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Jirenuous Advocates in its Behalf, and so were other Gentlemen, but to no great Purpose, for the Court divided 119, and my -Friends but 54. If their Design was to intimidate me, they have lost it utterly^ or, if to suppress the Book, it happens much otherwise, for every Body's Curiosity is awakened by this Usage, and the Bookseller finds -his Account in it, above any one else. The Spectator has conveyed abo ve 14,000 of them into other People's Hands, that would otherwise have never seen or heard of it. In a Word, My Lord, when I consider that these Gentlemen have used me no worse, than, I think, they have used their own Country, the Emperor, the States, the House of Hanover, and all our Allies Abroad, as well as all the Bravest, Wisest, and the Honestest Men we have at Home, I am more inclined to become vain, than any ways depress''d at what has befallen me, and intend to set up for a Man of Merit upon this very Stock. Bui Pleasantry apart, my Heart is wounded within me, when I consider seriously whereabouts we are, and ■whither we are tending. The Court-Party do now own publickly, that except the Allies accept of the Conditions that are offered them, King Philip is not tomake any Renunciation; and certainly the Allies cannot accept of those Conditions, unless they are diJlrejsed to the last Degree. We mujl and jhall have a separate Peace in spite of all that can be said, and that mujl be without a Renunciation on the Part of France, and without a Guaranty from the Allies; and what a Peace is that like to be? It is now said, that England is to constrain the King of France to content the States with a Barrier to their liking, and that the rest will come in, or stand out without any Danger; but I am afraid England has lost all her constraining Power, and that France thinks /he has us in her Hands., and may use us as sbe pleases, which I dare fay, will be as scurvily as we deserve. TVhat a Change has Two Tears made? Your Lord/hip may now imagine you are growing young again, for we are fallen, methinks, into the veiy Dregs of Charles the Second'* Politicks; saving, that then they were more reasonable, because our Enemy was then in so full Power and. Lustre, as might both terrify and dazzle a poor luxurious Prince, who would not be disturbed, nor see/ned to care much what became of England after he was gone. The present Times may put you in Mind of those, with this bad Difference still, that now the ruinous Effetts of those Advices seem to le taking Place after an Interval of five, or stx, and twenty Tears; and after such an Interruption^ as one would have thought should have quite bajfled and destroyed them. I find, my Lord, upon reading my Letter, that 1 have entred upon deep flitters, which, considering the Times, and the Spa Waters I have taken, I ought not to have done. You will, I hope, excuse me, for methought I was talking with you, who, I believe favour me. I have, I thank God, an intire Trust in his Goodness, and know he has hitherto preserved us beyond all reasonable Hoses, without, and against, all our Defervings; but will he still go on to save us against our Will, and in the Midst of our Endeavours to destroy ourselves? I hope He will, for else / think we are a lost People. I pray God to preserve your Lordjhip, and all your Family. lamx
About three Years after the writing of this Letter, he had a true Sense of the great Blessing this Nation enjoyed, by having both its Civil and Religious Rights fixed on such a sure and lasting Foundation as that of the Protcjlant Succession, by the Arrival of King George I. For, though neither Tou nor 1, said this good Bishop to an intimate Friend, are to look for any Amendment of our Fortunes; yet, we have now the Satisfaction, that we jhall enjoy our little Properties in ^uiet and Security, and transmit them safe to our Children.—' Such was the great Tranquillity of his Mind! He never aspired after, or was sbllicitous" for a Change; but yet his Deserts were justly, and soon, considered by his Majesty; for, on the Demise of Bishop Moore, he was translated to the See of Ely. This Promotion he had enjoyed almost Nine Years when he died, Anno 1723.
Bishop jitterbury to Mr. Ttennh.
Hear one of my Adversaries * has not considered duly your Merit; but, j continues firm to the present Fashion of distinguishing every kind of it, by Ill-treatment. am informed, by the News-papers, that there voluntary Subscription + going forwards for your Advantage. I fend you my Mite, J which I have really borrowed, in order thereto; for, it so happens, that some Enemies of mine enjoy an Affluence I am deprived of; but I have made this little Effort as one Instance that it is People, not Denominations, I consider; and to the best of my small Power of shewing, I always shall be proud of doing it.
* A certain Minister of State:
-f For priming some SeleH Pieces of Mr. Dennis'* in Frose aril Verse. In Two Volumes Octavo.
t The Bijhop and Mr. Dennis had been very intimate at their first setting out in the World, (especially when his Lordship was Preacher at the Rolls) what he here calls his Mite, was the genteel Present of 100 /. Mr. Dennis died ^34, and was buried at the Parisli-Church of Sr. Martin in the 1 ieUs .
A MonA Monsieur,
Reverende atque Eruditijp.me Fir^
U M, monente 'amico, quodam, qui juxta Ædes tuas habitat, scirem te Parisios revertisse; ftatui salutatum te ire, ut primum per valetudinem liceret. Id ofEcii, ex pedum infirmitate aliquandiu dilatum, cum tandem me impleturum sperarem, frustra sui, domi non eras Restat, ut quod coram exequi non potui, scriptis saltem literis præstem; tibique ob ea omnia, quibus a te auctus sum, beneficia, grates agam, quas habeo certe, & semper'habiturus sum, maximas.
Revera munera ilia librorum nuperis a te annis
editorum egregia ac perhonorisica mihi visa sunt.
Multi enim sacio, & te, vir præstantissime: &
tua omnia quaecunque in ilto literarum genere per
polita sunt; in quo quidem Te cæteris omnibus
ejusinodi scriptoribus sacile antecellere, atque esie
eundem & dicendi & sentiendi magistrum optimum,
prorsusexistimo: cumque in excolendis his studiis
aliquantulum ipse & operis & temporis posuerim,