The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, Vol. 4 (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, Vol. 4
One would think, that, after an honest and necessary revolution, (if they had a mind that theirs should pass for such, ) your masters would have imitated the vir tuons policy of those who have been at the head of revolutions of that glorious character. Burnet tells us, that nothing tended to reconcile the English nation to the government of King William so much as the care he took to fill the vacant bishoprics with men who had attracted the public esteem by their learning, eloquence, and piety, and above all, by their known moderation in the state. With you, in your purifying revolution, whom have you chosen to regulate the Church? M. Mirabeau is a fine speak er, and a fine writer, and a fine - a very fine man; but, really, nothing gave more surprise to every body here than to find him the supreme head of your ecclesiastical affairs. The rest is of course. Your Assembly addresses a manifesto to France, in which they tell' the people, with an insulting irony, that they have brought the Church to its primitive condition. In one respect their declaration is um doubtedly true: for they have brought it to a state of poverty and persecution. What can be hoped for after this? Have not men, (if they deserve the name, ) under this new hope and head of the Church, been made bishops for no other merit than having acted as instruments of atheists? For no other merit than having thrown the children's bread to dogs? And, in order to gorge the whole gang of usurers.
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