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" VI. What is due to onely succession by birth and by what interest or right an heire apparent hath in the Crown before he is crowned or ad- mitted by the Commonwealth. And how justly he may be put back if he have not the parts requisite.

" VII. How the next in succession by propin- quity of blood have often times been put back by the Commonwealth and others further off admitted in their places, even in those kingdomes where succession prevaileth, with many examples of the kingdomes of Israel and Spaine.

" VIII. Divers other examples out of the States of France and England, for proofe that the next in blood are sometimes put back from succession, and how God hath approved the same with good successe.

" IX. What are the principall points which a Commonwealth ought to respect in admitting, or excluding their King ; wherein is handled largely also of the diversity of religions and other such causes.

" London. Printed by Robert Ibbitson, dwell- ing in Smithfield neere the Queen's Head Tavern.


There was not the slightest hint in this book of its origin, and to all appearance it was a new work. Walker advertised it as follows :

Perfect Occurrences, 21-28 Jan., 1647/8 (p. 393) :

" Concerning these nicities [sic] there is a booke in the presse of diverse speeches at a conference, concerning the power of the Parliament in relation to the King, which will within few dayes be published."

Perfect Occurrences, 28 Jan. -4 Feb., 1647/8 (p. 402) :

" Thursday, Feb. 3. His Majesty is very melancholy. The speeches at a conference came abroad this day in print, concerning the King."

Anthony a Wood in his Life of Persons draws attention to this piracy, and says as follows (' Athense,' ii. 71) :

" Dr. Barlow's note [in the Bodleian copy] is this, in a spare leaf before the title : ' This base and treacherous pamphlet is, verbatim, the first part of Francis Doleman [Parsons was the man under that name] touching succession to the Crown. These nine speeches, as here they call them, are the nine chapters in Doleman. And this was printed at the charge of the Parliament, 30 pound being paid to the printer, " in perpetuam eorum infamiam." See the collection of His Majesties gracious messages for peace, p. 125, 126. The messages were collected and printed with

observations upon them by Mr. Simons.

The said traiterous pamphlet [' Several Speeches ']

was put out by Walker, an ironmonger (from

that he came to be a cowherd) [?]. When the King came into London about the five members he threw into his coach a traiterous pamphlet, call'd " To thy tents, O Israel" (vid. Lambert Wood s History). He afterwards writ the Perfect Occurrences, and now [1649] is made a minister by the Presbyterians [?]. Mr. Darby, a

Yorkshire and Parliament man, bought Dolemaa of Corn. Bee at the King's Arms in Little Britain and gave it to Walker.' "

Walker was the last person the Presby- terians would have made a minister. He was preferred to benefices at Uxbridge and at Knightsbridge by the Bump (in the latter place his parishioners petitioned against him), and Cromwell gave him the living of St. Mar- tin's Vintry. " Mr. Darby " is probably a mistake for Henry Darley. Cornelius Bea was a well-known bookseller.

On 6 May, 1648, the following book of which the press-mark is E. 438. (19.) - appeared : " The King's most gracious messages for peace and a personal treaty." The following extract is from pp. 125 T in it :

" They [the Parliament] pretended great enmity unto popish doctrine and tenents, and episcopacy was pull'd down out of zeale against popery (as if that had been a friend to it). With- what clamours did they represent to the people Secretary Windebank's intercourse with Jesuits and popish priests. And yet these very men have permitted Mabbot (the allowed broker of all these venomous scribblings) to authorise the printing a book of Parsons the jesuite, full of the most popish and treasonable positions that ever were vented, for very good doctrine. Nay,. more then this ; have they not contributed 30J. towards the charge of printing the same, and when, after its publication, it was told them by some that the said booke had been condemned by Parliament in the 35 of Queen Elizabeth and that the printer thereof was drawn, hang'd and quarter'd for the same [?], and that it was then enacted that whosoever should have it in their house should be guilty of High Treason. When all this was related to some of the Committee of Examinations, did they not stop their ears at it ? Their own consciences know all this to be true, and that we are able to prove it before the world. Yet these be the men, forsooth, that hate Popery.

" This popish booke that we speak of was first published anno 1594, under the name of Dolman, and intituled ' A Conference about the succession of the Crowne.' It consists of two partes, whereof the first conteines the discourse of a civill lawyer How and in what manner propinquity of blood is to be preferred. It is divided into nine chapters, all which this blessed reforming Parliament hath now published under the title of ' Severall Speeches,* &c. They were all answered (as they are in the Jesuites book) by Sir John Haward [Hayward],, Doctor of the Civil Law, in the year 1603, and dedicated to King James, which answer is common in booksellers' shops, still to be sold. Now there is no difference betwixt this book published by this Parliament and that of the jesuite condemned by that other an. 35 Eliz. but onely this, when- the Jesuit mentions the apostles he adds the word 'Saint' to their names, 'S..John. S. James. S. Peter,' which the author of this new edition leaves out, and saies plain John, James and Peter. And perhaps in some places the word Parliament is put instead of the word ' Pope ' or ' People.' Nay the variation is so_little that it speaks [the-