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“ Can Freemen sleep secure o' nights “ While wrongs repeal the Bill of Rights ; “ To curb, forsooth, Sedition's crew, “ All honourable men ard true “ As he for whom, at Maidstone tried, “ I swore so lustily and 1-03“ Back'd by right noble Blue and Buff-folk, “ Earl Thanet, Oxford, Norfolk, Suffolk, “ (Who told the Court, and told my Lady, “ Of morals, locks, post-chaise, and Paddy), “ In whose behalf too lied and swore “ Whig-commoners as many more: “ Hal Grattan, Whitbread, Taylor Mic—, “ Who, for an opposition Chick, “ Can swear a tolerable stick : “ Though nothing like us old game-cocks, “ Brindsley, the Barrister, and Fox.”— But if the friends of Britain feel The rancour of our patriot's zeal,
mine; but soRRY I AM TO SAY THAT, from whatever cause it arises, THERE SEEMS AT PRESENT Little PROSPECT OF RESISTING IT WITH EFFECT. I have no difficulty in saying that the present system of the government of England is a
system of terror-the system of ROBESPIERRE, &c. &c. · Mr. Fox's Speech at the Whig Club.-Courier, May 2, 1798.
His general plaudit he bestows
* It had frequently been the practice to recur to a Speech of a relation of his (Mr. Fox), delivered at the commencement of the French Revolution, stating something like these words:
“That it was the mosT WISE INSTITUTION, and most FINISHED FABRIC OF HUMAN INGENUITY,” &c.
Lord Holland. House of Lords, Jan. 8, 1799. We cannot help being struck with the happy coincidence
But when Aboukir's rescued strand,
and sympathy in sentiment between our great Whig Orator, and the Sans-culotte “ Orator of the human race" (as he modestly termed himself), ANACHARSIS Clootz, who thus addressed the French Legislative Assembly:
" The trumpet, which indicates the Resurrection of a Great Nation, has resounded to the four corners of the world. The WISDOM of YOUR DECREES, and the Union of the Children of France, THAT RAVISHING PICTURE OF HUMAN FELICITY," &c. &c. &c.
* Horrenda latè nomen in ultimas
Extendit oras : quà medius liquor
Hor. Od. Lib. III. Od. iii.
See Faction, sickening at the deed,
“ Friends, whose subscriptions line my fob, “ True subjects of my Liege, the Mob; “ Long since, you know, in sullen spite, t “ I bade the Commons' House good night, “ And march'd off, confidently judging “ They'd my secession take in dudgeon ; “ And, for the safety of the nation, “ Intreat me to resume my station.
*“ The last time (I mean this time twelvemonth) I took occasion to speak to you in this place, upon public affairs, I stated that the circumstances of the times were such as to suggest to me a conduct (Secession from Parliament) which I have, as far as it depended upon me, pursued.”
Mr. Fox's Speech, Anniversary of his Election for
Westminster, Whig Club.-Morn. Chron. October 11, 1798.
“ For, as old Cato at Rome's shows
“ Though such has been my drift, 'tis fit “ That you should know your Chairman's bit. “Sirs, at my stratagem they laugh, “ (Old birds are n't to be caught with chaff,) “ And jog on merrier than before, “ Since OPPOSITION 's now no more. “ Now this is horribly provoking “ To one who loves to clap a spoke in “ Each wheel of government's machine ; « I thought I should have burst with spleen : “ When opportunely You commanded, “ And straight from apex of St. ANNE, † did
* Cur in theatrum, Cato severe, venisti?
An ideo tantum veneras, ut exires ?- Martial. ' + Mr. Fox's Mansion on the summit of St. Anne's Hill, near Chertsey.