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Two Treatises of Government


stile, and well-turned periods: for if any one will be
at the pains,
himself, in those parts, which are here untouched, to
strip Sir Robert's
discourses of the flourish of doubtful expressions, and
endeavour to
reduce his words to direct, positive, intelligible
propositions, and
then compare them one with another, he will quickly be
satisfied, there
was never so much glib nonsense put together in well-
sounding English.
If he think it not worth while to examine his works all
thro', let him
make an experiment in that part, where he treats of
usurpation; and let
him try, whether he can, with all his skill, make Sir
Robert
intelligible, and consistent with himself, or common
sense. I should not
speak so plainly of a gentleman, long since past
answering, had not the
pulpit, of late years, publicly owned his doctrine, and
made it the
current divinity of the times. It is necessary those
men, who taking on
them to be teachers, have so dangerously misled others,
should be openly
shewed of what authority this their Patriarch is, whom
they have so
blindly followed, that so they may either retract what
upon so ill
grounds they have vented, and cannot be maintained; or
else justify
those principles which they preached up for gospel;
though they had no
better an author than an English courtier: for I should
not have writ
against Sir Robert, or taken the pains to shew his
mistakes,
inconsistencies, and want of (what he so much boasts of,
and pretends
wholly to build on) scripture-proofs, were there not men
amongst us,
who, by crying up his books, and espousing his doctrine,
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