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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 Zealoas Professors of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. In short, nothing less than this can be expeAed from a Popish Prince; both Clergy and Laity must share the same Fate, all uni. verfally must submit to the fiery Trial, or renounce their Religion. Our Bishops and Clergy most 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, poffefsed of Lands that formerly belonged to the Roman Cotholick Clergy, molt resign their Estates, and per. haps be madeaccountable for the 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 Effe&s of Paffion or Provocation, but the set. tled Result of their Religion and their Coosciences,
Above rococo Men, Women and Children were murdered in the Mafsacre 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. stants through the whole Kingdom of France, when they were under the Protection of che then Laws of that Country? How barbarous, in a particulat manner, was the Massacre of Paris, at the Marriage of the King of Navarre the Fronich King's Grandfather, a Proteltant, with the Sister of Charles the Ninth, where the
Famous Admiral of France, the great Coligny, the glorious Afferter of the Proteftant Intereit, 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 ProteCion? Ten thousand Protestants, without DiItinction of Quality, Age or Sex, were put to the Sword at the fame time; the King of Navarre himself narrowly escaped this Difafter, his Mother the Queen of Navarre having not long before been poyroned by the fame Faction.
. These are lome Instances of what must ever be expe&ted. No Obligations on our fide, no Humanity or Natural Probity on theirs, are of any 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 re: served, 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, chat-hould the Chain of the Protestant Succeflion. be once broke in upon, tho'the Pretender fhould be laid afide, che next of the Blood Royal is the Dutchess of Savoy, after her Her two Sons; after them, the prefent Dauphin of France; the next in Succeffion to him, the 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 Erance, all Papilts, 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
made a Province of France, the train of Popish Princes is so great, that if one thould not compleat the utter Extirpation of our Religion, Laws and Liberties, the relt would certainly do it.
And here I cannot but add what is still of more Importance, and ought to be the most prevalent of all arguments, that mould there be the least Hopes given to a Popish Successor, the Life of her Majesty will certainly be in most imminent Danger; for there will never be wanit. ing bloody Zealots of that Perswalion, that will think it meritorious to take away her Majesty's Life, to haften the Accession of such a Succeffos to her Throne.
The only Preservation against these Terrours are the Laws before mentioned relating to the Settlement of the Imperial Crown of Great Britain. Thanks be to Bleaven for that Settlement. The Princess Sophia, and the Heirs of her Body, being Protestants, are the Succeffors to her present Majesty, upon her Demise without Issue. 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 Eftablithment, whilst they think themselves bound only till Opportunity thall serve to introduce another. Goa be thanked neither we, nor our Cause, Aand in pced of such deteftable Prevarication. Our
Cause is our Happiness. Oar Oaths are our
When the People were in a Ferment, when Faation ran high, with irrefbible Prepoffeffions against every thing in its former Channel, sanguine Men might conceive Hopes of lead. ing them their own Way. But the Building created opon thar Quicksand, the Favour of
the Multitude will ank, and be swallowed up by chat troicherous Ground on which the Foun. dation was laido 1
It is easie to project the Subyerfion of a People, when Men see them unaccountably tornied for their own Destruction ; but not to cafie to effe&t that Ruin, when they are come to themfelves, and are fenfibly and reason ably affected with Thoughts for their Prefervation. We cannot help it, if so many Thoua 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 felves up to Slaughter and Confufion.
While we act manfully under them, we have Reason to expect the Blessing and Aflistance of Heaven on its own Caule, which it has so manifeftly acknowledg'd to be fuch, by our many wonderful Deliverances, when all Human Affi. stances and ordinary Means of Succour seemedir. revocably 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 Diffi. culties and Misfortunes, bestowed upon us, and which we have in his Sight, and with the Invocation of his Sacred. Name, after preparing