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is far from thinking that the articles he has here collected are of equal merit amongst themselves, or collectively to be compared with the Rolliad and Anti-jacobin, he yet considers them worth preserving, as filling up a space which would otherwise be vacant in the lighter history of parties in this country.
NEW WHIG GUIDE.
THE CHOICE OF A LEADER.
Feb. 9, 1815.
THE Recess nearly spent, and approaching the hour, That renews the vain struggle for places and power, The Whigs, duly summon'd, are met to prepare Their annual bill of political fare.
Their brows, like the season, are cloudy and dark; Of hope scarce a ray, and of joy not a spark Illume any visage-save WHITBREAD's* alone, Who grins as he fancies the game all his own,
* Samuel Whitbread, Esq., M. P. for Bedford.
Expects the whole sway of the faction to bear,
And now to the meeting each member began
And each in each varied event of the times
The Catholic claims-and the Treaty of Ghent!*
For each sev'ral point, the proposer of each Is duly equipp'd with a notice and speech; While WHITBREAD, who seizes on every man's theme, Like bold Bully Bottom, in Midsummer's Dream,†
* It seems from the parliamentary debates that all these were subjects of discussion about this time.-E.
+ Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream."