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ADVERTISEMENT.

Some of the friends of the late Rev. M. TowGood having signified to me that his Tracts collected in one volume would be acceptable, more particularly to the udmirers of that excellent man and able writer, I determined on the present publication. Several of the tracts have been long out of print, and are become exceeding scarce. There are one or two single sermons printed many years since, which being merely of a local nature, are omitted.

Throughout this collection will be found the same sound learning, accurate information, fair statement, manly reasoning, forcible argument, and devotional spirit which so eminently distintinguish the Dissent FROM THE Church of ENGLAND FULLY JUSTIFIED :-a work which has passed through many editions in this country, and in America. Harlow, March 25, 1810.

B. F.

WOR 20 JUN 34

The following works of the Author, may be had separately.

1. An Essay towards attaining a true Idea of the Character and Reign of King Charles the First, and the causes of the Civil War. 12mo. 3d. edit. 3s. 6d. boards.

2. The Baptism of Infants a reasonable Service; founded upon Scripture, and undoubted Apostolic Tradition: in which its Moral Purposes and use in Religion are shewn. 61h edit. 8vo. ls. 6d.

3. Recovery from Sickness: a Present to one raised from a dangerous Disorder : containing serious Reflections, Resolutions and Devotions, suitable to that Occasion. 41h edit. 12mo. 6d. or 5s, a dozen.

New Editions, with a Portrait of the Author. 4. A DissenT FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, FULLY JUSTIFIED, and proved to be the genuine and just consequence of the Allegiance due to Jesus CHRIST, the only Lawgiver in the Church. To which is prefixed-A Preface vindicating the sentiments and character of the Author from the misrepresentations of the Rev. T. Biddulph, of Bristol, and the Rev. J. Owen, Rector of Pagglesham, and Curate of Fulham. By B. Flower. 12mo. 4s. 6d. or in 8vo. 7s. 6d. in boards.

ALSO

A Sketch of the Life and Writings of the Rev. Michaiah Towgood, by the Rev. James Manning of Exeter.

“ His preaching much, but more his practice wrought;
“ (A living sermon of the truths be taught).”

DRYDEN.

CONTENTS.

Page. AN ESSAY TOWARDS ATTAINING A TRUE

IDEA OF THE CHARACTER AND REIGN OF
King CHARLES THE FIRST, AND THE
CAUSES OF THE CIVIL .WAR

1 CHAPTER I. His birth, natural temper, principles in which educated, marriage, and character of his Queen

7 CHAPTER II. The King helps his brother, Lewis XIII. to root out and destroy the brave Protestants of France

11 · CHAPTER III. Charles designs to overthrow the Constitution, and to render himself absolute

16 CHAPTER IV. The confusion and Civil War proceeded not from any

religious sector party amongst the people; but
solely from the oppressions and tyranny of the court 19

CHAPTER V.
The King's illegal ways of raising Money

27 CHAPTER VI. The King's flagrant invasions of the privilege and rights of parliaments, and violences committed on it 42

CHAPTER VII.
Other arbitrary and oppressive measures ; which were

invasions of the nation's rights, and subversive of the
constitution

53 CHAPTER VIII. The King weak in religious matters and much inclined to superstition

58 CHAPTER IX. The King manifestly labours a coalition with the church of Rome, and strongly favours popery

64 CHAPTER X. Persecution and severities in the reign of this Prince :

particularly against the English nonconformists and puritan clergy

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