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Exeter, DEVON, GBR
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...sent by"M i'lg'a.ret to.5 151' 'WBkS.M later, in which she expressed herself as "thoroughly aware that it was the intentionof Orange to take advantage of the impending ' t1imults'for"the purpose of conquering the provinces and of dividing the whole territory among himself and friends." 1 Nothing could be more utterly false than so vile and ridiculous a statement. y The course of the rinceihad ' and w 's st' ' ' p al. He was proceeding step art which he was using was to lant himself more firin y upon e right. It was in the monarch's power '. to convoke the assembly of the States-General, so loudly demanded by the whole nation, to abolish the Inquisi-. i tion, to renounce persecution, to accept the great fact of the Reformation. To do so he must have ceased to be Philip. To have falteredmifi"eIt'tempting'"to""bring fii'in1nto"'th'at' path, the prince.1'inust"have 'ceased ate williahfbf' Orange. Had he succeeded, there' would / have been no treason and no Republic of Holland. His conduct at the outbreak of the Antwerp troubles was firm and sagacious. Even had his duty required him to put down the public preaching with peremptory vio-lence, he had been furnished with no means to accom-plish the purpose. The rebellion, if it were one, was already full-grown. It could not be taken by the throat and strangled with one hand, however firm. A report that the high sheriff of Brabant was collecting troops by command of government, in order to attack the reformers at their field-preachings, went far to undo the work already accomplished by the 1 Strada, v. 207. VOL. IL-14 prince The assemblages swelled again from ten or twelve thousand to twenty-five thousand, the men all...