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• 1614 bis

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Printed for JOHN WHEBLES

in Pater Noster Row .,

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MDCC LXXI.

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| DEDICATE to You a collection of | Letters, written by one of Yourselves for the common benefit of us all. They would never have grown to this size, without your continued encouragement and applause. To me they owe nothing, but a healthy, fanguine conftitution. Under Your care they have thriven. To You they are indebted for whatever strength and beauty they possess. When Kings and Ministers are forgotten, when the Vol. I.

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force and direction of personal satire is no longer understood, and when measures are only felt in their remoteft consequences, this book will, I believe, be found to contain principles, worthy to be transmitted to pofterity. When You leave the unimpaired, hereditary freehold

to Your children, You do but half Your • duty. Both liberty and property are pre

carious, unless the possessors have sense and spirit enough to defend them ---This is not the language of vanity. If I am a vain man, my gratification lies within a narrow circle. I am the sole depositary of my own secret, and it shall perish with

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If an honest, and, I may truly affirm, a laborious zeal for the public service has given me any weight in Your esteem, let me exhort and conjure You never to suffer an invasion of your political conftitution, however minute the instance

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may appear, to pass by, without a determined, persevering resistance. One precedent creates another.---They soon accumulate, and constitute law. What yesterday was fact, to-day, is doctrine. Examples are supposed to justify the most dangerous measures, and where they do not suit exactly, the defect is supplied by analogy.---Be assured that the laws, which protect Us in our civil rights, grow out of the constitution, and that they must fall or flourish with it. This is not the cause of faction, or of party, of any individual, but the common interest of every man in Britain. Although the King should continue to support his present system of government, the period is not very distant, at which You will have the means of redress in your own power. It may be nearer perhaps than any of us expect, and I would warn You to be prepaired a 2

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