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Edward Earl of CLARENDON, JÓHigh CHANCELLOR of England
and Chancellor of the'llniversity of Oxford AnDni.1667
АУ OF THE
Begun in the Year 1641.
buted thereunto, and the happy End, and Conclusion
Written by the Right Honourable
the Reigns of King Charles the First and the Second.
Kympic és ås. Thucyd.
VOLUME II. PART I.
O X FOR D,
TO THE QUEEN
O Your Majesty is most humbly Dedicated this Second Part of the History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars,written by Edward Earl
of Clarendon. For to whom so naturally can the Works of this Author, treating of the Times of Tour Royal Grandfather, be address’d, as to Your Self; now wearing, with Lustre and Glory, that Crown, which, in those unhappy days, was treated with so much contempt and barbarity, and laid low even to the Duft?
This Second Part comes with the greater confidence into Your Presence, by the advantage of the favourable reception the First bath met with in the World 3 since it is not to be doubted, but the same truth, fairness, and impartiality, that will be found throughout the whole thread of the History, will meet with the same Gandour from all equal Judges. Vol. II. Part 1.
'Tis true, fome fero Persons, whose Ancestors are here found not to have had that part during their lives which would bave been more agreeable to the wishes of their surviving Pofterity, have been offended at some particulars, mention'd in this History, concerning so near Relations, and would have them pass for mistaken Informations. But it is to be hoped, that such a concern of Kindred for their Families, though not blameable in them, will rather appear partial on Their side ; since it cannot be doubted, but this. Author must bave had bis materials from undeniable, and unexceptionable hands, and could have no temptation to insert any thing, but the truth in a work of this nature, which was design’d to remain to Pofterity, as a faithful record of Things, and Persons in those Times, and of his own unquestionable sincerity in the representation of them.
In this assurance it is humbly boped, it will not be un. profitable to Your Majesty to be here inform’d of the fatal and undeseru'd misfortunes of one of Tour Ancestors, with the particular and sad occasions of them; the better to direct Your Royal Person through the continual uncertainties of the Greatness of this world. And as Your Majesty cannot have a better Guide, throughout the whole Course of Your Reign, for the good Administration of Your Government, than History in general, lo there cannot be a more usefal one to Your Majesty than this of Your own Kingdoms; and it is presum'd, without lying under the Imputation of misleading Your Majesty, it may be afferted that no Author could have been better inftruet. ed, and have known more of the Times and Matters of which he writes, than this who is bere presented to you. -* Your Majesty may depend upon his Relations to be true in Fact ; and You will find his Obfervations juft; his Reftections made wib judgement and weight ; and his Advices given upon wife and Boneft Principles ; not capable of being now: interpreted as fubfervient to any Ambition or Interest of bis own, and baving now outku'd the Prejudices and Partiahties of the Times in which they were Written. And Your Majesty thus Elevated, as by God's blessings You are, from whom a great