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royal breast and the fatal ball, and suffered it only to violate
your military coat, and make a slight contusion on your side,
to withdraw you from slaughter, and delivered our hearts from
grief, had it to, possible for us to survive to grieve your fall.
Surely all our wishes unite to purchase your life at the expence
of our own, and if it could be done to take from our own days
to add to yours. For what true-born Dutchman does not glow
with the warmest affection for a prince, whom God, by confer-
ring all manner of accomplishments, has rendered the delight
of mankind? Who, like an icious' star has shined on the
world, deeply plunged and sunk in darkness. Who, in a word,
from the ashes of his father, is providentially come forth to
Hight, as the genuine phoenix of our days, and appears to be
born only for the welfare of his country.
When the Netherlands were trodden under foot, distressed,
and just on the brink of ruin, then heaven appointed you to
relieve, to deliver them, and repel their calamities. The dis-
tressed republic flies for refuge to your bosom, being only sure
to find an asylum there. Your British subjects also, being
almost ruined by the wicked designs of their kings, had long
ago been chained, enslaved, and become the prey of lawless ty-
ranny, had not your . hastened to relieve them, while
spreading out their suppliant hands towards you, nay, and to
relieve them with that resolution, prudence and constancy, and
with that success which their annals shall declare, to the amaze-
ment of posterity, who will hardly believe it. That ex-
pedition shall stand transmitted through ages, which was laid
with incredible secrecy, notwithstanding so many piercing and
watchful eyes, and undertaken with that resolution, in the win-
ter and end of the year, amidst so many fearful dangers of a
tempestuous ocean, did preserve and maintain to the Queen of
Islands, her liberty, her laws, her religion, and whatever is
valuable and dear to generous breasts. And is it to be
wondered, that Britain, thus rescued under God, by your Ma-
jesty's aid, now destitute of a ruler, her ill-advised king .
being expelled, not by your Majesty, nor by the e
*... by the o of his o i. for-
ced away, but voluntarily flying, should gratefully submit to
her preserver and deliverer? Indeed to your .*. together
with your most religious consort, Mary Augusta, by right of
succession, the sceptre of the vacant kingdom devolved. And
even in those circumstances, your Majesty had declined accept-
ing it, though offered by both houses of parliament, had any
besides yourself, and faithful consort, been found worthy to go-
vern Britain, and capable to settle her distracted state, to main-

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tain her liberty, and quash the efforts of envy. So that, not
the pleasure and happiness of that station, but the thorns and
difficulties thereof: neither your ambition, but the public ne-
cessity, constrained you to take the reins of government. Of
this can there be a more evident proof, than that, when settled
on the throne of your kingdoms, you never suffered a day nor
an hour, to undistinguished !. cares becoming a prince;
and ma with incomparable diligence, both at home and
abroad, whatever makes E. security of the public, good?
Against private rivals of your happiness, who were unacquaint-
ed with your character, you adhered closely to your own vir.
tue alone, and made use of oblivion, as the most certain reme.
dy against injuries, instead of that revenge, which, if you pleaf
sed, was in your own power to take. Against the public dis-
turbers of the peace of Europe, you protect, not so much
yourself, as your people, by armies, fleets and confederacies,
and, which renders you most of all formidable to your enemies,
by your innate prudence and magnanimity. And did not
words, equal to your merit, fail me, as it . me singular
p. to S of it, your piety above all things ought to
celebrated, whereby you readily and with justice, ascribe
all the honour and success you are favoured o to the
ness of the supreme Being, and are ready, gratefully to
down your sceptre at the feet of him who, encircled with the
rain-bow, sits on his heavenly throne: while you govern with
no other view, but that Jehovah may reign, and Jesus rule
throughout all your dominions: whose empire you promote
and enlarge, not as others do, in support of their superstition
and cruelty, by imprisonment, exile and stripes, and every en-
gine of torture, the gibbet and fire; not by depopulating coun-
tries, not by the terror and dreadful blasphemies of dragoons,
but by meekness, and by the demonstration of the truth to
every conscience; . what is most of all prevalent, your
own example; never offering any violence to the consciences
of those who differ in religious sentiments from yourself.
But, in fine, what language can set off, as it ought to be, that
sacred solicitude you discovered at your very accession to the
throne That your subjects, laying aside their disputes about
some points of Christian worship and ecclesiastical govern-
ment, might unite with the most desirable harmony of minds,
in brotherly fellowship, and uniformity of prayers and praises
to God.' I own, indeed, that I very much doubt whether ever
this can be attained by any mortal, amidst the innate blindness
and obstinacy that are in the minds of men. But if there be

any means to bring this about, your Majesty seems to be the

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only person, by whose authority, wisdom and moderation, such
a happy coalition of different sentiments may be effected. May
that day, which is the ardent prayer of so many pious per-
sons, at length appear, when all names of distinction bein
taken out of the way, and buried in everlasting oblivion, the
whole Christian world, from the rising to the setting sun,
may with one heart and one mouth, worship and praise one
God, and, as it is in the prophecy of Zechariah, Jehovah may
be one, and his name one in all the earth ! As this certainly
ought to be the earnest prayer of all Christians, in an especial
manner it ought to be the endeavour of those to whom Jesus,
the king, j of truth and peace, has committed the office of
preaching the gospel.
And as I rejoice in being one of their number, so I imagine,
I ought always to behave in such a glorious ministry of so
great a king, so that, while I attempt to set up the Ho of
truth in the minds of men, I at the same time ought to inflame
their hearts with the fire of love. To stain the tongue with
bitterness, to dip the pen in gall, to screen passion under a zeal
for religion, to bring strange fire to God's altar, and under pre-
text, of maintaining the truth, to attempt what is ..o.
the ministers of peace; I judged to be so contrary to the spirit
of Christianity, that if I did not religiously guard against these
things, I should certainly account myself not only an unprofit-
able, but also a perfidious servant, and not escape the punish-
ment due to those who betray the cause of the Lord. I was
willing to give some specimen of this disposition in those
books which were formerly published concerning the Econo-
my of God's Covenants with men, and which I now, with all
due submission and veneration, offer to lay at your Majesty's
feet.
What I may have contributed towards clearing up the truth,
with respect to the controversies at this day, and what towards
cementing a peace, interrupted o the violent designs of others;
with what moderation I may have treated every particular
subject, by what means I may have lessened, oand de-
cided controversies, which others have multiplied without end,
always consistently with the faith once delivered to the saints,
I would leave to the judgment of #: divines, such as your
Majesty has of very distinguished characters, both in England
. Holland.
Suffer me solemnly to declare this one thing, that it has
been my sincere and utmost endeavour, to form my hearers,
both by doctrine and example, not to litigious disputations, but
to the evident knowledge of the most sacred truth, to the up-

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right and sincere piety of ancient and apostolic *. and to the constant practice of that sacred peace, which dying Jesus both bequeathed to, and purchased for his people; and #;. the pleasing o that those who come from under my instructions, not only the natives of Holland, but those of your kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, of whom there is not a few here, who will bring the same spirit and

temper to the churches to be committed to their charge, shall, under your Majesty's govegnment, remarkably enlarge the

kingdom of Christ.

Accept therefore, Royal Sir, with your wonted goodness accept this pledge and token of a heart sincerely devoted to your Majesty; and vouchsafe a place among your friends to #. who, next to the Great and Blessed , would not choose to belong to any other. But, at the same time, accept the most ardent prayers sent from the bottom of my heart. May that God, at †: footstool you daily fall down as a suppliant, may that God, who is the King of kings, and Lord of lords, o, you always happy at home, successful abroad, ever i. the guardian of justice, the maintainer of liberty, the defender of religion, the author of concord, the consolation of the oppressed, the umpire of the whole Christian world, and, at last, crown, your Majesty his own vicegerent, with the glory of his everlasting kingdom.

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