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these topics is that which I have chosen for" and called the name of it Jehovah-Nissi: the title of this letter, and upon which, 1" for he said, Because the Lord halh sworn, observe, you made some very pertinent re- " that the Lord will have war with Amalek marks in reference to Bonaparte in your" from generation to generation.” Now, last Register. In so far as you there en-, what are the French people but a race of deavoured to hold up to public execration Amalekites, who have, in a great measure, the crime of assassination, you fully met renounced Christianity, and who bend the my views; but, when you seemed to re- knee to the God of nature, and to that idol commend a termination of the war with monster called human reason? That the such a people as the French, and to advise French have, in a great measure, renouncus to enter into treaties with them, and ac. ed Christianity, is clear from their having knowledge them as brethren, I found 1 abolished its political establishments, and could not go any farther with you in opi- left it to struggle the best it can for its own nion. I found, on an examination of these existence. No revenues, no emoluments, arguments, that they were contrary to the no provision made by the state for its miideas almost universally entertained in this nisters! no respect paid to its temples, no country; and, if adopted, that they might regard to its festivals, no veneration for its prove fatal to our religious and political rites and ceremonies! What is there saestablishments. But what was of still cred in religion which they have not progreater importance, I discovered that it faned? Chalices, candlesticks, crucifixes, would be a direct violation of an express pixes, ostensories, images, shrines, and relaw of God to follow up your recommenda- liquaries ;. all have been converted into curtion. In short, it is evident to me, that the rent coin! Baptized bells have been traps. extermination of the French nation is abso- formed into cannon bullets, and consecrated lutely essential to the security of Great Bri• churches to armories and arsenals! Their tain, and its expediency clearly demonstra- bishops they have banished; their priests ble from reason and from scripture. You, they have persecuted; their whole hierarMr. Cobbett, need not be told, that God chy they have overturned! They have selected the Jews of old for the purpose of even sacrilegiously dared to turn the Holy clearing the earth of idolators, and putting Father (God's vicar on earth) out of the them, his chosen people, in possession of Papal chair, and to detain him in woeful " a land Aowing with milk and honey," captivity. I know that some well-meanIn conformity to this example, it is incum- ing Protestants think, that, in all this, the bent on all godly nations to wage war French did little harm; or, rather, that against the impious, the sacrilegious, and they did much good. It was (say they) the ungodly: but it is particularly incum- only overturning the throne of Anti-Christ, bent on this our nation, as being by far the abolishing an idolatrous and blasphemous most godly nation on the face of the globe. worship, destroying an overgrown body of For the truth of this assertion, I appeal to superslilion (as Addison somewhere calls all our controversialists for almost 200 it), and clearing away the nasty filth with years back, who have boldly affirmed, and, which the scarlet whore and her paramour I think, fully proved, that as of all forms had polluted the house of God. Such reof religion, Christianity is the most godly, flections I have heard made by Protestants, so, of all modes of Christianity, that pro- and even by some of the established clergy. fessed by the Church of England is the But these, I presume, were Protestants of purest and most orthodox. - A nation, the old school; disciples of Stillingfleet, then, prosessing and practising this ortho- Tillotson, Newton, and Hurd. Our modox and pure religion, may well be deno- dern divines, however, teach them a more minated the people of God: consequently orthodox, certainly a more charitable docthis people ought to externinate all God's trine. They teach them that the Roman enemies. When the Amalekites, who Catholics are our dear brelhren in Christ; vainly endeavoured to oppose the entrance that their bishops and priests are confessors of the children of Israel into the land of and marlyrs for the true faith; that destroypromise, were discomfited by Joshua (as is ing their supposed implements of idolatry related in the 17th chapter of Exodus), was sacrilege; and that robbing them of " the Lord said to Moses, write this for a their revenues, was impiety: and so think I. “ memorial in a book, and rehearse it in -The French, then, being an impious, " the ears of Joshua, for I will utlerly put sacrilegious, ungodly nation, a set of real soul the remembrance of Amalek from un- Amalekites, and we the chosen people of
have ss der heaven. And Moses built an altar, God, it is plain that
“ war with Amalek from generation to ge- not only by the voice of government, but " neration." It will be said, perhaps, or by the voice of the people (which, to a proat least thought, that this conclusion is verb, is the voice of God) through their rerashly drawn. But, I hope I shall be able presentatives in parliament, and by the to make the contrary appear. The objec- whole bench of Bishops. It is beyond a tion, taken in its full force, seems to be the question, then, that whenever government following: Granting that we are now engage in a war, and when that war is • the cliosen people of God, as much as the sanctioned by the national representatives, • Israelites were of old, and that the French it is the will of heaven that it should be • are as hostile to God and us as the Ama- carried on, and carried on until its object be
lekites were of old to God and the Israel attained. If it be asked, what this object "ites, it doch not follow that we have a at present is? I answer, that it must s right to wage a continual war against them, be the total extirpation of the French . unless we have a special commission from vation; putting out the remembrance • heaven so to do. Tous the Lord hath not of Amalek from under heaven! - It • s sworn that the Lord will have war with has been said, that the object of the o the French, from generation to genera war with France is to replace a Bourbon • tion." Nor has he declared it to be his king on the throne ; but this cannot be
will, that "the remembrance of France true : for when the nation had a king of
should be utterly put out from under hea- that race, they were just as hostile to us as ! ven." This may be the wish of the war they are at present ; perhaps more so: and • faction, but it is not so clear that it is the if they had a king of that race to-morrow, • will of God.'-I answer: To me it is they would not cease to be as hostile to us perfectly clear ; for, let me ask, how the as before. In a word, with respect to us, will of God is manisested to any nation but they would be still down-right Amalekites: through the medium of its government, for these, too, had their kings, the last of especially in the case of making peace or whom Samuel hewed in pieces before the war ? Indeed, I can see no good reason Lord at Gilgal. - But it has been hinted, why a nation should go to war at all, if that we are at war with France on account they do not consider the will of the sove- of French principles propagated in the code reign the will of heaven itself. When our Napoleon, and that we must continue this gallant troops were ordered across the seas war as long as these principles are cherishto subdue the Americans, did they hesitate ed and avowed in France, lest, peradvena moment to march, from the reflection that ture, they should cross the channel, and they were going to carry on an unjust war debauch the minds and morality of God's against the will of heaven? No; they em- people on this side the water,
This, I barked in the implied idea that they were allow, has a plausible appearance ; and I doing their duty; and the will of govern- am inclined to think that it may be one, ment to them was the will of God. Again, although not the only or principal reason, When government said to Marquis Wel for persevering in the war with France. lington, “ Choose men; go out; fight with The order which God gave, by the hand of “ the French ;" the noble Marquis paid Moses to exterminate the Canaanites, was the same obedience to that order; and our given, partly, to prevent them from conbrave armies followed him, in the supposi- caminating the minds and manners of the tion that he was executing the will of God, Israelites, by their heterodox doctrines and by executing the will of his Majesty's mi-corrupt morality. And although the same nisters, the vice-gerent of God's vice gerent. charge is not explicitly brought against the This is a doctrine that cannot be too often Amalekites, we may believe that their and too deeply inculcated on the minds of faith and their practices were not so much subjects ; it is the base of all subordination, better than those of the Canaanites ; and from the King's servants down to ny ser- therefore we may reasonably suppose, that vants. According to the Apostle Paul, this was at least one cause for God's swear. every common servant is to consider the will ing eterual war with them. But still the of his master, every common master, as the great and the only ostensible cause was will of God himself. How much more are ibeir « coming out to fight with Israel in pot subjects, then, obliged to consider the “ Rephidim ;' or, as it is expressed in the will of the supreme magistrate as the will first book of Samuel, " because they laid of the Suprenie Being? But the will of " wait for him (Israel) in the way when heaven, with respect to warring against " he came out of Egypt.” On this acthe French, has been sufficiently expressed, count, Saul was ordered to " Smite Ama.
“lek, and utterly destroy all that they hands as well as they ; we want only a “ lave, and spare not; but slay both man portable sanctuary, which may soon be 65 and woman, infant and suckling, ox and constructed ai a much less expense than “sheep, camel and ass;" but the unsea- theirs. On the other hand, the iniquity sonable commiseration of this milk-hearted of the French Amalekites is universally acmonarch, led him to disobey this order, knowledged to be full: their sins,' like which provoked the just, resentment of Je- those of Sodom and Gomorrah, have been hovah against him, who deprived him of long crying to heaven for vengeance ; and his kingdom.--I infer, then and the we are unequivocally called to be the ininference, I think, is strictly logical), that struments of inflicting it. ----We had a it was not precisely the bad principles or right, then, to march our armies into practices of the Amalekites, which drew France, in order to take possession of it; down upon them celestial vengeance; but and because Amalek came out to fight with their comiog out to fight with God's people us in Rephidim, we have an implicit and in Rephidim, and endeavouring to retard virtual order froin heaven to make war with their march into the land of Canaan. Amalek until he be utterly destroyed. From a strict similarity of cases, I must Hitherto the parallel las been uniformly equally inser, that the main cause of our and astonishingly jist; but there is here present war with the people of France, is at last a dissimilarity, which demands'exnot their principles or practices, but their planation. When the Amalekites came to opposing us in our march to Paris. — In fight with Israel in Rephidim; they were fact, if the fear of French principles had “ discomfited :" but when the French came been the sole or chief object of the war, it to fight with us we were discomfited, would not have been necessary; it would and obliged to make a sudden retreat. not even have been expedient, to march | I think I hear some incredulous scoffer our armies into France or Holland; we tauntingly say, “if the people of this counhave only to guard our coasts against their try are God's chosen people, how came introduction hither, as we do against the they to be deleated, and prevented from introduction of smuggled goods. We
marching to Paris by these modern Amamight have created French principles as lekites ? This, I confess, is a hard we treat French liquors: the duties on question; and, perhaps, the solution I am them might have been made so high, and going to give, may not seem altogether the penalties so enormous, that they could satisfactory. It may be that many of our not have readily been imported; or if im- 'soldiers, and some of their commanders, ported, could not be within the reach of , had not sanclified themselves previously to the rabble, who were the most likely to be the engagement.--It may be, that they corrupted by them : whereas, by sending were Amalekites in practice, although Isour soldiers, who form a considerable por- raelites in profession. It may be, that tion of that rabble, into France and Hol- the ineasure of their iniquity, although not land, we gave them an opportunity of tast- quite so full as that of the French, was ing French liquors and French principles, sufficiently so, to make God abandou them and thus relishing both; for French prin- on those occasions, by way of fatherly ciples and French liquors are equally agree. chastisement, to induce them to repentance able to the bulk of mankind, wlio have not and reformation.---Or it may be, that the discernment to distinguish between one or more of them have touched as the what is pleasing to the senses and perni. “ accursed thing.” A rich brocade, or a cious to the soul, and who perceive not piece of Brussels' lace, may have tempted easily the latent poison that is mingled in some Achan to put forth his hand, and the delicious draught. Our offensive" take them, and hide them in his tent;" war against France, then, had some other and, perhaps, the sin is yet unexpiated! object; we wanted to gel possession of the But, as I am unwilling to throw any decountry, as the Israelites wanted to get gree of blaine upon our brave soldiers, I possession of the land of Canaan : and I will not urge mere possibilities as causes of know not but that we had as good a right the failures we have experienced; but to the one as they had to the other. We rather charge these failures to the negliare God's own people as well as they ;—in gence and inattention of those who planned his name, and at his will, we march and the expeditions. We must not, then, be move as well as they :-we have a Moses disheartened by the want of success which to direct us as well as they ;-we have has hitherto attended our arms; nor diAarons and Hurs to support his heavy verted from marching to Paris, because we
have been frequently impeded in our career. I of the sun; and I pledge my existence that We have only to avoid our former errors, to the French Amalekites will be discomfited; supply our former omissions, and to per and that our troops shall march to Paris severe in our heaven directed attempts. without further impediment. Whether, Those who think their losses irreparable, at the time, it will be proper to destroy think like dastards. The greater our mis- the whole nation, man, woman, infant, adventures have been, the greater reason suckling, ox, sheep, camel, ass ; or whether, have we to hope they may be retrieved that is to be left to some future period, I Such was the language of Demosthenes to will not take upon me to decide : but this his fellow citizens, when they were trem. I will affirm, that " we must have war bling for the safety of the state : “ Despair" with Amalek, from generation to gener. “ not of your affairs, Athenians, although," ation, until the remembrance of Amalek " indeed, they are in a bad plight. What be put out under Heaver!" If, even “ has, for the past, been the most pernici- with all the preparation and precautions sous to you, is the stronger motive of which I have mentioned, we should not, “ hope for the future ! Why? our affairs at first, be successful (which I can hardly " are in so bad a condition, because we doubt), still we may persevere in the con“ have done precisely what we ought not test, and not be dismayed at one, or even “to have done, and not done what we more defeats. The war of the other Is. " ought to have done."— In order, then, raelites with the tribe of Benjainin, related to insure success in future, we must arm in the Book of Judges, was at least as pious our respectable citizens, an honest yeo. and just a war as that in which we are now manry, and independent gentlemen. These engaged : and yet the Benjamites routed must be headed by bold Barons, Peers, or them twice, and slew 40,000 of their best the sons of Peers; such soldiers as our an. and chosen men! And it was not until cestors sent to Cressy, to Agincourt, and after having consulted the High-priest Phito Poicliers. With these troops ought to nehas, and using a stratagem to decoy the be blended no foreign mercenaries, who enemy into a snare laid for them, that they are sold for money to the best bidder, and were at length victorious. With these who may stand in the field of battle to be splendid results before our eyes, it is base, knocked on the head, but who would never it is cowardly, to listen to the senseless do honour to the cause in which they might clamour for peace which has gone abroad fall. Of all such we must purge our ar among our fellow citizens. We ought to nies. We must renounce every alliance disregard the murmurs of peevish disconwith idolalors, infidels, and herelics, if we tent; to stop our ears against the Siren wish to draw down the blessing of heaven voice of these who urge the plea of humaon this holy enterprize. But what is of nity, let them chant it ever so sweetly. still greater importance, we must not send We ought to come forward with willing our soldiers, however selecl, however holy, hearts and open hands, and empty our however devoul, without being accompa- purses into the minister's budget ; give full nied by our legislators, or at least their aud implicit confidence to one who never representatives : not indeed to fight, but 10 once abused our confidence. He has only influence by their presence, and by their as yet demanded one tenth of our income : prayers.
Let it be remembered, that, if he should demand a fifth let us give it while Joshua and his chosen army were him : if, in short, he should deinaud the fighting in the plain, Moses and his com- whole, let us part with it cheerfully; for pauions were praying in the mountains. when he shall have conquered France, and Let my Lord Liverpool then, as our chief extirpated its inhabitants, great, exceeding legislator, our Moses, go out with our great will be our recompense. Then, introops, with the rod of God in his hand; stead of adulterated bread, we shall eat that wonderful magic wand with which he loaves of the purest wheat; instead of inhas of late performed more miracles than sipid potatoes, we shall eat high favoured Moses did in Egypt. Let our Aaron and truffles; instead of beef and mutton, we our Hur accompany him to the summit of shall feast on red-legged partridges, becco some bill, where our hosts may engage the ficos, and urtolans; insiead of goose-berFrench Amalekites: let them set our Moses ries and crab apples, we shall eat grapes on a stone ; let him sit thereon, and stretch and peaches ; olives, instead of elder-berout his hands to heaven; and when his ries; and oranges instead of hips: instead hands grow beavy, let them be supported of pernicious gin, we shall drink generous by his two associates until the going down brandy; and, instead of sharp small beer,
quaff the nectar of the Gods! Nothing | ed, if you will allow the following an inbut want of faith in God and in government sertion, verbatim, in your next Register. can make us forego these great blessings,
I am, &c. which we are certain of obtaining if we
THOMAS MANT. persevere in the war until “ the remem- Southamplon, March 7th, 1814. is brance of France be put out under " heaven," POLEMOPHILUS. MR. MANT, AND THE CAPTAINS CAMPBELL
Mr. Mant begins, in answer to Captain Sir,- In the Morning Chronicle of Feb. Campbell's statement of the subject in 25, is the following article: “ The Count question, which appeared in the Register "de Escars arrived, we are told, on the of the 5th inst. respecting the “ illegality of " 8th, at night, at Troyes, the head-quar- the selling of prizes, &c." and states, he is not “ ters of the Allies. The two Counts de at all conscious of having represented, " in “ Polignac, who, as our readers may re
a loose manner, these transactions,” and “ member, were arrested and tried with which term is totally opposite to his mean“ Moreau, have made their escape from ing, particularly so, as they have so lately “ Paris, and are arrived at head-quarters.” been noticed in this Register as requiring a -The above paragraph, if true, exhi
more serious attention ; nor does it appear, the blackest ingratitude ; for Captain Campbell is at all sensible of the it is, without doubt, in the remembrance impropriety of those transactions, as he of thousands, the magnanimous conduct of shows no inclination to defend them, exBonaparté to those two brothers who had cept loosely expressing," there was noforfeited their lives by conspiring with Pi-thing contrary to the laws and usages in chegru, Georges, Moreau, and others, to force, &c., as far as they really did take put to death the saviour of their country.
place," yet surely, Captain Campbell canIndeed, some men are so base and depraved, not forget the nature of the king's order, of that to do them a service is to make them the 26th of July, 1806, and the three your enemy for ever after. The following ber, 1807 ; and those papers previously
Orders in Council of the 11th of Novemextract from Miss Plumptre's Tour in France, vol. 3, will bring the fact to the adverted to, in the Register of the 19th ult. recollection of your readers, and put to page 229, and in my possession, as being shame (if they have a particle left) the ma
immediately under their influence ; lignant' slauderers of the French Emperor. charges to the Admirally, agams Captain
2ndly. Mr. Mant admits he did make the “ tried for the conspiracy above alluded to, Campbell, but observes, noi before he had " the elder was found guilty and condemn represented Mr. Man's conduct unjustly "ed; the younger was acquitted. The to the Transport Board, and that also pri" elder was married and had a family, to valely and partially, as stated in pages 48 "s whoin he would have been a great loss ; tain Campbell now corroborates ; and Mr.
and 49 of his pamphlet, and which Cap" the younger was single. The latter went
to Bonaparte and earnestly intreated bim Mani, also admits, of the Inquiry that took to take his life instead of his brother's, place, on Captain Campbell's conduct re
stating what a fatal thing to his family it specting these transactions, and by order of " would be, that the head of it should lose the admiraly; but still it must be recul. “ his life in such a way; that he being a
lected, that the result proves only an ex " single man, his life was of no importance parle adjudication, as the admiralty have
on Mr. Mant, or any other to any body. Bonaparıé applaudiug the generous feeling that dictated the request,
person, publicly, to substantiate, his state
inents on this bead; nor have their Lord"imaediately granted a free pardon 10 ! both.” If you think this worthy a place ships ever been put in possession of such in your valuable and uselul Register, its
documents, as could sufficiently authorize insertion will much gratify your constant
impartially, the opinion, that Captain reader.
Campbell thinks so satisfactory, their lord2d March, 1814.
ships having iwice relused Mr. Mantan interview for that pui pose; and wbich are
still in his power to bring torward; and To the Editor of the Political Register. by a reference to the pages 54 and 55 of
Sir-Through the medium of your im- the saine pamphlet, the whole of this matpartial paper, I shall be very much oblig. ter will be found more fully explained.