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We' are now engaged in a cause which no less concerns the peasant in his cottage, than the prince on his throne. We are contending against an inveterate foe, who aims at the destruction of every thing dear to you as BRITONS. We are threatened on our own shores, and in our own houses. Our domestic, civil, and religious privileges are all at stake. The existence of our wives, our children, our relations, our friends, our family comforts, our freedom, our trade, and our property, may depend on your immediate exertions.
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No 190, PICCADILLY, Saturday, 13th August, 1803.
Grounds of the Contest in which we are engaged. The grounds of the war are, by no means, as our enemies pretend, to be sought for in a desire entertained by his Ma-, jesty to keep the island of Malta, contrary to the treaty of peace, or to leave unfulfilled any other part of his sacred engagements; they are to be sought for in the ambition of the Consul of France, and in his implacable hatred of Britain, because, in the power and valour of Britain alone, he finds a check to that ambition, which aims at nothing short of the conquest of the world. His Majesty, ever anxious to procure for his people prosperity and ease, eagerly seized the first opportunity that offered itself for the restoration of peace; but not without remembering, at the same time, that their safety, for which it was his peculiar duty to provide, was not to be sacrificed to any other consideration. This peace he concluded with the most sincere desire that it might be durable, and that the conduct of France would be such as to authorize him to execute, with scrupulous punctuality, every one of the stipulations of the treaty: but scarcely was that compact concluded, when the First Consul, at the very time that his Majesty was surrendering to France and Holland the
great and numerous conquests he had made from them during the war, hegan a new sort of hostility upon the weak and defenceless states on the continent of Europe: Piedmont, a country equal to all Scotland, was added to France; Holland, which had, at the making of the peace, been recognised as an independent nation, became, more than ever, the object of French rapacity and despotism, was compelled to furnish ships and stores for French expeditions, and to feed and clothe French armies; the only use of which was to keep her in a state of slavish subjection, and to render her shores an object of serious alarm and real danger to Great Britain : Switzerland was invaded by a French army, which compelled the people of that once free and happy country, to submit to a government framed at Paris, the nembers of which government were chiefly composed of men who had betrayed the liberties of their country, and who were nominated by the Consul himself. Notwithstanding, however, all these and several other acts of aggression and tyranny, some of which were highly injurious to Great Britain, and were shameful violations of the treaty of peace, still his Majesty earnestly endeavoured to avoid a recurrence to arms; but the Consul, emboldened by our forbearance, and imputing to a dread of his power, that which he ought to have imputed solely to our desire to live at peace, manifested his perfidious intentions again to take possession of Egypt, whence we had driven him in disgrace; again to open a road to our possessions in India, there to destroy one of the principal sources of our wealth and our greatness.
Not contented with thus preparing for our destruction from without, endeavouring to cut off our intercourse with the rest of the world, shutting, as far as he was able, all the ports of other countries against us; gradually destroying our navigation, commerce, and trade; hemming us up in our own island, and exposing our manufacturers, artizans, and la. bourers to the danger of starving for want of employment: not contented with these malignant endeavours, and seeming to regard us as already within his grasp, he audaciously interfered in the management of our domestic concerns ; required us to violate our laws by banishing those subjects of the French monarch, who had fled hither for shelter from his unjust and tyrannical government; demanded of us the suppression of the liberty of speech and of the press; and, in a word, clearly demonstrated his resolution not to leave us a moment’s tranquillity, till we had surrendered our constitution, till we had laid all our liberties at his feet, and till, like the Dutch, the Italians, and the Swiss, we had submitted to be governed by decrees sent us from France,