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bfollowing glad tidings, which we hope will be verified by every advice that is coming, or fhall come, from that part of the bonworld.


It is swe, in fact, that have made the most material advantages. qp and removed the falfe land marks with which the ambition sof France had bounded us, e even long before the war: we have sv ftopped their most certain communication with their Colonies, bar and we have driven them from Forts of which they had been long Jones in poffeffion; befides, that the advantages of France are paffing aid away w whereas ours are daily increafing. Our Colonies united, exam their diffentions quieted, and their prefent Concord confirmed, and made effective by a good body of troops, headed by an bayounexceptionable Commander, and every part of our military Volg operations under a fuperintendance which promifes us every 9) thing.'


blood Nor ought it to pals unobferved, that taking occafion to touch evon that infiduously abufive performance, called, Reafons humnoi bly offered to prove, that the Letter printed at the end of the erd French Memorial, was a French Forgery, he justly taxes the or Writer with taking up with a Tranflation of a Tranflation, beub caufe the original could not have been fo eafily perverted to his id malicious purposes. And moreover, that having the egregious e Letter-writer, or rather Dictator to the People of England, alfo sbit under his difcipline, he charges him with two fuper-eminently bus falfe facts, namely, the quoting a letter from Mr. Blakeney, o which was never written by him; and a fecret article in the Sen treaty of Aix, prohibiting our fending any fhips of the line into ib the Mediterranean, which never had being.

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zarsal Timely Antidote against a late deadly Poison, or Six fu Pennyworth of Recollection; humbly offered to the Common Senfe of all the People of his Majefty's British Dominions. In a fhort Epiftle from a Country Gentleman to all his Fellow Subjects; but principally addreffed to thofe in a middle Station, &c. to Country Gentlemen, Rectors, Curates, Magiftrates, Merchants, Artifts, Manufacturers, Farmers, Freeminholders, &c. 4to. 6d. Payne. ossThis piece is written in the character of a Country Gentlebaggi man, profeffing himfelf not only to be uninfluenced, and unbia

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ed, but unacquainted with the fpecious art of writing. The devibas declared purpose of it is, to refcue the public out of the hands VE of the malevolent hungry fcribbling tribe, who have meanly. 51on taken advantage of our cafual ill fuccefs in the Mediterranean, to Jadi afperfe, flander, and throw dirt at the greatest characters in the oilskingdom, or, perhaps, in all Europe. And to convince us there yis not a word of truth in any thing they fay, that the administrasdaestion of power never was, or will be, in abler hands than it is at gnoller



prefent. That there is not any one great Officer of State (except the two Secretaries must be understood, because they are not in his lift) who, as above, is not one of the greatest men in Europe.

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That if our affairs ever go amifs, Fortune ought only be blamed for it. That we have a thousand bleffings to be thankful for, and not one grievance to complain of.

Shall then,' fays he, little accidents of fate or war alarm you? Shall every daring fcribbler who writes for bread, against his own conviction, difcompofe you? Shall the cowardice of one, and the mistake of another, be the objects of fuch extravagant diffatisfaction? Shall one unlucky event abroad swallow up in oblivion all the merits of your fafety at home? Shall no praise nor applaufe be given to that vigilance, and attention, that diverted the ftorm that hung over you?

The most determined invafion, the most vengeful purposes of an enraged enemy, backed by the most serious preparations ; to have been conducted by the moft refpectable General, companied by the young Chevalier, menaced, at a very fmall diftance, your happy fhores.

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Prudent conduct, wife meafures, and that Providence, that has fo remarkably watched over you, prevented its execution; the leaft mifchief 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 defigns in the Channel; they attacked Minorca; fuch fuccours were immediately fent, as could be fafely fpared, and fuch, as were fufficient to have done the bufinefs they were destined for, if accidents, impoffible to be foreseen, had not rendered them abortive. Minorca has been fnatched from you, it is true; but Britain has remained fafe and quiet. Defending, guarding your Vitals; you have received, indeed, a wound in your extreme parts; that will, I hope, foon be cured."

And having made another courtly tranfition to the several Boards of Bufinefs, to fhew us they are all filled by perfons felected for their abilities, integrity, morals, and property, he makes the following pleafant diftinction.


The very Competitors for power, the rifing generation of Patriots and Statefmen, are many of them, Noblemen and Gentlemen of most promifing parts, of application, of virtuous abilities; like young and generous Courfers, they thake, indeed, their rifing crefls; they fhort, they paw the ground, they pant with impatient ardour to enter the political Courfe; and when time and experience fhall have knit their nerves and fibres, you may have the pleafare to be affured, they alfo will greatly take the Lead. But I am perfuaded (my dear fellow fubjects) you defire fair play, no jockying, no croffing, R Which of you, having a race to run, would depend upon a young colt, preferable to an aged horfe? Which of you, hav


ing a match to fight, would prefer a raw flag to a tried cock? *But it is not thefe laudable Competitors for power and places that do the mischief!! I must declare to you the truth; those 10mean you, nor their country, no harm they now and then tread on the heels of an older Minitter, and poffibly wish to Kom up: This does not affect the public. For what is it and me, who does the public bufinefs, provided it be ⚫ well done? Whether Lord H. and Mr. F. or Lord E. and 11 Mr. P. write your letters and dispatches? It is not these, nor fuch as thefe, that I accufe. I wish there was room for them all; I am fure, you nor I, cannot envy any political Threshers, their brows do not fweat lefs than ours; their days are not paffed in greater pleafure; nor their nights in more tranquillity and peace. It is a fet 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 against the latter. So that, even in political matters, it seems, one man may plead privilege for ftealing a horfe, and another be hanged for only looking over the hedge..

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III. Remarks on the late Conduct of our Fleet in the Mediterranean. In a Letter to a Member of Parliament. 6d Exeter printed for A. Tozer.

The Author expatiates on the fuppofed cowardice of our late Commander, or Commanders, in the Mediterranean; patheti cally laments the ill confequences of their mifbehaviour; fhews the neceffity of our doing strict juftice upon the guilty; cites the precedent fet us in the cafe of Kirby and Wade; and gives a fummary of the defence made by thofe Captains, on their tryal, with the refolutions of the Court-Martial, and the exemplary exmecution of the fentence. After hinting the probability that fome fuch defence may be made by the delinquents of George the feCond's time, and the fame arguments ufed, that the criminals in the reign of Queen Anne had recourfe to,-and pointing out the fitnefs of a like conduct, on the part of a future Court-martial, Jewith that which was obferved by the Judges who condemned Kirsby and Wade; our Remarker obferves, that the people of England are not fo foolish and unreasonable, as to defire any punithment without a fair and open trial:-but that, if this matter be huddled up in the dark, all the powers in Europe will regard it as a national difgrace, and will never more treat us in that > refpectable manner they have heretofore done,"

He goes on to mention fome other inftances of pufillanimous behaviour in our Offieers, particularly thofe who fo bafely fled from a few Scotch Highlanders, in the time of the late Rebellion; and thofe who, after Braddock's defeat in America, in a fingle moment, were fo ftruck with a pannic, or fit of cowardice, as w to blow up one hundred and fifty waggons, loaded with ammunition, and provifions for the fupport of the army; and this at a time when no enemy was within forty-feven miles of them. From

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this, and many other infances of the like nature, the Author concludes, we fear with too much reafon, that there must be ⚫ fome fundamental error in the constitution of our army and navy, and that the prefent manner and methods of preferment, is extremely wrong, and has, in its own nature, a more natural aptitude and tendency to deprefs than to exalt the human mind, and to infpire them with fear and cowardice, rather than with the true principles of honour, bravery, and

To evince this, he aduces the character and behaviour of Cromwell's troops. He obferves, 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 converfation, continues our Author, and epiftolary correfpondence with his Officers, he would be ftrongly inculcating to them, the extreme ⚫ care that was neceffary to fill up the vacancies in the army, and recommending it, above all things, to prefer men of fober, ⚫ virtuous, and religious lives; and that his own experience had taught him, that fuch men would face danger with great firmnefs and stability of mind: for that men of wicked lives, were always horribly afraid of dying, and would fly at the first approach of danger.

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Tho' our Author seems to think that our prefent race of Officers, both in the army and navy, are not altogether of the Cromwelian complexion; he does juftice, 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 ufual methods of powder and ball, but by Prayer and Fafting. Don't banter my pray ing foldiers, 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 likewife cites the example of Lewis XIV. t Czar Peter, and Kouli Khan, to fhew in what high efteem they held men of true virtue and honour, and of what importance Officers of that character always proved to thofe Princes and States by whom they were employed; and he particularly, and ftrongly, recommends the obfervance of this rule, viz. to hang well, and pay well. This, fays 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, exift long. difgraces that have fallen upon this poor nation of ours, for thefe fifty years paft, have been owing to the non-obfervance of this one ancient maxim. I will grant, that in the article of Ipaying we have been too abundant, but in the article of hanging we have been too fparing, and negligent: and unless, this


The fame may be now faid of the French.

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of fundamental law be more ftrictly adhered to, in time to come,we are all ruined. If at any time it should occur, that any criminal, or number of criminals, fhould, in themfelves, or by their alliances or connexions, become so confiderable, that the government has not fufficient power aud ftrength to bring those criminals to tryal, and punishment, it is an infallible proof of iaits imbecility, and carries indubitable marks that fuch a government is in ba declining way, and drawing towards its final toʻperiod. Banda wit soube of ant

On the other hand, Let us fuppofe," fays this Letter-writer, 9in any government, two or three Admirals, two or three SeaLis Captains, and two or three Land-Officers, were to be hanged grup, I am perfuaded it would be of great benefit to the confti


tution of that government, a great addition to its real frength Cand stability, and would naturally tend to make it more refpectomisable at home and abroad; yea, many of our politicians go b much higher than this, and fay, that the truffing up a great and all-powerful Minifter, once in fifty or a hundred years, would be of vaft fervice, and invigorate the conftitution to a furprising degree.

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Towards his conclufion, our Author touches upon the nature of the prefent rupture between Great-Britain and France, and obferves, that we are not now difputing who shall be Emperor of Germany, or King of the Romans, but who fhall have the dominion of the fea and that our all depends on the Event.

IVA Bill for the better ordering of the Militia Forces, in the feveral Counties of that Part of Great Britain called England; abfolutely neceffary to be perufed by all People at this Juncture. 8vo. 6d. Hookham.';

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This is faid to be a genuine copy of the Bill that was rejected by the Lords, laft feffion.

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V. Some Short Obfervations on the late Militia-Bill: To which is annexed, a more fimple and practicable Scheme. Folio. 4d. Robinson.

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99 As a National Militia is a point at prefent fo warmly contendbed for, and yet fo far from being fixed, it is fcarce to be fuppofed that any fenfible expedient to fettle the fluctuating opinions of the public concerning it, can efcape fome degree of public notice. The Author of this little treatife, is exprefs, that in our preJufent critical fituation, the arming the people, by establishing a Militia, is undoubtedly a means of attaining the great and falu20 mary end of tary end of providing for the public fafety; but then he raises 10ftrong objections to the late bill for that purpose: afferts, that if King Charles I, had been armed with fuch a bill, he would have carried his point; would have governed without a parliament; and our liberties would have been irrecoverably loft; that it fets out with an absurdity, in fuppofing fuch a number of Officers, as were to be appointed by this bill, could be found to do the

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