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he has given ? A. I beg to state, that I see no inconsistency at all. I have a promise, but little or no expectation ; every body knows that promises of this nature are not always fulfilled.
Q. What place were you promised ? A. Clerk of the Kitchen.
Q. Was that the place you applied for? A. No, I wished to be Secretary of State.
Q. What answer was made to this wish? A. That there were already sixteen candidates for Secretaryships of State, (exclusive of Mr. B. Gordon, and Mr. P. Moore) and that I had no chance.
Case for the prosecution closed.
The Prisoner attempted to set up an alibi, by the waiter of the Exchequer Coffee-house, but failed, it being clearly proved that he had spoken thirty-two times, on the night on which he alleged he was absent from the House.
Several witnesses to character were called.
Ferguson, Mr. Grant, Mr. Wishart,* and Mr. Paul Methuen, severally spoke to the Prisoner's character.
The Prisoner being called upon for his defence said, he threw himself upon the mercy of the Court. He was willing to retract any thing he had ever said-solemnly denied that he had meant any thing disrespectful to Mr. Ponsonby by calling him an old woman, and saw nothing in the character of old women that should make it a matter of reproach to be likened to one of that respectable, and valuable class of society.
The Jury after a very long deliberation, found the Prisoner Guilty, but recommended him to mercy, on the ground of his having vilified the Prince Regent. But his Lordship, from the Bench, acquainted the Jury, that he should not transmit this recommendation. He would, however, postpone passing sentence till the end of the Sessions.
• This person is not in parliament : he is supposed to be one of Cobbett's and Cartwright's men.
ON MR. METHUEN'S SUPPORT OF LORD
ALTHORPE ON THE LEATHER TAX.
Methuen and Althorpe, silly fellows,
THE WILTSHIRE LETTER.
A WORTHY Gentleman has received a letter from Wiltshire, which he shews about with an air of so much satisfaction, and with so many expressions of triumph over the COURIER, that we feel ourselves in candour obliged to give it all possible publicity, in order that this attack upon us may speak for itself.
The letter itself is short and pithy, as a letter of business ought to be. The sting is, like a wasp's,
in the tail.
A LETTER, &c. to P.M.-M. P.
For Selves and Fellows.
To you, in return, due thanks shall be paid ;
That your vanity's great--that your wit is but
That your surname is Prix-or your christian-name
A PROPOSITION is to be this day made to the House of Commons by Mr. Bankes, for the purchase of the Collection of Athenian Sculptures, commonly called the Elgin Marbles. We have heard it said that no opposition would be made to this proposal; and some persons have even asserted that nothing could be said against it. We, however, feel that much may be said, and we lay before our readers the following abstracts of what we think may very probably and very properly be said against Mr. Bankes's proposition.
Mr. Hugh HAMMERSLEY, for instance, may with great propriety observe, “ that this question is next in national importance to the Austrian Loan, and that he hopes to procure for it more attention than he has been able to obtain for the latter." He may object to the purchase at an enormous price of cer