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: The unhappy distracted Times to which

we are fallen, are very pathetically described and deplored, by a Learned and Pious Die vine, as well as a good English Man, the Lord Bishop of St. 4faph, whose Words I shall make bold to transcibe. I have livd, says that Worthy Prelate, to see the Illuftria ous Names, of the great Deliverers and Defenders of the Protestant Religion, and of the Constitution of the English Government, very rudely handled, and the great Benefits. they did this Nation, treated slightly, and contemptuously. I have lived to see our Deliverance from Arbitrary Power, and Popery, traduced and vilified by fome, who formerly thought it was their greateji Merit, and made it part of their Boast and Glory, to have had a little Hand And Share in bringing it about : And others who, without it, inust have lived in Exile, Poverty, and "Misery, meanly disclaiming it, and using ill the Glorious Instrument thereof. Who could expect such a Requital of such Merit? I have, I own it, an Ambition of exempting my Felf from the Number of unthankful People. And as I loved and honoured those Great Princes living, and lamented over them when dead, so

I would gladly raise them up a Monument of : Praise, as lasting as any Thing of mine can be

and I'chufe to do it at this Time, when it is ro unfashionable a Thing to speak' honourably of them. A year after the Queen's Accesion to the Throne, I was able only to promise and presage the future Glories and successes of this Reign, from the good Appearances of Things,

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and the happy Turn our Affairs began to take ; and could not then count up the Vi&ories and Triumphs that, for the Seven Years after, made it, in the Prophet's Language, a Name, and a Praise among all the people of the Earth. Never did feven Such Tears together pass over the Head of any English Monarch, nor cover it with so much Honour. The Crown and Scepter seemed to be the Queen's least Ornaments. Those, other Princes wore in common with Her : And Her great personal Virtues were the same before, and fince. But such was the Fame of Her Admia nistration of Affairs at Home ; such was the Reputation of Her Wisdom' and Felicity in chuling Ministers; and such was then esteemed their Faithfulness and Zeal, their Diligence and great Abilities in executing Her Commands : To such a Height of Military Glory did Her Great General and Her Armies carry the British Name Abroad: Such was the Harmony and Concord betwixt Her and Her Allies : And such was the Blessing of God upon all Her Counsels and Undertakings, that I am as sure as History can make me, no Prince of Ours was ever yet so prosperous and successful, fo loved, esteemed and honoured, by their Subjects and their Friends, nor near to formidable to their Enemies. We were, as all the World imagined then, just entring on the Ways that promised to lead to such a Peace, as would have answered all the Prayers of our Religious Queen, the Care and Vigilance of a most able Ministry, the Payments of a wil. ling and obedient People, as well as the glorious Toils and Hazards of the Soldiery; when God, for our Sins, permitted the Spirit of Discord to go forth, and, by troubling fore the Camp, the City, and the Country, (and oh, that it had altogether spared the places sacréd to his WorMip?) to spoil, for a Time, this beautiful and pleasing Prospect; and give us, in its Štead, I know not what. Our Enemies will tell the Rest with Pleasure.

When things are come to such a lamentable Pass, as is here most emphatically express’d: When the most venerable and most respectable Characters are bespatter'd and vilify?d, not with Impunity only, but with Reward. When the Great HEROE, to whose Valour and Conduct, next under GOD, all the Triumphs and Glories of this Reign are juftly to be ascrib'd; when, I say the Duke of MARLBOROUGH is not only flagitiously Libell’d by abandon’d Hirelings, but ungratefully attack'd, upon frivolous and false Suggestions, by those very Men who originally owe their present Preferments to his former Favour: It can be no wonder that so Publick-Spirited a PATRIOT as Your LORD SHIP, should be one of the Principal Marks of the Malice and Hatred of a Giddy Faction. Your LORDSHIP has done too much both towards rooting out Popery in Ireland, and securing the Constitution and Protestant Suce cession in Great Britain, ever to be forgiven by a Cabal, who dare so far to avow their Design of bringing in a Popish Pretender, and with him Arbitrary Power, as to teach their Agents to prepare the way for it, by acquainting

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the World, That he has embrac'd the Faith of the Church of England. Nor is this altogether improbable: Tho' left he should scruple to come on fast enough, some of our Divines are, it seems, willing to meet him half-way, by making bold Advances towards a Reconciliasion with Rome. But these Sinister Designs can never be brought about, as long as such Patriots as Your LORDSHIP indefatigably watch for the Safety of this Nation; of which the Popish and Frenchifyd Cabal are so sen, sible that they were lately wonderfully elated upon the Report, which afflicted all good Men, That Your LORDSHIP was among he Dead. May Divine Providence preserve many, many Years,so valuable a Life as Your LORDSHIP's, for the effectual Disappcintment and Confusion of the Secret and Open Enemies of our Excellent Constitution in Church and State, and of the Christian Toleration allow'd by Law, to our Protestant Dissenting Brethren!

Permit Me, My LORĎ, to shelter under the Shadow of Your Great Name, the following Sheets, which contain a Plain, disin. terested, and Impartial Narrative. A flourishing Nation brought on the Brink of Ruin, in order to save it ; The Yearly Expences encreas'd, to restore Credit and'Oeconomy; The Course of a Glorious Successful War, distracted and stopt, in order to obtain a safe and Honourable Peace; Powerful Allies treated with Haughtiness and Contempt, to cement H my and Union ; The Prerogative strain'd and debased, by Turns to preserve the Constitution;

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Sham-Plots wantonly contriv'd to run down a Ruin'd Party: These and the like Tryals of Skill, Instances of which, may be found, with moderate Sagacity and Pains, either in Ancient or Modern History, will furnith the New Rea finers both of Language and Politicks, with Materials, to exercise and improve the Ta. lents of a Royal Academy, and raise Monuments of Praise and Glory to the Grateful and Bountiful Protector of Learning. As for Me, My Lord, who never could reach such Sublime Notions, I content my self with rea lating Matters of Fact; and aspire to no greater Honour than that of Subscribing my.

Pelf,

My LORD;

*Your LORD SHIP's

Most Humble,

AND
Mofi Faithful
Obedient Servant,

London, May

29th, 1712.

A. Boyer.

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