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A. C. Splendor; the Parliaments to their pristine Authority; 1692. the People to their juft Priviledges; and even to grant

his Protection to the Clergy; but because the Kings See ebe of England are Guarrantees of the Edict of Nantes, Appendix, made in favour of the Protestants, as we!! by the Treas

ty concluded at Montpellier, as several other Treaties,
the Duke of Schomberg declar’d, That 'twas His Bri-
tannick Majesty's intention to cause that Edict to be
reviv'd. Encourag'd by this Declaration, several
of the French Protestants that had been forc'd to
abjure their Religion, took this opportunity to
make their voluntary Recantation, before Mr.
Du-Bourdicu, the Duke of Schomberg's Chaplain, who
did not fail to strengthen their Faith by his Elo.
quent Sermons. From Ambrun the Army march-
ed directly to Gap, a City upon the Frontiers of
Provence, whose Inhabitants opend their Gates to
Prince Eugene of Savoy, upon his first appearing
before it ; and gladly consented to pay Contribu-
tion, to preserve their Houses from being burnt
and pillagd : a Treatment which near Eighty Ca-
ftles and Villages receiv'd from the Germans, in re-
taliation of the Barbarities committed by the
French in the Palatinate. Not only Grer:oble, the
Capital of Dauphiné, but the Neighbouring Provin-
ces, and the wealthy City of Lyons began already to,
tremble : And indeed never had the Allies a fairer

opportunity of shaking the immense Power of T'se Duke France. But the Duke of Savoy’s falling Sick of the of Savoy's Small Pox, and which was of more fatal ConfeSickness.

quence, the Spirit of division that crept among the Generals, not only hindred the Design that hid been form’d of taking Briangon and Quieras ; but likewise incapacitated them to keep what they had already conquer'd. Thus having plunderd the Country, destroy'd all the Provisions they could (not consume or carry away, burnt all that refus'd to contribute, they blew up the Fortifications of Amb un, took Money to save the Houses, and so put an end to the Campaign. 'Tis to be observ’d, that Mr. Du-Bourdieu, had not the most inconfi. derable share in the Booty; since he carried away with him above Two Hundred French Proteftants,

who

who chose rather to expose themselves to Beggary A. C.
and Contempt in Foreign Nations, then to live in 1692.
Plenty and Honour in their Native Land, where
they must be forc'd to join in Divine Worship with
thote, whom all Proteftants account Idolaters.
As for the Duke of Savoy, he was like to pay dear
for this Summer's Expedition, for he was hardly
well recover'd of his Small-Pox when he fell into
an Ague, which brought him fo low, that his Phy-
ficians began to fear for his Life; but at length his
Youthful Constitution got the better of his Di-
Itemper.

Besides the annoying France in her most sensible
Part,their Britannick Majesties improv'd the Duke of
Savoy's Alliance towards the Restoration of the Vau-
dois, a People, which though contemptible in re-
lation to their wordly Eitates, make nevertheless a
considerable Figure among Christians, as boasting,
not without Justice, a Purity of Faith deriv'd from
the Primitive Ages of the Church, and untainted
by latter Superstitions. Now becaufe these poor Peo-
ple had lost all manner of Ecclefiaftical Discipline,
through the Violence of their late Persecution, and
were unable to maintain fo much as a Minister
or a Schoolmaster, Mr. Du Bourdien acquainted the
Bishop of St. Afaph with their miserable Condition,
defiring him to solicite Her Majesty's Bounty in
their behalf. That worthy Prelate, no less confpi-
cuous for his Piery and Charity, than for his pro.
found Learning, chearfully laid hold on this occafi-
on to serve the Church; and finding the Queen as
ready to grant, as he was to ask ; a Fund was esta a Queen
blish'd out of Her Majesty's Privy Purse, for the

Mary's

Charity maintaining of (a) ten Preachers, and as many to the Schoolmasters, in the Valleys of Piedmont. A Vaudois. Monument of that great Princess's unbounded Cha- b Bijhep of rity, which will remain as long as there are Vaudois St. Alaph in the World! We may here take notice, that about made Bithis time the Bishop of St. Afaph was nominated (b) jhop of to the Bishoprick of Litchfield and Coventry, upon

Litchfied the Death of chat See. Doctor Thomas Wood, Bishop of and Com

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A. C. We should now mention the Campaign in Caie. 1692. lonia, but the French having attempted nothing on that side, by reason their Forces were sufficiently

diverted another way, and the Spaniards having donc as little, because of their usual Supinity and

Weakness, we shall pass on to some other Occur& Earth (c) On the 7th of June a most terrible Earthquake in quake shook the Illand of America in the West-Indies, Jamaica, and almost entirely ruind the Town of Port-Royal, June 7. the best of all the English Plantations, and the

great Mart on that part of the World; insomuch, that besides the Damages, no less than 15oo Persons

perilh'd in it. About two Months after an Earthd And in quake was also felt in (d) England, particularly in England, London, and upon the Continent. The King was Sept. 8.' then in his Camp, at Dinner, in and old decay'd

House, which shaking very much, and every one apprehending it was ready to fall, His Majesty, with much ado, was prevail'd with to rise from the Table, to go out of the House; but the Surprize

was soon over. Not many Days after Her Majesty Sept. 13. iflued out (e) two Proclamations, the one (f for s procla- the better discovery of Seditious Libellers; and the mation no other (g) for the discovery and apprehending of Highgainst Lia bellers:

waymen, and for a Reward of Forty Pounds for every & And a.Such Offender, to the Discoverers; which Encourage. gaing Higt ment occaliond the taking of many of thote Robwaymen.° bers, who about this time very much infested the

Roads of this Kingdom. to Mr.

About the beginning of this Year (1) died Robert Boyle's Boyle Esq; an English-man of Illustrious Birth, but Death. more remarkable for being the most famous experi

mental Philosopher chefe latter Ages have produc'd; and whose deep Knowledge of Nature was so far

from being tainted with Atheism, the common Difi Mis Ex- stemper of Men of refind Speculation, (i) that all emplary his Life was a continued Example of Goodness and Pietya

Piety; and at his Death he left the Foundation of a
Monthly Sermon to convince Atheists, Deists, Jews,

&c. of their Errors. This Y car was also fatal () to & Prince Waldecks

P.Waldeck, an able,but unfortunate General. Neither dies. ought we to forget, that this Year the Duke of

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Hannover, a Protestant Prince, was, through King A. C.
Willam’s Interest, advanc’d to be an Elector of the 1692.
Empire, and thereby a (1) Ninth Electorate was

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Constituted.

| Ninth EAbout this time one Robert Young was committed to 'ectorate. Newgate till he discharg d a Fine impos'd upon him;

a and one HenryPearson, a Prisoner in the fame Place for Debt,perceivingYoung to be very expert in Counterfeiting Hands, told him, that if he could contrive a (m) Sham-Plot, and father it upon the Earls of m Shama Marlborough, and Salisbury, the Bishop of Rochester, Plut faand some others, he might soon have Money enough ther'd upto pay his Fine. Young being in very low Circum-on the Bistances gladly accepted the Proposal, but told Pear-"Cheller, fon nothing could be done in that matter till he was and others. releas'd, which in a short time was effected. As foon as Pearson was at Liberty, he employ'd one Stephen Blackhead to carry Letters between himself and Young. By a certain Stratagem Young happen'd to see the Earl of Mariborough's Hand, which he counterfeited so cunningly, that it was very difficult to discern the true from the false. Afterwards he' drew up an Association, and affixt to it the Hands of the Earls of Marlborough and Salisbury, as also Sir Bafil Firebrals's, the Bilhop of Rochester's, and the Lord Cornbury's, which two last were writ by an other band. And that the more Credit might be given to this pretended Plot, Young furg'd several Letters in the Name of the Lord Marlborough, supposed to be directed to himself, which Blackhead usd to bring to him again. In the Month of April, Blackhead went three times to the Bishop of Roches fter's House at Bromley, upon a fham Errand from a suppos’d Divinity Doctor, but with no other intent than to convey the forg'd Affociation into a secret Place, where it was afterwards found by the King's Messengers; who upon Information given by Young againt that Reverend Prelate,came first to secure his Perfon, and then to search his House. His Lordship. was some days under Confinement;but upon a strict » The Amar Examination (n) of the whole matter before the plot dif, Council, and the confronting of Blackhead with cover'd,

Young, June 10.

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A. C. Young, the Forgery was evidently discover'd, and his 1692. Lorships Innocenee made manifeft.

(6) Scotland enjoying now a perfect TranquilliAffairs ty, the Parliament of that Kingdom was very zeaof Scot, lous and forward to contribute new Levies for the land. fupport of their Majefties Government. And as

And Ire-for (p) Ireland, the Lord Sydney, Lord Lieutenant land,

of that Kingdom, fo manag‘d Affairs, that the (9) q The Par Parliament there made an Act not only of Recogniliament meets there

tion of their Majesties undoubted Title to that Crown, Odto.

and another for Encouragement of Protestant Strangers to settle in that Kingdom; but one also for granting to their Majestits the Sum of 70000 Pounds, by an

Additional Duty of Excise upon Beer, Ale, and o, and is ther Liquors. After which (r) they were Proro. Prorogned, gued. Nov. 3.

The King having fettled Affairs in Holland, Em

bark'd there on the isth of October, and on the : K. Wi!- 18th fafely (s) Landed at Yarmouth. On the 29th Jiam lands the Queen met him at Newhall, and the fame Day in Eng. their Majesties went to Kensington through the City, land,

amidst the loud Acclamations of rejoycing Multio&o. 18. tudes. Two Days after (t) the Lord' Mayor, Ali The Lord Major, A dermen and Recorder of London attended his Madermen,&c jesty, both to congratulate his happy Return, and of London express their steady Resolution to lupport his Gowait upon vernment, to the utmost of their Power. At the The King, fame time the Recorder, in the Name of the Lord O&o. 22. Mayor, Alderman and Sheriffs, befought His Ma

jefty to honour the City with his Prelence at Dinner upon the Lord Mayor's Day at Guildhall; which His Majesty was pleas'd to accept; and as a Mark of his Favour His Majesty confer'd the Honour of

Knighthood upon Salathiel Lovell, Serjcant at Law, u Procla. their Recorder. The fame (u) Day a Proclamation mation for was issued out for a publick Thanksgiving to God

prblick Thanksgia Almighty for the Preservation of their Majesties and ving

their Government, against the Designs of their open

and secret Enemies; particularly for the late signal 2 Teir

Victory at Sea against the French Fleet, and for the Majifties

Disappointment of the barbarous Conspiracy, for. Guildhal

taking away his Majesty's Life by Affailination. On the (x) 29th of the fame Month their Majesties, at,

tended

Dine at

Odo. 29.

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