Excerpt from Colburn's United Service Magazine, and Naval and Military Journal, 1853, Vol. 2
In 1847, some casual event, of so little note that not one in a thousand could now describe it, turned attention to our military con dition, when the most competent authorities pronounced us to be so totally unprepared, in comparison with the constant power of aggression posseaed by France, that, in case of hostilities, our very national existence would be in a state of imminent danger. The economists, however, snouted any idea of providing a remedy for this hazardous condition; not on the question of fact; u this they ventured very Blightly to touch; but upon the argument that the Franc neither had, nor (by implication, to make the reasoning sound) ever could have, any inclination or interest for to war; and that Pmutionary measures would require a considerable expenditure, Which it was not worth incurring to avoid the triﬂing risk of having a French army in possession of London.
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