The Lord Churchill's LETTER to the KING.


SInce Men are seldom suspected of Sincerity when they act contrary to their Interests; and thô my duti­ful Behaviour to your Majesty in the worst of times, (for which I acknowledg my poor Services much over-paid) may not be sufficient to encline You to a charita­ble Interpretation of my Actions, yet I hope, the great Advantage I enjoy under Your Majesty, which I can never expect in any other Change of Government, may reasonably convince Your Majesty and the World, that I am acted by a higher Principle, when I offer that Violence to my Inclination, and Interest, as to desert Your Majesty at a time when Your Affairs seem to chal­lenge the strictest Obedience from all Your Subjects, much more from one who lies under the greatest personal Obligations imaginable to Your Majesty. This, Sir, could proceed from nothing but the inviolable Dictates of my Conscience, and necessary concern for my Religion (which no good Man can oppose) and with which I am instructed, nothing ought to come in competition; Heaven knows with what partiality my dutiful Opinion of Your Majesty hath hitherto represented those unhappy Designs, which inconsiderate and self-interested Men have framed against Your Majesty's true Interest and the Protestant Religion. But as I can no longer joyn with such to give a pretence by Conquest to bring them to effect, so will I always with the hazard of my Life and Fortune (so much Your Majesties due) endeavour to preserve Your Royal Person and Lawful Rights with all the tender Concern and dutiful Respect that becomes, Sir,

Your Majesties Most dutiful and most obliged Subject and Servant.

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