Edinburgh Chronicle, February 18, 1760

Edinburgh Chronicle

February 18, 1760

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Issue date: Monday, February 18, 1760

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Location: Edinburgh, Midlothian

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Years available: 1759 - 1760

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Edinburgh Chronicle, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1760, Edinburgh, Midlothian Vot.rlf. si. -to SIR, B 19.1760. Y itoferring the from a .pamphlet concerning the Scotcir militia, you will. F arri p-rfo.idedt to a will appear rnqrcdible iu ftgr. tfntt n 1 f 9 w ,f of teeing I have not for my owo part been entertained of along time with atty: a political fubjcft V entertained, did" f fa inffruded, convinced, and animated T wljtole work is fpirfccd, fiijpported throughout. If- ttfery feels the 'toe eMotibns on rrthar fdMv fte'autfiof1 will ehen haVe attaTnetf the' naveih tys frdiii that Srife in which they are at to convince them hfcw fcuch ine hufepeftdericif and profpetity of iur deperfds upon th'e to t that ufefOT by which Ymrfitia has ieen eftablitoed in Eftgiand; that law whith as already madt England inVoJhefabte. :cored her internal quiet, and ftreogthened er public by enabling her to refiit lay'bffeh na- f 5 that tiW; Which none oppofed but they ho, duffng their whole H-ed toaVow tHemlelveS eftefeies rtue, and public fpirit, and whofe cbnftam ideaVours tended to deprefs genius, exalt worthy favourites, fandify corruption, d fet themfelves up as examples of fervi- y and bafenefs. Who the author of this valuable work is, :er much pains employed to find it out, im as ignorant as when I began my in. iry. He concears hrmfelf With as much andlndiiftry as if he were afliamed of his )duclion, and contents ymfelf with en ing in fecret general applaufe of his mtrymen. This I may venture to pro- mce, that he can be no lefs a warm pa- >t than a found philofopher and an able uician. will not enter into a minatet cridcifm the work, becaufe the reader will be en- ed, from extrads, to judge for It may be neceffary to inform forne of it riiat, about the beginning of year, a general meeting of the free- ierffof Scotland was held at Edinburgh, the extension of the militia law to country was propofed. That very numerous, unanimoufly di- ed their opinion in favour of the mea- and appointed a commimeeof their iberto prepare a bill for that purpofe. LO the noblemen and gentlemen of committee that this pamphlet is ad Vd. J em tic. j drtooffe ta you, tfijM% i will Icfe mcafurelf. that'wd dl'-vi1 ....._____ bcodand. I livfe anil .glad, ui tVc thaakfta-nd1 yon deierve, to :w-'fcmfetfwcd by ait Your caiioot f4irtdf; roufcd congenial- got 'nave onty received geftird informatbn Oft the m.ide 0 che efteete and gwrittide of man isaloverofHfcfeftyand his Of all wSodefi thir. have tert fwnfcd by the pteferit achrtinhlratioa'. eitablifhment of a natidnfij tallifa not the grc; whether we cOnjQder the otflacfes.. that'! wd j muft follow. When hirrles of mia- flen, Quebec, arid flelleifle (hall only ferve to adom the page of the mi- litia will continue, to give liberty, ftrehgth, and fecurity to Great Britain; the :reiVij of George II. will derive a that in future times will appear foperioi> to the greateil increafe of dominion, or of trade.------ Our fears of an invaflon made as leave our diftant fettlementsand colonies in a de. fencelefs fituation; neifher fhips nor troops enough could be flrpni more irtipor. tanc fervice; the JFreocK1 their aim. our fleet in the was uneqAial to the relief of Minorca, and a few batta- lions of regulars was itiil a lefe adequate force to. cover frootiers in America both of courfe fell into the hands of our c- whue Europe Itood in amazement to fee the haughty queen of the ocean neither able to proted ter colonies, nor to defend her feat'of But, amidft our IdiTes and alarms, our free conftitution, it would feejn, ilfll prefer- ved that fecret energy which has often drawn medicine from poifofi, and turned calamitous events to its own advantage For the difaffers of that ftameful year, awaked the nation that had been laid to fieep fo long in the hp of luxury, and heaven di- rected the voice of the people to ra fe a man to power, who was born to reftore a falling ftate. And yet violent oppofition the mili- tia met when the nation was jfo eir- Saok Heaven W nations, fof in" finceit is confefled by allr (tfet ri part of withhfc tHfe uf flpgl5 w- nable proof, %e m .far a-M the Jffeas of antiquity, fjank in tfcat to forebode a failing empire, JM. able to roufe icCrif on tb? apprp Jh of r, to revive the military fpirk> that equally granny or foreiga fton. How will to Cpme revere memory of patriots, with that wifdom wiiicb hoi When one confjdcrs great ad vant of a wd it bcdtaftet nSt- n u all oihef nations, ancient or dern, in ofher kinds of poliey, iknrid a without one fo long, the views of men, the friends of liberty who have formerly written and fpoke this feem to have been direded to the fecunng the eonftitucioirai freedom of their country. They bad feen ail other nationi enflaved by mercenary forces, and the fear of fuch an event excited theiV batribt fpim. In purfuit of this objeft, their wriangs abound in proofs of the fatal effects of Itanding armies, and of the promptitude which- they have always become toofc, for the eftablilhment of defpofifrn and birrary fway. It muiT be owned, :j t iNEWSPA'PERf SPAFEIir ;