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excepting Ireland. The 4th, which is to our , present purpose, is as followeth, Of granting a

liberty and allowing a right to all from whom due benevolence hath been with-held, or to whom upon any pretence it hath been refused, of demanding and claiming the duties of the mar. riage bed. — The Latin is much shorter. Refituendi jus petendi debitum amisum.

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'The ÍMPUTATION of IMPIETY, ATHEISNÍ,

and other HIGH CRIMES:

EXTRACTED FROM
His LETTER to his FRIEND ZENOBIUS;

And TRANSLATED into ENGLISH,

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By. Mr. N E V IL LE*,

* See the Life of Mr. Neville, prefixed to the last edition of his Dialogues on Government, printed for Mr. Millar, in the Strand.

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program HE discourse we had lately (dear Zino.

bio) and the pressing importunity of i Guilio Salviati, that I would use some means to wipe off the many aspersions cast upon my writings, gives you the present trouble of reading this letter, and me the pleasure of writing it.

I have yielded, you see, to the entreaty of Guilio, and the rest of that company, for that I esteem it a duty to clear that excellent fociety from the scandal of having fo dangerous and pernicious a person to be a member of their conversation : For by reason of my age, and since the loss of my liberty, and my fufferings under that monster of lust and cruelty, Alexander de

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Medici,

Medici, fet over us by the divine vengeance for our fins, I can be capable of no other design or enjoyment, than to delight and be delighted in the company of so many choice and virtuous perfons, who now assemble themselves with all security, under the happy and hopeful reign of our new prince Cosimo; and we may say that tho' our commonwealth be not restored, our slavery is at an end, and that he coming in ly our own choice, may prove, if I have as good skill in prophesying as I have had formerly, ancestor to many renowned princes, who will govern this state in great quietness, and with great clemency; so that our posterity is like to enjoy ease and security, tho' not that greatness, wealth and glory by which our city hath for some years past, even in the most factious and tumultuous times of our democracy, given law to Italy, and bridled the ambition of foreign princes. But that I may avoid the loquacity incident to old men, I will come to the business. If I remember well, the exceptions that are taken to those poor things I have publithed, are reducible to three.

First, That in all 12y writings I infinuate my great affections to the democratical government, Even so much as to undervalue that of monarchy in respect of it, which laji I do nit obscurely in mány pofuges teach, and as it were, perfuade the people to thrciu off.

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