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On an ACT, passed in the Year,
For the SETTLEMENT,
Of the Province of QUEBEC.
Intended to have been then printed for
BRITAIN, but now first Published.
By A COUNTRY GENTLEMAN,
Sold by J. STOCKDALE, opposite Burlington House,
HE following Observations on an
“ An Act for making
were wrote in the latter End of that Summer; and intended for Publication previous to the Breaking up of the Parliament.
But that Parliament being suddenly dissolved, and much sooner than was expected ; the Publication was at first deferred, and afterwards, for
obvious Reasons, entirely laid aside.
The Reader will please to carry
him, during the Perusal of this Trea. tise, the Remembrance that it was wrote before the unfortunate War between this Country and her Colonies had broke out:--and also, that at that Time there was not the least Ray of those approaching Lights of Reason and Humanity, which have since, with so much Splendor, burst forth amongst some of the Princes of the Roman Catholick Persuafion--so highly conducive to the Advantage of their Dominions Happiness of their . Subjects and fo much to the Honour of Human Na. ture,
Tuis must apologize for any
Strica tures with regard to Popery, which may appear too severe to some Persons ; as at that Time, with the Recollection of the Cruelties planned and executed by Papists'; with the Histories of SIRVEN and Calas fresh in the Memory ; with Ideas of that diabolical Office of the Inquisition, no Man possessed of the leaft Share of Humanity, could write on such a Subject, without Expressions of Reprobation and Abhorrence; and without
[ii] cautioning his Countrymen against the Danger of Suffering the followers of such a Persuasion, to gain too great an Ascendant. A happier and more pleafing Prospect, seems now to open on Mankind. God grant
both continue and increase !
Before I quit this Subject, give me Leave to state a few Quæries to my Readers,
May we not be too fanguine in forming our Expectations, of what may follow, from the generous, humane, and truly Christian Efforts, of a very Few, though undoubtedly august and most powerful Personages ; — and should we not,
with the most interested Attention, wait the Reception their Measures will meet with, not only from the Priests, but also from the Laity of the Romilh Church?
Should we not be cautious of suffering our Minds to be so far dazzled with the Splendor, surrounding these great and beneficent Actions, as to lose Sight