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because I am proscribed by every man in power in this country. I appeal to you, as a body able to defeat that proscription, and as disposed to do so; for there is a spirit in this country, which can always defeat any despotic minister of the crown. From the first time I have been able to think upon political topics, I have been determined to follow the steps of a distinguished and illustrious patriot, for whose principles I have been' an avowed advocate, with whom I should wish to live, and with whom and for whose principles I am ready, if necessary, to die;-I mean sir Francis Burdett.--I can only add, that if I am returned for this City to parliament, I will attend my duty as I have always done; and as I have no doubt
my friend (sir Francis Burdett) will be returned, I shall be proud to be at his back; I pledge myself to support him in resisting the suspension of the Habeas Corpus act, and every other measure that may tend to encroach on the liberty of the subject. I shall think with pride on the proceedings of this day; and, rather than submit to tyranny, I will with pride even go to the scaffold with that distinguished patriot sir Francis Burdett, if such should be our fate in our last efforts to resist it! Gentlemen, I thank you sincerely for drinking my health; and with drinking yours most cordially, I now beg leave to retire, in order to pay my respects to some of those of my friends who have not been able to favour us with their company here.
Sir Francis BURDETT, after expressing his conviction that the meeting would naturally sympathize in the feelings of any body of men assailed by aninisterial influence, proposed, at the request of Mr. Cobbett, THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORS OF “HAMPSHIRE; and success to their endeavours to
preserve the remains of their Freedom against the "attacks of an arrogant minister.”—This toast, and that of, "THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORS OF MIDDLESEX,'
” which followed, having been drunk with three times three, sir Francis Burdett, after a description of the plan of committees and canvassing, upon which the Electors ought all to act in order to secure the Election of Mr. Paull, took his leave, accompanied by Mr. Paull, colonel Bosville, and several gentlemen who sat at the top of the room, and followed by the applauses of the company.
Upon sir Francis having vacated the chair, Mr. Cobbett was called to it, and he immediately proposed, “ Success to the Election of sir Francis Bur“dett,” which was drunk with the most ardent expressions of enthusiasm.
Mr. Cobbett pointed out the several divisions to which it had been found convenient to apportion distinct committees; and exhorting gentlemen to put down their names, who were disposed to canvass in their several parishes, and to proceed to business as soon as possible, he begged to take his leave, in order to attend a meeting in Westminster. Mr. Hewlings was then called to the chair. His health was drunk, as was that of Mr. Gibbons, both of whom made speeches expressive of thanks. And after a few toasts and songs,
the company separated with the utmost har. mony.
Colonel Fullarton's Address to the Électors of
Westminster GENTLEMEN ; My absence from London prevented me from learning till yesterday, that your votes and interest had been publicly solicited by sir Samuel Hood. The courageandexertions evinced by that officer at Toulon, at Aboukir, at Teneriffe, and in various other instances, prove that, in his capacity as a Captain of the Navy, he is entitled to the highest praise ; while the recent capture of four French frigates, by a squadron under his command, and the severe misfortune which befel him on that occasion, must interest in his favour every individual who is capable of appreciating naval skill and enterprize. Unfortunately, however, for sir Samuel Hood, his exertions have not been confined within the limits of his Profession, but have been exercised in a Civil Department, in such a manner as will enable you to determine how far his principles, his modes of acting, and his official declarations, can be tolerated in a Candidate for the Representation of the first City in the British Empire. As a reward, I presume, for his distinguished Naval Services, he was appointed, in the year 1802, Third Commissioner for the government of Trinadad ; at the same time, Governor Picton was appointed Second, and I was named as First Commissioner. During the period in which sir Samuel Hood executed the duties of that office, he committed various acts which became the subject of
serious charges against him, and which remain still pending before the Lords of his Majesty's Council; their lordships having intimated their intentions of postponing the consideration of them until the more serious charges against his colleague, Colonel Picton, were disposed of. The particulars of these transactions are detailed in
my address to that right honourable Tribunal, and in other documents, of which copies or extracts shall be printed and circulated for the information of the Electors of Westminster. In the mean while, it is sufficient to specify, that sir Samuel Hood stands arraigned of having concurred with Colonel Picton in committing acts of illegality and aggression against British subjects under his protection; and that he exposed the colony to a scene of anarchy, by issuing a proclamation, dated 27th of April, 1806, directly violating the King's authority, and commands.
I have the honour to be,
and most obedient servant,
Monday November 3, 1806.
Mr. Paull proceeded from his house to the Hustings, in his barouche and four, accompanied by sir Francis Burdeii, Mr. Cobbett, and some other friends; colonel Bosville in his coach and four following, accompanied by Mr. Burdett, the rev. Mr. French, and another gentleman.
Upon Mr. Paull's arrival, he was greeted with the loudest and warmest applause.
About ten o'clock, an universal hissing, groaning, and clamorous disapprobation announced the arrival of one of the other candidates, Mr. Sheridan, -who no sooner appeared on the Hustings, than a cry of “ off! off !” issued from various quarters. A parcel of men, armed with bludgeons, entered at this time amongst the crowd, who did not fail to express great dissatisfaction at such an unseasonable encroachment. Mr. Sheridan attempted to speak, in order to apologise for his delay, but the noise and clamour was so very great, that not a word could be heard.
Sir Samuel Hood made his appearance, and it was with great difficulty that the Hustings, which were by this time ( 11 o'clock) exceedingly crowded, could be cleared for the gallant admiral to get forward. This last Candidate was attended by lord William Russell and several naval gentlemen. He was in his full dress naval uniform, and wore