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April 26.] The meeting at the Crown and Anchor Tavern on Friday evening was thie inost númerous ever known of Mr. Fox's friends, and filled every room in the tavern, so as to make it impofiille to accommodate upwards of two hundred, who Were obliged to return for want of room. Mr. Fox took the chair about half after four, and in a speech in which the transcendent abilities of that cminent Statefraan were most strikingly conspicuous, stated the purpose of the ineeting, and the gratelul fatisfaction of his own heart, at the appearance and zeal of so very respectable and numerous a fupport. The warmeit effufions of cordiality seemed univerially to animate the whole allembly, and Mr. l'ox with uncommon chcerfulness appeared most pleasingly fenfible of the respectable and flattering light in which his friends beheld hin. Several constitutional healths were drank by Mr. Fox, Lord Ludlow, Lord Robert Spencer, Colonel North, Mr. Sheridan, Mr. Townfend, &c. &c. till about fix o'clock, when Captain diorris made his appearance in the room; an instant uproar of applause took place, and Capt. ivlorris was conducted through the croud, and placed in the chair by Ir. Sheridan, which Mr. l'ox had vacated for a few minutes to go into the different Doms. Capt. Morris was then desired to mount on the top of it, and the whole atiembly, in one universal clamour, called out for the Baby and Nurse; Capt. . Morris fung it with uncommon spirit and exertion; the tumult of applause was beyond all belief, and furely there never was a composition which so well deserved it. il succeilionof conititutional toasis then took place; Mr. Fox returned, and other fongs were called for, but the whole company seemed to look to Captain Morris as the very life and foul of convivial wit and pleasure. The Captain, therefore, in compliance with their friendly folicitations, gave them another of his longs, a most elegant and fierling compofition, made for the day, and called the još, which was encoreci with fuch a clamour of applause, that the Captain fung it a fecond time with equal spirit an effect; and it was then agreed, after drinking Captain Morris's health in three cheers, to undertake an universal canvass, and not lose in the charms of convivial enjoyment the great purpose of the meeting: Mr. Sheridan, therefore, in a most ingenious and elegant harangue on the liberty of the press, which the new prerogative Adminiftration have began to invade in our filter kingdom, gave, as a conclusive toast, « The Liberty of the Press.” This being drank, Mr. Fox made a grateful adieu to the compary for the evening, and the whole company, except a few who had facrificed too freely to the jolly god, difpersed themselves on a canvass with full confidence of complete fuccess.
The intention of the suppression of the freedom of the press has struck with horror every paper in London, except one, that infanous one, devoted to the panegyric of the principal crime, which disgraces the name of man, and which is rivetted to the purpose of rendering the female fex obnoxious. The courtly Sampson himself, and like his jormer felf on this occasion, throws away all ideas of the decorations of a Court, when the trappings of full fledged Royal favours are to be plucked from the pinions of the Constitution, and from the breast of that glorious nymph, fuir Liberty. The Morning P— has adopted the debilitated idea of Rome-unhappy Rome! once the triumphant master, now the prostituted mistress of the world.
The toasts of the Aleeting at Wood's Hotel on Saturday last, are certainly replete with wit, and are worthy the observation of the public. Lord Hood toasted the Lord Lieutenant of the Coun y, as became the profeiled Candidate of the Court ;-—Sir CWtoaited the D-- of N-, as became the betrayer of the caufe of the indpendent Electors of Westminsters ;-Lord M -tin--s drank a toast, full of wit and husnour, such as became his Lordship, who is remarkable for the brilliancy of his imagislation ;---the nominal Mr. C- (for the real Mr. C is known to be ablent)
gave a toast, which seemed to indicate a speedy triumph to the cause of the Court; but unfortunately the state of the poll proves a direct contradiction to all these empty rhodomontades.
The friends of one of our morning papers begin to perceive, that every attack on the inuch valued Dm of D has failed of success, and have therefore given up the chace, or rather it may be thought that such infinuations caused the public to examine the deportment of her Grace in every walk of private and public life, and to examine hers, is to approve and commend.
The great complaint against Mr. Fox is, that he is not a man of very affluent fortune; and his enemies, or rather the enemies to the grandeur of our country, tay, that such a man may use the public money for his own advantage; but let us see the answer, Mr. Fox has been twice a Minister, and yet it is not pretended that he has improved his fortune, so that it is not possible to win the good word of an enemny, for had he acquired property from official situation, he would be called a public peculator; and now, because he prefered the good of the country to his private interest, and has departed froin office with clean hands; the friends of Secret Influence must in truth declare, that he has not a stake in the country, &c. and that because he has proved himself an honest Minister.
April 27.] The event of this day's poll will no doubt prove so far decisive as to rescue the city of Westminster from the painful mortification of any longer seeing the man of their averfion stand on the poll superior in numbers to the man of their free choice. The undaunted champion of constitutional freedom !
The phalanx of Independent Electors, who have reserved their suffrages for the completion of this day's victory, will be received as they approach the Huitings, with the grateful acclamations due to the heroic protectors of the people's rights.
The bets last night were; a hundred guineas to ten, that Mr. Fox was fitting Member for Westminster!
The absurd partizans of the unfortunate Sir Cecil give out, that as a scrutiny will be demanded on the part of the Iscariot Baronet, the High Bailiff will not return Mr. Fox till that scrutiny is finally concluded : but the legal fazt is, that the proper officer ini? make a return, on or before the 18th of Mary, agreeable to the tenor of the King's writ; or abide the penal consequences of his disobedience. In casual Election, no day is fixed for the return; but in general ones, the time is precisely specified, and muit be duly observed.
Sir William Gordon, who enjoys no less than a thousand pounds per annum, obtained under the immediate patronage of Mr. Fox, has very gracefully declined voting at this crisis in favour of his political benefactor.
Mr. Salter the bricklayer haş but one admissible pretence for personating Mr. Churchill, which is, that he, as well as the medical gentleman is a dealer in plaisters—for stucco work!
Such gentlemen of the royal band, who are Electors of Westminster, have to a man been taught who it is that pays the piper, and the first fiddle has been the leader of their votes! Many of them in the beginning attempted to indulge in an ad libitum, but as this was likely to produce discord in the averture, they were told that all pauses gave offence; ----they prudently availed themselves of the hint, and have since voted altogether in allegro time!
The difiniffion of Mr. Whitehead, the Yeoman of the Guards, from his office, for voting in support of Mr. Fox, exhibits a fad reverse of the auspicious fate of his Laurezi
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ramefuku! he, in his facrifices to the solar Gol, experiences all the blessings of funshine! but the first mentioned gentleman, un-fchooled in the page of fiction, voted according to the dictates of confcience and an independent mind, and erred in being homeft.
April 27.] The propitious moment, which we have long prelaged, and of the cer. tainty of which we nerer entertained a doubt, is at last, this day, happily arrived, and Mr. Fox has obtained that superiority upon the poll for Westminster wh.ch he would long fince have obtained, if the most desperate and unconstitutional expedients had not been exerted against him, that were ever adopted upon any fimilar occafion. The triumph upon this occasion is not more complete, on account of the victory obtained over every exercise of every iniluence, that is at once corrupt and unconstitutional; but as it contains an evidence the most decisive and incontrovertible, that the popular delusion of the moment is now rapidly on the decline, and that the people are proceeding fait to the recovery of that good fenfe and generous regard for the true conftitution of the country, which is their general characteristic, but of which they had evidently undergone a momentary derilection, and of course, that the triumph of prerogative is likely to be as brief in its duration, as it was base and underhand in the mode of obtaining it. If this temporary deception begins to wear off in Weftminfter, in the immediate scene of political action, where the nature of a ftatefinan's conduct is subject to the most thorough investigation, and the motives of it best understood, it furely affords a fair and Teatonable opportunity for this interference, that the more the general body of the people underitand the public principles and conduct of Mr. Fox, the more i hey will refpeét them; and that nothing is wanting but a little time to restore him once more to that universal esteem which he has so long held with his countrymen, and which the undeviating confistency of his principles, the decisive superiority of his talents, and the length of his political experience so eminently entitle hiin to. Upon the close of this day's poll, the numbers stood, Lord Hood
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FORTY-EIGHT. April 27]. This day upwards of eight hundred Electors in the interest of Mr. Fox dined together at the Free Mason's Tavern, Mr. Fox in the cliair: after the glorious triumph of the day, it were needless to add that this meeting presented an uninterrupted scene of convivial mirth. Various patriotic toalts were drank-among which were, “ the Duchesses of Devonshire and Portland, and the other fair supporters of the whig di cause.” Captain Morris entertained the company with his much admired political fong, “ The Baby and Nurse.”—Mr. Bannister, with “Give me Death or Liberty, &c.” after which, the company broke up about seven o'clock, in order to resume their canvafs with fresh vigour.
It must be acknowledged that Mr. Churchill's retreat to Bath was not ill timed; he did not chuse to be an eye-witness to the late defeat and complete overthrow of the cause he has espoused, and which his vanity had prompted him to think would prove successful through his exertions, because, upon a former occasion, he had the honour of being Chairman of Mr. Fox's Committee, when the spirit of the independent Electors firit triumphed over their opponents in Westminster. Like the Fly upon the Chariotwheel, he foolishly conceived that he had raised that cloud of dust which firft overwhelmed and stified the influence of the Court in this city, and which he has now in vain endeavoured to revive, by deserting his former principles, and meanly enlisting under the banner of ministerial corruption.