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security for their being employed with but which can have no existence, but jadgement and effect, for the purposes from a well-founded opinion that it is for which we offer them, than can be to be exerted under ministers and com. derived from the opinions in which all manders who poffefs the efteem and afmankind concur of the total want of ca. fection of the people. pacity of his Majesty's ministers.

We have in vain called for some plan We have avoided recommending any on which to build better hopes, or for specific ineasures, in order not to embar. some reason for adhering to the present rass government in a moment of such diffi. fyftem. culty. But we have no scruple in de. We have in vain requested to know, claring, that whatever may be the future what have been the circumitances of the conduct of G. Britain with respect to A. mediation, what are the grievances commerica, the collecting our force, at a plained of by the Spanish court, in orproper time, to rent and to annoy our der that we may weigb the justice of natural rivals and ancient enemies, seems that war in which we are going to ento us beyond a doubt to be proper and gage : on which foundation alone we expedient.

can rely for the protection of Provi2. We think this advice the more fea. dence. fonable, because we know the obftinate We have urged the neceflity of the attachment of the ministers to that un- great council of the nation continuins fortunate system, from the fatal predi. to lit, that his Majesty may not be delection to which they have suffered the prived of the advice of parliament in such safety of the ftate to be endangered, and a difficult crisis. the naval strength of our powerful, jea. All these representations have been lous, and natural rivals, to grow under met with a sullen and unsatisfactory fi. their eyes, without the least attempt to lence; which gives us but too much interrupt it, until it had arrived at its reason to conclude, that minifters mean present alarming magnitude, and hostile to perfevere in that unhappy course direction.

which has been the cause of all our mil3. This plan appears to us strongly fortunes. After doing our utmost to aenforced by the melancholy condition in waken the House to a better sense of which the misconduct and criminal ne- things, we take this method of clearing glects of the minifters have placed us: ourselves of the consequences which - Our best resources wafted and consu- mult result from the continuance of such med; the British empire rent atunder; a measures. combination of the most powerful na. Richmond Poni nby Portland, tions formed againft us, with a naval su. Abergavenny Devonshire Radnor periority both in number of thips and a- Derby

Egremont Coventry lacrity of preparation; and this country,

De Ferrars Marcheler Hereford now for the first time, lest entirely expo.

Effingham Foley fed, without the aid of a Gingle ally; we


Filzwilliam thogid think ourselves partakers in the

Scarborough ottences of the ministers, and acceffories For the Scots MAGAZINE. to our own deftruction, if we neglected Aremarkable instance of the force of VE. any poflible means of securing a proper " application of all the force we have left,

GETATION. from a blind confidence in persons, on TN autumn 1777, I put up some potawhose account no nation in Europe wil toes, of the wbite kind, well cleared have any confidence in us. A manly from earth, in a finall cellar under a disposition in parliament to apply the stone stair, within the house; supposing national wisdom to the cure of the na- from the coolness of the place, and its tional distempers, would restore our cre. being totally excluded from the fun and dit and reputation abroad, and induce external air, that the potatoes would foreign nations to court that alliance keep longer than where more exposed. which now they fly from ; would invi. They, however, began to Iproui carly gorate our exertions at home, and call next spring; and three or four peces of forth the fuil operation of that British them were suffered to remain in the cele spirit which has so often, urder the dis lar throughout the supuner. The mall rection of wise counsel aud a protecting place in which they lay, had, on cach providence, proved superior to numbers; Ide, a brick pariinion, brick breadih,




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you; nor would you, Sir, be less aftoAMERICA. (290.]

nished, were I, by a detail which the Extrait of a letter from Henry Laurens,

occafion would require, to prove to Esq; President of the Congress, to God.

you, that he must be a pitiful rogue, , Houston of Georgia, dated, Philadelphia,

who, when detected or suspected, meets Aug. 27. 1778.

not with powerful advocates among

those who in the present corrupt time I fould not have remained so long in ought to exert all their powers in dearrear for your Excellency's obliging let- fence and support of these friend-plun. ter of the 9th of June, had I not flat- dered, much injured, and I was almost fered myself with hopes, that long be going to say, linking states. Don't apfore this day the circumstances of Geor- prehend, Sir, that I colour too high, or gia would have been introduced as a that any part of these intimations are fubiect demanding the confideration of the effect of rash judgement or defponcoogress; but it has bappened otherwise. dency: I am warranted to say they are To account for the probable reafuns not; my opinion, my sentiments, are would be extremely unpleasant, and supported every day by the declaration perhaps at this time equally improper; of individuals; the difficulty lies in Devertheless it is my duty, Sir, as a fel. bringing men collectively to attack with lor citizen, to suggest to you, in that, vigour a proper obje&. I have said so 33 well as in the character of fupreme much to you, Sir, as governor of a magistrate of a state, that, in my humble state, not intending it for public converopinion, we cannot fairly ascribe the fation, which found policy forbids, and dormancy of this and of many other mo at the same time cominands deep think. mentous concerns to want of leisure. ing from every man appointed a guar.

I fee with grief the return of our dian of the fortunes and honour of these troops from East Fiorida without that orplian states. fuccefs which your Excellency had hoped for. This unhappy circumstance

Governor Living stori's Reply. [270.] will add to the distresses of Georgia, and " New-York, April 21. The follow. ncrease her cries for relief.

ing letter was brought to Head QuarWhile St Augustine remains in poflef. ters from New Jersey a few days ago; fion of the enemy, Georgia will be un- which being the production of the titubappy, and ber exiftence as a free and lar governor of that province, Sir Henry independent state rendered very doubin Clinton paid no manner of attention to tul: South Carolina too will be conti. it. pually galled by rovers and cruisers from

Elizabeth-town, April 15. 1779. that peftiferous nest. Another expedi “SIR, tion must therefore be undertaken, at a I received your Excellency's letter of kalon of the year which will not outvie the roth intt. this afternoon; and had the bullets and bayonets of the enemy an opportunity, about an hour after, to in the destruction of our men.

(ce a copy of it in tke New York AmeI have before me a plan for reducing ricao Gazette, together with mine of the Faft Florida, which I will have tbe ho- 29th of March, which occasioned it. pour of communicating to your Excel. Your Excellency, by these publications, lency very soon. In the mean time, I compared with a certain pafiage in your am constrained to say, that unless the letter, feems determined to close our feveral fates will keep their representa- correipondence, by precluding me from tion in congress filled by men of com. a reply. But by the laws of England, jelent abilities, unshaken integrity, and Sir, the best of which we intend to admiremitting diligence, a plan which I opt, leaving the ret to our old friends very much fear is laid for the fubduction of the realm, he who opens a caule hath of our confederate independence, will, the privilege of concluding it. by the operations of masked enemies, be It is the observation of foreigners, that completely executed, so far I mean as America has thewn her superiority to relates to all the fea-coast, and pollibly G. Britain, no leis in the decency of her to the present generation. - Were I to writing, than in the fuccess of her arms. unfold to you, Sir, scenes of venality, I have too great a respect for my native peculation, and fraud, which I have dif. country, whatever I ought to have sor Covered, the disclosure would allonilh Sir Henry Clinton, to furnith an infance

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