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ANECDOTES

OF

DISTINGUISHED PERSONS.

BRITISH.

CHARLES THE SECOND.

[1649–1685.]

Had this King but loved business as well as “ he understood it,” says Sir Richard Bulstrode, “ he would have been the greatest Prince in Eu

rope.” Of his own country he used to say, that it was the most comfortable climate to live under that he had ever experienced; as there were more days in the year, and more hours in the day, that a man could take exercise out of doors in it, than in any country he had ever known. He said one day to Sir Richard Bul

strode,

VOL. II.

strode, that during his exile he had seen many countries, of which none pleased him so much as that of the Flemings, who were the most honeft and true-hearted people he had ever met with: and then added, “ I am weary of travel

ling, I am resolved to go abroad no more; but " when I am dead and gone, I know not what my

brother will do; I am much afraid that “ when he comes to the throne he will be obliged “ to travel again.”

An Address being once presented from the City to this Monarch by the Lord Mayor, attended by Sir Robert Clayton, Mr. Bethell, and Mr. Cornish, the King returned an answer by the Lord Chancellor, which concluded thus:

“ The King doth not believe this to be so una"nimous a vote of the City as is pretended; and “ he commands me to tell you, that if he did be« lieve it were so, (as he does not) that you have " meddled with a thing which is none of your of business," and so dismifred them" Me« moirs of the Reign of Charles the Second, by « Sir Richard Bulstrode, Resident at Brussels, to “the Court of Spain from Charles the Second.”

Lockhart, the Author of “ The Memoirs," wrote with his own hand the following narrative in his copy of Lord Clarendon's “ Hiftory of " the Rebellion."

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