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tion of weeding out every obnoxious plant, nor have we spared great pains to effect our purpose. If, after all
, the reader fi:ould find objectionable matter, we hope he will sew a little candour, and reflect, how imperceptibly we might be led astray from our original design of elegant selection. “Evil communication (he will be pleased to remember) cor
rupteth good manners,” and we may truly say that we have been obliged to keep bad company. Under the necefily of treading dirty ground, no wordeler some of the joil should
stick to our feet. Our late compiling situation may be compared, as to its effects on the mental faculties, with those of the chymif, as to smelling. At the outset of his business he feels incommoded with the fumes of his fiill;—a few days pass, and it becomes less intolerable ;-a fow more, he hurdly is sensible of inconvenience ;-at las the time arrives, when he endures the opposite of sweet as well as sweet itself, and is surprized when told by a stranger, that his shop is disagreeable. This may prove to be our case. We at first, indignant, threw away. composition unfit for the public eye, and continued so to do (in our apprehenfion at least) all through the l ork; yet not unlikely the stranger, on visiting our shop, will complain that he cannot bear it, and leave us in disgust. Be this as it may, at the moment we write our apolozy, we are sensible it is too late to repent; the book is printed, and must now take it's chance. We intended not to offend, and shall deeply regret the occasion, if offence, either against Justice or Delicacy, be attributed to premeditated design. The errors of the head claim to be forgiven, when depravity at the heart finds not an habitation. In the selefiion made of the Caricature Prints, regard to Decency has entirely guided us. To those who may cavil at our apparent partialiiy in giving to the public such alone as principally tend to ridicule the opponents of Mr. Fox, and so few against him, we fortly reply, that the indelicacy with which the partizans of Hood and Wray constantly thought proper to display their ideas, řender their productions unfit for the public eye, and would disgrace our Work if inserted in it. But yet another objection arises.—The designs of the least indelicate are universally puerile and ridiculous ;--the satire intended appears obscure, or, if found out at all, is flat and inapplicable. We boldly afert ibis as the truih, and doubt not but the artist at least
, if not the public in general, will acquit us of party prejudice in this respect. Our readers will perceive the subjects of those given are various and pointed; many of them were published pending the Election, and some previous to that time. All, however, without exception, have relation to occurrences that come within the limits of our history. The paragraphical
part of our miscellany, in the opinion of some, may be thought trifling and unnecesary; but as we deemed ourselves engaged to give a complete collection of pointed Electioneering Intelligence, we could not with satisfaction to our own minds pass by the daily vehicles of information. Besides the facts related in the newspapers, we met here and there with some excellent proJaical Epigram, well pointed to the subject in hand. In many places the reader will meet with notes, that serve either to refute or illustrate. If, in this management of annotation, we have betrayed a partiality to Mr. Fox, we hope to find credit for our candour in here declaring ourselves firm in his cause, and ready to defend it upon principle. His conduct merits our approbation, and has our warmest praise. But it is not the Westminfier Electors alone, who are interested in Mr. Fox's success; the kingdom throughout have their eyes upon him, and know his consequence to the State. The unprejudiced part of his Majesty's fubjects know and declare how necessary his abilities are to his country, and hope foon to see him again in an official capacity. The faction that displaced him have not, we dare affirm, the confidence of the nation. If they continue long in power, the authority retaining them must be founded on other views than those of popular accommodation. The unfair means by which the present Administration stepped into place, will be remembered with indignation, when the phrenzy
the people is effectually done away. The Minister already sees his popularity decline, and reads no where his panegyric but in a few newspapers that are paid for the service, and libel him with praise. His late taxes are generally odious and oppressive. The Commutation Tea Duty, made good by the additional Tax on Windows, is a national vexation, and submitted to by none but with serious complaint.
It is not in our plan here to go into a ministerial history of Mr. Pitt and bis followers ; this subject we have fully expatiated upon in a separate quarto pamphlet to be published in a very few days, and intended to bind
with this Work, (to which it has reference,) at the option of the purchaser.
The Editors of two Morning Papers will, we doubt not, wince at our remarks on their publications and conduet during the time of the Election ; but we are prepared to meet their censure, and will defend our principles. The scandal and abuse they poured forth against the great and amiable Patroness of Mr. Fox's cause and party, we hope, for the credit of England, has now the execration of a discerning public. We have retained a few instances of their illiberality in the volume before us, to keep
alive the public attention towards certain characters, who were interested in preventing the operations of friendly, generosity, exerted in a popular cause, by an illustrious female charaEter, in whose mind is eminently conspicu. ous every great and noble sentiment, with all those other requisites so truly fascinating and valuable in the sex, when united, as in her GRACE OF DEVONSHIRE, with extreme beauty, elevated rank, and splendid fortune.
IN the course of the work the reader will in places observe a few typographical errors ; they are, however, so obvious, we have thought a particular statement unnecessary, since the error takes not from the grammatical sense, and is generally confined to the misplacing a single letter. In a work of this heterogeneous kind, we hope such mistakes will be candidly overlooked, or generously forgiven.