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hon. friend stood on the poll neither discouraged his expectations, nor damped in the smallest degree his reliance for ultimate success.
It was to be accounted for, not from the want of numerous and most respectable friends to come forward, but from the riotous and disorderly conduct of the supporters of sir Francis Burdettand Mr. Paull, who for three whole days, had deterred and kept back the friends of Mr. Sheridan and the gallant officer who stood near him: 2000 more of whom would otherwise have been already added to the number of votes in their favour. [No! no ! no ! froin a thousand voices.] Mr. Moore was inaudible in the short remainder of his speech, except in the concluding exclamation of-“Sheridan and Hood for ever!”
Sir SAMUEL Hood next came forward. He said, the additional and very flattering proof of his success on this day's poll, was a new and honourable pledge of attachment, from the Independent Electors, to his cause, and shewed him, that their generous and liberal minds were far indeed from receiving the slightest bias, from the gross and unprecedented attempt of Col. Fullarton, yesterday, to calumniate his character, and prejudice them against him. But, as an answer to similar representations laid before his Majesty and the privy council, he begged leave to observe, that he had since been distinguished by the best of Sovereigns with many signal marks, of royal favour. He entreated the zealous perseverance of his friends tomorrow, and had no doubt of final success.
Mr. PAULL came forward, and thanked the Electors for the very zealous support he had this day received, and the signal majority in which they had placed him. That majority he attributed to the glorious support of sir Francis Burdett and the Independent Electors of Westminster. Much had been said of attempts to calumniate the character of the gallant officer, one of his competitors; he was conscious, however, of no such attempt on his part. He had never ventured to cast odium upon the character of that gallant officer. He entertained the highest respect for his public character, and he knew nothing of his private one. The pretence of implicating him in any such attempt was a trick he should be able to defeat. The charges against the gallant officer were brought forward, not by him, nor at his instance. He stood not there to calumniate the gallant officer, but merely to oppose him as a Candidate in this election. ile begged now to observe that the hireling newspapers of this morning were again at work in endeavouring to calumniate himself and his friends, and charging him with having gained his majorities by bribery : but he could lay his hand to his heart, and declare upon his honour, that, of 1516 voters who had already come forward in his support, he never had given to any one man so much as a ribbon or a pot of porter : though a Mr. Denis O'Bryen had thought proper to assert that any porter might proeure 3000 votes in the City of Westminster, provided he had porter enough to give them. He did not think it ne
cessary to say more at present, but merely to observe, that it was necessary for the Electors to come up early the next day; because an Election for Westminster must be expensive, especially as his purse
and theirs were opposed to the treasury. He said their purses, because from them would come the taxes that paid the expences of the Court Candidate.
This speech was received with loud acclamations. Mr. Gibbons and some others attempted to speak, and one or two of them said a few words amidst an incessant noise which prevented us from hearing them.
REWARD OF ONE HUNDRED POUNDS.
Whereas on Monday evening, after the close of the poll, a daring and desperate assault was made on the right hon. R. B. Sheridan, immediately as he passed through the door of the Hustings, particularly by three ruffians, who, it appears, had planted themselves there for that purpose: one of whom, named Davenport, now in custody, and committed for trial, aimed a stroke at Mr. Sheridan's head, which, by testimony of four respectable witnesses, would probably have killed him on the spot, had not his weapon been arrested; and there being reason to believe that the other two were known to some of the persons near, this is to give notice, that a reward of one hundred pounds will be paid by this committee, on the detection, apprehension, and conviction of either of the said offenders. Nov. 5, 1806.
PETER MOORE, Chairman.
Mr. Sheridan's Second Address. To the Worthy and Independent Electors of the
City of Westminster.
GENTLEMEN ; Impressed with every sentiment of gratitude for the hitherto almost unsolicited support I have received, I beg leave to assure you, that I am not in the least dismayed at the present appearance of the poll. The circumstances of various kinds, which, from the day of the dissolution of parliament, have interfered with and delayed the necessary arrangements for a proper canvass for this extensive City, as well as my own personal exertions, it would be, at this moment, an useless intrusion to detail to you; I only entreat you to attribute this seeming neglect to any other cause than the slightest want of respect, either on the part of my friends or myself towards Electors, who have it in their power to bestow the highest honour which political ambition can merit, or aspire to. I have now the satisfaction to inform you, that a systematical arrangement of canvass is established, which, I doubt not, under your protection and indulgence, will speedily recover the ground lost by past omissions. I have greatly to regret, that the course I had entered upon, for paying, as far as possible, my personal respects to you, has been interrupted by unexpected indisposition ; and I trust to your kindness, to make allowance for the cause. I hope,
to-morrow, to be able to resume my duty in this respect, as far as the state of the Election, and the difficulty of yielding to any preference in attention will admit of. Of the ultimate success of a combined, zealous, and persevering exertion, I have no doubt. The accomplishment of my personal wishes or ambition, is nothing in the great cause in which we are engaged; and to the maintenance of that cause, amply indeed to be affected by the event of the present contest, will I devote every energy capable of; while there is an Elector, who, with me, wishes to defend it, left unpolled in this great and renowned City. I have the honour to be, with the highest respect and sincerest devotion, Somerset-Place,
Your obedient servant, Nov. 5, 1806.
R. B. SHERIDAN.
Coalition between Sir S. Hood and Mr. Sheridan,
At a meeting of the friends of the right hon. R. B. Sheridan, and sir S. Hood, bart. K. B., it was resolved, That a central committee should be formed to conduct the joint Election of the above gentlemen.—That the said committee shall meet every day at ten o'clock in the morning, at the St. Alban's tavern, in St. Alban’s-street, St. James's, where all communications will be received relating to the Election of the said Candidates.- That there be a committee at Fisher's rooms, King-street, Covent-garden, where the several Electors are re. quested to assemble, and proper persons will be appointed to conduct them to the Hustings.—The