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H I S T O R Y

OF

His own Time.

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FROM THE

Restoration of King CHARLES II.

T O T H E

Conclusion of the Treaty of
P E A C E ;at Utrecht,, jp. ;the Reign of

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Queen

To whiib is

A Summary Recapitulation of Affairs in
Church and State, from King James I. to the
Restoration in the Year 1660.

Together with

The AUTHOR'S LIFE, by the Editor.
And fome Explanatory Notes. The whole
revifed and corrected by him. .

IN FOUR VOLUMES.
VOL. I.

LONDON:

Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand.

MDCCLIII.

PUBL. , LIBRARY

651920

AST OH. LENOX AND TILD'-N FOUNDATIONS.

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;T Werete be•wlflied, that the Author himfelf had lived to have compleated his whole Defign, and as he made Thuanus his Pattern in Hiftory, like him to have clofed his Work with an Account of his own Life: That he intended fo to have done, is evident both from his laft Will, and from a rough Draught or imperfect Sketch of this nature, left behind him. He acted fo confiderable a Part in the World, in fo many different Stations; he met with fo large a mare ot Favour from fome, and fo much Cenfure from others; and in a Life, where the Scenes were fo various, there muft be fo many Occurrences, which will be both ufeful and entertaining j that I feared the Publick would fcarce forgive me, as an Editor, if I mould not endeavour to fupply this only Part of the Author's PJan, which he himfelf did not live to execute.

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Tho' the producing Authorities for the fcveral facts, aliened in the following Sheets, might perhaps have exempted a writer from future cavils: yet the inferring vouchers for every particular *, would have rendred a work of this nature both" dry and tedious; 1 have only done it, where the matter related feemed very effential, and the original papers themfelves might prove an agreeable entertainment. I have carefully avoided repeating all thofe parts of the Author's Life, which are already related in the Hiftory of his own Time: They are only tranfiently mentioned here, fo as to continue the thread of my narration, and the Reader is referred, for farther information, to the Hiftory itfelf.

The au- Our Author, Dr. Gilbert Burnet, was born thor's at Edinburgh.on.the.e•ightecnrfi•day of September.

pa?enuge.in th? year ?$$ ''^ &&*'•#* thf younger !'brother of a'family, yety;iorJiiderable for its an

tiquity as well as mUDdF/iK'tHe fhire of Aberdeen; and was bred to\the ciyii;;taw, which he ftudied For feven years intPmite? :'•His"exceffive modefly fo far deprefs'd his abilities, that he never made a fhining figure at the bar, tho' he was universally cfteemed a man of judgment and knowledge in his profeffion; he was eminent tor probity and generofity in his practice; ihfomuch that near one half of it went in'acts of charity and friendfhip: From the poor he never took a fee, nor from a Clergyman, when he fued in the right of his Church. In the year 1637, when the troubles in Scotland were breaking out, he was fo difgufted at the conduct of the governing Bifhops there, he cenfured them with fo "much warmth, and was, at the fame time, fo remarkable for his ftrict and

* Thofe facls for which no vouchers is alledged, are taken from the Bifhop's manufcript notes of his own life. And cao be further fupporttd by other Teftimonies, if occaiion ifiould re•

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