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soundly beaten for them. It is lamentable to think, that this last opportunity of saving Europe, which, if improved, would have even covered all our past misdeeds, has been thrown away like all the rest; and that our policy has proved consistent to the latter end.
We are now, it is said, about to assist the Spaniards in good earnest; that is to say, by sending a great force into Spain. Something, we would fain hope, may be done, even yet, to protract the defeat of that great and good cause, and to obtain better terms for the patriots, if they ultimately fail. Upon a cordial and disinterested union of councils between the two governments, and of operations between the commanders of the two armies, every thing will depend in the prosecution of this attempt. Never were rulers or generals placed in so arduous a predicament; and never did more weighty interests depend on their right conduct. But is there no possibility of gaining even more than the utmost probable success can secure, by availing ourselves of the offer lately made to open a negotiation ? Would it be impossible to offer Spain, as we formerly suggested, a dereliction of every one British object, an oblivion of all our separate causes of quarrel with France, on condition that good terms should be granted to the patriots ? Would not such an offer, if successful, be the salvation of Europe, and, though it failed, strengthen our union with Spain? The late communication from France affords an opening to such views; and we devoutly pray that it may not be presented to us in vain.
Before concluding these hasty and imperfect observations, we must once more repel the insinuations which have reached us, and which we anticipated in our last Number,----of coldness and unwillingness towards the cause of the patriots. Let one word suffice. We sincerely believe, that the success of that cause would not only save the rest of the Continent from France,--from the enemy of both national independence and civil liberty, but would infallibly purify the internal constitution both of this and the other countries of Europe. Now, if any man thinks, that we should not extravagantly rejoice in any conceivable event which must reform the constitution of England --by reducing the overgrown influence of the Crown,--by curbing the pretensions of the privileged orders, in so far as this can be effected without strength
ening the Royal influence --- by raising up the power of real ta·lents and worth, the true nobility of a country,-by exalting the inciss of the community, and giving them, under the guidance of that virtual aristocracy, to direct the councils of England, accorda ing to the spirit, as well as the form of our invaluable constitu-tion ;--whoever believes, that an event, leading to such glorious conséquences as these would not give us the most heartfelt joy,
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