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Ferguson, Mr. Grant, Mr. Wishart,* and Mr. Paul Methuen, severally spoke to the Prisoner's character. The Prisoner being called upon for his defence said, he threw himself upon the mercy of the Court. He was willing to retract any thing he had ever said-solemnly denied that he had meant any thing disrespectful to Mr. Ponsonby by calling him an old woman, and saw nothing in the character of old women that should make it a matter of reproach to be likened to one of that respectable and valuable class of society.

The Jury after a very long deliberation, found the Prisoner Guilty, but recommended him to mercy, on the ground of his having vilified the Prince Regent. But his Lordship, from the Bench, acquainted the Jury, that he should not transmit this recommendation. He would, however, postpone passing sentence till the end of the Sessions.

• This person is not in parliament: he is supposed to be one of Cobbett's and Cartwright's men.

ON MR. METHUEN's SUPPORT OF LORD

ALTHORPE ON THE LEATHER TAX.

Methuen and Althorpe, silly fellows,
What are ye, but a pair of bellows?
Two wooden flats that act together,
Connected by a band of leather!

PUFF.

THE WILTSHIRE LETTER.

A WORTHY Gentleman has received a letter from Wiltshire, which he shews about with an air of so much satisfaction, and with so many expressions of triumph over the COURIER, that we feel ourselves in candour obliged to give it all possible publicity, in order that this attack upon us may speak for itself.

The letter itself is short and pithy, as a letter of business ought to be. The sting is, like a wasp's, in the tail.

A LETTER, &c. to P. M.-M. P.

Dear Sir, We, your faithful Constituents, hope,
That you'll strongly oppose the New Duties on Soap.
We are, &c. &c.

THE SOAP-BOILERS OF PIMPERNE,
For Selves and Fellows.

POSTSCRIPT.

To you, in return, due thanks shall be paid ;

We'll believe not a word that the COURIER hath said

That your vanity's great-that your wit is but

small

That your surname is PRIG-or your christian-name

PAUL

ELGIN MARBLES.

A PROPOSITION is to be this day made to the House of Commons by Mr. Bankes, for the purchase of the Collection of Athenian Sculptures, commonly called the Elgin Marbles. We have heard it said that no opposition would be made to this proposal; and some persons have even asserted that nothing could be said against it. We, however, feel that much may be said, and we lay before our readers the following abstracts of what we think may very probably and very properly be said against Mr. Bankes's proposition.

Mr. HUGH HAMMERSLEY, for instance, may with great propriety observe, "that this question is next in national importance to the Austrian Loan, and that he hopes to procure for it more attention than he has been able to obtain for the latter." object to the purchase at an enormous price of cer

He may

tain blocks, called Elgin Marbles; and he may express a hope that before he sits down he may be able to convince the House that there are blocks enough at home without sending to Athens for them. He will next, probably, reprobate the mode in which Lord Elgin obtained these marbles. It has been asserted that they were in a process of destruction; that the Turks fired at them as marks; "but what," Mr. Hammersley may justly ask, "what does that signify? the Turks had a right to fire at them, and God forbid we should interfere with the rights of any other people! Suppose that, in this country, the Board of Ordnance should choose to fire at St. Paul's; suppose, even, that they were to place a couple of howitzers on Ludgate-hill, and batter down the great cupola-I put an extreme case; but would even this justify the Turkish Ambassador in carrying off the rest of that noble edifice to his lodgings in Fludyer-street, and afterwards shipping it in transports in the river, consigned to

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