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are now thirty Battallions at Work in that Place, and these are to be reinforced to forty.
The Proclamation of the other Day, giving a Price for the Pretender, represents that her Majesty's Instances for removing that Gentleman, who once already has invaded us, have been ineffectual. These Battalions may lieready to receive him, and 1 know no better Reason, that the French King is pleased to pay for his Board at Bar le Due.
I beg your Eminence's leave to say this is a dreadful Circumstance to which we lie exposed.
I profess sincerely to your Eminence, this is a very ungrateful Subject to me, and if I did not think this Remonstrance absolutely Necessary, I would not talk of a thing which cannot but reflect some Dishonour upon our selves, in being thus shamefully Deluded, or rather Insulted.
I do not remember to have read any where any thing like this Artisice (which is as pitiful as can be imagined) except in a little Treatise in French, called, The History of False Promises since the Peace as the Pyrenees. The Author tells us., that the French in a Treaty with Spain, obtained an Article, that whatsoever should be found within the Dominions of either State, at the time of the Ratisication, shall belong to the respective Sovereign. The French Pillaged a Wood, and carried the Timber out of the bordering Territories of Spain into those of France, in order to Profit, as they diclt by this Arti.
This was a kind of Petty-Larceny in Politicks, but there is nothing too mean for Ambition.
When Extent of Territory and Absolute Command are made the Objects of a Prince's Desire, Perfidiousness and a Degeneracy from every thing that is truly Good and Great, will be looked upon as things not to be imputed; but this is no more Greatness or Power, than Dropsie and Impostumation is Vigour and Strength.
Truth and Honesty are the Foundation of solid Greatness, and that which would be an ill thing in a Private Man, is much more so in a Nation or a Prince. Here are two Merchants, one lives at Blackmail, the other at Deptford; he at Blackwall, for valuable Considerations, Covenants with him of Deptford to destroy the Dock which brings in Ships to his own Door, and enables him to underlell him that Dwells over-against him. Deptford signs an Article, the Principal Intention of which is, that Blackwall (hall hereafter be upon an equal Foot with Deptford, in that Point of lading and unlading Goods. After these Articles are signed, the Man of Deptfordfinds a Creek between Greenwich and Deptford, by which he can bring home his Goods, as well and as Cheaply as before, and that he can, with half the Ca(h he had from Blackwall, disappoint the Bargain he had lately made with it.
I appeal to your Eminence, whether he would not be a Cheat and a Knave for attempting it, and whether the Mail who had paid him his Mony, not to take any Advantage of his Situation tion to out-trade him, would not have Just Cause of Complaint for such Usage.
The main End of the Bargain is always ta be the Measure of our Actions in the Observation of it.
France has stipulated with us, that Dunkirk shall be no more an Harbour: They have made another fort of Harbour than it was before, but not a Jot less Commodious to themselves or less Terrible to us.
Your Eminence will observe by the Map, that the Ships in the Basin and Harbour of Dunkirk lie much safer from Attacks from the Seafide, than before: You fee the little Scratchwork, which was the former way of Entrance, ending over-against A, is not a fourth part so long as from the Peer-head F, to the said A. So that an Enemy would have so much mort to do to fight his way into the Harbour of Dunkirk now, than he had before the Demolition.
In measuring any Iniquity, we are to consider the Person who commits it, and the Person against whom it is committed.
His most Christian Majesty lies under the strongest Obligations imaginable to the British Nation. In his utmost Exigence and Distress, with an uncommon Generosity, we withdrew our Conquering Arms in his Favour: When he was reduced to be very near a Supplicant, we, according to outward Appearance, condescend, ed to make Advances towards a Peace with him; and it is notoriously known, that a Secre» tary of State of Great Britain visited his Court to further the Negotiation.
If he can shew that he has been any way overreached, or that the Address and Dexterity of any Minister of ours has surprized him into the Grant of too great an Equivalent for Dunkirk, there might possibly be some face of Justice by wayof Reprisal, to make this fallacious Demolition, lint when all the World must know, that we laid aside all Diffidence towards him, and in the midst of Conquest made an Halt of all the Powers of Euros e, and continued that
Suspension of all Hostilities'till
1 have no manner of design to make this Confidence/of ours odious, and mention it only as opposing it to the Falshood and Ingratitude which we meet with in return to it.
I cannot tell in what Words to represent the Fact strongly enough to your Eminence, but if you will give me leave to repeat an admirable Simile or Illustration which your Eminence has brought out against the Whigs, part of it will most excellently express what the French have done. Your Words are in the above mentioned Number One of your Current rVolume, speaking of those restless silly Rogues the Whigs. They have made no Discoveries; nor opened any new Sluices and Streams of Scandal; but yet like the Ingenious Winstauley, and other Masters in Hydrostaticks, they have laid their Pipes so well, and dispofed their IVheels and Machines in such Order, that the same Mass and Body of Water, with good Husbandry and Management, circulates and comes round again at proper Periods t as they direct it.
If you would be so good as to lead me, from the Words they have laid their Pipes, you
will will have the Mechanick part of this Affair in sublime Language, fit for expressing the Iniquity of so great a Prince.
But may it please your Eminence, whether we are Whigs, Tories, or Jacobites, we should, methinks, have one common Indignation against this Usage, and 1 cannot have so little Charity as not to suppose, that how warmly soever any Party wishes for their owa Scheme, they still retain Love enough for their Country, to wish it great and powerful under that Scheme. Bu t in this Case the French have imposed upon us without Dissimulation, and in open Day-light are frustrating the main Article of the Treaty. It was principally the Concern of England, that the Harbour of Dunkirk should be Demolished ; but so little Respect have they for us, that they have Dismantled it as a Fortisication, and made it, for a time, less strong against States on the same Continent, but kept it in its full Power and Glory to insult us Islanders.
Your Eminence formerly said, of Dunkirk -undemolisted, That it is a Bridle which the Queen has put into the Mouths of other Powers, bejides the French, and is not therefore to be let go. What can your Eminence say to it now? Our Garrison is marched, and they have left it a Bridle to no Nation in the World so much as to their own.
I cannot tell what the French will do, but I am sorry so much is in their Power.
The French attacked a Minor King of Spain ia Profound Peace, 1(577.
Their Emissaries made Medals for the Dutch -against France, and made thoselnventions cause