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to cure (and towards which exposure is the first-step; for before proper remedies can be applied towards the cure of a disease, you must be acquainted with its nature). And country gentlemen of this description are the persons who have most influence in county. affairs. It therefore does not by any means follow of necessity, that to excite disgust in country gentlemen is to do wrong. And, I have my suspicions that in the instance alluded to, though I have not any cher knowledge of the transaction than what is furnished by your correspondent, that the country gentlewen (by which expression I mean the description of them above alluded to) found an opposition to their views to which they
had previously received implicit obedience.
All before was snug and comfortable. They
sailed on a smooth sea, not a breeze was
stirring of public spirit to impede their course. It is, therefore, extremely natural that the gale blown up by the police magistrates, should have excited something like dissatisfaction in the minds of the country gentlemen. However this may be, Mr. Cobbett, and supposing the conduct of the police magistrates to have been as bad as the nature of the case could possibly admit of, can your correspondent unblushingly present the accusation of undue interference at elec. tions: It is a rule in our courts of law, that a suitor for redress must come with clean hands. Then shall a person who classes himself with the magistrates of Middleser obtain redress through your Register on the ground of improper interference at elections? The conduct of the magistrates on that occasion was such, that it no sooner presents itself than all other acts of that nature are lost. The stars attract attention, but no sooner does the sun make his appearance than they vanish from the view. “But independent“ly of the impropriety of such interference, it is improper and alarming that persons appointed, paid by, and removeable at the will of the crown, should act, much more preside, at the sessions of those counties where their offices are situated; their so doing not only weakens, (I might say destroys) the benefit of an appellant jurisdietion, but lessens the magistracy in the eyes of the people.” This, Sir, is your correspondent's statement, but what impropriety or alarm can arise, I confess I am utterly at a loss to conjecture, unless he means that if a person who holds a place under the crown, should follow the dictates of his own judgment when opposed to the interests of the crown, he will receive his dismissal. And, therefore, it is to be apprehended that he will lict act conscientiously in his office.
A pretty compliment this for a magistrate, a servant of the crown, to pay to his master | An associate of the magistrates of Middlesex too, alarmed at magisterial influence being improperly applied Your correspondent has put the signature of a Kentish Magistrate to his letter; but, I suspect that he is not entitled to the character which he has assumed, or he never would have been ignorant that the charges which he has brought against the police mogistrates, apply with equal force to the county magistrates. Are not the county magistrates appointed by, and removeable at the mere will of the crown, equally with the police officers ? And do not county magistrates preside at sessions to which appeals from their acts must come, and where persons whom theyhave committed, and against whom they have received er parte evidence must be tried ? Yom correspondent also states, that he has been at the Middlesex sessions when police magistrates exclusively occupied the Bench Is not this a strong argument in favour of police magistrates? Does it not show that county magistrates neglect the duties of their office, and prove the necessity that persons on whom more reliance can be placed should have a power co-extensive with themselves? “But when they attend,” it is objected “ that they have undisputed powers of the bench.” This I consider to be the effect of superiority of mind, which ought to give them the ascendancy. That they are superior in understanding, cannot be denied. The discovery of the guilt of Patch, who was convicted of murdering his master, proves the assertion, And many other instances . be adduced, but one is sufficient. It is foreign from my intention to enter into a discussion of the merits and demerits of our police system, for demerits I admit it has, though not of the nature mentioned by your correspondent. I mean merely to confine myself to answer the charges advanced by your Maidstone correspondent.—I am, Sir, yours. R. R. E. - BALLOT S.YSTEM.
SIR, I have read with peculiar satisfaction the remarks in your last paper on the Ballotting System. I beg leave to observe, that whenever a ballot takes place in the metropolis, a gang of notoriosis swindlers immediately hio, pompous bills ard advertisements, and open offices in different parts of the town, underpretence of insuring . substitutes for those who are so unfortunate as to be drawn. Many of these fellows are actually confined in the King's Bench and Fleet Prison, who, with the assistance g an
active, roguish agent out of doors, manage their business so adroitly as to extort some thousands from the honest and industrious part of the community. These swindling adventurers have no intention of satisfying their claimants. Their only object is to receive all they can, and the moment the ballot commences is the signal for winding up accounts, shutting up their offices, and decamping with the cash. It is a fact, that, at the period when the army of reserve was set on foot, a notorious swindler, now dead, made more than £1,500 in about five months, by rolling livery servants, mechanics and shopmen of their hard . earnings, without Jinding or ever intending to find, a single substitute for any person who insured with him. One High Constable realized a handsome fortune by insuring; and now lives in the stile of a nobleman. When Mr. Yorke, as Secretary at War, was apprized of such inproperpractices, he endeavoured to stop them by a clause inflicting a penalty of it 100, on every High Constable taking insurances. This, permit me to say, has been completely evaded. A confidential person is now employed, who, with the assistance of soune of the clerks, acting under the court of lieutenancy, realise very considerable sums without the possibility of detection; the opportunities they have of exonerating their subscribers from the effects of the ballot, (at least for a time) must be evident to every one. The drawing, takes place. Some of their customers are fixed on. The return of non est inventus on the back of the precept is received as a matter of course without any further investigation.- The penalty is now doubled. Twenty pounds instead of ten pounds. Of course, all the tricks alluded to will be played off with redoubled vigour. —Yours.-A. C. R. . . . -
TUBLIC PAPER. WAR with Dos MARK —Declaration pullished by the Court of Denmark against England. All Europe is acquainted with the system which Denmark has followed, during a period of 15 years of war and disturbance, with unceasing perseverance. The rigid observance of a free and impartial neutrality, and the conscientious fulfiment of all the duties belonging thereunto, have formed the object of all its wishes and all its egorts. The Danish Government, in its relations and connections with other States, has never lost sight of that simplicity, which was inseparable from the purity of its sentinents and its love of peace, and which it cannot be susPected of having once changed or devisi
was threatened by this war. Attacked in the most unexpected and dishonourable manner, exposed in a separate province, and in a manner cut off from all the means of defence, and forced into an unequal contest, she could not flatter herself with escaping a very material injury. . Unspotted honour, however, still remained for her to defend, as well as that reputation which she had earned as the price of her upright conduct.—Denmark, therefore, flatters herself that, on the part of the Powers of Europe, she will not appeal in vain. Let impartial Cabinets judge whether England was under the political necessity of sacrificing another State without hesitation, to her own safety; a State which had neither offended nor provoked her. Depending upon the justice of her cause, trusting in Providence, and in the love and loyalty of a people to a Prince, whose noid sceptre, under Providence, is swayed overan united, brave, and faithful people, the Danish Government flatters itself that it will be able to acquit itself without weakness, of the hard and painful task which has been imposed upon it by necessity. The Government of Denmark believes it has a right to reckon upon the interest and justice of the Cabinets of Europe, and they particularly hope for the effects of the same on the parts of those illustrious Sovereigns, whose objects and alliances have served the English for a pretext, and to give a colour to the most i. act of injustice, and whose object is to offer England the means of making a general atonement for an act of violence, which, even in England, every noble and generous mind will disown; which deforms the character of a virtuous Sovereign, and will ever remain a scandal in the annals of Great Britain.
FORFIGN OFFICIAL PAPER. Bue Nos AYRes.—Manifesto of his excellency the Viceroy of Peru, on the Capture
of Buenos Ayres by the English.
[From the Peruvian Minerva.] Although I am convinced, the perusal of the three proclamations, published at the city of Buenos Ayres by the English General Beresford, must have filled with indignation the breasts of all his Majesty's loyal subjects, and particularly of those who enjoy the happiness of inhabiting this metropolis, so much favoured and distinguished by our Sovereigns; yet I cannot refrain from indulging myself in pointing out to my countrymen, the venom, hidden under the hypocritical professions of the enemy, therein contained ; for which purpose, without recurring to any other arguments, I shall
confine myself solely to a retrospect of the recent atrocious conduct observed by that nation in every quarter of the globe. Years after years have set in and passed, during which all Europe has witnessed the English Government using every means it can invent, for cementing and propagating its detestable tyranny, availing itself of every circumstance favouring such a purpose; stoop. ing to practices the most vile and infamous, setting aside the most sacred principles of the rights of man, and trampling upon all the usages and customs, for many ages universally received and observed anyongst civilized nations. Far from proceeding either in carrying on war or negociating peace, with that noble frankness and good faith, the characteristics of nations generous and brave, it recurs to dark artifices of fiction corrupt the
confide in his perfidio - so sco. Such is the object of the three procloations which I have mentioned; to lull to sleep the understanding of the inhabitants of Buenos Ayres, with hopes of an imaginary happiness; to blindfold them, that they may not perceive the abyss of evil which surrounds them: to cover, as with a garland of flowers, the iron chains which their oppressors have prepared for them; to stupify the native energy of those active Spaniards; to alienate from their hearts, if it is possible, the love, the fidelity, and gratitude they owe to the most benevolent and just of all Monarchs; to prevail upon them, for ever, to lay down their arms, northink of avenging themselves and retrieving their lost honour, but solely to aspire to the felicity of being numbered among the vilest slaves of the Tyrant of the Seas. From these motives, they speak of the great advantages which they pretend would result from an alliance with Great Britain: under that Government, they say, oppression is unknown; they promise immediately to free their commerce srom the heavy duties and imposts to which it has been subjected, to respect the Catholic religion and its holy Ministers, and that the local laws and national customs shall remain untouched : and they conclude with stating, that their only object is to protect the Eastern coasts of South America, and render it a country the most prosperous in the universe. But where is the man of sense and judgement, who does not immediately discover, under such affected expressions, the vile language of hypoerisy and fiction, so foreign totle intrepid soldier, and natural only to the cowardly legions of those sordid islanders Where is the man
whose blood does not boil on hearing the sacred names of protection, humanity, and benevoleuce, pronounced by a government, stained with recent robberies, perfidies, and murders? by a goverment which does not cease sowing the seeds of discord and rebelłion every where; by a government . has so lately before our eyes kindled a fire in the fairest part of the globe [alluding to Europe], whose provinces we have so recently seen inundated with streams of the blood of its inhabitants?—by a government, which has so basely forsaken its allies, by hastily withdrawing its troops from all those parts where any of the invincible battalions of Budnaparte made their appearance?—by a government whose friendship has proved so baneful and ruinous to so many powerful Princes, and covered with mourning and desolation the inmense countries situated between the fertile banks of the Adige, and the frozen lakes
of Bohemia?—by a government, lastly, which
has so long endeavoured to erect the throne of tyranny upon the spoils and tonibs of all other nations, and which of late years, has not even, shrunk, in the face of the whole world, to adopt, as a basis of its machiavelian system of politics, the plan of perpetual war; a plan at. which humanity shudders; a plan which posterity will record and hand down to our remotes descendants, as a memorable monument of the ferocity and barbarity to which egotism and a thirst for monopoly can precipitate a nation which lents its earlto, no voice, but that of its arrogant and unnatural awarice —Generous mea of Lima | Let us fling far from us, with that contempt which they so well deserve, . those infamous proclamations, with which the English General pretends to surprise the innate fidelity of our countrymen, who inhabit the banks of the river Plata. Letus look upon thein as an insult to our honour, as an attempt against our-happiness, and a plan directed to the destruction . of our native land.— Merchants.' the same men, who now pretend to have possessed themselves of Buenos Ayres, solely with a view of protecting our commerce, are the same who have precipitated it into a state of ruin, so prejudicial to your useful speculations, and to which you see it reduced. They are the same who commenced the present hostilities, by capturing three of the King's frigates, and blowing up another. They are the same
Europe; but even, this was insufficient to induce those avaricious and cruel islanders
to restore the treasures which they had so
unjustly taken, with the blood of so many innocent victims.-" Spaniards! That perfidious nation which now pretends to appear to the inhabitants of Buenos Ayres, as of a others, the most humane, is the same which, not six years since, sent a squadron and an army before Cadiz, at a time when the plague reigned within its walls, spreading horror and destruction, The English Admiral, who, from his cabin windows, could feast his eyes with the spectacle of mountains of corpses, yet unburied, and the gloomy light of the funeral piles, yet had the courage to challenge our valiant chief to surrender, or to prepare himself to suffer all the rigours of the war. The commander of a Moorish corsair, having fallen in with a convoy, carrying victuals and medicines, at the expence of the Pope, to the city of Marseilles, then infested by destructive plague, not only refrained from capturing those ships, but spontaneously convoyed them to the port of their destination; and,
the English Admiral, on a similar occasion,
threw balls and shells into Cadiz, with an intent of reducing it to a heap of ruins.— Spaniards ! Those who now publish a law at Buenos Ayres, enjoining skaves to obey. their masters, are the same who founented,
and still continue to encourage, in the island.
of St. Domingo, the most atrocious rebel-' lion recorded in the annals of nations. We have all witnessed that, while the Sauguinary. Dessalines, at the head of innumerable bands. of assassins, marched along the coasts, with the murdering steel in one hand, and the incendiary torch in the other, with fire and sword, spreading desolation, destruction, and death wheresoever he went, an English squadron vigorously blockaded the capital, in order that no one solitary victim might escape the African fury.—Indians! You who are such interesting objects of the tender care of our most amiable monarch That nation, which has taken possession of Buenos Ayrcs, has ever treated the Aborigines of America and Asia with the most inhuman cruelty. When, in the course of the last century, they found it impracticable, by sorce of arms, to subjugate the brave inhabitants of the Floridas, they concluded a specious peace, and, during that peace, regaled them with poisoned liquors and clothes, which caused death without number. Their East India Company has already extirpated the greatest number of the mild inhabitants of Malabar, Bengal, and Coromandel, and would cxtirpate th: in all by one single blow, if they re
of their richest stuffs. That terrible famine is still recent in our memory, when millions of Indians perished, and which being foreseen by the English factories, they timely stored all the rice, and other provisions, *hich the scanty harvest of that year had yielded ! Indians! wheresoever the English nation has gained a footing, your's has been
enslaved, reduced, and destroyed without mercy. —All you people, inhabitants of Peru ! let us, on this important occasion, display all our loyalty and courage. Let us speedily wash away the foul stain cast upon the arms of Spain by the surrender of Buenos Ayres. Let us instantly fly to arms, in the defence of our holy faith, and of our beloved sovereign; and let us plunge into the deep cur. rents of the river La Plate those outcasts of smugglers and pirates, who having by surprise possessed theniselves of one of the most interesting parts of America, diffident of the power of their arms, and in dread of our just vengeance, now attempt, by means of the detestable artifices of seduction, to induce us to forego the performance of our most sacred and inviolable duties, and to turn deaf ears to the pathetic and penetrating voice with which our country now calls upon us for assistance.
CoMMercial Regulations is Sr. Domingo.—The Council of State, upon the proposition of the President and Generalissimo of the Land and Sea Forces of the Island of Hayti, euâcts the following law :
Art. 1. from the first of July next, the duty of ten per cent. laid by the 1st article of the decree of the 2d of September, 1806, is and shall be suspended upon the exportation of sugar, cotton, and cocoa. It shall only be retained upon coffee. 3. It shall hereafter be lawful for vessels of every description, foreigners or others, fra'ly to export sugar, cotton, and cocoa ; upon which article it is forbidden to exact any duty whatever. 3. The duty of one-fourth, imposed upon the produce raised by the farmers of the State, by the 5th article of the decree relating to the mode of renting the national domains of the 22d December, 1794, shall be hereafter abolished. 4. The farmers of the State shell be subjected to no other charges than the payment of the rent of their farms. 5. The superintendant-General of the Finances is strictly enjoined to carry the above into execution —Done at the Cape, the 20th June, 1807, 4th year of independence.—A. Vernet, Jean Phillipi Daux, Juge Fleury, Maguy, Secretary, Toussaint Brave,
PoliticAi REGISTER—commercial Regulations in St. Domingo, &c. [416 quired not their labour in the manufactories.
Raphael Manuel, Paul Romain, Chairman, Martial Bresse, Jean Baptiste. We, the President and Generalissimo of the land and sea forces of the state of Hayti, have sanctioned and do hereby sanction the present law, and direct, that the seal of the state shall be thereunto affixed, and that the same be published and carried into execution throughout the territory of Hayti. Given at the Palace at the Cape, 21st June, 1807, 4th year of Independence. HeNRY ChrisTOPH e.
AMERI can Vessels.—The following Let' ter has been transmitted to Ireland and circulated there : — Whitehall, 23d July, 1807.-My Lord, —I have the honour to transmit to your Grace the copy of a notice given by the Commissioners of the Customs to the mer. chants concerned in the trade with the United States of America, and to the masters of all American vessels, informing them, that according to a determination of the Lords of his Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, ships being American property, but not the built of America, or condemned as prize within the United States, sailing under sea letters, cannot be considered as American vessels, and consequently entitled to impo into this kingdom, under the 37th, Geo. III, cap 07, which Act was continued until the 1st June, is 7, by the 46th of his Majesty, cap. 16, and the regulations contained therein, directed by hi. Majesty's Order in Coun: cil, dated 27th May, 1807, to be duly observed until other provision should be made and directing the officers of that revenue to conform to the above determination of their Lordships, so far as they were or might to respectively concerned; and I have to re. quest, that your Grace would give direction for promulgating the same among the me!" chants in Ireland concerned in the trade with the United States.—At the same time, in of der to prevent inconvenience to the mer" chants from the said determination not ha" ing been sooner made known to them, I beg leave to recommend to your Grace to give di. rections for admitting to entry such Ame" can ships of the above description as mayo. rive in the ports of Ireland prior to the 3!" of Oct., after which day the rule that ship' being American property, but not of ths built of America and sailing under **** ters, should not be considered as entitled o import under the Act 37th Geo. III cap 97. should be invariably adhered to. I have the honour to be, &c. &c.—HAwk 3s Bis R Y.