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congratulate the Dutch and the French upon it; but efpecially the latter, who have fuch immenfe wealth on board them. Our fhare is, I fear, a fmall one; too fmall to bear any proportion to the expence we have been at, or the loffes we have fuftained.-Orders are fent to restore the South-fea fhip; but the claims of the Spaniards either on that fhip, or on any account, are preferved to them and referred to congrefs, by whofe decifion we must abide; and nothing is ftipulated, which may secure to our merchants a juft recompence for the numberlefs feizures and captures of their effects and fhips.-The fiege of Gibraltar is raifed; but the right to the poffeffion of that place hath not been effectually put beyond difpute. The obftinacy and the chicane of the Spaniards have prevailed fo far, that they preferve, even by the preliminaries, a pretence for bringing this right to be decided by the congrefs; and I fhall be glad to hear what ally we have there, on whofe good offices we can depend for fecuring to us the right of poffeffing, and the poffeffion of this important place.

Upon the whole, I am extremely forry to find, that I was fo much in the right, when I advanced that no man could fay, with truth, that the main things in difpute between us and Spain were yielded to us before the return of the galleons; unÍefs he reckoned our keeping Gibraltar, and I might have added the procuring fatisfaction to our merchants, not among the main things in difpute, but among thofe of lefs importance.-I fay very fincerely, that I had much rather have been refuted.

It appears, I think, from what hath been faid, that the author and defender of the Enquiry, has not only been given up by his own fide, but even by himielf, in leveral particulars; and feveral other points, which were infifted upon in the Enquiry, and have been difputed in other writings, are

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either not mentioned at all in the defence, or in fuch a flight manner as plainly fhews the author's confcioufness that he cannot fupport them, though he is very unwilling to give them entirely up: fo that the author gave a very partial title to his laft production, which can be justly called, at best, a Defence only of fome points in the Enquiry, and is, more properly speaking, a "recantation of it, with a few "particular exceptions."

But now, Mr. D'Anvers, what fhall I say to you in excufe for fo many and fuch long letters? The best thing I can fay, is to aflure you, and I do it very folemnly, that I will trouble you with no more of them. The gentleman, to whom I have now replied, may enquire and defend, as much as he pleafes, without any farther moleftation from me. When I began to write on this fubject, I meant nothing less than the filly ambition of having the last word in a difpute. I law, like every other man, the public diftrefs. I thought I difcerned the true and original, caufe of it. The affectation, which I obferved to turn us off from this fcent, fortified me in my opinions, and determined me to examine what was alledged against them. I have done fo; and if in doing it, I have contributed in any degree to open the eyes of my countrymen, on their true, and on their mistaken interefts, I have obtained the fole end which I have propofed to myfelf. I love and i hate; I efteem and I defpife; but in a cafe of this moment, I fhould abhor myself, if any regard to perfons, any confideration, except that of truth, had guided my hand in writing.

I began by asking pardon of this author for an injuftice which I have done him through error, not malice; and I fhall conclude with affuring him, that upon whatever principle he may have treated me, as I think I did not deferve, lay down my

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refentment with my pen, and remain in Chriftian charity with him.

I return to the bufinefs of my low profeffion in life; and if I was worthy to advise him, I would advise him to return to that of his high calling; to feed the flock committed to his charge. That I may the more effectually perfuade him to take a refolution fo much for his own bonor, and for the advantage of the church, I will exhort him to it, in the words of the apoftolical conftitutions, with fome very little variation, in order to render the paffage more applicable.

Sit autem epifcopus turpis lucri non quæfitor, præfertim de Gentilibus; malitque detrimentum capere, quam inferre. Non fit avarus; non maledicus, non falfus teftis, non iracundus, non contentiofus, non negotiis, litibusque fecularibus implicitus; non pro alio fponfor, aut in caufis pecuniariis advocatus. Non ambitiofus, non duplicis fententiæ, non bilinguis; calumniæ & maledicentiæ non cupidus auditor; non hypocrita, fallaciis vanis non utens. Quia hæc om

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speaking, nor to bear "falfe witness. Let him "not be wrathful nor "contentious. Let him "not be engaged in the "bufinefs and difputes of "the world. Let him not "be ready to answer for "others. Let him not be. "the advocate of private "intereft in public caufes. "Let him not be am"bitious, bitious, nor double minded, nor double66 tongued. Let him ufe "neither fimulation nor "diffimulation in his

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