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naked upon the pavement, and carried to the poorhouse or the grave. Why, then do these Gentlemen stop in their progress? why do they not go on with the journey they are pursuing ? they are shocked themselves at the picture they are going to trace, or afraid of telling you, whom they are leading, whither they are going to conduct you !-Gentlemen; in such times as these-in times of public danger, it is in my opinion one of the greatest crimes any man can commit, whether he does it against or according to law, to lay his unhallowed hands upon the sacred
rces of the Country. Those resources are all wanted for national defence, and they cannot at once flow in two channels--they cannot be used for purposes of corruption, and for purposes of national se. curity. Only to mention one department which, these Gentlemen may perhaps call part of the Conftitution-for they seem to consider nothing but its abuses as the Constitution--the very department of the Barracks. Why are Barracks built all over England? why so many millions bestowed upon them? were those millions which are employed in the most corrupt and foul way, employed, either in augmenting your navy, or in rewarding the gallant actions of those men who are the real defence of their country, were they employed in that way they would prove an ample source of national security without laying a single tax more upon the people.--Gentlemen; what becomes of all the Sinecure Places and Pensions given for the most corrupt and flagrant purposes ?-given to delude the people in
in. stances, to oppress them in others; why are all those
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resources given for such purposes, whilst there is a single honourable defender of his Country who goes unrewarded?-Gentlemen; there is another ource, too, which ought to be held as a sacred source of national supply-I mean the honours of the stateWhy are those honours prostituted for political purposes?-those honours which ought to be held sacred as the rewards particularly of military merit, which are a great and ample source of reward for gallant and brave men are made use of for no purpose but to secure corrupt majorities in the two houses of Parliament.--Gentlemen; there is another subject of abuse which I think it my duty to mention : why in this perilous state of the Country are we inundated by German troops? why are Englishmen sent out of the country on expeditions, and thousands of Germans taken into our pay? Can it be for the defence of England ? Why did they not defend Germany? What interest have they with us? For what purpose has the Country been put to that expence, and those resources so employed which might have gone to the support and maintenance of national troops for the defence of England itself?--Gentlemen ; having fhortly detailed a very few of those circumftances of which I complain, and none of which I contend are complaints against the Constitution of England, but against those who are destroying, undermining, and corrupting that Constitution, I shall take my leave of you with merely observing--that great as the dangers of the Country are from without, they are still greater from the corruption within,--that no country has ever been overcome by the valour of its enemies
abroad which has not f..llen a prey to a previous system of corruption at home.-Gentlemen ; I Thall tako my leave of you with returning you many thanks for the honour you have done me, and with Ita" ng simply this-that while our gallant navy is contending against the foreign foe, you will always find me ready to contend for the people against the dome tic one."
Sir Francis was then drawn through Brentford by the populace. Most of the houses in Kensington and Knightsbridge were illuminated, and the whole had more the appearance of a triumph than a defeat.
Mr. Mellish's Address to the Freeholders of
Middlesex after the Election. Gentlemen ; If in an ordinary contest I had been chosen by you as one of your Representatives, I should have been utterly at a loss to express my gratitude for so high an honour. Judge, then, how incapable I must be of doing justice to my feelings, when your choice involves in it a great and glorious victory that you have enabled me to obtain over the dangerous party which, by the most disgraceful practices at the last two Elections, had nearly triumphed over your independence. The immense majority with which you have honoured my humble pretensions to your favour, declares, in so decisive a manner, the voice of the County, that I trust it will extinguish the hopes of all who are desirous of stilling that voice by popular clamour, or of defeating it by the arts of faction. That majority
also, permit me to add, affords the best possible answer to the call, which, during the Election, Sir F. Burdett has almost daily made upon me, for a declaration of my principles. Nay, it goes further ; for it pronounces, in language which cannot be misunderstood, your judgment upon his principles, as well as upon mine.—In congratulating you, Gentlemen, , upon a victory which is the fruit of so much exertion, and which, considering the nature of the contest, affords just cause for triumph to the kingdom at large, and, indeed, to the friends of order throughout the civilized world, my duty to you compels me moft earnestly to intreat a continuance of that vigilance and firmness which, in such a cause, can alone secure the inestimable advantage we have gained.Having hitherto refrained from professions, well knowing them to be a most fallacious test of conduct, I shall now content myself with assuring you, that by promoting, to the best of my abilities, the prosperity of the British Empire, the security of the British Constitution, and the honour and welfare of the County of Middlesex, I shall endeavour to justify your choice, and to evince the gratitude with which
I am, &c. B://W-Bill Park, Nov. 27. WILLIAM MELLISH.
lir. Byng's Address to the Freebolders of Mid
dlesex after the Ele&tion. Gentlemen ; The high trust which you have again been pleased to repose in me, is the best proof that my condue in your service has met with your ap
probation ; for I will take upon myself to say, that never did any individual receive more conspicuous marks of the unbiassed suffrages of his constituents than I have been honoured with on the present occasion. Amidst the torrent of personal invective and violence with which the present contest for your favour has been conducted, I have felt it due both to your understanding and to my own character, to abstain from all professions as to my future conduct, as well as from all retrospect of the past. What I have been, is in your recollection; and I can truly say, without presuming to arrogate to myself any other merit than that of consistency, that even with the light which time and experience have thrown on the measures in which I took a part, I do not remember a single instance in which I have to regret the vote I gave, as one of your Representatives, or which I should change if it were again to be given. This may be ascribed to the advantage of my having uniformly maintained and acted on those rational principles of pure Whiggism, which with a constant but liberal jealousy of the exercise of power, has for its sole object the preservation of our invaluable Constitution in all its branches, and the happiness of the people from whom it sprung.
I have the honour to be, &c. St. James's-Square, Nov. 27. GEORGE BYNG.
Sir Francis Burdett's Address to the Freebolders
of Middlesex after the Election. GENTLEMEN ;-The moment before the commencement of the late Election for Middlesex, Mr.