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A Seasonable Warning and Caution against the Insinuations of Papists and Jacobites in favour of the Pretender Being a Letter from an Englishman at the Court of Hanover   By: (1661?-1731)

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[Transcriber's Note: This e book, a pamphlet by Daniel Defoe, was originally published in 1712, and was prepared from The Novels and Miscellaneous Works of Daniel De Foe , vol. 6 (London: Henry G. Bohn, 1855). Archaic spellings have been retained as they appear in the original, and obvious printer errors have been corrected without note.]

A Seasonable



Against the


Of Papists and Jacobites

In Favour of the


Being a LETTER from an ENGLISHMAN at the Court of HANOVER .

And thou shalt teach these Words diligently unto thy Children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy House, and when thou walkest by the Way. Deut. vi. 7.

And what thou seest write in a Book. Rev. i. 11.

LONDON : Printed for J. Baker , at the Black Boy in Pater Noster Row . 1712.





Why how now, England! what ailest thee now? What evil spirit now possesseth thee! O thou nation famous for espousing religion, and defending liberty; eminent in all ages for pulling down tyrants,[1] and adhering steadily to the fundamentals of thy own constitution:[2] that has not only secured thy own rights, and handed them down unimpaired to every succeeding age, but has been the sanctuary of other oppressed nations;[3] the strong protector of injured subjects against the lawless invasion of oppressing tyrants.

[Footnote 1: Edward II., Richard II., Richard III., James II.]

[Footnote 2: In the several barons' wars in the reign of King Stephen, King John, &c.]

[Footnote 3: Especially of the persecuted protestants in the Low Countries, in Queen Elizabeth.]

To thee the oppressed protestants of France owed, for some ages ago, the comfort of being powerfully supported, while their own king,[4] wheedled by the lustre of a crown, became apostate, and laid the foundation of their ruin among themselves; in thee their posterity[5] find a refuge, and flourish in thy wealth and trade, when religion and liberty find no more place in their own country.

[Footnote 4: Henry IV., who turned papist, and with much difficulty granted liberty to his protestant subjects by the edict of Nantes.]

[Footnote 5: The French refugees, who being received here, are grown rich and wealthy by our trade.]

To thee the distressed Belgii[6] owe the powerful assistance by which they took up arms in defence of liberty and religion, against Spanish cruelty, the perfidious tyranny of their kings, and the rage of the bloody Duke d'Alva.

[Footnote 6: The Flemings, when threatened with the inquisition from Spain, under the reign of Philip II.]

From thee the confederate Hollanders[7] received encouragement to join in that indissoluble union which has since reduced the invincible power of the Spaniards, and from whence has been raised the most flourishing commonwealth in the world.

[Footnote 7: Under William Henry, the first Prince of Orange, who formed the revolt of the Dutch provinces, and laid the foundation of the States General and their commonwealth.]

By thy assistance they are become the bulwark of the protestant religion, and of the liberties of Europe; and have many times since gratefully employed that force in thy behalf; and, by their help, thou, who first gavest them liberty, hast more than once rescued and preserved thy own.

To thee the present protestant nations[8] of Europe owe their being at this day freed from the just apprehensions of the growing greatness of France; and to thy power, when acting by the glorious protector of thy liberty, King William, is the whole Christian world indebted for depriving the French tyrant of the hopes and prospect of universal monarchy.

[Footnote 8: The circles of Swabia and Franconia, the Palatinate, and the countries of Hessia, Wirtemberg, and others.]

To thy blood, thy treasure, the conduct of thy generals, and the vigour of thy councils, are due, the glory, the fame, the praises, and the advantages of twenty years' war, for the establishing and restoring the liberty and religion of Europe... Continue reading book >>

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