Numb. 13 THE EXAMINER: OR, Remards upon Papers and Occurrences.
Saturday November 4th, 1710Regum timendorum in proprios Greges, Reges in ipsos Imperium est Jovis. Hor.
THE Principle of Non-resistance, has of late been so much Condemn'd, Curs'd, Exploded and Ridicul'd; that there is not doubt but the Minds of many, even well-meaning Persons, are sufficiently prepossess'd against it. To obviate therefore or remove all such Prejudices; I declare before hand, that I am sincere Enemy to the Pretender, to Popery and Arbitrary Power, and that I am zealously Affected to Her Majesty, and the most Illustrious House of Hannover. Then I question not but I shall make it appear, before I have done, that the Doctrine of Non-resistance is entirely consistent with the Liberty of a free People; nay, that it tends to the Security of it; much more than the contrary Principle; that it is neither a Damnable not a Slavish Doctrine; that it is true in it self, and beneficial in its Consequences; that it is the greatest support of our present happy Establishment; and so far from being likely to bring in the Pretender; that it is the boss Means in the World to keep him out, But before we consider the good Effects, let us enquire into the Truth of it.
After all that has been said by Mr. Headly and others; according to the Doctrine of Non-resistance, they or y Notion of Government seems to me unintelligible. The Subjects are the Governours, and the Governour are the Subjects; or to speak more strictly, there is no such thing as any Government in the World. For if there be not an irresistible Power somewhere or other, some sopreme Authority which must at last be absolutely