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This UNION had, for some Ages past, been desired by all True Patriots in Both Nations -9 who, rightly, look'd upon it, as the mostsolid and unjhal^enFoundat ion of the Felicity and Quiet of the whole Mand of GREAT "BRITAIN: But tho* many Attempts were made towards it, even from the Time of Henry VIII. to the Reign of the late King William, of ever-glorious Memory, yet that Design met, constantly, with so many Difficulties; and vvas, all along, so thwarted by the secret Cabals of the French Court, and Tofijh Clergy, C to mention no other Foreign Obstruction ) that the Wishes of the Soberer Part of cither Nation, and the Endeavours of their Ablest Statesmen,
were still unhappily disappointed. fc J
Heaven, it seems, by a surprising Cham of Success, and a ^ Concurrence of other favouraisle Circumstances, had prepared the Way for the Accomplishment os so Great a Work; in order to crown Her Majesty's Unexampled Piety, by Oompseating the Happiness of All Her Subjects: For, indeed, what would our Victories Abroad have signified, if Divisions about the Succession, and elastic ing Interests, hardly to be reconcile, but by an intire BUNION, had left Us uneasie at Home; and still Open, even at , ter the best-secur'd Peace, to the Attempts of a Restless and Constant Enemy?
But tho* theProiperity of Her Majesty's Arms, had disabled ourPoreign andDomestickFoes from Raising a successful Opposition to the intended UNION, how many Obstacles were still behind? The ill-groundedfealoufies about Trade, in OneNation; The unreasonable Fondness of Independency, in the Other; The inveterateTrejudices about Religious Worship and Church Disci' plinejnBoth; together with their Old reciprocal Animosities,not thoroughly extinguish^ by their Living under one Head; seem'd to be insuperable Difficulties.
Part of these were effectually remov'd by the Wisdom of the Commissioners of Both Kingdoms, who, in Conjunction with Your GRACE, nianaged the Treaty here in London: But a more arduous Task requird Your GRACE'S Abilities in Your Native Country; where Your Prudence,Moderation?and Arguments clear d the Doubts and dispeltd theT^rejudices of the Well-meaning; Your Skill and Penetration baffled the Noisy So* phiftry of the DisafeBed; and Your sted4y; Conduct and Resolution,, check'd arid supprefrd the Clamour and Violence of the Giddj Multitude; so that Your GRACE must be ownd to have been one of the chief Agents, under Providence, for bringing the UNION to a happy Conclusion u A Transaction, which;1 according to Her Majesty s 'Sentiments deliver'd from the Throne, mil be remem
ThatGREAT^KITJIN may reap the Expected Fruits of Wealth, Strength, and Safety from the VNION; and your G R A C E long enjoy a large Share of those Blessings, in the deseryed Favour of our most Gracious - Sovereign, and the grateful Acknowledgments of the whole United Kingdom, is die sincere and hearty Wish
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May it please your Grace,
* Your GRACE'S
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■ '1* London, June Most humble/and most ?■*707.. s obedient, faithful