CHARLES, LOUIS, AND PARLIAMENT.
HAD Charles been asked to justify the deception which he had practised upon his people, he would probably have answered that foreign alliances, and questions of peace and war, were prerogatives of the Crown, and no concern of theirs. That he was, as he had said, the only man in his dominions who was in the interest of France was a matter of regret, but could not be supposed in any way to affect his decision. If therefore he had reason to believe that his people would forsake their proper province and oppose his designs, should they become aware of them, secrecy and deception were, he would hold, at once legitimate and necessary. But in domestic affairs such deception had been impossible; and to illustrate this we must now briefly retrace our steps.
The dismissal of Clarendon had removed an obstacle to the fulfilment of the King's purpose of resting his power upon the goodwill and gratitude of Dissent. Buckingham and Arlington, the successors to Clarendon's place, though not to his authority,