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THE

PUBLIC SPIRIT

OF THE

WHIGS,

Set forth in their generous Encouragement of the Author of the CRISIS.

VOL. IX.

WITH

Some Obfervations on the Seafonablenefs, Candour, Erudition, and Style of that Treatife.

B

Upon the first publication of this pamphlet,

all the Scotch Lords, then in London, went in a body, and complained to Queen ANNE of the affront put on them and their nation by the author of this Treatife. Whereupon a proclamation was published by her Majesty, offering a reward of three hundred pounds to difcover him. The reafon for offering fo fmall a fum was, that the Queen and Ministry had no defire to have the author taken into cuftody.

THE

PUBLIC SPIRIT

OF THE

WHIG S.*

I

Cannot without fome envy, and a juft resentment against the oppofite conduct of others, reflect upon that generofity and tenderness, wherewith the heads and principal members of a struggling faction treat those who will undertake to hold a pen

It was written in the year 1712, by the confent if not the encouragement of the minifters of that æra, in anfwer to the Crifis by Sir Richard Steel. ORRERY.

The noble commentator, who appears in another instance to have given an account of the works of his author from a perufal of no more than a title in the Dublin editions, has been betrayed into mistakes, which, if he had read the piece, he would have efcaped. This

tract, in the title which his lordfhip confulted, is faid to have been written in the year 1712: but, in that part of it which most deferves the notice of a critic, because it occafioned the complaint in the Houfe of Lords, mention is made of a motion to diffolve the union, whichdid not happentill 1713. The complaint, which is faid in the note to happen upon the first publication, was made the 2d of March 1713-14, and the pamphlet, according to the custom of printers, was dated 1714.

+ See Voyage to Brobdingnag, Chap. VI.

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