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yet my passion for still-life is so great, that I prefer the most silent retreat to the pleasures and splendors of the greatest town. If it was in my power to live as I please, I would pass my days unheard of and unknown, at Orton-Lodge, so my little silent farm is called, near the southern confines of Cumberland, with some bright partner of my soul.

foul. I am sure I should think it a compleat paradise to live in that distant folitude with a woman of Miss Spence's form and mind.

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of Jesus, who was sent from God, and was a worshipper of God; who lived obedient to the laws of God, preached those laws, and died for them in the cause of God; who was raised from the dead by God, and now sits on God's right hand; intercedes with God, and in his Gospel owns his Father to be his and our only true God. This is sad accommodation. Tho' the words never fignify more than a degree of likeness in the Greek classics, yet our headstrong orthodox monks will have them to mean strict equality; and Alexander the Great and Alexander the Coppersmith are the same Being. Amazing! Gentlemen; here is but One Ball, and out of itself you shall see this one ball send forth two other balls, big as it is, and yet not lose one atom of its weight and grandure. Hocus pocus, Reverendifimi spectatores, the One is Three.

And now, Gentlemen, be pleased to observe the miracle reversed. Pilluli pilluli, congregate, Presto prefto, unite: obfervate, Signori Dottisimi, the Three are One. -Such is the hocus pocus the monks hare made of their Trinity,

But tell me, I request, Maria said, how did you get to the confines of Westmoreland over Stanemore hills, and what was that accident that put you in possession of OrtonLodge? It must be a curious account, I am sure.

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This, I replied, you shall hear to-mor-row morning after breakfast ; there is not time for it now. All I can say at present is, that it was love kept me among the mountains for some years, and if the heaven-born maid (vastly like you, Miss Spence, she was) had not, by the order of heaven, been removed to the regions of immortality and day, I should not have left the solitude, nòr would you ever have seen me at Harrogate : but destiny is the dirigent: mutable is the condition of mortals, and we are blind to futurity and the approaches of fate. This led me over the vast mountains of Stanemore, enabled me to cross the amazing fells of Westmoreland, and brought me to that spot, where I had the honour and happiness of becoming acquainted with Miss Spence. Thus did we chat till eleven, and retired to our chambers.

But the old gentleman, the doctor, when he came with me into my apartment, told me we must have one bottle more, for it was his nightcap, without which he could not sleep: he then bid the servant make hafte with it, and when that was out, we had another. He was a sensible agreeable man, and pleased me very much, as he appeared a zealous friend to the illustrious house of Hanover; whereas almost all the clergymen I had been in company with fince I came to England, were Jacobites, and very violent ones.

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$. 3. I remember, among relating to the other things, I asked this Revolution, and Divine, over our wine,- If the exclusion of popery is ever fo, corrupt, James II.

could men be debarred of their rights for an attachment to it? Are not crowns hereditary? And is not treason in our country itamped with fo peculiar an infamy, as involving the delinquent's innocent children in the forfeitures, or penal consequences that await it, on purpose to check the rebellion of Britons by such an accumulated punishment of evil doers ?

To this the doctor replied, that the exclusion of a popish prince must be lawful, if we ought to secure our property and religion, and, as in duty bound, oppose his trampling upon the laws, and his own so

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lemn declarations. If the people have privileges and interests, they may defend them, and as justifiably oppose notorious domestic oppressions, as foreign invasions. The head of the community, has no more a licence to destroy the moft momentous interests of it, than any of the inferior members, or than any foreign invader. If a king has no paffion to indulge, incompatible with the welfare of his people, then, as protection and obedience are reciprocal, and cannot subsist, the one without the other, it must be a crime in the people not to honour and obey, and assist the royal authority. It is not only the intereft, but the duty of the subject to obey the prince, who is true to the important trust repoled in him, and has the welfare of the people at heart. But such a king cannot be a papift. The Romifh prince will not only ftretch a limited prerogative into lawless power, and grasp at abfolute monarchy; but will break through the moft facred ties, and fubvert the rights he was sworn to guard, to re-establish popery in this kingdom. Could James the Second have kept the seat of government, and baffled all opposition, we may conclude from what he did, from his trampling upon the laws, and his own folemn declarations ; from his new court of inquisition (the high commission court) to fubvert the constitution of the church of England, and to lay waste all its fences against popery, from that furious act of his power, which fell on Magdalen-college, and his two cruel cets of parliament in Ireland, (repeal of the act of settlement, by which the protestant gentlemen were deprived of their estates; and the aft of attainder, by which they were to be hanged, for going to beg their bread in another country, after they had been robbed of all in their own by their king, who had sworn to protect them ;) -from hence, I say, it is plain, that if James could have fat firm upon the throne, his misguided conscience would have induced him to the most inhuman acts of violence. He would have proceeded to the barbarities, and rekindled the flames of Mary.' Had he continued to reign over these kingdoms, it is most certain, that instruction and persuasion only would not have been the thing, but where instruction and persuasion failed, imprisonments, tortures, death, would have been used, to compel us to believe all the gross absurdities of Rome, their impieties to God, and contradi&tions to common-sense. We must throw away our reason and our bibles, the noblest gifts of heaven, and neither think nor speak, but as we are bid by men no wiser than ourselves ; or, we must expire

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