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cruelty ; his temperance, economy; prudent behaviour,
application to business, were Dutch virtues, and such se had not been used to in our English kings. He did fight a battle in which the Tories did not slay double the ber of what he had lost in the field; nor ever raised a e or gained a victory, which did not cost more than it
worth. In short, he was contriving the ruin of his gdom; and, in order to it, advanced Dr. Tillotson to the hest station of the church, my Lord Somers of the law, Montague of the treasury, and the admiral at La Hoof the fleet. Such were the calumnies of the party in e times, which we see so faithfully copied out by men of same principles under the reign of his present Majesty. s the schemes of these gentlemen are the most absurd contradictory to common sense, the means by which they promoted must be of the same nature. Nothing but kness and folly can dispose Englishmen and Protestants he interest of a Popish pretender: and the same abilities mind will naturally qualify his adherents to swallow the t palpable and notorious falsehoods. Their self-interested
designing leaders cannot desire a more ductile and ple to work upon. How long was it before
of this ple, deluded tribe were brought to believe that the Highders were a generation of men that could be conquered ? rabble of the party were instructed to look upon
them so many giants and Saracens; and were very much sursed to find, that every one of them had not with his broad rd mowed down at least a squadron of the king's forces. re were not only public rejoicings in the camp at Perth,
likewise many private congratulations nearer us, among se well-wishers to their country, upon the victories of their nds at Preston; which continued till the rebels made their mn cavalcade from Highgate. Nay, there were then some hese wise partisans, who concluded, the government had d two or three hundred hale men, who looked like foxters, to be bound and pinioned, if not to be executed, as resentatives of the pretended captives. Their victories in tland have been innumerable; and no longer ago than last -k, they gained a very remarkable one, in which the Highders cut off all the Dutch forces to a man; and afterwards, guising themselves in their habits, came up as friends to king's troops, and put them all to the sword. This story
had a great run for a day or two; and I believe one might still find out a whisper among their secret intelligence, that the Duke of Mar is actually upon the road to London, if not within two days' march of the town. I need not take notice, that their successes in the battle of Dumblain are magnified among some of them to this day; though a Tory may very well say, with King Pyrrhus, “ That such another victory would undo them.”
But the most fruitful source of falsehood and calumny, is that which, one would think, should be the least apt to produce them; I mean a pretended concern for the safety of our established religion. Were these people as anxious for the doctrines which are essential to the Church of England, as they are for the nominal distinction of adhering to its interests, they would know, that the sincere observation of public oaths, allegiance to their king, submission to their bishops, zeal against Popery, and abhorrence of rebellion, are the great points that adorn the character of the Church of England, and in which the authors of the reformed religion in this nation have always gloried. We justly reproach the Jesuits, who have adapted all Christianity to temporal and political views, for maintaining a position so repugnant to the laws of nature, morality, and religion, that an evil may
be committed for the sake of good, which may arise from it. But we cannot suppose even this principle (as bad a one as it is) should influence those persons, who, by so many
absurd and monstrous falsehoods, endeavour to delude men into a belief of the danger of the church. If there be any relying on the solemn declarations of a prince, famed for keeping his word, constant in the public exercises of our religion, and determined in the maintenance of our laws, we have all the assurances that can be given us, for the security of the established church under his government. When a leading man, therefore, begins to grow apprehensive for the church, you may be sure that he is either in danger of losing a place, or in despair of getting one. It is pleasant on these occasions, to see a notorious profligate seized with a concern for his religion, and converting his spleen into zeal. These narrow and selfish views have so great an influence in this city, that, among those who call themselves the landed interest, there are several of my fellow-freeholders, who always fancy the church in danger upon the rising of bank-stock. But the standing ab
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dities, without the belief of which no man is reckoned a inch churchman, are, that there is a calves’-head club ; for ich, (by the way,) some pious Tory has made suitable ons and devotions; that there is a confederacy among the atest part of the prelates to destroy Episcopacy; and that who talk against Popery, are Presbyterians in their hearts.
emissaries of the party are so diligent in spreading ridiDus fictions of this kind, that at present, if
credit amon report, there are several remote parts of the nation which it is firmly believed, that all the churches in London shut up; and that, if any clergyman walks the streets in habit, it is ten to one but he is knocked down by some dy schismatic. Ve may observe upon this occasion, that there are many ticular falsehoods suited to the particular climates and tudes in which they are published, according as the situn of the place makes them less liable to discovery: there nany a lie that will not thrive within a hundred miles of adon : : nay, we often find a lie born in Southwark, that dies same day on this side the water; and several produced in loyal ward of Portsoken of so feeble a make, as not to bear riage to the Royal Exchange. However, as the mints of amny are perpetually at work, there are a great number of lous inventions issued out from time to time, which grow rent among the party, and circulate through the whole gdom. is the design of this paper is not to exasperate, but to unzive my countrymen, let me desire them to consider the ny inconveniences they bring upon themselves by these tual intercourses of credulity and falsehood. I shall only ind the credulous of the strong delusion they have by this ens been led into the greatest part of their lives. Their es have been kept up by a succession of lies for near thirty
How many persons have starved in expectation of se profitable employments, which were promised them by authors of these forgeries! how many of them have died h great regret, when they thought they were within a ath of enjoying the inestimable blessings of a Popish and trary reign! would, therefore, advise this blinded set of men, not to credit to those persons, by whom they have been so often ed and imposed upon; but, on the contrary, to think it
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an affront to their parts, when they hear from any of them such accounts, as they would not dare to tell them, but upon the
presumption that they are idiots. Or if their zeal for the cause shall dispose them to be credulous in any points that are favourable to it, I would beg of them not to venture wagers upon the truth of them : and in this present conjuncture, by no means to sell out of the stocks upon any news they shall hear from their good friends at Perth. As these party fictions are the proper subjects of mirth and laughter, their deluded believers are only to be treated with pity or contempt. But as for those incendiaries of figure and distinction, who are the inventors and publishers of such gross falsehoods and calumnies, they cannot be regarded by others but with the utmost detestation and abhorrence; nor, one would think, by themselves, without the greatest remorse and compunction of heart; when they consider, that in order to give a spirit to a desperate cause, they have, by their false and treacherous insinuations and reports, betrayed so many of their friends into their destruction.
No. 8. MONDAY, JANUARY 16.
Adveniet qui vestra dies muliebribus armis
VIRG. I HAVE heard that several ladies of distinction, upon the reading of my fourth paper, are studying methods how to make themselves useful to the public. One has a design of keeping an open tea-table, where every man shall be welcome that is a friend to King George. Another is for setting up an assembly for basset, where none shall be admitted to punt that have not taken the oaths. A third is upon an invention of a dress, which will put every Tory lady out of countenance : I am not informed of the particulars, but am told in general, that she has contrived to show her principles by the setting of her commode; so that it will be impossible for any woman, that is disaffected, to be in the fashion. Some of them are of opinion that the fan may be made use of, with good success, against Popery, by exhibiting the corruptions of the Church of Rome in various figures; and that their abhorrence of the superstitious use of beads, may be very aptly expressed in the make of a pearl necklace. As for the civil part of our con
tution, it is unanimously agreed, among the leaders of the <, that there is no glory in making a man their slave, who has -t naturally a passion for liberty; and to disallow of all prossions of passive obedience, but from a lover to his mistress.
It happens very luckily for the interest of the Whigs, that eir very enemies acknowledge the finest women of Great citain to be of that party. The Tories are forced to borrow eir toasts from their antagonists; and can scarce find auties enough of their own side, to supply a single round October. One may, indeed, sometimes discover
the alignants of the sex a face that seems to have been naturally -signed for a Whig lady: but then it is so often flushed with ge, or soured with disappointments, that one cannot but be oubled to see it thrown away upon
Would the etty malecontent be persuaded to love her king and country, would diffuse a cheerfulness through all her features, and ve her quite another air. I would, therefore, advise these y gentle readers, as they consult the good of their faces, to rbear frowning upon loyalists, and pouting at the governent. In the mean time, what may we not hope, from a use which is recommended by all the allurement of beauty ed the force of truth! It is, therefore, to be hoped, that ery fine woman will make this laudable use of her charms; ad that she may not want to be frequently reminded of this Feat duty, I will only desire her to think of her country every me she looks in her glass.
But because it is impossible to prescribe such rules as shall e suitable to the sex in general, I shall consider them under meir several divisions of maids, wives, and widows.
As for virgins, who are unexperienced in the wiles of men, ney would do well to consider, how little they are to rely
the faith of lovers who, in less than a year, have broken heir allegiance to their lawful sovereign ; and what credit is - be given to the vows and protestations of such as show nemselves so little afraid of perjury. Besides, what would a innocent young lady think, should she marry a man withat examining his principles, and afterwards find herself got ith child by a rebel ? In the next place, every wife ought to answer for her man.
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