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fter Shaftesbury, who, as
James, i. 551.
Mackintosh. James, II. 621. 1679. May 27. chancellor, had opened the prison-doors of Bunyan, now, as president of the council, had procured the passage of the habeas corpus act, the commons were prorogued and dissolved.
Shaftesbury was displaced, and henceforward the councils of the Stuarts inclined
Chap. XVII.} Penn, III. 181 1679 Oct. 5 to absolutism.
Immediately universal agitation roused the spirit of the nation.
Under the influence of Shaftesbury's genius, on Queen Elizabeth's night, a vast procession, bearing devices and wax figures representing nuns and monks, bishops in copes and mitres, and also—it should be observed, for it proves how much the Presbyterians were courted—bishops in lawn, cardinals in red caps, and, last of all, the pope of Rome, side by side in a litter with the devil, moved through the streets of
Dryden London, under the glare of thousands of flambeaux, and in the presence of two hundred thousand spectators;