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THE

PUBLICK SPIRIT

OF THE

W H I GS:

Set forth in their

Generous ENCOURAGEMENT

OF THE .

AUTHOR of the CRISIS.

WITH

Some OBSERVATIONS on the Seasonableness, Cana

dor, Erudition, and Style of that Treatise.

Written in the Year 1912.

DU B L I N:

Printed by and for GEORGE FAULKNER.

M.DCC.XLI.

Vol. VI.

A D V ERTISEMENT. ITPO N the first Publication of this Pamphlet, all

the Scotch Lords, then in London, went in à Body, and complained to Quoen Anne of the Affront put on them and their Nation, by the Author of this Treatise. Whereupon, a Proclamation was published by ber Majesty, offering a Reward of three hundred Pounds to discover him. The Reason for offering so small a Sum was, that the Queen and Ministry bad no Desire to have our supposed Author taken into Custody.

. THE

PÜ BLICK SPIRIT

OF THE

W HIGS, &c.

outation offeet a Pamph you Thalbefore-han can {pares

T CANNOT without some Envy, and a

juft Refentment against the opposite Conduct I of others, reflect upon that Generosity and Tenderness, wherewith the Heads and principal Members of a struggling Faction treat those who will undertake to hold a Pen in their Defence. And the Behaviour of those Patrons is yet the more laudable, because the Benefits they confer are almost grátis : If any of their Labourers can scratch out a Pamphlet, they desire no more ; there is no Question offered about the Wit, the Style, the Argument. Let a Pamphlet come out upon Demand in a proper Juncture, you shall be well and cer, tainly paid ; you shall be paid before-hand; every one of the Party who is able to read, and can spare a Shilling shall be a Subscriber : Several Thousands of each Production shall be sent among their Friends through the Kingdom: The Work shall be reported admirable, sublime, unanswerable; shall serve to raise the sinking Clamours, and confirm the Scandal of introducing Popery and the Pretender, upon the QUEEN and her Ministers.

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· AMONG the present Writers on that Side, I can recollect but three of any great Distinction, which are the Flying-Post, Mr. Dunton, and the Author of the Crisis: The first of these seems to have been much funk in Reputation since the sudden Retreat of the only true genuine original Author, Mr. Ridpath, who is celebrated by the Dutch Gazeteer, as one of. the best Pens in England.' Mr. Dunton hath been longer and more conversant in Books than any of the three, as well as more voluminous in his Productions : However, having employed his Studies in so great a Variety of other Subjects, he hath, I think, but lately turned his Genius to Politicks. His famous Tract, entitled, Neck or Notbing, must be allowed to be the shrewdest Piece, and written with the most Spirit of any which hath appeared from that Side since the Change of the Ministry: It is indeed a most cutting Satire upon the Lord Treasurer and Lord Bollingbroke, and I wonder none of our Friends ever undertook to answer it. I confess, I was at first of the fame Opinion with several good Judges, who, from the Style and Manner, suppose it to have issued from the sharp Pen of the Earl of Nottingham; and I am till apt to think it might receive his Lordship's last Hand. The Third and Principal of this Triumvirate is the Author of the Crisis; who, although he must yield to the Flying-Pot in Knowledge of the World, and Skill in Politicks, and to Mr. Dunton in Keenness of Satire, and Variety of Reading ; hath yet other Qualities enough to denominate him a Writer of a superior Class to either ; provided he would a little regard the Propriety and Disposition of his Words, consult the Grammatical Part, and get some Information in the Subject he intends to handle.

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