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“ If every Westminster pot-boiler, “ Pimp, scriv’ner, scavenger, and tyler, “ Should silently toss off his can, “ And toast no more · The People's Man!'“ Then, Sirs, to mine is near allied “ Your spirit, highly rectified ; “ For when those Pitt and Grenville Bills, “ To Whigs confounded bitter pills, “ Made Corresponding Curs hang tail ; “We both oppos’d them tooth and nail: “ And—had the country briskly wagg’d as “ Did you and I,—Will ne'er had gagg’d us ;
it would not be under the calamities it is now feeling. When the two Bills, in the year 1795, commonly called, The Pitt and Grenville Bills, were proposed-Bills which (let others say what they please of them) directly repeal some of the most important parts of the Bill of Rights—this city opposed them; part of the country opposed them also: but, if all the country had followed the example, these Bills would never have passed. When the Ministers had set aside the functions of the House of Commons, by assuming a power, independent of Parliament, of sending millions of money out of the country to a foreign Prince, under the colour of a loan, the Citizens of Westminster addressed the Throne to dismiss them. If the rest of the country had properly followed the example, that would have been effectual.” Ibid.
“We'd blown up his despotic system, “ And GEORGE, at your request, dismiss'd him.
“ Well, Sirs, though twice I have attended “ The House, you'll not find matters mended, “ And therefore, give me leave to say, “ I'll now, in earnest, keep away“ For, though I fain would play the deuce, * “ I cannot be of any use “ Where pow'r with honesty conjoin'd “ In Britain's cause enlist mankind. “ Such COALITION to advance “ I'll never lend my countenance; “ Although ('twere bootless to deny it) “ I must knock under to the fiat
* “ It may be asked of me,—Why not attend Parliament? -The answer is that which I have repeatedly given; that it would only put a false gloss on the conduct of the Minister, by shewing that every thing he did was the act, not of his own power or of Government, but of Parliament duly and deliber, ately considering and determining on every thing that came before them. What use to the country, what benefit to mankind can result from attendance in a place where every thing is decided by power, and nothing by consultation? It would be only, as I have said, serving to put a false exterior on the state of things.” Ibid. ;
« Of Pirt, who rules omnipotent
“Ah Sirs, though Fox is my cognomen, “ I'm an old Bird of evil omen! “ And, while I croak, could you survey. “ My soul, 'tis lin’d with raven grey : “ Th’ woes imagination broaches “ Drive through my brain like mourning coaches. “ Our Club-room looks like Pluto's hall, “ And Whigs like Undertakers all!! “ This domineering Treasury Lad “ Will drive me melancholy mad; * .. .! “ And yet, Sirs, I'm no pining fellow “ Whose melancholy 's green and yellow, “ Mine’s made of Opposition stuff, “ Right melancholy Blue and Buff. “ Upon a monumental pile “ Patience at Grief may sit and smile,
: * “ Under such circumstances, every view of the country is, in my opinion, melancholy. The state of our domestic affairs makes a deep and mournful impression upon my mind. Indeed the state of affairs all over the world appears to me very gloomy.” i Ibid.
“But I'm content with seat more humble,
* She never told her love,
Smiling at Grief. Twelfth Night, Act II. Sc. iv. of “ It is a lamentable thing that the cause of Liberty in every part of the world is desperate.-Where are we to look for Liberty? The French held forth, in words at least, a great attachment to it. If we expect to find it protected by them, let us look at the state of Switzerland. If we expect to see it cherished under the care of Monarchs, look at the state of Poland."
Mr. Fox's Speech.
« Our honest Whigs, he'll ne'er enlist 'em
“ Your true-bred Whig, by right of nature + “ Is guardian, trustee, legislator “Thimself; nor law, nor reason's voice “ Direct him, but his own Free Choice. “ All Sov’reigns made to be cashier'd “ He thinks, except the Sov'REIGN HERD: « On principle he's still at variance “ With all but Multitudinarians, “ Who deem the Hydra-crested Brute “ Infallible and absolute,
* Arthur O'Connor.
of “ The Whig Principle states that man has natural rights, and he is the natural guardian of himself, and that the Govern. ment by which he is to be protected, ought to spring from his own Free Choice.”
Mr. For's Speech, Whig Club.-Courier, May 8, 1799. “ It will be our duty to maintain the Whig Principle, that men should govern themselves, that the government of the people is the only legimate government,” &c.
Mr. Fox's Speech. Sunday Review, May 12, 1799.