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lord among them at all was owing to the friendship of another. In consequence of this event, Lord Percy having declined offering himself again, Mr. Sheridan became a candidate for Westminster, and after a most riotous contest with a demagogue of the moment, named Paull, was, together with Sir Samuel Hood, declared duly elected.
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SHERIDAN AND THE NEWSPAPERS. In the debate, 30th May, 1799, about putting down Sunday newspapers, Sheridan, amongst other things, in answer to Lord Belgrave, observed that "in the law, as it at present exists, there was an exception in favour of selling mackerel on the Lord's day; but would the noble lord recollect that people might think stale news as bad as stale mackerel ?”
The Westminster Review gives the highest and most deserved praise to Sheridan for his meritorious exertions in favour of the liberty of the press on this occasion, and although all notice of them is omitted by Mr. Moore, it is justly remarked by the reviewer that no event in Sheridan's life does him greater honour.
SHERIDAN'S WESTMINSTER ELECTION. In the course of the day, Paull, his antagonist, who was the son of a tailor, envious of the brilliant uniform and more brilliant decorations of Sir S. Hood, observed, with some spleen, “that if he had chosen he might have appeared before the electors with such a coat himself.” “Yes, and you might have made it too,” replied Sheridan.
THE WHIG TAXES. DURING the year 1806, Sheridan, having been told that his enemies took pleasure in speaking ill of him, on account of his favouring an obnoxious tax which his party were about to force through the House—“Well, let them,” said Sherry; “it is but fair that they should have some pleasure for their money."
SHERIDAN AND HIS SON. “The two Sheridans," says Kelly, “were supping with me one night after the opera, at a period when Tom expected to get into Parliament
I think, father," said he, “ that many men, who are called great patriots in the House of Commons, are great humbugs. For my own part, if I get into Parliament, I will pledge myself to no party, but write upon my forehead in legible characters, 'To be let.'»
“And under that, Tom," said his father, “write, Un furnished.''
Tom took the joke, but was even with him on another occasion.
Mr. Sheridan had a cottage about half a-mile from Hounslow Heath. Tom being very short of cash, asked his father to let him have some.
"Money, I have none," was the reply.
“Be the consequence what it may, money I must have," said Tom.
“If that be the case, my dear Tom,” said the affectionate parent, "you will find a case of loaded pistols upstairs, and a horse ready saddled in the stable. The night is dark, and you are within half a mile of Hounslow Heath."
“I understand what you mean," said Tom; “but I tried that last night. I unluckily stopped Peake, your treasurer, who told me that you had been beforehand with him, and had robbed him of every sixpence he had in the world."
SHERIDAN'S HABITS OF COMPOSITION.
His hours of composition, as long as he continued to be an author, were at night, and he required a profusion of lights around him as he wrote. Wine, too, was one of his favourite helps to inspiration. “If the thought," he would say, "is slow to come, a glass of good wine encourages it; and, when it does come, a glass of good wine rewards it."