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    William Oldys
Excerpt from book: sea, that should have defended us: a real plot and confederacy by many whispered about, by the common people believed: many persons of great quality imprisoned upon that suspicion: all men's minds prepared to hear of some sudden rising, or discovery. In such a critical time of publack terror and distraction, how very little evidence would have sufficed to ruin any man, that had been accused with the least prohability of truth ? and how, then, had it been possible for me to have stood the torrent of common fame and passion against so great a notoriety of fact, had that paper of a pretended association been really found in my house? What tumult and ra:e had bern on all sides of me, upon such a discovery! how fitly had such a story served to inflame the generality of men against me! how long a time must it have been, before the still voice of innocency could be heard I Would it not have been said, ' can he deny it to be his own ' hand ? are not the hands of the rest well known ? was it not ' found in his house ? in so secret a place there? who could have ' laid it there, but himself?' this-, certainly, had been the universal clamour. But, above all, what a mischievous advantage had this given, to the enemies of the church of England, to insult and triumph over it, on my account! and that, in truth, had more sensibly and deeply wounded me, than any thing else, which could have befallen myself. But God prevented all this, by covering, if I may so say, the hand-writing against me in my chimney, as long as the finding of it there might have been to my destruction : and then, by suffering my accusers to fetch it thence, and produce it in such a time, and in such a way, as could only tend to their oxvn confusion. To God, therefore, my only deliverer, be the praise : and, as...   show more
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