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H IS TO RY
OF THE PRESENT
WAR in AMERICA;
An ACCOUNT of its RISE and PROGRESS.
The POLITICAL SPRINGS thereof,
WITH ITS VARIOUS
SUCCESSES and DISAPPOINTMENTS,
ON BOTH SIDES.
By the Rev. JAMES MURRAY, of Newcastle.
Arma Virumque cano
Bella, horrida Bella !
VIRGIL. Ænied. VI. 86.
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE:
Printed for T. ROBSON, Head of the GRO A T-MARKET
R. Baldwin, No. 47. Pater-noster-Row, London; N. Frobisher, York;
S it is the happy privilege of all the dutiful subjects of the British em. pire, without regard to rank or distinction, to address their sovereign, it cau be no presumption in one who wishes well to the Revolution, and the illustrious family of Brunswick, though remote from the throne, thus to address your Majesty. To wish well to the rightful sovereign of these kingdoms, is the duty of all Protestants; and the happiness of a Prince ruling by law, ought to be the prayer of all good subjects. A reflection upon the unhappiness of former times, when tyranny, and the iron rod of arbitrary power, ruled over these realms, makes the dutiful subjects of your Majesty rejoice, that they are, by the glorious Hanoverian succession, set free from the apprehensions of civil and religious Navery.
Tour Majesty's true friends will always join the glorious Revolution, and the succession of your family to the throne of these kingdoms, in their united thanksgivings to Heaven ; and never forget the oth of November, and the glorious first of August, when Popery and arbitrary power were so effettually bafled.
The warm expreslions of heart-felt joy, which your subjects loudly manifested at your accession to the crown of Great Britain, could not but declare to all the world, how happy they were, in having a Protestant Prince born among them, to be their King. Your Majesty's gracious speech on that occasion was received with raptures throughout the whole empire, and all ranks and degrees of your subjects were transported with your royal sentiments.
There have few fovereigns, since the first institution of government, that have had all the satisfaction they could have desired: Misunderstandings and mismanagements, in high and low, are coinmon in the present state of human nature. It requires a more exalted state of existence, than any rank of beings in this system arrive at, to be perfect. The subject of this history, thus addressed to your Majesty, is a palpable proof of the weakness and imperfection of mortals in this world.
The far greater part of your Majesty's good subjects, are much afflicted for the causes and occasion of the present unhappy contention in the British empire, and from their hearts earnestly pray, that it may be speedily at an end; that your Majelty may enjoy the sweets of peace, and the real pleafire of ruling a dutiful and happy people.