“ You've toasted Nelson in a brimmer: * “ Yet fortune, to my ken, looks grimmer “ By half, Sirs, than she did before he “ Enhanc'd Great Britain's naval glory. “ 'Twas, I'll admit, a feat to crack on“ Yet this White Day's to me a Black One ; “ And since some weep for joy, I'll borrow Of Joy a tear or two for Sorrow. Te Deum sing who will to cheer ye; “ I choose to chaunt my Miserere ; “ And, for the Souls, lament and groan, “ Of those who told us THEY HAD NONE! “ Judge, you who quaff Shaksperian wine, “ How dreadful to be drench'd with brine !, Ah! what induc'd our gallant fleet, “ With nauseous draught saline to treat “ (Not attic salt like Sheridan's) " Th’advent'rous citizens of France !

* “We have drank the health of the brave and gallant Commander, Admiral Nelson, and the Seamen under his command. The victory obtained by them is the most signal, the most gallant, and, in every respect, the most glorious, that cver was recorded in the annals of the world, &c.”

Mr. Fox's Speech.

“ Heav'ns !—were the Great Republic's founders “ Compell’d to fraternize with flounders ! “ And serve the world's Regenerators “ For sandwiches to alligators ! “Of thrice-renown'd, tri-colour'd flags “ Shall Cophtis make their pudding bags, “ Or sulph’rous explosion toss over, “ To crocodiles, a French philosopher!!“ Had I a heart of oak or flint, “ 'Twould break, or else the devil 's in't, To recapitulate- Hei Mihi!“ Such tragi-conquest with a dry eye!!!

“ But should your favouring smiles applaud “ Our naval victories abroad; “ Look, Sirs, but on this side the water, , “ At Home you'll find no laughing matter: *

* “ But, if you look at the other part of the conduct of the Executive Authority of this country, either abroad or at home; if you look at our internal state, and that which ought to concern us still more, the state of the Constitution, then will you be bound to confess, that with all your naval triumphs, your prospect was never more gloomy than it is at the present hour.”

Mr. Fox, in May 1798, recommended to his Whig-Auditory, that they should reserve themselves for more propitious times,

" But rue with me—since execution
“ Is done on England's Constitution. *

+ “ I've stated to you once before, “ How your own Senate shut its door, “ And left you all without to wail “ Freedom as dead as a door nail : " Yet this attempt your rights to stifle “ May be regarded as a trifle, “ When 'tis compar’d with their address in “ Entrenching on your greatest blessing.

in which they might exert themselves with spirit for the recovery of the Constitution ; for to speak of its preservation, said he, would now be Mockery and Insult.

See Courier, May 2, 1798. * “ Is execution done on Cawdor yet?” Macbeth. † “ I have stated to you the shutting of the doors of the House of Commons, to prevent the public from having proper information of its proceedings: that is a point in itself extremely important; but it amounts to little more than nothing, in comparison with the steps that have been constantly taken, of late years, to destroy the greatest blessing a people ever enjoyed. I need not tell you, I mean the Liberty of the Press.-In Ireland it is now no more, and it was extinguished there in a more marked manner than in this country; but in both the object is the same, although the means to attain it are different.”

Mr. Fox's Speech,

« What I'm now driving at you'll guess ;“ The Liberty of England's Press“ For that of Ireland,—I deplore-“ And its Conductor * now no more “ Can elevate Rebellion's flag, or “ Direct Assasination's dagger. “ + These prosecutions—Whence do théy come ? “ From folks above (the devil take 'em) “ Who Publishers of dang’rous treason “ By durance vile would bring to reason : “ 'Tis for true patriots, in terrorem, “ That Ministers the rods hold o'er 'em

* The self-convicted traitor, Arthur O'Connor, the conductor of a most flagitious Irish paper called “ The Press.”

of “ To manifest a determination to put an end to that Palladium of all Freedom, prosecutions of every kind are instituted against the publishers of political works, instead of the authors, and that too while the author himself is ready to come forward. To what use do you imagine these prosecutions are thus carried on? To what use can they be, except of striking terror in the minds of men about publishing any thing upon public affairs, and to render it impossible for any man, with safety, to publish any thing that is adverse to the present Administration of this Country. This, I am persuaded, has already had a very considerable effect; it produces terror every day, and will soon extinguish the spirit of the Press.”

Mr. Fox's Speech. Of scourge, imprisonment, and fine; “ The case, Sirs, may be yours or mine : “ Would it not be confounded hard, Perch'd on a Butt in Palace Yard, “ Should I our democratic Hectors “ Call to attend my public lectures, “ And recommend all those that hear 'em, “ To strip their betters, or cashier 'em ; “ Tell those good fellows, when they list, “ They're in the right on't to resist “ (So they from hemp can skreen their gullets) “ Their governors with pikes and bullets — “ If, while to such a tune they dance, “ To be laid hold of 'twas my chance.“ Promulgating such wholesome tenets, “ If rigorous Police between its “ Talents intolerant should gripe your “ Chairman, and make him pay the piper, “ Shut him up close in Bastile barr’d, “ Associate of oppressd DESPARD,“ Should it, for broaching all these fine tales, “ Reward him with a cat o’nine tails“ Should Justice cripple Whig-exertion “ With flagellation and coertion

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