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presentative chosen by the independent Electors. From this the city of Westminster may see that those who endeavour to stigmatize Mr. Fox, on account of his coalition with Lord North, do not themselves fcruple to form the most unnatural and unprincipled union for the mere purpose of gratifying their own selfish feelings, at the expence of facrificing to the Court the freedom and independence of the Electors.
Though Chelsea College is not yet demolished, Sir Cecil Wray is certainly entitled to the sole nerit derived from the laudable proposal of razing it to the ground, over the hoary heads of those maimed veterans, who have so often fought the battles of their country !--It is evident then that Sir Cecil's present claims to senatorial honours are founded on principles of the most refined humanity, and therefore deserve a marking plumper from. every soldier and soldier's friend !
SirCecil Wray has einerged from the obscurity in which he lived by much the greater part of his life, to a very good purpose indeed. The first act of his political existence was an instance of the baselt ingratitude to Mr. Fox, his patron and parliamentary creator. The next is an example of the most shocking barbarity that ever entered a military head in the worli, that of taking the house from over the head of his fellow-fubjects, who are grown grey in the service of their country, and have lived upon its bounty with tranquility and security till this inhuman proposition was started by this worthy Earonet.
That a man who has lived all his life in a state of indolence and safety at home, fhould feel little for the distresses of thote brave fellows, who have lost their limbs in the defence of their country, is not altogether so amazing; but that an officer and a fellow-soldier should propose a scheme for turning a parcel of exhausted veterans out of house and quarter, is an instance of almost unexampled brutality, and is not more fhocking in point of humanity, than disgraceful as a violation of military character.
Mr. Churchill, who, out of politics, is a respectable character, broke with Mr. Fox because that Gentleman proposed Sir Cecil Wray as member for Westminister; Mr. C. deeming his own pretensions to that honour better founded, than those of the patriotic Baronet !
A certain fair Duchess intends to blind the Electors of with the influence of her eyes. Query, Is not the use of constellations as illegal as the use of dark lanterns ?
On Friday evening Mr. Frr was elected a member of the society of the Knights of the Brush at their lodge in' dcre.
275 ccre. Lord Hood was admitted into this fociety fome fort time since; on i reingit obferved to his Lordship that it was proper he should 'become one of the brotherhood, he very laconically enquired,“ Whether the Knights
of the Brush consisted of 'airters or Chimneysweepers.”
If Mr. John Churchill, of notorious memory, can assign one good reason why he has for many years been a flamming patriot, or a republican, and is now become a zealous. courtier, or a prerogative men, he inay regain the favourable opinion of those who were once his friends.
If fome future Parliament could institute a fort of mental Chelsea, for mutilated principles and worn-out honour, however Sir Cecil has withed to demolith the picjent Chelsea, there is every reason to fuppofe he would warmly espoule a proposition lo congenial to his own unfortunate situation,
DE it known to our well-beloved citizens and Electors of Westmintier, that if they vete on the prefint cccafio:1, according to the will and instructions of tho hereditary Lorus, they shall for ever after be erled of the trouble, tumult, and confusion of an Eleon. If an House of Cuiamous can be procured on the present occafion, fufficiently obedient, and fulmilire to tie Croon, the whole of the Government shall be put, as it ought to be, into the hands of thu prerogative, and the people will no longer be taken from their busine's, or desired to trouble themselves with the aifairs of the nation.
1. B. If the Electors are truly subunifive, and vote as they are desired, Sir Cecil Stray ihall not be fullired to pull down the Hospitals.
WEST MINSTER ELECTION. This morning as numerous a croud was a tembled at the Hustings in Covent Garden, as ever were collected upon a Timilar occasion.
about eleven Nir. Fox arıived, attended by the following p:oceflion, when his partizans immediately took post on the right, viz.
Porters, with cockades, two and two.
Marrow-bones and cleavers.
Standard, “Fox and LIBERTY.
on the one side, on the other,
Electors, four and four.
Grand Band of Wind Intruments.
On the other,
Electors, four and four.
Mr. F O X. Carriages of his Friends and Supporters, amongst which were those of the first
Whig Families in the Kingdom.
HONEST SAM, HOUSE. So general a burst of transport pervaded all ranks of people on seeing Mr. Fox, this perfevering champion for their liberties, as to leave no doubt of his re-election.
It was a long time before the tumultuous joy, which actuated the whole affeinbly, appeared to subside, and Mr. Baker was often interrupted by shouts of pleasure from proposing their favourite candidate, who was received with every demonstration of approbation and regard. After that Gentleman had, in the usual manner, announced Mr. Fox's intentions of again foliciting the fuffrages of the people of Westminster, he came forward himielt for the purpose of addressing his conftituents; but the fame system which has disgraced the conduct of his adverfaries, in bired hiffing, ruffian violence, and poisonous contrivances, prevailed this day; and all his efforts were ineffectual. The other candidates, Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, then attempted to be heard; but the confufion at this period became fo general, that it was all in vain. On the segular proposal of the respective candidates by the High Bailiff, the show of hands
was at least twenty to one in favour of Mr. Fox. This officer was then desired to pronounce his opinion upon whom the favour of the Electors had fallen, but he declared that from the confusion which prevailed, he was unable to ascertain ; and it was after some time agreed upon by all parties, that it would be beit to proceed immediately to a Poll. Mr. Fox was attended by a numerous group of the moit respectable characters, and received with such fervent inarks of popular admiration, as fully to show that his enemies have been defeated in all their insidious attempts to undermine his character, and ruin his interest with the inhabitants of Westminster. Lord Hood was escorted to the Huftings by a party of failors, some of whom bore a model of the Ville de Paris, which was destroyed in the croud, and some ruffians, in the habit of failors, were armed with sticks of a peculiar kind, with which many of them attempted to strike the friends of Mr. Fox; but the fury of the populace arose upon this brutal attack, and these wretches were obliged to make a precipitate retreat.
The sticks were of a very knotty kind, twisted with green cord, and headed by a thick piece of lead, which was covered with leather, and about a foot and a half in length. Sir Cecil Wray was accompanied by Lord Mahon, whose gestures were so wild, violent, and disorderly, that he seemed to be one of the poor unfortunate men who had just broke froin the confines of Bedlam. His Lordship and poor Sir Cecil met with every mark of popular disgult, and the latter from his conduct to Mr. Fox, and his disregard of the poor veterans of Chelsea, seemed universally to be considered as a monster of ingratitude and inhumanity. Upon the whole, the complexion of this day's proceedings, fully shows that the good sense of the people is not to be imposed upon against a man who has made the most fpirited exertions in defence of their privileges, and who has always proved himself the true friend of the constitution. At the closing of the poll, the numbers stood as follow : Mr. Fox
302 Lord Hood
264 Sir Cecil Wray
238 The two lovely Duchesses of Devon and Rutland, in their carriages, graced the can valcade of Mr. Fox, to the Hultings at Covent Garden.
Poor Jack Churchill! “Where be now your gibes and your jokes that were wont to set the table in a roar;-quite chop-fallen.” What a degeneracy is here; instead of ineeting wit with wit, and mirth with good humour, we fee nothing on the part of this once jolly fellow, but heavy menaces about libels and a blundering detail of disjointed faéts, Villainous fociety has been thy ruin? Avoid Sir Cecil, fuch company is more hoitile to wit, than “ Leg of beef, or bad ale."
On the first of April, 1783, the arrangiment was formed in the King's Closet, for bringing Mr. Fox and Lord North into governinent as joint Secretaries of State, on the basis of Coalition. This day, the first of April, 1784, an arrangement is made in Covent Garden for Mr. Fox, in consequence of his being turned out again! Thus every April-day is produ&tive of food for the wonder and merriment of John Bull.
A correspondent has favoured us with a copy of the following billet, the original of which was yesterday received by Mr. Wild, ot' Covent Garden Theatre :
“ Sir CWy presents his compliments to Mr. Wild the Prompter, and in“ forms him, he was this morning sufficiently chagrined on hearing the Rival Canii“ dates was to be the entertainment at Drury Lane Theatre; but was hurt in the ex“ treme, on discovering the Poor Soldier was to be the after-piece at Covent Garden; par“ ticularly, as it is attended with the mortifying circumstance of following the martial “ tragedy of Douglas.
“ He begs, for many reasons, Air. Wild will prevent in future, either the Poor S:“ dier, or Creica Pirhenor being repre!unted tiil after the Election."
Wood's Hotel, Ap.il 1, 1781.
In the neighbourhood of Covent Garden, bets are now ten to three, that Sis Cecil Wray will give up the contest on the clots of the poil to
morrow. A gentleman who met both Sir Cecil Wray and Vr. Fox, on Wednesday, convalling along the Strand, informs us, that the defpair which was marked in the countenance of the worthy Baronet, could only be equalled by the success which animated the features of Mr. Fox.
As a cart with a dead calf was passing through Covent Garden yesterday, a hockey coachınan hailed a brother of the whip, with a D—me, Jack, Sir Cecilias cut his zbrcat, and here he comes in a cart.
In yesterday's canvass, Sir Cecil 177fcatre complained most bitterly that Mr. Pitt had involved him in the whole of the infamy of propofing to direlijh Chelsea Hospitail, whereas it was a saving propofed by Mr. Jenkinton; and it is weil known Mr. Piet approves of the plan; ought not Mir. Pitt to own the truth, and thereby remove tie odium that is now wholly flung on Sir Cecil W'ray.
Sir Cecil's Wray's proposed tax upon Moid Sirvarts, would most undouitedly be a very productive one, as there is fcarce a fainily in the kingdom, however low their situation in life, but would contribute largely towards it.
It certainly was highly impolitic in Sir Cecil Wray to declare his fentiments, respecting Chelsea College, just on the eve of an Election, as he has thereby not only loit the votes of all the people interested in the existence of that place, but alio of every other person of a good understanding, with a heart not quite void of the feelings of humanity.
As Sir Cecil Wray was canvassing in Princes-street, on Friday lait, he was met by an old Chelsea Pensioner, who being told the Baronet's name, immediately railed his crutch, for the purpote of finally putting an end to his schemes for demolishing Chelsea Hospital; but fortunately a friend of his perceiving the old man's intention, apprized Sir Cecil, who, by an instant fight, escaped for that time the vengeance of the enraged Veteran.
It is not one of the flightest objections against Sir Cecil Wray's being elected for Westminster, that he is by no means remarkable for either a good understanding or a tolerable education; undoubtedly while the city of Westminster has one clever fellow, it may do without another; but then that other ought to have something like parliamentary abilities, something nearer merit than violent heat, miserable language, and no ideas.
It is astonishing what effect Sir C—W—'s motion has already had on the recruiting service. Since the time that measure has been known in the country, not a single man can be prevailed on to inlist, and many who had inlisted have actually deserted for fear they should-be left to distress and beggary, when they were by old age rendered unfit for duty.
It is asserted, that the grandfather of Mr. Fox subscribed 5000l. towards the building of Chelsea Hospital.
Though some people might for a little time be milled, yet so thoroughly are the Electors of Westininter now convinced of the uprightness of Mr. Fox's conduct, and of the treachery and ingratitude of his opponents, that there is scarce any doubt but
that the MAN OF THE PEOPLE will carry his Election by a majority of at least three to one.
The present conteft in Westminster is not whether this or that candidate should be chosen by the Electors for their representation ; but whether their old tyrant the Dee of N -d should recover the dominion which he so long usurped, and which was with so much difficulty wrested out of his hands. His Grace will never forget that Mr. Fox was the means of the inhabitants recovering their liberty; and is fully perfuaded that, that gentleman, from his great abilities, and high sense of honour, would never be prevailed on to suffer the rights of his constituents to be invaded, whilft, on the other hand, from the narrow mind, confined education, and weakness of intellects of the Honourable Baronet, his worthy patron has every thing to hope.
Extrait of a letter from Taunton, March 27. “ This day a bill of indictment was preferred against the Honourable Ch “F-, for bribery, before the Grand Jury for the county of Somerset, which was “ returned by them A true Bill.".
Finding all other endeavours to prejudice Mr. Fox in the opinion of the worthy Electors of Westminster ineffectual, the Pittites, we understand have at length had recourfe to a stratagem the most daring and infamous :- More than twelve months since Mr. Fox received a letter from a freeman of Bridgewater, stating the balance of an account between them, requesting the payment thereof, and desiring at the same time to know whether Mr. Fox wished him to vote for any particular perfon as Mayor for the Borough of Bridgewater. --Mr. Fox's answer conveyed a draft for the money due ; and the concluding paragraph pointed out a certain gentleman to whom Mr. F— wished success in his election for the Mayoralty:- This letter lately fallen into Ministerial hands, it was thought fome good might be made of it at the present crisis, if by coupling the two distinct circumstances together a man could be procured bold enough to give this a colour of bribery before a Grand Jury, who hearing but one side of the question, never fail to find a bill that may be preferred upon the flightest of all possible evidence :—This honourable manæuvre has been carried into execution ; with what view the independent Electors will soon be convinced ;--for the infamy of the device is even outdone by the groffness of its absurdity!
Bon Mot.--Mr. Fox, on his late canvass, having accosted a blunt tradesman, whom he solicited for his vote; the man antwered, “ I cannot give you my support ; I admire your abilities, but on your principles.” Mr. Fox smartly replied, “ My friend, I « applaud you for your sincerity, but damn your manners.”
Mr. Fox having applied to a Sadler in the Hay-market for his vote and interest, the man produced a halter, with which he faid he was ready to oblige him. Mr. Fox replied, “ I return you thanks, my friend, for your intended present; but I should be «« sorry to deprive you of it, as I presume it must be a family piece.”
The beautiful Duchess of Devonshire is a constant visitor to the sport in Covent Garden : she is generally attended by a select party of the finest women in England, round whose carriages the mob croud and gaze, and gaze and croud until their senses are lost in admiration, and the pressure of those who puth for the fame pleasure, drives them into areas, through windows, or rolls them along the kennel to a diftant situation, bruised and be-mudded, but not diffatisfied.
The prefent Westminster Election may truly be called the sense and nonsense of the people, jumbled together. Every person that comes to the Hustings is allowed a right to poll, although the day on which he gives his suffrage be the first in which he ever faw Westminster. This is the actual fact, on the credit of an old gentleman, who has a regular bift of the real voters, and who, for public information, and not for any elecQ 92