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provided they do not act with as sincere a Prejudice as themselves. Upon the least Deviatino from an implicit Hatred to the opposite Party, tho'in a Case which in the nearest Concern affects their Country, all their good Qualities are turn'd to Ridicule; and every thing which before was valued in them, is become contemptible. Thus in one of the Papers I fend you, a Gentleman, who has distinguisli'd himself by a becoming Veneration, in the House of Commons, for the Assembly, and has ever deliver'd himself with a Regard to his own Dignity, and that of the Place he was in; is represented frivolously as a Declaimer: and a Noble Lord, who is conspicuously adorn'd with the Knowledge of Letters, and is Eminent for a lively sprightly Eloquence, rectify'd by Learning; is declared a Companion fit only for Pen Novices and Sophisters. And what is still more Monstrous than all, a third Man of Quality, for the like Offence, is told in this nice Age of proportioning Rewards to Merit and Service, that he has as much as he deserves.
But it is to be hoped, English Men will at last consider, and that the Ministry will fee Dunkirk effectually Demolished.
It is as frivolous as unjust, to hope to stop onr Mouths, when we are concerned for fa great a Point as the Business of Dunkirk, by mention of the Prerogative, and urging our Safety in our Good and Gracious Queen.
By Her great Example, Religion, Piety, and all other Publick and Domestick Virtues, are kept in Countenance in a very loose and profligate Age; all the Hours of her precious Life, which God.long preserve, are divided between E 2 the the Exercises of Devotion, and taking Minutes of the Sublime Affairs of Her Government.
Besides which, Her Majesty has manifested Her self the most affectionate Wife, the most constant Friend, the most tender Mother, and has filled every Duty with a Virtue as Superiour to the rest of the World, as is Her High Condition: But I shall leave what 1 have to fay on this Topick, to the Time when the Consequence of it will be Insignificant to me, but which I hope will do Her Honour, that is, Justice, when I am no more, and the Remains of Her Sacred Person are as common Dust as mine.
But as this bright Example is in the Person of a Lady, it cannot be supposed that the general Sense of a People, the Sub divisions of Affection and Interest among Gr»t Men (to be learn'd only by Conversation with them, even in their unguarded Leisure) can appear to Her but from the Information of such as have the Happiness and Honour to lay them before Her. Her Majesty is therefore more particularly necessitated to rely upon the Intelligence of Her Ministry, and from that very Reason their Fellow-Subjects may be the more Sollicitous for what passes beyond the ordinary Rules of Government. Thus all which they offer for our Security and implicite Reliance upon what is transacted by the Coutt of England, to wit, Her Majesty's Care and Goodness, are Arguments for exerting both our Zeal and our Gratitude; that at any time Artful Men may not take Advantage of the Security we have in Her Virtue, to indulge too much the Power of any Foreign Prince whatsoever, especially that of the most Warlike Potentate in Europt.
I cannot leave this Subject, without being still anxious, with relation to the Disrespect they accuse me of to my Royal Mistress. All that can be wrested to my Disadvantage, is, That the Queen is concern'd when any thing is to be imputed to Her Servants; but 1 deny that, and persist in it, that it is no manner of Diminution of the Wisdom of a Prince, that he is obliged to act by the Information of others.
If I might make an abrupt Digression from great Things to small, I should onthis Occasion mention a little Circumstance which happen'd to the late King William. He had a French Man who took care of the Gun-Dogs, whose Business it was also to charge and deliver the Piece to the King. This Minister forgot to bring out Shot into the Field, but did not think fit to let so passionate a Man and eager a Sportsman as the King know his Offence, but gave his Majesty the Gun loaded only with Powder. When the King missed his Aim, this impudent Cur stood Chattering, Admiring, Commending the King's Skill in shooting, and holding up his Hands, he had never seen Sa Majestt/ mil's before in his whole Life. This Circumstance was no manner of Argument to those (who afterwards found out the Fellow's Iniquity) against the King's Reputation for a Quick Eye, and Shooting very finely. 1 am, with Respect to the Borough, and Your self,
S I R,
Tour most Humhk
and most Obedient Servant,