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given us some light into the disposition of each house: and besides, one of them is said to be so peculiar in the style and matter, as might have made up in entertainment what it wanted in instruction.
Thursday, January 4, 1710.
Nullae funt occultiores infidiae, quam eae, quae
latent in fimulatione officii, aut in aliquo necessitudinis nomine. The following answer is written in the true
style, and with the usual candour of such pieces; which I Þave imitated to the best of my skill, and doubt not but the reader will be extremely satisfied with it,
The EXAMINER cross-examined; or,
A full answer to the last EXAMINER. IF
F I durst be so bold with this author, I
would gladly ask him a familiar question; Pray, fir, who made you an examiner? He talks in one of his insipid papers of
paper. He teils
eight or nine thousand corruptions, while we were at the head of affairs; yet in all this time he hath hardly produced fifty :
Parturiunt montes, etc. Hor. But I shall confine myself at present to his last
He teils us, the queen began her reign with a noble benefaction to the church. Here's priestcraft with a witness! This is the constant language of your high-fliers, to call those, who are hired to teach the religion of the magistrate, by the name of the church. But this is not all; for in the very next line he says, it was hoped the nation would have followed this example. You see the faction begins already to speak out: this is an open demand for the abby lands; this furious zealot would have us priest-ridden again, like our popish ancestors; but it is to be hoped the government will take timely care to suppress such audacious attempts; else we have spent so much blood and treasure to very little purpose in maintaining religion and the revolution. But what can we expect from a man, who at one blow endeavours to ruin our trade? A country, says he, may
flourish (these are his own words) without being the common receptacle for all nations, religions, and languages. What! we must immediately banish, or murder the Palatines ; forbid all foreign merchants not only the Exchange, but the kingdom; persecute the diffenters with fire and faggot; and inake it high-treason to speak any other tongue but english. In another place he talks of a serpent with seven heads, which is a manifest corruption of the text; for the words, seven heads, are not mentioned in that verse. However, we know what serpent he would mean; a serpent with fourteen legs; or indeed no serpent at all, but seven great men, who were the best ministers, the truest protestants, and the most disinteresied patriots, that ever served a prince. But nothing is so inconsistent as this writer. I know not whether to call him a whig or a tory, a protestant or a papist; he finds fault with convocations ; says, they are assemblies strangely contrived; and yet lays the fault upon us, that we bound their hands : I wish we could have bound their tongues too. But, as fast as their hands were bound, they could make a shift to hold their pens, and have their share in the guilt of ruining the hopefullest party and ministry, that ever prescribed to a crown. This captious gentleman is angry to see a majority of prelates cried up by thosé, who are enemies to the character : now I always thought, that the concessions of enemies were more to a man's advantage, than the praise of his friends. Time and mortality, he says, can only remedy these inconveniencies in the church: that is, in other words, when certain bishops are dead, we shall have others of our own stamp. Not so fast: you are not yet fo sure of your game. We have already got one comfortable loss in Spain, although by a general of our own: for joy of which our junto had a merry meeting at the house of their great proselyte, on the very day we received the happy news. One or two more such blows would perhaps set us right again ; and then we can employ mortality, as well as others. He concludes with wishing, that three letters, Spoken when the prolocutor was presented, were made publick. I suppose he would be content with one; and that is more than we shall humour him to grant. However, I hope he will allow it possible to have grace, without either eloquence or latin; which is all I shall say to this malicious innuendo.
a shift humour
Having thus, I hope, given a full and satisfactory answer to the Examiner's last paper, I shall now go on to a more important affair, which is, to prove by several undeniable instances, that the late ministry and their abettors were true friends to the church. It is yet, I confess, a secret to the clergy, wherein this friendship did consist. For information therefore of that reverend body, that they may never forget their benefactors, as well as of all others who may be equally ignorant, I have determined to display our merits to the world upon that weighty article. And I could wish, that what I am to say were to be written in brass for an eternal me morial; the rather, because for the future the church must endeavour to stand unsupported by those patrons, whoexpired in doing it their last good office, and will never rise to preserve it any more.
Let us therefore produce the pious endeavours of these church defenders, who