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able to the parties engaged in it, and may, it is thus allowed to wanton in scurrility, be expected to revive, in its greatest vi- so long will the people of England, whether gour, during the proceedings of Congress, they visit France on business, or for amuseto the great annoyance of the people in this ment, feel the effects of this insolent and country. - Those, however, who are such unprincipled conduct. Much as we profess fools as to be duped out of their money, to be indignant at libels against indirze after they have been so frequently apprised duals, and severe as our law is against ofa of their clanger, deserve no more compas- fenders, we seem yet to be ignorant of the sion than the dog in the fable, who, snatch- gross iniquity there is in libelling a whole ing at the shadow', which appeared in the people. In the one case, the feelings of only water, of what he held in his mouth, lost one person is injured, apd whatever may the substance altogether.

be the consequences to him, society runs no STATE OF FRANCE.-Notwithstanding entire millions are outraged, and a bloody

risk of being disturbed. But in the other, the deplorable situation in which France war may be the consequence, unless some was represented to be by the late Exposé atonement is made for the offence, and the of her Government, every day brings us practice altogether abandoned. fresh accounts of the flourishing state of her agriculture, and of her manufacturcs. Paris Papers, so late as Tuesday last,

AMERICA.-It would seem that the nereached town yesterday, from which it ap-gociations lately opened at Ghent with the pears, that the French Funds are also in a

American Commissioners, have been sudmost prosperous condition.—“ The rise in denly broken off'; and although nothing the funds," says the editor of the Gazette official has transpired on the subject, this de France, "continues. — Among the great unexpected rupture has been attributed to numer of English now in our capital,

some fresh demands of our Government, several have made large purchases. This which are held entirely inadmissible on confidence in our Funds

the part of America. The following statethan all possible reasoning the solidity ment, which was copied into the Courier of of our financi: i system."'. -The Courier last night, as a leading article without any seems much dissatisfied with this state comment, appeared in the Morning Chien ment, it always has been with

nicle of yesterday: every thing that indicated prosperity to

"Advices reached ns yesterday from Gbent to

the 30th ult. from which there seems to be po France. « This improvement,” observes loger any question regarding the rupture of the the hypocritical writer of the Courier, “ in Negociation. It is said that, in the first instance, their financial situation, ought to operate, which was to be considered as preliminary to the

the British Commissioners submitted a project, though we are far froin thinking it will

, general objects of the Negociation. This hring as an inducement to the nation to remain rejected, it second series of proposals were made, at peace.”."-Certainly not, if it is in which contained the substance of the preliminary

demands, with some fresh propositions. These the power of the Corrier or the Times new terms were judged to be more objectionable to persuade the French Government to than the former ; and to both of them, in this renew the war; their exertions have viaries gave a long but decisive answer, in which not, nor will they be wanting. The were examined all the leading subjects of difconstant theme of these journals is, Since that communication was made, we are in

ficulty and litigation between the two countries. in fact, of a nature to provoke and formed there have been no conferences, and we irritate the French to acts of hostility ; believe that the American Agents are waiting and it cannot be a matter of surprise to that the discussions are terminated. It is said any one to hear, as we are almost every that the American Commissioners bave not alday doing, that the people of France have lowed the introduction of any other propositions got only prevented the exportation of corn been the object of examination. Orders were destinel for this country, but, in a variety experied at Ghent for the return of the British of instances, have insulted our countrymen, bier and Mr Goulburn have already quitted that and compelled them to return merely because city, in consequence of instructions from this they were Englishmen. This treatment, Government. Nothing has yet been published from a nation so celebrated for good breed of the Negociation, and the reason assigned for ing as the French have always been, can the silence of the Commissioners of the Repubbe attributed to no other cause than the lic, in a letter before

us, is, that the odium of

the cessation of the discussions may be throwa abuse of our corrupt press; and as long as i where it ought to lie'."

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Printed and Published by J. MORTON, No. 94, Strand,

Vol. XXVI. No. 11.] LONDON, SATURDAY, SEPT. 10, 1814. [Price 13.

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sons of Neptune,” garbed in blue and gold, AMERICAN WAR.-The Times news- exclaining against the size of the Ameri; paper, which was one of the loudest cla- can frigates and the number of their crews! Bourers for this war, now observes, "with We should have thought of all this before .. " deep regret, that it has lingered on, for we talked of andibilating the American

so many months, without being distin- navy in a few weeks. The merchants and "guished by any

memorable stroke.". underwriters are now petitioning the Lords If the inflammatory and malicious writer of of the Admiralty and the Prince Regent to that paper already experiences disappoint- protect them more effectually against this ment, what will he experience during the contemptible American navy," which, it months, yea, and, perhaps, the years, of seems, has already destroyed their property this war, which are yet to come? He, to the amount of millions, and some of the when urging on the nation to this enter- ships of which are said to blockade, in some prize, told them, with the utmost confi- sort, part of our harbours in England and dence, that, in a few weeks after war Ireland, and are capturing our ships within sbould be commenced, “ the boasted Ame- the sight of land. These gentlemen should rican navy would be annihilated.”. Not have petitioned against the war. So far only has that navy not been annihilated, from that, many of them were eager for the but it has very much increased. It has war; and, do they think, that they are te annihilated some hundreds of our merchant enjoy the gratification of seeing the Ameriships, and has defeated several of our ships can towns knocked down without paying of war, some of which, after victory over some little matter for it? That the Admithem, gained in the most wonderful man- ralty are employing a great many ships and ner, it has added to its own number. It is sailors in this war our next year's taxes and said, that we are building ships to carry loans will fully convince us; but numerous 64 guns, for the express purpose of com- as their ships and sailors are, they are not, bating the American frigates. Ours, it and cannot be, sufficient to cover all the seems, are to be called frigates also. This ocean. The farmers, and land-holders, is to avoid the awkwardness of acknow- and fund-holders, are sighing for the repeal ledging, that our frigates are not able to of taxes ; but how are they justified in cope with American frigates. Now, if it this wish, when it is well known that, to should happen that one of these new" fr- carry on the war, taxes are absolutely negates” of ours is beaten and captured by an cessary; and when it is also well known, American frigate, what will then be said ? that these persons were, in general, anxious For my part, were it with me to carry on for the war?-Some of them want war to the war, I would, after what has passed, prevent their produce from falling in price; resort to no such perilous expedient as others liked peace with France well enough; this, but would, at orice, send ships of the but, then, they wished" to give the line against those formidable frigates, with Yankees a drubbing”. Therefore, if to ont making any apology for so doing.-Be- keep up the price of produce, and to give the fore the war began, not a word were we Yankees a drubbing, taxes are wanted, told about the formidableness of these fri- with what decency can these persons exgates. The editors of the Times and the pect that taxes will be taken off ?-Do Courier were only impatient, that these we obtain any thing that we want without frigates should meet ours upon the sea. paying for it, in some way or another? If They said nothing about their stout decks, we want food, or raiment, or houses, or and their heavy cannon, and their “ great pleasure, do we not expect to pay for thi? big balls.". But, the moment that the Can we go to see a play or a puppet s Americans beat and captured one of our without money? Why; then, are we to ex. fxigates with one of theirs, then we heard 'pect the greater pleasure of seeing the

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Yankees drubbed, without paying for that be true, our countrymen have voluntarily too!

-The public scem very impatient to gone into the American strvice to fight see the drubbing begin. The limes and against their country, that country being the Courier have been endeavouring to under the legitimate sway of the glorious catertain them for a long while, and until and beloved House of Brunswick :- The tlrey, as well as tae audience, appear ex origin of these accounts, so disgraceful tą hausted. But is it not reasonable, that the country, is, probably, the reluctance the public should, in this case, as well which our naval officers have to confess as in all others, put down their mo- defeat at the hands of those Yankees, ney previously to the drawing up of whom we were so desirous to see drubbed. the curtain ? In a year or two, perhaps, To avoid this painful acknowledgment, it we shall see the drama conwence in good has been asserted, that we have not been carnest. But, is it not enough to be beaten by the Yankces, but by our own amused with a little dancing and tumbling brave countrymen. But here again a difon the outside before we have paid our ficulty arises; for bow comes it to pass, money? "Send! Send away,” says the that our own brave countrymen have more eager editor of the l'imes, “ Send away a success on board of Yankse ships, than on force to crush them at once!" But not board of our own heart of oak? Hosy a word does he say about the taxes, neces comes it to pass, that the men on both sary to pay for the sending and keeping up sides being of precisely the same race and of such a forçe. Our Government is com- education, those in the Yankee ships should posed of wonderfully elever men; but beat those in “ the wooden walls of Old they are not clever enough to make sol- England ?" It has been observed, that diers walk upon the waters over the Atlan- they fight more desperately, knowing that tic, nor to enact, at a word, loaves and they fight with a halter about their necks. fishes to sustain them after their arrival. What an aspersion on “the sorss of NepTo be able to send that "overwhelming tune !” As if the sons of Neptune, the gallant

rce," of which the l'imes speaks, the Go- Jack Tars of Old England, wanted a halter' vernment must have money ? and, as in all round their necks, and the gallows andexe other cases, they must have the money cutioner's knife before their eyos, to make first.-In short, it is unreasonable in the them do more in battle than they are : extreme to expect the war in America to ready to do for the sake of their King and be attended with any very signal result, country, and from a sentiment of honour ! until we have liberally paid two or three This is, really, giving a cruel stab to the years of taxes.The assertion is again character of our sailors; but such is the made, that the American ships are manned sorry malignity of those who publish these principally with English, Irish, and Scotch. accounts of treasonable practices, that I find this assertion in the morning they entirely overlook these obrious infe Chronicle of the 6th instant. If this were sences, in their anxiety to get rid of the true, as I hope it is not, what a pleasant supposition that any thing praise-worthy and honourable fact this war would have belongs to the character of the enemy.brought to light? No other than this: If these accounts be true, as I hope they that many of our own seamen, our gal- are not; why are not the traitors tried and lant tars,” the “ undaunted sons of Nep- executed ? Why are they suffered to retune,' noť only have no dislike to the main in the American service ? why are Americans, but actually have run the they suffered to go on thes, shooting at, boardrisk of being hanged, drawn and quartered, ing, and taking our ships, insulting our for the sake of fighting in the Ameri- gallant officers, and putting our men in can service against their own country! irons ? why are they not, I ask again, tried If the world believe these accounts, and hangeci? why are not their warm bowels wiat indst the world think of us? Dur- ripped out and thrown in their traiterous ing the long war in wrich France was faces? why are their bodies not cut into" mgaged, no Frenchmen were ever found quarters, and those quarters placed at the in arms against their King and country. King's disposal?

-But, I had forgotten, Some of them, indeed, einhodied themselves that before these things can be done, we under foreigu banuers to fight, as they pre- must capture the ships in which they sail tended, at least, for their country, and Is there no other way of coming at them? against those whom thry called the usurpers It were well if those, whose bụsiness it is of its rreshing. But

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would fall upon some scheme to reach them. peater of what he heard in almost all the Cannot the Parliament, which has been public-houses, resorted to by politicians of called omnipotent, find out some means the most numerous class. But the people of coming at them ?-In short, these ac are not to be blamed for this delusion. counts are a deep disgrace to the country; They had it given them, in the report of a and, I do hope that the Lords of the speech of one of the Lords of the AdmiAdmiralty, who published that eloquent ralty, not long ago, that we were about to paper, stimulating the sailors to fight undertake the deposing of Mr. Madison; against the Americans, will fall speedily and who can blame them, if they believe upon some means of putting an end to so that this deposition has taken place ?great a scandal. I have not tim, at, My friend, the serjeant, on whom I bepresent, to enter so fully into the subject stowed my benediction, will, however, I of the American war as I shall in my next; am afraid, find, that this work of deposing but, to the loose observations that I have Mr. Madison will give more trouble than made, I cannot retiain from adding a yord he appeared to expect; my reasons for or two on the rupture of the negociations at which I shall state in my next: Ghent, which is said to have taken place. Who, in his senses, expected any other re

JOANNA SOUTHCOTT.-In every age, sult?

It was manifest, from the moment and in all countries, there have been va that Napoleon was removed freni France, sionaries, prophets, and inspired. It would that the war with America was destined to have been singular, therefore, if, in this become a serious contest. There were all age, which lias produced so many wonders; sorts of feelings at work in favour of such which bas given rise to the most astonisha war. There was not a single voice (mine ing events recorded in history, there should only excepted) raised against it. Was it not also have started up some pretender to to be supposed, then, that peace would be extraordinary gifts; some individual posthe work of a few nionths? Yet this

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sessed of more shrewdness, of more cunning, ture of the negociations appears to have than the generality of people, who are alexcited a good deal of surprise, not wholly ways disposed to listen to any one capable divested of a small portion of alarm. It was of exciting their wonder, and gratifying expected that the Yankee Commissioners their unquenchable desire for the marvel world jump at peace on any terms. There lous. It would, I say, have indeed been were thousands of persons, and well-dressed extraordinary, if this new era” had not persons tou, who said that the Yankees produced a person of this description; and would not hesitate a moment to depose Mr. as this age has far surpassed every other in Madison, and send him to some little un- the magnitude of its political occurrences, inhabited island. About a fortnight ago, it would have been equally surprising, if some rifle soldiers were passing my house, in that individual had not boasted of superior their way from Sussex to Plymouth, to endowments, far transcending those of his join their corps, bound to America. A predecessors who, like him, pretended to serjeant, who was at a little distance behind have received peculiar favour from on high. the party, stopped at my door and asked Ecclesiastical bistory presents us with infor some beer." While the beer was draw- numerable instances of the rise and fall of ing, I observed to him, that Jonathan must these favourites of heaven; many of whom take care now what he was about. “No," succeeded, even without the aid of the said the serjeant, “ I do not think it will sword, in attaching vast numbers to their come to any lead; for we learned the day cause; and, perhaps, might have ultimately before yesterday, that Madison had run triumphed over the rival systems, had they away."-I asked him, if they had been been supported by a power like that which informed whither he had run to. He re- gave consequence to the

temporal sway of plied, that he had run out of the country.

the Roman Pontiff. But, amongst all He further told me, that we were to have these parties, I have not been able to disa an army of 50,000 men for the conquest cover one whose plans appeared so well of America; and that, if they were not laid, or whose claims to the possession of enough, Russia had 60,000 men ready to supernatural powers, were better calculated send to our assistance. From this the to arrest attention, than those of Joanna Americans will judge of the opinions of Southcott. The greater part of her former the people here; for, I dare say, that this competitors for this sort of fame were timid serjeant was no more than the mere re- and irresolute; their claims tą divine inter

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course were asscrted in a manner 80 sccret England, many of whom have considerable as to excite suspicion; and what they were property, and are looked up to as men pos-' sometimes induced to declare openly, was sessing a large portion of understanding done in so ambiguous a way, that even From a short account published of Joanna's' their most intimate followers found it diffi- lift, and which, at tite time I write, has alcult to ascertain the meaning of the oracles ready reached the fifth edition, it appeary, which they delivered. But in Joanna there that she was born in Gettisham, a village is no want of courage. She secnes to have of Devonshire, in the month of April, been sufficiently aware that she lived in an 1750; so that she is now fully 64 ycars of enlightened age, in a country where learn- age. At an early period of her life, she is ing abounds, antongst scholars, and with a described as having been very devout, and people accustonred to investigate and to of having, at a more mature age, in consecriiise. Nothing of concealment has quence of attachment to religion, refused marked her progress. From the commence to enter the matrmonial state, although nient of, what she considers, her divine in- she entertained a mutual affection for a spirations, she has bolilly announced them; young man who had offered her marriage.' she has challenged inquiry; she has held in the year 1792, she first announced her. public conferences; and she boasts of the self at Nxeter as divinely inspired. Sle fulfilment of predictions--10t uttered in gave herself out to be " the Bride, the secret, but in the presence of thousands of Lamb's wife," and " the Woman cloathed her enemies, who now rank themselves with the Sun," mentioned in the book of among herdisciples and warmest supporters. Revelations. On this occasion, her relaIn introducing Miss Joanna to the notice tions accused her of being insane, and she of my readers, I readily acknowledge, that appears to have suffered greatly from the I have no wish to make them converts to maligóity of her persecutors. From that her faith. I am not a convert myself; and time to 1801, she busied herself, contrary probably some of her admirers will say, to the usual practice of religious reformers, that this arises from my never having seen in endeavouring to gain over the dignitathe lady, or perused any of her books. As rics of the church, and in making converts' to visiting the holy dame, I feel no incli- in the higher circles. Findrog it difficult, nution.; and as to her books, I think it however, to combat long cherished prejuwould be a punishment rather than a plea- dices, by verbal expostulation, or by letter, sure to be compelled to read them; for I slie availed herself of the press; and, in the am informed, that if all the “Books of year 1801, gave five different tracts to the Wonders,” published by Joanna, were col public. These appear to have attracted the lected together, they would make no less attention of several gentlemen, among whom than eight or ten volumes octavo! The were three clergymen (Dissenters, I preworks of this inspired maiden have, in fact, sume,) who visited her at Exeter. After been bought up with such avidity, that, ad- continuing with her for seven days, they mitting I were inclined to look into them, left her, under the firm conviction, which

bookseller says a copy of them is not to they then declared, that her mission was be had for love nor money. But although divine. In the month of January, 1803, we I have no desire to make proselytes for the find our prophetess engaged in a public sainted Joanna, notwithstanding the many controversy at a house in Paddington. proofs she has given of her divine mission, 1 This meeting had been previously advertised have thought it proper not to let a system in the newspapers, and “those (as her pass altogether unnoticed, which, from the biographer says) that disapproved of Joanna grcat interest it has excited, and the nume as a messenger from God, were desired to rous disciples Joanna has obtained, may, it attend and produce their reasons.” None is not impossible, prové a formidable rival,to of her opponents, however, appeared. The perhaps totally supercede, all other systems consequence was, that the meeting unaniof religion. Not being one of the sealed, mously declared in her favour. Another I do not pretend to say that it will have public meeting was called in December, that efect; but it seems pretty evident, if 1804. The conferences on this occasion Joanna's pregnancy qoc3 not fail, that it also continued seven days; at the end of will be somewhat difficult to prevent the which, such was the power and influence increase of her followers, who, it is saidl, of Joanna's eloquence, that all present, already consist of entire counties, besides among whom were several clergymen, you gunerous individuals, in all quarters of luntarily subscribed a paper, in which they:

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