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by following glad tidings, which we hope will be verified by every se advice that is coming, or Thall come, from that part of the
arvu), ads und It is we, in fact, that have made the moft material advantages, joan and removed the false land marks with which the ambition
da of France had bounded us, even long before the war: we have osvá stopped their most certain communication with their Colonies, zens' and we have driven them from Forts of which they had been long Jon sin poffeffion; besides, that the advantages of France are passing eis & away, whereas, purs are daily increasing. Our Colonies united, es their diffentions quieted, and their present Concord confirmed,
and made effective by a good body of troops, headed by an baconexceptionable Commander, and every part of our military - yola operations under a superintendance which promises us every 970 thing.' bluar Nor ought it to pass unobserved, that taking occasion to touch oson that in liduously abusive performance, called, * Reasons hum--ro bly offered to prove, that the Letter printed at the end of the erek oFrench Memorial, was a French Forgery, he justly taxes the
o Writer with taking up with a Translation of a Translation, be-usb cause the original could not have been fo easily perverted to his is malicious
, purposes. And moreover, that having the egregious Letter-writer, or rather Dictator to the People of England, also sbis under his discipline, he charges him with two fuper-eminently bas false facts, namely, the quoting a letter from Mr. Blakeney, owo which was never written by him ; and a secret article in the Go treaty of Aix, prohibiting our sending any ships of the line into -}ib the Mediterranean, which never had being.
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See Review for laft Month. 916 bm favov aan's II.A Timely Antidote against a late deadly Poison, or Six Fu Pennyworth of Recollection; humbly offered to the Com-?mon Sense of all the People of his Majesty's British Domini-3! ons. In a short Epiftle from a Country Gentleman to all his
fellow Subjects ; but principally addreffed to those in a middle
Station, &c. to Country Gentlemen, Rectors, Curates, Ma. su giftrates, Merchants, Artifts, Manufacturers, Farmers, Free. holders, &c. 4to. 6d. Payne.
bs 90461 This piece is written in the character of a Country Gentle'63001
man, profesling himself not only to be uninfluenced, and unbia
ed, but unacquainted with the specious art of writing. The devibno declared parpose of it is, to rescue the public out of the hands yer of the malevolent hungry fcribbling tribe, who have meanly . boron taken advantage of our casual ill success in the Mediterranean, to jedt a perfe, flander, and throw dirt at the greatest characters in the coisais kingdom, or, perhaps, in all Europe. And to convince us there -51109 is not a word of truth in any thing they say, that the adminiftrasdregution of power never was, or will be, in abler hands than it is at wallos
present. That there is not any one great Officer of State fexcept the two Secretaries mut be understood, because they are - not in his lift), who, as above, is not one of the greatef in Europe.
That if our affairs ever go amiss; Fortune ought only to be blamed for it. That we have a thousand bleflings to be thankful for, and not one grievance to complain of.
• Shall then,' says he, little accidents of fate or war alarm *** you? Shall every daring fcribbler who writes for bread, againit
his own convi&tion, discompofe you ? Shall the cowardice of one, and the mistake of another, be the objects of such extravagant diffatisfaction Shall one unlucky event abroad swal. low up in oblivion all the merits of your fafety at home? Shall no praise por applause be given to chat vigilance, and at.
tention, that diverted the form that hung over you ? 24 The molt determined invasion, the most vengeful purposes
of an enraged enemy, backed by the most serious preparations ; • to have been conducted by the most respectable General, ac
companied by the young Chevalier, menaced, at a very small distance, your happy shores. • Prudent conduct, wise measures, and that Providence, that has so remarkably watched over you, prevented its execution ; the least mischief of which, would have been, to have brought the war to your own doors. Was this a time to weaken your marine guard? Mortification and rage filled every French heart; when they found themselves baffled in their designs in the Channel; they attacked Minorca ; such fuccours werezimmediately fent, as could be safely spared, and such, as were fufficient to have done the business they were destined for; if accidents, impossible to be foreseen, had not rendered them abortive. Minorca has been snatched from you, it is true } but Britain has remained safe and quiet. Deferiding, guarding your
have received, indeed, a wound in your extreme parts , that will, I hope, foon be cured":
And having made another courtly transition to the several Boards of Buliness, to few us they are all filled by perfons lelected for their abilities, integrity, morals, and property, he makes the following pleafant distinction,
The very competitors for power, the rising generation of Patriots and Statesmen, are many of them, Noblemen and Gentlemen of most promising parts, of application, of virtuous abilities ; like young and generous Coursers, they shake, in! deed, their ring crefls; they short, they paw the ground, they pant with impatient ardour to enter the political Courfe ; and when time and experience shall have knit their nerves and fibres, you may have the pleafare to be allured, they also will greatly take the Lead. But I am perfuaded (my dear fellow fubjects) you desire fair play, no jočkying, no crossing **
Which of you, having a race to ran, would depend upon a young colt, preferable to an aged horse? Which of you, hav,
*ing a match to fight, would prefer a raw Aag to a tried cock? .
But it is not these laudable Competicors for power and places XEthat do the mischief.!? I muft declare to you the truth, those le rimean you, I
northeir country, no harm they now and then tread on the heels of an older Minitter, and possibly wish to trip to you P: This does not affect the public. For what is it
and me, who does the public business, provided is be • well done? Whether Lord H. and Mr. E. or Lord E. and Mr. Po write y
your letters and dispatches 1 s It is not these, nor to fuch as these, that I accufe. I wish there was room for them all; I am sure, y
you nor I, cannot envy any political Threshers, their brows do not fweat less than ours; their days are not pafled in greater pleasure ; nor their nights in more tranquillity
and peace. It is a sec of low fcribblers I complain of. ** 'He concludes with giving us to understand, that tho thus adroit in feathering the former, he is ready to take up his Flail againft the latter. So that, even in political matters, it seems, one man may plead privilege for stealing a horse, and another be hanged for only looking over the hedge... Simon
III. Remarks on the late Conduct of our Fleet in the Mediterranean. In a Letter to a Member of Parliament. 8vo.
do Exeter printed for A. Tozer. sa The Author expatiates on the supposed cowardice of our late
Commander, or Commanders, in the Mediterranean; patheti. cally laments the ill consequences of their misbehaviour; thews n the necessity of our doing itrict justice upon the guilty ; cites the
precedent let us in the case of Kirby, and Wade; and gives a -- fummary of the defence made by those Captains, on their tryal, 1 with the resolutions of the Court-Martial, and the exemplary exmecution of the sentence. After hinting the probability that some s fuch defence may be made by the delinquents of George the lerecond's time, and the fame arguments used, that the criminals in the reign of Queen Anne had recourse to. -- and pointing out the fitness of a like conduct, on the
a future Court-martial, is with that which was observed by the Judges who condemned Kira oby, and Wade; our Remarker observes, the people of Eng.
land are not so foolih and unreasonable, as to desire any punithment without à fair and open trial :--but that, if this master be huddled up in the dark, all the powers in Europe will regard it as a nacional-disgrace, and will never more treat us in that
respectable manner they have heretofore done," - He goes on to mention some other instances of pufillanimous behaviour in our Officers, particularly those who fo bafely fed from
a few Scotch Highlanders, in the time of the late Rebellion and those who, after Braddock's defeat in America, in a single li moment, were so ftruck with a pannic, or fic of cowardice, as w.to blow up one hundred and fifry waggons, loaded with ammu
nition, and provisions for the support of the army; and this at a a time then no enemy was within forty-seven miles of them. From
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this, and many other inlances of the like nature, the Author concludes, we fear with too much reason, that there must be • fome fundamental er or in the conftitation of our army and na
vy, and that the present manner and methods of preferment, is
extremely wrong, and has, in its own naturé, a more natural • aptitude and tendency to depress than to exalt the human mind,
and to inspire them with fear and cowardice, rather than with the true principles of honour, bravery, and courage.
To evince this,'he aduces the character and behaviour of Cromwell's troops. He observes, that no Prince, no General, in the world, was ever more circumfpect in the difpofal of preferments in his army and navy, than Cromwell, who would often remark, that " his fuccefs was chiefly owing to having a
proper set of Officers *...-. In his private conversation, continues our Author, 'and epistolary correspondence with his Officers, he would be trongly inculcating to them, the extreme
care that was necessary to fill up the vacancies in the army, and • recommending it, above all things, to prefer men of Sober, • virtuous, and religious lives; and that his own experience had
taught him, that luch men would face danger with great firmness and stability of mind: for chat men of wicked lives, were • always horribly afraid of dying, and would Ay at the first ap
proach of danger.'
Tho' our Author seems to think that our present race of Officers, both in the army and navy, are not altogether of the Crom. welian complexion ; he does justice, however, to the American troops, who conquered Cape-Breton, in the laft war; and quotes the answer made by Sir Peter WARREN to a Gentleman who told him, he did not take the place by the usual methods of powder and ball, but by Prayer and Falling. Don't banter my praying soldiers, replied Sir Peter, I will at any time take two thousand of them, and fight them against four thousand of your God damme foldiers, and beat them also.
♡ Our Author likewise cites the example of Lewis XIV. the Czar Peter, and Kouli Khan, to shew in whac high esteem held men of true virtue and honour, and of what importance Officers of that character always proved to those Princes and States by whom they were employed; and he particularly, and strongly, recommends the observance of this rule, viz. to bang avell, and pay well
. This, says he has in all nations of the world, ever been deemed one of thofe primary laws, without which no nation ever did, nor ever will, exist long. All the disgraces that have fallen upon this poor nation of ours, for these fifty years past, have been owing to the non-observance of • this one ancient maxim. I will grant, that in the article of
paying we have been too abundant, but in the article of hanging we have been too sparing, and negligent: and unless, this * The fame may be now said of the French,
m they in fundamental law be more strictly adhered to, in time to come,
we are all ruined. If at any time it should occur, that any i criminal, or number of criminals, should, imthemselves,oor by
their alliances or connexions, become so considerable, that the government has not fufficient power aud strength to bring those : criminals to cryal, and punishment, it is an infallible proof of to its imbecility, and carries indubitable marks that fuch a go
vernment is in tja declining way, and drawing towards its final toʻperiod. by Banda
On the other hand, Let us suppose,' says chis Letter-writer, si in any government, two or three Admirals, two or three SeaL14 Captains, and two or three Land Officers, were to be hanged Erop, I am persuaded it would be of great benefit to the conti
cution of that government, a great addition to its real frength
and stability, and would naturally tend to make it more respecto omisable at home and abroad, yea, many of our politicians go bis much higher than this, and fay, that the truffing up a great
and all-powerful Minister, once in fifty or a handred years, it would be of vaft service, and invigorate the conftitution to a
furprising degree." o sw Towards his conclusion, our Author touches upon the nature of the present rupture between Great Britain and France, and observes, that we are not now disputing who shall be Emperor of Germany, or King of the Romans--but who shall have the dominion of the sea ; and that our all depends on the Event.** * TV. A Bill for the better ordering of the Militia Forces, in the several Counties of that Part of Great Britain called England; absolutely necessary to be perused by all People at this Juncture. 8vo. 6d. Hookham.
This is said to be a genuine copy of the Bill that was rejected by the Lords, laft feffion.
V. Some short Observations on the late Militia-Bill : To which is annexed, a more simple and practicable Scheme. Folio. 4d. Robinson. 991 As a National Militia is a point at present so warmly contendbled for, and yet so far from being fixed, it is scarce to be supposed
that any sensible expedient to settle the Auctuating opinions of the 3* public concerning it, can escape fome degree of public notice.
The Author of this little treatise, is express, that in our pre30 fent"Critical fituation, the arming the people, by establishing a 9 Militia, is undoubtedly a means of attaining the great and falutary end of providing for the public safety, but then he raises Atrong objections to the late bill for that purpose : asserts, that if King Charles I, had been armed with such a bill, he would have carried his point; would have governed without a parliament ; land our liberties would have been irrecoverably loft; - that it sets out with an absurdity, in supposing such a number of Officers,
as were to be appointed by this bill, could be found to do the - bac!