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• the North Seas. And altho’ the Coast of • England affords many Places for Ships to put • into, it may nevertheless happen oftentimes I after the Demolition of the Mole and Dikes, • for which the Magistrates of Dunkirk beg s your Majesty's Mercy, that the Ships of your • Subjects may be so driven and Wind-bound by
bad Weather on the Coast of Dunkirk, that *being unable to reach their own Shoar, they • will in vain regret, as well as all other Na• tions trading to the North, that Harbour of • Safety, of which they hall be deprived; and « avoid a bare Commiseration of the Danger to · which Seafaring Men are expos’d, ought to
have preserv'd for them, according to the • coinmon Dictates of Humanity
"Upon all these Confiderations, that is, • considering the small Damage which the Har. • bour of Dunkirk, despoil'd of all its Fortifi. ocations, both on the Sea and the Land lide, "may cause either to your Majesty's Subjects, • or to those of your Allies; the Usefulness " and Benefit which the Trade of Great Britain I will find in the Preservation of the said Har• bour in the manner above explained, and the o unprofitable but ruinous Loss which the un« fortunate Inhabitants of that Town will suf« fer by its Demolition, the Magiftrates of • Dunkirk and the Sieur Tugghe their Deputy “presume to hope that your Majesty will gra. i ciously be pleased to recal part of your Sen<tence, by causing your Thunderbolts to fall I only on the Martial Works which may have ' incurr'd your Majesty's Displeasure, and by s sparing only the Mole and Dikes, which in ' 'their naked Coudition can, for the future, be
i no more than an Object of Pity. Nay, they ' Mäll even be an Eternal Monument of your • Majesty's Ĝlory, lince by incessantly Re• minding the Beholders of the dreadful Ornaments of which they shall remain despoil'd by
your Majesty's Will alone, they will, at the 'fame time, eternally preserve the Memory of
your Majesty's Clemency, which hall have ' bestow'd them on the Tears and Groans of
the Inhabitants of that Town, overwhelm'd I with Grief.
'Tis by those Tears aud by those Groans, that the Magistrates and cheir Deputy, hum
bly prostrate at the Feet of your Majesty's • Throne, no less Gracious than Dreadfui, beg
the Preservation of their Harbour, and beseech 'your Majesty to vouchsafe to look with Eyes
of Pity on Eighteen Thousand Families, who "must be reduced to wander about, if by the
entire and severe Execution of your Majesty's • Orders, they are forced to quit their Habita'tions to go and seek or rather beg their
Let not your Majesty's ever beneficent Hand be the Instrumene of their Misery and Disa persion! And let not the Inhabitants of Dun. • kirk be the only People in the World that ' may complain of the Rigor of a Queen whose "Wisdom and Clemency is adored by all the • Earth.
My Indignation at this Usage of my Queen and Country, prompted me to write a Letter to Neftor Ironside, Efq; which I subscribed Englija Tory.
Mr. Ironside thereupon Prints my Letter Word for Word, and on August the 7th Pub limes it with a Mort Preface, as follows: IT is usually thought, with great Justice, a d very impertinent thing in a private Man to intermeddle in Matters which regard the State. But the Memorial which is mentioned, in the following Letter is fo daring, and so apparently designed for the moft Traiterous Purposeimaginable, that I do not care what Mifinterpretation I suffer, when I expose it to the Resentment of all Men who value their Country, or have any Regard to the Honour, Safety, or Glory of their Queen. It is certain there is not much Danger in delaying the Demolition of Dunkirk during the Life of his present molt. Christian Majefty, who is renowned for the most inviolable Regard to Treaties; but that Pious Prince is aged, and in case of his De.. cease, now the Power of France and Spain is. in the same Family, it is poflible an Ambitious Successor, (or his Ministry in a King's Minority) might dispute his being bound by the AQ of his Predeceffor in so weighty a Particular..
Mr. IRONSIDE, (VOU employ your in portant Moments,
Bomethinks, a little too frivolously, when. 6. you consider so often little Circumftances of
Dress and Behaviour, and never make men
tion of Matters wherein you and, all your • Fellow-Subjects in general are concerned. "I give you now an Opportunity; not only of * manifesting your Loyalty to your Queen, but - your Affection to your Country, if you treat
e an Infolence done to them both with the Dic. • dain it deserves. The enclosed Printed Pa.. o per in French and English has been handed a• bout the Town, and given gratis to Passengers " in the Streets at Noon-Day. You see the "Title of it is, A most humble Address or Me:
morial, presented to ber Majesty the Queen of • Great Britain, by the Deputy of the Magia • ftrates of Dunkirk. The nauseous Memoria- lift, with the moft fulsome Flaitery, tells the " Queen of her Thunder, and of Wisdom and . . Clemency adored by all the Earth, at the same
rime that he attempts to undermine her Power, ' and escape her Wisdom, by beseeching her to • do an A& which would give a well-grounded « Jealousie to her People. What the Sycophant • defires is, that the Mole and Dikes of Dune • kirk may be spared; and, it seems, the Sieur
Tuggbe, for fo the Petitioner is called, was • Thunder-struck by the Denunciation (which • he says) the Lord Viscount Bolinbroke made
to him, That her Majesty did not think to ó make any Alteration in the dreadful Sentence « The had pronounced again the Town. Mr.
IRONSIDE, I chínk' you would do an A& ' worthy your general Humanity, if you would o put the Sieur Tuggbe right in this Matter, and « let him know, that her Majesty has pro- •
nounced no Sentence against the Town, but . ' his most Christian Majelty has agreed that the • Town and Harbour shall be Demolished.
. That the British Nation expect the imme• diate Demolition of ic.
(That the very common People know, that I within two Months after the signing of the Peace, the Works towards che Sea were to
• be demolished, and within three Months after "it the Works towards the Land." . *That the said Peace was figned the last of
March, O. S.
“ That the Parliament has been told from the « Queen, that the Equivalent for it is in the Hands of the French King.
• That the Sieur Tuggbe has the Impudence. Ito ask the Queen to remit the most material • Part of the Articles of Peace between Her Majesty and his Mafter. .
s That the British Nation received more Da. • nage in their Trade from the Port of Dun. "kirk, than from almost all the Ports of France,
either in the Ocean or in the Mediterra nean.
• That Fleets of above thirty Sail have come * together out of Dunkirk during the late War, " and taken Ships of War, as well as Merchant * Men
(That the Pretender failed from thenee to Scotland, and that it is the only Port the
French have till you come to Breft, for the 6 whole Length of St. George's Channel, where ' any confiderable Naval Armament can be ' made.
- That destroying the Fortifications of Dum: • kirk is an inconsiderable - Advantage to Eng.
land, in Comparison to the Advantage of de• Atroying the Mole, Dikes and Harbour, it be cing the Naval Force from thence which on <ly can hurt the British Nation.
That the British Nation expect the imme? diate Demolition of Dunkirk.
. That the Dutch, who suffered equally with us from those of Durkirk, were proba