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PREFACE;

THE design of the fclldiving sheets is to, give a fuller and more distincl view of the character of king James the first, than has ever yet been exhibited by any writer. It is readilv acknowledged that this character is, m itself a very mean and despicable subject; but as it was attended with very extensive and important consequences both in his and the succeeding reigns ;fo it is humblv presumed that an attempt to illustrate that period of English history which falls within the plan of this subject, will meet with afavourable acceptance from the public. (

There are inserted in these papers a great number of curious and interesting facts, entirelv omitted by our historians, who seem to have very little consulted those original writers, andslate papers from whence the following account is chiefly compiled.

The author does not think it necessary to make any apology for the freedom of his reflections; but only to declare that they were not made for A a tbt

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the sake of pleasing or displeasing any sett or party in church or Jiate; but whollv intended to serve the cause os liberty and truth. He profesies himself inviolablv attached to the civil and religious liberties of mankind; and therefore hopes the reader will indulge him in that warmth of his resentment, that honest indignation, that is naturallv raised by every instance of persecution, tyranny, and oppression; provided he has not any where expressed himself in a manner unworthy of the character os a gentleman or a chriftian.

For the rest it is hoped that the curious will find some entertainments if not information, in this account; and that they will pardon the faults and imperfections of it, for the fake of its general tendency and design.

One thing the judicious and impartial reader will, at least, not be displeased with, viz. that as the authorities here quoted are the mast authentic in themselves, so the manner of quoting them is the most unexceptionable and just, that is, in the very words, letters and points of the reflective author, by which the reader may be **falliblv certain that their fense is rightlv represented.

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