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and that he undertake the employment of a coachman to conduct them thither.
III. But if that design fail, whether it be not expedient to ship them all for Oceana, and that Mr. Harrington, our famous mo. dern Columbus, discoverer of that floating terra incognita, be de. sired to be the pilot to conduct them thither; who for his pains deserves to be made Knight of the Sun, and that, in a grateful re. membrance of his good service, it should always be called after his name, viz. Harringtonia?
IV. Whether it be not convenient, or rather necessary, to call all persons to an account, that have any way contributed their assistance for the establishing of the late deceased tyrant, as chief magistrate of this commonwealth? And whether any person or persons, who have any way abetted him, and endeavoured to confirm him in his tyranny, or acted under him in any places of trust, or power, or sat in any parliament, or convention, summoned by his writ, be fit to be intrusted with any office in the commonwealth, as it is now settled :
V. Whether it be not a great contempt of the law enacted by this parliament, that made it treason for any one person to aim at the sole government of this commonwealth, to suffer such person to go unpanished, in despight of the said law? And, whether it be not prudence to have such person brought to condign punishment, that hath transgressed that law, to terrify others for the future, from making the like attempt?
VI. Whether those apostate officers of the army, that were ac. tive, and grand instruments in suspending and disturbing this ses. sion of parliament, as well as secluding, imprisoning, and unjustly detracting several members of the same parliament before, that were eminent assertors of the people's liberties, against tyranny and oppression, conscientious propagators of the gospel, and establishers of the fundamental, municipal law of the land, and valiant cham. pions of the true old cause : And, by their declaration of August 22, Anno Dom. 1653; as also by a Pasquil called, The true State of the Commonwealth, An. 1654, declared this session of parlia. ment to be actually and finally dissolved from being any more a parliament, by an extraordinary providence, but also branded the members thereof ignominiously for a corrupt party, carrying on their own ends, to perpetuate themselves as supreme anthority, never answering the ends which God and his people expected from them, exercising arbitrary power, and swallowing up the ancient liberties, and properties of the people, and to perpetuate their miseries, vexations, and oppressions, through the multitude of unnecessary laws, and ordinances, concerning their own particular interest, as they there at large remonstrated, be fit persons to have any employment, either military or civil, within this commonwealth ?
VII. Whether a weather-cock, a king-fisher, a pliant willow, a piece of wax capable of all impressions, a time-server, a Persiau still sacrificing to the rising sun, a lord president, under the late
tyrant, of his high court of injustice; a man, that hath made jus. tice quick-sighted, and redeemed it from blindness, be a fit keeper of the commonwealth's conscience ?
VIII. Whether a hot-brain'd parrot, that multiplies words without matter; a new courtier, an apostate from his first principles and the good old cause, as appears by a speech he made in the last parliament in the behalf of R. C. be fit to be restored to his place of attorney-general for South Wales ?
IX. Whether pride and arrogancy, one who is of yesterday, and knows nothing; a clerk, or barrister of nine years standing; in his heart a quaker, yesterday a protectorian, this day a republi. can, to-morrow what you please; a favourer of levellism, and one that is not constant in any thing but inconstancy (save only in the opinion, that there are no witches, nor can deserve death, though an act of parliament be made to that end) be fit to be a judge in Wales ?
X. Whether a debaucher of both the protectors, an oppressor of his country, a persecutor of the godly; one, that sacrilegia Qusly robbed God's house, to build himself sumptuous palaces, and hath purchased five-thousand pounds per annum; who never fought, nor drew a sword in anger, be fit to sit in that venerable assembly of the commonwealth's representatives? or whether it be not fitter for him to be rejected, and his estate sold to pay just publick debts?
XI. Whether it be lawful for an ignorant scribbler to vent his pettish humour, malice, and reproaches against those persons, who, in the seat of judicature, have behaved themselves upright, just, and honest, and done the commonwealth singular good service, during both the late protectors governments ?
XII. Whether levellers, dippers, independants, presbyterians, jesuits, donatists, manichees, pelagians, enthusiasts, schismatieks, hereticks, hypocrites, devils incarnate; yea, whatever the present power will have them to be, of any religion, of all religions, of none at all; the true orthorlox and learned divines ordeals ; knaves, fools, yea favourers of their brethren learned in the same faculties, and Telenus's house of correction in a mercurial new-found land, be fit persons to be intrusted with the power over the consciences of honest and religious men ? And whether some of them, that are so well acquainted with the mysterious art of bribery and simony, and such Simon Magus, as, by the knack of registry, hath increased his estate, from a parsonage of one-hundred pounds per annum, to twelve-hundred pounds per annum land of inheritance, ought not, in justice and prudence, to be called to an account; and their estates, acquired by the ruins of the church and several poor ministers, to be sold, towards the payment of arrears due to the poor bankrupted common soldiers, that suffer hunger and want, while such enjoy the streams of Tagus in their coffers?
XIII. Whether it be not a matter of dangerous consequence to permit a crop-eared pettifogger, a reviler of the saints, a constant opposer of powers, an unwearied scribbler, a demoniack possessed with a legion of hellish fiends, the spirit of contradiction to publish a scandalous libel against the good old cause and the defenders thereof, in such a juncture of time, wherein most spirits are facti. ous, and apt to take fire, like tinder, at the least spark of encou. ragement dropping from a fiery pen?
XIV. Whether a Plagiarius, a Demetrius, a jailer of our liber. ties, and one who, in the last assembly, was in a probability to suffer for his unparalleled crimes, be fit to be trusted with the command of the most important place of the nation ? And whether it be not necessary to expose him to the sword of justice, who hath so much abused the sword of the commonwealth ?
XV. Whether it will not be wisdom to look back to the occa. sion of the late bloody and unhappy war, and gradually to the prosecutions thereof, and the end that was proposed at the beginning; and when the continuance of the medium conducing to that end was everted; and then to return to the place where passion captivated reason, and there to build a happy government upon the
of the true old cause, according to the first principles that were owned by all good people?
XVI. Whether it be not the purest and safest kind of free state, to have a free parliament elected annually, or twice a year, as it was before the conquest, and after many years, without restraint on the wills of the free people of the nation ; which parliament may constitute and elect a senate, that shall act according, and subject to the law of the land, in the interval of parliament, and so to be elected from year to year by each parliament; which parliaments, being the free people of England's representatives, ought not to be restrained, or curbed, by any sort of court convention, or council enjoying co-ordinate power, for that will be to abolish the grand inconvenience of one negative voice so much brayed against, and to set up a monstrous hydra of negatives (for great care ought to be taken to preserve unity in a republick, which lieth most obnoxious to popular commotions, and factions) (the epidemical disease of this schismatical age:] And further, that such meu may be elected for representatives in parliament councils, and senates, as be wise, honest, prudent, and religious; and not factious sectaries, or such as wear both law, equity, reason, and religion in their scabbards, and father all their prodigious wilful and exorbitant actions on providence?
XVII. Whether the army's declaration, and seclusion of the parliament in 1653, were an absolute dissolution of that session ; and, whether the people making new elections by virtue of 0. P. his writ
, and also most of the members of the said parliament owning the said elections to be legal by their endeavours to be elected, and sitting by vertue of such election, was a confirmation thereof; and moreover, whether they can be remitted to their ancient right, by getting possession without the concurrence of an an, cient remediat le right, which is absolutely necessary to work a remitter?
XVIII. Whether it consists with policy and national prudenco to keep such a lawless army on foot, who are carried away with a whirlwind or tempest of ambition, and walk antipodes to all set. tled and peaceable government, and are ready instruments for any insolent apostate, or tyrannical dictator, that will equal them in pretences of religion (yet denying the power thereof ) and, like Pompey, will make it his design, by secret engines, to cast the state into an absolute anarchy and confusion, that the state might cast itself into his arms, in necessity, for a protection, and so the sovereign power be cast on him; who, probably, hath neither reason, nor law on his side, save only to make good the saying of Solon, who, when Cræsus shewed him his treasury of gold, said to him: That, if another came, that had better iron, he would be quickly master of his gold?
XIX. Whether it be not safer, and more agreeable to the present government of this commonwealth, and all other free states, where due course of law is admitted 'for recovery of rights, or deciding of meum and tuum, and liberty of subjects favoured (which we have, with grçat expence of blood, so long fought for) to raise the militia in cach county, under the command of prudent and re, Jigious men, that have interest in their country, and are concerned in the welfare of the commonwealth; and not mere hirelings, that will be apt to take any impression, to the disturbance of the publick peace, for their own private ends, and will make their swords patronise intolerable rapine?
XX. Since the apostles call religion, our reasonable service to God, insomuch as the very ceremovies and figures of the old law were full of reason and signification, but more especially the christian faith under the gospel, as in all things, so in this, deserveth to be highly magnified; holding forth the golden mediocrity in this point, between the law of the heathen and the law of Mahomet, which have embraced the two extreams (for the first had no constant belief or confession, but left altogether to the liberty of professors; and the last, on the other side, interdicteth all arguments about the matter, and enjoineth unity in the manner of the profession of religion, the one having the very face of error, the other of imposture; whercas the faith doth both admit, and reject disputations and professions with difference) whether then it be not requisite to settle such a religion in this nation, as may consist with the apostle's words, and sneh a mediocrity, that we be neither tied on the one hand to a Mahometan unity of accidental discipline and manner of worship, nor, on the other hand, be left to a heathenish liberty both in the articles and principles of religion, and also in the substantial matter of belief, and decent manner of discipline and confession, since such boundless liberty is the mother of all sects, heresies, and atheism (which this age abounds with, though veiled under the specious garment of tender conscience, who are enemies to all settled government, whether monarchy or oligarchy) except their heretical opinions be favonred, and themselves mounted to the zenith of preferment, and stern of government, which is hoped will never bu, though highly at present endeavoured:
THE SOLDIERS PUBLICK LIBRARY,
Lately erected for the Benefit of all that love the good old Cause, at
Wallingford-House; And already furnished with divers excellent Treatises, herein mentioned.
London : Printed in the year 1659. Quarto, containing eight pages.
1. THE City Compliance, for Gain without Conscience, writ
ten by Robert Tychborn. 2. The Cares of the World satisfied : or, a Rest from Labour : wherein is proved a rest for such souls, as could find no rest, una der the old government, written by Henry Donne, Executioner.
3. Religion in 'Bonds: or the Saints Captivity and Persecution cxperienced : By John Barkstead, Lieutenant of the Tower.
4. A new Way to make Lords; or, new Lords already made : whereunto is added, the other House, their Authority and Insti. tution; also are included their poble Acts and Atchievements, with their fortunes inabling them, for their services, written by William Prynne, Esq.
5. Perjury (in Folio) proved to be Jure Divino, by his late Highness deceased.
6. A Commonwealth expounded to be the safe way through this World, and the most certain to that which is to come; where. unto is added, That Gain is great Godliness; by Sir Arthur Haslerig
7. Verbum Doloris : or, England in Mourning: prophetically foretelling the Destruction of Protectors, as likewise of the Succession of their Families, by Richard Cromwell, Esq.
8. Patience per Force; or, a Medicine for a mad Dog: Treat. ing of the infallible Vertue of Necessity, by the aforesaid Author.
9. The World in Amaze, or wise Men run mad: also is added hereunto an Exhortation, that those who have worn out Religion’s Cloke would get new ones, or turn the old; written by Hugh Peters, Master of Arts.
10. Divide & impera: The Art of Supplanting or Compassing one's Ends, being a subtle Piece, dedicated to the Lord Lambert, and written by Peter Talbot, Soc. Jesu.
11. The Art of Preaching and Praying, with the right Use of Religion : by that incomparable Artist, Sir Henry Vane, Knight.
12. Pucana de Scoto: or, Scots Directory for all such, as For