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CO:N TAININ,G;: A SUMMARY.of the State of Europe The Relapse ; Ode to W.Py
at the beginning of the year. 1739. Esq; On Mr. Murray's marriage : WEEKLY Ellays. On the unsettled ftate
Suspirium, &c. of our affairs; Mr. D'Anvers's speech || A Letter from London relating to the to his departing friends; The proje- |--STAGE, &C.
ctor's farce, from Common Sense, for. || DOMESTICK Occurrences, POETICAL Essays. The first Plalm imi-1 FOREIG'N" Affairs.
tated; To the Rt. Hon. Mits S-t; ll Register of Books.
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Love of fame a prevailing paffion 25
ib. Odd instances of it in the dress of fome
Corfican affairs uncertain
A flight.-On Mr. Murray's marriage.
Little remarkable in Portugal ib.
States General intent on the accommodation Song
betwixt Great Britain and Spain ib. A letter relating to the Stage, &c. ib.
ib. Domestick OCCURRENCES.
A Summary of the State of EUROPE hewn, that they want neither courage at the beginning of the Year 1739. to sustain an attack, nor judgment to
improve an advantage: We have seen HE interests of the several their frontiers invaded by two powerful
Powers of EUROPE never empires, who sent four considerable arfluctuated more in time of A mies upon them at one time, with such
the most general war and rapidity as threatned no less than their confusion than they have for some years meeting in the heart of the Sultan's dopaft; which yet have not been remark- minions ; yet they have prevented alable for any great event tending to the most every danger that threatned them advantage of Religion or Liberty: And from fo formidable an invasion, at the though every crown has been concerned B least expence of blood that can be imato facilitate or retard the views of the gined ; a few well-judged marches and contending parties, it is not easy to counter-marches having prevented the determine who has gained most by the hazard of general eng gements : and many schemes and alliances which have, fome flight blockades have avoided the more or less, alarmed every state in lofs of blood, the famine and misery, Europe.
C that constantly attend sieges ; Oczakow,
Perecop, Nilla, Orsova, Ufitza, er. The TURKISH empire has long been having been taken from the Turks with looked upon as able to raise a prodi- much expence and dificulty, but regious number of troops on any emer- gained with uncommon eale. gency; but those troops were commonly Before the opening of the last cam. thought deftitute of the discipline ne-D paign, the Grand Vizier was deposed, ceffary to enable an army to act with and some officers whom he most insuccess; and their want of commanders trufted, were executed. On the adfufficiently experienced in the art of vancement of his successor, who now war, has been used as one argument of fills that high office, we were told by the ease with which the Ottomans might repeated accounts from all quarters, be difpoffeffed of the many valuable E that he was the moft ignorant hot
provinces they hold in Europe ; and the headed minifter that ever was raised to 1 Porte to infurrection and rebellion, has killed in civil gevernment
, and knew helped to strengthen the opinion of its not any thing of the art of war; being being incapable to withstand a general equally contemned by the divan, and attack from the several Powers whose F hated by the army: But, from what has dominions join those of the Grand Sei- happened during his ministry, we must gior. But the late bravery and con think him greatly mirreprelented, or duct of the Turkish forces lay us under peculiarly happy in his alliitant couna necessity of changing our sentiments iellor, and prudent commanders. with regard to their courage and skill The countenance and support which in martial operations ; for they have Prince Ragotiki, hereditary Prince of
Transilvania, &c. for some time re rebel named Saris Bey Oglew, who has ceived from the Grand Seignior, has laid the whole neighbourhood, and even probably been of confiderable service to the city itself, under contribution, and the Turks on the side of Hungary; it is now said to command above 20,000 being generally said, that the natives of men. that and the adjacent countries have so A warm an affection for that Prince, as The empire of Russia has, the two inclined them rather to chuse being go- last campaigns, gained great honour by verned by a Turk who supported him the valour and conduct of its troops ; with dignity and honour, than even by which indisputably is in a good meaa Pope who they imagined kept him sure owing to the great resort of Genfrom the possession of his inheritance. B tlemen from other countries, who are And the Porte appears so sensible of this, drawn thither by their love of warlike that, as an honour before unheard of, actions, and the generosity with which in March last the Grand Seignior con strangers are received by the illustrious cluded a treaty with that Prince, con Mistress of the Ruffian empire ; who, fas fisting of eleven articles; the principal from confining her favours to her own of which were, " That Prince Ragotiki Csubjects, or rejecting any for being born “ should be acknowledged Free Sove under other governments, makes me“ reign of Hungary and Transilvania; rit the sole object of her regard. And “ that the Christians, subjects of the that the bounty she bestows is not ill“ said Prince, shall have the free exer placed, is evident from the services done “cise of their religion in the Ottoman by our brave countrymen under the “ empire; that the election of his fuc-D Ruflian banners. And we may surely “ceflors shall be according to the laws be indulged to take a little rational 5 of the country, independently of the pride, in finding no action of consequence “ Ottoman Porte: On condition, ne- performed in which the Gentlemen of “ vertheless, That in case of a war in this nation are not in a particular man“ Europe, Prince Rogotki shall march ner diftinguished for their bravery and “ to the Grand Seignior's assistance with E resolution: At the head of the Ruflian “ an army of 100,000 men.” Soon feet we find a GORDON; in the highafter this treaty was signed, a design est rank of the army, a Keith; and was discover'd among many of the Hun- Douglas, LESLEY, and many more, garian Nobles, to introduce the Prince send their names from the extremities into that kingdom; whereupon his Im- of that vast empire, and even from the perial Majelty published a reward of Finmost plains of Tartary; which was 6000 florins for his head ; which when not long ago observed by the author of the Prince was acquainted with, he in- one of the London Daily Papers, as an ftantly proclaimed a reward of 100,000 instance the Scots nation might justly, ducats for the head of the Archduke, boast; “ while our countrymen, added dead or alive. --The death of this “he, have few other feats to brag of Prince is confirmed from Widdin, and G“ but what are performed in the Haywill, probably, have considerable effect “ market on an opera or masquerade on affairs in Transilvania and Hungary. night."— But, to return,
A peace between the Turks, Rusíi Though the success of the Russian ans, and Imperialists, was much talked arms, in almost every attack they have of last winter, and is now revived; but made upon, and in every skirmish they the present success of the Turks leaves H have had with the Turks, is confirmed not much room for the Christian Powers from all quarters ; yet the large extent to expect the Grand Seignior will agree of the countries lying between the Rufto any articles of advantage to the em fian territories and the scenes of action, pires with which he is engaged. have rendered the advantages arising
The country about Smyrna has for from these operations much less consfome time been greatly molested by a derable than might natur.