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let, called the Growth of Popery; as manifestly as Milton's Defence of the English People is from Buchanan De jure regni apud Scotos : or your first Covenant and new Association from the holy league of the French Guisards. Any one who reads Davila, may trace your practices all along. There were the same pretences for reformation and loyalty, the same asperfions of the king, and the same grounds of a rebellion. I know not whether you will take the historian's word, who says it was reported, that Poltrot a Hugonot murdered Francis duke of Guife, by the inftigations of Theodore Beza, or that it was a Hugonot minister, otherwise called a Presbyterian, for our church abhors so devilish a tenet, who first writ a treatise of the lawfulness of deposing and murdering kings of a different persuasion in religion : but I am able to prove, from the doctrine of Calvin, and principles of Buchanan, that they set the people above the magistrate ; which, if I mistake not, is your own fundamental, and which carries your loyalty no farther than your liking. When a vote of the house of commons goes on your side, you are as ready to observe it as if it were passed into a law; but when you are pinched with any former and yet unrepealed act of parliament, you declare that in some cases you
will not be obliged by it. The passage is in the same third part of the No-protestantPlot; and is too plain to be denied. The late copy
intended association, you neither wholly justify nor condemn; but as the papists, when they are unopposed, fly out into all the pageantries of worship; but in times of war,
when they are hard pressed by arguments, lie close intrenched behind the Council of Trent: so now, when your affairs are in a low condition, you dare not pretend that to be a legal combination ; but whenfoever you are afloat, I doubt not but it will be maintained and justified to purpose. For indeed there is nothing to defend it but the sword: it is the proper time to say any thing, when men have all things in their power.
In the mean time, you would fain be nibbling at a parallel betwixt this association, and that in the time of queen Elizabeth. But there is this small difference betwixt them, that the ends of the one are directly opposite to the other : one with the queen's approbation and conjunction, as head of it; the other without either the consent or knowledge of the king, against whose authority it is manifestly designed. Therefore you do well to have recourse to your last evasion, that it was contrived by your enemies, and mufiled into the papers that were seized ; which yet you see the nation is not fo easy to believe as your own jury; but the matter is not difficult, to find twelve men in Newgate who would acquit a malefactor. I have one only favour to desire of
at parting, that when you think of answering this poem, you would employ the same pens against it, who have combated with so much fuccess against Absalom and Achitophel : for then you may assure yourselves of a clear victory, without the least reply. Rail at me abundantly; and, not to break a custom, do it without wit : by this method you will gain a considerable point, which
is wholly to wave the answer of my arguments. Never own the bottom of your principles, for fear they fhould be treason. Fall severely on the miscarriages of government;
for if scandal be not allowed, you are no freeborn subjects. If God has not blessed
with the talent of rhyming, make use of my poor stock and welcome: let your verses run upon my feet : and for the utmost refuge of notorious blockheads, reduced to the last extremity of sense, turn my own lines upon me, and in utter despair of your own fatyr, make ine satyrize myself. Some of you have been driven to this bay already; but, above all the relt, commend me to the non-conformist parson, who writ the Whip and Key. I am afraid it is not read so much as the piece deserves, because the bookseiler is every week crying help at the end of his Gazette, to get it off. You see I am charitable enough to do him a kindness, that it may be published as well as printed ; and that so much skill in Hebrew derivations may not lie for waste-paper in the shop. Yet I half suspect he went no farther for his learning, than the index of Hebrew names and etymologies, which is printed at the end of some English bibles. If Achitophel signify the brother of a fool, the author of that poem will pass with his readers for the next of kin. And perhaps it is the relation that makes the kindness. Whatever the verses are, buy them up, I beseech
you, out of pity; for I hear the conventicle is shut
and the brother of Achitophel out of service.
Now footmen you know have the generosity to make a purse for a member of their society, who has had his
livery pulled over his ears : and even protestant socks are hought up among you, out of veneration to the
A difsenter in poetry from sense and English will make as good a protestant rhymer, as a dissenter from the church of England a protestant parson. Besides, if you encourage a young beginner, who knows but he
may elevate his style a little above the vulgar epithets of propliane, and fawcy Jack, and atheistic fcribler, with which he treats me, when the fit of enthufialın is strong upon him : by which well-mannered and charitable expressions I was certain of his sect before I knew his name. What would you have more of a man? He has damned me in your cause from Genesis to the Revelations : and has half the texts of both the Testaments against me, if you will be so civil to yourselves as to take him for your interpreter ; and not to take them for Irish witnesies. After all, perhaps, you will tell me, that you retained him only for the opening of your cause, and that your main lawyer is yet behind. Now if it so happen he meet with no more reply than his predeceffors, you may either conclude that I trust to the goodness of my cause, or fear my adversary, or disdain him, or what you please; for the short of it is, it is indifferent to your humble servant, whatever your party says or thinks of himn.
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