« PreviousContinue »
being divided among the company, amounting to 523 per. sons, produced 8s. 6d, for each individual, with the exception of the Member for Tregony, who brought nothing but his speech, and Capt. MORRIS, who pays for every thing with a song.
Nothing material occurred during the Dinner, which was allowed to be excellent of its kind, and where no such dish as Cow-heel (as maliciously reported in The True Britor2) made its appearance.
As soon as the cloth was removed, the Duke of NorFÓLK took the Chair amidst repeated plaudits, * and ad. dressed the Company in these words :
“ Three virtuous Men, Citizens, have stood up in defence of Liberty-MAXIMILIAN ROBESPIERRE, COL. LOT D'Herbois, and CHARLES James Fox: - The first is guillotined ; the second transported to Cayenne; and the third ” Here all eyes were immediately turned upon Mr. Fox, who now entered the room, supported by Citizens John GALE JONES and John Horne TOOKE -“ As the Right Hon. Gentleman (resumed the Duke, a little peevishly) has mistaken his cue, and appeared sooner than he ought, I shall spare his modesty the panegyric I was preparing, and shortly conclude with proposing the health of CHARLES JAMES Fox:" - This was drank with three times three.
As soon as the clamour had subsided, Mr. Fox arose, and said " That language, at least any which he could boast, was inadequate to the exquisite feelings of gratitude which at once delighted and oppressed him, at the sight of so numerous and so respectable a body of free
* Mernirg Ceronicle, Jan. 25.
and independent Citizens, met for å purpose which would make this the proudest and the happiest day of his life.”— Having dwelt a little on this idea, Mr. Fox observed, “ that he would not interrupt the conviviality of the day by a long Speech: he knew there were several present who came to hear him make a long Speech, but he would not make a long Speech — to what purpose should he do it? — what could he add to the Speech lately delivered by him, and so faithfully recorded in the Anti-JACOBIN, * a contemptible Publication, but one to which the praise of Accuracy could not be denied. The new and extraordinary circumstances of the times, called for new and extraordinary measures: -- he would, therefore, if they pleased, compress what he had to say into a Song - (loud applauses) — One word only - He owed both the burden and the idea of this Song to the Morning Chronicle He had yesterday, the 23d, found there A BEGGING ADDRESS to the Nation, with Date OBOLUM BELISARIO prefixed to it as a Motto. This had pleased him much, and this morning at breakfast he had endeavoured to adapt it, mutatis mutandis, to his own circumstances: he should now have the honour of giving it.”
SONG BY MR. FOX.
To the Tune of
* Mr. Fox alluded to our Third Number, in which we certainly endeavoured to do him justice. We have been told by the great bulk of our Readers, that we succeeded; and the testimony of the Right Hon. Gentleman himself leaves us without a doubt on the subject. We earnestly recommend this Number to every one who wishes to acquire a PERFECT KNOWLEDGE Of Mr. Fox.
Republicans, Royalists, all—mark my ditty -
Date Obolum Belisario.
Date Obolum Belisario. Ye who heard me declare the SUBSCRIBERS of Reeves Were a scoundrel collection of cut-throats and thieves, Yet who saw me immediately after repair, And SUBSCRIBE at the Long-Room in Hanover-Square,
Date Obolum Belisario. Ye who heard—when Invasion was close at our door, And Parker and Liberty rul'd at the NoreYe who heard—no; I mean, who DID NOT hear me speak, While SHERIDAN, * damn him! affected to squeak,
Date Obolum Belisario. Ye who heard me repeat, that Resistence, at length, Was reduc'd, by Pitt's Bill, to a question of Strength, And that prudence alone
We know not how far Mr. Fox might have proceeded, had he not been interrupted by a jangling of bells from the Side-table, which immediately drew all eyes that way. This proceeded from Capt. Morris, who had fallen asleep during Mr. Fox's Song, and was now nodding on his chair, with a large paper Cap on his head, ornamented with gilt tassels and bells, which one of the company had dex
*This appears to allude to Mr. SHERIDAN's conduct during the Mutiny. E.
terously whipped on unperceived. The first motion was that of indignation ; but the stupid stare of the unconscious Captain, who half opened his eyes at every sound of the bells, as his head rose or fell, and immediately closed them again, somno vinoque gravatus, had such a powerful effect on the risible faculties of the Company, that they broke, as if by consent, into the most violent and convulsive fits of laughter; Mr. Fox himself not being exempt from the general contagion.
As soon as the Captain was made sensible of the cause of this uproar, he attempted to pull off the Cap; but was prevented by a Citizen from the Corresponding Society, who maintained, that the Company had a right to be amused by the Captain in what manner they pleased; and that, as he seemed to amuse them more effectually in that state than in any other, he insisted, for one, on his continuing to wear the Cap. This was universally agreed to, with the exception of the Duke of NORFOLK. The Captain was therefore led to the upper table, with all his “ jangling honours loud upon him!” Here, as soon as he was seated, his Noble Friend called upon him for a Song.
The Captain sung the “ PLENIPO” in his best manner,
This was received with great applause; and then the Duke gave “ The Defenders -- of Ireland," -- (three times three.) Captain Morris then began
“ And all the Books of Moses;”.
but was interrupted, before he had finished the first line, by Mr. Tierney, who declared, he would not sit there and hear any thing like ridicule on the Bible. (Much
foughing coughing and scraping.) - Mr. ERSKINE took G-d to witness, that he thought the Captain meant no harm ; and a Gentleman from Cambridge, whose name we could not learn, said, with great naiveté, that it was no more than was done every day by his acquaintance. Mr.TierNEY, however, persisted in his opposition to the Song, and Captain Morris was obliged to substitute “ Jenny Sutton ” in the place of it.
But the good humour of the Company was already broken in upon, and Mr. TIERNEY soon after left the room (to which he did not return) with greater marks of displeasure in his face than we ever remember to have seen there.*
The Duke now gave Radical Reform (three times three, followed by continued shouts of applause.)
A Counsellor Jackson attempted to sing “ Paddy Whack,” but was soon silenced, on account of his stupid perversion of the words, and his bad voice.
Citizen Gale Jones then rose, and said that he was no Orator, though he got his living by oratory, being Chairman of a Debating Society. He had also written a book — which he was told had some merit. He did not rise to recommend it, but he thought it right to hint, that those who wished for Constitutional information, might be supplied with it at the Bar; – the price was trifling — Eighteen-pence was nothing to the majority of the Company; – to himself indeed (here Mr. Horne TOOKE
* This is not the first time that we have heard of Mr. TIERNEY's discouragement of impiety. However we may disapprove of this Gentleman's political principles, we are not insensible to the merit of such conduct.