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To the Worshipful
Bailiff of STOCKBRIDGE. .. SIR,
Ccording to my Promise when I took
my Leave of you, I send you all the 11 Pamphlets and Papers which have been Printed Gince the Diffolution of the last Parlia., ment; among these you will find your Humble Servant no small Man, but spoken of more than once in Print: You will find I take up whole Pages in the Examiner, and that, there is a little Pamphlet written wholly upon me, and dire&ed to me. As you are the Magi-, ftrate of the Town wherein, of all Places in the World, it concerns me most to appear a different Man, from the Person whom thele Writers represent me; I address my Vindication to you, and at the same time to the whole Borough. In the first Place I must recommend to your Perusal a printed Paper, which was publishid in French on one side, and Englis on the other, and given Gratis in the open Streets: A Country Gentleman of my Acquaintance, who was going into Wales the Dext Day, receiv?d one of them from a Boy di. Qributing them in Cbeaphide, and made me a Present of it. I will trouble you only with the Englije,
A most Humble Address or Memorial presented
to Her Majesty the Queen of Greai Britain, by the Deputy of the Magiftrates of Dunkirk to Her Majesty... May it please your most Excellent Majesty, . THE Şieur Tuggbe, Deputy of the Magi:
I ftrates of Dunkirk to your Majesty, to implore your Clemency in relation to the instended Demolition of the Fortifications and 6 Port of the said Town, had entertain's Hopes
that by the most humble Representations be • had presum'd to make, touching the extreme "Misery to which the said Demolition will re. ! duce Eighteen Thousand Families that make 6 up that City, your Majesty's Mercy'm ight have "been moved, and that according to his most re? 6 fpe&ful Request, he might have obtain'd the 6 Preservation at least of the Mole or Dikes of o that Port. But he was as it were Thunder: ! struck by the Denunciation which my Lord • Viscount Bolingbroke made to him, that your -- Majesty did not think fit to make any Alteration o in the dreadful Sentence you have pronounc'd 6 against that Town, and that'tis your Majefty's i Pleasure that Sentence should be executed in
its full Extent. Tho' funn'a by this Blow, O'the Sieur Tugghe yet presumes to approach I once more your Majesty's awful Throne, besing thereto encouraged by the Benefit your Ma. « jelly's Clemency pours down on all the Na.
tions of the Earth; and with trembling to "represent to your Majesty, that he does not s demand chat the Works that may serve either for the Attack or Defenee of Dunkirk be preserved,
either on the Land Gide, or towards the Sea. • The unfortunate Inhabitants of Dunkirk are no " longer concern’d for those magnificent Works, " that strike Terror on all the Beholders. The « Magistrates only beg the Preservation of the • Mole and Dikes that form and keep up the Har« bour, thereby to preserve to their People only
their necessary Subsistence, by enabling them • to carry on their Herring Fishing, and some other 6 small Trade along the Coast.
• Your Majesty endued with Native Clemency 6 and Christian Charity, of which all Nations I feel the benign Influence, desires not to return ( Evil for Evil; nor does your Majesty admit it ' in your Resolutions any farther than it is in
dispensably necessary according to Political · Views, and agreeable to the Welfare of your bown Subjects. The Sieur Tuggbe will pre
fume to observe to your Majesty that the Pre<servation of the Harbour of Dunkirk, in the • naked Condition it has been Represented, will ( neither be inconsistent either with the Politi" cal Views of Great Britain, or the Welfare « and Good of the British Subjects, but rather Beneficial to both.
Dunkirk has had the Misfortune to become " the Obje& of Great Britain's Indignation, either • by the Sea Armaments the King made there,and (which during the late Wars may have disturb'd
the Tranquility of your Majesty's Kingdoms, –? 2?22/22/2/2/2ņētiņ2/2ū2/2Ỉ ū►ētiņģēņģēÂò • Projects, or by the Privateering of its Inbabi. "tants, which has often annoy'and molested " the Trade of your Majesty's Subje&s. But in the 6 Condition to which your Petitioner begs its Harbour to be reduc'd, that is, divested of all
its Works and Fortifications, and its Mole ' and Dikes only preserv'd, it will never be able, ' whatever War (which God avert ) may hap'pen for the future, either to form any Obstacle "to your Majesty's Proje&s, or to disturb the ,. Trade of your Majetty's Subje&s, fince in
• such a Condicion it will be an open Town, • both on the Land and Sea-side, abandon'd to (the first Invader, defenceless for whom foever
Thall pofless it, and which any Enemy may en
ter by Sea and by Land, in order to burn both o the Ships that might be fitting out there, and I even the Town and Harbour. Thus in such la Condition Dunkirk ncither will nor even • can be opposite either to your Majesty's PolitiI cal Views, or to the Welfare of your Maje. • fty's Subje&ts.
• The Preservation of the Harbour of Dun. • kirk without Works and Fortifications, may
in fine be equally useful, and become even « absolutely necessary, both for your Majesty's • Political Views, and the Good of your Subs jeats.
*Your Majesty's Political Views, chiefly in • Times of Peace, center all in the locrease of • the Cominerce of your Majesty's Subje&ts, ( and at the saine time the Welfare and Interest
of your Subje as lie in the Improvement of their « Trade. Therefore by proving that the Pre6 fervation of the Harbour of Dunkirk will be
not only advantageous, but also necessary for • the Commerce of the Subjces of Great Britain, - your Petitioner hopes he thall prove all that's • contain'd in his Second Propoljion.
• First, Dunkirk is become ihe Obje&t of the 6 Jealousy of the Dutch, and the Dutch have