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· Nor are his new Politicks any better than « his new Language; he tells us that the keeping • Dunkirk undemolil'd in our (Hands, is our
Security against all the Princes concerned • besides France; i. e, against the Confederates,
• as well as against France. It may be a Se.. curity against the Confederates, but while ir 6 is so, it cannot be a Security against France. • France .can neither apprehend, nor feel any • Mischief from it, whilst it is a Bridle against • the Confederates. The Reason is plain, • France has it in its power to Demolin it < when it will. The IXth Article says, Erance . is to Demolim ic in so many Months time; • those Months are expired, and therefore
France can demolish it when it will : And • whenever France apprehends any Danger & from Dunkirk undemolishid, it will demolish ".it immediately. 'Tis therefore plainly for the • Good and Interest of France, that Dunkirk • is undemolish'd. What, do we think we. have made a Tool of France?
• Upon the whole Matter, if there were no rother Reason, Argument, or Motive in the
World, for the Demolition of Dunkirk, but
the Content and Ealiness of France in seeing « it not demolished, it were sufficient to move ' an honest Englishman to hope, and wish, and « pray, that it might be immediately demolish'd; • and that some other Bridle might be found
out to keep in the Confederates, than that • which is in the French Dominions, and may,
whenever France pleases, (let us talk what & we will) be in the French Hands. What if • Dunkirk Tould be besieged, can the poor Britilla Garrison defend it? Shall we raise
• an Army co recover it? Dunkirk undemolis.
This Gentleman argues France has a Power, but I say, what is more with åll honeft Men, France has a Right to demolish it; and who shall relift it, when the great King of France has both Power and Right to demolish it? But alas ! who knows how long it will be in his Majesty's Will to do it?
I cannot forbear wishing he had deposited the Mony in our Hands, before our Suspension of Arms, for the Demolition. I could name proper Persons, that would have been gladly employed in that work, and some of them are begging in our Streets.
The King at that time was low enough, if England had stood out, to have granted that Demand; but it is an human weakness not ta preserve so lively a Sense of a past Benefit, as we had at the Instant of receiving it.' It was thought an hard Article to defire him to Dethrone his Grandson, tho' he had sent him to take, what we then believ'd, another Man's. Country: Suppose he mould, tho' he has put it into other People's Possession, at last take Compaffion of his own Town? · It has cost, to put it in its present Condition, above Six Millions; and it would go to a Man's Heart to part with what cost so dear : But he is bound by Treaty, and he must do it, if he pleases. .
But as there is this Letter published on my fide, there is another Pamphlet come out on
the Examiner's. It is Entituled, Reasons con. cerning the immediate Demolishing of Dunkirk, being a serious Enquiry into the State and Cona dition of that Affair. I like this Man better than any of the rest, for he does not give me ill Language, 'rill he gives his Reasons why I deserve it. He talks very kindly thus in the fourteenth Page:
. . "We can hardly express how much we are beholden in this Matier, to the worthy Mr.
Steele, the Publisher of the Guardian, No. "128. I will not be so unjust to him, as to 6 call him the Author: who has effe&tually • set us right in this Matter, and has rescued ..the Town and Harbour of Dunkirk from the
depreciating Arts of our Party-Men; who,
it was to be feared, would have brought it • at loft so low, that we might have been made believe, the King of France, if we should of. fer to give it him again, would not accept of
. But the Guardian has taken the Courage to do Justice to the Dunkirkers, and of Consequence to the Ministry, in securing such
a Place in the Poffefsion of the Queen; for • he has told us exprelly, that to take Dunkirk
from the French, is removing France two o or three hundred Miles from us; that they s have not any Port where they can fit out a. 'ny Fleet 'rill they come to Breft ; that it is 6 of the laft Consequence to Britain, that it • should no more be in the French Power; • that the Injury we have received from them 6.is Inestimable. His words follow:
"That when Dunkirk is demolished, the 6 Power of France, on' that side, pould it ever
be turned against us, will be removed several bundred Mile's farther off of Great Britain than it is at present. Vide Guardian, No. 128.
. As this is an undoubted Testimony given e to the Zeal of the Ministry, in taking hold • of the present Conjun&ture, to get that im6 portant Fortress into our Hands, and is the greatest and most juft Panegyrick which Mr.
Steele ever made upon any great Adion in 6 the World; and which, no doubt, he did in 6 Honour to the Queen, and the present Go6 vernment; and that the said Mr. Steele has I gained the just Approbation of all Her Mai jesty's good Subje&ts for fo doing: so it is a • fair" Confutation of all those weak things • which had been advanced by a Party among < us, in Prejudice of the late Negotiations : • But above all, that it is an unanswerable Ar-. "gument against our too soon parting with, • or too haftily Demolishing this important • Place, which is of such Consequence to the « Nation; and I cannot doubt, but Mr. Steele I did it that Justice with this intent. For it is (impoffible a Man of his Penetration, and of « his exquisite Politicks, could argue ' He grows in Jeft here at last, for he knows as well as I do, that I am no great Politician; and I know what heis, perhaps, a little better than he Thiuks. But I shall treat him as the Man whom I suppose him to be, tho' he has not nie, as the Man he knows me to be. This Author you see, allows me (tho' he did not think it was in me) to have done a laudable thing towards the Ministry, in my Representation of the great Service the Demolition of Dunkirk would be: but his Anger againft me is ruised for the Point
of Time; Why must the Demolition be imme. diate? My Reasons are as follow:
First, We have no Right to keep it, but in
order to the Demolition of it. Secondly, The Time was lapsed, within which
it was to be demolished.
But why did I say the British Nation expe& it should be immediately demolished, when the British Parliament had granted Mony to subfif the Garrison of Dunkirk till next Christmas.
This is no Argoment that the British Parli. ament did not expe&t the immediate Demoliti. on; but it is indeed an Argument that the Parliament had a good Confidence in the Miniftry, and were unwilling to distress them: For if the Demolition had began the Day after the Parliament rose, it might honestly have been retarded by stress of Weather, and other Accidents, till a New Parliament should fit at Cbriftmas; and if all things should have favoured, and the Demolition bad been now perfe&ed, my Lord High Treasurer would stand chargeable to the Nation with the Mony for the Garrison to Christmas.
As for what he fays about our Allies, and something to be expected from them, I cannot comprehend what he means; but whatever he means, and however just Demands we may have opon them, his most Christian Majesty will not think it any Reason for delaying the Demolition of a Town in his Dominions, in the hands of another Prince, for Reasons of State to that Prince, and not to his French Majesty himself.