Friday, May 26, 1702

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Post Man (Newspaper) - May 26, 1802, London, Middlesex And the Hiftorical Account, &c; From 3EtteCDap May 26, to %t)tirO)ap May 28, 1762. London, May a 8. LI the Foreign Mails being wantingtand there being few Tranfaftions arhome that defcive to be mentioned,we hope the Reader will not expeft any Foreign -aw News from us at this time ; fortho we zni^b: repeat what has been flud.arid perhaps give it a ' ne w drefs, which might pa& with fome People, yet we are fare chat the fenfible' part of Mankind would not be pleafed therewith," and" therefore we crave leave to.make forae obfervations op the pub-lick Tran factions in Europe. This is a1 liberty which every body afTumes, and to which we have as much right as others, and efpecially in refpecVto the Title of this Paper, which being an Hiftorical Account, admits of any thing that may illuftrate the Hiftory of the prefent time. The length of the Siege of Keyfevwaert, the ftreights Prince Eugeneaf Savoy has been driven ro in Italy, where he has been forced toftand on the de-fenfive, inftead of acting offenfivelv. as it was expected, the delay of our Sea expedition, arid f .veral things of this nature, have given a favourable pretence to fome people to vent their Spleen. and cenfure the Councils of the Conf edetatey, as if they wanted good Councellors and Generals. Bur if Reafba can fatisfy them , we hope;, to offer fuch matters of Fact as will convince them that tbey lye under a very great miftake. There is no neceflity to infift here on the great difficulties that attended the eonclufioft of the Grand Alliance againft France. The Emperor, England and Holland had foon agreed the matter ambngft tbemlelves, but the difficulty was to"ingage other Princes thereinto, and to out'bid the French-, who Were baying with Ready Money asmariytFriends as ever they could, under the fpecious pretence of Neutrality. Thus they feduced over ro their in-tereft.th� Electors of Bavaria andCo/ig�, contrary to the expectation of fuch who know what thofe PfincCs owe to the Emperor and bis Confederates, and who are not yet come to that degree of onrea-fonablenefs, tp � think j that Princes are above the Laws of Acknowledgement and Gratitude. The dif-putes in the Empire concerning the Nirfth Electorate proved a g>'eat advantage to the French, whofe af-ltftance feveral Princes defined, andfentori purpofe a publick Minifter to the French King, who by reason of the Domeftick differences between the two Branches of the Houfe of Lunenburgh, found all the facility that he could wifh for, to engage the Duke oiWolfembuttel into his interefts, and gaveiim Money to raife a good Army, fending a General of his own to command jr. What efforts they made to gain the King of Poland, and, in a word, all other Princes' of the Empire-, is a truth fo well knowrtj that upon a ferious and imparti al confederation, any reafonable Man will wonder how his'late Majefty, the Emperor and Hollartd,weTS able te overcome the great difficulties the,French had laid in their way-arid miift be convinced that no time has been loft therein.efp'ecially fince the Parliament declared that they would maintain all The Alliances msde;or that fhoiild be made lor reducing -ike exorbirantPower of France, and voted the number of Fraops thac were to aft in conjunction with the A!lies,which,to observe it by the way, were/not raifecT, nor orherwife provided for.All things, were carried^viththat diligence, that the Treaty with the Lajndgraye of ffiffi Ca�U, which is one of the hteft, if-not the laft, for a number of his Troops, ' was'lrgned before the King dyed, and proper mejifures were Concerted to dif-lodg the French froin th*'Electorate of Cologn, and at the fame, time Vep falJ{u^oh t|fevDuke of Walftnt--buttd. and compel aim to part Svith "his Forces, which kept in awe ch� Elearorpf Hanmvtt a.nd the Nothing at all,not to fay* a very great bTirbder. They thought to furprize part of the Dutch Troops, under the Gdmmand of Count K^ifineampfd near Zanten-, they mifled their aim, and did not think fit to follow that General, who with a handful of metj, compared to'their Forces, retired within few miles, and there expe&ed die conjunction pf the Earl of jtbhnt) who marched from Rifendaei with ah incredible diligence to \afri Count Tilly-, and thefe two Generals have continued almoft in light of the French without any moleftation or> lofs; whereas 600 French; who had the cariofky to come too near their Camp* were all cut in pieces. The conduct of the French is certainly furbriting, for 'tis agreed on all hands, J that had they clofely purfued Count Tilly, and,fell upon the Dutch, even after the' arrival of the Earl of Athhnt, they would have cut off part of the Army, and obliged Prince tfajfau Saarfrutk to quit bhft Siege of Keyjervtaert for defending Holland, wherea$ their- continuing at Zanten has giver) time to the Confederate Troops to march to their refpe&ive rendezvous, and afforded an opportunity to.General Co-htrn' to make a cofjfidcrable progreis in the Spanijb Flanderr, which will make fufficient amends for the length of the Siege of Ktiftrwaert. As to the affairs of Italy, I could wifli Prince Eugene had been reinforced, tho I hope he is not reduced'tcr the extremities the Partizans of France have given but; butiF it were allowed to inquire, why he bis not. received the reinforcements that were promifed, I would venture to fay,that it may:be for fome reafons afrhe fame nature, which hindered theLuHenburgkers from1 coming to the Rhine, before the affairs of WolfenlHttel were over.and that it was not fit rcr leave theHeredi-tary Countries of the Emperor expofed to the lava-fion of rhe Elector of Bavaria . To conclude this difcourfe, we may boldly aflerf; that the cenfure caft upon the Councils ofthe Allies is very unreafonable, and that every one of 'em bat a&�d his part,-notwithftandingthe unfpeakable I06 the Confederates (uftained by the Death of the late King. The Duke of WtlfmHml is dtfanaed, JBry-

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