ADVISE TO A FRIEND DISCONTENTED AT Some proceedings in His MAJESTIES ROYALL COƲRT.

BY F. G.

LONDON, Printed by Thomas Creake. 1660.

Deare Friend,

YOurs I received, and am sorry to find in it, that any want of power in his Majesty, should put you into a dis­content; and at this time for you to, deplore the dissatisfaction of your own interest, more then the condition so Royall a friend is in, to give your merit a recompence to encou­rage it, as well as a due Character to set it off. I confesse a narrownesse of fortune may excuse the generousest spirit from mirth, but let us consider how narrow and small a compasse of Air our Sovereign has had yet to breath in, and we may the readier acquiesce in our own limits. When our party ventured for the King, we esteemed the establishing of his Happinesse a sure foundation of our own. We have brought our desires to a hopefull issue, and may make our selves rich in the fauour of Di­vine Providence, let but a sober and solid progress in our cure hinder the making our best mediator for that Providence miserable. I mean the King, whom God has given us for our goods, and he having the best Sacrifices of our [Page 2]Loyalty, will forme a recompence for us with the best endeavours of his friendship. Nor are his sufferings less to see us want happiness, then ours to finde it, as yet not in his power to make us happy. 'Tis no small benefite for us to live in Peace as we are, and to know that what we have is by his coming confirm'd our own. And Heaven has a greate hand in this, that if we have any subsistency by endeavours or estate, we may quietly and to our comfort imploy the one and enjoy the other. Justice and the ballanced principles of the Law shall guard the innocent, nor shall Tyranny any more Usurp the Regall Throne, nor oppression burden us by an Imperiall pretence of power. Now we have the best of Governments, and worthiest of Governours to protect us. This can no way bedenyed or disputed in the birth­right, and our affectionate imbracing of so good a Prince, enthroning him in our loves as well as obedience. I believe you so candid an interpreter of my actions, as not to think me an undeserving labourer in his Majesties affairs: and I should be loath to conclude so ungratefully, as to want patience till he is as wel able as willing to make me live by some [Page 3]fruitfull acknowledgement of what I have done for him. Plunder and Sequestration have rased the Crown and sheepcoate alike, nor can so great a goodness as his rise and be fixt in any splendor, and an honest merit live poor and forgotten. He has yet little else but his title King, and we are as well settled in our conditi­on by being stiled his friends. He adores the God of goodnesse, therefore loves our being so good to him. He honours true Religion most, therefore cannot love us least, who are his partners in suffering for, and professing that Religion he accounts the truest. From all this, Reason concluds, that we have his heart to love us, and cannot want his hand, when it is strong enough, to reward us and cherish us. We have enough of him, if we know how to manage it to our own good without doing him hurt. The best way to make him all ours, is to let him find a certainty of his being wholly his own. That cannot so well be done by acknowledg­ing and gratefully rewarding any one particular service only, as by promulgating his good and gracious acceptance of any one who desires to be true, loyal, and serviceable to him: By this he will multiply his friends, in giving a lar­ger [Page 4]compass to his friendship. Suppose the smiles of prosperity upon sin in former times made some, most, nay all these, his, and our ene­mies; Charity cannot but frame a better con­struction in us, then to judge that all have their conversion to what is good, because, and onely because feare of punishment keeps them from being ill. Vertue has a brightness in her to dis­pell ignorance, but not alwaies an inherent power to conquer iniquity. Her own nature enobles her with the first, and ingenuous dis­positions procure her an Army for the last. Nor is it the divine will that she should force her way into mens hearts by cruelty, but con­vert mens hearts from being cruel by her excel­lency. Our conjectures will have the better stamp given them by our enemies, when they find us to credit a possibillity of their growing our friends. The surest way of bringing ill men to goodness is to shew the convenientest inlets, and not to barr them out by assurance of non-admissiion. This way, and the best of waies has the best of Kings, our Great and Gracious Charles, taken: To let them know that so far as they can be good, he can welcome their goodness, and not only for their conversion [Page 5]pardon their worst of ills, but also accept with a due resentment their best of actions. And this civility of his to them, will cause no small reflection of his favours upon us: When he considers upon that turgency of merit na­turally flowing in his old friends, what and how much it overpoises those small stillititious droppings io his new ones. This he will make worthy, both of his ponder and affection. His power is made yet but of slender Cion's, and it may perish for want of sappage, if the in­crease as well as goodness of his friends be de­nied to nourish it. When he is strong enough then he wil venture at the choice of his friends, and placing of his friendship. We have had pa­tience to loose all with him, let us not now in­curre the repute of such poor spirits, as to have less in our desires to get by him, then we had in our hazard for him. We shall scarce be thought men, when that vertue is rather forced upon us, then loved by us. I have known those whom we call the worst of people, namely the Papists, when the Laws of our land have taken away two parts of their Estates for their Religion, they have willingly endangered the third part, and their lives out of their zeale to [Page 6]loyalty. What can our judgements call that e­minency of cuurage in them but good, since they are such true friends to their principles, in God Almightie's service, and most willing to e­stablish Gods annointed servant. I wish our principles and their zeale, had a nearer relation. For let us consider them all along in their suf­ferings and allegiance, and we shall find them to wave their own considerations in any govern­ment, so that they might live and be acknow­ledged serviceable in enthroning a true and lawfull governour. I have heard a proposition urged very high in arguments, which you please to make a hint at. viz. hat the pillars of the Church, are the best support of King and people: and our slacknesse in establishing au­thority in divine truth, must needs weaken su­premacie in popular affection. I suppose you finde an answer to this in his Majesties Roy­all character; that tender consciences ought to be allured by gentleness and fraternall kindnes, and not tortered to believe by any predomina­tive coercion. I dare affirm that his Majesty knows the love of a subject is most sincere to him, when that subject is a most fervent ser­vant in his principles towards God. And con­sequence [Page 7]will instruct us that what power E­clesiastick has the Kings Closet and Cappell to spread its Juster in, it will gaine more hearts to it, by a due performance of Piety, then it can by any rigour or strictness in its jurisdiction a­broad. But our prayers and best wishes ought to be the greatest sticklers in these matters. Let not our censures prove us busie in superior a­ctions, nor conclude them ill in themselves, be­cause they do not readily square with ourgood: Steares of ships will not endure a passengers correction. And that most Illustrious pilot of our Kingdoms will rather be slow in prosecute­ing his own interest, then want industry to re­munerate his friends affection. God preserve him in peace and plenty, and the least sufferer with him shall neither find trouble nor penury.

Your true Friend, F. G.

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