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Then shall Boxiy, my befriender,
(Well to him my worth is known) High in state and regal splendour,
Mount me cross-legg'd on the throne.
Thou who hast a fellow-feeling;
Thou who lov'st not to be free; Thou who liv'st by lies, and stealing;
If there be one, vote for me! Choose ;-it will be better for thee;
Next, yourself may stand and try : None so poor, or so unworthy,
But are just as fit as I.
Tuesday, November 11.
At the close of the Poll, this day, the numbers
Sir Samuel Hood . .
4029 Mr. Paull.
3488 Mr. Sheridan
3284 Upon the Poll being announced,
Mr. WHITBREAD stood forward, and addressed the meeting. He began by stating, that as an independent Elector of Westminster, he was warranted in claiming, from such among the crowd as were really independent, a fair hearing. In the name of Mr. Sheridan- in the name of his numerous and respectable friends in the name of the Country and of rational Freedom, he begged to thank those to whose support his illustrious Friend was indebted for his present advantageous situation upon the poll. Among those who were most anxious to hear him, he perceived many of the friends of Mr. Paull, and he thanked them for the disposition they manifested. No one of the people of England more sincerely respected than he did the right of an Englishman to act as he pleased, and to speak as he thought, particularly upon an occasion like the present. In such a contest, however, too many were apt to think themselves ab. solved from the necessity of attending to the rules of common propriety. He had witnessed a good
deal of irregularity; but he could not ascribe it to the Electors. No; for as far as their opinion was to be collected from the result of the poll, it was decidedly in favour of Mr. Sheridan. This result, however, he was not disposed to attribute so much to the partiality generally entertained for Mr. Sheridan, as to the difference very naturally ascribed in the public mind by the contrast of the principles avowed by Mr. Paull and those of the other Candidates. The present had no doubt been a hard-fought contest, but he had no doubt that ultimate victory would be with his distinguished friend, Mr. Sheridan. Such was his ardent wish, and that wish he had expressed by his vote. With regard to the objections urged against his right hon. friend, on the grounds that he held a place; and that, therefore, he ought not to have obtruded his pretensions upon the Electors of Westminster, but ought to sneak into Parliament through some rotten Borough-he deprecated the doctrine. It was a proof of the honesty of his right hon. friend's case, that he submitted himself to the judgment of so large a proportion of his Countrymen ; and if he had appealed to all the people of England, it would have been a still stronger evidence of his conscious rectitude. To such an appeal, particularly upon the grounds which his opponents advanced against him, he was sure his right hon. friend could have no objection, but would rather urge it with alacrity. His claims and character were now before the tribunal of the most numerous class of Electors in
the British Empire, and he had no doubt that the decision would be in his favour.
Sir S. Hoon observed upon the advantage which his friends had obtained over his adversary since yesterday. This advantage the hon. Admiral was glad to consider as an evidence that the friends of the Constitution were too formidable to be overcome by its enemies ; and he begged to present his thanks, which he did most cordially, to those Electors who had favoured Mr. Sheridan and himself with their support. He requested them to persevere in their exertions, and he had no doubt the result would be favourable to their wishes.
Mr. PAULL said," he addressed the Electors for the eighth time, with much more confidence as to the issue of the contest than he had yet felt. Notwithstanding the assurances which, on Friday last, the meeting had heard from the place-hunting member for Coventry, that he would have been quite broken down before now-notwithstanding the influence and threats of the Minister of the Court and of the Heir Apparent to the Throne, his opponent, the Treasurer of the Navy, had no other resource than to be dragged along reluctantly with a rope about his neck, by the yellow Admiral. But how the yellow Admiral himself was able to furnish this aid, the Electors must be curious to know. He could assure them, that it was the result of a fraud of the foulest and most scandalous nature.
He would explain to the meeting what he meant by the fraud. For the first four or five days of the Election, the yellow Admiral had
canvassed in the parishes of St. John's and St. Margaret's, and assured the Voters that he had not, nor ever would have, any connection whatever with the Treasurer of the Navy. To this he pledged the honour of a British Admiral; but yet as soon as he had obtained 400 votes under this understanding, he forgot his pledge, and forfeited the promise which ought to be held inviolate. Thus did the yellow Admiral, covered with those marks of honour with which his Sovereign had favoured him, tarnish the credit and character of the British Navy. For when he had polled the voters with whom he made the compact, he set the compact at nought, and formed the coalition, which was equally the subject of public surprise and indignation. What added to his confidence in the result of this Election, the hon. Gentleman stated to be the declarations of Mr. Whitbread today. That Gentleman, whom he should wish to respect, had come forward to class himself with the place-hunting Peter Moore, who did not dare to shew his face upon the Hustings for some days back, by making confident predictions as to the future. But Mr. Whitbread would soon find his predictions unfounded, and would not again appear before the people to repeat any thing of the kind. For himself he could not but feel, that notwithstanding all the resistance he had met with, he was in a situation as proud as any individual in Westminster had ever occupied. As upon the close of the Sth day's poll in the celebrated contest between Mr. Fox and sir Cecil Wray, the former,