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THE LIBRARY

OF

THE UNIVERSITY
OF CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES



A Single

COMBAT

O R,

Perfonal Difpute

BETWEEN

M R TRAPP,

AND HIS

Anonymous ANTAGONIST*

The Contents whereof are all reducible to this ofie

QUESTION, viz.



Whether Mr. Trapp, or the Author bis Adverfarj
has writ NONSENSE?



If at bis Title T bad drop 1 d bis Quilt,

ST might have pafe'd for a great Genius Jii!I t

But T , alas ! (etccufe 'bi?n if you can]

Is now a Scribler, who was once a Man.

Love of Fame, &c. Sat. I. p. $,



ANTWERP.
PRINTED in ths Y E A R, MDCC3CXVH4



ERRATA.

PAGE 8. Line 18. inftead of any read an. -p. 12.
1. 29. inftead of their read there, p. 23. J. 27. inftead
of fuffice read /K$W. p. 47. 1. 28. after dtmonftratively
read''anJ M aU. p. 57. 1. 22. blot out then, p Sa.l. Jaft
and laft but one, inftead of Evidence, -which gives read Evi-
Jeaces, vkifh give. p. 84. 1. i. inftead of si am Jttrt read
Jam Jure. p. 90 J. 2p. inftead of him/elf read ''/</T. p.
1 08. 1. ii. hlor out /*rw. p. 122. J. II. inftead of vouch
for it read vowfc /or them. p. 145. 1. 39. inftead of or
read a</. p. 147. 1. 34. inftead of there be read there b:
nor.




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PREFACE,



HE Charge of Nonfenfe, Blunders,
Abfurdities, &c. is fo often repea-
ted in Mr. Trapp'j pretended Con-
futation of the Book entituled, En-
gland'j Converfion, fcfr. that it
began to make me fomewhat uneafy,
and fufpecl myfelf to be non compos mentis :
efpecially upon reflecting, that it has been the un-
happy Cafe of many, who at the fame Time have
thought themfehes in their perfeft Senfes, and
all thofe mad, who judg'd them to be otherwife.
And why then, faid I to myfelf, may not this
be my Cafe? However, finding upon fecond
Thoughts that 1 'was , as formerly, treated by thofe
I converfed with, as a rational Creature, I began
to pluck up my Spirits, and think it pojjible, that
Mr. Trapp may have miftaken Senfe for Non-
fenfe in his Adverfary's Book, as grojly as (ac-
cording to the Judgment of fever -al learned Rea-
ders) he has miftaken Nonfenfe for Senfe in bis
own. This encouraged me to refolve upon Repri-
fals, and turn Mr. Trapp'j own Artillery againft
him.

Here then ftands the Cafe. Mr. Trapp is
fleafed to be of Opinion, that the Author of En-
gland'j Converfion, &c. has writ nothing but
Nonfenfe, and the Author has the fame Opinion
of Mr. Trapp' s pretended Confutation of it. But
it is yet undecided, which of the two is on the right
Side of the Quejlion : Andfince the Parties them-
A 2 felves



Jv PREFACE.

and the Teftimony of Men. Sect. 3. And that
Chrift has promifed to be with his Church, and
preferve her from Frrors in Faith to the End
of the World. Sect. 4. 5. Thefe are the inoffen-
five SubjeRs of tbefe Sections, which Mr. Trapp
has attacked with a great deal of Heat and bad
Language in the five firft Sections of his Book ;
end of which I have ventured to undertake the
Defence against his abovefaid Charge of Nonfenie,
Blunders, Abfurdities, &c. for no other End,
than to convince the Reader , that Mr. Trapp
bimfelf is the greateft Mafter in that noble Way
of Writing of any Man that ever fet up for an
^Author. This I will endeavour to make out in
the following Sheets, which contain Remarks upon
thofe five Sections only, where I ftop ; not for
Want of more Nonfenfe to animadvert upon, for
there is fcarce a Page in his whole Book free from
if, but becaufe, it is but a reafonable Prefumption,
that a Perfon, who has crouded fo much Nonfenfe
into fo fmall a Compafs, is not capable of writing
Senfe ; and that by Confequence all the reft is of
a Piece.

However, I could not confine my Remarks fo
fcrupukujly to that Part of Mr. Trapp'j preten-
ded Confutation, but that I found myfelf obliged
fometimes to touch paffingly upon feme of his remo-
ter Pieces, which have a Connexion with fome
of the Subjects handled in the faid Sections : but
even then I have taken great Care to keep always
at a refpeftful Distance from the forbidden Fruit.
In like manner I could not avoid fometimes taking
Party in fome particular dogmatical Controverfy
between the two Churches : But "'tis only when
Mr. Trapp, to draw the Author out of his Jlrong
Hold of general Arguments, which are untoward

to



PREFACE. v

to deal with* removes the Queftion with great
Addrefs to fome particular Difpute, where with
the Aid of bis Auxiliary Troops of common
Places againft Popery, be thinks bimfelf abfolute
Matfer of the Field. But even in this Cafe I keep
within the Bounds of a blamelefs Defence, and
enter no further into the Difcujfwn of the Question
than is abfolutely necejjary to Jhew, that (what-
ever the real Merits of the Caufe may be) Mr.
Trapp has not defended it like a Man of Judg-
ment or Learning. For this is the Point I always
have in View.

As for Instance: From the general Argument
relating to the Duty of Submiflion to the Judg-
ment and Decifions of the Catholick Church,
(of which the Author treats in his firft Seftion)
Mr. Trapp flips very dextsroufly to Tranfubftan-
tiation, the dale Topic of it's being a Contra-
diction to our Senfes, and the Impofiibility of
the fame Body being in many Places at once.
And here it is, that to Jhew how far he is from
being difpofed to fubmit to the Decifions of any
Church, when they appear to be contrary to his
private Reafon, be makes this furprizing Decla-
y'ation, that tho* he fhould find in the Bible
fuch a Propofition as this, to wit, that the fame
Body can be in Ten thoufand Places at once,
nay, tho' he mould fee a dead Man raifed to
Life in Teftimony of it, he could not believe
it : and that he could not be fo fure of what he
Ihould fee with his own Eyes, as he is fure
that the aforefaid Propofition is falfe. And why
fo? ^Becaufe forfooth he KNOWS the Thing
to be impoflible in Reafon and Nature. But
has any. fiber, judicious, and learned Proteftartt
Writer ever reafon'd in this Manner before him ?
Is this arguing like a Divine?^ Here



PREFACE.

therefore, fence I could not let fuch an
extraordinary Piece pafs without Animadverfions
upon it, I found myfelf obliged, contrary to my
Inclination, to engage in the particular Controverfy
cf Tranfubflantiation, both to vindicate that
numerous and honourable Society, 'whereof I am
a Member, from being regarded as a Body com-
pofed of flupid Animals without Senfe or Rea-
fon ; and chiefly to expofe the Extravagance and
Prefumption of Mr. Trapp' j unexemplified De-
claration : From whence no other Confequence can
be drawn, than that a Man of more Fire and
Self-conceit than Judgment and Knowledge has
had the Forwardnefs to obtrude bimfelf to be the
Advocate of a Caufe, to which he has done more
Prejudice than Honour by his Mifmanagement of
it. And tho 1 I cannot but for efee, that this will
~be very difagrseable to a Perfon, who by the Airs
he gives bimfelf throughout his whole Book, and
his Dedication of it to the King, appears to have
no fmall Opinion of bis own Abilities, I may rea-
fonably prefume it will not give Offence to thofe
of the Prelatick Order, who will eafily diftinguijh
between the Caufe of a particular Perfon, and
that of a whole Church ; and know very well,
that the Queslion, whether Mr. Trapp has writ
Senfe or Nonfenfe do*s not at all affeft the main
Controverfy between the two Churches. For the
Difpute here is not, whether Mr. Trapp'j- Caufe
or his Adverfarfs be the better, but which of
the two is the Sir Martin Mar-all of the Play.
In a Word, the whole Drift cf the following
Pages is to prove, that Mr. Trapp wants both
Judgment, Learning, and Temper to fet up for a
Writer of Controverfy .

THE



THE

CONTENTS-

SECT. I.

SOme preliminary Remarks upon the Title, Pre-
face, and Dedication of Mr. Traft's Book. p. i

II. Mr. Traff proved guilty of foul Dealing, p.ia

III. Mr.Tm^'s Clue of Diftinftions examined p, 21

IV. Of Snlmffion. p. 25

V. The fame Subjeft continued.- p. 3 1

VI. Of Examination, p. 36

VII. The fame Subjeft continued. p. 44

VIII. Mr. Trap's Blunder. His unparalell'd Pre-
fumption. p. 48

IX. A Digreflion concerning Tranfuiftantiatiotj, and
the Teflimony of our Senjes. p. 5 5

X. Continuation of the fame Subject. p. <fo

Xf. Remarks upon Mr. Trap's pretended Confu-
tation of the Author's fecond Settion. p. 68

XII. The Author no Trifler. p. tf

XIII. The Copies not injured by the Author. p.8i



XIV. The Author's Principle defended againft Mr.
Trap's falfe Reafoning. p. 89

a XV. Tho



CONTENTS.



XV. The Author's Principle ^fu^ofeJto he true] Is
of great Advantage to Mr. Trap's Popifh Advet-
faries. p 93

XVI. Mr. Tratfs Cavils anfwered. p. 99

XVII. Mr. !>*/>/> proved guilty of Slander, p. 104

XVIII. Mr. Trap's Doftrine concerning the Divine
Infiiration of Scriptures, and Baptifm adminifter'd
by Pierttifkj. p. 109

XIX. Mr. Trapfs trifling Cavils anfwered. p. 115

XX. Mr. Trap's unwarrantable A flertions. p. is.z

XXI. The Author falfly accufed of running round
in a. Circle. p. 127

XXfl. Remarks upon Mr. Trvi/>/>'s Anfwers to the
concluding Part of the Author's zd Stffion. p. i ja

XXIII. Remarks upon Mr. Trapfs Third Se-
ciion. p. 159

XXIV. Remarks upon Mr. Trapps Arifwer to the
Author's 4fb ScBion concerning InfaHiyHtty. p. 14^



XXV. Remarks upon Mr. Traty's Interpretations
of the Texts alledg'd by the Author. p. 154

XXVI. Remarks upon Mr.7V<tty>'s pretertded Con-
futation of the Author's jtb Seflion. p 164

XXVII. The Author's Argument from the Ninth
Article of the Crttd truly ftated, and Mr. Trapfz
Anfwer to it. p. i 75







SECT. I.

Some Preliminary Remarks upon the Tz//<f,
Preface^ and Dedication ok Mr. TRAPP'S
Book.

F the Defence of the Church of -
/aW againft the Book, entituled,
England's Convetjion and Reformation
compared, be a Caufe that has the
Advantage of Truth and Reafon
on it's ude, I muft needs fay, it
has had the Misfortune to fall into very bad Hands ;
I mean, into the Hands of one, who, tho s he ftiles
himfelf Mafttr o/ ,4m, has the Arts of writing folid-
ly and politely yet to learn, and feems to want A-
bilities, as well as Temper, to qualify him for a
Taflt of that Importance. For befides that he /hews
himfelf little vers'd in the Rules of arguing juttly,
there appears throughout his whole Performance fo
much Heat and Paffion on the one Hand, and fo
little Regard to Decency and good Manners on the
other, that his Readers will find themfcives very
much difappointed, if they expect calm and fober
Reafoning from him : Bur if they delight in blu-
itring, bad Language, and infulting over an Adver-
fary, even when there is the leaft Occafion for it,
I recommend to them the reading of Mr. Trap's
Book, where they will be plentifully entertained
that Way, and find their Inclinations fully gratify'd.
Mr. Trtfp himfelf forefeeing, as he might well,
that this would be thrown into his Difh, hasendea*
B vour'd



vour'd to apologize for it in his Preface, where he
writes thus : / tak, f '* f or granted, becaufe it is an Ob-
jetJion always in the Months of thofe, who have nothing
eljf to fay, that I JhaU be accufed by him [his Adverfary]
and his Friends, of treating him with too little Ceremony :
I acknowledge 1 have treated him uith Freedom^ but not with
til Manners. Mr. Trapp then is of Opinion, that trea-
ting an Adverfary with bad Language is no Trefpafs
againft good Manners. But his Reafon for it is fome-
whnt pleafanf. The rougheft flora's, fays he, I
have'u/ed t nitre not made a Part of Language for no-
thing j and I appeal to the World whether 7 have not appli-
ed them property. Well then ^ I am very much mi-
flaken, if Billingsgate may not here challenge the Be-
nefit of Mr. Trapp's Vindication of himfelf j becaufe
the roKgfy/? Words ufed there are moft certainly good
Englifb 5 nor vere thy made a Part of Law* 4 for no-
thing 5 and if the proper Application of fuch Words will
juftify the Ufe of them, then any Man, who is really
a prefumptuotts , affuming^ impertinent Coxcomb^ may be
called fo to his Face, without tranfgrefling the Rules
of n rrency and good Manners : Since thofe Words
are without all DiCpute property applied in fuch a Cafe,
and tt(y KC-? not made a Part of the Engli/h Tonue for
mthiKg. This > Mr Trapp's ingenious Way of ar-
guing : And the Church of England may judge from
this Specimen, what an able Advocate /he has to
plead her Caufe.

However, let not Mr. frapp flatter himfelf, that I
give it for granted, that the rf<u?h Wordt, with which
he owns he has treated his Adverfary,are applied pro-
perfy, rho' he appeals to the World for Proof of it, and I
appeal to the World for Proof of the contrary, and fo
we are upon equal Terms, 'till we come to a more
folid Sort of Proofs than empty Bravadoes, which
are as little to the Purpofe in a Paptr-War t as in
Field Battles.

^ut it is fomewhat remarkable, that this warm
Gentleman had not even Temper enough to mode-
rare the Acrimony of his Pen in the very Title of

his



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his Book, which contains a three fold Accufation, of
Calumny, Sophi&ry, and Infolence. It is worded thus :
The Church of England defended, againft the CALUM-
NIES and falfe Reafonings of the Cbunb of Rome, in
Jnfuer to a late SOPHISTICAL and INSOLENT Poftjb
foo^entitttlea&c. This is the Title ; and J muft here
put Mr. Trapp in Mind, that Calumny is a heavy
Charge, and ought to be proved with the utmoft -
vidence againft the Party accufed of it; becaufe it
is not only a heinous Sin,but over and above accoun-
ted bafe and vile, even by thofe who do not other-
wife make Profeflion of the ftricteft Morals. But
be that as it will, I cannot reconcile, either with fair
Dealing or common Senfe, his pronouncing in his
Title, the O urcb of Rome guilty of that black Crime,
and placing to her Account the Calumnies pretended
to be contain'd in the Popifb Boo^, againft which he
has writ his Defence For let us now fuppofe the
Author of that Book really guilty of Calumny (which
I defy any Map to convict him of) how comes the
Chwrh of Rome m general to be involv'd in his perfonai
Guilt ? is the State an Accomplice in the Crimes,
which it's Subjects commit ? or does not the Church
of Rome condemn the Sin of Calumny, and exprefs
her utmoft Abhorrence and Deteftation of it by her
very Practice, in obliging all her Penitents, that ac-
cufe themfelves of it, to a publick Retractation, as
a Condition, without which, they cannot obtain the
Pardon of it in this World, nor hope for Salvation in
the next ? The Matter is beyond all Queftion j and
by Confequence, the Church of Rome is as little con-
cerned in the Calumnies laid to the Author's Charge,
even tho' they were fully proved againft him, as the
State is in the Crimes of it's Subjects, which it con-
demns and punifhes. 60 that, whether we call this

Part of Mr. Trapp's Title, Nonjfnfe or unfair Dealing,

or both, it is no good Prognoftickof what we are like
to meet with in the Body of his Book.

As to the Accufation ofSopbiJiry, he has done well

to tell us in his Preface, that bt k,nov,s not v/ho bis ano-

B 2 nymout



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nymou* Jatagoaijt Is ; fot if he had been perfonally
acquainted with him, he would have known him to
be a plain-dealing Man, and a hearty Enemy to So-
fbiftry, Fallacies, and Equivocations ; nor do I know him
guilty of any one intended, fbphiftical Reafoning in
any Part of his Bock ; though theclear-fighted Mr.
Trapp pretends to have difcover'd hundreds j and he
can fcarce get a Page over of the Author's Book.but
the poor Gentleman fancies he feeszSophifm or Fallacy
lying in Ambufcade to entrap him : But they are
all form'd in his own fruitful Imagination, which,
like a falfe Glafs, makes him fee double Meaning!,
even where the Author's Expreflions are the moft
plain and Jimple.

In EfFeft, the real Fault of the Author's Book is,
that it is too plain, that it delivers his Thoughts with
too much Opennefs and Freedom, and fets the
Caufe he pleads for in too clear and ftrong a Light
to be endured by it's Enemies. . '7 is this alone has
given Offence, and made M r.TVrt/?/? and his Brethren
fo very angry at him : \\* hereas if he had only dealt
in Fallacies and Sopbifm*, which .never do much Exe-
cution, but only render an Author contemptible, his
Book might have pafs'd without Noifeor Molefta-
tion ; and Mr. Irapp himielf would, in all Likeli-
hood, have thought it beneath him to enter the Liit
againft fo defpicable an Adverfary.

However, the Author is heartily furry for having
been, tho' undefignedly, the Occafion of giving Of-
fence to any, but efpecially to higher Pouers, whom
he knows he is bound to refpecl;. I fay KaV/^W/y,
becaufe he could not forefee that a Book, treating
purely of religious Matters, and in which there is not
the leaft reflecting Word,eithcr directly or indirectly
upon his Majefty's Government, fhould be thought
to be of that dangerous Consequence, as to deferve
to be arraign'd at the Bar in W r eftiniJ1er Hull. 'Tis
true, the Author has made ufe of the cleareft an4
ilrongeft Arguments his Reafon fuogeOed to him,
to maintain his Caufe, nor could he do otherwif<$

without



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without prevaricating $ and as the Motive that in-
duced him to write his Book (as is manifeft from
the whole Tenor of it) was to inftrucT; and fortify
thofe of his own Perfuafion againft the powerful
Temptations they lie under of falling from their
Religion, as many have of late, is it a Wonder he
Hiould make Choice of the moft powerful Antidotes
and Prefervatives againft that dangerous and catch-
ing Evil?

'Tis this the generous and good-natur'd Mr.Tra/p
calls Injoltnce in the Title of his Book, to keep up,
as I prefume, the Difpleafure of the Government
againft him : And this is one of that Sort of Words
which he fays were not m*de a Part of Language for -
thing. But is the Application of it proper, and free
from Paflion ? Could it not have been applied more
properly, if Mr. Traff had been animated with a
true Chriftian Zeal, and had only had the Intereft of
Religion at Heart ? I think it is beyond all Q.ue-
ftion, that he might have found many other Books
to pafsthat fevere Cenfure.upon much more defer*
vedly. Has he never found in the jittvertijemeatt of
publick News-papers, any Books with the Author's
and Printer's Names fet to them, fome of which
tend manifefty to the promoting of Immorality,and
others attack directly Chriftianity itfelf, and under-
mine the very Foundations of reveal'd Religion ?
This, indeed, may be call'd Infolence in a high De-
gree, both in Regard of the fcandalous Contents of
thofe Books, and the open Manner of their Publica-
tion. But can the Author, whom Mr. Trapp has fin-
gledoutfor his Adverfary, beaccufed of any thing
like this? Did he publifh his Book with Sound of
Trumpet ? Was it advertised in any of the News-
papers ? Or had he the Preemption to fet his
Name to it ? Again, does his Book contain any
Thing dei'rufHve of Morality, or the Fundamen-
tals of reveal'd Religion? On the contrary, the
principal Subjeftof his firft Dialogue is a Defence of

the



the Catholic^ r%ttrcb and Chriftianity in general, as is

plain to any impartial Reader.

But let us now fuppofe the Author may defer-

vedly beaccufed of Info'ence, tor having fpoken his

Wind too freely 5 Mr. Trapp, at Jeaft, was not a pro-
per Man to charge him with it For tho' it may

become a Perron vefted with publick Authority,fuch
as his Majefty's 4ttorney-Gteraf, to ufe fuch Ex-
preflions at the Bar, where he profecutes an Offen-
der in the King's Name, and is bound in Duty to
exaggerate his Ofience as far as he thinks it will
bear; yet for a Perfon in a private Capacity, and
known only by his Forwardness to givehimfelf fuch
Airs, and take upon him to treat an Adverfary with
Language ufually given to Footmen, is both injudi-
cious and unbecoming Uponrhe whole, it is plain,
that Mr. Trapp has fhew'd himfelf too paflionate a
Writer, even to furniOi out a correft and decent Tit ft ;
and after this, there will be no need of a prophetick
Spirit to fbrefee what the Book itfeif will be.

After the Title, follows in good Order the DeJi-
ratvy EpijUt. But I muft here beg Mr Trap's leave
to think, he has made a very great Compliment to
himfelf, and but a very indifferent one to the King,
in dedicating his Book to his Majefty. For nothing
of that Kind ought to approach the Throne, but
what is accompli fh'd and unexceptionable in all Re- .
fpefts Grub-jirtet and Billingsgate ought to be kept
at as great a Diftance from his Majefty's Perfon as
an unmannerly Mobb ; whereas a great deal of both
will be found in this Gentleman s Performance.Nay
his very dedicatory F.piftle, though it be very fhorr,
(which is the only judicious Thing in it) will not
bear the Teft of a ftrid Examination, by the Rules
cither of good Senfeor Truth. This fioo^ (fays he)
happening to Jtt the Light at tkf Time of your aufpic tout
jfcctjjion to the Throne of thefe Kingaoms,it was N ATU R AL
fr it's j^Hthor humbly to implore the Favour and Honour
of laying it anj h'mff/f at your Majtffy's Feet. This

feems to be a kind of Innuendo^ thatunlefs his Ma-
jefty



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jefty had mounted the Throne in that very Nicfc.
of Time, Mr. Traft would never have thought of
him.

But allowing this to be too harfli a Conftruftion,
I am fomewhat puzzled to find a Reafon why the
bare cafual coming forth of a Book at the Time of
the King's A cceflion to the Crown, fhould render it
Natural for the Author to dedicate it to him j he had
furely fome better Reafon, not hard to be guefs'd,
which rendered it indeed very natural for the Author
to get the Start of all his Brethren, in making his
Court to a Prince juit mounting the Throne. For
this is as natural as it is to court the Favour of a
young Heir newly poflefs'd of a plentiful Fortune j
or as it is for a poor Gardiner to make fome trivial
Prefent of Fruit or Flowers to a rich Lord, in Hopes
of being well paid for it.

But Jet this pafs, as being foreign to the main
Point. What follows is of greater Confequence, for
he goes on thus : Efyecially confiJtring that it [hi*
Book] is only pointed again/I the Doflrints and Praffteet
of tboft, fome of uhom, at leafi, -would exempt a great aaJ
very confidence Part of the Chriftian World, the Otrgy,
ftom ALL Sutyeftion to Chriftian Princes. I grant the
Clergy is a very great and confiderable Part of- the
Chriftian World : But pray, good Mr. Traff, who
are the Some you fpeak of, tl-ut -uould exempt the Clergy
from ALL SutyBion to Chrtftian Princes ? Where are
they to be found ? In Fr mr y Spain, Ita/y, Germany \
Portugal, Poland, or any other Chriftian Country in
Europe? I never heard of any >n thofe Countries,
who dare maintain, that the Prince has no Authori-
ty over the '".l^y and I am very lure your Adver-
fary, againft whom your Book is chiefly pointed, as
you call it. has never taught any fuch fcandalous
Doftrine j fo that you talk at random, and the Some
you fpeak of, will, upon a ferious Enquiry, be
found to have no Being but in your own prejudiced
Imagination:But,Sir,his Majefty is too wife a Princo
to give into fuch idic Grub-Jlreet Tales. He knows



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it to be the Do&rine of all Catlolic^s in tlie tVorlcf,
according to what they are taught in the Gofpel,
that the Thin^f ithich belong to Ceefar, are to be rentier'*! to
Gefar, and that ail are bound to be fuijell to h^her
Powers, according to St. PW. Nay, he knows by his
own Experience,thatthe Catholickj in his own Coun-
try, both C/ergy and Laity, are as faithful Subjects,
and profefs as unfeign'd a Loyalty to him as thofe
of his own Perfuafion. I could fay a great deal more
to flop Mr' Trap's Mouth upon this Head, but think
it not proper 5 and he is very fenfible of the Advan-
tage he has over his Adverfary, in being at full Li-
berty to advance as many Falfhoods as he pleafes a-
cainft Popery imf/une^ whereas a Papift cannot even
Ipeak Truth, in many Cafes, without incurring the
Danger of a Premumre. However, this unfair Dealing
cannot but give his Majefty an unfavourable Opini-
on of any Author, who has endeavour'd to impofe
upon him in the very Epiftle addrefs'd to him,
where nothing but the niceft Truth ought to have
dared to appear.

He continues thus : But it is particularly a Defence
of your Maj'jiy'i Supremacy in Ecclefiajrical sfjfairs by the
Laws of this Realm, ami made an rjjenttxl Part of the Con-
ftitution of our Government, Very fine ! but I afTure



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