thofe difinterelted and independent friends, who have fo gcneroufly and fieadily flood forth in my favour. The want of fuccefs, out of your power to command, has not in the lealt abated my zeal for your fer- vice. You cannot be unacquainted with the various circumllances which have Contributed to it. My friends were of opinion that I lhould wait a dilTolution of the lalt parliament, while the other candidates had been for many months foliciting your in- terell. Minillerial influence, af- filted by private malice, has been exerted in the molt arbitrary and unconllitutional manner, and by means of the bafelt chicanery and opprefiion.

But, though difappointed, I am not in the lealt difpirited: on the contrary, I reflect with pride and gratitude on the many inftan- ces of regard and affecliun I have received from the livery of Lon- don.

Ibeo leave to make my bell: acknowledgments to the lheriffs, who have lhewn the utmolt candour and impartiality during the eleélion, accompanied with a dignity of cha- racter becoming their iiation in this great metropolis.

And now, gentlemen, permit me to addrefs you as friends to li- berty, and freeholders of the coun- ty of Middlefex; declaring my in- tention of appearing as a candi- date to reprefent you in parlia- ment, and {till hoping, by your means, to have the honour of being ufeful to you in the Britilh fenate.

Gentlemen of the livery, I re- commend it to you in the lirongel‘: manner, to exert yonrfelves to pre-

ferve the peace and quiet of this great c1ty.”_


The contefl: during this election was very warm; and papers and addrelTes to the public were every day publilhed, as ufual, for and againlt the feveral candidates. Mr. Wilkes feemed to be the darling of the mob, and fome indecen- cies were committed by thofe gen- try in and about the hall. A fub- fcription was fet on foot, fuccefs- fully, for paying that gentleman"; debts ; and there appeared the fol- lowing copy of a letter from him, to Meffrs. Nuthall and Francis, folicitor and deputy folicitor of the treafury.

London, March 22, 1768. SIR,

I take the liberty of acquainting you, that in the beginning of the enfuing term, I (hall prefent myfelf to the court of king’s bench. I pledge my honour as a gentleman, that on the very firlt day I will there make my perfonal appear- ance. I am, fir,

Your molt humble fervant, Jot-m Witxss.”

James Gibfon, attorney at law, for forgery, and Benjamin Payne, a footpad, were executed at Tyburn. Gibfon was carried to execution in a mourning coach, and defired his fellow fufferer might be permitted to accompany him, but his requelt was not granted.

'At fix this evening, the ballot was declared at the India-houfe on the queltion for de- claring the next dividend, when it was carried for 5 per cent. 24.7 to 4. The quellion for dropping all profecutions, and for dropping all offences committed by commanders and ofticers of {hips in the compa- ny’s fervice, palfed likewife in the affirmative 217 to 8o.