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in, that the treason of their fellow-subjects should bring pon them as great a charge as the war with France. At e same time every reasonable man among them will pay a x with at least as great cheerfulness for stifling a civil war
its birth, as for carrying on a war in a foreign country. ad not our first supplies been effectual for the crushing
our domestic enemies, we should immediately have beeld the whole kingdom a scene of slaughter and desolaon: whereas, if we had failed in our first attempts upon a stant nation, we might have repaired the losses of one mpaign by the advantages of another, and after several ctories gained over us, might still have kept the enemy om our gates. As it was thus absolutely necessary to raise a sum that ght enable the government to put a speedy stop to the reEllion, so could there be no method thought of for raising ch a sum more proper, than this of laying an additional x of two shillings in the pound upon land. In the first place: this tax has already been so often tried, at we know the exact produce of it, which in any new proct is always very doubtful and uncertain. As we are thus quainted with the produce of this tax, we find it is adeEate to the services for which it is designed, and that the ditional tax is proportioned to the supernumerary expense, nich falls upon the kingdom this year by the unnatural rellion, as it has been above stated. In the next place : no other tax could have been thought
upon which so much money would have been immediately vanced as was necessary in so critical a juncture for pushg our successes against the rebels, and preventing the atmpts of their friends and confederates both at home and road. Nobody cares to make loans upon a new and uned project; whereas men never fail to bring in their money, on a land-tax, when the premium or interest allowed em, is suited to the hazard they run by such loans to the vernment. And here one cannot but bewail the misforne of our country, when we consider, that the House of ommons had last year reduced this interest to four per nt., by which means there was a considerable saving to the tion; but that this year they have been forced to give
per cent., as well knowing the fatal consequences that ght have ensued, had there not been an interest allowed,
which would certainly encourage the lender to venture, in such a time of danger, what was indispensably necessary for the exigences of tbe public.
Besides, this is a method for raising a sum of money, that, with the ordinary taxes, will in all probability defray the whole expense
of year : so that there is no burden laid
posterita.com other means of raising money; nor any deficiency to be hereafter made up by ourselves, which has been our case in so many other subsidies.
To this we may add ; that we have no example of any other tax, which in its nature would so particularly affect the enemies of his Majesty's government. Multitudes of Papists and Nonjurors will be obliged to furnish a double proportion out of their revenues towards the clearing of that expense, which by their open and secret practices they have been instrumental in bringing upon their fellow-subjects.
I shall only mention one consideration more; that no other tax is so likely to cease as this is, when there is no further occasion for it. This tax is established by a House of Commons, which, by virtue of an act of parliament passed a few years ago, must consist for the most part of landed men; so that a great share of the weight of it must necessarily fall upon the members of their own body. As this is an instance of their public spirit, so we may be sure they would not have exerted it, had there not been an absolute necessity: nor can we doubt, that for the same reasons, when this necessity ceases, they will take the first opportunity of easing themselves in this particular, as well as those whom they represent. It is a celebrated notion of a patriot, who signally distinguished himself for the liberties of his country, that a House of Commons should never grant such subsidies as are easy to be raised, and give no pain to the people, lest the nation should acquiesce under a burden they did not feel, and see it perpetuated without repining. Whether this notion might not be too refined, I shall not determine ; but by what has been already said, I think we may promise ourselves, that this additional tax of two shillings in the pound will not be continued another year, because we may hope the rebellion will be entirely ended in this. And here, I believe, it must be obvious to
every flection, that the rebellion might not have concluded so soon,
d not this method been made use of for that end. A foreign tentate trembles at the thought of entering into a war with
wealthy an enemy as the British nation, when he finds the hole landed interest of the kingdom engaged to oppose him th their united force; and at all times ready to employ ainst him such a part of their revenues, as shall be sufficient baffle his designs upon their country: especially when none n imagine, that he expects an encouragement from those, nose fortunes are either lodged in the funds, or employed trade. The wisdom, therefore, of the present House of Commons s by this tax, not only enabled the king to subdue those of s own subjects, who have been actually in arms against him, t to divert any of his neighbours from the hopes of lending em a competent assistance.
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some time after on any other subject. It was a solemnity ery way suited to the birth-day of a princess, who is the light of our nation, and the glory of her sex. Homer tells
that when the daughter of Jupiter presented herself among rowd of goddesses, she was distinguished from the rest by c graceful stature, and known by her superior beauty, notthstanding they were all beautiful. Such was the appearce of the Princess of Wales among our British ladies; or
use a more solemn phrase) of the king's daughter among - honourable women.'
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When this excellent princess was yet in her father's court, she was so celebrated for the beauty of her person, and the accomplishments of her mind, that there was no prince in the empire, who had room for such an alliance, that was not ambitious of gaining her into his family, either as a daughter, or as a consort. He who is now the chief of the crowned heads in Europe, and was then king of Spain, and heir to all the dominions of the house of Austria, sought her in marriage. Could her mind have been captivated with the glories of this world, she had them all laid before her; but she generously declined them, because she saw the acceptance of them was inconsistent with what she esteems more than all the glories of this world, the enjoyment of her religion. Providence, however, kept in store a reward for such an exalted virtue; and, by the secret methods of its wisdom, opened a way for her to become the greatest of her sex, among those, who profess that faith to which she adhered with so much Christian magnanimity.
This her illustrious conduct might, in the eye of the world, have lost its merit, had so accomplished a prince as his Royal Highness declared his passion for the same alliance at that time: it would then have been no wonder that all other proposals had been rejected. But it was the fame of this heroic constancy that determined his Royal Highness to desire in marriage a princess whose personal charms, which had before been so universally admired, were now become the least part of her character. We, of the British nation, have reason to rejoice, that such a proposal was made and accepted; and that her Royal Highness, with regard to these two successive treaties of marriage, showed as much prudence in her compliance with the one, as piety in her refusal of the other.
The princess was no sooner arrived at Hanover, than she improved the lustre of that court, which was before reckoned among the politest in Europe; and increased the satisfaction of that people, who were before looked upon as the happiest in the empire. She immediately became the darling of the Princess Sophia, who was acknowledged in all the courts of Europe the most accomplished woman of the age in which she lived, and who was not a little pleased with the conversation of one in whom she saw so lively an image of her own youth.
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But I shall insist no longer on that reputation which r Royal Highness has acquired in other countries. We ily discover those admirable qualities for which she is so tly famed, and rejoice to see them exerted in our own antry, where we ourselves are made happy by their influ
We are the more pleased to behold the throne of ose kingdoms surrounded by a numerous and beautiful ogeny, when we consider the virtues of those from whom y descend. Not only the features, but the mind of the ent, is often copied out in the offspring. But the princess are speaking of takes the surest method of making her al issue like herself, by instilling early into their minds the principles of religion, virtue, and honour, and seasontheir tender years with all that knowledge which they capable of receiving. What may we not hope from such uncommon care in the education of the children of Great tain, who are directed by such precepts, and will be med by such an example! Che conjugal virtues are so remarkable in her Royal Highs, as to deserve those just and generous returns of love I tenderness, for which the prince, her husband, is so unisally celebrated. But there is no part of her Royal Highness's character Ech we observe with greater pleasure, than that behaviour which she has so much endeared herself to his Majesty; ugh, indeed, we have no reason to be surprised at this tual intercourse of duty and affection, when we consider wise and virtuous a princess possessing, in the same ced person, the kindest of fathers and the best of kings.
here it is natural for us to congratulate our own good une, who see our sovereigns blessed with a numerous ze, among whom are our heirs male in two direct descents, ch has not happened in the reign of any English king e the time of his Majesty's great ancestor Edward the rd, and is a felicity not enjoyed by the subjects of any er of the kings of Europe who are his contemporaries.
are like men entertained with the view of a spacious Escape, where the eye passes over one pleasing prospect - another, till the sight is lost by degrees in a succes
of delightful objects, and leaves us in the persuasion E there remain still more behind. But if we regard her Royal Highness in that light which