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Fault did not lie upon the Inhabitants in general ; which appear'd
by their Joy for the Reftoration, refembled by their late Grati-
tude in regard to the Revolution : And, I truft, this famous Town,
will, in future Ages, be as remarkable for Loyalty to their Sove-
reigns, as ever they have been thought meritorious of the contrary,
lefs by any Crime, than their unhappy Misfortune. On the 24th,
theKingtook Shipping at the Hague, and arriv'd at Doverthe 26th.
He came thro' Canterbury and Roche fter; and on the 29th, his Birth-
Day, made his triumphant Enterancetohis Royal Palace at White-
Hall. On the 8th of June, the Aldermen Rogers, Dewick and Wood,
of Hit/I, were turn'd out of Office, by the Mayor, (who was Deputy-
Governour, in the Abfence of Lord Bella/is) and others of the Cor-
poration. Mr. Shaw, Lecturer, and Mailer of God's-Houfe Hofpi-
tal, was difcharg'd on the 13th. Mr. William Raikes, being elect-
ed an Alderman on the 29th, at firft refufed to ftand, 'till he was
fin'd 200/. when, thinking better of it, he fubmitted to be fwornand
fo fav'd his Money. The Common-Prayer was read under the Mar-
ket-Crofs, by the Rev. Mr. Smith, furrounded by Multitudes of de-
vout People ; which occafion'd an Order for fuch Books to be pro-
cur'd for the Churches, that were afterwards kept more Sacred :


Chap. x. Mayors, Sheriffs, &c. Reign of K, Charles II. 173

1 66 1 George Crowle, 1 7 Thomas Coats
[t] Philip Wilkinfon ) Anthony Lambert

1662 Richard Wilfon ) William Weddell [ton
Henry Cock ) Tho.Weeton^^Weigh-
1663 Richard Robinfon 7 William Carleton
\rr\\ff\HumphreyDuncalf) Jofeph Ellis

1664 William Skinner ) H. Mai fter, orM aiders
[// ] Willi am Shires ) Thomas Houltby

1665 Robert Bloom ) John Blanchard
[////] John Pear/on ) Thomas Mowld

1666 Richard Frank ^ Ambrofe Metcalf
\xx\ George A chvn ) John Robinfon

The Fonts for Baptifm were fet up, as ufual ; and the Communion
Tables rail'd in, like antient Altars. — [f] The Charter renew'd.

[/t] Upon Petition of the Grand-Jury this Year, there was
added 50/. to the 26/. formerly allow'd to each Mayor, whereby
his Office might be kept in greater Splendour.

[ff] The Corporation began this Year to folcmnizc his Majc-
fty's Birth, and Return, by going in their Formalities, to Church,
in the Morning ; having a Collation, at the Town's Hall, in the
Afternoon; to which the former Sheriffs, the prefent Clergy, School-
Mailers, and Officers of the Garrifon, were invited ; and Liquors
given to the Soldiers, and other People.

[ //] The Dukes of York and Buckingham, with feveral Noble-
men, coming to vifit Hull, Auguji 16, were met on the Confines of
the County, conducted into the Town/lodged by Colonel Gilby, I )e-
puty-Governour ; and entertain'd by the Mayor and Aldermen.

[////] The unfortunate Mayor, Mr. Bloom, slighting his Elec-
tion, and taking a Frolick into Scotland, wasdepofed from his] dig-
nity; and Mr. Robert Ripley chofen in his Room. It was
Mr. B/oom'sgreaX misfortune, as being a Gamefter, to phi)-, at Edin-
boTOUgh, with a Scotch Man: Who, thinking he was cheated, made
no more to do, but (like a blood-thirfty Ruffian) with his Dagger
Itabb'd the unhappy Gentleman to the Heart. — The Town
rously lending the King a Sum of Money, to aid him in the Dutch

War ; his Majelly paid them again, foon alter, when Peace enfu'd.

\xx\ The Mayor (Mr. Frank) thro' Lofles at Sea and Land,
became fo very poor ; that, in [680, he petition'd to lay down his

1 : 'I he Court, 1 onfidering hi Ag< . and the Reafonablem
his Requeft thro' Inability, g< nerously difcharg'd him, without the


174 Mayors, Sheriffs, Chamberlains, Reign of K. CHARLES II.

1667 Anthony Lambert ) Edward Hodgfon
[a] Thomas Lockwood ) George Frogatt

1668 Humphrey Duncalf ) William Robinfon
[d] William Carleton ) William Catline

1669 John Tripp } John Harris
Edward Dob/on J John Baker

1670 George Aclam ) Nicholas Dewick
yohn Forcctt j George Dickinfon

167 1 Robert Berrier ) John Graves

[ c ] Richard Man ) John Sumerfield

1672 Thomas Johnfon, 1 ) Richard Gray
Francis Blunt ) Philip Wilkinfon

1673 John Rogers \ Robert Carlisle
[ d] Arthur Saltmarsh J Triflram Sugar

lead Fine : And, infpir'd with Charity, they fent him Ten Pounds
for his immediate Relief, 'till they could make better Provifion
for the fupply of his unfortunate Circumftances.

[«] Six large Crampus's being taken, by the Fifhermen of
Barrow and Whit ten, Lincolnshire, were fent to Hull, in order to
make Oyl : But the Mayor, as Admiral of Humber, (where they
werekill'd) feiz'dthe Casks, that contain'd them, for the Town's Ufe.

\b~\ On the 3d of January, dy'd General Monk, Duke of Al-
bemarle, who was High-Steward of Hull: In which laft Dignity,
he was fuccceded by the Lord Bellafis. Let us here remember
the pious Sir John Lister, who founded an Hofpital for poor
Men, and Women : The Heirs of the faid Knight, with the
Mayor and Aldermen, were to have the Management of it :
To which, belong'd a Chaplain and Clerk, that Care might be
taken of the poor Peoples Souls, as well as Bodies.

[c] The Sheriff's Maid Servant murder'd her Baftard Child
this Year, for which the unhappy Creature fuffer'd Death in 1673.

[d] The Exchange was very much beautified this Year. — An
Examination being order'd to be made about the Fifh-Garths ;
the Enquirers met at Howlden : And, vifiting Skeltou, they found
two, which had 20 Rooms ; the higher 12, and lower 8 : One at
Sandholm Bank, with 28 Rooms ; two at Saltmarsh, &c. They
were order'd to be pull'd up, and Piles placed fo high, as that,
when the Tide was in, the Veffels might keep clear of them. —
Some Complaints were exhibited again ft the Commiffioners of Wine
Licenfes, who ftrove to cngrofs the Sale of that Liquor to them-


Chap. x. Mayors, Sheriffs, &c. Reign of K. Charles II. 1 75

1674 Daniel Hoar ) James Ranfon

[ e ] Ifrael Popple j George Bacchus

1675 William Shires ) Ezekiel Walker
Robert Ma/on ) Robert Stand ige

1676 William Foxley, 2 } William Hayes
[/] Hugh Foddle j Matthew Hardy

felves. — Ballaft for Ships was order'd to be dug out of the Ha-
ven, under ftrict Penalties ; by which Means, it was render'd more
navigable. — An Act of Parliament coming- out, incapacitating eve-
ry Roman Catholick from acting in any Office ; the Lord Bellajis
was obliged to refign his Places of Govcrnour, and High-Steward
of Hull, to the Duke of Monmouth.

[r] This worfhipful Mayor, was (about 4 Years afterwards)
turn'd out from being an Alderman ; becaufe he had not took the
Sacrament fo folemnly as requir'd ; or, if he did, had neglected
to have it regifter'd : In his Room, Mr. John Field was elected,
Dec. 9. 1680. As the former Gentleman retir'd to a private Life,
I prefujme it might have been his Son that was Mayor in 1688. —
Mr. Gilead Got fie, being chofen Sheriff, refufed to ftand ; be-
caufe fome Obfcurities feem'd to appear in the Charter. I do
not perceive that any Fine was laid upon him, fevcral Things being
then difputable : Which, if (according to Encouragement) I live
to publilh another Book relating to //////, (hall be amply treated
of, fo far as to be fupplemental to what I have already done. An
antient Order, made in King Henry the Vlllth's Time, was rcviv'd,
which related to Chamberlains : Who, being obliged to receive
the Town's Rents, and pay the Debts; it fometimes happen'd, that,
before the former became due, there was a Demand for the latter ;
and, perhaps, they could not be disburfed 'till two or three Fears
after they were out of Office : To eafe this Grievance, it was de-
creed, That 100I. a-piece, out of the Common-Stock, ihould be
freely lent them, upon giving Security. However good was this
Defign ; yet Mr. Ran/on, when he was elected Chamberlain, refu-
fed to receive the Money, or to obey the Orders of the Bench ; tho'
he Knew there were feveral By-Laws to inflii 1 Penalties upon him
for hi-. Obftinacy ; and by which, no doubt, they diftrain'd upon his
( roods, acci trding to Advice, given to the ( Corporation, by Sir Wil-
liam * nes, a celebrated Lawyer, in tho

[/] Some of the Family,ofthe worfhipful Mayor aforefaid, he

bury'd in St Joan's Church, Leeds; the Enfcriptions over whom,

the Reader may find, in Latin, faithfully inferti d, with an exa< I

I lation, in my Second Volume of Antiquitii ,Pag 30. in the

latter Part of that, concerni Istofonu Places in the County.


176 Mayors, Sheriffs, Chamberlains. Reign of K. Charles II-

1677 Henry Maifter, 1 ) f George Mawfon
[g] MarkKirkby ) Robert Nettleton

1678 Chrilt. Richardfon, 2 ) William Hydes
[ // ] Francis Delacamp j Anthony Caddy

1679 George Crowle, 2 ) Richard Ellis
[/] Anthony Ivefon j John Chappelow

\_g~\ On the 3d of December, an Order was made, Againji any
Per/on, in Power, who should abfeut him/elf, in thofe limes, when
Afjijlanee was ueeeffary to make By-Laws for the Publick Good.
Alfoyiu Cafe of Refufal, If an Alderman, being elected Mayor, should
deny to execute that high Office, he 7oas to pay 500I. If a Burgcfs,
cliofcn Alderman, deuy'd to /land, 300I. For a Sheriff, 200I. A
Chamberlain, 50I. Englifh Money, to be apply d to the Ufe of the
Corporation. And, in Cafe of intended Resignation, when the Corpo-
ration should not [for want of fujjicieut Reafous) grant fuch their
Defires ; the Penalty of Ten Pounds was to be laid on thofe Per-
fons, for every Offence, who should a If cut themfelvcs from the Hall,
after having Notice given for Meeting ; or, appearing, did not per-
form their Duty, in afjijling, to the utmofl of their Ability, in the
Management of the Town's Affairs. — About this Time, happen'd
a Difputc, concerning- the Floods endamaging the Julian Well,
and Springs of Daringham. But this was adjufted by fomc of the
Commiffioners of Sewers (in the Abfence of Sir Robert Regard, a
Commiffioner alio, who had the Misfortune of a broken Leg) to the
Content of the Inhabitants of the neighbouring Towns, and to the
Mayor and Aldermen of Hull. — f Mr. George Mawfon t one of
the Chamberlains, might have lived to enjoy a higher Dignity,
had not the cruel Ufage he met with, in the Reign of King fames
the Second, prevented it : For being then feiz'd upon, by Com-
mand of the Governour, he was dragg'd out of his Habitation,
convey'd to the Guard-Houfe, and there tied Neck and Heels, for
fuch an unreafonable Time, that the Blood fpoutedoutof his Mouth
and Ears ! Thro' the Lofs of which, and fomc Veffels being broke,
he afterwards pin'd, languifhed, and died !

[h ] The Order, in the preceding Year, (concerning the Sums
decreed to be paid for Non-Compliance, or Refufal, at their feve-
ral Elections, &c.) appeared fo reasonable, and agreeeble to a Sta-
tute, in King Henry Vlllth's Reign; that, on the 30th of March,
this Year, it was confirm'd by the Lord-Chancellor Pinch; Richard
Rai//sforth,3.nd Francis North, Lord-Chief-Jufticcs. — The Taylors
arofe againft the Magiftrates ; but were foon brought to fubmit.

[/] On Feb. 24. Lemuel Kingdon, and William Ramfden, Efqrs.
were elected Members of Parliament. On the 2d of May, John


Mayors, Sheriffs, Chamberlains. Reign of K. Charles II. 177

1680 Simon SiiTon } Robert Trippet
[ i ] Matthew yohnfon ) Robert Lemon

1 68 1 Robert Mafon \ John Haslewood
[/] Lionel Buckle ) Michael Beilby

Sharp, Archbifhop of St. Andrew* s, was barbarously murder'd in
Scotland. Soon after happen'd an Infurreclion, of 1500 ]\Ien. who
were quelled by the Duke of Monmouth. I have heard of a Tra-
gi-Comical Affair, that follow'd, in the Punifliment of fomc of the
Malcontents ; but will not affirm it. The Kings Party, refolving
on Juflicc, brought feveral of t hem to the Gallows: But, at the fame
time inclined to Merer, would fain have jdved their Lives, provided
tliofe deluded 1 1 T /rtchcs showed but theleafl Marks of Repentance; and,
in particular, pray \i for his Majejly. Yet fnch was the Obftinacy
of fomc of them, thro the violent Importunity of their Wives, who
would have' em thought Martyrs, (each crying out, when the Rope
teas about her Husband's Neck, and faflened to the Tree, Jump into
Glory, Dear! Jump into Glory!) that they t/iroied themfelves
headlong out of the World indeed. But one good Man, finding his
puritannick Dame had over-flrain 'd herficlf info often bawling out,
Jump into Glory ! and. pci haps, confidering her a filly, blind, un-
gracious Creature, who wanted to be rid of him ; lie prudently cryd
out, Madam, my Place is at your Service : You may e'en jump in-
to Glory yourfelf, and be hang'd ! But, for my part, I lay hold of
Royal Clemency ; fincerely pray, God fave the King ; and make
us all more obedient Subjects, than pretended Martyrs. Upon this,
the poor Man was taken from the Tree ; and fit at liberty, with
the joyful Acclamations of the Friends to Monarchy. — July the 1 2th,
the Judges Dolben, and Raymond, came to hold Affize, at //////.

[f ] About this time, a Difpute happen'd between the Ferry-
men oi Hull, and thofe (belonging to the Queen's Ferry) at lun-ton.
The latter complain'd, That the former obftrucled their Landing of
Paffengers, at the Staith, to the Prejudice of his Majefly, and the
Royal Widow: In which Profecution, the Council affifted them:
But the Mayor and Aldermen, on the other hand, endeavoured to
prove, That their Ferrymen were 'very uncivilly dealt with, by the
Plaintiffs. As therefore the 1 Jifference proceeded from themeerPaf-
fions of Watermen, it was prevented by the Prudence of the Magi-
ft rates ; and fo the Affair ended.

[/] The Mayor was elected Alderman, the preceding year, on
the 25th of Ohober. Sir Michael Warton, and Sir Wthlian
were ele&ed Member • of Parliament. 1 he King, fending an En-


178 Mayors, Sheriffs, Chamberlains. Reign of K. Charles II.

1682 Jofcph Ellis 7 William Hall

[/'] William Robinf on \ Lionel Ripley

gineer to furvey the Town, and efpecially the Garrifon ; he com-
manded a Citadel to be creeled within its Boundaries, and regular
Fortifications: Which were afterwards founded upon large Piles,
the entire Bulks of Trees, drove into the Earth very deep, join'd
clofe together, which took up a great Number: The Expence of
thefe ftupendous Works cofl abovei >ne I tundred Thoufand Pounds.

[/'] The Worfhipful Mayor departed this Life in his Mayoral-
ty; and Mr. Anthony Lambert, officiated till a new Election.
The antient Market-Crofs was pulled down, and a new one creeled,
at the Expence of near Eight Hundred Pounds.— About this
Time, a Suit happen'd, between this Corporation, and that of Leeds:
Becaufe, the Water-Bailiff, of Hull, had diftrain'd, for fome Port-
Fees, on the Goods of the latter : Who, to defend themfelves, plead-
ed an old Caufe, in Queen Elizabeth's Time : When Mr. Foxley,
Water-Bailiff of Hull, and Mr. Thompfon, Toll-Gatherer, in Bever-
ley, were obliged to pay 40/. upon fuch another like Occafion : This
ended the Difpute. — Another Suit commene'd betwixt the Corpo-
ration, and the * Lead-Merchants of Darbyshire; becaufe the latter
did not pay Duty for Lead (which hclp'd towards the Expence of
the Haven, &c.) m the Common Weigh-] [oufeatthe King's Great
Beam ; but frequently weigh' d the Pigs at private Staiths, and car-
ry'd them off in the Night. But tho' many ftrong Arguments were
ufed againft the Defendants ; yet they proved inefficient to caft
them. — December the 22d, the Earl of Plymouth came as Gover-
nour to Hull, in the Duke of Monmouth's Room : He was accom-
pany'd by the Lord // r indfor, Sir John Legardoi Ganton, Sir Wil-
loughby Hickman, Thomas Sandys, Efq ; and feveral Gentlemen.
At the Horfe-Staith, the Corporation receiv'd Them in their For-
malities: Captain Copley, Deputy-Governour, (who had fail'd in the
Humber, in order to conduct them) regal'd the honourable Compa-
ny at his Houfe; and the next Day they were invited to the Mayor's,
at a fplendid Entertainment. After Dinner, they were conducted
to the Hall, and fworn Burgeffes. The Earl, making an eloquent
Speech, in which he thank' d the Corporation for the kind Reception
he met with, moved for two Things. First, That the Records
might be fearch 'd, to know what Methods the former Lieutenants
had taken, in ordering the Militia ; whereby he might make a more
regular Improvement, Se< ONDLY, That the Conventicles, (which
he took to be Nurferies of Faction, &c. and oppofite to both Divine
and Human Laws) might be fupprefs'd. Some of the Burgeffes,

* One of whom was Mr. Taylor of Waldingwelh, hearing

Chap. x. Mayors, Sheriffs, &c. Reign of King- Charles II. 1 79

1683 Francis Delacamp, 1 } John Gotherick

[/] JVilliam Catline ) Chriftopher Fawthorp

1684 John Field | John Higden
[in] Rich, (or Robt.) Nettleton ) Samuel Boyfe

hearing the Earl fo bitter againft the Diffenter.s,inform'd again ft the
two Meeting-Houfes, then in the Town, whofe Minifters werecalled
Mr. Ashley, ■asv&Mx. Cliarlifs. Uponwhich, the Conftables were im-
mediately fent to apprehend them : The former abfeonded ; but
the latter was taken, fin'd, and committed to*Prifon: Their Hearers
(Michael Beilby, John Graves and Robiufon, &c.) were iharply re-
buk'd: And the Karl, when he had view'd the Garrifon, with the
Fortifications, (giving neceffary Directions, which kept him about
two or three Days) then he departed for Heddon.

[ /] On the 10th of July, the Judges {jefferies and Holloway)
arrived at Hull: To whom the Town's Charter was furrender'd.

[;//] Sir Edward Barnard was discharged from being Recorder:
The Charters of feveral Cities, and Corporations, having been de-
liver'd up this Year, in order to have new ones granted, with frefli
Advantages ; the Aldermen Lambert, Sifjous, Maflers and Mafon,
of HULL, fet out for London, on the 27th of Oclober, to wait upon
the King, with the Hopes of obtaining thefe Amendments. I. The
Eleclion of Mayor out of Two A Idermen : 'The like Number, in Re-
gan/ to each Perfon, to be cJiofe in the feveral other Offices in the Cor-
poration. II. That, in Cafe, either the Days of Election, or Swear-
ing into Office, should happen on a Sunday, they might be perform 1 d
the Day after. III. That 3 or 4 of the cldefl Aldermen, should be of
the Quorum with the Mayor and Recorder. IV. That, in Cafe of
Sicknefs to the Mayor, or Sheriff; then the Aldermen, according to
Seniority, might fupply their Places, that fo Tryals might not be
hinder' d. V. That w/iat King HENRY VIII. and King [AMES I.
had granted, us to the Profits of tlie Haven, &c. might be confirm* d.
VI. That, as the Garrifon Side belong' d now to the King ; fo the
'Jo: on might be exempted from the lixpeuee of upholding the Banks,
II 'alls, &c All thefe Things, with whatever elfe they ask'd, his
Majefty granted ; and f< > tin- Aldermen return'd, with a new Char-
ter, to the incredible Joy of the Town. In December, his Majefty
required the Names of the mod loyal Inhabitants, to Monarchy, thai
they might be employ'd in the Magiftracy. All thofe, of the Alder-
men, werefent up, except .Mr. fohujou's: Who, fince the late Trou-
bles, wild)- confidering mighl come to pafs, thro' his former
Inclination to the late oppofite Government, had gotten a fair legi-
* W lure lie was confined for half a Year We

l8o Of tJtc ingenious Subtlety of Alderman Johnson, &c.

ble Writing, which contain'd the Innocency of his Life, with his Fi-
delity to the King, and Obedience to the Laws of the Land: And
to this, by kind, fubtle Ufage, he obtain'd of his Brethren, at diffe-
rent Times, (as he got them, one by one, into a good Humour) to
affix their Names, to his intire Satisfaction. But afterwards he hap-
pening to refufe the Signing of foine Warrants, which were level-
led againftDiffenters; it fo much affronted the Bench, that they una-
nimously omitted his Name. Upon which, the Alderman, appealing
to the King; his Brethren obtain'd a Hearing, again ft him, before
his Majefty, and Council: When, fuddenly, Mr. Jolnfou, pull'd
out the Taper, which his Profecutors had fign'd, as an irrefragable
Argument againft them.* This Teflimonium occafion'd an almoft
general Smile: And tho' his Adverfaries pleaded the Infufficiency
of it, becaufe not fign'd in the open Hall; yet their private Affent
was look'd upon as more valid ; their Objection over-rul'd, and
ridicul'd: His Majefty therefore took Alderman Johnson into Fa-
vour; and order'd him to be inferted in the Lift, as a very Honcjl,
Worthy, Loyal and Ingenious Perfon.

* Much fuch another Piece of Art, or rather (confidering its hafly Inven-
tion) more complete, happen'd in Dublin : which I shall mention purely for
the Reader's Diverfion. The Rev. Mr. Glandee, Rector of St. Michael's Church,
happening, fome way, or other, to incur the Difpleafure of his Parishioners,
was accufed by them, to the Archbishop, of fome Irregularities, that occafion'd
him to be very near his being turn'd out of his Living. This inveterate Ufage
from a ftray'd Flock, perhaps to as carelefs a Shepherd, drove the Minifter into
fuch an Agony, that he told them, Since they were re/blv'd to deprive him of his
Brant, Jie would rather die in his Pulpit, than be fore ' d to return to Scotland, -where
he was born! To his Church he went ; fat, and wept 3 fometimes, at his Desk;
now, in his Pulpit ; and then, at the Altar. He continu'd there in the Night ;
would fuffer none, but himfelf, to officiate the next Day ; when he show'd all
the Tokens of a melancholly Madnefs. At length, feeming to expoflulate
with his Parishioners, he told them, He -was willing to abandon the Place, if they
would only give him a tolerable Character, that he might not be despis'd in his own
Country! They, to get rid of him, promis'd to confent to, and fign, whatever
his Heart could wish for, as to that Point. He therefore caus'd to be wrote,
what he pleas'd, according to their Affent ; by which he feem'd to be rege-
nerated to a new Creature. They fign'd, and delivered the Writing to the Par-
fon : But he, more wife, inftead of departing to Scotland, went with his Tefti-
monial to his Grace of Dublin. " My Lord, quo 1 he, I have been grievously
" tradue'd in the Spiritual Court, as one unworthy of my Sacred Function,
" tho' a faithful Minifter of the Gofpel of our dear Redeemer : But, to ob-
" viate the ponderous Accufations of my Enemies ; behold here, my gracious
" Lord ! the Character given me, by the devoutest Perfons of my Parish. —
His Grace, taking the Paper from him, perufing it over, and beholding the
Hand-Writing of his Profecutors, held up his Hands, as a Token of his Amaze-
ment ! And then he ask'd Mr. GLANDEE, What indue'd them to fign fuch an
Instrument ? " Truly, my Lord, quo 1 he, tho' they ly'd to your Grace, yet will
" not I : They gave it me, that I should depart from them : But if they do
" not know, when they have got a good Minister : I have the Senfe to un-
' ' derstand, when I am blefs'd with a beneficent People : And your Grace,

" I hope

Chap. xi. Mayors, Sheriffs, &c. Reign of King James II. i8l


Continuation of the MAYORS, Sheriffs, and
Chamberlains, down to the Revolution : JVitJi
iv hat Tranf act ions happened thereupon.

King JAMES II. February 6.

A. D. MAYOR and i n

Sheriff. I Chamberlains.

1685 TOhn Forcet, or Forcett ) ^Homas Tomlin
[;/] J Richard Gray ) William Idell

[ // ] I could not begin the Actions of this King's Reign, with-
out taking Notice of the Character given of his late Royal Brother,
by a judicious Pen. * " Now, alas! Death has fnatch'd from us
" our mo ft gracious Sovereign, CHARLES the Second, Son of
" CHARLES the Martyr, of Bleffed Memory ! Royally de-
" fcended, and born to preferve an eternal Remembrance of Bri-
" tain's Glory. Father of his Country ; an Eftablifher of Peace,
" and Concord : Magnanimous, when inteftine Broils, and Civil Dif-
" cord, were very predominant: Patron of Learning; an Enemy
" to jarring Fraction, and Strife; Defender of the Faith; a conftant
" Lover of Virtue, as well as an Admirer of Piety ; inferior to none
" of his Predeceffors. During the Space of 25 Years, he behav'd
" himfelf, as a good and gracious King, to all his loyal Subjects :
" At length, he left his terreftrial Crown, to his Succcffors, that he
" might receive an incorruptible Diadem: And departed this Life
" the 6th Day of February \ in the 37th Year of his Reign, Anno
" Domini 168^."' — The new King, being quickly proclaim'd, of his
own Accord, fpoke to his Privy-Council, to this Effect, Thatjince it
* Translation from the Latin. tiad

"I hope, will not difcard me; becaufe, if I am not a /'•ml, or Apollos; yet,

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