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to the satisfaction of the Papifts, till the King, being puffed up with his Success against the Duke of Monmoutb, he clapt Spurs to them to make them mend their rate, whereby he ran them out of breath, and then instead of going on they fell to kicking at him; for now they can preach against Popery, and don't stick to say it openly, that the King has not kept his word, and indeed speak of him and his Government in fawcy and unmannerly Language, and let fall such words against his Proceedings, as they would heretofore have called Seditious, had they come out of other peoples mouths ; yet now they reckon themselves the only Champions against Popery, and the chief Supports of the Laws and Liberties, because they say and do those things in ten times a greater degree, for which they used to call others, disaffected, and thereby greedily lick up their own Vomit: They wonder now that any do absent themselves from the Church, and say, if Popery do come in, the fault will wholly lie at their Doors, whọ at this time separate from the Church.
But soft and fair, they make too much hafte for the blame will not wholly rest with the Disenters; for neither have they yet approved themselves such worthy Patriots: If they are ruined their blood is upon their own heads, and they must thank themselves for it. Though the Diflenters are to blame, yet to lay all the fault at their Door, it may as well be said, which is ridiculous to affirm, that he has as great a share in building a House that lays here and there a Stone, as he that lays the Foundation, and raises much of the Superstructure upon it; which is the very Cafe betwixt the high Church men and the Diflenters; and though our
high Church snarle at the King, and treat him with over-familiar Language, yet what they have said and done does not so much denote their repentance, as that they are disobliged and disappointed, be cause it is not accompanied with amendment of life, which is the truest sign of penitence; for I doubt, there are very few of them that can boast, that they are less debaucht and profane : If the matter then be fo, and they on their part have not done any thing to invite or incourage the Dissenters to come to Church, they should be the least of all Men that should complain of their absenting. Upon the whole Matter then, The Dissenters by falling in with the Indulgence, have done that which in the cansequence will set up Arbitrary Power; But the high Church-men have in express terms preached up and assisted Arbitrary Power, and have treated the Papists as their Friends : So that they having been chiefly instrumental and layed a Foundation for Popery and Slavery, I may without pretending to the gift of Prophecy, adventure to say, that whenever it comes to extremity the greatest brunt will light upon them, and their Heads will sheild the blows from others who used all lawful means to have prevented the Milcheif that is coming on apace. Thus I have laid open the Fault on all sides ; let then the high Church be more charitable, and the Dissenters lefs stiff and sweamish, and let every one indeavour tolive like People professing the Gofpel, and I hope that God may yer have mercy upon this poor Nation,
Wish I could have been Glent, and I wish
there had not been an occasion for this dayes debate: but since we are brought into this condition, it behoves every Man to put to his Shoulder to support this tottering Nation : And in this Matter that is now before us we ought to consider ve ry well, for a great deal depends upon it, and therefore I hope that every Gentleman will speak and Vote as God shall put it into his heart, without any prejudice or pre-possession.
A Bill to Exclude all Papists from the Crown will produce a great many Inconveniences on both hands, because his R. H being a Papist it will ser him aside: therefore we are to consider which is the lesser evil, and to choose that,
If the D. be excluded, you are told how unjust it is to take away his Right from him : that the Crown is his Inheritance if he survive the K. and
besides you provoke him and all the Papists in England to Rise and cut our Throats.
On the other hand, it's plain, that when we shall have a Popijls K. our Religion and Laws are not secure one Moment, but are in continual danger.
So that the case in short is this : Whether we shall fit still and put it to the venture of having a Popish Succeffor, then we must either submit our Heads to the Block, or fight and be Rebels : Or else to have a Law that will justifie us in the defen. ding our Religion and Laws : In plain English, whether we would fight for or against the Law. I think I have put it right; and now let every Man make his choice, that loves either his God or his Countrey.
As to the D's Right to the Crown; I wish it were clearly known what sort of Right it is he claims, and whence he derives it: He is not Heir Apparent, neither do I think that our Law knows any such thing as an Heir to the Crown, but only as a Successor : And therefore the D. nor any other whatever, can pretend the same Title to the Crown, as the son of a Subject can to his Fathers Estate after his decease; for with Subjects they do not succeed but inherit. It is not fo as to the Crown, for there they succeed : And it is from a not rightly considering the word Heir, as it is a Synonymous term with that of Succeffor, that has made so many to be deceived in the D's Title to the Crown: for this word Heir to the Crown was not heard of till Arbitrary Power began to put forth. Before William the Conquerour's Time it would have been a senseless word, when the people set up and pulled down as they faw cause: And till
Queen Elizabeth it was not much in fashion, when the Crown was so frequently setled by Act of Par: liament, and the Next of blood so often set aside; when the Son feldom followed his father into the Throne, bur either by Election in the Life-time of his father, or elfe by Act of Parliament. . So that to make the D. either Heir Apparent or Prefumptive to the Crown, it must be proved either by the Constitution of the Government, or by fonie Law or Act of Parliament. If therefore he has a Title to the Crown, it's necessary to know what it is, and whence he has it; but if he has none, it's not unjust to pass the Bill, or any otherwhere he shall be particularly named: But I will say no more of this, least I may seem to be against Kingly Government, which I am not.
If the D. be Excluded because he is a Papist, yet it is no injustice: Why will he be of that Religion that the Law endeavours to suppress? The Subjects who are of that Religion, forfeit Two parts in Three of their Estates, and shall any Subject by reason of his Quality be exempted from the Law? I hope not ; Besides, if a Subject forfeit two parts, it's reasonable that the next of blood, or any that is of that Religion, should be excluded from the Crown : because the Law has prohibited all Papists from having any Office Civil or Military, because their Principles are inconsistent with the Government; and then how preposterous would it be to make him the Head of the Church, and the Preferver of our Laws and Liberties, whose Religion obliges him to ruine and destroy both ? So that if the D. had not by his practices given us just cause to except against him, yer barely as he is a Papist he ought to be Exclud