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sufficiently known both at home and abroad,) that his opinion and endeavour, as occasion offered, always were for Tournay's remaining (as it now does) to the States General; and as to the latter, he doubts not but that what has lately happened in France is a convincing proof to your Lordships, and to all the world, that the renunciation was the best expedient that could have been proposed towards hindering the two kingdoms from being united under one and the same monarch; that that branch of the treaty which relates to this expedient has fully answered its end and made good the character given of it by the Queen, "that it would execute itself;" and therefore, that whoever advised this method of separating the two crowus, was so far from being guilty of any traitorous design, that he eminently promoted the welfare of Great Britain and the good of Christendom.

The said Earl, with all the assurances of an innocent man, begs leave to repeat, that, as well in this, as in all other affairs of state, in which he had the honour to be employed by her late Majesty, he ever acted according to the best of his skill and judgment, with sincere desires and intentions to serve the public, and without any view to his own private advantage. As he was in several great stations under her Majesty, he came into all of them by her own special command, without his seeking or desiring them; and he served her in all with the utmost respect, zeal, and faithfulness ; and while he continued in those stations, for many years, it was with great wonder and pleasure that he observed how her Majesty's whole thoughts, endeavours, and time were divided between her duty to God and her love to her people, whose good and security she preferred always to her own ease, and often hazarded her health and life itself to procure it: he knew that the most effectual way for any one to recommend himself to her good opinion was to act upon the same principles of justice and love to his country that she did; and as she abhorred the thoughts of any thing burthensome or injurious to her people, so she often expressed herself with the greatest satisfaction and delight, when she

reflected on the advantages obtained by her for her own subjects, and the quiet and repose she had gained for Europe, by that just and honourable peace, for which, as the present age doth, SO generations to come will, bless the memory of that excellent and renowned Queen.

OXFORD."

No. IV.

The last Will and Testament of the late Right Honourable Henry St. John Lord Viscount Bolingbroke.

In the name of God, whom I humbly adore, to whom I offer up perpetual thanksgiving, and to the order of whose providence I am cheerfully resigned. This is the last Will and Testament of me, Henry St. John, in the Reign of Queen Anne, and by her grace and favour Viscount Bolingbroke, after more than thirty years proscription, and after the immense losses I have sustained by unexpected events in the course of it, by the injustice and treachery of persons nearest to me, by the negligence of friends, and by the infidelity of servants, as my fortune is so reduced at this time that it is impossible for me to make such disposition and to give such ample legacies as I always intended, I content therefore to give as follows:

My debt and the expenses of my burial in a decent and private manner at Battersea, in the vault where my last wife lies, being first paid, I give to William Chetwynd of Stafford, Esq. and Joseph Taylor of the Inner Temple, London, Esq. my two assured friends, each of them one hundred guineas, to be laid out by them, as to each of them shall seem best, in some memorial as the legacy of their departed friend; and I constitute them executors of this my will. The diamond ring which I wear upon my

finger, I give to my old and long approved friend the Marquis of Matignon, and after his decease, to his son the Count de Gace, that I may be kept in the remembrance of a family whom I love and honour above all others.

Item. I give to my said executors the sum of four hundred pounds in trust, to place out the same in some public funds or government securities, or any other securities as they shall think proper, and to pay the interest or income thereof to Frances Arboneau, my valet-de-chambre, and Ann his wife, and the survivor of them, and after the decease of the survivor of them, if their son John Arboneau shall be living and under the age of eighteen years, to pay the said interest or income to him, until he shall attain his said age, and then to pay the principal money or assign the securities for the same to him; but if he shall not be living at the decease of his father and mother, or shall afterwards die before his said age of eighteen years, in either of the said cases the said principal sum of four hundred pounds and the securities for the same shall sink into my personal estate and be accounted part thereof.

Item. I give to my two Servants, Marianne Tribon and Henri Charnet, commonly called Picard, each one hundred pounds, and to every other Servant living with me at the time of my decease, and who shall have lived with me two years or longer, I give one year's wages more than what shall be due to them at my death.

And whereas I am the author of the several books or tracts following, viz.—

Remarks on the History of England, from the Minutes of Humphrey Oldcastle. In twenty-four letters.

A Dissertation upon Parties. In nineteen letters to Caleb Danvers, Esq.

The Occasional Writer, Nos. 1, 2, 3.

The Vision of Camilick.

An Answer to the London Journal of December 21, 1728, by John Trot.

An Answer to the Defence of the Enquiry into the Reasons of the conduct of Great Britain.

A final Answer to the Remarks on the Craftsman's Vindication.

All which books or tracts have been printed and published, and I am also the author of Four Letters on History, &c., which have been privately printed and not published; but I have not assigned to any person or persons whatsoever the copy or the liberty of printing, or reprinting any of the said books, or tracts, or letters. Now I do hereby, as far as by law I can give and assign to David Mallet of Putney, in the county of Surry, Esq. the copy and copies of all the Manuscript books, papers, and writings, which I have written or composed, or shall write or compose, and leave at the time of my decease. And I further give to the said David Mallet all the books which at the time of my decease shall be in the room called my library.

All the rest and residue of my personal Estate, whatsoever, and wheresoever, I give to my said Executors, and hereby revoking all former wills, I declare this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the twenty-second day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty-one.

HENRY SAINT JOHN, BOLINGBROKE.

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