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name is a tower of Arength, a rock of defence for the constitution; and though he stood alone, his fuperior genius would keep an host of enemies in awe.
It were to be wished, that in times like these, something like a regard to decency was obferved. How can we reconcile it to the rules established among gentlemen, that terms which would not be suffered in conversation, are to be bandied about in lainpoons-Can scurrility do good to any cause? It ought to be resented by people as an insult on their understanding, for to them it is addressed.
The riots in Covent Garden are at an end the chairmen having out-polled the failors.
On Mr. Pitt's return from the Grocers Feaft, when the rabble who attended him came opposite to Brookes's, in St. James's-street, and commenced their attack on the house, the cry was, “ Break the rascals chairs." “ Arrah, Pat, (lays one of the chairmen to another) is it the Constitution to brake our chares?" No, by Jasus, Tady, it's Secret Influence.”—“ Secret Influence! what's that?”—“ Nothing so easy; Secret Influence is the Back stairs, man.”_" Oh! tunder and blood, down with the Back-stairs, man! For fighting and the front door all over the world! And in three minutes the Irishmen restored peace and good order to the street.
As a proof of our assertion, that a systematical plan is regularly pursued by the adherents of the present Ministry, to revile and calumniate the loveliest of the creation, we must request every man of English feelings to count the number of paragraphs inserted in the ministerial prints of yelterday (Good Friday) against women. We should detest to infinuate this idea, unless the unwarrantable repetition of the most odious and shocking, afperfions on the fex demanded the interference of every man of generosity and native sensibility
THE INFLUENCE OF BEAUTY. It is not without reason that certain individuals object to the influence of beauty.What can be so unseemly as that women should descend to the vulgar manners of civility and gentleness? or that they should be so negligent of character and fashion, as to be earnest in the service of the man whom they love? An end is put at once to the privileges of Englishmen, if the Ladies are to be suffered to interfere in the Constitution. What have they to do with representation? So far from wishing to preserve their freedom, they generally desire to get rid of it as soon as they can. If they have estates, and defre to protect them, the proper representative is a husband; and with a clear rent roll, they will have no great difficulty in their canvass for one.
A sober, plain Englishman can really have no opinion of his own, if his understanding is to be attacked by the arguments of eyes. He can have no chance for his liberty, if weapons so irrefiftable as finiles and glances are used against him. The influence of beauty therefore must be more dangerous in a free country than the Secret Influence of the Crown.
If it should be admitted that Ladies have a right to canvass for their favourite candidate, and to exercise the arts of never failing beauty ag.unit the untuspecting hearts of Englishmen, their next step will be to vote for them; and they will maintain their franchises by arguments which we cannot refute. Having gained this, they will next get into Parliament themselves, and then farewell to our liberties as a free people !-The Ladies now have the confidence to aspire to an equal elevation with the men in every thing. They aver that genius is of no sex, and finding themselves poffetled of equal talents, they presume to cultivate them to an equal degree of polish. Is it to be endured, that they should not only triumph over us in figure and face, but that they Sf
thould also be fuperior to us in accomplishments and senseFar be it from the wishes of all sober men !
Let it therefore be known from this time forth,
That it fhall be downright impudence in any woman of rank to have the condes fcenfion of speaking to any person of a lower condition.
That Ladies of quality have no right to entertain friendships, or if they should be fo indiscreet and unfashionable as to prefer one man to another, that it is absolute vul-. garity in them to expose it to the world.
That Ladies of quality have no businels with the affairs of the nation.
That Ladies ought never to come out of the nursery except to make a pudding for dinner; and that, if they have any spare time, it should be occupied in the stitching of chair covers.
It was observed of the Duchess of Devonshire and Lady Duncannon, while they were foliciting votes in favour of Mr. Fox, on Saturday last, that they were the most lovely portraits that ever appeared upon a canvass!
On Saturday last Lloyd Kenyon, Esq. lately the Attorney General of the Crown, and now Master of the Rolls, one of the highest offices in the law, voted for Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray. His house is in the parish of St. Giles, but he voted for a Iittle back-room which projects into Portugal-street. He voted therefore as a lodger.
Nothing could be more degrading to a man of feeling and delicacy, than the conduct of the Master of the Rolls. That a man of his rank, and who lately filled the first law office of the Crown, should defcend to a vote as the accupier of a back-room, three yards fquare, in a city were the right of election is in housekeepers, shows to what fhifts the Court is driven in the present Itruggle.
There is something unmanly in the fquibs thrown against certain Peeresses. When Ladies lay themselves open to attack, men of gallantry will cover, and not expose their amiable weaknesses.
It is expected that the partizans of Lord Hood will, in the course of this day, ring all the changes upon the engagement which was fought on the 12th of April, between the fleets under Lord Rodney and the Comte de Grasse, because his Lordship had that day the command of one of the English divisions. But let the public be remembered that his Lordship, if the Gazette is to be credited, had but little to do in the action, as Lord Rodney expressly says, he “ sent Sir Sainuel Hood's division in quest of the
enemy, because his thips had not suffered in the engagement !" It is also arrogantly advanced, that the Ville de Paris ftruck to the Barfleur, although the Canada, Captain Cornwallis, had a preference to that honour over every other. Thip in the fleet!
The attempts of ribaldry against the Duchess of Devonshire are so truly wretched, that one cannot help mixing a degree of pity with the indignation we naturally feel against the writers. The following apostrophe, from some lines addrefled to her Grace abour four years fince, is at this season very applicable :
« O, bow ye tranfgreffors, in penitence bend;
It is rather hard on the foldiery to be laughed at, as they now are, for doing the only Grvice that the times allow ot. Every one knows that a red cout is an odious light in time of peace; and formerly, the keeping up an army, at a great expence, to lounge about the country, was thought useless and ridiculous, if not dangerous, in a free country. Can any one wonder then, that the foldiers are alert and active at Llections ? Marching and counterinarching at the Husings keeps them in exercise, and not only strengthens their limbs, but adds to their courage; for surely it they are taught to be ir the indignation of their own countrymen, expressed in every pollible way, with ease and indifference, for only a trifling addition of pay, there can be little doubt but that in future they will meet their natural enemies with exactly the fame proportion of patriotism and spirit, that they now discover facing their fellow-citizens.
Several of the soldiers belonging to the regiment quartered in the Savoy voted for Sir Cecil Wray and Lord Hood, on the poll of Saturday last. These worthy and most patriotic candidates having now completely exhausted the whole of their inilitary refources, are confidently said to have addressed an application to the Sheriff of London, requesting permission to bring as many of the independent prisoners as are not under actual fentence of death, to vote for them on this day's poll. We understand no anfwer has yet been returned to this requisition, to the great mortification of Sir Cecil, who rests his whole hopes of making even a decent figure for six days, upon the fuccess of the above application !
The following orders were yesterday transmitted to the proper office, as documents for carrying on the legend of lies, during the course of the ensuing week :
Ordered, That twenty paragraphs per day be inserted against the Duchess.
That Lord John Cavendish, Gen. Conway, Mr. Vyner, and Mr. Baker, be calumpiated in every possible way, as the best means to vindicate their constituents for electing their successors.
That the various services of the guards be duly celebrated, at St. George's Fields, firing on the citizens, St. Cas, &c.
That the prisoners, &c. of the Savoy be stated as good Westminster Electors.
Lastly, as the only true principle for supporting the legend of lies in its original vigour, that it be always remembered, that
66 Whatever is, is right!" The Jockey Duke is still on his fidgets, left Mr. Fox should get the whip-hand of Sir Cecil in the scrutiny heat; and if so, away goes the fee simple of his Grace's borough interest near Dumfries !
Tommy Titmoufe adheres to the Prince with uncommon fealty :-He fears his voice as Falstaffe did the “ roaring of the lion's whelp,” walks before him in the Promenades of Beauty through hidden mazes and secret windings, and is to the Prince, even as the jackall is to the lion!
It is rather a solecism in female politics, that Lady Willoughby should canvass on the side of Mr. Fox, considering her Ladyship’s relative situation: the Duchess of Ancaster is an advocate for the Court Candidates; and Mr. Burrell, whole family is allied by a double marriage to the House of Percy, is not, it is thought, inactive in the cause of Sir Cecil. SI 2
The Duchess of Devonshire's canvass commencing in St. Martin's-le-grand, and finishing in the parish of St. Margaret's, has been coinpared to the course of the fun, which riles in the East, and sets in the Weft; the fimile may be improved upon by observing, that in going down her Splendor was increased, and that all beholders becaine Persians, and bowed their heads in adoration,
TESTS to which the signatures of Watkin L-s, Joseph M—y, and Cecil W—y ought to be annexed.
“ I do solemnly declare; from a consciousness of inability to determine any question “ requiring sense or judgment, that I will immediately convene my constituents and “ receive their instructions how to act, which I pledge myself to conveyto the senate, either by the use of my lungs or on paper; and I will ever wholly devote my cranium vacuum to their use and service, and shall always consider myself as the passive vehicle of nonsense, confusion, and inconsistency."
Notwithstanding the apparent majority in favour of Sir Cecil Wray, the friends of Mr. Fox are confident that the exertions of the independent Electors of Westminster will be finally successful; the miserable arts to which their opponents are reduced, evidently prove that they have exhausted the whole of their strength. Mr. Fox would certainly have had a majority on the poll of yesterday, had not a very unfair and illiberal manæuvre' been practised to prevent it towards the latter end of the day; the friends of the Court Candidates observing several persons in the interest of the popular Candidate to be coming up to poll, for the purpose of protracting it, insisted that the telt oath should be given to all persons indiscriminately, although there was no reason whatever to suppose any of them to be Roman Catholicks; among the number, were two gentlemen, Members of Parliament, one an Officer in the Army, and one the High Sheriff of a County, who certainly could not be supposed to be within that defcription. By this illiberal artifice near twenty of Mr. Fox's friends were prevented from polling, which would have given him the majority of the day. It is hoped, however, that the Electors will not submit to such treatment, nor allow themselves to be cheated qut of the exercise, of their franchises by tricks which the lowest pettifogging attorney would be ashamed to practise.
A certain General's appearance at the Hastings at Covent Garden, with upwards of three hundred votes from the first regiment of Guards, in favour of the Court Candidates, was, perhaps, as indecent and as gross a violation of the freedom of Election as ever was remembered to have been practiced : this proceeding may, perhaps, prove the General an excellent Courtier ; but it does not much exalt his military reputation. The General, no doubt, conceives himself more likely to obtain a regiment for services of this nature, than for any which he can boast to have atchieved elsewhere against the enemies of his King and country.
Lord Surrey yesterday joined his forces with Mr. Fox on the Huftings at Covent Garden,
In the greatest of the great contests for Westminster, that between Sir George Vandeput and Lord Trentham (the present Lord Gower.) the event of the scrutiny was to vitiate near 1000 votes on both sides !
It is remarkable enough, that the first promotion of Lord Hood, from a Lieutenancy to the rank of Poft Captain, was obtained chiefly by an electioneering interest, which he got by his marriage with a lady of Portsmouth.
It must excite the indignation, says a correspondent, of every lover of goodness, beauty, and virtue, when he peruses some of the daily papers (poor perishable commodities!) at finding the Duchess of Devonshire handled, fo illiberally, to use a very le
nient phrase. There is surely no immodefty in one of the amiable fex's taking upon herself to serve her friends, but there is much generosity. If her Grace has the generosity to undergo the fatigue of canvassing for her acquaintance, her conduct is laudable; but if a paltry garretteer happens to prove of different principles, to envy excellence in the other sex, let him either keep silence, or disdain the mean arts of abuse, provided he would not incur the just chastisement and contempt of her Grace's well wishers.
It is not surprising that determined spirits of opposition should appear in Westminster againft Sir Cecil Wray, which even the exertions of the Court cannot conquer. There is something in the nature of an Englishman which shuns and abhors ingratitude. It is on this score, independent of all politics, that the modern Judas is so universally, execrated!
That the Court party is now reduced to the very last extremity in Westminster, is apparent from the circumstance of their having yesterday obliged two of the King's messengers to poll for Sir Cecil Wray, who were actually appointed by Mr. Fox himfelf when Secretary of State. One of those unfortunate men, not being so callous and void of every feeling of gratitude as the candidate for whom he was compelled to vote, was observed to have tears in his eyes, while in obedience to the tyrannical dictates of his fuperiors, he gave his voice against his benefactor.
The story is now out.-The Seals it seems were pawned at the three golden ballsKing, Lords, and Commons, where, according to the old proverb, it was two to one they were not redeemed from the arbitrary shop of Prerogative usury.
Nine thousand feven hundred and thirty seven names stood on Monday on the poll books, as having voted at the present Election for Westminster. This is a greater number by three hundred than appeared during the famous contest between Lord Trentham and Sir George Vandeput.
April 15.] Mr. Fox's majority on the poll yesterday was the remarkable number 45– Mr. Wilkes polled against him the day before.
Fox and 45 will now become a fashionable combination with all the lovers of political freedom and the true friends to the constitution of Great Britain. This glorious Number, which once raised an honest enthusiasm in the heart of every Englishman, has lately funk into a general oblivion or disrespect, in confequence of the universal contempt which has covered the individual who firft gave rise to it. But it will now recover itself with an invigorated reputation, when it is considered as the symptom of defeated Aristocracy and Court Influence, and the certain presage of success to that man who has devoted his life to the service of his country, and is alone able to restore her in her humility and exigence.
We presaged some days ago, that when the venal combination of military or mercenary voters was once fairly exhausted, Mr. Fox would again recover that decided superiority in the poll for Westminster, which he undoubtedly possesses in a genereral estimate of the Electors. The first ftep towards the final accomplishment of this prediction was displayed in yesterday's inajority, and the Indpendent Electors may rest firmly assured, that their cause is certain of success, and that the Court and Aristocratic Junto must wait for some other opportunity for again enflaving the freedom of the city of Westminster, and reducing it to that state of subjection and obedience, from which the late Representatives so honourably emancipated this great and respectable city.
The independent spirit of the Electors of this free city is now rouzed. The detection of the system of polling false votes for the Court, has decided those who had intended to be neuter, to take a part and assert their own rights,