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fhall destroy the two witneiles must be the Papal power : but fure ther, that it is acknowledged thall be Anti-Christ, and, coalequently, the Papal power is that meant by Anti-Chrift.

Thus have I, Sir, I conceive, demonstrated tha: the Anti-Chris tian can be no other than the Papal power, nor do I find any ut. ficient ground for that which seems to form one of the learned prelates 1trongest objections to this opinion, that Anti-Christ will appear at last purely atheistical; for, if such be the meanin of the predictions, what reason have we to deny that Papal accom ioda. tion may at last arise to this point? By accommodating their doctrines to the prejudices and crrors of those they withed to convert, have the Papists often enlarged their communion; and from asiuming authority, to dispenie with obedience to the divine çow.niant. ments, to the denial of the Being from whom those commandnients flow, is not so great a step in presumption as to be incredible. I have said, “ if such be the meaning of the predictions,” becaule I do not find any pallage of either the prophecy of Daniel, that of St. Paul, or of St. John, which necessarily indicates this. In Dan. chap. vii. ver. 25, we read that he shall speak words against the Most High; but many do this, who do not disbelieve his exiftence. In ver. 36, chap. xi, it is said, “ he thall magnify himielf above every God, and speak marvellous things againit the God of Gods:" but this, too, may be consistent with acknowledging his existence; and, perhaps, it migbt be added, that men are not wont to speak so much against fupposed non-entities. While there several particulars have, by the best Expositors, been thewn to have been already fulfilled in the Pope. And, after all, it is in the same paffage expressly declared, that this fupposed athriftical character ball bonour a Gor wbom bis fatbers knew 10!," ver. 36. St. Paul's defcripti-n amounts to the fame thing, his claiming for him1elf divine honours, with the particular lo often noticed as applicable to an ecclefiattical perfon, “ fitting in the temple of God.” And, by St. John, Revelation, chap. xiii. O, he is said to open his mouth in blafpherny against God; but this, though virtual, is not literal Atheisin. And, even under the latt plagucs, we are told, the followers of the beast shall blatpheme the God of heaven, because of their plagues. Now this seems inconsistent with a disbelief of any such being.

Although it be true that the name of Anti-Christ is not in the Revelation applied to the beast; yet, as ti ere never, I believe, bas been a doubt in the church, that St. Jolin, by the Anti-Christ that tlould come, intended specifically that power, it thou d fcem a circumfiance not unworthy of notice, that this title is applicable to the Pope in a sense in which it could not well fuit an Atheistical power. I mean not only, 25, in fact, op pofing the real docirine of Christ, but as setting him elt up as his representative: taking the Greek particle zou in the fense of pro, instead of, as well as in that of contra, against. For in this senie the name of Anti-Christ must fatally corresponds with the title the Bith pof Rome ha blasphemoully assumed, Vicarius Filii Dei, one of thote tidcs which erartir

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contain the number of the name of the beast, 666. Wonderful, indeed, under every view, is this power; and, perhaps, not least so in the way opened for it to remount to exaltation by the blindness of many who should withstand its progress. The detorsion lately given to the prophecies relating to it forms a cause of serious alarm and deep lamentation, and renders it a duty to call on all, who venture on the aweful tatk of applying the predictions of the sacred writers, cautiously to consider their connection with each other, and not futier themselves to be induced, by temporary circumstances, to detach particular partages froin the great line to which they belong, to suit events of which the pretent pressure tempts the interpreter to fuppofe them of especial importance in the general dispensation. It is observable the Protestant writers of preceding times found the Proteftants pre-figured much oftener in the Apocalypse than they really are; and, in the Book of Daniel, they have applied a moit accurate prediction of Mahomet to the Pope. In our own day the French apostacy is the grand point of accommodation. A veteran in the service of the church, erer to be honoured for his finglenels of heart, and unfeigned zeal, led the way in trampling on the comments of our greatest writers on these subjects, and held out the new apoftates as the Anti-Christ that was to come. This seems to have been the fignal for others to try their powers; until your correspondent Fatidicus has permitted himself to be persuaded, at the expence of a charm of 1,700 years in a prophetic chain, besides leis inconveniences, that Buonaparte is an object of Daniel's predictions. I am perfuaded, if Fatidicus will carefully review the whole paftage he has thus applied, he will find the King, who 1hould do atler his own will, is plainly a continuation of that power which deitroyed Jerufalem; and that he has too hattily contradictcd former Expositors in afcribing to him acts foretold of the King of the North, by whom the greater part of them have been accomplished; (but not fo far as to include what is foretold in v. 44.) and whose situation is, at this moment, such as to render bighly probable the catastrophe foretold, that he hall be driven from Conftantinople, fix his feat at Jerufalem, and fall without finding any one to attempt to fupport him: and then will the Euphrates be dried up in all its fireams. For though the Ancientījuftly thought, that the Anti-Christ would exercise his iyranny at jcrutalen), the concluding veries of this chapter of Daniel, I think, I may venture to say, relate not to that event: but it is predicted in the 11th of Revelation, from v. 7 to 10 inclusive.

But, Sir, I am treipafling too much on your indulgence, perfuaded that you will with fand, with equal vigilance and firmnets, Papal corruptions and sectarian false doctrint. I have ventured tv tiute to you my apprehentions, that we are become too regardleis of the former: and to endeavour, through your most valuable publication, to convince fome of my brethren of the minittry of ihis, and remind others, that the prophecies contain in themselves limiiations moti nicely marked by chronology, geography, and other means, which call for the attention of interpreters, and to be cech

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all to be careful, that because they are shocked at the fharreless appearance of Atheism in the highways, they do not open more private roads for the approach of something, which, under another name, will, in effect, prove the same.

I am, Sir,

Your humble servant, July 17, 1799.

T.C

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SONG, Written on the glorious Victory obtained over the French Flut,

by Earl Howe, on the First of June, 179+.

TUNE TO ANACREON IN HEAVEN," &c.
THEN Gallia's base fons by fome Dæmon inspir'd,

Had burit every tie which fociety bind,
With presumption unequal'd, they madly aspir'd
To plunge in confusion the rest of mankind.

Our dear native plains,

Where true liberty reigns,
They reckon'd an object was well worth their pains;
So resolv'd with their feet to invade us, but now
Experience has shewn them they did not know How,
To beat us at sea was quite easy they thought,

Who our loyalty hated, our freedom despis’d,
Forgetting the lessons experience had taught,
When Hawke and Boscawen their navies chastiz'd:

Those insolent knaves,

Swere they'd reign over the waves,
And that Britons from henceforth fhould be but their slaves;
"Till old Neptune enrag'd, overheard them, and now
Was resolved to convince them they did not know Ilow.
Said Neptune, “ Were I to encourage these bands,

My Tritons and sea-gods would grow democratic;
This trident, perhaps, be snatch'd out of my hands,
And the reign of old Neptune become problematic;

These ills to avoid,

Be a hero employ'd,
By whom those proud boasters shall soon be destroyed ;
Nor long need I think on't, I'll fix on him now;
For his former atchievements bave made me know How."
A fleet such as England ne'er witnessed before,

For skill, strength, and courage, that nought could restrain,
Impatient for conquest, depart from the shore,
And the union flag waved, proudly waved at the main :

Old Neptune with glee,

Saw his hero at sea,
And cried out with rapture, “Come, come, follow me;
I have oftentimes led you to glory ere now,
And determine to thew you that Aill I know How."

They

They meet-and the battle by England is won;

But story to conflict to dreadful can shew;
Two are sunk-- fix are taken, the rest of them run,
Nor ever again will the contest renew ;

The victory compleat-

What a glorious defeat!
None ever to Britons was yet half so sweet;
For whatever was deareft, we fought for it now,
And Gallia, base Gallia, will ne'er forget How.

TRIBUTE OF LOYALTY AND GRATITUDE.

ACROSTICHE,

20uverner ses Etats avec force & sagesse ;

Ouverner
nvers tous ses Sujets etre bons fans foiblesse;
ffrir à l'Univers l'exemple des vertus ;

elembler aux Alfreds, égaler les Titus;
2 arder auprès de soi le Conseiller fid-le;
to carter le fiatteur, soumettre le rebelle;
Herrasser des Tyrans, & relever des Rois :
5 endrc aux Fils des Bourbons les soins d'un tendre père ;
Ouvrir aux opprim's un atyle prospere;
po ntimider l'impie armé contre les loix;
is auver l'Europe en feu ; c'est être GEORGE TROIS,

Par le Cber. de Lachasaigne, Emigré François.

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HISTORY

SUMMARY OF POLITICS, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC.
IN
N the two months which have elapsed fince our latt political

retrospect, the only events of importance which have occurred, are the farther success of the allied arms in Italy, and a partial change in the regicidal administration of Paris, Marshal Sử WARRow, having accomplished the object of extending his forces over Lombardy and part of Piedmont, by the extraordinary rapidity of his marches, in affording protection to the well-disposed i. habitants of those countries, deemed it necessary, before he advanced to the frontiers of France, to secure the few strong fortreffes behind him, which still remained in the hands of the enemy. His fituation, meanwhile, was rendered somewhat critical by the arrival of the French army under MACDONALD, who had received orders from the Directory, after the serious defeats which their armies had sustained in Italy, to evacuate the new-born Republics of Naples and Rome, and to effect a junction with Moreau. With

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that presence of mind, however, and that promptitude and energy of action, which so itrongly mark the whole conduct of that renowned Commander, SUWARROW, finding MOREAU neglect to make those movements which the situation of his colleague, MacDONALD, fo imperioutly required, suddenly left Trin, on the 1511 of June, at the head of twenty thousand men, and having marched leventeen leagues, in eight-and-fortv hours, came up with MacDonald's army on the banks of the Tidone. Here a desperate aćtion, contetted with equal obftinacy on both fides, was fought, during three fuccenive da s. At length, victory, ftill faithful to the itandard of SUWARROW, declared for the allies. The French driven, on the first day, from the Tidone to the Trebbia, were there ulti.nately defeated on the 18th, by the allies, who, eager to improve their v.c:ory, pursued the flying foe, and, on the 20th, compelled their rear-guard, after a tharp refittance, to lay down their arms in the vicinity of Zena. In these different actions, the French are fupposed to have loti, in killed, wounded, and prisoners, not less than li ver een tkozjani men. The broken remnant of MacDONALD's force directed its course to the Genoese territory, where it has since joined the army of MOREAU.

These brilliant atchievements were immediately followed by the surrender of the Itrong citadel of Turin, which, to the attonith. ment of Europe, opened its gates, after a bombardment of only three days. Indeed, it would appear, from recent operations, that fome new mode has been invented of materially abridging the duration of fieges; for the citadel of Alexandria surrendered to the Austrian General BELLEGARDE, on the 22d of July, after a fiege of five days; and the full more important fortress of VI : TUA, furrendered to the brave General KRIY on the 20th of the time monih, after a ficge of only fourteen days. Thele rapid fue ceites muit be chiefly afcribed to the filly contidence of the Frenci, at the ope ing of the campaign, which prevented them from coir sidering a ditt as a potlible occurrence, and confequently..nduced them to neglect those precautions, which the supposition of such an occurrence would naturaily have suggested. And when they were convinced of their error, in this refpect, the spirit and energy of the Austrians, under Kray, in the firii instance, and of the combinai forces under Si WARROW afterwards, rendered every attenipt to repair it abortive. The girrifon of Aleflandria amounted to 2,100 men, that of Hantua tù 13,000; the former remain prisoners of war; the latter are allowed to return to France on their paroli, a conceilion of which we have before given cur opinion, but which, in the preient cate, might, perhaps, be politic, and, poiiibly, Li

Ai the extreinity of Italy the French and their rebellious accomplices lave been eqully unsuccessful; the garritons left by Me DONLD in the Neapolitan territory have been obliged to furreckr the carties of Uro, Nuove, and it. Elmo, to the English, detached by Lord Nelson, for the purpose of reducing them. by this nicans the polletion of Napies, which the loyal Cardinal Rt sro

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