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printed in large letters or in italics, either for their superior excellence, force, wit, or sense. " Freemen yourselves, let him be free; in his hands your interests are safe.” If this beautiful paragraph means any thing at all, it means this :-Do not call upon him for any pledge as to his conduct, if he should become your representative, and why? because you are free. So then if you were to choose a butler, a coachman, or steward, whose uncle had been a good butler, a coachman, or steward, you, being freemen, must not ask a question about the future performance of the duties of his situation, because you are free! But do not you see, my good friends, the intention of this strange proposition? Do not tie him down to any standard, for if you do, you will have a stan dard by which to try him, and you ought not to have such a standard, because you are free. This is most admirable logic, such as may be found in Mother Goose's fairy tales ; and if the writer improve, I should not wonder that, after some twenty or thirty years' lucubrations, we should have a new edition of Old Mother Hubbard
“ She went to the cupboard,
66 And so
“ The poor dog had none
ne;"> With notes and explanations, by this learned gentleman : in which he will describe you going to the cupboard, after the young gentleman has deceived you, to find a bone ; a bone not for him to pick, but for you to throw at him
6. But when you come there
66 And so
" The bad dog has none." Next comes an accusation, and a curious one it is :-Lord Ebrington is a PARTY MAN, why? because he has an uncle! Admit that he is a PARTY MAN
the country is his parly; and for her interests he has been zealously engaged ever since he sat in parliament. But this is a parly most of these gentlemen do not like : they do not like the COUNTRY PARTY. It is very true that Lord Grenville has £4000 a year --I am sorry for it-it is a pity that he should have it-I do not admire Lord Grenville : he has been too obsèquioùs à follower of WILLIAM PITT, WHO RUINED HIS COUNTRY ; and he got this place of £4000 a year by supporting the measures of this WILLIAM Pitt. This is very bad; but look a little further, my friends, and you will find that most of the röriter's party are Piltites, (that is) followers of the man who ruined his country; and they cannot bear Lord Ebrington, because he has constantly despised the rotten rempant of the mantle which covered the apostate. There lies the truth.---It is this that makes the galled jade wince.
Then, very gravely, says the writer, " Remember: great promises generally end in disappointment.” Because you may be disappointed by promises, you mûst accept no promises at all. Because there are rogues sometimes on the highway, who will steal your purses, you must not believe an honest man, though he promises he will not steal! If a man makes a promise, and turns rogue and breaks it, you have then his own condemnation of his own knavery. But if a representative, who promises nothing, does that which you wish him not to do, he has a right to ask you for the bond, when you speak of the breach of it. What simpletons must we be, in such times as the present, to send up a man as a representative who will not promise to represent you.
And last of all, he calls on you, in his gravest manner, to do, what---(what do you think my friends ?)---to “ arouse and assert the sacred cause of BASTARD and REAL independence” You see my friends, what sort of a cause his sacred cause
is :---By his own account, it is a hotch-potch of basturd independence and real independence: a very right noble cause, properly mixed. Let us, my friends, stick to real independence, and let him bave his bastard independence; a sort of independence with which no man but a Bastard will have any thing to do.
A FREEMAN. May 4th, 1816.
Incontrovertible Truths against False Assertions.
ASSERTIONS. Contained in a widely circulated paper in favor of Mr. Bastard.
“ Mr. Bastard has already given, in the “ PRESENT SESSION OF PARLIAMENT, the STRONG“ EST PROOFS thut he takes an interest in the wel“fare of his country-having voted against the “ continuance of the property-tax, opposed the “ immense military establishment in time of peace, “ and the increase of unnecessary salaries, &c. &c.; “ and has earnestly endeavoured to support and “ enforce economy and retrenchment in every department of the state.”
FACTS opposed to ASSERTIONS. Mr. BASTARD DID NOT VOTE against the military establishments, on any of the divisions on the subject; Mr. BASTARD DID NOT VOTE for the abolishment of one unnecessary office, nor against the increase of the salary of another, and the name of BASTARD does not appear in any one of the various divisions in favor of ECONOMY and RETRENCHMENT.*
Of the FOUR STRONGEST PROOFS of Mr. Bastard's attachment to the cause in which every Englishman now feels the deepest interest, and which the freeholders of Devon cannot surely desert
1 nai these are reci facis, any one may saiisiy dasset by a veterence to the lists of the minorities in the Morning Chrowicles of Feb. 22d, March 1st, March 11th, March 14th, April 5th, &c. &c.
upon trust,) THREE are FALSE. If any freeholder has given a pledge, ON THE FAITH of these false assertions, he cannot be bound to act upon it.
Lord Ebrington HAS GIVEN ALL THESE PROOFS. He DID vote on four several divisions, AGAINST the enormous and alarmingly expensive military establishments: He DID vote for the ABOLITION of a: needless and extravagant department of state expences : He too voted AGAINST the property tax: and if a further proof be .wanting of his constant watchfulness against public extravagance, take his first recorded vote, this session, (when those called the opposition gave little support, and when he voted against near family connexions,) for Mr. Brande's amendment on the first of February, " to assure his “ Royal Highness that this House will speedily under“ take a careful revisal of our civil and military " establishments, according to the principles of the “ most rigid economy, and a due regard to the public « interests."*
THESE ARE FACTS: and they are DECISIVE ones. A man cannot help the faults of his connexions; but he may help to mend them : and EBRINGTON'S ACTUAL CONDUCT affords a strong and substantial pledge that he will oppose all needless expences and advocate the abolition of all sinecures, WHOEVER HOLDS' THEM.
The men who raise this outcry against Ebrington, are the very class who uniformly supported the whole system of sinecures and profuse expenditure, till England came to the verge of ruin.'. 'TIS WELL THEY HAVE LEARNED WISDOM BY EXPERIENCE: but let us trust to a LONG-TRIED AND STEADY FRIEND of
Economy und Retrenchment, and of the grand pripciples dear to the heart of the
GENUINE ENGLISHMAN. 4th May, 1816.
* That these too are real facts, see the above references.
To the Gentlemen, Clergy, Yeomanry, & Freeholdere,
of the County of Devon. GENTLEMEN,
The sense of the county, decidedly demonstrated by accumulated and powerful offers of support, demands an explicit avowal of my fixed determination to STAND A POLL, the result of which can be considered, from the returns before me, no longer doubtful.
I have the honor to be,
To the Gentlemen, Clergy, and Freeholders of the
County of Devon.
In the choice which you are about to make, you will either gain the applause of your country, or its contempt.
Your bane and antidoté are both before you, make your election, lay aside ull prejudice, strip your objects of their false colors (if they carry such) and determine like rational beings.
On the one hand you have the Son and Heir of an Earl, conséquently a legislator by inheritance. He has come forward, singing most loudly his own praises, for the services which he has already rendered, nor is his Lordship niggard in promises of other services which he means to render you.
This.glittering display is only angerous among such men as suffer false impressions to be made upon their judgméạt.