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mour of the Multitude; and how few there are of Abilities to undergo this Task; and efpecially, if we remember, that from the Moment a Man declares his Disbelief of these favourite Notions, he puts himself out of the way of Preferment, or even of common Respect there; one must acknowledge, that tho' the King may have fome Friends from that Place, yet in the ordinary Courfe of Things, and upon all Probabilities, it must be a Nursery for his Enemies: For if they are true to their Principles, they must be falfe to Him, whofe Title is directly contrary to 'em.

Iffo, 'tis no difficult matter to fay, why upon the King's Acceffion the People were alarm'd from the Pulpit by diftant Hints of Danger, and exhorted in general Terms to behave themselves . well under Perfecution, but left to make the Application for themselves: Or why Paffive Obedience was infifted upon with a more than ordinary Warmth, at a time when it could ferve no End but to call the Juftice of the Revolution in queftion; and yet when an actual Rebellion was on foot in two Parts of the Kingdom, and others threaten'd with one, the Doctrine was entirely dropt. Why in the late Queen's Time they contended for Obedience to the fingle Commands of the Prince, tho' againft Law; and when a War was kindl'd in oppofition to Law, (to the Voice of King, Lords and Commons) we heard not one Word of it.

This likewife will account for the Conduct of the famous Univerfity of Oxford; for her affronting the King on his Coronation Day, by giving a Mark of her Favour to a Gentleman his Majefty

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Majefty had juft then thought fit to remove from a Place of great Truft in Ireland; for her repeating that Affront, in chufing, of all the Peers in the brother of the Kingdom, the Brother of an attainted Rebel, the Duke of and refufing the Protection of his Royal HighOrmond; which nefs the Prince, which was generously offer'd brother is now


her. 'Tis from this pernicious Principle, that the Cause of the Pretender was openly and with

Fnday, July 21, Impunity avow'd among 'em; that his Health 17587 Chan-and Success to Mar and Forfter were frequentcellor of the ly toafted in their drunken Cabals; that the Reof bellion was actually begun at * Oxford, by pulUniversity of

ling down the Meeting-houfe on the King's BirthOxford, and Day; and that while the Rebels went unpunish'd, Earl of Arzan Friends, who would have celebrated the Day and grew bold in their Villany, his Majefty's

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without Difturbance, were profecuted upon Statutes of their own in the Vice-chancellor's Court.

These things are not at all furprizing: for if Implicit Faith and Paffive Obedience, the two great Engines of Popery and Arbitrary Power, are the leading Principles of the Place; what muft our Youth learn there, but an Averfion to the best Government in the World, and a Fondnefs for the worft? And if the Foundation of Civil and Ecclefiaftical Tyranny is laid in the Univerfity, 'tis no wonder the deluded Mob think all other Concerns are to give way to the Church; and that all Regard to themselves or

* I have not Time to take notice of the Cambridge Riot ; fhe feems to envy her Sifter the fole Honour of deftroying MoraTaty to fecure Religion.


their Pofterity, to their Laws and Liberties, are to be facrific'd to an Intereft they are not allow'd to understand, but which their Leaders know to be no other than the Ambition of the Clergy.

June the 4th, 1716.

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