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Observations on the Conduct of
GREAT BRITAIN, &c.
PU B L ) SHED BY
LO N D ON:
Printed for R. FRANCKLIN, under Tom's
M DCC XXIX,
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vations on the Conduct of Great-Bri-
an Answer to my first Letter on the pretended Project of a TRUCE, it may be thought incumbent on me to justify what I have written ; for though this Piece (which consists of nothing buc Inconsistencies, Contradictions, Prævarications, and downright Falshoods) is already funk into that Contempt, which it deserves ; yet when a private Person launches into Politicks, it is his Duty to pay fome Regard to an Adverfary, who produces the least Marks of Authority, however mean and despicable his Performance may be the
The Shortness of Time will, I hope, excuse any little Inaccuracies of Stile, or trivial Mistakes, which I may happen to fall into through the Course of this Disquisition, which every Body will perceive required Haste.
I SHALL pass over all his little Sophistry on the Freedom of Writing, as well as his dirty Imputations of Libelling, Disaffection and ill Designs against the Government (those crite, worn out Topicks of every wretched Scribbler against you for above these two Years past) and come directly to the Points, upon which the whole Stress of his Arguments, such as they are, depends.
THE first Objection, which he undertakes to confute, is the supposed Inactivity of our Squadrons, and the Depredations committed by the Spaniards upon our Mer. chants in the West Indies.
In order to do this, he hath given us, what he calls, the Instructions to Admiral Hofier, and the other Commanders of our Squadrons in those Parts.
I shall not enquire from whom he received these Lights; though it seems very extraordinary that a little obscure Pamphleteer should be favoured with Papers, of such a private Nature, as have been sometimes refused, even upon Applications in Parliament.
Neither will I offer to dispute whether these Instructions are genuine and authentick; though there are several Things in them, which have a fufpicious Aspect. By the first Orders given to Admiral Hosier, it looks as if Those, who sent him, did not understand the Service they sent him upon; for they di.