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Corsica? And do you not at this instant keep their chief pensioned and ready to head a fresh revolt there, whenever you can find or make an opportunity? Dear sister, you must be a little silly.
Britain. Honest Holland! you see it is remembered that I was once your friend; you will therefore be mine on this occasion. I know, indeed, you are accustomed to smuggle with those rebels of mine. I will wink at that; sell them as much tea as you please to enervate the rascals, since they will not take it of me; but for God's sake don't supply them with any arms!
Holland. 'Tis true you assisted me against Philip, my tyrant of Spain; but have I not since assisted you against one of your tyrants,* and enabled you to expel him? Surely that account, as we merchants say, is balanced, and I am nothing in your debt: I have, indeed, some complaints against you, for endeavouring to starve me by your navigation acts; but being peaceably disposed, I do not quarrel with you for that. I shall only go on quietly with my own business. Trade is my profession; 'tis all I have to subsist on. And let me tell you, I should make no scruple (on the prospect of a good market for that commodity) even to send my ships to hell, and supply the devil with brimstone; for you must know I can ensure in London against the burning of my sails.
America to Britain. Why you old blood-thirsty bully! you who have been every where vannting your own prowess, and defaming the Americans as
• James the Second.
poltroons! you who have boasted of being able to march over all their bellies with a single regiment! you who by frand have possessed yourself of their strongest fortress, and all the arms they had stored up in it! you who have a disciplined army in their country entrenched to the teeth, and provided with every thing! Do you run about begging all Europe not to supply these poor people with a little powder and shot? Do you mean then to fall upon them naked and unarmed, and butcher them in cold blood? Is this your courage? is this your magnanimity?
Britain. Oh! you wicked—Whig—presbyterian —serpent! have you the impndence to appear before me after all your disobedience? Surrender immediately all your liberties and properties into my hands, or I will cut you to pieces. Was it for this that I planted your country at so great an expense? that I protected you in your infancy, and defended you against all your enemies?
America. I shall not surrender my liberty and property but with my life. It is not true that my country was planted at your expense: your own records* refute that falsehood to your face. Nor
• See the Journals of the House of Commons, 1642, viz.
"Die Veneris, Martii 10, 1643."Whereas the plantations in New England have, by the blessing of Almighty God, had good and prosperous success, without any public charge to this state, and are now likely to prove very happy for the propagation of the Gospel in those parts, and very beneficial and commodious to this kingdom and nation; the commons now assembled in did yon ever afford me a man or a shilling to defend me against the Indians, the only enemies I had upon my own account. But when you have quarrelled with all Europe, and drawn me with you into all your broils, then you value yourself upon protecting me from the enemies you have made for me. I have no natural canse of difference with Spain, France, or Holland, and yet by turns I have joined with you in wars against them all. Yon would not suffer me to make or keep a separate peace with any of them, though I might easily have done it to great advantage. Does your protecting me in those wars give you a right to fleece me ? - If so, as I fought for you, as well as you for me, it gives me a proportionable right to fleece you. What think you of an American law to make a monopoly of you and your commerce, as you have done by your laws, of me and mine? Content yourself with
parliament do, for the better advancement of those plantations, and the encouragement of the planters to proceed in their undertaking, ordain that all merchandises and goods that by any merchant, or other person or persons whatsoever, shall be exported out of this kingdom of England into New England, to be spent, used, or employed there; or being of the growth of that kingdom, shall be from thence imported hither, or shall be laden or put on board in any ship or vessel for necessaries in passing to and fro; and all and every the owner or owners thereof, shall be freed and discharged of and from paying and yielding any custom, subsidy, taxation, imposition, or other duty for the same, either inward or outward, either in this kingdom or New England, or in any port, haven, creek, or other place whatsoever, until the house of commons shall take farther order therein to the contrary. And all and singular customers, &c. are to observe this order."
that monopoly if you are wise, and learn justice if you would be respected!
Britain. You impndent b—h! am not I your mother country? Is not that a sufficient title to your respect and obedience?
Saxony. Mother countryI Hah,hall, hah! What respect have you the front to claim as a mother country? You know that / am your mother country, and yet you pay me none. Nay, it is but the other day that you hired ruffians* to rob me on the highway, f and burn my house! J For shame! Hide your face, and hold your tongue. If you continue this conduct, you will make yourself the contempt of Europe!
Britain. O Lord! where are my friends?
France, Spain, Holland, and Saxony, altogether. Friends, believe us, you have none—nor ever will have any until you mend your manners. How can we, who are your neighbours, have any regard for you, or expect any equity from you, should your power increase, when we see how basely and unjustly you have used both your own mother and your own children?
t They entered and raised contributions in Saxony. t And they burnt the fine suburbs of Dresden, the capital of Saxony.
REMARKS CONCERNING THE SAVAGES OF NORTH AMERICA.
Savages we call them, becanse their manners differ from ours, which we think the perfection of civility; they think the same of theirs.
Perhaps, if we could examine the manners of different nations with impartiality, we should find no people so rnde, as to be without any rules of politeness; nor any so polite, as not to have some remains of rndeness.
The Indian men, when young, are hunters and warriors—when old, counsellors; for all their government is by the counsel or advice of the sages: there is no force, there are no prisons, no officers to compel obedience, or inflict punishment. Hence they generally stndy oratory, the best speaker having the most influence. The Indian women till the ground, dress the food, nurse and bring up the children, and preserve and hand down to posterity the memory of public transactions. These employments of men and women are accounted natural and honourable. Having few artificial wants, they have abundance of leisure for improvement by conversation. Our laborious manner of life, compared with theirs, they esteem slavish and base; and the learning on which we value ourselves, they regard as frivolous and useless. An instance of this occurred at the treaty of Lancaster, in Pennsylvania, anno 1744, between the government of Virginia and the Six Nations. After the principal business was settled, the commissioners from Virginia acquainted