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PRIDE OF BRITANNIA HUMBLED;
| “THE AMERICAN COCK BOATS,22
" THE FIR BUILT THINGS, WITH BITS OF STRIPED
BUNTING AT THEIR MAST HEADS."
1 (As the Rt. H. Mr. Canning, in the British parliament, called our Frigates.)
ILLUSTRATED AND DEMONSTRATED
BY FOUR LETTERS ADDRESSED TO LORD LIVERPOOL,
ON THE LATE AMERICAN WAR.
BY WILLIAM COBBETT, ESQ.
To which is added,
On Land, on the Lakes, and on the Ocean.
Most respectfully addressed to the persons ear.posing the two great
parties in the United Siates, in general; and to'; *.
· sachusetts, in particulaç: : :!::
PUBLISHED BY T. BOYLE, OF NEW-YORK; WM REYNOLDS, OF
PHILADELPHIA ; AND J. CAMPBELL, OF BALTIMORE.
THE following letters are worthy to be written in golden capitals, and should be presented to the American youth by their parents and guardians, for their serious investigation, as they exhibit in the clearest manner, the bravery of the American population, and the excellency of our political institutions, as well as the economy of our Federal govern." ment, especially when contrasted with the enormous expenditures of the monarchical governments of Europe. This interesting contrast has a direct tendency to convince even the Anglo-American of the intrinsic value of civil liberty. But all true republicans, whether in the democratic or federal party, will surely read with the greatest pleasure, let. ters (although written by an Englishuan in England) which with the strictest truth, pass the highest encomiums on the be American arms and institutions, and which will be read with a pleasurable interest, even by the principal politicians of Europe. This small volume generally, is also calculated to promote the prosperity of these rising states, and to ward off the prelude of their annihilation; namely, party rancour political intolerance, as 66 United we stand, but divided we fall.” And it is particularly intended to inspire the Ame. rican youth with an ardent love of virtue, liberty, and inde. pendence, and detestation of monarchy and aristocracy; and to incline the hearts of all parties with sincere gratitude
to our legitimate sovereign, the Supreme Being, for his pa• ternal care of the Republic, when danger was so near; and for the restoration of an honourable peace when our political horizon seemed impregnated with impending storms.
TO THE EARL OF LIVERPOOL, ON THE AMERICAN WAR.
Botley, Nov. 24, 1814, My LORD-From the report of your speech on the 8th inst. it appears very clearly that your Lord. ship is, by the reporter, made to entertain an opinion, that the DIVISIONS amongst the American people are already such, that we may rationally hope, by a continuation of the war, to produce a compliance with any conditions, or an overthrow of the union, in which union alone consists the strength and prospect of future greatness in that rising and fast growing republic. — The words, as given in the report of your speech, were these : “ He, the earl of Liverpool) had seen much stronger justifications of the conduct of our forces at Washington, which had been published in America, than any that had been published even in this country. Not only were they not more hostile to us, but the reverse was the case. In places even where the British arms had been successful, the people had shown themselves in our favor, and had seemed well dis. posed to put themselves under our protection.”— Your lordship is not singular in your opinion, if it be your opinion. It is the general opinion in this country. How that opinion had been created and kept alive, I will not now inquire. The means made. use of for this purpose, the “most thinking peo