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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 apd 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 sanger, 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 month, lost one person is injured, apd whatever may the substance altogether.

be the consequences to him, society rups no

risk of being disturbed. But in the other, STiTe oF FRANCE.-Notwithstanding entire millions are outraged, and a bloody the deplorable situation in which France war may be the consequence, unless some was represented to be by the late E.xposé 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 manufactures. Paris Papers, so late as Tuesday last,

AMERICA.-It would seem that the nereached town yesterday, from which it

gociations lately opened at Ghent with the

apthat the French Funds are also in a pears,

American Commissioners, have been sudmost prosperous condition._" The rise in denly broken ofl; 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 nun'er of English now in our capital, which are held entirely inadmissible on

some fresh demands of our Government, several have made large purchases. This

the confidence in our Funds

part of America. The following statethan all possible reasoning the solidity inent, which was copied into the Courier of of our financi:zi system.". -The Courier

last night, as a leading article without any seems much dissatisfied with this state comment, appeared in the Alorning Chica

nicle of yesterday: ment, it always has been with every thing that indicated prosperity to the 30th ult. from which there seems to be ne

“ Advices reached ns yesterday from Gbent to France. “ 'This improvement,” observes longer 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 pretiminary to the though we are far fron thinking it will, general objects of the Negociation. This being as an inducement to the nation to remain rejected, a second series of proposals were made, at peace.”-Certainly not, if it is in demands, with some fresh propositions. These

which contained the substance of the preliminary the power of the Courier or the Times new terins were judged to be more objectionable to persuade the French Government to than the former ; and 10 both of them, in this

stage of the busioess, the Republican Plenipoten. renew the war; their exertions have taries give a long but decisive answer, in wbich 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 inin 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 Rot only prevented the exportation of corn been the object of examination. Orders were destinel for this country, but, in a variety expecoed at Ghent for the return of the British of instances, have insulted our countrymen, hier 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 pic, in a letter before us, is, that the odium of

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

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Vol. XXVI. No. 11.] LONDON, SATURDAY, SEPT. 10, 1814. [Price 19.

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[322 SUMMARY OF POLITICS. these editors, and even the “ undaunted

sons of Neptune," garbed in blue and gold, AMERICAN WAR.-The Times news- exclaiming against the size of the Ameripaper, which was one of the loudest cla- can frigates and the number of their crews! Rourers 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 annihilating 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 should 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 to annihilated some hundreds of our merchant enjoy the gratification of seeing the Ameri. ships, 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 Admi. them, 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 océan.. -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" frv-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 enoughz this, but would, at once, send ships of the but, then, they wished to give the line against those formidable frigates, with. Yankees a drubbing." Therefore, if to out making any apology for so doing.-Ben 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 bouses, or and their heavy cannon, and their great pleasure, do we not expect to pay for th ? big balls.” But, the moment that the Can we go to see a play or a puppet s American beat and captured one of our without money? Why, then, are we to ex: frigates 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 pnblic seem very impatient to gone into the American service to tight see the drubbing begin. The Times 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 the audience, appear ex origin of these accounts, so disgraceful to 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 draina comwence in good has been asserted, that we have not been carnest. But, is it not enough to be beaten by the Yankees, 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 how comes it to pass, money?

“ Send ! Send away,” says the that our own brave countrymen have more eager editor of the T'imes, “ Send away a success on board of Yankse ships, than on force to crush them at oixe!” But not board of our own heart of oak? How 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 forge. 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 tie, 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 sons of Nep'To be able to send that “overwhelming tune!” As if the sons of Neptune, the gallant force," of which the Times 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 andexeother 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 obvious 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 suífered to retune," not only have no dislike to the main in the American service ? why are Americans, but actually have run the theysuffered 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 hanged? why are not their warm towels what must the world think of us? Dur- ripped out and thrown in their traiterous ing the long war in wirich France was faces ? why are their bodies not cut into engaged, so 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 thens, indeed, embodied themselves that before these things can be done, we under foreigo banners 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 thr y called the usurpers | It were well if those, whose business it is of its threshin. But, if these accounts; to enforce the law against state-criminals,

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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 AdmiAdiniralty, 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..l have not time, 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 retrain 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 vithat Napoleon was removed from 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 has 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

sessed of more shrewdness, of more cunning,

rupture 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 marveš 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 is 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 bim, 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 head ;. 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 runs 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 formes 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

course were asserted in a manner 60 sccret England, many of whom have considerable as to excite suspicion; and what they were property, and are looked ap to as men possometimes induced tó declare openly, was sessing a large portion of understanding done in so ambiguous a way, that cven From a short account published of Joanna's their most intimate followers foud it diffi- life, and which, at the time I write, has alcult to ascertain the meaning of the oracles ready reached the fifth edition, it appeare, which they delivered. But in Joanna there that she was born in Gettisham, a village is no want of courage. Slie secnrs 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 carly period of her life, she is ing abounds, amongst scholars, and with a described as having been very devout, and people accustonred to investigute and to of having, at a more mature age, in consecririse. Nothing of concealment has quence of attachment to religion, refused marked her progress. From the commence- to enter the matrmmonial state, although nient of, what she considers, her divine in- she entertained a mutual affection for a spirations, she has boldly announced them; young man who had offered her marriage. she has challenged inquiry; she has held in the year 1792, she first announced herpublic conferences; and she boasts of the self at xeter as divinely inspired. She fulfilment of predictions--not 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 malignity 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. Asries of the church, and in making converts to visiting the holy dame, I feel no incli- in the higher circles. Finding it difficult, nation; and as to her books, I think it however, to combat long cherished preju-' would 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 volames 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 my 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, í 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 great interest it has excited, and the nume- as a messenger from God, were desired to rous disciples Joanna bas 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 elect; but it seems pretty evident, if | 1804. The conferences on this occasion Jouna's pregnancy doc3 not fail, that it also continued seven days; at the end of will be somewliat difficult to prevent the which, such was the power and infleence increase of her followers, who, it is said, of Joanna's eloquence, that all present, already consist of entire counties, besides among whom were several clergymen, you aunerous individuals, in all quarters of Juntarily subscribed a paper, in which they

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