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«DEAR PAULL, Wimbledon, April 29.
"Your letter this morning occasioned me great surprise, and, to speak the truth, some displeasure. I must say, that to have my name published for meetings (like-Such a day is to be seen the great Caterfelto-) without my previous consent, or any appli cation to me, is a circumstance I should really from any one else, regard as an insult. You were acquainted with my sen timents and determination not to do any thing, even for my own election; and, I should have thought, must have been con
coming forward in any body's else. ! yielded to your desire that I should nominate you, although I should much rather avoid even that: but as I highly approve your conduct, I do not object to that one act, as a public testimony of such approba tion; in case you think it (which I do not)
any importance. But to that single act must I confine myself, or be exposed to be reproached, and justly, with inconsistency and folly. I shall pay the greatest attention to Cobbett's promised letter; but my own mind is quite made up; the country cannot be served by taking a par, and thereby aiding the delusion. Your's, not withstanding, very sincerely,
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 1806: after which his determi- letter from Mr. Paull, he returned nation to prosecute the investigation the following answer:in the succeeding Parliament, appears to have terminated all the hopes he had preconceived of the patronage of a great personage and his friends, and even the possibility of regaining a seat. The dissolution, however, having taken place, there were few places more sharply contested than Westminster. In this city three candidates started: Sir Samuel Hood upon his naval interest, Mr. Sheridan upon that of the whig club, and Mr. Paull upon that of the people. There was sequently aware of the impossibility of my no doubt of the election of Sir Samuel Hood from the first. Sheridan was expected to be called the friend of the people, and to have been returned with equal facility; but for two-thirds of the election he was the lowest upon the poll, and he was indebted to the utmost exertions of the court, the whig-club, and the higher gentry; Mr. Paull, it was observed, carried with him the popular favour, and he made a most wonderful effort; but the contest was a very unequal one: for his determination to bring Marquis Wellesley to justice, had raised "FRANCIS BURDETT." such a host of enemies in the whig club and the higher part of the aristo- To this letter, Mr. Tooke observes, cracy,t ,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, that Mr. Paull was incessant in his soCrown and Anchor, May 1, 1807. "As it is intended to move certain re licitations of Sir Francis Burdett to consent to represent the city of West- solutions expressive of the opinions of the minster, and that he prevailed on Mr. free and independent Electors, that perCobbett to unite his solicitations for Paull will be in the Chair instead of the sonally apply to Sir Francis Burdett; Mr. the same purpose, but in vain: Sir worthy Baronet, Mr. Paul intreats a nuFrancis was immoveable. Still as merons attendance of his friends, on an the honourable Baronet had promised occasion so highly important to the first to do every thing in his power to interests of the city." serve Mr. Paull, who was determined to stand again for Westminster, the latter unfortunately took the liberty of announcing a dinner of his friends at the Crown and Anchor tavern, with Sir Francis Burdett in the
"MR. PAULL's DINNER,
Sir Francis, who happened to be with his brother at Wimbledon, desired him to go immediately to Lon don, to the Crown and Anchor, and make the following communication to the gentlemen assembled, and re
quested bim, as soon as he should at Wimbledon, not only did Sir Francis have read it, to withdraw.
Mr. Jones Burdett, after dinner, accordingly read the following let ter of Sir Francis to the meeting:
most cheerfully consent to nominate me, as he had done last November (which was at a dinner at the Crown and Anchor), but that he would also serve for Westminster, if chosen with me.
"On Monday, Sir Francis and myself, "I am extremely distressed by the disagreeable necessity imposed upon me to dining at Col. Bosville's, received Mr.. contradict thus publicly the implied im- Fawkes's advertisement for Yorkshire; and port of the two advertisements by which then, for the first time, 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 to Sir Francis Burdett cation with me; and never should have advertisement been inserted if any means had been af (which he now says he disapproves of); it then met with his highest approval. I subforded me of preventing it. As soon as I knew of the first advertisement, I wrote sequently shewed it to Col. Bosville; and in a few minutes afterwards I quitted the the following letter to Mr. Paull.* house of Col. Bosville, and joined Sir Francis and Mr. Burdett, in Bond-street; who both agreed, in consequence of the consent to serve, that Sir Francis's advertisment should be discontinued until it was known what might be the event of this day's dinner. Without any communication with me, Mr. Burdett entered the Crown and Anchor. What occurred he has undertaken to submit to the public, and on which I shall make no farther comment. Anxious
"The advertisement of this day is still more offensive to me; as it might, if not thus contradicted by me, lead many persons to suspect that I had a dissembled wish to be elected into parliament, not withstanding my public declaration to the contrary. I beg you, Gentlemen, to accept this explanation from me, as an act of fairness towards you, whilst it is one of strict duty towards myself. With every wish for the happiness and prosperity of the Electors of Westminster, I beg leave to stand well in your estimation, I subscribe myself, Gentlemen, to subscribe myself
"Your much obliged and faithful
"Your devoted Servant,
"JAMES PAULL." Of the duel which was the conse
Mr. Paull, it must be admitted, did quence of this misunderstanding, we not manifest any kind of displeasure do not deem it necessary to say any towards 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 would 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, vii, and the Life of Sir Francis Burwhich he flattered himself 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 aud 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 Westminster, upon the circumstances the opinion of the world. As soon, 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 for. In fact, the hasty impression adopted by the majority, viz. " that "To the Free and Independent Electors Mr. Paul had ungratefully lifted his arm against the life of his friend," aid"Gentlemen, Ten o'Clock, Friday Night. "The Letters that were read this nighted by other efforts of Mr. Paull's enefrom Sir Francis Burdett, I have not time, nor have I inclination, to comment on. assert positively, that on Sunday last,
in the newspapers.
That which is given above
mies, soon induced him to give up the contest; for even more interest than he had, deprived as he was by his wound of the advantage of per 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; but Mr. to have resisted the torrent of preju- Tooke seemed determined that it dice that assailed him from almost should not. As if 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 af the scene of action by his wound, firmed, was "too singular ever to be stood by far the highest of the three forgotten..” candidates at the close of the poll, having upwards of five thousand votes in his favour.
Mr. Tooke's efforts did not terminate in his "Letter to the Editor 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 them 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, 1507, one warning, he said, of his intended of the grossest prevarications that a mischief before its commission, &c. man ever descended to, among other was his only motive in presenting assertions, the writer disclaimed any them with Mr. Paull's prelude 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 contradicting the reat my house on Sundays, when I port circulated by their enemies, that receive my visitants. From the time they were at "mortal strife," that of the election, last November, he he was answered by Mr. Jones Burmissed dining with me only three dett, that it was quite impossible to Sundays. I always treated him 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 he ever Esq. Mr. Paul's surgeon, urged him prevail upon me, though he used to wait upon Mr. Cline, the 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 fraught 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, might 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-Vetabo sub May 11, but Mr. Cline refused to iisdem sit tratibus, fragilemque me transmit it to Sir Francis. A part of cum solvat phaselum--It was un- it contained the following narrative: founded prejudice, perhaps: but I have experienced something in this of a decided majority of the electors of "On Monday last, contrary to the sense world; and superfluous caution may Westminster, certain persons calling them be pardoned to old age." Here it selves the friends of Sir Francis, esta may be perceived that from the very blished themselves (although only twentyfirst the acknowledged patriotism eight in number) into a numerous meeting and zeal of Mr. Paull were of no of the Electors of Westminster; and though weight, in comparison with Mr. Tooke's personal antipathy. Some thing, he says, forbade hum to sit under the same roof with Mr. Paull, It is hinted as though this something were supernatural!
totally ignorant of the merits of the late unhappy affair, proceeded directly to cen sure me. They then,, (having previously possessed themselves of the entire knowto the late election) formed themselves into ledge of all my books and papers relative Mr. Paull had expressed his wish, election. Since which, no placard howa committee for conducting Sir Francis's in an advertisement which he pub- ever libellous, no insinuation however Lished after the duel took place, that false and gross (falsehoods the most direct),
have issued all UNDER THE SEEMING my public and private character with SANCTION OF SIR FRANCIS'S NAME, To the most atrocious slanders. I had, ruin me in public opinion, and defeat indeed, roused all the venom of his the purposes of my election. Here they implacable heart, by accusing him as do not rest. The moment I procure a the dark and infernal adviser" of friend to go to the Hustings, to do away that foul and infamous procedure the effect of proceedings so foul and criminal, (as in the instance of Mr Clifford) which caused the diastrous hostility he is deter.ed by the intimate friends of we have all so much lamented; not Sir Francis from 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, I 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 from hour to hour to get vores for him who scorned to solicit ner 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 1808, 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 Our quarrel, they add, is as fierce Wellesley; and a letter to James
Soul and heart I believe; but so will not
for a DISAVOWAL OF SUCH ACTS; and for a DECLARATION that A HOSTILE FEELING REMAINS NOT ON HIS SIDE AGAINST ME.
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 believe those of my friends, who detected a flagitious, infuriated conspiracy, unparalleled in the history of human and proved that those men who now constitute 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 attachment to me for a time, 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 avow the fact, to overthrow my Fox, and that the part which the election; and especially when they see Prince of Wales took in the prosecuMr. Bonney and others acting the part tion of the Marquis Wellesley, 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 of well-wrought woe." The affidavit of that nobleman is as follows: "AFFIDAVIT OF MARQUIS WELLESLEY. "The Most Noble Richard, Marquis Mr. Paull did not long delay pub- Wellesley, of Oxford-street, in the parish lishing a refutation of the calumnies of St. George, Hanover-square, in the county of Middlesex, late governor-geneof John Horne Tooke. He began ral of Bengal, maketh oath and saith, by stating that after three months that a newspaper has been lately pubof dreadful suffering, without almost lished, entitled The Aurora and British any hope or possibility of recovering, Imperial Reporter, giving an account of he had experienced some symptoms the meeting of the Club of the Middlesex of returning health. He then pro- Freeholders, held on Thursday, at the ceeded, "Of all my calumniators, Crown and Anchor Tavern, in the Strand, the chief is John Horne Tooke. containing, amongst other things, passages With a malignity surpassed only by highly injurious to this deponen, to the that of a demon, this man chose the following effect, to wit, Mr. Paull then returned thanks to the company for the moment when I was languishing on honour they had done him; adverted to the bed of sickness and torture, and his exertions in the late parliament, for when every breath was expected to bringing to justice that great delinquent, terminate my mortal existence, as Marquis Wellesley; the many impedi the best opportunity for assailing both ments he experienced to his purpose from
"I am, very faithfully, Your's,
Lord Grenville and several other members saith, that he verily believes, and bas một
ward an impeachment against the Marquis and publishers, against whom it was Wellesley was one, not of private malice, made, came forward with an apology 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 the world. The cry against We have been credibly informed, Bonaparte for the murder of the Duc d'Enghien, taken in a neutral 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 which he complained, being supported, it cost him upwards was that of a prince torn from his own of three thousand pounds to petition throne, and consigned to a prison,-and the house. He maintained, however, short indeed was the progress of a king his honest integrity to the last, in payfrom the prison to the grave: he was foully ing all his election demands, some of murdered by the connivance 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 his friends who had committed fact, to the author of his massacre. acknowledged, that the proofs he had laid themselves in his behalf. On the 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, members, acknowledged those proofs, and Covent Garden, and paid his proporsaid the matter must go to an impeach- tion of the damages which the parish ment. A noble lord (Lord Folkstone) had sustained by his election. To add to the vexation that preyed had recently taken up the question, with a view to move a slight censure against the upon his mind, it was reported noble Marquis; but for his own part, he that the lost, only the night before would never compromise the prosecution his fatal exit, 1600 guineas at a of a capital felony for a mere conviction certain house in St. James's, five of petty larceny." And this deponent, upon his oath, positively and solemnly hundred of which had been lent hun declares, that he never was guilty of the by a noble Marquis; and that on the corrupt and wanton profusion of five mit- day after his decease several packets 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 conguilty of any acts of wanton, foul, 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 21st of April, on the west side of St. individual whatever; nor was he ever guilty James's church yard, in a very pri of any act of robbery or murder whatever :
and this deponent further saith, that he Vate manner, having only a hearse never consigned to a prison any such prince, and four, and two coaches; yet a rast torn by him or by his connivance 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 of any other at the untimely end of a man "more person whatever; and this deponent further sinned against than sinning."