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RIGHT HONOURABLE

Arthur Onflow, Efq;

SPEAKER of the Honourable

HOUSE OF COMmons,

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THE

PREFACE

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E cannot but think ourselves under the Obligation of acknowledging, firft, the Good-will of our Friends in particular, and next, the Clemency of the Publick in general, for the kind Encouragement they have given to our firft Publication, and hope we fhall equally merit their Favour in this, and the two others that are to follow with as much Difpatch as can be conveniently made.

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In our firft Volume we traced the CARDINAL from his Birth, through his Education, Advancement in Learning and firft Preferments, to his Entrance and growing in Favour at Court. In this we have attended him, from his first Rife at Court, through the various Steps of Dignity that conveyed him to be Archbishop, Lord High Chancellor, Cardinal, and Legate a Latere, all which he enjoyed at once; but how well he acquitted himself in those high Trufts, we shall leave our READERS to fee for themselves, which, we hope, they will not be discouraged

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from the Pursuit of, notwithstanding a Reverend Gentleman's jejune, trite, and ungenerous Summary of his Life, (in his Lives and Characters, accompanying the Heads of Eighty Illuftrious Perfons of Great Britain) which is fo far from anfwering the Title, or the grand Picture of the Cardinal, that he has rather made him a fitter Companion for a NERO or a CALIGULA, than any thing that can be called truly Illuftrious.

One thing more may not be amifs to mention, that it has occafionally fell in our Way to touch on the Pedigree or Defcent of a great Number of our noble, antient, and worthy Families, both of Great Britain and Ireland, apprehending that they could not be of any Differvice, if of no real Advantage to many of their prefent Succeffors. And we must here obferve, that we have omitted to relate that the Right Hon. Sir Wil liam Yonge is defcended from the elder Brother of Dr. Yonge, who was Master of the Rolls in Henry the VIIIth's Time, and a great Favourite of the Cardinal's. See Fol. 331, of this Volume.

Engraved by the ingenious Meff. HOUBRAKEN, and VERTUE,

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