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A Seasonable Warning and Caution against the Insin

A Seasonable



Against the


Of _Papists_ and _Jacobites_

In Favour of the


Being a LETTER from an _ENGLISHMAN_ at the Court of _HANOVER_.

_And thou shalt teach these Words diligently unto thy Children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy House, and when thou walkest by the Way._ Deut. vi. 7.

_And what thou seest write in a Book._ Rev. i. 11.

_LONDON_: Printed for _J. Baker_, at the _Black-Boy_ in _Pater-Noster-Row_. 1712.





Why how now, England! what ailest thee now? What evil spirit now possesseth thee! O thou nation famous for espousing religion, and defending liberty; eminent in all ages for pulling down tyrants,[1] and adhering steadily to the fundamentals of thy own constitution:[2] that has not only secured thy own rights, and handed them down unimpaired to every succeeding age, but has been the sanctuary of other oppressed nations;[3] the strong protector of injured subjects against the lawless invasion of oppressing tyrants.

[Footnote 1: Edward II., Richard II., Richard III., James II.]

[Footnote 2: In the several barons' wars in the reign of King Stephen, King John, &c.]

[Footnote 3: Especially of the persecuted protestants in the Low Countries, in Queen Elizabeth.]

To thee the oppressed protestants of France owed, for some ages ago, the comfort of being powerfully supported, while their own king,[4] wheedled by the lustre of a crown, became apostate, and laid the foundation of their ruin among themselves; in thee their posterity[5] find a refuge, and flourish in thy wealth and trade, when religion and liberty find no more place in their own country.

[Footnote 4: Henry IV., who turned papist, and with much difficulty granted liberty to his protestant subjects by the edict of Nantes.]

[Footnote 5: The French refugees, who being received here, are grown rich and wealthy by our trade.]

To thee the distressed Belgii[6] owe the powerful assistance by which they took up arms in defence of liberty and religion, against Spanish cruelty, the perfidious tyranny of their kings, and the rage of the bloody Duke d'Alva.

[Footnote 6: The Flemings, when threatened with the inquisition from Spain, under the reign of Philip II.]

From thee the confederate Hollanders[7] received encouragement to join in that indissoluble union which has since reduced the invincible power of the Spaniards, and from whence has been raised the most flourishing commonwealth in the world.

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