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fion ; which was happily prevented by the foresight, prudence, and moderation of Mr. Fox's party
Another correspondent has given the following account of the above transanction, viz.
The Committee at Wood's Hotel, had planned an affecting Speciacle for the close of yesterday's poll, from which, the most glorious consequences to their cause, were by such inen naturally expected. A mock funeral proceffion of the murdered conttable was ably planned, to be brought round Covent Garden, to St. Paul's Church, for purposes of the most orderly, and pacific nature. The friends of Mr. Fox, however, having notice of the procét, were determined to defeat its intended effect, and therefore propored yeiterday morning to Lord Hood, that the poll should close at two o'clock that day, in order to gratify the pious feelings of the widow of the decealed, in the fingular mode she had adopted for the interment of her husband. His Lord hip (who is too much of a Courtier already to offend any Gentleman by too direit an answer) begged leave to consult his colleague, and the High Bailiff, on a matter of so much importance before he could give a reply. However, after many ifs and buts, and vefiry clofetings, his Lordship and the High Bailiff found themselves at last under the necessity of acceding to thie propofition.
In consequence thereof, orders were issued from Wood's Hotel, to inform the honest blades with the oak-boughs in their hats, who surrounded the Huftings so early,—and Colonel Johnstone's brigade of the Third Regiment of Guards, then under orders at the Savoy-that there would be no occafion for their further fervices that day. The mock interment was likewise by command deferred till six o'clock in the evening, when the procession was made in the following order :
BANDITTI CONSTABLES of the
Tower Hamlets; two and twe.
decorated with scraps of crape, and
A DRUNKEN WOMAN
66 Damnation to F-x !"
- well cocked and primed,
Six WAITERS at Wood's,
Six Hakney Coaches
Mr. John CH-LL.
closing the Scene. This striking procession arriving at the end of Russel-street, took to the right, and per. ambulated by the Shakespeare, Wood's, and before the Hustings, to the corner of
Southampton-street ; after which they entered the church, deposited the remains of their mockery, and then retiring to the front of Vood's Hotel, there received the rewards of their pious labours, in large libations of usqucbagh and brandy!
May 15.] *Against that part of the recital, signed An Elector, in yesterday's Morning Poft and Public Advertiser, which respects the Gentlemen who followed the hackney coach, containing Justice Wilmot, Mr. Hood, &c. from Wood's Hotel on Wednesday morning, the Gentlemen alluded to beg leave to protest in tote. And least their denial of its truth may be misunderstood, they do, in terms the most positive and unequivocal, declare the statement to be directly faise. With regard to the Gentlemen following the coach, it arose fimply thus :
After Mr. Kelly had fubftantiated his charge against Wilmot, he and Mr. Sheridan left the Hotel, acquainting the few of Mr. Fox's friends who were then in the Coffeeroom, that the obnoxious magistrate actually stood coinmitted. The affertion of his committal having been denied by some of the Committee at Wood's, the Gentlemen remained a little while in the house. That the fact was fo, they had no doubt, not only because Mr. Sheridan said it was, but because several of the oiher party faid it was not. A wish, however, to fee, if under the circumstances of this affair, any man would be sash enough to discharge Wilinot, induced the Gentlemen to remain. In a short time the accuted Justice came down stairs, and went into a hackney coach, amidit the execrations of several persons who surrounded the Hotel, and who exclaimed, “7 New
gate with him!” he was accompanied by three persons, whom the Gentlemen took to be conftables. The coach drove into King-street, and returning back again, stopped at the Hotel. It then drove towards Ruffel-street, and four Gentlemen (Colonel North, Mr. O'Bryen, Mr. Shove, and Mr. Reid) anxious to know whether he was going to prison or not, without one moment's premeditation, went into another hackney coach, and drove after them. Curiosity alone incited those Gentlemen to follow the Justice, and the course which the leading coach took increased their curiosity in a tenfold degree. It went up and down the fame street three or four times. It went sometimes llow, and fometimes in full gallop. A consciousness of fomething wrong, and an eagerness to conceal their destination, were evident in the Justice's party. The Gentlemen, innocent of the remotest intention to injure or offend, held themselves at full liberty to gratify a curiosity as harınlcfs as it was naturally excited, and made no scruple to follow the coach. That any person known to the Gentlemen pursued on foot, or behind their coach, the Gentlemen ablolutely deny. Others might probably have been impelled by similar curiofity, but of those, if any such there were, the Gentlemen know nothing: -Thus much with regard to the expedition, and the motives of it.
As to the gallant detail of Mr. Hood's feats in two conferences with the gentlemen, they beg leave to assure the public, that they are neither more nor less than a series of lies. To those who know the Gentlemen alluded to, it is presuined there is no neceffity of saying, that they are not of a complexion to endure with temper the fpecics. of address attributed to Mr. Hood by his hiltorian. Had he used the words imputed to him, the reply due to a blockhead and a bravadoe would naturally have succeeded. It is true, however, that Mr. Hood, in a spirit congenial with the cause he abets, and perfectly characteristic of his connections, did express fome fears for his personal safety; but it is as true that he precluded the Gentlemen the trouble of checking him, by instantly disclaiming every term of offence. The four persons in the coach that followed had not a single weapon of any kind; the four in the leading coach positively had. Those, therefore, who avowejly had “ bludgeons and broomsticks,” seemed better
* For the paper, to which this pointed piece of composition is an answer, see pase 120.
calculated for affassination, than they who were wholly unarmed; and whether it was
inuch of what is so very, very little its right.
This morning Mr. Fielding moved the Court of King's-bench, for an information to be filed against Justice Wilmot, for assembling a large body of the Tower Hamlet Constables in Covent Garden on Monday lait, by which the freedom of Election was violated, and other outrages, too notorious to be here described, committed against the peace of his Majeity's Tubjects, &c. &c.—Earl Mansfield paid the utmot attention to the eloquent and pointed statement of the cafe by Mr. Fielding, and, at the close of it, informed him, “ that his motion for a rule to thew cause, would come “firenger after the final close of the Election;" in consequene of which, the further proceedings in this extraordinary transaction are of course suspended, till the High Bailiff thall have made his return for the city of Westminster.
The attempts which have been made by the Committee assembled at Wood's Hotel, to transfer the original blame of the riots in Covent Garden, and their unfortunate confequences, from their own party to the friends of Mr. Fox, are too absurd and contemptible to produce any other effect upon minds that have the smallest pretensions to justice, candour, or truth, than a full and complete confirmation of their own guilt.
Without entering into a minute narrative of all the circumstances which attended this unhappy disturbance (the detail of which will be laid before the public, with every accuracy and authority, in as short time as the various depofitions can be adjusted and transcribed) we shall only mention two plain facts, that are not even attempted to le denied by the adversary, and which we conceive will appear to our readers decisive upon the question, where these disturbances originated.
In the course of an Election, which has lasted longer than almost any preceding one, and coinmenced at a period when men's minds were more heated and irritated, than they perhaps ever were known to be even in this country, there have been only two riots. The firit was occasioned by a gang of failors parading about the Huftings in an armed body, menacing and insulting all the friends of Mr. Fox.-No fatal consequence, however, happily ensued from this attempt. The failors retired, and the riots ceased every thing was quiet before they attended the Huftings—when they ceased to attend them every thing became quiet again. Where then did the caufe of this disturbance lay? It would be absurd to atteinpt to direct inens opinions on an occasion so obvious and irreliftable as this is. The riot commenced on that day, when the naval raggamuffins showed the nelves at the Huftings on the preceding and subsequent days, when they were not present, every thing was orderly and peaceable.
A full month elapsed between this first effort to disturb the tranquility of Westminfter, and that more effectual one which took place on Monday laft, and there had not, during the whole of that interval, appeared the smallest fymptom of a tumultuous ditpofition, nor in fact the least attempt at disturbance whatever.-If Mr. Fox's acherents had been disposed to tumult, how was it that they did not discover their inclination, during this long interval, when they might have done it with leis danger and more certainty of success :-Are the Committee of Wood's ready to admit that the Mob, as they called them who adhered to Mr. Fox, are men of such nice honour that they are only to be stimulated into action by a sense of danger? If so, let them answer to the world, why they put them in a situation by an influx of armed constables, of displaying this very extraordinary quality in a “ hiredbanditti.”—If Mr. Fox's mob, as they term them, were like other mobs, they certainly would have been as much disposed to be riotous when they were pretty nearly on a footing of equality with the enemy, as when they were quite inferior to them, and if they were men of that high mettle to fight only when spurred to it by great danger, why were these official raggamuffins brought to produce that danger ?- These are questions that they will perhaps have fome difficulty in replying to.-Full thirty days had passed, during which Mr. Fox, from being the unsuccessful, became the victorious candidate, and no indication of tumult appeared neither the exultation of victory, nor the provocations of the enemy, who, as is gene. rally the case, became more infolent in proportion as they were leis successful, could induce Mr. Fox's friends to violate that harmony, the observance of which he was every day so strongly enforcing to them from the Huftings. Under these circumfances, á low, dirty, wretched pettyfogging mercenary Justice of the Peace for Middlesex, undertakes (contrary to the declared sense of a general meeting of magistrates convened for the occasion) to bring one hundred fellows, under the denomination of constables, to the Huftings. It is now known that these men were composed of the worit members of the lowest orders of the community--as they had not been appointed constables before the commencement of the Election, and were at last appointed by an open and violent friend to Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray, let any man ask himself, with what feelings these people probably came to the Huftings, were they likely to be impartial in the execution of their office, who had received their appointment from one of the most hot-headed partizans belonging to one side of the question? If it was probable that they would, on this account, have a predilection one way, in what manner were they likely to show it; that must be answered, by asking what is the usual mode in which difbanded soldiers, crimps, shoe-blacks, and other such vagabonds, generally conduct themselves in a mob? The consequence was such as is easy to be presaged froin such proceedings.A riot took place, the unhappy effects of which are generally known, and fincerely regretted by one side of the question. Now let any man of plain unsophisticated understandItanding, lay his hand upon his heart and say, 'which he believes to have been the cause of this tumult, those men who had attended at the Huftings, for thirty days together, with uninterrupted good order and tranquility, or those who came came but one day, and on that the mischief took place. This can be no question with a fair or reasoning man. Before these constables came, all was quiet. When they cease to come, all is quiet again. Then who caused the disturbance?-No detail of circumstances is wanting in a cale so clear.--He that runs inay read.
May 15.] Yesterday the poll at Covent Garden closed at two o'clock, by particular defire of Mr. Fox. It seems, some of Sir Cecil's peaceable friends had determined to bring the corpse of the unfortunate constable, who died of his wounds, from his residence in the Tower Hamlet (to which place he was removed) and to bury him in Covent Garden Church-yard, just at the clofe of the poll. This was intimated to Mr. Fox, who very wisely prevented the effects which this humane fibeme would moit probably have produced, 3 B
10. Mr. Fox, in his speech from the Huftings, strongly recom
dcpart to their respective houtes, and declared the poll would automat 1 st three o'clock. 2tspre oal was made to Mr. Fox, by Lord Hood and Sir Cecil Wray,
13.12.2m of the High Bailiff, to close the poll finally as the next day; is was peremptorily declined by the former; the High Bailiff then re'
cole it by his own authority on Monday next.
is a fact that can be proved by the most indisputable testimony. Just as 2 were about to set off from Buckinghain-house for Covent Garden Theatre, * 3 mY esang (Way 1+) a private meisage reached them from two illuftrious candi.
og tren, for G--d's lake, not to venture into the regions of Covent Garden. 02 for fear of consequences the most fatal, as an assault was meditating of the
nature! Sentible of the perfeverence of a certain character, they knew this rond have no other effect then making the royal visit at the Theatre a matter of e certainty the next thing was to contrive an uproar in the playhouse, to fulfill vaus prediction ; for this purpose, the heroes themselves, with party ribbons in
has for the first time, went to the box lobby, and by various attempts endeavouro torce thenches into a conspicuous part of the side boxes, well knowing that a La conteni and uproar mut have been the inevitable consequence of their appearans. The boxkeepers, however, who saw through the design, and ever determined to presne the pe::ce of the Theatre; very laudably told them there was
no room in any Rare of the house (which was far from the fact) and thus prudently defeated the execuEn of a manæuvre, more desperate and pitiful, if possible, than the processional intenent of the riotous crimp, who was lately flain in their bonourable service!
The political opinion of the people of this country wears a very different aspect from that in which it was represented to the Throne by Addresses. London, to prove that the Address from the Metropolis spoke not the real sentiments of its inhabitants, has eleated the very party who supported Mr. Fox. And Weltminster, by a considerable majority, have proved, in the molt decided manner, that the Address presented, and Taid to be theirs, was diametrically opposite to the sense of the people. This must convince our molt gracious Sovereigu, that he was deceived into a relolution of diffolving
A correspondent informs us as a fact, that early in last week the sum of four, pence was fent to Drummond's banking-house as a fubscription towards Sir Cecil Wray's Scrutiny, and after some consultation in the back office, the same was received and carried to ac
" Tell it not in Gath, &c.” A Gentleman who was present obferves, that Mr. Fox's conduct in closing the Poll on Friday at two o'clock, was well timed, for it had the effect of stopping the burial of the deceased constable until four o'clock that afternoon, at which time the hearfe arvived in the Garden from the Tower Hamlets, and was by direction of Sir Cecil's peaceable friends driven forft facing the Shakespeare, and then turned round the Garden Under Jennings's window, drove before the Huftings with a mourning coach, following it in which was the widow, who in tendernes to her deceased husband, thrust her
. head out of the coach-window.crying blood for blood;" If our correspondent had not bicard the words and seen the conduct he could scarcely have given it credit.
May 17.] This day at three o'clock the Poll closed for the city of Westninster, after being op:a fince the 1st of April last. The numbers were, for
Hon. Charles James Fox