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The Equivocator Landerson pretends

When all his quibbles and doublings are exhausted one may still say to him, "Either
the Sanction, as you say, does not, after all in these instances, attach upon the promise, [so taken]
or it does: if it does, you confess all that you have been saying is equivocation, by your own
confession: if it does not, what is it good for? of what use is it to exact it? Which from the absurd Constitution of their Laws and the criminal patience of the rulers [under them] who because no Thunderbolt has yet fallen from heaven upon any Vice-Chancellor

Another pleasant conceit of his, is that tho' it is no breach of Oath to do what you
have promised sworn not to do, when nothing more is said except in two other cases which he ennumeratesare Seminaries much more certain of what one I dare not name, than of liberal or accomplishments

in the act of while Administration go on in great perfect tranquility in the practise of exacting Oaths in full contemplation of the certainty of their being broken Yet that instances are not wanting when even this fresh stipulation goes the same way as the other [in a many multitude instances] is
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a matter of perfect Notoriety. When all the Logicians in the Bodleian shall have commented quibbled upon it, you will not the less have sworn to obey them all and every one for their saying that it onely means some of them

I know that as men of the world, there are not wanting arguments which might be urged
[for we must not in any sense call it justification]. There is a great difference between beginning a thing to carrying
in their excuse Such as been all along the practise: it is not followed with any it or when it is begun no ostensible ill consequences to Society No Oath unless fide Intra Universit Yet even this in many instances is always broken often broke
Men behave themselves very well in other respects notwithstanding their delinquency in this
It is a matter of form which must be got over and there is an end of it.

But when these same men set up for primitive orthodoxy — & rigor, and are at in
Agonies at the thoughts of men's talking being suffer'd to talk about what neither of them understand
nor would be the better for understanding in a language different from their own, and not being no longer forced to swear, they will
not do so — do their such pretensions Is not laughter the only proper answer to such pretensions? deserve to be treated with any thing but with Laughter? After all it is pleasant to observe that this very operator of whose service they continue to avail themselves in explaining away the guilt of imposing an unperformable obligation, is he who concludes all with pronouncing his Reverend .......... as guilty of [breach of faith and Perjury in the plainest and most pointed terms Such are those Magistrates they says he who suffer any of these Statutes whatsoever to grow obsolete, and by want of enforcement suffer as it were a tacit abrogation.

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