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Daily Courant (Newspaper) - March 2, 1730, London, Middlesex Th e tnti Monday, March 2., 17x9-30. To the Author of the DAILY COUftANT. THE Impartiality you have hitherto maintained, concluded me to tbis Application; on that Accounr, I know none more proper to make it to than yourfelfj and as I'm perfu aded you are adtuatfd by that powerful Motive, the Publicly Good, 1 doubt not, you'll readily join in an Attempt fincerely defign'd to promote ir. Our Auguft National Affembly, the Repre-fentatives of ALL, but an unreprefentable Mobb, have before them the Cafe of the fuf-fering Manufacturers; and tbey have tit Heait to relieve them from the fad Circum-ftances to which they are reduced ; to revive our Inland Trade ; and, if poffibie, give new Life to Commerce in general. Whatever therefore may conduce to any of thefe valuable Purposes, cannot fail of meeting of uni-verfal Approbation. What indeed would not tne Man deferve, Sir, who by pointing out the real Caufe of his Country's Diftrefs, fhould contribute to prevent the like, befalling it for the future ? 'Twill not admir of Difpure, that the Nation has lately fuffer'd to a Degree ic never jfuffered before : The Induftrious h^ve been unemploy'd; Multitudes of honeft, fubftantial Tradefmen been ruin'd; the Poor left to ftarve ; and fcarce a Family but has found the fatal Effects of want of Employ, or want of Money.- The Interruption our mercantile Intercourfe met from the unfettled Situation of Enrofcs Affair*, and our particular Differences with the Court of Spain, undoubtedly contributed largely to a Stagnation of our Foreign Commerce, and were very prejudical to our Merchants ; but this has not been the worft of our Cafe; we have had greater Difficulties, and which proceeded from Caiifes nearer home: The Mifery the unhappy People have been brought into, in almoft every County is not to be exprefs'd j and this can be charged upon rfo other but a Malevolent Sett of Men, who have been facrificing their Country, in purfuing their private Interefts, and a perfonal Revenge ; and who,'tis plain, to procure thefe would make it a further Sacrifice. The falfe Alarms fuch fpread thro* the Kingdom, ftruck Terror in the Minds of the Populace, and made them greatly uneafy; their Mifreprefenrations of the Government's Meafures, and their bafe traducing of thofe to whom the Care of the Publick was committed, found a Reception among the too Credulous and Weak, which prov'd moft es-tenfively baneful and deftructive. To add to their Wickednefs, thefe Difcouragements were thrown out at a Juncture which added Weight to each injurious Suggeftion ; a Junfiure, when theSufpicions of the Populace were eafily excited or inhanced by every Surmife, however Groundlefs or Improbable. The natural Confequences of fuch Conduct have been the principal Source of our rational Calamities; the People being ren-der'd Diftrnftful of their Superiors, grew Diffident of one another ; the bad Condition thev were made to believe Publick Affairs were in, was highly injurious ro their privare Concerns; far from launching into Bufinefs and profitable Engagements, as formerly, thefe put them upon Methods to fe-cure what was already their own: Every poifible Expence among the Rich was lef-len'd ; their Tradefmen went unpaid; the Coin was hoarded by the Poffeifors; and, not-knowing what might be the Iffue of the dreadful Scene, drawn on purpofe to frighten them, the Shopkeepers would run no Rifque; they retrench'd their Dealings, which depended on Truft; and deny'd even the ufual Necetfaries to themfelves and Families to fave Money. Thus was Credit funk 5 a general Scarcity enfued ; the Circulation of the Cafli ftop'd; a Damp was put upon our Home Confumption ; and fuch Damages done to our Inland Trade, that an Age, however flourifhing, may not recover. Thefe are ibme of the Ills of Faction, we have fadly experienced; and an Indication how ruinous to the Community, the unjuft Oppofers of the Adminiftration may become: While thefe have been complain ing of imaginary Grievances, they were the Caufe of the greateft that could befal a Nation. What then can prffiby furnifh a more melancholy Profpect, than to find this Party, who have already proved fo fatal to its Tranquillity and Welfare, continuing their reftlefs Endeavours to involve their Country Abroad, and bring upon it new Diftrefs at Home ? For though the former Part of their De/ign will undoubtedly be prevented ; yet is it not in the �ower of the utmoft Wif-dom, Circumfpection, and Care, effectually to ward off the unhappy Confequences of the Latter. That this may let the People into the Caufe of their paft Sufferings, and thereby put them, if poffibie, upon their Guard againft being influenced by Contrivances, calculated to injure and make them uneafy hereafter, is my chief Aim in this Undertaking: And this cannot but be the more necefla-ry, as the lame Meafures are now purfuing with the utmoft Affiduity and Artifice, and may become equally calamitous. Whatever may teafe, fatigue, or irritate, is advanced within---; Whatever may embarrafs, depreciate, or enfiame, without * the groffeft Forgeries, are again fet on foot Abroad, and every Method that may do Mifchief en-ter'd upon. I cannot paft with this Point, Sir, without joft mentioning the Affair of DUNKIRK : How indefatigable have nor fome People been to throw us into a Flame upon that Account ; and yet how deteftably fallacious have not their publick Reprefentations, their bold, their repeated Affurances been prov'd ? From what has appear'd, 'tis now fufficiently evident, that the Clamour thefe Incendiaries raifed upon tbis Head was to ferve the baleft Purpofes ; and the Accounts they have given us of repairing the Fortifications, reftoring the Harbour of Dunkirk, and of the Treatment Colonel Armflrong met there, were ail moft notorious, infamous Falflooods. But as 'twill be ablblutely requifite to enter more fully upon thefe Things hereafter, I decline it now. Give me leave only to add, thai 'tis a National Happinefs thefe Men are not able to break in upon ; that the Adminiftration appears, notwithftanding all the Virulency of the moft inveterate Enemies, fu-perior to their open Attacks .and fecret Wiies ; and that therefore there's no reafon to doubt, though thefe exafperaied difappoint-ed Men m&y rage, and offer all poffibie Op-pofitior?, bur that by a ftedfaft, a wife, a faithful Difcharge of the important Trnfts repofed in them, they will compleat the Tranquillity of Europe, which tie others are doing their utmoft to binder; retrieve the languid State of Britain \ and in every Pari fully anfwer the beft Wifhes of thofe, wher fincerely defire to fee their Country formidable Abroad, and flourishing at Home, jf am, SIR, Your humble Servant, - fortius: Naples, February 7. N. s. f\N Saturday laft, the General Prince def Belmonre Pignatelli gave a fumptuous Entertainment to feveral Perfonsof Diftincti-. on of both Sexes; as did, on Tuefdayi Prince Don Ferdinando Pignatelli, General of bis Imperial Majefty's Army. On Siinr day the Flcfh-Cart, reprefenting Jupiter riding upon a Co.v, was drawn by two large Artificial Eagles, along the Street of Toledo to the Plain before the Palace, where it was plunder'd�by the Populace, according to Cur ftom. The Viceroy has confined the Count de Policaftro to his Houfe, for beating hif Valet-de-Chambre in a barbarous manner^ On Saturday, two German Deferters were to have been {hot, but were pardon'd by; their Colonel. Hamburg, Feb. 14.. N. S. We hear a General Officer is fhortly expected at the Court of Berlin, on the pare of a certain Potentate, with a Commiifion of fuch Importance, as will decide the Fate of the pre-fent Armaments, whether it be good or bad. Our laft Advices from Mecklemburg layV an Exprefs was lately arrived there from Duke Charles Leopold at Dantzick, with Difparches of very great Moment. 1 bac Prince has renew'd his Mandate againft Duke Chriftian- Lewis his Brother, about the Provisional Adminiftration of his Dutchy. The Rmfian Minifter at this Place receiv'd no Letters from bis Court yefterday ; fo that we have not yet heard of the new Czarina's Arrival at Mofcow. The faid Refident is preparing to put himfelf and Family into Deep Mourning for the Czar his Mafter, which is" regulated upon the fame toot as for the late Czar Peter the Great. They write from Riga, that the Governor of that Fortrefs had receiv'd Orders from the Senate at Mofcow, to lay his Commands upon all the Officers in Livonia and Courland, not to abfenc themfelves from their Polls, upon pain of; being cafuier'd; and that the Magiftrates and the Troops bad taken an Oath of Fidelity to the Czarina; but the Solemn Pro* cfamation of her was put off till tbey had receiv'd the News of her taking Pofleffiori of the Throne, when they expect to hear with Certainty of a Treaty of Marriage that is faid to be on foot. Some Letters add,' that the, Czarina, Grandmother of Peter If. had follow'd him into the other World � but this meets with little Credit. Deal, Feh.f27. Remain only the Rye Galley Man of War, and the two Eaft India Ships. Wind S, W. Deal, Feb. 28. Remain the Rye Galley; Man of War ; the Prince William, Berrif-ford, and the Lethieulier, Shephard, both! far Eaft India ; the Richard, from Yarmouth; Ramfdale, for Weymouth. .Came down this Day the John and Mary, Wood, for Sr, Kirs, and fome others not known. �. by N. to ;