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to endeavour that way. But, as these Occasional Writings are Arguments against the Incursions made upon our Liberty, and written even when those Innovations were first attempted; I humbly desire your Lordship's Protection tothem, and their Author, who is with the utmost Integrity, My LORD, Tour Lordship’s most Obliged, most Obedient, and most
Humble Servant, Richard Steele.
HE Englifhman's Thanks to the Duke of Marlborough.
Page 1 A Letter to Sir Miles Warton, "con. cerning Occasional Peërs.
p. 7 The Guardian of August the 7th, 1713. P. 15 The Importance of Dunkirk confider'd: In De.
fence of the Guardian of August the 7th, 1713.
In a Letter to the Bailiff of Stockbridge. p. 21 The French Faith represented in the present
State of Dunkirk. A Letter to the Exami. ner, in Defence of Mr. S-le.
p. 79 The Crisis: Or a Discourse representing, from the
mot Authentick Records, the just Causes of
the late happy Revolution, &c. P. IOI A Letter to a Member of Parliament conces
cerning the Bill for preventing the Growth of Schism.
Mr. Steele's Apology for himself and his Wri
tings; occafioned by his Expulsion from the House of Commons.
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Duke of Marlborough.
Written in the YEAR 1711.
Printed in the YEAR MDCCXV.
Jan. 1. 1711. My LORD,
T was with the utmost Con.
[ternation I, this Day, heard Your Grace had received a Dismission from all Your Employ. ments: And left You should, out of the Softness which is inreo
parable from Natures truly Heroick, believe this a Diminution of Your Glory, I take the Liberty to express to You, as well as I can, the Sense which Mankind has of Your Merit.
That Great Genius with which 'God has endowed You, was raised by Him, to give the first Notion, that the Enemy was to be Conquer'd : Till You were plac'd at the Head of Armies, the Confederates seem'd contented to Mow France, That She could not overcome Europe: But it enter'd not into the Heart of Man, That the rest of Europe could Conquer France. When I have said this, My Lord, there arise in my Soul so many lostances of Your having been the Ministring Angel in the Cause of LIBERTY, that my Heart flags, as if it expected the Lath of Slavery, when the Sword is taken out of His Hand, who Defended Me and All Men from it. Believe me, Immortal Sir, You have a flighter Loss in this Change of Your Condition, than any other Man in England. Your Adions have exalted You to B 2