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mainder of the account I beg leaye who in the secret counsels of thine adoto give you in the language of the rable wisdom, hast permitted nation to official document alrcadů quoted. rise against nation, and for the Son of After Colonel Horton had with his

j: Man hast sent forth the sword and every

deadly instrument of war amongst the * suual animation” replied to the inhabitants of the

inhabitants of the earth, humble us we address. The Rev. Dr. COULTHURST beseech thee before thy divine Majesty then made the following oration and for this thine awful dispensation; and prayer.

if we go forth to battle, we would go COLONEL HORTON,I cannot pre- forth in the name, 'and in the support of sume to add to the many commendations a righteous cause, and in the use of those which you have already received from means which thou in thy mercy hast prethose, who, by reason of their exalted scribed ; and since thou wast pleased to rank of professional experience, are wor- command thy people of old, that every thy and able to appreciate your military man should pitch by his own standard, services, and I can have as little cause by the ensigns of his father's house, we to doubt the sincerity of such commen- would duly obey this thy heavenly indations, as the skill of those who be- junction; and here we solemnly consestowed them.--Yet I may be allowed crate as in thy presence these banners of to join with the worthy gentleman who our warfare, the tokens of our dedication has officially addiessed you, and in the to thee, humbly imploring thy gracious pame of my parishioners, to thank you aid and assistance in this momentous confor the honor which you have done to troversy, where we, WITH OUR ALLIES, the parish of Halifax, by your very ear are most deeply involved; for if thy spily alacrity in tendering your services as rit go not with us, carry us not up hence, militiamen, and with a zeal which even --Be gracious we beseech thee, to our

anticipated the wishes of government. Sovereign Lord the King, to the royal . We thank you also for your spirited and family, to our governors and superiors,

disinterested patriotism, which greatly and to all that bear office in the realm, to your credit, has totally exempted in matters ecclesiastical, military or ciyour friends and neighbours from the vil.--We humbly beg thy blessing upon trouble and inconvenience of military this company now assembled in array servitude :-For your effective and even before thee; upon the officers, the capinstant assistance so cheerfully offered tains and the soldiers, upon their wives, in the moment of anarchy and alarm,and their children, and their kindred-and for your thus rescuing a very populous upon every member of that vast and exdistrict from all the horrors of civil com- tensive parish to which they belong, -bemotion--and thereby pledging yourselves seeching thee also to pour down thy to the country that the same spirit of va- blessings upon this ancient town wherein lour and enterprize so eminently success- they are incamped. ful in defeating and subduing the inter- “ Lastly, We humbly beg for thy die nal enemies of the kingdom, will be no- vine influence upon all men, that we bly displayed in resisting, and we trust, may thankfully receive thy good things, under diyine Providence, in finally over- and patiently endure thy correctionthrowing every foreign invader, however that we be not sullen in adversity, not boisterous his menaces or forinidable discontented in prosperity; that we may his arrangements. These things are be delivered from the filthiness of all praiseworthy: and I hope you under- those selfish passions which bring misery stand that a life of active beneficence and ruin upon the world-from the fun for the good and happiness of others is riousness of ambition, from the gloom far more honourable and even more of avarice, and from the rottenness of comfortable than a state of mercenary envy--and grant that we thus walking selfishness, or censorious indolence. I in stedfast obedience to thy holy will will not dwell upon these topics. I pro- may be delivered from affliction, and ceed to that part of my office which is (what is a far greater deliverance) from more adapted to my pustoral connections the fear of affliction-and when this tywith you, and I think, I may say, more ranny of man shall be overpast, may we congenial to my own disposition--and at the last, for Christ's sake, enter into to invoke the blessing of Heaven upon the life and light of God, into the kingthese your generous exertions.

dom of thy son, the blessed kingdom of LET US PRAY- everlasting God, innocence and peace, where every bat

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tle of the warrior shall end, and every plain, that our “internal enemies" weapon shall be undefiled with blood. for these twenty years past, have These our prayers and praises we humbly

been those who by plunging the naoffer up in the name, and for the sake of Jesus Christ our mediator and re- tion into wars, equally unjust and deemer; to whom with thee and the unnecessary, and who by their inveHoly Ghost be given as is most justly terate enmity to every species of redue, all honour and glory now and for form, seem resolved to hurry the evermore.-- Amen.-Dur Father, &c." nation to destruction. Against the

“ After the consecration of the co- machinations of auch intorno lone lours, Col. HORTON thanked DOCTORS

“ mies,” would to God the efforts of COULTHURST for the honour he had done the regiment, and congratulated the volunteers, local militia, oranyother Doctor and himself (a heavy shower of description of men could save us. 'rain falling during the whole of the cere- The doctor in his address to hea*mony) on the complete wetting they had ven, with confidence in his “ righexperienced, from which he uugured that " teous cause," the present war, uses the service of the regiment under these language, as abhorrent to common colours would be fortunate, reminding

sense as to christian piety. “We the Doctor of the drenching they hud receited at the consecrating of the colours

“ solemnly consecrate,” (prays the presented to the late volunteers, under Dr.)“ as in thy presence, these banwhich they certainly hud prospered. “ners of our warfare, humbly im

“The gentlemen from Halifax, together“ ploring thy gracious aid and assiswith the mayor and vicar of Pontefract," tance in this momentous controafterwards dined at the mess of the regi- 66 versy. where we WITH OUR ALment (under the compliment of the

LIES, are most deeply involved !" ringing of the bells of the town) with a 'cordiality, a harmony, and a patrio

Our “ allies” at the time the Dr, tism which the tyrant of the continent was offering this prayer were, the can never experience or know how to Emperor of Austria, Ferdinand of enjoy !"

Spain, and the Pope of Rome. To

preserve the Roman catholic religion On this curious farce I beg leave entire, and to suppress all heresy, to add a few remarks.

that is all protestantism was the. A christian minister, before he pre- avowed design ofour Spanish" allies." sumes to address heaven in the lan- To restore the power and authority guage of confidence, ought to be " temporal and spiritual" of the Pope well assured within himself that his of Rome, wąs the equally avowed cause is just. When the volunteers design of our other “ ally, the Emso “ instantaneously” offered their peror of Austria ; and a protestant services, it is much to be feared they divine offers up his earnest prayers to had not a serious thought respecting God that the cause in which we the justice or injustice of the war. “ with our allies," the Emperor of Men who rush into military life are Austria, Ferdinand of Spain, and seldom remarkable for their wisdom, the Pope of Rome, are most deeply or virtue: but something different involved, may be attended - with is to be 'expected from a man who success! And yet this very protescalls himself an ambassador of the tant divine not long since joined a prince of peace. Dr, Coulthurst is faction in this kingdom, who too pleased to thank Col. Horton for his successfully opposed the progress of ready assistance at all times in sub- toleration, and the restoration of the duing the “ internal enemies of the 'civil rights, not only of Roman cae kingdom." Who are these" inter- tholics, but of protestant dissenters, “ nal enemies," and what have been and shouted with the generality of their proceedlings the Dr. has not in- his order. -No popery !-So much formed us :- but to me, and to many for the consistency, the integrity, others of his Majesty's subjects it is and the liberality, as well as the

pure christianity of this military “in vain, but let thy tender hand of priest !

" love and mercy, direct their balls The Doctor proceeds in his peti- “ to more heads and hearts of thing tions to the throne of grace:-“ If “ own redeemed creatures, than the “ we go forth to battle we go forth “poor skill of man is able of itself “ in the use of those means which " to do!"* thou in thy mercy hast prescribed.” The public have been informed. What “ these means" are, our ex- that some of our officers, following peditions abundantly demonstrate. the example of our clergy, have Fire ships, bombs, Congreve rockets, discovered the happy art of uniting and Shrapnell shot (the latter as the spirit of christianity with the spidescribed in your last Review, the rit of war:- That Lord Gambier in most murderous instrument ever particular, like the renowned Rusinvented) are the means which we sian General Suwarrow, of bloody are informed “ God in his mercy memory, pray's most fervently before " has prescribed” for the destruction he commences his work of slaughter of mankind!

and devastation. His lordship in Happy would it be for the interests his dispatches giving an account of of religion and humanity were our that success which will indeed inbanners, and their bearers and con- mortalize his name, I mean the bomsecrators to be “ drenched” like Dr. barding and burning of Copenhagen, C. and his military congregation, in at a period when Denmark had comwater only: were their courage by mitted no offence against this counsuch frequent “ drenchings” to be try, most devoutly boasts of the cooled a little it would do them no assistance vouchsafed him on that harm; but unhappily the scenes dis- occasion by the Almighty.-His played off Copenhagen, Flushing, prayers were doubtless similar to and at Talavera, too awfully pro- that I have quoted; and as it is the claim that our colours, and our sol- most suitable form which can well diery are often drenched in blood! be conceived for a modern fighting

Notwithstanding the many conse- christian, it is to be hoped it will cration prayers I have read, I can- shortly be published by authority not help being of opinion that they “ for the use of his Majesty's forces are all somewhat defective; and I “ by sea and land,” to be used liketherefore cannot but recommend a wise " in all churches and chapels" prayer as concise as it is comprehen- of the established church in time of sive, drawn up by an excellent di- war, and more especially at all convine of the church of England, and secrations of colours, or dedications most admirably suited for such occa- of the banners of war to the God of sions. Although the readers of your Peace, and to the Prince of Peace former numbers are in possession of AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTIAN it, yet for the benefit of others, and July 30. more particularly for the benefit of Dr. Coulthurst, and the Halifax volunteers and local militia, 'I beg ON THE DUTY OF INDIVIDUALS leave to transcribe it.

TO PROMOTE THE PUBLIC “O blessed Jesus, dear redeeming

WELFARE, “ Lamb of God, who camest down “ from heaven, to save men's lives,

Mr. Editor, " and not to destroy them, go along I have just read in your last num" we humbly pray thee, with our ber for July a letter from Hartford " bomb-vessels and fire-ships, suffer

not our thundering cannon to roar * Law's Reflections on War, p. 8.

of the state. But we are willing to tension of the revenue of the people; hope that the conclusion needs not by opening new channels of employbe pushed so far; and we shall, for ment for their capital at home and the present, confine ourselves to the abroad, while we carefully preserve position, unquestionably supported, those which are already accessible. not only by the foregoing statement, At the same time, every practicable but by facts within every man's method should be resorted to, of knowledge that we have now ar- diminishing our expenditure, by a rived at the point where the attempt rigorous and discerning reform of to raise one tax, will only lower the abuses. We are persuaded, that, produce of another -- that a man (we will not say, a great, but) a cannot pay the full amount of his very considerable income may be property-tax, and at the same time derived from this source. Let any consume as many of the articles man reflect on the remark which he which pay duties to government, if must so frequently have made while these duties are raised ; and, vite passing through the halls, the chamwersa, that he cannot consume as bers, the offices, and the gardens of much of those articles at the former an English grandee's palace, and, duties, if his property shall be taxed still more, while considering the more heavily.

manner in which his estates are ma. · If the nation has at last reached, naged " The loss and the waste of this point — if the revenue of the thousands by the year," is the thought people is now made to pay as much which ever and anon presents itself. towards the revenue of the state as Who can doubt, then, that much is any human means can extort from wasted in an establishment which it-if the natural period of taxation. costs above ninety millions a yearis at length arrived--by the public which is spread over many thouincome outstripping that of indivi- sand, square miles - entrusted to duals — (and, surely, when we re- multitudes who have no interest in ficct, that besides twenty-two mil. being economical, and watched over lions borrowed, above seventy mil- hastily, incidentally, and according lions sterling are at present raised to rules devised when it was in the within the year by taxes, we cannot bud, by a few persons who volun. marvel at this crisis being come*); teer their services, change every day, --how clearly must every thinking and must see all abuses at a vast. man perceive, that the whole system distance, if they see them at all? In of our policy depends, for its exis- the present state of our affairs, we tence, upon the continuance of our may be well assured, that the danger commerce, that inextricable. con- which chiefly besets us is not that fusion will arise from any consider- of parsimony. From this source wo able diminution of the income of can descry nothing to appal us, ex the country, --and that the only cept, perhaps, the risk of bringing means of augmenting the public re- the cause of reform into a temporary venue, must be sought in the ex- discredit, by too rash and indiscri

minate a pursuit of it. But, from * The revenue raised by Great Bri

a continuance of our present scale tain, en 1809, is estimated at 65,885,3451. of ever

bol of expenditure, coupled with what including the surplus of 1808, and exclusive of money raised hy loan and ex

is infinitely more ruinous--a conchequerbills, to the amount of18,660,0001. tempt for the only means of meeting The net revenue of Ireland, in 1808, ex- it;.- froin a disinclination to retrench clusive of about 4,000,0001. loans, was whatever is useless in our outgoings, 4,571,2501 ; so that the revenue of the and, still more, from an aversion to empire may be reckoned at 70,456,6921. those conciliatory measures, which

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with perfect safety to our honour, Cloth .. do. .....

4,016

50,000 may enable us to keep up, and even Great Coats .....

Suits Clothing .

92,000 to augment, our national income;

Shirts ........

35,000 from a conduct so infatuated as this, Shoes ........

96,000 we foresee, at no great distance, the Shoe Soles ......

15,000 approach of confusion and dismay' Calico .. Pieces, &c. &c. 02,212 in every branch of our affairs,—and Canteens .......

50,000

54,000 the final conquest of an empire which Haversacks ...... we sincerely and proudly believe, Droudly believe

16,000 Hats and Caps ....

Pouches and Belts ... 240,000 nothing else can ever shake.*

Pieces Sheeting ....

762 Shoes ...

78,000 SUPPLIES SENT TO SPAIN AND

Shoe Soles ...,

35,000 Boots .......

8,100 PORTUGAL. Pouches......

150,150 Cloth . . Yards ...... 125,000 OFFICIAL ACCOUNT

The following is a list of the articles Of the expence incurred in furnishing

sent since the above account was deliarms, and other ordnance supplies, to

ce suppres, to vered to the House of Commons and the Spaniards and Portuguese, since

stated in the last Spanish papers to have May 1808 : prepared pursuant to an

been received at Cadiz from Great Briorder of the hon. the House of Com

tain : mons, dated the 27th of March 1809,

30,000 Muskets. 670,328l. 17s. 1d.

20,000 Swords. Pieces of Cannon. . 98 and 31,600

800,000 Flint Stones. rounds of ammunition

20,000 Pikes Howitzers. ...... 38 and 7,200

2,500 Pair of Boots. rounds of ammunition.

48,600 Pair of Shoes. Carronades...... 90 and 4,000

1,952 Pieces of Cloth for Jackets. rounds of ammunition.

12,000 Shirts. Musquetsi..... ...

200,177

720 Pieces of Linen Cloth for Rifles. ............

Sheets. Swords. ...........

61,391

200 Pair of Traces. Pikes............. . 79,000

22,212 Pieces of Cotton, containing Infantry Accoutrements, sets 39,000

880,000 yards. Ball Cartridges ....... 23,477,955

40,000 Uniforms. Lead Balls. ...... .. 6,060,000

36,500 Jackets. Whole Barrels of Powder. . 15,406

1,000 Pieces of Wool. Specie. :.......... L1,931,903

2,550 Belts. Bills of Exchange negociated L200,434

12,000 Green Uniforms. Camp Equipage. ...... 10,000

3,125 Pieces of Cloth. Tents............

40,000

3,360 Pieces of Woolen Serge. Linen . Yards........

118,000

172 Bales of White and Blue Cloth Pieces. . ..,.

238

Cloth. Shirts .......

4,100

3,000,000 of ready made Cartiidgesta. Pouches.......

47,000

4,800 Quintals of Fish. Boots.

28,400

8,400 Quintals of Rice. Shoes

233,400
Suits, voi...
Cloth. . Yards ...... 125,000

CHINESE CHOP.
Calico .. do ....... 82,000
Serge . . Pieces ...... 6,485

Translation of the Chop, (the name * A blind desire of peace, arising from of the Chinese official documents) the pressure of taxes, would scarcely which the Isontoc of Canton addresa prove less pernicious than the love of sed to the senior commander, capa war, in which those taxes have had their origin. As soon as the contest in Spain

tains, officers, petty officers, and is over, we shall feel it our duty once others, belonging to the English more to consider this most important ships, at the port of Whampoa, and subject.

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