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— TO TIlK EDITOR OF THE GAZETTE & GUARDIAN. Sir,-The following sentiments of Burke, on the French Revolution, may suit all ages, and parti- cularly the age we live in I wished the French nation very well: I wished their Government reformed, aud their religion; 1 wished both to be according to the British model and I know not what things I could have wished them better. But (with the skill and temper of that surgeon, who, in order to alleviate the tooth- ache, should knock all his patient's teeth down his throat) they instead of reforming popery, seem to have resolved upon the abolition of Christianity; instead of amending their Government, they have destroyed it; and instead of advisiug their King to consult his own and his people's dignity, by making law the rule of his conduct, they have used him more cruelly, than our Charles the First was itsed they have made him a prisoner and a slave. They will have a democracy indeed, and no aris- tocracy They know not the meaning of the words. A democracy, in which all men are sup- posed to be perfectly equal, never yet took place in any nation, and never can, so long as the distinc- tions are acknowledged of rich and poor, master and servant, parent and child, old and young, strong and weak, active ajid indolejit, wise and unwise. They will have a repub ic; and of this word too they misunderstand, tiie meaning; they confound repub: ic with levelling; and a levelling spirit, generally diffused, would soon overturn the best republican fabric that was ever reared. They must also have a morarchy (or at least a monarch) without a nobility; not knowing, that without no- bility a free monarchy can no more subsi-t than the roof of a house- can rise to, and retain its proper elevation, while the walls are but tialf built; not knowing, that where there are two orders of people in a nation, and those the regal and plebeian, there must be perpetual dissepiion among them, either till the King get the better of the people, which will make him (if he pleases) despotical, or till the people get the better of the King, which, where all subordination is abolished, must introduce anarchy. It must be the interest of the nobility to keep the people in good humour, these being always a formidable body and it is equally the interest of the nobles to support the throne, for if L it fall they are crushed in its ruins. The same House of Commons that inordered Charles the First, voted the House of Lords to be useless and when the rabble of France had imprisoned and en. slaved their King, they immediately set about an- nihilating their nob'es. Such things have hap- pened; and such things must always happen in like circumstances. I hese things I have been pondering in my mind these thirty years; and the more I learn of history, ot law, and human nature, the more I become satisfied of their truth. But there seems to be just now in France such a total ignorance of human nature and good learning, as is perfectly astonishing there is no considera- tion, no simplicity, no dignity all is troth, phrenzy, and foppery." D. G. Lanilid.

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