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Hough others may be more fortunate in their
Conceptions, yet I am confident that no Body imploys their thoughts fo often, and with more Affection to His Majesties Service than I do: It is very obvious that the Kings Affairs are much perplex’d: Vast supplys are necessary, and there is but a dark prospect where the Money will be had, or if the Nation were in more Wealthy Circumstances, the Divisions that are amongst us would much obstruct the giving so much as is needful at this time: But the greatest difficulty which the King has to struggle with will be from the High Church or Tory Party, and the more he trusts or Confides in them, the harder game he will have to play : For give me leave to say the King can never be safe in depending upon them till they change their Principles, or he do foregoe his own : No Man can have so mean a thought of the King that
he will ever have so little Honour or Justice either to deny or go counter to what he has profess'd and practised in the whole course of his Life: And it's very plain that it is Private Interest, and not the Publick good, is the Principle by which that party has been acted: And though they have sometimes seemed very zealous to serve the Crown, yet they have never gone further with any king than fo long as they could serve themselves of him, and therefore unless they are govern'd by a more Publick Principle, or have given more ample testimonies of their true affe&tion to the King, than they have done to those that have been before him, the more Countenance he gives them, the more he strengthens the hands that will be lift up against him, if a fair occasion offer it self. The Seven Bishops who were sent to the Tower for refusing to read K. James's Declaration, were highly ap. plauded for that Action, as a Service dove the Publick, but if their own particular Interest had not prevailed with them, they would not have been so forward, to read the Declaration of K.C. that struck more directly at the heart of the Government, and reproach'all that shew'd a dislike of it. If that Party has given any instances of their Affe:tion to this King, either they are not publickly known, or not well understood, but what they have done on the contrary are too notorious to admit of a Dispute: It was that Party that conten: ded so obstinately for the Regency, and when the matter came to be decided by a Vote in the House of Lords, there was but one Bishop that gave his Vote against the Regency Who are they besides those of that Party and the Papists that at this day refuse to take the Oaths, Five of the
Seven Bishops have so done. It was that Party in the House of Lords that opposed the impofing the Oaths with the penalty especially on the Clergy: It's that Party that so much favours the Papists of this day; and if any Protestants are found to be in a Plor with the Papists, they are all of that Party : Every thing moved in Parliament for our settlement receives its opposition from that Party, and I do averr that amongst that Party there are none of them who have been preferred by the King have given a Vote,but have opposed every thing that was for the Publick good : Whatever tends to recal K. James, or to facilitate his readmission, is vigorously disputed for by that Party: And tho’ they now stand so ftifly for his Interest, yet they passively lookt on whilft he was driven out of this Kingdom, which is an undeniable Argument that they either wanted Courage or Interest, and a defect in either of them makes them rather to be despised, than fear'd; for if they had neither Courage nor Interest to serve K. James, in whom they have so much inclination, it will not much mend the matter when this King is in the same Cafe. They have not the face to justifie the late Illegal Proceedings, yet are very busie to keep in, and get into Imployments the very Persons that were then made use of. I don't deGre that these People should be removed to make more room for me, for I am very well fatisfied with the Post I am in, and with all possible thankfulness acknowledge his Majesties Grace and Favour, but I say this, because I wish that every Man the King makes use of, were altogether as honest and affectionate to his Service as I am, and as able to serve him as I am willing
I was and am of opinion that the King made a very wrong step when he employed so many of that Party, because it would unavoidably abate the Zeal of many of his Friends, and I fear it has had this further bad effect, to make those people believe that either he is afraid of them, or that they are necessary to him ; whose utmost hopes or expectations were to shroud themfelves under an Act of Oblivion
I am far from reflecting upon what the King has done, for it lyes heavy upon my Spirits as oft as I think of it, but I should rejoyce if I could offer any thing to help the King to make the best of a bad bargain : For he has a very ticklish game in his hands : If he should now all at once discard that Party, no doubt it would confound his business very much for the present, and on the other hand, if he do not so carry it towards Friends (till with more convenience he may put them off) that they may see it is necessity and not choice that makes him take this courte, he will be in great danger of loofing most, if not all of them, and if so the King will be in very untoward Circumstances : For then he will be under the necessity of depending wholly upon this party, and consequently he must run up to all the excess that they have formerly practised, and yet he shall not be fure of them, for as soon as they can make a better bargan, they'l leave him to shift for himself: This I conceive to be the Kings Cale, and I wish any thing could be thought on that would do his businels effectually.
I do highly approve the Kings Method relating to Ecclesiastical matters in giving of the Church Preferments to none but Moderate Men, and of
Exemplary Lives; for hereby the fierceness of the High Church-Men will be abated, and the overniceness of the Disfenters taken off, and confe. quently bring both sides to better temper , which is the first and principal step in order to uniting of Protestants.
In like manner, if the King would for the future, dilpofe of all such places as become vacant to none but Moderate Men, and especially give the preference to such as deferv'd well of him, this would be to the satisfaction of his friends, and could give no cause of offence to the contrary Party; it would ler his friends see what further kindneis he intended them, and the other would have no cause to complain; or if they did, they would loose ground by it : And further to displace such as in Parliament Vore against the Interest of the King and Kingdom, I think cannot be a queition ; I am far from thinking it to be justifiable to displace Men for Voting according to their consciences, but when Men are for promoting of that which is against the Publick, cr for bringing in K James, or bringing on Confusion, to continue luch in Imployment must discourage the Kings Friends, and to put them our can offend none but such as whose good or ill will is equally to be regarded.
Besides the present juncture of Affairs, there seems to be but one objection against curning out thefe sort of Men immediately, and that is the doubt in what Interest the bulk of England lies : This is a thing that may certainly be known, but it would be a great deal more than this paper can allow of to make it clearly out; and yet I will humbly offer one thing that will in a few words give a great deal of light into it, That when we