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Sold by S. WOODGATE in St. Paul's Church Yard.
HE only motive which urges the Editor
of these papers to dedicate them to your Majesty, is; the greatness of the subject on which they treat, and the manifest tendency they have to promote those principles of liberty which your Majesty, as a Briton, and as a King who glories in that name, has ever encouraged and maintained.
The dedicating to your Majesty a work so
particularly designed, as the following papers evidently are, to support the principles of freedom and the spirit of a free constitution, cannot, it is presumed, fail to be acceptable ; and the more so, as these papers breathe throughout a just sense of, and a sincere respect for, the honour and dignity of your Majesty's person and government.
Animated with the spirit of an Englishman, the author has dared to censure or approve such measures just as they have either deserved the contempt or approbation of the people in general.
He has ventured to assert the rights of an English subject, and to lay before the eyes of the whole nation, the actions of a set of ministers totally lost to all sense of the public good, grasping after private interest and emolument, threatening destruction and slavery to the state, and glorying in the subversion of all legal government.
He laments, with a just indignation, over the. many attempts which have been made to deceive your Majesty ; to dress out falfhood in the garb of truth; and to alienate that affection which ever has, and ever will subsist between your Majesty and the people.
He has exclaimed against such proceedings as unconstitutional, base, and insidious; and has endeavoured, at the same time (by holding up their actions to public view) to reclaim them from their wicked courses, and to shame them into the performance of those duties of their station, which they have fo long most unaccountably neglected.
He has taken every legál measure, both in his public and private capacity, to support the rights of a free-born people.
He is now suffering under the most tedious and harsh confinement, as a man steady and immovable in the cause of liberty.
In all these different characters he has paid to your Majesty that respect and duty, which becomes an honeft, well-meaning, and loyal subject.
Under his present afflicting circumstances he still remains, with the same warm zeal, a wellwisher to your Majesty and to the good of his country, unsupported by place, pension, or any emolument whatever.
It has ever been his ambition to bring to strict justice those enemies of the constitution, who have employed every wicked and detestable practice to inslave and oppress your people.
He has, of consequence, been the object of their revenge, and the victim of their violence and arbirary power; and for many years has been represented to your Majesty as disaffected and even rebellious.