The grounds & reasons of monarchy considered in a review of the Scotch story, gathered out their best authours and records
Hall, John, 1627-1656.
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THE PREFACE.

THere is nothing hath more confoun∣ded knowledge a∣mong men, then the recipro∣call violences of the under∣standing and the will; or, to speak plainly, the passion of the one and blindnesse of the other: Since some by chance Page  [unnumbered] or interest take up Principles whith they force the Under∣standing by strained Argu∣ments to maintain: Others by the Custome of some opi∣nion so bewitch the will in∣to confedracy, that they can never quit it after confutati∣on; to remedy this, since I had purposed with my self to say somewhat to this point (which though it be but a small wyer, yet the great weight of civill felicitie lyes upon it) I knew no better method then to take the scales Page  [unnumbered] off the eyes of the Under∣standing, and shew the Will how better to bring a∣bout her great design of good: And in the prosecution of this, I would not skirmish with every Argument which had been a thing of immense slavery and not for every eye; but I choosed rather to strike at the foundations, that the understanding might loose his passion, and more freely consider upon what Quick-sands they lay; and in this I needed not to be posi∣tive, Page  [unnumbered] because I take a task which most men-are rather happy in, that is, to sup∣plant Errour rather then to assert Truth: Hence I con∣sider King-ship simply, not troubling my self to main∣tain any other form, or con∣sider Oaths, Ends, changes of Government, or particu∣lar necessitie or Reasons of safety: they being distinct Considerations and tasks by themselves. Now if this negative way satisfie not, I see no such great cause to be Page  [unnumbered] discouraged, for (I con∣fesse) I do not perceive it so easie a thing to find an errour, and I had rather tell a man he was out of the way, then in endeavouring to lead him to the end of his journey, lead him further a∣bout: and it is my opinion, that as Sceptiscime is not one∣ly uselesse, but dangerous; if in setting our thoughts in a posture of defence, it makes us absolutely waver∣ing and incredulous: so had I rather be Scepticall in my Page  [unnumbered] opinion, then maintain it up∣on Grounds taken up and not demonstrated.

The second Part is meer∣ly an instance as to the Argu∣ments of the First, wherein I would not be understood to be a writer of an Epitome; (I have other imployments for my Time and Thoughts; and nobler too) but to set down a true Series by way of Example, and therefore I was onely to note Accesses and Recesses to Govern∣ments, and the effects pro∣ceeding Page  [unnumbered] from the persons of Governours, and here as I needed not much trouble the Chronologie: So lest it might be a bare Sceleton, I sprink∣led some observations, that came to hand, and seem to afford either pleasure or use. Thus much left I might be misunderstood, I thought ne∣cessary to premise.