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alone. London, printed in the year 1689. Folio, containing one

page . . . . . . . . .371

The Doctrine of Passive Obedience, and Jure Divino, disproved, and

Obedience to the present Government proved, from Scripture, Law,

and Reason. Written for the satisfaction of all who are dissatisfied

at the present government. By a Layman of the church of England.

London, printed for Randal Taylor, near Stationers' Hall, 1689.

Folio, containing two pages ...'... 378

The Quakers' Remonstrance to the Parliament, &c. touching the Popish

plot, and Sir Edmundbury Godfrey's murder. Much of which being

not unseasonable at this juncture, it is now reprinted: as also to

shew, that the Quakers were formerly as zealous against popery, as any

others, notwithstanding they have so much appeared to the contrary of

late. Licensed, the fifteenth of June, 1689. London, printed 1689,

and sold at several booksellers. Quarto, containing eight pages . 378

The Chancellor's Examination and Preparation for a Trial. Printed

for W. Cademan, 1689, Folio, containing one page , , . 386

The Danger of Mercenary Parliaments, 1690. Quarto, containing eight

pages . . . . . . . . . 388

A new Looking-Glass for the Kingdom: wherein those, that admire the

late governments, may have a true prospect of liberty and slavery, and

take their choice, 1690. Folio, containing half a sheet . .400

An Historical Account of the Rise and Growth of the West India Colo-

nies, and of the great Advantages they are to England, in respect to

Trade. Licensed according to order. London, printed 1690. Quar-

to, containing fifty-three pages, beside the title and dedication . 403

A true Account of a late horrid Conspiracy to betray Holland to the

French. And of the tryal, confession, condemnation, and execution

of Jacob Martinet, sheriff of the town of Slavs, and Cornelius Reo-

lands, master of the ship called the Argle of Amsterdam, who were

executed for the said conspiracy, the sixth of this instant May, 1690.

Quarto, containing ten pages ...... 446

A Dialogue between Francisco and Aurelia, two unfortunate Orphans

of the City of London, Licensed, November 4, 1690. London,

printed for Randal Taylor, near Stationers' Hall, 1690. Quarto, con-

taining eight pages ....... 451

The Jacobite's Hopes frustrated; or, the History of the Calamities at-

tending the French Conquest. Licensed, November 29. J. Fraser,

1690. London, printed for Jeremiah Wilkins, near the Green-Dragon

tavern, in Fleet-street, 1690. Quarto, containing twenty pages . 456

Reasons for settling Admiralty Jurisdiction, and giving Encouragement

to Merchants, Owners, Commanders, Masters of Ships, Material-men,

and Mariners. Humbly offered to the consideration of his majesty,

and the two houses of parliament. Printed in the year 1690. Quarto,

containing twenty-two pages ...... 46S

Taxes no Charge: In a letter from a gentleman to a person of quality;

shewing the nature, use, and benefit of taxes in this kingdom, and com-

pared with the impositions of foreign states; together with their im-

provement of trade in time of war. Licensed, November 11,1689.

London, printed for R. Chiswell, at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul's

Church-yard, 1690. Quarto, containing thirty-four pages . . 48ft

The Case of Clandestine Marriages stated, wherein are shewn the

causes from whence this corruption arisetb, and the true methods where-

by it may be remedied. In a letter to a person of honour. London,

printed in 1691. Quarto, containing twelve pages . . .500

A proposal for an Equal Land-Tax; humbly submitted to consideration.

London, printed in the year 1691. Quarto, containing fourteen

pages ... , . . 50

A true and faithful Relation of the Proceedings of the Forces of their

Majesties, King William and Queen Mary, in their Expedition against

the French, in the Carribbee Islands, in the West Indies. London,

printed in 1691. Quarto, containing fourteen pages . . . 518

A late Voyage to Holland, with brief Relations of the Transactions at

the Hague; also remarks on the manners and customs, nature, and co-

mical humours of the people; their religion, government, habitations,

way of living, and manner of treating stranger.t, especially the

English. Written by an English gentleman, attending the court

of the King of Great Britain. Printed in 1691. Duodecimo, con-

taining forty pages . . . . -... 531

The Parable of the Bear-Baiting. London, printed for J.Johnson, 1691.

Quarto, containing eight pages ...... 54T

A Description of the most glorious and most magnificent Arches erected

at the Hague, for the Reception of William the Third, King of Great

Britain. London: printed for F. S. and are to be sold by Richard

Baldwin, at the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-lane, 1691. Folio, con-

taining eight pages. ....... 554






CHARLES THE SECOND, KING OF ENGLAND, To declare War against the States-General of the

UNITED PROVINCES, IN 1672;And, of the private League which he entered into at the same time with the French King, to carry it on, and to establish Popery in England, Scotland, and Ireland, as they are set down in the History of the Dutch War. Printed in French at Paris, with the privilege of the French King, in 1682. Which book he caused to be immediately suppressed, at the instance of the English Ambassador.

Licensed, March the 5th, 1689, by James Fraser. London, printed in 1689 Folio, containing fifteen pages.

VV HEN King Charles the Second declared war against the States of the United Provinces, in 1672, and assisted the King of France by sea, in the prosecution of a war, which brought that great commonwealth, and, with it, the Protestant interest of this part of Europe, so very near to a final period; it was industriously and carefully given out, that religion was not in the least concerned in the quarrel. The honour of the King of England, and of his people, so insolently trampled upon by the States-General; the hindering of our East-India trade, with the affronts which were put upon our merchants at Surinam; their disputing the sovereignty of the sea, and refusing to take down their flag to our ships, unless we would promise to engage actually in a war against France, were the causes which were publickly pretended; and answerable artifices were made use of to engage the people to a concurrence, which were carried on with so good success, that the parliament consented to Vol. ix. B

to allow such sums of money, as should be sufficient for the carry, ing on the charges of that war.'

.Yet these reasonings were not so plausible, but that most considering men easily saw through them. Those, that loved the Pro. testant interest, could not with patience endure to see the triple league, which was the greatest fence of their religion, against the growing greatness of France, broken, and new leagues made with the king, whose aim at an universal monarchy was then as visible, though the effects of it had not been near so fatal as they are now. Therefore, other methods were followed at home; the Dissenters were caressed, and a declaration of indulgence was set out, wherein the king expresses so very great zeal for the Protestant religion, 'which he had so eminently professed in his most desperate condi. tion abroad among Roman Catholick princes*,' that he allowed to the Protestant Dissenters the publick and free exercise of their religion, in houses set apart for that purpose, which was only granted to Roman Catholicks in their own houses. And, lest this might have too much alienated the church of England, whose members bore so great a sway in that parliament, that a breach with them, at that time, might have stopped his designs upon Holland, in a great measure, by their refusing to pay the charges of the war, he declares in the next session of parliament +, 'This indulgence should not any way prejudice the church, but that he would support its rights and it, in its full power.'

His declarations, both at the time when this war was on foot, and even afterwards, as long as he lived, were outwardly so very passionate and warm for the Protestant religion, and the preservation of the English Government, that, unless such frequent repetitions of that, which, in good manners, none would seem to question, might look like overdoing, and so breed suspicions, nothing could have ever shaken that opinion, which was so firmly grounded in the hearts of all his subjects. He professed J, that he should esteem it the most unpardonable crime which could be committed against himself, to raise any suspicions of his unsteadiness in the Protestant religion in the minds of his people; and this restrained almost all his subjects, who were so dazzled with his other royal endowments, thnlthcy could never be persuaded to suspect so much artifice in a prince, whose natural goodness, and sweetness of temper, did so effectually charm all those who had the honour to be near his person.

But though these repeated protestations had wrought so intirea confidence in the minds of his people, that they rested satisfied in the sincerity of his intentions, and interpreted all those actions which tended to the supporting of the Popish interest in England, to his tenderness towards the Duke of York||, whom he resolved never to abandon§, notwithstanding the importunities of his people, and (he safety of himself and his kingdoms, seemed to require it: Yet the King of France was so tender of his honour, as to conceal these private treaties and alliances, which, at his sollicitations, the king entered into, against the United Provinces, and to the destruction of the Protestant religion, and the overthrow of the English liberties. But he consented so far to the publication of an account of the war with Holland, and of the reasons and motives which engaged the two Kings to carry it on, that the Abbot Primi, who put out the book in the Italian tongue, was employed by Mr. Colbert de Croissy, and a pension was allowed him for his pains, in publishing it also in French: which book was published by authority at Paris, in the year 1682. It is well known, how severe that government is in matters of that nature, where nothing is ever publickly set forth of any importance, as to the Church or State, but what perfectly agrees with the inclinations and interests of those who are there so very absolute. It was publickly known at Paris, that Mr. L'Abbe Primi had a pension from Mr. Colbert de Croissy: And, when men are employed by ministers of state, to publish accounts of the transactions of the government, their writ, ings are rather looked upon as apologies, than histories. It makes no real difference, whether what a man writes, in such a case, be a translation or an original, he will be supposed to have endeavoured to please those who employed him; and all the fair protestations of sincerity, and faithfulness, and skill, which such a man can use, will be only looked upon as words of course, when once the reasons of his setting up for an historian are publickly known. The original of Count St. Majolo was printed in Italian; and the privilege ran as well to the printing it in Italian as French. Howsoever, I do judge, that the name of Count St. Majolo, was a kind of trick of the Abbot Primi, to talk of secret alliances, of breaking leagues, of his master's persuading the King of England to seize the Dutch Smyrna fleet, and of several other secrets in the nego. tiations of Holland, England, and France, in his own name. For, when all is laid upon a foreigner, one may speak with great assurance, and the Count St. Majolo will then answer for the very things for which Monsieur L'Abbe receives his pension.

Fid. the King's Declaration of Indulgence, DtctmberK, 16M

t Feb. i, 1B7S.

t Declaration of Indulgence, December as, 1662.

{A Papist and hit brother. To the mercy or the parliament, and Protestant subjects of Englind, who, for the safety at the kins and country, required his exclusion from the throne, at the demise of nis brother Hie king.

If our minister at Paris, when this book first appeared, had not, by a timely and a diligent application, procured its being stopped, we might, without question, have had several other important se. erett published in the following books (for we have only two books often printed) which now we can only conjecture at. But the •tamest complaints of my Lord Preston, who was then Envoy from King Charles the Second, at Versailles, prevailed so far, that the book was immediately stopped, and the edition totally suppressed, so that very few had ever heard of it, and much fewer, especially in England, had seen it. And to put a face upon the matter, Monsieur L'Abbe was thrown into the Bastile; from whence, after a mockimprisonment of nine or ten days, he was let out again. All that were at Paris, at that time, knew the story; and all, that-were at all acquainted with the arbitrary severity of the French govern.

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