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made a Province of France, the train of Popish Princes is so great, that if one thould not compleac the utter Extirpation of our Religion, : Laws and Liberties, the rest would certainly do it.
And here I cannot but add what is fill of more Importance, and ought to be the most prevalent of all arguments, that should there be the least Hopes given to a Popih Succeffor, the Life of her Majesty will certainly be in most imminent Danger; for there will never be want. ing bloody Zealots of that Perswalion, chat will think it meritorious to take away her Majesty's Life, to haften the Accession of such a Successos to her Throne."
The only Preservation again these Terrours are the Laws before-mentioned relating to the Settlement of the Imperial Crown of Great
Britain. Thanks be to f}eaven for that Set'tlement. The Princess Sophia, and the Heirs of her Body, being Protestants, are the Succer.
sors to her present Majesty, upon her Demise - without Iflue. The Way is plain before our
Eyes, guarded on the Right Hand, and on the Left, by all the San&ions of God and Man, and by all the Ties of Law and Conscience. Let those who act under the present Settlement, and yet pretend to dispute for an Absolute Herediiary Right, quiet themselves with the Arguments they have borrowed from Popery, and teach their own Consciences the Art of dispensing with the most folemn Oath to this Enablithment, whilst they think themselves bound only till Opportunity shall serve to introduce another. God be thanked neither we, por our Cause, stand in aced of such desestable Prevarication. Our
Cause is our Happiness. Oar Oaths are oår Judgment and Inclination. Honour and Affeaion call us, without the Solemnity of an Oach, to defend such an Establishment; but with it we have every Motive that can influence the Mind of Man. The Terrors of God, added to the Demands of our Country, oblige and * constrain us to let our Hearts and our Hands follow our Wines and our Consciences; and out of Regard to our Queen, our Religion, our Country, our Liberty and our Property, to maintain and affert the Proteftant Succession in the Illustrious House of Hanover: It is no time to "talk with Hints and Inuendos, but openly and honestly to profess our Sentiments, before our Enemies have compleated and put their Designs in Execution against us. As divided a People as we are, those who are for the House of Harover are infinitely superior, in Number, Wealth, Courage, and all Arts Military and Civil, to those that are in the contrary Interest; besides which, we have the Laws, I fay the Laws on our fide. And those who by their Practices, whatever their Profeffions are, have discoverd themselves Enemies to the Consti'tution, and Friends to the Pretender, cannot make a Step farther without being guilty of
Treason, without ftanding in broad Daylight, “confcffed Criminals againlt their injured Queen and Country.
When the People were in a Ferment, when Faaion ran high, with irreflible Prepoffeffie ons against every thing in its fortner Channel, fanguine Men might conceive Hopes of lead. ing them their own Way. But the Building created upon that Quicksand, the Favour of
the Multitudeswill Gink, and be swallowed up by chat troảcherous Ground on which the Foun. dation was laido sono sicien
la todocis easie to proje& the Subversion of a People, when Men see them unaccountably torned for their own Destruction, but not to calie to effect har Ruin, when they are come to themfelves, and are fenfibly and reasonably affected with Thoughts for their Preferva. tion. We cannot help it, if so many Thou. sands of our brave Brethren, who laid down their Lives against the Power of France, have dyed in vain ; but we may value our own Lives dearly, like honest Men. Whatever may befall the Glory and Wealth of Great Britain, let. us struggle to the last Drop of our Blood for its Religion and Liberty. The Banner under which we are to enter this Conflict, whenever we are called to it, are the Laws mentioned in this Discourse; when we do not keep them in Sight, we have no Colours to fly to, no Discipline to preserve us, but are devoted, and have given our selves up to Slaughter and Confusion.
While we a& manfully under them, we have Reason to expect the Blessing and Affistance of Heaven on its own Caule, which it has so ma. nifestly acknowledg'd to be such, by our many . wonderful Deliverances, when all Human Affi.
stances and ordinary Means of Succour seemed irrevocably removed. We have no Pretensions to the Divine Favour, but from our firm Adherence to that Settlement, which He has, by so many Wonders and Bleflings, after such great Difficulties and Misfortunes, bestowed upon us, and which we have in his Sight, and with the Lavocation of his Sacred. Name, after preparing
our Selves at his Altar, so frequently arid loa lemnly Sworn to defend. This plain, unperplexed, unalterable Rule for our Condud, is visibly the Work of his Hand to a favoured People. Her Majesty's Parliamentary, Titlo, and the Succession in the Illustrious House of Hanover, is the Ark of God to Great Britain, and, like that of Old, carries Death to the profane Hand that shall dare to touch it. toto ride YA ! , t i