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House os CO MMONS.
Printed in the Year MDCCXV.
Mr. W ALP OLE.
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WHoever reads the following Apology, will easily allow me, that I am much less concerned for the Fame of a Writer than . that of an honest Man. I have declared the Assistances I had in composing the Writings which are here defended ; for the upright Purpose, the innocent Intention of them, is all which I am anxious to assert. In Defence of Truth 1 incurred popular Hatred and Contempt, with the Prospect of suffering the want even of the ordinary Conveniences of Life. The Probability of being undone I could not but form to my self when I took upon me what I did; but a Weight heavier than all this fell upon me, to wit, a Resolution of the Representative of my Country to my Dishonour. This indeed was a Blow unexpected; nor could it enter into my imagination, that the Insolence of any Minister could run so high, as to demand of the House of Commons to punish one of its Members for being unacceptable to him. The Perusal of this Pamphlet will convince the Reader, there was not so much as the Appearance of any other Motive for my Expulsion. The
dwelling upon the Contemplation of Mischiefs wrought by a cunning wicked Creature, placed in a Station proper only for a wife and virtuous Man, 1 am now to give you my Thanks for your generous Defence of me in this great Adversity. Your Behaviour was indeed equally noble during the whole Brench Administration, and your Eloquence was of publick Service to your Country, when the Prerogative was strained to the utmost, not to exalt our own Sovereign, but to compliment France with the Greatness and Interest of her and her People. The Intervention of Providence has given us a Stand against the imminent Destruction which such Iniquity and Folly had placed before our Eyes, and Men in great
Employ: Employments can now be safe without depending upon France.
I have mentioned Dunkirk till lam sick, and there ore not Words to represent the insamous Behaviour in a Ministry, to cover so great and pernicious an Imposture upon their Country, as the Improvement of that Port under the Pretence of the Demolition of it.
You have the Honour and Happiness to have eminently opposed all the Incursions which these guilty Men made upon the Greatness of the Crown and the Welsare of the Subject, by prostituting them both to their own selfish Designs, and destroying, as sar as in them lay, the good Name of all Men of Virtue and Service.
They have indeed reaped this Good, that there can be nothing said of themselves, the worst Servants that evet Sovereign employed; but what they had caused to be laid to the Charge of those who were their Predecessors; Persons whose Abilities had raised their Country to such a Grandeur, that nothing but the unnatural industry of her own Ministers could lower to the helpless Condition to which they had reduced it.
These Evils could not have been supported, had not the Demagogues, by the Abuse of Power, deafned many in the Legislature against: Attention to the true Interest of themselves and their Country; while an inconsiderable Creature who had the Good-will of no Man, could manage Aversions skilfully enough to be suffered to destroy all, for fear of an Alteration of Affairs that might be grateful to an opposite Party. ,'•