Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB

?

CONTENTS OF VOLUME II.

PAOR

.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

.

· 102

.

THE TENURE OF KINGS AND MAGISTRATES : proving that it

is lawful, and hath been held so through all Ages, for any

who have the Power, to call to Account a Tyrant, or

wicked King, and after due Conviction, to depose, and put

him to Death, if the ordinary Magistrate have neglected

or denied to do it, &c.

1

AREOPAGITICA: a Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Print-

ing: to the Parliament of England

48

A LETTER TO A FRIEND.CONCERNING THE RUPTURES OF

THE COMMONWEALTH

THE PRESENT MEANS AND BRIEF DELINEATION OF A FREE

COMMONWEALTH, easy to be put in Practice, and without

Delay. In a Letter to General Monk

106

THE READY AND EASY WAY TO ESTABLISH A FREE COMMON.

WEALTH, and the Excellence thereof, compared with the

Inconveniences and Dangers of re-admitting Kingship in

this Nation.

108

OBSERVATIONS ON THE ARTICLES OF PEACE, between James

Earl of Ormond' for King Charles the First on the one

Hand, and the Irish Rebels' and Papists on the other

Hand : and on a Letter sent by Ormond to Colonel Jones,

Governor of Dublin : and a Representation of the Scots

Presbytery at Belfast in Ireland. To which the said

Articles, Letter, with Colonel Jones's Answer to it, and

Representation, &c., are prefixed

139

LETTERS OF STATE to most of the Sovereign Princes and Re-

publics of Europe during the Administration of the Com.

monwealth and the Protectors Oliver and Richard Crom-

well

200

A MANIFESTO OF THE LORD PROTECTOR to the Common.

wealth of England, Scotland, Ireland, &c. Wherein is

shewn the Reasonableness of the Cause of this Republic

against the Depredations of the Spaniards

333

BRIEF NOTES UPON A LATE SERMON TITLED THE FEAR OF

GOD AND THE KING; preached and since published by

Matthew Griffith, D.D., and Chaplain to the late King.

Wherein many notorious Wrestings of Scripture, and

other Falsities, are observed

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

354

OF REFORMATION IN ENGLAND, and the Causes that Hitherto

have hindered it. In Two Books. Written to a Friend 363

.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

OF PRELATICAL EPISCOPACY, and whether it may be Deduced

from the Apostolical Times, by Virtue of those Testi-

monies which are Alleged to that Purpose in some late

Treatises ; one whereof goes under the name of James,

Archbishop of Armagh

420

THE REASON OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT URGED

PRELATY. In Two Books

438

BOOK I.

PREFACE

439

CHAP. I.-That Church Government is prescribed in the

Gospel ; and that to say otherwise is unsound.

441

CHAP. II.—That Church Government is set down in Holy

Scripture ; and that to say otherwise is untrue

445

CHÀP. III.—That it is dangerous and unworthy the Gospel, to

hold that Church Government is to be patterned by the

Law, as Bishop Andrews and the Primate of Armagh

maintain

449

CHAP. IV.—That it is impossible to make the Priesthood of

Aaron a Pattern whereon to ground Episcopacy

452

CHAP. V.—To the arguments of Bishop Andrews and the Pri-

mate

453

Char. VI.-That Prelaty was not set up for Prevention of

Schism, as is pretended; or if it were, that it performs

not what it was first set up for, but quite the contrary 459

CHAP. VII.—That those many Scots and Schisms by some sup-

posed to be among us, and that Rebellion in Ireland,

ought not to be a Hinderance, but a Hastening of Re-

formation

468

BOOK II.

CHAP. I.—That Prelaty opposeth the Reason and End of the

Gospel three Ways: and first, in her outward Form 432

CHAP. II.—That the ceremonious Doctrine of Prelaty opposeth

the Reason and End of the Gospel

484

CHAP. III.--That prelatical Jurisdiction opposeth the Reason

and End of the Gospel and of State .

487

THE CONCLUSION.-The Mischief that Prelaty does in the State 501

OF TRUE RELIGION, HERESY, Schism, TOLERATION; and what

best Means may be used against the Growth of Popery 509

A TREATISE OF Civil POWER IN ECCLESIASTICAL CAUSES ;

shewing that it is not lawful for any Power on Earth to

compel in Matters of Religion

520

[ocr errors]

THE

TENURE OF KINGS AND MAGISTRATES :

PROVING

THAT IT IS LAWFUL, AND HATH BEEN HELD SO THROUGH ALL AGES, FOR ANY, WHO

HAVE TIE POWER, TO CALL TO ACCOUNT A TYRANT, OR WICKED KING, AND AFTER DUE CONVICTION, TO DEPOSE, AND PUT HIM TO DEATH, IF THE ORDINARY MAGISTRATB HAVE NEGLECTED, OR DENIED TO DO IT. AND THAT THEY WHO OF LATE SO MUCH BLAME DEPOSING, ARE THE MEN THAT DID IT THEMSELVES.

EDITOR'S PRELIMINARY REMARKS. Soon after the march of Fairfax and Cromwell, with the whole army, through the city, in April, 1647, to suppress the insurrection of Brown and Massey, Milton removed to Hólborn, where he continued until after the King's death ; when, the form of the government being changed to a republic, and the Presbyterians, then out of power, declaring their abhorrence of the Stuart's execution, Milton undertook, in the following treatise, to maintain the right of nations to put a tyrant to death. Wood rightly supposes it was written before the execution of Charles I., though it now contains many passages afterwards inserted ;* but Milton himself assures us it was not published until the transaction had taken place; and even then more with a design to compose the public mind, and reconcile to the existing government such as were disaffected, than to determine anything respecting the late king. From a MS. note found in a printed copy in his possession, Dr. Birch discovered that the work was published in the month of February, 1648-49. + It should be remembered that even in his “ Defence of the People of England,” when there existed no reasons for suppressing or disguising his sentiments, Milton never exhibited any hatred of just and lawful princes ; and here, in advocating tyrannicide, takes the greatest care to distinguish between the king and the tyrant. His opinions, in fact, were those of Buchanan, (“De Jure Regni apud Scotos,") from whom Dryden absurdly accuses him of stealing the whole “ Defence of the People of England ; ” I and upon the Revolution of 1688, Locke maintained, with the approbation of King William II1., precisely the same proposition. This the reader should constantly bear in mind, as well as that he wrote in a Commonwealth, at a time when the opinions of most learned men were unfavourable to monarchy.

* In the second edition, in 1650 ; for his works had then a rapid sale. + Life of Milton, prefixed to the 4to. edition of the Prose Works,

p. xxxii.

Preface to the “ Medal,” which he entitles “An Epistle to the Whigs.”

VOL. II.

B

THE

TENURE OF KINGS AND MAGISTRATES.

[ocr errors]

If men within themselves would be governed by reason, and not generally give up their understanding to a double tyranny, of custom from without, and blind affections within, they would discern better what it is to favour and uphold the tyrant of a nation. But, being slaves within doors, no wonder that they strive so much to have the public state conformably governed to the inward vicious rule by which they govern themselves. For, indeed, none can love freedom heartily but good men; the rest love not freedom but licence, which never hath more scope, or more indulgence than under tyrants. Hence is it that tyrants are not oft offended, nor stand much in doubt of bad men, as being all naturally servile; but in whom virtue and true worth most is eminent, them they fear in earnest, as by right their masters; against them lies all their hatred and suspicion. Consequently, neither do bad men hate tyrants, but have been always readiest, with the falsified names of loyalty and obedience, to colour over their base compliances.

And although sometimes for shame, and when it comes to their own grievances, of purse especially, they would seem good patriots, and side with the better cause, yet when others for the deliverance of their country endued with fortitude and heroic virtue to fear nothing but the curse written against those “ that do the work of the Lord negligently,” would go on to remove, not only the calamities and thraldoms of a people, but the roots and causes whence they spring; straight these men, and sure helpers at need, as if they hated only the miseries, but not the mischiefs, after they have juggled and paltered with the world, bandied and borne arms against their king, divested him, disanointed him, nay, cursed him all over in their pulpits,* and their pamphlets, to the engaging of

* Dr. Zachary Grey, the learned, but partial and prejudiced editor of Hudibras, has, with the diligence of one who performs a labour of love, scraped together in his notes everything the paltry literature of the Resto ration could supply against the preachers and soldiers of the Commonwealth. He, however, corroborates Milton's charge against the presbyterians, of

« ZurückWeiter »