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Pray who is that black little fellow,
Who so fidgets and loudly doth bawl?
Now he goes up up up,
And now he goes down a downie : Shall he be the man of your choice?
No-not for a thousand poundie.
3. Oh, he's a nice little manikin;
Oh, he's a pretty young fellow : When the County Election begins, We'll make him a punchinello.
Here he goes up up up,
There he goes down a downie;
I'll forfeit a thousand poundie.
Then 'fore the Hustings at Brentford,
He'll shew the mob many a prank ;
Now here they go up up up,
There Paully goes down a downie;
For them now your voices I crave: The one in the Senate's your friend, And the other on shipboard is brave.
For now they go up up up;
How Paully goes down a downy,
With many a thousand poundic.
Monday, November 10, 1806.
About two o'clock this day, Mr. Sheridan appeared in front of the Hustings, accompanied by lord W. Russell, Mr. Whitbread, lord Petersham, lord Barrymore, the hon. Lincoln Stanhope, Mr. Cavendish Bradshaw, the hon. Berkeley Craven, Sir John Shelley, Mr. Britten, and Mr. T. Sheridan. At the close of the poll, the numbers
Sir Samuel Hood
3715 Mr. Paull
3277 Mr. Sheridan
2993 Mr. SHERIDAN advanced to address the people. Some considerable time was exhausted in his endeavours, before the contending clamour of opposite parties had so far subsided as to allow him the chance of a hearing. He began with a respectful claim of peace, order, and attention! This produced new bursts of clamour, especially from the broadfaced orator. Mr. Sheridan facetiously answered him : “My good friend, I am anxious to hear you, but am deprived of that pleasure by the bad management of your voice. I perceive you're getting hoarse, and I must send you some syrup." Mr. Sheridan proceeded : “Gentlemen, you are d-d fools not to hear me; I have always desired to hear your orators, and therefore I don't think it bandsome that you sefuse to hear me in my turn.
I presume it is because we think and act upon different principles: you know that your orators injure their own cause, and you are apprehensive that I shall vindicate and serve mine. I told you, gentlemen, upon the first day of this Election, that though it was not impossible I might be beaten in the contest, yet I was not to be frightened. I now repeat that declaration : and though I nar. rowly escaped murder from an assassin on my departure from these Hustings on the first day, and am now for the first time able to return, after the consequences of that attack, I am not to be deterred from this contest by any thing that comes against me from the highest of the demagogues to the lowest of the ruffians amongst you.
I have no desire for tumult or disturbance; no wish to offer insult to any man opposed to me in this. Election. I have said nothing coarse or ungentlemanly against the
person or character of Mr. Paull; and if mine were the kind of cause that could require such expedients, I should be ashamed of, and would abandon it. But the cause in which I am engaged is the cause of my Country, equally dear to you and to me, and it requires not the aid of tumult or vituperation. So far as you may choose to exercise your privilege towards me, as a fair English mob, I freely forgive you, and have no desire on this occasion to curb
licence. It is not from the industrious orders of the people of England that I expect serious enmity or abuse; for I am convinced, that no honest Englishman, who knows my political character, can be my enemy; conscious that I have ever been the friend of the liberties and the happiness of the British people. It is from hired ruffians only, that I expect insult and abuse, and to such only I impute that species of hostility that has been shewn towards me in the course of this Election, and particularly on the last (lay I had the honour to address you, I should be glad to know what is become of the broad-faced gentleman, who, upon that occasion, was so zealous against me. I should be glad to speak to my broad-faced friend again : I hope, he will now condescend to hear me, and that, instead of being my enemy, he is converted to my support.” No, no, no!
enemy; what dett.
from the broad-faced orator]. “I am sorry for it. I thought the gentleman might have come to his senses : but I will allow hiin a day or two more to cool himself; and I doubt not, he will then come forward, and make me an apology for his error. Gentlemen, notwithstanding any short-lived triumph my antagonist may boast in the trivial majority he now enjoys, I rest satisfied in the fullest confidence of success; nor am I to be deterred from the pursuit of it, until finally victorious. When I was coming to the Hustings this day, I was told by my friends it was at the risk of my life, from the turbulence of the mob. But, instead of staying back, I came here on that very account. I was told that, for my safety, I must come by this door or that : but I preferred to come round Covent-Garden, and through the midst of you.
I am here a Candidate for the cause of you all. My opponent tells you what he will do: I tell you what I have done. I put facts in opposition to his pledges. I urge the whole progress of my political life against his promises, and I challenge the whole body of the Jower classes of the people of England, to point out a single instance in which I have not acted as their friend. I shall conclude by saying, that I thank
my friends and scorn my enemies." Captain Hoop, in the absence of sir Samuel, begged leave to return thauks to the Independent Electors in his name for their further exertions in his favour on that day.
Mr. PAULL came forward, and said, “Gentlemen, I now, for the seventh time, appear before you, and I do so with more pleasure than before. It was last Saturday night, "that the member for Coventry, that hunter for places (Mr. P. Moore) appeared here, and pledged his honour, that I would not be heard any more upon these Hustings. You see me here, however, for the seventh time, notwithstanding the avowed coalition of two Court Candidates, notwithstanding all the interest they could muster, from Carleton house even down to the cook at Somerset house. The number polled this day in my favour, exceeds that of any of the others, notwithstanding that their votes have been purchased with gold from the Treasury, with threats and intimidation. Gentlemen, the Member for Coventry, that place-hunter, when talking of the Treasurer of the Navy, said, that I would not poll one to his five, this day; but that I would be off to Brentford, to support my hon, friend sir F. Bur5