May 25th 1692.

Let this be Printed, Nottingham.

THE PRETENCES OF THE French Invasion EXAMINED. FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE PEOPLE of ENGLAND.

LONDON, Printed for R. Clavel at the Peacock in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1692.

A Catalogue of some Books lately Printed and Reprinted for Robert Clavel, at the Peacock in S. Paul's Church-Yard.

THE State of the Protestants of Ireland under the late King James's Government, in which their Carriage towards him is justified, and the absolute Necessity of their Endeavouring to be freed from his Government, and of submitting to their present Majesties is demonstrated. Writ by Bishop King. Licensed by the Right Honourable the Earl of Nottingham. The Third Edition, with Additions.

The Frauds of the Romish Monks and Priests set forth in Eight Letters, lately Written by a Gentleman in his Journey into Italy. The Third Edition, very fairly printed.

Observations on a Journey to Naples, wherein the Frauds of Ro­mish Monks and Priests are farther discover'd: By the Author of the former Book.

Forms of Private Devotions for every Day in the Week by a Method agreeable to the Liturgy; with Occasional Prayers, and an Office for the Holy Communion, and for the time of Sickness.

L. Annaei Flori Rerum Romanarum Epitome, interpretatione, & Notis illustravit Anna Tanaquilli Fabri Filia, Jessu Christia­nismi Regis in usum Serenissime Delphini. In a large 8vo. cu­riously Printed.

LEVSDEN's Greek Testament. The Fifth Edition.

A Defence of Pluralities, or holding two Benefices with Cure of Souls, as it is now practised in the Church of England.

THE PRETENCES OF THE French Invasion EXAMINED: For the Information of the People of England.

THat the Sword hath thus long been kept from destroying among us, is a Blessing which we can­not sufficiently understand, unless we consider the woful Desolation it hath made in all Neighbour­ing Nations: Nor are they at all sensible how much they owe to God, and their Majesties for keeping us in Peace, who give the least Encouragement to this intended Des­cent, which must turn our Land into an Aceldama, and will make such woful Havock of our Lives and Fortunes, while one party fights for Safety and the other for Revenge, that no Age can parallel the horrid Consequences of such a Civil War as this will prove. And if Papists only (blind­ed by Zeal for their Religion, and blown up with hopes of absolute Empire) encouraged this bloody design, it would be no Wonder, and could have no Success, considering the general Aversion of the People to them, and the fresh Instances of their Insolence and Cruelty.

But alas! It appears that many who call themselves Pro­testants, [Page 2] are engaged in this fatal Conspiracy against their Religion and their Native-Country; which is so prodigi­ous and amazing, that a Man would wonder who hath bewitched these foolish Galatians to push on their own and the Churches Ruin: And every one must be inquisi­tive into the specious pretences by which these Men are in­duced to become their own Executioners.

Now the pretended Motives are these:
  • 1. Repairing the Injury done to the late King.
  • 2. Delivering us from the Oppressions we suffer under the present King.
  • 3. Setling the Government upon its old Basis.
  • 4. Securing the Protestant Religion for all future Ages.

Now it becomes every true English Protestant to exa­mine these Pretences very well, before he venture on a thing of so evil Appearance and dangerous Consequence, as is the joyning with these Invaders.

First, It is pretended, the late King was unjustly de­prived of his Birth-right by his Subjects, who by Nature and Oaths were bound to defend him in the Possession of it: And now that he comes to demand his own, all that ever were his Subjects must either assist, or at least not op­pose him.

But let it be considered, that all the late Kings Sufferings were owing to, and caused by the Counsels of his Popish-Priests, and the Bigots of that Persuasion: Protestants were not the Aggressors, he might have kept his Possessi­on to this day undisturbed, if he had not made such open and bold Attempts upon our Laws, our Religion and Pro­perties; so that he was the first and only Cause of his own Sufferings; and why should Millions be involved in Blood and Ruin, who are perfectly Innocent of doing this In­jury? No free Nation did ever bear more or greater Inju­ries, or endure such Violences so long, or so patiently as we did: And when some Stop was to be put to the final [Page 3] Ruin of our Liberties and Religion, it was done at first by Petitions and Complaints; and when they were de­spised, none but defensive Arms were taken up by some few, and by a Foreign Prince, only to cover their Heads while the Grievances were fairly redressed; not to take away his Rights, but to secure our own: Nor did the Prince of Orange, or these Gentlemen, devest or deprive him of his Throne, but owned his Right by offering a Treaty, during the continuance of which he disbanded his Army, dissolved his Government, and as much as in him lay at­tempted to desert the Throne, and seek Aids from an Ene­mies Country; which might secure him against redressing any Grievances, and enable him to be revenged upon the injured Complainers: We did not make the Throne vacant, but the late Archbishop and other Peers at Guildhall, be­lieved he had left it void, or else they would not without his Consent, have seized on the Administration of the Go­vernment, secured his Chancellor, taken possession of the Tower, and offered the Exercise of the Supream-Power to the Prince of Orange. He left us in Anarchy, and we provided for our selves in the best manner such a Juncture would allow: I will not enquire now, whether these Sub­jects who are so Zealous for his Return, were not bound to do more than they did to keep him in his Throne while he had it; their Conscience then permitted them to look on and let him sink, while his Security had been far more easily compassed: But they who have now these unseason­able Pangs of their old Loyalty, must consider, that a Man may leave his Right when he pleaseth, but may not take it again at his pleasure, especially not by Force, and this most especially as to Soveraign Power: Some Body must govern, when he would not; the next undoubted Heir in an Hereditary Monarchy must; and whoever doth govern in Chief in this Nation must be King, by our Con­stitution, and must have Power sufficient to protect him­self [Page 4] and the Nation, against all their Enemies, and that cannot be without Swearing new Allegiance. Now when a King and Queen are declared, submitted to, and owned by Oaths, and all other Methods required in such Case: The King is not at liberty to give up his own Power, and the Protection of us, nor are the People free to joyn with him that deserted them, or to venture their Necks or their Countries Ruin, to restore him: I dare say that the French King will not grant, that the Citizens of those Cities who were Subjects to Spain or the Emperour, and bound by Oath to those Princes (but have now submitted to him, and sworn new Allegiance) are obliged to venture their Lives and Fortunes, by vertue of their old Oaths to restore those Cities to their former Masters; doubtless he would solve their Scruples with a Halter if he found they attempt­ed it. Besides the Injuries (as they are called) done to the late King by his own Acts, if they were capable of Reparation, must not be repaired with the injuring, yea ruining many thousand innocent Persons, who must una­voidably lose their Lives, and be undone in their Estates by his returning by Force: The present King and his Ar­my, are bound by Oaths, Duty and Interest, to oppose him, so are all now protected by him, and who have sworn Allegiance to him; and 'tis certain all that are not perjur'd Hypocrites will do so: And then what English­mans Bowels must not Bleed, to consider what Murthers, Burning, Plundering and Destruction he brings upon his Native-Country, who encourages the Aggressors? If he have any Kindness for us whom he calls his Subjects, he would rather sit quietly under his single Injuries, than wish, or however attempt to be restored by Blood, and an Uni­versal Ruin: And if he have no Pity for us, why should we be so concerned for him as to Sacrifice our Lives and Fortunes to his Revenge? He went away while a Trea­ty was on Foot, and nothing but a Treaty can restore [Page 5] him fairly, which he never yet offered: We did not force him to go away in Disguise, and if he will force himself upon us again by French Dragoons, and Irish Cut-Throats, we may and must Oppose him; for our Allegiance is now transferred to another. Finally, there is no Injury to any but himself, and those who run into Voluntary Exile with him, by his being out of the Possession; the Monarchy, the Law, the Church and Property are all in better Estate than in his time, and all these with innumerable private Persons must be irreparably injured by his Return in an Hostile manner. So that there can be no reason to redress the sufferings he ows to his own Faults, by so many publick and private Injuries: If it be pleaded that he who was born to a Kingdom really wants Subsistance, I reply, that if he would seek the Peace of Christendom, and of his late Subjects, he might by a fair Treaty set on foot, not only restore the Exiles, but have a sufficient and honourable Maintenance from this Government; but while the War he makes up­on it, puts us to so great Expence, he cannot expect it, nor imagin we should give him a Supply to enable him to ruin us.

The Second Pretence why we should assist towards his Restauration, is to deliver our selves from the Oppression we suffer under the present King: And to set off this with a better Gloss, the late Reign is magnified by the Jesuits and their Tools, and this blackned: Freedom from Taxes then is made a rare Instance of his Gentle­ness, and the present Impositions heightned with all the Rhetorick imaginable, to represent this King as an Op­pressor. The flourishing of Trade then is extolled, the decay of it now odiously insinuated, and great hopes are given of Golden Days, upon the Return of James the Just; he is to make us all happy.

Now to answer this, there is no need to make a Satyr [Page 6] on that Reign, or a Panegyrick on this; that is so well remembred, and this so fully known, that all unprejudi­ced People see on which side the Truth lies. But 'tis great Pity they who have the Wit to invent or urge this Plea, have not a Memory to remind them, that none complain­ed more of the Danger of Law and Religion, of our Lives and Fortunes in that Reign, than many who have this high Opinion of it now; the Cruel Severities in the West, the High Commission, turning out of Office all good Protestants, attempting to reverse all the Penal Laws, putting unqualified Men into all Places of Trust, Profit and Power, excluding the Fellows of Magdalen, and putting in Papists, with the Imprisonment and Trial of the Bishops were thought Oppressions then; but now all these are buried in Oblivion, and those Taxes which the late King and his Ally of France with their Abettors alone make necessary to this Frugal Prince, these are our only Grievance, and this Kings unpardonable Crime. The late King had one Tax, and might, yea, would have had more for the glorious Design of enslaving his Sub­jects, if he could have got a Parliament to his Purpose, which he vigorously endeavoured; and it was because he was sure he must satisfie his People in their just Com­plaints, when ever he asked a Supply, that he durst not ask it of a freely chosen Parliament; yet then we were in Peace with all Nations, and now he hath intangled us in a War with the worst Enemy in Europe. Assessments then were not needed but to hasten our Ruin; now they are absolutely necessary to our Safe [...]y, and made so by him and his complaining Friends. Yet still what Grie­vances are these Taxes, in comparison of what is laid on the French Slaves, into whose Condition we were in­tended to be brought? There is a vast difference between losing our Property for ever, and paying some part of our Profits to secure the rest, and our Inheritances to [Page 7] our Posterity as well as our Selves. Besides, should we not leap out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire, if to avoid tolerable Payments, we should rashly bring a fatal War to our Doors, that must last till more than one half of the Nation be destroyed, and the rest utterly and almost irrecoverably impoverished? This I am sure is voluntari­ly to change our Whips for Scorpions. We have paid as much formerly for assisting France to ruine Europe, and maintain Vice at Home, as now serves to deliver Europe, and secure our Native Country and Religion from utter Destruction: Nor are the Sums considerable, (reckon­ing the Abatement of Chimney-Mony,) which we have paid to this Government; no Country in Europe hath paid so little in proportion to our Wealth, these last Three Years of War: And if the late King return, England must pay all the Sums borrowed of France to maintain him abroad, to keep Ireland, and to discharge the Forces that come to thrust him on us, and must stay to compleat the happy Design of setting up Popery and Slavery, the na­tural consequences of his Restauration; and 'tis well if Arrears of Chimney-Mony, and other publick Monies be not called for to carry on so glorious a Work: So that if England rebel against the present King to avoid the Burthens now upon them, they expose themselves to Ten times greater Taxes for many Years, and it can end in nothing but the utter Impoverishing of the whole Na­tion, especially the Protestant part of it, who by their Poverty will become a more easie Prey. As for Trade, the Decay of it began in the late King's time, and it is the War which he and France have engaged us in, that still keeps it at a low Ebb; so that for the late King's Friends to expose the present Government for this, is like a Conjurers complaining of the Storms he raises. That ingenious History of Bishop King's of the Estate of the Protestants in Ireland under King James, makes it out, [Page 8] that the late King feared and hated the increase of Trade, which made him use all means to hinder it; and all the World fees, that no Absolute Monarch (as he affects to be,) likes that his Subjects should grow rich by Trade. But our present King so soon as he can have Peace, will make it his first Care to promote Trade here, as he did in the Country he came from; and even in the difficult times he had, Trade hath been a great part of his and his Par­liaments Care. Finally, if Men can remember the times that are so lately past, when Law and Right was only the King's Pleasure, dictated by Mercenary Judges, when no Party but the Papists flourished, when a general Con­sternation had stopt all Business, they cannot hope to be happy by his Return, who caused all these Miseries: And they must expect now he hath more perfectly Learned the French Methods (of making a King the greatest of Monarchs, by making his Subjects the vilest of Slaves,) that he will practise it with greater Industry and Appli­cation than ever, to put it eternally out of his Subjects Power, to protect themselves again: For oppressing his People, which was but expedient before, will now be thought absolutely necessary. So that nothing can be more improbable, not to say impossible, than for Eng­land to be happy under him, that attempted to make her Miserable without any provocation, and must re­turn with the same Principles and Designs, the same Counsellors and Interests he had before, and with all the addition that Revenge, Hatred and Fear can make to an angry and implacable Mind: But it may be said, his Dear-bought Experience of the ill success of these Me­thods, will make him rule more moderately, if he be restored: To which I reply, Coelum, non Animum mutat. The fore-cited Book of Bishop King's demonstrates, that after he had lost England and Scotland, and a great part of Ireland, upon his Return thither from France, he was [Page 9] more Arbitrary and hard to his Protestant Obedient Subjects, than ever he had been before, even though it was against his visible Interest, and tended to disgust all the Protestants who would have served him there. His declaring himself Papist at first here, and all his Actions since shew that he prefers his Will, and an obstinate pur­suing his own Methods, far above his true Interest; whence it follows, that we vainly expect from one of his Temper, that either his past Experience, or his future Interest should teach him Moderation, any longer than till he hath Power to oppress us: And if he should by a Thousand Promises or Oaths engage to rule by Law, his frequent breach of both hath given us no reason to trust him; and the Religion he professes can so easily dispence with both, that neither of them give us any security from that sort of Obligations. The Interests of Popery and France require he should be Absolute, and his Nature spurs him on to it, and nothing but Fear can for a Mo­ment restrain him from being so. What a shadow of a Dream then must this be of Protestant Subjects, being happy under a bigotted Popish Prince of such a Tem­per?

Thirdly, Whereas 'tis said we have changed our old Hereditary Monarchy into one meerly Elective, and by degrees shall bring it to a Common-wealth; nor can any thing prevent this, (which will be of Fatal consequence to the Church,) but our restoring the late King: I an­swer, the Position is false, and the Consequence a meer Sham; the Government of England always was, and ever must be Monarchical; that Twelve Years when it was endeavoured to make it otherwise, convinced all Men, that all Projects to the contrary must come to no­thing. As for this Revolution, 'tis not likely a Parlia­ment which made an Entail of the Crown in a Lineal Succession, should be for setting up a Common-wealth, [Page 10] or altering the Hereditary Monarchy. If it be alledged there was a great Breach as to the Person of the Reign­ing King, 'tis replyed, he himself made it, and they did not make, but find the Throne void. And there have been greater Breaches since the Conquest as to the true Lineal Succession, and laying aside, yea deposing the Reigning King, and setting up his Son, or a Remoter Per­son, which indeed was an Injury to the Kings so De­posed; but still the Monarchy was called and continued to be Hereditary. In our case the King deserted us, yea, left us without any Government; but we applied to his next certain Heir, with whom at her Request, and for our Safety and hers, by general consent a Title was given to her Husband and our Deliverer, but this only for Life, though he be much nearer in Blood to the Right of Succession, than either Henry the Fourth, or Henry the Seventh, successively made Kings of England. And the saving the Succession to the Princess of Denmark and her Heirs, shews how far that Parliament was from designing any such thing as a Common-wealth. We see Philip of Spain, who had no Title to be King of England but by his Marriage with Queen Mary, was made King at her Re­quest and in her Right; but he had not merited so much as our King, and therefore his Title was to cease at her Death. As for the Prince of Wales, there are so clear Indications of his Birth being an Imposture, and the Design of forming that Project is so known to be Re­venge on the Princesses for adhering to their Religion, and to get more time to force Popery and Slavery upon us; yea his Health and Strength make it so unlikely he should proceed from such crazy Parents, that till the Parties con­cerned prove the Affirmative by better Witnesses and clearer Evidence, and the People of England in Parlia­ment own him for the Heir, we need not go about the unreasonable Task of proving a Negative: Wherefore [Page 11] since the breach in the Succession was the late King's own Act, and only concerns his Person and a supposed un­known Heir, we are not to answer for that; and con­sidering the hurry his unexpected Desertion put all things in, and the absolute necessity of a speedy Settle­ment, the Friends of the old English Monarchy have just cause to rejoyce it was made so near the old Foun­dation, with a small and only Temporary Variation from it, which was also absolutely necessary in that Juncture of Affairs: And 'tis evident that there are many of the best Quality and Interest who hate the notion of a Com­mon-wealth in England, and love Monarchy as well as any of the late King's Abettors, who freely consented, and firmly adhere to this Establishment. If it be ob­jected that King William was bred up in a Common-wealth, and inclines to that Form of Government; 'tis answered, He doth and may like it in Holland, but they must shew some Instances that his Zeal for a Common-wealth is as hot and as blind, as King James's for Pope­ry, before they can prove him so desperate a Foe to his own Interest, as to uncrown himself, and make him­self the People's Vassal, when he is and may be their Gracious Lord. If it be urged, that it is a dangerous Precedent for future Kings, to allow the People a Li­berty to take away their Princes Right, and set up an­other, on Pretence of Misgovernment: The Reply is, the late King was the occasion of this Precedent, by first attempting to alter the whole frame of our Laws, Government and Religion, and then Deserting us. And if it be an ill Precedent for the safety of Princes, that the Advantage was taken, it was however necessary to take it for the Safety of the People, for whose good Heaven made Kings. Sure I am, there are as dreadful Consequences of Arbitrary Tyranny, as there are of Rebellion, wit­ness the Misery and Slavery of the poor French at this [Page 12] Day; and it seems as necessary there should be some Precedents to deter Princes from abusing their Power, as well as to restrain the People from abusing their Liberty: For both Tyranny and Rebellion are great Sins, and of most mischievous Consequence. Where­fore this unexpected Example may make our Kings more Just and more apt to Rule by Law, but it can never hurt the Monarchy it self, or countenance a Rebellion, while a King is in the Throne that will stay to hear and redress his Peoples Grievances, which will never be denied by the present, or any other good King.

The last Pretence is the most surprising of all, That there is no way to preserve the Church of England, no nor the Protestant Religion, but by restoring the late King, who its said in his Declaration promises this as liberally as he did at his first Accession to the Throne.

If Mankind were not the oddest part of the Creation, one would wonder how 'tis possible for Protestants to be­lieve, that the Wolves design good to the Sheep: When the late King was here, he involved himself in infinite Mis­chiefs, and did the most odious things in the World to de­stroy the Protestant Religion, and especially to ruin the Church of England; and hath he given any Evidence of changing his Temper, his Principles, his Zeal, or his Me­thods? He shewed in Ireland a greater spite to Protestants than ever; he hath lived in France ever since, where he hath seen how much it tends to advance his dear absolute Power to Dragoon all Men into the Kings Religion; his only Motives to draw in this Frenchify'd Pope to lend him Mony to invade us, is by convincing him, he lost all by his Zeal to restore Popery, and by engaging he will use his Power (if he can regain it) only to promote the Catholick Interest. His other Ally the French-Persecutor, cannot be endeared by any better Interest, till the Princi­pal [Page 13] of the Sums Lent are repaid by poor England, than by Assurance that he will make one Kingdom in the World as miserable by absolute Empire, and forcing one Religi­on, as France now is; that his Barbarity, Cruelty and Trea­chery may not be the infamous single Instance of such Pro­ceedings; his Promises to his Allies, his Zeal, his Princi­ples, and his Nature, all engage him to destroy the Pro­testant Religion. He attempted it when he was not half so deeply obliged, and can we think he will not pursue it now? 'Tis next to Frenzy to think the Pope and King of France furnish him with Mony, Ships, Forces, &c. only to secure the Protestant Religion and Church of England; he must be tyed in more than ordinary Bonds, to endea­vour the Ruin of both, or no such Favours had been shewn by such a Pope, and such a Persecutor: It cannot be Ease to Roman Catholicks he desires; They are more at Ease under King William, than under any Protestant King ever since the Reformation: It must therefore be the sup­pressing all other Religions, and setting up that alone, must engage Rome, France and Lucifer in his Restauration: As for his Promises to us in his Declaration, alas he hath al­ready given greater and stronger to the Pope and French King to the contrary; and though his Interest, and the Hopes that some will be so mad to believe him, put him upon renewing these Promises to England, yet his Conses­sor can soon resolve him which Promise is to be kept, whe­ther that pious Catholick Promise to the Holy Father, and the Hector of that Cause, or that extorted one to Here­ticks: Besides, we should remember the Italian Proverb, God forgive him who deceives me once, but God forgive me if one Man deceives me twice. No Prince in the World ever promised with more Solemnity than the late King to pro­tect the Protestant Religion, or the Church of England; yet nothing is more clear, than that he designed to gull us only, not to oblige himself by this Protestation; and [Page 14] the first thing he did was to break it as soon as he durst, and can we be so distracted to believe him again? He declared in Ireland, that the Church of England stunk in his Nose, and that he abhorred it. He cannot truly love either any person of that Persuasion, or any other Protestant; he may flatter some of them to get into the Saddle, but when they have mounted him he will ride over their Heads; his own Friends of the Protestant Religion are very few, and his Revenge on the far greater number who have opposed his Designs, will out-weigh the Kindness of a few inconsi­derable Hereticks who abetted his Interest, and who will be told, that it was not Sense of Duty, but despair of ob­liging his Enemies that forced them into his Quarrel: They had sufficient Experience after Monmouth's Rebellion (suppressed only by the Church of England Men) how lit­tle any Acts of those he counts Hereticks can oblige him; his carriage in Ireland to the Loyal Protestants, writ this in Capital Letters, and it must be supposed they have drunk deep of Lethe who can forget all this: But I pray what is it the Church of England wants, or any other Pro­testant? This King is as serious and sincere a Protestant, and as true a Lover of that Interest, as King James is a professed Enemy to it; and why may not he be more likely to preserve the Religion he professes, than the other to maintain that Religion which he vilely deserted, and mortally hates? The Church-Men say King William is too kind to Dissenters; but hath he given them any other or more Liberty than King James did? That King begun with Toleration, and it was not for a new Prince in a troublous State of things to alter any thing of that Nature: Besides, at the same time the Dissenters do think the present King too kind to the established Church, not considering that 'tis the National Religion which he found, and keeps in possession of all its Rights, as his Duty and Oath oblige him, yet so as the Dissenters have Ease, and every thing [Page 15] but Empire, which from a prudent King of England they can never expect, being not only a less part of the Nation, but so divided among themselves, that nothing can please all parties of them; and therefore freedom to Worship in their several ways, is all the Favour they can be capable of in the best times; and so they are most unreasonable to hope for more now: Besides, let it be considered, that our King is not only the Head and Protector of the Pro­testants of England, but of all the Reformed Churches in Europe: And the French King (the main Wheel in this designed Restauration) is so mortal an Enemy to the whole Reformation, that he desperately weakned himself, and banished 30000 Families of useful Subjects, only to root the whole Profession out of his own Dominions: And now can any rationally pretend, this present King will destroy the English Church, or the French-Persecutor, and his Client the late King of England, uphold it? My dear Brethren and Country-men, do not so infamously abuse your selves to believe so incredible a Fiction, so manifest a Cheat: Alas, all these good words are only to lull you asleep, till you, at the peril of your Necks, get him Power enough to Extirpate you and your Religion also: I doubt not but for a while he would maintain the esta­blished Church, and renew his Indulgence, because he can get Footing no other way; but it is easie to foresee how short-liv'd all these Sham-Favours will be: They spring from Fear, and desire of Opportunity to be revenged; and so soon as ever the Fear ceases, and that Opportunity comes, he will most certainly kick down the Ladder by which he ascended, and pull off the Mask, appearing what he is in his Nature and Principles, and not what his Ne­cessities have made him seem to be; so that if this Disguise be credited, the persons imposed on will and must pay for their Credulity, with the woful price of helping to destroy the most pure and flourishing Church in the World: In assist­ing [Page 16] to re-instate him, and fighting for him, they fight against their own Religion, which the Primitive Christi­ans for all their Heroick Loyalty would not do, and which no Man ought to do, either for Interest or Revenge: For my part, I think true Religion so far above all world­ly Concerns, and the Preservation of it, so principal an advantage of Government, that the Prince who will cer­tainly Suppress that, must be more intolerable than he that would take away my Liberty, Estate, or my Life; and it must be a damnable Sin in me to assist him in it, or put him into a Capacity to do it: No Oath or Allegiance can bind me to this; it may oblige me to suffer, but not to act for such a design: Wherefore for Shame, let his Irish and English Popish Subjects alone carry on this impious De­sign, who can only hope for Advantage by his Restaura­tion, and who are only bound in Conscience to help him: Neuter we must stand at least, and that will suffice to shew how contemptible a party that is, which must be set up on the Nations Ruin, and how impossible it is for him to cut down the Protestant Religion in England, without borrowing a handle from the Tree he would fell: Take warning by what is past, and what must be the inevitable Consequence of your deserting this King, or assisting the late Prince, even the Ruin of this most famous Church of England, and the endangering the whole Estate of Pro­testantism through all Europe: In vain will you complain of this Consequence, when it is too late to remedy it; your Guilt, Shame and Sorrow will then only remain, for having had a hand in so deplorable a Mischief: For my part I have delivered my own Soul, and given you fair warning; God of his infinite Mercy open your Eyes in time, and grant you a right Judgment in this and in all things.

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