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   Tomahawk or Censor General (Newspaper) - December 5, 1795, London, Middlesex                                Number XXXIV.] [Price Two Pence Halfpenny. THE TOMAHAWK! CE'NSO GENERAL, The King! and the ConffitUtfon! PUBLISHED EVERY MORNING. PRO REGE S�PE, PRO PATRIA SEMPER, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, I795. TO THE PUBLIC. This patriotic Work being efiaUiJlied to support the King and the Constitution, againft the bkod-thirjiy dejigns of Republicans and Levellers ; we take this opportunity of thanking our numerous friends for their early attention. The Tomahawk will, every half year, make a handfome folio volume. And a lift of fuch subscribers, as choofe it, with a complete index, will be given at the end of each. The friends of the King and the Consti-tution, may be fupplied with The Tomahawk every mornings bv their newsmen, along with the daily papers. [No. 79.] GENERAL VIEW OF POLITICS. (Continuedfrom page 124..J NOW that the Houfe of Commons has pafled the bill againft Seditious Meetings, which will, no doubt, pafs the Houfe of Lords without much oppofition, as it has already been difcuffed there; and as the King is not likelv to refu'fe his fanction; we may fay .that the Conftirution of England has, at laft, got that means of protecting itfelf which was- fo much wanted ; and which will enable it to ftand againfl fedition and li-bels, as firmly as its fleets do on the ocean, againft the attacks of the enemy. The exceptionable parts of the Bills, and even thofe which, without-being dangerous, only had the appearance of being fo, .havino been entirely done awav; the onlv thing that is wanting to convince the public of the unfounded nets of the clamour that has been raifed, is a few weeks experience of the effects of the Bills. And when we (hall have found that nothing which is peaceable, or done with a good intention, is prevented by the Bills ; but that thofe who would wifli to fet us all by the ears, are reduced to filence, we mall not have any caufe to complain; nor any difpofition to do it. The methods which have been taken to procure petitions againft the Ellis, are fuch as tend to difcredit petitions altogether.   And it is a-pity that thofe, who are fo zealous to preferve the right, are fo induftrious in rendering that right ufelefs. Juft as the fame men, who are the firft to declaim againft the corruption of parliament, are the firft to render it more corrupt, by every means which they can put in practice or devife. It would be in vain to attempt an analyfii of the different fpeeches that have been made on this important fubject; becaufe, on the firft difcuflion of the queftion, every thing that could be faid, was then brought forward. And, all the cavilling on the fide of Oppofition, has only been like gnawing, again and again, the fame filthy, flefhlefs bone. With regard to the Minifterial fide of the queftion, the arguments were the molt manly we remember to have heard in parliament. They maintained that a phylical, and open attack, had been made on the facred perfon of his Majefty; and, that concealed attacks againft the Conftitutioil were meditated, which do, at this moment, require a better mode of punilhing and judging, than any hitherto put in practice. This was true and manly; and" to it was added, that the Bills in queftion feemed equal to the purpofe; though they were not any more fevere and ftrict than the nature of the times, and of the crimes, required them to be. No arguments were produced on the other fide. But the whole of what Oppofition declared was, that they did not think a confpiracy really exifted; and that men would be (laves as foon as the Bill pnffed. To oblige men, apainft their will, to confefs that thev believe no treafon-able practices exifted, is impoffible; becaufe they are determined not to do it. And as to their declaration that our liberties would be entirely taken away, it, unluckily for them, was faid by Air. Sheridan, that the Bills would not prevent feditious meetings. Seeing, on one hand, the conftitution of England better protected than ever, while that of France grows weaker every day, we mult expect that a peace is not very diftant; when havock (hall ceafe, and the dogs of war be chained up, we hope, for many cen- turies. Thofe who declaim againft the war, and pretend to miftake its object, have oppofed the Bills; and pretended to miftake their object., But do not thefetnen* know that peace becomes infinitely more practicable? For" now that the Britifh conftitution can defend itfelf, the red bonnets of France, which were to come over into England, are not fo dangerous. Thanh be rendered to the Maker of all things! we have now got a protection againft the doctrines of the difciples of Petion and Ro-befpierre.   Thev can no longer infult Majefty and fnif- H   

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