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a subscription was proposed after Thursday's dinner at Wood's Hotel, when the capital sums of twice twenty pounds were subscribed on paper in the course of the evening to carry on this trifling concern; the list was handed to Lord Pompey, who, with more good sense than usually appertains to him, faid, he was not quite so rank an Hibernian as to contribute towards a scrutiny, that might probably invalidate the fuffrage he himfelf had given! and here the matter reits !
The half-finished scrutiny carried on by Sir George Vandeput against Lord T-renthum, the present Earl Gower, cost the latter 22,0col.-his Lordihip's majority was 15%, after about six or seven hundred votes were itruck off on each side. The present Lord Camden and the late Baron Perrot were Lord Trenthain's counsel.
The fashionable toast of the day is-laurel branches to the independent Electors of Weftininfter, and laurel water to the enemies of the constitucion !
Among the numerous patriotic toasts drank at Sir Cecil's last dinner, what could have been inore congenial than there two, which immediately succeeded each other, viz.
The Independence of the City of IVestminster!
The Dukes of Northumberland and Newcasile! ----had poor Jack Churchill's health permitted his remaining in town, this glaring contradiction had at least been avoided.
It is curious to observe, that the first toast related to have been given by the Vice Churchill at Wood's, at the late miserable dinner, was Woman !—These gentry are senfible of the very general fufpicion which certain of their principals labour under, and are rather indiscreetly zealous to do away the imputation.
A correspondent observes, that the toasts of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray's friends at Wood's Hotel, were happily selected, and did great credit to the loyalty, gallantry, taste, and ingenuity of the company; he observes that they were fifteen in number, and cannot but regret that so nunerous and fo convivial a meeting had not the effect of producing an equal number of votes in favour of Sir Cecil, who unfortunately had only twelve votes on the poll of yesterday.
MASQUERADE INTELLIGENCE. April 30.] The masquerade at the Opera House last night, confidering the engagements which the bustle of electioneering must have taid on the inhabitants of the metropolis, was numerous and gay; a company of about 800 were assembled by two o'clock. Among these, were many gentlemen of the gay world, some few women of fashion; but the nymphs in the train of Venus constituted the majority of the night.Among the characters were, a Fortune Teller, who boasted, by an advertisement, thaz she had poffeffion of a retrospective mirror, by which
“ The Peer might see when he lost his popularity, by fpreading foret influence !
A Tinker, who called himself Paddy Mountmorres, delivered a song, containing satirical strictures on his name fake Per.
The Prince of Wales visited the scene, but did not continue more than an hour. The Fox Brush entwined with laurel was worn by a third part of the Company; but to extend the licence of punning, the partizans of the Court Candidates were hood-winked, and did not beam forth a ray all night!
Lord Pompey's printed speech, supposed to have been spoken to the desponding Committee at Wood's Hotel, points out, in the midst of all its flowerifications, one plain and indisputable fact, viz. that the game of secret influence is over in Westminster.
Sir Cecil Wray was heard to exclaim on Saturday in a voice of deípondence, that the triumphal laurel, which the friends of Mr. Fox wore, was poison to him without distillation !
An Hibernian Peer, who is ever fond of Niding his spare carcase into every situation of tumult and confufion, ought to be aware left the indignation of an incenfed multitude, Thould lead them on some occasion to forget his Lordihip’s right of privilege, and treat him only as if he were any other incendiary, without the protection of any aristocratic character whatever.
May 3.] Many false reports relative to the riot which happened before Wood's on Saturday night, having been industriously circulated, we are glad to have it in our power, in consequence of authentic inforination on the subject, to give the public a true and impartial state of the whole of that transaction, as it appeared in evidence before Sir Sampfon Wright yesterday morning, when the men seized by the military were examined. It was ascertained by the concurring testimony of many Gentlemen unconnected with either party, that the beginning of the tumult was an unprovoked attack on a party of marrow-bones and cleavers, who, in pafling by Wood's, were affaulted by some failors for having Fox's colours in their hats. A scuffle ensued, in which the butchers were overpowered by numbers, and pursued a-cross the Garden, where they rallied upon being joined by a party of chairmen, and the aggressors were foon driven back to Wood's.-Here a serious conflict ensued; a body of ruffians issuing from the Hotel, armed with cutlastes and pistols; they were driven back, and the doors of the Hotel were closed, but glass bottles being thrown at the populace from the windows, and several thot fired, by which two men were dangerously wounded, the party attacked gre:v outrageous, and assaulted the house, breaking the lamps and windows. The arrival of Sir Sampson Wright, with a large body of soldiers, prevented further extremities; and informations being taken by him that some of the affailants had retired to a neighbouring house, a party of the guards was detached to seize them there, and fix were accordingly taken without further charge or evidence. Those were the perfons produced yesterday at the office in Bow-itreet, and it seemed the object of those who attended on the part of Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, to have had these men committed to Newgate on the capital charge of an attempt to pull down IV sod's Hotel. Happily, however, this ridiculous, though most malicious intention, was defeated by the spirited interference of some Gentlemen of Mr. Fox's Committee who attended the examination, and by the very candid and considerate conduct of Sir Samplon Wright, who feeing clearly that the party at Wood's were the aggressors in the business, itrongly recommended it to both sides to give up vindi&tive profecutions; the men in custody were ac cordingly discharged, and the business ended with Mr. Wood's receiving a very frious and fentible admonition from the bench, to discourage in future the ill conditi ot bis waiters and others furrounding his doors, and to imitate the decency and decorum wluch Sir Sampton declared he had himnelt observed to be maintained at the Shakespeve. Lord Mountmorres and some other Gentlemen of the Court party attended, but fin ling their cause not to be supported in this aitair, they very becomingly acquiefced in the determination of the Bench. The report of any lives being lost is without funka dation, though many on both fides were badly wounded.
We are informed, from undoubted authority, that the Noblemen, Gentlemen, and Ladies, in the interest of Mr. Fox, have appointed a Committee to enquire into the cales of such tradeimen as have suffered from the oppreffion of the Court party, in any of
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whom have been formaly acquainted, that in consequence of their having voted in the present Election contrary to the wishes of their employers, they are in future to be deprived of their custom. This Committee is to prepare a list of such perfons for the Noblemen, Gentlemen, and Ladies abovementioned, who have entered into a most laudable association to employ thofe only, in their several trades, in lieu of such as have base!y betrayed their country, by facrificing their franchiles to the undue influence of the Court, or of thofe who have not dared manfully to stand forth at the risque of their interest, and have endeavoured to screen themselves from all danger by a pitiful neutrality.
The Westminster magistrates pay close attention to the examination and commitment of such rioters as are brought before them. That justice and humanity would have been more confpicuous and meritorious, had they taken proper precautions to have prevented breaches of the peace, than in the previous permiffion, and subsequent quarrels.
The following incident occurred at Covent Garden Theatre, on Wednesday evening. A young fellow, of genteel afpect, and poffefling a good humoured countenance, expresfive of hilarity, and an honest heart, reeled, liniling, into the bottom boxes, hot “ with the Tuscan grape, and high in blood.”
A Gentleman appearing with one of Mr. Fox's favours in his hat, the disciple of Bacchus vociferated, Fox for ever.
A phlegmatic politician, in an opposite interest, immediately took up the matter gravely.
“ Sir, do you consider the place you are in :” says the grave man.
The grave inan role with all the dignity of a 'certain Senator when he spies a Peer
Sir," fays the grave man, “ you have offended the Ladies and Gentlemen round me, and I infiit on your asking pardon.
“ Ladies and Gentleman round me,” says the Buck, with a bright effusion of good humour emaning from his eyes; if I have offended you, I ask pardon, ; but as for this vinegar-faced curmudgeon,” looking at the grave man with ineffable contempt, “ remember, I make no apology to him; to Fox for ever! And let me see if he will follow me out."
Exit Buck.. MANET, the grave Nlan. “ To fight, or not to fight that is the question, “ Whether 'tis better in the mind to suffer, “ The scoffs and laughs of a surrounding crowd, « Smiling contempt, the fair one's turn'd up nose, « Or by retiring to the lobby box, be « Sore affronted “Ay, there's the rub--So I'll • Stay where I am.
[The grave man fits.]
The Electors of Westminster have proceeded, in the present contest, on a very plain and sensible principle; they think that one of their Representatives, at least, Mould know how to speak in the House, and as they know from experience, that poor Sir C. has few ideas, and fewer words, they don't think that L-d H-d will do for them, with fo dumb a colleague. They don't expect L-Hd to speak, but they know he's a brave fellow, therefore they wish to return one good dumb, and one good speakertwo dumbies would not do for them—but with one clever fellow, they can manage pretty tolerably.
No character is more mistaken than that of Sir C. W. Sir C. never wished to be in Parliament. His inind, like his countenance, is mild and tranquil. Forced into the maddening tumult of politics, he has long fighed for those intellectual joys, which he has now the happy prospect of soon retrieving. Sir C. has a pleasant turn for writing, and, at one time, was thought to have contributed pretty largely to the gentleman's magazine. Hence, while the enemies of this worthy Baronet are triumphing at his defeat in Westminster, his real friends enjoy a much more solid satisfaction in his return to lettered indolence and philofophic ease.
Paddy Pompey may thank the bustle of the times for a snug escape from ridicule. In the same breath that he assures the Electors, Mr. Fox had poiled eleven hundred more votes than could possibly exist; he adds, there are voters enough left to out-nuinber him with ease. O! Paddy Pompey! what would become of thee, if the Irish Peers should extend the Strang ford penalties against bribery, to the miferable absurdities of their travelling bull-makers.
From the pains taken to persuade the public that Mr. Ch-11 is in London, one would suppose that he is a person of very considerable interest in Westminster; but the state of the poll for some days past in the parishes of St. John's and St. Margaret's, where his interest is supposed to be most prevalent, does not seem to indicate this gentleman's presence or absence to be a matter of such importance as to engage the attention of either party.
Yesterday a soldier offered to vote for Sir C. W. declaring that he paid 5l. a year for his house; unfortunately he named a street where it was known there could be no house let at fo low a rent, and consequently two persons (one of each party) were fent to ascertain the truth of his affertion; but no fooner was this respectable Elector out of reach of the Huftings, than he set off as hard as he could lay legs to the ground, and never was heard of more; yet Sir C. W. and the parochial Committees, who support him so handsomely, place all their reliance upon a scrutiny.
May 4.) To so deplorable a situation is the cause of the Court Candidates reduced, that they have even given up cdvertising ! the daily papers were yesterday favoured with none of the elegant performances from Wood's Committee ! No pathetic complaints from John Churchill, of the wicked arts made use of by Mr. Fox's friends! No encouraging exhortations to the unpolled independent Electors to come forward and support those sweepers of the Back Stairs, Lord H—d and Sir C-Wr-y! What quite chop fallen! Poor Jack Churchill! Why you might as well have followed your first purpose, and have been Candidate yourself?--even that could not have made you cut a more ridiculous figure.
A gentleman in the interest of Mr. Fox offered yesterday, on the Huftings, to give two of Sir Cecil's Committee a fair opportunity of increasing their serutineering subscription, by giving them two hundred, to bet a thousand guineas that a scrutiny was instituted, and carried thro' by the unsuccessful Candidate;this offer, however, was very prudently declineda
Those who are most intimate with Sir Cecil Wray heartily rejoice at the prospect of his being speedily released from a scene of bustle and confusion that is ill suited to his calm and philofophic mind. Sir Cecil is an excellent scholar, fond of reading, particularly the classics, and has been often heard to lament his ever having come into Parliament. What a happiness for such a character, to retire to his literary pursuits, and the tranquil. enjoyment of a well chosen library !0, fortunati nimium, sua fi bona norint, Agricole !
Lord Mountmorres, like Colonel Flood, is an Irish orator. At the grand dinner of the Court Candidates he made a speech, in which he stated, that gooo was the utmost number of voters in the city of Westminster, although 11,000 had now poiled, 2000 more therefore had voted than could actually exist. What was the conclufion? That there were still enough left to carry Sir Cecil Wray's Election.
A subscription is to be opened for a scrutiny. We remember that the Firm and Free, with John Churchill at their head, opened a subscription for a most benevolent purposeto reward the services of the brave men who had to gloriously defended the rock of Gibraltar. They advertised it. They boasted they would procure 20,000l. in a fortnight. That fubfcription was open a inonth, and the whole fum in the hands of all the bankers was twenty guineas. It was like Sir James Lowther's man of war!
A friend to the genuine honour of the British navy, laments the ignominious service that the once gallant Hood has stooped to undertake.-The little low arts of prerogative policy. the menacing, or the cajolling votes for a Court Candidate, may
do very well for a Clerk of the King's Kitchen, but it is utterly unworthy a brave and generous character. When Lord Hood first canvassed for himself alone, he was received with every mark of respect; but from the moment he became an agent for royal resentment, his popularity declined. The people of Westminster defpiled the artifices that have been used by the Court in the present contest; and every day's experience inuft convince Lord Hood that he descends from his professional character, when he affifts the unworthy caprices of any man breathing. While he acted up to his character, who would have dared to receive him with the marks of infamy and contempt that are now evident upon every occasion? A foolish, fwaggering ignorance may reject this hint, but calm reflection will admit its force, and be guided by it.
Sunday evening the Gardens at Bagnigge Wells exhibited a strange scene of riot and confufion. How the affair began is not easy to be determined, but at the same moment several hundreds of Stentorian lungs vociferated the cry of “ Hood and Wray, and these were ansivered by the exclamation of “ Fox for ever!" Intoxicated with liquor and politics, those who were for Hood and Wray boxed with their opposites in politics, and
many on both sides were knocked down with the canes and sticks of their adverfaries. So sudden a ditarcangement of the tea table apparatus was perhaps never before teen, and isnumerable fragments of China thone in every walk, and served to give issue to the inflamed blood of the fallen and sprawling heroes.
Though peace officers were sent for, the tumult was not appeased for near two hours and a half. Three men, who had been active in fomenting the disturbance, were taken into custody, but were foon rescued.
The Westminster Address is now with the King's Taylor, for the purpose of menfuring all those who figned it, for new suits of moarning on the present melancholy occasion,
It is a trait in politics not quite unworthy of notice, that faithful Jack Robinson xas, at the late Brentford Election, the most active partizan for Jack Itikes.