WE have frequently heard the oppressed Protestants bitterly complain of the Catholic tyranny. What I now transcribe from Patin, will shew that there is something to be said on the other side. The stubborn bigot is alarmed; religious distinctions have been, however, since his days, wearing fast away; and, as Philosophy enlightens the mind, the heart, insensibly will become more moral, though not so religious.
“All the Huguenots—or Protestants—of Europe, will one day agree together, and occasion a general revolt, under the name of Religion; particularly, whenever they shall have for their chief an enterprizing genius like that of the King of Sweden—Charles the Twelfth. I fear those people (he says contemptuously) if they get the upper hand of us, will not spare us. They will treat us savagely, and very differently from what we do them (witness the massacre of St. Bartholomew, and the long flourishing state of the Inquisition.) They will not even suffer us to hold our mass, as we permit them their service. The Huguenots are dangerous politicians; insolent, and unmerciful, as they have lately shewn us in England (the decapitation of Charles the First) and in France, during the troubles of the Prince de Condé, in 1562.”
When Patin wrote this, it must be recollected that, as he turned his eyes on England, he had before him the austere and persecuting Puritans, with Cromwell at their head.