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THE BARRIER TREATY, &c.
IMAGINE a reasonable person in China reading the following treaty, and one who was ignorant of our affairs, or our geography; he would conceive their high mightiDesses the States-general to be some vast powerful commonwealth, ikethat of Rome; and her majesty to be a petty prince, like one of those to whom that republic would someticessenda diadem for a present, when they bebaved themselves well, otherwise could de pose at pleasure, and place whom they thought fit in their stead. Such a man would think, that the States had taken our prince and us into their protection; and in return, honoured us so far as to make use of our troops as some small assistance in their conquests, and the enlargement of their empire, or to prevent the incursions of barbarians, upon some of their outlying provinces. But how must it sound in an European ear, that Great-Britain, after maintaining a war for so many years, with so much glory and success, and such prodigious expense; after saving the Empire, Holland, and Portugal, and almost recovering Spain, should toward the close of a war enter into a treaty with seven Dutch provinces, to secure to them a dominion larger than their owl, which she had conquered for them; to undertake for a great deal more, without stipulating the least advantage for herself; and accept, as an equivalent, the mean condition of those States assist
REV. JONATHAN SWIFT, D. D.
DEAN OF ST. PATRICK'S, DUBLIN.
THOMAS SHERIDAN, A.M.
NOTES, HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL.
Å NEW EDITION, IN TWENTY-FOUR VOLUMES.
CORRECTED AND REVISED
BY JOHN NICHOLS, F. A. S.
EDINBURGH AND PERTH.
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