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• notice here, which prolongs what they so parGionately desire. The Methods thought upon are these,
First, To prevent dangerous and foolish Intel‘ligence, by forbidding all in that Court to write
any News hither, and that K. 3. only have his • Correspondence by whom to hear from, and speak • to People here; since Letters so often miscarry,
and are tilld with nothing but what we should not “hear; and what we have are Arguments for the most part against the K’s Restoration.
Secondly, Since there is a great Body of Prote'stants that never defected, and that many Thou' fands are returning, and that they are the Natural
Weight and Power of these Kingdoms, by having the Heads, Hands and Wealth of their side, to 'the odds and advantage of at least two Hundred ' Protestants to one Catholick; the K. may think of nothing short of a Protestant Administration, nor of nothing more for the Catholicks, than a Legal Liberty of Conscience; for much e mutt * is against
Malbi all other Notions, to which all private Pailions,
maticks, ' and Artificial Frames in Government must yield 'or break. He may Reign a Catholick in Devotion, ' but he must Reign a Proteftant in Government.
Cromwell could not, yet on a broader bortom, with ‘a Victorious Army, sublift or keep what he had
got. Thirdly, He must give us a Model of this at St. G. by preferring the Protestants that are with him • above the Catholicks; one being Loyal upon less
tyes of Interest, and to tell the Nation here what they are to hope for when he comes.
Fourthly, He must give Incouragement to Lords and Gentlemen here to come to him, at least Se'ven or Nine for a standing Council, which will
make us here think he is in some degree ours again, and that we have a relation to him, .and some interest and share in him, by the Men of Quality of our own Religion that are with
him. This will incomparably facilitate the mat• ter here, nor will they, when they come, come
empty, and in their own Names, which is still
the K. of F. to have Chappels at their own Costs, ' in which to Worship God after their respective ways, by which that K. will make us reflect up
on his Conduct towards his Hugonots, rather to • flow from the hazard he thought himself in by their Antimonarchical and resisting Principles, than a desire of Perfecution.
Lastly, All other requisite Measures depending upon the acceptance this finds, an Answer hereunto is impatiently desir'd by those that have Dis• coursed the K’s Business to this Maturity. So ended with an unanimous Consent, both Tories and Whigs upon this Occasion, that are in a way of closing in his Interest.
Heads for a DECLARATION to be
prepar’d in Order to be publish'd when the French have had Success at Sea.
THAT the King will return with a Design of
making an Entire Conquest of his People, is so ridiculous as well as Difficult, that it needs not be spoken to.
That the King's Declaration be worded in General Terms, That he will Govern by the Laws, that they shall be the Rule of his Actions, that he will Endeavour to settle Liberty of Conscience by Law, that whatsoever things were formerly done by him, which occasion's Jealousies in the Minds of his People, shall be left to the determination of a Parliament, to be formly and regularly called as soon as is possible.
That he has given sufficient Evidence of his unwillingness to bring an Army of Strangers into his Kingdom, by refusing the Succors of the King of France offer'd hini, and which were even ready to be Embarked upon the first Notice of the P.ofoyange's intended lavalion.
That he brings with him such an Army, only as is necessary for his own Defence, and for the Se curity of his Loyal Subjects as shall resort to him; that he will dismiss them as soon as he shall have rid the Nation of those Foreigners who have Invaded it, and trampled upon the Laws and Liberties of his People.
The King's large exercising his Dispensing Power gave the great alarm to the People, and contributed most of all toward a General Detection. Yet when that Power came to be debated in the last Convention, there appear'd so many difficulties in the limiting of it, every Body. (even the present Judges believing it necessary, that a Dispensing Power should be in the K.) That it was lec fall, and that point remains as it was. And without mentioning that, or any other particular, the K. can be in no Danger by leaving all things which have been the occalions of Jealoulies to the determination of a Parliament, where besides the King's professed Friends and Servants, there will not want others who will be glad of opportunity to ingratiate themselves.
A List of the English Fleet which the Lord
Preston and Mr. Ashton were carrying over into France.
Brought in by Admiral Ruffel to the House of Commons, Decem, 24th Nincty the Flect, whereof Sixty Dutch.
Memorandum, The new Ships Building,are expected will be ready to be lanch'd by the end of March.
Note, That the following Letters are directed in fa'le Names, and are most of them Written under divers Cants, as under the colour of Trade, Law-Suits, Mortgages, Marriages, &c. Jet'ris plain the real Business was King James's Restoration.
A Letter Directed for Mír. Redding.
SIR, THO? the Bearer of this will do us the Justice,
to assure you, we are as full of Duty, as unteignedly, and unconcernedly yours, as your self could wish; yet this Gentleman has undertaken. You will forgive the Presumption, if I do my self the Honour to give you this fresh Assurance in a few Words; which I hope we do by our Accounts; I shall omit no Occasions, not neglecting the least, and making Zealous Wishes for the greatest, to shew our selves such as we ought to be.
Sir, I speak in the Plural, because I write my Elder Brother's Sentiments as well as my own, and the rest of the Family, though lefsen'd in Number yet if we are hvi mightily out in our Accounts, we are growing in our Interest, that is in yours: He that delivers this, will I hope, intly to your latisfaction, represent us and me in particular, as with all the Devotion imaginable, and unchangea. ble Affection, Yours, God grant ibe happiest New Year.
A Letter Directed to ilis. Redding. AS
S 'tis impossible for me to express that Extra
ordinary great Satisfaction it gave me this time Twelve Months, when I had the Honour to receive that Mark of your Favour and Goodness under your own Hand; So I have lived in some pain for an Opportunity to write you my humbleft acknowledgements and truelt Duty, from which by
the Grace of God, I am no more of riverving, than of renouncing my hopes of Heaven : I say this in behalf of my Eider Brother and the rest of my nearest Relations, as well as for my felf: You may intirely depend upon us, not only for a constant adherence to fo well chofen a Principle, but for our utmost activity to promote your Interests, which are inseparable from our own : I need come to no particulars by this Bearer, who can and will tell
you our whole Hearts; and I wish you could see them, how fincerely they are devoted to your Ser. vice. God grant you a moft happy New Year, and many, very many, and very happy. Our young Master hath all our best Wilhes, he daily gains more Friends, and we get ground of his Adverfaries.
New Years Eve.
" A Letter Direiled for Mrs. Charlton,
31. 1690. I Must not let this Bearer depart, Madam, without
alluring you of my best Relpects : I have Written by him to a friend of yours, but depend upon you to give my Note credit.
Tho'my Creditors were no Friends to the Match which has been fo long in treaty, for your Relations have been very hard upon me this last Summer ; yet as soon as I could go safely abroad, I persued the Bufiness, and do beg you to believe, that no Endeavours of mine shall be wanting to perfect the Settlement. You once put me in hopes of lecing you before this Christmas. Your Friends are forry for the Disappointment, Pray lose no more tiine than is of abfolute neceílity : The Bearer will tell you all things may now be easily settled if the right way be taken. I long to hear how your young Daughter does, she will find many Friends, and I hope her Portion will be well fecur’d. God send you a happy New Year, and that I may be merry with you before it be far tpent, and I beleech you keep me in the good Opinion of your Friend, I will always make good what I promised to you,