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SIR, W Hoever reads the following Apology,
W 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 Affittances I had in composing the Writings which are here defended ; for the upright Pur. pose, the innocent Intention of them, is all which I am anxious to assert. In Defence of Truth I incurred popular Hatred and Contempt, with the Prospe& 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 Expultion. The
Day of Debate was indeed a very memorable one, and the Persons concerned in it hugely worth suspending the Councils of a Nation. It was remarkable however, that such was the Force of Truth, that the Member accused had not an hari personal Expression used against him; and the Minister, in the midst of all his Power, who brought on the Accusation, was treated in the Manner which all Mankind knows he deserves. As for my Part, I ever thought meanly of the Capacity, though not, till lately, of the Good-nature of that Dema. gogue, and saw very well his Audaciousness would one Day suffer by his Ignorance. It was vi Gble, whatever became of his Country, which I believe had little Share in his Lord Ship's Cares, he would, with the Wand in his Hand, raise Powers which he would want Skill to command, and which consequently would tear him bimself in Pieces
But without dwelling upon the Contemplation of Mischiefs wrought by a cunning wicked Creature, placed in a Sration proper only for a wise and virtuous Man, I 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 French 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 Deftru&ion which such Iniquity and Folly had placed before our Eyes, and Men in great
Employments can now be safe without depending upon France. .
I have mentioned Dunkirk till I am sick, and there are not Words to represent the infamous Behaviour in a Ministry, to cover so great and pernicious an Impofture upon their Country, as the improvement of that Port under the Pretence of the Demolition of it. b. You have the Honour and Happiness to have eminently opposed all the Incursions which these guilty Men made upon the Greatness of the Orown and the Welfare of the Subject, by proftitutiog them both to their own selfith De. figas, and destroying, as far 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 ever 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, chat nothing but the upnatural industry of her own Ministers could Jower 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 Crea. ture who had the Good-will of no Man, could manage Averfions skilfully enough to be suf fered to destroy all, for fear of an Alteration of Affairs chat might be grateful to an oppolite Party.
Were the following Instance of the harsh and odious Disposition in Gentlement to fit determined, before hearing, the Concern only of me and mine, it would not be worth troubling the World with fo many Words on the Occasion; but neither what I now write, or what you much better spoke, is a Case of so Jittle Consequence; and when you undertook it, you knew you were pleading for the Rights and Liberries of the Commons of England; and I will take upon me to say, that there never was a greater Insuit on the Conítitution than this, except one pra&tised by the fame Person without the least Deference to the Order of things, the common Sense of Mankind, the Honour of the Crown, or the Property of the Subject.
I needs not be said what this greater-Impudence was, not who had so little Grace as to be guilty of it: It was he who was born in our Days for the Chastisement and Dishonour of them, a Tool whose Insignificancy makes Sorrow, occasioned by him, the Subje& ot Laughter, takes all Dignity from Distress, and renders Calamity ridiculous.
As to my own Part under the fantastical Tyranny of the Demagogue's Administration, could what you said in the House be communicated to the Publick, I hould have no need of this Defence; but since I have not here the Affistance of your Eloquence, I beg the Advantage of your Naine and Character: For I know it will be an Argument with every honest Man that my Cause was good, that you so zealously espoused it; for that admirable Talent of speaking of which you are Master, has