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Correspondence of the Late President Adams

Excerpt from Correspondence of the Late President Adams 1. The territory of Zealand confifls of five or fix ifl ands, two of which are moderately large, and the red very fmall. Thefe i ands are formed by the fea, or by the different branches of the Scheld, in the mouth of that river. In cafe of a fudden invafion, thefei ands, fcpa rated from the province of Holland by an arm of the fea, are too unconnected to receive any irr aediate alliflance. Such an invafion is fo much the more eafy for the Eng lilh to attempt, as Zealand is very nearthem. Tl v may invade this province even before a rufpicion i be conceived, that fuch a projeft had been formed. Ho {hall oppofe their enterprife Shall it be the Prenci N are now friendly Dunkirk. It is true, is near eno But what forces are there at Dunkirk The only naval force there, confifts of a few privateers, who could neither oppofe an armament efcorted by Britifh men of war, nor venture to tranfport troops to Oppofe it, even fuppofing the invafion was not made by furprife. Shall the Zea landers themfelves make a refifiance to the Englifh But feparated from one another by waters which would necelfarily retard their junetion, the ifland of Walcheren, the principal of all, would be in poilefiion of the enemy, before they could put themfelves in a poflure to repel force by force. It is moreover, not only pofiible, but eafy, to make a defcent upon Zealand by fo many places at once, that the inhabitants, by their own forces alone, could not defend effeetually all the paffages. Eight thou fand Englifh troops, or even a fmaller number, would force the Zealanders every where, becaufe there is no where a fortrefs capable of holding out twelve hours. The ports of Flulhing and Veere are the only ones which have any defence. But they are very far from the {late in which they ought to be, to fl0p an enemy determined mpon pillage, animated by revenge, and forcibly infligated by the pleafure of doing mifchief. It is conceded that the Englifh defcended in Zealand, would be conllrained to abandon it very foon that they might and would be driven from it in a few days that the figure they would make, would be neither glorious nor honorable; and819. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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