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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 best to proceed immediately to a Poll. Mr. Fox was attended by a numerous group of the most 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 Hustings by a party of failors, some of whom bore a model of the Ville de Paris, which was destroyed in the croud, and foine 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 from the confines of Bedlam. His Lordship and poor Sir Cecil met with every mark of popular diigust, 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 spirited 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
261 Sir Cecil Wray
238 The two lovely Duchesses of Devon and Rutland, in their carriages, graced the care valcade of Mr. Fox, to the Huttings 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 facts. Villainous fociety has been thy ruin? Avoid Sir Cecil, such company is more hostile to wit, than “ Leg of beef, or bad ale."
On the first of April, 1783, the arrangement was formed in the King's Closet, for bringing Mr. Fox and Lord North into government as joint Seçretaries 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 confequence of his being turned out again! Thus every April-day is productive 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, of Covent Garden Theatre :
“ Sir CP-y 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 circumftance of following the martial “ tragedy of Douglas. Q.9
“ He begs, for many reasons, Air. Wild will prevent in future, citlier the Poor Sol“ dier, or Chelsea Pensioner being represented till after the Elcction.”
Wood's Hotel, April 1, 1781.
In the neighbourhood of Covent Garden, bets are now ten to three, tha: Sir Cecil Wray will give up the contest on the clofe of the poll to-morrow.
A gentleman who met both Sir Cecil Wray and Mr. Fox, on Wednesday, canvaling along the Strand, informs us, that the despair 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 hackney coachinan hailed a brother of the whip, with a D-me, Jack, Sir Cecil has cut his throat, and here he comes in a cart.
In yesterday's canvass, Sir Cecil IV isoacre complained most bitterly that Mr. Pitt had involved him in the whole of the infamy of proposing to demolish Chelsea Hospital, whereas it was a saving proposed by Mr. Jenkinson ; and it is well known Mr. Pitt approves of the plan; ought not Mr. Pitt to own the truth, and thereby remove the odium that is now wholly flung on Sir Cecil Wray.
Sir Cecil's Wray's proposed tax upon Maid Servants, would moft undoubtedly be a very productive one, as there is scarce a family 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 sentiments, respecting Chelsea College, just on the eve of an Election, as he has thereby not only lost the votes of all the people interested in the existence of that place, liut also 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 last, he was met by an old Chelsea Pensioner, who being told the Baronet's name, immediately raised his crutch, for the purpose of finally putting an end to his schemes for demolishing Chelsea Hofpital; but fortunately a friend of his perceiving the old man's intention, apprized Sir Cecil, who, by an infant flight, escapcd 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 effeat Sir CW-'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 goool. towards the building of Chelsea Hospital.
Though some people might for a little time be misled, yet so thoroughly are the Electors of Weftininfter 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 contest in Westminster is not whether this or that candidate should be chosen by the Electors for their representation; but whether their old tyrant the Dof N-d should recover the dominion which he so long usurped, and which was with so much dificulty 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 persuaded that, that gentleman, froin 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.
Extract of a letter from Taunton, March 27. “ This day a bill of indictment was preferred against the Honourable C* 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 recourse 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 defiring at the fame time to know whether Mr. Tox wished him to vote for any particular person 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-wilhed success in his election for the Mayoralty.--This letter lately fallen into Ministerial hands, it was thought some 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 dn 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 said he was ready to oblige him. Mr. Fox replied, “ I return you thanks, my friend, for your intended present ; but I should be « forry 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 loft in admiration, and the pressure of those who push for the same pleasure, drives them into areas, through windows, or rolls them along the kennel to à distant situation, bruised and be-mudded, but not diffatisfied.
The present Westninster 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 saw 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 elecR92
Electors, to consider of an Address to his Majesty. The success of the Buckinghamshire meeting was also afcribed wholly to fimilar exertions of the fame patriotic Noble
But at the Weftminster Election, yesterday, the noble Lord exceeded himself. A party of failors were stationed to beliege the Shakespeare, and prevent the voters of Mr. Fox from coming to the Huftings. When requested to disperse his gang, his Lordthip replied, “ I cannot disperse them, without the consent of the Committee." The fpirit of the independent Electors, however, overcame all' oppo tion, and The Man of the People still retains the majority on the Poll.
The seamen are hearty fellows, and the moment they are rightly informed that Sir Cecil is the tworn foe of the poor old soldiers, they had rather die than give their voice to the man who would starve their fellow-fufferers. Mr. Fox is a friend to Lord Hood, but Lord Hocil is ás angry as any man at the cruel attack upon
Chelsea Hospital. The Duke of Queensberry having laid a few paltry bets that Mr. Fox would not carry his Election for Westminster, has been ftraining every remnant of a nerve about him to procure a few votes for Sir Cecil. Many lay this conduct arises from the Duke's anxiety leit he should shortly cease to be a courtly thing ; while others affirm his Grace has an inveteracy against Mr. Fox, on account of its being whispered some years since, that he affifted in the memorable stanzas addressed to the Duke, which began,
“ Say, jockey Lord! advent'rous macaroni!
“ So spruce, fo old, so dapper, fiff, and starch, “ Why quit the amble of thy pacing poney,
Why on a filly risk thy fáme, O! Márch?” The following odd rencontre happened in Covent Garden yesterday : young failor, who was half seas over, kept running about, roaring out Sir Cecil for ever! – At the corner of the Piazza an old Chelsea man ftood leaning against the wall, who instantly recollected the jolly tar, and cried out, “ What! Jack, are you a friend to of the man who would pull down my only house?” Jack foon discovered that this. fpeech came from his old father-in-law. The consequence may be easily imagined.
The young seaman looked shamefaced, and, pulling out five shillings, broke out into the following honest exclamation -- Father, is it thee?-D-m my eyes, here's the “ trash that brought me here—it's at your service-and I'll be
dd if I fight for Sir “ Cecil any more.” The following note was sent last night to the High Bailiff of Westminster :
Shakespeare Tavern, Friday evening. « Mr. Fox's Committee most earnestly request the High Bailiff of Westminster to “ exert the powers vested in him by law, for the preservation of the peace, and of the « freedom of Election during the Poll, in order to prevent a repetition of the outrages “ of this day, so disgraceful to the police, and fo dangerous to the safety of the peace“ able Electors of this city.”
To the High Bailiff of Westminster. The Duchess of Devonshire attended the Hustings yesterday in an elegant equipage. Her Grace wore a favour in her hat, and another on her breast, inscribed with FOX. The servants and horses were also decorated with these testimonies of approbation. Another carriage of the House of Cavendish made a like display in compliment to Mr. Fox.
Mr. Fox was well aware that he roused a nest of hornets when he undertook to reftrain the enormous crimes of the plunderers of the Faft; but his generous soul rose
above all personal considerations. Relying on his Master's support, and the public a?plause, he brought forward a measure that will reflect eicinal honour on lsis name. 'If Henry the Fourth of France had facrificed Sully, in a fimilar situation, to a Court intrigue, he never would have obtained the name of Great.
Our natural enemies profit by Mr. Fox's abilities; they have cagerly embraced his India Biil as a syilen of the foundett policy, and drawn from it a code of reculations for the government of the Last India Company. Poor deluded Britain! Is it your late never to see your true interest, until it is too late to pront by the discovery; and must the loss of another empire rouse you
dream of delusion? How must every man of honour fcel for a manly honest Minister acting under a Mailer who had entered into a compact with his enemies to betray hiin into their hands on a private fignal!
To facilitate the change projected long before by the secret Cabinet, Mr. Pitt, at the opening of the feffion, called upon Mr. Fox to bring forward a strong measure for the governinent of the East India Company. No lialf measure! was the cry. Mr. Fox's unsuspecting temper and manly spirit led him on to the ground where his cowardly opponents had prepared a mine to blow him up.
The pr fent struggle must determine the future consequence of the House of Commonș. If the Ministry are succesful in their atteinpts at feducing the Electors throug!ıout the country, the people may bid a long farewel to all their rights, to all their weight and influence, in preserving the balance of the Constitution. The die will soon be cast, and the event, in a few weeks, muft Mow, whether the popular depravity of the last three months will be corrected in time to save a finking country from iminediate ruin. If men are chosen, who are tenacious of the privileges of the Cominons, every thing may yet do well; but, on the contrary, should the new system prevail, and the hands of the present Cabinet be strengthened, to complete their unconftitutional designs, the glorious fabric, which has itood the wonder of ages, must sink at once, and crush the liberty, the glory, the dignity, and the power of the country, never to rise again !-As we value the Constitution, we will be vigilant in this trying hour-we will save our laws, our privileges-we will commit them inviolate to potterity-our fons shall not be justified in complaining, that their fathers were traitors to to facred a trust; neither shall it be recorded in the historic page, that the efforts of an arbitrary and aristocratic faction, that had been based by the spirit of the people twenty years before, succeeded at the present period.
Mr. Sheridan was congratulated on the Huftings on Friday with the acclamations of Mr. Fox's friends, being just returned from Stafford, where, notwithstanding the boasts of the ministerial party, he has been unanimously re-chosen.
If any new inducements were wanting to fix the Electors of Westminster in the interest of Mr. Fox, the gross and unconstitutional influence that has publicly and notoriously been exerted against him, would amply supply it. It is a literal fact, thit, on one of the Ladies of the Bedchamber menacing a tradesman with the loss of the Q's custom, if he dared to vote against Sir Cecil Wray, the honest and independent 2011(wer was this :-" I assure you, Madam, I have every respect for their Majefties, but " still more for the Constitution of my country. You'll excuie me, Malam, but I « vote for Mr. Fox."
The aristocratic tyranny of the ducal par nobile fratrum of Westminster is at length displayed in the full magnitude of its insolence; for those proud Lords now tell you, that, aided by the secret influence of them, they will carry the county of Middlesex, as well as that of this city, in despite of the voice of the people!