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the hours right or wrong, at their direction? Hence may it not hereafter follow, that the power of money, in the poffeffion of a few, fhall influence all, and oppofe that of the crown, by purchasing a pt which may alike infringe the regal authority, and peoples liberties, in preference of their own power; a cry of hounds fo nicely taught, that they will quit the prey in full chace, if the minifterial huntsman throws the pole before them; or hunt down a lamb with as much rage as a fox, if halloo'd by him to the purfuit.
THIS nothing can fo foon effectuate as this law, which if it pafs muft inevitably produce a union of riches and honors, and at no very diftant period prove the deftruction of the crown's legal authority, and the peoples juft liberties, and generate an ariftocracy or oligarchy to be the directing power of this nation.
THEN tell me, do not you plainly perceive, this feems to be done with intent fooner or later to render the clergy of the established church open to contempt and infamy, from which the diffenting teachers are exempted by this very act, these having no power of performing the nuptial rite?
As the English clergy, excepting a few aban doned men, have ever been the friends of the true government, in fupporting the king's rights, and peoples privileges, it becomes abfolutely neceffary to render thefe men contemptible in the eyes of all, before their doctrines can be totally difregarded; which this law in time will moft effectually produce. Thus the clergy may be rendered despised and infamous, the virgins of most beauty and beft difpofitions deftined to the arms of violators, and feducers; the legislative power given into the hands of riches, the regal authority, the peoples liberties and virtues annihilated, by one law against clandeftine marriage.
Is it not evident then, that the Presbyterian plan of government which was in vain attempted by that infamous race of men, in the reign of Charles the first, by arts, arms, and affaffination, is at prefent very near being effected in the reign of George the fecond, and the king and people lofing those prerogatives and liberties which have coft them so much blood and treasure, fo often and fo well defended by the arms and eloquence
of their ancestors, by the artifice of ministerial men, disguised in the shape of a law?
In this way will the English constitution one day expire, as it appears to my eyes, who behold objects with less partiality, than those natives who either oppose or defend the ministerial power. I am,
To the Reverend Father BATISTA isimirim GULAN at Rome.
S it not true, that individuals may be very defective in one fenfe, and very perfect in another? the eye may scarce have accuracy enough to diftinguish colours at a little distance, and yet the ear may be fo perfect as to discover the fucceeding notes in the dying vibration of one ftring, or expiring found of one bell; whilft another perfon fhall discover the least deviation from true drawing, or varying shade of the same colour, and not distinguish one air or tune from another the fame is equally true in the other fenfes of smelling, touching, and hearing. TA
THIS obfervation has led me to imagine, that the fame degrees of excellence which are to be found in the fenfes of individuals, may characterife a whole nation in this respect.
IN paffing thro' Paris to this city, I could not avoid being greatly aftonished at the pleafure with which the audience feemed to be delighted, with the fingers on their stage; for that reafon which above all others is the most difgufting in mufic, the being eternally out of
Nor a finger in the opera ever performs an air without that error, and yet, the whole audience does not appear the leaft fenfible of it: an Italian porter would have raved at fuch
founds, and left the theatre inftantly, half mad,
unless the finger had quitted the ftage.
THIS naturally made me fuggeft, that this
nation in general is defective in hearing; the or
gans of that fenfe, in a French native, are not made with fufficient delicacy, to distinguish between being in tune, and not in tune; whereas, thofe of an Italian peafant are extremely accurate in this fenfe.
NOTWITHSTANDING this, the deficiency which is fo notorious in this part of the organi H 4