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SPEAKER of the Honourable
House of COMMONS,
LIFE and TIMES
Cardinal WOLSE Y,
Is Most Humbly DEDICATED,
His most Obedient,
E cannot but think ourselves under
the Obligation of acknowledging, W
first, the Good-will of our Friends in particular, and next, the Cle
mency of the Publick in general, for the kind Encouragement they have given to our forft Publication, and hope we Thall equally merit their Favour in this, and the two others that are to follow with as much Dispatch as can be conveniently made.
In our first Volume we traced the CARDINAL from his Birth, through his Education, Advancement in Learning and first Preferments, to his Entrance and growing in Favour at Court. In this we have attended him, from his first Rise 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 Trusts, we shall leave our READERS to fee for themselves, which, we hope, they will not be discouraged 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 Persons of Great Britain) which is lo far from answering 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 Illustrious.
One thing more may not be amiss to mention, that it has occasionally fell in our Way to touch on the Pedigree or Descent 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 present Succeffors. And we must here observe, that we have omitted to relate that the Right Hon. Sir Wila liam Yonge is descended 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.