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gratitude for your past and almost unsolicited support, I ventured to declare that I was not in the least dismayed by the then existing appearance of the Poll. The result of the two last days more than justifies the confidence I then expressed. That confidence was founded on my knowledge of the good sense, the honour, the loyalty, and the patriotism of the Electors of Westminster. Of the success of the pretensions of any gentlemen who appeared to assume that they did not possess these qualities, I really never entertained any serious apprehension. Such a Candidate could only obtain the appearance of a momentary triumph by other remissness. I am willing to take my full share of the blame on the present occasion, confident that a short perseverance will give complete success to our exertions, in a cause which deserves and demands the exertions of every man who desires the preservation of the British Constitution. I have the honour to be, with the utmost
respect and gratitude, Somerset-Place,
Your faithful servant, Nov. 9, 1806.
R. B. SHERIDAN,
MIr. Paull's Fifth Address to the Free and
Independent Electors of Westminster. GENTLEMEN; Informed as you before were, of the Coalition of our enemies, you will not be surprised that they are using all possible exertions to make your disgrace the price of the scandalous compromise. Af
ter lord Percy had openly shrunk with horror from the touch of the Treasurer of theNavy, it might have been hoped, that an Officer of the British Fleet, covered over with stars and ribbons, would not have submitted to be forced into his embraces. The effects of this Coalition, Gentlemen, have been such as were to be expected. Against you have been marshalled all the placemen, clerks, pensioners, justices, tax-gatherers, beadles, and every other creature, composing that innumerable swarm of locusts, which are supported by the labour and the care of the industrious people. Seeing, however, after six days of most strenuous exertions on their
you were not to be overcome by threats of any sort, an attempt has been made to seduce. you by misrepresenting the principles of the man who, I am confident, you will convince our enemies is the object of your choice; and, though
I have npon no occasion omitted, either in private i meetings, or at the Hustings, to declare in terms
the most explicit, that my attachment to the King and the Constitution, yielded to that of no man living, our enemies have had the meanness to resort to the exploded cry of “Jacobinism,” in order to inveigle you from following the dictates of your reason. I shall conclude, Gentlemen, with an earnest exhortation to you to lose no time in pressing forward to the Poll, as the most effectual way of avenging this insult to your understandings; and I shall subjoin as an answer to all our calumniators, the Resolutions, which, at the outset of the contest, we unanimously passed, and which
the candour of our enemies, has prevented them irom noticing. Believe me to be, Gentlemen, Charles-Street,
Your obliged friend and servant, Nov. 9, 1806.
“ At a numerous and most respectable Meeting of
" the Electors of Westminster, held at the Crown " and Anchor Tavern, on Thursday, Oct. 30, “ 1806, the following Resolutions, moved from - the Chair, and seconded by Mr. Gibbons, were
unanimously agreed to: RESOLVED, I. " That, to be represented in the
Legislature by men sent thither by our own free “ choice, is our undoubted right as Englishmen; " is the only security for the possession of our
property, or the enjoyment of our personal “ Freedom; and is, indeed, the only thing which distinguishes us from the subjects of a despot.
That, duly impressed with the value of " this our Constitutional Privilege, and percei
ving, with deep affliction, that, through the “ influence of corruption and venality, this in" estimable privilege has, in numerous instances, "s been undermined and annihilated, it is, at this " critical period, the duty of every body of men
having a right to vote, and particularly of the " Electors of this great and populous City, so to * exercise their Franchise as to exhibit to the rest “ of the kingdom, an example of good sense, “ of public spirit, of purity of principle, and of “ resolution to maintain or recover those rights, " which, when constitutionally enjoyed, have al
ways proved to be the greatest blessing to 'he people, and the surest foundation of the thron, III. “ That we have observed, with unfeigned
sorrow, that out of the 658 Members of the late " House of Commons, a comparatively very small “ portion ever attended their duty; that nearly
one half of the whole were placemen, depend
ent officers, and pensioners; that, it was but “ too often evident, that the motive of action
was private interest rather than public good; " and that, amongst those who were loudest in “ their professions of devotion to the King, the " chief object was to render him, as well as his
people, the slaves of a faction.
IV. “ That in the Parliamentary conduct of Mr. “ Paull, we have observed a constant attention " to his duty, a strict adherence to every promise “ made to the Public, a virtuous abhorrence of
oppressors and peculators, an inflexible perseverance in the prosecution of delinquency, a rare instance of resistance to those temptations,
by which so many other men have been se“ duced to betray their trust; and that, upon " these grounds, it is incumbent upon us, collec
tively, and individually, to use all the legal
means within our power to secure his Election, " and therein to do all that rests with us to pre
serve our Country from a fate similar to that of so many European States which have fallen an easy conquest to the enemy, only because the people had neither property nor liberty to de
(Signed) F. BURDETT."
Saturday, November 8.
At the close of the Poll, the numbers for the respective Candidates stood thus :
For Sir Samuel Hood ..... 3102
2424 Mr. Britten, in the absence of Mr. P. Moore, addressed the Electors in behalf of Mr. Sheridan. -Considerable opposition was made to him at first. He requested, however, to be heard. It had been asserted, that no Court Candidate had a title to the votes of the Electors of Westminster. But he was no Court Candidate, nor was he in any degree influenced by the Court. They might, therefore, at least allow him a patient hearing. He then spoke in the highest terms of the talents and public conduct of Mr. Sheridan, who, dusing the whole of his parliamentary career, had been the steady and determined supporter of the Constitution, and the Rights of the people. It had been said, that none were free men who did not vote for Mr. Paull. Such an assertion could only proceed upon the absurd supposition that men in office were to be opposed, whether right or wrong. But Mr. Sheridan had proved, in the course of an active life, that office was no consideration with him, when put in competition with his principles. Mr. Paull had little share on the score of experi