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General Advertiser (Newspaper) - October 9, 1845, London, Middlesex K t) M B. 3407 W E D N E S D AY. Octobe r u 0 > 0 IZ Oh 0 0 2 3 o I-� V n 0 Crown Tavern Be^nd the Rcyal-Exchanger.Thurfday^ 061.3, 1745. i.T a Meeting of feveral Merchants and other Inhabitants of this City* it was agreed to meet again on Wednesday next, at Six of the Clock in the Evening precifely, to receive the Siibfcriptions of all Perfons, who are willing to join in the following Plan of a Military JJJbciation againft the prefent Rebellion in Favour of Popery and Arbitrary Power. A Plan for Military Aflbciation in the City of London, for the Defena of his Majefly King George, cttr Eawful Sovereignrthe Prefervation of" the Proteltant Religion, the Liberty and Property of the Nation in Generaland'of this City in Particular. UNDER the prefent Emergency, when our Religion and Civil Liberties, are not only invaded by an open Rebellion in Favour of a Popifh Pretender to the Crown of thefe Realms, but our ambitious Enemies abroad, elated by Succefs, are threatning their Concurrence to our Ruin ; it is necefTary for every one to exert his utmofl to avert the impending Dangers ; and Men of Property and fuperior Fortune ought not only to contribute to the Publick Safety by their Purfes, but alfo to animate their Inferiors, who fhall be employed in Defence of our King and Country, by ex-pofing their own Perfons likewife, for the Prefervation of all that is dear and valuable. It is therefore propofed, and Cartouch-Box ; and that the Standards, Colours, 1. That proper Perfons be appointed in the feveral Drums and Trumpets, requifite for each Body of Men, be Dirtri&s of the City of London, to enroll the Names of provided at the common Expence of that Body. all Houfe-keepers and others, who (hall pleafe to enlift, as Horfe or Foot Soldiers, in an Aflbciation tor this Purpofe. 2. That thofe who thus enlift, fhall be formed into Troops of Horfe, and Companies of Foot, who fhall recommend to his Majefty for luitable CommhTions the Perfons they fhall chufe for their Captain, Lieutenant and En-iign. 3. That as foon as thefe Bodies of Horfe and Foot are furnifhed with Officers by his Majefty's Commiflion, they be formed into Battalions and Squadrons, confilling of fuch as live near each other. Each Battalion to contain not lefs than 6 50 Men, and each Squadron not lefs than 150. 4. That each Perfon inlifting, if he pleafe, may have one or more Servants to attend him : But all fuch Servants mufl be armed and accoutred fit for Service, and formed into diftintt Corps ; the Servants of Horfemen into Squadrons, the others into Battalions, and both commanded by Officers chofen by, and from among their Matters. 5. That Application be made to his Majefty to appoint a General Officer of Dignity and Military Experience to be the Commander in Chief of this Affociated Army of London. 6. That Application be alfo made to his Majefty to appoint and commiffion inferior Generals, and Field-OfRcers, out of the Captains chofen as above. 7. And that farther Application be likewife made to his Majefty, to aflign a proper Field Train of Artillery, for the Ufeof the Affociated Army. 8. That each Perfon enrolled fhall furnifh himfelf, with Arms and Accoutrements ; if a Hbrfeman, with a good Hunter, or Road Horfe, a Cafe of Piftols, and a Broad Sword ; if a Foot Soldier, with a good Mufket, Bayonet, 9. That each Man fhall alfo furnifh. his own Ammunition. 1 o. That every Company of Foot thus enlifted, fhall firft attend Three Hours every Morning, for Ten Days fucccfs-fively, at the. Time and Place appointed by the Captain, to learn a fhort Exercife of the Firelock; afterwards in Battalion once every Week, and at all General Mufters appointed by- the Commander in Chief. The Troops of Horfe fhall, in like Manner, appear on Horfeback at the fame'Time, to learn the neceflary Exercife. 11. 1 hat in thefe Attendances no one beabfent, unlefs he has previoufly obtained Leave of his Captain, or a Superior Officer. 12. That the Manual Exercifes and Evolutions to be learnt by the Foot, fhall be no more than what are necef-fary ; but not with lefs than Four Fires at every Meeting. 13. That each Man, who enrolls himfelf in the prefent Aflbciation, fhall take the Cuftomary Oaths to the Government, in fuch Manner as his Majefty fhall pleafe to appoint. 14. That in Cafe of Alarm, or upon the Order of the General, or other chief Commander in his Abfence, every Perfon affociated and enrolled, fhall meet 'at the appointed Rendezvous, properly armed and accoutred. 15. That each affociated Soldier fhall pay all due Military Obedience to his refpe&ive Officers, while under Arms, and be fubjecl to march at Command to any Place, where the Service may require, not exceeding Twenty Miles from London ; but no farther without their own Confent. 16. That this Aflbciation continue in Force till the pre fent Rebellion fhall be fuppreffed, and no longer. We whofe Names are underwritten do freely and heartily enter into this Military Aflbciation, promifing to obferve unftually all the Articles above-Hated, and to exert our utmoft Endeavours in Defence of his \iajefry King George, and is Royal Family, and for the Prefervation of the Proteflant Religion, the Lanrs and Confutation of the Realm, the Rights, Liberties, and Privileges of the Nation in General, and of this City in Particular. WHEREAS a moft wicked and unnatnral Rebellion is actually begun and carried on by many traiterous Perfons in Favour of a Popifh Pretender, fupported by the inveterate Enemies of our Country, in order to dethrone our moft gracious Sovereign King GEORGE, to fubverc and deftroy our prefent moft happy Conftitution in Church and State, and to introduce and eftablifh Popery and Arbitrary Power. We therefore the Lord-Mayor, Aldermen, Common-Council-men, Citizens, Merchants, Traders and other Inhabitants of the ancient and loyal City of London, whofe Names are hereunto fubferibed, being filled with a juft De-teftation and Abhorrence of this daring arid execrable Attempt, and hoping to encourage" arid confirm others^ by our Example, in the warmeft and moft hearty Oppofition thereto, do hereby faithfully engage and'Dfomife, that we will to the utmoft of our Power, fttfnd by and iupport each other in Defence of our prefent ha^py Conftitution, ol his molt facred Majefty King GEORGE, our only Lawful and Rightful'Sovereign, and of the Proteltant Succeffton as by Law eftablifhed in his Royal Family, againft the fa id Pretender and all his Adherents' and Abettors. Dated'at Guildhall, London,' the 4th of October, 1745. Note, The above Affociat'on is in the-Mayor's Court at Guildhall, and all Perfons difpbfed to fign the-fame are de-fired to carl mere for that Purpofe, between the Hours of Nine in the Morning and Five in the Afternoon. The fo/ieavifg m the Speech of the Lord Bifhop of Wor-cefter, at the Netting an Friday laft, far an Affociatcon at that Place. TO be filent. upon this great O.cafion, afrer having been defir'd to offer my Sentiments, would be as little decent to you, my Lord Lieutenant, to this noble, re-fpeiftable. and reverend.Affembly, as it is fuperfiuous to' dwell long upon a Matter fo well underftood, as the Occa-fjon, I am forry to add, the Neceflity of the prefent Meet-ing. . - ; The perfeft. Agreement and univerfal Concurrence when we laft met, which was pnly to deliberate, affords a comfortable Profpeclof the fame Concord and Unanimity when we are now obliged,, by the too. fuccefsful Progrefs of the Rebellion,.; to sffemble again, in order to execute our former Refblutious. , 1 muff beg Indulgence to exprefs my .own Satisfaction in qbferving fuch, friendly .Harmony, which my beft Endea-deayours fhaljl be .continued to preferve and improve in this loyal, police and gogd-riatur'd County, i My Reverend.Brethren of the Clergy in particular, will fyere accept, my beft.Thanks for that unanimous and becoming ZeaL,. which they havefojuftly expreffed upon this important Emergency. . Important, jndeed ! For if ever there was, or can be a Juncture of Tune when every Thing is at Stake, it muftbe the prefent. Out perilous Condition is bur, too evident and too exactly fet forth by that awful Defcription in the pub-lick' Prayer publifti'd by his Majefty 'sfpecial Command, ---� I -JA.C, ' Expofedto the Danger and.Calamities cf Foreign War, ' difturb'd with rebellious Infure&ioris aj; Home, and ihreat- ' ned with j o.verful Invaftons from Abroad.1-.What alarming Circumftances are thefe ! How preftingly do they demand vigorous and immediate Meafures to avert the. great and manifold Danger! In a Stare like this, AfTurances, however fincere, and mere Words, are inadequate to the dreadful Mifchiefs we fear. Our Enemies would rejoice to fee us contenting our-felves with fuch a weak, fuch a yam and ineffectual Defence". After the late Succefs of the Rebellion, and the Numbers already collected of hardy, rapacious, and bloody Plunderers, there wants but cne Step, further to throw the Nation, if not carefully and univerfalty prepared for its own Defence, into the utmoft Confufion; and that is, a French Invafion. It would be no Surprize, to hear this dreadful Evil as. much diffembled, denied and ridiculed by our artful, and more dangerous, becaufe more difguifed, Enemies; and treated exactly in the fame Manner as the prefent advanced Rebellion was, when it firft began : But if any Friends of our Conftitution were really deceived in the firft inftance, it is a powerful Reafon for lefs Credulity, and more Caution upon every other Occafion $ that none of us be feduced to depend entirely upon any fancy'd Security from that un-conitant Element the Wind, which may drive our Ships fom the Enemy, by the fame Blafls that bring them upon our Coafts; and in Fact has never yet betn a Security a* gainft Invaftons. It is impoflible really to doubt that our Foreign Enemies will, at all Events, invade us at this Juncture, if poffible they can ; and the fureft Method to incite r.n Invafion, or excite domeftick Difturbance, is to be unprepar'd for either of them. 'Tis as needlefs to attempt to prove, That after the S�c-cefs in Scotland, our Enemies fhould intend an Invafion, as ic is abfurd to queftion, Whether Ftench Policy, which is always but too watchful for its own Imereft, will neglect an Opportunity fp favourable to the pernicious Defigns of that enterprizing Court. Would to God every County in the Kingdom were now as well prepared to oppofe an invafion, as that mifchievous Attempt is certainly delign'd againft us! The only Queftion then, if indeed it can be a Queftion, is, What is now to be done? To which, in general, the Anfwer is extremely plain: After ferious Application 10 Almighty God, whofe gracious Arm abrie can fhield us from Danger, our own immediate and vigorous Endeavours mull be unanimoufly exerted. The Scheme propofed by our very worthy Lord Lieutenant, were there no Examples in other Counties to fupport it, feerfts in itfelf the moft natural and moft effectual : Heartily to unite among ourfclves in firm and friendly Affo-ciations, and collect a proper Force with all poifible Dif-patch, to prevent, but if it fhould not prevent, at ltaft to defeat the dangerous Defigns of our Enemies. Happy indeed it will prove, if this prudent and feafona-ble Meafure. purfued as I hope it will be over the whole Kingdom, fhall anfwer our reafonable Expectations in di(-couraging all hurtful Difturb.ince. However, no Danger, no Inconvenience can arife from engaging ourfelves in the Manner propofed : But who, what tnglifhman,. will undertake to anfwer for the dreaufuljConle^uintes, fhould this Security be neglected ? 'Tis in the Hands of Providence to permit further Succefs to the Rebellion ; and how is it poflible to fay that this or any ether County is out of Danger ? Stragg'ing P.;r.jes may be f
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