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placing the whole in the same situation , in which it was before we took possessien of the place . It is easy to sink vessels , where we please ; but the art of man is so improved , that it is not difficult to raise them after they have been sunk .
One of the vassal kings , by whose dependence the princess royal of England is become a queen , does not seem to have derived all the benefit that might have been , expected from-his visit to France . If we may credit the-papers , he has issued a nrohibitioii of all foreigti he has issued a prohibition of all foreign
books in his dominions , which have not . received the royal approbation . Such a step , taken by a protestant prince , might be looked upon almost as an omen , of what is to be expected throughout Europe at a proper opportunity . In the north , a question , of great importance
as agitating ; for the diet of Sweden are considering , whether there is any necessity for an order of bishops . The question is df course taken up very warmly by the clergy , who see in the abolition of this order , a diminution of their interests . It as proposed , that the duties , now discharged by the bishops ,
shall be performed by the deans of chapters . This will probably be of great advantage to the country , and the example may be of use to this kingdom ; for , as the king has recommended the state of the inferior clergy to the consideration of the present parliament , how can _ it be better improved , than by appropriating the revenues of every see , as it
becomes vacant , to their support , and dividing among the deans of the cathedrals and collegiate churches , the duties , small as they are now > performed by the bishops . The late king of Sweden has quitted the country , and an ample allowance will enable him to spend his days in
peace and comfort in Switzerland , which is supposed to be the appointed place of his residence . Sweden itself is busy in the regulation of its" government , and receiving theheir appointed to the crown , and renewing its connection with the countries , with which it was lately at war . Russia has not been so successful
in the south as was expected . The grand vizier has gained a decisive victory over her troops , and compelled them to retire beyond the Danube . Still we do not look upon Constantinople as safe . The French are pressing on them , on their western limits ; and whenever
Buonaparte it prepared for the contest , a pretext will easily be found for catering their territories . At present , his views are bent on Spain , and all the intelligence from that country proclaim ! the defeat of their troops and the
distraction of their councils . The English have quitted their country , and are taking up their temporary residence in Portugal * All Europe is expecting the moment of Buonaparte ' s departure from Paris , the consequent annihilation of the Junta , and the arran gement of the peninsula .
The American states have met . in congress , and tjbe message of the , president complains of the conduct of our ambassador , and the breach of all communication with him ; at the same time declaring , that an opening is left for a fresh communication between the two
countries . The injuries to commerce from the war are a great theme , and under the apprehension of being compelled to take pa t in it , the Congress is called on for prudence in deliberation , and the country for spirit in execution . In every other respect , the states are floii ^ rishing beyond the most sanguine expec * tat ion , and the neighbouring Indians are
improving in civilization . The Americans are however suffering themselves to sink into contempt , by falling into the low and despicable vice of duelling ; against which , however , a good law it preparing , namely , that a duellist and his second shall be incapable of enjoying any post whatever under the government . If a man cannot so far command
his passions , as to put up with a little bad language , without becoming judge , jury , and executioner , he is surely unfit to be trusted with any power , which may affect the life , liberty , and character of his neighbouis . Another quarter of the world has
afforded some melancholy reflections to England . The discontents of the military in India have broken out into open insurrection . From the relations given by the go vernal-genera I , there are points which , the military cannot justify ; and it remains for them to make out some
palliation for their coriduct . This is supposed to be found in some arrangements , which deprived the officers of their accustomed perquisites ; but it is difficult at this distance to form a judgment on differences , which led to such alarming consequences . The insurreotion ig however at an end , but not till
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1810, page 41, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2400/page/41/