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A LETTER OF ADVICE TO HIS EXCELLENCY The LORD General Monck, TENDING To the Peace and Welfare of this NATION.

Printed in the Year, 1659.

May it pleaſe your Excellency,

'TIs not out of any fear or diſtruſt of your good intentions to the publique good, that I aſſume the confidence, to ex­cite you thereunto, your own inclinations I hope, though wrap'd up in ambiguous ex­preſſions, fixes on the ſame thing: I muſt ingeniouſly confeſs my affection and zeal to your perſon, whom I infinitely eſteem, is the only Motive of this Addreſs unto you

You cannot be inſenſible or ignorant, my Lord, how our expectations have been wea­ried (by thoſe ambitious and ſelf-intereſſed perſons, who have too long ſate at the Stern of Government) with promiſes of an immu­nity of our Priviledges and Liberties, and a firm and glorious eſtabliſhment of the Com­monwealth; and yet to our Miſery, and anxiety of ſoule, We have been ſo far from enjoying the Fruits thereof, that our Slavery and oppreſſions are become more intolerable then the Egyptian bondage; the ſpecious and ſmooth pretences of thoſe cunning So­phiſters,4 whereby they have deluded many thouſand perſons, was nothing elſe but a vi­zard to diſguiſe the cruelty of their wicked proceedings, their actions have alwayes run counter to their Proteſtations; and that pre­tended Liberty, which they ſo ſooth'd up and inflamed the vulgar withall, hath proved nothing elſe but an imaginary Chymera.

My Lord, It is now perſpicuous and evi­dent to all the World, unleſſe to thoſe who are wilfully blind, that they never intended the publique welfare, or any ſettlement in Church or State; but to carry on their own ambitious deſignes and private ends; the Foundation whereof, they have laid on the ruines of many Ancient and Honourable Families.

My Lord, It is not my intention, nor do I think it abſolutely neceſſary to rip up and lay before your eyes, all the particular Grie­vances of this miſerable Nation, they are ſo many and ſo prodigious, that I ſhould (ſee­mingly) render my ſelf guilty of notorious falſity to dilute them; I will leave that therefore to thoſe, whoſe ſufferings and un­ſupportable Oppreſſions, will cry loud in5 your ears, and penetrate your ſoul, which I hope will be ſo prevalent with your good­neſſe and clemency, that you will ſpeedily put a period to this tyrannical Power, and convene a Free Parliament, unto whom all publique Grievances may be freely and am­ply propounded and redreſſed.

My Lord, God hath given you that power now, whereof you may make aery good uſe, which certainly if you neglect to doe, your own ruine will infallibly follow: the Sword is now in your hand, it behoves you therefore ſpeedily to cut off the head of that monſtrous beaſt, that hath violated both Church and State, and rooted up both our Liberties and Priviledges, never think or imagine your ſelf ſecurely ſeated in their favour, by the ſervices and obligations they have received from you; let the Examples of others, be a caution to you for that; and aſſure your ſelf, if you deſtroy not them, they will ruine you; and your onely ſecurity depends upon their de­ſtruction; this muſt be the firſt thing you are obliged to doe, in which you happily open a way for the calling of a Free Parlia­ment:6 In doing whereof, give me leave to mind your Lordſhip of two or three Particu­lars of high concernment.

Firſt, Let there be an eſpecial care taken in the Elections, that the perſons be pru­dential and honeſt, and of conſiderable For­tunes.

Secondly, That they be unbiaſſed, and un-intereſs'd in the late Kings, Queens, Bi­ſhops, or any other Lands, or otherwiſe.

Laſtly, That they may freely Debate, freely Vote, without ſearing the obſtructing or menacing of an Armie; this is the way to make it a happie Parliament, and us a flou­riſhing People.

My Lord, I have ſo high an opinion of your courage & heroical ſpirit, that I believe you dare attempt a more hazardous enter­prize then this, for the diſ-enſlaving your Countrie; wherein I muſt confeſſe I cannot apprehend you expoſe your ſelf to the leaſt danger: ſeveral parts of the Nation have al­ready declared for a Free Parliament, which if countenanced by ſo great a perſon as your Self, no doubt but they wil venture7 their Lives and Fortunes, for the effecting thereof; and more then this, you are aſcer­tain'd of the Aſſiſtance and Conjunction of the powerful and populous Citie of London, whoſe Declaration you have alreadie ſeen, and whoſe Fidelity you need not doubt, and who are reſolved never to own this Ar­bitrarie and tyrannical power.

I need not tell your Lordſhip, I ſuppoſe you are alreadie ſenſible of it, how the eyes of all people are fixed on you; and the great hopes they have alreadie conceived of your Lordſhips good intentions, have chained their Affections to you: 'tis on you Sir they look as their DELIVERER; and certainly 'tis in your power to make this a happy, or continue it a miſerable Nation.

My Lord, Give me leave to tell you the Advantages will accrue unto You, by the accompliſhment of ſo glorious a Work, as the Eſtabliſhment of this Nation: that ſub­limitie of grandeur You have raiſed your ſelf to by your Sword, You need never fear a di­minution of, the juſt and lawful Power you Erect, will not only confirm and ſettle8 You in it, and your Poſterity after you, but gratifie You with the higheſt Reward You can expect or imagine, as a Teſtimonie of their deep reſentment of Your reall worth and merit: the Memory of Your Perſon will be Reverenced by ſucceeding Ages, and Your Name and Actions Recorded in the Annals of Fame, which neither Time nor Malice will be ever able to obliterate.

Thus my Lord, I have briefly given You my ADVICE very faithfully, without flattery or fraud; God Almighty will bleſs You in the Management of it, 'tis the prayer of all good People, and of Me in particular, who am

My Lord
Your Lordſhips moſt faithful Servant, T. J.

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TextA letter of advice to His Excellency the Lord General Monck, tending to the peace and welfare of this nation.
AuthorAlbemarle, George Monck, Duke of, 1608-1670., ; Jennings, Theodore..
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Bibliographic informationA letter of advice to His Excellency the Lord General Monck, tending to the peace and welfare of this nation. Albemarle, George Monck, Duke of, 1608-1670., Jennings, Theodore.. 8 p.

[London],Printed in the year, 1659 [i.e. 1660].

(Signed at end: T.J.) (Place of publication from Wing.) (T.J. = Theodore Jennings?.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Jan. 31."; "not more weekly news beinge prohibited as Scout Inteligencer &c. more weekly news as Scouts Inteligen: & as prohibited".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
  • Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1649-1660 -- Early works to 1800.
  • Great Britain -- History -- Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660 -- Early works to 1800.

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