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prove in the Arts of War, as well Craftsman, Dec. 30. N° 651. as Peace, their Condition will be The prefent State of TRADE, and its
ftill more dangerous; for every NaImportance to the Nation.
tion must be judg'd weak or strong,
by Comparison with their Neighbours T is Demonstration, and Rivals.
that a declining Trade A These Positions, perhaps, may. I must render a Nation not be agreeable to come Persons,
weaker and weaker, by whose Views are confin'd to the pre
exhausting, the publick fent Time, and who have no farther Wegkeh, and consequently finking the Regard than to their own Ease and Value of Landed éftates. The Con Security; which makes them endeasequences of this will be the more vour to amuse the Publick, by con. dangerous, if at the fame Time their B cealing the Truth, and gloffing Rivals in Trade and Power increase Things over, in order to evade fuck in Wealth, and are daily extending an Enquiry as is necessary for the their Commerce and Dominions ; since, Preservation of our Rights and Proin case of a War, it will produce a perties. bike Inequality of Power ; or if such My Adversary in the Gazetteer, a flourishing Nation fhould think fit to contents himself with instancing our keep great Armies in Pay, in Time C Buildings, Furniture, wrought Plates of Peace, the other must be at such Jewels, and the Reduction of Inte. an Expence as is neceffary for their rest, as Proofs of our flourishing CirPreservation, and to prevent their cumstances, and the Increase of our being furpriz’ds which will soon national Wealth. But; as an inge waste a Treasure, already impair'd, nious Writer very justly obferves; by an Over-balance in Trade, But " our Buildings, Furniture, wrought if the People happen to grow effe- D Plate and Jewels
, are Arguments of minate, luxurious, corrupt, and undif- our Luxury, but no Proof of the Inciglind, whilf theis Neighbours im creafe of our Weakh , and the prea