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An Address to the Rev. Dr. Alison - 13

have been Wantoness, not Charity, would have savoured more of Pride than Prudence. But any Reason suited your Purpose better than the true One, as you were determined to defame a whole Society of People, the Objects of your Envy and inveterate Malice, which was out of your Power to do, while you adhered to Truth. You therefore after racking your Invention to find out a Falsehood to serve your Purpose, assert, "We know of no other Reason for this Conduct but an envious Temper, because the Frontier Counties who are of different Denominations, must share the Power with them which they now abuse." It seems then the Quakers have Power. And permit me to ask you why should they not? Are they not in every Respect as much entitled to it as any others?—Have they not Life, Liberty and Property to be represented and protected as well as others? And have they not given as full Proof of a faithful and loyal Attachment to their Sovereign and his Government as those of any other Society, and much more than those of your own who have been under your particular Influence? It is true, you have taken great Pains to represent the People of that Society as principled against granting Aids to the Crown, and against paying the Taxes for the Defence of the Province. You have made Use of a Petition presented to the Assembly, set on foot by a mischievous wrongheaded Man among them, who, with all his Art and Influence, could obtain but 29 Persons besides himself to sign it; and you have basely imposed it on the World as an Act of the whole Society, tho' you well knew that the Assembly, even when composed of a great Majority of Quakers, have granted several Hundred Thousand Pounds to the Crown, for those very Purposes. You have also taken Advantage of the Conduct of the same obstinate Person, in refusing to pay his Taxes; tho' you knew there were not one in a Thousand of that Society, but paid them with as much Chearfulness as any of the King's Subjects.

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