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   Rehearsal Of Observator (Newspaper) - September 2, 1804, London, Middlesex                                R E THE E A Of Obfervator, More of the Fire of London.   The A�fc>rs in it.   And the Bad. for which it was Defign'd. From feattir&ap September the 2d, to featutcap September the 9th, 1704. Country-m. 1 "10x take thee for an Obfervator. If wfJ thou ferve me fuch another Trick, JL.    my Oaken-Towel ihall come to thy fhare. Obf. How now, Country-man^ Thou'rt grown very Refty of Late. Country-m. Thou fent'ft me full ipeed laft Saturday to look for $ London Gazotts, Num. 47, 48, 49. In full expe&ation to find that it was the High-Church Men Who Burnt London^ or elfe fuch a Relation of it, as to give us Room to Turn it upon them. Whereby we had Sunk them for ever. But on my Confcience, Mart, it was the True-Blue-Whigs, the very Green-Ribbon*Club who did it; And, Wo's me, were Hangd for't. Obf I did it to try thy Zeal, and thy Wit. Thy Zeal, to feejf any thing Cou'd Shah thee from the Good-Old Cdufe; And thy Wit, to fee if thouCan'ft not yet find a Way to Turn it upon the High Church ? Country-m. As to my Zeal, I'd rather 100 London! were Burnt, than that the Caufe fhou'd Mif-carry. But for my Wit, I ask thy Pardon, the Devil can't turn this upon the Church, Mr. Bays. Obf. No. No one Devil has lb much Brave Impudence. But Legion has. And has done it. Country-m. How ? Prithee. Obf ,Wby, we have Turn'd it upon the Court; and thou know'ft, That's all one with the Church, for they always keep together j And the one Supports the other. Country-m. That's True. We always find it fb. And therefore when we Down with One, we mult Down with Both. But how the Devil can'ft thou Turn it upon the Court? Have we any Proofs ? Ctt I fhall never do Good with thee. Thou'rt ftill talking of Proofs. How oft have I told thee, That we have no Need of Proofs ? Thou Souce-Crown, what is it that Proofs do Prove ? Country-m. Why the Truth. What (hou'd they Prove? Obf Theft they deted Lies, don't they. Country-m. O, now my Underftanding begins to open---Befides, what wou'd become of Jealoufies and Fears, and Surmifes, and Innuendoes, if Proofs were Requir'd ? We Jhou'd be Quite Dif-Arm'd, and not have one Stone to Throw^ if Proofs come in Play.   Therefore go on, my dear Bully. . Obf We fay then, That thefe were Honefi Men who were Hangd for the Fire of London ; Becaufe they were All of US. And confequently, That it was a Court and Sham-Plot, to call fo Terrible an Odium upon US. Country-m. Then the Court were the Witches, who Told of the Fire of London, four Months before it came to pafs. And nam'd the very Day on which it was Done! Obf. 'Tis eafle for Managers to be Prophets. Country-m. But they don't ufe to Blab at this Rate, and Tell their own Defigns before hand. Obf. What is that to me ? Let them look to that! , Country-m. But thefe Poor Men who Suffer'd for it, did ConfejHt. Obf. They were Rogues for that.   But ho doubt i they were Bribed to it, Bribed by the Court, as fure as a Gun! Country-m. What! Bribed to be Hanged! Obf Ay, ayp for the Good of their Wives and Children. Country-m. Some of them were my Neighbours. And we faw none of their Wives or Children the better for't. Obf They were Oblig'd by the Court not to make 3 Shew of it. Country-m. Does this pafs among our People ? Obf. As Clear* as Lightning ! For I'll tell thee, Country-man, We have us'd them fcr to Believing, that they are now got beyond any Common Probability, they care not for it, it has no Relifli upon their Pallate, which has been fo long Seafood with Haut-Goufls. And a Lie that wou'd Choak others, Go's down with Them as Glib as Chicken-Broth. And the Greater the Lie, the Surer the Truth of it! They Examine not what is Told them., but from Whom it comes. WE cannot Invent any thing, they will not Believe. Nor the CHVRCH-MEN Prove any thing by Ten Thoufand DEMONSTRATIONS^ and FACTS as Clear as the Sun, which they will Believe. And the More they Prove, you mull Believe ! the Lefs. La ye, Country-man, be fure there is ibme ' Trick in't, when they come to Proving. Country-m. I'll warrant ye, Mafier, they Ihall ne'r Catch me Believing or not Believing, but as ferves the Caufe. Obf. Without this Qualification, no Body can ferve it.   Therefore, Country-man, we go on, and ftill keep up the Cry of the Fire of London. No longer ago than laft Wee\^, we Publiih'd a Book IntituTd, The Protefiant Jefuite Vnmask^d, where, p. 43.  We bring in the Laudites and High-Flyers, (with EngliJIi Faces, and Romjfi Hearts) as Concern'd in the Po-piJh-Plot.   And add, / might Mention the FIR E of LONDON; and that thofe taken on that Account, were generally Favour''d and Difmifd, without being brought to Trial.   This, with the Infer ipt ion which our Dear Sir Patience Ward, put upon the Monument, in his Mtyralty, in the Time of the Pepifi-Plot j And Re-new'd in the Mayralty cfi our Right Trufly Sir Thorn. Pilkington, in the laft Reign, when WE were Trumps is a Full and Abfolute Proof. Country-m. Enough ! Enough I We have Enough I It is as Plain as a Pike-fisff. It was the Laudites and High-Church that Burnt LONDON. And thofe Whigs who Suffer1 d' for it were Martyrs. And Ihall be put in Red-Letters, in our next Years Colander of Patridvth Almanack* where our-Cotour'd SAINTS are Inlifted, the Martyrs 01 Legion. Obf When thou'rt in a Coffee-Houfe or fo, fay, Did not the Dijfenters and Whigs in London fuffer as much by the Eire, in their Proportion, as othef People ? And who can think they wou'd be fo Mad as to Burn their own Houfe s ? Coumry-m. May not the fame be faid of the Church-men, and the' very Papifes, who Svffefd too j in their Proportion ? Obf Thou'rt a very Troublefome Fellow. Never was Bays �o Tormented.   Thou fpoifft all my Plets^   

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