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To tbe Editor of the Monthly Magazine. Should one attack be defeated, it would
be renewed again and again, till our efTHE
He publie mind has lately been im- forts were crowned with success, and the
pr-fied with the belief ihat an inva. enemy's armament rendered useless, or an. hon of tais coun:ry is not only a poffble, nihilated. but even a probable event.
Until, then, we have totally failed as I would by no means discourage the assailants, the idea of a serious or formiprepirario's which are making to meet dable invasion ought to be treated wiih the threatened attack ; but Iconlider it my utter contempt by every man of common dury to expose a false impression, which fense or prudence. The enemy may perhas lately re:ded to destroy the confi- chance vomit on our coasts a few hundred dence between man and man, that is so troops, the unhappy victims of their maolentialt, the welfare and prosperity of a lice-they may rep at the follies of Fishcommercial nation like Britain.
guard and Killala ; but such invasions as My coun:rymen ought to feel, that, in those will serve rather to keep alive our order to succeed in his design, it - is not national spirit, than to excite in us any enough that the CHIEF CONSUL of serious aların! FRANCE, in the furor of his ambition, Should it be urged, that the enemy should will, wifb, or threaten, an invasion may make preparations in several ports at of this country! Before he can enable the same time, with a view to transport any formidable force to effect a landing, several armies ; I apply the same system of he has great and expensive preparations to offence to several ports as to one, and with make, he has difficulties of a physical nature greater certainty of success.* They canto encounter, and he has the vigilance, not launch a boat, or drive a nail, in any the power, and the peculiar resources of one of their ports, without being seen or this country to overcome.
heard by our bold and vigilant cruizers : In the first place be must collect toge. a ftate of matured preparations on their ther from various posts the numerous vef- part, and the moment of reiterated and fels and finall craft which are necessary successful assault on ours, will, therefore, to transport his army; but as the always accompany each other, till the enecoasts of France and Holland are cover. niy are tired of the expences and useless ed wth our cruizers, very few of thein toil of preparation. would escape; and it may be presumed, In this view of the lubject, it will without the hazard of contradiction, that scarcely be necessary to suppose that the four out of five of those vessels moving enemy's armament will ever be able to along the French coast from one port to make their appearance at sea. Should another, would either be captured or de- they, however, baffle our assaults, so as ftroyed.
to preserve the integrity of their feet, and Suppose this difficulty surmounted, and have the temerity, in the face of our naa multitude of vessels assembled in any val forces, to come out of their harbours, pore of France, fufficient for the transport the English cruizers, who every day cloleof an army, what would be the obviously watch their motions, and could be at policy of the British Government ?- no loss to anticipate their precise inten
They would instantly commit to our brave tions, will, of course, be assembled in
As I congder a descent to be a moit ridi. would be their destruction; and there is culous bugbear, I lay no Atress on the absurnict a single port of France or Holland, dity of such a separation of the enemy's (Breft excepted, and that port is not suited forces, nor on the additional certainty of their te the purpose,) that could proteet them being successively cut to pieces, should they from the artack of our fuperior and reso- in this divided manner attempt or effect a lute naval forces,
landing. MONTHLY MAG. No. 104.