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Her fears dispell'd, and all her foes remov'd,
Scarce had America the just request
Soon as on Britain's shore th' alarm was heard,
And now the great decisive hour drew nigh, She on her darling patriot cast her eye;
the seizing an armed vessel, fitted in Philadelphia, to take these illegal cartels. She was commanded by a gentleman, whom the majority of the merchants in that city join'd to oppose and distress. They employed a crew of ruffians, who seized his vessel openly, in the most unwarranted and lawless manner, and brought her up in triumph to the town, when she had only five men aboard: and so inveterate was their hatred to the commander, that he was obliged to leave the country precipitately, as being in danger of his life."
There cannot be a stronger confirmation of the truth of the above account, than the following letter of Mr. Pitt:
Copy of a letter from Mr. Secretary Pitt to the several Governors and Councils in North America, relating to the flag of truce trade.
"Whitehall, August 24, 1760. "Gentlemen,"The commanders of his majesty's forces and fleets in North America and the West Indies have transmitted certain and repeated intelligences of an illegal and most pernicious trade carried on by the king's subjects in North America and the West Indies, as well to the French islands as to the French settlements on the continent in America, and particularly to the rivers Mobile and Mississippi; by which the enemies, to the great reproach and detriment of government, are supplied with provisions and other necessaries; whereby they are principally, if not alone, enabled to sustain and protract this long and expensive war. And ^further appearing, that large sums of bullion are
His voice like thunder will support her cause,
He comes !—hut where, th'amazing theme to hit,
Discover language or ideas fit? [ger,
Splay-footed words, that hector, hounce, and swag
Fhc sense to puzzle, and the brain to stagger?Our patriot comes! with frenzy fir'd, the Muse With allegoric eye his figure views I
Like the grim portress of hell-gate he stands, Bellona's scourge hangs trembling in his hands!Around him, fiercer than the ravenous shark,"A cry of hell-hounds' never-ceasing hark!"
And lo! th' enormous giant to bedeck, A golden millstone hangs upon his neck!On him Ambition's vulture darts her claws, And with voracious rage his liver gnaws. Our patriot comes !—the buckles of whose shoes Not Cromwell's self was worthy to unloose.peat his name in thunder to the skies!
Methinks I hear the hellowing demagogue
sent by the king's subjects to the above places, in return whereof commodities are taken, which interfere with the product of the British colonies themselves, in open contempt of the authority of the mother-country, as well as the most manifest prejudice of the manufactures and trade of Great Britain: in order, therefore, to put the most speedy and effectual stop to such flagitious practices, so utterly subversive of all laws, and so highly repugnant to the well-being of this kindgdom:"It is his majesty's express will and pleasure, that you do forthwith make the strictest and most diligent inquiry into the state of this dangerous and ignominious trade; and that you do use every means in your power to detect and discover persons roncerned either as principals or accessaries therein; and that you do take every step authorised by law to bring all such heinous offenders to the most exemplary and condign punishment: and you will, as soon as-may he, and from time to time transmit to me, for the king's information, full and particular accounts of the progress you shall have made in the execution of this his majesty's commands, to the which the king expects that you pay the most exact obedience. And you are further to use your utmost endeavours to trace out and investigate the various artifices and evasions by which the dealers in this iniquitous intercourse find means to cover their criminal proceedings, and to elude the law; in order that from such lights due and timely considerations may be had what further provision may be necessary to restrain an evil of such extensive and pernicious consequences. I am, &c."
With these auxiliaries, drawn up at large,
To thee, whose soul, all steadfast and serene,
UNCOMMON SCARCITY OF POETRY
IN THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE FOR DECEMBER LAST,
BY I. W. A SAILOR.
The springs of Helicon can Winter bind.
* Luca Pitt continued at Florence, presuming upon his lute alliance, and the promises which
Pietro had made him;
But amongst all the changes that ensued upon this revolution, nothing was more remarkable than the case of Luca Pitt, who soon began to experience the difference betwixt prosperity and adversity, betwixt living in authority and falling into disgrace. His house, which used to be crowded with swarms of followers and dependants, was now as unfrequented as a desert; and his friends and relations were not only afraid of being seen with him, but durst not even salute him if they met him in the street; some of them having been deprived of their honours, others of their estates, and all of them threatened.
What though the low'ring skies-and driving storm
DESCRIPTION OF A NINETY GUN SHIP, [from The Gentleman's Magazine, Mat, 1759.]
Amidst a wood of oaks with canvass leaves,
The magnificent palaces which he had begun to build were abandoned by the workmen; the services he had formerly done to any one were requited with injuries and abuse; and the honours he had conferred, with infamy and taunts. Many who had made him valuable presents, now came to demand them again, as only lent; and others, who before used to flatter and extol him to the skies, in these circumstances, loaded him with contumely and reproaches of ingratitude and violence; so that he heartily repented, though too late, that he had not followed Nicolo Soderini's advice, and preferred an honourable death to a life of ignominy and contempt, Mach. llist, Fk>r.
1 Fore and mizen masts.
DESCRIPTION OF A NINETY GUN SHIP.
The base below, another island rose,
To poor Britannia's thunder on her foes:With bulk immense, like £tna, she surveys Above the rest, the lesser Cyclades:Profuse of gold, in lustre like the Sun, Splendid with regal luxury she shone, Lavish in wealth, luxuriant in her pride, Behold the gilded mass exulting ride!Her curious prow divides the silver waves, In the salt ooze her radiant sides she laves, From stem to stern, her wondrous length survey, Rising a beauteous Venus from the sea;Her stem, with naval drapery engrav'd, Show'd mimic warriors, who the tempest brav'd; Whose visage fierce defied the lashing surge, Of Gallic pride the emblematic scourge. Tremendous figures, lo! her stern displays, And holds a Pharos' of distinguished blaze;
By night it shines a star of brightest form, To point her way, and light her through the storm:
* Her poop lanthora.
See dread engagements pictur'd to the life,