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THE BATAVIAN REPUBLIC

to admit that the, latter appellation is the most classical; but I am sorry that name should be abolished, which was bestowed on this country by those heroes who most vigorously defended their liberties against the gigantic forces of the Spanish monarchy, and established a wise and salutary system of freedom, which became the admiration of surrounding nations.

By the indulgence of commodore −−− we have been on shore about two hours at the Briel. It is a fortified place, but of inconsiderable strength[1]. Since the English expedition last year, they have repaired the ramparts, and constructed new batteries. I ought to mention that a chain of fortifications extends from the mouth of the Maese to this town, which would render it extremely difficult and dangerous for an enemy to effect a landing, and signal posts, beacons, and telegraphs, are thickly scattered over the

  1. The Briel was the first town which revolted from the authority of Philip the Second, and its inhabitants are, with justice, proud that their ancestors led the way to the independence of the United Provinces.