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mode, and which custom exacts.' It about the queen : He dined and fupmatters little (for instance) whether ped and cohabited with the latter in a prince gives himself up to the more every apparent respect as if he had gross luxury of the west, or to the no mistress at all. Thus he raised a more refined luxury of the east; whe- great reputation: He was revered by ther he become the slave of a do- his subjects, and admired by his neighmestick harlot, or of a foreign queen; A bours; and this was 'due principally in short, whether he forget himself to the art with which he ma
managed in the arms of one whore, or of appearances, so as to set off his virtwenty; and whether he imitate An- tues, to disguise his failings and his thony, or a king of Achin, who is vices, and by his example and authoreported to have passed his whole rity to keep a veil drawn over the time in a seraglio, eating, drinking, futility and debauch of his court. chewing betel, playing with women, B
His successor, not to the throne, and talking of cock-fighting. but to the sovereign power, was a
To draw to a conclusion: This mere rake, with some wit, and no decency, this grace, this propriety of ,
morals; nay, with so little regard to manners to character, is so essential them, that he made them a subje& to princes in particular, that when
of ridicule in discourse, and appeared ever it is neglected, their virtues lose
in his whole conduct more profligate, a great degree of luftre, and their C if that could be, than he was in prindefects acquire much aggravation. ciple. The difference between these Nay more, by neglecting this decen- characters foon appeared in abomicy and this grace, and for want of a nable effects ; such as (cruelty apart) fufficient regard to appearances, even might recal the memory of Nero, or their virtues may betray them into in the other sex, that of Mefalinu, failings, their failings into vices, and and such as I leave the chroniclers their vices into habits, unworthy of Dof scandal to relate, princes, and unworthy of men. Our Elizabeth was queen in 2
The constitutions of governments, limited monarchy, and reigned over and the different tempers and charac- a people at all times more easily led ters of people, may be thought juftly than driven ; and at that time capable to deserve some consideration, in de. of being attached to their prince and termining the behaviour of princes their country,' by a more generous in private life as well as in publick ; E principle than any of those which and to put a difference (for instance) prevail in our days, by cflier. between the decorum of a king of There was a strong prerogative then France, and that of a king of Great- in being, and the crown was in pofBritain.
session of greater legal power. Po. Lewis the fourteenth was king in pularity was however then (as it is an absolute monarchy, and reigned now, and as it must be always ia over a people whose genius makes it F mixed government) the sole true fitter perhaps to impose on them by foundation of that sufficient authoriadmiration and awe, than to gain ty and influence, which other constiand hold them by affection. Accord- tutions give the prince gratis, and iningly he kept great itate; was haugh. dependently of the people, but which ty, was reserved; and all he faid or a king of this nation must acquire. did appeared to be forethought and The wise queen saw it, and the faw plann'd. His regard to appearances G too how much popularity depends were such, that when his mistress was on those appearances that depend on the wife of another man, and he had the decorum, the decency, the grace, children by her every year, he en- and the propriety of behaviour of deavoured to cover her constant refi. which we are speaking A warm dence at court by a place the filled
concern for the interest and honour spreading the most extravagant noof the nation, a tenderness for her tions about kings in general, as if people, and a confidence in their af- they were middle brings, between fections, were appearances that run God and other men ; and by comthro' her whole publick conduct, paring the extent and unsearchable
life and colour to it. She mysteries of their power and prero. did great things, and the knew how A gative to those of the divine Provi. to set them off according to their full dence. His language and his behaviour value, by her manner of doing them. were commonly suited to such foolish In her private behaviour the Thewed pretensions; and thus by assuming a great affability, the descended even claim to such respect and submission to familiarity, but her familiarity as were not due to him, he lott a was such as could not be imputed great part of what was due to him. to her weakness, and was therefore B In fhort, he begun at the wrong end; moit juftly ascribed to her goodness. for tho' the shining qualities of the Tho' a woman, she hid all that was king may cover lone failings and womanith about her ; and if a few some vices that do not grow up to equivocal marks of coquetry appear- ftrong habits in the man, yet must the ed on fome occafions, they paffed character of a great and good king be like flashes of lightning, vanished as founded in that of a great and good man. soon as they were discerned, and im- C A king wholives out of the sight of his printed no blot on her character. She subjects, or is never seen by them exhad private friendships, she had fa- cept on his throne, can scarce be devourites: But she never suffered her spised as a man, tho' he may be hated friends to forget she was their queen, as a king. But the king who lives and when her favourites did, the more in their sight, and more under made them feel that she was so. their observation, may be despised
Her succesior, James the first, had D before he is haied, and even withno virtues to set off, but he had fail- out being hated. This happened to ings and vices to conceal. He could king James : A thousand circumnot conceal the latter; and void of fiances brought it to pass, and none the former, he could not compensate more than the indecent weaknesses he for them. His failings and his vices had for his minions. He did not therefore standing in full view, he endeavour to cure this contempt, and passed for a weak prince and an ill E raise his character only by affecting man ; and fell into all the contempt what he had no pretensions to, as in wherein his memory remains to this the former case; but he endeavoured day. The methods he took to pre- likewise most vainly to do it by serve himself from it, served but to affecting what was improper to his confirm him in it. No man can keep character and rank.
He did not the decorum of manners in life, who endeavour, indeed, to disguise his nais not free from every lind of affetta- F tural pufillanimity and timidity under tion, as it has been iaid already: But the mask of a bully, nor wear a long he who affects what he has no preten- sword, look fierce, and talk big, fions to, or what is improper to his whilft he was imposed upon and incharader and rank in the world, is fulted by all his neighbours, and a. guilty of most consummate folly: He bove all by the Spaniards; but he becomes doubly ungracious, doubly retailed the scraps of Buchanan, indecent, and quite ridiculous. James G affecied to talk much, figured in the first, not having one quality 10 church-controversies, and put on all conciliate the efteem or affection of the pedantick appearances of a schohis people to him, endeavoured to lar, whilft he neglećied all those of a impofe on their urderflandings; and great and good man, as well as king. to create a respect for him.clf, by
Let not princes flatter themselves; so in private ; and the prince who they will be examined closely in private practises and exacts them, will amuse as well as in publick life; and those himself much better, and oblige who cannot pierce further will judge those who have the honour to be in of them by the appearances they give his intiinacy, and to share his pleain both,
To obtain true popularity, sures with him, much more, than he that which is founded in elicem and A could posibly do by the most absolute affection, they must therefore main- and unguardid
familiarity. tain their characters in boih; and to That which is here recommended that end neglect appearances in nei. to princes, that constant guard on ther, but obierve the decorum necessary their own behaviour, even in private to preserve the elteem, whillt they life, and that conitant decorum which win the affections, of mankind. Kings, their example ought to exact from they must never forget that they are B others, will not be found so difficult men: Men, they must never forget that in practice as may be imagined ; if they are kings. The fentinents which they use a proper discernment in the one of these reflections of course in. choice of the persons whom they admit spires, will give an humane and affa- to the nearest degrees of intimacy ble air to their whole behaviour, and with them. A prince shou'd chuse make them taste, in that high eleva- his companions with as great care as tion, all the joys of social life. The C his ministers. If he trusts the sentiments that the other reaction business of his state to these, he trusts suggests, will be found very compa
his character to those. Not only tible with the former; and they may general experience will lead men to never forget that they are kings, tho' judge, that a fimilitude of character they do not always carry the crown
determin'd it; but if chance, inon their heads, nor the scepter indulgence to assiduity, good-nature, their hands. Vanity and folly must D or want of reflection had their share entrench themselves in a conitant af. in the introduction of men unworthy fectation of state to preserve regal
of such favour, certain it is, that dignity: A wife prince will know they who judged wrong at first how to preserve it when he lays his concerning him, will judge right at majesty aside. He will dare to ap- last; I mean, that the minds of pear a private man, and in that princes, like the minds of other men, character he will draw to himself a E will be brought down infenfibly to the respect less ostentatious, but more tone of the company they keep. real and more agreeable to him, than They are not triflers for instance : any which is paid to the monarch. Be it so: But if they take men cf By never saying what is unfit for him mean characters, or of no characters, to say, he will never hear what is into their intimacy, they shew a difunfit for him to hear By never position to become such ; unless they doing what is unfit for him to do, he F break those habits early, and before will never see what is unfit for him to puerile amusements are grown up
Decency and propriety of to be the business of their lives. manners are so far from leffening the A worse consequence even than pleasures of life, that they refine thein, this, may follow a want of discernand give them an higher talte: They ment in princes how to chuse their are to far from restraining the free companions, and how to conduct and easy commerce of social life, that G themselves in private life. Silly kings they banish the bane of it, licentioul- have resigned themelves to their mi. nefs of behaviour. Ceremony is the nisters, have suffered there to stand barrier against this abuse of liberty between them and their people, and in publick : Polireness and decency are have formed no judgmenis, nor taken January, 1749.
an measures on their own knowledge, meddle in things at least as much a
. but all implicitly on the representa- bove them, as those that have been tions made io them by those ministers. mentioned are below the others ? Kings of fuperior capacity have re- And are not princes who suffer them figned themselves in the same man- to do io, unaccountably weak? ner to their favouritis, male and fe- What hall I say further on this male, have suffered these to itund be. A head? Nothing more is necessary. tween them and their molt able and Let me wind it up therefore by affaithful counsellors ; their judgments forting this great truth, that results have been influenced, and their from what has been already faid. measures directed by insinuations of As he can never fill the character of women, or of men as little fitted as a PATRIOT KING, tho' his personal women by nature and education, to great and good qualities be in every be hearkened to in the great affairs B other respect equal to it, who lies oof government. History is full of pen to the flattery of courtiers, to the such examples; all melancholy, leduction of women, and to the many tragical! fufficient, if attended partialities and affections which are to (one would imagine) to deter easily contracted by too great indulprinces from permitting the compa- gence in private life ; so the prince nions of their idle hours, or the in- who is desirous to establish this cha. ftruments of their pleasures, to exceed C racter, must observe such a decorum, the bounds of those provinces. Should and keep such a guard on himself, a minister of state pretend to vie with as may prevent even the fulpicion of any of these, about the forms of a being liable to such influences. For drawing-room, the regulation of a as the reality would ruin, the very ruelle, the decoration of a ball, or suspicion will lefsen him in the othe dress of a fine lady, he would be pinion of mankind ; and the opithought ridiculous, and he would be D nion of mankind, which is fame aftruly so. But then are not any of these ter death, is fuperior strength and impertinent, when they pretend to
power in life.
JOURNAL of the PROCEEDINGS and DEBATES
in the PoliticAL CLUB, continued from the APPENDIX, 1748, Page 605.
and, I think, he himself stands forth in the Debate brgun in your Maga- an example of it, as strong as can any
zine for December luft, and conti- where be met with. I am persuaded, rued in your Appendix, the next there is no man more firinly attached Speaker after Q. Salonius Sarra, E than he is to the protestant succession was Cn. Domitius Calvinus, the
now happily established in this kingPurport of whose Speech was as dom, and yet he has been bred up follows:
with such a regard for the church,
and such a jealousy of every thing Mr. Presidint,
that may have the least appearance SIR,
of an incroachment upon her rights HE Hon. and learned gen. F and privileges, that he would chule cleman who spoke lait, took to expose the protestant succession to
notice of the powerful be undermined by wolves in sheeps firence which the prejudices of edu- cloathing, rather than allow the para cation have upon our way of think- liament to determine, who shall be ing, und judying, in all anáirs of lile;
deemed the proper instructors and man, who takes holy orders from a leaders of the people within his ma- nonjuring bilhop, is such a one as jesty's dominions.
has been bred up in the same princiSir, If the question now before ples with the bishop from whom he us were, whether ordination by a chases to receive holy orders, and popis bishop, or hy one who is held consequently, must be presumed rea. to be a bishop amongst the nonjurors, A dy to inculcate those principles as ofwere such an ordinarion as might in ten as he safely can, notwithtanding title a man to the character of a his having taken the oaths to the priest or a deacon in the church ; or present government; therefore the if we were to impower any civii ju. parliament has wilely thought fit to dicatute to determine this question, exclude all such men from exercising I should be as zealous against our the office of priest or deacon in Scotdetermining such a quiition, or B land, where the people are naturally, granting such a power, as any gen- and without any instruction, but too tleman in this house; but neither apt to rebel; and where the vulgar of these is the case with respect have always been more under the into the clause now under confidera. fluence of their preachers than in tion. We are only to determine, most other countries. that such an ordination is not proper It is true, Sir, that no man can for intitling a man to exercise the C publickly, in his fermons, inculcate function of priest or deacon in any the principles of Jacobitism: it is eepiscopal meeting in Scotland; and qually true, that no man, who has that it may appear by whom every taken the oaths to the government, man, who intends to exercise that can, with a good grace, inculcate funciion in Scotland, has been or
such principles in private condained, we have already ordered his versation; and it is likewile true, letters of orders to be registered in D that if you exclude such men from the court books of fome of the civil publickly exercising their function, judicatures within the kingdom. they will probably exercise it in a
Neither of these, Sir, can in the private manner, and will then more leait interfere with any right or prin zealously inculcare such principles, vilege belonging to the church. It especially in Scotland, where, from is a question in politicks only, and several late events it is known, that with tuch questions, I think, the E the lower fort of people are not so moll zealous churchman cannot pie- ready to discover, or impeach, even tend, that the church has any thing for the highest rewards, as in some to do. For both these political re- other countries. But, Sir, tho' no gulations the learned gentleman has minister can publickly, in his ferhimself furnished us with a very mons, inculcate the principles of trong .rgument. Toe prejudices of Jacobitim, yet if he be a learned education are oi such force, that ve. F and eloquent preacher, he may, by ry few men ever gei entirely the his sermons, gain a more commandbetter of them; and it has been ing influence over his hearers than found, by experience, that those he could ever otherwise arrain to, and who have been bred up in Jacobite from thence may, with greater principles from their 1..fancy, gene- weight, recommend whatever docTally retain a warm side that way, trines, either in religion or politicks, and are too apt io thew it as often as G he pleases to inculcite in his private they fafely can, notwithstanding their conversation or lectures ; nur wilde having taken the oaths to the prelent his having taken the oaths to the gogovernment. This, I say, has been vernment much diminish the weight bound by experience, and it is cer- of his recommendation ; for the peotainly to be preturned, that every