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Author: Nalson, John, 1638?-1686.
Title: The common interest of king and people shewing the original, antiquity and excellency of monarchy, compared with aristocracy and democracy, and particularly of our English monarchy, and that absolute, papal and Presbyterian popular supremacy are utterly inconsistent with prerogative, property and liberty / by John Nalson.
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Print source: The common interest of king and people shewing the original, antiquity and excellency of monarchy, compared with aristocracy and democracy, and particularly of our English monarchy, and that absolute, papal and Presbyterian popular supremacy are utterly inconsistent with prerogative, property and liberty / by John Nalson.
Nalson, John, 1638?-1686.

London: Printed for Jonathan Edwin ..., 1677.
Advertisement: p. [1] at end.
Includes bibliographical references.
Reproduction of original in Huntington Library.
Subject terms:
Monarchy -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Constitutional history.

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CHAP. I. The two great Principles of Nature, Self-Preservation, and The ardent Desire of Happiness, the Foundation of Socie∣ty and Government. Mr. Hobs refu∣ted in his impolitick Position, That Fear gave the first Origination of Society. The Origine of Monarchy. The occa∣sion of the Primitive Wars. The Ori∣ginal of Laws. Monarchs or the first Leaders of Colonies the Primitive Legi∣slators. The reason of the Executive and Coercive Power of Magistrates. The dangerous Error of those, who make Laws the Foundation of Monarchy, whereas in Truth all Laws and Esta∣blishments were the Concessions and Sanctions of Kings and Law-givers. The Ill consequences of this Mistake. The Law of Nature and of Nations an of Divine Institution.
CHAP. II. Of the danger of Anarchy, the necessity of Government and Laws to prevent it. All People not fit for one kind of Govern∣ment. Of the three forms of Goven∣ment, Democracy, Aristocracy, an Monarchy. Some Considerations an necessary Animadversions upon our laEnglish Republick.
CHAP. III. The Government of a Republick examined, whether in its oven Nature so good for the Ends of Society as it is pretended. The end of all Government, the Happiness of the Society, consists in Protection, Pro∣perty, and Distributive Justice. De∣mocracy cannot in probability at∣tain those Ends; it obliges the Su∣preme Magistrates to maintain a pri∣vate Interest separate and distinct from the Publick, whereby they manage af∣fairs rather for their own advantage, than that of the Community. No secu∣rity against Foreign Force can be expect∣ed from a Democratick Republick, especially in the greatest Danger. Do∣mestick Peace not so well preserved by it as by Monarchy. No safety of Proper∣ty in a Republick, in regard of their constant Factions, nor equal distribution of Rewards and Punishments.
CHAP. IV. Of Monarchy and its Excellency, proved first from its Antiquity: The first Essay to a Democracy, the Rebellion of Co∣rah and his accomplices: Secondly, from the Universality of Monarchy, and the Extent of its Limits. The first Popular State at Athens, Anno Mundi 3275. Monarchy proved the most excellent Government from its agreeableness to Humane Nature; and because it does best answer the three forementioned great Ends of Society and the Happiness of Mankind.
CHAP. V. Of the Excellency of the English Monar∣chy and Government: It is not apt to degenerate into Tyranny; The King having by his gracious Concessions given Limits to his absolute Sovereignty. Of the Interest which the three Estates have in preparing Bills for the Royal Assent to be by that past into Laws, and the great obligation which thereby the People have to Subjection and Obedi∣ence.
CHAP. VI. Of the Priviledges of the English Govern∣ment, and first of the Prerogative of the King. The Imperial Crown of these Realms absolutely Independent. The greatness of his Power according to Laws. The Kings Person Sacred. The Priviledges of the People. First, in sending their Representatives to the Parliament. Secondly, in having their property secured. Thirdly, in the Excellent and Constant method of Ju∣stice. In particular Priviledges and Franchizes. In all imaginable care to prevent the growth of the Poor, and in providing for such as are so. In com∣mitting the Execution of the Laws to such hands as will act with Justice, and the care that is taken to prevent all abu∣ses of Laws.
CHAP. VII. The great misfortune of Religion, which is made the great pretence to ruine Mo∣narchy. A stratagem of the Devil to extirpate all true Religion out of the World. The two Opposites and Ene∣mies of Monarchy, Papacy and Presby∣tery. The Opinion of the Catholick Doctors about Papal Supremacy, and the new Roman Creed to confirm it. Papal Supremacy devests the Prince of his Legistative Power, of his absolute Sovereignty; and renders Monarchy insecure as to Possession or Succession, bereaving it of the Guard of Laws, of the Strength of Alliances, of the Fide∣lity of the People. Several Impolitick inconveniences which attend that Reli∣gion. Papal Supremacy destructive of the Peoples Liberty and Property.
CHAP. VIII. Presbytery inconsistent with Monarchy, proved from five of their fundamen∣tal Principles. 1. That it is not the best form of Government. 2. That the Right of Kings is not from God but the People. 3. That Kings may be called in question for their Admini∣stration of the Government. 4. That they may by the People be deposed. 5. That they may be punished with Capital punishments.
CHAP. IX. Presbytery in reality as great an Enemy to Democracy and Parliaments as to Monarchy. A short view of their Ty∣rannique Consistorian Government over the Magistracy, Clergy, and Laity. Of the latitude and power of scandal to draw all affairs into the Consistory. Of their kindness to their Enemies. The small difference be∣twixt a Jesuit and Geneva Presbyter. Both aim at Supremacy.
CHAP. X. Presbytery as destructive of the Peoples Liberty and Property, as it is dan∣gerous to Monarchy and all Govern∣ment. Some necessary Conclusions from the former discourse.
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