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ADDRESSED TO WILLIAM WYNDHAM, ESQ; OF
FELBRIGG, NOR FOLK.
- Musis Amicus, triftitiam & metus Tradam pretervis in mare Creticum Portare ventis.
Hor, Ode 26. Lib. 1.
To Wyndham tune no venal lyre,
And confecrate my lays :
And join in Wyndham's praise,
Around you throng the sacred band,
And mutual welcome blend :
And Savile hail his friend.
Townshend with quick sensations bleft
Hunger alone makes Britons yield,
And scorn-capitulation !
-So took them by- starvation !
Which Hessians storm'd-Pell mell!
in German and English, to the whole line (according to the terms of the capitulation) to pile their arms.--
----But the true reason of this boasted magnanimity, was because Mr. Gates and his poltroons did not feel themselves bold enough to be spectators of so august and awful a ceremony.
§ Col. Donop might have been supplied with a sufficient number of both these articles for twenty pounds, which would have insured him fuccefs; besides saving the lives of fix hundred gallant Hessians, who cost this country (on a moderate computation) forty pounds a man, before they can be transported to America; consequently here would have been a nett saving of 23,980l. In a country where there is no scarcity of wood, the Provost Marshal (or military Jack Ketch) whose duty is to provide ladders, can have no excuse. [Vide Sir William Howe's letter]--. -- As few of the foreign troops can swim, they should be always furnished with bladders when they take the field. [Vide King of Prussia's rem gulations, and Marshal Saxe's reveries.]
We've fcalps to grace the new || knights collars,
And end his days with shame!
-To Franklin ope St. James's gates,
'Twould give our Liege the gripes;
To thirteen rebel stripes ?
No-pour out Britain's blood and riches,
order of Knighthood (at the request of Lord Suffolk) is to be fpeedily instituted, and confined to such of the Scotch noblemen or gentry as will raise regiments for the American service at their own expence. They are to be called Knights of the Tomahawk. Their collars will be decorated with scalps, and they are to wear scalping knives whenever they appear at court,
* A French scalp cost 101, last war; but, by General Burgoyne's economy, the price was reduced to three dollars. ---[Vide Gates's letter.]
And coax bold Kate of Russia :
And scorn the king of Prussia
We'll make the house of Bourbon dance,
Be Britain's thunder hurl'd :
“ Old England 'gainst the world.”
How are thy subjects, Albion, blett!
-As Pigot's ghost will tell us :
And Lovat's clan be jealous.
What tho' our debt the greater grows,
† Six regiments of royal papists to be raised in Ireland, and armed with skanes, which, by Spenser's description, are. a sort of Hibernian scalping knife. The Dirk is well known in this country fince 45.
1 Col. Stuart's generous,' manly conduct, is sufficiently known.
E’en when our credit's shaking : For if the Dutch will lend no more, We'll pay Mynheer the heavy score,
-And clear ourselves by breaking.
Why should we whiggith zealots fear?
Are royal scribes appointed ;
To love the lord's anointed.
Moral Gazettes spread law and truth,
Suck'd in from Woodfall's paper :
-He'll grant an Impri-matur g.
Send Shelburne-Barre-Burke to jail,
Will then old Chatham riot!
And give the nation-quiet.
$ All true friends to liberty call aloud for a licenfing act, otherwise our civil or religious rights must suffer. The lak a& expired in 1694. [Vide Blacktone.)