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The kind of oratory and the nature of sine qua non is the thing I aim at, like the argument employed by the candic other great men. The IndiaCompany, too, dates in their addresses to their coustic I will convey from Leadenhall-street to tuents, can scarcely be better exempli. Westminster, and, according to my own fied than by the following
wig principles, I will create all the
directors' and nabobs'titles, and, besides, Speech of Sir Jepfery Dunstan.
show them how to get what they have My Lords, Ladies, and Gentlemen, been long aiming at-the way to Botany
A landed property being the only Bay. I shall likewise prove the Excise unexceptionable qualification that en
Office to be the greatest smuggle in the titles me to a seat in the august parlia- nation, for they smuggled the ground ment of Great Britain, I presume my
from the public on which their office estate in the Isle of Mud will, in point stands, and for which I shall colijure of propriety, secure to me your votes
up Old Gresham's ghost, to read then a and interests, to represent you in the lecture upon thieving. ensuing parliament.
Like the great men, 1 pledgę my Ladies and gem'men, I propose, for honour, life, and fortune, that I will rethe good of mankind, to auticipate a
move all heavy taxes, and by a glorious few promises like other great men, but scheme, contrived by me and iny friend which I will strictly adhere to, that is, as
Lord George Gordon, I shall, by a philong as I find it's my interest so to do.
losophical, aristocratical thermometer, First, in regard to his Majesty's want
or such-like hydraulics, discover the of money, I am determined to make him longitude among the Jews of Duke's easy on that point-(Lord bless him!) Place, and the secret of Masonry. by abolishing the use of it entirely,
City honours I never courted, nor and reducing the price of gold, it being
would I give an old wig to be drawn in the worst cauker to the soul of man;
idle state through Cheapside's foggy air and the only expedient I can think of
on a 9th of November.—No, I would to prevent bribery and corruption, an
rather sit by the side of my great friend evil which all the great big wigs of West
Mr. Fox, in the Duke of Devonshire's minster canuot prevent, notwithstand
coach, and make another coalition, or ing all their gravity and knowledge, as
go with him to ludia, and be a goverthe late proceedings against governor
nor's great man; for, Green Peas can fully testify.
Hated by fools, and fools tornate, Next, as my worthy constituents may Was always Jeffery Dunstan's fate. be assured, I shall use all my honest Though my Lord George has turned endeavours to get a majority in the Jew, and wears a broom about his house. I shall always take the popular chiu*, I never intend to do so until his side of the question; and to do all I can informer is dead, or the time elapsed of to oblige that jewel of a man, Sugar his imprisonment in the county castle, Plumb Billy, I shall assist him in pay when we shall both go into Duke's ing off the national debt, without wet Place, and be sworn true friends; then ting a sponge. My scheme for this, woe be to the informing busy bookseller ladies and gem'men, is to unmarry all of Spitalfields, who was lately turned those who choose it, on such terms as out of the Snogo for eating pork with the ininister shall think fit. This being the riud on. Depend upon it his wina glorious opportunity for women ofdows shall chatter more Hebrew than spirit to exert themselves, and regain he ever understood. All this shall be their long lost empire over their hus done by me, in spite of him. Yes, by bands, I hope they will use all their me, your humble servant, coaxing a rts to get me elected in their
Sir JEFFERY DUNSTAN, M.P. husband's place; and this will greatly
• Lord George Gordon, who rendered himself se increase the influence of the crown, and conspicunus during the riots in 1780, adopted in his vastly lower lodia bonds.
latter days the liabit and manners of a Jew. He
died November 1, 1793, in Newgate, where he had As I detest the idea of a placeman, I been contined two years, for a libel on the moral pledge myself not to accept of anything and political conduct of the Queen of France; three less than the government of Duck Is
years more for a libel on the Empress of Russia ,
and ten months longer for not procuring the necesland, or the bishoprick of Durham, for I am sary security for enlargement. His last moments very fond of a clean shirt, and lawn
are said to have been imbittered by the knowledge
that he could not be buried among the Jows; to sleeves, I think, look well; besides, the
whose religion he was warmly attached.
Exparte DIMSDALE, Bart. mises to forget and forgive the same, “ Two single Gentlemen rolld into one." which proceeded wholly, solely, entirely, TAKE NOTICE and unhappily from
A. B. wahereas, on or upon the last page but
June 28, 1826. one of the last sheet, that is to say,
Attestation, &c. columns 829 and 830 of the Every-Day This is to certify, that so much of Book, there are two whole length por- the above contents as are within my traits, each whereof is subscribed, or in- knowledge, and the whole the.eof, acscribed beneath, with one name.
cording to my full and perfect belief, is, AND WHEREAS each, and both, is and and are, strictly and entirely true: And are, thereby, that is to say, by the said that the signature thereto subjoined is one name, called, or purported to be call- true and honest, in manner and form foled, “ Sir Jeffery Dunstan, M.P. for Gar- lowing, to wit, the letter “A” is, of itrett, &c."
self alone, what it purports to be, that is AND WHEREAS the said two engravings to say, “ A," by itself, “A;" And the are portraits of two several, separate, and letter “B,” in alphabetical order, is, also distinct individuals.
in nominal order, the literal beginning, or AND WHERE as it is hereby declared to initial, of the real name, which is, or be true and certain, and not to be gain- ought, or is meant to be attached thereto, sayed or denied, that two neither are, nor namely—“BLUNDER :" And that the said is, nor can be, one.
“Blunder" is altogether honest, and much Therefore, ALL WHOM IT MAY CON to be pitied; and is known so to be, by CERN are hereby intended, and required every one as well acquainted with the said to be instructed, and informed thereof. “ Blunder," and the rest of the family, as AND FURTHER, that the first, or top, or myself.
The Printer. uppermost portrait, although subscribed “Sir Jeffery Dunstan, &c.” is to be seen, taken, and received, as and for the true Mock ELECTION AT GARRETT, and faithful likeness of sir Harry Dimsdale, Bart. M.P.-for Garrett, and for no or
25th of June, 1781. none other.
This is the burlesque election referred AND FURTHERMORE, that the second, to at column 825, when“ upwards of or last portrait is, in truth, a like true, and 50,000 people were, on that ludicrous ocfaithful likeness of sir Jeffery Dunstan, casion, assembled at Wandsworth.” as is there truly stated :
That notice, with the interesting letter AND MORE, FURTHERMORE, that the concerning the origin of this popular cusmisnomer, as to the said Sir Harry Dims- tom, from Mr. Massey to Dr. Ducarel, dale, was unpurposed and accidentally on column 826, was inserted with other made and written by the undersigned, particulars, in the last sheet, for the purand overseen by the overseer, when the pose of inciting attention to the subject same was set up or composed in type by and under an expectation that the request the compositor; and that he, the said there urged, for further information, compositor, was bound in duty not to might be further complied with. The think, but unthinkingly, and without hope has been realized to a certain extent, thought, to do as he did, that is to say, and there will now be placed before the follow his copy, and not think :
reader the communications of correspond. AND LASTLY, that the last portrait, ents, and whatever has been obtained subscribed “Sir Jeffery Dunstan," is from personal intercourse with those who rightly and truly so subscribed :
remember the old elections for Garrett. Wherefore, the portrait of the "cosmopolite and muffin seller," was, and is, To mention the earliest within rememonly, and alone, and no other, than the brance, it is proper to say that this public just and faithful likeness of sir Harry burlesque was conducted in 1777 with
Dimsdale, according, and notwithstanding great spirit; sir John Harper was then as aforesaid.
elected, and a man in armour rode in AND THEREFORE, the well-disposed are that procession. The name of this chamenjoined and required to dele, or strike pion was “Jem Anderson,” a breechese out, the misnomer thereof, or thereto affix- maker of Wandsworth, and a wonderful ed, and in tender consideration of the pre. humorist.
At sir John Harper's election, on the “Sir Thomas Nameless,"—of reputation .25th of June, 1781, he had six rivals to unmentionable. contend with. A printed bill now before the editor, sets forth their titles and qua Having thus described the candidates lifications in the following manner : from the original printed “ Hustings pa“THE GARRATT ELECTION.
per," it is proper to state that its descrip
tion of them is followed by a wood. - The Possessions and Characters of
cut representing two figures—one, of the Seven Candidates that put up attitude of his portrait given at column
sir Jeffery Dunstan, in the costume and for that Great and Important Office, called
830, but holding a pipe in his right hand,
and one of another candidate, who, for THE MAYOR OF GARRETT.
want of a name to the figure, can scarcely “Sir Jeffery Dunstan, sir William be guessed at; he is in a court dress,
with a star on the right breast of his coat, Blase, sir Christopher Dashwood, sir John Harper, sir William Swal his right arm-gracefully reposing in the low-tail, sir John Gnawpost, and pocket of his unmentionables, and his sir Thomas Nameless.
left hand holding a bag, which is thrown
over his left shoulder. “ On Wednesday, the 25th instant, Beneath thal engraving is being the day appointed for the Garrat election, the candidates proceeded from
“ The speech of sir Jeffery Dunstan, different parts of London to Garrat-green,
Bart. delivered from the hustings. Wandsworth.
“ Gentlemen, “Sir Jeffery Dunstan: he is a man of “ I am heartily glad to see so great a low stature, but very great in character number of my friends attend so early on and abilities; his principal view is to the great and important business of this serve his king and country, his worthy day. If I should be so happy as to be friends and himself.
the object of your choice, you may depeng “The next gentleman that offered him on it that your great requests shall be my self was sir William Blase, a man of great sole study both asleep and awake. I am nonour and reputation, and was of high determined to oppose lord N(ort)h in -rank in the army, serving his king and every measure he proposes; and that my country near forty years, and had the electors shall have porter at threepence a honour to be a corporal in the city train- pot; that bread shall be sold at four bands, the last rebellion.
pence a quartern loaf, and corn be “The third, admiral Dashwood, well brought fairly to market, not stived up in known in the county of Surry, to many granaries to be eat by rats and mice; and who has felt the weight of his hand on that neither Scotchmen or Irishmen shall their shoulders, and shewing an execu- have a seat in our parliament. tion in the other.
“ Gentlemen, as I am not an orator or “Sir John Harper is a man of the personable man, be assured I am an greatest abilities and integrity, and his honest member. Having been abused in estate lies wherever he goes; his wants the public papers, I am resolved, if it cost are supplied by the oil of his tongue, and me a thousand pounds, to take the free is of the strictest honour: he made an votes of the electors. It is true, it has oath against work when in his youth, and cost me ten shillings for a coach, to raise was never known to break it.
which, I have pawned my cloathes; but “Şir William Swallow-tail is an emi- that I regard not, since I am now in a pent merchant in the county of Surry, situation to serve my king, whom I wish and supplies most of the gardeners with God to bless, also his precious queen, Strawberry-baskets, and others to bring who, under the blessing of a king above, their fruit to market.
hath produced a progeny which has pre“Sir John Gnawpost is a man well saged a happy omen to this country. known to the public; he carries his traffic « Gentlemen, I can assure you with under his left arm, and there is not the greatest truth, that the cloaths I have schoolboy in London or Westminster buton are all my own, for the meanness of what has bad dealings with him :-His borrowing cloaths to appear before you, general cry is twenty if you win, and five my worthy electors, I highly detest; and if you lose.'
bribery and other meanness I abhor;
but if any gentleman chuse to give me No Wilkes, but liberty, was there ; any thing, I am ready to receive their And every thing honest and fair, favours."
For surely Garrett is the place, The above oration is headed by “ This
Where pleasure is, and no disgrace ! is my original speech ;" below it is added as follows:
Sir William Swallowtail was one Wil“ N. B. When sir John Harper's man liam Cock, a whimsical basket-maker arrived on the hustings with flying colours, of Brentford, who deeming it proper to he began to insult sir Jeffery, who imme- have an equipage every way suitable to diately made him walk six time3 round the honour he aspired to, built his own the hustings, ask his honour's pardon, carriage, with his own hands, to his own drop his colours and dismount."
taste. It was made of wicker, and drawn With this information the bill con- by four high hollow-backed horses, wherecludes.
on were seated dwarfish boys, whimsically
dressed for postilions. In allusion to A song printed at the time, but now so
the American war, two footmen rode berare as not to be met with, further parti- coachman wore a wicker hat, and sir
fore the carriage tarred and feathered, the cularizes some of the candidates at this William himself, from the seat of his election. In the absence of an original copy, the parol evidence of “old John vehicle, maintained his mock dignity in Jones of Wandsworth,” has been admitted grotesque array, amidst unbounded apas to certain verses which are here recorded accordingly. GARRETT ELECTION SONG, 1781.
The song says, that sir William Swal.
lowtail came“ with hand-bells playing, Recited by the ex-master of the horse," all the way," and "old John Jones, at the “ Plume of Feathers,” Wandon after he “ rehearsed” the song, gave soine worth, on the 14th of June, 1826. account of the player on the hand-bells. At Garratt, lackaday, what fun!
The hand-bell player was Thomas To see the sight what thousands run!
Cracknell, who, at that time, was a pubSir William Blase, and all his crew,
sican at Brentford, and kept the “Wilkes's Sure, it was a droll sight to view.
Head." He had been a cow-boy in the ? Sir William Blase, a snob by trade,
service of lady Holderness; and after he In Wandsworth town did there parade ;
took that public-house, he so raised its With his high cap and wooden sword
custom that it was a place of the first He look'd as noble as a lord!
resort in Breutford “ for man and horse." Sir William Swallowtail came next
With an eye to business, as well as a disIn basket-coach, so neatly drest ;
position to waggery, he played the handWith hand-bells playing all the way,
bells in support of sir William SwallowFor Swallowtail, my boys, huzza !
tail, as much for the good of the “Wilkes's
Head” as in honour of his neighbour Sir Christopher Dashwood so gay. With drums and fifes did sweetly play;
Cock, the basket-maker, who, with his He, in a boat, was drawn along,
followers, had opened Cracknell's house.
Soon after the election he let the« Wilkes's Amongst a mighty gazing throng. In blue and gold he grand appeared,
Head," and receiving a handsome sum Behind the boat old Pluto steer'd ;
for good-will and coming-in, bound him. The Andrew, riding by his side,
self in a penalty of 201. not to set up Across a horse, did nobly stride.
within ten miles of the spot. In the
afternoon of the day he gave up possession, On sir John Harper next we gaze
he went to his successor with the 201. All in his carriage, and six bays, With star upon his breast, so fine,
penalty, and informed him he had taken He did each candidate outshine.
another house in the neighbourhood. It
was the sign of the “ Aaron and Driver," And when he on the hustings came two race-horses, of as great celebrity He bow'd to all in gallant strain,
as the most favoured of the then Garrett The speech he made was smart and cute,
candidates. Cracknell afterwards became And did each candidate confute.
a rectifier or distiller at Brentford.
Sir John Harper was by trade a weaSure what laughing there was seen! ver, and qualified, by power of face and
speech, and infinite humour, to sustain through Wandsworth, into Garrett, in a the burlesque character he assumed. His phaeton and six bays, with postilions in chief pretensions to represent Garrett scarlet and silver, surrounded by thouwere grounded on his reputation, circu. sands of supporters, huzzaing, and delated in printed hand-bills, which des- claring him to be “ able to give any man cribed him as a “ rectifier of mistakes an answer and blunders." He made his grand entry
Sir John Harper's Election, 1781.
Long as we live there'll be no more