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Fullarton had to bring against him, he would answer in the proper place.

The High Bailiff then announced the State of the Poll as follows: Mr. Paull

• 792 Sir Samuel Hood

533 Mr. Sheridan

394 Mr. Paull then presented himelf to the notice of the Electors. He said, he had again to announce to them another proud triumph;-he had to announce the 'triumph of the Independent Electors of Westminster over the two Court Candidates. It had been said, at a meeting which had been convened for the purpose of libelling them, that he had hired the rabble, with a view to support

his Election. Hired whom?-Them ;-the Independent Electors of Westminster, who came there without a switch in their hands to exercise their constitutional right of electing a Representative on whom they could depend. The morning papers of the day had stated, that he, and sir F. Burdett, sensible of the weakness of their cause, had been obliged to arm bludgeon-men to promote it. But Sir F. Burdett, who loved the king and the constitution, and who would adhere to both, when deserted by placemen and pensioners ;—that great character, Sir Francis Burdett, and he, came forward to stand upon the support of the Independent Electors of Westminster and Middlesex; against the court and the minister;--against the most formidable combination that had ever been entered into against the rights and liberties of the


people. —[Loud applauses.] They were strong in the opinion of the Independent Electors, and wanted not the aid of bludgeon-men. He had only to beg, to entreat, to beseech them, to come as heretofore, unarmed, whilst it should be necessary for them to attend, in order to secure the election of a man who would never desert them. He was sorry to be obliged to trespass upon their time, but he felt it necessary to make one observation more.

His enemies had represented that he ought not to be chosen for Westminster, because he had not ribbands, and had not been descended from noble ancestry. He had only to say, that he might have had a ribband as broad as that which was worn by the Candidate who had just left them, {alluding to sir S. Hood], if he would have consented to surrender his independence. He called on the Electors not to relax in their efforts, but, by continued exertions, to put his election, which was then almost certain, beyond all doubt. It was the intention of their enemies to keep the Poll open as long as they could; but he besought his friends to press to the Poll to-morrow, so as to put an end to the contest at once. - Mr. Paull retired amidst the shouts and acclamations of the people, who (although drenched to the skin by the continued rain, which had prevailed during the whole proceedings) insisted upon taking the horses from his carriage, and drawing him in triumph to his house in Charles-street, St. James's-Square, accompanied with a band of music.


Mr. Paull's Second Address to the Independent

Electors of Westminster. GENTLEMEN; As we proceed in this our honourable pursuit, the restoration of the Freedom of this great and populous and industrious and public-spirited City, our prospect becomes more fair, and our success more certain. The truly noble exertions which


have made this day, while they command gratitude the most sincere and unbounded on my part, afford me the fullest assurance of the continuance of your zeal, and of the glorious triumph which that zeal will finally give us.Gentlemen ; I am sure you will not fail to participate with me in feelings of indignation against those of our adversaries, who, while they have openly employed bludgeon-men, for the vain purpose of intimidating you from performing your sacred duty, have had the assurance to accuse me of having hired persons to make a clamour, and to drown the voice of my opponents. As if, Gentlemen, it were necessary to hire you to express your detestation and abhorrence of those whom you regard as enemies to the liberties of your Country, and to the real glory and permanent authority of your King! No, Gentlemen ; it is a truth, and a truth at which court sycophants and arrogant ministers may tremble, that eight hundred Electors of Westminster have, in the two last days, given me their votes, without having received from me, or from any 3


one else, so much as a single pot of porter. I have only to request most earnestly, that, both collectively and individually, you will use all the expedition in your power in coming forward to the Poll, that we may conclude the contest as speedily as possible, and that the defeat of our enemies may be as signal as their confidence and arrogance have been unbounded. I have the honour to be, Gentlemen,

Your most obliged friend and servant, Charles-street, St. James's-Square, JAMES PAULL.

Nov. 4, 1806.

Mr. Paull's Committee sit at Hudson's Hotel, Covent-Garden; where it is requested every communication for promoting the success of that gentleman may be addressed. The Committee sit daily from eight in the morning till twelve at night,


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Wednesday, November 5, 1806. At the close of the Poll the numbers were as follows: Mr. Paull

1516 Sir Samuel Hood

1281 Mr. Sheridan.

789 Mr. Peter Moore stepped forward and observed, that those to whom he now addressed himself were no doubt friends of Liberty. He was himself a friend to Liberty. As a proof and example of their love of freedom, he hoped they would allow him the liberty to speak. If they did not, he should conclude that they would not, if the matter rested with them, allow him liberty in any thing else, and consequently that they were not friends to real Freedom. Mr. Paull was but a satellite of their little god sir Francis Burdett, and certainly the liberties of Westminster were too valuable to be entrusted to a light which might be so easily extinguished. The moment sir Francis withdrew his beams, the little satellite would sink into obscurity. Again he was obliged to apologize for his right hon. friend (Mr. Sheridan). Nothing but necessity could have kept him away. But the moment his physician had set him on his legs, he would himself attend and tell them in a much more able manner than he (Mr. M.) could do, the sincere love which he had for the liberties of the people. The minority in which his right


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