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glaring throne ; and how many are thy warm votar in America, and thy sanguine advocates in England !
I shall esteem myself happy, Sir, if this check licentiousness recommend itself to your conscience a Protestant, and to your candour as a well-wisher to 1 cause of true liberty. Think not the plainness, wi which I have addressed you, springs from malice or d respect. Though I have bluntly attacked your errors. sincerely love and honour you as an enemy to tyrann and a (mistaken) assertor of British liberty. Therefoi whilst I blame your dangerous performance, I gladly justice to your good meaning ; and I cordially join yo where you express a loyal ardent wish, that a speet reconciliation may take place betwixt us and our Col nies, upon an honourable, constitutional basis, and tb our beloved Sovereign may long live to sway the scept over a free people ; provided you do not mean by “ free people,” a tumultuous, mobbing people, makir liberty to consist in refusing to pay taxes, and in givir to the scriptural yoke of civil government, the oppri brious name of " abject slavery."
Should you accuse me, Sir, as you do Mr. Wesley, “ inflaming the minds of the people here against or American brethren ;' you will do me as much injustic as you do to my friend. Our only design is to promo a proper obedience to those parts of the gospel of peacı which enjoin us a due subjection to our superiors ; an to enforce the Articles of Religion, which the last Re formers drew up, to keep over-doing Protestants from the enthusiasm of wild Republicans. Far from bein prejudiced against the Colonists, I feel a deep concer for their spiritual and temporal welfare. Yea, such i my partiality to them, and my fear of a greater effusio of the blood of Britons, and sons of Britons, that even wish the government would make the easy yok of which they causelessly complain, easier still ; by granting them some privileges, denied not only to mil lions of Britons here, but also to the members of par liament, and to the king's own brothers, who, whils
they are out of England, are all taxed without being consulted. I humbly wish that our legislators would condescend to talk with the Colonists, about the taxes which suit their country and circumstances best. And as British Senators know how to pity the prejudices of mankind, especially the prejudices of sons of Britons, with respect to the precious blessing of liberty ; I wish that the king and parliament would extend their greatest mercy to subjects, who have been hurried out of the
way of loyalty chiefly by their inattention to the blessings which they enjoy, and by the delusive hopes, vith which, it is to be feared, some of our own countrymen have rashly flattered, and artfully seduced them. la a word, I ardently wish, that, upon the return of the Colonists to their duty, the government would bind them to their mother country, both by the silken cords of pardoning love, and by the silver bands of some prerogatites, which may convince them, that Great Britain considers them, not only as subjects, but also as younger brothers.
Such kindness, together with the scourge of a civil Far, which they so severely feel already, would probably attach them to the parent State for ever. Should this be the case, how great will be the joy of those who properly value the blessings of peace and order ! And how full the disappointment of the demon of discord, who envies us the singular blessings which we enjoy! Great Britain and America will then become the fixed, the unrivalled seats of Truth, Arts, Sciences, and Commerce. They will collect the treasures of the Old and New World. They will play into each other's hands the wealth of the Universe. And, joined together, they will be more than a match for their combined enemies. So shall genuine Protestantism, sober Liberty, uninterrupted Peace, and growing Prosperity, conspire to crown the richest island, and finest continent in the world. Happy, for ever happy will they be, if their riches and grandeur do not corrupt and intoxicate them : And if civil and religious phrenzy never hinder them more, from paying an humble regard to our Lord's im
portant precept, ' Render to Cæsar the things which ar Cæsar's; and unto God, the things which are God's That you, Sir, I, and all our fellow-labourers in th gospel, may faithfully practise, and zealously preach thi neglected part of the doctrine of Christ ;—that our mos sanguine patriotism may always be tempered by a du sense of what we owe to our governors :-And that ou warmest loyalty may always be attended with a prope consciousness of what we owe to God, to our fellow citizens, and to posterity:- Are the Christian, Constitu tional prayers, which I ardently offer to the King o kings, and in which I invite you to join,
YABTHER COXFRONTED WITH
REASON, SCRIPTURE, & THE CONSTITUTION :
TAUGHT BY THE
REV. MR. EVANS, M. A., & THE REV. DR. PRICE:
A SCRIPTURAL PLEA
By J. FLETCHER, Vicar of Madeley, Salop.
“Skill in Politics contributeth not a little to the understanding of
Divinity. I learned more from Mr. Lawson than from any Divine : Especially his instigating me to the study of Politics, in which he much lamented the ignorance of Divines, did prove a singular benefit to me."
The Rev. Mr. R. Baxter's Life, p. 107, 108.