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Non tamen pigebit vel incondita ac rudi voce memoriam prioris fervitutis, ac
testimonium præsentium bonorum composuisse. Tacit. Agricola.
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From the Restoration of CHARLES II. to
HARLES II. was in the thirtieth year a. C.1660.
of his age when he took possession of the throne with those advantages. He had taken pains at court. in cultivating his understanding. He understood mechanics and ship-building; was well acquainted with the history and politics of the most remarkable states in Europe, he possessed a natural fund of humour and vivacity, together with the most insinuating address, and the power of pleasing in conversation. He was a latitudinarian in religion, careless, indolent, and extremely addicted to pleafure. The people, partly in imitation of the king's jovial disposition, and partly from the nature of the human mind, fo apt to be hurried from one extreme to another, gave a loose to intemperance, and the whole kingdom was filled with riot and excess. The first object that ingrossed the attention of Charles after his restoration, was the choice of
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