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THE

CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY

OF

ENGLAND

FROM

THE ACCESSION OF HENRY VII.

TO

THE DEATH OF GEORGE II.

BY HENRY HALLA M.

Fifth Edition.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1846.

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CONTENTS

POPULAR Joy at the Restoration - Proceedings of the Convention Parliament

- Act of Indemnity - Exclusion of the Regicides and others — Discus-

sions between the Houses on it- Execution of Regicides — Restitution

of Crown and Church Lands - Discontent of the Royalists - Settlement

of the Revenue -- Abolition of Military Tenures - Excise granted instead

- Army disbanded - Clergy restored to their Benefices — Hopes of the

Presbyterians from the King - Projects for a Compromise — King's De-

claration in Favour of it--Convention Parliament dissolved — Different

Complexion of the next — Condemnation of Vane - Its Injustice — Acts

replacing the Crown in its Prerogatives - Corporation Act — Repeal of

Triennial Act — Star-chamber not restored – Presbyterians deceived by

the King — Savoy Conference — Act of Uniformity - Ejection of Non-

conformist Clergy –Hopes of the Catholics — Bias of the King towards

them - Resisted by Clarendon and the Parliament -- Declaration for In-

dulgence — Objected to by the Commons — Act against Conventicles –

Another of the same Kind — Remarks on them — Dissatisfaction increases

- Private Life of the King - Opposition in Parliament — Appropriation

of Supplies - Commission of Public Accounts - Decline of Clarendon's

Power — Loss of the King's Favour – Coalition against him - His Im-

peachment — Some Articles of it not unfounded - Illegal Imprisonments

- Sale of Dunkirk — Solicitation of French Money — His Faults as a

Minister — His pusillanimous Flight — and consequent Banishment -

Cabal Ministry - Scheme of Comprehension and Indulgence - Triple

Alliance - Intrigue with France - King's Desire to be absolute - Secret

Treaty of 1670 — Its Objects - Differences between Charles and Louis as

to the Mode of its Execution - Fresh Severities against Dissenters —

Dutch War - Declaration of Indulgence — Opposed by Parliament — and

withdrawn — Test Act — Fall of Shaftesbury and his Colleagues Page 1

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