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in itself its grave will find. All things unto their centre tend— What had beginning must have end! No disappointment can befall Us, having Him who's all in all! What can of pleasure him prevent Who hath the Fountain of Content? In the year 1663 a severe law was enacted against the sect called Quakers, prohibiting their meetings, with the penalty of banishment for the third offence! The burden of the prosecution which followed fell upon the Quakers of the metropolis, large numbers of whothrough the instrumentality of his friend Milton, he received the honorable appointment of Latin Secretary of the Commonwealth. In 1658, he was selected by his townsmen of Hull to represent them in Parliament. In this service he continued until 1663, when, notwithstanding his sturdy republican principles, he was appointed secretary to the Russian embassy. On his return, in 1665, he was again elected to Parliament, and continued in the public service until the prorogation of the Parliament of