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their Spirits are low, so that we are left without a defence, and who must we thank for bringing us into this despicable condition, but these Gentlemen, who notwithstanding this had the face to style themselves the Kings Friends, and all those who opposed their practices were Factious and Seditious. They had brought it to that pass that Debates could not be free, if a Gentlemans Tongue happen to lye a little awry in his Mouth, presently he must be called to the Bar, or if that would not do, whenfoever any Gentleman that had a true English Spiric happend to say any thing that was bold ; prelently away to seek the King and tell him of it, and often times more than the Truth: And thus they indeavoured to get an ill Opinion in the King of his best Subjects : And their practice was the more abominable, because their Words and Actions gave the occasion to force those Imart Expressions from the Gentlemen that spoke them, for their honest hearts were fired with true Zeal to their King and Countrey, when they beheld the impudence and falleness of thole Pensioners.
It's true we find that in or about the coth year of Richard II. it was indeavoured to get a Corrupt Parliament ; for our English Story fays that the King sent for the Justices and sheriffs, cand enjoynd them to do their best, that none should be chosen Knights and Burgesses, but such as the King and his Council should name, but we find it could not be effected.
The next that occurs to my thoughts is that in the 4th year of Henry IV. the Parliament that was called at Coventry, named the Lay-mens Par
liament, for the Sheriffs were appointed that none should be chosen Knights or Burgesses, that had any skill in the Laws of the Land. :
The next that I remember is that in Henry VI. time, in the year 1449, or so, when the Duke of Suffolk was Accused by the Conions, and Committed to the Tower, the King Diffolved that Parliament not far unlike our case of my Lord D , but it differs in this, that Suffolk, was Committed to the Tomer as of right he ought, but we were deny'd that Justice against Dow, only Henry VI made the cases thus far even that he set Suffolk at liberty after he had Diffolv'd that Parliament Soon after a Parliament was called wherein great care was taken in choosing of Par . liament Men that should favour Suffolk : But they so far failed of their purpose, that his appearance at the Parliament gave great distaste to the House of Coinmons, and they were so far incensed, that they began the Parliament with a fresh! Accufation against him and others : So that you may lee that it was not in the power of the Court to corrupt the House of Commons.
: In the time of Henry VIII.about the 20th year of his Reign when the Parliament was active against Pluralities, and Non-Residence there was an Act passed to release to the King all such Sums of Mo. ney as he had borrowed at the Loan, in the 15th year of his Reign; it's faid that it was much opposed, but the reason that is given why it passed is, because the House was mostly the Kings Servants; but it gave great disturbance to the Nation : And this is the only case that I can remember that comes any thing near to our Pensioners; but we cannot find that they or any Parliament took Money to Vote: So that we must conclude that there was never any Pensioners in Parliament till this Pack of Blades were got together.
Therefore Sir, what will you do? Shall these Men escape; shall they go free with their Booty: Shall not the Nation have Vengeance on them, who had almost given up the Government: It was they who had perverted the ends of Parliaments :: Parliaments have been and are the great Refuge of the Nation, that which cures all its Diseases, and heals it Soars: But the Men had made it a Snare to the Nation, and at best had brought it to be an Engine to give Money ; If therefore these go away unpunisht, we countenance what they have done, and make way to have Pensioners in. every Parliament; but far be any such thought from any Man that fits within thefe Walls : And having said this, I will in the next place humbly offer my thoughts what is to be done.
In the first place I do propose that every Man of them shall on their knees confess their fault to all the Commons, and that to be done at this Bar one by one.
Next, That as far as they are able, that they refund all the Money they have received for secret Service. Our Law will not allow a Thief to keep what he has got, by stealth, but of course orders reftitution, and shall thefe proud Robbers of the Nation, not restore their ill gotten goods?
And lastly, I do propose that they be Voted incapable of serving in Parliament for the future, or of injoying any Office Civil or Military, and
order a Bill to be brought in to that purpofe : For it's not fit, that they who were so false and unjust in that Trust, should ever be trusted again. This Sir is my Opinion, but if the Poufe shall incline. to any other way, I shall readily comply, provided a fufficient mark of Infamy be set on them, that the people may know who bought and Sold them.
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ment is in his full strength and power, and in his greatest Splendor and Glory : - It is then that he can do great things, and without a Parliament he is not very formidable. Therefore when Kings leave off the use of Parliaments, and rely upon the Advice of particular Favourites; they forsake their chiefest Interest, they lay' aside the Staff that fupports them to lean upon a broken Reed that will run into their hands; and this is proved by the Example of former Kings: What Kings perform'd fuch Enterpriżes, and did such wonderful things, as those who still conlulted their Parliaments? And who had more the Command of the Peoples Purses than those Kings who met the Na. tives frequently in Parliament ? As Witness Hen. I. Edw.I. Edw. III. Hen. V. Hen. VIII.Q. Eliz.and what Kings were for mean and obscure, despised by