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either resigning her own agriculture, by the free and unrestricted importation of foreign corn, or of obliging her inhabitants to eat their bread at double the price which it cost before the commencement of the first revolutionary war: to this necessity she is reduced by the immense load of debt, which in the cause of Europe, rather than in her own, she has contracted in little more than twenty years. In our present volume, we have adverted to the subject of the corn laws, and the continuance of the property tax: the latter, notwithstanding some objections to the principle of it, and several to the details of its management, we cannot but consider as having one of the best characteristics of a tax; viz. that it is levied on the income, and not on the expenditure, of the people: the subject of the corn laws we shall again have occasion to discuss; since, now that our pages: will not be filled, we hope, with war

. like exploits; ithe economical and financial history of our country, and.of the other countries of Eu. rope, must claim. a larger: portion of our volumes.


In the present volüme,.Besides those subjects connected with Britain, we have also detailed the particulars of the trial of Lord Cochrane, and of that arrangement with the Princess of Wales, which induced or enabled her to leave the country. In our remarks on Lord Cochrane's trial, we have endeavoured to show that it has more than a temporary interest; and that it ought to give rise to some important amendments in our criminal code: the subject of the Princess of Wales we have adverted to, principally, because it seemed necessary to bring to a proper conclusion what we had formerly recorded respecting her.


Besides the details of those military events which, in France, completed the overthrow 'of Bonaparte, and filled


the measure of the Duke of Wellington's fame, we have endeavoured to point out the consequences which the French revolution has produced on France itself, and on the different coun. tries which had been conquered by France, as impartially as we could, holding the balance between the good and evil. We are sorry to say, that the country for which we have done and suffered the most, will, we are afraid, be the least benefited, and the least grateful:-it is scarcely necessary to add, that we allude to Spain.

Though the result of the congress of Vienna is not known, we have thought proper to offer some remarks on those points which were to come before it; especially on the cases of Poland, Saxony, and the German and Italian Stateş.:

The short war between Sweden and Norway forms another topic of this volume. We trust that the union of the two countries will prove advantageous and acceptable to the Norwegians; but we must say, if this be the result, that it will be good springing from evil.

The last topic which engaged our attention, is, to this country, perhaps the most important one; we allude to the peace between the United States and Britain. In the contest we certainly gained no glory: we have taught the Americans to fight well, by the inadequacy of the means we employed : we united against us that portion of the inhabitants

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which before were our friends, by our impolitic, not to say our unjustifiable, mode of warfare ;-and then we were glad to make peace. May that peace be lasting between two countries, not only so closely related, but the only two countries' possessing liberty, and which have it so much in their power to benefit each other!

February 14, 1815.



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