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But if this were the worst, you might be born with, as a thing more becoming the Contempt, than the Anger of Men; but who can preserve any Patience, that does but think upon that Prodigy of your Injustice, as well as Inhumanity, to accuse the King, af ter his Death, of what you were ashamed to charge him with, when alive? For what you say concerning the Death of King James, you will become the Scorn of your own Party, for they never us'dit farther than they found it of advantage to some Design they had in Hand ; as when they would move the King to grant their Propositions, they made it ferve for an Argument to him ; if he would Sign, he should be still their Gracious King, if not, he killed his Father. But when they found he would not be convinced with such Logick, they laid it utterly afide, for (without doubt) they had not loft an Advantage so useful as they might have made it in the Charge, had they not known it would have cost them more Impudence to maintain, than they should need to use in proceeding without it; but let us confider your Student's Might, with which

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you first say you are satisfied, and yet after have it as a Riddle. First, he was observed to hate the Duke, but in ftantly, upon the Death of King James, took him into his special Grace and Favour, of which you conceive this Art must be the Cause. Believe me, your Conjecture is contrary to all Experience, and the common manner of Princes, who use to love the Treason, but hate the Traytor; and if he had been so politick a Tyrant, as you would describe him, he would never believe his Life safe, nor his Kingdom his own, while any Man lived, (much less his Enemy, whom such a King would never truft) of whose Gift and Secrecy he held them both ; nor is it likely that he, who would not spare the Life of his Father to gain a Kingdom, should spare the Life of his Enemy to secure it. As for his dissolving the Parliament, I believe not only all Wise Men, but all that ever heard of this will acquit him, whether he did it to avoid the Duke's Impeachment, you cannot prove; but if you could, you must consider, that in luch Cases, Princes may as well protect their Favourites from Injury as Justice, since no Inno

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But for the better Satisfaction of those you appeal to, I shall add this: It is most certain, that this Humour of Innovation began to stir in the first Parliament of this King, and grow to an Itch in the Commons for the Alteration of Government ; to which end they first resolved to pull down the chief Instrument thereof, the Duke of Buckingham : But having then no Scotch Army, nor Act of Conținuance, to assure their Sitting, all the Wit of Malice could never invent more politick Course than to Impeach him, and put this Article (true or falfe) into bis Charge; for thus they were not only fare of the Affections of the People, who (out of the common Fate of Favourites) generally hated the Duke, and are always pleased with the Ruin of their Superiors, but fecured from the King's Interpofition, whom they believed, by this means, bound up from protecting the Duke, (tho' he knew his Innocency) left the Envy and Fancy of all Mould fall upon himself, but the King, who understood their Meaning, and knew this was but in order to their

further Attempts, (which always be gin with such Sacrifices) suddenly disfolved the Parliament, and, by his Wisdom and Policy, kept that Calamity fixteen Years after from the People, which the very fame Courses and Fate of these unhappy Times, have fince brought upon them. But you have taken more Pains to prove him Guilty, since his Death, of the Rebellion in Ireland, althoo with as little Reason or Ingenuity, only you deal fairly in the Beginning, and tell us what Judgment and Conscience we are to expect from you, when you say, as a ground of all your Proofs, if you meet a Man running down Stairs, with a bloody Smord in his Hand, and find a Man stabbed in the Chamber, though you did not see this Man run to the Body by that Man which you met, yet if you were of the Fury, you durft not but find him guilty of the Murther. I hope not, before you know whether the man killed were sent by the King to fetch the Man you met, for then you may say it must be in his own Defence: Truly you are a fubtil Enquirer, but let us hear some of the cilear Proofs; First, He durft never de

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to imagin, that he who had wickedness U enough to commit so horrid an Act,

should have the innocent Modesty not 1 to deny it, when he durft not own it.

He sent Thanks to Muskerry and Plun. 1.ket, by Ormond, which you are confi

dent his height of Spirit would never have done, if he had not been as guilty a's themselves; and may not Ormond,

that carried the Thanks, be, by the 1 fame Reason, as well proved guilty as * the King? What's next, If he had not W & been guilty, he would have made a

thousand Declarations, and bave Jent to all Princes in the World for Altance against such Hell hounds' and Bloodhounds, &c. That was impossible to be done, without sending to the Pope, and then you would have proved it clearly indeed. But the Copy of his

Commission to the Irish Rebels, is in 1. the Hands of the Parliament.' 'Tis

inoft certain they never believed it #themselves, else it had not been omitited in the Charge. But now for an ArB gument to the purpose ; after the Irish

were proclaimed Traytors and Rebels by the King, their General Council

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