Saturday, July 3, 1762

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North Briton (Newspaper) - July 3, 1762, London, Middlesex No.V. THE NO RT H BRITO N. caufe. I ihall depend upon you likewife to prepare fuch accommodations as may be proper, andfome little mug place for the prefent, till a better can be had. As :to titles, that is a matter which requires fome confideration, they being of late years grown fo cheap, that I do not know whether it will be for my credit to accept of any. I am, My dear North Briton, Your loving Countryman. Numb. V, Saturday, July 3, 176a. Dabitur mora parvula, dum res, Nota urbi et poupulo, contingat Princifis aures, Dedecus Ille domus fciet ultimus A day or two of anxious life you gain, Till loud reports through all the town have pafs'd, And reach'd the prince. Jvyehal. TO THE NORTH BRITON. SIR, ^ TH E fatal confequences which muft neceflarily arife from a prince's refigning himfelf to the abfolute direction of a favourite, were ftrorigly defcribed in the Monitors of the 22d of May and the 12th of June, and fully illuftrated in the Kings of France and Poland, who have lately fallen victims to a confidence mifplaced in an enterprifing minifter by the latter, and in an intriguing miftrefs by die former. The intent of thofe papers was undoubtedly patriotic, and, like a mirror, they may ferve to exhibit to future princes the unhappy effects of placing implicit truft in any one favourite^ in contempt of the falutary advice of fuch faithful fubje&s, as have in days of difficulty proved themfelves friends to their country, and fteadiry attached to their Royal Family. Inftances of this kind may produce very proper effefts in the minds of thofe who are not fo felf-fuiScient as to believe, that in fimilar fituations their abilities would enable them to convert thofe very incidents, which have been the ruin of others, into folid foundations, on which they could eredt a fuperftru�ture of happinefs for themfelves. Examples however of fuccefsful virtue prove generally ftronger incentives to glorious actions. It may therefore perhaps be more expedient, inftead of painting the miferies which a country muft be involved in, if governed by an infolent favourite, to fliew the peculiar felicity of a prince and people refcued from the tyrannous flavery of a court minion, exemplified in the deliverance Of this country by the noble and manly conduct of Edward the Third. The reign of his Father and predecefibr, Edward the Second, is diftinguifhed in hiftory as the reign of favourites: to his unbounded affeftion for them, may be afcribed the various misfortunes that affli&ed this country at that time; and by thofe attachments, the affections of the oid Nobility were fo alienated for him, that he became involved in difputes which terminated with the lofs of his crown and life. The depofing of this prince was'not productive of all that happinefs, which the nation was taught to expeft from it. The people, it is true, few themfelves delivered from the troubles which had difturbed the late reign; but they were not /reed from the fears of falling into a more dreaded fituation. They knew what the government of a weak and imprudent King could do, but they were unexperienced as to the effe&s of a minority under the direction of a Mother^ actuated by ftrong paffions,

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