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that the Reign of my lace Batavian Master, was in every Respect equal to that of the famous Elizabeth.
Sir W. Ral. Not that it's worth my while to enter the Lifts with fuch a pecty-fogging Dog, as thou art, or the Cause in Debate admits any Manner of Parallel: Bac fince thou hast the Impudence to defend so monsterous a Paradox before all this Coinpany, inform us what noble Things this Heso has perforni'd, to deserve all that nauseous idle Flatrery, which hardly, none bur Se&taries, Deifts, Republicans, and particularly the Rifcals of thy Kidney, when he was alive, confpir'd to give bim.
A. Smith. Why, in the first place, he deliver'd Englard, then just upon the Brink of being devour'd by Arbitrary Power and Popery. He won the noble Barrel of the Boyn, reduc'd Ireland, appeas d 'the Dif. orders of Scotland, reap'd a new Harvest of Glory every Campaign in Flanders, and at laft, after an ou ftinate expensive War, forc'd a baughty Tyrilig wlico had insulted and bully'd the whole Christian World for almost forty Years, to clap up a Peace with him ni pon his own Terms at Ryswick, by which he ev.s. oblig'd to vomit up mimberless Provinces and Towas, which he had dillionourably stollen from their true Proprietors.
Sir W. Ral. And as for his personal Qualities, what haye you to say of them ?
A. Smith. Whether you behold him at Home or Abroad, in the Cabinet or the field; in fine, whether you consider him as a King, a General, a Statesman, a Husbind, or as a Master, you'll find his Character uniformly bright in all these relarive Stations : Affectionate to his Queen, merciful to bis Subjects, liberal to his Servants, careful of his Soldiers, and providing, by his great Wifdem, againft all furure Contingencies that might hereafter difturb the Tranquility of Europe. But as for his Munificence to his Servants and Favourites, I may venture to say, thac few Princes in Hiftory ever went so far as he.
Sir W. Ral. This last Clause is not so great a Coma mendation to him as you imagine. Well, and is this all, for I wou'd not willingly interrupt_your 'till you have gone the full Length of your Panesyrick ?
A. Smith. 'Tis all I think needful to say upon the Occasion, and enough, in my opinion, to establish his Reputation to all fucceeding Ages.
Sir W. Ral. Let us carefully examine the several Particulars; and when we have so done, we shall be able to determine on what Side the Truth lies.Imprimis, You tell me he deliver'd England from Tyranny and Popifh Superstition : But was there no other Way of accomplishing his Deliverance, but bys sending a certain Relation to Grass, and wounding the Monarchy in so tender a Part, which had suffer'd fo terribly in the late unnatural Rebellion of 41? If what one of the ancient Fathers says, be true, That the whole world is not worth the saving, at the Expence of a single Lye, surely Great Britain, which makes fo small a Part of the Universe, hardly deserv'd to be deliver'd from an imaginary Ruin with so much Perjury, Infidelity, and Ingratitude. Besides, he solemnly protested in his Declaration, That he had no Intention to make himself King, yes he exercis'd the Regal Power, the very Moment heLanded : So that unless there had been a Crown in the Case, I am afraid he would hardly have cross'd the Water to rescue the Church of England.
A. Smith. This is indeed what his Enemies and fome enviotis People have objected to him.
Sir W. Ral. Nothing of that can be laid to my Charge, who was never known to your Hero either Beneficio or Injuria ; but as I still preserve an invina cible Affection for my native Country, my Zeal for the Welfare of that, makes me assume this Freedom. To be plain with you then, I can hardly believe he had any extraordinary Concern for the Prosperity of England, upon whom he threw the greatest Burden of
the War; whose Troops he suffer'd to fight without their Pay, in Flanders, at the fame Time when a Pare cel of unworthy Foreigners had Store of Gold and Silver in their Pockets. Neither, can any Man perswade me he had the least Affection for the Royal Family, from which he was descended, who suffer'l such numberless Invectives and Libels to be publisi'ct' against his Royal Grandfather, both his Uncles, and, i in short, the whole family of the Stuarts, yet never call'd any of the Authors or Printers to an Account for’t, during the whole Course of his Reign.
A. Smith. Aye, but.a Hero, you know, has other Business to Mind, than the Bagatelles of the Press.
Sir W. Ra!. And yet this Hero could condescend to mind these Bagatelles, as you call them, with a Wirness, whenever they were level'd against him&lf or his Favourites. But to proceed, Can any one in his Senses believe, that this Deliverer ever set the Monarchy and true Constitution of England to Heart, under whose Reign all the Democratical Treaties, both of this and the last Age, were not only publish'd with Impunity, but the Abertors of such villainous Doctrine, thought the only persons that were in the true Interest of the Nation, and deserving to be preferr'd ? Was England so utterly destitute of able Generals, that a Regicide, proscrib'd by Act of Parliament, must be sent for over to head our Forces in Ireland ?
A. Smith. You'll never leave off harping upon this String.
Sir W. Ral. And lastly, Have we not very violenc Reasons to suspect, that he never had any true hearty Concern for the Protestant Interest, whatever he pretended to the contrary, who so notoriously sacrific'd it at the Treaty of Rylwick; who, to enable him to carry on the late Revolution against his Uncle and Father-in-Law, enter'd into a League ; one of the first Articles of which, was, to oblige the King of France to do Justice to the Usurpations of the Roman See? And lastly, Who; if he had 110 Ayerfiong, had
certainly no Affection for the Church of England, the Support, as well as Ornament of the wliole Reformation, which evidently appear'd by his beitouring its best Preferments upon illas quos pingere nolo, a Sest of moderate lukewa; ni Gentlem-ll, that were willing (good Men) co throw up the Constirution, whenever their Eneinies should ask them the Question. - Whac thall I say of others,
ac!vanc'd for no other Merit, but because they had been julliy punill'd in former Reigns for their sedirious Practices, or descended from Oliverian Parents; or lastly, because they held Antimonarchical and Ancihierarchical Doctrines, both in Pulpic and Press, which they honeftly call'd Free-Thinking?
A. Smith. Nay, this is mere Célumny ; for, can any Thing but the blackelt Envy presum: cu artack him upon the Score of Religion ?
Sir W. Rral. For once, I'll fpare his Religion, yet pris certain his Minilters had not the least Tincture of it. To the eternal Honour of his Reign, be it ob. serv’d, all the Socinian Trearisis chat stole into the World in the lace accurfed Times of Licenciousness and Disorder, were fairly reprinted, and these, together with the modern Improvements of Deilin, fold in the Face of the Sun, without the least Check or Discountenance from any at the Helm : 'Twas come to that Pitch at last, that a Man might betrer call the Divinity of our Saviour into Question, than the Legality of that Revolution; and safer insult the Allies of King fames the Ift, Charles the Martyr, and the whole Royal Line, chan attack such a lewd, perjur’d, infamous Scoundrel as Oats. 'Tis a general Maxin, That the Court always steers irs Course ad Exemplum Cæfaris; and that a Ihrewd Guess may be made of a Prince's Morals, by those of his Miniters. If this Observacion holds good, a Man would find himself ftrangely tempred to say some harsh Things of your Monarch, which good Manners and Decency oblige me to pass over in Silence,
1. Smith. But still you say nothing of Ireland.
Sir W. Ral. Far be it from me to detract in the Jeast from any Man's Actions : But this, I think, I may affirm, without the least Suspicion of Malice, That the Exploit of the Boyne, every Thing confider'd, is not altogether fo miraculous as his facrering Di, vines and Courriers would represent it; for, after all, where was the Wonder, that a well-disciplin'd regular Army should defeat an unforrunate difpirited Mo. narch, with none but a few raw, unpractis'd, naked Troops about him? And then his giving the forfeiceci Estates there to his Minions, in open Contradiction to what he had promis'd the Parliament, does not seem to argue fo great a Concern for keeping his Word. As for Scotland; the Subversion of Epifcopacy, and Murder of the Glencow-men, (not to mention the perpetuating of the Convention, during his whole Reign, and by that Means depriving the Country of electing proper Members) will, I lelieve, look fo frightful in future Story, that few of your Herne's Flatterers will mention the Adininiftration of clia Kingdom to his Credit.
A. Smith. Well then, but Flanders ? :
Sir W. Ral. I thank you for reminding me of it. I am of Opinion then, that, baring Namur, he might have put all the glorious Harvests he yearly reap'd there, into his Eye, and not have prejudic'd his Royal Sight in the least.
However, as I know full well - what a mighty Advantage one powerful Prince, that commands by: his own single Authority, has over a many-headed Confederacy, where all are Commanders, I scorn to insist upon this point. For this Reason I will not enumerate, nor enlarge ipon the constant ill Success that everlastingly attended him in Flanders, but come to the Peace of Ryswick, which was his own proper Act and Deed. And here 'tis worth our observing, that by his leaving the poor Emperor in the Lurch, the City of Strasburg unluckily continu'd in the French Hands; and that either