To the Reverend Daniel Burton Greeting.
The benefits of a just and good government to those who are so happy as to be under it like Health to Vigorous Bodies or fruitful seasons in temperate climes are such common and familiar blessings that they are either seldom valued or relished as they ought to be.
Few of us consider how much we are indebted to Government itself because few of us do or can represent to ourselves in lively colors how wretched the condition of mankind would and must be without it how to that we owe, not only the safety of our persons and the property of our possessions but our Improvement in the several arts and advantages of Civil life and in all knowledge both human and divine. When virtue holds the reins of Government it dispenses blessings without number and without measure and spreads its Influence on all around and beneath it.
We have a Governor who rules a willing People with the Indulgent Tenderness of a common parent who desires rather to be beloved, than feared by them and takes the truest care towards securing their utmost Love by shewing in every step of his conduct that he entirely loved them who hath no interest, can have no interest separate from theirs, and upon whom malice itself can never fasten a suspicion of his pursuing any measure which aims rather at his own advantage than the common good of England.
The law is as much a rule to Him as to the least of those who obey him, the first measure not only of his governing power but even of his will to govern and he makes no other use of that power with which the laws have invested him than to give life and force to them.
It is well known that Tiberius, Claudius, Nero, Caligula were not only bad princes and Governors but bad men infamous for their lust cruelty and other vices.
But how different is our case whose eyes behold a Governor who desires to bear the weight of Government as well by his virtue as
In fine he is by his inclination as well as by his office, the defender and friend, the Patron and nursing father of the Church established amongst us—he is a Religious Frequenter of its Worship and a steady adherent to its Interest and is prepared in the Times of greatest danger and distress to suffer with and for it.