Great SIR,

AS the King is truly sensible of Your Majesty's firm adherence to his Interest, even with the loss of your Three Kingdoms, so he has redoubled his Care, and has left no stone unturned to restore Your Majesty to the said Kingdoms again; not only by endea­voering to reduce them, but by making War also against all the Conse­derates who opposed him in this his Undertaking. And although the King beyond hopes has not been successful in the first, though there was a very good prospect of it, yet he succeeded in the other, in having en­larged his Dominions very much, and by encreasing the same still by the Great Conquests he makes every Year, by the great and continual Victo­ries he obtains over his Enemies from time to time; but all this is not such a satisfaction to his Generous Mind, as that would be, if he could restore Your Majesty to Your Throne again. This grieves the King, and sticks so much to his heart, that he does not value the smiles of Fortune, so long as it frowns upon Your Majesty. And as good Offices claim Gra­titude, so the King not only Royally received Your Majesty into his King­dom, but maintained and Cherished you too in that Grandeur to this ve­ry hour, besides his Kindness he shewed to that great number of your Sub­jects which he Maintained, and Employed. No less was expected from the Holy See, whom Your Majesty so highly Obliged when Reigning, who instead of out-doing the King's Kindness towards Your Majesty, stands now marked with Ingratitude. But now the King seeing his Kingdom Exhausted of Money, by the immense Charges he has been at, and his own Subjects Croaning under the Miseries that attend a War, and then considering the Effusion of Blood of so many Thousands of Christians, and that a Prince who will reap the Benefit of his Arms, must make Peace when he is the most Victorious. Therefore the King amidst his great Victories stretches out the Scepter of Peace, to all his Enemies; which as he has done at first, in particular to the Duke of Savoy, out of Compassion to withdraw him from his Ruine: So he does now in General to all the Confederate Prin­ces. But These, as well as He, being pufft up with great Hopes, and ex­pecting [Page 2] the turn of Fortune, refuse the King's fair Offers, and stand upon so high Terms, which amount even to the Pyrenean Treaty! A thing not to be expected from so Victorious a Prince, as our King is. Yet, the King being desirous to see the Peace of Europe Established, for the Reasons above mentioned, is willing to grant them more ample Proposals; such as he does not doubt but would he accepted of by the Confederates; and he meets with no other Difficulty, than the Re-inthroning of Your Majesty. Which as it is the Thing the King takes the most to Heart, so he has la­boured for it, more than for any other thing: But it seems Heav'n is against it, and will have it otherwise. It lyes therefore in your Majesty's Power to remove that Obstacle and to further that so much wished-for Peace; by following the Laudable Examples of that great Emperour Charles the Fifth, and Casimire King of Poland; who quitting their Empire and Kingdoms, chose rather to live a Religious, and Retired Life, a Life which the King was a commending much t'other day: A Life, I presume to tell Your Majesty the advantages of, by mentioning the dangers of t'other. Your Ma­jesty was seated upon a Precipice, and the more you are Elevated, the more dangerous will prove the Fall. In that Retirement you will be safe as it were upon a Plain, from whence you may look back upon the dangerous Rocks be­hind you. Descending from the Throne, you mount to the repose of a private life. And as there is nothing to be esteemed a pleasure, or a happy state without a perfect safety; so your Your Majesty will find, that you will then be more contented, more happy, and consequently more high than you was before. There you may secure your self from the dangers of a troublesome Kingdom, and bewail the perilous condition of Worldlings, and purchase an Eternity of Joys. No other Earthly condition can equal that: 'Tis a Hea­ven upon Earth, separating us from the rest of the World, and contented with its own Tranquility, and Delights. Such a one it will be to Your Ma­jesty, if you embrace it voluntarily, and withdraw your heart from all world­ly Cares and Creatures, and contemn a Worldly Diadem. Which that you may do, the Author of all good grant that Your Majesty's Affections, Acti­ous, Thoughts and Desires may be ordered by him to that end, that they may begin and end in him, who is the Abyss of Happiness.

Great SIR,
Your Majesties Most Humble, and Most Obedient Servant, FRANCIS, Arch-Bishop of Paris.

Superscribed thus, To His Most Excellent Ma­jesty James the Second, K. of Great Britain, &c.

LICENS'D, July 12. 1694.

LONDON, Printed, and are to be Sold by Rich, Baldwin in Warwick-Lane, 1694.

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