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E believe there is no need of an apology to
nuine speeches of Mr. Burke: the two contained in this publication : undoubtedly are fo. The gę. neral approbation they met with (as we hear) from all parties at Briftol, persuades us that a good edition of them will not be unacceptable in London ; which we own to be the inducement, and we hope is a justification, of our offering it.
We do not presume to descant on the merit of these Speeches; but as it is no less new, than honourable, to find a popular candidate, at a popular election, daring to avow his difsent to certain points that have been considered as very popular objects, and maintaining himself on the manly confidence of his own opinion; so, we must say, that it does great credit to the people of England, as it proves to the world, that, to insure their confidence, it is not neceffary to flatter them, or to affect a fubferviency, to their passions or their prejudices.
It may be necessary to premise, that at the opening of the poll the candidates were Lord Clare, B 2
Mr. Brickdale, the two last members; and Mr. Cruger, a considerable merchant at Bristol. On the second day of the poll Lord Clare declined ; and a confiderable body of gentlemen, who had wished that the city of Bristol should, at this critical season, be represented by some gentleman of tried abilities and known commercial knowledge, immediately put Mr. Burke in nomination. Some of them fet off exprefs for London to apprife that gentleman of this event; but he was gone to Malton in Yorkshire. The fpirit and active zeal of these gentlemen followed him to Malton. They arrived there just after Mr. Burke's election for that place, and invited him to Briftol.
Mr. Burke, as he tells us in his first Speech, acquainted his conftituents with the honourable offer that was made him; and, with their consent, he immediately set off for Bristol on the Tuesday at fix in the evening; he arrived at Briftol at half past two in the afternoon on Thursday the 13th of October, being the sixth day of the poll.
He drove directly to the mayor's house, who not being at home, he proceeded to the Guildhall, where he ascended the huftings, and having faluted the electors, the sheriffs, and the two candidates, he reposed himself for a few minutes, and then addressed the electors in a speech which was received with great and universal applause and approbation.