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(without typos) from the publisher. 1879. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... CHAPTER V. THE ADVOCATE OF PEACE AND UNION. In putting forth
the prospectus of the second volume of his Review, Defoe intimated
that its prevailing topic would be the Trade of England--a vast
subject, with many branches, all closely interwoven with one
another and with the general well-being of the kingdom. It grieved
him, he said, to see the nation involved in such evils while
remedies lay at hand which blind guides could not, and wicked
guides would not, see--trade decaying, yet within reach of the
greatest improvements, the navy flourishing yet fearfully
mismanaged, rival factions brawling and fighting when they ought to
combine for the common good. "Nothing could have induced him to
undertake the ungrateful office of exposing these things, but the
full persuasion that he was capable of convincing anything of an
Englishman that had the least angle of his soul untainted with
partiality, and that had the least concern left for the good of his
country, that even the worst of these evils were easy to be cured;
that if ever this nation were shipwrecked and undone, it must be at
the very entrance of her port of deliverance, in the sight of her
safety that Providence held out to her, in the sight of her safe
establishment, a prosperous trade, a regular, easily-supplied navy,
and a general reformation both in manners and methods in Church and
State." Defoe began as usual by laying down various clear heads,
under which he promised to deal with the whole field of trade. But
as usual he did not adhere to this systematic plan. He discussed
some topics of the day with brilliant force, and then he suddenly
digressed to a subject only collaterally connected with trade. The
Queen, in opening the session of 1704-5, had exhorted her
Parliament to peace and union; but the High ...
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