of no less than 1,200,000 crowns, to enable certain leading men to carry on Elections. By the great quantity of Louis d'Ors now faid to be circulating arnong the friends and supporters of that champion for British freedom, Carlo Khan, it would appear that Louis the Sixteenth is pursuing the same plan of policy.
We are credibly informed, that a certain black-legged society, not far from St. James'sstreet, have risked in bets above one hundred thousand pounds upon the success of their Khan, in the Westıinster Election. This accounts for the Election being so protracted, to the great inconvenience of the metropolis. We are informed also, from the same quarter, that the means used by a certain canvassing D-s is, to lay Ten Guineas against One, that they do not, or dare not vote for her dear Charley; and if a poor woman appears pregnant, her Grace offers to be godmother. Such are the conftitutional modes used to force a member upon the Electors of Westminster.
* The fcrutiny now carrying on, unfortunately for the author of these infamous assertions and insinuations, gives the Lie direct, in solemn and legal teltimony, to every circumstance this paragraph contains. But we are tired with remarking on these newspaper falsehoods; fo in future “rest ye perturbed spirits"--Morning and Public; your subsequent effronteries wo ihall pass over in filent contempt !