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he did not give up his Power of Treating 'cill he had made the most Honourable Conditions for them, not a single Man amongst them was then hurt either in his Person or Privi. leges; but now...Poor unhappy Catalonians, worthy of a betier Fate! Good and gracious God! to whom shall be attributed the Loss . of this brave People! dreadful the Doom of those who hall in thy fight be esteemed their Defroyers.
· But to bring these several Fa&s and Circumfances home, we must observe, that the Per-son who feeins to be the most favoured by the French King in the late Treaties is the Duke of Savoy, who is made King of Sicily; and considering also the Enlargement of his Territories on the Continent, by Cession from the Emperor, is 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 Dutchels of Or. leans, Sister to our late King Charles the Se. ' cond, at the time of settling 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 entred into a secret and ftri& Alliance with the House of Bourbon, and may therefore very well add to our Fears of a Popith Successor.
Things standing thus, and the House of Bourbon being in the actual Poffefsion of France and Spain, bidding fair for the Conquest of Germa. ny, or in Peace and good Understanding with it; what have Great Britain and Holland to hope froin, but the Mercy of France ?. what elle 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 Grand fon. The last named cannot be many Years from the Throne of 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 ro high by an Impudent Suggestion of the Church's Danger, seem to have subsided into a Lerhargick Unconcern for every thing else; harmless Men are ashamed to own, how grofly they have been impofed upon; and instead of resenting the Abuse, are willing to overlook it, with a certain relu&ance against being moved at any . thing else; least they should fall into the Mortification of being mis-jed a second time. Ma. ny who are above being blinded by popular Noise and Outcry, yet seein to think the Warmth and Zeal of a poblick Spirit to be little better than a Romantick Heat of Brain. Treafon. able Books lately dispersed amongst us, that have apparently struck at the Protestant Succefsion in the House of Hanover, have passed almost without Observation from the Genera. lity of the People; Subile Queries have been Published, about the Birth of a certain Perfon, which certain Person every Body knows to be intended for the Pretender; the Author of the Condu&t of the Allies has dared to drop Infinuations about altering the Succeffion; and a late Treasonable Book, on the Subject of Hereditary Right, has pabliched the will of King Henry the Eighth, which seems to be intended as a Pattern for the like Occalion. .
The Conversion of the Pretender to our Religion, has been occasionally Reported, and
Contradi&ed, 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 himself, is a memorable Instance, how much such Conversions are to be depended upon. King James, when Duke of York, for a long time professed himself a Protestant; and even not long before his Succefsion to the Crown, several Persons had A&tions brought against them for saying he was a Papist, and exorbitant Damages given and recovered; in a word, from the Pra&ice of all Papists, that have come to Protestant Thrones, upon pretence of embracing the Reformed ReJigion, we have reason to believe they have Dispensations from Rome to personate any thing, for the Service of that Church. A Popith Prince will never think himself obliged by the most Solemn, even the Coronation Oath, to his Protestant Subje&s. AllOaths are as insignificant and as soon forgotten, as the Services done by such Protestant Subjects.
King James, when Duke of York, was preserved from the Bill of Exclufion by the Church of England, and particularly its Bithops; when he came to the Crown, the Church was foon insulted and outraged by him, and Her Prelates conimitted to the Tower.
Has not a Neighbouring Prince cruelly treated and banished his Protestant Subje&ts, who preserved the Crown on his Head?
Did not the Princess Mary promise the Men of Suffolk, who joined with her against the La. dy Jane Grey, that she would make no Alterarion in the Religion established by her Brothers King Edward the Sixth ? And yet as soon as the came to the Crown, by the Afittance e
ven of Suffolk Men, the filled all England, and in a particular manner that County, with the Flames of Martyrs. The Cruelties of that Reign were such, that Multitudes of Men, Women and Children were burnt for being Zealoos Professors of the Gospel of the Lord Jefus. In short, nothing less than this can be espeared from a Popish Prince; both Clergy and Laity must share the same Fate, all uni. versally must fubmit to the fiery Trial; or renounce their Religion. Our Bishops and Clergy must all lose their Spiritual Preferments, or subrnit to all Antichristian Tyranny: Aod inould they submit to every thing, they must notwithstanding part from their Wives and Children, which, according to the Church of Rome, are Harlots and Spurious. The Laiety, pofseffed of Lands that formerly belonged to the Roman Cotholick Clergy, most relign their Estates, and per. haps be madeaccountable foothe Profits received.
What can be more moving,than to refleå upon · the barbarous Cruelties of Papists beyond all Example: And these pot accidental,or the sudden Effeas of Paffion or Provocation, but the fete tled Result of theirkeligion and their Copsciences.
| Above rodoco Men, Women and Children were murdered in the Massacre of Ireland. How hot and terrible were the late Perfecuti ons of the Protestants in France and Savoy? How frequent were the Mafsacrés of Prote. stands through the whole Kingdom of France, when they were under the Protection of the then Laws of the Country? How barbarous, in a particular manner, was the Massacre of Paris, at the Marriage of the King of Navarre the French King's Grandfather, a Prorçltant, with the Sister of Charles the Ninth, where the
Famous Admiral of France, the great Coligny, s the glorious Afferter of the Protestant loterelt, was inhumanly Murdered, and the Body of that Heroe dragged Naked about the Streets, and this by the Diredion of the King himself, who had but just before most treacherously given him, from his own Mouth, Assurance of his Prote, cion? Ten thousand Protestants, without Di-> ftinction of Quality, Age or Sex, were put to: the Sword at the same time; the King of Naer varre himself narrowly escaped this Disaster, his Mother the Queen of Navarre having not long before been poyloned by the same Faction.
- These are some Instances of what must ever be expected. No Obligations on our side, no Humanity or Natural Probity on theirs, are of apy weight; their very Religion forces them, upon Pain of Damnation, to forget and cancel.: the former, and to extinguish all remains of the latter. Good God!. To what are they reserved, who have nothing to expe& but what such a Religion can afford them? It cannot therefore be too often repeated. We should consider, over and over again, that thould the Chain of the Proteftant Succeffion be once broke in upon, cho'the Pretender fhould be laid alide, the next of the Blood Royal is the Dutchess of Savoy; after her Her two Son; after them, the prefent Dauphin of France; the next in Succession to him, ihe Queen of Spain, and her Heirs; in Default of them, the Duke of Orleance, and his Heirs, and most of the Other Princes of the Blood of France, all Papills, who may be enabled to demand Preference to The House of Hanover; so that besides the Probability of this Kingdom's being United to, and 91 Dinle 9,