Mr. Taggart's Address to His Constituents, on the Subject of Impressments (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Mr. Taggart's Address to His Constituents, on the Subject of Impressments It is therefore a mistaken idea that this practice is either novel or peculiar to Great Britain. The regulations of France, we have seen to be peculiarly severe on the subject, as appears from several edicts issued from time to time. From the year 1650. If not from periods still more early, down to the era of the republic. The same practice has been recognised by standing regulations of Gleat Britain. At least as far back as the year 1610. Authorities to that effect have been recently laid before the public. A citation of which would protract; these remarks beyond their intended limits. During the préo sent war in Europe, this practice has been probably more common than in any former period. The reason, without doubt. Is that during this period, a g1eatcr number of Bria; tish seamen have found means to shelter themselves undera neutral ﬂag. This was the. First time in which it affected tlié United States as an independent nation. That they have been more affected hv it than any other nation has arisen from their speaking the same language, and from such a similarity of manners and customs, more striking perhaps among sea faring people, than among those of any other description as renders it almost impossible to discriminate. Had either France or Spain been the neutral which was carrying on a. Lucrative commerce, the English sailor con. 'd not have taken reloge on board their ships, without hei 111g liable to almost ln stant detection. But on hoatd of an Amer1can ship itis al most impossible to distinguish him from one of our native sea men. It is natural for a scaman to prefer peace to war, the quiet pursuits of commerce on board ofa neutral, to the dan gers incident to the service on board a ship of the line or a ftig nate. This preference given to the. Service, connected with that ﬂourishing state of the American commerce, which ena bled the merchant to give such high wages to seamen, held out such powerful inducements to British sailors, as prevailed Upon vast nu mhers to abandonthcir country and to seek employ ment on board of American ships. For several years pre vions to our adoption of the restrictive system, which gavca check to commercial enterprise, the numbcrof foreign sea men, principally British, who have been inthe American em ploy, have been computed to average not less than It cannot be denied that the withdrawing of so large a num ber ofa class of people, necessary in the present situation of the country to her very existence as an independent nation, was such a serious injury to Great Britain as, if continued, must greatly diminish her power, lessen her security, and even put her safety at hazard; an evil which probably there is no. 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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