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" While the main body of these blades “ Bestrode sev’nteen forgotten jades, “ Eight trudg'd behind, through wet and dry, “ A doughty corps of infantry; “ Who sported spatterdash or pumps, . “ Or charg’d without 'em on their stumps. “ GEORGE Tierney too around him rallied, “ His Borough-mongrel Squadron squalid; “ Resolv'd on working Reformation “ With Southwark leaven's fermentation, * “ Who've done things great, renown’d and rare, “ The dev'l and George know what they are: +

* Among a number of select Sentiments which were drank with great applause at the celebration of Mr. Tierney's election for Southwark, (see Morn. Chron. December 24, 1796.) was the following:

“ May the Leaven of Southwark ferment in every borough in the kingdom !” The credit of this truly patriotic effusion is said to be arrogated by Brigadier Batch, a baker of Frying-pan Alley.

t“ We have done GREAT THINGS between us; when I say We, you will understand I mean always to respect duly my better Half, the Electors of the borough of Southwark.”

“ I say I have deserved well of my country: You deserve well of your country. We are what Constituents and a Representative ought to be." Celebration of Mr. Tierney's Eléction,

Morn. Chron. Dec. 24, 1796.

“ If you'll believe him, They and He
“ Are just what patriots ought to be,
“ He their whig herd-man and his flocks
And herds constituent whig-blocks.

Sirs, 'twas a most outrageous wrong “ That varlets, five-and-twenty strong, “ Who, all of them, not worth a groat are, “ Besides a Duke of the first water, “ To Government so well affected, “ Should have their services rejected !! “ Sure 'tis high time, when thus they scout 'em, “ For Citizens to look about 'em! “ And, since the Country values not 'em, “ To trade upon their own Whig-bottom. “ Since Lord-Lieutenants treat like aliens “ GEORGE T**R**y's Tag-rag-and-bobtailians; “ Halberds withhold, and swords and guns “ From Southwark's patriotic sons, “ Contemn the myrmidons of Freedom, “ Just as the vict'ling knaves who feed 'em “ In lofts, or culinary caverns, “ And cellars of their sheep's-head taverns

Are wont t' impound 'em 'till they pay bill ; “ And chain their knives and forks to th' table: “ As if, to Rogues, they would denote, “ Give but a knife, they'll cut your throat; And, to compensate drawing corks, “ Pocket your spoons and knives and forks.

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“ Perhaps what course 'twere best to steer, “ You'll ask, but on this point I fear “ I cannot give you satisfaction ; “ Because MY SYSTEM IS INACTION : * “ So where Saint Anne's hill rears its head, “ For my part, I'll retire to bed + “ When I've toss'd down another cup: « Come dear Bet A******D, tuck me up!

* See the following Notes.
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xai Kúreçou entã AETlèv atológwe. Epitaphium Adonidis. On Saint Anne's green summit high, In listless INACTIVITY Adonis sleeps, while Venus moans : “ Alas ! SECEDING Whigs are drones!"

“ And, as for you, Sirs, Law obey; *
“ Or you'll be tuck'd up tother way:
“ Not better counsel nine in ten
“ Could give you--for I know my men. +
If Pitt you combat, you'll be worsted ;
“ By him you're better known than trusted:
“ So hence I draw conclusion plain,
“ Howe'er it goes against the grain ;
That quietly submit you must,
“ Till time serves to kick up a dust. I

* “ I am for strict obedience to the laws, and, for myself, retirement.

Mr. For's Speech, · op He knew the spirit of the People of Westminster intimately.

Report of Mr. Fox's Speech. Whig Club,

. Dec. 5, 1797.-Morn. Chron. . I “ With this view of the situation of things I may be asked -What would you advise? To which I answer, I see a great difficulty to give any advice that may be of any service; and therefore I can offer none. For myself, however, I can only say, that MY SYSTEM IS INACTION AND RETIREMENT. I shall pay obedience to the law, and I recommend the same conduct to you; not that I mean to flatter you with any hope that it will better your condition; but under your present circumstances, and indeed the circumstances of the whole world, it is best for you, in my opinion, to wait with quiet submission the turn of events for recovering (for indeed you have not preserved) the glorious Constitution of your forefathers.” · VOL. II.

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“ It may be said : “ if you restreat, “ Good Mister Fox give up your seat* “ To some one else.'—Soft, Sirs, I trow “ Two words to such a bargain go: “ In seasons of distrust and danger “ Is't fit the dog should quit the manger? “ Sure, if I can't eat hay or oats, “ They're not design’d for other's throats ! “ I'll stay to guard your geese and fowl, «« 'Twill do you good to hear me growl; “ And then consider, Sirs, beside, t “ How it must mortify my pride

* It may be said—“ Why maintain a seat in Parliament which you will not attend?” My first answer is—That, whenever any considerable body of my Constituents shall manifest to me a wish that I should no longer represent them, I will obey them quickly: but without that, it is not my present intention to give up my seat in Parliament, for two reasons: first, because I am convinced that no Representative, be he who he may, can in any considerable degree serve you in Parliament, constituted as things are at present."

Mr. Fox's Speech, Oct. 1798. of “ Secondly, because it would be mortifying to me to put an end to a connexion with a people who have shewn such partiality to me, and, what is more important, have shewn such a spirit during the whole of this contest, which, if properly followed by the rest of the people of this Country,

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