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THE attention of the public has lately been called to the injury which the power and prosperity of this country have sustained by the conduct of America, in a most masterly performance under the title of “War in Disguise, or the Frauds of the Neutral Flags.” But the very learned and eloquent advocate who wrote this tract, directed his attention, almost exclusively, to detect the fraudulent evasion of the royal instructions, and to lay before the public a very detailed account of the shifts and arts by which the American flag has been enabled to carry on the domestic and colonial commerce of our enemies. This publication has had a powerful effect on the nation; and no one has
yet attempted to question the accuracy of its details, or to controvert the conclusions which its learned author has drawn from them.
Only a short time since, a pamphlet was transmitted from America, and is now re-printed in London, which is ascribed to a gentleman high in the confidence of the American government.
In this tract, the injurious consequences to the prosperity and power of this country, from neutrals covering the commerce of our enemies, is most fully admitted : (P.3, 78, 134, 137, 189.) but the author contends, that notwithstanding this consequence, the trade, so carried on by neutrals, is one warranted by the law of nations, and sanctioned by the principles upon this subject, which have been recognised in various treaties.
This author seems encumbered with his authorities, and unaccustomed to the right application of principles; and has involved himself in considerable confusion. Yet the great weight of the gentleman to whom this publication is attributed, has drawn towards it so large a portion of the public attention, that it has been deemed requisite to have its inaccuracies and inconsistencies pointed out, and its unwarranted conclusions combatted.
In order to do this in the most satisfactory manner, no reference is made to any fact, or to a quotation from any authority, but such as are found in this reprint of the American tract itself, and to which correct reference is made.
While the present pamphlet was writing, the resolutions from the committee of congress (to whom that part of the president's message was referred which relates to the disputes between this country and America) has been received, with their subsequent confirmation, and are as follows:--
FIRST, RESOLVED-- That the capture and condemnation, under the
orders of the British government, and adjudication of their courts of admiralty, of American vessels and their