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Fortune, that with malicious joy

Does man, her slave, oppress,
Proud of her office to destroy,

Is seldom pleased to bless :
Still various, and unconstant still,
But with an inclination to be ill,
Promotes, degrades, delights in strife,
And makes a lottery of life.
I can enjoy her while she's kind;
- But when she dances in the wind,
And shakes the wings, and will not stay,

I puff the prostitute away:
The little or the much she gave, is quietly resigned;

Content with poverty my soul I arm,
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.

HORACE-BY DRYDEN.

N

TEN

THOUSAND A-YEAR.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

Fortuna sævo læta negotio, et
Ludum insolentem ludere pertinax,
Transmutat incertos honores,

Nunc mihi, nunc alii benigna.
Laudo manentem. Si celeres quatit
Pennas, resigno quæ dedit, et mea
Virtute me involvo, probamque
Pauperiem sine dote quæro.

HORACE.

VOL. III.

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS,

EDINBURGH AND LONDON.

M: DCCC. XLI.

EDINBURGH: PRINTED BY BALLANTYNE AND HUGHES,

PAUL'S WORK, CANONGATE.

Englich storchill 12.5.34 201704

TEN THOUSAND A-YEAR.

CHAPTER I.

THERE had not been a contested election at Yatton, till the present one between Mr Delamere and Mr Titmouse, for upwards of twenty-four years; its two members having been, till then, owing to the smallness of the constituency, their comparative unanimity of political sentiment, and the dominant influence of the Yatton family, returned pretty nearly as a matter of course. When, therefore, quiet little Yatton (for such it was, albeit somewhat enlarged by the new Act) became the scene of so sudden and hot a contest as that which I am going to describe, and under such novel and exciting circumstances, it seemed in a manner quite beside itself. The walls were every where covered with staring, glaring, placards—red, blue, green, yellow, white, purple-judiciously designed to stimulate the electors into a calm and intelligent exercise of their important functions. Here are a few of them :

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6 Vote for TITMOUSE, the Man of the PEOPLE!" " TITMOUSE and Civil and RELIGIOUS LIBERTY !” “ TITMOUSE and PURITY of ELECTION !”.66 TITMOUSE and NEGRO EMANCIPATION !” “ TitMOUSE and CHEAP ALE!" “ Vote for TITMOUSE and No MisTAKE!” “ TITMOUSE and QUARTERLY PARLIAMENTS, VOTE BY BALLOT, and UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE!”

['Twas thus that the name of my little friend, like that of many others of his species, was attached to great public ques

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tions, after the manner of a kettle tied to a dog's tail; and a pretty clatter it made !]

But there were others of a more elaborate and impressive character. 6 Electors of Yatton !! Be not deceived !!! The

enemy

is among you! Do you wish to reap the full fruits of the glorious boon lately conferred on you? Rush to the poll, and VOTE for TITMOUSE. Do

you

wish to see them torn from your grasp by a selfish and beastly aristocracy? Get a pair of handcuffs, and go

and vote for—MR DELAMERE !!!!”

“ QUÆRE. If a certain Boroughmongering Peer should command his son to vote for the REPEAL of the Great Bill which enfranchised the inhabitants of Grilston, Succombe, and Warkleigh-would not that son obey him? How is this, Mr DELAMERE ?”

'Twas not, to give the devil his due, Mr Titmouse's fault that his placards did not contain many vulgar and presumptuous personalities against his opponent; but it was entirely owing to Mr Gammon's want of the requisite wit and spirit. He felt, in fact, that such a candidate as Mr Delamere, afforded but few salient points of attack, in respect either of his person, his position in society, or his conduct. He also, by the way, had his placards:

66 VOTE for DELAMERE!” 66 DELAMERE and INDEPENDENCE!” « Vote for DELAMERE, the FARMER'S FRIEND!” “ DELAMERE, and the CONSTITUTION IN CHURCH AND STATE !”

Both the candidates established their headquarters at Grilston; Mr Delamere at the Hare and Hounds" Inn, Mr Titmouse at the « Woodlouse." Over the bow-window of the former streamed a noble blue banner, with an emblazonment of the Bible and Crown, and the words, CHURCH, KING, and CONSTITUTION-OLD ENGLAND FOR EVER!” Over the latter hung an immense yellow banner, with three stars, so—

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