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being levelled at his honour and conscience, as their other malices were at his life, after hearing one or two of them read to him, he resolved not to sully the splendour of his former virtues with too impotent a desire of life. His soul applied itself to such duties of religion, as reading, praying, confession of sins, supplication for enemies, holy communions and conferences, and such offices of humanity as sending legacies to his wife and exile children, and exhorting those at home admitted to him Jan. 29 to this purpose, his last words to them being taken in writing, and cominunicated to the world by the Lady Elizabeth his daughter, a lady of most eminent endowments, * who, though born to the supremest fortune, yet lived in continual tears, and died confined at Carisbrook in the Isle of Wight. Till at last, (all endeavours for preventing so great a guilt failing,) even Col. Downes, one of their own members, attempting a mutiny in the army, and the Lord Fairfax being resolved with his own regiment to hinder the murther, until the conspirators in vain urging, · That the Lord had rejected him, took him aside to seek the Lord, while their instruments hasten the execution by private order, and then they call that a return of their prayers. On the fatal day, Jan. 30, 1649, having desired five preachers, sent to pray with him by the junto, to pray for him if they pleased, telling them, he was resolved, that they who had so often and so causelessly prayed Against him, should not, in his agony, pray with him ; and preparing himself with his own devotion in the offices of the church, he was strengthened in his sufferings by the sufferings of his Saviour, whose body and blood he received that morning, and the history of whose passion fell to be the chapter of the day of his. So that he came cheerfully from St. James's to Whitehall, often calling on his slow guards that kept not pace with him, to move faster, with these words, I now go before ' you to strive for an heavenly crown, with less solicitude than I • formerly have led my soldiers for an earthly diadem ;' with extraordinary alacrity ascending the stairs leading to the long gallery, and so to the cabinet chamber; whence, his supplications being ended, he went through the banquetting-house to the adjoining scaffold, with the same spirit he used to ascend his throne, shewing no fear of death but a solicitude for those that were to live after. He thought it to as little purpose to harangue the army as to compliment a mastiff or a tyger, and others were kept at such distance, that they might see but not hear; and therefore he expressed himself to those that stood near him.”

* “ He wished me not to grieve and torment myself for him, for that would be a glorious death that be should die, it being for the laws and liberties of this land, and for maintaining the true Protestant religion. He bid me read Bishop Andrews's sermons, Hooker's Ecclesiastical Policy, and Bishop Laud's book against Fisher, which would ground me against Popery. He told me, he had forgiven all his enemies, and hoped God would forgive them also; and commanded us, and all the rest of my brothers sisters, to forgive them &c.”

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After stating the intrepid conduct of his Majesty on the scaf. fold, the historian concludes his narrative thus: “ Then the King, making some pious and private ejaculations before the block, as before a desk of prayer, he submitted without that violence they intended for him, if he refused his sacred head to one stroke of an executioner, (that was disguised then, as the actors wereall along,) which severed it from his body.—So fell CHARLES the First, and so expired with him the liberty and glory of three nations ;* being made in that very place an instance of human frailty, where he used to shew the greatness and glory of majesty."

• This is a true expression on the part of the venerable historian, as will be seen by a subsequent part of this Appendix : For, how enormous soever might have been 'some acts of administration during the reign of king Charles, the usurper who subsequently exercised the functions of royalty appears in several of bis public measures to have adopted the sentiments of Rehoboam when he said to the people : “ Whereas my predecessor did lade you with a heavy, yoke, I will add to your yoke: He hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."

In these notes I have produced many things iu favour of King Charles the First and Archbishop Laud-two rather unpopular personages in the presen: age. But though unpopular on account of many transactions in which they were implicated, botli of them were possessed of eminent virtues, which they displayed to the greatest advantage in the course of their unmerited niisfortunes. In the exercise of strici impartiality, it becomes me to record their virtues as well as their failiugs; and when my readers have perused all that I have written, I hope it will be made as apparent to them as it has long been to myself, that their personal virtues far transcended the sum of their imputed failings. Another opportunity will occur for demonstrating that the British Constitution, even at the particular juncture of its deepest depression in the reign of King Charles, contained within itself copious materials for self-restoration; and that the violent course pursued by the Calvinistic mal-contents, was not that which the laws suggested for the redress of grievances. This has already been briefly proved in the extracts from Judge Jenkins.

I refer the reader to the Works of Arminius, (vol. 1. p. 456.) for my recorded opinions of King James aud bis unfortunate successor; and 1 now subjoin the concluding paragraph of that article, in proof of my exemption froin crimiual party bias in the narration of facts : “ Sucb petty enierprizes as these, in which James was artfully, enlisted, were degrading to the royal character; and the impetuosity with which he prosecuted them, tended greatly, in that new age of thought, to alienate meu's minds from the regal dignity avd the established institutions, which have their best security in the manifestations of affection and respect on the part of those for whose benefit they are sustaiued and administered. Flattered as the great pacificator of nations by those that needed bis aid, and boasting in private of his successful cunning, and policy, which he was pleased to call king; craft,' his majesty imbibed very false ideas both of his own capabilities and of his royal power and prerogatives, and infused, into the minds of his children, the same unmanageable notions, which seemed to descend as by generation to the last of his unfortunate race. In forming a judgmeut conceruing his immediate successor, we are too apt to contemplate Charles as an insulated personage; but if we consider the high veneratiou in which he held bis royal father's published sentinents both on religion and politics, instead of viewing him as the self-tutored despot, we shall rather pity him as an obedient son, who, from mistaken yet conscientious motives, endeavoured to carry into practical effect those tyrannical principles about the truth of which weither his royal parent, por any of those around his person, would ever suffer hiin to hesitate. But the decisive national crisis was far advanced at the very commencement of his reigu, and bad assumed a must

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asperos, et tales qualem in maximam partem humani generis Deum esse sibi imaginantur. Tantum refert quo utaris Doctore !

GROTIUS. If it must be Arminianism to teach, that "the Ecclesiastical Power is subjected to the

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progress of its scriptural and sanctifying principles in Holland, but more particularly in England ;—the salutary influence which those prin. ciples, when embraced and maintained in their original purity, produce upon individual and social happiness, upon families and nations ;-and the long and complicated opposition which they encountered, from the followers of Calvin, prior to their final establish. ment in this country :— These are some of the numerous and important subjects discussed in the work which is now presented to the notice of the public.

In describing the difficulties with which English Arminianism was forced to contend, the author has introduced several comparisons between those who were its firm supporters and sufferers for its sake, and others who were its determined opposers. The widely-differing civil and religious principles, upon which the belligerent Calvinists and Arminians professed to act during the Civil Wars, receive ample notice, and are elucidated by large extracts from the Puritanic sermons before the Long Parliament, from two Latin pamphlets, which Grotius wrote at that period to persuade the Scotch Calvinists and the English Puritans to deeds of peace,—from above 140 of the letters of Grotius, which, with his two pamphlets, had never before been translated into our language, from numerous Latin letters and treatises by Casaubon, Vossius, Courcelles, Amyraut, Martinius, Du Moulin, Poelenburgh, Dury, Rivet, Episcopius,- and from many other scarce documents, all of which serve to explain various important passages of our National History, as well as that of Arminianism.

This work likewise contains an ample account of those schemes of FUNDAMENTAL ARTICLES OF RELIGION, which were devised by various eminent men, who proved themselves generally to be the grand promoters of Civil and Religious Liberty. Among those worthies, the illustrious GROTIUS and the ill-fated but much-abused Archbishop Laud deservedly occupy a prominent station ; and their united labours, and very interesting correspondence, are now, for the first time, presented in an authentic form. 'In the Introduction it is said: “I have been purposely diffuse on this important topic, that I “ might demonstrate the extreme aversjon evinced by all the high Predestinarian Divines

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