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made an Oath to bear true and faithful Allegiance to King Charles, and by all means to maintain his Royal Preroga. tiye, against the Puritans in the Parliament of England; which they would never have done, unless he had commanded or consented to the Rebellion: But observe then what will follow; af. ter the two Houses at Westminster were proclaimed Rebels and Traytors by the King, they made a solemn Covenant to defend his Royal Person, Rights and Dignities, against all Op polers whatsoever and therefore by the lame Reason he did command or confent to the War raised by the Parliament against himself. But did they not say they had his Commission, and call themselves the King and Queen's Armies ? But then, you forgot who they were that said so, Hell-bounds, and Blood-hounds, Fiends and Firebrands, and Bloody Devils, not to be named without Fire and Brimstone
i do you think such are not to be believ'd, (especially when they speak for their own Advantage) rather than the People of God, the faithful of the Land at Westminster, who likewise, when they raised Forces, said, they did it for the King and Parliament? Can any man in his Wits deny but the King is to be believed before either of these? And yet you cannot be perswaded, but his Offer to go in Person to suppress the Rebellion, was a design to return at the Head of 20 or 30000 Rebels to have destroy. ed this Nation. That's very strange! but first, how shall we believe what you say before, (to shew your Breeding?) Never was Bear fo unwillingly brought to the Stake, as he to declare against the Rebels, if he offered to ad. venture his Person to suppress them : When you made this agree in Sense, let us know how you can suppose the fame Perlon, the wisest King in Christendom, and yet so foolish to study his own Destruction ; for who could fuffer so much in the Ruin of this Nation as himself ? For his hindering the Earl of Leicester's going into Ireland, he had much more Reason to do fo, than the Parliament had to hinder him, and therefore you may as well conclude them guilty, as him, of the Rebellion,
That they fold or exchanged, for Arms and Ammunition, the Cloath and Provisions fent by the Parliament to
the Protestants in Ireland, you must either accuse the Parliament, which feiz'd upon his Arms first, and used them against him, or prove them above the Law of Nature, (which I believe you had rather do) that commands every Man to defend himself. But the Rebels in Ireland gave Letters of Mart for taking the Parliament's Ships, but freed the King's as their very good Friends. I fee you are not such a Wizard at Deligns as you pretend to be ; for if this be the deepest Reach of your Subtilty, had you been a Senator in Rome, when Hannibal invaded Italy, and burnt all the Coantry of the Roc man Dictator, you would have spared no longer to prove him Confederate with the Enemy. But I fear I may seem as vain as your self in repeating your Impertinencies. There is one Argument that might have serv'd instead of all, to convince you of Wickedness and Folly in this Business, and that is the Silence of the Chargé, which (by your own Rule, ought to be taken pro confel) there was never any such thing.
I will not trouble my self nor any Body with your French Legend, as be
| ing too inconsiderable to deserve any i serious Notice, built only upon Rela
tions and Hear-fays, and proved with 1 your own Conjectures; which, how far I we are to credit, from a Manof so much,
Bials and Miftakes, any of those you appeal to shall determine ; to whom
I shall say but this, that you do but i acknowledge the Injustice of the Sen| tence, while you strive to make it good
with such Additions ; for if you had
not believed it very bad, you would i never have taken so much. Pains to
mend it: And I hope your High Court will punish you for it, whose Repatation your officious Indiscretion hath much impaired to no purpose : For tho' we should grant all your Additions to be true, as you would have it, it does not at all justify the King's Death, since he did not die in relation to any thing there objected; and all you can poflibly aim at by this pitiful Argument, is but to prove him Guilty, because he was Punished; for you can never prove him punished because he was Guilty.
For your Epilogue, I have so much Charity to believe it (being of a differentThread of Language) none of your
own ; but either penn'd for you by your mufty Peters, or else you writ Short-hand very well to copy after the Speech of his Tongue. However you came by it, fare I am, it could come from no Body else; and having said fo, I hope I Mall need say. no more ; for I shall be loath to commit the Sin of repeating any of it: But since 'tis bat a Frippery of common places of Pulpit Railing, ill put together, that pretend only to Passion, I am content you should use them your self, and be allowed to say any thing withas little regard as if you wore your Privilege: Yet left you fhould grow so conceited as to believe your self, I will take Solomon's Advice, and answer you not in your own way of Railing or Falhood, but in doing some Right to Truth and the Memory of the Dead, which you have equally injured.