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' is, the Prince of Wales ) let the Crown flourish. A. C. "That the General Council having Compos'd this 1690,
New Liturgy, there were above Ten Thousand of
them Printed and dispers’d up and down among 'the Party, which they usd in their Cabals, laying ‘alide a great part, and some time all the Old Li
turgy. "That there were many of the Holy Club • detach'd up and down to persuade Monied People, who wilh'd well to the Cause, to contribute for the Subsistance of King Fames's Cashier'd Officers. That King William being resolv’d to ven
tyre his Person once more for the Safety of these “Kingdoms, his Journey to licland concluded up.
on, and the most and the better Disciplin'd part of the Army to attend His Majesty, it was impoffible to leave any considerable Force behind him in his Absence: Likewise, that the Transportation of the Cueen of Spain and the Convoy of the Streights Merchant men', under Admiral Killegrew, had carried a considerable part of our Fleet to the Mes diterrenean; and another part of it, Commanded by Sir Cloudesly Shovel, was to attend His Majesty and the Army to Ireland ; so that the Grand Fleet was not to have been so considerable as otherwise it would have been. That all these Circumstances 'rais’d the Courage of the Plorters, who thoughc this the only time to put their Design in Executi
on. That in order to that, at one of their Ge. 'neral Meetings in London, where it was necessary
some of the Clergy should be present to bless to Pious a Work it was concluded to present a
Memorial in the Name of the Loyal and Distrest Subjects of England, (for so they nam'd themselves)
to his most Christian Majelty ; humbly inviting him out of his unparalleld Goodness, and for the
Affection he always borc to opprest Virtue ; That he would Atlift them in restoring their Law'ful King, his Ancient Allie and Confederate, to
his Throne; and in breaking the Yoke of Usurpation, under which these three Nations were at * this time fo heavily Groaning. That there had been two or three Memorials presented to the French King before this, over and above a con
on of the
A. C. 'ftanr Correspondence betwixt the French Minister 1690.
of State, Monsieur de Croijly, and them. And the Clergy, who were the great Contrivers and Managers of this, and who by their Profeftion are, for the most part extraordinary credulous of any thing they encline to, did really believe 'that immediately upon the appearing of the French
Fleet, and the burning of ours, (which they thought as sure ) there would certainly be a general Insurrection through a great many Places of the • Kingdom, in order to joyn them at their Landing, and to declare for King fames.
The Pamphlet, of which I have made this short Abstract, reflecting to highly on the Non-uring Clergy : The Archibishop of Canterbury, the Bishops of Norwich, Ely, Bail and Wells, and Peterborough, both in their own, and in the Name of their abfent Brother the Bishop of Glocester, publish d a Paper,
wherein they did folemnly, and in the Presence of Vindicati. God, Protest and Declare. I. That these Accufati
ons cast upon them were all of them Malicious Calum. Non-ju.
nies, and Diabolical Inventions. II. That they knew not who was the Author of the New Liturgy, nor had any Hand in it, neither did they use it at any time. III. That they never held any Correspondence, directly or indirectly, with Monsieur de Croifly, or with any other Minister or Agent of France; and if any such Memorial had been presented to the French King, they never knew any thing of it, and that they did utterly renounce both, and all other Invitations, suggested to be made by them,
in order to any Invasion of this Kingdom by the French. IV. That they utterly denied and disown'd all Plots
charg’d upon them, as contriv'd or carried on in their Meetings at Lambeth ; the intent thereof being to advise, how, in their present Difficulties, they might best keep their Consciences void of Offence towards God, and towards Man. V. That they were so far from being the Authors or Abettors of England's Miseries, that they did, and Mould to their dying Hour, heartily and incessantly pray for the Peace, Prosperity and Glory of England; and should always, by God's Grace, make it their daily Pračtice to study to be quiet, to bear their Crofs patiently, and to seek the Good of their Native
Country. They concluded, That as the Lord had taught A. C.
thered by fince, either actuaily, or in full preparation of Mind,
the Mob at hazarded all they had in the World in opposing Popery, the Hague and Arbitrary Power in England; so they should, by
See the God's Grace, with greater Zeal again Sacrifice all firft Pare they had, and their very Lives too, if God should be of this Hipleas’d to call them thereto, to prevent Popery, and the story. Arbritrary Power of France, from coming upon them, and prevailing over them; the Persecution of their Protestant Brethren there being fresh, in their Memories.
Let us return to Ireland. Upon the Defeat of the Irish at the Boyne, King William having rested his Forces, the next Day after the Fight fent Monsieur La Meloniere, Brigadier General, with five Battalions of Foot, and four Squadrons of Horse, to invest Drogheda, where was a great Magazine of Stores. The Governor at first seem'd refolute to defend the Place, and receiv'd Monsieur La Meloniere's Summons with great Contempt; but the King sending him Word, That if his Majesty was forc’d to bring his Cannon before the Place, be must expect no Quarter : The Governor considering that King James's Army being defeated, he could expect no Relief, accep. Drogheda ted of the Conditions offer'd him, and march'd out Surrendred with the Garrison, which consisted of three Regiments and some odd Companies, having their Baggage only, but leaving all their Arms and Stores behind them.
On the 3d of July the Duke of Ormond and Monfieur Overkirk were detach'd with nine Troops of Horse to secure the Quiet of Dublin : The next Day His Majesty, with the whole Army march'd the fame way, and on the sth Encamp'd at Finglas, within two Miles of that City, where he was inform’d, that the late King was Embark'd at Waterford with the Duke of Berwick, Mr. Fitz-James, the
A. C. Lord Powis, the Lord Tyrconnel, and the French Bri. 1690. gadier the Marquefs de Lery; That some French Ships Mbeing arriv'd at King(ale, many that had fied from
the Battle posted thither to get Embarcations ; That the greatest Body of the Irish went towards Athlone; That within Six and Twenty Miles of Dublin there was not an Enemy in Arms, and that there could not be any where above scoo together, whereof the French might be suppos d to make 3500. That 300 of the Swiss or Germans had deferted the Enemy; That the Town of VVexford, had declar'd for His Majesty; and that Sligo was abandon’d by the Irish.
On the 6th of July, being Sunday, King VVilliam Jiam en
rode in a Triumphant Manner into Dublin, and ters Dub-went directly to St. Patrick's Church, the CatheJin, July dral of that Metropolis, to pay God Almighty his 6. Pious Acknowledgements for his late Victory: The
Bishops of Meath and Limrick attended His Majesty on this occasion, and all the Services of the Church being folemnly perform’d, Dr. King Preach'd a Sermon about the Power of Providence of God, in Protecting his People, and Defeating their Enemies. The old Mayor and Aldermen waited on His Majesty, and the People endeavour'd by all possible Demonstrations of Joy to express their just sense of their great and happy Deliverance. In the Afternoon the King return d to the Camp, where the next Day He Publish'd his Royal Declara
Promising both his Pardon and Prozation of er tection to all the People of the Kingdom of Ire: ing Preteftion to
land, who either remain'd at home, or having fled the Jrish, from their Dwellings, should by the first Day of
August next repair to their usual Places of Abode; surrendring up whatArms they had to such Justices of the Peace as His Majesty should appoint. But as for the desperate Leaders of the present Rebel‘lion, who had violated those Laws by which the
Kingdom of Ireland is united and infeparably 'annex'd to the Imperial Crown of England; who
had call'd in the French; who had authoriz'd all Violences and Depredations against the Protestants; and who rejected the Gracious Pardon
• His Majesty offer'd them in his Proclamation of A. C.
great and manifest Demonstrations, he should be
On the oth the King decamp'd from Finglas, and
A Proclaa pressions and Abuses committed by his Enemies," isce King in his Kingdom of Ireland, by Coyning and ma James's king Current Brass Money, of Copper or mix'd Mc- Brass Mom
tal, and raising the Value of it to an Extravagant ney.
the like Copper Money formerly Current in Ire-
Lieutenant General Douglas, with his Detach Athlone ment, having reach'd Athlone on the 17th of July, vainly are sent a Drummer to Summon it; But Coll. Grace, tempted by the Governor, a sturdy resolute Man, fir’d a Pistol Douglas. at the Messenger, saying, That such were the Terms he was for. Upon this impertinent Answer, Douglas resolv'd to attack the Place, though it being strong by Situation, and defended by a Castle, his Force was by much unanswerable to his Undertaking. However he immediately planted two Field Pieces to prejudice the Enemies Guns, and order'd Fascines to be made in order to fill up the Ditch. Having finish'd a Battery of Şix Guns by the 19th, the Besiegers made á Breach in the Castle, bụt it being