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gentleman of ardent temperament,) with such a speech as only an
Irish member can make, breathing the true soul and spirit of
poetry, and poured forth with such fervour, that it made one warm
to look at him; in the course whereof, he told them how he would
demand the extension of that great boon to his native country;
how he would claim for her equal rights in the muffin laws as in all
other laws; and how he yet hoped to see the day when crumpets
should be toasted in her lowly cabins, and muffin bells should ring
in her rich green valleys. And, after him, came the Scotch
member, with various pleasant allusions to the probable amount
of profits, which increased the good humour that the poetry had
awakened; and all the speeches put together did exactly what they
were intended to do, and established in the hearers’ minds that
there was no speculation so promising, or at the same time so
praiseworthy, as the United Metropolitan Improved Hot Muffin
and Crumpet Baking and Punctual Delivery Company.

So, the petition in favour of the bill was agreed upon, and the
meeting adjourned with acclamations, and Mr Nickleby and the
other directors went to the office to lunch, as they did every day at
half-past one o’clock; and to remunerate themselves for which
trouble, (as the company was yet in its infancy,) they only charged
three guineas each man for every such attendance.

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