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Daily Courant (Newspaper) - February 19, 1730, London, Middlesex The Daily Courant* Thurfday, February 19, 1719-30. ^thrit �^EMAI^K.S on laft Saturday's CRAFTSMAN. IT has been the conftant Clamour of the Craftfmeh and their Abettors for fome Years paft, that the Advocates for the Miniftry have called in the ^ega! Power to their Support, and confounded the Kj"g's Meafures with thofe of his Servants, in order to make an Oppqfition to them both equally Cri-fninal. In my Opinion, that way of arguing is far from being fo unjustifiable as 'tis represented ; for fure his Majefty's Wifdom is fo well known, that he can neither be pre-fumed to command what be does not Will, hor confent to what he does not approve ; and his Juftice is fuch, that I dare affirm when his Minifters can no longer juftify themfelves to him, he will no longer protect them. The Grand Inquefi of the Nation, have it in their Power, and I hope in their Inclinations, to examine if any Thing be done amifs, which may have efcaped the Observation of their Prince, and when found to represent it properly to him ; till then heefpoufes the Meafures oi bit try'd Servants, and by that San&ion makes them his own ; and whoever contravenes them, does mediately, if not immediately, give Oppofition to him. fine I am fatisfied this is a Defenfe which the prefent Miniftry would wave, if it were hot in fome Meafure doing Wrong to his Majefty, if it were not robbing him of the Applaufe which fuch juft and prudent Meafures, crown'd with fuch Succefs, do fo fairly ihritle him to. And this is a Subject I fhould not have touch'd upon, if I had not perceiv'd that the Malignants themfelves, norwithftanding their fpecious Pretences, cannot divide the King from his Miniftry, even in their audacious and indiscriminate Libels. After fuch a Storm of Invective, as has been for fome Weeks laft poured upon the late Meafure?, the Craftfman of laft Saturday (inks into a Calm, and fuppofes all well, but gives the Praife to future lucky Incidents ;x unprepared Events, Coincidence and Concati-natation of favourable Occurrences, are become the Subjects of his Panegyrick ; which indeed is not worth our prefent Notice, if it were not a Repetition of his Arguments three Years ago, when he attributed the Tranquillity of the North, fecured by a Britifh Fleet in the Baltick\, to the Death of the lite Czarina, which happen'd five Months after the Fleet was feht. But rheSting is in theTail of this Eulcgium upon Fortune. Polycrates was a happy Tyrant of Samos, the Minion of this Goddefs for a Time, yet at length taken and hangd, to the great Satisfaction of his own Subjects. Thank God the Parallel, is not juft, however villainoufly intended. Bur fays he, " Take " notice, I mean no fuch Thing as the Rea-*' der will be apt to underftand from this " Story, I am no Advocate for King-killing'1. A fine Come-off truly ! if he mean't no hing by this Story, why did he tell it? but he feems confeious of a malicious meaning, and therefore difclaims it before he is accu-fed A Subject that had any refpect for his Prince, would not run the Hazard of offending him by fo impertinent a Tale, fo liable to fuch a Conftruction: Ye�, but his Satyre is againft Minifters, not Kings. The Commentators tell us, that the beft way of of underftanding an Author is by comparing htm with bimfelf' in different Parages; let us try the Craftfman by this Rule. Before his Infolence had rifen to fuch a Pitch as to avow his Abufe of Pcrfons in high Station, it was very common with him> when he had drawn an inviduous Parallel, to thrbwn in his Caveat to this purpofe, " Take " Notice Readers, that by this I mean no " Reflection on the prefent wife and excellent " Miniftry 1 with abundance of fuch Ironical Cant which fully explained his Intention, as he feem'd very well fatisfied it did, when he boafted in one of his Papers, that tho' he named no Body, yet he hoped and believed that every one under ft tod who be meant. After this w-e are treated with the fifteenth Lajh of Sejanus, but not to the ufual Purpofe ; not to prove that we have a bad Prime Minifter, but to fliew, that 'tis Weaknefs in a Prince to truft any Minifter, becaufe fome have been bad. The Infinuations of it are fo ridiculous, that they are hardly worth Obfervation ; that a Prime Minifter, under our Conftitution, fhould ufurp bis Matter's Throne, is what could enter into the Head of none but a Lunatick. A Defpotick Prince in an unfettled Government, nay be jealous of a rich over-grown Servant with fome Reafon, ami as he has the Power may make his own Sufpicion the Proof of his Counfellor's Guilt; the CraftfmaxC% Scheme therefore may be practis'd in Turkey, Indo-flan, and Perfta; Minifters may be punifh'd there upon dark Hints and groundlefs Infinuations, conveyed to the Ear of a Monarch ; but here the Voice of the People in Parliament muft proclaim his Crimes before the Anger of the Prince can award his Punifhtnent. But I can acquit the Craftfman of fuch falfe Reafoning, and belfeve in my Confcience he only intended an impudent Parallel between our moft excellent Prince and the Matter of Sejanus, in the Confidence repofed in their Minifters; I hope he meant to carry it no farther, becaufe be treats the dead Monarch in a manner too grofs for living Majefty to endure. If he fhould with bis ufual Sophiftry object, that I make the Scandal by applying it; I anfwer, that I do it with an honeft Defign to (trip him of bis Difguife, and fhew the World that be is as bad a Subject as a Politician. I am fure that the infamous Parallel drawn by Amos Dudge, or that of Tiberius applyM to the late King by another Weekly Libeller, which were fo defervedly the Objects of univerfal Refentmenr, were not more plain and obvious than thofe now before me. And tho' this Author fays, that by out Conftitution we have a Liberty of can-vaffing and oppofing the Aftions both of the Prince and the Minifter, (Ahich by the way is carrying the Matter further than ever he did before,) yet I know of no Authority which the Laws of the Land give us to libel either. He concludes with fome excellent Words, as he calls them of Or. Croxall's; as I (hall with a Quotation full as excellent from the fame Author. I fay the People of thefe Kingdoms are happy, " under the aufpicious Protection 44 of one, who in his Government of them is " determined to take no Steps, but what are " confident with the Laws of their own ma. " king ; who is more attentive to the We�-" fare and Eafe of his People, than to the u Invitations of falfe Glory, and the de-" luding Charms of Arbitrary Power j who " can wifely difcern between the unreasonable " Murmurs of a difcontented FEW, and the *l juft Complaints of a Tuffering Many; de- " fpifing or difcountenancing the ill Clamours " of the one, at the fame time that he would '* readily exert his Power, if there wete occa-" fion, to rearefs the Grievances of the " other." Falmouth, Feb. 14. Yefterday put in by contrary Winds, the Martha, for Gibraltar; the Hawk, of and from London j the Betty* of London, Gwyn, from Shoreham, for Lif-bon ; the May-flower, Ditto, Stubbs, for Jamaicaj the Kingfton, of and from Hull, Watfon, for Cadiz; the Providence, of and from Loodon, Chace, for Oporto. This Day failed the Diana, of Biddeford, Bernard, from Bourdeaux, for Guernfey. Wind N W. Corns, Feb. 15. Came in the Tankervill^ John Colvil, for Maryland ; the London, for Jamaica, John Dover, both of and from London ; the Content, of Biddeford, from Rotterdam, William Hooper, for Lisbon ; the King's Fifher, of Liverpool, from Lon� don, for Liverpool^ Ambrofe Green 5 the Sunderland, of and from London, John Ready, for Nantz. Deal, Feb. 17. AH the Ships in my laft ftill remain, with the Teneriff, Ruffel, for France. Laft Night put back two Dutch Ships, and the Macham, and the Elizabeth and Millicent, Smith, both for Antigua, having been to the Weftward of the Ifle of Wight; here are alfo the Induftry, Shepherd-fon, for Bofton, and the CJapham, Ruffe!,' for Maryland. Yefterday arrived the James, Aftwick, from the Canaries, and failed thro* for Hamburgh. Laft Night arrived the Globe, Lifle, in 14 Weeks Paffage from Jamaica, and fays, be faw Yefterday many Ships at Dungenefs. Wind W. by N. Gravefend, Feb. 17. Faffed by the Mary^ John Lichered, from New-England. LONDON, Febr. 19. the Conclufion of our Correfpondent's Letter from PARIS. * Everal Couriers from different Courts have * )3 arrived here within few Days, wfth Dif- * patches on the Subjeft of the late Tteatyt but * the Marter of them is kept very private. The * Courier that the Emperor fent to Spain has not * pafs'd rhi* Way as yet in his Return to Vienna. ' As the Carnaval is juft at an End, the People ' begin to talk Politicks and News \ but it is at ' prefent like Servo's racket in the Beau's Stratagem. 1 Some will have it rhat fTiere is Work cut out * for the Summer Seafon, for this Reafon, be- * camfe th'y know nothing of the Matter. A long * War made the French defirous of Peace, and 4 no w a long Peace makes them as much long for War. * Some Men are never fstisfy'd. But whilft Peo- * pie are talking without Doors and without Book, * we are affwed, that the Cardinal is a Minifter * of Peace; and tho' the French Troops are put * into a Condition to meet the worft, we know * that he is labouring with the Court of Vienna * to keep Quietnefs, and to bring all Matters, if * poffible, to an Accommodation; to obtain 1 which, whether fome Conceflion will not ftill * be made on the Part of the Seville Allies, Time, * the Unfolder of all Secrets, will beft determine. * However, in the common Affairs of the * World, things roll on as they us'd to do, fame * People die, by which Means others are prefer-1 red ; Monf. de Cadeville is made, upon fuch a * Vacancy, Lieutenanr.Colonel of the King's * Regiment; the Count de Chebrevil has taken * PofTeffion of the Government of Chambord and (y^J. * the Ifles of St. Marguerits, in the Place of theQT^^^ * Marquifi dc Saumery, his Father, deceafed fcMsift v :wb�l8f ;