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Daily Courant (Newspaper) - December 24, 1730, London, Middlesex The Daily Cdufartt* &6. tyifr Thurfday, December 24, 1730. Observations ^cj^ftja^at of Saturday loft. HERE is nothing more ufeful and neceffary for a Prince, who intends to make a prudent and wife Choice of his Minifters, than this, That he fhould care-faBy read over the feveral Political Papers of *he Two Contending Parties among his Subjects. By this Method, and this alone, he will be able to form a true Judgment of the Views and Defigns of each Party. For this Reafon, I have always been great* ly concern'd at every Attempt, if it was Jreally defign'd airfucb, to fupprefs the Writings of the Craftfman. It were very eafy, in the long Courfe and Progrels of that Paper, to point out feveral of them, that give a very juft Defcription of thofe Writers, and of the Party they write for: But as the Craftfman of Saturday, De-tember 19, 1730, has drawn the Picture of that Party to the Life, I fhall chobfe to make fome general Reflections upon it, hoping it may have this Effect, To induce, every honeft Man, I mean every Man who is for the prefect Eftabliflimenr, to confider fcrioutty arid impartially,, what the Views and Defigns of this Party have all along been, from the firft Jpubliftiing and difperfing of that Paper 5 who their wicked Kings* and wicked Queens, and wicked Minifters are, they have vow'd De-ftruction to; who that good King, and good Minifters are, they are labouring to intro. duce ; and what are the Ways and Methods by which they propofe to effect this great and happy Change. At length, after they have, as they flatter themfelves, prepared the Minds of Men to receive ft, this Grand Scheme is made Publick; hoping, as they tell you with all due Sub. million, to fee it put in Execution in the approaching Seflions of Parliament.  And I fhall do them the Juftice to own," that it is rbe moft effectual and comprehensive Scheme the Wit of Man could have thought of, or contrived; which is a manifeft Proof, that- the- ableft Pens and Heads have been employ"d to draw it up, and fend ir,_as they exprefs themfelves, in this way of a general Addrefs to all our Reprfentatlvesi One Part of it they might have fpared, I mean their Profeffions, that it proceeds in. rirefy from a fincere and hearty Defire of dd-Jng Good to their Countrymen; nor need they fear, as they fay, that their Views and Intention^, will be mifconftru'd by any fenfible Man, who reads thefe remarkable Words: ** How can any People be faid to be perfectly "l free, whilfl there are Laws in being, which " tie up their Hands from refifting, and *' eftablifh an unlimited, involuntary Obedi-" ence ? Thefe Law6 and Reftraints, which thus tie tip their Hands, and which they humbly pray their Representatives may be repeal'd and takea away* are the t{iot AB, the Septennial Bill, and the Army. As to the firft, the Law concerning Riots; they allow fuch a Law was neceffary at the Time it was made: But now - that the pre-fent Family is thoroughly known, and - they hope-i beloved, and very few who--refufe to take the Oaths to the prefent Government; this therefore is the proper Time to repeal this Law. The Parallels, or, as they call them, Examples, which thefe Writers have, through the whole Courfe of their Papers, produe'd of wicked Kings and wicked Qtieens, have no doubt* in their Opinion and Wifhes, made the prefent Family, as their Expreffion is - thoroughly known ; and - they hope -�- beloved. They are nor, it feems, fure of this laft Point, but they - hope fo. Let me here appeal to every honeft Man 5 Were any Writers in the World ever guilty of fuch daring Infolence, as this Sett of Men are ? They infult his Majefty in this very Paper for - ftanding to need of numerous Armies, and fanguinary Laws for his Safety - tell him - That Tyrants only want fuch Supports- That - Good Kings are .fe-cure in the Affections of their "People - and in the fame Breath tell him likewife 1- He is thoroughly known, and they hope, .beloved,; which, in the common Senfe of all Mankind, will be understood to mean no other than this -That as his Majefty is thoroughly know/i, fo he is as thoroughly bated. For if they will allow his Majefty to be a good King, and to be thoroughly known to be fuch, he moft be thoroughly and moft certainly beloved. And therefore, when they lay he is thoroughly known, not to add, he moft be thoroughly beloved, fuppofing him to be a good Prince ; but, inftead of thar, to fay only -- they hope he is beloved ; would be at the beft, in any fober Writer, nothing lefs than Nonfenfe or Contradiction ; but in them is the higheft Infolence, and a vile Inllndation, that his Ma jefty is not, beloved. . Another Reafon for the Repeal of this Law is, That very few refufe to rake rhe Oaths to the prefent Government; This is an admirable Argument in the Mduth of thefe confeien-tious Obfervers of Oaths. Can they want to be told, that the Danger to the Government is not from thole* who refute to take the Oaths ; but from thofe, who, after they have compfy'd with the Oaths,, Will not refufe to take up Arms againft that Government, they have fworn to defend ? I am one of thofe, who think the Government not one whit the more -fecure '.for all the Oaths of Abjuration or AHegiahce. My Meaning is, that every honeft Man will be a good and faithful Subject, tho* he never had any Occa-fion to take the Oaths; and that every Man, who is a Villain in his Heart or in Principle, will be the fame in Practice, whenever any Opportunity offers, in Defiance of all Oaths. Not thai I am for laying, affde thefe Oaths; it is fome Security to a Government to difco-ver fome few, tho' but an inconfiderable Number* of their inveterate and irreconcil- able Enemies, and to keep them at leaft out of Offices of Truft. Another Argument they make ufe of fot the Repeal of this Law is, in 'their familiar way of Parallel $ and his Majefty is compart to William the Conqueror. The Tranfiti'dn is eafy from one foreign Family, they think, to another; and as -WiUiarh the Conqueror^ partly out of Fear, and partly to preferve hi$ tyrannical Government, caufed a Bell to be rung every Night at Eight o'Clock in all th'e Towns and Villages of England, obliging eVery Body, in order to prevent any Affem-blies of the People, to put out, their I.ightS; and extinguifti all their Fires; fo we mud expect ro fee the fame Times, when an officious Juftice of the Peace fliall, by reading over fome few Hocus Pcctis Words'; give the Crown a Power of hanging up their Subjects by Wholefale, or of picking out thofe to whom they have the greateft diflike. And is nor this admirable Reafoning, to inS duce our Reprefentatives, to whom they ad-�drefs this Craftfman, to repeal this Law ? The next Thing they would humbly propofe to have done is, The repealing of the Septennial Bill. This too they allow to have been a neceffary Act, when made; but now -many worthy Gentlemen, from the Bottoni of their Hearts, repent of their having been perfuaded into a Confent to this Act. Who -thefe worthy Gentlemen are, I know.riots but I remember to have known many Worthy �Gentlemen, who, before this Act pafs'd, from :the very Bottom of their Pockets, us'd to la--rnenr, jbat fuch an Act was not paffed; and J am firmly perfuaded, notwithftanding the) late glorious Act againft Bribery; thefe will be found the fame Realons arid Neceffity for. the Continuance of this Act, as there were for the making of it: Npr do I believe, tha*t any Sett of Men would be greater or leffer Gainers, whether this Law be Triennial or Septennial, excepting the" kle&ors; they may find their Account in the Repeal of this Law; bur, 1 fear the honeft Farmer will feelno Afi teration, in what he is to be tax'd, from* the Change of this Law. Nor indeed, can I fee any Reafon thefe Writers have to defire the Repeal of this LavV; but that it feems neceffary to compleat their: Scheme. Firft, you are to take away tffe Law againft Riots and Rebellious Affemblies; and thenjby frequent Electidn?,jjive frequent Opportunities for fuch riotous Affemblies, The laft Thing thefe peaceable loyal Subjects humbly pray is* The Reduction of the Army. This fame Army is a terrible Bug-bear^ moft cruelly ties up their Hands; as they .eOmplain,- from refifting, and extorts frotri them an involuntary Obedience. Let us heir them upon this Head-"There was another " Thing, which might be highly neceffarV; " when it was done, for the Prefervation 6f 11 the Proteftant Succeffidri in the1 prefent Fa-" mily: This was the great Increafe of our " Army*, It jiatri, unfortunately happeh'd, "that the bad Circumftances of our AfTaifcsV " have not yet fuffer'd us to reduce it fyyQj " low^ as I am in hopes foon to fee it. lSn't ;