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POLITICAL pasquinades and political caricatures are parts (though humble ones) of political history; they supply information as to the personal habits and manners, and often as to the motives and objects of public men, which cannot be found elsewhere.
It is true that the portraits are for the most part exaggerated and unfavourable, but there is still a general resemblance; and the ridicule, though sometimes too highly coloured, is seldom wholly unjust.
These pasquinades have usually appeared first in the newspapers, and been subsequently collected into volumes; and though the Editor
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,