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It is remarkable, that since the Court Candidates took the imprudent meafure of bringing the parish books to the Ilustings, Mr. Fox has had a majority upon every day's poll, except one, when his opponents had the im:)! adrant:ige of four rotes against him. This shows what hopes of success they may reafunably derive froin the scrutiny, which they pretend to expect fo much from.
The licentiousness of the print-Shops in exhibiting to public view, caricatures of thie most eminent characters of the country, has long given much scandal to the laws of decency and propriety, but the excess to which they have carried it in the course of the present Election, by the exhibition of prints of the amiable and most distinguished female character, has drawn upon them the indignation of the public, in to much, that the windows of several shops have been broken within these few days, in consequence of it. It is to be hoped that this admonition will make the proprietors of these fhiops, in future, more cautious how they presume to insult the feelings of the public, and teach them to pay more regard to female delicacy, than has been of late usual with them.
Mr. Fox has already received the fuffrages of 5827 Electors of Westininfter, most of whom have honoured him with single votes :--will the tools of the Court audaciously tell us any more, “that he has lost the confidence of the Electors, and that he is no longer the Man of the People ?”
As soon as Mr. Fox was declared a head of Sir Cecil Wray on the Poll, the patriotic beauties at Mr. Jennings's, in Henrietta street, ratified the triumph of independence by a general display of laurel branches !
Lord Hood's canvaflers for the last three days have gone about pressing Electors to vote for Fox and Wray; “ and thus displease the friends of neither party;" but the design was too early discovered, and generally exposed, for the Court to derive much aid from so despicable a maneuvre!
Yesterday the recruiting party of the Court brought up Mr. Cross, the deaf and dumb miniature painter to give his suffrage for Sir Cecil Wray; the unfortunate Gentleman, however, being unable to answer any but private signals made by his own brother, was, after some dishculty adjudged not qualified to vote in fupport even of secret infuence!
The friends of Freedom and the Constitution must not relax in their exertions, because the Man of their Choice has gained the majority over his opponent : they are bound in justice to the causė, rather to redouble their zeal in his support, and thus raise him
that the powerful machinations of his combined enemies can reach him!
Lord Mahon retired from the Hustings yesterday, in woeful dudgeon! Unluckily a maid-fervant, with a wei mop in her hand, observed him making his escape; and watching her opportunity, the trundled her dripping weapon fo very dexterously, as to inoisten the Peer of the rueful countenance, molt profusely!-" His Lordship's face was “ like an April morn, clad in a shower of Juds!”—The poor Peer stalked off, with a “ muttered curse, “ quite chop-fallen!
The joy expressed yesterday by the populace in Covent Garden, upon the declaration of the majority in favour of Mr. Fox, sufficiently fhows that he is still, as the uniformity of his conduct entitles him to be, the darling of the people. It is to be la·mented that their zeal hurried them into some excesses, such as breaking the windows of feveral shops where prints and caricatures are exhibited, endeavouring to ridicule the caufe in which the Independent Electors of Westminster feel themselves so deeply interefted. It is however not to be wondered at, that the people should not tamely sub
mit to such daily insults as are offered to their feelings by these indecent and scandalous
Α Ν Τ Ι CΙ Ρ Α Τ Ι Ο Ν.
The Duchess of R. with the whole Tory interest of females, appears in battle array at the Theatre, Drury-lane, to oppose the tragedy of Cato-their station on the King's fide-cockades pink and white-patches on the left cheek.
Each party brings into the field large quantities of ammunition, such as powder, e Tence, rouge, &c.
The Duchess of D. lets fly a volley of arrows from her eyes; down fall the Tories in the Pit.
The Tories in the Pit recover; they venture to advance; the Duchess of D. opens her breast-work; the Tories ftand; they fall; Duchess of D. looks up to the Whig gods in the upper region; the Whig gods thunder their approbation.
The Duchess of R. lets fly a volley of arrows from her eyes; down fall the l'higs in the Pit.
The Il bigs in the Pit recover; they venture to advance; the Duchess of R. opens her breast-work; the Whigs stand; they fall; the Duchess of R. looks up to the Tory gods in the upper regions; the Tory gods thunder their approbation.
The battle rages; lightning and thunder; thunder and lightning.
The curtain rifes; Cato appears; the principles of liberty appear in all the elegant ornaments that Addison's genius could cull
A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty,
Is worth a whole eternity of bondage. The sentiment, like an ele&trical shock, flies to the very heart of the hearers ; party subsides, and every Briton applauds.
His sporting Grace of Queensberry, it is conjectured, will lose no less a fum than 10,000l. in long odds, which he betted some time fince against Mr. Fox's Election.
It is now with pleasure we inform the sons of freedom and independence, that the following places have exhausted all their stores of corruption in support of Sir Cecil Wray, and Secret Influencs; viz. St. James's, Buckingham House, Ireasury, Admiralty, Navy Office, East India House, Bank, South Sea House, Horse Guards, &c. &c. &c. &c.
April 29.] Yesterday overtures were repeatedly made by the desponding partizans of Sir Cecil Wray to close the poll, which however were as often rejected by the friends of Mr. Fox.
About nine o'clock yesterday morning the tail of the Lion on the top of Northumberland House fell down into the street, just as Sir Cecil Wray was passing by on his return from a voteless canvass: the superstitious observers of this strange accident gave it an ominous interpretation, predicting thereby the electioneering downfal of the Judaic Baronet, and his patron, old Hurlo Thrumbo!
The Committee at Wood's Hotel, for conducting Lord Hood and S Vray's Election, have sent no less than three expresses to Bath, to entreat Mi
their Chairman, to return to London ; but the unprosperous state of their cai
accounts he has received from Westminster since his residence at Bathi, have so mucii counteracted the waters, that his health, it seems, will not permit him to comply wit!ı their presling and reiterated folicitations.
The D--- of D----- continues to pay a just compliment to those persons whose good opinion ought to have any weight, for the is determined not to abandon Mr. Iux, until he is declared unworthy of Tupport by the virtuous, or until he gives up the caute of the public.
The question is not with whom Mr. Fox votes, but the question is, has Mr. Fox given up his public opinions, or abandoned his friends ; if he has not, and if he can persuade men with whom he once differed on public measures to concur with him in acting for the national good, we must be of opinion that he has with effect preached the gospel of patriotisın, and therefore that he deserves to continue in high favour with the Westminster Electors.
Extract of a letter from Bridgewater, Somerset, April 24. “ This day the Honourable Charles Jaines Fox was presented by the Mayor, Al“ dermen, and capital Burgesses, with the freedom of ihis borough, and therewitha 66 chofen Recorder for the fame, in the rooin of Vere Poulett, brother to Ann Poulett, “ Member for the laid borouglı, &c. &c."
Notwithstanding all the idle ribaldry with which the prints and print-flops abound, at the expence of one of the most accomplished and perfect female characters of this or any other country; the time is approaching very fast, when the exertions of this lovely woman in the cause of Liberty and the Constitution will meet their due reward; when cool and dispassionate reflection shall triumph over the prejudices of the day. All men, who think the influence of her Grace contributed to the success of Mr. Föx's Election, will incline to the belief and confeffion, that the redeemed and restored the declining honour of the city of Westminster--that she vindicated the independence of the Electors—that the faved them from the arbitrary interference of the Court, and afforded an example of political heroism, which added a luftre to thc exalted dignity of her station.
The ministerial prints have been obliged to confess, contrary to their inclination, that all the voters for Westminster have been unexceptionable fince the parish books have been brought to the Huftings; within which time a majority of upwards of three hundred has been done away, and poor Sir Cecil thrown into the back ground, to mourn his folly at his leisure !
An Election correspondent observing, with some surprize, an advertisement from the Committee at Wood's Hotel, with the name of John Churchill, Chairman, calling upol? the unpolled Electors of the city of Westminster to give their immediate suffrages in favour of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, of which defcription they affert there are still a fufficient number to secure a majority in favour of those fatrictic Candidates, greater than has appeared during the poll; he begs leave to recall to the recollection of the public, that when the state of the poll was more favourable to the above mentioned patrittic candidates, there appeared an advertisement from the fame Committee, complaining of Mr. Fox's protracting the poll, when the number of unpolled Electors was not sufficient 10 give him a possibility of success. The fame advertisement repeats the determination of the Parochial Committees, to persevere in supporting a scrutiny with the utinost vigour, but the circumstance of Mr. Fox's majority having uniformly increasid since the parish books have been brought upon the Hultings, does not seem to afford them the most flattering prospect of success from their adopting fuch a measure. The truth is, that this canting
and prevaricating Committee find themselves completely defeated, and they are catching at every thing to hide their shame, and ward off the contempt and ridicule they have incurred even with their own party r!
There is no longer that confident talk of a scrutiny for Westminster, which prevailed fo violently a few days ago. There is somewhat more of the piano in Mr. Churchill's note, and he now sings to the tune of a petition to the House, complaining of an undue Llection. This, if granted, would certainly have a delicious effect, as the whole bufineis would be to do over again, with this advantage to Mr. Fox, that as the world is coming round to their senses again, his majority would be ten times as great as it is at present.
Every Minister in this country has experienced a want of popularity before he has been long in office. Even the immortal Chatham himselt loft the confidence and opinion of the people foon after the war, in which he was so truly successful, glorious, and triumphant. There is in the first place no fixt principle to regulate the judgment of the croud; the multitude does not reflext, it cannot argue, but is eternally carried away by accidental prejudices, and governed by the turbulence of paffion. Thus the croud, which once idolized Mr. Tox, has since deserted him; idolized hiin for the very principles that have been since condemned in practice; idolized hiin for his zeal, for the conftitutional privileges of the subject--those very privileges which the peopeople have to lately been lolicitous to betray. If, however, Mr. Fox lost his popularity in the hour of enthusiasm, he is now gradually recovering it from all quarters.The thunders of execration are funk into the fober debates of reason, which bid fair to be shortly succeeded by that still sinall voice of public esteem, which arises from the conviction of public error.
The many ill-natured, illiberal, and scandalous infiuations that have been thrown out against the Duchess of D—-e, on her friendly and spirited behaviour during the Llection for Westminster, rather indeed deserve contempt than serious refutation. Had the authors reflected on her conduct, as espousing a different cause, it might have been pardonable; but from thence to infinuate a want of virtue and modesty, which are confined to no party, betrays a littleness of mind and ideas as contracted as the narrow fphere of life in which they move. Her exertions to serve Mr. Fox have, it seenis, provoked a poetaster in the newspapers to lament the degeneracy of feinale virtue and modesty; yet is he so ignorant of the human heart, as not to be able to judge wherein they confift. He sets out upon the most absurd principles; that is, he imagines that virtue and modesty are only to be found among the great, or else he could not condemn. her as loft to those virtues, only because the visits the poor. With regard to her permitting a kiss from a butcher, it is much more likely to be false than true, and confidering her, as the really is, a woman of character, there is no doubt but that she knows how to behave as such, and to repel any improper liberty that may be oifered; however, our correspondent will for the present suppose it were true; to what then does the crime amount? If the gained a vote for her friend by a kiss, it was not more criminal than granting a kiss to a man of quality for no other reason than his being introduced ; perhaps there is less guile in the heart of a butcher than in a man of quality; yet she is accused of trespaffing on the rules of modesty in one instance, which would not have been thought so in the other. " She likewife defcends below her dig“ nity.” What is the dignity of title? Not pride, which is sometimes the definition of it, a thing that has never been classed in the list of virtues, and therefore can have no real merit, but humility, which is the true dignity of a virtuous, benevolent, rational creature, and is a much higher title than Duchefs of D
Humility in the poor may be necessary; but in the opulent it is the sweetest virtue, and thews that
they have a soul as great as their rank and fortune. A little mind and a great fortune, though they so often meet, yet are improper companions: the great, instead of thinking themielves a superior race of beings, entitled to the hoinage and obedience of their inferiors, thould practice the virtues of humility, more particularly, as the weight of their obligations to providence is far greater than others who have not liad 10 many favours bestowed on them. Ladies of quality are in general a set of infipid, useless beings, and the world is furprized to find oae riling above their indolence and pride, and exerting herfelf to the utmost in what she thinks right: a luke-warın friend is worth nothing *. It matters not whether me is the friend of Fox, of Pitt, or the Man in the Moon : the principle from which the acts, deferves the highest praise; flie no doubt thinks it the cause of liberty and public good, the best incentives to a virtuous mind, and like the wife and mother of Coriolamus, exerts her utmost endeavours to fave a sinking state. What contamination is there in the abode of a poor tradesman merely because he is poor? The Duchess has too much good sense to affect the studied character of a prude, and from her innocence and good-humour, may not perhaps resent trifling things, while those of another description might condemn; but our correspondent is certain flre would never admit of any familiarities that unaffected modesty could disapprove. Dean Swift, in ridicule of an over-nice person observes, “That an over-nice man is a man of nafty “ ideas;" even virtue, when carried to excess, becomes criminal, folly and vice are in extremes; good sense and virtue is the true medium.
The Westminster Election, supposing it to be terminated as it stands at present, has been much farther carried than in the contest between Trentham and Vandeput-That the most memorable of any on record in Westminster, obviously was much less remarkable than that now carrying on, having lasted but 17 days, and being terminated with not many more than 9000 voters on the poll.
Lord Hood is placed over the door in the great room at the Academy: and Lord Rodney, the real hero of the 12th of April, has a secor.dary situation in the anti-room !
Yesterday afternoon a party of gentlemen waited upon the proprietors of the several print shops in the Strand, and remonstrated with them upon the impropriety of exposing in their windows the several shameful and indecent prints on the most ainiable of female characters: the shopkeepers admitted the grossness of such an exhibition, and very handsomely promised to prevent it in future: an example, no doubt, that will immediately be followed by all the respectable part of their profession; and should any other printféller after this be daring enough to continue a display of those wretched caricaiures, there is little doubt but he will be convinced of his error by a more speedy and exemplary punishment than the law of the land may afford.
It was the current report of yesterday, that Lord Hood was about to be appointed to the immediate command of the British squadron in the East-Indies, with an English peerage the idea was to secure thereby Sir Cecil Wray's seat for Westminster; but the Attorney General has informed Mr. Pitt, that the Returning Officer must return Lord Hood, notwithstanding any creation of nobility, if he continues at the head of the poll.
The dejected Committee of Sir Cecil Wray talk of a scrutiny, merely to preserve appearances with each other; a kind of pledge is thrown out in the prints, that a Scrutiny Thall be instituted as a ray of hope to the few reluétant ftragglers that may yet be dragged forth by secret influence in support of their loft cause : to carry on this farce,