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Art. XII. An Address to the People of England in the Cause of the

Greeks, occasioned by the late inhuman Massacres in the Isle of Scio, &c. By the Rev. T. S. Hughes, Author of Travels in Sicily, Greece,

aud Albania. 8vo. pp. 44. London. 1822. OUR readers will have in recollection, that to Mr. Hughes

we are indebted for a minutely circumstantial exposure of the sacrifice of Parga on the part of the English Government to its worthy ally, Ali Pasha,-a transaction which he ventured to stigmatise as alike unjust, cruel, and impolitic. That transaction, there is reason to believe, furnishes but too fair a specimen of the politics of the British Cabinet under its present Directors. · The reports, and indeed the confident assertions,' says Mr. Hughes, • made in almost every letter which arrives from Greece, that stores and ammunition are sent out in English ships to provision Turkish fortresses; that English officers are serving in the Turkish navy and artillery; that confiscations of property and imprisonment of persons are denounced and executed, by our authorities in the Ionian islands, against the friends and relatives of those whom we are pleased to call Grecian rebels; that the rights of hospitality, in the same quarter, have in many instances been refused to the miserable fugitives from Turkish vengeance; all these considerations render an appeal to the English people still more necessary.-I appeal not to governments, statesmen and politicians. I am aware that they are surrounded with difficulties and perplexing considerations; that they are frequently obliged to pursue what appear to be temporary interests, in preference to those which are more remote, and to adopt a line of policy which their consciences cannot help condemning. But, whilst I endeavour to shew that the policy of supporting such an empire as Turkey is weak and vain, unless it were possible to effect an entire change in the moral habits and religious principles of its constituents, I would excite that ardour and enthusiasm in the breasts of my countrymen, which may lead them to express openly their sentiments in the cause of humanity.

We confess that this is a subject on which we scarcely dare trust ourselves to speak. Should it appear that England, or rather its ministers, have, either from commercial considerations, or from the state maxims of the Holy Alliance, connived at the massacre of the Greeks, loud, and deep, and everlasting execration is the only language fit to be employed in reference to their conduct. But, alas! by what foreign nation are they not execrated, except the Russians and the Turks? And is it fear of Russia,' asks Mr. Hughes, which forces

European cabinets into such a measure as patronising a power • like Turkey? Is it in the empire of the Sultan that they would

oppose a barrier to its aggrandisement? Vain hope! The • colossus of clay will be kicked down, whenever it shall please • the arctic despot to stretch out his leg.'

We earnestly recommend the perusal of this Address to our readers.



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