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Mellish himself would learn, that unless his conduct shall correspond with his professions, he must never more hope to be member for Middlesex.-Gentlemen, delays are dangerous; the poll closes on Thursday; the losing Candidates strain every nerve to swell their polls. If you delay to the last moment what has already been postponed too long, you may find to your confusion that you have come an hour too late.
A Polled FREEHOLDER.
Wednesday, November 26.
2243 Sir Francis Burdett,
1071 Mr. Byng made his bow and retired.
Sir Francis BURDETT." Gentlemen; After the disapprobation which was expressed yesterday by some persons near me, in consequence of some topics introduced into my Address to you, it will be very difficult for me indeed to speak upon the present situation of this country, so as not to incur the displeasure of those persons. You all know how difficult it is to touch any sore or tender part, so as not to give sensations of uneasiness to the persons who labour under those
complaints.-Gentlemen; not withstanding that displeasure, I must confess I do not at all regret, nor shall I be withheld from expressing my sentiments freely upon such abuses, as I conceive it to be essential to the Country to have reformed. On the contrary, Gentlemen, I am rather pleased at the displeasure of certain persons, not merely at the disa pleasing them, but because that is a proof to me that I am touching upon those points on which it is essential for you to hear me.-Gentlemen; the anger of yesterday appears not to have confined itself merely to the disapprobation of the Gentlemen who heard me at the time, because it has produced an advertisement in the papers of this day, which proves to me that they have carried home with them the displeasure which they before expressed at this place. I hold in my hand a very curious advertisement signed “A Freeholder ;” but at the same time the marks and the features of this advertisement are so strong, that I cannot be at a loss to state who has produced it.-Gentlemen ; the topics introduced in it compel me to believe that it must be the production, either of the hired libeller Mr. Bowles, or the hired informer Mr. Redhead York.] --[Here an interruption took place, sone exclaiming, “ Shane! Shame!” and others " Don't libel people here."] Some Gentlemen cry out “ Sbame !” but they think it no shame to put in print the most scandalous accusations against me--the most scandalous misrepresentations--to represent me as what they please to term a Jacobin, and the worst enemy to the Country and the Constitution of England
they they think that no shame, and they feel no repugnanee so to hold me up to the public.---The Gentleman who wrote this advertisement says, that the object of this Election is to preserve this County, too long distracted by Jacobinical principles, from becoming a prey to a Jacobin Faction. As to faction, I should like the person who wrote this, or any other person, , to point out in what that faction consists, or where that faction exists. I should like them at the same time that they use these words to be so good as to annex to them an explanation, that we may understand at least what they are at.---Gentlemen, as to Faction, do we not know that there can be no faction but of men from interested motives, combining against the public good for their own private and individual emolument. Can faction, or did faction ever put forward or depend upon public principle, and you will judge between us which are the interested parties, and who has most candidly explained his public principles upon this and upon every other occasion.-- Gentlemen ; they choose to use the word Faction as they do the word Jacobin, merely as a term of general abuse, and which affixes upon them no particular meaning ; but I will affix a meaning to that term, and under that term I think they themselves come; because I do look upon them as a connected set of men---not connected by public principle of any kind, but by private and individual intereft.---Gentlemen; you all know that where there is a reward, where ever a profit is to be had, there will be the interested persons. You all know, that where the carcase is there will be the vultures also; 3 H
know well that we have no carcase, that we have nothing to afford; that we hold forth nothing to the Independent Freeholders of Middlesex but public constitutional principles ; upon those grounds I have asked their support, and therefore I retort upon those persons the aspersions they are willing to cast upon me, and I declare that I do hold them in the light in which they wish to uphold me, and consider them as the most dangerous as well as the most interested Faction in this country. The same Gentleman says; “ That the principles I have professed, if principles they may be called”---Now, if they would but be explicit---if they would but let us understand what they mean by principle---if they themselves understand what they mean, I trust they will be kind enough to explain to me how they can entertain any doubt as to what I have laid before you as my principles, and not only principles professed, but principles upon which I have uniformly acted.---Gentlemen; In the same advertisement, it is said, that Mr. Mellish, too, must learn, that unless his conduct shall correspond with his professions, he must never more hope to be Member for Middlesex. Now, this is also very curious, because we have not had the good fortune yet to hear any professions from Mr. Mellish, and why those friends of his should talk of that on which he holds his tongue, is for him and not for me to explain.---Gentlemens with the same degree of candour and truth this ad. vertisement concludes with stating, that I have strained every nerve to swell my poll. Now, Gentlemen, I should guess at least from some of the
votes that were taken yesterday, that the Candidate near me had certainly strained every nerve to swell his poll, because I did observe polling yesterday Mr. Mainwaring, the Justice, and Mr. Daniel Hindley, the Clerk, and I did expect to see as a proper accompaniment to the other two, Mr. Aris, the Gaoler; probably you may have the satisfaction to see him poll to-morrow.---Gentlemen; I have only further to observe to the Independent Frecholders, that there are still abundantly sufficient voters unpolled to carry the Election upon the principles, and for the interest on which I stand ;--whether they shall be pleased so to exert themselves is for their consideration, and it interests them to the full as much as it can me.”
Mr. MeLLISH---- Gentlemen; I return you my best thanks for the honour you have done me."
Mr. Bowles's Letter to Sir Francis Burdett.
Sir, In several of your speeches from the Huftings, during this Election, you have thought proper to allude to me, personally, and you have twice
applied to me the odious term of “ libeller.” As far as these allusions affect myself, I can have no inducement to notice them; for they cannot injure me in the opinion of those on whose approbation I set any value; but, as they may seem to imply a contradiction of what I have published respecting you, public considerations forbid me to pass them over in silence: and, as the Sheriff of Middlesex has judic ously re3 H 2