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ON THE RELATIONS OF THE BARBARY STATES WITH THE CHRISTIAN POWERS;
AND THE NECESSITY AND IMPORTANCE OF THEIR COMPLETE SUBJUGATION.
SIGNOR PA NANTI.
WITH NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS
EDWARD BLAQUIERE, Esq. R. N.
AUTHOR OF “LETTERS FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN,"
Obruat illud male partum, male retentum, male gestum imperium. CICERO.
BURKE, on a Regicide Peace.
PRINTED FOR HENRY COLBURN, CONDUIT STREET.
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS
THE PRINCE REGENT,
$c. c. &c.
Amongst that host of exiles who found an asylum against oppression, persecution, and tyranny in this country, during the late unprecedented revolution, few seem to have felt a deeper sense of gratitude for the protection afforded by Great Britain, and none appreciated the proud pre-eminence of our civil and political institutions over those of other nations, more highly, than the author of the following Narrative.
Mr. Pananti is also the first emigrant, who has given unlimited scope to those feelings of admiration, which are generally inspired by an impartial view of
view of our inestimable constitution. Uninfluenced by the little mind or sordid jealousy of others, the mere privilege of living in a free country, without sharing in the immediate bounty of the sovereign, was enough to excite sentiments of the warmest gratitude on the part of this liberal-minded Italian; and I am satisfied, that next to the gratification of having endeavoured to serve the paramount cause of humanity and justice, he will esteem the
high honour conferred on his work, in having the name of your Royal Highness prefixed to it, as the greatest reward his literary labours could attain, and participating in these sentiments, I feel equally flattered by so distinguished a privilege.
Warmly attached to the kingly power from principle, and convinced by the experience of history, how much a constitutional monarch may perform for the interests of humanity, the object of this Dedication is that of soliciting the attention of your Royal Highness to a subject, in which the energies of a free people may be most usefully exerted in favour of the whole universe.
While some princes have laboured to acquire the terrific immortality of an Alexander, a Cæsar, and a Ghengis Khan; others, animated by a more legitimate love of fame, derive their glory from imitating the virtues of an Aristides, a Trajan, and an Alfred. It is amidst the names of the latter, I am desirous of seeing that of a British sovereign inscribed; and should the author's proposition to colonize Northern Africa, be fortunately honoured with the support of your Royal Highness, none but those who are determined to
the knowledge and civilization, can deny it this elevated distinction.
Grateful for the condescension I experience in being permitted to lay this work before your Royal Highness, I have the honour to be, with sentiments of profound respect, and unfeigned loyalty,
And most devoted Servant,
EDWARD BLAQUIERE. London, April 10th, 1818.