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fuse those groundless discontents into the minds of the common people,” &c.-Hath experience shown those discontents groundless ? S.
“ If the removal of these persons from their posts has produced such popular commotions, the continuance of them might have produced something much more fatal to their king and country." -Very false reasoning. S.
“ No man would make such a parallel (between the treatment of the rebels and that of the Catalans under king Philip), unless his mind be so blinded with passion and prejudice, as to assert, in the language of this pamphlet,' that no instances can be produced of the least lenity under the present administration, from the hour of its commencement to this day.”—Nor to this, 1727. S.
“ God be thanked, we have a king who punishes with reluctance.”-A great comfort to the sufferers! S.
" It would be well if those who-are clamorous at the proceedings of his present majesty, would remember, that, notwithstanding that rebellion, (the Duke of Monmouths)—had no tendency to destroy the national religion,” &c.—To introduce fanaticism, and destroy monarchy. S.
“ No prince has ever given a greater instance of his inclination to rule without a standing army.”- We find this true by experience. S.
" What greater instances could his majesty have given of his love to the church of England, than those he has exhibited by his most solemn declarations, by his daily example, and by his promotions of the most eminent among the clergy to such vacancies as have happened in his reign?" -Most undeniable truth, as any in Rabelais. S.
No. 44. The fox-hunter in London. — “ What still
gave him greater offence, was a drunken bi
shop, who reeled from one side of the court to another, and was very sweet upon an Indian queen.”—Then, that story is true? S.
No. 45. “ I have lately read, with much pleasure, the Essays upon several Subjects, published by Sir Richard Blackmore.”—I admire to see such praises from this author to so insipid a scoundrel, whom I know he despised. S.
No. 51. “ History of Freethinking."—Writ by Collins. S.
“ The greatest theorists among those very people (the Greeks and Romans) have given the preference to such a form of government as that which obtains in this kingdom.”—Yet, this we see is liable to be wholly corrupted. S.
No. 52. On the adherents to the Pretender. “ It is plain, that such a base ungenerous race of men could rely upon nothing for their safety in this affront to his majesty, (wearing a mark on the pretender's birth-day), but the known gentleness and lenity of his government."-—Then the devil was in them. S.
No. 54. “ The Whigs tell us,—that the Tory scheme would terminate in popery and arbitrary government.”—But Tories never writ or spoke so gently and favourably of popery, as Whigs do of presbytery. Witness a thousand pamphlets on both sides.
“ I shall not impute to any Tory scheme the administration of King James the Second, on condition that they do not reproach the Whigs with the usurpation of Oliver."--I will not accept that condition, nor did I ever see so unfair a one offered. S.
No. 55. “ The enemies of his majesty-find him in a condition to visit his dominions in Germany, without any danger to himself or to the
public; whilst his dutiful subjects would be in no ordinary concern on this occasion, had they not the consolation to find themselves left under the protection of a prince, who makes it his ambition to copy out his royal father's example.”-Then, why was he never trusted a second time?
" It would, indeed, have been an unpardonable insolence for a fellow-subject to treat in a vindictive and cruel style, those persons whom his majesty has endeavoured to reduce to obedience by gentle methods, which he has declared from the throne to be most agreeable to his inclinations.”—And is that enough?
May we not hope, that all of this kind, who have the least sentiments of honour or gratitude, will be won over to their duty by so many instances of royal clemency?"--Not one instance produced. S.
LORD CLARENDON'S HISTORY OF THE
OXFORD EDITION, 170, 3 vol.
FROM THE ORIGINAL, IN ST PATRICK'S LIBRARY.
In these short notices upon a most important period of history,
the attentive reader may discover much of Swift's peculiarity of character. The ludicrous virulence of his execrations against the Scottish nation, go a great way to remove the effect of his censure; and a native of Scotland may be justified in retaining them, were it but for that reason.
Some of the dean's political opinions may be more accurately gathered from these rapid memoranda, than from his more laboured performances. A friend to monarchy, and a zealous defender of the hierarchy, he censures with freedom the faults of Charles I., and entertains but little reverence for his sons and successors.
On the first board : " Finished the 4th time, April 18, 1741.
" Judicium de authore."
“ The cursed, hellish villainy, treachery, trea. sons of the Scots, were the chief grounds and eauses of that execrable rebellion." Swift,