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than before, secing that so many of the
NATIONAL DEFENCE. Contributors are gone away.--So that the SIR-When all Europe is covered with probibition of French food will, to a certain standing armies, and the liveries of men, extent, only increase the evil, which it is bred for the slaughter, present themselves intended to prevent. Would it not be bet- on every hand, it is not to be wondered at ter to suffer the cheap food to come, and that the raw, uncouth, unfledged, soldiers thus retain the customers for cloths, of America, should excite the derision and houses, goods and fuel, and the payers of contempt of the present unthinking race of texes ! ---Men must eat. They like to eat Europeans. During tlx greater part of at bome best, but they will rather go to a the lives of this generation, they have bees cook's-shop than starve. Besides, the accustomed to the pomp and parade of. French can supply them with cheap drink field-days and revicu's, by which they have as well as cheap food. There is some dild acquired an idea, that there can be no ference between a bottle of wine at 3s. and knowledge of mililary tactics where there . a better bottle at ls. There is some dif- is not a red coat, and that the man who ference between a house at 1001, and a has not a feather in his bat, his legs car, better house at 201. Let all be safely sct-vered, even in the heat of summer, will tled in France, and let the French Go-uniform gaiters, and his neck bound ronnch vernment (l'ejecting the advice of our ma- with a leather collar, as if he were in the lignant news-papers), adopt a wise system of stocks, neith:ca possess the requisites of » waluralization, and allow of the possession soldier, nor the courage of a patriota of real property by aliens; and the corn- Even the noble stand inade against the Istwy people will soon see, that all their enemy, in Bantry Bay, at the beginning proliibitions are worse than useless.- of the war, by a motley crew of lattered There is something so monstrous ia the Irish, armed with slicks, pitch-forks, and idea of compelling people to purchase their other missel weapons, is incapable of doing food dear, when they can purchase it cheap, away the established prejudice, that the that human nature revolts at it. If a law dress is the only thing that constitutes the were passed to compcl a man to buy his warrior.
Absurd as this opinion may ap loaf of one baker, who sold it at 2s. while pcar, it is nevertheless prevailing, and it the baker in the next street solci his brend is nothing uncommon to hear people, who at ls. what would be said of such a law ? | on other subjects talk very rationally, tell. What would the oppressed man do? Whr, ing their neigbbours, with the greatest it would require another law, and a most se- grurity, that it is “all nonsense in the vere one too, to keep him in the country, to Yankees to attempt resistance, as they retain him in existence under such an abo- have never been drilled, nor do they look minable law. Yet, in what respect would like sollicis.” Some are even so foolish
as such a law differ in its nature from the to say, that the American officers are also law now talked of? Ilere is the French ignorant, and that, unless "some traitors farmer ready to sell us his wheat, landed in from the mother country, or some of Buncy's England, ui about 78. a bushel; and the cast-off Generals, get in among them, they proposed law is to make us give 10s. to never will be able to fight a battle. Thus, the English farmer. Next year, perlaps, before poor Jonathan has had time to learn the French farmer may be able to supply bis alphabet in the school of military sci. us at 5s. a bushel ; and arc we not to ence, he must, according to these wise. purchase of him, till ours will not sell it noodles, strike his flag to the superior skill us for more than 10s? I confess, that such and courage of the demi-gods of the ocean! a lat would be no more unjust than many ! confess I am sometimes at a loss wheather prohibitory laws that I have heard ther to attribute this disposition to run af. I think, that there ought to be no down the soldiers of all other nations, s. prohibitions against importations of any prevailing among my countrymen, to wil. sort. I think, that commerce should be ful misapprehension of the truth, or to a quite fire. But, because there are pro- spirit of unjustifiable detraction. To one hibitions, I am not bound to approve of or other of these it must be owing ; for no additional prohibitions. Because I cannot man, after reading the late accounts, in remove the iniposts upon French wine, Tour own Gazettes, of the well fought batam not bound to approve of inposts upon tles in Canada, can acquit himself of para Erench corn and cattle.
rialily, or of envy, if he does not allow, that the Americans skewed as mach cou.
rage, and as much skill in these affairs as alone debauches the soldier's inclination; the best dressed, and the best disciplined when, without home, without industry, and regiment that was opposed to them. ` And without occupation, he must subsist either why should they not? Why should not a by pay or by plunder. Armies composed people, who have given us so many con- of such as these have sometimes enslaved vincing proofs of their bravery at sea, be a nation, under pretence of doing them equally brave on land, without the appen- justice. Our history furnishes' a remarkdige of a bit of scarlet affixed to their able instance of this kind, which shews backs, or any other budge or insignia of clearly what it is that converts a soldier slavery. When I look into the history of into a rebel, and makes him dangerous to siy own country I find that our forefathers his country. As gallant an army as this dad no stress on these vain trappings. In nation ever saw, and wliicu, at the same those days, indeed, there was no such time, was particularly stiled the modest and thing as standing armies. Every man, as self-denying, consisted of the youths of the Americans do now, learned to use the London, who, though unused to ainis, and weapon of war from his infancy; and drawn in haste out of town, gave signal when he took the field against the foe, he proof of courage through the tvhole civil neither wore a coat of scarlet, nor a coat wars, and at last defeated the royal army bý of green; he fought with that in which be one decisive blow at Naseby. If this army
of bad been accustomed to fell the tree ; he the Parliament, after they had done the repelled the invader ; and his grateful business for which they were called out, country were not prevented rendering him bad been sent back to their trades, and the homage due to his fame, because he had only been made use of as there was had not gained her battles in the gaudy occasion for them, they would have been attire of modern heroes. It was in these in the nature of a militia, and there days that Britain rested secure in an would have been no danger to apprearmed people, equally terrible to domestic hend from them: But, by keeping them as to forcign despots. It was then, it for several years constantly in the field, might be said with truth, that the only after the war was over ; by training them safeguard of the Constitution consisted, to idleness, and making them forget their as it now does in America, in every citi- travles, and depriving them of the common zen being possessed of a sword, and in the methods of subsistence, they were made enactinent and administration of the laws not at all the better soldiers, but became the being confided to citizens only. The sub- worse citizens. Their dispositions were, ject of standing armies bas employed totally perverted; their modesty changed m:uny able pens; and their pernicious in- to presumption; they grew imperions and fluence has been often discanted upon ; seditious; they refused to go to Ireland but I do not think any one has done more though they were commanded; neither justice to the subject than Charles Lord / would they be disbanded though the ParHawkesbury, in his Discourse on the liament had no other occasion for their Establishment of a National and Consti- service. They petitioned—they remontutional Force ; a work originally pub- strated-they rebelled--and at length do lished in the year 1757, but now little stroyed the authority of that Parliament known in this country. His reasoning, which at first called them forth, and had indeed, is so very conclusive, that I can performed such wonders by their assistnot resist the temptation of closing this ance. letter with the following extract, for which
“ Most of the nations of Europe were, I hope you will contrive to find a corner in till within these three centuries, defended your REGISTER.
by Militias ;--and did not Holland, when “ The miseries and oppressions (says ber own citizens were obliged to be trained, Lord Hawkesbury), which some States defend herself against the power of Spain have suffered from the common sorts of Could the arms of Phillip, conducted by the armies, have made many absurdly appre- genius of the Prince of Parma, ever penehensive, that a firelock or a red coat must trate far into her country? And did not necessarily alter the disposition of the per- the seiges of Harlaam, Alcamar, and sons who have them. They do not observe Leyden, when they were garrisoned on: that these evils have arisen from such only by their own burghers
, break the spirit of who have made war their profession. It is the Spanish veterans ?
And vet this very the idle and dissolute manner of living that country was overran, and most of bus
towns taken, in the space of a month, inerer, as the Sovereigns of Europe mas de the year 1672, when the defence tliereof to participate in the frezelem of the stas, was entrusted to 25,000 mercenaries.-It and indignant as they fici on account of is useless to cite any more examples. The our intolerant sway, it is possible, though very origin of sta:iding forces shews, that by no means probable, notwithstand to they were not thought indispensably neces- alarms and the vapouring of the Carir, sary for the defence of a country. They that they may consider it preulert to postwere first raised to suppress rebellious sub- pone the consideration cf the question, jects; to command the unwilling .subjec- until after the Congress, when they will tion of distant and oppressed provinces ; feel themselves at liberty to enter fuiy into or to extend the conquests of some aspiring our pretensions, without those restrainis prince into distant countries, for which be which must necessarily arise from the precould vot legally command the service of sence of a British Ainister. I say this is the Militia."
possible, though somewhat improbable; Yours, &c. A North Britox. ani my reason for thinking the interference
of the Alies probable, at present, is its MARITIME RIGHTS.---Tlie Courier likelihood, and the frequent recurrence of writer is in a dreadful rage, from an ap- the I'rench journals to the subject. Tle prehension that our claims to the sorc- following article appeared in a late number reignty of the seas will be called in ques- of the Gazette de France, said to be taken tion at the ensuing Congress. But is there from “ the journal of one of the departany thing more natural than that the Con- ments contiguous to the Rhine," and dated tinental Powers, having, as they believe, Vienna, September 29th..- -“Questio:s of put down the tyrant of the land, should more general interest are about to occupy also wish to put down the tyrant of the “ the Envoys of the great Powers. The ocean? Our corruptionists are not surely “ first, without doubt, will be to fix soso vain as to suppose, that the Allies, in “ lemnly the principles of the law of 1:combating Napoleon, were willing, when “tions, of which all speak, but oniy the he was put down, that a maritime despo " weak observe. France and Russia are tism, which had so long annoyed them, " to stipulate, in the name of humanity, should continue in all its vigour. Pe “ that hereafter neutral commerce shall seem to have secured, for some time at “ not be pillaged in time of war, bor be least, the neutrality, if not the support, of " commenced without a previous declaraHolland. But has not Russia, Denmark, “ tion, por even without a certain delay in Sweden, Spain, and even Austria, to say “order to regociate. The Emperor Alex. nothing of France, lad a thousand timcs " ander las luid down the only plan eapaoccasion to complain of the haughty treat “ ble of insuring these great principles: it meat they have received from us on the " is a comnion compact between the Euroseas ?--The moment, too, when our race · pean
Powers to diminish their permanent of naval glory is somewhat checked by the armies one-half.---Respect for the indeAmericans, seems favourable to the ap-1“ pendence of nations, the sacredness of prehended design, that the other ma-“ the imprescriptible rights of the legitiritime powers have it in contemplation mate dynasties, the mutual guarantee of to restrain our arrogance. It is true, they “established constitutions, the obligation of have all hitherto tried this and fucked in the uniting hereafter against all usurpation attempt. But the result of the struggle“ and insurrection, will form the articles of with France shews them what may be ef “the new secret compact, in which the gra. fected by perseverance, and the fatal blow 6 dual abolition of the Slave Trade will which has been recently given to our naval “ figure also, but only as'acccssary."- Alsuperiority, may encourage them to the at- though notizing is directly said in this article tempt. Formerly these Powers resisted respecting our maritime rights, there can be our pretensions almost single-landed. little doubt that the writer means these, Now, they appcar convinced of the neces- when he speaks of neutral commerce, and resity of union', and if such a coalition, as that probates our practice of commencing war which is spoken of, is formed, is it certain, without a previous declaration of hostiliconsidering the state of our relations with ties. In a subsequent article from Paris, America, that we shall be able to oppose to under the head Vienna, Oct. 5th, it is it a successful resistance? --Desirous, how stated, “ We remark that the Prince de
Talleyrand Perigord has been received threat of the Courier will liave the oficet “ with distinction by the two Emperors of diverting them from their purpose, if " and the King of Prussia. The Prince, an inquiry into our maritime claims has “it is said, is to deliver at the opening of been resolved on. But how the copying air " the Congress a Note of the highest im- article from a foreign journal can be told “portance:"~In remarking upon this last a proof of the animus of any Government article, the Courier has published a private towards another, is altogether inconceivable. letter from Paris, dated the 15th instant, li this were to be held a jusi inference, in which the writer says,"Our Minister, the whole Powers of Europe would. Le in a “ Prince Talleyrand, as I have heard, is state of constant hostility against our Co“ to remit a Memorial to the Congress, in vernment, for the articles which appear “ which it is to be urged that the present every day in our own Journals. As to Tuliyo " is the period which more than any other and being disposed to introduce maritime " that ever preceded it, is the most proper questions at the Congress, I entertain 10 “ for the adoption and establishment of manner of doubt. But tu.suppose, as the " those principles of public and national Courier does, that the French Minister will law, which must tend to cement and be able to force these discussions pen
the consolidate the peace of the world—that attention of the Allies, is to admit that " the fixing the limits and demarcations France possesses more influence on the “ of the different States is subordinate in Continent than we, in this country, have
importance to those principles—that the hitherto been willing to aduit. The fact,
application of them mcrcly by land will in reality, seems to be: the maritime pow. “ be an incomplete adjustment, liable, nay crs require no stimulus to induce tliem to
certain, to be disturbed by the clashing cnter upon a topic, which so many causes “of principles between the maritimc combine to render higlily inviting. Let
powers—that these opposite principles the proposal come from what quarter it
may and must tend to hostilities between may, I am persuaded it will meet with a "them, in which, as experience has shewo), cordial reception ; and, if once fairly in
other powers, though not naval, are sure troduced, will not be abandoned, even alı • to be involved. Hence no permanent or though we should carry our threat into ex"ling peace can be expected, unless the ecution of “ nailing the flag to the mast, “ Congress extends its attention and its and going down with the ship.” " labours to this subject, which France “carnestly and solemnly invokes it to
NationAL DERT.-No. III. *. do. Whether these different state
that." the source of ments ought to be regarded as indicating
degeneracy, which may be remarked in a clear intention on the part of the Allies
“ free Governments, consists in the prac. to take up the subject at the ensuing Con- tice of contracting debt, and mortg:ging gress, I shall not be positive in asserting,
“the public revenues, by which taxes may, though, as already said, every thing seems
“ in time, become altogether intolerable, to me to point at this. The Courier has
“ and all the property of the State be intimated, “that on the first serious men
“ brought into the hands of the public * “ tion of such a stipulation by M. Nessel
“ 'This practice is of modern date. The “ rode or Prince Talleyrand, Lord Castle
“Dutch first introduced the practice of reaglı, of whose firmness they are well
" borrowing great sums at low interest, convinced, would declare that his coup
" and have well nigh ruined themselves try rejected it with the utmost positive
" by it. Absolute Princes bave also cone “ ness and indignation, and would sooner
“ tracted debt ; but as an absolute Prince "nail the flag to the mast and go down can play the bankrupt when he pleases, " with the ship than 'accede to it.”—And
“bis people can verer be oppressed by his it speaks of the insertion of the above ar
“ debts. Popular Governments, the peoticles in the Paris Papers, being a proof
ple, and chiefl; those who bave the of the animus of the French Govern highest offices, being commonly the pub, "ment, and that Talleyrand may endea
"lic creditors, 'tis difficult for the State vour to force maritime questions upon
to make use of this remedy, which, how
be sometimes necessary,
may * the Congress.”-From the character of
is the Emperor Alexander, and the constand- “ always cruel and barbarous. This, thereing station which the other Powers notv
fore, seems to be ari inconrcnicnce, which hold, it does not seem to me that the
* He must here mean a mopied Aristocracy,
nearly threatens all free Governments, servants of an indebted nation ; else an . ESPECIALLY OUR OWN, AT THE PRE- indebted nation would be justified in dis
SENT JUNCTURE OF AFFAIRS." A pe- missing all the causes of profusion that riod of nearly sixty years since elapsed, may stand in the way of its liquidating its has no way diminished the truth of this just debts. To an individual, the first ac assertion. If at that time a National knowledged law is self-defence. A nation, Debt was in itself an evil, what must it being an accumulation of individuals, bas be at present, when it has been so wan that same right and duty in a much more tonly and extravagantly increased? Wan extended sense. If it chuses to exert it, tonly, in stirring up unnecessary wars; and who is there that shall dare sav nav! extravagantly, in the mode of conducting Solus populi prime Ler. To suppose the them ; while, as to the advantages arisi.g now sitting Congress will subscrive to our from these wars, it would be very difficult assumed sovereignty of the seas, cannot for any Minister, or Minister's apologist, cater the mind of the most dull among our to point them out satisfactorily. To be Courtiers. To imagine we are to enjoy sure, war abroad, in its commencement, exclusively all the markets of Europe, gave an opportunity for persecution at would be equally silly. Every nation views home. In its continuance it afforded pre- the first object with jealousy ; and as to tences for taxes, for a standing army, and the second, experience, woeful experience, for an enormous increase of navy : it gave has already demonstrated to our complete permanency to a then perictitating system ; conviction, that, during these twenty-two it furnished an opportunity of abridging years of sanguinary and destructive warthe liberties of the country; it eventually fare, we have, in nearly an equal proporenslaved the minds as well as the persons, tion, been destroying our customers, and by spreading corruption through the whole teaching them onr manufactures. They mass. Even the cap of liherty disappeared now imitate us in all, (qual us in most, from one coin, as all true idea of it va- and excel us in many ; while our taxes are nished from our minds. Our slackheaded snch that we cannot bring our goods into Cappadocian slaves drowned, with their the market to compete with them. As a clamour, every voice raised in behalf of mercantile nation, we liave run our race ! freedom. The Constitution was their crv, | Adhering to the system of late years, we and the open violation of that Constitution are a ruined nation ! and our sapient Niw.1s their practice ! A debt almost beyond nistry have left us but one remedy-- ecothe power of conception ensucd: that
nomy, and an honest composition with the rieb: was guarantecd by the rich ; but the national creditors. These, we afiirm, are poor and their postcrity were mortgaged by both within the reach of a the representatives of wealth, to pay both ParliAMENTARY Reform, and that interest and capital ; and, at the end of THOROUGH PARLIAMENTARY REFORM is twenty-two years, the nation is left in a completely in the power of the people to much worse situation than it was at the bring about, as will be shewn hereafter. commencement of this war : payment of
ARISTIDES. the debt is now impossible. To pledge our posterity for its redemption in future, is
SABBATTI SEVI. the heighth of stupidity; and to saddle MR. COBBETT. A few days ago I umborn generations with the payment of picked up the leaf of an old book, which the interest, is a worse than highwayman contained the following account of Sabbatti act of injustice. If the debt be payable, Sevi. Perhaps, were it circulated in your let it be paid at present. If it be unpay- valuable REGISTER, the catastrophe of alle by us, LET A NATIONAL BANKRUPTCY the story might serve as a lesson to some EXSUÉ ! Let a dividend be made of all the who are fond of the marvellous—your reul securities given. If a loss must be Messiah-hunters and others. pucountered, let us meet that loss as men.
A Subscriber to your Register. But let us not hand over ruia to our poste Sabbatti Sevi, a Jewish impostor, who rity. Our behaviour, in the first instance, appeared at Smyrna in 1666, and pretendwill be that of honourable men ; but, in ed to be the Messiah, which opinion the the second, it would be that of swindlers. Jews in these countries were so possessed Be just before you are generous ! Court of, that they left ofi' their trades and busiextravavancies, sinecures, and all need. ness, as assuring themselves that the restoesj expeaces, ought to be foregone by the ration of their kingdom was now come,