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PREFACE

Reader, thou haſt here the beginning and end of a diſcourſe concerning government; what fate has otherwiſe diſpoſed of the papers that ſhould have filled up the middle, and were more than all the reſt, it is not worth while to tell thee. Theſe, which remain, I hope are ſufficient to eſtabliſh the throne of our great reſtorer, our preſent King William; to make good his title, in the conſent of the people, which being the only one of all lawful governments, he has more fully and clearly, than any prince in Chriſtendom; and to juſtify to the world the people of England, whoſe love of their juſt and natural rights, with their reſolution to preſerve them, ſaved the nation when it was on the very brink of ſlavery and ruin. If theſe papers have that evidence, I flatter myſelf is to be found in them, there will be no great miſs of thoſe which are loſt, and my reader may be ſatisfied without them: for I imagine, I ſhall have neither the time, nor inclination to repeat my pains, and fill up the wanting part of my anſwer, by tracing Sir Robert again, through all the windings

and obſcurities, which are to be met with in the ſeveral branches of his wonderful ſyſtem. The king, and body of the nation, have ſince ſo throughly confuted his Hypotheſis, that I ſuppoſe no body hereafter will

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