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moVtfoing and frustrating all Persons against him. The fame Genius in disappointing the Force of superior Talents, ran through all Parts of Business i The Writings hereafter spoken of were an apparent Vindication of the King's Title to the Crown, and an honest Representation of the dangerous State of the Nation. Now would any Man living believe, that it was in Nature this 'f be made an Accusation before an House of now? But so it was; and there appeared in ellows born and contrived by Nature for such Vork; Creatures that could vex, but not make you angry, such mean Instruments of Iniquity, that the Wickedness was disparaged by their managing it, and the Flagrancy and dangerous Consequence of what was doing, was hidden by the Inconsiderablenefs of the Agents. A Persecution from them was like being troubled with Vermin. Tha' I had too much at Stake to be in Humour enough to enjoy the Scene, there was, with all the Cruelty of it, something particularly Comick in the Affair. AH the Men of Sense in the Majority of the Houje, tho" they did not design to dens a Friend a Vote, stood off, and left the whole Management to tfie Family and the Office.

The Onset was made in the poorest manner, and the Accusation laid with an insipid Action and cold Expression. The Accuser arraigned a Man for Sedition, with the fame Indolence and Indifference as another Man pares his Nails: What rods spoken appeared only a Rheum from the Mouth, and Mr. Foley, as well as do what he did, might have blown his Nofe, and put the Question. But tho'' the Choler of my Accusers was corrected by their Phlegm, insomuch that

they they were harmless with 111 will; yet had they perseverance to go on, insensible os the Raillery is the contrary Party, and the Contempt of their *wn. The most lamentable thing of all to consider was, that tho' there was not one Man of Honour, who spoke on the side of the Ministry, but did it upon generalTerms, wherein be apparently discovered his Disapprobation of the Work he was about, so many honest Gentlemen fiould join in a Vote of Expulsion!

It is possible some Gentlemen might think in t'heir Consciences, it is an immoral A cti on for any private Man to animadvert upon the Administration of the Public k. God forbid J should say there were not some worthy Men who were thus perswaded in this Cafe; but if they were so, I know not why they should, as Members of the House of Commons, punijh a Man for what he did before he came into the House, especially since that Thing would have been laudable in him to have dune, if he had been in the House.

All I pall preface further is, that I thought the Circumstances of Great Britain and Europe were such as made it an honest and necessary Jliiiirn to interrupt and opp'se the Measure! of the Ministry. HVhen I thought it my Duty, I thank God, I had no further Consideration far my self than to do it in a lawful and proper Uray, so as to give no Disparagement to a Glorious Cause from my Indiscretion or want of Judgment. A Work against them I was the rather enclined tt undertake, because the Exceptions which were made against the Conduct of the Ministry seemed wild and calumnious, when written by nameless Authors ; but when any Alan with his Name asserted Things were amiss, it would behove the

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gave Occasion to the C R I S I S.' man mentioned in the following Defence, as giving the first Hint to the Design, I need no longer conceal; it was Mr. Moor ',f the Inner-Temple, a Man perfectly skilled in the History, the Laws, the Constitution, of this Kingdom, and, in my poor Opinion, as capable of doing eminent Service, where thofe Qualities are requisite, as any Man '» England not already employed. All I have to fay further concerning him is, that I hope the Mention of this his great Merit may prove to his Advantage; and it is not to be imputed to me if he feels no Effett of publick Favour, for starting so useful a Design as appeared in the Crisis.

When the Crisis was written Hand in Hand vjith this Gentleman, I, who was to answer far it with my All, would not venture upon our single Judgment, therefore I caused it to be printed, and left one Copy with Mr. Addison, another with Mr. Lechrnere, another with Mr. Minfliull, and another with Mr. Hoadly. / don't name Mr. Hoadly last because I honour or depended upon him least:'. For he has every good Quality, Talent, and Grace, that can adorn a Christian, a Gentleman, anda Divine; and whatL ever 'ver Prejudice may suggest, I think it a ere tit Defence that the Work faffed his Hand. From theft corrected Copies {no one of these Gentlemen knowing till this Day that the other hadseen it) the Crisis became the Piece it is.

When I was now fully convinced that what I said was justisiable in the Sight of God and Mat, I thought 1 had an Opportunity of giving an AI arm to all honest Men, and disconcerting the Counsels of Men I thought ready to attempt any thing they could ac t with Impunity, and who cared not, so they carried on their own Game, though they did it by bringing on their native Country the Imputation of Faljhood and Treachery, accompanied with Slavery, Poverty, and Dishonour.

All this was plainly intimated in the Crisis, tut expressed in such a manner as to be within the Law, against thofe who had the Administration of the Laws, and seemed to me to be undermining the Constitution. It was therefore reasonable to aSl within the Law as far as a Man could against thofe who made no Use us it, bat to cover themselves in making F-ncroacbtnents upon it and Transgressions against it.

Besides the Care of rescuing my own Name from a seeming Disgrace of a Vote of the Commons, I thought this Apology necessary topevi the arbitrary Use of Numbers in the most odious Colours, that Gentlemen may have a just Detestation of practisixg a Thing in it self unwarrantable, from the Support only of the insolent and unmanly Sdnction of a Majority.

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L 1ST

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Who voted against the Expulsion of Mr. STEElE.

JOHN Harvey, Esq-,
John Cater, Bff\
.S/r Thomas Ike, Bar.
Sir John Wittewrong, Bar.
Sir Roger Hill, JC/v ;l? • -:
Tames Stanhope, EJq;
John Bromley,
Sam. Shepperd, 1

Peter Shakerly, Eft;
John Trelawny, Esq;
Sir Gh. Wager, Kf.
Hugh Boscawen, Eft;

James Craggs, Ess,
John Hopkins, Esq;
Edward Elliot, Ess;

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