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If we look upon the Places distant from the Court: We have undoubted Intelligence, that there are Men carried away every Day out of Ireland for the Service of the Chevalier at Barle-Duc:1 That several of the Clans in Scotland seein to expect with impatience his Arrival in that Part of the Kingdom, in Hopes of Ravaging the Estates of Gentlemen, remarkable for their Zeal to the House of Hanover. If you please to consult the Members for that Part of Britain, they will not dissemble their Fears on this Oc.. cafion. This Pretender himself is still at Barle-Duc, notwithstanding the repeated Instances. to remove him; and the King of France, bis ancient Friend and Patron, is so little careful to manage it decently towards Us, that he does not only suffer him to stay at Bar-le-Duc, bur in further Contempt of us, the Great Monarch is building an Harbour at Mar dyke, to serve in the fame ftead that Dunkirk did heretofore. I bass

Now when there are these melancholy Prospects before our Eyes; when no one of the Family of Hanover, tho' long expected, is yet arrived in this Kingdom; and when many Weak People are under strange Apprehenfions, because the Proclamation for bringing the Pretender to Justice, in case he Mould Land here, is put off, I say, when many things pass every Day on which Jacobites make Reflections to their own Advantage, and ordinary People, who cannot judge of Reasons of State, put. all these things together, it creates in them a Chagrin and Unealiness, which will be mighe KS


tily encreased by the pafliog a Bill that may be to the Mortification of the meanest Persons in the Proteltant Cause. · It is therefore no time to do a thing, which will take off the Hands and Purses of Half a Million of People, as Friends to the House of Hanover; Half a Million of People, as Enemies to the Pretender.

If this Bill passes, and the Pretender mould come upon our Coast, I would fain know what could move a Diflenter to lift an Hand, or employ a Shilling against Him? He has, at present no hopes of Preferment, and would by this Bill be under daily Apprehensions of the loss of the Toleration, as to himself, as well as being wholly bereft of it as to his Posterity. He would have certainly Promises from the Pretender of Liberty of Conscience, and he could but have those Promises broken, as in chis Case he would have it to say they had been before, and must expect some Sweet, Defles at a new Change for standing Neuter, of exerting himself for the Invader. Thus he would rather, according to his own Interest, wifh an. Invader Success than Disappointment; add to this, fome Pleasure in the revengeful Hope of seeing us, who had Persecuted him, fall into the same Calamity.

This, dear Sir, is all I have to trouble you with on this Occasion; and tho' you accused me of being cast down with my Expulsion, you see I have nor Dunn'd you to move, that ahe other Pamphlets may be examined, as well as the Crisis and the Englishman. Give my Service to poor Tom anů Ned. I must confess they were the last I forgave, but I have forgiven them too now. I am thoroughly con: vinced, since this Bill, that I was not worthy: For now you have taken upon you Ecclefiaftical Matters, and I should not have known how to behave my self among you as a Com. munion of Saints. ? I doubt not, Sir, but your Voice and excelJent Talents will be employed against this pernicious Bill: To oppose it ftrenuously, will be worthy that Resolution and Modesty for which you are so remarkably conspicuous; that Modefty which cannot incline you to bear hard a. gainst Persons or Things, when you happen to be with a Majority, and that Resolution which prompts you to assert what you think Troth, tho' under the Disadvantage of the most inconfiderable Minority.

I am, SIR,

Your moft Obedient,
* Obliged, Humble Servant,

Richard Stocle.

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