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Note on the Addresses


The general sense of the people can by no moans be inferred from the number of addresses obtained by Ministerial influence. Every Magistrate in a place can ensure the interest of his butcher and baker; the butcher can prevail in the same manner on the grazier, and the baker on the meal-man. Thus, though many hundreds may sign an address, it is always to be considered as the real work of two or three Ministerial hirelings.

In the Liverpool Advertiser is the following short address to the Liverpool addressers: "Our once extensive trade to Africa is at a stand; all the commerce with America at an end. Peace, harmony, and mutual confidence, must constitute the balm that can restore to health the body politick. Survey our dock; count there the gallant ships laid up, and useless. When will they be again refitted? What will become of the sailor, the tradesman, the poor labourer, during the approaching winter? Answer me this, and then again address." — Remembrancer.