It is the peculiar happiness of these our days that the distinctions of Whig and Tory are either so little known or so totally confounded by the practice of both the parties that it is no easy task to define either, but, as it has been the wicked policy of some who wish to disturb the public peace to endeavour to revive those odious and obsolete distinctions, a short history of both may be useful by way of antidote and to show how little they have to do with the contests for power in these our days.
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