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I pates in some of Bumet ' s enthusiasm mr th £ Princess . The Revolution of 16 S 8 was one of those few occasions in which public good was the paramount consideration . The Princess
had great public duties to perform . She had to rescue from evident destruction that religion which she had been accustomed to revere and cherish as the perfection of Christianity , and with which the religious and
civil liberties of mankind were at that time interwoven . Yet I would not render this homage to her memory if I could allow myself to believe that any thing- of a decisive , much less ferocious ^ spirit was predominant in
her mind . 1 persuade myself there was much of a tender melancholy , of a soft dejection in her sentiments , that the feeling's of a daughter maintained a struggle in her bosom , and abated whatever was harsh and rugged in the public character she had to assume .
I am confirmed in this persuasion by the account the same Burnet gives of her when he went to take his leave t * She seemed , * says he , * to have a great load on her spirits , but to have no scruple as to the lawfulness of the design : she was very solemn and serious , and prayed Cod earnestly to bless and direct us P
But the reader must be informed , that the feelings of Mary were put to the test , not only preHously , but after the Revolution . When William was
called to Ireland , his beloved consort followed him with unremitting anxiety . Here he incuiTed imminent danger . The Irish Papists would have gladly assassinated him . At the battle of the Boyne , where success crowned his arms , and where he was wounded ; the enemy , conceiving it to be fatal , raised the shout of joy ! He was , however , preserved to enjoy the fruits of his valour , and to uphold the Protestant religion throughout the three kingdoms .
Ihe nonjurors of that day were constantly traducing the character of Mary , as utterly devoid of feeling and affection towards her unfortunate father ^ James the Second , which had no foundation in fact . On the
intelligence of the victorious battle of the £ oyne , July 1 , 1690 , Queen Mary immediately thus writes to Wilfidm in Ireland : " How to begin this fetter I do not know—how ever . 10 ^ Hifer
God thanks enough for his mercies Indeed , they are too great if we look t ) n bur deseks , but ,- as you say , it is his own cause and since it is for the glory of his great name , we have no reason to fear but he will perfect what he has begun . When I heard the joyful news from Mr . Butler , ( the messenger , ) I was in pain to know what was become of the latfc Klisf .
and durst not ask him . But when Lord Nottingham came I did venture fo do it , and had the satisfaction to know he was safe . I know I need not beg you to let him be taken care of , for I dim confident you will for your own sake ; yet add that to all your kindness , and for my sake let people
know you would have no hurt come to his person ! " And , August 5 th , she says , "We have received many mercies ; God send us grace to value them as we ought ! But nothing touches people ' s hearts here enough , to make them agree—that would be
too much for our much happiness . " August 19 th , she also thus expresses herself : " Holland has really spoiled me , in being so kind to me ; that they are so kind to you is no wonder : would to God it were the same here ! " Lastly , August 26 th , longing for William ' s
rettini frona Ireland , the Queen wtates , ** 'l am ih greater fears than c £ ri \> e imagined b y any one who loves less than myselr . I count the hours and moments , and have only reason enough left to think that as long as I have no letters all is well ! Yet I must see
company upon my set days ; I must play twice a-week ; nay , I must laugh and talk , though never so against thy will . T believe I dissemble very ill , yet I must endure it . All tny motions are so watched , and all I do so observed , that if I eat less , or speak less , or look more grave , all is lost in the
opinion pf the world . " Indeed , it is said that King William told Lord Carmarthen before his departure for Ireland , that " he must be very cautious of saying any thing before the Queen that looked like disrespect to her father , which she never forgave , and that the Marquis of Halifax had lost all manner of credit with her , for his
unseasonable jestfrig on the subject . " Once more . It was this illustrious Queen M&ry , asking the cause of her father ' s tfesgfitment Against M . Jurieu , was tiilpl by Bishop Burnet , that it
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1826, page 25, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2544/page/25/