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THE

PROTECTOR :

A

VINDICATION.

By J. H. MERLE D'AUBIGNÉ, D.D.

I know God has been above all ill reports, and will in His own time vindicate me.-

Oliver Cromwell : Letter to Col. Norton, 28 March 1648.

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EDINBURGH:
OLIVER & BOYD, TWEEDDALE COURT.

LONDON : SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & CO.

MDCCCXLVII.

Tota cohors Papistica veram molitur conjurationem in nostros, in nos.... Sit Deus Zabaoth Protector Protectoris et Ecclesiæ !--Diplomatic Despatch from Zurich, 20 January 1654.

ENTERED IN STATIONERS' HALL.

Printed by Oliver & Boyd,
Tweeddale Court, High Street, Edinburgh.

TO THE

Theological Faculty

OF THE

FREDERICK-WILLIAM UNIVERSITY,

AT BERLIN

AS A MARK OF GRATITUDE FROM

THE AUTHOR.

ADVERTISEMENT,

STRUCK with the light thrown on the character and history of Cromwell by the various documents which have issued from the press during the last few years, I felt a desire to publish in a Continental Review the result of my examination. But so great was the interest I found in my subject, that I have written a Book rather than an Article, and am now compelled to renounce my first intentions, and to lay this Historical Essay before the Public in the form of a distinct Work.

Before I had attentively read Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches, edited by Mr THOMAS CARLYLE, I thought it would be beneficial to translate his volumes into French ; but my opinions in that respect are changed. They appear to us generally on the Continent to possess so much originality of thought and manner as to defy all possibility of rendering them into

any

of our languages. I would not be understood as censuring an undertaking, which, in my judgment, is one of the most remarkable that has been produced in Great Britain for a long period : indeed I have rarely met with any

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