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tive power in hands of men who do not hesitate to commit the most unwarrantoble axis to gratify their ambition, and to infringe on the rights and liberties of their fellowfubjects
Every exertion is now making, and the whole army of opposition fcribblers is in motion, to turn the late theft of the Great Scal into ridicule, and to persuade the nation that it was a designed party affair; but there are too many suspicious circumstances attending it, for thole ingenicis gentlemen to get over, before the least degree of credit can be given to what they wish to be believed.. The critical time at which it happened, when the Great Seal was so essentially necessary, and its use so mal a-propos to a certain faction, is too remarkable to be overlooked; the very little damage done, tho' so much was in the power of the robbers, the direct attack upon that very identical fpot where the seal was deposited, although other rooms in the house contained articles to a much greater value; and what is more remarkable, in the place, from whence the feal was taken, was cash and valuables to a great amount, nearly all which they left behind--- these circumstances almost amount to a proof that no common robber, no plunderer, intent on the profits only, was concerned. Till these suspicions can be controverted, men must and will judge according to appearances, which at present it must be acknowledged are very unfavourable to certain well known characters the
In addition to the reports so laudably circulated last night among the Westminster Electors, about the loss of the Great Scal and Chancellor's Mace, we beg leave to add, from the same respeitable and unquestionablt authority, that his Grace the Duke of Portland and the Right Honourable Charles James Fox were met about two o'clock on Tuesday morning in Great Ormond-street, with a crow and dark lanthorn in their hands, by J. Rob----n, the Prerogative Rat-catcher, who is ready to depose the same whenever he may be called upon for that honourable purpose !
Under the Great Seal of England.
C------F-- was observing to G--- S---1--- n, at Brookes's, upon news of the Great Seal being stolen, that the Great Seal ought not to be entrusted to a man that does not know how to secure it. “ You mistake the matter, Charles (cries G----- S------) my friend Thurlow is Chancellor, and not Lord Keeper of the Great Seal.
The person or persons who stole the Great Seal, will no doubt fabricate many royal patents; and among the first acts of their power, they will undoubtedly seal their own pardon.
It is now said, that the Great Seal of England was taken away by some of the play fellows of the present Minister, who, being actuated by the fame mad ambition, meant to clap the Great Seal to patents of peerage and pensions for themselves, afterwards to seal their own pardon for the felony, and then return the Seal to vigilant, conftitutional Guardian, defiring him to take better care of it for the future.
* Stab away! Truth takes some murdering! Good Mr. Morning Post. + Morning Post again in full featber!-We cannot belp expresling our with, ihat the public would pay some attention to the ministerial stage of prostitution this paper has attained 10. Domeftic scandal and political lies at present mark its pre-eminence over every other daily print ; and we deem it right to record its infamy so pofterily! - Let the galled jade wince."
The Great Seal, that was stolen, is not gold, but silver, gilt---is, from its weight, worth from twelve to twenty pounds.
One would imagine, from the robbing of the Chancellor's house being the fole topic of converation amongst all ranks of people, that the Great Seal had never been lost before; but a correspondent informs us (and a very remarkable circumstance it is) that a similar accident happened in the unfortunate reigns of John, Charles the First, and James the Second.
Α Ν Ε C D Ο Τ Ε. Some years ago, a fisherman between Lambeth and Vauxhall was drawing a net pretty close to the channel, when he found a great weight entangled in it, which with difficulty he and his companion drew to shore. Upon examining what it should be, they were utterly at a loss. But having shewn it about, fome wiser heads than their own discovered it to be the Great Seal of England. This was a thing which occasioned much speculation. But at last it appeared, that King James, the night before he went away, had called for it from Lord Jefferies, who was then Chancellor, under pretence of making a secret use of it for pardons or grants; but when he determined to fly, he thought either that the bulk or weight of it made it inconvenient to carry, or that it was. hereafter to be of no further use to him; and therefore that it might a little disconcert his enemies, he had thrown it into the Thames. The filhermen, overjoyed at their good fortune, carried it to court, and received a handsome reward, though no use was ever made of it afterwards.
The grand larceny committed on the Great Seal of Great Britain, is, at length, fully come to light. It has, it appears, been perpetrated by special direction of the French Cabinet, at whose disposal every thing in London is as perfectly as at Paris, our new metropolis. The object of the theft was, it seems, for the French King to have in his poffeffion the Great Seal of this country at hand, to set to the grants of the lands and possessions which he may have made to several of his French Nobility, who have lately been here, in notable numbers, in order to reconnoitre and to beg them of his moit Christian Majesty, who could have no reason to doubt of their validity, far above the ridicule of disposing of the Bear's-skin. He is but too sensible, that our national character has been long totally changed, and that a people who have so tamely submitted to the total loss of their honour, are not to be suspected of having fpirit enough left to defend their Liberty and Property.
From the LONDON GAZETTE, of Saturday, March 27, 1784.
PRESENT, The KING's Most Excellent Majesty in Council. « A new Great Seal of Great Britain having been prepared by his Majesty's Chief « Engraver of Seals, in pursuance of a Warrant to him for that purpose, under bis Ma“ jefty's Royal signature; and the lame having been this day presented to his Majesty « in Council, and approved; his Majesty was thereupon gracioufy pleased to deliver " the said New Seal to the Right Honourahle Edward Lord Thurlow, Lord High " Chancellor of Great Britain, and to direct that the same shall be made use of for feal« ing all things whatsoever which pass the Great Seal,"
Mr. PITT's public Entry into the City on Saturday, February 28, 1784.
At two o'clock, the Committee of Common Council appointed to present the Thanks of the Court and the Freedom of this City to Mr. Pitt, set off from Guildhall to BerkeleySquare, in the following order :
Two Marshalmen, with red and white cockades.
Four Constables, with ditto.
Mr. Alderman Wilkes.
Sir Watkin Lewes.
Sir Barnard Turner.
Mr. Sealey and Mr. Merry.
Mr. Dornford and Mr. Pinhorn.
Mr. Kemble and Mr. Birch.
Mr. Toulmin and Mr. Wayell.
Mr. Town Clerk, and the Clerk of the Chamber. About three o'clock, they arrived at Mr. Pitt's house, where they were very politely received. and Mr. Alderman Townsend presented the Resolutions; and at the same time addressed Mr. Pitt in a very elegant speech, to which Mr. Pitt returned an answer couched in the warmest terms of respect.
The cavalcade then returned, amidst the acclamation of applauding thousands, to
scarlet and white ribbons.,
City State Banner.
and white caps.
Upper City Marshal on horseback.
ple, Chathain, (not the great Chatham! --son of him) Sydney, with several others