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continually to the shock of parties contend- DISC. ing, ostensibly, for the public good, but, in reality, for places of honour and emolument, he knows not, at length, whom to trust or employ; nor must he trust and employ those whom he would wish to trust and employ ; but is often under the necessity of discarding men whom he loves, and taking to his bosom men whom he cannot love. In the mean time, a set of libertine, unprincipled writers in prose and verse are ready to exhibit him to his people as a monster, to misrepresent and traduce his best actions, to aggravate his errors, and treat him in a manner in which he himself would disdain to treat the beggar at his gate.— Is a person thus circumstanced an object of envy? No; -if there be any bowels of love and mercy, pity and pray for him, that God would grant him patience in suffering evil, and perseverance in doing good, to the end of
This all of us may do ; and this is all that most of us can do. By intercession
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of the greatest with the least; and to the prayers of the meanest and remotest subject of the empire, who knows him only by name when he prays for him, may the fovereign stand indebted for some part of the favour and prosperity vouchsafed him, who needs the prayers of his people, because the cares and the toils of business will often scarcely allow him time and composure of mind to pray for himself.
III. But it is not only a regard to our rulers which suggests reasons why we should pray for them. A regard to ourselves fhould operate no less. Our own interest is deeply concerned.
« I exhort that supplications, prayers, interceffions, and giving of thanks, “ be made for kings, and for all that are “ in authority"—Why :-" That we may “ lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all “ godliness and honesty ;” a “quiet and "peaceable life,” as citizens; “ in all god*4 liness and honesty," as Christians.
“ A quiet
“ A quiet and peaceable life !”What diso. a blessing! involving in it all other blefsings. Without quiet and peace, we pursue with pleasure, or enjoy with comfort ? The Scriptures paint it under the lovely and affecting image of every "man sitting under his own vine, and un“ der his own fig-tree”_“Sitting"-a posture of perfect ease and security~" under s his own vine” —something that he can call his own, guarded and insured to him by the laws and government of his country. Without laws, and government to carry those laws into execution, there would be nothing that he could call his own. His next neighbour, who had a mind for it, and was stronger than he, must have it, and with it the life of the proprietor offering to defend it. The weak must be a prey to the strong, and the honest man be ruined by the villain, without redress or remedy. We of this nation (blessed be our God for it) know not what it is to see government overturned by war from abroad, or insurrection at home. For years toge
DISC. ther have we been enabled to fit composedly
in our habitations, and read accounts of what other countries have suffered in this way.
Warm and comfortable within, we have heard the storm rage and howl around us without, waiting only for the return of a clear sky and the sun, to open our doors, and go forth again. This has rendered us insensible of the felicity we enjoy, because we have never been deprived of its and men are ready, in the wantonness of their folly, upon every trifling occasion, while serving the interests of themselves and their friends, to shake the foundations of the government under which they live, never reflecting on the calamities which must light upon all, were the fabric to fall, in the contest. But the States of America can tell what they have suffered : the States of Holland can tell what they expected to suffer : the inhabitants in some parts of a neighbouring kingdom can inform us in the midst of a civilized and enlightened age) what it is to have the flesh torn from their bones, or be buried alive in the earth,
Of these and other transactions we now fit Diśc. and read (as was observed above) with perfect calmness. But fuppose-God forbid the supposition should ever be realized; it is made, that it never may be realized-Suppose, I say, they should come home to ourselves,
More than a century has passed, since this nation experienced the miseries of anarchy and confufion; when unhappy dissensions afforded opportunity for a crafty and ambitious upstart to murder the king, annihilate one house of parliament, and having turned the members out of the other, walk unmolested to Whitehall, with the key of it in his pocket. This was LIBERTY, planted by able and skilful hands, duly watered and full blown! Great events from little causes! Who would have thought such an event could have happened, when the difpute first began? Who could believe it ever did happen, had we not incontrovertible evidence to prove it? Least of all, who would wish to see it, or any thing like it,