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congratulate the Dutch and the French uponit; but efpecially the latter, who have such immense wealth on board them. Our share is, I fear, a small one; 100 small to bear any proportion to the expence we have been at, or the loftes we have fustained.-Orders are sent to restore the South-sea fhip; but the claims of the Spaniards either on that ship, or on any account, are preserved to them and referred to congress, by whose decision we must abide ; and no. thing is ftipulated, which may secure to our merchants a just recompence for the numberless seizures and captures of their effects and ships. — The fiege of Gibraltar is raised; but the right to the possession of that place hath not been effectually put beyond dispute. The obstinacy and the chicane of the Spaniards have prevailed so far, that they preserve, even by the preliniinaries, a pretence for bringing this right to be decided by the congress; and I shall be glad to hear what ally we have there, on whose good offices we can depend for securing to us the right of possessing, and the pofleflion of this important place.
- Upon the whole, I am extremely sorry to find, that I was so much in the right, when I advanced that no man could say, with truth, that the main things in dispute between us and Spain were yielded to us before the return of the galleons; un. less he reckoned our keeping Gibraltar, and I might have added the procuring satisfaction to our merchants, not among the main things in dispute, but among those of less importance. I say very sincerely, that I had much rather have been refuted.
It appears, I think, from what hath been said, that the author and defender of the Enquiry, has not only been given up by his own side, but even by himielf, in several particulars; and several other points, which were insisted upon in the Enquiry, and have been disputed in other writings, are either not mentioned at all in the defence, or in such a light manner as plainly shews the author's consci. ousness that he cannot support them, though he is very unwilling to give them entirely up: so that the aythor gave a very partial title to his last production, which can be justly called, at best, a Defence only of some points in the Enquiry, and is, more properly speaking, a “recantation of it, with a few « particular exceptions.”
But now, Mr. D'Anvers, what shall I say to you in excuse for so many and such long letters? The best thing I can say, is to assure you, and I do it very solemnly, 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 pleases, without any farther molestation from me. When I began to write on this subject, I meant nothing less than the filly ambition of having the last word in a dispute. I law, like every other man, the public distress. I thought I discerned the true and original, cause of it. The affectation, wbich I observed to turn us off from this scent, fortified me in my opinions, and determined me to examine what was alledged against them. I have done so; 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 interests, I have obtained the sole end which I have proposed to myfelf. I love and I hate; I esteem and I defpife; but in a case of this moment, I should abhor myself, if any regard to perfons, any consideration,
except that of truth, had guided my hand in writing:
I began by asking pardon of this author for an injustice which I have done him through error, not malice; and I shall conclude with assuring him, that upon whatever principle he may have treated me, as I think I did not deserve, I lay down my resentment with my pen, and remain in Christian charity with him. · I return to the business of my low profession 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 persuade him to take a resolution so much for his own bonor, and for the advantage of the church, I will exhort him to it, in the words of the apostolical constitutions, with some very little variation, in order to render the passage more applicable.
Sit autem episcopustur- “ Let a bishop then not pis lucri non quæfitor, “be fond of making his præsertim de Gentilibus; “ court for gain, and elpemalitque detrimentum ca- “ cially to the Gentiles. pere, quam inferre. Non “ Let him rather receive fit avarus; non maledi.
“ than do an injury. Let cus, non falsus testis, non “ him not be given to evil iracundus, non contenti. “ speaking, nor to bear osus, non negotiis, litibus. “ false witness. Let him que secularibus implici- “ not be wrathful nor tus; non pro alio sponsor, “ contentious. Let him aut in caufis pecuniariis “ not be engaged in the advocatus. Non ambitio. “ business and disputes of fus, non duplicis fenten- “ the world. Let him not tiæ, non bilinguis; ca- “ be ready to answer for lumniæ & maledicentiæ “ others. Let him not be non cupidus auditor; non " the advocate of private hypocrita, fallaciis vanis“ interest in public causes. non utens. Quia hæc om- " Let him not be am
bitious, nor double. “minded, nor double“ tongued. Let him ure * neither simulation nor - didimulation in his
nia Deo sunt inimica, dæ- " conduct; nor vain and monibus grata.
“ fallacious fophisms in
" this discourse. For all Constit. Apostolic. lib. “ these things are hateful ii. cap. 6.
"to God, and pleasing " to the devil."
Mr. D'Angers, &c.