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he did not give up his Power of Treating 'tHI he had made the most Honourable Conditions for them, not a single Man amongst them was then hurt either in his Person or Privileges; but now-Poor unhappy Cat atom ant, worthy of a better Fate! Good and gracious God.' to whom shall be attributed the Lose of this brave People! dreadful the Doom of those who shall in thy sight be esteemed their Destroyers.
But to bring these several Facts and Circumstances home, we must observe, that the Person who seems to be the most savoured by the trench 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 ot the late Dutchess of Orleans, Sister to our late King Charles the Second, 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 aud 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 sair for the Conquest of Germany, or in Peace and good Understanding with it; What have Great Britain and Holland to hope from, but the Mercy of Frame'2, what else have we to prevent the Pretender's being imposed on us, when France sliall think fit;
nay, in sailure of one Pretender, he has in his Quiver a Succession of them; the Dutchess of Savoy, or Her Sons, or the Dauphin her Grandeson. The last named cannot he many Tears 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 so high by an Impudent Suggestion of the Church'* Danger, seem to have subsided into a Lethargick Unconcern for every thing else; harmless Men are ashamed to own,howgrosly theyhavt been imposed upon; and instead of resenting the Abuse, are willing to overlook it, with a certain reluctance against being moved at any thing else; least they should fall into the Mortification of being mis-led a second time. Many who are above being blinded by popular Noise and Outcry, yet seem to think the Warmth and Zeal of a poWick Spirit to be little better than a Romantick Heat of Brain. Treasonable Books lately dispersed amongst us, that have apparently struck at the Protestant Succession in the House of Hanover, have palled almost without Observation from the Generality of the People; Subtle Queries have been Pablished, about the Birth of a certain Person', which certain Person every Body knows to be intended for the Pretender; the 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 tha Eighth, which seems to be intended as a Pattern for the like Occasion.
The Conversion of the Pretender to our Religion, has been occasionally Reported, and 1 3 ConContradicted, 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 ate to be depended upon. King James, when Duke of York, for a long time professed himself a Protestant; and even not long before his Succession to the Crown, several Persons had Actions brought against them for saying he was a Papist, and exorbitant Damages given and recovered; in a word, from the Practice of all Papists, that have come to Protestant Thrones, upon pretence of embracing the Reformed Religion, we have reason to believe they have Dispensations from Rome to personate anything, 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. AH Oaths are as insignificant and as soon forgotten, as the Services done by such Protestant Subjects.
King James, when Duke of Tork, was preserved from the Bill of Exclusion by the Church of £«g7W,and particularly its Bishops; when he came to the Crown, the Church was soon insulted and outraged by him, and Her Prelates committed to the Tower.
Has not a Neighbouring Prince cruelly treated and banished his Protestant Subjects, who preserved the Crown on his Head?
Did not the Princess Mary promisethe Men of Suffolk, who joined with her against the Lady Jane Grey, that she would make no Alteration in the Religion established by her Brother* King Edward the Sixth? And yet as soon as flic came to the Crown, by the Assistance e
ven ven of Suffolk Men, she fiUed all England, and in a particular manner chat County, with the Flames of Martyrs. The Cruelties of that Reign were such, that Multitudes of Men, Women and Children were burnt for being Zealous Professors of the Gospel of the Lord Jefiw. In short, nothing less than this can be expected from a Popish Prince; both Clergy and Laity must share the same Fate, all universally must submit to the fiery Trial, or renounce their Religion. Our Bishops and Clergy must all lose their Spiritual Preferments, or submit to all Antichristian Tyranny: And should they submit to everything, they must notwithstanding part from their Wives and Children, which, according to the Church of Rome, are Harlots and Spurious. The Laiety, possessed of Lands that formerly belonged to the Roman Catholiok Clergy, must resign their Estates, and perhaps be made accountable for the Profits received.
What canbe more mov ing, t han to reflect upon the barbarous Cruelties of Papists beyond all Example: And these not accidental,or the sudden Effects of Passion or Provocation, but the scttledResult of their Religion and t heirConsciences.
Above iococo Men, Women and Children were murdered in the Massacre of Ireland. Hww hot and terrible were jbe late Persecutions of the Protestants in franee and Savoy} How frequent were the Massacres of 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 Grandfather, a Protestant, with tile 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 Heroe dragged 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 to the Sword at the some time; the King of varre himself narrowly escaped this Disaster, his Mother the Queen of A/aaarrehaving not long before been poysoned by the same Faction.
These are some I nstances of what must ever be expected. No Obligations on our side, no Hu- . inanity or Natural Probity on theirs, are of nny 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 expect but what such a Religion can afford them? It cannot therefore be too often repeated. We should consider, over and over again, that should the Chain of the Protestant Succession be once broke in upon, tho' the Pretender should be laid aside, the next of the Blood Royal is the Dutchefs of Savoy; aster her Her two Son!*; after them, the present Dauphin of Frame; the next in Succession to him, the Queen of Spain, and her Heirs; in Desault of them, the Duke of Qrleance, and his Heirs, and most of the other Princes of the Blood of France, all Papists, who may be enabled to demand Preference io, the House of Hanover; so that besides the Pro-; hability of this Kingdom's being Uaited to, and < . (t.ni..\ . ..^^ ' j nil: s1 made.