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tions are promoted in the army. Protestant generals command her forces. The order of Military Merit is instituted for Protestant officers. It is equal to them whether a soldier prays or Curses,_whether he handles a bead or a prayer
.book,-provided he can manage a sword and a
gun. And if thirty thousand men, under the denomination of French troops, landed in Ire-' land, fifteen thousand Protestams, from France, Germany, Switzerland, &e. would make' up half the number.
Neither are you to confide' in their promise of protection. The history of their own nation informs us, that a French king banishcd his mother at the request of the English. The most part of yourselves can remember, that in the war of seventecn hundred and forty-five, they prevailed on the Pretendcr to invade Scotland. This adventurer, after suffering more hardships than any romantic hero we read of, no sooner returned from this chimerical expedition to Paris, than, at the solicitation of the English ambassador, he was forced to leave the kingdom of France. He died, about two months since, without issue ; and by his death has rid the kingdom of all fears arising from the pretenfions of a family that commenced our
destruction, and completed our ruin. Of this I .
think fit to inform you, as, in all likelihood, if
the French 'landed here, some might give out that
'coMMoN asop'nnl that he might be in their camp, in order to de.a' ceive you by an imposture that would end in your destruction. For all those who would join the French, would be strung upv after the war,
and give occasion of charging the whole body_
of the Roman Catholics with the treachery of some of its rotten members. Or what protection could you expect from people who would sacri
fice the ties of kindred and friendship for the good of their state P
Expect then nothing from the French on the score of religion, but remain peaceably in your cottages. Mind your business as usual, and be free from all groundless apprehensions. Work for those who employ you' : for it is against the laws of war to molest or hurt any but such as oppose the enemy, sword in hand : and the world must allow that the French are not strane
gers to the laws of war, or the rules of military.
discipline. The soldier himself in the rage of slaughter, feels the impulse of humanity. He is bound to spare the supplicant who cries out for quarter, and \to protect the town or city that surrenders for want of power to resist. Secure your lives, which run the risk of being lost by the sword in fighting for the foe, or by the rope' if you chanced to escape the danger of the field: but above all, save your souls, which would be lost without resource : for among the
crimes that exclude from the kingdom of Heaa
. ven, St. Paul reckons " sedition 1" and what
greater sedition than to rise up against your king and country, and to desile your hands with the blood of your fellow-subjects.
Should the king and parliament adopt the policy of France, that rewards the soldier's valour, and leaves his religion to G0d,-should they enter on the liberal plan of the Protestant powers of the continent, who level the fences, and make no distinction between religious parties,-should the Catholic gentry, descended in a long line from warlike chieftains, and animated with the same courage and magnanimity that crowned with laurels their relations and namesakes on the banks of the Rhine, the walls of Cremona, in the fields of Germany, and the plains of Fontenoy, where hands disqualified from using a gun in defence of their native country, have conquered cities and provinces for foreign kings,'-should the Catholic gentry, I say, be empowered by parliament to join their Protestant neighbours, and press to the standard of their country, at the hea'd of a spirited and, active race of men, preserved by labour from the weakness of indolence, enured by habit to the rigours of manly exercise, and, like the Spartan youth, already half disciplined from the very nature of their sports and diver
* ' sions,
sions, then join the banners of your country : fight in support of the common cause. If you die, you die with honour and a pure con.science. The death of a plunderer and rebel is infamy and reprobation.
I repeat it-you have nothing to expect from the French. Ireland they will never keep; or if they kept it, is it a reason that you should forfeit soul and conscience by plunder, treachery, and rebellion ? St. Paul lays it down For a rule, that " the damnation of those is just " who do evil that good may come." * What must not be the damnation of those who do evil for the sake of mischief ? And Christ declares, that " it availeth a man nothing, if he gain the '* whole world and lose his foul." '
But by the coming of the French, your gain would fall short of your expectation-s, if any amongst you would be mad enough to entertain any expectations of the kind. When the French take a Roman Catholic captain, do they ever return him back his ship or restore him his liberty, in compliment to his religion ? Are we to expect more from them by land, than by sea? If then in compliment to the Catholic religion, they would not return a fishing-boat to our distressed families, who would imagine they would give us all the estates in the kingdom ? Or is it
F Romans, chap. iii.
H g ' because
because these estates belonged in remote times to our ancestors, that we could in conscience disposi'ess the present owners, were it even in our power? The remains of old castles, formerly the seats of hospitality,-and the territories which still bear our names,-may remind us of our origin, and inspire us with spirited sentiments, to which the lower class of people in other countries are entire strangers, and which a wise government could improve to the advantage of the state. Yet these memorials of ancient grandeur and family-importance, entitle us to no other pretension than that of scorna ing to do any thing base, vile, or treacherous.
We must imitate that descendant of the Sidonian kings, who, from extreme poverty, worked in a garden : being asked by Alexander the Great, "How he supported poverty ? "
** Better," replied he, " than I could support '
" grandeur. My hands supply my wants : and VI want nothing, when I desire nothing." Pity, my brethren, that this man was not a Christian! Or pity, that the Chriffians do not resemble this Heathen ! The most flourishing empires have sallen with time : the world is in a continual change : and the Roman Catholics must share the same fate with the rest ot" mankind. '
There is no reviving old claims in this or any
p other country. Or perhaps, if we revived them,