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ftrenuous 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 loft it utterly or, if to suppress the Book, it happens much otherwise, for every Body's Curiosity is awakened by this Usage, and the Bookfeller finds his Account in it, above any one else. The Spectator has conveyed above 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. But Pleafantry 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 Cono ditions that are offered them, King Philip is not to make any Renunciation; and certainly the Allies cannot accept of those Conditions, unless they are distressed to the last Degree. We must and shall have a separate Peace in spite of all that can be said, and that must 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
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thinks she has us in her Hands, and may use us as the pleases, which I dare say, will be as fcurvily as we deserve. What a Change has Two Years made ? Your Lordship may now imagine you are growing young again, for we are fallen, methinks, into the very Dregs of Charles the Second's Politicks; saving, that then they were more reasonable, because our Enemy was then in so full Power and Luftre, as might both terrify and dazzle a poor luxurious Prince, who would not be disturbed, nor seemed to care much what became of England after be was gone. The present Times may put you in Mind of those, with this bad Difference ftill, that now the ruinous Effećts of those Advices seem to be taking place after an Interval of five, or fix, and twenty Years; and after such an Interruption as one would have thought jould have quite battled and destroyed them. I find, my Lord, upon reading my Letter, that I have entred upon deep Matters, 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 Trus in his Goodness, and know he has hitherto preserved us beyond all reasonable Hopes, without, and against, all our Desery
ings; 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 I think . we are a lot People. I pray God to preserve your Lordship, and all your Family. I am,
W. ASAP H.
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 Protestant Succession, by the Arrival of King George I. For, though neither You nor I, 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 shall enjoy our little Properties in Quiet and Security, and transmit them safe to our Children. Such was the great Tranquillity of his Mind! He never aspired after, or was follicitous 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 Atterbury to Mr. Dennis.
Hear one of my Adversaries * has not . considered duly your Merit; but, continues firm to the present Fashion of distinguishing every kind of it, by
Ill-treatment. I am informed, by the News-papers, that there is a voluntary Subscription † going forwards for your Advantage. I send you my Mite, I which I have really borrowed, in order thereto; for, it so happens, that some Enemies of mine enjoy an AMuence 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 thewing, I always shall be proud of doing it.
* A certain Minister of State:
For printing some Seleet Pieces of Mr. Dennis's in Prose and Verle. In Two Volumes Octavo.
The Bishop and Mr. Dennis had been very intimate at their firit fecting out in the World, (especially when his Lord bip was Preacher at the Rolls) what he here calls his Mite, was the genteel Present of 100l. Mr. Dennis died 1734, and was buried ar the Parish-Church of St. Martin in the Fielus ,
Reverende atque Eruditisime Vir,
Ne juxta Ædes tuas habitat, fcirem te
A te ire, ut primùm per valetudinem g o liceret. Id officii, ex pedum infir
smu mitate aliquandiu dilatum, cùm tandem me impleturum fperarem, fruftra fui, domi non eras Restat, ut quod coram exequi non potui, scriptis faltem literis præstem; tibique ob ea omnia, quibus à te auctus sum, beneficia, grates agam, quas habeo certe, & semper habiturus fum, maximas. · Reverà munera illa librorum nuperis à te annis editorum egregia ac perhonorifica mihi visa sunt. Multi enim facio, & te, vir præftantiffime : & tua omnia quæcunque in isto literarum genere perpolita sunt; in quo quidem Te cæteris omnibus ejusmodi fcriptoribus facilè antecellere, atque esse eundem & dicendi & sentiendi magistrum optimum, prorfùs existimo: cùmque in excolendis his studiis aliquantulum ipfe & operis & temporis posuerim,