The personal Virtues of a Monarch are unable to secure him from contempt, if he will be led blindfold by wicked Ministers.
FROM THE SAME.
A MONARCH who will suffer himself to be directed by vicious favourites and ministers, though virtuous in himself, is, in fact, the author of their vices, and all the unhappy consequences that result from them. A monarch who is the fa∣ther of his people, should not be the dupe of a fa∣vourite. A monarch who should see and judge for himself, should not take things upon trust. If a nation, from the height of splendour and glory, should be brought by the ignorance or treachery of incapable or wicked ministers, to a state of misery and contempt, despised abroad, and at home unhap∣py—it is but poor consolation to reflect, that the Page 137king has many personal virtues. Was this imagi∣nary description to become a real picture of a nati∣on, and its virtuous monarch, I would cry out wiih Marcus, in the Tragedy of Cato,
"Curse on his virtues—they've undone his country."