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To the Worshipful Mr. FOHN SNOW,
Bailiff of STOCKBRIDGE. SIR, | Ccording to my Promise when I took
my Leave of you, I send you all the
Pamphlets and Papers which have been Printed since the Diffolution of the last Parliament; among these you will find your Hum. ble 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 directed to me. As you are the MagiArate of the Town wherein, of all Places in the World, it concerns me moft 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 firft Place I must recommend to your Perusal a printed Paper, which was publith'd in French on one side, and Englise on the other, and given Gratis in the open Streets: A Country Gentleman of my Acquaintance, who was going into Wales the next Day, receiv'd one of them from a Boy diAtributing them in Cheaphide, and made me a Present of it. I will trouble you only with the Englife.
A most Humble Address or Memorial presented
to Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain, by the Deputy of the Magistrates of Dunkirk to Her Majesty. May it please your moft Excellent Majesty, THE Sieur Tuggbe, Deputy of the Magi
1 strates of Dunkirk to your Majesty, to implore your Clemency in relation to the in« tended Demolition of the Fortifications and
Port of the said Town, had entertain's Hopes 6 that by the most humble Representations he • had presum'd to make, touching the extreme I Misery to which the said Demolition will reo duce Eighteen Thousand Families that make
up that City, your Majesty's Mercy might have • been moved, and that according to his most re
fpe&tful Request, he might have obtain'd the i Preservation at leaft of the Mole or Dikes of " 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 « against that Town, and that'tis your Majesty's « Pleasure that Sentence should be executed in( its full Extent. Tho' stunn'd by this Blow, o the Sieur Tuggbe yet presumes co approach I once more your Majesty's awful Throne, be
ing thereto encouraged by the Benefit your Ma.
jetty's Clemency pours down on all the Na. • tions of the Earth, and with trembling to o represent to your Majesty, that he does not • demand that the Works that may serve either for the Attack or Defence of Dunkirk be preserved,
either on the Landfide, or towards the Sea.
The unfortunate Inhabitants of Dunkirk are no o longer concern'd for those magnificent Works, 6 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 o their neceffary Subsistence, by enabling them • to carry on their Herring Fishing,and some other
small Trade along the Coast.
"Your Majesty endued with Native Clemency ! and Chriftian Charity, of which all Nations ' feel the benign Influence, desires not to return
· Evil for Evil; nor does your Majesty admit it .6 in your Resolutions any farther than it is in
. dispensably necessary according to Political 6 Views, and agreeable to the Welfare of your Gown Subjects. The Sieur Tuggbe will pressume to observe to your Majesty that the Pre
servation of the Harbour of Dunkirk, in the ( naked Condition it has been Represented, will s 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 o the Object 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 Majelty's Kingdoms, s and retarded the Execution of your Majesty's • Projects, or by the Privateering of its inhabi
tants, which has often annoy'd 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, diverted 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 Projects, or to disturb the 'r Trade of your Majetty's Subjects, fince in o such a Condition it will be an open Town, s both on the Land and Sea. fide, abandon'd to
the first Invader, defenceless for whom soever • shall possess it, and which any Enemy may ené ter by Sea and by Land, in order to burn both o the Ships that might be fitting out there, and
even the Town and Harbour. Thus in such ca Condition Dunkirk ncither will nor even i can be opposite either to your Majesty's Politi' scal Views, or to the Welfare of your Maje. * Ay's Subje&ts.
i The Preservation of the Harbour of Dun. * kirk without Works and Fortifications, may
in fine be equally useful, and become even
abfolutely necessary, both for your Majesty's « Political Views, and the Good of your Sub• jeets.
's Your Majesty's Political Views, chiefly in « Times of Peace, center all in the Increase of * the Commerce of your Majesty's Subje&s, e and at the same time the Welfare and Interest
of your Subjects lie in the Improvement of their s Trade. Therefore by proving that the Pre
fervation of the Harbour of Dunkirk will be not only advantageous, but also necessary for o the Commerce ofihe Subjces of Great Britain, * your Peticioner hopes he shall prove all that's o concaind in his Second Propofition.
First, Dunkirk is become the Object of the * Jealousy of the Dutch, and the Dutch have