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XJ (( C&JIZC&jI 'x*g><(; j <3 (fv c w®®S44-l Sl® < 11 nolw \ /\ M I V IbAw V I LA>V& / IVw/ A Weekly, Political, arid Commercial Paper ---Openid all by None; Publilhed by I. THOMAS, hear the Mill-Bridge, , _ * _ 2-^L_—»—^.i^———i— !*————— •DO thou Gieat LIBERTY inspire our Souls,—And Lives in thy Poffeflion happy,—Or, our Deaths glorious jh 4*iiv JVst Defence. Vol. ll.] From the Political Register, /sr July. To the PEOPLE of ENGLAND. Friends, and Fellow Countrynun, THE intention of this letter is good, chough court fvcophants will en deavoar to mdreprefent it. The Brunswick Lutrellites of the age (for, by a royal kind of ilchymy, they are Bow joined in name,as well as nature) the Brunlwick Luttrellite of the age will con demn an address which deals in plain truth, andMrholefome severity, the tribe of Kingfmen will talk of the licentiousness of the press, and affe& to despise a paper Wntten in favour of liberty. Your appro bation, however, my countrymen, will make ample amends । if you approve, prime miniftets and the glittering x gew gaws called Kings, may sneer unineeded and defpifcd. There is a man who once said, he •* gio ’ * ried in the «ame cf Briton whether that declaration was not calculated merely to amufc, whether it was not thrown out as a bait to gain the appiaufe of the vulgar, 1 leave thufe of my countrymen to deter mine who have considered the condud of that man. Is it the ad of a Briton to Screen murderers from pumfhmcnt I Is it the ad of a Briton to penfun bravoes for killing our countrymen I Is it the ad of a Briton to coatroul the free choice of elec tors, to bribe a corrupt majority to intro duce slavery j and, under a notion of pre rogative, to aim at dispensing with the ' Great Charter, and the laws of England I If these and a multitude of such alts, con- Bitute the chara&er of a Briton,, cur fed be the man that glories in the name. No, my Countrymen, a love of L.berty, an in dependent spirit, coUrage,ardour and public virtue, theft, mark the man, these point out the Briton ; to all such Worthies, wheresoever defperfed, whither in the krdly man lions of the Grear, or in the humble cot of Honcfty and Temperance, this paper is addnfTed. It is the privilege, my countrymen, of freemen, to examine the conduit of their king*, their nobies, their judges, and their representatives. As all power is Originally derived from the people, it is their business to fee that no improper, no arbitrary use, is ■ trade of it. The moment they difeover that the persons with whom they have en trusted such a power,aim at curtailing their liberties, that inStant the bands of political Society are broken, and the people have so undoubted right to call their rulers co a Avere account. .. The Kings of England Band precisely in this fituattoa ; they am merely Difpcnfers of the Laws, they are themfeives bound by .the laws, and equally answerable for their mifcondull with the mcaneft fobjed of their realm. Some of these Kings have 'forgotten tbomfclvea so far, as to attempt to filch away the liberties of Engliihmen ; in coniequebce of such attempts, one of them, Charles the Brß,- was used, found guilty of high treason again ft the con Bit u- Uon, and jußly condemned to Me his emp-' ty bead for the offence. /antes the second, ' intoxicated with vanity, and a dupe to priefh, run away to avoid the vengeance which awaited him. H-s pefent Majrßy’f family was promoted from bein/ petty Princes in Germany to the government of these kingdoms ; /they were well-meaning Trotcßants, and therefore better calculated than Roman' Cafho ic Princes to govern Proteßant dominions, and they were always renowned for virtues of the private kind. There Was a fpitit and bravery iir Georgs the Second, Which inclined one to wifi fit War, that his talents might not be bu lled in ana plrin ; and when the Old Man mounted bis neighing ffeed he a&ually looked like a foMier. Our peientmonarch it all piety, goodness, temperence, chaftrty, and so great a foe to ir E eh,that he abhors Aho man who difbeHcvts the AthTtafiin THURSDAY, October i, 1772; Creed. He it quite orthodox, and there fore ail the bentficed clergy adore him. In (hort, he it the very paragon of perfec tion, and confequtntly Mansfield, North, Sandwich, Barrington, Holland, Bradshaw and his Majesty's father in-law. Old Si mon Lustred,arc all at hit devotion. With such a gang of admirers, and a parliament as complying as complying can be, let us take a transient view of the manoeuvres of government. The King's paliament is now prorogued, let us fee what they have been doing. The session was opened with a declara tion from the throne, that all was peace. North, who is aimoft as great a coward as Mansfield, hath frequently pronounced, that in his opinion also all was peace. The poor for a long time have been starving ; the price of provifiont it increefed, yet his Majesty's representatives have done nothing to alleviate the diftrefles of the indigent. The Lord Mayor fays, it is not his fault ; North is indifferent about the matter, and the King it too much occupied with the more weighty affairs of state, to seek for a remedy. The impnfonment of our magis trates is not touched upon,becaufe that was what might naturally be expelled from a ministry, to rigid in their principles, that they spurn at the laws and laugh at public spirit. A Roman Emperor formerly attempted to invade Britain, his fleet was equipped, he promised hi* people to perform great feats, he embarked, lahded on our coafl, ordered his attendants to gather some coe klc-(hells, and quietly returned to Rome, producing the shells as trophies of his vic tory and heroic exploits. Our parliament has mst | our mintflbrs have promised great things ; the summer advances ; the parliament it prorogued and nothing done. The Danes have insulted the King’s sister, a fleet has been fitted out,Countermanded, fit Ued out and countermanded again. The English minister at Copenhagen has been thanked, but nobody knows Tor what The humbug secret is carried on like every other Bate juggle | the people are not deemed worthy the King's confidence, though each labourer, each peasant con tributes to support him and his family., A courier arrives, gallops to St. James’s, a banditti, called a cabinet council, is fum monad, the courier has an audience, and gallops back to Copenhagen. Whether the nation is insulted is not the question : Whether Britons are despised and mal treated by a handful of foreigners, is not the fubjed of debate. The grand thing is, how (hall we keep this inlult a fccret from the rabble, the feum. of the earth, the People of England ; for this Mansfield ex traits his cunning ) North his obfequi oufaefs } Bute hi* artifice ? and Norton his impudence. The point is carried ; the are kept in the dark ; their money is employed in foolifh ; bribes to fecrefy and other dou^rurs; the matter is huffied up f th* Queefi M uilda one nio merrt to an adultreb, and the next the pic ture of ch afiity.' In ihooey matters it has been all COC kle-lhelfWork, all trifling. The dastardly minister opens the budget with a fubferip tion and lottery Serviceable to node bdt hi* own arM fuppufmg a ten year* peace, the nftnion talks of paying off part of the national debt. The paeiiamerit, it is truk, have pa&d fam* road and endlofure Bills, and, at Whitworth, obfervcd,’have rdfolv ed, that the belt season to'lay down gravel,' or toamfend theroads»i* in funlmcr. This, perhaps, is th* wisest refol ut ion they have entered upon their Journals during the fefli ohs. What, my countrymen, can'w* call all this but making a pompous parade to gather a? few codDC-melis ? W* speak freely because th* prefs' is open, the fiery trial is over, th* arbitrary fyeophaats, with that man at their bead,have been defeated । the printers bavr bravely weathered the Borm, and have made the haven of liberty. Nor docs it contradict our aflcilions, or invalidate oiir satire, to Say that fotfie be neficial ads have paAed this leffijn, for thole ads i Info!vent debtors and bankrupts have been set at liberty ; but why L Because they were objeds of mer cy I No. Because piety reigned at court ? No. Becadfe the King feels for the dif trefles of bis people I No. But becatife a common gaoler, the Ma. Bill of the King's Bench, through his own negled,' fuffcred many of his prisoners to efeipe, and to Screen him from paying their debts, and prevent his drswing upon the Trcmiiiy for the money* an ad was framed, by crafty Mansfield, to indemnify his Marshal. To tbroq|mtt, however, in the people's eyes, infolvemr were relieved, though to save a gaoler was the chief deftgn of the bill. The Clergy’s petition met with a diffe rent fate, that was framed upon the prin ciples of freedom, confequetly did not Suc ceed j it had refped unto confcience,' therefore found few advocates in his Ma jeft/s House of Commons. These, my countrymen, are the services our Representatives haYe rendered their country during the session. Whether they deserve our thanks or our cenfurft,let every honest hearted Briton determine j let us, however, my friends, preserve otfr Spirit j let us hold faft our independency, there will come a time when ws (hall have an opportunity Ip, aflert our rights, and fe vuely to punjfh those who have abused the (acred cruftby ib. rI?- Thf Ufi Indeed, is truly vicious ; («1L ilhncfi prevails ; corruption stalks forth at noon-day, and patriotism is fled ; our vir gins put manhood to the blush j our wives riot in debauchery $ kept-mistresses are carcffcd ; players and common (trumpets set tbe fafhions i our Senators nod over cards and dice, revel when awake in tbe Hundreds of Drury, and are dead to every sense of the touch of gold. In ftort. Vice is a knight companion of the different orders* whjlft honest worth and virtue skulk in fetret; nor venture to approach the palace, for fear of putting the court out of countenance* Yet, ye oatri* otic few, despair not । on you depends the preservation of our expiring liberties*; caff your eyes on those whom ye think likely to join your efforts } if Wilkes is felfifb, and deserts she civic of Freedom, a Saville yet remains । and we never dan have reason to lament tbe tofi of Spartan virtue,' be cause io Sawbridge is united the Grecian dod Roman patriotism. Det not therefore, my countrymen, the present gloomy state of things dismay you j be prepared, be ready at a moment’s warning to aflert your rights । too long have we been galled by the yoke of tie dcteftable aristocracy > but the world fiall fee we Can eafity make it off, and that whenever Britons ered the Standard of Liberty, Volunteers will flock to it irf MILLIONS. From tbe Lon doh EVtrfSwd Post*. , To Lord CHATHAM. XT OU will forgive the intrusion of a man, who would wiffi to rouse the keeping geeids of your Lordship into great and noble dfts । into aAs, which woiild name foihething mbre thiff mortal.' If there was not something fix the fteople tografp at,why Should they, through me, address you I Or why claim ‘the exertion' of your abilities, biit that they krfow nor creature of administration but bends before them I Even K&ttsfield, the Prinde of Evasion, turns pale at the hiftoTy you fhali give j and for why f He ’knows there is that about you,Which serves 'to annihilate the very feeds of proftitirtion. j Stand forth, my Lord, in the day of ad vtrfity, and approve yourfeif the best and ■cfict cf SnuAbn. Bika tbe dd Roman. if you perish, die exclaiming, against the emtnies of your country * and rouse by your fortitude a whole nation,to seek, by repeated complaints,redrefi for their iiyured rights and properties. , By such a conduit my Lord, all good men (hall applaud vou - and the voice of the people, borne.down with. oppreflion, ftaivina ih a land of luxurious plenty, flfall follow you j and I for one, my Lord, will prophecy, that it is notin the power of corruption to prevent your being a conqueror, 4 if your Lordfllip ftrugglei with tnic Roman .fortitude. P O R T I 0 H. PlCrtlßESa/ th PRESENT TIMES. A DELUGE of Circulating Paper.’ A low Ebb of Real Money. Watte dissipating Wealth. W ant driving Induflry into Exile. Wtfdom iq Fetters. Virtue in Rags.,; ( Presumption in Prosperity. Prostitution in Triumph. Justice protecting Vjllaiay.' o . ( 4 Religion milking HypocrUy. And Power, fuppiied by Harpies, feeding Cor* morants with Spoil. . Awothex SCEFCH ts tbt TIMES. Empty Churchet. Crammed Playhoufer. Parsons without Religion. Women with out ChaAity. The Girls all Boldness. The Men all Effeminacy. Marriage despised. Concubinage gloried in. Cuckolds without Number. , Prostitutes io every Corner of the Town. Patriots without Common Hones ty. Officers without Courage. r And a Set of Lawyers so destitute of. Principle, Thar they wpuld plead for the Devil. A Court full of Folly. TheDrawingroemof Treach ery. Fidlers carefled. Men of Sense neglefied. And the best Encouragement given to Butterfly Catchers. . Ao Qppofition without Meaning., .A Ministry without Abilities. And a without a HAad. FRIDAY, 1 September lx. BOSTON. Fartbir Inhlligtnct brought by Cast. Adam i , f i frem Lendon. „ B, . • UNDAY eteiririg ofit of the fludenta who was, lately expelled thcUniveiflty ofQx ford, preached a ser mon on Hampftead heath, where, it ia Computed, about five • thoufahd per sons were a&tnbled oh die occafton. A company of about two hundred then arid women paraded about the town in the afternoon, singing hyhins, &c. but' were frequently interrupted and insulted by a young fellow, laid so be a flfopman to atradefoan in Hol born, who was at length feiied by the populace, and very severely handled. The Whole was a feene of dot and confufion. . We bear that the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland hit not beeri a little mortified at* being tbiipd to pay such honours to bis Secretary Sir George Macartney, wllift he । himfelf is only considered in the light of a mere /urr machine. t July to. It has been hvusbiy repre sented to the King, that on Tuesday the 16th day of May left, the Prince Erne ft Shallop,' Micbae! Cook Maftar, in the ser vice of bia M. jrfty’a Cuftoma at the port of St. Ive’s, bemg on a dru ; « off the Land 7 End, fsw at an anchor off a cove called Forth Gwana, in the parift of St. Levan in the county of Cornwall, about two miles from the shore, a large fin Ogling veflel, about one hundred tons burthen, with one mast, Cutter rigged, an upright stern without a counter, a great rake in bes •err., deep W|ifted, a (bort mass head,Wub a vane upon it painted black,her failaf white, with three new pieces-a bout ten ot twelve feet loaf cady in the west* [Numb; 85.