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ror in Mens Minds, that nothing will be capable to divert them from offering All for an Atonement, and Popery and Slavery will be thought a good Bargain, if they can but save their Lives. Then we may lament our Miseries, but it will not be in our Power to help them; for a Prince of Orange is not always ready to rescue us, with such vast Expence and so great hazard to his Person ; and if our Madness hurry us so far, we deserve rather his Pity than his Refentment.
Fourthly, What Arguments has the King given since he left us, to perswade us he will be more faithful in observing his Words and Oaths, than hitherto he has been ? Does he not in a Letter lately Printed here, expresly fay he has Ruled so, as to give no oCcasion of Complaint to any of his Subjects ? Is not the same Letter Signed by one who Sacrificed both Conscience and Honour to Intereft, whose pernicious and headstrond Counsels has posted him to his Ruin, tho'all that has been done cannot make him fenfible of it ? Sure the reducing Hereticks to the See of Rome is not less Meritorious than before, nor King James VII.by breathing the French Air, become leis Bigot? It were a Dream to fancy it. For so long as the Vatican thunders Excommunications against all such as do not use their utmost Endeavours to extirpate Heresie, a Roman Catholick must have no Religion at all, if that be not terrible to him.
The Fourth Argument they made use of to perfwade such as are and shall be chosen Members of the Convention, That the Peace and Happiness of the Nation cannot be otherwise secured, nor Factions or Divisions extinguished. But what Factions do you observe, but such as they themselves do foment, on purpose to disturb our Harmony? All which would immediately die, if the Government were once fetled on those who deserve it best ; for then, if these Fops continued itill fond of Popery and Tyranny they would be Chastised as Disturbers of the Publick Peace. The Argument may very justly be retorted; for if the King return, we will burst out into a Flame, ali England, which has already declared, will quickly be on our Top, an Enemy too
Potent and too Numerous for us, tho' we were all United ; belides the Danger to which such a Procedure will expose us, we cut off all hopes of an Union with that Nation, and thereby deprive our selves of an unspeakable Advantage, which would redound to all sorts of People, and would be the only means to support an impoverish'd and sinking Nation.Neither is this the only Inconveniency, tho' it be a very great one ; for if we state our felves in opposition to England, by Restoring the King whom they Rejected, it is not to be doubted but he will use his utmost Endeavour to recover that Kingdom, the loss of which is so considerable. Now, seeing it were vain to suppose that the Scots alone were able to second his Defires, he must needs have Recourse to the French and Irish, whose Religion will procure a more intire Confidence than His Majesty can repose in any others. These therefore must be received into our Bosom ; and because Scotland is the molt proper place for Invading England, it must be the Scene of all the Blood and Confusion that this melancholly Thought gives us a prospect of. And what treatment can such Sham. Protestants expect from these, who otherwise would have become their Friends and Allies? And what Figure will they pretend to make when they set up for a separate Interest from all the Confederate Protestants in the World beqides?
The happy Success the Prince's Enterprize has met with, has made a considerable alteration in the Affairs of Europe ; for the great Enemy of the Proteftants, and even of Christianity it self, who had pro. pos’d nothing less to himself than an Universal Monarchy, whom the strictest Leagues and Contracts cannot bind, but without regard to God or Man, threatens all his Neighbours with utter Destruction ; by the Scene’s being changed among us,is so far humbled, that from a Proud and Insulting Enemy, he is become a Supplicant for Peace; well
forefeeing, that if Britain join with those other Princes, whom his Infolence, Cruelty, and Avarice, has so justly Armed against him, his Ruin is Inevitable : So that if we have not Soul enough to enjoy this great Blefing,and can easily part with the Glory of being once more the
Arbiters of Europe, let us at least have so much ChriStian Love and Charity for the Neighbouring Nations of our own Perswalion, as not to expose them to a necessary Participation of these Playues, which our Common Enemies are preparing for us, and which will certainly Terminate in our Destruction.
Lastly, I beseech you to consider what Persons they are who would inftil this Poison in you, and you will find them of three kinds, Fist, Those who Postponing the Common Good of the Nation are wholly acted by Self-Interest, confidering that in a Government where Justice and Mercy equally Flourish,Virtue and Merit, not Villany, will be rewarded. Secondly, They who are ignorant of the Nature of Government, and were never at the pains to inform then. felves what Measures the Law of Nature and Nations have fer to Mens Obedience, but are angry at every thing that thwarts their wild Notions, and will admit of nothing, tho' never fo Reasonabe and Convincing, it their dull Capacities cannot reach it. The third fort are such as have been Instrumental in the Endaving their Country, and, are afraid if they be called to an Account,they may be brought to suffer Condign Punishment; if such cannot fucceed in their Delign, they at least hope to be overlook'd in a General Confusion, lo they leave nothing uneflay'd that may tend to their own Safety; and if Heaven fail them, they summon Hell to their Aid; not Love to their Prince, but meer Ambition and Interest drives these Criminals to fuch Attempts; neither are they much to blame if they are at such pains to fow Divisions among us: But no Perfon of Wit and Judgment, nor any good Man that is truly Protestant, and minds the good of his Country, will suffer himself to be so grosly imposed on by such Firebrands, who would build their Future Imaginary Greatness on the Ruin of Our Religion, Laws and Country.
Battle of Senef, p. 49. Of Mont-Castel, p. 89.
Of Mons or St. Dennis, p. 115.
of Orange's coming over into England, p. 65. He
offers to make War againt France, p. 118.
Congress formid at Nimeguen, p. 71.
Dutch War, p. 16. The Dutch encline to a separate
Peace, p. 80. They accept of the Articles offerd
English and French Fleets join, p. 32. And fight
the Dutch, p. 33.
France ( King of) proposes a Trace, p. 91. His
Proječi of a Peace, p. 104. His Letter to the
States, p. 108.
Henry Frederick of Nassau, Prince of Orange, p. 7.