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Vol. IX. No.1.]
LONDON, SATURDAY, JANTIARY 4, 1806.
" Will ye NOW hear, O foolish people, which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not?".
JER. chap. V. V. 21. 1]
[ 3 SUMMARY OF POLITICS.
confines of Switzerland to those of HunWill nothing, oh, peuple of England, gary, and extending her absolute sway, short of destruction itself, convince yon from the latter country, including its cathat you are on the road to destruction ? pital, westward to the Rhine, and from the Will yon, in spite of the awful adnionition Danube south ward to the Mediterranean of events, in spite of experimental convic- With this map of the progress of tion, in spite of truths that you acknow- Finch power before his eyes, and with bis ledge, siill listen to the falsehoods of your raindi duly impressed with the per stasion, deceivers ? When we look back upon the that the whole force of this mighty empire, year that has just past over our beads; when féd by inexhaustible resources of every dewe recal to mind the occurrences of the scription, directed by those talents under winter and the spring; when we think of the which miny Domerous armies have conduct of Lord Melville and of the ettoris fallen, and waiting patiently for the hour made in his behalf by those who are still en- of advantage; thus seeing and thus pera trusted with the management of our aitairs ; suaded, what man, having any pretensions when we recur to the enormous grants in to understanding, and unbribed by his selpensions and in s necure places, during last fishness, will say, that there is hope of salyear, and reflect upon the numerous and vation for the country, under the present heavy taxes imposed upon us ; when we re- councils and system ---Blind-folded, and collect the boasts, the vaunting promises, of descending gradually, we arrive, without a the ministers, and compare them with the sense of danger, at the bottom of a precievents of the war: after such a retrospect, pice, which, to have viewed from the top, is it possible for us not to be impressed with would have terrified us from making the the most serious apprehensions for the future? first step. If, ju-t a century ago, in the Can there be, in the whole nation, one sen- princely and gloritus reign of Queen Anne, sible man, who does not perceive, that, when, (with an annual revende of only unless some great change speedily takes four millions) England was the arbitress in place, this country niust fall beneath the the affairs of Europe; when, laying all petty power of its enemy? Can there be one consideraticiis asiese, she stood forward, upon such man, who any longer entertains the the great principles of public law, to mainhope of seeing that power resisted by our tain the balanced power of Europe, and present councils and our present sssitem ; thereby to preserve her rising generation by those councils and by that system, coe- from the dangers attendant upon the age val with which the power of France bias grandizemert of France; when her armies been constantly increasing, her conquests were, on the one side, fighting the battles of pushing forward, first into itullund, across all Austria in the field of Spain, and when, on those memorable barriers, which tke cou- the oiher, they were, in conjunction with rage of our ancestors and the wisdom of the Austrians, defeating, routing, the gran i foriner statesmen had raised and maintained French army
ani taking their general, against her; next, to the banks of the upon the very spa, which is just wita Ithine, taking in, on that sicle, the conn- nessed the surrender of the prani Austriau tries and the fortresses that had ever been army ai the summuiis eithe kerci ; when, a formidable and an effectual check to her so honourable, so generous, so jrist, were encroachments ; next, across the Alps, that the views, so open and so wise was the obstacle to her attempts upon Italy, and, conduct, and so great was the rame of Encontinuing on to the Po and the Adige, con- gland, that, whether in political or military necting, finally, by a soleinn act of sove- arrangements, councils and senates waited reignty, the whole country to the domi- for the communication of her will; when pions of France; and, lastly, by the ope- at the Hague and at Vienna no great mearations of only one campaign, carrying lier sure of sta:e was adopted without the approarms and her municipal authority, from the bation of the English cabinet, 110 incause
of war without that of the English gene- | told, that three hundred thousand Austrians ral : if, in the times which immediately and two hundred thousand Biesiallo were succeeded this glorious epoch, men could actually in the field; they were led to behave foreseen whereunto the funding and lieve that the allies were victorious, they taxing system would finally lead; if they were anxiously waiting for the neivs of Buocould have foreseen, that it would, at last, naparte's overthrow, at the very moment fall into the hands of a man, formed by na- that he was conquering the grand army of ture for pushing it to its utmost bounds, and our friends; and, while the allied army was giving to it all its powers of sapping, of sub- fleeing through Vienna and that of the verting, and of destroying; if they could | Archduke was seeking shelter in tha wilds of have foreseen this, they, surely, would have Croatia, they believed that the French were recoiled with horror, and bare hastily re- falling into a snare. They saw, indeed, our tracted their steps. This foresight they, nearest and best ally neeing in haste from unhappily, had not; and, their sons de- his capital ; they saw Napoleon in the pascended imperceptibly to the state in which lace of Maria Theresa ; they saw the Emthey were found by Mr. Pitt. Since his
peror of Germany bending his course to time the descent has been rapid indeed ! fiud refuge beyond the confiaes of Germany But, such is the nature of the system, and itself; they saw his provinces, his kingdoms so sedulously has its means of giving minis- occupied, and their municipal guvervinents terial power been attended to, that the rea- organized by the French: yet, they were son and spirit of the nation, after now. told to believe, and they did believe, that and-then an ineffectual struggle, seem to all was prosperous, and that the enemy was have been finally subdued by it. If, low- about to be cut off, though backed by army ever, there remain the means of restora
upon army from the banks of the Rhine to tion; if the sentence that appears to be pro- those of the Schwartz ; and, at last, when i nounced upon us be uot irrevocable; if the allies had been engaged, when they had
there be yet a possibility of our resisting been completely defeated, when their arthat power which now aims at erasing the mies were half destroyed or captured, and very vanie of England from the list of in
when the two Emperors had bowed themdependent nations; if the time for exertion selves down before Buonaparté; even then be not entirely passed, there is not a moment was this deluded nation induced to believe, to be lost in improving the litile that re- that the allies had been completely victomains. Let no man hope, that, because rious. The means of decepcion employed Napoleon is now at the further end of Eu
in the course of the campaign can here be rope, he will never return; let no man spoken of only in general terms; but, those hope, that, if he should be cut off, he will made use of in the last-mentioned instance not find a successor. It is France that has demand remarks somewhat more in detail. resolved upon the conquest of England ; | The work of delusion had been theretofore : and, if we are not willing to become the left to the hirelings of the press; but, their slaves of Frenchmen, we must instantly de- falsehoods having soolien been detected, the termine upon, and steadily pursue the means
government itself interfered ; and, on the of frustrating that resolution. The conti- 17th of December, began its operations by nent of Europe is now at the feet of France. a publication, in the form of a bulletin, of There is no reason to suppose that it will stir accounts received at the offices. Where again for twenty years.
This fatal war, are we now to look for the grounds upon into which the allies were precipitated by which those accounts were given? Where the councils of Mr. Pitt, has cut oif the Or that defeat of the French right wing, chance of any diversion on that side ; and, said to be mentioned in Sir Arthur Paget's every man has already concluded, that we dispatch ? Where for the loss of 27,000 shall, alone, have to maintain the contest French, on the 2d of December, together with the conqueror of the continent.- with all their artillery? Where for the reAmongst all the mischiets of the present jected armistice proposed by Napoleon ? system, amongst all the causes that tend to Where for those victories, which were our ruin and our subjugation, none is more gaired by the allies on the 3d and 4th, and etficient than the delusion practised upon which were given with such detail, in the the people by the influence of a hireling government bulletin of the oth of Depress. From the commencement of the war camber; that it seemed to savour of obstiupon the continent to the present day, the macy not to believe the facts? Where are we people have never been able to form a cor- now to look for the cause of the enthurect opinion of the dangers that awaited siasm of joy at Berlin? Where for the them. Befor: the battles Legan, ihey were glorious criects of the cineering presence and
animating example of the Emperor Alex
o the world. But that our reasoning was, ander, who rode through the ranks of his at least, as just, and our conclusions as army crying “ victory or death," and who probable, as those with which events have was answered by acclamations from his « coincided, is sufficiently evinced by the troops, that “they never would forsake surprise with which the confirmation of their Emperor ?" And, finally, where are “ the adverse intelligence was yesterday rewe to look for the agreeable news, contained or ceived ; and, indeed, many well-informerl in the letter to BARON JACOBI, and, for the gentlemen, can even yet hardly bring authenticity of which letter the Sun and " themselves to credit the accounts thuis COURIER nervspapers have declared, that " officially published by the government of they had AUTHORITY to plelge themselves?
“ France." And thus they adduce, as a And, what are we to think of a government proof of the soundness of their reasoning,
capable of making such publications? the surprise wbich never would liave existerd With a view of preventing detection, the had it not been for the promulgation of their partizans of the ministry have liad recourse false!roods. They first, by their hireling to accusations and abuse against all those, means, deceive the people; and, when the who have endeavoured to stem the torrent deception is dissipated by events, they bring of delusion ; accusations the most false and forward the opinions of the people, opinions abuse the most foul. They have accused us arising from that deception, in justification of wishing for that which we feared ; they of their conduct. But, it is their calumnies; have charged us with disaffection to our their at once impudent and cowardly calur.:country and its cause; they have called us nies, that the nation is called upon 10 recent, malcontents and traitors; and, because I and that it will resent, it it does not de mive all, pure it as my opinion, that even the glorious and more than all, that the counciis of the victory of Trafalgar would have no material Pitts and Dundases have brought upon it. 'effect with regard to the final result of the 11," say they, we were analize in war, I was pointed out as an object for pub. hopes, or easy in belief, when victury. was Jic detestation, and for the vengeance of the
so said to have blessed the arms of vur ailios, law.-During the whole of Mr. Pill's ad- we have, at least, this consolation, that ministration, from his first scaling the walls " the inpulse that let us astray was tile of power to the present day, his partizans force of the love of our country. Those Have represented as traitors all those who “ who were opposite to us in argument
and disapproved of his measures ; but, it was “ conclusion were as opposite to us in hones, not till of late, that they made use of the “ in uishes, in motives, in interest. They term. This term they have recently ap- " wished for every thing that could embarplied, not only to the public writers opposed rass the government, and bring ministers to him, but also to those statesman and “ into disgrace, cost what it might to the legislators, who, from their di approbation country and the world.” Base rernin! of his conduct and his schemes, are renomi- | This, then, is your last shift? Eecause we nated the Oppositioa. In pr portion as the augured no good; because, judging from measures of the ininistry have been foolish, the character and talents of the man, and in that same proportion have been the en- contirmed in our judgment by long and woe. deavours to stifie inquiry: to bully, to brow- ful expericuce, we anticipated nothing but beat, to frown out of countenance; to awe danger and disgrace from a ccauition formed, into silence; to terrify by the most cowardly and a war commenced, at the instigation of and execrable means. And now, when the Mr. Pilt; and, because, as that war adhirelings of the press stand at the bar of the Vanced, we discredited the taschcods, upon public, detected and copricted of the most which you bade the people build their hopes infamous falsehoods; even now, they hare of success; for this cause, and this alone, it the audacity to repeat their calumnious accu- is that you now accuse us of cnmit' to our sations. « Let ihose," ay they,
To what a state, then, is the na“ from party motires, opposed is upon this tion at last reduced ? If we di-apirove of the " occasion, glory in their triumph, and measures of a minister, and it those mea“eruli in events, which, however, disis- sures prove successtiil, we are to be regarde!
trous to the world, may be considered by as repining at that success, though it may be " them as confirming their presages and essential to the safety of the country: if the * their reasonings. Our personal disap- measures are not successful, it they are fol
pointment, at the failure of our fond lowed by all the disasters that we foresee hopes, is entirely merged in the larger and and foretell, then we are to be looked upon more extended amiction we feel at the as exulting at their failure, though there rom unexampied calamity that has befallen we may, apparently, date the desiruction of