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“ tant juncture to venture my life, in “ some manner or other, for my King “ and my country. .

“I cannot bear living under the re“ proach of lying obscure and idle in “ a country retirement, when every man “ who has the least sense of honour “ should be preparing for the field.

“ You may remember, Sir, with what “ 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 “ one's country, and the sooner the “ nobler the facrifice.

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“ I am now older by three years. My “ uncle Bathe was not so old when he “ was left among the Nain at the battle “ of Newbury; nor you yourself, Sir, “ when you made your escape from your “ tutor's, to join your brother at the “ defence of Scilly.

“ The same cause is now come round “ about again. The King has been “ 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 rash “ enough to make such an attempt; “but, be that as it will, I beg leave to

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“ 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 representa“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 fame time “they humbly beseech him to give " them such magistrates as may be “agreeable to the laws of the land; “ for, at present, there is no authority " to which they can legally submit.

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“ They have been beating up for “ voluntiers at York, and the towns ad“jacent, to fupply the regiments at “ Hull; but nobody will lift.

“ By what I can hear, every body “ wishes well to the King; but they “ would be glad his minifters were “ hanged.

“ The winds continue so contrary, " that no landing can be fo foon as was “ apprehended; therefore I may hope, “ with your leave and affiftance, to be “ in readiness before any action can “ begin. I besecch you, Sir, most hum“ bly and most earnestly, to add this “ one act of indulgence more to so “ many other testimonies which I have “ constantly received of your goodness;

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“ and be pleased to believe me always, “ with the utmost duty and submis“ fion, Sir,

“ Your most dutiful fon,
And most obedient servant,


Through the whole reign of king William he is fupposed to have lived in literary retirement, and indeed had for some time few other pleasures but those of study in his power. He was, as the biographers obferve, the younger son of a younger brother; a denomination by which our ancestors proverbially expressed the lowest state of penury and dependance. He is faid, however, to have preserved himself at this time from


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