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nary Minds. But Sir, I was going to read to you the remaining Port of the Crisis, as I find it marked upon your Table; but after having spoke thus much of it, 1 shall leave it to its own Justification.
* '» But to bring these several This is inserted 'Facts and Circumstances home, btcauft marked
* we must observe, that the Per- asCriminal,6ut 'son who seems to be the most noulefended.read 'favour'd by the French King in or farther spoken 'the late Treaties is the Duke to ty the accused
* of Savoy, who is made King Mtwitr... 4 of Sicily; and considering also
1 the Enlargement of his Territories on the
* Continent, by Cession from the Emperor, i«
* become the most powerful Prince in Italy. 'This Prince put in his Claim to the Crown
* of England, in the Right of his Wife, a
* Daughter of the late Dutchess of Orleans, Si-'
* ster to our late King Charles the Second, at
* the time of fettling the Crown of England 'on the House of Hanover. This Prince, a
* Man of as great Address and Capacity as any 'now living, is supposed to have entered into
* a Secret and Strict Alliance with the House 'of Bourbon, and may therefore very well add
to our Fears of a Popish Successor. 'Things standing thus, and the House of Bourbon being in the Actual Possession of France and Spain, bidding fair for the Con
3oest of Germany, or in Peace and good Unerstanding with it; What have Great Britain and Holland to hope from, but the Mercy of Fra»ce> What else have we to prevent the Pretender's being imposed on us, when France shall think fit; nay, in failure of one
'Pretender he has in his Quiver a Succession of
* them; the Dutchess of Savoy, or Her Sons, or 'the Dauphin Her Grandson. The last named 'cannot be many Tears from the Throne o/France.
'in the next Place how are we disposed at 'Home for the Reception of such an Attempt? 'The Passions of many, which were raised so 'high by an Impudent Suggestion of the 'Church's Danger, sctm to have subsided into 'a Lethargick Unconcern for every thing else;
* Harmless Men are ashamed to own, how
* grollythey have been imposed upon; andin'Head of resenting the Abuse, are williDg to 'overlook it, with a certain Reluctance against 1 being moved at any thing else; least they 'should fall into the Mortification of being 'mis-led.a Second time. Many who are a
* bove being blinded by popular Noise and 'Outcry, yet seem to think the Warmth and 'Zeal of ft Publltk Spirit to be little better than 4 a Romantick. Heat of Brain. Treasonable
* Books lately dispersed amongst us, that have apparently stiuck, at the Proteltant Succession
4 in the House.of. Hanover, have pasted almost V without Observation from tbe Generality of 6 the People; Subtile Queries have been Pub
* lislied, about rhe Birth of a certain Person-, 4-which,certain Person eveiy Body knows to 'ibe.intended for the Pretender; 1 he Author •.of., the Conduct of. the. Allies has dared to "drop Insinuations about altering the Succession; and a.late Treasonable. Book, on the*.Subject of Hereditary, Right,- has published ••the, Will of King Henry the Eighth, which* 4 seems to be.intended, as a Pattern for the like
'The Conversion of the Pretender to our Re"ligion, has been occasionally Reported, and
Contradicted, according to the Reception it ''met with among the soft Fools, who give 'that gross Story a hearing: The unhappy
• Prince, whose Son the Pretender calls hi'm'self, is a memorable Instance, how much
• such Conversions are to be depended upon.
• King James, when Duke of Tori, for a long « time professed himself a Protestant; and even « not long before tris Accession to the Crown, 'several Persons had Actions brought against 'them for saying he was a Papist, andexorbi'tant Damages given and recovered; in a 'Word, from the Practice of all Papists, that 'have come to Protestant Thrones, upon Pre« tence of embracing the Reformed Religion,
• we have Reason to believe they haveDispen'sations (torn'Rome to personate any thing,
• for the Service of that Church. A Popish
• Prince will never think himself obliged by, 'the most Solemn, even the Coronation Oath, 'to his Protestant Subjects. All Oaths are as
• insignificant and as soon forgotten, as the
• Services done by such Protestant Subjects.
'King7"»i«, when Duke of Tork, was pre'served from the Bill of Exclusion, by the. 'Church of England, and particularly its Bl4 shops; when -he caine to the Crown, the 'Church was soon insulted and outraged by.
• him, and her Prelates committed to the 'Tower..
: «. Has nos a Neighbouring Prince cruelty,
• Treated and Banished his Protestant Subjects, 4 who preserved the Crown on his Head?
; Did * Did not the Princess Mary promise the'
* Meu of Suffolk, who joined with Her against
* the Lady Jane Grey, that Ilie would make
* no Alteration in the Religion Established by
* her Brother King Edward the Sixth? And
* yet as soon as she came to the Crown, by
* the Assistance even of Suffolk Men, Ihe filled 'all England, and in a particular manner that
* County, with the Flames of Martyrs. The
* Cruelties of that Reign were such, that mul
* titudes of Men, Women and Children were
* burnt for being Zealous Professors of the
* Gospel of the Lord Jesus. In short, nothing
* less than this can be expected from a Popish
* Prince; both Clergy and Laiety must Ihare 'the fame Fate, all universal,y must submit «: to the fiery Tryal, or renounce their Reli'gion. Our Bishops and Clergy must all lose
* their Spiritual Preferments, or submit to An
* tichristian Tyranny: And should they submit
* to every thing, they must notwithstanding
* part from their Wives and Children, which,
* according to the Church of Rome, are Har
* lots and Spurious. The Laiety, possessed of
* Lands that formerly belonged to the Roman
* Catholict Clergy, must resign their Estates, and perhaps be made accountable for thePro
* fits received.
'What can be more moving, than to reflect
* upon the Barbarous Cruelties of Papists be
* yond all Example: And these not accidental, 1 or the sudden Effects of Passion or Provoca'tton, but the settled Result of their Religion 'and their Consciences.
'Above icoeoo Men, Women and Children were murdered in the Massacre of Ireland.
How hot and terrible were the late Persecutions of Protestants in Frame and Savoy > How frequent were the Massacres of the Protestants through the whole Kingdom of France, when they were under the Protection of the then Laws of that Country? How Barbarous, in a particular manner, was the Massacre of Paris, at the Marriage of the King of Navarre, the French King's Grandsather, aProtestant, with the Sister of Charles the Ninth, where the Famous Admiral of France, the great Coligny, the glorious Asserter of the Protestant Interest, was inhumanly Murdered.and the Body of that Heroedragged Naked about the Streets, and this by the Direction of the King himself, who had but just before most treacherously given him, from his own Mouth, Assurance of his Protection? Ten thousand Protestants, without distinction of Quality, Age or Sex, were put i to the Sword at the same time; the King of Navarre himself narrowly escaped the Disa■ aster, his Mother the Queen of Navarre ha'ving not long before been poyfoned by the 4 same Faction.
4 These are some Instances of what must e1 ver be expected. No Obligations on our 4 side, no Humanity cr Natural Probity on 4 theirs, are of any weight; their v<ry Religion 4 forces them, upon Pain of Damnation, to 4 forget and cancel the former, and to extin4 guish ail Remains of the latter. Good God! 4, To what are they reserved, who have no4 thing to expect but what such a Religion can 4 afford them? It cannot therefore be too of4 ten repeated. We should consider, over and 4 over again, that should the Chain of the Pro