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tions. And, in order to evince its scrupulous respect for the Rights of other Independent Powers, and to obviate those doubts which in former periods have subsisted with regard to the precise circumstances which authorize the Notification of a Blockade, the British Government has conformed to the strictest position on this subject that has ever been laid down by any Writer on the Law of Nations, and has employed a Naval Force so adequate to the purpose which it is intended to effect, that it will henceforward be impossible, so long as the Blockade shall subsist, for any vessel to enter the Seine, without being exposed almost to the certainty of Capture.
With regard to the impression which chis measure has made on the French Government, so short a period has elapsed since its execution, that little can be learnt. All that we know with certainty, is collected from one of the last French Newspapers, which states, in an Article from Havre, that an English Squadron, consisting of a Ship of the Line, and some Frigates, had, after carefully examining that Port, anchored in its vicinity. • The impression which the cotinuance of this measure will hereafter necessarily make on the “ Great Nation,” must be very serious - exclusively of the advantage resuiting to Great BRITAIN, from thus rendering useless the exertions of her Enemy in that quarter. The extravagant threats of vengeance denounced by the Tyrants of France on the Country, against the power of which they are now proved incapable of protecting their own Territory, will be listened to with contempt and ridicule by their own Subjects. The BLOCKADE of the Seine will in Aict the last and fatal blow on two of the greatest Trading Towns of France (HAVRE and Rouen) which have hitherto sustained a temporary, though languishing
commercial existence. And the Inhabitants of Paris will be compelled to purchase at an exorbitant rate, or wholly to abstain from the use of, those articles (the production of the West Indies) which may there be classed among the prime Necessaries of Life, and with which they have always, hitherto, been supplied through the Ports upon the Seine.
We shall not press this subject farther. The language of boasting we leave to the Enemies of our Country; but we trust that we may be allowed to rejoice (and we are persuaded that we express the feelings of the great majority of the Nation) in the additional proof which the BLOCKADE of the Seine affords, of our Superiority on that Element, which is now, more than at any former period, the scene of our Triumphs, the source of our Wealth, and the safeguard of our Empire.
The Morning Chronicle, with a perseverance in Falsehood which must shock even the dregs of the Corresponding Society, still denies the Authenticity of “ Tate's INSTRUCTIONS.” We are pleased with the circumstance, because it shows how necessary it is, to the interests of France, that they should be disbelieved
« But,” – says that determined Advocate of every thing abhorrent from the nature and feelings of an Englishman — " why did not the Doers of Ministers « find a Copy of BUONAPARTE's Instructions to his
Inferior « Inferior Officers ? " * To this we can only reply for ourselves, that when any of those Officers shall land with an hostile intent in this Country, and be captured (which, notwithstanding the sneers of this Frenchified Print, we are persuaded would be the case) we may then not improbably find some INSTRUCTIONs on them from Buo. NAPARTE, not inferior in savage barbarity to those of Hoche; if we may judge from the bloody scenes which have taken place, by the command of that UNPRINCIpleD ROBBER, in Italy.
But in this instance the Morning Chronicle is as stupid as it is wicked. Why does it continue to give us such advantage over it, by denying the existence of a Paper, which has been seen by thousands, both in the hands of Lord CAWDOR, and at the Office, where it is now deposited ?
We take the merit to ourselves, of having driven this Print from two detestable Falsehoods, to which it most tenaciously adhered, viz. that the War was continued for a Spice Island, and that Lord MalMESBURY's Projet was a Projet of Blanks—and we now assure it, that we shall not cease our endeavours, till we have compelled it to renounce the Lie it is at present so sedulously labouring to accredit. - We have two objects in view in this Warfare, Truth and our Country; and, conscious we are serving the latter by maintaining the former, we shall not be diverted from our purpose, either by the pertinacity or the scurrility of any Advocate of the Whig Club, the Corresponding Society, or of FRANCE,
• Morning Chronicle, Monday, Feb. 6.
Those of our Readers who have shuddered at the insinuation of the Morning Chronicle, that “ Whoring and Prayer" * are equal in the sight of Heaven, will hear with indignation, that it perseveres in its impieties.--It now tells us, that
The Prostitutes of Jermyn-street have agreed to subscribe six “ nights to the Cause of Religion, because the end, as Mr. WILBER“ FORCE says, sanctifies the means.”—Morn. Cbron. Feb. 20.
Considering that the Impieties of this Print grow more frequent, in proportion as we labour to suppress them, some persons may think we should act more prudently, in suffering them to remain unnoticed. But this is not our opinion. Had the blasphemies of the original Pere du Chene been properly held out to the indignation of his Country, ere it was completely brutalized, we doubt whether France would have fallen so readily under the Guillotine of ROBESPIERRE, or the more merciless Deportations of REUBELL.
With respect to the Morning Chronicle, we never flattered ourselves that we could convince it, either of the danger or the immorality of its conduct. Some Lies, indeed, we have obliged it to give up — but then, as a kind of indemnity, it has immediately had recourse to others; while a ridicule of REVEALED Religion formed a standing topic, always at hand, to enliven a dull, or fill up an imperfect column – a topic much too important to its interests, too congenial to its feelings, and too serviceable to the cause it has espoused, to be resigned on any terms.
We too have our interests, our feelings, and our Cause - (the Cause of every true Englishman) — and
• See a Paragraph from the Morning Coronicle, February 10, quoted in our 15th Number,
our conviction, that all are best supported by exposing the falsehood and impiety of this and other Jacobin Prints, will oblige us to suffer nothing of this nature to escape due notice and reprehension.
We are cheered too, in this part of our duty, by the Thanks we are almost hourly receiving from the welldisposed part of our Readers, several of whose Letters are now before us, expressive of their ardent hopes, that if the Author of such Blasphemies cannot be reclaimed, yet that the thinking part of the Public will not hastily commit their concerns, either temporal or spiritual, to the hands of a Party who have adopted, as the vehicle of their hypocritical cant on Liberty and Virtue, a Paper, distinguished above all others for its total contempt of Truth, Order, and Religion !
“ Mr. Rose having thrown the weight of 2500l. a year upon his
“ Sons, now flatters himself that he can stand erect before the “ Public."- Morning Post, Jan. 30. We do not know that the Public are much concerned with the private munificence of a Father to his Sons.If it be meant to insinuate, which (from the constant ten, dency of this Print to calumny) is probaby the case, that Mr. Rose has bestowed on his Sons Offices, once in his own possession, to that amount, we then take the liberty of saying, that the Morning Post has, as usual, advanced a direct falsehood. The only place held by Mr. Rose's Sons, which was ever in the possession of their Father, is that of Master of the Pleas in the Court of Exchequer, which is now held by his second Son, and which, if this Scribbler will look into the Appendix of the 15th Report of the Finance Committee, Letter C, he will find, instead of 2500l, to be worth just 280l. a year!