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in those of all Europe ; and that, by sacrificing our honour and our consequence, we should have inflicted a fatal wound on or Prosperity and endangered our very existence as a Nation.
A BRITISH MERCHANT.
To the Editor of the Anti-Jacobin.
Saturday, March 3. I have to acknowledge my obligations to you, for your early attention to my last Letter. And as every man is of importance to himself, I cannot help indulging the idea, that the publication of it may have « done the State some service.”
Be that as it may, I lose not a moment in expressing to you the satisfaction which I feel at the intelligence that just now reaches me, of the departure of the French Agent to whom I particularly alluded.
If this intelligence be true, the whole Scheme (which I endeavoured to develope to you, and which I had reason to know was in agitation) is completely dejoué. So much the better for the Country.
A CONSTANT Reader.
We are obliged to a learned Correspondent for the following ingenious Imitation of Bion. — We will not shock the eyes of our Fair Readers with the original Greek: but the following Argument will give them some idea of the nature of the Poeni here imitated. 893
ARGUMENT. Venus is represented as bringing to the Poet, while sleeping,
ber Son Cupid, with a request tbat be would teacb bim Pastoral Poetry-Bion complies, and endeavours to teach bim the rise and progress of that Art:-Cupid laugbs at bis Instructions, and in bis turn teacbes bis Master the Loves of Men and Gods, the Wiles of his Mother, &c.— “ Pleased with bis Lessons,” says Bion, “ I forgot wbat I Lately taught Cupid, and recollect in its stead, only wbat Cupip taugbt me."
Scarce had sleep my eyes o'erspread,
o Thou ! who well deserv'st the Bays,
How these and more (a phrenzied Choir)
Something like the same idea seems to have dictated the following Stanzas, which appear to be a loose Imitation of the beautiful Dialogue of HORACE and LYDIA, and for which, though confessedly in a lower style of Poetry, and conceived rather in the slang, or Brentford : dialect, than in the classical Doric of the foregoing Poem, we have many thanks to return to an ingenious Academical Correspondent.
THE NEW COALITION.
F. WHEN erst I coalesced with NORTH,
And brought my Indian Bantling forth,
I thurts sofre
Content I thump's Old Brentford's cushion,
He keeps for Pitt a rod in pickle;
T. Tbelwall's my man for State Alarm;
I love the Rebels of Chalk Farm ;
For one great end we both were born,
Charles, for a Shuffler long I've known thee :
The HAMBURGH Mails which have arrived since the date of our last Number, and the French Papers, which have been received up to the 24th of February, furnish but little additional Intelligence; little whereon it is possible to found a distinct or rational Speculation, as to
the the ultimate issue of the various and complicated discussions in which the interests, and, in many cases, the existence of the Nations of Europe are involved.
Under such circumstances, we confine ourselves to the stating briefly the few Facts which come to us from such authority as we cannot doubt; together with such opinions as appear to be most currently received on the Continent: without attempting at the present moment to combine those Facts into a System, of whatever kind ; and without pledging ourselves for the validity of Opinions, which must have been formed in a great measure on variable and uncertain grounds, and which the death or removal of a single individual, or the events of a single day at Paris, might overturn from their foundation.
At Rastadt, the French Plenipotentiaries TREILHARD and Bonnier have given their Reply to the Note of the DEPUTATION of the EMPIRE, the substance whereof was stated in our last Number. In this Reply, they peremptorily refuse any Explanation whatever, as to the extent of the Sacrifices which they had it in contemplation to demand from the Empire. Such an Explanation, they contend, could only “ complicate questions, and retard “ the conclusion of the Negotiation, instead of accelera“ ting it.” They presume that it is enough for the Deputation to know, in the first instance, that all the possessions of the Princes of the Empire on the Left Bank of the Rhine, are to be ceded to France. This Cession once made, it will be time enough to talk of the Indemnifications to be found on the Right Bank of the Rhine, for the Princes so stript of their Territories, a question which it would be premature to agitate, while the Cession itself is yet undetermined. “ La cession de ce qui est “ au-delà du Rhin, voilà la base : l'indemnité sur la