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“ Had I not put the scheme in execution I hinted to you, and brought down our old « acquaintance Harriet, I thould have had no chance; but she goes through the bu“ finess rarely. She is dressed very fine, and that flatters her, and makes my wife 66 constituents suppose her a lady of great rank, which fatters her ftill more. And " then she is so complaitant, so affable, so humble, any body may kiss that will; and “ those who are too bashful to approach, she will meet half-way. She talks too, fafter c. than five Frenchmen; and as for the oath she now and then raps out, it passes cure “ rent at present, and rather as a proof of good humour than vulgarity; for oaths fly “ in vollies like amens at a methodist meeting; and notwithstanding all my cautions, she “ cannot sometimes help letting the trigger llip, and discharging her over-loaded piece; ~ and I assure you, it goes off with the devil of a bounce. I can tell you we run thro' « a deal of business between us, and we are not nice; old and young, ugly and hand« fome, dirty and clean. I the women, and she the men, all are kissed, and called “ handsome, wise, witty, and brave; all are Gods and Goddesses; their little, smear« faced, waddling chubby-brats, are all cherubs, and kissed and coaxed likewise. “ O Jack, it is the devil of a job ! it unites all the labours of Hercules, and exceeds « them all : his Augean stable was a work of delicacy to this, for he had a river to wash
as he went.
“ I'm thrown into the utmost consternation! Harriet is just come down, and is ftruck « dead hoarse! What shall I do! I can't hear her whisper across the breakfast table.' « Do, Jack, for the love of pity, run, seek, find some rattle-headed fellow, that has “ spent his life in lying, spunging, and singing, for the diversion of fools and benefit of “ tavern-keepers. There are enough such; lend me one, and I'll make his fortune, - (you see I have learnt to promise). But dress him, daub him a little with lace, and 66 take care he don't give you the flip. I wish to Heaven you could find me one of that « order of poets, three degrees below Grub-street, that hit so well the taste of Cran“ bourn alley and St. Paul's Church-yard; one that could write down to our under“ standings, and afterwards bawl his own productions. Do try---try-try-try-You “ know not the anxiety I am under. By the Almighty Thunder, if I ain not returned, “ I am extinct ! If ever you expect to spend another happy hour with your old friend, “ try. The above pair of persons would be a treasure to me; and, seriously, I will “ make it worth their while. If the poet has a wife that can fing, so much the « better. “ Adieu, yours in all confusion, haste, anxiety, distraction, noise, hubbub, &c.
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« P. S. Just as I was folding this, in comes a fellow whose vote I had purchased at“ guineas, and tells me “his son is a lad of scorproizing geenas, for he has whittled “ the head of an ass, ears and all, as parfit as the loife, on the top of an afhen plant; « and fo, if I will be so koind as to make him master o'the mint, or otherwoife proime “ statutary to the King, which he hears is aʼmost as good as proime minister, whoy " he should teak it as a feavor dun to he; but if not, whoy, he canna tell what to feea “ to't.' The rascal's looks told me his meaning plain enough; and I have been obliged óc to make this ridiculous promise; nay, I could scarce get him away without giving it “ under my hand. The absurd thing he had heard about proime statutary, convinces me “ the other party has been tampering with him, and will give you a small trait of “ his capacity for these affairs. Once again adieu--send me the recruits if poflible.”
The faithful Seletion of Paragraphs, &c. we have made in favour of
Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray being completed, we shall now produce those in favour of Mr. Fox, and doubt not they will be found to contain, not only useful Information, but confute (as in tbe Advertisements and Hand-bills) the bold and unfounded Assertions of his Adversaries, whose Business, it evidently must appear, has been to deal Wholesale in Malignity and Misrepresentation
BEFORE people espouse the cause of one man to the prejudice and disparagement of another, they should rationally and coolly consider the actions and real principles of each party.
Popular clamour calls Mr. Fox a libertine, a gambler, an invader of chartered rights, and an unprincipled poor man, therefore ought not to be trusted : on the contrary, Mr. Pitt is painted out in the highest colours of philanthropy, prudence, sobriety, with firm, steady, uniform, unimpeached principles, and therefore should be confided in.
In respect to their moral characters, the warmth and luxuriancy of Mr. Fox's imagination possibly may have occasioned and been productive of many youthful follies and extravagancies, which the phlegmatic constitution of Mr. Pitt has exempted him from. It would have been truly great and meritorious in the former to have stopt or moderated the career of his passions---but no merit in the latter in not following the pursuit of the former. Instances we daily fee of people's conduct being much reprobated in their youth, and highly applauded in their manhood. In respect to their political conduct, Mr. Fox has uniformly and regularly reprobated every idea relative to the American war---When called to office, finding he was to act under an unconstitutional Dictatorialship, he resigned, though an unprincipled poor man. When called a second time, concessions were generously made, which he as nobly accepted. This formed a Coali'tion so much talked of, and so little understood.
Mr. Fox found the India affairs in anarchy and confusion-preliminary articles of peace inconclusive--the national debt immenfe-and public credit on the decline:-What steps did he take? ift. He rectified, afterwards ratified the articles of peace. 2dly, Endeavoured to fecure the public money lent to the India Company, without injuring the Company's affairs, wisely lodging the power in the People's Representatives, being the channel through which it was lent. 3dly, To lessen the national debt, and raise public credit, without oppressing the already too much oppressed subject, he recommended Committees to be appointed to look into the abuses of the Customs, Excise, and smuggling business, which Committees have already declared they have made discoveries which will be a saving to the nation of between two and three millions yearly. However laudable these designs, and beneficial to the public, by preventing heavy loans--Secret Influence interfered. Mr. Fox was dismiifed, and Mr. Pitt railed to the seat of honour, under the appellation of the Minister of the Crown: What has been his conduct since his elevation ? ift, Manufacturing Addresses, and therein meanly vilifying his predeceffors. 2dly, Courting Majesty, by endeavouring to introduce a bill on the India business, and vesting the power in the Crown, though his reply to Mr. Fox was, “ The Right Honourable Secretary was willing to secure to the Gentoos 4 their natural rights, but let him take care that he did not destroy the liberties of
“ Englishmen: he mentioned the influence of the Crown, but had it ever been in its “ zenith equal to what it would be, when it should find itself strengthened by the " whole patronage of the East, which the Right Honourable Secretary was going to 66 throw into the hands of the Crown by his bill ?" 3dly, Keeping his seat when a majority of the House of Commons have voted him inadequate to his situation. As Minister of the Crown, he says he is justified in keeping his seat, though two years ago he wondered how Lord North (on losing a question by one or two) could have the effrontery to stay in office when he found himself in a minority; yesterday he fpurned at secret influence, to-day condescends to be the inere tool of one; yesterday daringly
disapproved of the Receipt Tax bill, to-day openly avows he shall adopt it; yesterday asserting nothing but what is radical thould be attempted respecting the funds, to-day temporizing with them for the sake of popularity, which Mr. Fox rejected though a gambler ; afferting he would not deceive the public by false appearances and jobbing allistance, his plans of reforin would effentially retrieve their credit to every one's fatisfaction, and that the public must wait for this affirmation, was truly manly and honest, though unpopular in respect to himself; and happy had it been for the nation if his plans had been carried into execution ; our situation would not then have been as it now really is, replete with uncertainty, instability, and every dreary prospect of ruin.
This is the malt that lay in the House that George built.
Lord Nugent. This is the Rat, that eat the malt, that lay in the house that George built.
Mr. Fox. This is the Cat, that killed the Rat, that eat the malt, that lay in the house that George built.
Pepper Arden. This is the Dog, that barked at the cat, that killed the rat, that eat the inalt, that lay in the house that George built.
Lord Thurlow. This is the Bull with the crumpled horn, that roared with the dog, that barked at the cat, that killed the rat, that eat the malt, that lay in the house that George built.
Mr. Pitt. This is the Maiden up all forlorn, that coaxed the bull with the crumpled horn, that roared with the dog, that barked at the cat, that killed the rat, that eat the malt, that lay in the house that George built.
Mr. Dundas. This is the Scot by all forsworn, that wedded | the maiden all forlorn, that coaxed the bull with the crumpled horn, that roared with the dog, that barked at
* George Nugent Grenville, Earl Temple.
+ The immaculate continence of this British Scipio, so strongly insisted on by his friends, as constituting one of the most shining ingredients of his uncommon character, is only alluded to here as a received fact, and not by any means as a reproach. Wedded. This Gentleman's own term for Coalition.
the cat, that killed the rat, that eat the malt, that lay in the house that George built.
Mr. IVilkes. This is the Patriot covered with scorn, that flattered the Scot by all forsworn, that wedded the maiden all forlorn, that coaxed the bull with the crumpled horn, that roared with the dog, that barked at the cat, that killed the rat, that eat the malt, that lay in the house that George built.
Confcience. This is the Cock that crowed in the morn, that wakened the patriot covered with scorn, that fattered the Scot by all forsworn, that wedded the inaiden all forlorn, that coaxed the bull with the crumpled horn, that roared with the dog, that Barked at the cat, that killed the rat, that eat the malt, that lay in the house that George built.
Mr. Fox has certainly rejected all overtures for an union of parties on his Westminfter canvas, having not only prudently determined that no " serpent shall fiing him twice," but that he will not be not stung a second time by any serpent whatever !
The constitutional defender of the people's privileges met with so general a support on “his canvas throughout the several diftri&ts of Westminster, that his re-election for this populous and refpectable city is now unquestionably fure: even in the quarters supposed to have been the least friendly to his interest, he has secured a full moiety of votes, and in all other divisions, the assurances of the firmest support were more than three to one in his favour!
The prerogative canvassers vainly flattered themselves, that all those Electors who figned Sir Cecil Wray's Imuggled address, had thus pledged theinselves to refuse their fuffrages to Mr. Fox on a future Election; but this absurd and ill founded idea was very early scouted on his canvas, by the manly declaration of many of the most Independent Electors: “Though we did not approve of one particular 'measure proposed by Mr. “ Fox, we never meant our address to convey a general disapprobation of his conduct “ in Parliament, and therefore we shall vote for his re-election !"
On Tuesday the 23d instant, Mr. Pitt refused to tell the House of Commons that he had any intention to dissolve the Parliament. On the fame day he sent the following letter by the post to a Cambridge voter. He put a false date to the letter, as appears by the post mark *. Thus we fee, that although Mr. Pitt refuses to give any answer to the representatives of the people upon this important inatter, saying he will not compromise the King's Prerogative, yet he is ready enough to compromise the same Prerogative, in order to take an unfair advantage for the purpose of his own Election :
“ Downing-street, March 24*, 1784. « SIR, “ A Disolution of Parliament having taken place, I beg leave to offer myself a Candi* dáte to represent the University of Cambridge, and to request the honour of your “ countenance and support. Permit me to assure you, that I shall esteem any
aflıstance which you may have the goodness to afford me, a very particular obligation.
“ I am, Sir,
« W, PITT."
The post mark is the 23d.
As one little instance of the gross misrepresentations practised by the runners, puffers, and paragraph mongers of the present immaculate Aliniftry, we cannot help noticing the repeated affertions, that the Dukes of Devonshire and Marlborough have withdrawn their support from the cause of the late opposition. This, we can assure the public, in the polite and elegant language of Mr. Pitt, is a false, malicious, and scandalous infinuation against the public characters of those truly great and patriotic noblemen.
The public may judge of the boasted popularity of the virtuous Minister, when they are informed, that he is posting through the country in search of a seat. He has tried in the City of London, without fuccefs. He is now trying at Bath, but Mr. Moysey's prospects on the canvas leave him but little hopes. Harwich is reserved for him, so that it is more than probable, that he will be finally indebted to the Rat-catcher for a feat, which has been swindled from that worthy Gentleman's benefactor. While this very popular character is thus a subject of alarm to his supporters, the unpopular Mr. Fox goes on triumphantly in Westminster, and has already ascer4. ined his Election. It inust give pleasure to every honest man to find that Sir Cecil Wray will inost undoubtedly receive the reward of his ingratitude in a complete defeat.
Though that redoubted Militia Colonel Sir Cecil Wray will not, it is hoped, be gratified in the Downfall of Chelsea Hospital, he will probably be 10 far rewarded for his very mcritorious endeavours, by finding at the pretent crisis, that he has at least been cunning enough to pull an old House about his own ears.
As Mr. Fox, from the grateful return he has received at the hands of his late colleague, is determined, by ftanding alone, never to offer another political Ijcariot to the Electors of Weftminster, it is probable that Lord Hood will be returned with him, and that Sir Cecil will thereby be rendered incapable of complimenting this respectable city with any more of his singular services.
It is with the greatest degree of reluctance that the D-e of N-d has seen the city of Westminiter emancipate itself from that degree of slavery to his Grace under which it groaned for so many years, and he is now itriving, by means of his creature, Sir Cecil Wray, to reduce the Electors of that respectable city to their former servile situation ; but unfortunately for the schemes of the noble Duke, they see through his intidious delign, and are determined to preserve their liberty, which they would certainly lose if they were to comply with his desire on this occasion.
Sir Cecil Wray has contrived to make himfelf so extremely popular by his Chelsea Hofpital proposition, and his intended tax on maid servants, that not a crutch, or a broom in Westminster but will probably be elevated in support of this worthy Senator's reelection!
Three lies were issued by orders from the Treasury for the use of the current week.
Lie ist, That the Duke of Devonshire has withdrawn his countenance from Mr. Fox.
Lie 2d. Ditto of the Duke of Marlborough.
Lie 3d. That an Address in favour of the present Ministers was carried at the Yorkshire meeting
To the above lies all loyal subjects are desired to give implicit credit for the space of one week. N. B. The lie of last week, relative to the late loss of the Great Seal may now be doubted, and next week openly ridiculed.
Sir Cecil Wray's reception is very unfavourable among the order of female domestics ; they recollect his proposition to lay a tax upon them, too heavy for maid-fervants to bear, and revile him whenever he solicits a vote!