Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time: From the Restoration of Charles II to the Treaty of Peace at Utrecht, in the Reign of Queen Anne, Volume 1

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Page 520 - That king James the Second, having endeavoured to subvert the Constitution of the Kingdom, by breaking the original Contract between king and people, and, by the advice of Jesuits, and other wicked persons, having violated the fundamental Laws, and having withdrawn himself out of the Kingdom, has abdicated the Government, and that the Throne is thereby become vacant.
Page 435 - My lord, your father would have gone further :" to which the duke answered, " Your majesty's father was the better man, and he would not have gone so far.
Page 657 - Turkish empire; but he did not seem capable of conducting so great a design, though his conduct in his wars since this has discovered a greater genius in him than appeared at that time. He was desirous to understand our doctrine, but he did not seem disposed to mend matters in Moscovy.
Page 440 - She desired me to propose a remedy. I told her, the remedy, if she could bring her mind to it, was, to be contented to be his wife, and to engage herself to him, that she would give him the real authority as soon as it came into her hands, and endeavour effectually to get it to be legally vested in him during life : this would lay the greatest obligation on him possible, and lay the foundation of a perfect union between them, which had been of late a little embroiled...
Page 471 - ... the beginning of your Majesty's reign ; and is a matter of so great moment and consequence to the whole nation, both in church and state, that your petitioners cannot in prudence, honour, or conscience so far make themselves parties to it, as the distribution of it all over the nation, and the solemn publication of it once and again, even in God's house and in the time of his divine service, must amount to .in common and reasonable construction.
Page 485 - he was a graceful man, and had lived long in the court, where he had some adventures that became very public. He was a man of a sweet and caressing temper, had no malice in his heart, but too great a love of pleasure.
Page 442 - He was a man of good capacity, and had made some progress in learning. He was ambitious and servile, cruel and boisterous : and, by the great liberties he allowed himself, he fell under much scandal of the worst sort. He had set himself long to raise the king's authority above law; which, he said, was only a method of government to which kings might submit as they pleased ; but their authority was from God, absolute and superior to law, which they might exert, as oft as they found 696 it necessary...
Page 703 - He was then so weak, that he could scarce speak, but gave him his hand, as a sign that he firmly believed the truth of the Christian religion, and said he intended to receive the sacrament : his reason and all his senses were entire to the last minute : about five in the morning he desired the sacrament, and went through the office with great appearance of seriousness.
Page 499 - By this means we had the sea open to us, with a fair wind and a safe navigation. On the third we passed between Dover and Calais, and before night came in sight of the Isle of Wight. The next day, being the day in which the prince was both born and married, he fancied if he could land that day it would look auspicious to the army, and animate the soldiers.
Page 910 - I have observed the Clergy in all the places through which I have travelled, Papists, Lutherans, Calvinists and Dissenters ; but of them all, our Clergy is much the most remiss in their labours in private, and the least severe in their lives.

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