Front Page Titles (by Subject) A Monument Sacred to the Memory of John Trenchard, Esq; - The Independent Whig, vol. 2 (7th ed. 1743)
A Monument Sacred to the Memory of John Trenchard, Esq; - Thomas Gordon, The Independent Whig, vol. 2 (7th ed. 1743) 
The Independent Whig: or, a Defence of Primitive Christianity, And of Our Ecclesiastical Establishment, against The Exorbitant Claims and Encroachments of Fanatical and Disaffected Clergymen. The Seventh Edition, with Additions and Amendments (London: J. Peele, 1743). Vol. 2.
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A Monument Sacred to the Memory ofJohn Trenchard,Esq;
- A Gentleman descended from an antient Family,
- And conspicuous for abundant Wealth:
- Yet neither from his Race, nor his Fortune,
- Did he derive his principal Renown.
- Some boast a Glory derived from the Lustre of their Lineage;
- And rely upon the Merits of their Ancestors:
- Others vaunt the Glory of their Wealth.
- Vain and accidental is all such Glory.
- His was of his own acquiring, without Allay,
- Personal and permanent,
- The pure Result of his Virtue and Parts.
- In his native Accomplishments, and in the Sanctimony of his Morals,
- He gained Splendor surpassing that of his House,
- In Vigour of Spirit, in Integrity of Life,
- In Tenderness to his Country, to his Kindred and Friends,
- Few ever equalled him,
- None ever surpassed him.
- Whilst yet a Youth, he attended the Bar,
- Learned in the Laws, and a powerful Pleader.
- But soon abandoning the Strife of Suits,
- And the Pursuit of Gain,
- Neque deposuit, nec frustra exercuit;
- Dominationis cujusvis generis hostis perpetuus,
- Et vere timendus;
- Libertatis, priscique moris,
- Custos rigidus, Vindex acer.
- Simul naturæ humanæ, pravitatis hominum,
- Ambitusque & calliditatis Potentium,
- Gnarus, ac probe suspicax,
- Prætextus eorum a consultis, a domino Magistratum,
- Discriminare valuit;
- Vimque et superbiam, quandocunque lacesserant,
- Summa facundia increpare ausus est.
- Missionem exercitus
- Post finem belli Gallici, Gulielmo Principe,
- Oratione scripta, adhuc Juvenis
- Efflagitavit atque obtinuit,
- Invitis Aulicis & frementibus.
- Par ipse summis negotiis,
- Et honores meritus, sed aspernatus,
- Artibus privati præcelluit.
- Mystarum Rabiem,
- Tristes Fanaticorum ineptias,
- Libertati civ um atque bonis inhiantium,
- Semper aversatus;
- Petulantiam istorum & aviditatem
- Ac iter redarguit & coercuit:
- Nec Deum Opt. Max.
- Truculentiæ effræni, vel vociferatui inani annuere,
- Aut lapsu & erroribus mentis offendi Ratus est.
- He preferr’d Retirement, and a private Life.
- His Concern however for the Public.
- (A Concern ever inseparable from his Thoughts)
- He neither renounced, nor exercised in vain;
- Of Encroachments and Domination of every kind
- A constant and a formidable Foe;
- Of public Liberty, and primitive Institutions,
- A rigid Assertor, a powerful Champion.
- From Observation he knew, from a just Principle he suspected,
- The Frailty of human Nature, and the Pravity of Men,
- With the Ambition and Artifices of Men in Power:
- Between their avowed Pretences, and real Pursuit,
- He could well distinguish,
- As between the worthy Magistrate, and the lawless Ruler;
- Ever resolute to encounter every public Violence,
- And all the Insolence of Power,
- With consummate Eloquence.
- The Disbanding the Army after the French War,
- In the Reign of King William,
- By an Argument written and published.
- Even in his Youth he undertook to procure,
- Urged it with great Force,
- And even succeeded,
- In Opposition to the Efforts and Rage of the Courtiers.
- To the highest Affairs his Abilities were equal;
- But deserving public Honours,
- And despising them,
- Annos V. post L. vixit, sibi satis;
- At non Patriæ, non amicis, nec uxori.
- Cæterum, ut sine labe vitam transegerat,
- Mortem absque formidine obiit,
- Liberis viris & bonis nunquam non desiderandus;
- Decemb. XVI. An. Ch. MDCCXXIII.
- Manent Monumenta ingenii, semperque manebunt,
- Scriptis multi generis sacrata.
- He shone in the Accomplishments of private Life.
- To the wild Fury of all Visionaries and Mystists,
- To the direful Fooleries of all Bigots,
- His Enmity was bent and perpetual,
- As Men ever ravening against the Liberty, against the Possessions,
- Of their Fellow-Citizens.
- Eloquently he exposed, zealously he restrained,
- The petulant Spirit and Avarice of such Men.
- That the God of Nature, supremely Great, supremely Good,
- Could ever approve wanton Cruelty, or devout
- Clamour, and empty Sounds,
- Or could ever be offended with the Mistakes and
- Roamings of the human Soul,
- Was what his rational Heart could never conceive.
- To the Age of almost Fifty-five he lived,
- An Age to himself sufficiently long;
- But not so to his Country, nor to his Friends, nor to his Lady.
- As he had passed his Life without Blemish,
- He encountered Death without Fear,
- A Man by all virtuous Men and Free-men
- Worthy to be for ever lamented.
- He died on the Sixteenth of December 1723.
- Of his Genius and Abilities there are Monuments remaining,
- Such as will for ever remain,
- Consecrated to Time and Posterity in Writings of various Kinds.