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før us, and the Welfare of our Trade, he would be utterly against. · As to his Third, It is a false Affertion to say that there is no other Port serviceable to the Trade of French Flanders, Haixault, Artois, or Pi. cardy, for there are many useful to this Trade, Oftend, Newport, Graveling; and Calais, whose Waters run into the same Canals that that of Dunkirk does, besides Boulogne, Estaples, St. Valery and Diep; for the Trade to Picardy, all these Ports are capable of receiving as large Ver. sels as ever we made use of in this Trade, which are from 20, 60 or 100 Tuns at most.
As to the Sieur's Fourth, It is well known the Trade may be profitably carried on by other Places than Dunkirk ; and an Ease of Charge for so inconsiderable a part of our Trade is not to be mentioned, in Competition with the hazard of so great a part as, on a Rupture with France, that place can moleft; the rest of this Article is already answer'd, because other Ports can convey our Trade to any Place that Dun. kirk can.
As to Mr. Deputy's Fifth, If the Treaty of Commerce has preserved the Tariff of 1671 in the Conquer'd Countries, it is preserv'd to Grave. ling, and other Ports there, as well as Dun. : kirk.
As to the Sieur's Sixth, The Stress he lays on the List of 218 Ships which was printed in the Mercator, No.29, with their Cargoes, has no Weight in it, because those Ships might have gone to the Neighbouring Ports; he is also unjust in arguing from that List, that the Trade of Eng. iand there will very much Increase : Whoever looks over the Mercator, will find that their
Loading confilted chiefly of Food and Firing, the whole he values at two Millions of French ! Livres; the Coals indeed they may always take, as they will other Commodities that Neceffity obliges them to, and which they have not of their own Growth or Manufacture, but a constant Market of this kind is not to be expected; it is not to be supposed, because they took these Quantities of Corn and Provisions of usin their late familh'd Condition, that they will do the fame when they have plentiful Crops, and this whole Sum is but 100,000l. Sterling, of which the Provisions amount to at least 3 Quarters. .. Their Trade to us standing in a manner upon the Foot of a Prohibition, they could not well pay us any otherwise than with ready Money; but if the Treaty of Commerce should pass, and the Port of Dunkirk remain as it is, the Dunkirkers will soon find Commodities to supply us with, tho’ they have none of their own Growth. Mr. Tuggbe does not do us Justice in this para of the Memorial, because he omitted to tell us of the Combination of Merchants, who made our People take their own Prices for our Goods, which were sold to Loss, rather than to bring them back again through the Risque of the Seas, and to run the Danger of their being Damaged, and of their Perishing. There might be other Obfervations made from their want of Corn, of the Advantage we might have taken of their Low Condition.
As to this Agent's Seventh, Mr. Tugghe with great Piety and Charity towards us, prays to God to avert a War between us and Holland, and represents a great many Dangers in it in regard to our Trade with French Flanders, Hai.
nault, Artois, and Picardy, which is already anfwer'd, because other Ports can supply them as well as Dunkirk. Now if we Mhould turn the other fide of the Matter, I wonder what Dane ger the Memorialist would represenç us from another War with France.
As to the Sieur's Eighth, This Article is false, as is already proved ; nor do we want him to teach as our Trade to Germany, who would perswade us it is our Interest to Trade thither through Dunkirkby Land-Carriage, whose Wa. ters have not any Correspondence with the Ri. vers of Germany, and to cree Staples and ScoreHouses, which would be a good booty for the French in case of a Rupture ; nor can we ever carry it on so safely or cheaply through Coun. tries possessed by France, as we do through Hamburg, and other Places, by Water Carsjage.
As to his Ninth, He has here the Insolence to call it a severe Resolution in the Queen to inmiit on the Demolition. This is objected to in Answer 2. But his Affertion, that it is absolutely Necessary to the Trade of Great Britain, is the Reverse of our Case.
As to the Memorialist's Tentb, It is necessary for all Ships to have a Lee Port to fie to if they cannot get to Windward, or weather a Storm; but All such as have any tolerable Skill in Navigation, know, that our Ships keep their own Shoar abroad, as the French do theirs; and therefore the Port of Dunkirk is useless to us. I would fain know, what use our Ships had of that Port for above twenty Years last past. Mr. Tuggbe, I am sure, can tell us what English Ships ever refitted there, and how many ever
repair'd Losses; all the World know there have been many Hundreds refitted there to annoy our own Country, and some Thousands suffer'd Losses there that were never repair'd. It is a most desirable Port for the Ships of France, but all English Ships have dreaded it for above twenty Years. The Publick Joy the News of its being to be Demolish'd created this Nation, is a convincing Argument, how much they will in vain Regret, as well as all other Nations trading to the Northward, that Harbour of Safety. It raises something more than Indigoation to see a Magiftrate of Dunkirk, sent to talk to the Queen of Great Britain, and di&tate Rules of Huma. nity.
it will be a great A&t of Humanity to infilt upon the Demolition of that Town, which has destroyed so many Thousand of her Majesty's Subje&s and their Ships.
This is all I have to say to my Foreign Enemy the Siepr Tuggbe, and humbly recommending to his Most Christian Majesty the Care of the eighteen thousand Families, I take the liberty to repeat to him, that the British Nation ex. ped the Demolition of Dunkirk. I am now to face about to my Domestick Foes, by whom I am accus'd of the logratitude of insulting my Prince, while I am eating her Bread.
Mr. Bailiff, It is so far otherwise, that to a. void the least Appearance of it, I did not attempt doing what proceeded from a true Grateful and Loyal Heart, (viz.) the laying before her Majesty's Ministry, that the Nation had a ftri& Eye upon their Behaviour, with relation to Dunkirk ; before I had resigned all, which teir Interpofition with her most Gracious MaD 4
jesty jesty could take from me. I am so far from eating her Bread, with a Difinclination to her Service, that I had refigned a plentiful Income I had from her Favour, in a considerable Office and Pension, which incapacitate a Man of fitting in Parliament, to render my self more useful to Her and my. Country, in the Station with which your Borough has Gince honoured
If he is an Enemy to the Prerogative, that is satisfied with what he has already received from his Prince, and gives up all Expectations of ever receiving more, with no other View, than serving his Prince and Country in a more eminent manner than when he enjoyed Employ. ments; if such a Man, I say, is an Enemy, I am an Enemy: But the Author of the Letter from the Country Whig personates that Character so aukardly; and the Examiner, without entring into the Point, treats me so outrage. oully; that I know not how to offer, against fuch Adversaries, Reason and Argument, without appearing void of both. However, since it has for some time been the Fashion to run down Men of much greater Consequence than I am, with general Terms, that fall in with the Prejudices and Corruptions of the People, I shall not bear in silence the Accusation of being in the least Degree undutiful to my most Gracious Mistress, much less of assaulting Her Prerogative. These Writers shall treat me as they ihink fit, as I am their Brother-Scribler ; but I Mall not be so unconcern'd when they attack me as an honeft Man: I shall therefore inform them, that it is not in the Power of a private and an indifferent Man to hurt the Ho