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THE

RESOURCES

OF THE

BRITISH EMPIRE,

TOGETHER WITH

A VIEW

OF THE

PROBABLE RESULT OF THE PRESENT CONTEST

BETWEEN BRITAIN AND FRANCE.

BY JOHN BRISTED.

“ Is there a son of generous England here,

Or fervid Erin ;-he with us shall join,
To pray that in eternal union dear

The Rose, the Shamrock, and the Thistle twine.
Types of a race who shall the invader scorn,

As rocks resist the billows round their shore;
Types of a race who shall to time unborn
Their country leave unconquered as of yore."

CAMPBELE, ,

NEW-YORK:
PUBLISHED BY EZRA SARGEANT,

Broadway, opposite Trinity Church;
AND FOR SALE BY BRADFORD & INSKEEP AND T. DOBSON,

PHILADELPHIA; W. Wells, WEST & BLAKE, O.C. GREEN-
LEAF, AND MUNROE & FRANCIS, Boston; P. H. NICKLIN
AND E.J. COLE, BALTIMORE; MORFORD, WILLINGTON & Co.
CHARLESTON; SEYMOUR & WILLIAMS, SAVANNAH; E. F.
BACKUS, ALBANY; FITZWHYLSON & POTTER, RICHMOND;
AND CUNNINGHAM & Co. MONTREAL,

1811.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

I wish to be distinctly understood as not impugning the motives of any man or any body of men by the opinions offered to the public in this work. I do not mean to deny that there have been and are good and pious individuals among the papists. Such men as Pascal and Fenelon are indeed burning and shining lights unto the world. But I appeal to the evidence of facts to prove that popery as a system, political and moral, uniformly produces the effects ascribed to it in the following pages.

I would also notice that notwithstanding the positive assertions of the American government that the “ French decrees affecting neutral commerceare repealed,—yet Napoleon himself declares that they are still in force. In the proceedings of the Conservative Senate, bearing date the 13th December 1810, Buonaparte declares that the Berlin and Milan Decrees shall be the code of Europe until England admits the principle that neutral flags make free goods, and that nothing but an actual blockade by sea and land shall be admitted as sufficient ground for seizing a vessel entering a port. The words of the French document respecting the non-repeal of the Berlin and Milan decrees run thus:-“ It was necessary to wait for a period when powerful reprisals would compel her(England) to return to justice. That day has arrived, the decrees of Berlin and Milan are the reply to the Orders in Council. The British Cabinet has, so to speak,

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