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more numerous commodities rising out of her manufactures than she has at present. In short she sits in the midst of a mighty affluence of all the necessaries and conveniences of life. If our silver and gold diminishes, our public credit continues unimpaired; and if we are in want of bullion, it lies in our own power to supply ourselves. The old Roman general, when he heard his army complain of thirst, showed them the springs and rivers that lay behind the enemy's camp. It is our own case; the rout of a Spanish army would make us masters of the Indies.

If Prince Eugene takes upon him the command of the confederate forces in Catalonia, and meets with that support from the alliance which they are capable of giving him, we have a fair prospect of reducing Spain to the entire obedience of the house of Austria. The Silesian fund (to the immortal reputation of those generous patriots who were concerned in it) enabled that prince to make a conquest of Italy, at a time when our affairs were more desperate there than they are at present in the kingdom of Spain.

When our parliament had done their utmost, another public-spirited project of the same nature, which the common enemy could not foresee nor prepare against, might, in all probability, set King Charles upon the throne for which he hath so long contended. One pitched battle would determine the fate of the Spanish continent.

Let us, therefore, exert the united strength of our whole island, and by that means put a new life and spirit into the confederates, who have their eyes fixed upon us, and will abate or increase their preparations according to the example that is set them. We see the necessity of an augmentation if we intend to bring the enemy to reason, or rescue our country from the miseries that may befall it; and we find ourselves in a condition of making such an augmentation as, by the blessing of God, cannot but prove effectual. If we carry it on vigorously, we shall gain for ourselves and our posterity a long, a glorious, and a lasting peace; but if we neglect so fair an opportunity, we may be willing to employ all our hands, and all our treasures, when it will be too late; and shall be tormented with one of the most melan

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choly reflections of an afflicted heart, That it was once in our power to have made ourselves and our children happy.

'I am by no means a judge of the subject debated in this paper; which was, apparently, written to serve the cause, and to promote the views, of the author's friends and patrons, then in the direction of affairs. What every one sees, is, that, if all political pamphlets were composed with the clearness, the good sense, and the good temper, so conspicuous in this, they would be very useful to the public, or, at least, could do no hurt. When Mr. Addison submitted, sometimes, to become a party-writer, he knew how to maintain the fairness, the elegance, and even dignity, of his character.

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The whole nation is at present very inquisitive after the roceedings in the cause of Goodman Fact, plaintiff, and fount Tariff, defendant; as it was tried on the 18th of une, in the thirteenth year of her Majesty's reign, and in he year

of the Lord 1713. I shall therefore give my counrymen a short and faithful account of that whole matter. ind in order to it, must in the first place premise some parculars relating to the person and character of the said laintiff, Goodman Fact.

Goodman Fact is allowed by everybody to be a plainpoken person, and a man of very few words. Tropes and gures are his aversion. He affirms everything roundly, githout any art, rhetoric, or circumlocution. He is a delared enemy to all kinds of ceremony and complaisance. Je flatters nobody. Yet so great is his natural eloquence, hat he cuts down the finest orator, and destroys the bestontrived argument, as soon as ever he gets himself to be eard. He never applies to the passions or prejudices of his udience : when they listen with attention and honest minds, e never fails of carrying his point. He appeared in a suit f English broad-cloth, very plain, but rich. Everything he Fore was substantial, honest, home-spun ware.


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| This humorous paper relates to the Tariff, as it is called, or treaty of mmerce, declaring the duties of import and export, which the ministry ad agreed to, at the peace of Utrecht. A bill, which the Commons had dered to be brought in, for the confirmation of that treaty, occasioned eat debates, and was at length thrown out by a small majority. This te of the Tarif was thought to reflect no small disgrace on the makers

the peace, and was matter of great triumph to the Whig party. e particulars in Burnet, under the year 1713, and in Tindals Continu

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indeed, came from the East Indies, and two or three little superfluities from Turkey, and other parts. It is said that be encouraged himself with a bottle of neat Port, before he appeared at the trial. He was huzzaed into the court by several thousands of weavers, clothiers, fullers, dyers, packers, calenders, setters, silk-men, spinners, dressers, whitsters, winders, mercers, throwsters, sugar-bakers, distillers, drapers, hosiers, planters, merchants, and fishermen; who all unanimously declared that they could not live two months longer, if their friend Fact did not gain his cause.

Everybody was overjoyed to hear that the good man was come to town. He no sooner made his appearance in court, but several of his friends fell a weeping at the sight of him : for, indeed, he had not been seen there three years before.

The charge he exhibited against Count Tariff was drawn up in the following articles.

I. That the said Count had given in false and fraudulent reports in the name of the plaintiff.

II. That the said Count had tampered with the said plaintiff, and made use of many indirect methods to bring him to

III. That the said Count had wilfully and knowingly traduced the said plaintiff

, having misrepresented him in many cunningly-devised speeches, as a person in the French interest.

IV. That the said Count had averred in the presence of above five hundred persons, that he had heard the paintiff speak in derogation of the Portuguese, Spaniards, Italians, Hollanders, and others; who were the persons whom the said plaintiff had always favoured in his discourse, and whom he should always continue to favour.

V. That the said Count had given a very disadvantageous relation of three great farms, which had long flourished under the superintendency of the plaintiff.

VI. That he would have obliged the owners of the said arms to buy up many commodities which grew upon their own lands. That be would have taken away the labour from the tenants, and put it into the hands of strangers. That he would have lessened and destroyed the produce of the said farms.

That by these, and many other wicked devices, he would

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VII. That the said Count had either sunk or mislaid seeral books, papers, and receipts, by which the plaintiff might Doner have found means to vindicate himself from such alumnies, aspersions, and misrepresentations.

In all these particulars, Goodman Fact was very short but ithy: for, as I said before, he was a plain, home-spun man. His yea was yea,

and his nay, nay. He had further so much f the Quaker in him, that he never swore, but his affirmaCon was as valid as another's oath.

It was observed, that Count Tariff endeavoured to broweat the plaintiff all the while he was speaking ; but though e was not so impudent as the Count, he was every whit as turdy; and when it came to the Count's turn to speak, old act so stared him in the face, after his plain, downright Fay, that the Count was very often struck dumb, and forced hold his tongue in the middle of his discourse.

More witnesses appeared on this occasion, to attest Goodan Fact's veracity, than ever were seen in a court of justice. Iis cause was pleaded by the ablest men in the kingdom; mong whom was a gentleman of Suffolk, who did him sigal service.

Count Tariff appeared just the reverse of Goodman Fact. Ie was dressed in a fine brocade waistcoat, curiously emroidered with flower-de-luces. He wore also a broadrimmed hat, a shoulder-knot, and a pair of silver-clocked tockings. His speeches were accompanied with much gesure and grimace. He abounded in empty phrases, supercial flourishes, violent assertions, and feeble proofs. To be rief, he had all the French assurance, cunning, and volubility f tongue; and would most certainly have carried his cause, ad he dealt with any one antagonist in the world besides Goodman Fact.

The Count being called upon to answer to the charge which iad been

ade against him, did it after a manner peculiar o the family of the Tariffs, viz. by railing and calling names.

He, in the first place, accused his adversary of scandalum nagnatum, and of speaking against his superiors with sauci

Sir Thomas Hanmer, who, at first, had favoured the treaty, but aftervards spoke warmly and with effect against it.

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