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mmons, adding, If Strafford must die, it were charity to reprieve him till May 11. Saturday. Burnet, i. 43. Compare hingard's note, x. c. II 108, 109. Men dreaded the service of a sovereign whoseate it. Charles I. drank wine before his execution, for fear of trembling. South is extravagant Burnet, i. 226, could have heard only the accounts of his enemies, which were caricatures. So perished into a triumph. Though before supposed to be a timorous man, Calamy's Abridgment, 99, 100. Burnet, i. 228. He was naturally a very fearful man. Hume, c. LXIII. he appeared before his judges witren, his mistresses. Do not leave poor Nelly Gwyn to starve, was almost his last commission. Burnet, II. 284. So, too, Evelyn, III. 132. Such was the lewd king of England, on whose favor depeter, a man of an obliging temper, universally beloved, being of a virtuous and generous mind. Burnet, i. 134. Indeed he was a noble and a worthy lord, and one that loved the godly. He and Lord Sa
e monarch's favor, and stood firmly by the vested rights of his order. In person, he was small, and of that peculiar organization which is alike irritable and versatile. It belongs to such a man to have cunning rather than wisdom; celerity rather than dignity; the very high powers of abstraction and generalization rather than the still higher power of successful action. He transacted business with an admirable ease and mastery, Pepys, i. 222; or Shaftesbury. Compare, also, North and Burnet. for his lucid understanding delighted in general principles; but he could not successfully control men, for he had neither conduct in the direction of a party, nor integrity in the choice of means. He would use a prejudice as soon as an argument; would stimulate a superstition as soon as wake truth to the battle; would flatter a crowd or court a king. Having debauched his mind into a contempt for the people, he attempted to guide them by inflaming their passions. This contempt for huma
against the commitment of the bishops.—He pressed the king exceedingly to set them at liberty. His private correspondence proves that he esteemed parliament I should rejoice to see the penal laws repealed. Penn to Harprison, in Proud, i. 308. Burnet says Penn promised, on behalf of King James, an assent to a solemn and unalterable law. The whole mission to the prince of Orange is based upon an intended action of parliament. Burnet, II. 395, 396. Compare Penn, in Proud, i. 325. The Good AdBurnet, II. 395, 396. Compare Penn, in Proud, i. 325. The Good Advice to the Church of England, Penn, II., is an argument for the repeal of the penal laws and tests. What better mode than to reach the legislature through an address to the public? Compare Penn's own Apology, in Mem. P. H. S. III. P. II., and letter to Shrews bury, in The Friend, VI. 194. the only power through which his end could be gained; and, in the true spirit of popular liberty, he sought to infuse his principles into the popular mind, that so they might find their place in the statute
ht to freedom of conscience,—in him the muscular force prevailed over the intellectual. He floated between the sensuality of indulgence and the sensuality of superstition, hazarding heaven for an ugly mistress, and, to the great delight of abbots and nuns, winning it back again by pricking his flesh with sharp points of iron, and eating no meat on Saturdays. Of the two Life of James II 586. brothers, the duke of Buckingham said well, that Charles would not, and James could not see. James Burnet. put his whole character into his reply to Andros, which 1677. Jan. 1. is as follows:— I cannot but suspect assemblies would be of dangerous consequence; nothing being more known than the aptness of such bodies to assume to themselves many privileges, which prove destructive to, or very often disturb, the peace of government, when they are allowed. Neither do I see any use for them. Things that need redress may be sure of finding it at the quarter sessions, or by the legal and ordinary