than near his own grave, in a book written a little before his death, to which he gave this title, Commentaries concerning the Growth of Popery, and Tyrannical Government in England [sic]. In which, after he had complain’d that the Papists had a long time laid in wait to subvert the Kingdom, and had accomplished their intended villany, unless Shaftsbury, with his associates, had interpos’d; he begun his scurrilous discourse with those seven deadly sins before-mentioned, by which he said it was almost to a miracle, that the Kingdom was not ruin’d….
A shrewd man, and a lucky advocate for his friends! who blacken’d the King, the States of the Kingdom, the Privy-Council, and all the chief Ministers of State, that he might celebrate the merits of Shaftsbury’s party, who had deserved so well from their country, and therefore began with so evident and notorious a lie.
In his eight-page pamphlet, the anonymous commentator prefaces a long citation from the Growth of Popery with an admiring comment.
Extract from Mr. Andrew Marvell’s Character of Popery, 1689, pp. 3-4.
Now as no Government can subsist without Religion; we thought our selves the most happy People in the World, when once reform’d, not only to the Protestant Religion, which is that which comes nearest to the Rules of Sacred Institution, but to the most refined Exercise of the Protestant Religion, now practis’d in the World; Wherein there is neither Defect of Devotion, nor redun-