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[356J

fentative

Body

of

the

Nation,

that

muff:

not

med-

dle with

Matters

of

Church or State!

Had

Mr.

N.

looked into

the

yournal

of

Parlia-

ment,

to

know

what

was done there,

he

would

have

found

a

fatisía&ory

Account

of

this

Matter.

D'Ewe'sjour-

The. Kingdom was now

in

the

utmoft

Danger,

xal

P.

458.

and

the

Seafon

being far

advanced,

the Seflion

could

be but

thort

;

and

therefore

the

Lord

Keeper, after

having reprefented

the

Danger

that

threatened

the

Nation,

(peaks

in

the

following Manner.

`

Her

Majetty farther

hath

willed me

to

signify

unto

you, that the

calling

of

this

Parliament now,

is

`

not

for the

making

of

any

more new

Laws

and

`

Statutes,

for there are already

a

fufficient

Number

`

both

of

Eccletìaflical

and

Temporal;

and

fo

ma-

ny

there

be,

that, rather

than to burden

the

Sub-

`

je&

with

more to

their

Grievance,

it

were

fitting

an

Abridgment were

-made

of

thofe

there are al-

ready.

`

Wherefore,

it

is

her

Majetly's Pleafure,

that

the

Time

be

not (pent therein

;

but

the principal

`

Caufe

of

this

Parliament

is,

That

her

Majefly

`

might

confult

with

her

Subjects, for

the

better

`

withflanding

of

thefe intended

Invafions,

which

`

are

now greater

than ever

were heretofore heard

4

of.

And

whereas

heretofore

it

hath been

ufed,

`

that

many

have

delighted themfelves

in

long

Ora-

`

tions

full

of

Verbotity,

and

of

vain

Ottentations,

`

more

than

in

(peaking things

of

Subftance, the

`

Time

that

is

precious fhould

not

be

thus fpent.

The

Seons

cannot

be

long, by

reafbn

of

the

Spring

`

Time;

'tis

fit

that

Gentlemen

(

hould

repair

to

their

`

Counties,

the

Juflices

of

Aflize

alfì°

to go

their

Circuits. So

the

good Hours

should

not

be

loll

`

in

idle Speeches. But the

little

Time

we

have

thould

be

bellowed

wholly

on

fàrch

Bufineffes%as

`

are needful

to

be

confidered

of."

Could

any

thing

be

more

ferviceable

to

the

Nation,

than

to

prevent walling

Time

in

Difputes upon

Subje&s

of

lefs

Importance,

and

making Divifions

in

the

King-

dom

upon that

account,

at

a

Jun&ure when

every

thing that

could

be

dear to an Englifhman was

in

fuck imminent

Danger

; a

Danger

that exceeded

that

of is8$.

Was

this

a

Time

to

adjufl

Difputes

about