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* be turned against us, will be removed several 4 hundred Miles farther off of Great Britain
* than it is at present. Vide Guardian, No. 128'. 4 As this is an undoubted Testimony given
4 to the Zeal of the Ministry, in taking hold 4 of the present Conjuncture, to get that im4 portant Fortress into our Hands, and is the 4 greatest and most just Panegyrick which Mr. 4 Steele ever made upon any great Action in 4 the World; and which, no doubt, he did in 4 Honour to the Queen, and the present Go
* vernment; and that the said Mr. Steele has » gained the just Approbation of all Her Ma
* jesty's good Subjects for so doing: so it is a
* fair Confutation of all those weak things
* which had_ been advanced by a Party among 4 us, in Prejudice of the late Negotiations: 4 But above all, that it is an unanswerable Ar4 gument against our too soon patting with,
* or too hastily Demolishing this important 4 Place, which is of such Consequence to the 4 Nation; and I cannot doubt, but Mr. Steele 4 did it that Justice with this intent. For it is 4 impossible a Man of his Penetration, and of
* his exquisite Politicks, could argue—' He grows in Jest here at last, for he knows as well as I do, that I am no great Politician; and I knowwhot heis,perhaps, a little better than he Thinks. But I (hall treat him as the Man whom 1 suppose him to be, tho' he has not me, as the Man he knows me to be. This Author you fee, allows me (tho' he did not think it was in me) to have done a laudable thing towards the Ministry, in my Representation of thegreat Service the Demolition of Dunkirk would be: but his Anger against me is raised for the Point
of of Time; Why must the Demolition be immediate? My Reasons are as follow:
First, We hare no Right to keep it, but in
order to the Demolition of it. Secondly, TheTime was lapsed, within which was to be demolished.
But why did I fay the Britijh Nation expect it mould be immediately demolished, when the Britijh Parliament had granted Mony to subsist the Garrison of Dunkirk till next Christmas.
This is no Argument that the Britijh Parliament did not expect the immediate Demolition; but it is indeed an Argument that the Parliament had a good Confidence in the Ministry, and were unwilling to distress them: For if the Demolition had began the Day after the Parliament rose, it might honestly have been retarded by stress of Weather, and other Accidents, till a New Parliament should fit at Christmas; and if all things should havefavoured, and the Demolition had been now perfected, my Lord High Treasurer would stand chargeable to the Nation with the Mony for the Garrison ioChristmas.
As for what he says about our Allies, and something to be expected from them, i cannot comprehend what he means; but whatever he means, nnd however just Demands we may have upon them, his most Christian Majesty will not think it any Reason for delaying the Demolition of a Town in his Dominions, in the hands of another Prince, for Reasons of State to that Prince, and not to his French Majesty himself.
Really this way of arguing is treating us like Children; and as for the Allies. God be their Support, and grant we may all cement agatn in the Day of -Distress. 1 think all the rest of the Book consists only of Invectives upon poor Me, as guilty of Insolence, Falshood, Sedition and Absurdity; which is written well enough, and would be pretty Entertainment in an ill-natured Man; but i did not think it bore a second reading.
I hope I have fully answered all Objections made by my Adversaries against the Englijb Tar>'s Letter to the Guardian: But now Mr. Bailiff, as there have been very unjust Representations given of me, in your Town, as that a Man of so -final 1 a Fortune as I am must have secret Views or Supports, which could move him to leave his Implements, and lose a Crowd of Well-wishers, to subject himself, as he must know he has, not only to the Difesteem, but also the Scorn and Haired of very many, who, before he intermeddled with the Publick, had a Partiality towards him: 1 answer, that 1 indeed have particular Views, and tho' 1 may be ridiculous for faying it, 1 hope X am animated in my Conduct, by a Grace which is as little practised as understood, and that is Charity, it is-the Happiness arid Comfort of all Men, who have a Regard to their FellowCreatures, and desire their Good-will upon a proper Foundation, that every thing which is truly laudable, is what every Man living may attain. The greatest Merit is in having social Virtues, such as Justice and Truth exalted with Benevolence to Mankind. Great Qualificaw
ons are not Praises to the Possessor, but from the Application of them; and all that is justly commendable among Men, fs to love and serve them as much as it is in your Power, with a Contempt of all Advantages to your self (above the Conveniencies of Life) but as they tend to the Service of the Publick. He who has warm'd his Heart with Impressions of this kind, will find Glowingsof Good-will, which will support him inrheService of his Country, against all the Calumny, Reproach and Invective that can be thrown upon him. He is but a poor Creature who cannot bear being odious in the Service of Virtue. Riches and Honours can administer to the Heart no Pleasure, like what an honest Man feels when he is contending for the Interests ] of his Country, and the civil Rights of his Fellow-Subjects, without which the Being of Man grows Brute, and he can never under it give to Heaven .that Worship which is called a reasonable Sacrisice, nor support towards his Fellow Creatures that worthy Disposition, which we call disinterested Friend (hip. The highest Pleasure of the human Soul consists in this Charity, and there is no way of making it so diffusive, as by contending for Liberty.
As to laying aside the common Views, by which the mistaken World are actuated, a Man t)f liberal Education can easily surmount rhose low Considerations; and when he considers himself, from the moment he was born into this World, an immortal, tho' a changeable Being, he will form his Interests and Prospects accordingly, and not make Provision for Eternity with perishable things. When a Man has E deeply deeply planted such a Sentiment as this for the Rule of his Conduct, the Pursuits of Avarice and Ambition will become as contemptible as the Sports of Children ; and there can be no Honours, no Riches, no Pleasures laid in his way, which can possibly come iu Competition with i the Satissactions of an enlarged and publick Spirit.
From this moment therefore I shall go on with as much Vigour and Chearfulness as lam able, to do all that is in my Power, without the least Partiality to Persons or Parties, to remove the Prejudices which Engl'tjhman has against Englishman, and reconcile wounded Brethren, so sar as to behold each other's Actions, with an Inclination to approve them.
The Man who will reduce himself to this Temper, will easily perceive how sar his Affections have been wrought upon and abused, from an Opposition to particular Men, to sacrisice the Interests of his Country it self.
The prostituted Pens which are employed in a quite contrary Service, will be very ready to entertain a Pretender to such Reformations, with a Recital of his own Faults and Infirmities; but I am very well prepared for such Usage, and give up my self to all nameless Authors, to be treated just as their Mirth or their Malice directs them.
It is the Disgrace of Literature, that there are such Instruments; and to good Government, that they are suffer'd: but this Mischief is gone so sar i n our Age, that the Pamphleteers .do not only attack those whom they believe in general disaffected to their own Principles, .hut even such as they believe their Friends,