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Phenir xv.

Certain Letters, evidencing K.

Charles ll's Stedfastness in the
Protestant Religion: Sent from the
Princess of Turenne, and tbe Mi-
nisters of Charenton, to some
Persons of Quality in London.

A LETTER from the Princess of Turenne, to

* Noble Lady her Cousin-German, Madam de Caftelnaut, as London,


My Dear Cousin,

F you had not been for a long time accustom'd to bear with, and to pardon my Laziness, I thould be in pain for

the judgment you might make of my Silence, and that I have delay'd so long to answer the laft Letter I receiy'd from you : But if your Goodness protects me from the Reproaches which you have reason to charge me with, it does not secure me from those which I ought to lay to my own charge, when I neglect to give you such Teftimonies as I am able of the Tenderness I have for you. It is true, that I shall be more earneft to give you real and useful Proofs of it, than I am to let you see these weak Affurances; and you may be confident, my dear Confin, that I shall ever cherith such Opportunities,


and embrace them with all my heart as often as I am able. Yet

I must complain of you to your self, because you have again written to me with Ceremony, and did not follow this Me. thod which is more fiank and more convenient; and truly this was the thing which did contribute to my Laziness: for I am so anacquainted with formal Writing, especially to those I love so heartily, that I know not how to set my self to it, and I was afraid that it would be too uncivil to use such freedom after all those Complements you gave me. Yet at laft, Madam, my dear Cousin, I thought this should not make you suspect that I could fail to join to that Affe&tion I have for you, all thofe Rerentnients of Honour and Respect which are due to you, and to which I am more particularly oblig'd than another, both by nearnefs in Blood, and by many other Reasons : Therefore I am fix'd to continue in this way in the Resolution to overcome you, and to oblige you to do fo too; otherwise,

I do declare, that I shall take a refusal for such a Complement 7 7 as witneffes more Civility than Friendship, and for a kind of

renouncing of this Commerce. I will therefore, Dear Cousin, expect a very kind Letter with little Ceremony; such a one I do defire, and that you would receive this with the same Af. fe&tion wherewith I do write it. I long much for the Satir. faction to see you again in this Country, you have already seen many Revolutions in that where you are; and whatever my longing be for your return, I do avow it, That I wish with all my heart you may yet see there that Change, which the present condition of affairs gives us reafon to hope very Tort. İy, and which all good Men desire with an extreme Passion that is, The King's return into his former Lustre and Authority. Í have ever wish'd with great Passion the re-eftablishment of that Prince for divers Reasons, both for the defire which I think every one ought to have, that things be done according to Justice, and for the horror of the Crime committed upon the Person of the King his Facher, which hath fince drawn down such terrible Jugdgments on those Nations, and so fear, ful Confusions in those Churches, which God had gather’d. there, and which he had made flourish with so much Luftre and Purity, that one cannot forbear to'weep over their Ruin as bitterly as Ezra, Nehemiah, and Daniel did over that of Jerufalem, until it may please the Lord to hear us and settle them. 1 profess I cannot believe that that Sin can be expiated, nor the Interdict remov'd from among them, but by the re-eftablishment of their Lawful and Sovereign Lord, and by the rendring to him that Power which he receiv'd from God, and which for so long a time hath been usurp'd over him. The same who commands to give God the things which are God's, com


mands us also to render to Cafar the things that are Cear's: So that I believe that he who would content himself with one of these two Duties, and so separate the things which God hath join'd, should satisfy neither; and that so lame a Service fhould be less acceptable among Christians, than a lame Or. fering was among the Jews. These Considerations make me with with great Paffion that God would inspire those Nations to do their Duty ; but I do avow it, that I double my Prayers and my Zeal, when I hear that the present Governours are no more those Seitarys, but Men of our Profession. They have had the misfortune to be fander'd by the Adverfa rys, as açcelfary to the Death of their Sovereign, and that infamous Acculation seems to have blackt all their Brethren. Bleffed be the God of Mercy, who presents to them so fair an occasion to clear themselves, and to renove that Reproach from so holy a Profession as ours is, which we have ever brag'd to have this advantage above all others, in that it did teach us better than any other that which we owe to Sovereigns, and did not permit that Men should, under any pretext whatsoever,difpense themselves of the Oath of Fidelity which they have taken. I have so great an impatience to hear that they have there so re-establıth'd it by so just and so lovely an A&tion, that I cannot tell you with how much Affection I beg'd it of God on the Faft-day which we kept at Charenton laft Easter Weck, and how earnestly I do beg it every day. And I believe there be few Lovers of the Peace of Jerusalem who make not the same Prayer; and I see that all those of our Profession in this Kingdom are more earnest in this than ever, whether it be that God inspires this Motion to pray more earnestly in a time when he will do his work (as he is often pleas'd to make the Prayers of his Children meet with the Decrees of his Providence) or whether they have taken more notice of late of the Effets of the Piety of the King of England, which makes them intereft themselves more sensibly in his Concerns. For my own part I professit, that I was exceedingly satisfy'd when I had the Honour to pay my Respects to him the laft time he past thro this Country, having heard him speak with 1o great Testimonys of Piety, that I was extremely edify’d. He was also pleas’d to give this Mark of his Communion with our Churches, as to go to Sermon at Rochel and at Rouen in his Passage ; and if he had staid here, we had had the honour to have leen him at Charenton. There can nothing be added to the Regularity which this Prince keeps in aslifting daily at those Exercises of Piety, which are kept Morning and Evening in his Family. In a word, I bless God, because the Marks of God's Fle&tion are seen in bim: And I hope God will use his Service


for re-establishing what we have before seen with so much pleasure in his Dominions, and that his Subjects will have cause to bless the Lord for putting it into their Hearts, to sender to their King his Crown, and as fair as ever he had it, and without spoiling or defacing it in setting it on his

Head. I pray God with all my Heart that he may give them Ć chis Grace, and I do to lay it to heart, that I take the liberty

to write you a long Letter of it, which looks like a little Vó-
lume. But it is, dear Cousin, because I believe that as you
are on the place, it is a point of Duty to contribute always
what one can to infuse these Thoughts into such as have them
not, and that every one ought to be ambitious to bring their
little Stone toward that excellent Work. As I do detire very
much that thofe in whom I am concern'd may employ them-
selves toward what is excellent, I fhall be very glad that my
Lady your Sifter in Law and You might contribute somewhat
to this. Oblige me, by assuring her of my moft humble Ser-
vice, and by believing me altogether
Tuesday, 6 April,

N. Stile, 1660.

Ox. Caumont

A Letter of Monsieur Daille to Monfeur Le Roy.


NE of my Friends having desir'd me, a little while fince,

to send him a Copy of the great Bible printed at London, I remembred that the last Winter you propos'd to send one to Monsieur Duret, and my self, for fifty Crowns; fo that I believ'd, that in this occafion I could not make an Address to any with more conveniency than to you, that my Friend might be provided. And I hope you will grant me the Favor which I request of you, to inform me, whether you can at present perform your Promise, and send me this Book for the price whick you formerly expreft. Moreover, I cannot buc rejoice with you for the happy News which is convey'd to us from the place where you are, whereby we are inform’d, that the univerfal Defire of the People seems with a common voice to recal their natural and lawful King. Besides that Generosity and Equity it self obliges us to wish, that this Prince may return into his own Kingdom and Inheritance, of which he hath been unjuftly depriv'd; we ought also to delire it for the honour of our Re ligion, which should be more dear to us than any other Intereft.


For when our Adversaries formerly would charge the Blame of the Death of the late King of England on our Religion, you know we could very well guard our felves from this Reproach, by cafting it intirely upon the Sectaries, who indeed were only guilty of that horrible Crime. But at present we do not ftand upon the same terms, since there is such a change of Affairs; the Sectarians having loft their credit, or at least being fallen from that Sovereign Power which they had graspt; and on the contrary the Presbyterian Party, which is ours, now governing in England. So that if they let lip the fair opportunity which God seems to open to them, for the re-eftablishing of the King of Great Britain in his. Dominion, and to re-advance him to the Throne of his Anceftors, it is most apparent there will be no further ground to excuse themselves upon the Sectaries, nor to wash our holy Religion from that spot, from which, by the Grace of God, it hath always been preserv'd pure and clean to this present. I well know there are dispersed evil Rumors concerning the Religion of this Prince ; and I doubt not, but there are some Persons at London, as well as at Pari, who endeavour to persuade the World, That he hath forsaken our Communion, to embrace that of Rome : But who can be lieve a thing that is so contrary to all probability? there is nothing of this appears to us. On the contrary we well know, That altho this Prince hath been constrain'd by the Circumstances of his present Condition, to reside fometimes in places where the Exercise of our Religion is tot permitted, yet he hath always had his Chaplains near to him, who are nothing less than Papists, and who every where have regularly in his presence prayed, and perform the other parts of Divine Service. Moreover, all.Pers, and all the World hath known the Anger and the juft Indignation which he express'd, when he understood the Endeavours which have been used (tho ineffectively) for the Apoftacy of the . Duke of Glocester. And if this young Prince rendred his. Pieti and Conftancy admirable, by that hrm Refiftance which be oppos'd in so tender an Age, to such a violent and dangerous Persecution; so also in that he retir'd to the King his Brother, and there fought for a Sanctuary to his Religion, it is a very certain Argument, that the King had not quitted that Religion: for if this had been true, the Duke of Glocester bad found him an Enemy inftead of a Protector, and had suffer'd the loss of his Conscience, where he had fought its Security, and where he really found it. It is objected againft this, that during the whole space of time which the King of Great Britain paft in the Court of France, he never came to our Reli gious Assemblies, and that amongst others he never came to


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