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venom'd Pens neither the Memory of the late Pope Clement XI. Author of the Constitution, nor the Bishops who accepted it, nor even the good Intention of those who zealously endeavour'd to procure Peace to the Church.
His Indiscretion carries him even to renew the Remembrance of such Opinions as ought to be condemned to an eternal Oblivion, the Enormity whereof has filled our Forefathers with Horror, and which they have stified as Monsters ; all which he does as it were to shew, that there are still fome who dare assert them, or that it is to be feared the same may be revived before your Eyes, and
Such a bold and unwarrantable Writing cannot but raise your Indignation; and we think it useless to say more of it, in order to justify the Severity of our Concļusions, which we leave to the Confideration of the Court,
The King's Council being withdrawn, the abovementioned Libel shewn, and the Matter taken into Consideration, the Court ordained, that the said Libel be torn in pieces and burnt by the common Hangman in the Court of the Palace, at the Foot of the great Ştair-case : Forbidding moreover all Printers, Booksellers, Hawkers, and others, to print, sell, or otherwise distribute the fame ; and enjoining all those who have any Copies thereof, to bring them forthwith to the Chainber of the Roll, in order to be suppressed, &c. Which Sentence was accordingly executed on Thursday the 29th of Augufi, 1726.
May it please your Lordship,
Do my self the Honour to atI
tend your Lordship with the
Copy, if I may so call it; of an Original Painting in two Parts, which, with your Lordship’s Indulgence, I will
venture to compare to a Night piece and a Storm. In the former, are represented the beautiful Rays of Light which glimmer'd in the dark Ages of rude uncultivated Nature: In the latter, some of the blackest Clouds that have appear’d in the Christian Horizon since the Revelation of the Glorious Light of the Gospel ; attended with the fatal Shipzereck that many drunken Pilots of Believers have made of the Faith in Chrift.--- 'Tis in other words, my LORD, a Translation of a Treatise writ by a Foreign Divine, to shew the different, the contrary Lessons taught by the PAGA N S and JESUITS, concerning the Knowledge, Love, and Fear of the DIVINE BEING, as well as the Practice of Moral Virtue and Vice.
The Original, was no sooner printed in a neighbouring Kingdom, than it was suppress’d, and even smother'd by the Flames of Authority ; but after having been brought over to England with great Hazard and Difficulty, was directed to be translated into Englifo.
This Translation, my LORD, I have most humbly presum’d to dedicate to your Lordship, and to submit to your favourable Construction, not doubting but the Reverend Author, who seems to have had TRUTH always in View, and to have pursued it with equal Courage and Candour, and who must on this Account be the more acceptable to your LOR DSHIP, wou'd have made the same Choice if he had writ it within the
English Pale. But unhappy for him, he has follow'd so close at the Heels of Truth, that he has disgusted an imperious implacable Order of Men abroad, who, finding him deftitute of such a PATRON as your LORDSHIP, have taken a summary Method to convince him, to his dear Experience, that THEIR Sovereign's KINGDOM IS OF THIS WORLD.
I perswade my self however, that it will be no small Comfort to him to find his work inscrib’d to your Lordship, whose Constancy and Succefs in Defence of the TRUTH, has made YOUR NAME dear to all Pious Christians wheresoever dispers’d; and whose candid Reception of it in what Language soever it comes, encourages me to hope also that you will please to honour this Translation with your Countenance.