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going to say what perhaps may be denied by those gentlemen around me, but I believe it may be relied on.-A little while ago there was a fourth candidate-- his name I think was William Arundell Harris-he charged me and you with schisın and sediiion. It is my firm belief that it was intended to bring forward two Tory candidates for this city ; but, unfortunately, this Penzance frigate fired a shot too soon, and, on my returning a broadside, sheered off into Cornwall : if it had not been for this unlucky accident, this worthy gentleman here (Mr. Newman) would have been in the opposition, not me: he little thinks it, but I know it : I have learnt from an understrapper of one of the parties, that there is a junction of the Whigs and Tories against me--perhaps my new acquaintance is not certain of it, but I have it from an authentic source; there is no more sham fighting between Whig and Tory, but it is all double shot with the former (or "i with a reformer," we are uncertain which was Mr. Northmore's expression.) I now come to the main design of my address, which is, to state what I conceive to be the duty of representatives and of electors: the first duży of a representative is to keep his hands from picking and stealing-[a gentleman here said, " and from evil speaking, lying, and slandering," which occasioned some confusion, after which Mr. N. proceeded)-Well, I shall come to lying and slandeung bye and bye. You know, that by an act of parliament of William III, no placeman or pensioner has a right to sit in the House of Commons; but I have the best possible authority for saying that there are 90 pensioners in the House, who distribute among themselves £200,000 of the public money. The second duty of a representative is to keep his tongue from evil speaking, lying, and slandering ; but you will recollect you had a green bag full of lies, trumped-up plots, and base conspiracies, all, to use the words of an eminent judge, as • false as hell.” The system was like that of the Stuarts; and as Richard III. exclaimed, when his kingdom was at stake, “ A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse;" so they now exclaimed, “ a plot, a plot, our system for a plot." I now come to the third duty of a representative, which is, that he should obey his constituents : for you have an express act in parliament, which seems not to be much known to lawyers here, wherein members of the House of Commons refused sibsidies to the crown, without having first a conference with their constituents. Gentlemen, 'I look

upon a member of parliament as a representative, not a constiluent—as an attorney, not the principal--as a trustee, not the owner- as a servant, not the master, Charles Fox once said, members always obey one constituent when he is an honorable peer, and never the people but when they please ; an evidence of this

you had in the passing of the abominable Corn Bill under fixed bayonets. I now come to the duty of an elector: first, if an old man has a stick, and a guinea is offered for it, it should be refused, as it has been in this city : secondly, keep your head clear-nothing is more necessary. My worthy friend Sir Charles Bampfylde, whom I expected here to-day, used to rea mark that some of you were far from disliking cakes and aleyou have a cant term for it-you call it quilling: but if a stranger is brought here, and opens ions to quill you, ask why he does it, for a man does not spend money to no purpose ; though it you do put the question, it is always that desperate rogue Nobody, who is guilty of schism- we will therefore call him Oliver, I will tell you a story: An honest old English, man had twenty sheep, and also a shepherd to look after and fatten them, and to keep off all rognes and vermin ; but the worthy old gentleman got up one morning and found three fat wethers wanting : he called John-John! I say John was deaf and did not hear, John! Nan, Sir!

What bave you done with those sheep that are missing? Done, Sir! Why you stole them. Well, Sir, I made a bargain to keep off all rogues and vermin; but I never said I would not steal myself,

The polling then commenced, and was continued with great spirit until near five o'clock; the tallies went up on one side of the guildhall, and after giving their votes, returned by the other, (the sides having been boarded up to form a passage for the purpose) thus having uninterrupted access and accommodation afforded for the exercise of their elective franchise. At the final close of the Poll, the numbers were, MR. COURTENAY,

780 MR, NORTHMORE, cresce


625. At the termination of the election, Mr. Courtenay, Mr. Newman, and Mr. Northmore, severally addressed the meeting, expressive of their gratitude to

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their different friends; after which, the successful candidates were drawn through the city, in cars, decorated with laurel, flags, ribbons, accompanied by a band of music, being followed by an immense populace. Mr. Northmore was likewise drawn in a car, similarly adcrned ; his flag, a purple color, was exceedingly beautiful, exhibiting his arms, and the inscriptions of “ Northmore, and Purity of Election"

-- Northmore, the Friend of the People," and other banners, with appropriate inscriptions.

Mr. Northmore, on each evening, addressed his friends and a great concourse of the inhabitants from a window at his tally-room ; his observations were replete with wit, and good-naturedly expressed, and which drew from the spectators repeated bursts of applause,

To Henry Blackall, Esq. the High Sheriff, the greatest praise is due, for the impartial manner in which he conducted himself during the election,

To the Gentlemen, Clergy, Freemen, Freeholders

of the City of Exeter, GENTLEMEN,

The state of the poll, even at this early period, must be sufficient to convince


friends of what will be the result, Allow me, therefore, to express a confident hope, that you will continue your exertions with the same spirit with which you have. commenced them, and favor me with your attendance, at the guildhall to-morrow morning at nine o'clock.

Believe me to remain,

Your obliged faithful humble servant,

W, COURTENAY, Excter, 17th June, 1818.

State of this Day's Poll.




To the Gentlemen, Clergy, Freemen, d. Freeholders,

of the City of Exeter. GENTLEMEN,

Thanking you most gratefully for your exertions this day in my favor, I cannot but congra. tulate you on the very flattering situation in which you have already placed me.

The continuance of your generous support of my cause must ultimately prevail, and I have now only to request your kind attendance at the poll to-morrow morning

I remain, most truly,

Your faithful and obliged servant,

Exeter, 17th June, 1818.
State of the Poll this Day is as follows:




To the Friends of ine Purity of Election.

The trifling majority which your opponents have this day obtained, is felt by them as the signal of defeat.

The agents of Mr. Courtenay, and Mr. Newman arranged their tallies, to assist each other, in order to discourage you on the outset; but your noble stand has astounded the enemies of your independ. ence; and, by to-morrow, when they will have polled all who are not also yoar friends, YOUR TRIUMPH WILL BEGIN.

COMMITTEE OF MR. NORTHMORE. Dated Exeter, June 17th, 1818.

State of the Poll this Day.




To the Gentlemen, Clergy, Freemen, and Freeholders

of the City of Exeter. GENTLEMEN,

I should be wanting in gratitude, and in a proper feeling of pride, did I not hasten to acknowledge the triumphant majority which your suffrages have this day again given me.

Allow me to entreat a perseverance in your exértions, and your attendance at the hall, to-morrow morning, at nine o'clock.

I have the honor to remain,

Your obliged and faithful humble servant,

Exeter, 18th June, 1818,
Strte of the Poll this Day is as follows:

...363 MR. NEWMAN,



To he Gentlemen, Clergy, Freemen d, Freeholders,

of the City of Exeter. GENTLEMEN,

The close of the poll this day has produced that superiority in my favor which I never doubted would exist Το your kindness and exertions I am indebted for it, and with the greatest confidence I rely on your securing to me the high honor to which I aspire. I must beg leave to repeat my earnest request for your attendance at the poll to-morrow morning.

And I remain, GENTLEMEN,
Your faithful and obliged servant

R. W. NEWMAN. Exeter, 18th June, 1818.

State of the Poll this Day.




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