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minster, to the man who has had the impudence to declare, that three thousand of you may be bought with as many pots of porter ?

Ifsuch are Mr. Paull's personal merits, let us next examine his claims as the friend and admirer of sir F. Burdett; and for that purpose let us appeal to the honourable baronet's declaration to the Freeholders of Middlesex, and to his first speech on the Hustings in Covent-Garden.

Electors of Westminster, can you approve either of that declaration or of that speech? Can you admire the man who, by the ironical use of the words, “best of kings,” has attempted to insult, in his old age, the person of your beloved Sovereign ?-Can you give the sanction of your applause to the ungrateful calumniator of your late illustrious Representative, and who, while his honoured remains still lay unburied, dared to traduce his memory? Do

you wish to see Buonaparté and a French army welcomed to your City, and foreign military despotism established, instead of that admirable system of government under which you now enjoy all the blessings of Liberty and Independence, while the rest of Europe are sunk into abject and disgraceful thraldom?



doubt of the sentiments of sir F. Burdett, who proudly declared on the first day of that Election, that“One hundred corrupt Members in the House of Commons were more dangerous than 500,000 armed men, led by the Emperor of the French ?”-Does the friend and



Can you

copyist of the man who has used such language, deserve the suffrages of free-born Englishmen?

Electors of Westminster, will you, for such a man, reject sir S. Hood, the chosen friend, and companion in danger, of the immortal Nelson ; who is abused for having followed the career of glory, and whose mutilated person, still bleeding in the cause of our Country, is pointed out as an object of scorn?

Electors of Westminster; for such a man, will · you reject Richard Brinsley Sheridan; the lumi

nary of English literature; the old and long-tried friend of Mr. Fox; the eloquent defender, through a long parliamentary life, of the Rights and Liberties of the people; the steady supporter of that system of volunteer force, which is at once your best bulwark against foreign invasion and domestic tyranny; and the consistent and patriotic supporter of every measure tending to increase the power, the dignity, and the glory of the British name?

Queries submitted to the profound penetration of

Mr. Sheridan's Committee, and the truly Independent Electors of Westminster.

Who denounced a public Minister, as the greatest enemy to his country; and pledged himself to impeach him ?

Who has associated with the same Minister afterwards, and joined him in a worse system of corruption than he had before deprecated ?


Who is it that, when in opposition, was perpetually declaiming against jobs, places, and India delinquency; but, when in place, becomes the colleague of rogues, and the screener of guilt?

Who is it that brow-beats the pursuers of guilt, and throws obstacles in the way of all proper and just enquiry ?

Who is it that disgusts the people by the proAigacy and apostacy of his actions, and then reproaches them with being a hired mob?

Who is it that has spent his whole life in a system of delusion, fraud, and hypocrisy-paying no debts that he ever contracted, unless when he bartered his principles for place, and discharged them with the plunder of his Country?

Who is it that has become the supporter of the same men and the same destructive system, which has mortgaged the British people from head to foot, -leaving scarcely any thing which can be taxed that is not already taxed-after opening our veins and draining them so long, that they have left us nothing but our hearts' blood ?

If such a man can be found, does he not deserve to swing upon that gallows that he screens by his duplicity others from, rather than be returned to Parliament by the same people he has so fleeced and betrayed ?



Tune-Madame Figg's Gala.

1. A Tailor there liv'd in the North,

In business, as sharp as a needle ; He liv'd upon cabbage and broth,

Grew fat, and was dubb'd parish-beadle ! Mrs. Stitchlouse had ta'en'such a measure,

That an heir to his trade was soon born, sir ; Who in mending old clothes found no pleasure, And treated the shop-board with scorn,

sir. Rum ti iddity, &c.

His son was a rickety brat,

And scarcely as long as his yard, sir; His head was remarkably fat;

His scull was thick, heavy, and hard, sir; Far

away he was sent to be mended ; But

every attempt prov'd in vain, sir : A dung he went out, 'tis contended; And a fool he has come home again, sir.

That Paull cannot tailor, 'tis true,

But breaches he makes in the peace, sir ;
The measures he takes are not new,
But he cabbages votes from the geese,

sir: Let us cut short the thread of his story,

And Hood be the man of our choice, sirs; With his sword he defends England's glory, Which SHERIDAN does with his voice, sir.

4. Let Paull then return to his trade,

An object of hatred and pity; The ninth of a man was not made

To represent Westminster City :


Here we neither want Burdetts nor Bonys;

And Paull is the sworn friend of either;
To the scaffold he'll stick by his cronies,
'Tis fitting they should hang together.

Rum ti iddity, fc.


Committee at the Shakespeare. Resolved, That in the present arduous contest, of the ultimate success of which this Committee has no doubt, it will be honourable to the Electors of Westminster, that no part of the expence attending it should fall on the right hon. R. B. Sheridan.-Resolved, That a Public Subscription for the maintenance of a public cause, be immediately set on foot, and that such subscriptions be paid into the Banking Houses of Messrs. Davison and Co., Pall-Mall; and Messrs. Biddulph, Cox, and Ridge, Charing-Cross; in the names of lord William Russell, sir R. Barclay, bart., and John Elliot, Esq., Treasurers ; subject to the application of the Committees, through the direction of Mr. Alderman Combe.

PETER MOORE, Chairman.

Mr. Sheridan's Third Address to the Electors of

Westminster, GENTLEMEN; I trust you are now convinced that it proceeded from no light presumption in me, that in my advertisement of the 5th inst., acknowledging my


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