Imatges de pÓgina

only by the fruits of their works. Too juft to think worth incompatible with rank, and too proud to court the acquaintance of the great, because they are powerful, he has praised or cenfured but as he found them true or recreant to the state.

Quid Romæ faciam? mentiri nefcio, magnum Si malus eft, nequeo laudare et pofcère.

He has not taken advantage of his concealment, and Fanfaron-like broached things which he fhall either blufh or fear to maintain. He has not even told as much truth as he has come at; and where left to fancy, contrary to the prefent cuftom of political dablers, he has fuppofed good. He had rather that ninety-and-nine guilty perfons escape, than be the means of holding up one innocent to ridicule or obloquy.


FIRST PAPER taken out of the GREEN BOX.

Conditions of EDWARD CHURLLOW's Creation, &c. &c. With Contra Provifoes.

HAT he fhall, without fcruple, chicanery, ambiguity, refervation, quirk, quibble, or fubtle diftinction, be the tool of my two favourites.



2. That he fhall not prefume to have an opinion of his own, but at all times, and in all cafes whatever, implicitly follow the directions of my faid favourites.

3. That he fhall, with all his might and impudence, fupport the prefent fanguinary fyftem, and every court measure.

4. That he fhall not at any time delay, no, not for a moment, the weighty business of the Woolfack, for that of the Bench; or neglect the Peers for the Lawyers.

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but not refponfible.

Ditto; provided not a drop of my blood is to be spilt.

Damn the Lawyers!

Ditto; provided, in cafe of a citation, my honor is to be preserved by the r-1 interpofition; for which purpofe a white ftaff is by command to be always at hand.


Signed, ift June 1778,


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However hard these terms may appear on the part of Mr. now a Lord Churllow, they certainly kick the beam the moment the other scale receives its ponderous freight of twelve thousand pounds a year, a fat Difs for a C-dp-le, and provifion infinite for p-ps and parfons. The D1 himself needs not defire a furer bait to catch all the lawyers in Chriftendom.-For the converfion of thofe (if any fuch there are) who ftill are inclined to think that B. has outwitted C. in the contract, it will not be amifs to add, that the latter is allowed on all hands to be as cunning an old fox as ever carried a brush. The former unquestionably is no conjurer.


Honors, and the marks of respect commonly annexed to them, may flatter the vanity of men, but as they are not always the proof and reward of merit, in themselves include no real glory or folid greatnefs. When dealt out with a lavifh and indifcriminate hand, they cease, in fome fenfe, to be honors. Our nobles are become fo numerous that it is almost neceffary to have nomenclators, like thofe that attended the candidates at Rome, to tell them the names of the citizens. But the * * * who hath turned the fpirit of the nation against himself, must use every means in his power to detach particular men from the body of the people, and to make them act by motives of private interest against the public sense.


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In creations, process of lineage fhould always be confidered; how lightly foever fome may treat it, no man defpifes birth, but he who is confcious of his deficiency in that point. Merit indeed may fupply the want of birth fo far as to deferve efteem, but it must be united with birth to claim refpect, as well as efteem from all ranks. The only genuine claims to merit are public fpirit, a found heart, clean hands, an attachment to the

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reigning house, the practice of religious duties, and a conduct invariably upright. Nothing more promotes a fpirit of emulation than the countenancing family repute. It was this that heightened the valor of the ancient English, and made family vie with family which fhould produce the greatest number of heroes. The hiftories of many noble families ftill extant among us will fufficiently verify this affertion; and there is no truth more obvious, than that if men will not act greatly for the enhancing of their family honor to which they have fo close an affinity, they feldom will for the good of their country; for the more diffused their connections become in general, the lefs interested will they think themfelves, and confequently the lefs tenacious will they be of the public welfare. Thus when it fhould no longer be accounted of any confideration to be born of ancestors who have eminently diftinguished themselves by any worthy acts of public utility, but the man of yesterday, by only poffeffing a more than common fhare of impudence and chicane, fhall be holden in equal reverence and repute, emulation will inevitably fubfide, and the defire of fame, which has been the fource of fo many meritorious atchievements, will foon be extinguished; for every one will then live uninfluenced by the conduct of his progenitors, and equally unawed by any odium an infamous conduct may leave upon record.


For the credit of human nature it is to be hoped there exists not such a fool as that Prince must be, who abets the divifions of his people, inftead of striving to unite them, and to be himself the center of their union; and who puts himself at the head of a party in order to govern his people, instead of heading his people in order to extirpate all party. Nothing is more certain or more demonftrable than that princes are made for the people, and not the people for them; and perhaps there is no nation under the fun more entirely poffeffed of this notion of princes than the English; fo that the prince who does not govern himself by this maxim muft expect to find in the people ftrenuous opponents of his will and pursuits.



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