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To the Worshipful Mr. FOHN SNOW,
Bailiff of STOCKBRIDGE.
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 MagiGrate 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 first Place I must recommend to your Perusal a printed Paper, which was publim'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 Cheapfide, 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 Magiftrates of Dunkirk to Her Majesty.
May it please your moft Excellent Majesty, "THE
HE Sieur Tuggbe, Deputy of the Magi
Itrates 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'd Hopes • that by the most humble Representations he • had presum'd to make, touching the extreme "Misery to which the said Demolition will re• duce Eighteen Thousand Families that make • up that City, your Majesty's Mercy might have • been moved, and that according to his most re! spe&tful Request, he might have obtain’d the • 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 i Viscount Bolingbroke made to him, that your • Majesty did not think fit to make any Alteration
in the dreadful Sentence you have pronounc'd 6 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 to approach o once more your Majesty's awful Throne, be• ing thereto encouraged by the Benefit your Ma• jetty's Clemency poors down on all the Na• tions of the Earth, and with trembling to • 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 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 Hac.bour, thereby to preserve to their people only • their neceffary Subsistence, by enabling them . to carry on their Herring Fishing, and some other s 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 ' in your Resolutions any farther than it is in
dispensably necessary according to Political • Views, and agreeable to the Welfare of your
own Subjects. The Sieur Tugghe will pre
sume 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 's and Good of the British Subje&s, but rather Beneficial to both. "Dunkirk has had the Misfortune to become 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 Majesty'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, 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 happen for the future, either to form any Obstacle
to your Majesty's Projects, or to disturb the • Trade of your Majetty's Subjects, since in < such a Condition it will be an open Town, · both on the Land and Sea-side, abandon'd to + the first Invader, defenceless for whom foever • Tall 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 la Condition Dunkirk neither will nor even I can be opposite either to your Majesty's Politii cal Views, or to the Welfare of your Maje. Ny's Subje&ts.
The Preservation of the Harbour of Dun. kirk without Works and Fortifications, may o in fine be equally useful, and become even • abfolutely necessary, both for your Majesty's • Political Views, and the Good of your Sub• jeats.
• Your Majesty's Political Views, chiefly in • Times of Peace, center all in the Increase of * the Commerce of your Majesty's Subje&s, € and at the same time the Welfare and Interest
of your Subjects lie in the Improvement of their « Trade. Therefore by proving that the Pre6 servation of the Harbour of Dunkirk will be "not only advantageous, but also necessary for & the Commerce of ine Subje&ts of Great Britain,
your Petitioner hopes he shall prove all that's o cooraind in his Second Propofition.
First, Dunkirk is become the Object of the • Jealousy of the Dutch, and the Dutch have