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E believe there is no need of an apology to

the publick for offering to them any genuine speeches of Mr. Burke: the two contained in this publication undoubtedly are fo. The general approbation they met with (as we hear) from all parties at. Bristol, 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 dissent 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 thein, or to affect a subserviency to their passions or their prejudices.

It may be necessary to premise, that at the opening of the poll the candidates were Lord Clare,



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 set off exprefs for London to apprife that gentleman of this event; but he was gone to Malton in Yorkshire. The spirit and active zeal of these gentleinen 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 constituents 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 Bristol at half past two in the afternoon on Thursday the 13th of October, being the fixth 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 hustings, 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.

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