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   Remembrancer (Newspaper) - July 30, 1848, London, Middlesex                                T  HE REMEMBRANCE R. By  GEORGE   CADWALLADER,   Gent. SATURDAY,   July   30,   1748. [No. 34. To George Cadwallader, Gent, SIR, Hi >.*�'  E that vifits a Minifter?s Levee, arid obferves how Men, great by Birth, favour'd by Fortune, and reputed wife, fell their Liberty, facrifi.ee their Time, fubmit to Slights, Frowns, and Indignities, and undergo Attendance more grievous than Slavery in the Mines or Gallies, for the Honour of becoming his Creatures, muft needs imagine the Myftery to be wonderful,- which deferves fueh Adoration; and that where fo many Furnaces friioke, and fo many Ar-tirts ply the Bellows, nothing lefs than the Grand Elixir, or Philofophers-Stone, muft be the general Purfuir, and the general Acquifition, . If'fte'takes off his -Eyefrom the Herd, tofixiton the Minifter himfeJfj and obferves, that though the Sovereign rides in the Chariot, the Minifter holds the Reins, and directs the Courfers of Government, Wealth, Power, Title, and Authority,, according to his own good. Pleafure; that he makes the Laws bend under the Weight of his Judges ; that he renders Religion a^State-TooJ, by the Influence Of fat Sine-Cures, PluralitiesV.GommendamSi Tranflations, &c-. and -'that he fubdues the braveft Soldiers, and moft corifummate Generals to his Devotion, by convincing them that Preferment doth not depend on Merit," but on Favour:   If he obferves farther, that this Idol is never, approached, but with Homage and Flattery; that hfs feeming Virtues, and, perhaps, as feeming Abilities, are both multiplied and magnified j that his Vices and. Follies are not only concealed, or extenuated, orjuftihed, but often blazon'd into Excellencies, and made the Subject of Panegyric : If, Ifay, a Vifitor at a-Minifter's Levee, was to make fueh Obfervations as thefe, on feeing the glittering Surface of Things, and fhouJd carry his Curiouty no farther, how co-uld, ne help putring'in for a Prize in fo tempting1 a Lottery i Or how could he refift fueh Syren-Charms, as-might feduce even XJlyffes himfelf from his Maft, and actually did fub-due the Appetites of Seneca, tho' not his Reafpn., But, then, he muft have very little Penetration in-, deed, who, on a fecond Qfenee^.doth.notjdifcover, that all is but Pageantry, gaudy without, worthlefs Within ; the Pride of Heraldry difplay'd, to garftifh a dead Body t a Gale of Frankincenfe, to perfume a Sepulchre j that even the very Complaifanee which weetens every Breath, is but an Artifice to conceal infected Lungs; that Profeflions and Promifes are but Marks to difguife the ugly J^aces of Hatred, Envy, and Opposition; that every Tongue is watched hy every Ear ; that every Avenue to Preferment is iced over ; that Innocence and Honefty are led thro' the moft flippery Placess and that whenever they fall, they are-tiever permitted to rife anyjnore. Hence Men truly wife have only vifited Levees, but never could be prevail'd upon to frequent them, xfeuch lefetoUeok fof.a Settlement there ; efteeming Grandeur but a miferable Exchange for Peace j and t&'� truly :Honeft, through a reafonable Diftruft of their own Frailty, have fhunn'd the Circle, for fear of being over-ruled by its Influence ; while thofe who prefumed on the Strength of their Patriotifm, and the Steddinefs of their Virtue, had no fooner the Misfortune to be made Great, but they forgot to be Good j their Integrity bafhfully retires, to give Place to their Fortunes; and the Intereft of their Country, fo vehemently ftickled for .before, is no otherwife con-fidered now, than to be made fubfervient to their own. It hence appears, that there is a Regeneration in Politics, as well as Religion : But then their Operations are totally the Reverfe of each other. For the fpiritual New Man becomes mortified to the World whereas the other becomes dead to every thing elfe. If he was not wicked before, he thinks it his Duty to becomes fo; and, therefore, as the foolifh wife Man, of Old, flung all his Goods into the Sea, that be might more freely philofophize, they get rid of their Confciences, that, with the lefs Encumbrance, they might manage Affairs of State. Too often, likewife, they change their Deportment, as well as their Morals. For, miftaking Pride for Dignity, they give themfelves Air of Importance, fwell, look big, and behave to all as if Haughtinefs was their Prerogative, as if Civility belonged only to private Men, and,inftead of being refpected, they ought to, be feared. Senfible that they provoke Laughter, that they deferve Ridicule, that they cannot efcape Cehfure, they play the Gorgon, and endeavour to ftare Men into Statues. All which Follies and Ahfurdities they rufh into, in fpite, as it were, of their own better Sen.fe, Experience, and the Examples fet before them in the Records of former Times. There is, therefore, a Sort of Infatuation that attends on Ambition ; or who would venture up the very Precipice, from whence he had feen fo many o-thers break their Necks? But their Eyes are of no more Ufe than a Lover's. The Ignis fatum of Power, which glitters from above, is the only Object of their Attention ; nor have they Leifure to beftow a fingle Glance on the Ruins .that ftxew the Earth beneath them. It is.the PoffeiEon they covet, the Tenure they overlook. Or, to ftate the Cafe in the utmoft charitable Manner, their Wifdom forfakes thern, when they ftandimoft in need of its Services ; nor can they forefee how hard it is to. reconcile Profit andHonefty, or Power and Innocence. Hence, perhaps, it is, that, by Degrees^ almoft infenfible, they are brought fo fwallow and digeft thofe Actions and Compliances, which, atfirft, they would have heard the Proportion of with Horror. If1, therefore, he that was once a Man 0/ Honour, muft forego that glorious Diftin&ion, muft fubmit to wear the Mark istf the Beaft in his Forehead, and be. ready, upon all Occafibns, to authorife any Meafure, , however fcandalous, or mifchievousj what is to be expected from fueh m  who, by ruinous Wars, and raernicious Treaties" of Peace, by debauching the Conftitution, and playing the Mountebank with the Body-Politic, throw it firft into a Fever, and then into a Confumption ; that it may have neither Strength nor Spirit left,to maintain a Struggle for its own Prefervation ; and, confequently, that they may both procure Indemnity to themfelves, and entail the Spoils they have pur-' loin'd alike from Sovereign and Subjects, on their Pofterity ; in this, imitating thofe worft of all Pirates, who, having rifled the Ship they were entrufted; to navigate, wilfully ftrand her to conceal the Robbery. The Antients took Care that none could obtain Admiflion into the Temple of Honour r who did not-firft pafs through the Temple of Virtue : But'there is no fueh Provihon, that I know of, in the Inftitutes of the Moderns : On the contrary, it is-little lefs than Herefy among us, to acknowledge her Divinity ; and thofe only are thought worthy of Power or Preferment, who have firft floundered through the Gulph of Prostitution. It has not, indeed, been long the Fafhion tofoufe into this (julph over Head and Ears at once,, without ftanding to fhiver one Moment on the Borders of it , and the R- t R--d Pr-1-e, who fet the' Example, was, for a while, not only the Butt of his Enemies, but the Scorn and Jeft of his Friends : But that Example has fince been fo frequently followed, and fo tranfeendantly" furpaffed, that what was then a Prodigy, is now the Fafhion, and inftead of being regarded with Horror, is regarded with Emulation. T am, SIR, Tour humble Servant, &c. FOREIGN  AFFAIRS.   , � � �      � , SWEDEN. Stockholm, July 19. The Protectants of Poland have petitioned his Swedifli. Majefly to recommend their Intereils to his Minifter at Warfaw in a more effectual Manner than formerly, in order to induce theOeneral Diet to pay more Regard to their Complaints, and grant them Redrefs. One of the Deputies of the Order of Peafants to the Diet, has received Sentence of Death for treafohable Expreflions againft the Prince Succeflbr; but his Royal Highnefs having generoufly interceded for him, his Sentence has been changed to being confined to Bread and Water for a Month. SPAIN. " , Madrid, July 9. The King being perfeftly fatisfied with the Conduct of Mr. Wale, Marfhal de Camp of his MajeHy's Armies, in the Negotiations with which he is charged at London, his Majefty has fent him Ihftruftions to continue them at the Brjtifh Court. He is authorifed fo fettle with the Minifters of the King of Great-Britain fome Articles relating to the Freedom of the Englifh Navigation in the Weit-Indies, as likewife certain Points which the South-Sea Company demands. Mn Wale, at the Return of his Britannick Majefty from Hanover, will   

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