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“ An equal number of men in the entrenchments at Fort Kehl, stopped, for two months, a numerous and vi&torious army, better skilled in war than the English, and provided with able engineers, good besieging artillery, and expert can
The English have no right to flatter themselves with the idea of carrying the entrenchments lined with 10,000 French, accustomed to war, and a formidable artillery, at one and the first onset.
“ If once engaged in the delays of a fiege, incxperienced, without skilful generals, engineers, or ficge artillery, dreading the like invasions on other parts of the coast, which they durit not leave unprotected, the patriotic fire of the military will soon be quenched, expeoces will increase, trade will perish, bankruptcies, failures of payment, the confternation of the towns, of the country, and of manufacturers; especially the disaffection of the people, and the revolutionary spirit, will hasten disorder and confusion. Then, even before a defeat, the resource of the English will be a moft humiliating and dearly bought peace, in case the French, who have hitherto not possessed virtue enough to set limits to their victories, lave, at last, moderation cnough to consent to it.
« Let us suppose the most favourable thing for England, that the French be driven off in their first attempt: this will afsuredly not happen at the moment of landing. Every man, acquainted with common tactics, is assured that it is not possible to prevent a landing. If it takes place at all, it must be after the liege of their entrenchments, which will have been stormed, and themselves either put to the sword, or made prisoners. What is the loss of 10,000 men to France, when the reflects that it has coft England an equal number? She will re&ify her plans, and commence again.
“ Let us conclude then, Firt, That a descent, en safi, on England or Ireland, must be attended with infinite difficulties and inconveniencies; but that it is physically impoffible ; that an army, composed of 60 or 80,000 men, when once landed in England, may subfift without requiring to be vi&tualled by sea ; that the genius of the English nation, from the ascente dant which democracy is every where gaining, will meet with partizans and resources in a rich, abundant, and open country; that such an army is powerful enough to march to London, subdue England, level royalty to the dust, and change the conftitution.
“ Secondly, That one or more partial descents are easier to accomplish, will-produce nearly the same effect, and form the advanced guard of the grand descent, by securing, in the fift place, a firm footing in the kingdom.
Thirdly, That all England is kept in alarm by the menace alone of this grand descent; that by fatiguing cruises, by arming the coasts, and a standing-army, it is ruined. And that during so long a period as France can continue to exhibit tbe phantom, England cannot support her present state of perplexity.
“ Fourthly, That the threat of a grand descent can only cease, either by a general warfare against France, which would draw the forces intended for this pruject, or, more properly, this phantom, elsewhere; or by an universal peace;- That one or the other must be decided at Ratstadt; and that thus the fate of England depends entirely on the result of negociations there.
“ Under the chapter on Derimark, we have proved that the interests of the maritime powers require, not only that the projected descent on England be unsuccessful, but that it wholly cease to exift. Such is the interest also of the continental powers. The general bankruptcy which would ensue, all the specie of Europe in the possession of an enemy, insatiable and uncontrolled, all the power both by land and sea united in it, would ser no bounds to that characteristic ambition and rapacity, which, it is well known, has ever increased in proportion to its success. The fall of every throne, the extinction of every civil, political and religious constitution, would be the fatal consequence. Democracy would devour all Europe, and, in the end, devour itself.”
Ellinor ; or, the World as it is. By Mary Ann Han. way. 4 vols.
185. Lane, 1798. IN the present state of literature, Ellinor is not desti
tute of attractions. She sees a little of life, is fomewhat Quixotic, but then ihe makes amends for all, by marrying a good, sensible old gentleman. Her companions are likewise interesting, and their adventures are amusingly tuld.
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68 Keith's View of Great Britain 210
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Literature, General Review of 62
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167 Moon, Journey to the..
57 Mantua, Duke of, his Country
Martial Ode for 1798.... P. 73
343 Maria,Stanzas near herGrave, P. 183
MariaLamenting, Stanzas to, P. 291
P. 189 Sonnet to S.W at Hertford, P. 75
242 Schoolfellow, Elegy on....P. 78
05 Stranger, a Comedy
344 Smith, Adam, L.L D. Charac-
357 Shipwreck, Sad Account ..... 272
134 | Theodore, King of Corsica.... 342
238 Unanimity against the French
61 Vifiting the Tomb of a dear
66 Visit to my Native Village.... 170
347 Vincent, Lord, Character of 325
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241 Young, John, Extraordinary
Zephyr, Ode to.
Youth's Miscellany ........R. 215
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