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B. CLARKE, Printer, Well-street, London:

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Sir,

Will you permit me to place under your
protection the following pages, in which it is
attempted to present a brief outline of the Re-
sources and Character of a Country, whose pub-
lic weal you have so powerfully upheld by your
judicial talents and learning; whose private in-
terests have been promoted, and whose private
relations have been uniformly gladdened, by
your social and domestic virtues ?
I have the honour to be,

Sir,
Your much obliged
And most obedient Servant,

JOHN BRISTED,
New-York, 1818.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

TOWARDS the close of theyear 1809, when the result of the battle of Wagram had convinced the American public that the continent of Europe was finally subdued, and that England alone remained “an easy prey to the all-conquering arms of the Great Napoleon, I ventured to oppose the headlong current of popular opinion; and in the Hints on the National Bankruptcy of Britain, and on her resources to maintain the present contest with France," (afterward republished under the title of “Resources of the British Empire,") undertook to demonstrate that the final destruction of the overgrown power of France was to be expected; First, from the nature of the French political and military institutions; Secondly, from the resistance of the people of continental Europe; and, Thirdly, from the resources of the British Enipire.

This work was no sooner published than many profound politicians pronounced the author to be “a visionary fanatic, a mere closet recluse, unacquainted with men and things, deficient in judgment, and wanting common sense;" and persisted, with increased vehemence, as they inhaled fresh inspirations from the

sævi spiracula Ditis," to prophesy that France“would soon stretch her sceptre over the whole of Europe, plant her tri-coloured flag on the Tower of London,

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