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He would have insinuated to the world, that her late Highness died not a Roman Catholic. He declares himself to be now satisfied to the contrary, in which he has given up the cause : for matter of fact was the principal debate betwixt us. In the mean time, he would dispute the motives of her change; how preposterously, let all men judge, when he seemed to deny the subject of the controversy, the change itself. * And because I would
in a few years, besides what has been printed formerly, such a book hath been published in London.” Dryden, in the text, replies to this allegation, that Duncombe's treatise, which he supposes to be meant, is a translation from the Spanish of Rodriguez, therefore, not originally a Protestant work. Montague, in the preface to “ The Hind and Panther Transversed,” alleges, that Dryden has mistaken the name of the author of the treatise alluded to ; which was not, he asserts, Duncombe, but Allen. See the matter more fully canvassed in a note on the original passage, in “ The Duchess of York's Paper Defended.”
Dryden is not quite candid in his statement. In Stillingfleet's answer to the Duchess's paper, it is indeed called, paper said to be written by a great lady;" but there is not another word upon the authority, which, indeed, considering it was published under the king's immediate inspection, could not be very decorously disputed. Dryden seizes upon this phrase in his defence, and, coupling with it some expressions of the Bishop of Winchester, he argues that it was the intention of these sons of the church of England, to give the lie to their sovereign. In this vindication of the answer, Stillingfleet thus expresses himself: “ As to the main design of the third paper, I declared, that I considered it, as it was supposed to contain the reasons and mutives of the conversion of so great a lady to the church of Rome.
“ But this gentleman has now eased me of the necessity of farther considering it on that account. For he declares, that none of those motives or reasons are to be found in the paper of her highness. Which he repeats several times.
• She writ this paper, not as to the reasons she had herself for changing, &c.' • As for her reasons, they were only betwixt God and her own soul, and the priest with whom she spoke at last.' “And so my work is at an end as to her paper. For I never
HIND AND THE PANTHER.
A milk-white Hind, * immortal and unchanged,
Not so her young; for their enequal line
The Roman Catholic church. + Note 1.
| The Roman Catholic priests executed in England, at different times since the Reformation, and regarded as martyrs and saints by those of their communion.
Their native walk; whose vocal blood arose,
The bloody Bear, an independent beast,
* The Independents. See Note II.
With fat pollutions filled the sacred place,
With greater guile
What weight of antient witness can prevail,
* Unitarians. See Note VI,