This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1820 Excerpt: ...to acquaint the King that they would supply him with any sum of money he might require, if he would lay aside the Lord Treasurer. According ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1820 Excerpt: ...to acquaint the King that they would supply him with any sum of money he might require, if he would lay aside the Lord Treasurer. According to James, overtures were also made to Lord Danby, by Colonel Birch, who endeavoured to prevail upon him to favour Monmouth's legitimacy. Both these stories may be true; but we have not the same authority for an account which appears in James's memoirs of a proposal made by the party to the Duke of York, to turn out Lord Danby. The credit of this tale rests upon the authority of the anonymous biographer of James, a witness of the most exceptionable kind; and its authenticity is rendered more questionable by the care he has taken to confirm the facts in the preceding paragraph, by a subsequent quotation of James's own words, whilst this singular story is left without any such confirmation. See Edinburgh Review, vol. xxvi. p. 402. et teq. The Duke of York soon came again before the Commons in a different manner. A bill had been brought into the House of Lords, to disable Papists from sitting in Parliament, and a proviso moved, to except the Duke. He spoke on it himself with great earnestness, and with tears in his eyes. On the Bill being sent down to the Commons, it occasioned a long debate, or rather a series of speeches, deprecating the vengeance of the House; for those who were against the Duke, almost confined themselves to crying, "Question," and "Coleman's letters." Perhaps they Were unwilling to entangle themselves in a personal discussion, when the question did not originate on their side of the House. Those who were in favour of the Duke, argued and prayed, and Sir VV. Killigrew wept in his behalf. They magnified the obligations the Duke would be under to the Protestant interest if this proviso...Read Less
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