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have had the idea of becoming a public benefactor, but who was not less unsuccessful in the issue of his design than they were. Readers in general are better disposed to interest themselves in the attempts of a daring individual to achieve heroic exploits, than in those of a band of senators engaged in a similar design.

Cromwel was a man of great virtues, sincere in his religion, fervent in his patriotism, and earnestly devoted to the best interests of mankind. He had a frame of mind that no complication of difficulties could ever succeed to inspire with a doubt of his power to conquer

them. The fertility of his conceptions, like the intrepidity of his spirit, was incapable of being exhausted. We seek in romance for characters, with qualities enabling them to achieve incredible adventures. In the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England we find a real personage, whose exploits do not fall short of all that the wildest imagination had ever the audacity to feign.

The obstacles which Cromwel had to encounter, were of a magnitude the most serious and appalling: a young prince of promising talents and engaging manners, the un

solved purpose

doubted heir of the preceding sovereigns of England, whose claims a vast majority of the people regarded as sacred ; a multitude of fanatics of various denominations, whose re

it was not to endure a master; and the good sense and independent spirit of a large portion of the inhabitants, who regarded liberty and a government by equal laws as an inheritance never on any account to be allowed to escape from their grasp. All these he held in exemplary subjection : his reputation, as a man born to rule over his fellow-men, increased every day; and the awe and reverence of the English name that he inspired into all other states, can find no parallel in any preceding or subsequent period of our history.

October 20, 1828.

ERRATA. Page 83, Note, for 199, read 109. 394, line 18, side note, read Observations of Cromwel on cer

tain defects in the Petition and Advice. 463, line 3, for England, read Scotland.

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