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Printed by C. Roworth, Bell-yard, Temple-bar ;
AND J. CUMMING, DUBLIN.
By William Jackson Hooker, F. L. S. and Fellow of
the Wernerian Society of Edinburgh.
Art. I. The Orders in Council, and the American Embargo,
beneficial to the Political and Commercial Interests of Great
Britain. By Lord Sheffield. 1809. Message of the President of the United States, communicated to
Congress 5th Nov. 1811. Report in part of the Committee, to whom was referred that part
of the President's Message which relates to Foreign Affairs. A View of the State of Parties in the United States of America;
being an Attempt to account for the present Ascendancy of the French or Democratic Party in that Country, in two Letters
to a Friend. Edinburgh, Ballantyne. 1812. IN N the message of the President of the United States, communi.
cated to Congress on the 5th November last, Mr. Madison concludes a long string of complaints against Great Britain, with a recommendation that they should assume an armour and an attitude demanded by the crisis. Whether any or all of these complaints are well or ill grounded, one thing at least must be quite obvious to those who have paid any attention to the proceedings of the American government, namely, that, ever since the accession of that stout republican and stern philosopher of the new school, Thomas Jefferson, there has existed a strong disposition on the part of the American executive to quarrel with Great Britain; to seize every occasion of exciting a hostile feeling between two nations, whom their relation to each other in point of origin, of language, and of habits, to say nothing of ommon interest, ought to predispose to amicable intercourse, and mutual good will; and whom it is equally obvious that it is the interest of France to disunite and to array against each other.
Of the origin of this spirit in the American government, we shall say a few words hereafter. At present it will be our business to examine into the truth of the allegations of the President's
niessage, and the object of those menaces held forth in the report of the committee, to whom that part of it relating to foreign affairs was referred. Setting aside some points of minor importance, VOL. VII. NO. XIII.