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of March last, hold lucrative appointments at the pleasure of the crown, a vote of acquittal, under such circumstances, must at all times appear extremely equivocal; but when given, as in the present instance, in direct contradiction to the evidence produced, no doubt can remain as to the motives that led to a decision so contrary to the expectation of the people, and so derogatory to the character of the House of Commons."

THE DINNER OF THE LIVERY TO

COLONEL WARDLE.

The next circumstance arising from the sense which the citizens of this metropolis entertained of Mr. Wardle's patriotism, was the dinner given at the London Tavern, on Friday, April 21st. At two o'clock in the afternoon, the public entrance to this tavern was thronged with visitors; 'but none were admitted till three, when a temporary bar, which had been placed across the pas*sage, was opened, and in less than an hour the great room would hold no more company.

About five the dinner was served up, after which Mr. Waithman, the chairman, accompanied by Colonel Wardle, Lord Folkstone, Mr. Whitbread, Mr. Cook, Mr. Curwen, Lord Ar* chibald Hamilton, Mr. Byng, the Hon. T. Brand, the Hon. Mr. Lyttleton, Sir Oswald Moseley, Mr. Alderman Combe, Mr. Tracey, Mr. Brown, and several other gentlemen, who had received special invitations, entered the room, and were by the stewards conducted to the upper table, under the orchestra ; the company cheering the whole time.

Immediately after the removal of the cloth, as usual, The KING was drank with the most loyal expressions of attachment to his Majesty. The People was next drank with the demonstrations of satisfaction not inferior to the preceding toast. Then, THE CONSTITUTION, and may we always distinguish between its true principles, and its corruptions.

The admission of company from the other rooms having produced a slight degree of confu. sion, Mr. Waithman read the rest of the toasts, as they follow, with an audible voice.

The King and the People.

The Constitution, and may we always distinguish between its true principles and its corruptions.

Colonel Wardle, the man who has dared to be honest in the most corrupt times.

The health and prosperity of your worthy Chairman.*

Sir Francis Burdett, and a speedy and radical Reform of the Representation of the People in Parliament.

* Mr. Waithman.

Lord Folkstone, and may the generous fervor of public opiniot never subside until our grievances are redressed.

Mr. Whitbreud, the powerful advocate of reform.

Mr. Alderman Combe, and may we never in future be without four Representatives.

Mr. Coke, and the Freeholders of the county of Norfolk.

Mr. Curwen, the political and agricultural friend of his country.

Lord Archibald Hamilton.
Mr. Byng, and the Freeholders of Middlesex.
Lord Cochrane, and the British Navy..
Mr. Lyttleton.
Mr. Brand, and the Freeholders of Hertfordshire.

After which the healths of Sir Oswald Moseley, Mr. Tracey, Mr. John Halsey, were drank: then followed

General Ferguson, and may the Soldier never forget the paramount duties of the Citizen.

Mr. Knapp, and the Freemen of Abingdon.

Aldermen Domville and Wood, and Prosperity to the City of London.

Sir Samuel Romilly (Member for Wareham), Mr. H. Martin (Member for Kinsale), Mr. C. Wynne (Member for Montgomeryshire), and the rest of the 125 Members who supported Colonel Wardle's Motion in the House of Commons..

The Gentlemen who have taken on themselves the trouble of acting as Stewards on this occasion.

The Healths of Mr. Waithman were drank after he quitted the chair, which was filled by Mr. Miller, whose health was also drank. The meet. ing dispersed at twelve o'clock.

Mr. S. W. Ryley, author of " The Itinerant," favoured the company with the following original and truly comic song:

FRIENDS of Freedom, attention ; your ears I'd engage,
To a story not equal'd in History's page:
What Englishmen wish'd for, but no one dared do,
A Welchman began, and accomplish'd it too.

May the man who reduces
State fraud and abuses,
By Britons be hail'd in return.

When Corruption, like locusts, in every degree,
Had destroy'd all the branches of Liberty's tree:
Nay, the root to demolish, these vermin bad hit on,
Their progress was stopp'd by a bold ancient Briton,

These gorging State locusts now stood all aghast :
" Who's this,” they all cried," who would check our repast?
“ From our vengeance he surely can never escape,
“ Although he comes forth in a-tangible shape."

'Gainst the Hero these locusts made sure of the day ;
But, fast as they came, still he brush'd them away,
Till one, in whose face you Corruptioð might spy;
Exclaim'd, “ My good friends, here's a Con-spi-ra-cy.”.

temperance and resolution, it is impossible that the House of Commons should continue to be corrupt. But if that House should reinain corrupt, still there is some hope from the mighty influence of public opinion ; for we have seen that the declared sentiments of the people of England have effected that important change without the walls, which could not be accomplished within them. I have heard it mentioned, that a ferment was likely to be raised in the country by these proceedings. Gentlemen, be not alarmed at such reports-be persuaded there is no ferment but the agitation Ministers think fit to excite, in order to answer their own purposes. Gentlemen, it is my pride never to have belonged to any party. I will belong to no party, for I want no support in the discharge of my public duties, but what I am confident I shall derive from the faithful service of the people. My great anxiety is to see adopted a plan of Reform, which will in its progress relieve you from the heavy burthens with wbich you are oppressed, and which will restore to you your acknowledged and honourable rank, to which you are entitled as Citizens of the State. It has been recommended to me by the Livery of London to be firm, and to set danger at defiance. I declare to you, that no danger shall prevent my pursuing that line of conduct which, Gentlemen, has been sanctioned by your high approbation.

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