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* Dal. p.93.

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the papers in the Paper-oflice, and there is only one other petition, or letter, of Lord Russell to the King, which is quite unimportant. Such is the faithful description of Dalrymple, and that too in a note, in which he complains of the inaccuracy of Burnet.

I The judgment expressed by Lady Russell, many years afterwards, probably contains the truth on this subject. She was persuaded the Rye-House plot was no more than “ talk ;”q“ and ’tis possible,” she adds, “ that talk going so far as to consider, if a remedy to supposed

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evils might be sought, how it could be formed.mk

* The whole of the passage is worth insertion. It is on the occasion of Monmouth’s invasion, in a letter to Dr. Fitzwilliam :

“ And now, Doctor, I take this late wild attempt to be a new project, not depending on, or being linked in the least to any former design, if therewas then any realone, which I am satisfied was not, no more than (my own lord confessed) talk. And it is possible that talk going so far as to consider if a remedy to supposed evils might be sought, how it could be formed? But, as I was saying, if all this late attempt was entirely new, yet the suspicion my lord must have lain under would have been great; and some other circumstances, I must confess, would have made his part an hard one. So that, from the deceitfulness of the heart, or want of true sight in the directive faculty, what would have followed, God only knows. From the frailty of the will I should have feared but little evil; for he had so just a soul, so firm, so good, he could not warp from such principles that were so, unless misguided by his understanding, and that his own, not . \ another’s ; for I dare say, as he could ‘discern, he never went into any thing considerable, upon the mere submission to any one’s particular judgment. Now his own, i know, he could never have framed to have thought well of the late actiugs, and therefore most probably must have sat loose from them. But I am afraid his excellent heart, had he lived, would have been often pierped from the time his life was taken away to this. On the other hand, having, I trust, a reasonable ground of hope he has found those mercies he died with a cheerful persuasion he should, there is no reason to mourn my loss, when that soul I loved so well lives in felicities, and shall do so to all eternity. This I know in reason should be my cure; but flesh and blood in this mixed state is such a slave to

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The. Duke of Monmouth, in his declaration against James the ‘Second, seems, to'allow the existence' of meetings to consult of extraordinary, ‘yet lawful, means, to rescue our religio'n and liberties from the hands of violence‘, when all ordinary means, according to the laws, were denied and obstructed. ,

We may now, upon the whole, conclude, that the consultations in‘ which Lord Russell took a part, related to the means of resisting the government, but that no plan of rebellion was any wise matured. ‘

In the examination which ,I have made into the truth of the Rye-House plot, I have placed

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sense, the memory how I have lived, and how (as I think) I ,

must ever do for the time to come, does so prevail and

‘Weaken my most Christian resolves, thatI cannot act the part

that mere philosophy, as you set down many instances, enabled many to an appearance of easiness; for I verily

believe they had no more than me, but vainly affected it.’{

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* Anecdotes of Lord Chatbam. Speech, January, 9, 1770.“

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