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ond with dulness, excited in the young author a rapture of acknowledgement, in numbers such as Waller's self might use.
It was probably about this time that he wrote the poem to the earl of Peterborough, upon his accomplishment of the duke of York's marriage with the princess of Modena, whose charms appear to have gained a strong prevalence over his imagination, and upon whom nothing ever has been charged but imprudent piety, an intemperate and misguided zeal for the propagation of popery,
However faithful Granville might have been to the King, or however enamoured of the Queen, he has left no reason for supposing that he approved either the artifices or the violence with
which the King's religion was insinuated or obtruded. He endeavoured to be true at once to the King and to the. Church.
Of this regulated loyalty he has transmitted to posterity a sufficient proof, in the letter which he wrote to his father about a month before the prince of Orange landed.
« Mar, near Doncaster, Oet. 6, 1688. - To the honourable Mr. Barnard Gran**** ville, at the earl of Bathe's, St. “ James's.
“SIR, “ Your having no prospect of obtain« ing a commission for me, can no way 56 alter or cool iny desire at this impor
« tant juncture to venture my life, in s some manner or other, for my King * and my country.
“ I cannot bear living under the re6 proach of lying obscure and idle in " a country retirement, when every man or who has the least sense of honour 66 should be preparing for the field.
“ You may remember, Sir, with what e reluctance I submitted to your com“ mands upon Monmouth's rebellion, “when no importunity could prevail « with you to permit me to leave the “ Academy : I was too young to be « hazarded; but, give me leave to say, " it is glorious at any age to die for of one's country, and the sooner the “ nobler the facrifice. .. .
“ I am
" I am now older by three years. My “ uncle Bathe was not so old when he 66 was left among the slain at the battle “ of Newbury; nor you yourself, Sir, " when you made your escape from your “ tutor's, to join your brother at the 66 defence of Scilly.
“ The same cause is now come round
about again. The King has been 6 misled; let those who have misled " him be answerable for it. Nobody - can deny but he is sacred in his own “ person, and it is every honest man's “ duty to defend it.
“ You are pleased to say, it is yet “ doubtful if the Hollanders are rafh “ enough to make such an attempt; “ but, be that as it will, I beg leave to
“ infist upon it, that I may be presented “ to his majesty, as one whose utmost “ ambition it is to devote his life to his “ service, and my country's, after the “ example of all my ancestors. .
“ The gentry assembled at York, to “ agree upon the choice of repreientas tives for the country, have prepared, “ an address, to assure his majesty they. " are ready to facrifice their lives and “ fortunes for him upon this and all • other occasions ; but at the same time “they humbly beseech him to give " them such magiitrates as may be " agreeable to the laws of the land; “ for, at present, there is no authority “ to which they can legally submit.