Page images
PDF
EPUB

drawn from the rational system which even, after all that we had suffered, left us the most free, and therefore the most happy people upon earth. The example of France had had its effect upon them. . They knew well, that if there had not been a Robespierre, there would not now be a Buonaparté. The conduct of their opponents had this day been in one respect political, though not very decent. They had paid the highest compliment to the talents of Mr. Sheridan, by the preparations they had made to stifle his voice. They knew that it was only necessary for the people to hear him, to be convinced. They dreaded his eloquence, and still more his principles, for they well knew that in the long course of his public service by the side of Mr. Fox, he had, on every occasion of danger to the state, whether from the side of power against the privileges of the people, or from that of momentary delusion, as in the instance of the mutiny. in the fleet, had been always the warın and steady friend of his country. As to place, if place had been his object without principle, every one knew that it was always within his grasp. Temptations of every

kind had been held out to him, and it was the glory of his clfaracter, that with the most disinterested spirit, he had resisted every allurement to draw him from his friends. Independence did not always flow from fortune. Independence was of various sorts; and he surely could not claim the proad distinction, who surrendered up his understanding to a political tutor; nor would the Electors of Westminster consider that Candidate as independent, who came there, not seeking to be the Representative of Westminster, but of Wimbledon. He concluded with proposing a parochial canvass by distinct committees ; which was agreed to.—The meeting separated at an early hour, for the purpose of using every exertion for the support of Mr. Sheridan.

date

To the Independent Electors of Westminster. A few plain Questions from one of yourselves :

Do we want an independent man in the House of Commons, to whose honest integrity we must commit the disposal of our rights and properties, and defend the only remaining vestige of that Constitution which our ancestors so dearly obtained?

If we do-Is it probable a Candidate, who is a placeman under government, with a very large salary, upon any question relative to economy in the public expenditure, will vote with that integrity which should ever be the leading feature of a Member of Parliament? Would he vote against. his own interest?

Are you to be infatuated out of your reason by a great pumber of names on a committee, many of which the public prints have declared (by authority) were put on even without the knowledge or consent of the parties?

Can the wounds of an officer, or the taking of Buenos Ayres, be any way applicable to the momentous cause before you? We all pity and sympathize in the calamity of an individual. We all wish him where he might be most serviceable-fighting against the natural enemies of our country, on his own element.

Have you not lately had proof of the propriety of electing a Naval Officer? Did he ever attend his duty ? is it possible he could? Can any man fight in two situations so opposite ? You know how to esteem and appreciate the worth of a Naval Officer: but every man to his station !!!

As to the “Shade of Nelson, "the immortal Nelson fought with one arm, and after many wounds: I trust and hope we shall find sir Samuel Hood following his example.

Lord Gardner, one of your late Representatives, candidly states, that his duty as an officer prevents him from performing that asa Memberof Parliament. Sir Samuel Hood,-a much younger man, surely will consider the reason still more applicable to limself.

Electors, the question is, who shall ride triumphant; you or the Junto?

INDEPENDENCE AND PAULL.

AN EXCELLENT NEW SONG.

1.
Lo! Corruption stalks forward in Liberty's guise,
I'reemen! rally your legions, and guard your rich prize;
Wave your banners on high, at fair Liberty's call-
Shout the watch-word aloud - Independence and Paull!,
Chorus.-Independence and Paull!

Independence and Paull!
Shout the watch-2014 aloud-Independence and Paull!

Though

Though the lovers of places and p'under may strive
Of the birth-right of Britons each man to deprive,
Let us rally around her, my boys, great and small,
And a fig for their threats :-Independence and Paull!

3.
Let the place-hunting crew 'gainst our politics rant,
Call us Jacobins, Traitors, and such idle cant;
With our King we're determin'd to stand or to fall
So success to our cause Independence and Paull!

He's the friend of the poor, and the freedom of man,
And will lighten our taxes as fast as he can;
State robbers to justice he'll bring, short and tall
So success to our cause -Independence and Paull!

5.
He's the man of our choice, and we'll join heart and soul,
To place him each day at the head of the poll :
Then huzza ! my brave boys ; let as shout one and all
Here's success to our cause Independence and Paull!

Chorus.

Independence and Paull !

Independence and Paull!
Here's success to our cause Independence and Paull!

MR. PAULL.

Mr. James Paull has relinquished all pretensions to the representation of the City of Westminster; having accepted the office of Master Tailor to Drury-Lane Theatre; which lucrative employment is not tenable with a seat in Parliament.

To

To the Free and Independent Electors of

Westminster. GENTLEMEN ; My engagements in business have prevented me from learning, till yesterday, that your votes and interest at the ensuing Election, have been publicly solicited for my Nephew, Mr. Paull.-I cannot refrain from expressing the great satisfaction - which, on my account more than your own, I feel at the unexpected honour which my worthy Nephew has the fullest confidence of receiving from your disinterested exertions in the present contest; and if any assurances are necessary to those which you have received from him, I beg leave to assure you that the last remnant of his resources, in its most extravagant branches, will be cut up for ensuring to you the genial warmth and protection of the British Constitution.

I am, Gentlemen, with the highest respect, and esteem,

ALEXANDER PAULL, Journeyman Tailor to J. Lambert,

No. A, Suffolk-street, Charing-Cross. For further particulars enquire as above, from 6 in the morning till 7 at night.

A stupid and scandalous hand-bill was yesterday stuck up and circulated in the neighbourhood of Drury-lane and Somerset-house; containing a

« PreviousContinue »