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I have now finished the most disgustful task that ever I undertook. I could, with more ease, have written three dull pamphlets, than remarked upon the falfhoods and absurdities of one. But I was quite confounded, last Wednesday, when the printer came with another paniphlet in his hand, written by the fame author, and entitled, The Englishman, being the close of the paper fo called, &c. He desired I would read it over, and consider it in a paper by itself; which last I absolutely refused. Upon perusal, I found it chiefly an invective against Toby, the ministry, the Examiner, the clergy, the Queen, and the Foft-boy; yer, at the same time, with great justice, exclaiming against those, who presumed to offer the least word, against the heads of that faction whom her Majefty discharged. The author likewise proposeth an equal division of favour and employments, between the whigs and tories ; for, if the former can have no part or portion in David *, they desire · no longer to be his subjects. He insists, that her : Majesty hath exactly followed Monsieur Tughe's memorial t, against demolishing of Dunkirk. He reflects, with great satisfaction, on the good already done to his country, by the Crisis. Non nobis, Doa mine, non nobis, &c.--He gives us hopes; that
Ff 3 * What portion have we in David ?
+ “Tughe' was deputed by the magistrates of Dunkirk to in" tercede with the Queen, that she would recall part of her fen-" tence concerning Dunkirk, by causing her thunderbolts to fall u only on the martial works, and to spare the moles and dykes, “ which, in their naked condition, could be no more than on " jects of pity.”
he will leave off writing, and consult his own quiet and happiness; and concludes, with a letter to e friend at court. I suppose, by the style of old friend, and the like, it must be somebody there, of his own level; among whom his party have, indeed, more friends than I could wish. In this letter, he afferts, that the present ministers were not educated in the church of England, but are new converts from presbytery. Upon which I can only reflect, how blind the malice of that man must be, who invents a groundless lie, in order to defame his superiors, which would be no disgrace, if it had been a truth. And he concludes with making three demands, for the satisfaction of kimself and other malecontents, “ First, The de“ molition of the harbour of Dunkirk. Secondly, “ That Great Britain and France would heartily "join, against the exorbitant power of the Duke “ of Lorrain, and force the Pretender from his “ asylum at Bar le Duc. Lafly, That his Elec“ toral Highness of Hanover would be so grateful " to signify to all the world, the perfect good “ understanding he hath with the court of Eng"sland, in as plain terms as her Majesty was pleaf“ed to declare she had with that house, on her “ part."
As to the first of these demands, I will venture to undertake it shall be granted; but then, Mr. Steele and his brother malecontents, must promise to believe the thing is done, after those employed have made their report; or else bring vouchers to disprove it. Upon the second; I cannot tell, whether her Majesty will engage in a war against the Duke of Lorrain, to force him to remove the Pretender ; but, I believe, if the parliament should think it necessary to address, upon such an occasion, the QUEEN will move that prince to send him away. His last demand, offered under the title of a wish, is of so insolent and feditious a ftrain, that I care not to touch it. Here he directly chargeth her Majesty with delivering a falshood to her parliament from the throne; and declares, he will not believe her, until the Elector of Hanover himfelf shall vouch for the truth of what she hath fo folemnly asfirmed. · I agree with this writer, that it is an idle thing in his antagonists, to trouble themselves upon the articles of his birth, education, or fortune: for, whoever writes at this rate, of his sovereign, to whom he owes so many personal obligations, I shall never enquire, whether he be a GENTLEMAN BORN, but whether he be a HUMAN CREATURE.
THE CONDUCT OF THE ALLIES,
and of the LATE MINISTRY, in beginning
Written in the year 1712.
P. R E F A C E. : I Cannot sufficiently admire the industry of a fort 1 of men, wholly out of favour with the Prince and people, and openly professing a separate intereft from the bulk of the landed men, who yet are able to raise, at this juncture, fo great a clamour against a peace, without offering one single reason, but what we find in their ballads. I lay it down for a maxim, that no reasonable man, whether whig or tory, (since it is necessary to use those foolish terms) can be of opinion for continuing the
war * To this tract, and the Examiners, which make Vol. V. of the Irish edition, there is a preface in the name of the publisher, which Lord Orrery ascribes to Swift, for no other apparent reafon, than to accuse him of praising himself. But, besides the incorrectness of the style, which his Lordship supposes to be affected, there is an assertion, that these papers produced the change in the Queen's ministry, which, even in his Lordship's opinion, they were written to defend, and to which they appear, by their date, as well as tenor, to be subsequent; an absurdity, of which Swift, even in the character of a publisher, cannot be supposed to have been guilty. Hawkes.
war upon the foot it now is, unless he be a gainer by it, or hopes it may occasion some new turn of affairs at home, to the advantage of his party; or, lastly, unless he be very ignorant of the kingdom's condition, and by what means we have been reduced to it. Upon the two first cases, where intereft is concerned, I have nothing to say: but, as to the last, I think it highly necessary, that the public should be freely and impartially told, what circumstances they are in, after what manner they have been treated by those, whom they trusted so many years with the disposal of their blood and treafure, and what the consequences of this management are like to be, upon themselves and their posterity.
Those who, either by writing or discourse, have undertaken to defend the proceedings of the late ministry, in the management of the war, and of the treaty at Gertruydenburgh, have spent time in celebrating the conduct and valour of our leaders, and their troops, in fumming up the victories they have gained, and the towns they have taken. Then they tell us, what high articles were insisted on by our ministers, and those of the confederates, and what pains both were at, in persuading France to accept them. But nothing of this can give the least satisfaction to the just complaints of the kingdom, As to the war, our grievances are, that a greater load has been laid on us, than was either just or necessary, or than we have been able to bear; that the groffest impositions have been submitted to, for the advancement of private wealth and power, or in order to forward the more dangerous designs of