|Title:||Printed Pamphlet, 'A Faithfvll And Seasonable Advice...' [John Dury]|
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|Notes:||Published by Samuel Hartlib. [HDC list of The Publications of Samuel Hartlib, Turnbull: No. 12]|
The Hartlib Papers
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ST: A faithfvll and seasonable advice.
Wing Number: H986 Thomason Tracts: E.87(14)
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A | FAITHFVLL | and seasonable Advice, | OR | The necessity of a Correspondencie | for the advancement of the Protestant | Cause. | Humbly sugge s ted to the great Councill of England | assembled in Parliament | [ornamental rule] | [ornament] | [rule] | Printed by Iohn Hammond 163.
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and seasonable Advice,
The necessity of a Correspondencie
for the advancement of the Protestant
Humbly suggested to the great Councell of England
assembled in Parliament.
<MS: Ex dono Authoris S. Hartlib>
<MS: feb: 6. 1642>
Printed by Iohn Hammond 1643.
The necessity of a Correspondencie
for the advancement of the Protestant
THE troubles of Europe proceed originally from two causes: the one is the affectation of a Spirituall, the other of a Temporall Monarchy. That is the Papall, this is, or has been, the Spanish, and may be from henceforth, the French ambition. The Pope doth labour to uphold his tottering Hierarchy, and to regaine the power which hee had over the consciences of all Men, before it was cried downe as Antichristian by Protestancie. The House of Spaine did labour to erect a new State in Europe, under the pretence of upholding and propagating the Catholick Religion against Protestants, till the French and Bavarians have pulled down his old one. These two, and their pretensions have divided the affections of all men, either in respect of conscience, or of civill interests. Each hath his own way; but that of the Pope is most considerable, because it is without resistance, and hath assistance of both the others, whereas each of the other pretenders to the Monarchy of State, doth oppose his Fellow. The Popes way to preserve himselfe, and to regaine the power which he had lost, is to work the overthrow of the Protestant Religion, and to trouble the States wherein that Religion is planted. To do this, [catchword: hee]
hee maketh use of two advantages which hee hath above Protestants; the one is Civill, the other Ecclesiasticall. The Civill is, that he is able to set all the Popish [Princes?], and their chiefe Counsellours aworke, to intend joyntly the same thing against Protestants, as well in generall to oppose them, as in particular to weaken them in their esteeme and power. As for example, he hath moved them all to contribute to a league against them, to divest them everywere of all dignities; and particularly to weaken their voyces in the Electorall Colledge. And to effect these and such like things, he can infuse into their counsels all the Maximes of state, which are opposed to the faith and fundamentall grounds of the liberties of Protestants in the publicke profession of their Religion, and to perswade the use of these Maximes, hee findeth out meanes to make every one apprehend hopes of advantage for himselfe by the ruine of Protestants. For he knoweth, that it is not so much zeale for religion, as interests, which moveth States. The Ecclesiasticall advantage is the power which he hath to breed and send forth Emissaries towards the more learned, such as are most for his owne advantage. The Emissaries are bred in his Colledges, of severall Nations, but especially in his Colledge de propaganda fide, which is founded to undermine the states of Protestants, by sowing or fomenting the seeds of division amongst them. And to this effect also, the more learned of his Clergie are imployed to treat with the learned Protestants for an agreement, which may bee patched up with some, or with all Protestants, by meere authority of Superiours, upon generall termes, and in outward superfici- [catchword: cia]
ciall rites, salvo iure Primatus Pontificii, that is, with an acknowledgement of his Primacie for orders sake amongst the Clergie, which if Protestants upon any terms will but grant, he for a time will leave them to their liberties, but afterward by degrees bring them in subjection to his usurped power in all things both of Faith and Practise. Now his great advantage to work out all his plots irresistably is this, that amongst the severall Bodies of Protestants, there is none that taketh the matter of their common interests and preservation to heart, to labour to disappoint his plots by meanes opposite to his designes, therefore it is certaine, that so long as Protestants have no such aime to maintaine joyntly the common interests of Religion and Liberties, but are divided in their counsels, that in humane appearance their states must be weakened & in the end overthrown; but if a joynt purpose could be wrought amongst them for their common safety, and a good Correspondencie setled in their Churches and States, to prosecute the meanes thereof, towards all those whom it doth concerne, there is no doubt but hee would lose his labour, and the Consent of Protestants to maintaine the light of the truth, and the liberty of the Gospel, would fully acoomplish his overthrow. Now to set this Correspondencie in a joynt intention afoot amongst Protestants, none have so great a cause as the state of great Britaine, and the present Parliament of England, against which all the Popish Power of Europe is bent to hinder by all possible meanes, the Reformation now begun in that Island, therefore it will be altogether necessary, for the said Parliament to move all other Protestants to joyne with them for the maintenance of the Protestant Cause against Popery. This cannot
be done otherwise, but by the meanes of a good Correspondencie, which may be first begun with the State and Church of Scotland, and then joyntly with them prosecuted towards forreigne Protestants. And to this effect fit instruments should bee chosen, and made use of these should bee joyned in a Committee or Standing Counsell at home to attend the work of a publick Correspondency with forraigners, and to unite them to the prosecuting of their true interests and common quarrelling against Papists. And to this end they should take the Palatine cause in hand, to make that House (whose interest and right is greatest among forraigne Protestants) considerable; and to assist it in recovering the right thereof, which it hath lost in defence of the Protestant liberties in Germany.
Now the way to make that House considerable and by it to uphold amongst forraigners the Protestant cause, is to assist the Prince Elector first with Counsell and then with Strength. To assist him with Counsellors, they should joyne to him some of their owne Counsellors, to helpe him so manage the worke of a publick Correspondencie with Protestants in their name; and they should furnish him with meanes of support requisite to maintaine other Counsellors and Agents fit to negotiate in his owne name, his owne cause, and to keep afoot the publicke interest with the Protestants of Germany, and neighbouring States.
To assist him with Strength, [in?] prosecuting of this Correspondencie with forraigne States, they should make a League for him, and when their troubles should be setled, joyne with others their forces to re-establish him in his lands and dignities, to uphold in the same the Common Cause.
If this ground-work of Counsell whereof in respect of forrainers chiefly in Germany, the Prince Elector could bee made the head, be not first laid, it is sure that no Army nor treaty with Austria will ever prevaile to settle matters. But if such a Negotiation be (as it easily can bee, even in the midst of these troubles in England) set afoot, and thereby all those that have a reall in- [catchword: terest]
terest in the welfare of Protestants, made to concurre Counsels with great Britaine, and the Palatine House in Germany then it is not to be doubted but that with the supply of small forces from England and Scotland, the Cause and Rights of all Protestants in the interest of that House, may be gained; and the whole Papall and Spanish power as well in the Empire, as elsewhere, irresistably overthrowne. Perhaps the Austrian power in Germany may be moved to bend their Counsels for the true Palatine Elector against the Bavarian and French Designe, to keep up a Protestant party, that in ballancing the one by the other, it may stand. But as for the French, it is certain, that they in all things, and chiefly in zeale for the Papall interests, doth emulate the Spanish power, and is no lesse active; and as now matters are brought about, more powerfull to advance the same, then Spain is: and therefore in the aime of a Common Correspondencie amongst Protestants, must be as much looked into, or more, then any other State.