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“ those we have shed, but the cause, viz. to see our “ dearest friends forsake us, we hope it will not “ offend you, if, (after we have a little wiped our “ eyes), we sigh out our complaints to you.
“ We had spoke much sooner, had we not been “ silent through consternation to see you inflamed, “ whom with reverence we honour, and also to show “our submissive patience, which used no slights nor “ tricks to divert the debates of parliament: for no“ body can imagine, where so many of the great “nobility and gentry are concerned, but something
might have been done; when, as in all ages, we
see things of public advantage by the managers “ dexterity nipt in the bud, even in the very houses “ themselves. Far be it from catholics to perplex
parliaments, who* have been the founders of their “ privileges, and all ancient laws: nay, Magna “ Charta itself had its rise from us, which we do “ the less boast of, since it was not at first obtained “ in so submiss and humble a manner.
“ We sung our Nunc Dimittis when we saw our “ master in his throne, and you
your deserved “ authority and rule.
“ Nor could any thing have ever grieved us more but to have our loyalty called into question
by you, even at the instigation of our greatest " adversaries.
“ If we must suffer, let it be by you alone; for “ that's a double death to men of honour to have “ their enemies not only accusers, but for their insulting judges also.
i. e. Which catholics.
“These are they that, by beginning with us, mur“ thered their prince, and wounded you: and shall “ the same method continue by your approbation?
“ We are sure you mean well; though their “ design be wicked : but never let it be recorded “ in story, that you forgot your often vows to us, “ in joining with them that have been the cause of “ so great calamity to the nation.
“ Of all calumnies against catholics, we have “ admired at none so much, as that their principles “ are said to be inconsistent with government, and they themselves thought ever prone to rebellion.
My lords and gentlemen, had this been a new sect, not known before, something perchance
might have been doubted : but to lay this at their “ doors that have governed the civilized world, is " the miracle of miracles to us.
“ Did Richard the first, or Edward Longshanks, “ suspect his catholics that served in Palestine, and “ make our country's fame big in the chronicle of " all ages ? or did they mistrust in their dangerous “ absence) their subjects at home, because they “ were of the same profession? Could Edward the “ third imagine those to be traitorous in their doc“ trine, that had that care and duty for their prince,
as to make them (by statute) guilty of death in " the highest degree, that had the least thought of “ ill against the king? Be pleased that Henry the “ fifth be remembered also, who did those wonders, “ of which the whole world does yet resound; " and certainly all history will agree in this, that
“ 'twas Oldcastle he feared, and not those that “ believed the bishop of Rome to be head of the “ church.
“ We will no longer trouble you with putting you in mind of any more of our mighty kings who “ have been feared abroad, and as safe at home as
any since the reformation of religion. We shall “ only add this, that if popery be the enslaving of
princes, France still believes itself as absolute as “ Denmark or Sweden.
« Nor will ever the house of Austria abjure the pope, to secure themselves of the fidelity of their “ subjects.
“ We shall always acknowledge to the whole “ world, that there have been as many brave Eng“ lish in this last century, as in any other place “ whatsoever : yet, since the exclusion of the ca“ tholic faith, there hath been that committed by “ those who would fain be called protestants, that " the wickedest papist at no time dreamt of.
“ 'Twas never heard of before, that an abso“ lute queen was condemned by subjects, and those " styled her peers; or that a king was publicly tried “ and executed by his own people and servants.
My lords and gentlemen, we know who were “ the authors of this last abomination, and how “ generously you strove against the raging torrent; “ nor have we any other ends to remember you of
it, but to show that all religions may have a cor“rupted spawn; and that God hath been pleased " to permit such a rebellion, which our progenitors
never saw, to convince you perchance (whom for “ever may he prosper) that popery is not the only source of treason. “ Little did we think, (when your prayers and ours were offered up to beg a blessing on the “ king's affairs) ever to see that day, in which “ Carlos Gifford, Whitgrave, and the Pendrels, “ should be punished by your desires for that re“ ligion which obliged them to save their forlorn
prince; and a stigmatized man for his offences “ against king and church) a chief promoter of it. “ Nay, less did we imagine, that by your votes “ Huddleston might be hanged, who again secured “our sovereign; and others free in their fast pos
sessions that sat as judges, and sealed the exe“ cution of that great prince of happy memory.
« We confess we are unfortunate, and you just judges, whom with our lives we will ever maintain « to be so; nor are we ignorant the necessity of “affairs made both the king and you do things, “ which formerly you could not so much as fancy. “ Yet give us leave to say, we are still loyal; nay, " to desire you to believe so, and to remember how
synonimous (under the late rebellion) was the “ word papist and cavalier; for there was never no
papist that was not deemed a cavalier, nor no “ cavalier that was not called a papist, or at least "judged to be popishly affected.
“ We know, though we differ something in religion (the truth of which let the last day judge) yet none can agree
your inclinations, or are “ fitter for your converse than we; for as we have
as much birth among us as England can boast of, so our breeding leans your way both in court and
camp: and therefore, had not our late sufferings “ united us in that firm tie, yet our like humours “must needs have joined our hearts.
“ If we err, pity our condition, and remember “ what your great ancestors were, and make some “ difference between us (that have twice converted
England from paganism) and those other sects “ that can challenge nothing but intrusion for “ their imposed authority.
“ But 'tis generally said, that papists cannot live “ without persecuting all other religions within - their reach. ..“We confess, where the name of protestant is
unknown, the catholic magistrates (believing it “ erroneous) do use all care to keep it out: yet in “ those countries where liberty is given, they have “ far more privileges than we, under any reformed
government whatsoever. To be short, we will “ only instance France for all, where they have “public churches, where they can make what pro
selytes they please, and where it's not against “ law to be in any charge or employment. Now “ Holland (which permits every thing) gives us, “ 'tis true, our lives and estates, but takes away all " trust in rule, and leaves us also in danger of the
scout, whensoever he pleaseth to disturb our “ meetings.
“ Because we have named France, the massacre “ will perchance be urged against us: but the 46 world must know, that was a cabinet plot, con