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ADVERTISEMENT.

Some of the friends of the late Rev. M. TowGood having signified to me that his Tracts collected in one volume would be acceptable, more particularly to the udmirers of that excellent man and able writer, I determined on the present publication. Several of the tracts have been long out of print, and are become exceeding scarce. There are one or two single sermons printed many years since, which being merely of a local nature, are omitted.

Throughout this collection will be found the same sound learning, accurate information, fair statement, manly reasoning, forcible argument, and devotional spirit which so eminently distintinguish the DISSENT FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND FULLY JUSTIFIED :—a work which has passed through many editions in this country, and in America. Harlow, March 25, 1810.

B. F.

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The following works of the Author, may be had separately.

1. An Essay towards attaining a true Idea of the Character and Reign of King Charles the First, and the causes of the Civil War. 12mo. 3d. edit. 3s. 6d. boards.

2. The Baptism of Infants a reasonable Service; founded upon Scripture, and undoubted Apostolic Tradition: in which its Moral Purposes and use in Religion are shewn. 6th edit. 8vo. 1s. Ed.

3. Recovery from Sickness : a Present to one raised from a dangerous Disorder : containing serious Reflections, Resolutions and Devotions, suitable to that Occasion, 41h edit. 12mo. 6d. or 5s. a dozen.

New Editions, with a Portrait of the Author. 4. A DissenT FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, FULLY JUSTIFIED, and proved to be the genuine and just consequence of the Allegiance due to Jesus CHRIST, the only Lawgiver in the Church. To which is prefixed-A Preface vindicating the sentiments and character of the Author from the misrepresentations of the Rev. T. Biddulph, of Bristol, and the Rev. J. Owen, Rector of Pagglesham, and Curate of Fulham. By B. Flower. 12mo. 4s. 6d. or in 8vo. 7s. 6d. in boards.

ALSO

A Sketch of the Life and Writings of the Rev. Michaiah Towgood, by the Rev. James Manning of Exeter.

“ His preaching much, but more his practice wrought;
“ (A living sermon of the truths he taught).”

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AN ESSAY TOWARDS ATTAINING A TRUE

IDEA OF THE CHARACTER AND REIGN OF
KING CHARLES THE FIRST, AND THE
CAUSES OF THE CIVIL WAR - - - -

CHAPTER I.
His birth, natural temper, principles in which edu-
cated, marriage, and character of his Queen . ..

CHAPTER II. The King helps his brother, Lewis XIII. to root out and destroy the brave Protestants of France - ..

• CHAPTER III.
Charles designs to overthrow the Constitution, and to
render himself absolute .........

CHAPTER IV.
The confusion and Civil War proceeded not from any

religious sector party amongst the people; but
solely from the oppressions and tyranny of the court

CHAPTER V.
The King's illegal ways of raising Money · ..

CHAPTER VI. .
The King's flagrant invasions of the privilege and
rights of parliaments, and violences committed on it

CHAPTER VII.
Other arbitrary and oppressive measures ; which were

invasions of the nation's rights, and subversive of the
constitution - - - - - - - - - - - - -

CHAPTER VIII. The King weak in religious matters and much inclined to superstition - - - - - - - - - - -

CHAPTER IX.'
The King manifestly labours a coalition with the church
of Rome, and strongly favours popery - •..

CHAPTER X.
Persecution and severities in the reign of this Prince :

particularly against the English nonconformists and
puritan clergy • • • • • • • • • • •

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CHAPTER XI.

The King's oppressive and injurious treatment of the

Scols - - - - - - - - - - - - - - • 93

Chapter XI.

The King's ambiguous and evasive conduct, and breaches

of solemn promises - - - - - - - - - - - 98

CHAPTER XIII.

Of the King's magnified piety, and concern for real re-

ligion - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 108

CHAPTER XIV.

of the rebellion and miscries in Ireland:- How far

the King is supposed to have had any culpable con-

cern in them? - - - - - - - . - - 113

Chapter XV.

Who began the war ; the King or the parliament ? And

whether it can, without the greatest impropriety and

injustice, be styled a rebellion? - - - - - - - 133

CHAPTER XVI.

Who were chargeable with killing the King? - - - 137

CHAPTER XVII.

The book Eikon Basiliké was not the composure of

King Charles - - - - - - - - - - - - 146

CHAPTER XVIII.

A summary view of King Charles's character and reign,

by a very great statesman - - - - - - - - 150

CHAPTER XIX.

The principles on which the Revolution was effected,

and upon which alone our excellent constitution of a

limited monarchy stands - - - - - - - - - 156

THE BAPTISM OF INFANTS A REASONABLE

SERVICE; FOUNDED UPON SCRIPTURE,

AND UNDOUBTED APOSTOLIC TRADITION :

IN WHICH ITS MORAL PURPOSES AND USE

IN RELIGION ARE SHEWN - - - - - 163

INTRODUCTION.

A general view of the several dispensations of religion

with respect to infants - - - - - - - - 169

ARGUMENT I,

The first argument presented under several proposi.

tions - - - - - - - - - - - . - - 182

ARGUMENT II.

From the Abrahamic covenant - - - - - - - - 184

ARGUMENT III.

From the commission - - - - - - . - - - 187

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