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We'll nip the Dutch navy in Zealand, *
Batavia we next will attack, I
* “ If you push on the war in Zealand with vigour you will nip in the bud the naval force of the Stadholder, and the patriotic party which, so long since, called you to its assistance, will, with your support, easily prevent it from expanding into maturity.”
Kersaint. of Ce demi despote qui vous tyrannise, &c. Le Gen. Dumourier aux Bataves.
I“ An expedition directed against the English East Indies, shall at the same time threaten the establishments of Holland, the important colony of the Cape of Good Hope, Batavia, Ceylon, &c. &c. There you will meet only with men enervated by luxury, soft beings that will tremble before the Soldier of Liberty.”
Kersaint. Our great orator is here a little mistaken in his conjecture, it being well known that the native troops of India, under the command of British officers, have frequently encountered the bayonets of the French grenadiers with uncommon firmness and intrepidity.
Our Dráwcansirs none shall escape,
In the silks which Italians export
* The French may reasonably claim affinity in blood to a people with whom some of their most ingenious writers have taken considerable pains to establish the closest affinity in principle. M. Vaillant, in his account of the Hottentots, rejects it as a most cruel indignity offered to this brave people, to suppose them capable of having any Religion. “Would you desire better fellowship, Master Matthew?"
Beaumont and Fletcher, . * “ The Republics of Italy offer you maritime prizes, of which, the loss will fall on English commerce, &c.—Kersaint.
“Pontiff of the Romish church, prince, as yet, of a state on the point of renouncing your controul. You can no longer preserve both your State and Church but by the disinterested profession of those Evangelical Principles that breathe the purest Democracy,”
Le Cons. Exec. Provis.-au Prince Evêque du Rome, 1792.
This friendly address to the Pope, exhorting his Holiness to preserve his temporal and spiritual dominion by renouncing his authority, if it had not borne the signatures of the Executive Council of France, might, from its peculiar consistency, have
We'll shew the poor fools, who confide in
Should Spain to the Bourbons prove true
been mistaken for the advice of Hibernian counsellors. Should his Holiness be disposed to follow it, we may apply to him the well-known Epigram of Martial.
Hostem cum fugeret se Fannius ipse peremit,
To think of disappointing Death by dying! * This identicle saddle was heretofore in the occupation of an Aristocratical Dowager of the first rank and fashion, who maintained little more reserve in her morals, and somewhat less in her mode of riding, than our equestrian heroines of the present day.
Doth not the WHORE of Babylon ride
Hudibras. of “ The Spaniard bears in the recesses of his soul, that character of energy which renders him worthy to be free. In Europe he would weakly defend the cause of the Bourbons, in America he calls to you, and you ought to march to Mexico while you menace the English.”
All around us, east, west, north, and south,
That the good of mankind we've in view
* “ Let us wage war with all Europe. Your armies at the moment in which they are reduced to the most deplorabile situation have achieved prodigies of valour. Every one of our private soldiers believes himself a match for two hundred slaves. If you should command them to march to Viennathey would march to Vienna or to death.”
Danton.-Moniteur, Jan. 25, 1793. This is a very sublime stroke of oratory, but for the honour of old England, we must acknowledge that it appears to be borrowed from a strenuous antigallican English poet :
“ All sciences a fasting Monsieur knows,
“ And bid him go to hell-to hell he goes.” Johnson. We may fairly conclude that the courage and capacity of French Republicans will speedily attain their ne plus ultra of perfection; their growth and expansion having been found to keep pace, in an inverse ratio of progression, with the tenuity of their diet. Their health also must be wonderfully improved. Sublatâ morbi Causâ tollitur Effectus: Liberty and Famine having shook hands in France, they must be entirely free from the grand cause of disease, Indigestion.
“ Our Food has disappeared in proportion as our Liberty has extended."
St. Just.-Moniteur, Dec. 1, 1792.
Then French tenets embrace, or, morbleu !
* We will make a descent on England.-We will lodge there fifty thousand caps of liberty.—We will plant there the sacred tree.--The tyranny of their government shall soon be destroyed. Letter of the Minister of the Marine-Moniteur, Jan. 20,1793.
Our fishing vessels are always ready to transport thither one hundred thousand French, for by this expedition we must terminate the quarrel, and it is upon the ruins of the tower of London that you must sign with the English people, undeceived; the treaty which shall regulate the destiny of nations, and shall found the liberty of the world.
Kersaint. The reader is desired to notice an observation on these quotations from M. Kersaint's speech. See No. IV. Additional Notes.
+ They threaten you with kings! You have thrown them your gauntlett : that guantlett is the Head of a King; it is the signal of their approaching death.
Danton.-Seance du 31 Janv.-Moniteur, Feb. 1. I These oppressed animals have an indisputable claim to the fraternity of the Parisian philosophers, a claim admitted not long since by the exhibitor of a tiger, which he had always been used to denominate le grand Tigre Royal, but soon after the revolution, when the term royal fell into disrepute, by one of the most happy applications of the word that was substituted or royal, he invited all the passengers on the Pont Neuf to see
Le grand TIGRE NATIONAL.