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MYSEVM BRITANNICVM

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PREFACE

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HE following Treatife was

composed by that most

Learned and Judicious Civilian FRANCIS HOTOMAN, a grave, fincere, and unexceptionable Author, even in the Opinion of his Adverfaries. This Book gives an Account of the Ancient Free State of above

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three Parts in four of all Europe ; and has of a long time appeared to ine so convincing and inftruEtive in those Important Points he handles,

that I could not be satisfied whilst it remained unknown, in a manner, to Englishmen; who, of all People living, have the greatest Reason to be thoroughly instructed in what it contains; as having, on the One hand, the most to lose ; and, on the Other, the least Sense of their Right to it. Therefore a fincere Desire of Instructing the only Poffeffors of True Liberty in the World, what'Right they have to that Liberty, of how great a i Value it is, what Misery follows the Loss of it, and how eafily, if

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Care be taken in time, it may be preferved, has induced me to Tranilate and fend Abroad this {mall Treatise. And if it either opens the Eyes, or confirms the Honourable Resolutions of any of iny Worthy Countrymen, have gained a Glorious End; and done that in my Study, which I would have promoted any other way, if I had been called to it. I hope to dye with the Comfort of Believing, that Old England will continue to be a free Country, and know its self to be such; that my Friends, Relations, and Children, with their Posterity, will inherit their share of this ins estimable Blessing, and that I have contributed my part to it.

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I have often with’d, in regard to my Author, that he had of mitted his Nineteenth Chapter, wherein he discovers a great Ae version to Female-Governments 3 having nothing to say 'in Excufe of hạm, but that being a Lawyer and a Frenchman, he was Vindigating the Constitution of his Country: Certain it is ( how little favourable soever fuch Governments have proved to France) other Nations have never flourish'd more, in good Laws, Wealth and Conquefts, than, under the Administration of Women: There are not brighter Characters in Antiquity, than of Semiramis, Thalefins, Tbomiris

, Zenobia, and many Others. "I am sure our Inand in

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