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The Committee of Secrecy of the House of Commons, appointed to inquire into the state of the Bank, have made a Report to the House, which must prove highly satisfactory to the Public. It appears that the Outstanding Demands of the Bank were on the lith November 17,578,910l.; and the Funds for discharging the same were 21,418,4601. exclusive of the permanent Debt due from Government, amounting to 11,686,800l. ;-that the advances to Government have been very considerably reduced since the 25th of February last, and that the Cash and Bullion have increased to an amount more than five times what they were on that day. Neither the Governor or Deputy Governor were of opinion that any incovenience had arisen from the Restriction which had been imposed on the Bank for making payments in Cash; and they concurred with the Committee in thinking, that notwithstanding the fourishing state of the affairs of the Bank, and its capacity of making payments in Specie, it will be expedient, considering the political circumstances of the Country, still to continue the Restriction.
We hear that Mr. Fox has applied to some of his Friends, to apply to his Constituents to apply to him, to attend his duty in Parliament when the Budget is opened, This is a curious instance of what Mr. SHERIDAN, in the Critic, calls “ solicited solicitations."
Mr. Fox's conduct in seceding from Parliament, ap, pears to be copied from that of Jack, in Swift's History of John Bull-who, by the advice of his friend Habakkuk, fairly hangs himself, in hopes that certain persons will come with the greatest possible eagerness to cut him down.
Mr. ERSKINE is said to have been the Habakkuk upon this occasion. Jack has hung some time: we do not yet understand that there is any probability of his being cut down.
LISBON, Nov. 7.-Accounts from Spain mention, that the Spanish Army is moving towards the French Frontiers, and that orders have been given to repair their Forts. This measure on the part of the Spanish Government, is by some accounts attributed to the demand which the French are said to have made for a considerable sum of money, in lieu of the Ships which the Court of Spain had engaged to furnish by Treaty; and to the apprehension entertained by the Court of Madrid, that the French may employ force, in case of a refusal.
Other accounts state, that the intention is to form a Cordon of Troops for the purpose of preventing the inAux into Spain of the great number of French Emgrés who are seeking refuge in that Country.
BERLIN, Nov. 7.—No doubt is now entertained as to the nature and progress of the King of PRUSSIA's complaint. His Majesty is labouring under the last symptoms of an incurable dropsy.
COPENHAGEN, Oct. 31. - The depredations of the Enemy's Privateers in the North Seas, have received this year a very considerable check from the activity and vigiJance of the British Cruizers; and the Merchants of that Nation residing at Elsineur are unanimous in their com.
mendations of the protection given by their Government to the Baltic Trade. . .
VENICE, Oct. 27.—The three Magistrates who have been imprisoned at the request of BUONAPARTE, ever since the 4th of May last, have been set at liberty ; but are condemned by him to have the one-half of their effects and possessions confiscated towards the indemnification of those that suffered in a riot which took place on the 12th of May-eight days after their imprisonment.
Turin, Oct. 18.—The new Government of France has sent a very severe injunction to this Government, on the subject of the few remaining inoffensive Emigrés, who must now seek some other asylum.
The French Papers have been received, to the 13th instant inclusive. The details of their contents are given in all the English Newspapers of Saturday.
They consist chiefly of comments on the late Negotiation at Lisle ; decrees of persecution against Priests ; and threats of inveterate hostility against this Country.
It appears from a long and laboured dissertation in the Redacteur, that not only England is Carthage (as usual) and France Rome, but England is moreover a SPHINX, and France an @dipus.
N° 11.-MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1797.
Mark now how a plain tale shall put you down.
W E have to return our Thanks to several of our
VV Friends, for the ideas which they have suggested relative to the Plan that we propose to ourselves, and to the mode in which it is to be executed. We are conscious of some of those defects which have been pointed out, and we have endeavoured to correct them. We have retrenched our Essays, and we have particularly directed our attention to the detection of Calumny and Misrepresentation of every kind. We hope that this class of our readers will have reason to be satisfied with the attention which has been paid to them.
There are others who are kind enough to speak favour. ably of our intentions, but who merely object to the Plan of the Work : and, above all, to its Title—they think the word Anti-JACOBIN too strong-we betray ourselvesour Readers can expect nothing but partiality and prejudice from a Work which sets out with a professed object. Whatever may be the strength of these objections, we . were aware of them at the time that we published our PROSPECTUS, in which they are pretty fully considered. We are not, however, apprehensive, from the present state of the Public Spirit, that this circumstance will (as these Gentlemen predict), tend to narrow the circulation
of our Paper ; but even if this were to be the case, we should not at all repent of having assumed a Title in which we glory. And as for those who have not been able to make up their minds to a belief in the existence of the Principles which we profess to oppose, or to a determination to resist them, we heartily wish them joy of their happy indifference; and we have only to assure them, that we have as little desire for their countenance to our literary exertions, at the present moment, as we should have confidence in their co-operation, if the moment for more serious exertion should arrive,
Lastly, we would intreat of all those professed friends of Order and good Government, who, from mere motives of curiosity, encourage the circulation of Sedition and Blasphemy in a Daily Paper, for the sake of seeing what can be said against them, that they would suffer a similar motive to operate in favour of the Anti-JACOBIN, for the sake of seeing what can be said in answer.
The outline of the plan, so eagerly expected for raising the Supplies, has now been fully explained. We rejoice to find it so conformable to the principles which we stated in our first Number, as those which we hoped to see adopted. The necessity of a great and unusual effort at this moment is felt by every one, who does not pursue a personal interest distinct from that of the Public. The power of the Country to make such an effort, is happily not now questioned either by such Members of Opposition as still chuse to express their sentiments in the