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- Really this way of arguing is creating us like Children ; and as for the Allies, God be their Support, and grant we may all cement again in the Day of Distrels. I think all the rest of the Book consists only of Invectives upon poor Me, as guilty of Insolence, Falfhood, Sedition and Absurdity; which is written well enough, and would be pretty Entertainment in an ill.natured Man; but I did not think it bore a second reading.
I hope I have fully answered all Objections made by my Adversaries against the English Tory's Letter to the Guardian : But now Mr. Bailiff, as there have been very unjust Representations given of me, in your Town, as that a Man of so small a Fortune as I am muft have secret Views or Supports, which could move him to leave his Imployments, and lose a Crowd of Well-wishers, to subject himself, as he must know he has, not only to the Difesteem, but also the Scorn and Hatred of very many, who, before he intermeddled with the Publick, had a Partiality towards him: I answer, that I indeed have particular Views, and tho' I may be ridiculous for saying it, I hope I am animated in my Condu&, by a Grace which is as little practised as understood, and that is Charity. It is the Happiness and Comfort of all Men, who have a Regard to their FellowCreatures, and desire their Good-will upon a. proper Foundation, that every thing which is truly laudable, is what every Man living may attain. The greatest Merit is in having social Virtues, such as Justice and Truth exalted with Benevolence to Mankind. Great Qualificati.
ons are not Praises to the Poffeffor, but from the Application of them; and all that is juftly commendable among Men, is to love and serve them as much as it is in your Power, with a Contempt of all Advantages to your self (above the Conveniencies of Life) but as they tend to the Service of the Publick. He who has warın'd his Heart with Impressions of this kind, will find Glowings of 'Good-will, which will support him in the Ser. vice of his Country, against all the Calumny, Reproach and Inve&ive that can be thrown upon him. He is but a poor Creature who can. not bear being odious in the Service of Virtue. Riches and Honours can adminifter to the Heart no Pleasure, like what an honest Man feels when he is contending for the Interests of his Country, and the civil Rights of his Fel. low-Subje&s, without which the Being of Man grows Brute, and he can never under it give to Heaven that Worship which is called a rea. sonable Sacrifice, nor support towards his Fel. low Creatures that worthy Disposition, which we call disinterested Friend nip. The highest Pleasure of the human Soul confifts in this Cha. rity, and there is no way of making it so diffulive, as by contending for Liberty.
As to laying alide the common Views, by which the millaken World are actuated, a Man of liberal Education can ealily surmount those low Confiderations; and when he considers himself, from the moment he was born into this World, an immortal, cho' a changeable Being, he will form his Interests and Prospets accordingly, and not make Provision for Erer. nity with perishable things. When a Man has
deeply planted such a Sentiment as this for the Rule of his Conduct, the Pursuits of Avarice and Ambition will become as contemptible as the Sports of Children; and there can be no Ho. nours, no Riches, no Pleasures laid in his way, which can possibly come in Competition with the Satisfactions of an enlarged and publick Spirit.
From this moment therefore I shall go on with as much Vigour and Chearfulness as I am able, to do all that is in my Power, without the least Partiality to Persons or Parties, to remove the Prejudices which Englishman has against Englishman, and reconcile wounded BreThren, so far as to behold each other's Actions, with an Inclination to approve them.
The Man who will reduce himself to this Temper, will easily perceive how far his Affedions have been wrought upon and abused, from an Opposition to particular Men, to fa. crifice the Interests of his Country it self.
The prostituted Pens which are employed in a quite contrary Service, will be very ready to entertain a Pretender to such Reformations, with a Recital of his owo Faults and Infirmi. ties; but I am very well prepared for such UCage, and give up my self to all nameless Au. thors, to be treated just as their Mirth or their Malice dire&s them.
It is the Disgrace of Literature, that there are such Instruments; and to good Govern. ment, that they are suffer'd: but this Mischief is gone so far in our Age, that the Pamphlereers do not only attack those whom they believe in general disaffected to their own Principles, but even such as they believe their Friends,
provided they do not act with as fincere a Prejudice as themselves. Upon the least Deviatino from an implicit Hatred to the oppofte Party, tho’in a Case which in the nearest Concern affe&s 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 send you, a Gentleman, who has distinguish'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 Pert Novices and Sophifters. 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 ac last consider, and that the Ministry will see Dunkirk effe&ually Demolished.
It is as frivolous as unjust, to hope to stop our Mouths, when we are concerned for to great a Point as the Bufinefs 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 kepe in Countenance in a very loose and profli. gate Age; all the Hours of her precious Life, which God long preserve, are divided between
the Exercises of Devotion, and taking Minutes of the Sublime Affairs of Her Government.
Belides which, Her Majesty has manifested Her self the inost affe&ionate Wife, the most constanı Friend, the most render 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 I have to say 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 Ferson are as common Dustas 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 Affe&tion and loterelt among Great 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 particolarly necefliiated to rely upon the larelligence of Her Ministry, and from that very Realon their Fel. Jow-Subjects may he the more Sollicitous for what passes beyond the ordinary Rules of Government. Thus all which they offer for our Security and implicire Reliance upon what is transacted by the Court 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 Ada vantage of the Security we have in Her Virtue, to indulge too much the Power of any Foreigo Prince whatsoever, especially that of the most Warlike Potentate in Europe,