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Obs. Or to give you it in a more Familiar Way: Marvel told the People that [There was a thing to be done] And then Otes told ’em [who was to do it. The Next Scene will be Rome] says Marvel in Seaventy Seaven; And then (to make Him a Prophet;) Enter Guido Faux, in Seaventy Eight. Now the Foundation of the Main Cause, Stands never the less Firm, for This Wonderfull Connexion, and Resemblance: That is to say, It does not at all Impair the Credit of Otes’es Plot, nor Advance the Reputation of Marvels, the Transition of the One into the Other; Though I find many People that are apt to think the better of the One, and the worse of the Other, for This appearance of an Intelligence betwixt them; And no man has Contributed more to the Scandal, then Otes Himself.


18.

[? Marchamont Nedham] on the author of the Growth of Popery

c. 1678

In large part an ironic discourse in praise of the Earl of Shaftesbury’s submission to his offences (25 February 1677/8), following on his imprisonment, Honesty’s Best Policy; or, Penitence the Sum of Prudence was published without indication of author, place, or date. It has been ascribed to Marchamont Nedham (1620-78), the Cromwellian journalist whose political principles seem to have been persistently undercut by materialistic motives.

Extract from pp. 9-10, 14-15, 17-18.

It is for me only to give a few Observations about the Affairs which preceded his Lordships departure from Court, while he was a prime man in the Counsels of His Majesty, which have since been made the Subject of many a loud Clamor by the Factious

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