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TOUR


THROUGH THE


BATAVIAN REPUBLIC


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LETTER I.


Capture of the Author on the Coast of Yorkshire, by a French privateer. − Character of the prize-master and his crew: their ignorance of navigation. The Dutch pilot: his advice. − Arrival off the Briel. Politeness and hospitality of the Dutch commodore. − Account of the Briel. − The tree of liberty. − The face of the country.

Briel, October, 1800.

IF the intelligence of our capture has not already reached your town, you will be greatly surprised at receiving a letter from this place, when you expected us safe arrived in London. Scarcely twelve hours of favourable wind had wafted us from your port, when we perceived, at about the distance of two miles, a