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Have nothing to acquaint the Reader with, in respect to the Second and the following Volumes of this Work, but this:
That tho 'twas judg*d neceffary in the First Volume only to abridg Mr. Rothworth, whose Performance, as to that period of Time, was carefully and judiciously done, thro the alistance the met with from another Hand; yet his other Volumes are so immethodical and imperfect in comparison of the First, that I have bin forc'd to have recourse to several other Authors, to supply his Defects, which have fometimes happen'd where important Subjects have bin handled; as particularly in the noted Case of Prynn, Burton and Baft. wick in the Starchamber, which with some others have been supply'd from loose Tracts, that often give a more particular ascount than is to be met with elsewhere. As to the Scotch Affairs, which grew very troublesom in 1638. and indeed drew on all the Misfortunes thát befel these Nations afterwards, I maft A 2
acknowledg, my self much beholden to the Me moirs of the Duke of Hamilton.
1sban't go on with Remarks on the late pub. lisb’d History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, as I begun in the Preface to my first Volume (not but God knows there's room enough for 'em) the Subjekt being a little too unpleasant ; but I desire all those Gentlemen, who are so fond of that History, that as they run it over, they would, compare it with these Collections, wherein they have only Matter of Fact, and I doubt not but theyol foon perceive how much a bad Cause may be set off by fine Colours and false Glosses, especially if adorn’d with a manly Stile.
THERE being some Transactions relating
to the Years 1628, 1629. omitted in the
ments at the Commons Committee of the whole Houfe, 3 Car.concerning Martial Law.
Whether in case of an Invasion, and where the Mr. Banks King marcheth with an Army, Martial Law may then afterward
ch. Tufticea be executed, is not now the Question; but whether Commisfioris for Martial Law may be awarded in gide of Peace, and I hold such a Commission is against Law; And the Opinion objected out of 6 H. 8. in Kellway's Reports, where it is said, Fineux cold H. 8. It belong'd to the Law of Arms to determine that Power, is no Law. For the common Law regulates in what cafes Commiflions ooght to be awarded, tho it bath no Jurifdi&ion in them: If the Admiral Court, or Court Märtial, take Cognizance of Causes that be long to the Common Law, the Common Law grants Prohibitions and tho it doth not define the Law of