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sincere allies. This is the case, as that author represents it. I have heard a story, I think it was of the Duke of ***, who, playing at hazard at the Groom-porter's in much company, held in a great many hands together, and drew a huge heap of gold ; but, in the heat of play, never observed a sharper, who came once or twice under his arm, and swept a great deal of it into his hat; the company thought it had been one of his servants. When the Duke's hand was out, they were talking how much he had won. Yes, said he, I held in very long; yet, methinks, I have won but very little. "They told him, his servant had got the rest in his hat; and then he found he was cheated.
It hath been my good fortune, to see the most important facts that I have advanced, justified by the public voice; which, let this author do what he can, will incline the world to believe, that I may be right in the rest. And I folemnly declare, that I have not, wilfully, committed the least mistake. I stopt the second edition, and made all possible enquiries, among those, who, I thought, could best inform me, in order to correct any error I could hear of; I did the same to the third and fourth editions, and then left the printer to his liberty. This I take for a more effectual answer to all cavils, than an hundred pages of controversy.
But, what disgusts me, from having any thing to do with this race of answer-jobbers, is, that they have no sort of conscience in their dealings. Togive one instance in this gentleman's third part, which I have been lately looking into : When I talk of the
tary, or of his to put us in my hor for the
most petty princes, he says, that I mean crowned heads: When I say, the soldiers of those petty princes are ready to rob, or starve at home; he says, I call kings and crowned heads robbers and highwaymen. This is what the whigs call, answering a book. · I cannot omit one particular, concerning this author, who is so pofitive in asserting his own facts, and contradicting mine: he affirms, that the business of Thoulon was discovered by the clerk of a certain great man, who was then secretary of state. It is neither wise, nor for the credit of his party, to put us in mind of that secretary, or of that clerk; however, so it Itappens, that nothing relating to the affair of Thoulon did ever pass through that secretary's office: which I here affirm with great phlegm, leaving the epithets of false, scandalous, villainous, and the rest, to the author and his fellows.
But, to leave this author; let us consider the consequence of our triumphs, upon which some fet so great a value, as to think, that nothing less than the crown, can be a fufficient reward for the merit of the General. We have not enlarged our dominions by one foot of land : our trade, which made us considerable in the world, is either given up by treaties, or clogged with duties, which interrupt, and daily lessen it. We see the whole nation groaning under excessive taxes of all forts, to raise three millions of money, for payment of the interest of those debts we have contracted: Let us look upon the reverse of the medal; we thall see our neighbours, who, in their utmost di
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General of the united provinces should have a so strong and sufficient barrier against France and s others, who would surprise or attack them : « and her Majesty and the States-General, appre« hending, with just reason, the troubles and the “ mischiefs which may happen in relation to this -| « succession, if, at any time, there should be any “ perfon, or any power, who fhould call it in: “ question; and that the countries and states of “ the said Lords the States-General were not fur“nished with fuch a barrier : for these faid reafons, her said Majesty the Queen of Great-Bri
“ tain, although in the vigour of her age, and “ enjoying perfect health (in which may God pre“ serve her many years) out of an effect of her “ usual prudence and piety, has thought fit to en“ ter, with the Lords the States-General of the « united provinces, into a particular alliance and “ confederacy, the principal end and only aim of “ which shall be, the public quiet and tranquilli“ ty; and to prevent, by measures taken in time, “ all the events which might one day excite new “ war. It is with this view, that her British Mao jeity has given her full power, to agree upon “ some articles of a treaty, in addition to the trea“ ties and alliances that she hath already with the “Lords the States-General of the united provin “ces, to her ambassador extraordinary and pleni. “ potentiary, Charles Viscount Townshend, Baron rs of Lyne-Regis, Privy Counfellor to her British “ Majesty, Captain of her said Majesty's Yeomen “ of the guard, and her Lieutenant in the county ¢ of Norfolk; and the Lords the States-General “ of the united provinces, the Sieurs John de Wel« deren, Lord of Valburgh, great Bailiff of the “ Lower Betewe, of the body of the nobility of “ the province of Guelder; Frederic, Baron of ri Reede, Lord of Lier, St. Anthony, and Ter " Lee, of the order of the nobility of the pro6 vince of Holland and West Friezeland; An" thony Heinsius, Counsellor. Pensionary of the “ province of Holland and West-Friezeland, “Keeper of the Great Seal, and Superintendant “ of the fiefs of the same province; Cornelius.
“ t'in Gheet, Lord of Spranbrook, Bulkefteyn, “ Gedeon Hoeuft, Canon of the Chapter of the “ church of S:. Peter at Utrecht, and elected " Counsellor in the States of the province of Ut“ recht; Haifel Van Sminia, Secretary of the “ chamber of the accounts of the province of “ Friezeland; Ernest Ittersum, Lord of Osterbof, “ of the body of the nobility of the province of “ Overvssel; and Wicher Wichers, Senator of the “ city of Groningen; all deputies to the assembly “ of the said Lords the States-General, on the one “ part, respectively, of the provinces of Guelder, “ Holland, West-Friezeland, Zeland, Utrecht, “ Friezeland, Overyfel, and Groningen, and Om“ melands, who, by virtue of their full powers, “ have agreed upon the following articles.” ART. I. THE treaties of peace, friendship, al.
1 liance, and confederacy, between her Britannic Majesty and the States-General of the united provinces, shall be approved and confirmed by the present treaty, and shall remain in their former force and vigour, as if they were inserted word for word. • ART. II. The succession to the crown of England, having been settled by an act of parliament, passed the twelfth year of the reign of his late Majesty King William III. the title of which is, An ait for the further limitation of the crown, and better securing the rights and liberties of the subject; and, lately, in the sixth year of the reign of her present Majesty, this succession having been again establish