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a meeting for the purpose; and therefore, with the consent of the company he would move for one, and then it would be seen whether his right honourable frienţ's conduct was such as his enemies were daily insinuating.
The Earl of Surrey, Earl of Derby, Mr. Burke, and several others spoke; the meeting broke up, after coming to the following Resolutions :
Refolved unanimously, • That it is the opinion of this meeting, that any Address, assuming signatures with< out the express consent of the parties, attained by private solicitation without public “ notice, is contrary to the usual open, and constitutional mode of addressing the Throne, “ and is an impolition on the country.
Refolvet unanimously, ." That it is the opinion of this meeting, that the parliamentary conduct of the Right “ Honourable Charles Jaines Fox has been consonant to the practice and principles of " the Constitution, as established at the glorious Revolution; and such as to entitle him “ to the continuance of the perfect esteem and confidence of his constituents."
Thomas Byron, Eig. having taken the Chair, it was resolved unanimoufly,
“ That a General Meeting of the Electors of the City of Westminster be called by “ public advertisement in all the papers, to be held in Westminster Hall, on Tnesday “ next, at twelve o'clock, in order to consider of an humble Address to his Majesty, 66 upon the present state of public affairs.” They chose the following gentlemen as Stewards for the next meeting : General Burgoyne,
A D V ER TISE M E N T. At a numerous and respectable meeting of the Electors of Westminster, assembled at the Shakespeare Tavern, Covent Garden, on Thursday February 5, 1784,
THOMAS BYRON, Efq. in the Chair, The following Resolutions were proposed, and passed unanimously.
Resolved, that it is the opinion of this meeting, that any Address, assuming signatures without the express consent of the parties, or obtained by private solicitation without public notice, is contrary to the usual, open, and constitutional mode of addressing the Crown, and an imposition on the country.
Resolved, That it is the opinion of this meeting, that the parliamentary conduct of the Right Honourable Charles James Fox has been consonant to the practice and principles as established at the glorious Revolution, and such as to entitle him to the continuance and perfect esteem and confidence of his constituents.
THOMAS BYRON, Chairman,
A D VERTISEMENT. At a meeting of the Independent Electors of Westminster, on Thursday night, the 5th of February, at the Shakespeare Tavern, Covent Garden,
THOMAS BYRON, Esq. in the Chair, It was, among various other motions, unanimously resolved, That a general meeting of the Electors of the city of Westminster, be called by public advertisement in all the newspapers, to be held at Westminster Hall, on Tuesday next, at twelve o'clock, in order to consider of an humble Address to his Majesty, upon the present state of public affairs.
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A D V E R TISEMEN T. It being found, on enquiry, that it is absolutely imposible to have the Hall on the day above mentioned, or for some days afterwards, the Chairman finds himself under the necessity of fixing on some other place, or on a later day, of which due notice Ihall be given in the public papers. February 6th, 1784.
THOMAS BYRON, Chairman..
ADVERTISEMENT. General Meeting of the Electors of Westminster. The fistings of the courts of justice having made it necessary to postpone the meeting of the Electors of Westminster, as originally proposed, for "Tuesday the roth instant, notice is hereby given, that the said meeting will be heid on Saturday next, the 14th, at iwelve o'clock, being the first day in which the Hall will be disengaged, when the Independent Electors are requested to attend, in order to consider of an humble Address to his Majesty, on the prefent critical situation of public affairs.
A D V ER TI SE M E N T. To the Worthy and Independent Electors of Westminster. Gentlemen, The moment the resolves of the meeting at the Shakespeare, on Thursday night laft, were made known, many Electors of Westminster, who had taken an active part in the late Address to his Majesty, determined to attend the meeting called for on Tuesday next, in Westminster Hall, in order to avow and justify every step they had taken in that business.
In consequence of a mistake being discovered, the Chairman of the Shakespeare meeting has revoked the invitation for Tuesday, intending to fix on some other place, or to put it off to a later day.
This it is trusted, will not prevent the Electors of Westminster from meeting in the Court of Requests, Westminster Hall, to-morrow, the oth instant, by half after eleven, in order publicly and temperately to consider of measures proper to be taken in the present unhappy situation of affairs.
MANY ELECTORS OF WESTMINSTER.
A D V ER TISE MEN T. To the Worthy Electors of the City of Westminster. As it appears to be the determination of the friends of the general meeting of the Electors of Westminster, to be held fairly and openly in Westminster Hall, on Saturday next, at twelve o'clock, to take no notice of the scurrilous and inflammatory hand-bills, circulated by the supporters of the late Address froin the High Steward and Court of Burgesses, an impartial Elector defires only to draw the attention of the candid and independent inhabitants of this city to the different conduct of the two parties. By one fide, a general and public meeting, agreeable to the usage and practice in this city, iš appealed to, and the first day on which Westminster Hall can be had (the only proper place for such a meeting) is fixed on. By the other side, a new and extraordinary device is practised, of privately voting an Address from the High Steward of Westminster, the Dean, and a certain Court of Burgeffes, who or what they are no man knows! On one side again we hear of no violence in the proceeding, but, on the contrary, a decent
and respectful advertisement, calling impartiafly on all the Electors, is put forth, and every thing is done, at the meeting where it originates, to discourage tumult, and to protect from insult those who differ in opinion from that meeting. On the other side, a partial and anonymous meeting is attempted to be obtained by a trick in the Court of Requests; the most abusive and inflammatory hand-bills are sent about, and the declared object is, that a smuggled Address, obtained by private management, shall be supported by direct and open tumult. It would be an affront to the good sense of the Electors of Westminster to ask which party proceeds in the fairest manner, or on which side there feems a consciousness of a rotten cause? February 1oth, 1784.
AN IMPARTIAL ELECTOR.
ADVERTISEMENT. At a very numerous and most respectable public meeting of the Electors of the City and Liberties of Westminster, holden (in pursuance of a public advertisement) this roth day of February, 1784, in the Court of Requests in Weliminster Hall,
Sir CECIL WRAY, Bart, in the Chair, ift. Resolved (with less than ten diffentients) “ That the following Address to his Majesty, (moved by Lord Viscount Mahon, and seconded by Sir Robert Smythe, Bart.) be approved of by the meeting:
To the KING's Most Excellent Majesty, The humble Address of the Electors of the City and Liberties of Westminster.
Mosi gracious Sovereign, “ We your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Electors of the City and « Liberty of Westmilter, beg leave to approach your Throne with the most zealous 6 assurances of loyalty to your person, family, and government.
“ It was with the utmost concern that we beheld an attempt made by your Majesty's “ late Ministers to deprive a great cominercial company of their chartered rights, by the “ bill brought into Parliament; which, had it passed into a law, would have been a dan“ gerous precedent, and created a new executive power unknown to the Constitution of " this country.
“ We most' fincerely thank your Majesty for the dismission of those Ministers from “ their employments, and affure your Majesty, that we have great confidence in the • principles of the present Administration; and that whilst they pursue measures con“ ducive to the honour of the Crown, and the true interests of their country, they inay “ fafely rely on the support of the people."
2d. Resolved (with less than ten diffentients)
“ That the cordial thanks of this meeting be given to Sir Cecil Wray, Bart. our “6 worthy Representative, for his steady, uniform, upright, and patriotic conduct in « Parliament, and that he be requested to present the Address of the Electors of West« minster to his Majesty.
3d. Resolved (with less than ten dissentients)
« That the Westminster Committee be continued, and have full power 6 regulations relative to the fame; and that the following perfons be added to the said « Coinmittee :
[The names of one hundred persons were then read, and unanimously approved of.] 4th. Resolved (unanimously) “ That we will unremittingly persevere in our exertions to procure an effectual and
K substantial reform of Parliament, in order that the Commons House of Parliament
5th. Refolved (unanimously)
CECIL WRAY, Chairman,
WESTMINSTER ME E TING. February 10.] By an anonyinous call on the inhabitants, to assemble in the Court of Requests, the place was filled, at eleven o'clock yesterday, by those who were said to support the House of Lords against the House of Commons. Perhaps the arnals of all the meetings that ever were held in England, did not produce fo motley a groupe---lo noily an allembly---or one less respectable for its company. There were perfons of every description, Lords, Chandlers, Baroncts, Glaziers, lights, Shoe-boys, Pickpockets, &c. &c. &c. mixed among a confiderable number of the Blectors. Lord Vahon opened the business, by a speech which was not heard with patience, so that it was impossible to discover what the noble Lord faid. He spruig with amazing agility from the Hultings, fomewhat in imitation, but not with quite to much grace as the younger Veftris. He roared as loud as his lungs would perinit, and they are none of the weakest, yet not a Tentence could distinctly reach the cars of his auditors. Indeed the majority appeared to be so much prepoffetied against the meeting, that the noble Lord's articulation was lrowned in hisles, groans, and that emphatic syllable of dilapprobation, off! off! off! Those who were immediately next the hustings, insisted, after the meeting broke up, that his Lordfhip did make a speech---that it was a fine one----and that all was tolerable concord, three deep from the Speaker; but every perion elle in the Court of Requests were of a different opinion, and could plainly hear and see that the sense of the perfons present, though solicited by the friends of the secret influence party, was against this aministerial meeting ; for ministerial it certainly was, and not constitutional, or else the Lords of the Bedchamber, and the Northumberland interest, who supported it, could have prevailed on fome person to stand forward with his name, and take away that stigma of anonymous, which inarked the notice by which the people were called together. The noble Lord, in the warmth of his fraternal zeal for the administration of his brother-inlaw, had the misfortune, in one of his oratorial springs from the Huftings, to break a Jamp which was above his head; and the found which the two globular balloons made together, echoed through the Hall.
Lord Mountmortes inet with as little success in his attempt to gain the attention of the auditors, though he laid the root to the ax, to use his own expreffion, most forcibly indeed. But, all would not do; he was hooted and hised, even more than his predeceffor, and given to underftand, that in case of a vacancy, there are not the fightest hopes of his fucceeding to the honour of fitting in Parliament for the city of Westminster.
Sir Cecil Wray followed the noble Lord; but the tumult, by this time, had so much encreased, and the word off was so loudly founded, that it was not possible to hear what excuse the honourable gentleman had to offer for taking part with the secret influence, and deferting the patriotic majority in the House of Commons. Mr. Keith Stewart and Mr. Pultney feverally attempted to gain fome attention, but the people would not hear them; and, therefore, to put an end to the clamour, a voice came forward, which faid adjourn to Saturday; and the meeting was therefore adjourned to Saturday, being the day on which the Electors are to meet by an authenticated, not an anonymous, call from Mr. Byron.
The friends of this heterogenous asembly, after it broke up, gave out that an addrefs was unanimously voted, and that it lay at certain houses to be figned; but the fact
is literally as above, and it is neceessary to tell the inhabitants the true state of the matter, left they might be deceived into signatures, of which they would afterwards be ashamed.
It is hoped, for the honour of this populous part of the empire, that there will be no more such attempts to millead the judgment of the populace, and create riots through the metropolis, in calling the inhabitants together by anonymous advertisements.
It is neceffary to mention, that the heads of the meeting adjourned to a finall chamber in an adjacent Coffee-house, where they palled the addrels (which was hooted out of the Hall) almost nemine contradicente; and in that concordant shape it will be offered to the public.
ADVERTISE M E N T. To the Independent Electors of Westminster. The very numerous and respectable public meeting, on Tuesday last, at the Court of , public Request, having come to several important resolutions, (which have since ap-. peared in the public papers) and having adjourned to Saturday next, the 14th day of February in Weftininiter Hall.
The Electors are earnestly requested to attend at Westminster Hall early in the forenoon To-mortow, in order to support the true and genuine sense of the people, exprelied in those proceedings, with firmneis and moderation.
As your worthy Representative, Sir Cecil Wray, was called to the chair in the Court of Requests, would it not be highly proper to call him again to the chair in Westminiter Hall
To the Independent Electors of Westminster. * You are called upon to affernble next Saturday in Westminster Hall, to consider of an Address to his Majesty upon the present state of public affairs. A fellow citizen begs leave to address upon this occafion a few lines to your good sense, to your cool difpalfionate judgment.
Of all the features which mark the political character of the English nation, the most striking and remarkable is, a perpetual jealousy of prerogative. In all the variety of civil struggles in which this country has been engaged, the present is the first moment that even the colour of a pretext has been afforded for asserting, that the people of England are leagued with the Crown and the Lords in favour of prerogative, in direct oppotion to their own Ripresentatives, who are legally and moderately exerting themselves to bring about a reasonable, a temperate, and a constitutional exercise of it.
The fears of the nation upen this score are even grown into a proverb.
Aik an Englishman what fort of Judge, of Crown Lawyer, of Minister he most dreads; his uniform answer is, a prerogative Judge, a prerogative Lawyer, a prerogatives Minister. Is then a prerogative King of so little danger to us, that we are all at once to forget those jealousies which seemned to have been twisted with our exiitence, and to fall into a miraculous fondness for that prerogative which our ancestors have thed their deareft. blood to check and to limit? Let the people of England once confederate with the Crown and the Lords in such a conflift, and who is the man that will answer for one hour of legal liberty afterwards? Can the people confide in his Majesty's secret advisers ? I say no.
And I demand one instance in the twenty-three years of this wretched reign, where a regard to the liberty of the people can be traced in any measure of the secret fyten. On the contrary I afArn, that every act of that system has been pointedly hostile to public freedoin, and * This hand-bill was distributed throughoạt Westminster previous to the General Meeting.