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Lord 0-gl-y, Lord 0-gl-

You spoke mighty strongly-
Who you are, tho', all people admire !

But I'll let you depart,

For I believe in my heart,
You had rather they did not inquire,

Lord 0-gl-
You had rather they did not inquire.

Gl-nb-e, Gl-nb -e,

What's good for the scurvy? For ne'er be your old trade forgot

In your arms rather quarter i

A pestle and mortar,
And your crest be a spruce gallipot,

Gl-nb-e,
And your crest be a spruce gallipot.

G1-nb-e, Gl-nb-e,

The world's topsy-turvy,
Of this truth you're the fittest attester,

For, who can deny.

That the low become high, When the king makes a lord of Silvester, ś

Gl-nb-e, When the king makes a lord of Silvester?

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Mr. P-1, Mr. PP,

In return for your zeal,
I am told they have dubb'd you Sir Bob

Having got wealth enough::

By coarse Manchester stuff, For honours you'll now drive a job,

Mr. P-1, For honours you'll now drive a job.

Oh poor B-ks, oh poor B-ks,

Still condemn'd to the ranks,
Not e’en yet from a private promoted ;

Pitt ne'er will relent,

Though he knows you repent Having once or twice honestly voted,

Poor B-ks Having once or twice honestly voted.

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Dull H-1-y, dull H-1-y,

Your auditors feel ye
A speaker of very great weight,

And they wish you were dumb,

When, with ponderous hum,
You lengthen the drowsy debate,

Dull H-1-y, You lengthen the drowsy debate. There are about as many more of these stanzas, written, at different intervals, according as new victims, with good names for rhyming, presented themselves,--the metre being a most tempting medium for such lampoons. There is, indeed, appended to one of Sheridan's copies of them, a long list (like a Table of Proscription), containing about fifteen other names marked out for the same fate; and it will be seen by the following specimen that some of them had a very narrow escape : Will C-rtV-ns-t--t, Vấns--t--for little thou fit art. Will D-nd-s, Will D-nd-s-were you only an ass. L-ghb-h,—thorough. Sam H–I$l-y, Sam Hrsl-y,

coarsely. P-ttym-n, P-ttym-n,-speak truth if you can.

SHERIDAN'S SERMON. The Rev. Mr. O'B-(afterwards Bishop of — -) having arrived to dinner at Sheridan's country-house near Osterley, where, as usual, a gay party was collected (consisting of General Burgoyne, Mrs. Crewe, Tickell, &c.), it was proposed that on the next day (Sunday) the rev. gentleman should, on gaining the consent of the resident clergyman, give a specimen of his talents as a preacher in the village church. On his objecting that he was not provided with a sermon, his host offered to write one for him, if he would consent to preach it; and, the offer being accepted, Sheridan left the company early, and did not return for the remainder of the evening. The following morning Mr. O'B— found the manuscript by his bedside, tied together neatly (as he described it) with riband ;-the subject of the discourse being the “ Abuse of Riches.” Having read it over and corrected some theological errors (such as it

is easier for a camel, as Moses says," &c.), he delivered the sermon in his most impressive style, much to the delight of his own party, and to the satisfaction, as he unsuspectingly flattered himself, of all the rest of the congregation, among whom was Mr. Sheridan's wealthy neighbour, Mr. C

Some months afterwards, however, Mr. O'B— perceived that the family of Mr. C-, with whom he had previously been intimate, treated him with marked coldness; and, on his expressing some innocent wonder at the circumstance, was at length informed, to his dismay, by General Burgoyne, that the sermon which Sheridan had written for him was, throughout, a personal attack upon Mr. C -, who had at that time rendered himself very unpopular in the neighbourhood by some harsh conduct to the poor, and to whom every one in the church, except the unconscious preacher, applied almost every sentence of the sermon.

ELECTION EXPENSES IN 1784. R. B. Sheridan, Esq. ' Expenses at the Borough of Stafford for Election, Anno 1784.

£ s. d. 248 Burgesses, paid £5 5 0 each

1,302 Yearly Expenses since. House-rent and taxes £23 6 6

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Servant at 6s. per week, } 15 12

board wages Ditto, yearly wages

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Coals, &c.

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Ale tickets

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Half the members' plate ...25
Swearing young burgesses ...10
Subscription to the infirmary 5 5 0
Ditto clergymen's widows
Ringers...

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...143 17

6 Multiplied by years

6

863 5 0 Total expense of six years' parliament, exclusive

of expense incurred during the time of election, and his own annual expenses

2,165 50

MR. SHERIDAN AND THE SCOTCH BOROUGHS. He had been, singularly enough, selected, in the year 1787, by the burgesses of Scotland, in preference to so many others possessing more personal knowledge of that country, to present to the House the Petition of the Convention. Delegates, for a Reform of the internal government of the Royal Boroughs. How fully satisfied they were with his exertions in their cause may be judged by the following extract from the Minutes of Convention, dated 11th August, 1791

“Mr. Mills, of Perth, after a suitable introductory speech, moved a vote of thanks to Mr. Sheridan, in the following words:

“The Delegates of the Burgesses of Scotland, associated for the purposes of Reform, taking into their most serious consideration the important services rendered to their cause by the manly and prudent exertions of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Esq., the genuine and fixed attachment to it which the whole tenor of his conduct has evinced, and the admirable moderation he has all along displayed,

Resolved unanimously, That the most sincere thanks of this meeting be given to the said Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Esq., for his steady, honourable, and judicious conduct in bringing the question of the violated rights of the Scottish Baroughs to its present important and favourable crisis ; and the Burgesses with firm confidence hope that, from his attachment to the cause, which he has shown to be deeply rooted in principle, he will persevere to exert his distinguished abilities, till the objects of it are obtained, with that inflexible firmness, and constitutional moderation, which have appeared so conspicuous and exemplary throughout the whole of his conduct, as to be highly deserving of the imitation of all good citizens.

“JOHN Ewen, Secretary.”

HIS BETS.

25th May, 1793.–Mr. Sheridan bets Gen. Fitzpatrick one hundred guineas to fifty guineas, that within two years from this date some measure is adopted in Parliament which shall be (bonâ fide) considered as the adoption of a Parliamentary Reform."

29th January, 1793.-Mr. S. bets Mr. Boothby Clopton five hundred guineas that there is a Reform in the Representation of the people of England within three years from the date hereof."

29th January, 1793.—Mr. S. bets Mr. Hardy five hundred to fifty guineas, that Mr. W. Windham does not represent Norwich at the next general election.”

29th January, 1793.-Mr. S. bets Gen. Fitzpatrick fifty guineas, that a corps of British troops are sent to Holland within two months of the date hereof."

18th March, 1793.-Mr. S. bets Lord Titchfield two hundred guineas, that the D. of Portland is at the head of an Administration on or before the 18th of March, 1796 : Mr. Fox to decide whether any place the Duke may then fill shall bonâ fide come within the meaning of this bet.”

' 25th March, 1793.-Mr. S. bets Mr. Hardy one hundred guineas, that the three per cent. consols are as high this day twelvemonth as at the date hereof."

"Mr. S. bets Gen. Tarleton one hundred guineas to fifty guineas, that Mr. Pitt is First Lord of the Treasury on the 28th of May, 1795.--Mr. S. bets Mr. St. A. St. John fifteen guineas to five guineas, ditto.—Mr. S. bets Lord Sefton one hundred and forty guineas to forty guineas, ditto.”

19th March, 1793.—Lord Titchfield and Lord' W. Russell bet Mr. S. three hundred guineas to two hundred guineas, that Mr. Pitt is First Lord of the Treasury on the 19th of March, 1795."

18th March, 1793.—Lord Titchfield bets Mr. S. twentyfive guineas to fifty guineas, that Mr. W. Windham represents Norwich at the next general election.”

SHERIDAN'S BAG.

In the May of 1794 Mr. Sheridan was called upon for his reply on the Begum charge. It was usual, on these occasions, for the manager who spoke to be assisted by one of his brother managers, whose task it was to carry the bag that contained his

papers, and to read out whatever minutes might be referred to in the course of the argument. · Mr. Michael Angelo Taylor was the person who undertook this office for Sheridan ; but, on the morning of the speech, upon his asking for the bag that he was to carry, he was told by Sheridan that there was noneneither bag nor papers. They must manage, he said, as well as

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