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.
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