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through the cloud , spread oven . fhat , un .- happy couinry . Whatever mav ^ be . it * destiny as to its civil governors , religious liberty will bo restored : and this , is of inore consequence ' to a country , than tBe best civil constitution , that the wisdom if man can devise . TTie rest of Europe may be said to be under the dominion or influence , of the
great warrior of France . His troops ^ re in Spain , but what changes have taken place , or are likely to take place in consequence , is not known . The dissatisfaction of many Spaniards to its
civil government may be easily imagined by those who are conversant with the annals of Spanish history : but the great evil which has undone this country is its subjection to the inquisition and the church .. The . mummery of popery must
be overthrown in this kingdom , as it has already been in France : and this great revolution will be hailed as a happy deliverance , by many pious men in that kingdom , who have groaiicd under the intolerable yoke . In France and Holland public attention is carried more to commercial
decrees , and the attempt to ruin England , t > y depriving us of alJ intercourse with the Continent . In what manner this intercourse is prevented in France , and what effect it has upon the inhabitants , we have no means of knowing ; but it is certain tHat a vast commerce may be carried on upon the Continent , though Great Britain shou d have' the complete control over the Atlantic . France ^
Russia , and Austria seem to be uniting more strongly in their newly-formed connexion ; a ; . d the new governments in Germany are sufficient . y employed in settling their new arrangements .
America is in a situation which makes jt orttn to great changes . In the north , apprehensions are cnteitained for the safety of the Briti ; h colonies in case , of a rupture between this country and the United States . The United States haves
come to a frtronf * measure w consequence of the injury done to its . commerce upon the stiiu by both French and EngliOi . In South America the Spanish colonies are held by a very feeble tic to
their mother country . What the Brazilians have done with the emigrants from Portugal as not yet J > no"vv » > and the south of % h < s -JLa Piata is likely to form , rery soon , an independent state . ' Thus every thirj £ is in a state of change , a » d
they- who cannot adapt thcnnaclyftl . t& new changes ,. an . cL wUh every tiling , , to remain in . the gp ^ tjbn , x » 6 st . agreeable to their preconceived fandetj are Tittl © . calculated ' to live in a ^ xyorld , frohi it $ verynature liable * to cominua 1 change .
The Christian ,, knowing this to be the real state of the ; world , vrill accommodate his ' mind to the orders of that Being who , out of seeming evil , i $ ever e . 4 ucitfgj real good . At home , the attentiou of JExrglishrr > e ^ is naturally carried to the proceedings of parliament . " From them they expect
to learn a full account of public ajfairs the object of t&e wax ; the causes why peace cannot be obtained ; the justi £ ca ^ tion of the melancholy affair at Oxpeehagen ; ajid the details of a variety of objects connected with civU an , d » iiijt
tary affairs . TUe melancholy affair at Copenhagen employed several days , $ e ^ bates in both hoysea . By some it was justified on tlie ground of necessity sn ^ political expediency : by others it was reprobated as a tnogt atrocious act ; contrary to the law of nations ;
subversive of ali morality ; caleuJiated to excite the dLs ^ u $ t of all turape ; and degradin g our character for ever . What shall the Christian say of this , melancholy proceeding ; of brethren in zartity burning down the town of tneir brethren ? JP . © nil such scenes the Cliristian turns aside
with horror , and in te . ars he can only say V" There i $ a G . Qd w % o , ju 4 g « s the judges of the earth . ' * ' In both houses , this unhappy measure was justified by a ¦
very great niajonty . . . ' fc Xhe pajpers relative to the mediations on the Jpart $ j of Russia ' an 4 Au ^' sVria brouf ^ ht oti various debater * tip oft the proT priety of their being rejected ; and rnuch light was thrown on the superiority b "| Uie . French over the Kus-sians , fry * # 9
speeches of I > ar 4 iluulun . son ^ Whatr ever rnay be tl > e cpinjpn of ^ r ? eijc ppjiticiaus ^ thejphristiaiv carmot but Japi ^ t ^ that oyerfure ^ of mediati <; ja shoijl ^ 'h ^ V * beeh rejected , without ' ^ hc sffoijge ^ reason to justify sucli a r » t ? asur « . It i #
evident t , hjjt the itirnperor > f ftiissia , Jiav ^ ing done his iitxnost in ^ ej ^ ont st , was completely uistiged jln a 6 tt 4 <}^ h > g' th ( P war : ar ) d ^ -perc i , s j \ o rf ^»§ o ? tp bdi « v ^ tj ^ t he wans xw % > incerg \ n h * $ wiih to prodpee a pca £ ? lpdfy&ccn Firaucje » n ( i Ur « ut Britain . _ l Tyirb ev / cnts of a dcniestfc mtwfi create ^ uo jjpxaj l mtcjr ^ t w " tl& $ cgupuy .
112 Monthly Retrospect of Publh Affairs .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1808, page 112, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2389/page/56/