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lints enroreš in the advancement ef public good. We think it fit and becoming the friends of our church and state, to avow openly their obligations to those who distirguish themselves in the support of our arrrored establishments; and we judge it to be our especial duty to do this in seasons pucularly marked by a spirit of rash and dangerous innovation. As members of an Cuirersity, whose institutions embrace every useiul and ornamental part of learning, we should esteem ourselves justified in making this address, if we had only to offer you our thanks for the valuable accession which the stock of our national literature has received by the publication of your important“ Reflexions." But we liave higher objects of consideration, and nobler motives to gratitude: we are persuaded, that we consult the real and permanent interests of this place, when we acknowledge the eminent service rendered, both to our ni." ligious const interested and we

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faction does not arise from motives merely selfish, because their declared approbation must be of the greatest importance in giving an effect (which without that sanction might well be wanting) to an humble attempt in favour of the cause of freedom, virtue, and order, united. This cause it is our common wish and our common interest to maintain ; and it can hardly be maintained without securing on a solid foundation, and preserving in an uncorrupted purity, the noble establishments which the wisdom of our ancestors has formed, for giving permanency to those blessings which they have left to us as our best inheritance. We have all a concern in maintaining them all; but if all those, who are more particularly engaged in some of those establishments, and who have

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Of those who, from talents and knowledge, were competent judges of literary and political discussions, the Ministry and their friends, the greater number of the nobility and landed gentry, a considerable portion of monied men, some of the leaders of Opposition, most of the members of the Universities, most of the clergy, most gentlemen of the navy and army, a few of the professed men of letters, rather the smaller part of two of the learned professions, admirers of the constitution, for its experienced blessings, conceived the highest opinion of the reasoning and wisdom of Burke's book. Of those who were not competent judges, great numbers praised it upon trust :--common courtiers, household troops, underlings of office, and many other servants or retainers of Government, whose employment and situation did not require ability and

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learning, admirers of royalty merely for its trappings and appendages; the greater number of persons of fashion, their dependants and imitators; in short, such as were the mere parrots of the informed and wise.

On the other hand,-of men of talents and knowledge, who, though they admired the execution, condemned the tendency of the REFLEXIONS, there were those of high speculative notions of liberty; the majority of Burke's former associates, the very ablest of them in the House of Commons, and some of the ablest in the House of Peers; the greater number of professed men of letters, who, from their habits of metaphysical disquisitions, often followed theory more than experience; men of the partial erudition which Grecian and Ronian literature betows, who formed their opinions more from particular models than general principles and history; many of the legal and medical professions, a few of the clergy, a few of the nobility and gentry, a greater portion of the monied interest than of the

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