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OF ORIGINAL PAPERS OF STATE, RECORDS, AND LETTERS.

BY JOHN STRYPE, M. A.

A NEW EDITION.

VOL. I. PART I.

OXFORD

AT THE CLARENDON PRESS.

MDCCCXXIV.

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This presumption, dread sovereign, of setting your august name before these Annals of the Reformation of the Church of England, will, I hope, obtain your majesty's pardon; since God hath placed you, next under himself, the great patron and supreme head of the same happy reformed church. And you have often, in a most gracious manner, declared to your people your royal defence and protection thereof: the evident and remarkable blessing of Almighty God, from your auspicious entrance upon the government of these kingdoms, accompanying your majesty therein; and preserving us in this holy religion, (as we pray in our excellent office,) in “wealth, peace, and godliness.”

Nor is it without precedent that I offer my dedication of this part of our church's history to your majesty, since the beginning and progress of it, written by a right reverend bishop of this church, Dr. Burnet, the former part of which was inscribed to one of of Salisyour royal predecessors, and the latter part to your-King self, with good acceptance. And so the favour to Charles II. these volumes may seem entitled to your royal patronage, as being but a continuation of the same

late bishop

bury.

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