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The description of a person discontented
with the present government, and apprehensive of the loss of our liberties.
HE house where we were to be en
tertained, lying at a small distance from the village, our inviter observed, that as the coach was not ready, he would conduct us on foot, and we foon arrived at one of the most magnificent mansions I had feen in that part of the country. The apartment into which we were shewn was perfectly elegant and modern ; he went to give orders for supper, while the player, with a wink, observed that we were perfectly in luck. Our entertainer foon returned, an elegant supper was brought in, two or three ladies in an easy dishabille were introduced, and the conversation began with some sprightliness. Politics, however, were the subject on which our entertainer chiefly expatiated ; for he afferred that liberty was at once his boast and his terror.
After the cloth was removed, he asked me if I had seen the last Monitor, to which replying in the negative, “What, nor the Auditor, I suppose?' cried he. Neither, Sir,' returned I. That's • ftrange, very strange,' replied my entertainer. Now, I read all the politics that
come out. The Daily, the Public, the Ledger, the Chronicle, the London
Evening, the Whitehall Evening, the • seventeen magazines, and the two Re
views; and though they hate each other, - I love them all. Liberty, Sir, liberty « is the Briton's boast, and by all my coal « mines in Cornwall, I reverence its guar
dians.' Then it is to be hoped, cried I,
you reverence the king. Yes,' returned. my entertainer, when he does what we
would have him; but if he goes on as • he has done of late, I'll never trouble
myself more with his matters. I say nothing. I think only. I could have di
rected some things better. I don't think 6 there has been a sufficient number of
advisers : he should advise with every • person willing to give him advice, and
then we should have things done in anotherguess manner.'
I wish, cried I, that such intrud• ing advisers were fixed in the pillory. It < should be the duty of honest men to ( aflist the weaker side of our conftitution, • that sacred power that has for some years • been every day declining, and losing its
due share of influence in the state. But • these ignorants still continue the cry of
liberty, and if they have any weight, basely throw it into the subsiding scale.'
· How,' cried one of the ladies, do • I live to see one so bafe, so fordid, as to . be an enemy to liberty, and a defender
of tyrants ? Liberty, that sacred gift of
heaven, that glorious privilege of Bri< !
• Can it be poflible,' cried our entertainer, that there should be any found at present advocates for Navery ? Ady who
• are for meanly giving up the privileges of * Britons ? Can any, Sir, be so abject ?'
« No, Sir,' replied I, • I am for liberty, * that attribute of Gods ! Glorious liberty ! « that theme of modern declamation. I • would have all men kings. I would be
a king myself. We have all naturally an equal right to the throne : We are all originally equal. This is my opinion, and
was once the opinion of a set of honest • men who were called Levellers. They & tried to erect themfelves into a commu• nity, where all should be equally free. · But, alas ! it would never answer ; for s there were some among them stronger, • and some more cunning than others, and « these became masters of the rest ; for « assure as your groom rides your « horses, because he is a cunninger 'ani• mal than they, so surely will the ani« mal, that is cunninger or stronger " than he, sit upon his shoulders in torn.
Since then it is entailed upon humanity to. Submit, and some are born to con