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AN

HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL

ACCOUNT

OF THE

LIVES AND

AND WRITINGS

OF

James I. and Charles I.

AND OF

THE LIVES

OF

Oliver Cromwell and Charles II.

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AFTER THE MANNER OF MR. BAYLE.

FROM

ORIGINAL WRITERS AND STATE-PAPERS.

BY WILLIAM HARRIS.

A NEW EDITION,
WITH A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR. A GENERAL INDEX, &c.

IN FIVE VOLUMES.

VOL, IV.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON; T. PAYNE; WILKIE AND
ROBINSON; LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN ; CADELL
AND DAVIES; J. MURRAY; J. MAWMAN; AND R. BALDWIN.

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THE LIFE

OF

CHARLES II.

KING OF GREAT BRITAIN.

CHARLES Stuart, the second of that name, King of Great Britain, son of Charles the First, and Henrietta Maria of France, was born on the twenty-ninth of May, one thousand six hundred and thirty. Some particulars attending his birth, and baptism, will be found below'.

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Some particulars relating to his birth and baptism.] The queen had a son, named Charles, the preceding year, who died very soon after his birth. “This year,” says Perincheif, “ Heaven was liberal to his majesty, in giving him a son to inherit his dominions; which was so great a matter of rejoicing to the people of uncorrupted minds, that Heaven seemed also concerned in the exultation, kindling another fire more than ordinary, making a star to be seen the same day at noon (from which most men presaged, that that prince should be of high undertakings, and of no common

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