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and to give this deed of darkness an air of probability, they employed some French courtezans and royalists at any price without limit, in the most profuse waste of money, to accomplish this horrid murder. And after complete success they salve it over with the diabolical apology of state policy, and vairly think the world knows nothing of the crimc, because they have written ten thousand lies to bide it. But if some able hand would write the secret memoirs of the court of St. James, it would be like the uncovering of the regions of the damned. . It would be found to leave far in the rear the horrors of the Inquisition. If some modern Junius would undertake the work, it would do a vast kindness to the human race in time to come, and would be of mighty, importance to coming generations, to show by contrast what a government ought not to be, and that a government ought to be the very reverse of the British gov ernments to be what it should be

Their stupendous fàbric of human wisdom," has now carried them to the breaking brink of a frightful precipice, over which they will be hurled, ere long, into the fearful abyss below, nev, er more to rise. How is it possible for such a system of .fraud, villainy, murder, rapine, and plunder all carried on in secret and darkness, to stand the light of day? The light that has now dawned on the world will soon dispel that gloom and thick darkness, that arose out of the bottomless pit; and the excellent and virtuous people of England, Ireland and Scotland, will become the happiest people under the sun, when they have thrown off the intolorable yoke of bondage under which they have so long groaned and staggered, till it is impossible to stand any longer.

They are grasping at the commerce of the world, wbich is an impossibility; but admit they could obtain and retain it, even that would not prevent their inevitable downfall. But instead of the commerce of the world, it is becoming less and less every year. The nations of Europe now manufacture for them

selves; even Russia needs very little British goods. The Emperor himself wears cloth of their own making

Their plunder in the East Indies is less productive than formerly, though they have continued the revenue arising fiom the worship of the devil at Juggernaut,by a vote of a large majority. They cannot enlarge the field much for robbery and murder in that quarter, unless they can pounce upon the Burman emp're. But if they should succeed there, and every other place in India, their national debt never can be paid, when it is no less than nine hundred millions of pounds sterling, or four thousand millions of dollars, or what would be lading for twelve thousand of our common road wagons!!!!

Mr. Gallatin, in his Essay on banks and currency, says“The gold and silver in the world, is estimated at seven thousand millions of dollars, of which about one third is used as currency. The gold currency of Europe and America is in value about one forth part of the whole. The paper and matallic currency, amounts to four dollars a head in Russia; in France to fifteen; in Great Britain and Ireland, to fourteen, and in the United States to six.”

From this statement it appears clearly that the British national debt is only 3,000,000,000 of dollars, less thiin all the gold and silver in the world. The best market they have got is the United States; but excepting a few fine goods, we shall soon manufacture enough for ourselves, and a large amount for exportation, to compete with British goods in many foreign markets; so that they will soon loose our market, and not only so; but will find us a powerful rival in the market of the rest of the world.

They are well apprized of this fact, and foreseeing their ruin, all their energies are directed to preventour growth and prosperity. Their Pitts, their Castlereaghs and Wellingtons have lavished millions in employing secret agents, spies and emissaries in every part of our republic to traduce the Amer

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ican character, burn down our manufactories, blow up our powder mills, (as at the beginning of the late war.) But as our factories are too closely watched for British incendiaries, they are forced to betake themsclves to other stratagems; and as they cannot get up any more Hartford Conventions, nor make much by paying the Indians for sending over more Bales of American scalps, for they have got the poor wretched sav. ages, nearly. ut orth slazzardous service. And as their capt. Basil, Halls and other scribblers of sketches of American manners and customs, are so revolting to common sense, ridiculous, that it has only exposed themselves to the shame and contempt of all Europe and the civilized world. But their. new orders in council, to collect all the American sheep scalps, promised a mighty triumph over our poor silly sheep, and our woollen factories at the same time. But John Bull will not pay off his national debt this way, nor feed his starving millions with mutton at such a distance.

The following very singular statement, is copied from the Buffalo N. ¥.) Journal. We fee! it a duty to call public attention to this subject, and to fix it if possible, upon the manner in which the destruction of our flocks is at present carried on among us. Agents have been traversing the country, paying exorbitant prices for sheep, and our farmers have very gener ally sold them, with the intention of renewing their flocks from other neighborhoods by which the stock of these animals are o ten improved. But those who have thus sold, now find the purchases have been simultaneous, throughout the country, and find those of whom they expected to obtain their new stock have sold, like themselves, and are now seeking in vain for others to supply their place. The sheep thus collected are slaughtered for the hides and tallow, the carcases being boiled to feed.swine. There are establishments of this nature in the western counties of this state, where, we are informed, one hundred sheep are thus disposed of daily.—Those engaged in this traffic pursue it as an honest calling for gain; and we are told

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that in some instances they have realized for the skins alone, prices greater than the entire price of the sheep from which they are taken.

"This alarming fact is at least presumptive evidence of wickedness somewhere, and it behooves every citizen to look to it. How is it that prices can be paid for the pelts and tallow of sheep so enormous, as to render the destruction of our flocks, to obtain only these, a source of profit?-We are at no loss for an answer-we believe those prices are creared by British agents, and paid in British gold, for the purpose of cutting off the supplies of native wool.

“The present tariff on wool embraces four cents per pound specific duty, and an additional duty of fifty per cent. on the value, when imported in the most favored vessels. Those, particularly upon coarse wool, amount to a prohibition; and the destruction of our flocks under such circumstances, would ruin our manufacturus; and the cause being misunderstood, through the agency of British hirelings, the devoted tariff would be instantly assailed as the cause of the calamity. Such are our views upon this subject, and we beħeve them well founded. The agents and the capital of British manufacturers have been engaged against us, in schemes as nefarious as this, and we doubt not, we have American born citizens among us, who to oppose the tariff, would even give countenance to the measure.

“We learn from some of our farmers, that there are now towns in this county, which have not the mcans left of producing even what wool will be required for the ordinary household manufacturing purposes of the inhabitants the ensuing year.”

In many of our states we have laws, especially in the west, for encouraging the killing of wolves, and the protection of sheep. Many farmers pay their taxes in this way, and often the farmers unite in subscribing so many bushels of whcat or corn for the destruction of wolves, many of our hunters & woodsmen, who can shoot to a háirsbrea:lth with their deadly rifles, make a good living this way, and with their wolf traps. another custom we have amongst us, and which has perhaps escaped the notice of the numerous British writers and travellers in our country is: if any man is known to keep a sheep-killing dog he is obliged to kill him; and if any sheep-killing dog runs at large, some one is sure to hang him. Now, if our farmers or wool-growers, should take it into their heads to subscribe a bushel of wheat or corn a piece for each sheepkilling dog, it might be dangerous for any dog to be found among our sheep.

CHAPTER V. THE WARS THAT ARISTOCRACY HAS CAUSED IN THE WORLD.

The following is from the pen of Mr. Dick, a late able and elegant British writer.

“When we take a retrospective view of the moral state of mankind, during the ages that are past; what do we behold but a revolting scene of avarice, perfidy, injustice and revenge? -of wars, rapine, devastation and bloodshed; of nation rising against nation, and one empire dashing against another, tyrants exercising the most horrid cruelties, superstition & idolatry immolating millions of victims; and a set of desperate villains, termed heroes, prowling over the world, turning fruitful fields into a wilderness, burning cities, towns and villages; plundering' palaces and temples; drenching the earth with human gore, and erecting thrones on the ruins of nations! Here we behold an Alexander, with his numerous armies, drive ing the plough-share of destruction through surrounding nations, levelling cities with the dust, and massacreing their inoffensive inhabitants in order to gratify a mad ambition, and to be eulogized as a hero! There we behold a Xerxes, fired with pride, and with the lust of dominion, leading forward an army of three millions of infatuated wretches to be slaughtered by the victorious and indignant Greeks. Here we behold an Alaric, with his hordes, ravaging the Southern countries of

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