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Eight and Thirty QUERIES PROPOUNDED By One that is ſetting forth Sail, and deſires to ſteer his Courſe aright, that eſcaping the Gulphs he may arrive at SAFETY.

TOUCHING Things Paſt, Preſent, and to Come.

Prov. 2. 3, 4, 5.

If thou crieſt after knowledge and lifteſt up thy voyce for under­ſtanding.

If thou ſeekeſt her as ſilver and ſearcheſt for her as for hid Trea­ſures.

Then ſhalt thou underſtand.

LONDON, Printed for Richard Andrews, 1659.


Thirty Eight QUERIES Touching Things Paſt, Preſent, and to Come.

I. WHether Salus populi be not the end of the Law of all Nations?

II. Whether the peoples Repreſentatives are not the proper Judges of what is for the welfare of the Nation?

III. Whether our Parliament be not the ſame in nature, as the Counſell at the time of Englands fiſt becomming Tributary to the Romans, who by their Power choſe, Theemantius the yonger Son of Lud to be King, rather then Androgeus the Elder: And whether the reſtoring the Parliament by Henry the firſt, were not a committer of the People to their right, though he abridged their Authority by keeping himſelf the head?

4IV. Whether Kings now in any Place have the like right to rule as Abram had over his family being his Children and Servants?

V. Whether then the Right to rule now be not from the E­lection of the People?

VI. Whether the Election of al Kings be not either from Com­pulſion or from the Truſt, the People reſide in them?

VII. Whether the Kings ſince the Conqueſt have reigned by Uſurpation, or by Right?

VIII. Whether (if by Uſurpation) their Confirming hath not been by Compulſion?

IX. Whether Preſcription gives any more Right to a Crown then to Land?

X. Whether a Parliament having Power may not Lawfully repulſe an Uſurper?

XI. Whether (if by right) a King being Elected, Eſtabliſhed or Confirmed by Parliament, breaking his Oath and truſt repoſed in him may not by the ſame Authority be taken down, as Edward the ſecond and Richard the ſecond were?

XII. Whether the firſt Provocation and Preparation, or the firſt blow make a War invafive?

5XIII. Whether every Man of what degree or quality ſoever ought not in all Caſes to-have and receive Juſtice.

XIV. Whether it be not more probable that a Parliament wherein every one as a private perſon and his poſterities well being, conſiſts in the Nations well doing, both perſons and Eſtates ſharing a like with the whole people, will be ſo likely to oppreſs the Nation as a ſingle perſon, whoſe Gaveſtons and Favorites may be preferd before the good of the Nation. And having the Power can neither be bounded not limited longer then his pleaſure.

XV. Whether wiſe and Righteous men are not manifeſted by their actions.

XVI. Whether the welfare of the People conſiſteth not in the Enjoyment of VVealth, Peace and Godlineſs?

XVII. VVhether the giving liberty to private Meetings on the Sabbath dayes be not more for the advancement of Iudaiſ­me, Papiſme, and Quakiſm, then the truth of Chriſtianity?

XVIII. VVhether theſe do not beget Diviſions, which is the cauſe of Wars and poverty, and are not likely to produce Athieſ­me and all ungodlineſs in the next Generation.

XIX. Whether the Ordinances of Magiſtracy and Miniſtry, as its now Eſtabliſhed in England, be according to truth and Righteouſneſs or Antichriſtian.

XX Whether the deſpiſers and Contemners thereof, or revilers againſt, ought not to be reſtrained.

6XXI. Whether it be not Lawfull for the good people being weary of ſitting in Churches, their ſouls loathing ſuch lighmeat, to change their food and hear Jſuits in houſes?

XXII. Whether it be not Evident, that, that book (lately put forth, entituled Light out of Darkneſs, or Occaſionall Que­re's, ſo much for the tenents of Quakers, and any Lay mans publique Preaching,) is the Work of a Jeſuite?

XXIII. Whether the Souldiers would be content to do the work of God in their places, for what good people ſhould freely give them without a certaine Allowance, as too many of them preſume the Miniſter ought?

XXIIII. Whether it be not more meet for every man to pay the tenth of his profit to the Miniſters (or ſome one for his uſe) then to pay the tenth in Mony whether he raiſe profit or no, according to the value of the Land?

XXV. Whether it be not almoſt Time for thoſe Commanders that have gotten great Eſtates, and now ſetled in England to ſerve the Common-wealth, freely as well Gentlemen in the Country in Commiſions do?

XXVI. Whether any thing were ever yet done by Man but iwanted refining in time?

XXVII. Whether the Iudiciary part of the Law as it wanteth re­fining, ſo wanteth refining onely, and not a to tall Subver­ſion.

7XXVIII. Whether the young men of South-wark underſtood what they Petitioned when they ſpake of having the Law in a Volume.

XXIX. Whether the Gentlemen that in the laſt Parliament, firſt voted for the Protector, and were always before Cavaleriſh­ly affcted, but at laſt joyned in ſome votes with Common­wealths men were converts out of Integrety or Subtilty.

XXX. Whether the Souldiers have not manifeſted their ends in former actions to be the publiqe good, by their taking their Comiſſions from Parliament, and whether if they con­tinne obedient, they will not beget everlaſting renown, as well for faithfullneſs as Valour.

XXXI. Whether it be not partiality to allow Mr. Cromwell and his Mother, more then Mr. Steward and his Mother.

XXXII. Whether if all Compliers be ſaved harmeleſs by this in­tended Act of Indemnity, it may not be an incouragement for the future for men to Act irregular and rbellious things, in hopes that pretending providence, or affirming neceſſity, if their dſign ſhould fall to the ground, will hold them guiltleſs.

XXXIII. Whether thoſe venerable Gentlemen that ſtood for Juſtice on the King, ſetling a Commonwealth then flttered Oliver, were great promoters of Addreſſes to Richad, and now for­ward to bleſs the Armies actions, and court the members of Parliament, deſerve not to have liberty to quarter their Goat of Armes, with a Wind-mill, or a Weather Cock.

8XXXIV. Whether it be fit to continue ſuch in Places of Truſt when faithfull Real men are not wanting in the Nation?

XXXV. Whether it be not abſolutely neceſſary to have Aſtraea blindſold, limb'd both in Parliament Houſe and Counſell Chamber for a Memento?

XXXVI. Whether the next good ſervice the Souldiers can do as to Reformation, wil not be to take up and ſecure the Whores of London, the ruine of ſo many perſons?

XXXVII. Whether the beſt place to tranſport them be not to Jamai­ca, where they may Luſt and not be ſatiſfied?

XXXVIII. Whether it be not requiſite that James Harrington and his follo wers be deſired to take their Clubs out of England, and wait upon theſe virtuous Gentlewomen, with whom they may be ſure to live as Tenents in Common and not fayle to Eſtabliſh Leveliſme and Ahiſme?


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TextEight and thirty queries propounded by one that is setting forth sail, and desires to steer his course aright, that escaping the gulphs he may arrive at safety. Touching things past, present, and to come.
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Bibliographic informationEight and thirty queries propounded by one that is setting forth sail, and desires to steer his course aright, that escaping the gulphs he may arrive at safety. Touching things past, present, and to come. 8 p. printed for Richard Andrews,London :1659.. (Annotation on Thomason copy: "June. 28".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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