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"first, West about 13 Leagues, and then North or North and by East about 30 Leagues more, except they run the Hazard of going within

the inand of Uphant which is not practised, • and therefore may be supposed linpra&icable.

• In the last Place, our Charge iry defending our selves from such Annoyance as we for

merly had from Dunkirk, will decrease in Pro• portion to the removal of the Danger.

Such is the Importance of the Demolition I of Dunkirk, with regard to the Trade of Eng

land only; and in the present Conjun&ure, I think we ought to have something more than

the Mercy of his Most Chriftian Majesty, to • render the forbeariog such Demolition less Hazardous to our Religion and Liberty,

All that is of Consequence to us is, that Duxkirk mould be no longer a Receptacle for Ships, and the Demolition of it as a Garrison is of much less Confideration, if not wholly infignificant to us.

Our Treaty of Peace provided for this, and demanded it to be done in the first place, and his most Christian Majesty consented it thould be so. Mr. Steele, with his Name to what he said, spoke of it as an English Subject, and your Eminence was highly offended with him for doing fo; you urged that it was in the Queen's Hands, and therefore it was undutiful to raise any Jealoulies about it. This I thoughe had some. Force in it, and I had Reason to be confirmed in it, when you made Mr. Tuggbe in his Letter to R. S. lay the Harbour is destroyed.

But now, Sir, I am quite of another Minde and find that the Man had too much Reason for his Apprehenfions; for let me tell you, Sir, I

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have certain Intelligence that it now is not in the Queen's Hands, and that, if we take no Notice of the French Proceedings, it will be before the Winter as good, if not a better Harbour than it was before they began to make an Appearance of demolishing it. I have been fo curious as to settle a Correspondence in that Place, and I have had from thence the enclosed Map of that place and Neighbourhood, as well as of the New Projected Entrance to its Harbour for the future. For, may it please your Eminence, there is nothing more intended, nor is there any Disposition made for any thing more than forming a New way for Ships to come into it. And his most Christian Majesty has only put himself to a little present Cost and Charges, out of respe&t to the English Nation, to carry on a seeming Demolition, and improve his Harbour.

If your Eininence has leisure to cart your Eye on the Map, you will observe the most Frank and undissembled Fraud, that ever was put upon any People, by any but those who are Guilty of this. If you please to mark a Semi-circle in Scratchwork (which is the Character that re. presents Demolition) you will fee at the End of that Seini-circle the Scratchwork continued to the Sea, which was the way by which Ships formerly came into Dunkirk; when you have done that, please to observe the Explanation of the Map, and you will easily perceive, that proper Channels are cut to make the same in and Rivers, which fell into that Harbour, servicea. ble to that which is now forming, and this is The Map to be inserted between Page 88 and 89.

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all we are like to have for our Satisfaction in this Particular.

If your Eminence had been let into the Secret of this Design, I am confident your Eminence would not have said what you have, against those who were suspicious on this Occafion; for according to all the Rules of Honour and Justice, this is a most insufferable Violation, and pays no more Respect to our Under standing than it does to our Power; but the less we have exerted either of them, out of Confidence in our intended Ally, the more intolera. ble is his Offence against us.

If this Pían makes Dunkirk the Receptacle of as large Ships, as it could receive before the Demolition, consequently Dunkirk is the same Terror to England which it was before. • This it is with Respect to us, in Cafe we and the French should ever become Enemies.

Dunkirk as it remains a Port, is our Rival in Time of Peace, by preserving the Stuff Manu. fa&tures at Lille, Valenciennes and Doway. The light Stuffs from those Towns are put on Board Ship at Dunkirk, and carry'd to the Weft. Indies, without which their Trade would be Lost, as effe&tually as the Traffick of Antwerp and Southampton is Transported to other places.

Thus we have hinted how this Fraud may affect us in Peace and War ; let us think a little what use may be made of it, in case of a sudden Resolution in the French King, to start out of one into t'other; or, in plain English, to break the Peace without Declaration of War, and surprize us at once. This very business (if there were no Examples of this kind in Hi. story) gives room for such a Suspicion. There

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have certain Intelligence that it now is not in the Queen's Hands, and that, if we take no Notice of the French Proceedings, it will be before the Winter as good, if not a better Har. bour than it was before they began to make an Appearance of demolihing it. I have been fo curious as to settle a Correspondence in that Place, and I have had from thence the enclosed Map of that place and Neighbourhood, as well as of the New Projected Entrance to its Harbour for the future. For, may it please your Eminexce, there is nothing more intended, nor is there any Disposition made for any thing more than forming a New way for Ships to come into it. And his most Christian Majesty has only put himself to a little present Cost and Charges, out of respect to the English Nation, to carry on a seeming Demolition, and improve his Hare bour.

If your Eininence has leisure to cart your Eye on the Map, you will observe the most Frank and undissembled Fraud, that ever was put upon any People, by any but those who are Guilty of this. If you please to mark a Semi-circle in Scratchwork (which is the Character that re. presents Demolition) you will see at the End of thac Seini-circle the Scratchwork continued to the Sea, which was the way by which Ships formerly came into Dunkirk; when you have done that, please to observe the Explanation of the Map, and you will easily perceive, that proper Channels are cuc to make the same in and Rivers, which fell into that Harbour, serviceable to that which is now forming, and this is

The Map to be inserted between Page 88 and 89.

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all we are like to have for our Satisfa&tion in This Particular.

If your Eminence had been let into the Se. cret of this Design, I am confident your Eminence would not have said what you have, againit those who were suspicious on this Occa. fion; for according to all the Rules of Honour and Justice, this is a most insufferable Violation, and pays no more Respect to our Understanding than it does to our Power; but the less we have exerted either of them, out of Con: fidence in our intended Ally, the more intolerable is bis Ofence against us.

If this Pían makes Dunkirk the Receptacle of as large Ships, as it could receive before the Demolition, consequently Dunkirk is the same Terror to England which it was before.

This it is with Respect to us, in Case we and, the French Ihould ever become Enemies.

Dunkirk as it remains a Port, is our Rival in Time of Peace, by preserving the Stuff Manu. fa&tures at Lille, Valenciennes and Doway. The light Stuffs from those Towns are put on Board Ship at Dunkirk, and carry'd to the Weft. Indies, without which their Trade would be Lost, as effe&tually as the Traffick of Antwerp and Southampton is Transported to other places.

Thus we have hinted how this Fraud may affect us in Peace and War; let us think a little what use may be made of it, in case of sudden Resolution in the French King, to start out of one into t'other; or, in plain English, to break the Peace without Declaration of War, and surprize us at once. This very business (if there were no Examples of this kind in Hi. story) gives room for such a Suspicion. There

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