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of commons. Yet, true it is, that Mr. Paull finds a difficulty thrown in his way, from causes which must be evident to you, to procure a seat in that house, unless he submits to a surrender of that integrity, which, in your eyes, ought undoubtedly to be his chief recommendation for
your suffrages. In my estimation, one hundred mercenaries in the house of commons are much more dangerous than five hundred thousand mercenaries in military array, headed by the emperor of France, [loud applause.] With these observations, gentlemen, I shall take my leave. I recommend Mr. Paull strongly to the Electors of Westminster, and I trust tłat they will, on this occasion, come forward and say—“ Paull, and the City of West“ minster!" I, therefore, take the liberty of nominating Mr. Paull, from a thorough conviction that he, of all others, is the best adapted for your Representative ; that, as a Candidate, he stands alone, and unconnected with any party, and totally devoid of mercenary motives.”—Sir Francis's speech was received, throughout, with the most marked attention.
Mr. Gibbons said, that after the detail which the Electors' had just now heard, of the qualifications of the gentleman whom the hon. baronet had proposed, it would be unnecessary for him, in rising to second the proposal, to say more, than that he most cordially agreed with every sentiment which the mover of it had uttered.
Mr. Paull then presented himself, and addressed the Electors as follow's :-" Gentlemen, Electors
of Westminster, I certainly, on the present occasion, shall not take up much of your time. We are now about to enter upon the most important of all contests. We are now standing up in defence of the rights of the people of England, against the proscription of an arrogant minister. I will not make any professions to you this day. They have already gone abroad, and, I trust, have been read by many
friends. I love my king, I love the cause I have espoused, and I love the people of Great Britain. These are the principles upon which I shall act, and thence arises the course which I shall purpose to pursue, if you are pleased to return me your Representative. I hope that this day it will be seen, that there is a spirit in the Electors of Westminster--that they are not to be bought, sold, nor intimidated from doing their duty. My principles, gentlemen, are the principles of sir Francis Burdett. He has been calumniated; but I should wish to know what man, who has dared to do his duty, has not been calumniated? I know the purity of his heart, and his love of the king and the constitution. He is one who has all along wished to bring into practice, that system of representation which has recently existed only in theory. I shall refrain, after what has been already said, from entering into the merits of sir Samuel Hood, or of the Treasurer of the Navy, and shall only conclude by soliciting your suffrages to return me as your Representative."
Mr. Sheridan again offered himself="Gentlemen,sir F.Burdett has told you that a hundred mercenaries in the house of commons, are more dangerous to you than 500,000 mercenaries under Buonaparté. Upon this I wish to observe, and to ask him whether, during any period of the 26 years I have been in parliament, he ever knew me to be one of those mercenaries ? I put this question to sir F. Burdett. Does he agree to answer me-does he mean to say, that for the sake of obtaining a place, I would be one of those mercenaries ? Another question toom Will sir Francis, as a man of honour and of truth, deny, that I was the single man that stood by him upon the question of the prisons ? did I not second him in his motion for that enquiry? If you elect me, you will elect a man who is warmly attached to your interests, and who will never become the instrument of bartering away or destroying your rights.”
Sir Francis Burdett, in answer to Mr. Sheridan, asked him, "whether, since he had been in
power, he had ever proposed to redress those grievances of which he had complained when out of power ?”
The shew of hands was now proceeded to, and the high bailiff declared it to be in favour of sir S. Hood and Mr. Paull. Mr. Sheridan demanded that the shew of hands should be resorted to again, as the question had not been heard. A long discussion took place; after which, a poll was demanded. An adjournment took place for an hour, in order to adjust the poll books; when the poll
commenced. At four o'clock, the poll closed for the day ; when the numbers appeared :For Mr. Paull ..
. 327 Mr. Sheridan
178 Sir S. Hood.
. 161 Mr. Sheridan came forward, and again attempted to address the Electors; but his efforts to procure silence were completely frustrated by the populace; and he retired amidst the groanings and bissings of the multitude : the cry of “ Paull! Paull!”
Sir S. Hood was nearly as unsuccessful as Mr. Sheridan. He did not, however, attempt to enlarge, but merely said that he most sincerely thanked those Electors who had favoured him with their suffrages; and trusted, that they would, in future days, carry him far above the proportion he had already procured.
Mr. Paull said :-“ Gentlemen, Electors of Westminster, I come forward now to announce the most glorious triumph that a free'man ever obtained. It is this :-A man, who has nothing but his integrity to recommend him; one who has no de. pendence on any thing but his own upright intentions, stands at the head of the poll, although opposed by two Court Candidates. I thank the ho. nest Electors who voted for me this day; they may now go home to their wives and children, and
say with truth, that the votes they have this day given, were given to a candidate who will not desert them, but will act to the best of his power for their benefit, and assert their rights to the last E 2
hour of his life. My principles are already knowa to you, and they are such as I shall most inflexibly pursue. That course which my illustrious friend, sir F. Burdett, has stated to you, I shall persevere in till I accomplish my purpose.”
MR. SHERIDAN'S DINNER AT THE CROWN AND
ANCHOR. [From the Morning Chronicle.] In the evening of this day a considerable number of the friends of Mr. Sheridan dined together, at the Crown and Anchor Tavern.
Lord Barrymore was called to the chair. A good deal of anxiety at first prevailed among the friends of Mr. Sheridan, as a report prevailed that he had been basely assaulted in cuming from the hustings, by a person carrying a marrow-bone and cleaver. Mr. Sheridan, however, soon arrived ; 80 that it was clear he had sustained no serious harm, though in fact it appeared that an attempt had been made to do him a personal injury.-After dinner, several loyal and patriotic toasts were drunk; among which were, “The King," with three times three ;“The Queen and Royal Family;” “the Prince of Wales,” with three times three; “The immortal memory of Mr. Fox;" and that patriot's favourite toast, “ The cause of Liberty all over the world.” These were interspersed by some exquisite glees sung by lord Barrymore, the hon. Mr. Barry, Mr Leete, &c. &c. &c. Mr. PETER MOORE then rose, and addressed the