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PROTESTANTS COMPANION;

BEING

A CHOICE COLLECTION

OF

PRESERVATIVES

AGAINST

POPERY.

LONDON:

SEPTIMUS PROWETT, PALL MALL.

MDCCCXXIX.

LONDON : PRINTED BY T, BRETTELL, RUPERT STREET, HAYMARKET.

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THE

PROTESTANT'S COMPANION. The following lines are cut on a stone over the

entrance of a summer-house at Charborough, Dorset, the seat of Drax Grosvenor, Esq.:

A

UNDER THIS ROOF, IN THE YEAR

MDCLXXXVI. SET OF PATRIOTIC GENTLEMEN, OF THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD, CONCERTED THE GREAT PLAN OF

THE GLORIOUS REVOLUTION

WITH

THE IMMORTAL KING WILLIAM, TO WHOM WE OWE OUR DELIVERANCE FROM POPERY,

AND SLAVERY, THE EXPULSION OF THE TYRANT RACE OF STUARTS,

THE RESTORATION OF OUR LIBERTIES,

SECURITY OF OUR PROPERTIES, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL HONOUR AND

WEALTH.

ENGLISHMEN! REMEMBER THIS GLORIOUS ERA, AND CONSIDER THAT YOUR LIBERTIES, PROCURED BY THE VIRTUE OF YOUR ANCESTORS, MUST BE MAINTAINED

BY YOURSELVES.

PREFACE.

As every person's mind appears to be engrossed by
the serious measure now before Parliament, of ad-
mitting Catholics to share in the legislation of this
Protestant nation, the Editor of this Collection of
Historic Facts could not remain indifferent on the
subject; and although feeling much respect for
many individuals of that persuasion, and believing
that many excellent characters exist among them in
this country*, yet, having had some opportunities of
witnessing the spirit of their priesthood, he found
himself constrained to assist in the many well-meant
endeavours to guard his Protestant brethren against

* If, however, it be thought, by the praises here bestowed
on certain meritorious Catholic families, that we mean to in-
sinuate that the Catholic religion is as favourable to the pro.
duction of moral virtue as the religion of the Protestants, we
maintain that nothing is more untrue.

The instances of a
few families living in a Protestant country, surrounded by
Protestants with whom they associate, and by whom they are
influenced, and aware that their difference of religion renders
them conspicuous, is no criterion of the general spirit of their
religion, and no rule by which we may calculate the conduct of

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