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INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.

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CONTENTS.

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 commence-
ment 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 Restoration.-Mi-
nistry of Clarendon and Southampton.-Cabal.-Dutch War.-De
Witt.— The Prince of Orange.—The Popish Plot.— The Habeas Cor-
pus 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.-Des-
potism established.- Despondency of good Men.-Charles's Death.-
His Character.-Reflections upon the probable Consequences of his
Reign and Death.

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