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condemn the King with much Formality, by the Fundamental Laws of this Kingdom, by the general Law of all Nations, and the unanimous Confent of all Rational Men in the World, for imploying the Power of the Sword to the Destruction of the People, with which they intrusted him for their own Protection. How you got the Confend of Rational Men to this Sentence, I cannot imagine

; for 'tis moft certain (by your own Confeflion) that he never imployed the Sword, but against those who first fought to deprive him of it, and by that very Act, declared they did not trust him, and consequently absolved hiin both from the Obliga. tion that he had to protect them, and the Possibility too: For no Man can defend another longer than he defends himself; so that if you will have your Sentence to be just, you must confefs it to be Nonsense for you must not only prove, that those who fought against him, were the People that trusted him, not those who fought for him, but the lesser, or less considerable Part of the People, the People, as you have the Confidence to call your Honourable Clients, being not the twen

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tieth Part of the very Rabble; which if you can do, you are much wiser than Solomon : For it is easier to die vide a Child in two parts, than to make one of those two parts a whole Child; and if you have the trick on't you shall be next allowed to prove; that take four out of fix, there remains (ix: Nor is there more Justice or Reason in the Sentence, than in the Course you take to uphold it; for while you deny the old Maxim of Law, That the King can do no Wrong, you maintain a new one much worfe, That he may suffer any; and having limited this power to act only according to Law, expose him to suffer, not only without, but against Law. Truly it is hard Measure, but, rather than fail of your Purpose, you will make as bold with Scripture as you have done with Reason, if it stand in your way s as you do when you interpret that place of the Apostle, Where no Laip is, there is no Tranfgreffion, to mcan, Where there is neither Law of God, nor Nature, nor positive Law: I wonder where that is ; certainly you had better undertake to find out a Plantation for.. Arcbimedes his Engines to

move the Earth, than but fansie where that can be, which you must do before you can make this Scripture to be understood to your purpose ; and I cannot but smile, to think how hard a Task that will be for such a strong Fancy as yours, that cannot conceive what your self affirm, for when you deny it possible to suppose twoSupreme Powers in one Nation, you forget that you had acknowledged much more before; for you confess the King to be Su. preme, when you say, very elegantly, he made Head against the Parliament, who acknowledg’d him to be Head thereof, and yet you say the Parliament is the Supreme Authority of the Natiun. Thus you affirm that really to be, which you think is impossible to imagine.

But such lacky Contradictions of your self, as well as Sense, are as familiar with you as Railing, for besides the many before mentioned, and your common Incongruities of Speech, is as far from Construction, as the Pur pose: There are others which, for your Encouragement, ought not to be omitted, and when you would prove the King the most abominable Tyrant that ever People fuffered under, yet


you say he was beloved of fome, and feared abroad: His Judges you compared to the Saints fitting in Judgment at the last Day, and yet, by your own Doctrine, they are more like Bears and Wolves, in fitting by a Commission of Force.; their High Court is a Royal Palace of the Principles of Freedom, and yet, till the People volantarily fubmit to a Government, (which they never did to that) they were but Slaves. The Parliament (you say) Petitioned the King, as good Subjects, and yet, immediately after, you make them his Lords, and himself Servant; fo they give him the Honour of his own Royal Affent, and yet they often Petitioned him for it. His Trial you call moft impartial, and yet cannot deny all his Judges to be Parties, and his profeft Enemies. But you hit pretty right, when you say he caused more Protestant Blood to be Med than ever was spilt either by Rome, Heathen or Antichristian; for grant that partly to be true, and confess

as much Proteftant Blood as ever was spilt by the Heathen Romans, unless they could kill Proteftants eight hundred Years before there were any in the World ; which elo


quent piece of Nonsense we must impute to your Ignorance in Chronology, or Confusion of Notion, which you please. Nor are those Riddles of Contradi&tion only in your Words, but in the whole Courfe of your Proceedings, for you never do the King any Right, but where you do him the greatest Wrong; and are there only Rational, where you are most imbuman; as in your additional Accusations, since his Death, for there you undertake to prove something, and give your Reafons (such as they are) to make it appear, which were fair Play, if you do not take an Advantage too unreasonable, to argue with the Dead. But your other Impeachments consist only of Generals, prove nothing, or Intentions, which can never be proved, or your own forc'd Constructions of Actions, or what might have been Actions, but never were ; all which you only aggravate with Impertinency and.foul Language, but never undertake to prove; and if we should grant all you would say, and suppose you said it in sense or order, it would serve you to no purpose, unless you have, by Proof or Argument, applied it to him, which ou never went about to do. But

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