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A VINDICATION OF THE AMERICAN CHARACTER,
From the Aspersions of the Quarterly Reviewers,
TO WHICH ARE ADDED
War, at Sea, and on the Lakes,
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Tros Tyriusve mihi naila discriming agetur.–VIRGIL.
to me the same,
COPIOUS NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS.
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THE AMERICAN CHARACTER,
From the Aspersions of the Quarterly Reviewers.
To Robert Southey, Esq.
The complacency with which you make mention of me in a work composed in the maturity of your taste and judgment, excites in my feelings a goodwill towards you; and I now shew my deep sense of your distinguished favour by inscribing to you this. volume. It relates to the seamen" of a great and misrepresented
* The seamen of America have found an eulogist in Burke (See Q page 238 of this Volume), and a detractor in James. Utrum horum
mavis accipe? James, in his dull, unconnected Narrative, has as serted, in unqualified language, unsupported by any specific teştimony, that when the Essex, after her most gallant conflict with the Phæbe and Cheru5 |'Sec påge-345 of this Voluinei, was boarded by the British officers, "Onckets o spiriis were found in all parts of the “ main-deck; and mose of the prisoners were in a state of intoxica" tion."
0, horrible! 0, horrible ! most horrible! The prisoners ! of a complement of 285 Aincricans, opposed to 421 English, forming the combinea crews or the chostile ships, only 1ll escaped death or wounds; and those ought not to incur obloquy from
an consubstantiated accusation. But the charge is necessarily invali. 5
dated by the behaviour of the English Commodore, who, touched with Captain Porter's defence of the Essex, returned him his sword, with a letter appreciating his gallantry. To contend that every circumstance of the action must have been known to him, and that he would have been aceessary to his own degradation in complimenting Captain Porter, had he been guilty of countenancing, such enormities, and presided over a crew in a state of drunken delirium, would be a work of supererogation.'