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left in any, saving experiment, during the unjustest and most cruell tyranny, but prayers and teares ; a tenent, if he had believed himselfe, or thought such as owned either prudence or power did, he would doubt. lesse have governed much better, or abused the nation and debauched his succession much worse. Yet to give a countenance to a businesse he had so shamefully disparaged before, he sent for the count over in one of his ships royall, which was cast away upon the English coast, an example as remote from a precedent, as for a mighty prince to be a quiet spectator of the ruine of his family.

Such as were of the Spanish faction spake most disgracefully of Count Mansfield: forgetting the lower footing shey assigned for his rise, the more admirable they proclaimed his dexterity in mounting himselfe so high; who, at his going from hence, was furnished with men and mony, the most of them lost before their landing : such proceedings being much in use with King James, who, like a ready horse, did often seeme to the world as if he meant to runne, yet did little more in effect then stand still. But here my pen is stopped through indisposition ; wherefore I must conclude this under the notion at least of a first part.

THE

COURT AND CHARACTER

OF

KING JAMES.

WUEREUNTO IS ADDED,

THE

COURT OF KING CHARLES:

CONTINUED UNTO THE BEGINNING OF THESE UNHAPPY TIMES, WITH SOME OBSERVATIONS UPON HIM

INSTEAD OF A CHARACTER.

COLLECTED AND PERFECTED BY SIR A. W.

Qui nescit dissimulare, nescit regnare.

PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY.

PRINTED AT LONDON BY R. J. AND ARE TO BE SOLD BY J. COLLINS, IN LITTLE BRITTAINE,

1651.

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