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this eventful mornent with peculiar interest : 41 It may be generally observed , that the larger the extent of king * doms , the more they are subject to great revolutions and
misfortunes . The basis of the tranquillity of our own , in particular , depends upon preserving it within its present limits . A climate . laws , manners , . and language , different from our own ; seas ami
chains ot mountains almost inaccessible , are all so many barriers , which we may consider as fixed even by nature . Besides , what i £ it that France wants ! will she not always be the richest and most powerful kingdom in Europe ? It rhustbe granted . All therefore tvhfch the French have to wish or
( Fesirc'isV that heaven grant them pWuV , good and wise kings ; and trrafc these kings may employ their power in preserving the peace of Europe ; for no other enterprize c&h truly be to them either profi&ifrle or successful . And this
ekf > lains to us the nature of the desigri which Henry IV . was on ttiev point of putting in execution .
Pi * orn hence likewise we may pcreerve the motives to his pursuing aConduct so different from any thing which had hitherto been un .
dertaken by crowned heads : and here we may behold what it was that acquired him the title of Great , His designs were not inspired by a mean and despicable ambition , nor guided by base and partial interests : to render France
happy for ever was his desire ; and she cannot perfectly enjoy this felicity , unless all Europe likewise partake of it ; so it was the happiness of £ urope in general which he laboured to procure , and this ah a manner so so ^ id and durable ,
that noth'ng should afterwards be able to shake its foundations , ' Mem . V £ , 65 , 6 . Suliy ' s farther description of Ilonry ' s design , its approval by Queen Elizabeth , the manner in which the Abbot St . Pierre
enlargeil on the ideas of the king , with some account of that learned and li bend-minded philosopher , and the remarks on his project by D'Alembert and Rousseau , these must be reserved to the next Number . VERMICULUS .
Answer ta Mr . Belsham ' s Calm Inquiry . 231
Answer to Mr . Bel sham ' s Calm Inquiry \ March 17 , 1814 . Sir ,
I request permission to inform your correspondent O ( spo M . R . p . 103 , of the present Volume , ) that the work about which he inquires is not relinquished , and thttt the person engaged in it has not yd met with those obstacles which O surmises may have occurred .
The inquiry is very proper , and the surmise , I admit , not unreasonable . The truth , however , is , that a succession of hindrances , in addition to the duties of a
situation which permits very little leisure , have during the last year remarkably harra&sed my attention : and swallowed up the small ptav tions of time which I can devote
to any optional pursuit . Of these circumstances several of my Uni * tarian friends , as well as others * are sufficiently infortped . It is certainly mortifying to my feelings
to have been induced , by the per * suasion of no ! a few respectable persons , to give a public pledge , which I must necessarily be long in redeeming . Yet to this 1 must
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1814, page 231, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2439/page/31/