PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not
_yet_ sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long
habit of not thinking a thing _wrong_, gives it a superficial appearance of
being _right_, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom.
But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.
As a long and violent abuse of power is generally the means of calling
the right of it in question, (and in matters too which might never
have been thought of, had not the sufferers been aggravated into the
inquiry,) and as the king of England hath undertaken in his _own_ _right_,
to support the Parliament in what he calls _theirs_, and as the good people
of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have
an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and
equally to reject the usurpation of _either_.
In the following sheets, the author has studiously avoided every
thing which is personal among o . . .