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SERIES OF LETTERS,

ADDRESSED TO

WILLIAM HAMILTON, Esq..

By WILLIAM CRAWFORD, A.M.

One of the Chaplains of the First Tyrone Regiment.

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HISTORY

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IRELAND.

LETTER I.

THE inaufpicious reign of Charles the Firft commenced in the year fixteen hundred and twenty five.

Upon his accefflon, he found himfelf involved in a war with Spain and engaged in hoftilities with the houfe of Auftria for the recovery of the palatinateThe temper of his firft parliament, fufpicious of his unconftitutional defigns, with refpect to the liberties of the nation, was likely to encreafe his difficulties. Encouraged by thefe circumfrances and by a bull addrefled to them by Pope Urban, in which he ftrongly difluaded them from taking the oath of fupremacy, the Roman Catholics of Ireland flattered themfelves with the hope that more agreeable profpects were about to open to their view. Lord Falkland, who was continued in the government, and the council, having penetrated their fentiments, became uneafy that the military ftrength of the king

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