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her Generals for want of Success fn their Conduct; so Britain changes hers, after an uninterrupted Series of Conquest. The Minds of the People, against all Common Sense, are debauch'd with Impressions of the Duke's Affectation of prolonging the War for his own Glory; and his Adversaries attack a Reputation which could not well be impaired, without sirllying the Glory of Great Britain, it self. His Enemies were not to be softened by that Consideration; he is dismise'd, and soon after a Cessation of Arms between Great Britain and France is pubish'd at the Head of the Armies. The Britifo, in the midst of the Enemies Garisons, withdraw themselves from their Confederates. The French, now no longer having the Britain;, or their Great Leader to fear, affect no more strong Garisons and fortified Camps, but attack and rout the EarlofAlbemarle at Denain, and necessitate the brave Prince Eugene to abandon Landrccy, aPlaceof such Importance that it gave Entrance into the Heart of France. Of which the French King was so sensible, that before he was recovered from his Fright, he acknowledg'd he owed in a manner his 4 Crown, to the Suspension of Arms between 4 him and Great Britain. The Suspension is 4 follow'd by a Treaty of Peace at Vtrecht. 4 The Peace is concluded between Great Bri. 4 tain and France, and between France and the 4 States-General. The Emperor and the Em4 pire continue the War! I shall not presume 4 to enter into an Examination of the Articles

of Peace between us and France; but there

* can be no Crime in affirming (if it be a Truth)

N a 4 that * that the House of Bourbon is at this

* Juncture become more formidable, and bids 4 sairer for an universal Monarchy, and to en'gross the whole Trade of Europe, than it did 4 before the War.

4 All the World knows with what Frank4 ness the Dutch have been treated to deliver

* up Traerbach to the Imperialists, as an Expe4 dient for the French to besiege it; because

* forsooth it lies convenient for their lncur

* lions upon the Empire. This Extravagant 4 Demand must give a melancholy Prospect to

* other Nations. If it be a Crime to speak honourably of the

always be guilty of, and is that which instead of denoting me a Stirrer up of Sedition, declares me to be a Lover of my Country. If I am rightly informed, that Great Man, when a Circumstance relating to him was under your Con. fideration during the last Session of Parliament, was mentioned in this Place, not only with Deference and Respect, but with the highest Encomiums by the most Eminent Members of this House. And I hope the most private Man may take the Liberty of expressing his Gratitude to the Duke of Marlborougb, since there is no private Man in England who is not obliged to him. Those who are represented as his Adversaries and Enemies, are only those who will always be so; I mean such who are Friends to the Pretender and the French King, whole . Hopes he hath often and gloriously defeated. If any one questions what 1 have said concerning the French King's Letter, upon the railing of the Siege of Laudrecy, let him read that . ,7 Letter,

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Crime that I must

Letter, and fee what other Interpretation can. be put upon it.

The last Sentence of this Paragraph I think defends it self, and is founded upon this Maxim, which 1 sancy no Gentleman will deny, That it is not a Crime to speak the Truth". Here is what follows in the 31st and 32d Pages of the Crisis.

4 The most important Article between France

* and England, is the Demolition of Dunkirk; 1 which they have begun contemptuously and 4 Arbitrarily their own way. The Mole and

* Harbour, which only are dreadful to us, are 4 yet untouch'd; and just Suspicions given that

* they ever will be.

Sir, I always postpone my own private Safety to that of my Country; and therefore heartily with that I lay open to the Censure of this House for what I have here advanced. I say, Sir, that 1 heartily wish, tho' I might have fared the worse for it at this time, that the Event did not Justifie those Apprehensions, which I have here, and in other Papers expressed, in Relation to Dunkirk. I have regulated my Thoughts on that Subject, by the Treaty of Peace which has been published for the Perusal of her Majesty's Subjects. It was thereby Stipulated, that the Mole and Harbour should be first Demolished: But instead of this, thefrencb (for it is there I lay the blame) have only demolished the Fortifications towards the Land; end thus, as 1 have said in another place, the Queen's Garrison is exposed, by levelling the Works, to the Mercy of the French; and the Mole and Harbour, which were first to be Demolished, stand as they did. Will anyone say N 3 that 1

that this Proceeding of the French, so contrary to what was flipulated by the Articles of Peace, is not begun Contemptuously and Arbitrarily their own way f The Time stipulated by the fame Treaty for the Dumilition of the Mole and Harbour, is long since elapsed ; and no longer since than a Week ago, as 1 can prove by incontestable Evidence, they were actually repairing thai very Mole which should have been long before this aheapof Ruins. These, and many other Reasons which I forbear insisting.upon, will, I hope, explain what i have said in this Paragraph, to every Gentlemnn's Satissaction.. Here is that which follows marked in the Crisis, p. 32.

4 Landau and Fribourg are taken, and incase 4 there is no intermediate Peace, which may still 4 be more immediately fatal to us, two hundred 4 thousand French may be ready in the Spring 'to invade the Empire, and restore the Elector 4 of Bavaria to his forfeited Dominions.

Will any one say there was no Danger to be apprehended from a Peace, which was treating, according to our publick Accounts, without her Majesty's Interposition? and when we had reason to fear that her Majesty's Ministers had no Opportunity given them of promoting any thing in it for the Good of their Country, as not being let into the Secret? Have not our publick Prints told us, that England was not mentioned in the Treaty? Do they not speak, of private Articles, reciprocal Complaisances, and several other Particulars, which prove that the Apprehensions I here mention were not altogether groundless?

The next Paragraph is only matter of Fact* and an Inference from it, which cannot be controverted. Here it is.

4 These Incidents-happen when the Capital 4 of Austria, the-Refidenceof his Imperial Ma

* jesty, is visited with the Plague. The Male 4 Line of that House is likely to terminate in 4 himself; and should it please God to take

him off, and no King of the Romans chosen, 4 a Prince of the House of Bourbon would bid 4 sair for. the Imperial Dignity; after which

* Day, farewel Liberty, Europe would be 4 French.

Here is the Paragraph that follows: 4 But the Scene is not yet closed; Per4 tugal, which, during the War, supplied to us

* the place of Spain, by sending us vast Quan

* ties of Gold in Exchange for our Woollen 4 Manusactures,has only at present aSuspension 4 of Arms for its Protection, which Suspension 4 may possibly last no longer than 'till the C<j4 tahnians are reduc'd; and who knows but 4 the old Pretensions of Spain to Portugal

* may be then revived? 1 mention the Catalo4 mans, but who can name the Cataknians

* without a Tear! Brave unhappy People! 4 drawn into the War by the Encouragement 4 of the Maritime Powers, from which, only 4 a Nation encompassed by Land by Franc* and 4 Spain could hope for Relief and Protection, 4 now abandoned and exposed to the Resent4 ment of an enraged Prince, whose Persoa *- and Interest they have.always opposed; and 4 yet still so fond,of their Ancient Libertiesy 4 that tho1 hemmed" up in a Hook of, Land by{ 4 tbe Forces of the two Crowns, and closely

N 4, besieged.

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