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THE Independent Whig.

Nec ullum fatis validum Imperium erat

coercendis Seditionibus Populi, fiagitia Hominum ut Ceremonias Deim protegentis.

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LONDON: Printed for J. Peele, at Locke's Head,

in Pater-nofter-Row. M,DCC,XXI.

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ROU, Gentlemen, who

are the RepresentaNe tives of the Clergy

I of England, are prote per Patrons of a

A Work, which treats of Religion and the Clergy. It is written to promote Liberty, Virtue and

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Piety; the Interests of which, I hope, you will always espouse, and esteem as your own; and will consequently approve my Design, and give me your Thanks, whatever may have been the Success of my Endeavours.

The many wild and unscriptural Claims started, and impetuously maintain’d, by very many of thofe you represent (and I wish I could say denied, though but faintly, by any considerable Number of others) gave Occasion to the following Sheets; and, having in them shewn to my Brethren, the Laity, the Absurdity and Impiety of those Claims, by Arguments fetch'd from Reason, the Gospel, and the Laws of our Country; I thall, in this Address to your selves, endeavour to convince you, that it is your Interest to drop them; and if I can succeed in this Point, I presume, all other Arguments may be useless. se

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These Gentlemen, in the Heat of their Demands and Contention for Power, have gone so far towards Rome, and borrowed so many of her Princia ples, that I see no other Medium left for them, but either to proceed on in their Journey thither, (which, as they lave manag’d Matters, is now a very Thort one) or to turn back to the Principles of the Reformation (a very long Journey, I confess!) and accept of the Bishop of Bangor’s Scheme, as much as they hate it and him. That Scheme, tho' it may not be altogether fo toothsome, yet is a safe Scheme : And tho’ it does not entitle them to all the Power and Wealth of England, yet it secures to them what they have.

Consider, Gentlemen, that you cannot take as much of Popery as you please, and leave the rest. Machiavel has long since told us, that no Govern

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