A Farther ARGUMENT AGAINST Ennobling Foreigners, IN ANSWER To the Two Parts of the State Anatomy: With a Short Account of the Anatomizer.

T—l—nd Blasphemes the Holy-Ghost,
The Bribed of Bribes Accuses;
Of Foreign Rogues the Traytor Boasts,
The King, who was Your Lord of Hosts,
That Ra—l How Abuses.
A Letter to a Member of Parliament.

LONDON: Printed for E. Moore near St. Paul's, 1717. Price 6 d. Where may be had the first Part, Price 1 s.

[Page 1]A Farther Argument, &c.


SUCH is the Pride and invin­cible Obstinacy of Mankind, that nothing is more against Nature than to acknowledge their mistakes: Not the power of their Reason, not the sence of Modesty, no not the influence of secret Con­victions can prevail with them ever to own themselves in the wrong: No, altho' they know it, and discover to every own they converse with that they do so. Hence the innumerable Writings of Men obstinate in error, [Page 2] have in a great measure proceeded, and the World has been fill'd with the labours of Hereticks, who have in all Ages broach'd false Doctrines, and infamous Opinions, even so gross, as Satan himself never had the front to suggest; and yet rather than be thought to recant what they had once advanc'd, they have thought fit to maintain those false Doctrines and infamous Opinions, at the expence of Religion, Conscience, and all manner of Reputation.

This I take to be the Case, in due proportion to Circumstances, of the Author of the late Libel, entituled, the State Anatomy; such I must call it, because it Libels and Slanders Per­sons, Governments, and Nations. And as this has long been his practise in other things, for which a certain Author of Note said of him, That he had made the World believe him a worse Heretick than he is: So I see a great deal of ground to think he has gone upon the same foundation in bringing forth now a second part of his Libel in vindication of the first; notwithstanding it is manifest that he [Page 3] was so convinc'd of the Error of the first, that the very nature of the thing now, extorts a Confession, That he had been justly reprov'd. An example of this (to make things clear as I go) is in nothing more evident than in the great bustle he makes in his second Libel, to clear himself of his having most scandalously forespoken the House of Lords, telling us posi­tively, before their Lordships had so much as debated it, that they really would receive more Foreigners into their Body, and pointing out to them who should be the Men. This he will not have call'd leading or dictating to the House, tho' there are innumera­ble precedents when the House have thought otherwise, and resented it accordingly, as well from greater as smaller Persons than this Author.

This hard task however he under­takes, tho' most People think he will as ill come off, as he did from en­deavouring to prove himself no He­retick, when yet he owns himself to be of some Opinions contrary to Ortho­dox Christians.

[Page 4]It is nevertheless to be acknow­ledged to him (for I shall do him justice, tho' he does no justice to others) I say, it is to be acknowledg'd to him, that he grants leading and dictating to so illustrious a Body as the House of Lords, is an unjustifya­ble practise; but when he comes to wash his hands of the Fact, Hoc opus, Hic labor est: I shall examine it by it self presently; but before I enter up­on that part, it is meet to attack his detach'd Parties, which he has pre­par'd to Satyrize those he intends to fight with; for it is to be observ'd, that he takes a new method with Mankind, scarce ever practis'd by any Man before; and this is, to find out an Author who he thinks fit for his encounter, and call him the Writer of the Book which he contends with, (it matters not with him whether he is the Man or no) and thus having drest up this Man of Straw, he begins the fight. This he has done in the Case before me, where finding it greatly for his purpose, that De Foe, Author of the True born Englishman, should pass for the Author of the Argument [Page 5] against enabling Foreigners, &c. he has singled him out, and fallen upon him in a most merciless manner; for he has recommended him to the Re­venge of his Foreigners, (what mercy he will find there may be guessd at.) He has also, as far as his good Wishes may have effect, recommended him to the Resentment of the Government. He has expos'd, ridicul'd, banter'd, and in a word, as far as in him lies, murther'd the Man; and yet all this while, this Man, as I find, was no more Author of this Book than the Man in the Moon: Nay, as I hear, for I have no Knowledge of the Man, he has been sick in his Bed all the while. In carrying on this Tragi co­medy, he takes care to summon for Evidence, all that this D. F. has said upon the same subject in his Pamphlets and Poems formerly writ­ten; and to confront this with what I have said now; whereas if it were true that the said D. F. had been Au­thor of all those things, and those too, it had amounted to no more than this; either that he had been wrong before, and was now better inform'd; [Page 6] or second, that he had contradicted himself, and wrote one time one thing, and one time another, a fault which Modesty should have taught Toland to have pass'd over in silence, that it might not be retorted upon himself; and after all, neither of these things would prove at all that what Mr. Toland had said was right, or would have made his Libel one jot better than it was before, besides the Scan­dal of having taken a wrong aim, and charging a Man falsly with wri­ting this Book, who really has no manner of concern in it or about it. In the next place, I observe Mr. Toland is of Opinion that I should not have publish'd his Name when I answer'd his Libel: The Truth is, he should have taken care to have had the Secret better kept, knowing how ill his Name recommends any Cause he embarks in the defense of, and how much disadvantage it is to those he serves, to have him known to be their Advocate; upon these Consi­derations I should have forborn his Name, had it not been made publick before by his Eccho, Mr. Boyer, who [Page 7] in his Monthly Fables, call'd falsly the Political State, harang'd for him, thinking (by mistake) to make his Book sell. This Man openly told his Name, for which, I hear, the Book­seller ow'd him no thanks. Since then his own Friend did him that injury, for I hear it gave a great check to the sale of his Book; why should he blame the Author of the Answer, who only nam'd him at second Hand, after it was no more a Secret, and who, even then, did it with caution too, knowing how scandalous a sorger of Names to Books that same Boyer was, and how little was to be built for truth upon what he had publish'd, who is the easiest Man to be impos'd upon, the most unconcern'd at doing any in­nocent Man an Injury, and the back­wardest to do Justice when he was convinc'd of it, of any Man alive; which I shall prove in a part by it self.


A farther Confirmation of the visible Design there has been for some time carry'd on among a Party to propose the Introducing FOREIGNERS among the Nobility; and a little of the Li­berty Mr. TOLAND takes with Truth.

MR. Toland begins this Subject for me with two notable Fal­sities; first he says boldly, Page 30. (these are his words) I never knew or heard of any such Design, as he affirms there was to introduce these two Noble­men or any other Foreigners into the House of Peers. Stop there, and go back to Page 26. see his words again, My proposal, says he, contains nothing new or strange, with respect either to the Dispensation or the Persons. How can this be if such a Design was ne­ver heard of before, Oportet Menda­cem. The next Falsity is as evident as the former, and is taken from his own words also, Page 25. (viz.) As to the two foreign Noblemen, in consideration of whose service, I propos'd a legal Dispen­sation with the fifth limitation of the [Page 9] Act of Succession, an out-cry was imme­diately rais'd, as if all the Foreigners in Christendom were to be prefer'd here; whereas I expresly confin'd my Propo­sal to those two Persons: Here again Mr. Toland lets us see that great Wits have short Memories; for either he did not write the Memorial call'd the Ana­tomy, or else he had forgot himself strangely; for look into his said A­natomy, Page 57, he expresly recom­mends Monsieur Robethon by Name thus, (viz.) nor can it enter into my Thoughts, but that a way will be found out to recompence the Merit of the no less able and indefatigable Mr. Robe­thon; there's one more plainly pro­pos'd by Name: And to let us see that even this is not all that is desired, he modestly adds, Page 58, I am far from extending this to many others, pray observe, not to many others; this, I think, strongly acknowledges he is for extending it to some few others: And yet this Man has the Front to say in his Second Part, Page 25. that he expresly confin'd his Proposals to two Persons. Is this the Man that charges D. F. with falshood, and gives him [Page 10] the Lie in publick Print! was ever any thing more notorious! and is this the Man that disowns their being a Design laid to propose the bringing in Foreigners! and more Foreigners than he names into the Peerage! whereas he here acknowledges there is a De­sign to bring in some, but not many: Thus he confesses in one Book, and denies in the other; talks honestly per accident, and knavishly per inci­dent: But this is not the first time Mr. Toland has discover'd himself to be Ambo dexter in his Arguments, as well as in other things; and tho' I will have nothing to do with the quarrel between D. F. and him, (for by his treating D. F. there must be some Malice among them) yet when I am observing the Liberty Mr. Toland takes with Truth, I cannot pass by one of the Coursest Shuffles that I have ordinarily met with in the World. It is in his fighting with his Man of Straw aforesaid. After he has plaid the Buffoon with him a great while, as if he was bringing him instantly to the Old Bayly or West­minster to be Arraign'd, and that he [Page 11] was to be the Informer against him, he then falls to down right giving him the Lie, as a Man who there was no measures to be us'd with, and he proves D. F. a Lyar in this quaint method.

He complains that D. F. had said in some of his writings, that he had seen the original Letter which he (To­land) had sent to the Dissenters; this is a Lie says Toland, for it was only written by an Amanuensis, I kept the original by me.

Now would one not think that To­land might have learnt, ever since he was expell'd the University, a little more justice in Dispute than this? Let his Enemy be who he will, real, or imaginary, I shall only ask him in a few Words, whether, let it be written by a Servant or not by a Servant, was not the Letter which he actually sent to the Dissenting Ministers, properly the Original? I'll give him a particular Case, (viz.) as in drawing Writings. The rough Draught of a Lease or In­denture is drawn by the Attorney or Scrivener, and it is afterwards writ­ten over fair or engross'd by a Clerk [Page 12] or Amanuensis, yet that Ingrossment being executed, is call'd the Original Deed, and it would be look'd upon a most egregious Shuffle, for any Man who had seen the said Writing, to say, if he was legally ask'd, that he had not seen the Original because he had not seen the Draught. If Mr. Toland drew a Draught of a Letter to the Dissenters, and then caused his Servant or Amanuensis to draw it out fair, The first perhaps having alterations, in­terpolations, &c. in it, and on view­ing the fair Copy, caused his Name to be set to it, which is Executing it, and then sent away; I desire to know which is the Original, That which is first finished and executed, or that which is Drawn out rough, to be re­drawn out for such finishing?

But this is by the by: I Note it as a Specimen of his sincere way of Ar­guing, and his bold giving the LYE on such Grounds as these: And I have remarked this, that the World may see what Advocates such a Cause as this has singled out among Mankind to defend it.

[Page 13]
Non tali auxilio, nec defensoribus istis.
Tempus eget—

However I shall say the less of this here, because I may yet give a Com­pleater History of the Character of this Mr. Toland, to undeceive the World about him, and also of his fel­low Labourer in this Drudgery; That French Papist in disguise, who flattering every Side in his turn, Writes now for a Tory Ministry, now for a Whig, and under the pretence of ser­ving the Whigs, has always been the first to Publish the Manifestos of Re­bels, Declarations of the Pretender, and such like stuff, of whom I say, to­gether with an Account of Mr. To­land, the Publick, not the Secret Hi­story, is as ready for the Press as need­ful for the Publick; and to which I shall refer for the most Execrable Practises that any have been suffer'd to be guilty of unpunish'd in a Christian Government.


Of Leading, Dictating or Prescribing to the House of Lords, by the Pam­phlet call'd The State Anatomy.

FOR the Reasons already Given, I leave for a while talking any more of the Person of this Author, and come back to his Discourse; I find him very much concern'd to wash off what sticks to him in this Article of Dictating to the House of Lords, it will soon appear whether he does this to purpose, or not to purpose: I need spend no time to prove that Leading and Dictating to the House of Lords, is a Scandalous, Insolent and Offen­sive Practice, and what the House has always thought fit to resent; Toland has given me up that Point in his Se­cond Libel, which therefore according to my Title I must Anatomise here. Pag. 5. his Words aae these: They must be mad themselves, who can think any Man else mad enough to prescribe to any Publick Assembly, much less to the Le­gislative Body of the Nation? Thus [Page 15] the Point is Granted, and there needs no more dispute about that: It lies then before us to enquire whether what Mr. Toland in his Lybel has of­fer'd to the House of Lords, can be call'd Dictating to them, and Leading them, or no.

I will abate him all he says, to re­commend the Gentlemen; This I will call only Proposing to the Lords, which he says any Man may do. But when he comes to say, there is no need to fear but that the Lords will do it, p. 57. and again, that it would savour of Ingratitude and Partiallity not to do it, p. ibid. What shall we say to that modest Part! Is this Prescribing to and Leading the House of Peers, or is it not?

Let me be allow'd to make a short Comment upon this worthy Text, The House of Lords will Consent to make Baron Bothmar and Count Bernsdorf Peers, they cannot Honourably refuse it, and they would be ungrateful and unjust, for to be Partial is to be Ʋnjust, if they should not. These are Words well deserving to be Remark'd: I would be very glad to hear when ever [Page 16] such Words were spoken of the House of Lords and not resented; and yet this Man is not so mad as to Dedicate to the Parliament ▪ as if telling them they must do a Certain thing, or be Ʋngrateful and Partial, was not Dic­tating: For the farther asscertaining then what is, or is not Dictating to the House, I appeal to that Illustri­ous and most Honourable Assembly, whose Journals are full of Eminent Precedents, as well in Cases where Men have Offended in the Point of Dictating, &c. as also of the con­stant resentment of the House in such Cases.

Has this most Venerable Body been so Jealous of their Privileges, and so Nice, as to forbid any Lybeller or Author, so much as to Print the Name of a Peer, and to make the Offender Lyable to an Action of Scan­dalum Magnatum, tho' he said nothing offensive; nay, tho' he spoke in the praise of the Person named: And shall it not be an Offence against the Privileges of the House, to reproach them in Print with Ingratitude and Partiality, if they do not do this or [Page 17] that which the Libeller says is fit to be done!

Shall the House be so Jealous of their Privileges, as to make a Fence round their Actions (like the Rails in ancient Times to keep off the People from approaching Mount Sinai) so that Authors are forbid to Print and Write any thing that is said or done within their Walls at their Peril; and shall it be no Subject of Resentment to pretend, in Print, that they will certainly do this or that, before they have so much as Debated it or spoken a Word about it? Is not Mr. Red­path and Mr. Walker, and others, now in Custody of the Black Rod, for but an unwary Trespass of this kind; and shall Toland publickly say they shall or will do this or that, and cannot omit to do it without In­gratitude and Partiallity? and yet wipe his Mouth and say, He has given their Lordships no Offence.

I will not say the House cannot o­mit taking him up without Partial­lity; but I may say, that if it were any body but Mr. Toland I should wonder at his Impudence, and should [Page 18] say that if he escaped he would have very good Luck.


Of the great Succcess of the PROPO­SAL; The great Service done by the ANATOMIZER to the Interest which he pretends to assist; And an Enquiry into the real Advance of their Cause by it.

WERE the People who they Write for, and those who both of them think they please, made but once sensible of the just Cha­racters of the Persons who have, whether Mercenarily or Officiously un­dertaken their Cause: Were they made sensible how they Perform, and how they Expose, rather than Assist the Cause they undertake, they wou'd be asham'd of them, and say to them, as was lately said by a Noble Lord to a certain Author who claim'd some Reward for his great Services in vindicating his Lordship, You will extremely oblige me, Sir, if you will be pleas'd to say no more about me. Let [Page 19] a Judgment be made only by the Success of the present Undertaking; and let Mr. Toland ask himself se­dately, Whether he thinks that the Cause he has espoused has gain'd or lost by him? Let him go to the Baron Bothmar and Count Bernsdorff, and ask of those Noble Persons, Whe­ther they think he has serv'd them or not; and whether they think themselves nearer or farther off from a Peerage by his Argument?

It cannot be true that he himself believes he has better'd their Cause; it appears that he thinks otherwise, by his shifting off from them the Scandal of Employing him; taking the Blame of it all upon himself; de­claring they know nothing of it, and that they are so far from desiring him to do it, that they do not so much as Court or Desire the Honour of being Peers, or to that purpose. Now if he found, upon his starting the Proposal, that the Nation came generally and readily into it, he would never strive with so much Earnestness to conceal the Design; endeavour to bring in the Proposal [Page 20] as a Brat of his own private Con­jectures, hatch'd for not bodies par­ticular Interest, directed by no body, and only offered by a fortuitous Efflux of Thought, without the As­sistance, or so much as the Approba­tion, of the Persons named or point­ed at.

If this were the Truth of the Story, he must acknowledge himself mighty Officious, and that he has Run before he was Sent. I doubt he will find as few People to believe this Part, as he has found to approve the Proposal it self: But be that as it will, if his pro­jected Scheme of Enobling these two Foreigners, with his Suggestion of one afterwards, which he names, and his not many others, which he slily insinuates are to follow; I say, if the Method he has taken to introduce these, has effected the Thing; if the Generality of the Nation approve the Proposal, and he sees the Game sure before them; Why should they oblige him to acknowledge thus, that they disown him and his Schemes? Why is he not rather publickly Ca­ress'd, and his Book acknowledg'd? [Page 21] But on the contrary, the Heads are pull'd back, no body cares to own him, and he himself applies diligent­ly to clear those Noble Persons of ha­ving any hand in the Conspiracy with him, as indeed I believe he has reason to do.

No body cares to own a Plot when it has miscarried; and if Toland de­signed to do his Principals a Service by the Proposal, if it had succeeded; he is the Honester, and cannot be blam'd to do them a Service by keeping them out of it now it proves Abor­tive.

Perhaps he will say I triumph with­out a Victory, very like so; but let him speak for himself, whether it be a Victory or no; if he has the Victo­ry, if he is as sure of the Success as he thought himself at first, why is he so concern'd, and why does he keep such a Bustle to wash the Dirt off of any; and why so apprehensive least the World should think they were in the Conspiracy? Why so forward to take all upon himself? I think I may, without any boasting, say, he has not so good an Opinion of his Cause as he [Page 22] had when he began it; let him deny it if he can.

Nor will the fulsome Encomiums of a Vain French Scribbler assist him in this Point at all, I think I may venture to say, That all Mr. Toland has said in this Case, has but served to make it more difficult than he found it; and the Gentlemen who he has named, if it is, as he says, without their Consent, no question if they know what a Champion they have that has espous'd, in meer Knight Er­rantry, their Cause, would civilly de­sire him to say no more about them.

Now having brought it to the Que­stion of his Success, he joins Issue with him on his own Merit also; and then the remaining Question in De­bate is, Whether has the Design mis­carried by the scandalous Nature of the Proposal, or by the scandalous Name of the Proposer? Would ever Men of any Forecast have singled out a Man scandalous among Christians, to have started their Friends Cause into the World! He says he is not a Socinian, and perhaps he may not be to now; but let him tell them what [Page 23] he was Expelled the University of — for, and how he comes to ob­tain the general Title of a Heretick in Principles, if he had given no oc­casion for it? Not that Reproach al­ways argues Guilt, but let him tell the World himself the occasion if he thinks fit; I forbear it, because it is not the present Business; I shall find another Time for it.

As to the present Case, I cannot but observe how I have heard many People who were not much con­cern'd to enquire about it before, start at the Proposal now, because it is handed into the World by such an Agent; and I leave it to universal Judgment, whether the Manner, the arrogant Manner of proposing it, has not justly shock'd the Nobility and Gentry of England, as to the Propo­sal it self; to have them told they will do it before they were ever so much as asked! To have them told it will savour of Ingratitude and Partiallity not to do it, before ever they so much as denied! Is not this Bullying the Peers into it? Is it not a Bussoonry upon the Nation? If this has made [Page 24] the Case better than it was, or has not rather justly filled many Minds with Resentment, who were neither prepossessed one way or o­ther, let any reasonable Person de­termine.

In the mean time I can assure him, it is a very great Satisfaction to many good and impartial Men, that this Design of proposing the breaking down the Pale of our Nobility, is thus Detected and Exposed: But I must confess, that when some Gen­tlemen came to me the other Day, and gave me thanks for the Service I had done, in setting it out in so clear a Light as is done in the Argument, &c. I told them frankly the Thanks were all due to Mr. Toland, who by so in­solent an Attempt, had justly alarm'd and open'd the Eyes of almost as ma­ny as had read his Libel; and had e­ven in denying, proved effectually that this Proposal of his was no new Thing

No indeed, it has been no new Thing either, that some Persons aimed at being so Enobled, or that a Party aimed at complying, and [Page 25] getting those who alone could do it, to comply with their Desire; and this is a sufficient Reason to be given for what I own'd in the Argument, name­ly, That it had been Digested for some time, viz. as long as I had understood from good Hands that there was such a thing intended, and which I thought it my indispensible Duty to Oppose and Expose.


Of the Nature of Malice, and of the unjust Suggestions of Mr. TO­LAND in his Second ANATOMY, in order to Expose the Author of the Argument to the Resentment of the Government.

I Despise all the sly and knavish in­sinuations of this Malicious, En­venom'd Lybeller, in order, if he could, to expose me as a Jacobite; I wish all that are blindly and ignorantly Jacobites, may in Heavens due time be better inform'd; and all that are Maliciously so, and from principles of [Page 26] Hatred to the Protestant Succession, and the Person of King George, were as Toland is, viz. Contemn'd, and Ex­pos'd: I wish them, like him, Ex­pell'd from the Society of the best of Men, and made to know their Crime by their Punishment. There is not one Sentence or Syllable in the Book entiuled An Argument, &c. which is intended as a Reflection or Disrespect to the Person, or Government, or Conduct of King George; and of that Sentence which he maliciously wrests, P. 28. viz. Till at length Posterity may be offer'd two Turks, I say to him Honi soit qui Mal y Pense, I know no Ve­nom in it, nor can he without infinite Sarcasm, and Lybelling the most In­nocent Actions of the King, say, or suggest that there is any room for a Satyr in them.

All his boasted Advantage, and the Tryumph he makes upon Quotations out of De Foes Pamphlet, Require no other Answer than has been given already, viz. That De Foe has no Concern one way or other in that Book; and if Mr. Baker the Publish­er were not just at the point of Death [Page 27] while this is at the Press, a particu­lar Account of that Part would be given: But it is none of my business to vindicate De Foe however injuri­ously he may be treated; all I have to say is, That if Mr. Toland is dispo­sed to make Honourable Amends for the insolent Language which he gives ME, under the Cover of Charging the Work upon a Fellow that neither He nor I know any thing of, he shall at any time have the Occasion to know who is not Concern'd in this Work, by knowing Face to Face who is Concern'd in it: And I say the same to that Cowardly Frenchman Boyer also.

I repeat again what I have said, That there is not the least Design or Intention of Disrespect to the Person or Government of King George in all my Answer to Toland's Lybel, but a single and disinterested Zeal for the Liberties of my Country: I Honour with the profoundest Duty, not the King only as on the Throne, but all his Royal Posterity, and Raee, as Ca­pable of, and Design'd by Heaven to Reign in their Courses of time; and [Page 28] yet it is no impeachment of this Duty and Zeal, to say, that from the best of Kings have proceeded the worst of Tyrants: Our Laws are made as Fen­ces and Securities, not against good, but bad Kings. Were the Divine Ge­nius to be Immortal, as I said in the Argument, were all the Kings who shall proceed from the Loyns of His present Majesty, to Inherit King George's Principles, his Justice, Mo­deration, Love to his People, and Knowledge as well as Desire of their Wellfare and Prosperity; I would be as Easie to give up all our Constitu­tion to him, and to be Governed by his meer Will and Discretion, as I would be to any Man that ever wore a Crown.

But as Vertue, Honour, Probity, Wisdom, Judgment, do not descend by Inheritance, and are no Entail with the Crown, but Kings may hereafter arise that knew not Joseph; it is a Du­ty to our Posterity, that we endea­vour to preserve the Fences of our Liberties unbroken, and hand forward those invaluable Rights to our Chil­dren, [Page 29] Entire as we Receive them.

But this Mercenary, this bringer of a Railing Accusation, he is for break­ing down this Fence, and dispensing with this Law, making a precedent to serve a present Turn, and Party, which may hereafter be an Argument to bring in all the Instruments of Tyran­ny, which an Arbitrary unguided Prince may stand in need of, for the Destruction of the Kingdom; and this, tho', as I said before, without the least design'd Reflection, they were of any Nation or Religion, even Turks, and Mahometans; whether those who are for thus breaking in upon our Consti­tution to gratify Foreigners, or they who are for preserving our Constitu­tion whole and unbroken, are the best Patriots, let impartial Posterity in­quire.

Nor am I in this, offering in the least to derogate from the just Esteem due to the Honourable Persons who he mentions; but I ask him this Que­stion, Is there no Reward can be suit­able to the Character and Merit of those Gentlemen, but that of being made Lords? Can the King be at a [Page 30] loss, and is the Kingdom of Great-Britain empty of means to Reward these Persons however great their Merit? Is there no way to make them amends but this one Method? Will nothing else satisfy them, or be suitable to their Deservings, that this Libeller should say, not to do it, would be to be Ʋngrateful and Partial? I re­member when the Glorious King Wil­liam intending to Reward the late E. of Portland with a vast Grant, no less than the Revenue of the Principality of Wales; and the House of Commons applied to His Majesty not to do it, the King readily acquiesc'd, and ex­pressing his Royal Gratitude to the E. of Portland for his many signal Ser­vices, His Majesty said, He would think of Rewarding those Services some other way. I shall make no Compari­sons, but believe the Libeller himself will not pretend, that any Man can have deserv'd better of his Present Majesty, than the late E. of Portland had deserv'd of King William; yet when he found the way he had design'd to Reward him gave any uneasiness to his People, His Majesty Resolv'd to [Page 31] Reward those Eminent Services some other way; and I dare say, the Poste­rity of that Noble Person do not Complain of the King's being unkind to them.

I am ready to grant that the Servi­ces of these Noble Persons now Pro­pos'd, are as great as my Opposer pleases to suppose them; yet I say, without lessening those Suppositions, That Great-Britain is able to Reward them fully, tho' they are not receiv'd into our Peerage, and yet not merit to be Libell'd by Toland as partial and ungrateful.

But be that as it will, Let His Ma­jesty propose to his Parliament what he thinks fit, the Parliament will al­ways act as becomes them; the House of Peers will never act undutifully to the King, no, not in those things which they cannot Grant; nor will they act unfaithfully to their Country, no, not in those things which they cannot Refuse: But this is not to the Case in hand; for it does not appear that the King has any desire to have this thing done; nay, Mr. Toland does not pretend to it: [Page 32] But let us see here how the vain Man exposes himself; for while he acknowleges no body to be privy to the Proposal but himself, he Contra­dicts and Confounds himself most pitiously; He protests, pa. 30. That he never knew or heard of any Design to introduce those two Noble Men, or any other Foreigners into the House of Peers, Exore tuo: Call Mr. Toland to detect Mr. Toland, pa. 26. My Proposal Con­tain'd nothing NEW with Respect either to the Thing, or to the Persons; these are the Words quoted before, but are absolutely necessary to be brought in again here, because this Man can have the Assurance to pre­tend after this, to be believ'd upon his Word, That no body ever heard of this before.

But suppose we should believe him for once, and imagine that neither the King intended to Enoble these Persons, that these two Persons did not desire to be Enobled, or that the House of Peers ever intended to Re­peal or Dispence with the Act for this End; How then can he have the Front to tell the House of Peers to [Page 33] their Faces, that if they do not do it, it savours of Ingratitude and Partia­lity? He may be defy'd to show an Impudence like this, since the Liber­ty of the Press, which we now groan under, has Plagu'd us: I am sorry to use such Words in Print, but when we are talking to such Men, such Lan­guage is forc'd out of our Mouths as only proper to People of such Flagrant Merit.

Again, If neither the King, the House of Lords, or the two foreign Noblemen themselves, have so much as had any Thoughts of this matter, how will this false Accuser make good his Charge, that the opposing it, is pointed at the Government, or the Ministry? The Charge is pointed at those Conspirators who are in the Design, and as he declares, neither the King, the Ministry, or the Parlia­ment are acquainted with it, then they are not pointed at: But we know who are in it perhaps better than he pretends to know, and as they are not too big to be charg'd, so I must [...]ell him it is not his Raillery, and [Page 34] pretending it Points at the Govern­ment, who are not concern'd in it, that will wipe it off.

The Case is in short this, the Design is blown, the Plot is discover'd, and thereby defeated; he thought it was Ripe before it was so, and brought it out too soon: He knows it well e­nough, for his own Friends blame him for it, and now he has no Re­medy, but to cry out Jacobitism and Treason in his opposers, as if all the Men who are not for recommending Foreigners to the Nobility must be Jacobites; or that all those who were not for a Standing-Army in time of Peace were for the Pretender; and yet he confesses that I declar'd I was for an Army when there was any Danger of the Pretender, and while either a foreign Enemy or private Disturbance threatned the Country.

But the Man is enrag'd because he is frustrated: He had said the House of Lords will open the Door to Fo­reigners, and now he is assur'd they wont; nay, he knows he may with much more title to modesty say they [Page 35] will not, than he could before say they will; and this makes him raving at every body that comes in his way.

But let him Rave, the Nation is awake. Britains may be surpriz'd into such things as may be dangerous in their Examples like this, but in vain is the Net spread in the sight of any Bird; while they are awake, and there Eyes are open, they are in no Danger.

I observe that this Toland makes himself merry with De Foe's Verses from The True born Englishman: I have only this to say in that Case, that if that Satyr was Just upon our Country and Nobility, it certainly in­fers, that as we are now arriv'd to an Excellence which we believe is not out-done by other Nations, either in Science or Religion, and moral Virtue, we should keep were we are, and mix no farther if we can help it, unless we are sure to improve; but to let that go for a jest, as it was intended, our business is not now so much about mixing of Blood, tho' that is not insignificant, but about mixing our Politicks: The Ar­gument which I brought from the [Page 36] Treatment we gave to the Scots, No­bility at the late Treaty of Ʋnion, is good Sence, and to the present pur­pose, and the Scots Nobility are not now insensible of the weight of it, tho' this unfair Cavilling Libeller Bustoons it, and pretends that I al­ledge they were kept out as Foreign­ers. Had he been in Temper to un­derstand common Sense, he would have seen the contrary. He absurdly suggests, that I hint they were kept out as Foreigners; No, no, he cannot but allow that I and every one else knows, that after the Ʋnion they were no more Foreigners but united; but the Argument is just, neverthe­less, a fortiori, if these, though our own Brethren, were not allow'd to sit in the House of Lords, but with such nicety restrain'd to a Representa­tive, and this in especial manner, be­cause of our Judicature being reposi­ted with the Peers; how much more then should we be backward to bring Strangers and real Foreigners to par­take of that supreme Authority which the Scotish Nobility were deny'd.

[Page 37]Let any Man but observe the wretched Temper of this slanderous Libeller: The Author of Mercurius Politicus, has called this a new Argu­ment. This Book, he says, De Foe has the chief hand in also, which up­on good enquiry, and good evidence, I am assur'd is false too; but let the Author be who he will, I say he has call'd this a new Argument, which forsooth Toland will not only not al­low, but says 'tis nonsence. Let us see the nonsence of it, and if it be not a new Argument, let him tell us when it was made use of before. Be it new or old, the force of it is full against him.

The Scots Nobility, antient beyond History, and illustrious beyond Ob­jection, yet was deny'd upon the late Coalition of natural Priviledges, were deny'd, I say, to be admitted into the English Peerage other than by a Representative; because it was not thought that the supream Judicature of England could be communicated with justice, to those who had not an equal concern in the Interest of the People of the Nation.

[Page 38]Now to add a Word or two to that Part: Would it not appear Partial against our Brethren of Scotland, especially now, after they are our Brethren, that while they are exclu­ded, Foreigners shall be admitted? Let him give a just Reason for this if he can.

But to carry this a little farther, be­cause his Ignorance suffers him to pre­tend, that the Reasons for admitting the Scots Nobility only by a Represen­tative number was, to Assert the pro­portion only to the value of Estates. He shews by this, that he has Folly and gross Ignorance equal to his Dis­honesty; for though it is true, that the proportioning the value, &c. was regarded in the asserting the Number of the Scots Representitives in the House of Commons, yet this was the least Consideration, if any at all, in fixing the Number of the Peers, for the limiting of which there were Reasons not proper to recite here; and had he not been perfectly void of any Notion of what was then doing, he would have known something of those Reasons.

[Page 39]But not to resume the Debates of those Days, seeing he puts me to it, I shall start another Case as new as the former, and yet as pungent as can be desired to the present point of ad­mitting Foreigners: At the time of the Treaty of Ʋnion, notwithstand­ing the whole Scots Nation was to be incorporated into one body with the English, and that the Subjects of both were to enjoy equal Priviledges, yet so resolutely did our English No­bility insist upon not encorporating the Peerage of Scotland with them­selves, so jealous were they of pul­ling down the Fence about their own incommunicable Judicature, that the Union is said, not to allow even the Crown it self to create a Scots Peer, already a Peer, a Lord by an English Title, so as to make him an Heredita­ry Lord of Parliament. This is emi­nent in the Case of the late Duke Hamilton, as Duke of Brandon; and albeit the Scots do dispute this Point, we do not find the House of Lords take yet any notice of that Dispute.

And shall this Libeller tell us, the House of Peers will be Partial and [Page 40] Ʋngrateful if they admit not Ger­mans and Strangers into their Body; while at the same time they have barr'd the Door against their own en­corporated Brethren of Scotland? Let Toland or any of the Conspira­tors tell us what was the Reason of this nicety, if it was not that the English Nobility had seen Reason to think they ought to be exceeding cautious of ever making more mix­tures, by Creation at least, with the Blood of their Nobility: Rather let him prove that it would not be Par­tial and Ʋngrateful to the Scots Nobi­lity, if Foreigners should be receiv'd, while the Scots are excluded; and where is the general kindness which was promis'd, and exhorted to from the Throne to be preserv'd and culti­vated between the two united King­doms; I say, where is this mutual kindness, if such Partiality should be practis'd on our Side?

If indeed an encorporate Ʋnion shall come to be treated between his Ma­jesty's Foreign Dominions and the Island of Great Britain, then the Case will be alter'd, and we should be all [Page 41] willing and ready, no doubt, to receive a Representative of the Hanover Nobility into the Body of ours, such as to the King and Parliament shall seem convenient: But as to the Enno­bling Foreigners, it is firmly Provided against by the Constitution, and our Libel-maker Prosesses that neither does he know that his Majesty intends it, or these Foreign Noble Persons, who he has presum'd to Name, desire it; I am sure the House of Peers have not Debated it. What Assurance then must He, and the Party who Dictate to him, who for that Reason I justly call Conspirators, I say, what assu­rance must they have, to be Officious in a thing of this Consequence to their Country!

It has been suggested, and I have Reason to believe it is so far true, that the thing is in its Embrio, that the Scheme is young, and that the Peo­ple concern'd were willing to let the Proposal take wind, this way, to see how it would Relish with the British Gentry, and it was no imprudent step I acknowledge to do so; for had they made the attempt at once, be­fore [Page 42] they had made a judgment of things, they would have run the ha­zard of a Miscarriage much more to their Disadvantage.

Be it as it will, they have now made the Experiment, and I dare say they will not find, upon telling Noses, that they have made one Convert by Mr. Toland's Anatomy; on the contra­ry, there are some testimony of many Eyes being opened, by the Detecting and justly Exposing the Traiterous Contrivance; and I leave them to the Tryal, when they will find the Persons Concern'd in another Condi­tion to Repel them than perhaps they expected.

It might be worth while to note here, how Quaintly he would make it Criminal in me, to speak of SOME Honest and Loyal Patriots REMAIN­ING in the Administration, as if I thereby insinuated that some there were otherwise, and that there were mis­understandings amongst the Ministry; That I would have it thought they were not all of a Piece, and he would have this be thought Mali­cious. Now, by what has since hap­ned [Page 43] in the Ministry, it may be asked without any Reflection, whether, if I had look'd that way, tho' that is not granted, I were in the Right or not? But it has been this Man's Talent many Years, to be an Accuser of the Brethren, and if it be true, that he was Expell'd a University for Faction and Error, if it be true as I have heard, that he once impiously at­tempted to draw up a new Gospel, no wonder he would now frame a new Constitution; but this I shall have a farther occasion to talk with him about.

All the residue of his Book, viz. His Answer to the Clergy-man, his Letters to the Arch-bishop, and to the Dissenters, and his wrangling and unseemly Language upon De Foe, are worth no Notice at all, either by me, or any one else: Perhaps such Lan­guage may be suitable to the Foreign Noble Lord without a Name, who he pretends to write to, and who, if he be any body, it's like is one of the not many more, who he pretends to solli­cit for after these are got in, and who are all to be British Peers, ad Graecos Calendas.


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