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slow Instruments for Men of Dispatch and Easiness.
But it is to be hoped the Fallacy of using the Pretence of the Church in Cafes which are Ib far from promoting Religion, that they scandalize and disparage it, will be thoroughly understood, before such a destructiveBill, as rhis^ can go through any Part of the Legislator*^ tho' if it fliou'd, it is still to be hoped Her Majesty will confirm to her self the Love and Affection of all who have a true Sense of Religion, by rejecting a Bill so terrible to scrupulous Consciences, and which can be serviceable to none but such as have no Sense of Conscience at all, such as have so entirely forgotten what it is that they have no Notion of the Compunctions it may give others.
No Man can exert himself on a more worthy, or more important Occasion, than in Opposition to this Bill; and if it is at last rejected by Her Majesty, she will do as great a Service to true Piety, and the Interests of the Church, as Queen Esther did, when she averted the Extirpation of thejews.
He that will in the least reflect, can have no room to believe, that the Interest of Religion can be advanced by this Bill. Therefore as it cannot truly concern the Church to have it take place, let us fee a little how the pasting of it into a Law would be Useful to the Stato.
The great Points to be considered at this Juncture in debating on any publick Circumstance, is how the Matter before us will regard the House of Hanover, or the Pretender.
it has been already observed, that this Proceeding against our Protestant Brethren may be a fatal Example to the Roman Catholick World, to join its whole Force to suppress Us.
If we look upon the Places distant from the Court: We have undoubted Intelligence, that there are Men carried away every Day out of Ireland for the Service of the Chevalier at Barle Due: That several of the Clans in Scotland seem to expect with impatience his Arrival in that Part of the Kingdom, in Hopes of Ravaging the Estates of Gentlemen, remarkable for their 'Zeal to the House of Hanover. If you please to consult the Members for that Part of Britain, they will not dissemble their Fears on this Occasion. This Pretender himself is still at Barle-Duc, notwithstanding the repeated Instances to remove him; and the King of France, his ancient Friend and Patron, is so little careful to manage it decently towards Us, that he does not only suffer him to stay at Bar-le-Duct but in further Contempt of us, the Great Monarch is building an Harbour at Mar dyke, to serve in the same stead that Dunkirk did heretofore.
Now when there are these melancholy Prospects before our Eyes; when no one of the Family of Hanover, tho' long expected, is yet arrived in this Kingdom; and when many Weak People are under strange Apprehensions, be* cause the Proclamation for bringing the Pretender to Justice, in case he should Land here, is put off"; I say, when many things pass every Day on which Jacobites make Reflections to their own Advantage, and ordinary People, who cannot judge of Reasons of State, put all these things together, it creates in them a Chagrin and Uneasiness, which will be mifihK ft ti!y tily encreased by the paffiog a Bill (hat may be to the Mortification us the meanest Persons in the Protestant Gaofe.
It is therefore no time to do a thing, which will take off the Hands and Purses of Half a Million of People, as Friends to the House of Hanover; Half a Million of People, as Enemies to the Pretender.
If this Bill pastes, and the Pretender should come upou our Coast, 1 would fain know what could move a Distenter to lift an Hand, or employ a Shilling against Him? He has ac present no hopes of Preferment, and would by this Bill be under daily Apprehensions of the loss of the Toleration, as to himself, aswellas being wholly bereft of it as to his Posterity. He would have certainly Promises from the Pretender of Liberty of Conscience, and he could but have those Promises broken, as in. this Cafe he would have it to fay they had been before, and must expect some SweetBesses at a new Change for standing Neuter, or exerting himself for the Invader. Thus he would rather, according to his own Interest, wish an invader Success than Disappointment; add to this, some Pleasure in the revengefut Hope of seeing us, who had Persecuted him, fall into the same Calamity.
This, dear Sir, is all 1 have to trouble yon with on this Occasion; and tho' you accused' me of being cast down with my Expulsion, you see I have norDunn'd you to move, that •he other Pamphlets may be examined, as wetf as the Crijis and the Englijhman. Give my Service to poor Tom and Ned. 1 must conseS ihey were the last I forgave, but I have forgiven given them too now. I am thoroughly convinced, since this Bill, that I was not worthy: For now you have taken upon you Ecclesiastical Matters, and I should not have known how to behave my self among you as a Communion of Saints.
v jf doubt not, Sir, but your Voice and excellent Talents will be employed against this pernicious Bill: To oppose it strenuously, will be worthy that Resolution and Modesty for which you are so remarkably conspicuous; that Modesty which cannot incline you to bear hard against Persons or Things, when you happen to be with a Majority, and that Resolution which prompts you to assert what you think Truth, tho' under the Disadvantage of the most inconsiderable Minority.
I am, S J R,
Tour most Obedient,
Obliged, Humble Servant,