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dignified acts have, to my surprise and dis naming it: your conscience will immeu. gust, for a time procured you some friends atey tell you, that I can allude to nothing bal friends, you may be assured, who wil but the transaction relating to, and ending desert or betray you without scruple, the in, the disgraceful (and mot less disastrous moment they see, that the nods and the ihan disgraceful) treaty of Amiens. I could smiles of another man are more likely to wish, for the honour of my country, that promote their interest or gratify their self- history could be silent as to this treaty; importance. Having cursorily mention- this cannot be : but be assured, that no ed the most marked and obvious features of can ever record the details of this your political character, which I do not be- event, with the fidelity of an historian, sitate to assert, is a compound of cowar- without transmitting your name 10 posterity dice, in decision, folly, and not less du- with all the contempt it deserves. --That plicity, I shall call to your recollection this event most fully proves your disposition some facts, in which some

or all of to retreat from present difficulties, no man these respectable qualifications for a Prime can deny; I will not waste words in provMinister of Great Brilain do most distincily ing it ; but the transaction proves another appear. - In the first moment of your ad- leading feature of your character, I mean, ministration, you were so terrified by your

management” and “ dextea own advancement, and so absolutely in a rity.” You were, and you knew that you state of pupilage, that the whole appears to were, the deliberate author of ihis creaty, have been a mere blank in your history.- which commenced from the date when our The first fact in point of date, which occurs evil stars made you prime minister; and to my recollection, is that, in which, by a yet you most industriously proclaimed the motion of yours, you sacrificed the law of people of England” as the authors of this the land, and the rights of Parliament 10 disgraceful event, for which, as prime miyour fear of the Rev. J. Horne Tooke. -I nister, you were almost exclusively recannot forget the indignation, with which I sponsible. -I am informed of a fact, read the report of your speech on this occa- which you cannot deny (and which if a sion; in which, after detailing with more public address would justify me in disclosthan your ordinary clearness, the legal argu- ing names I could prove), namely, that dur. ments where with you had been supplied, ing the disgraceful interval which elapsed and which most distinctly proved, that the between the signing the preliminaries of clerical character disabled any man from peace and the definitive treary, when we being elected a member of Parliament, you, were insulted by every means of aggression, in direct contradiction to every argument which That proclaimed the continuance of ihe “hospou tad useil, concluded by a motion for a tile mind" of the enemy; you were informbill to confirm the seat of ibis Rev. Gentle- ed from various sources, (and from sources man, to whom no regular governineni ever to which you attached a credit) that this bad, or, I believe, will have any obligation. “ people,” whom you so unfairly traduced That your motive was fear, direct dastardly The authors of their own disgrace, fear of Mr. Tooke, let no man doubl; the were again fully roused to action and friends of your government, the runners eager for the continuance of the war.

your offices proclaimed it most loudly Surely, Sir, this conduct cannot be by their commendations of your " discre- said to convey the idea of fair “ address" tion” in avoiding contests similar to those

management." But, to use plain about the Middlesex election, &c. &c. being words, it exhibits a most striking effort arguments which your cowardice made ne of the art of political chicane. -The Cessary, and their prompt servility led them next point, I shall mention, relates to your to circulare.-- Believe me, Sir, a sacrifice conduct as a minister of finance, and of the principles of established law to mo- arises from your budget of the year 1802.tives which you find it convenient to dig- If I am correctly informed, you have unibity with the title of " discretion," is no fornily been among the foremost in your light matter; and you may be assured, that panegyrics on the system pursued by that many men of serious and reflecting minds, great man (who I rust will never again formed from this beginning a very correct call you his right hon. friend, or permit you estimate of the characier of your adminis- to address him by that title,) and by wbich tration, an estimate which subsequent events be provided for i he extinction of the loan of hare indelibly confirmed --The next act each year, by raising one per cent. on the in point of date, of which I shall take no- capital stock funded, in addition to iis curlice is, alas ! too well known, and 100 se- rept interest.- -The step which vou rock rerely felt to lay me under the necessity of in this budget of 1802, was to intıoduce au

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rendering more efectual the Acts for ibe re- country, and particularly to the genilemen duction of the public debt." The leading at the Stock Exchange. I mention the feature of this Act (however incredible ir subject with another view ; you were inmay appear, let no man disbelieve me,) was formed of the existence of these errors on to dispense with a provision for the reduc. the very day, or the day before this pubtion of our dcouloihe extent of “

lication issued from the press. dred and sixty :housand pounds per anni.", with this information on a question not ada sum ntarly equal to the original sinking mirting of doubi, (if you comprehend a sinfund !! - You know, or ought to know, gle principle on the subject) you oficial y that the fund would be wholly a loser to sent this pamphlet as a sort of " financial the exteni of £850,000 per ann. for the “ manifesto," to our ambassadors at the seterm of six years under your system ; and veral courts of Europe. ----Sir, till this disthat it would continue to be a loser (cal- graceful transaction, ihere is not an instance culating at a moderate rate of interest) for on record, of so fraudulent a juggling, and upwards of twenty years; which is, in the dishonest a trick on the part of any

minister view of every man, a sort of political per- of Great Britain; it was reserved for the pernity as to money concerns; and yet you “ candid," “ liberal," and " hovest" Mr. deliberately and modestly call this an Act Addington to circulate a financial romance, to render more effectual the Acts for the re- equal in point of effronters and fraud 15 ". duction of the public det!"

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any ibat ever issued from the pen of the ceblind, as not to see, ibat the whole measure lebrated Barrere or the complaisani minister had its origin in your feeling yourself une- of Buonaparie.---- If another feature wise qual to the attempt of imposing iaxes ne- yet wanting 10 exhibit those leading features cessary for the support of the public credit of your administration, namely, bise of india according to your acknowledged opinions cision, folly, and duplicity, let any man read, on the subject? And who can be so besot- (even in iheir mutilated and garbled state) ted, as not to discern, that the title of your The papers submitted by you to parliament act was a mere fruidt to misleal tbe public as as containing the substance of the late boje to their opinions of the transaction? tile negotiation.----- That we were on the That the public did not ste its baseness and eve of a war, whilst you were proclaiming fully, is most true; though your present the nation as being in the midst of a "pro" right hon. friend Nr. Turney was not found peace," no man of common sense waning in his duty, and did ihen very can doubi.Could you ever have supclearly expose and reprobate the impolicy posed, that the long and laboured discusand cowa; dice of the measure.--- -But, Sir, sions of Lord Hawkesbury united with your the blindness of the public as to these sub- temporising," and your conciliation," jects, may possibly have been among the could have ever led to an amicable sctilemotives, which templed you to shew your- ment of such a dispute with such an enemy? self more conspicuously to the tvo:id, in that And yet with a tvial absence of cowmost unfortuniste, contemptible, and falla- mon sense, with a want of dignity the most cious publication entitled “ Substance of marked, and with a dupliciiy ihe most dis" the Speech of the Rr. Hon. Henry Ad- graceful, you continued deluding ibis coundington, Dec. 10), 1802."-

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try with your prating about profound tion of dat pamphlet leads me to the im- peace,” your disariaments, and your mediare consideration of another very re- abandonment of conquests; whilse our entmarkable irature of your conduct as " mi- my, more decided in his character, more do

nister of jnante."- -You bave not, and gacious in his views, continued, without the cannot have ihe assurance to defend the simallest interruption, his conduct of “ starem nis contained in this pamphlet; if,

gression," " violence," " and insull," (I however, you should be induced to do it, I use your own words) till even Jou were sele request, ib?t you would! first a-k the opinion sible, that we were on ile brink of a proof 'the “lit Hon. George Tierney."'- cipice, from which nothing but a renewal of You, however, knew by this time most war (under all the disadvantages of your clearly, ibat ibe crrors in your account of creating) could wiiharaw us. ---Sir, I most our receiçi (and exceciting it) amount to so deliberately and solemnly warn you, that it many millions of pounds that a common you should bare again the power of preserie exciseman would be deprived of his place bing to the nation, another such opiate, and his bread, for an error of as many shil- as the peace of Amiens," the sleep that lings. ---I shall not, ihref re, durell on will ensue will be the sleep of death! me errors of your sateinen!, which are Can any man after these transactions lock

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with confidence to the future; if such tinued its puny and rickety existence for things have been, who can dare hope, one monib. --Thit obligations such as ibat they will not occur again !---Can any These, that a friend hip so disinterested, man afier such woeful experience, be su should have been for an instant forgotten, blindly sanguine, as to look forward to any must excite the astonishment of any man thing but disgrace and ruin from the con- who has the smallest spark of an honourable tinuance of your miserable government?- fceling in his bosom.----- What ihen must I have, as you may suppose, omitied a va. be the degree of indignation, contempt, and riety of facts, which concur in proving scorn, which your conduct must now excile these leading points in your political cha- through the whole nation, when it sees you facter, which I will not again repeat. It is basely and secretly abetting a Tra-ury Hirebowever impossible not to notice, in a few ling in the circulation of abuse and invecwirds, your avant of devision as to the con- tive against this “ great man,” who bas con. dat ibat should be pursued against Spain; siderably lessened tbe obligations we all oue to jour total art shameful abundonment of even bim, by the unfortunate support he has given to ibe common form of vigilarie as to Ireland ; I am sensible, that my zeal for the Four magnunimous promises as to gigantic best interests of my country, has induced me

miasures" for tbe stcurity of the country, and to address you, at greaier length ihan the four suditen terror wbin you brgun tbe actual bounds of a sitter fairly justify; I shall therePerformance of them; your miserable indecisive fore conclude, by solemnly requesting, that policy, your arming and disarming, your orders you will anxiously consider, whether from and counter-orders, wbich will speedily bave the experience of the past, you can possibly the feet of rendering every effort of bonour- suppose, that your continuance in power cair abli zul, every disposition to voluntary service lead to any oilier event than the ruin of your langai and in fictral. ---On these points I country. I would also advise you to reflect, shail say little; because I do njost sincerely whether your incapacity and weakness lave, hope, ibat they will be subjects of the most not unfrequently almost compelled you, in tariy attention of parliament: and, unless self-defence, to resort to political fraud for you have better fortone than you deserve, your protection; tor 1 do admit it to be possia iley may end in discussions, that may cost ble, that your disposition might have led you (if you what you value more evil than your it had not been tinctured by the most offensive piace.--Since this letter was begun, the vanity) to have been harmless, it not in some papers have announced a fact, which, troin degree useful.--You might have done its extreme wickedness and folly, I almost same service ai tbe vestry of your parishi, and hesitate to believe : It is said, that a pam- have exhibited yourself with some adtanphies has issued from the Treasury, (where tage as the foreinan of a jury: ----You may you command, or ought to command every be assured that the contempt, with which man and every measure,) loaded with the you have been hitherto treated, is speedily grossest invectives against this “ truly great rising into active and general ir dignation, * man,” to whoin you owe your political and except you make a prudent réireal, (I existence. It is said, that this paper, (at most silemnly admonish you as to the inevithe same time that it affects to disclose ihe table consequence) the public indignation most sacred and confidential communica- will take from you, what you value more cations) misrepresents every fact io a man- even than your place or its profits.--You ner the most disgraceful to the writer and are partial to the signature of a near obto you, who, if you did not direct, at le:ist “ server,” I shall, iherefore, subscribe niy's must have permitted him to write.--I do

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humble servant, and not know any of the confidential communi

A NEARER OBSERVER. cations between you and Mr. Pitt; but this I know, and the whule nation knows, that it was to him that you first owed your elevati o to the chair of the House of Com

dulrim, Sept. 10, 1803. mons; I also know, and every man know, SIR, --I liave just obtained a siglir of your that when you were, to the astonishment of No. 8, (Vol. Il'. p2+2), wherein your al mokind, created prime minister, the Correspondene frora Dublin of August 6, friends of Mr. Pitt eiiber retained their places bus enumerated many instances of gross inof accepted them under you, at his express attention and criminti neglect of the various solicitation.---You also know, that with- nouices given to government concerning the out the silent influence of his support, or intended insurrection, July 23d. But the open assistance, (which, alas ! he gave you) most striking and remarkable of all seems pour adainistration could go: base coa- lo have escaped his roçollection. The

TO THE EDITOR.

19, 1803.

traitors amid their ample and uninterrupied of injustice we have experienced, have weakent preparations, being most destitute of gun

th: sacred ties that bind us to our country; b...

th: man who has for the present subjugatt powder, were encouraged by the wilful

F ance, and rendered it the instrument of his pe obstinacy at the Castle, actually to set up a finnus ambition, is in truth as much the caen manufacture of it in one of the principal of every Frenchman, as he is of your Majest streets in Dublin; where, by the ignorance ad of your paternal government. - On taki or carelessness of the workmen, an explo

This step, we therefore fulfil a double dury: a sion took place, and one of them was killed

if your Majesty deigns to accept of our servici

we will enter into a rivalship with your loyal su on Saturday, July 16. The alarm and ap

ject, in order to prove to you the full extent prehensions which this discovery excited our gratitude.- I pray your Majesty to receiv among the loyal part of the inhabitants, withi your usual goodness, the homage equal were ireated with the utmost derision at

sincere as respectful, of every sentiment wi

which I shall always remain,-Mons. Mon Fre the Castle, and they were even stigmatized

et Cousine, &c. &c. &c. with the opprobious name of Alarmists in the account published by government in the Letter from Gen. MACDOWALI., Commander of i Dublin prints, as may be seen in the re

British Forces in CEYLON, to His Excellence: publication of their account in our Belfast

GOVERNOR, relative to the War carried on agat

che KING OF CANDY. Dated one mile East News Letter of July 22d, which is here

Geriagume,

Fch. copied, viz." Dublin, July 19ih.- Sir, -It is with great pleasure I inform yo " Saturday last, some gun-powder having

Exccllency, that the advance under lieutena exploded at a bouse in Patrick Street,

colonel Logan of the sist regiment attacked t)

morning and carried the two strong and impo* “ two men were dreadfully wounded, and

ant posis of Galle Gederah and Geriagamme. “ conveyed to Stevens's Hospital, where the first, in which the enemy abandoned the

one of theni died, but the other is in a very curious brass cannon, no resistance w “ state of recovery. Various reports have made ; at the last, a heavy fire commenced, a is been founded on the circumstance, ac

moment the grenadiers of the 19th, under cay

Hunner, which led, appeared, and was maintain « cording to the different views and pre

Though with little cifcct, until the assailants “ judice of the reporters, and the alarmists tered the battery. From their contemptiblc mo “ have not been idle ; but from the in- of defence, the enemy, I presume, have not si ~ quiry made by us, we have reason to be

fered much loss ; on our side, I sesjeant and ip “ lieve that nothing of a political nature is

vate, of the 19th regiment, are severely wounde

From the sicepness and narrowness of the parl connected with the transaction."- - As had the Candians behaved with common resol this explosion took place but one week be- tion, this cou queft would have lost us the liv, fore the insurrection of July 23d, the sur- of many brave men. The Adigaar, it is sa

bas ned into the Four Corles, and the troo viving workman must have been still a pa

who were lately under his command are dispers tient in the hospital, when the inquiries

in the woods, or have retired towards Canc concerning it were, or ought to have been The road to the capital is now open ; I shi instituted by government.

Yet I never reach Karoogastotte on the Mahaville Gan heard that any inquiry was ever made, or

to-morrow, and next day have it in my pow

march into it. I have no news of Llieu any examination taken of him, concerning

Col. Barbut's cetachment.--I have the honour this trailorous manufacture of gun-powder.

be, &c.

HAY MACDOWALL. But I hope the subject will not escape inquiry, nor the guilty punishment at the LETIR from COL. BARBUT, 10 the Chief Secreta next meeting of the Imperial Parliament.

10 the bluernment of CEYLON, relative to the WA

now canica in against the KING OF CANDY,-I am, Sir, your obedient Servant,

Dured or de Cump at Wallapcallca, February 2 VINDEX.

1903.

Sir, - Please to inform his excellency, the go PUBLIC PAPER.

vernor, chat about three o'clock in the afier

noon of the 19th, as my detachment approache: LITTER from H. R. H. MONSIEUR, Brother of the Great Candian River, I found the opposi:

Louis XVIII, to the King or ENGLAND, prof. bank, i he village of Wallapoalloa, and neighbour fering the SERVICES of the FRENCH Princes, in ing hills, Occupied by the enemy in force; the war.

tew minutes fire from two mortars and one six Monsieur, mon frere et cousine, It is with a pounder obliged them (after expending mucho feeliog the most just, and with the liveliest sense their ammunition without effect) to retire ; an of gratitude, that I avail myself of existing cir- the detachment crossed the river this morning cumstances, to demand of your Majesty, in my The report of the couotry is, that the cheniy los own behalf, in that of my sons, of the Prince's 15 killed. At present we are posted at the villag my cousins, and of all Frenchmen residing in of Wallapoalloa, within one English mile and your Majesty's dominions, that you would be half of Candy, and are in hourly expectations pleased to allow us !o unite ourselves to your being joined by Major General Macdowall-I har jaihtul sulvçets, and to offer our services against the honour to be, &c. &c. our conmmon

encore
We are Frenchmen, Sine;

G. B. BARBUT, Ejivi. Col. commandi tincidhet vi mistoitunes, por the many acts

the Deuchmant,

VERNMENT.

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Letter from Gen. VICTOR, commander of the French FOREIGN OFFICIAL PAPER.

Troops in the BATAVIAN REPUBLIC 10 the Minis

TER OF War, transmitting the CONTRIBUTIONS of LITTER from the AMERICAN CONSUL at PARIS, re

his ARMY in aid of the INVASION or ENGLAND. specting AMERICAN CLAlms on the French Go

CITIZEN MINISTER. -The troops, the Gene

rals, and the oficers of the army, the command of Commercial agency of the United States.- Paris, May 30,

which is entrusted to me, impatiently wait the 1853.

signal of battle to which the faithless English SIR, I have now the satisfaction of inform

Government, in the madness of its pride dares ing you, that in virtue of a convention lately en

them, Hatred to the disturbers of the peace of tered into by our minister with this government,

the world; vengeance for their perfidious conduct, all American claims which are embraced by the

is the cry of the arıy-led by such sentin ents ad and 3d articles of the convention concluded in

our attack will be fearful. But if, Citizen Minis. September 1800, are to be revised by a board of

ter, it is sufficient for our duty to combat the enethree American citizens, and as far as may be ap- mies of the human race, this is not sufficient for proved by them are to be paid, principal and in- the wish which animates us.lt is certain that terest, in bills drawn by our ministers on the trea.

our arms are ready to punish them; but the army sury of the United States. This board is to be

I command, not content with having deputed me fumed immediately, and is to sit no longer than to be the interpreter of their zeal to prosecute twelve months-it will be well, therefore, for you this sacred undertaking, and to request you to immediately on receipt of this letter to send me

convey their homage in this respect to the First by two different opportunities, a notarial power Consul, likewise solicits me to transmit to you the of an attorney for the sum that may be liquidaced

voluntary contributions which it has made of a in favour of your vessel che

detained by

part of its pay for the present month towards the the embargo on American vessels at Bordeaux in

expenses of the war. Subjoined is a list of the the years 1793 and 1794, the whole of which is in

contributions.

VICTOR. my charge. You will instruct me by letter at the same time, in what manner and to whose order you wish me to remit the bills that I may obtain DOMESTIC OFFICIAL PAPERS. for your account.

His Majesty's ORDER for the FURTI!ER PROROCA. (Signed) Fulwar SKIPWITH.

TION of the British PARLIAMENT.

At the Court at St. James's, the 12th day of Address of the FRENCH and ITALIAN TROOPS under September, Present, the King's Vor Excellent

the command of Gen. MURAT, 10 the I BRST Consul, Maicsty in Council.--t is this day ordered, by offering a pariign of their pay, for the CONSTRUCTION his Majesty in Council, that the Parliament, which of a SHIP or War.

stands prorogued to Thursday, the 6th day of OcCitizeu First Consul and President, Our tober next, be further prorogued to Thursday, the hearts, our arms, our fortune, and our blood, are 30 day of November next. at your disposal, to avenge tiie national honour, the right of nations, and violated faith. Placed

INTELLIGENCE. bere on the territory of your first glory, French soldiers and Italians, we have only one and the FOREIGN.- The intelligence which has same wish. Defenders of the same cause, we have been received from the Continent respect. rallied around you with unlimited confideoce and Unanimous devotion, as do all the citizens of the

ing Portugal and Spain is uncertain and tvo Republics, who have confided to you their contradiciory. Some accounts relate that destinies and their feliciiy. There is not among both are alieing with a determination to us a single soldier or general officer who does not resist the encroachments of France; and barn to be a simple volunteer of the happy army

others that both have paid large sums to her which, directed by your genius and your star, shall pass the seas as you have passed Mount Si.

agents, for the preservation of peace. A Bernard. -Every lialian and French soldier letter from Hamburgh, of the 20th instant, offers one day's pay, every officer eight days, and says that a courier who passed through that every superior and general officer the half of their

city on his way from Lisbon to Pete? burgh, appointments for a month for the construction of a ship of war, which shall be the name of our Ge

reported that Gen. Laines had presented peral iu Chief First Consul and President, let

several notes to the Prince Regent containe us punish the Cabinet of London, the violaior of ing the demands of his government, ist solemn trencies: let us make war to regain peace that all the Portuguese poris should be shut and ensure the triumph of humanity: let 20 island too celebrated, at length be purged of a

against the English; 2d, that Portugal should pay France a very large sum;

auid faction, the cacmy of humanity, and even of the English nation. Of a faction which sows calum- 3d, that she should bil out a certain numay, treason, assassination, pillage, and all the ber of ships to be employed by France a. scourges of discord and revolutions. Let the in

gainst England. The Moniteur of l1e 4th Roccot blood too long shed in the two worlds from the thirst of gold fall at length on the guilty

inst. contains the following statement of beads of those islanders who believe themsive's

the causes of the dissatisfaction which masters of the sea. Itt the maritime sceptre be France entertains with respect to Portugal. broken in Londop itself; let the flag of war be • Lisbon, August 2.-An English pria. chunged into the flag of peace and commerce, and let that of the teetiese people be every where re

• tcer entered Faro in Algarve, with a spected like that of the greaiest nations.

• French prize. This prize was a polucre • from Marseilles, captain Pourquier, co

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