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glorious trial by jury : according to it a man is to be tried by his peerz, that is, his equals.
As such they enter the box, and as such they shall give their verdict; the officer of the Court who has them in charge is sworn that he will not suffer them to receive meat, drink, or candle-light, or indeed any thing that might give an undue weight, until after the verdi&t.
It requires no argument to prove that a fimilas practice in St. Stephen's chapel would render it as pure as the King's Bench or the Common Pleas. In this event, party also would have a more correct standard of right and wrong than the authority of a leader. With the aid of the scales the most illiterate and stupid would be able to ascertain to a drachin the real weight and tendency of every peasure. They would be able to know to a single barrack, a fingle place or pension, whether there was too much in the scale of the Executive and too little in that of the Legislative. In short, the menibers would always be able to compare and adjust with the utmost precision the prerogative of the Crown and the privileges of the people, and so take care that the one did not preponderate against the other.
CONVERSATION OF THE NEW SECT OF J'IGNORES, AT AN OPPOSITION
SHOP IN PICCADILLY,
(From the Times.] THE new humour which has broken out among the
opposition bloods is called the “ Y'ignore ;” and at the favourite Library in Piccadilly, about half a dozen of these Dilettanti were not knowing and doubting every thing, at the moment the Gazette Extraordinary arrived, and announced the fignature of the Prelimi naries. The conversation is to curious, that we shall give it word for word. clever gentleman-read the Gazette, confisting
CONVERSATION OF THE SECT OF T'IGNORES. of five lines minus two words, for the benefit of the audience; after which a yawn-general ensued, till it was interrupted by
Lord W. R.-M. OTTO! Oh, true; that's the Neapolitan minifter. But who's Lord HAWKESBURY? Have you got the red book?
Mr. C. S.-Portdonne don't you know he is Secretary to the Treasury?
Lord W.-Ah, true; these men are so unknown to the country! But it has turned up peace then? I never thought it.
Mr. Jon-What, have we been at war then lately?
Cól. M.-By G-d it's a great while ago, then, for I never heard of it; perhaps before Mr. Pitt refigned. If it had been any thing new, I must have known of it.
Mr. Robs.---By the way, who's Chancellor of the Exchequer now? Col. M.-Lord NELSON.
Did he make the peace? Where's the Gazette Extraordinary?
Oh no, it's one Addison, or Addington, that's Chancellor of the Exchequer. Lord Nelson must be Chancellor, you mean.
Mr. R.-I do not mean any thing, for I protest I don't know their names. It's a shame to know such names; all I know is, the country don't know one of them. This Mr. Addison was a captain in the Berkshire militia.
Col. M.—They say the Lord Chancellor is a very gallant fellow, but a great deal too dashing in his person, Was Mr. ADDINGTON ever in Parliament?
Don't you remember him Chairman of the Ways and Means?
Mich. Ang. Upon my word, gentlemen, you surprise me; but it would be very important to recollect that these men, whose names you fo properly never heard of, bave had the audacity to conclude a peace. Do you know they have given up more than I can tell
Yes. What is it? Mich. Ang.-Sir, they have given up the Neutral Code, the Law of Nations !
Col. M.-Where's that?
Mich. Ang. They have given up Ceylon, the Cape of Good Hope, Egypt, and the island of Malta.
Lord John.-The Ifle of Man ?
Mr. C. S.-No speeches. We all know it is a ruinous peace if they concluded it. Now do inform us who they are.
Can any body tell us the names of the delinquents who have made this abominable peace, that we may get them by heart, and hold them up to the execration of their country?
Col. M.--Did you mean that M. OTTo who dined with us in Portland Place?
Lord W.-It's he to a dead certainty. Let's go and call upon him.
[Here four of the miraculous fet off for information, and the others harangued against Mr. Addison's abilities to make a peace, and abused his colleagues, as will be transcribed into the opposition papers.]
THE MEN UNKNOWN TO THE COUNTRY.
[From the fame.] IN the course of fix months the men unknown to the
country, the government of which they dared to accept at a moment of domestic calamity and desponde ency of which there is scarcely a parallel in history, and which at the same time was engaged single-handed in a war with France, Spain, Holland, Ruffia, Denmark, and Sweden, have obtained a glorious victory in the roads of Copenhagen, of which they profited to con40 THE MEN UNKNOWN TO THE COUNTRY. clude a definitive peace with all the sovereigns of the Baltic.
The next thing the unknown men did, was to gain three glorious battles on the plains of Egypt, and to fecure two great fortreffes at the angles of the Delta. They foon after made a convention with the defeated enemy, by which the capital was surrendered, and twelve thousand of the invaders evacuated the country. Not contented with this, they besieged the only fortress that remained to the enemy, until the last Frenchman capitulated. The provinces of the Turkish Emperor our ally, were delivered, and our Indian empire once again intrenched and manned upon every frontier and extremity.
During all this time, these unknown fellows, after pacifying the Baltic, had kept fo ftriet-a blockade npon every port of Spain, Holland, and France, that they could but obtain one important vi&tory at fea, becaufe they would suffer only one hoitile ficet to get out! It is true, that they blew up the two three-deckers which carried the Spanith Admirals, but they covered the French Commander with glory, as he only lost three ships of the line in the battle.
But what is still more audacious is, that while there transactions were publicly carried on, and duly announced, the unknown men were labouring at a negotiation for peace, of which the most known and the most knowing were equally confident that there did not exist the smallest probability of fuccefs. But as nobody knew them, it was impossible to know with how much addrefs, zeal, temper; and ability they were wickedly working at it, until they finally fucceeded, and had the effrontery only t'other day, to declare suddenly they had done the business !!!
It cannot be denied, that there, unknown men have justly incurred the contempt and hatred of all whom they have thus confounded by their unprecedented
impudence and unmerited fuccess. That their crimes are unpardonable, we do not deny, and we hope they will be constantly pilloried in the Morning Poft.-- Fiat juftitia! We have no plea to offer in bar; but the customs of nations are as various as their languages. In Athens they erected altars to the unknown Gods !
[From the fame.) A SUBSCRIPTION has been proposed and begun at
a bookseller's in Piccadilly, in favour of the industrious and distressed dealers in abuse, falsehood, and personality, who have been suddenly reduced to poverty by miscarriages in trade, and the artifices of persons unknown.
It is set forth upon oath-" That the unfortunate fufferers aforefaid, did, at a prodigious expense, and at the risk of their capital, employ a great number of Jabourers in the most dirty, dangerous, and disgusting work, at the rate of from eighteen pence to four and fixpence a day; and in the speculation and contemplation of the great and public difficulty of the negotiations, they omitted, upon the recommendation of the emiffaries of these persons unknown, to manufacture any peace-goods; but fabricated, on the contrary, nothing but bales, or volumes of war-Atuff, which now lie unfaleable in their warehouses and presses; whereby the petitioners are in great peril of starving, there being no demand for these wares.
“And whereas they have been forced, at a great and heavy loss, to seli great part of their commodities to grocers, pastry-cooks, and others, who have taken advantage of this their calamity, tonew-clothe their sugarloaves and spices with the best printed, callendered, and hot-preffed productions of the celebrated manufactures of Billingsgate and Grub-street:mand whereas the