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1674 INCONGRUOUS and impracticable schemes of the cabal

Proofs of their intention to establish popery in Eng-

land
They conspire with the king against the liberties of

the people
Remonstrances of sir William Temple
Ardour of the allies for continuing the war
Battle of Seneffe ...
Successes of the French arms

Partial changes in the English ministry
1675 A parliament: jealousy of the king's measures

Attempt by the court party to establish passive obedi-

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Dispute between the two houses respecting Dr. Shir-

ley and sir John Fag
Are prorogued by the king.
Reassemble, and grant a supply for building ships
Proclamation for suppressing political conversation in

coffee-houses
It is recalled
Turenne opposes Montecuculi on the Upper Rhine ...
Is killed by a random shot
Mareschal Crequi defeated by the Germans
The garrison of Treves capitulates
The Swedes are driven from Pomerania

France becomes formidable as a naval power
1676 Congress of Nimeguen

Bouchaine taken by the French
1677 Enfeebled state of Holland and Spain

Uncertain conduct of Charles ..
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1677 His plausible speech to the parliament

Progress of the French arms
Parliament is alarmed, and addresses the king :
Their distrust of the king
Division of the commons into the court and country

party
The king loses the confidence of the people
Marriage of the prince of Orange with the lady Mary
Plan of peace with France

Ineffectual negotiations with Lewis
1678 An army raised for a war with France

A treaty concluded with the states general
Intrigues of the French ministers with lord Russel,

Algernon Sydney, and others
Peace concluded at Nimeguen
Affairs of Scotland: unsuccessful schemes of compre-

hension and indulgence
A parliament at Edinburgh: favourable to the king's

views
A severe law against conventicles
Lauderdale’s arbitrary administration
Mitchel attempts to assassinate archbishop Sharpe .
Is executed
Rigorous proceedings against conventicles
The military live at free quarters on the people
Lauderdale's conduct approved by the king and the

convention of estates

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CHAPTER LXVII.

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1678 The popish plot

Oates's narrative
His history and infamous character
Coleman arrested: the contents of his letters
General panic
Murder of Godfrey
Uncertainty as to the perpetrators of this act
Zeal of the parliament in investigating the plot
Oates protected and encouraged by a pension
Bedloe's narrative
The king obliged to countenance the general delusion

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1678 A new test act passed

Charles protects the queen when accused by the in-

formers
Accusation of Danby
His impeachment ...
The long parliament dissolved
Trial of Coleman

Trial of Ireland .
1679 Three men condemned for the murder of Godfrey

New election: the zealous party prevail
James duke of Monmouth declared by Charles to be

illegitimate
The duke of York withdraws to Brussels
Dissension between the king and house of commons

about the choice of a speaker
Danby's impeachment revived
Farther proceedings in regard to the popish plot
A new council appointed on the suggestion of sir Wil-

liam Temple
Limitations on a popish successor
Bill of exclusion passes the lower house
Attempt to exclude from the house of commons all who

possessed any lucrative office
The habeas corpus bill passed ....
The commons deny the right of the bishops to vote on

the validity of Danby's pardon
The house of lords admit their right
The parliament dissolved
Trial and execution of the five jesuits
Trial and execution of Langhorne
Wakeman acquitted ..
Murder of archbishop Sharpe
Battle of Bothwel bridge

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CHAPTER LXVIII.

1679 State of parties

General disposition favourable to the king
Alarm occasioned by his sickness at Windsor
The duke of York retires to Scotland
The king prorogues the parliament

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