Royal Navy Officer Buton Push back 1772

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Royal Navy Officer Buton Push back 1772 - i of a or twelve Gunpowder - mills in this...
i of a or twelve Gunpowder - mills in this Kingdom ; but on Enquiry I find one third of thefc to be triftrng Wo?ks, merely to fupply, Country-Shopkeepers, (and^whq tfever did nor can fappliy- r he Goverjimeht with an Ounce of Powder; nor do I believe the Remainder cj^/u.rnifh^out near the.Quantity mentioned in this Day's Paper, even if the Operations of War were fuch as fuffer th« Ordnance" to give a Twelvemonth's Notice of their Wants. But fuppbfe, for the Sake of Argument, there are now twelve Powder-mills, and but four in Queen Elizabeth's Time, will auy Man fay this Encreafe bears any Proportion to the immenfe Encreafe of our Army, our Navy, or, above all, of our Commerce ? No, this canmt be the Reafon that Lord N—-h would not intereft himfelf in this Affair, which I again repeat will aft as a Prohibition of ever erecting any new Gunpowder-mil Is in 'ill; Kingdom,- neither .would a great Minifter put up with fo weak a Rea­ fon—" as that Men fhould not be at Liberty to erect them, if they pleafe, at our Garden- Gates." I do own to you. I do not quite un- derltand the Phrafe at our Garden-Gates ; one Man may call a Mill 200 Yards diltant at his Garden-Gates ; another at 500 Yards may ftill be at his Garden-Gates. Where is the Line to be drawn ? alas! no where. The poor Manufacturer is left to fight it out ; and if to all the Places prohibited by the Adl, Garden- Gates are to be added, it will be impoflible to find any new Site for fuch Works, fince every Man, altho' he dwells in a Houfe of Ten Pounds a Year, will be equally defirous to keep them from his Garden-Gates. I fincercly wifh fome fatal Accident may not convince us of the bad EfTe<fts of laying fuch a Reftraint on fuch a Manufactory, which cannot be eftablifhed at all Times. A great Miniiter fhould forefee thefe Things; he fhould confider it is" not Gun- power for Fireworks or Reviews that we want; the Government's Mills might fupply m with that; but fuch Powder as enables our Seamen to fend our 24 Pounders through both Sides of an Enemy's Ship, is only to be had from thofe few Mills which work for Government, and have all their Powder proved before the King's Officers. I therefore ftick to the Affertion in my firft Letter, that the paffing this Bill is a Proof that Lord N h believes the prefent Peace will laft, I am, SIR, Your conftant Reader, May 20. P. in # For the Public Advertifer. Totkt MILITARY OFFICERS of the ROYAL NAVY. GENTLEMEN, I T is reported that the Admiralty Board is fhortly to give an Order for your wearing on your Uniform Drefs a Button, which is to have the Figure of afl Anchoi upon it. This Novelty will for a Seafon enchant your Macaroni Nofegay Brethren, but they will foon figh for a Change of Fafliion. It were eafy to foretel that fome of the wife, flgnificant Gentlemen of the Cumberland Squadron, with their blue Stocks, will difpky their deep Erudition,in fhewing how emblematical it is of your Profeflion; and the old ninety JWO Hulks will chuckle alfo in obtaining fo happy an Opportunity of playing oft an inexhaultible Fund of Forecaftle Wit upon foul Anchors, Anchors a Cock-Bill, with the Anchors at the Bow, the Anchors athwart at the Fore-foot, &c. 8cc. They will talk of carrying Anchors at the Stern, like Paul's Mariners, and when they fit down, it will be called bringing their A -•— to an Anchor, and ftripping for Bed will be flipping from their Anchors to take in the Moorings, with numberlcfs Sayings of this Kind, equally bright and intelligible. It falls out rather unluckily, that tiic Senfibleand Judicious fhould be tl e only Part of the Corps who will find HO Satisfaction in this Alteration : They will efteem it childifh Trafh, and very dull Pedantry, and be apt to think that an Anchor is not the bell chofen Emblem of the Naval Character of this Country ; nor will they willingly be guilty of violating the legal Property of poor HOPE, to whom alone the. Anchor of Right belongs, held for her fole „yfe and proper Diltinction by a poetical Chart'er of great Antiquity. Such a Device might be well enough adapted to a fewKnights of the Anchor, who have quietly waited for a fair Wind before they would quit their beloved Anchorage fer the Station e-f Service.— No ; Britifh Honour forbid that the lazy Anchor fhould ever difgrace the Button of thofe Officers who, fcornicg the Ports of Pleafurc and Security, have plied their daring and ever- acting Sails to combat oppofing Winds, and ferve their Country in ftormy Seas, and npon the Lee-fhores of hoftile Nations ! How will fuchSpirits brook the Obligation of bearing on x their gallant Bofoms the Arms of a civil Office ? Will not their noble Hearts beat with Grief and Indignation ? This Anchor-Badge is a very proper one for the Bargemen, the MefTengers, or menial Servants of the Admiralty-Office ; but the Defenders of Great Britain may furciy be excufed from the Ignominy of bearing it; while its Introducers (for they have not the Merit of being Invent- ers) were contented with Leading-firings, and to amble in the Path of Imitation, I could have wifhed they had obferved that the numbered Buttons of the Army have their Utility. At a Levee, or in Head-Quarters, they diftingnidi the refpeclive Regiments of the Officers ; but where will be the Diftinction in your Buttons which are ail-to be alike ? We fhall ftill be obliged to afk which is your Ship, or your Squadron ? But the defigning a new Pattern for 3 Button is become a Matter of national Importance : It is the Fafhion ; it is the Ton ; ana'why'is'not the Navy to fwim with the Stream ? Fie, fie !—Frivolous, indeed, are we become r when the Gen ; us, which ought to be inriching itfclf with Stores of naval and military Knowledge, is diiEpating its Powers in the Invention of a Button ! And even in fo feeble an Effort to fhew Inefficiency, Ignorance and a Spirit of Servility ! But if we have Devices for the Exercife of our Ingenuity (for they can fhew nothing elfe to Advantage) let us rather take a Hint from tl^c Huntfman, and vary the Device on every Button as he reprcfents on each a different d nf his Pack. If each Officer too had Scope to the Imagination, and enable us to judge ©f the Man's Difpofition, Knowledge and Tafte, in which there might poilibly be fome Advantage ; and it. would prevtnt that univerfalDrfguft which will unavoidably take E lace when the Anchor Button fhall no longer ave Novelty to recommend it to its prefent Admirers, We fliould foon,fee {a Variety of marginal Engravings, full as entertaining and as ufeful as thofe which illuitrate Blankley's Naval Expofitor. Should the Anchor in Reality make its Appearance, we may foon expeft to fee the Maf- ter's Perfon ornamented with Log-reels, add the Boatfwain's with Marlenfpikes ; the Gunner will be loaded with Grape Shot, and the Carpenter covered with Broad Axes ; the Pur- fer's emblematic Trimmings mufl be Cheefe- knives, the Chaplain will be hung round with Bibles, and the Surgeon with Clylter-pipes. Ma/iS. DIGNITY. J. H.— Talio—Anonymous on the Impropriety of iuffering Stage Coachmen to carry Outfide PafTengers - and Simplex To-morrow. B. B. on Thurfday. The Letter figned Veritas being addreffed to another Paper, the Printer fent it as directed. L O N D O N. Yefterday the Journeymen Cabinet-maker?, to the Number of upwards of two thoufand, all dreffed in their beft Uniforms, rendezvoused in St. James's-fquare, where they were met by Col. Luttrell, who proceeded at their Head to the Houfe of Commons, in order to prefent a Petition for them to the Houfe, complaining of the great Injury done the Trade by lome foreign AvmbafTadors in importing ready-made Goods into this Kingdom, fufficient to employ fev@ral Hundreds of that Branch for many Months. The Minifters accufed of this arc the Venetian and Neapolitan AmbafTadors. A great. Quantity of Chairs, &c. belonging to the former were feized laft Year in Long-acre, on an Information by fome Cuftom-houfe Officers, but difcharged by an Order from Lord North. This Year a molt fhameful Quantity of other Goods has been imported as is faid by the Venetian Ambaffador. In confequence thereof the Trade applied a few Days fince to Sir John Fielding, who knowing the great Privileges aflumed by AmbafTadors, was at a Lofs how to counlel them to aft. From him they went therefore to Counfellor Cox, Ser­ jeant Glynn, and Lord Mansfield ; the fecond of whom (as they had experienced the Futility of having the Goods feized fince the Lords of the Trealury had thought proper to order them to be reftored) advifed the Cabinet-makers to bring an Aftion. againft the Importers at Common Law. Mr. Cox and Lord Mansfield counfellcd them to apply for a new Aft. The latter further recommended to them to petition to the Lords of the Treafury, (as it was a Fraud upon them) and other great Officers of State; advifing them to avoid any tumultuous Meetings, as they might be deemed Combinations and alluring them that while they comported themfel ves peaceably anddecently,he would befriend them ail that lay in his Power, confidently with the Laws. But Colonel Luttrell thinking this a good Opportunity of making himfelf popular, offered to prefent a Petition for them to the Commons, for which Purpofe he appointed them to meet him Yef­ terday, clean dreffed as above in St. James's- fquare. and affured them he would not quit the Houfe till he had obtained an Anfwer. What this Anfwer has been, we have not yet learned. Lord North, Mr. Torvnfend and Colonel Luttrell fpoke warmly in the Houfe of Commons Yefterday in Behalf of thepoorfourney- men, and his Lordfhip pledged his Word they fhould have all the Sanction pofUble of that Houfe early the next Seffions of Parliament ; when the Conduft of the Officers of the Revenues of the Cuftoms be ftrictly enquired into, and no Diftinction of Perfon or Place fhould be made, but the Goods fliould be feized and condemned. It is certain that Col. Luttrell has, for fome Days paft, employed feveral Agents to procure for him the (fuppofed) Honour of prefenting this Petition. L.E.P. The Houfe of Lords and Commons broke up Yefterday before Five o'CIock. Yefterday the Houfe of Commons adjourned to Wednefday the 3d of June. Wc have fome Authority to affurc the Public, that notwithstanding all the Mediation of his Royal Highnefs the Duke of Glouccfter in favour of his Royal Brother, a Great Pcrfonage not only continues pofitive in not feeing him, but has forbidden the other to mention his Name. - , Monday his Royal Highnefs the Du!;e"of Gloucafter dined at'Cumberlahd Houfe,for the firftTime fince his Arrival from the Continent. A Whifper is circulated, that- the Duke of Gloucefter will be appointed Commander in Chief on the 4th of June ; and as great Matters often arife from trifling Caufes, it is faid that a late Difpofition of thirty Men only in the Guards has occafibried this Refolution. Sip Jofcph Yorke will let out on his Return to the Hague the latter End of next Week. Yefterday Morning died, after a few Days Illncfs, at his Houfe in Park-place, St.James s, Thomas Wheatley, Efq; Member of Parliament for the Borough of Caftle-Rifing, and one of his Majefty's Under Secretaries of State (in the Earl of Suffolk's Office) for the Northern Department. They write from Madrid, that Recruits are railing all over that Kingdom ; and that to complcat the Regiments the fooner, a f eneral Amnefty had been publifhed to the )eferters that fhall immediately return to their Colours. r Jhc fame Letters advife, that fo many Ships have lately arrived at Cadiz, Alicant, and Malaga, laden with Corn, that the Price of Bread and Flower is confiderably reduced, and that great Quantities had been fhipt off for France. A Letter from Rome, daed April 30, 1772, has the following Paffage :—" Arrived here lately the Chevalier dc St. George with his new-married Lady. She is a young German Princefs. He has demanded of the Pope •ixis Title of King of England, and the Guards to attend him as they did his Father, and has alio fignified to the Roman Nobility that he expeft? his Lady to be paid the Honours as Queen of Hour.d of his Pack. If each Officer too . . ^_ the Lix-k* of his own Devices, it wguld give [ Efi^ua, The Pope has refufed the hrit Rc-

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  1. The Public Advertiser,
  2. 27 May 1772, Wed,
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