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AN

HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL

ACCOUNT

OF THE

LIFE

Charles II.

KING OF GREAT BRITAIN.

6. WOODFALL, Printer, Angel Court, Skinner Street, London,

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CHARLES, though blessed with a genius capable of great things, applied himself but little to the affairs of government', the only

Charles, though blessed with a genius_ applied himself but little to the affairs of government.] Burnet assureš us, “ he had a very good understanding. He knew well,” adds he, “the state of affairs both at home and abroad. He had a great compass of knowledge; though he was never capable of much application or study. He understood the mechanics, and physick; and was a good chemist, and much set on several preparations of mercury, chiefly the fixing it. He understood navigation well: but above all, he knew the architecture of ships so perfectly, that, in that respect, he was exact rather more than became a prince. His apprehension was quick; and his memory good. He hated business, and could not be easily brought to mind any: but when it was necessary, and he was set to it, he would stay as long as his mi

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