203 A LETTER TO A MEMBER of PARLIAMENT In Ireland. Upon the chusing a new SPEAKER there. Written in the Year 1708.


YOU may easily believe I am not at all surprized at what you tell me, since it is but a confirmation of my own conjecture that I sent you last week, and made you my reproaches upon it at a venture. It looks exceeding strange, yet I believe it to be a great truth, that, in order to carry a point in your House, the two following circumstances are of great advantage: First, to have an. ill cause; and, secondly, to be a minority. For both these circumstances are extremely apt to invite men, to make them assiduous in their attendance, watchful of opportunities, zealous for gaining over proselytes, and often successful; which is not to be wondered at, when favour