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and indignation. Still the examina- chair." This advertisement appeared tion of various persons was continued on the 28 and 29th of April 1807, in by Mr. Paull, till the dissolution of the Morning Chronicle. As soon as Parliament, which took place in Oc- Sir Francis was informed of this by a tober 1800: after which his determi- letter from Mr. Paull, he returned nation to prosecute the investigation the following answer:in the succeeding Parliament, appears “ DEAR PAULI.,, to have terminated all the hopes he
Wimbledon, April 29. had
“Your letter this morning or casioned me preconceived of the patronage of a great surprise, and, to speak the truth, some great personage and his friends, and lispleasure. I must say, that to have iny even the possibility of regaining a seat. name published for me tings (like--Such
The dissolution, however, having a day is to be seen the great Caterfello--) taken place, there were few places without my previous consent, or any applimore sharply contested than Weste cation to me, is a circunstance I should minster. In this city three candidates really from any one else, regard as an instarted: Sir Samuel Hood upon his sult. You were acquainted with my sen. naval interest, Mr. Sheridan upon thing, even for my own election; and, I
timents and determinacion not to do any that of the whig club, and Mr. Paull should have thought, must have been conupon that of the people. There was sequently aware of the impossibility of my no doubt of the election of Sir Samuel coming forward in any body's else'. ! Hood from the first. Sheridan was yielded to your desire that I should nomiexpected to be called the friend of the nate you, although I should much rather people, and to have been returned avoid even that: but as I loighly approve with equal facility; but for two-thirds your conduct, I do not object to that one of the election he was the lowest act, as a public testimony of such approbaupon the poll, and he was indebted to tion; in case you think it (which I do no)
of the utmost exertions of the court, the
any importance. But to that single act whig.club, and the higher gentry; reproached, and justly, with inconsistency
must I confine myself, or be exposed to be Mr. Paull, it was observed, carried and folly. I shall pay the grea:est altenwith him the popular favour, and he tion to Cobbett's promised letter; but my made a most wonderful effort; but own mind is quite made up; the country the contest was a very unequal one: cannot be served by taking a par', and for his determination to bring Mar- thereby aiding the delusion. Your's, notquis Wellesley to justice, had raised withstanding, very sincerely, such a host of enemies in the whig
“ Francis BURDETT." club and the higher part of the aristo- To this letter, Mr. Tooke observes, cracy, that every device was set to work Mr. Paull replied, expressing great to prevent him from renewing his sorrow for having displeased Sir attack upon the supposed delinquent. Francis by the use made of his After all, however, Mr. Paull finally name; but most anxiously and most obtained 4481 votes. But the parlia- humbly beseeching him
not to pubment from which Mr. Paull was thus lish a disavowal. "On Thurday, the excluded did not long enjoy its ho. before-mentioned advertisement again nours; another dissolution took place appeared; and on Friday, May 1, the in April 1807. Upon this second following: dissolution, Mr. Tooke has asserted,
“ MR. PAULL'S DINNER, that Mr. Paull was incessant in his so
Croun and Anchor, Vay 1, 1907. licitations of Sir Francis Burdett to
“As it is intender to move certain reconsent to represent the city of West solutions expressive of the opinions of the minster, and that he prevailed on Mr. soally apply to Sir Francis Burdett; Mr.
free anil independent Electors, that perCobbett to unite his solicitations for Paull will be in the Chair instead of the the same purpose, but in vain : Sir worthy Baronet. Mr. Paull intreais a nuFrancis was immoveable. Still as merous attendance of his friends, on all the honourable Baronet had promised occasion so highly important to the first to do every thing in his power to interest: of the city." serve Mr. Paull, who was determined Sir Francis, who happened to be to stand again for Westminster, the with his brother at Wimbledon, delatter unfortunately took the liberty sired him to go immediately to Log. of announcing a dinner of his friends don, to the Crown and Anchor, and at the Crown and Anchor tavern, make the following communication with " Sir Francis Burdett in the to the gentlemen assembled, and re
quested bim, as soon as he should at Wimbledon, not only di Sir Francis have read it, to withdraw.
most cheerfully consent to nominate me, Mr. Jones Burdett, after dinner, as he had done last November (which was accordingly read the following let at a dinner at the Crown and! Anchor), but ter of Sir Francis to the meeting :
that he would also serve for Westminster, “ Gentlemen,
if chosen with me. "I am extremely distressed by the dis
“ On Monday, Sir Francis and myself, agreeable necessity imposed upon me to dining ai Col. Bosville's, received Mr. contradict thus publicly the implied im Fawkes's advertisement fur Yorkshire; and port of the two advertisements by which then, for the first uime, expressed his reyou are called together this day. They gret that I had resolved to stand for Westwere both inserted without any communi
minster. Yesterday I shewed the amended
advertisement to Sir Francis Burdert cation with me; and never should have been inserted if any means had been af. (which he now says he disapproves of); it forded me of preventing it. As soon as
then met with his bigliest approval. I subI knew of the first advertisement, I wrote sequently shewed it to Cot Bosville; and the following letter to Mr. Paull.*
in a few minutes afterwards I quitted the " The all vertisement of this day still
house of Col. Bosville, and joined Sir Franmore offensive to me; as it might, if not
cis and Mr. Burdett, in Bond-street; who thus contradicted by me, lead many per
both agreed, in consequence of the consent sons to suspect that I had a dissembled to serve, that Sir Francis's advertisment wish to be elected into parliament, not should be discontinued until it was known withstanding my public declaration to the
what might be the event of this day's dincontrary. I beg you, Gentlemen, to ac
Without any cominunication with cept this explanation from ine, as an act of me, Mr. Burdett entered the Crown and fairness towards you, whilst it is one of Anchor. What occurred he has undertaken strict duty towards myself. With every shall make no farther comment.
to submit to the public, and on which I
Anxious wish for the happiness and prosperity of the Electors of Westminster, I beg leave to stand well in your estimation, 1 subto subscribe myself
scribe myself, Gentlemen, “ Your much obliged and faithful
" Your devoted Servant, “ humble Servant,
"JAMES PAULL." Of the duel which was the conse
“F. BURDETT." Mr. Paull, it must be admitced, did quence of this misunderstanding, we not manifest any kind of displeasure do not deen it necessary to say any Cowards Mr. Jones Burdett' or his thing; in the first place because it was brother, for what had passed ; and characterised by nothing beyond what though he wonld willingly have pre- is usual on such occasions; and in the vented the communication from being second, because the particulars of it made, he endeavoured to represent
have already been narrated twice in Sir Francis Burdett's displeasure as our Magazine:-(See page 465, vol. arising from some misunderstanding, yii, and the Life of Sir Francis Burwhich he fattered himseif he could dett, p. 232, 233, vol. viii.) explain to the satisfaction of all parties.
A second meeting of the friends of But Mr. Paull was evidently much Sir Francis and Mr. Paull took place hurt. Indeed he had cause ; for the at the Crown and Anchor Tavern, a course adopted by the Baronet was few days after the duel; and it was calculated to throw a damp upon the evidently for the purpose of taking meeting, and degrade Mr. Paull in the general sense of the electors of the opinion of the world. As soon, Westminster, upon the circumstances therefore, as he had retired from the that had occurred. But the poll which Crown and Anchor, he wrote the followed, soon convinced the friends of following advertisement for insertion Mr. Paull, that little was to be hoped in the newspapers.
for. In fact, the lasty impression " To the Free and Independent Electors Mr. Paull had ungratefully lifted his
adopted by the majority, viz. “ that of Westminster. "Gentlemen, Ten oClock, Friday Night: ed by other efforts of Mr. Paull's ene
arm against the lite of bis friend," aid. from Sir Francis Burdeti, I have not time, mies, soon induced him to give up por have I inclination, to cominent on the contest; ,tor even more interest L'assert positivel;, that on Sunday last, than he had, deprived as he was by
his wound of the advantage of per. "That which is given above: sonal attendance upon the hustings, &c. all his efforts, and those of his the recollection of the affair might be friends, must have been insufficient buried in eternal oblivion; bot Mr. to have resisted the torrent of preju- Tooke seened determined that it dice that assailed him from almost should not. As it he would fan the every quarter; while, by an inverse dying embers, of resentment, he deratio of the popular opinion, Sir clared this wish of Mr. Paull's to be Francis, though totally excluded from fruitless. The transaction, he afthe scene of action by his wound, sined, was “ too singular ever to be stood by far the highest of the three forgotten." candidates at the close of the poll, Mr. Tooke's efforts did not termihaving upwards of tive thousand nate in bis. « Jetter to the Editos votes in bis favour.
of the Times." It was followed There can be little doubt that the by “ A Warning to the Electors pamphlets published by Mr Horne of Westminster," in which he inTooke, in consequence of the duel, formed then that Mr. Paull medidid Mr. Paull much injury. In a tated another assassination of their letter to the Editor of the Times, present representative.
To give dated Wimbledon, May 6, 1907, one warning, he said, of his intended of the grossest prevarications that a mischiet before its commission, &c. man ever descended to, among other was his only motive in presenting assertions, the writer disclaimed any them with Mr. Paul's prelutie in knowledge of Mr. Paull. Of Mr. the letters which the latter sent to Paull,” said he, " I know nothing, Sir Francis, after the duel. but that he was introduced to me by From these letters, it seems that Sir Francis Burdett; and that he Mr. Paull wished to have Sir Francis's afterwards invited himself to dine authority for contradicung the reat my house on Sunuays, when I port circulated by their enemies, 1624 receive my visitants. From the time they were at so nortal stije," :.at of the election, last November, he he was answered by Mr. Jones Burmissed dining with me only ihree dett, that it was quite impossible to Sundays. I always treated hin with make any communication of any civility; but have most cautiously kind of business whatever; that a avoided any other connection with letter of Mr. Paull to Everard Home, him of any kind; nor could be ever E-q. Mr. Paull's surgeon, uigeu bina prevail upon me, though he used to wait upou Mr. Cline, ihe surgeon much importunity, to write a single who attended Sir Francis, on a matsyllable for him or concerning hiin. ter of the first importance, as delay There was something about him, would be traught with much future with which it was impossible for me and serious consequences; and such to connect myself. I wished him an interview. it was indicated, inight very well; knew no harm of him; prevent much future mischief. This suspected none; but my mind per- letter was dated Monday morning, petually whispered to me--Vetalo sub May 11, but Mr. Cline refused to iisdem sit traditus, fragilemque me transmit it to Sir Francis. A part of cum soivat phaselum.--It was 11), it contained the following narrative: tounded prejudice, perhaps: but I
“ On Monday last, contrary to the sense have experienced something in this of a decided mi-jority of the elec:ors of world; and superfluous caution nay Westminster, certain persons calling them be pardoned to old age." Here it selves the friends of Sir Francis
, extil may be perceived that from the very blished themselves (although only twentytirst the acknowledged patriotism eight in number) into a numerous meeting and zeal of Mr. Paull were of no of the Electors of Ilestminster;' and hough weight, in comparison with Mr. totally igr_brant of the inerits of the late Tooke's personal antipathy. Some, unhappy affair, prcceeded directly to cellthing, he says, forlade im to sie sire me. They then,, (having previously under the same roof with Mr. Paullo possessed themselves of the entire knowIt is hinted as though this something to the late election) formed themselves into
ledge of all my books and papers relative were supernatural! Mr. Paull had expressed his wish, election. Since which, no placard how
a committee for conducting Sir Francis's in an advertisement which he pub- ever libellous, u10 insinuation however Lished after the duel took place, that false and gross (falsehoods the most direct);
have issued all UNDER SEEMING my public and private character with
FRANCIS'S NAME, "o the most atrocious slanders, I had, ruir me in public opinion, and defiat indeed, roused all the venom of his the purposes of my election. Here they implacable heart, by accusing him as du not rest. The moment 1 procure a “the dark und infernal adviser" of friend to go to !he Hustings, lo do away that foul and infamous procedure the effect of proceedings so foul and criminal, (as in i he instance of Mr Clifford) which caused the diastrous hostility he is diter.ed by the intimate friends of we have all so much lamented; not Sir Francis froni performing an
act of that I had charged him with an act mere justice; and thus is my honour which his feelings would disown, but and my interest sacrificed, because ano- that I had dared to speak, and in ther line of conduct would be injurious terms of just severity towards him, to the interest of Sir Francis, ---who, l of what it would be high treason to know and feel, has not a particle of interest his projects to disclose, namely, his in such unjust proceedings; but must influence over Sir Francis Burdett." feel deep concern to see to what vile This pamphlet seemed to carry conpurposes his name is prostituted. Mendi- viction with it, in respect to the mancant appeals are made froin hour to hour tu gre potes for him who scorned to solicit per he had been treated, even to the one for himself; and the name of intended breasts of his enemies. assassin is even bestowed upon me by the
Early in 1908, some of the friends zealots of Sir Francis; and for a purpose of Mr. Paull were threatened with a too obvious to escape any, man's penetra- criminal prosecution by the Marquis tion Our quarrel, they add, is as fierce Wellesley; and a letter to James
To all this it will be answered, Paull, Esq. was published, demonstrathat Sir Francis is an entire stranger to any tive of his charges against Marquis such proceedings, and that no man abhors Wellesley having originated in a santhem more than he does. So from my guinary fabrication, and supported by Stul and heart I believe; but so will not believe those of my friends, who detected a flagitious, infuriater conspiracy, unand proved that those men who now con
paralleled in the history of human stituie Sir Francis's committee (and the corruption; to which was added the authors of all the injuries I complain of), affidavit of the Marquis in the Court though they had pretended friendship and of King's Bench, &c. The object of atachimen to me for a tiine, had resolved this pamphlet is to prove that Mr. for a month before, and they unblush- Paull had been only the tool of Mr. ingly now arow the fact, 10 overthrow my Fox, and that the part which the election; and especially when they see Prince of Wales took in the prosecuMr. Bonoey and others acting the part tion of the Marquis Wellesley,“ had they do. I appeal to Sir Francis, liberally, been wrung from his sympathizing to his justice, to his honour and feeling, heart, sensibly touched' by a story for a bisaVOWAL OF SUCH ACTS; and for & DECLARATION That A HOSTILE FEELING
of well-wrought woe." The affida
vit of that nobleman is as follows: REMAINS XOT ON HIS SIDE AGAINST NE. “I am, very faithfully, Your's, " AFFIDAVIT OF MARQUIS WELLESLEY. “ JAMES PAULL."
“ The Most Noble Richard, Marquis Mr. Paull did not long delay pub- of St. George, Hanover-square, in the
Wellesley, of Oxford-street, in the parish lishing a refutation of the calúmnies
county of Middlesex, late governor-geneof John Horne Tooke. He began ral of Bengil, maketh oath and saith, by stating that after three months that a newspaper has been la:ely pubof dreadful suffering, without almost lished, entitled The Aurora and British any bope or possibility of recovering, Imperial Reporter, giving an account of he had experienced some symptonis the mceting of the Club of the Middlesex of returning health. He then pro- Freeholders, held on Thursday, at the ceeded, “ Of all my calumniator's, Crown and Anchor Tavern, in the Strand, the chief is John Horne Tooke. containing, amongst other things, passages With a malignity surpassed
nly by highly injurious to this deponen, 10. the that of a demon, this musu chose the follos ing effect, to wit, Mr. Paul then
returned thanks to the company for the moment when I was languishing on honour they had done bim; adverted to the bed of sickness and torture, and his exertions in the late parliament, for wben every breath was expected to bringing 10 justice that great delinquent, terminate 'my mortal existence, as Marquis Wellesley: the many impedie the best opportunity for assailing both ments lie experienced to his purpose froin
Lord Grenville and several other members saith, that he rerily belieres, and bas pret of administration; and finally, the disso. the least doubt, that he is the persona siland lution of parliameni, which he considered to in the parts herein-before rialta frike as a mea-ure calculated solely to screen said newspaper, entitled The Aurora and that noble Marquis from impeachment. British Imperial Reporter; and that the lle alluded also in the subsequent election sume is meant to reflect upon this de jupen, for Westminster, where he was opposed and the gorernnent of this drpomeni, dkrag by the whole power and influence of admi- the tinie lie acted us gorerna genero! !? nistration, tive tiled members of wlich, he India as aforesaid.
WELILOLEY." could prove to have subscribed large sums
The author of the pamphlet adds, of money for the most base and corrupt that though the parties, viz. printers ward ani impeachment against the Narquis and publishers, against whom it was Wellesley was one, not of private malice, made, came forward with an apologi but of public justice; one, not founded upon oath, offering to retract all they upon charges of trivial peculations or de had published, and promulgate that linquency, but on the corrupt and wan- retraction to every corner of Great ton profusion of five millions of public Britain ; nevertheless, he did not remoney; and upon acts of the most wan member that his lordship’s affidavit ton, foul, and atrocious robbery and mur, or any part of it ever found its way der, perpetrated, not upon a private and into the other public prints; and he insignificant individual, but upon the inde; seemed to be at a loss to account for pendent prince of one of the most splendid this omission. thrones in ihe world. The cry against Bonaparte for the murder of ihe Duc
We have been credibly informed, d'Enghien, taken in a nuliral territory, that besides what was collected for had been loud on the part of the ministers; Mr. Paull, under the expectation of but the murder of wirich he complained, being supported, it cost him upwards was that of a pripce torn from his own of three thousand pounds to petition throne, and consigued to a prison,--and the house. He maintained, however, short indeed was the progress of a king his honest integrity to the last, in par. from the prison to the grave: he was foully ing all his election demands, some of mordered by the comivalce of that noble which were even deemed exorbi. Marquis, and his bloody garments sent by tant. The latter was to screen sonie his disconsolate mother, in proof of the of bis friends who had committed fact, to the author of his massacre.
On the acknowledged, that the proofs he had laid themselves in lris behalf. before parliament substantiated those Friday before the unfortunate catascharges. The Marquis of Douglas, Dr. trophe occurred, he called on the Lawrence, Mr. Fox, and several other vestry clerk of the parish of St. Paul's, niembers, acknowledged those proofs, and Covent Garden, and paid his propnisaid the matter must go to an impeachtion of the damages which the parish
A noble lord (Lord Folkstone) had sustained by his election. had recently taken up the question, with To add to the vexation that preyed a view to move a slight censure against
his mind, it was reported nobie Marquis ; but for his own part, he that the lost, only the night before would never compromise the prosecution his fatal exit, 1000 guineas at ! of a capital felony for a mere conviction certain house in St. James's, tive of peuy larceny.' And this deponent, upon his oath, positively and solemnly hundred of which had been lent bin declares, that he' nerer rus guilty of the by a poble Marquis ; and that on the corrupt and wunton profusion of five mil. day after his decease several pachets lions of public money, or of any other were addressed to him from India, sum of public money; that he never was some of which were supposed to corguilty of any acts of wanton, toul, and atro- tain pearls of considerable value. cious robbery and murder, perpetrated upon His remains were interred about the independent prince of one of the most eight o'clock in the morning of the splendid thrones in the world, or upon any 2ist of April, on the west side of St. individual whateret; nur was he ever guilty James's church yard, in a very priof any act of robbery or murder whaterer : and this deponent further saith, that he vate manner, having only a bearse nerer consigned to a prison any such prince, and four, and two coaches; yet a vast inm by him or by his connirance from his concourse of people assembled, who throne; or ever was privy to, or connired at, generally expressed a sensible regret the murder of any prince, or ot' nry other at the untimely end of a man "niore person whatever: and this deponent further sinned against than sinning."