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tion to the number of the questions that were discussed at that time; each party had its authors, and its presses, and no endeavours were omitted to gain proselytes to every opinion. I know not whether this may not properly be called The Age of Pamphlets; for, though they perhaps may not arise to such multitudes as Mr. Rawlinson imagined, they were, undoubtedly, more numerous than can be conceived by any who have not had an opportunity of examining them.
After the restoration, the same differences in religious opinions are well known to have subsisted, and the same political struggles to have been frequently renewed; and, therefore, a great number of pens were employed on different occasions, till, at length, all other disputes were absorbed in the Popish controversy.
From the pamphlets which these different periods of time produced, it is proposed, that this Miscellany shall be compiled; for which it cannot be supposed that materials will be wanting, and, therefore, the only difficulty will be in what manner to dispose them.
Those who have gone before us, in undertakings of this kind, have ranged the pamphlets, which chance threw into their hands, without any regard either to the subject on which they treated, or the time in which they were writ" ten; a practice in no wise to be imitated by us, who want for no materials; of which we shall chuse those we, think best for the particular circumstances of times and things, and most instructing and entertaining to the reader.
Of the different methods which'present themselves upon the first view of the great heaps of pamphlets which the Harleian Library exhibits, the two which merit most attention, are to distribute the treatises according to their subjects or their dates, but neither of these ways can be conveniently followed. By ranging our collection in order of time, we must necessarily publish those pieces first, which least engage the curiosity of the bulk ot mankind; and our design must fall to the ground for want of encouragement before it can be so far advanced as to obtain general regard. By confining ourselves for any long time to any single subject, we shall reduce our readers to one class, and as we shall lose all the grace of variety, shall disgust all those who read chiefly to be diverted. There is likewise one objection of equal force against both these methods, that we shall preclude ourselves from the advantage of any future discoveries, and we cannot hope to assemble at once all the pamphlets which have been written in any age or on any subject.
It may be added, in vindication of our intended practice, that it is the same with that of Photius, whose collections are no less miscellaneous than ours; and who declares, that he leaves it to his reader to reduce his extracts under their proper heads.
Most of the pieces, which shall be offered in this collection to the publick, will be introduced by short prefaces, in which will be given some account of the reasons for which they are inserted; notes will be sometimes adjoined for the explanation of obscure passages, or obsolete expressions; and care will be taken to mingle use and pleasure through the whole collection. Notwithstanding every subject may not be relished by every reader; yet the buyer may be assur* ed that each number will repay his generous subscription.
THE Reasons which induced her Majesty to create the Right Honourable Robert Uarley Esq. a Peer of Great Britain, 4to, containing two poges . . . . . '. . . . ,( An Essay upon the Original and Design of Magistracy; or, A modest viudication of the late proceedings in England, 4to, containing
sixteen pages $
Vox Regis: or, the difference betwixt a King ruling by Law, and a Tyrant by his own Will; and, at the same time, declaring his royal opinion of" the excellenc y of the English laws, rights, and privileges, in the speeches of- King James the First, to his parliament in 1603
and 1609 .13
A Plea for limited Monarchy, as it was established in this Nation, before the late War ; in an humble address to his Excellency,General Monk, by a Zealot lor the good old laws of bis country, before any faction or caprice, with additions, 4to, printed in the year 1660, containing eight pages . . . . . .17
A Letter written by the Emperor to the late KingJames, setting forth the true occasion of his fall, and the treachery and cruelty of the French, 4to, containing four pages . ... . . .98
The Speech of his Highness the Lord Protector, made to both Houses of Parliament at their first meeting, on Thursday the 27th of January. 1658, 4to, containing four pages. And . . .25 His late Highness's Letter to the Parliament of England; shewing his willingness to submit to this present government: attested under his own" hand, and read in the house ou Wednesday the 25th of
May, 1659, 4to, containing two pages as
The Plots of the Jesuits, viz. of Adam Contzen, a Moguntinr, Thomas Campanula, a Spaniard, and Robert Parsons, an Englishman, &c. how to bring England to the Roman Religion, without tumulr, 16WI, 4to, containing twelve pages ...... 29
Tbe Protestants Doom in Popish Times, 4to, containing eight pages 36 The present Case of England, and the Protestant Interest, 4to, containing six pages . .' 41
The Pre-eminence and Pedigree of Parliament, by James Howell,
Esq. 1677, 4to, containing eight pages . , • . ,45 The Mischiefs and Unreasonableness of endeavouring to deprive his Majesty of the .Affections of his Subjects, by misrepresenting him and his Ministers, 1681, 4to, containing eight pages . . . 50 A Word without Doors, concerning the Bill of Succession, 4to, containing twelve pages .......... 54
Robin Conscience: or, Conscionable Robin; his progress through court, city, and country, with his bad entertainment at each several place, etc. 1683, l?ino, containing twenty four pages . -. . . . 63 An Address agreed upon at the Committee for the French War, and read in the House of Commons, April the 19lh, 1689, folio, containing four pages 74
Michiavefs Vindication of Himself and his Writings, against the imputation of Impiety, Atheism, and other high Crimes; extracted from his letter to his friend Zenobius, 4to, containing eight pages 78 The History of the most unfortunate Prince, King Edward the Second; with choice politicalobservatiouson him and his unhappy favourites, Gaveston and" Spencer: containing several rare passages of those times, not found in other historians; found among the papers of, and supposed to be writ by the Right Honourable Henry Viscount Faulkland, sometime Lord Deputy of Ireland, 12mo, containing
Ogbtjvfonr pages . . - 90
A Letter from the Nobility, Barons, and Commons of Scotland, in
An Historical Narration of the Manner and Farad of that memorable
'She very Beggars PWCtioa against I'apery: wherein they lamentably
An Epistle of the moste uiyghty and redacted Prince, Henry the viii.
A Lamentable and piteous Treatise, very necasaarie for etierie Chris-