By John Trenchard, Thomas Gordon
TO JOHN MILNER, ESQ.; of significant RUSSEL-STREET BLOOMSBURY. (Gordon) Sir, As shy as i do know you to be of publick become aware of and eclat, enable me for as soon as draw, if no longer you, your identify at the least, from that recess that you worth in share to the degree of felicity that you just derive from it, and in your contempt for the blaze and tumult of publick lifestyles: A style to which i've got the excitement of discovering my very own so fullyyt conformable. Quiet passions and a simple brain represent happiness; which is rarely discovered the place those aren't, and needs to stop to be, whilst those stop to help it
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He thought that the one depended upon the other, and that the fate and being of the nation depended upon the last; and I believe that few men who think at all, think him mistaken. For a good while before he died he was easier, as to those matters, than I had ever known him. He was pleased with the calm that we were in, and entertained favourable hopes and opinions. Nor is it any discredit to the present administration, that Mr. Trenchard was more partial to it than I ever knew him to any other.
What is said in them can be only applicable to those who do as Caesar and Brutus did; and can no otherwise affect our free and legal government, than by furnishing real arguments to defend it. The same principle of nature and reason that supported liberty at Rome, must support it here and every where, however the circumstances of adjusting them may vary in different places; as the foundations of tyranny are in all countries, and at all times, essentially the same; namely, too much force in the hands of one man, or of a few unaccountable magistrates, and power without a balance: A sorrowful circumstance for any people to fall into.
Trenchard. He esteemed you as much as one man could another: You lived in a long course of intimacy with him: I have long lived, to my great advantage and pleasure, in an equal course of intimacy with you. You saw most of these papers before they came out, and many of them were first left to your perusal and judgment. You know in a great measure which were his, which were mine; and no man else whosoever was concerned or consulted. You know what motives produced them; how remote such motives were from views of interest; and that whilst they continued in full credit with the publick, they were laid down, purely because it was judged that the publick, after all its terrible convulsions, was again become calm and safe.