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280                                    THE RECESS.
What's to be doue ?—we'll end the jar— But how ?—Ah ! there's the devil—
'Tis easier to provoke a war By far, than cure the evil.
We trust you'll nearer hit the point When you shall meet next winter;
And if you cannot set the joint, Be sure reduce the splinter.
1 The Recess. The editor of the Pennsylvania Ledger, a loyal newspaper, printed at Philadelphia, had a great antipathy to " all such faint praise." " These scurrilous verses," says he, " are cal­culated to do more harm to our king and country, than would the defeat of one half of our army. It is only another instance of the hase, perfidious means made use of hy the quiet leaders in the pres­ent rebellion, to subvert law and the rights of the ministry. Such moderate writers ought to have a cord for their moderation. God save the King ! "

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