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HE Publisher of this following
Discourse, has thought fit to ob-

lige the World with a Piece i of Curiosity ; it was penu'd about forty Fears since, by the Ingenious and 'Celebrated Anthor of Hudibras. The Libel which he answers, was the Labour of one John Cook, Master of GraysInn, a great Pairs-taker in the Mysteries of Rebellion. To give you the Ori. ginal of it, 'twas a studied Invective a. gainst the Person of King Charles I. before the High Court of Justice, (so cal. led) of infamous Memory; but upon the Non-pleiding of the Royal Marty , 'tw.is afterwards metimorphos'd into a Pamo polet, with the specious Title of, King Charles's Cafe ; or an Appeal to all Rational Men concerning his Trial.

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How Rational this Appeal was, may

be easily discover'd from those numerous Fallacies and notorious Falsnoods, which our Author has detected in him, not only as to what concerns plain Matter of fact, but also in the Pamphleteer's pretended way of Reasoning, the false Logick, and worse Law. I shall not enter into the Merits of the Caufe ; for i suppose the more Rational Part of Mankind, is abundantly satisfied in the Innocence of that Great Man, as to any thing that mas laid to his Charge ;

that Account, indeed, there would bave been little Occasion at this time of Day to pro. duce so great an Advocate for his Memory, but that there is risen amongit us a new Rule of the Old Republican Stamp, who have reviv'd tbe Quarrel, and copied ont the obsolete and almost forgotten Scandal of our Libeller, and made it their own. The Author of Ludlow's Letter may be reckoned imongst the first of these,one that always set up for a Patron of Faction, and a Promoter of the Good Old Cause ; but shew'd hinself most in thar famous Year, when he was one of the Tribunes of the People. I jould not have made such a Digression upon this Worthy Patriot, but that I

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find him to intrude amongst bis Friends, Mr. Milton and our Liheller, and seems to be the very Copy of their Malice, at least, though not their Wit; and for that Reason, I must confess, he seems to be the least pointed at by our Answerer. I mall say no more of him at present, but pass him by with the same Contempt as the Government has wisely done ; 'tis but unleasonable Quar. relling with a Man that is arm’d with so much Dirt, you'll be sure of that, if you have nothing else.

I need not trouble the Reader with any Harangue upon our Author, or his Book; I suppose he is no Stranger to the Homester and more Learned Part of the Kingdom; and as for the rest, 'w.is their best Security they were not known by him. I Mall only add, that it was Mr. Butler's Design to print the Dis. course himself, had not Death prevented him ; and since it has fell into the Editor's Hands, 'tis but a Piece of fustice to his Memory, to let the World make their Advantage of it.

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Truly Stated.

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Mr. Cook,
TAVING lately seen a Book

of yours, which you are plea

sed to call King CHARLES's Cafe, or an Appeal to all Rational Min concerning his Tryal, I was much invi. ted to read it, by the Ingenuity, pro: mised in your Title. For having heard vou stile yourself Solicitor General for

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theKing'sDread Sovereignty,and your gown Honourable Client, the People;

I was much taken with your Impartiality, that not only exempts all Rational Men from being your Clients in this case, in making them, by your Appeal, your Judges: For no Man, you know, can be Judge in his own Case, but acknowledge your High Court, from which you appeal to all Rational Men to consist of no such : But indeed I had not read many Lines

I before I found mine own Error as well as yours and your Proceedings nothing agreeable to the plain Dealing I expected from you'; for you presently fall to infult upon the Unhappiness of your undeserved Adversary, and that with so little Moderation, as if you strove to make it a Question whether his incomparable. Patience, or your own ungoverned Passion, should be the greater

Wonder of Men, preposterouf ly concluding him Guilty, before with one Syllable you had proved him fo: A strange way of doing Justice! which you endeavour to make good by a ftrange infolent Railing, and more in folent Proceeding to the secret Cousfel of Almighty God, from whence

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