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" the other hand, blind to the indifference with which “ he (Shaftesbury,) espoused either Monarchical, Arbi

trary, or Republican principles, as best suited his

ambition; but could it make him blind to the relent“ less cruelty with which he persecuted the Papists in " the affair of the Popish Plot, merely, as it should

seem, because it suited the purposes of the party with " which he was then engaged?—You know that some

of the imputations against him are certainly false; the shutting up the Exchequer, for instance. But the two

great blots of sitting on the Regicides, and his con" duct in the Popish Plot, can never be wiped off. • The second Dutch war is a bad business, in which he

engaged heartily, and in which (notwithstanding all “ his apologists say,) he would have persevered, if he " had not found the King was cheating him.

Your's ever,

fo C. J. FOX." Sunday, St. Anne's Hill, (Chertsey, November 20, 1803.

Serjeant Heywood, Harpur Street.)

INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.

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CONTENT S.

Introductory Observations.—First Period, from Henry VII. to the

Year 1588.—Second Period, from 1588 to 1640.–Meeting of Parliament.-Redress of Grievances.--Strafford's Attainder.-The com. mencement of the Civil War.— Treaty from the Isle of Wight.The King's Execution.—Cromwell's Power;—his Character.-Indifference of the Nation respecting Forms of Government.—The Res. toration.—Ministry of Clarendon and Southampton.-Cabal.Dutch War. — De Witt.—The Prince of Orange. — The Popish Plot.—The Habeas Corpus Act.—The Exclusion Bill.--Dissolution of Charles the Second's last Parliament.-His Power ;—his Tyranny in Scotland; in England.Exorbitant Fines.-Executions.-Forfeitures of Charters. - Despotism established. —

Despotism established. — Despondency of good Men.-Charles's Death.-His Character.-Reflections upon the probable Consequences of his Reign and Death.

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